Immunization Exclusion Day approaching, THPRD preschool to host open house, and more.

COURTESY: THPRD - An instructor leads a walk through the Tualatin Hills Nature Park as part of THPRD's Nature Kids Preschool program. Parents can learn more about the program at an open house on Saturday. Immunization Exclusion Day approaching for students

Oregon state law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations, or have a religious or medical exemption.

Parents or guardians in the Beaverton School District will receive a letter in early February if their child's immunization record shows that he or she has not received the required vaccinations. Children will not be able to attend school or childcare starting Wednesday, Feb. 21, if their records on file show missing immunizations.

The Beaverton School Based Health Center will an immunization clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. Patients 14 and younger must visit with a parent or guardian; patients 15 and older can visit on their own, but identification and insurance information is required. No patient is ever turned away from the center because of inability to pay.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 503-356-3985.

'Idle-Free' campaign seeks poster submissions

The Beaverton School District is holding a student poster contest as part of its "Turn Your Key, be Idle-Free" campaign.

The campaign encourages drivers to not idle their engines when picking their children up from school.

The campaign states that parents should turn off their engines when waiting for students to get out of school, turn off their engines when they arrive at school and expect to be parked for five minutes or longer, and to restrict idling to no more than five minutes when it is necessary for temperature control.

All Beaverton School District K-12 students are encouraged to submit a poster, and the deadline for submissions is Thursday, Feb. 1. For more information and to submit a poster, visit the following link:

African film fest kicks off at PCC

Portland Community College's 28th annual Cascade Festival of African Films will begin Friday, Feb. 2 at the college's Northeast Portland campus.

The film festival features an exciting slate of new films, 25 in total, from across the African continent. The longest-running African film festival in the United States draws in excess of 4,000 attendees each year, and has become a fixture of Portland's cultural calendar.

For complete screening information and director appearances, visit

THPRD preschool to host open house

The Tualatin Hills Nature Center, 15655 S.W. Millikan Way, Beaverton, will host a Nature Kids Preschool Open House to preview the park district's nature-based preschool programs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 27.

Families with preschool-aged children (3-5 years old) are invited to attend. They will meet the teachers and learn more about the nine-month Nature Kids program, as well as other preschool programs taking place at the Tualatin Hills Nature Center and Cooper Mountain Nature House.

The nine-month, half-day morning and afternoon nature-based programs are designed to help preschool children develop skills through a balance of tactile activities, play and academic experiences. The curriculum introduces developmentally appropriate activities with a structure that emphasizes hands-on learning through exposure to nature and the changing seasons.

Blair Stenvick
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