Clackamas River Chinooks!
November 19, 2021
As we get ready to dismiss our students for the Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to take a moment to tell you how very thankful the Clackamas River staff is to be serving the community of Estacada. We couldn't ask for a more supportive community as we navigate through some very taxing issues that have affected us all to some degree. Thank you for your support and for being part of the CRE community.
While we may not be able to have a whole school event yet, we wanted to give you the opportunity to have a family carnival night at home. Today you will receive a packet put together by our PTO and Student/Family engagement committee. Our hope is that you can carve out time to learn a few new games and spend time together over the break.
While our in building book fair wraps up today, our online sales are still open. Please go to our website and scroll down to find the link. If you put funds on their eWallet and there is a remaining balance, you may still purchase Scholastic books, order through the online book fair, or keep the money in your account until the Spring Book Fair.
If you have not yet, please sign up for a conference using the link below. Conferences are the perfect time to hear about how your student is doing in school, set goals, and get to have some one-on-one time with the teacher. This is also a great time to discuss any concerns that you may have concerning social relationships with peers.
With a cold winter predicted, we are preparing our plans for virtual snow days. If your family does not have internet in the home, please see the information in the Yellow Zone concerning Emergency Broadband Benefits. This is a program to reduce the cost of internet for qualifying families.
Speaking of snow, it is already starting to get cold outside! Please send your student to school with a coat that can keep them warm during their recess time or in the event of an emergency. If you do not have access to a coat, please let us know and we can help your student get one.
If you have a concern about the safety or social relationships your child is experiencing at anytime during their school day, please do not hesitate to contact your student's teacher. Making the school aware of the problem is the first step in finding a solution. If your child's teacher is unable to help for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact the office for further assistance. Our goal is that every student feels they have a safe place to learn and grow.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend and Thanksgiving week. We'll look forward to seeing you on Zoom Monday and Tuesday and back in the building Monday, November 29th.
Emergency Broadband Benefits
Families can go to Reliance connect's website and the very first thing that comes up is the Emergency Broadband Benefit program.
Follow the prompts through the different paperwork and it is fairly easy to apply.
Families can receive $50.00 a month toward getting their internet connected. All they have to do is follow the links. Most of the programs through Reliance are only $59.00 so this would cover all but 9.00.
Families can qualify if they:
1- are low income,
2-have children that qualify for free and reduced lunches,
3-Received a Federal Pell Grant,
4-Are SNAP eligible,
5- Had a substantial loss of income due to job loss or were furloughed and had an income of below 99,000.00 single filers and 198,000.00 for Joint filers.
Or go directly to fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit
If the families cannot afford the $9.00 there is a program through the State of Oregon that will help with the last part.
Oregon Public Utility Commission
PO Box 2148
Salem OR 97308
1-800-848-4442 or 503-373-7171
Fax: 1-877-567-1977 or 503-378-6047