Lake Oswego Schools Reconfig Boundaries
Lake Oswego School closures reset boundaries for fall 2013 – Uplands and Bryant elementary close in a few more days and will join Palisades elementary that closed last year as Lake Oswego stretches budget to meet the needs of our students.
Boundaries for secondary schools will not change.
2012-2013 Boundary Map*
Now almost completing 2 weeks of school our students seem to be in their groove. The backpacks are now over stuffed with all the I might need it. Those heavy books and binders that kids carry to school every day can affect their posture and even lead to an injury.
When a backpack is too heavy, it can strain muscles and joints and cause back pain and tingling arms. The American Academy of Pediatrics shares these backpack tips:
Cushion the load. Shoulder straps should be wide and padded, and kids should wear both of them. A padded back also increases comfort.
Buckle up. A waist belt helps support the load kids tote.
Lighten up. A packed backpack should weigh no more than 20% of a child’s
body weight — but the less it weighs, the better.
Get plenty of pockets. Multiple compartments will help to distribute the weight.
Roll it. Get your kids a book bag with wheels if lugging around a backpack causes them too much pain.
For more information, check out KidsHealth.org
In a unanimous vote before a full house Monday, board members approved closing Palisades next year and Bryant and Uplands the following year. When all three are closed, the district will save about $2.3 million a year.
Board members praised the community’s financial support, but insisted the closures are necessary to fill the district’s expected shortfall of $5.5 million next year and to maintain current academic programs.
Under the two-year plan, sixth-graders will be sent to a sixth- through eighth-grade middle school configuration in 2012-13. Bryant Elementary’s building will be used as part of a middle school.
Lake Oswego joins more than a dozen other Oregon districts — and many others across the nation — that have weighed school closures to cut costs.
Don't let all your work clog your day!
The day after Thanksgiving may be the biggest retail day of the year known as Black Friday but it may also be one of the busiest day for your Local Plumber. Lake Oswego is no different.
Think about how we push the systems to the limit. I cannot tell you how many Thanksgiving Day’s also included surgery on my garbage disposal. Fortunately for us, my brother in law the resturant owner for nearly 20 years was the family expert when the annual back up happens. Always the one to roll up the sleeves, dig out all the peels or celery and empty the water and restart the disposal followed by a toast from the crowd. Only once was a complete dismantle.
Over the years I have learned a few things.
- Celery is a big no no in the disposal – to stringy – most disposals are not up to the task.
- Potato peels are another no no in the disposal – just peel into a paperbag and the whole mess is gone in one toss.
- For the items that can go down the disposal – remember to have it running before you push all the depris down the hatch. With the warm water on!
- Fats or cooking oils should never be washed down the drain. they just cool and clog!
Many of our Portland area homes have seen generations of Thanksgiving meals. Big family get togethers that can put a real stress on plumbing problems. Often, a house may already have a partially clogged drain that has gone unnoticed, until holiday guests arrive and overwhelm the system. Homes are full of guests and frantic hosts that can quickly and easily lead to plumbing problems throughout the holiday season.
A slow drain in the shower that was only used once or twice a day may have an extended family members now sharing. Try to time showers with a least 10 minutes of ‘drain time’ for some of our older pipes!
Incoming calls to local plumbers on Black Friday will jump upwards of 35% according to Steve Ferree - Mr. Rooter of Portland .
10 Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving from Mr Rooter of Portland
- Don’t put turkey skin or bones, celery stalks, onion or potato peels down the garbage disposal.
- Avoid pouring grease into the drain.
- Throw large quantities of scraps in the trash, not the sink.
- Wipe out greasy pans and plates with a paper towel before washing.
- Rinse dishes thoroughly before placing them in the dishwasher.
- Run hot water into the garbage disposal before, during and shortly after use.
- Regularly use microbial drain treatment, such as BioChoice, to help prevent grease, sludge or soap build-up.
- Don’t over-load the garbage disposal. If it stops abruptly while in use, turn the garbage disposal power off and press the re-set button (if available) under the sink.
- If you suspect a problem, don’t operate the dishwasher and garbage disposal at the same time.
- If the kitchen sink backs up or if you experience any other drain or plumbing problem that could dampen your holiday spirit …
Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing at 503-223-6447 or 360-892-9009. Call 24/7. There’s a reason they call them ‘Mr’. A personal referral you can count on.
Plus – No extra charge nights/weekends or holidays.