Sycamore Lane Horse and Therapeutic Riding Center


If you want to learn more about Sycamore Lane and Therapeutic Riding Center you can visit their link at:

I have been volunteering at Sycamore Lane this summer and have really enjoyed the experience.

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Quote for today

Out of clutter, find simplicity.

From discord, find harmony.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

– Einstein !

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just another photo

Hope to see lots of families in the Lents 5k tomorrow.

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Photo from last days of school

Can you believe that kids are less active in the summer than during the school year?

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Photos of Field Day from Mr Colvin

This gallery contains 18 photos.

Originally posted on Twenty-Four into Twenty-Four:
Wow, what a year! Looking back through the posts on our class blog during the year is a good way to to get a feel for what we did as a class this year.…

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Watch this video on some wonderful 5th graders

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Video of students helping a kids helping a classmate finish a race.

Click here for video of this heart warming story of students helping a student.

Mom Captures Gym Teacher Walking Up To Her Disabled Son, Doing Something Incredible 1 Day Ago No Comments
Matt Woodrum is an 11-year-old that was born with cerebral palsy, a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood and limit the body movements, but that doesn’t stop him from trying his best. The video shows one of the most kind things you’ll probably see today.

When Matt was told that he didn’t have to participate in his school’s 400-meter-race, he didn’t listen and was determined to not only participate in the race, but also get to the finish line and keep up with his classmates. As you will be able to see in the following video, as soon as Matt starts running, he had many difficulties and was unfortunately trailing behind. So, Matt’s gym teacher caught up to him right there on the field and encouraged him to continue. Suddenly, while Matt’s mom was capturing all on camera, his classmates decided to do something awesome.

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Team Handball

The students have been learning a new game called Team Handball. It transfers many skills of Ultimate yet easier to use and throw a nerf ball then a frisbee. For more info on the game
here is a link:

You might enjoy the video of kids working on the kills needed for Team Handball in German. The kids enjoyed a few snippets of this video and the visuals speak volumes in the language of “fun.”

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All Comers Track Meets


Summer 2015 Schedule
June 16th (Grant High School)
June 23rd (Grant High School)
June 30th (Grant High School)
July 7th (Grant High School)
July 14th (Grant High School)

Summer All Comer Track meets typically begin in June and run through July. The fun starts with the 60 meters for kids and predict mile and ends with the 4 x 100 relay at 7:45 with many events in between.

Join us for a fun-filled Summer of track and field all over our great city! Kids and adults of all ages are invited to this Portland tradition as Foot Traffic, Portland Parks, Lake Oswego High School, and partnering high schools host weekly track meets featuring all kinds of track and field events (see schedule above). 2012 was a great success with nearly 2,000 participants over the 8 weeks of track meets. We hope you join us again this Summer!

“I went to my first one last night with 5 kids of different age groups. I want to thank you for putting this event on it was great. The kids were inspired to try new things and more importantly to me, they were all exhausted and slept well! We will look forward to more track meets next summer.”

All meets start at 6pm.
All Grant meets are on Tuesdays.
All Lake Oswego meets are on Wednesdays.
Day-of prices
$3 for Youth
$4 for Adults
Registration is done at the meets. Show up beforehand to sign the wiaver and get your age group tag.

(events are on a “rolling start” so start times are APPROXIMATE)

6pm-7:30pm: All field events start
(high jump, long jump, softball throw, shotput)
6:00pm: 60 meter dash (Ages 10 and under ONLY)
6:20pm: 100 meter dash (all ages)
6:40pm: Predict mile (ALL AGES!)
7:00pm: 400 meters (all ages)
7:10pm: 800 meters (15 and under for first session. Night session is over 15)
7:20pm: 200 meters (ALL AGES!)
7:30pm: 4×100 family relay (ALL AGES!)

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The 5 Best Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

Published by SPARK Countering Childhood Obesity Since 1989

Let’s face it–even as adults, there are certain foods that we’d like to avoid eating. However, when it comes to picky eating, it’s fair to say that children really take the biscuit. Often, as parents we struggle to convince our children to eat the right meals at the right times–even with foods we know they enjoy. Introduce a recommended daily dose of vegetables into that equation and you have the perfect recipe for headaches, tantrums, and tears. So why bother with the hassle?

Healthy doses of vegetables can benefit your child in a number of different ways. Fresh, healthy produce results in improved nutrition, an enhanced performance at school, and a decreased risk of childhood obesity. According to information provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, half of your plate should consist completely of fruits and vegetables.

Obviously, the people who came up with this suggestion didn’t have much experience in convincing a child to eat their fruits and veggies. Statistics have shown that only 22% of children between 2 and 5 eat their recommended daily vegetables.

Fortunately for frustrated guardians, there are some tricks and tips that could help you to prompt your child into eating more veggies.

Photo by Martin Cathrae, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. Photo by Martin Cathrae, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

1. Use the “One Bite Rule”
This is a simple concept that works brilliantly on younger kids. It’s far too easy for children to decide they hate a food that they haven’t tried before just by looking at it. Push your children to try and eat at least one bite of the food that they’ve vetoed whenever you serve it. Science suggests that the more your child experiences the item, the more they’ll get used to it and begin to enjoy the taste for what it is, rather than rejecting it on principle alone.

2. Try to Make Food Fun
Children can be difficult at times, but if they’ve got one major talent, it’s in the realm of imagination. Kids love to play pretend and make games out of anything and everything. A new vegetable might be intimidating and disappointing for a child who was hoping to eat chicken nuggets, but if you turn it into a game, the task is suddenly less daunting. Transform your reluctant child into a superhero who needs to eat six carrots to see crime perfectly in the dark, or eat five pieces of broccoli for super-strength and you’ll notice the difference.

3. Don’t Push Too Hard–and Praise Success
If your children are working well on the “one bite” rule, the quickest way to spoil it is to force them into finishing their entire plate. Punishments, fighting, and conflict develop into a negative meal experience for your child, and conditioning suggests that the more pressure and discomfort you associate with an item, the more your child will grow to dislike it. When they manage the one bite, reward them with praise or a shiny sticker–anything that convinces them they’ve done a good job. Positive reinforcement is far more productive than negative pushing.

4. Shop and Cook With Your Kids
A great method for getting your children to eat more vegetables, which also connects to the “make food fun” tip above, is to get them involved in the meal process. Take them out to the local supermarkets and have them pick out examples of fresh vegetables that they might like to try. Then, once you get home, ask the child to help you prepare the vegetables. Most children will be happier to chomp through a meal of healthy veggies when they’re brimming with pride that they “made them” themselves.

5. Learn Your Child’s Vegetable Values
Most kids are under the impression that they’re invincible, so trying to convince them to eat their vegetables by telling them how healthy it is probably won’t get you far. Instead, tempt your children with tales that their veggie portions will help them to grow bigger and stronger. Appealing to their desire to grow and overcome their limitations is much more effective than simply using the “Because I told you to” approach.

Don’t Give Up!
We all have those days where our patience seems to have met its limit, but remember that the habits you teach your child now are likely to remain with them as they progress to adulthood. For their sake, it’s important to focus on solving eating issues early. Make the kitchen a fun place and create positive connotations with vegetables. You should find that, after time, your persistence pays off.

What works best for you when getting your kids to eat healthier? Let us know!

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