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  • Summer Time

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 7/7/2018 9:00:00 AM

    I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful weather with family and friends. I had the pleasure of visiting Los Angeles with my family, and it was spectacular! We will do some camping and hiking around Oregon as well. Other than that, I plan on spending most of my time by the pool reading a good book or two. For your convenience, I have included a list of possible summer activities near you and summer reading lists for all ages. Enjoy! I look forward to seeing you again on September 4th

    Molalla Summer Activities:

    http://www.cityofmolalla.com/library/page/library-summer-events

    https://clackamasartsalliance.org/event/molalla-library-wednesday-summer-programming/2018-07-18/

    http://www.cityofmolalla.com/calendar

    Estacada Summer Activities:

    https://estacadasc.org/

    https://www.cityofestacada.org/calendar/month?field_microsite_tid=32&field_microsite_tid_1=All

    Oregon City Activities:


    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g52007-Activities-Oregon_City_Clackamas_County_Oregon.html

    https://www.orcity.org/parksandrecreation/summer-2018-day-camps

    North Clackamas Summer Camps:

    https://ncprd.com/summer-camps

    Best Kids Activities in Clackamas:

    https://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Kids+Activities&find_loc=Clackamas%2C+OR

    Summer Activities in Portland:

    https://www.pdxparent.com/40-ideas-for-a-fun-portland-summer/

    Summer Reading List for Adults:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/entertainment/summer-books/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.82b284de3d4f

    Summer Reading List for Kids:

    https://www.weareteachers.com/summer-reading-list-for-kids/

    Summer Reads for High School / Young Adults:

    https://www.fastweb.com/college-search/articles/fun-smart-summer-reading-lists-for-students

    http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2018-best-fiction-young-adults

     

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  • Happy Spring Break

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 3/28/2018 11:35:00 AM

    Happy Spring Break Colton Community! 

    Enjoy your family and friends!  Here are some cool ideas for Spring Break: 

     Spring Break Activities 

    North Clackamas Aquatic Park

    More Spring Break Ideas

    Portland Kid's Calendar

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  • Peace to Stoneman Douglas Community

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 2/15/2018 4:30:00 PM

    My thoughts are with the community of Parkland, Florida.  At times like these, we often wonder if there is anything we can do to support those who are hurting. I appreciate the Broward Education Foundation for creating a gofundme fundraiser for the Stoneman Douglas Victims.  I thought I’d share the link with our community. 

    gofundme

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  • Trauma Informed Practice

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 1/6/2018 9:50:00 AM

    Trauma impacts all of us.  Research states, “Between half and two-third of all school-aged children experience trauma.”  According to the attached article, “Childhood trauma has been conceptualized as a response to a negative external event or series of events which render a child temporarily helpless and surpasses the child’s ordinary coping and defense operations.”  As a mother, I want to protect my children from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). It is not possible for me to control the world around us, but it is possible for me to help my children to cope with traumatic events in life.  When my daughter passed away from cancer at 27 months it was extremely difficult for all of us, and it continues to impact me on a daily basis.  However, I was an adult when it happened so I had better coping mechanisms to deal with such a traumatic life experience.  On the other hand, my nine year old daughter, at the time, was still at a critical stage of development making it more difficult for her to cope with such a tremendous loss.  As a family, we worked with the school and mental health providers to support her. If we had known more about trauma informed practices, I believe we could have supported our daughter better through her adolescent development.  All schools and educators work with children who have experienced trauma.  I have attached an article with information and resources on trauma and trauma informed approaches in school.  We have been implementing trauma informed practices across Colton School District over the past year.  Furthermore, we would like to invite you to a trauma informed practices workshop for families at the Colton School District Office, on January 24th from 5:30-6:30PM.  After, we will hold a community listening and learning session for your ongoing feedback into our continual pursuit of excellence.  Please join us and learn more about the work we are doing in schools to provide stability and safe spaces for children. 

    Trauma Informed Practices in School

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  • Support During The Holiday Season

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 12/22/2017 7:40:00 PM

    I wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.  Although this is a festive time of year, we may struggle with social, emotional, physical, and financial well-being.  I thought I’d share some supportive resources in Clackamas County.  Sending everyone wellness and joy this season! 

    Clackamas County assistance programs

    Locate resources, programs, and organizations that help with bills

    http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/clackamas_county_assistance_pr.html

    Clackamas Mental Health Services

     http://www.clackamas.us/behavioralhealth/riverstone.html

    Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services

    http://www.clackamas.us/behavioralhealth/alcohol.html

    http://www.addicted.org/directory/category/clackamas-county.html

    Clackamas County Resources for Teens

    https://www.wlwv.k12.or.us/cms/lib/OR01001812/Centricity/Domain/43/TEEN%20Resources.pdf

     

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  • School Based Health Center Grand Opening

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 10/31/2017 8:15:00 AM

    Welcome Clackamas County Health Centers to Colton School District!  The Grand Opening for our new school based health center is at Colton High School on Thursday, November 2nd from 9 AM – 1 PM.  The clinic will be open every Thursday from 9 AM – 1 PM for students K-12.   We are very excited for this partnership to better serve our community.  Please see the attached flyer to learn more information about the clinic and how to schedule an appointment.

     

    School Based Health Center Flyer

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  • Colton School District Changes

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 10/29/2017 8:20:00 AM

    Our CES principal, Nathan Meik, resigned as of June 30th, 2018.  However, due to family circumstances, Nathan may leave sooner than June 30th.  We are sad to see Nathan go, and we are happy for him and his family to embark on a new journey in the Midwest.  Due to this resignation, Grant Hayball, our current CMS principal, will transition to a K-8 principal.  Historically, CSD transitioned to a K-8 principal model about 8 years ago.  Last year, you started the year with a K-8 principal, and the budget continued to only support a K-8 principal.  We could be creative in funding a leader in each building because Nathan and Grant were both certified special education teachers.  Currently, Grant and Nathan are .5 principal and .5 special education teacher.  With Nathan leaving, we are unable to maintain one principal in each building because of the unique need for the configuration to financially work.  To support the transition back to a K-8 principal, we are hiring for a full-time special education teacher and increasing our Speech and Language Pathologist / Autism Specialist from 20 hours to 30 hours a week.  The majority of this person’s time will be spent at CES.  Our Campus Monitor and Interventionist will focus his time between CES and CMS for a while as everyone becomes more comfortable with this transition.  I will continue to be actively engaged in leading all three schools in collaboration with building principals.  There may be some inaccurate information floating around out there so if you hear something you don’t understand or don’t agree with please reach out to me or building principals. Further, to ensure accurate information is shared with our community, we have updated our communications plan to include a media communication and requests procedure.  The link to the communication plan can be found on my message page and located in this blog for your convenience.  I would also like the community to know we follow our record requests policy for any information requested of the district.  We have seen an increase of public records requests over the last couple of months and the financial impact on our district is a burden, therefore, we are charging for the requests per our policy, law, and the guidance of our school district’s attorney.  We cannot sustain a high volume of records requests without a fee and/or hiring more FTE in our school district office.  Over the years, we have cut our district level staff in order to keep the funding in our schools.  As tax payers, I feel you should know we always keep the majority of our resources and energy focused on our schools.  I will continue to be as transparent as possible and invite you to engage in meaningful conversations.  My door is always open, and I am readily available for our students, staff, and families.  I have opened my blog and twitter feed for public comment.  I look forward to communicating with you. 

    Communications Plan

    Public Records Policy

    Public Records AR

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  • #StartingNewSchoolYear

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 9/9/2017 3:05:00 PM

    Welcome Back Parents!  I'm excited to be starting a new school year with you.  It’s been a busy summer for me.  I moved my son to college in August, and so far it’s been a smooth transition.  He seems to be having a wonderful time and meeting lots of new people.  As a mother, I worry about his emotional health in this transition year.  I shared a helpful guide for parents, Emotional Health & Your College Student, in the link below.  I appreciate the sections titled Helicopter Parenting and A New Communication Contract.  I use the productive first phone calls tips often.  I know transitioning back to school after summer isn’t always easy.  I’ve shared some helpful tips for starting a new school year and helping with homework.  Wishing everyone smooth transitions!

    Parent Tips for New School Year

    Helpful Tips New School Year

    Homework Help Tips

    Emotional Health & Your College Student

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  • #HealthyRelationships

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 5/21/2017 3:40:00 AM

    As my children entered their teen years, I struggled to communicate with them. I am always looking for ways to build healthier relationships with my children and strive to be a better parent. Today, as I ordered a package of residence hall linens for my son heading off to college, I started reflecting on my parenting style.  At times, I wish I had more patience, listened more, and other times, I wish I was more consistent with my parenting. Nonetheless, I appreciate the time I have with my children and feel blessed to watch them move into young adulthood.  

    Here are some helpful tips on building healthy relationships with teenagers:

    Helpful Tips for Parents

    Building Healthy Relationships

     

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  • #SummerLiteracy

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 5/7/2017 4:25:00 PM

    As a parent, I often wonder how I can be more supportive of my child’s learning over the summer. My son is a senior, and we prepare for the summer orientation programs at Washington State University, Pullman.   When he was younger I would find activities to inspire his literacy development and keep him engaged in learning over the summer.  The following are activities, resources, ideas, and book lists for supporting child literacy.  I thought I’d share them now because summer is on its way.  Enjoy!

    Literacy Toolkit for Families

    Summer Reading

    Literacy Activities

    10 Weeks Summer Reading

    Reading Activities for Kids

     

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