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REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Nita Van Pelt, who retired at the end of this school year, was instrumental in reviving the music programs for grade school children. The programs are starting up again this September, so sign up your musically gifted child.

Musical opportunities awaiting your gifted kid

How do you encourage a gifted child?

In the “Simpsons,” Homer discovers one way is by buying a musical instrument. That’s how Lisa ends up playing the saxophone.

Encourage your little player with one of the year-long music enrichment courses offered through the Lake Oswego School District’s Community School.

There’s Beginning Strings for students in grades 4 and 5 who do not have experience playing the violin, viola, cello or bass. Kids don’t need prior music reading skills either. The cost is $200, and the class begins Sept. 12.

There’s also Elementary Orchestra for grades 4 and 5. This one is for kids with at least one year of previous playing experience on the violin, viola, cello or bass. Students need a basic knowledge of music reading, obtained through Beginning Strings, private lessons or previously taking this class. The cost is $300, and the class begins Sept. 6.

Beginning Strings and Elementary Orchestra are held at Uplands Elementary School on 2055 Wembley Park Road. Students are bused to their schools from Uplands after the class.

For more information or to register, visit tinyurl.com/Strings-Orchestra.

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Brandon Day, who was a ninth-grader last school year, should have been included on the Lake Oswego High School second-semester Honor Roll’s 3.5-3.99 GPA list. There was an error during grading that has since been corrected.

Become a published writer

The Review is seeking candidates for the Student Writers Advisory Group (SWAG).

SWAG members write articles for three newspapers: The Review, West Linn Tidings and Wilsonville Spokesman. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Aug. 18.

SWAG members meet monthly and team up on stories about local happenings and issues, providing information from a teen point of view. Participants write as often as once per month and adhere to strict deadlines.

To apply for one of these unpaid positions, send your name, year in school, which school you are attending, address, telephone number, email address and a short autobiography — 50 words or less — to The Review. Submit a sample article or first-person column (about 300-400 words) on any topic, as well as two other ideas to write about.

Send applications to Assistant Editor Jillian Daley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or drop by our office on 400 Second St. For more information, call 503-636-1281, ext. 109.

— The Review