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Portola Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 7A Parent/reacher Conferences You will be receiving a parent/teacher conference invitation this week. The conferences are being scheduled for the week of October 14-18 (except the 6th grade teachers, who are scheduling theirs for the week of October 7 - 11 because of Outdoor Ed). If you need to change your conference time or date, please call the CRC office. Our PTA meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month. October's meeting is Thursday, October 10 at 6:00pm in the school office. All CRC parents are welcome to attend these meetings. PTA is an excellent way for a parent who wants to help CRC to get involved. PTA does things that make school fun for the students, and provide a welcome and helpful parent perspective to the school's leadership team. Innisbrook Catalog Speaking of PTA, our big fundraiser for the year is done through the Innisbrook catalog. Students are asked to seek purchasers of catalog items from among their family and family,friends. The items are high quality and make good holiday gifts. The students get prizes for selling a certain number of items, and the profits go to fund assemblies and other fun school activities. Student Absences California law allows us to excuse students from school for illness, medical appointment, and attendance at a funeral. Other reasons for absence can be excused if they are approved in advance by the principal. If you are planning a family trip or other non-medical activity during school, please talk with Mr. Williams in advance. If the absence is for five days or more, talk with your child's teacher about setting up an independent study. If your child is absent from school for any reason, please call Mrs. Preston, our Attendance Clerk, at 832-0211, extension 1 to clear the absence. Great Shake Out We will have an earthquake drill on Thursday, 10/17 at exactly 10:17AM. The students will be instructed to DROP (get as low as possible as quickly as possible) COVER (get under a desk or table), HOLD (onto the desk or table in case it moves in the shaking). Flu Shots! On the morning of Wednesday, October 30th the Public Health Dept. will offer all students the flu vaccine. This vaccine is free and is highly recommended. Students are considered high risk for flu due to their daily activities. Information and permission forms will be sent home with students approximately 2 weeks before. Sports Dress-Up Day Our Student Council's first Spirit day will be Sports Dress-up day on Wednesday, October 16. Students and staff are invited to participate by wearing athletic uniforms and equipment to school. (Please, no hockey sticks- they are sometimes put to inappropriate uses). The Student Council officers will visit each classroom and count participants - the class with the most participating students will win a prize. PURPLE PRIDE GOLF TOURNAMENT SAT. OCT. 12, 2013, PLUMAS PINES GOLF RESORT PLAYER PRIZE & RAFFLE DONATION One of the reasons our tournament is so popular with golfers is due to the overwhelming generosity of our sponsors. Unlike other golf tournaments, players of all abilities are in the running for a prize -- not just the low handicap players. We hope to collect a variety of prize and raffle items, and we take great pride in recognizing all the local businesses and organizations which donate prizes or services to our tournament. Your donations help to make this tournament both profitable for us and fun for our participants! All donors will be recognized during the prize presentation ceremony, as well as in the tournament program received by each player. Registration was due Oct. 4th, 2013 The PUSD school lunch eligibility grace period will be ending on Oct 15th. Free and Reduced Price Meal Program applications need to be completed for the current school year. Applications are available in the cafeteria and online at What is Parent Involvement Research shows that students with parents who are involved in their children's education achieve more. Exactly what is "parent involvement?" Some parents have the time available to volunteer or serve on committees; others have more limited opportunities. Being involved in your children's education at home is actually the best place to begin. Take an interest in your children's schoolwork and activities. Talk about what they are learning, look at papers brought home from school, and help with and/or review homework assignments. Utilize the access to the Parent Portal to monitor ongoing class progress. Communicate with your children's teachers. Be aware of your children's strengths and weaknesses and ask what role you can play to help your children reach their potential. Use the telephone - Need more information? Call the school and talk to the office staff, principal, or your child's teacher. If you want to discuss your child's schoolwork progress, call and arrange an appointment with the teacher. Hard work pays off The Rotary Club of Portola presents the Portola High School softball team with a check for $300 for players' hard work at the recent Fly-In Breakfast. From left: coach Carl Popish, Dayna Cormany, Mariah Marsh, club president Kirk Lambert and coach Joe Moctezuma. Photo by Shelly Yockey Healthy food helps boost student learning The academic success of Plumas County's youths is strongly linked with their health. Along with Centers for Disease Control, leading national education organizations and local educators recognize the close relationship between health and education, as well as the need to foster health and well-being within the educational environment for all students. Students not only need healthy food and regular well-child health examinations, but they may also need sports physicals or specialty care for short- or long-term conditions that impact their health and learning. To ensure that all children have access to vital preventative health care and treatment, Plumas Unified School District/Plumas County Office of Education is teaming up with Plumas County Social Services and the Plumas County Public Health Agency. They updated the National School Lunch Program application for free and reduced-price meals in order to offer parents the options to apply for Medi-Cal and CalFresh with less paperwork. Known as "Express Lane Eligibility," the Medi-Cal option can lead to a 30- to 60-day temporary period of enrollment in the Medi-Cal health insurance program that allows eligible children to receive well-child exams, sports physicals and dental cleanings and treatment if needed. Parents are encouraged to follow up the temporary Medi-Cal with an application for full-scope Medi-Cal, which would keep their eligible children covered by health insurance year-round. This fall parents will also have an option to initiate an application for CalFresh, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, through the Express Lane Eligibility section of the National School Lunch Program application Despite an increasing caseload in the county, data from the United States Department of Agriculture show that California has the nation's lowest participation rate in CalFresh. An analysis by the California Food Policy Advocates estimates that use of CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) in 2011 Fall2013 BBQ Menu and Live Local Music Every Monday 900ht 5-8 pm Monday Night Football TafCe-Out Menu Also Available! 836-1619 "oca[, Fresh & Deficious" BreaCf[ast & undi Wed-Sat Dinner Fri &Sat, Mon BBQ Sunday Brunch 530-S36-1619 190 Bonta Street, Blairsden among low-income individuals who may be eligible ranks Plumas County at 45th out of California's 58 counties. According to California Food Policy Advocates, if CalFresh reached all of the eligible low-income individuals in Plumas County, an estimated $1.77 million in additional federally funded nutrition benefits would be received by local residents each year. Those benefits would result in $3.16 million in additional economic activity, according to California Food Policy Advocates. National School Lunch Program applications are available at all PUSD/PCOE schools, and may be filled out at any time during the school year. All sections must be returned to the school at the same time to use the Express Lane Eligibility options. Those who are eligible in Plumas County and who receive CalFresh benefits not only help their families avert hunger, but also help boost local economic activity. To read the Lost Dollars, Empty Plates Report, which examines the impact of CalFresh participation on California's state and local economies, visit For more information about the National School Lunch Program free and reduced-price meals program or Express Lane Eligibility section of the school meals application, contact PUSD Nutrition Services Manager Jessica Linford at 283-6545, ext. 5505. For more information about the Medi-Cal and CalFresh programs, call the Plumas County Social Services Department at 283-6350. 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Please call our office for details FRIDEN OPTOMETRY FAMILY EYE CARE CONTACT LENSES Jonathan Friden, O.D. 68 Central Ave. Quincy 283-2020 Complete vision and eye care, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists on staff, Vision and Eye examinations, treatment of eye disease, cataract surgery, foreign body removal, threshold visual field analysis, contact lenses, glasses (large selection of inexpensive to designer eyewear), low vision aids for the visually impaired, and vision therapy for learning related vision problems. ININ 8aturdaJb Oct. 19 T/00,4/ternat00r00 B,u00 Always a high energy night with this great rock n'roll/ funk band! 9 pm till closing, $5 cover, FREE to dinner guests. Saturday, oct. 26 You still have time to enjoy Longboards for lunch and dinner daily! Wine Wednesdays on 10/30, 1 |16, 11/13, ! I/0 Wine flights with tasting menu. l'OlXS Night, 11/16: Spanish smoll plotes end Spanish winos. Pine Ridge Wineff Dinner, 11/23: Sumptuous 5-course dinner expertly paired to Pine Ridge's fine wines. FOR MORE