Sherman County eNews #323

CONTENTS

  1. “Just a Little Christmas” at Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Dec. 16

  2. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 21

  3. Sherman County School District Staff, Student, Community Recognition December 10, 2018

  4. Calling All K-5 Student Artists 

  5. Expectations of Age

  6. Give Your Family the Gift of Cultural Understanding – Host an Exchange Student!

  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do


1. “Just a Little Christmas” at Moro Community Presbyterian Church, Dec. 16

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You are invited to

“Just a Little Christmas”

Children & Youth

Christmas Pageant

This Sunday

December 16th, 2018

10:45 AM

Lunch Following

Moro Church


2. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 21

Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice

December 21st 10:00 AM

OSU Extension Office Conference Room

66365 Lonerock Road Moro, OR

1.0 Call To Order & Director Roll Call

2.0 Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda

3.0 Minutes Review and Approval

4.0 Financials Review and Approval

5.0 IT and System updates and progress report

6.0 Business and Marketing report

7.0 E-Rate update and discussion

8.0 FTN future funding

9.0 Bylaws update

10.0 Other items for the good of the order

11.0 Public Input/Comment

12.0 Next Meeting

13.0 Adjournment

The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n),(D).  For those requesting a call in number or other accommodations, please contact Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or mikesmith@connectionsllc.us


3. Sherman County School District Staff, Student, Community Recognition December 10, 2018

Logo.Sherman High SchoolWe are extremely fortunate to have gracious staff and community members who support our school and students. While it is possible that we may periodically miss an opportunity to thank someone, we sincerely appreciate the commitment of all of our supporters. We would like to recognize the following people for their devotion to our schools, students, staff and community. Also here: https://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/8/9/13895640/2018-12-10_recognition_letter.pdf

We are extremely fortunate to have gracious staff and community members who support our school and students. While it is possible that we may periodically miss an opportunity to thank someone, we sincerely appreciate the commitment of all of our supporters. We would like to recognize the following people for their devotion to our schools, students, staff and community.

  • Thank you to the Library staff for coordinating the mitten tree project to keep local Sherman County families warm this winter.
  • The Sherman County Athletic Foundation for seeding the north playing fields.
  • Liz Cranston, Kristen Labenske and Abbey Phelps for volunteering at our SKORE program.
  • Bert Perisho for keeping the game clocks during basketball games and most recently at the Sherman Invitational Basketball Tournament.
  • Jill Harrison for keeping the score book for the boys’ basketball games and Joe Justesen for keeping the score book for the girls’ basketball games during the Sherman Invitational Basketball Tournament.
  • Thank you to Tamar Fritts, Jill Jones, and Jill Martin for coordinating the hospitality room for the Basketball Tournament.
  • Jill Harrison for her generous donation to the Sherman Invitational Basketball Tournament.
  • Special thanks to Jeremy Lanthorn for taking the athletic program pictures for the winter sports season.
  • Jesse Alsup, Paul Bish, Kari Peters, Kalie Rolfe, Mike Somnis, and Jennifer Willie for coaching Sherman Elementary students in the youth basketball program.
  • Connie Powell for the very generous donation of winter coats.
  • Janet Pinkerton for her donation to the SCHoLaRs program.
  • The Lions Club for providing vision screening to our elementary students.
  • Advantage Dental for providing dental screening to our K-12 students.
  • John Gronberg for coordinating a festive Winter Program and Doug Rhinehart for being our special guest.
  • Shirley Blaylock for donating cases of tissues to the school.
  • Ree Ella von Borstel for volunteering in our Art class.
  • Liz Cranston and the PTO for coordinating Family Engineering Night.
  • Samantha Roberts-Smith and the PTO for hosting the Polar Express Night. Debbie Bird for decorating; Zeena Weedman, Emma Stutzman, and Sammie Lepinski for working as conductors; Jeff Holliday for reading the book; Kelsi Phillips for helping set up; Liz Cranston for setting up and bringing hot chocolate and the many parents that brought cookies.
  • The Education Foundation for their support of our students and staff and for the $500 donation to the music program.
  • K-6 teachers for their support with the winter program.
  • Deidra von Borstel for her support supervising students during the winter program.
  • Amy Asher, Dee Ashley, James Burgett, Amber DeGrange, Brad Lohrey, Kyle Pfeifer and Travis West for volunteering for the Lunch Buddy program. 

We truly appreciate the amazing support we receive from so many thoughtful people. Thank you to everyone in our great community and school district for your continued support! When you have time please visit our Sherman County School District Web Page for the monthly appreciation comments.


4. Calling All K-5 Student Artists 

art.toolsSUBJECT: ELEMENTARY STUDENT ART SHOW

WHEN: JAN 22 – FEB 2, CLOSING RECEPTION ON FEB 2 FROM 3-4PM

CALLING ALL K-5 STUDENT ARTISTS in Wasco/sherman County! You are invited to participate in our annual Elementary Student Art Show at The Dalles Art Center January 22 – February 2nd. All mediums are welcome, submission sheets are available in the gallery or online at www.TheDallesArtCenter.org

Each student may submit 1 piece of artwork each. All mediums are welcome. 2D & 3D artworks are welcome. There will be CASH PRIZES awarded during our Closing Reception on February 2 from 3-4pm.

Entries will be accepted Tuesday Jan 15 – Saturday Jan 18, 2019.


5. Expectations of Age

If you were to hear the sentence, “Old people are….” and then be asked to finish the sentence, how would you fill in the blank? Think about it for a moment.

“Old people are….” What? Fragile? Senile? At death’s door? What do you believe about old people? What if the statement was, “Old people are bright, energetic, active and interesting”?

You see, it’s really impossible to generalize about so-called old people, any more than we can safely generalize about teenagers or 50-year-olds. And exactly what is “old”? Your answer to this question is particularly revealing of your attitudes.

Does aging have to mean a loss of significance? Do our older selves matter less than our younger selves? Much of the answer to these terribly important, but rarely-spoken, questions lies within our attitudes. Age truly is a state of mind, a state of being.

If these attitudes define old age as a time marked by loss and decline, we are in for some real trouble. Besides, there are simply no data to support this negative conclusion. As Norman Cousins once said, “No one knows enough to be a pessimist.” Nearly every week, there is some posting to Facebook showing an older person defying expectations.

Aging, like most everything else, turns out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. You will get largely what you expect to get, what you believe, and what you think is likely for you. Pygmalion was not a casual insight of George Bernard Shaw. It was an observation of everyday dynamics.

So, if you are asked to complete the sentence, “When I am an old person…” what will you say? Do you expect the best for yourself? Do your actions support those expectations? And, are your attitudes getting in the way of a different, more positive, answer?

Wisdom is not the province of the young. Wisdom comes with age and experience, mistakes made, apologies accepted, gratitude, compassion and forgiveness. We age as we grow into wisdom. “Old” as a label, if we work it right, is a badge of honor.

And keep in mind, “with a little bit of luck,” we will all get to be “old people” one day. ~The Pacific Institute


6. Give Your Family the Gift of Cultural Understanding – Host an Exchange Student!

Give the ultimate gift of cultural understanding by hosting a foreign exchange student this upcoming year!  ASSE International Student Exchange, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school students from over 30 countries: Spain, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, Portugal, South Korea, Italy, France, The former Soviet Union Countries, Norway and more!

Couples, single parents, and families with & without children in the home are all encouraged to host!  You can choose to host a student for a semester or for the school year.

Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

Imagine the world of peace and greater understanding. Imagine yourself as part of the solution! Today’s teens are tomorrow’s parents, international business people and possibly even future political leaders!  Share your corner of America by helping a foreign exchange student experience life in your area!

Local area representatives are also needed to recruit and screen both potential host families and potential U.S. students interested in studying abroad. Representatives supervise the exchange students living in their community, organize activities with the students throughout the year and provide support to host families, students and schools. Area representatives receive a stipend for each student placed and supervised.

For more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at http://www.ASSEhosts.com or email asseusawest@asse.com


7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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