Corvallis Parents: Boys & Girls Club Delays Afterschool Programs, Winter Break Kerfluffle, Lunch Menus at CSD, Fidget Tools, Slime

School starts soon for Corvallis, and therefore afterschool programs are due to start as well. However, there will be a slight delay for those parents relying on the Boys & Girls Club which will be reopening for afterschool programs on Sept. 12.   

Registration for programs has begun though. You can register your child into a Boys & Girls Club program here  

The Club is taking the extra time to complete their hiring and training of new employees for the school year. As you’ve probably noticed, it’s hard to find people to fill positions, and that statement is true for the Club as well as everywhere else.   

If you or someone you know is looking for a job where you can work with kids, Boys & Girls is hiring. You can find out more here.  

Winter Break: It seems a little early to start worrying about the winter holidays, but parents living in separate houses might want to start the conversation now.  

Due to the way the actual calendar lays out for 2022, Christmas lands on a Sunday. This means the school calendar begins Winter Break on Friday, Dec. 23. The kids will need to be back to the classroom on Monday, Jan. 9. This gives the kids two full weeks of off-time, but might make juggling schedules a bit harder if the juggler has two families to take into consideration.  

Many custody agreements require specific visitation over these holidays, which might be hard to adhere to. We advise you to start your telephone calls sooner rather than later. 

What the Kids Are Eating: Did you know a fifth grader can get 15.5 grams of protein from the school’s cheesy garlic bread and 12 grams from a veggie burger?   

If you’re sending the kids to school with money (virtual these days, we know) and depending on school hot lunches, the Corvallis School District has provided an excellent webpage with all of the pertinent nutritional information on what they’re serving.   

Currently, only the elementary school lunches are available, but the other should be up soon. Also available is a list of food items which have been analyzed for allergens.   

Fidget Tools: Kids like to fidget. And for some, it’s a habit that can keep them from being able to focus on the work at hand. Therefore, someone came up with the idea for fidget devices. These “toys” are actually tools which allow a person of any age to keep their hands busy while their brains conduct the business of listening, processing, and learning.   

If your child has focus issues, there are a plethora of fidget devices you can choose from to help them. The guidelines for these are:  

  1. Choose something simple– if the tool is too engrossing, too focus consuming such as, say, the web, then it will defeat the purpose of having it. 
  2. Choose something inexpensive – fidget tools are often used hard and can break or be lost, so don’t invest too much into a single one. 
  3. Choose a tool that won’t be distracting for other kids – if your child’s fidget tool diverts attention from the teacher, it will likely end up on the teacher’s desk for the day. 
  4. Experiment with different tools – there are a lot of these devices out there, so take the time to have the kiddo fidget with many of them a little before deciding what to buy. 
  5. Be prepared to change tools – partly because the fidget tool your kid is using might lose its shine after a while, but also because if they grow very attached to one specific tool and it’s no longer manufactured you’ll be scrambling to find a replacement.

To find places to buy a fidget tool, check out the Can Learn Society’s guidelines. 

And Then There’s Slime: The stress of a classroom – or the stress of living in the world – can be a lot for some kids. The newest tool for stress relief is slime.  

You remember slime from your own childhood. It was slick and messy and dumped on the heads of entertainers on the Nickelodeon channel’s awards shows. And now, there are over 3 million Instagram posts tagged #slime.  

People have found that playing with slime, that soft and squishy blob that conforming to hands, seeping between fingers, staying inexplicably cool as it’s handled – that’s what people are excited about. Plus, the prettier the better.  

One YouTube video about making slime that has nearly a half-million views to date comes from Gillian Bower and is all about making fluffy slime – which sounds like an oxymoron but is apparently not.   

Therapists have found that interacting with slime helps counteract the sensations people get from interacting with electronic devices like smartphones, tablets, and some gaming consoles. They’ve also found that the sound slime makes as it’s played with can affect people the same way as ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) – the soft sounds that create a tingling sensation for some people. 

By Sally K Lehman 

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