Corvallis Parent: School survey, elementary basketball registrations, online reading, two art exhibits the kids will love

The Corvallis School District needs your opinion on the quality of its communication.

From October 10 to 21, you can go to neighborhood website and complete a survey to find out how successful they are in getting the right information into the hands of the region. If you prefer a hard copy, you can pick one up at 1555 SW 35th St.

This survey specifically asks about district, school, and classroom communications with parents/guardians; school district communication tools; crisis communication; two-way communication with parents/guardians; and the overall image of the neighborhood.

In a press release, Corvallis School District Communications Coordinator Kelly Locey wrote, “It’s important that we hear from as many of our staff, families and students as possible to learn what’s working and what we need to do better.

The survey is available in both English and Spanish.

If you have any questions, please contact the Corvallis School District Communications Department at 541-766-4856.

Basketball at B&G: It’s that time of year when you need to lace up your sneakers and run onto the court, because basketball!

The Corvallis Boys & Girls Club has opened registration for fall elementary basketball for girls and boys in grades 1-4. First and second graders play co-ed with practice and games on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Third and fourth graders are divided into boys’ and girls’ teams with practices and games on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Scholarships are available, but you must submit your child’s application for one by October 24. Registration closes October 26 and the season ends mid-December.

You can find the registration forms here.

Other cool ways to read: Can’t remove your child from the devices? Getting your little ones to want to put up a screen can be tricky when the weather turns cold, but the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library offers several solutions.

Check out CloudLibrary which offers a variety of device choices to read from. Find children’s books offered by go to the library website and clicking on the “catalog” drop-down menu. Then click on “Kids” and you will be taken to the ever growing list of choices. From “Early Reader” to “Kids Non-Fiction” to “Kids Fiction” there will be books your child will love.

Can’t find what you’re looking for in the Cloud? Then try OverDrive. You’ll find the link to OverDrive on the right side of the main webpage, and at the top of the page you’ll find categories for kids and teens. This section also has a section of Kindle-only books available – if that’s the platform you’re most comfortable with.

Still looking? Click the Collections drop-down menu on the main library page and choose E-Resources. This is a great section to find references for those last-minute school projects as well as amazing non-fiction just for family readers of all ages.

Jackson Brenner-Smith of the library’s reference section said, “Anyone with a Benton County Library card can set up the app on their mobile device…, Kindle or desktop, and use [their] library account and PIN to log in.

You can download audiobooks as well as eBooks this way. If you don’t know how to access these resources — and your teens don’t have time to teach you, then head to the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library at 645 NW Monroe Ave. and lovely people will be there. able to guide you through the process.

The Corvallis Museum brings totems and turtles: While not specifically set up for kids, the new exhibit at the Benton County Historical Society’s Corvallis location is expected to be a hit with kids of all ages.

For younger children, Oregon artist Betty LaDuke’s use of color in her totems and turtles, and the almost but not quite hidden faces in many of her works, will have them passing with excitement. from one room to another. Young children love the play of colors and finding animals and people in them without knowing the intention behind these beautiful works.

For older children, the art on display in LaDuke’s “Fire, Fury, & Resilience: Totem Witnesses and Turtle Wisdom” is a way to deal with the troubling few years we’ve had as people of the world.

LaDuke said of these works:Alone in my studio in Oregon, the world rushes in and I crave to shape the local and global events that are reshaping our lives. These are climate change, the pandemic, border crossings and social justice. How have these events affected us, our families and our communities? How can we each express our pain, our resilience and our hope? Totem Witnesses and Turtle Wisdom became my answer.

This exhibit has the power and purpose to teach people how to take the reins of the grief we have experienced lately and reorient ourselves towards hope and finding a way for a new future.

“It certainly deals with some difficult themes…but would the kids see the symbolism or would they just see the beauty? I’m not sure,” said curator Mark Tolonen. the smoke from the wildfires in Ashland and the Mexican border and all those big adult issues. But what would a kid remember?

The Corvallis Museum, located at 411 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Philomath Museum: If the heavy take away food Seems like too much, go to the Philomath site at the Benton County Historical Museum, located at 1101 Main St., Philomath. Head straight to the first floor gallery and “Roots of Wisdom: Indigenous Knowledge”. “Shared Sciences” exhibition.

This exhibit allows participants to participate in things like weaving traditional Aboriginal fabrics. Kids will love the textural element of weaving, while being surprised that this is how fabrics are made.

For parents, this exhibit features stories of ecology and culture and restoration goals by both the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Tulalip Tribes, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and Native Hawaiians. The exhibit was developed and produced by the Museum of Science and Industry of Oregon, the Traveling Exhibit Service of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian with funds from the National Science Foundation.

“We try to put something in each gallery that gives kids an activity to do,” Tolonen said. “It’s more adult-focused, but it’s nice if adults can focus if their kids are distracted.”

The Benton County Historical Society operates the facilities of the Corvallis Museum and the Philomath Museum to preserve our history and culture. Their exhibits are always a learning opportunity for children of all ages.

By Sally K Lehman

James C. Tibbs