Spokane’s 1st Charter School, PRIDE Prep School is Now Recruiting for Fall 2015!

As the first public charter school in Spokane, PRIDE aims to spark the interests of the next generation of leaders: students who imagine new opportunities, take initiative and risks, and solve problems.

With individualized coaching, leadership development and career exploration, students are immersed in an environment that inspires creativity. PRIDE Prep empowers students with the skills and experiences they need to thrive in college and in life.

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PRIDE Prep is for 6th through 12th grade students looking for a different public school experience.

“We encourage students to take ownership of their education. We empower students with the skills and experiences they need to thrive in college–and in life.”

 For more information go to their website: http://www.prideprepschool.org/

  • Currently seeking 60 5th Graders and 60 6th Graders. If more students apply then  a lottery will be held on March 6th.
  • Still have questions about Charter Schools read this: Stand Washington for Children

Information Meetings:

  • Hillyard Library
    • 11/18 6:30-7:30pm
    • 12/13 3:00-4:00pm
  • East Central Library
    • 11/22 3:00-4:00pm
    • 12/9 6:30-7:30pm
  • West Central Community Center
    • 11/18 6:30-7:30pm
    • 12/10 6:30-7:30pm


‘Tis the Season for the Christmas Bureau

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What is Christmas Bureau?

It is an incredible annual holiday assistance program coordinated by Catholic Charities Spokane, Volunteers of America, and The Spokesman-Review.  This amazing program – made possible with generous monetary funds and many volunteer hours donated by community members and organizations –  provides toys, books, and grocery store vouchers for thousands of low income individuals and families.

To be a RECIPIENT at the 2014 Christmas Bureau

** Come in person to the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center on any one of the event dates Dec. 10-19 (excluding Sunday) 10 am – 2:30 pm. There is no sign up ahead of time.

** Adults (18 years and older) must show picture ID and one other current document with current address (such as latest utility bill, phone bill or rent receipt).

** Each household will receive a grocery store gift certificate. The amount depends on size of family and ranges from $15 – $30.

** To receive books and toys, parent(s) must show that the children live with them. Bring a letter or document from school, daycare, DSHS, or other agency to verify each child’s name, age (or date of birth), and physical address. A WIC folder (with current WIC checks enclosed showing the child’s name) is acceptable for participants in that program.

When and where is the 2014 Christmas Bureau?

December 10 – 19 (excluding Sunday), 10am – 2:30pm
Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana, Spokane, WA

2013 Christmas Bureau Stats

  • $582, 402 ~ Donations by individuals and businesses – an all-time high!
  • 9,218 ~ Households received grocery store gift certificates
  • 15,266 ~ Children received books and toys
  • 30,091 ~ Total individuals were served
  • 517 ~ Volunteers donated their time to staff the 9-day event

It is Flu Season!

What is influenza (also called flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Signs and symptoms of flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

How flu spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

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Period of contagiousness

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.

How serious is the flu?

Flu is unpredictable and how severe it is can vary widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including:

  • what flu viruses are spreading,
  • how much flu vaccine is available
  • when vaccine is available
  • how many people get vaccinated, and
  • how well the flu vaccine is matched to flu viruses that are causing illness.

Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications if they get the flu. This includes older people, young children, pregnant women and people withcertain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease).

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.


Flu Vaccine

Community Events

Wednesday 12/17

Event Description: Llama Llama Holiday Drama – How many days are left? If you have a little one in your home, they will relate to poor Llama’s need to know. There will also be a holiday craft.
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave
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Event Description: Salem Arms Community Housing Open House – Visit with staff and board members about what SACH provides in the way of housing and services to Spokane’s low-income working families and single homeless mentally ill. For more information contact Debbie Detmer at spokanecha@msn.com or by phone
Time: Noon-6 p.m.
Location: Salem Arms Community Housing, 1022 W. Shannon Ave.
Bus Route: 24

Event Description: Daddy 101 – A “crash course” evening that captures the unique experience that fatherhood brings. Men will be inspired and equipped for their transition into fatherhood. In this class, Dads will learn the basic skills they need to navigate through their child’s early stages. We will discuss everything from diapering, sleep schedules, and learn how to keep this new kid clean in the bath. We invite all dads to come and join in on the fun! Register at DeaconessSpokane.com. If you have any questions, please email deaconesschildbirthed@empirehealth.org.
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m
Location: Deaconess Hospital, Maternal-Newborn classrooms, 800 W. Fifth Ave.
Bus Route: 2

Event Description: Hip & Knee Pain Causes and Treatments – If joint pain is keeping you from enjoying life the way you used to, turn to The Joint Restoration Centers at Deaconess and Valley Hospitals, the only hospitals in the Inland Northwest to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hip and Knee Replacement, demonstrating our commitment to the highest level of care for our patients. Light refreshments provided. RSVP by phone or visit www.DeaconessSpokane.com and click on the event calendar. All seminars at 6 p.m.
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Valley Hospital Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave.
Bus Route: 96

Thursday 12/18

Event Description: Lunch and Learn: Taking Time for Yourself – Take some time for yourself this month to find out more about the importance of relaxation, and how it is a part of overall health. Learn relaxation exercises you can use anytime to instantly unwind. For more information, visit http://wellness.inhs.org. *bring your lunch*
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: INHS Community Wellness Center, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245
Bus Route: 26, 28

Event Description: Lunch and Learn: Taking Time for Yourself – Pop-up cards are greeting cards that pop with 3D designs when you open them. Come by the library to learn how to make these fun cards for the holidays or other special occasions.
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: East Side Library, 524 S. Stone St.
Bus Route: 94

 Saturday 12/20

Event Description: East Central Community Center Gifts – Gifts will be distributed on Dec. 20. To receive gifts: You must live in the 99201 or 99212 zip codes and sign-up at the center prior to the event. Please call the center with any questions.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone St.
Bus Route: 94

Event Description: Make a Snowflake Day – Drop by anytime during open library hours at the Downtown, Hillyard, Indian Trail and South Hill branches to make this classic craft. No two snowflakes are alike, especially when you make them yourself. Bring your creativity; we’ll have all the supplies necessary to make your own snowflakes..
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Spokane Public Library, 906 W. Main Ave.
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Event Description: Free Dance Workshop – Cena Bean, Mikaela Ostrander and WSU Crimson Girl Alumni, Rachel Pederson, will be teaching a contemporary class, ballet, and jazz for ages 6 and older.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Spokane Public Library, 906 W. Main Ave.
Bus Route: 90

Sunday 12/21

Event Description: Seahawks at the Garland – Watch every Seahawks game this season on a 40 ft. screen with HD projection. Food and drink purchase available at Bon Bon.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave.
Bus Route: 24

Event Description: Free Dance Workshop – Cena Bean, Mikaela Ostrander and WSU Crimson Girl Alumni, Rachel Pederson, will be teaching a contemporary class, ballet, and jazz for ages 6 and older.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Spokane Public Library, 906 W. Main Ave.
Bus Route: 90

Monday 12/22

Event Description: Pokemon Club - Whether you’ve played before, or just beginning, we think you’ll enjoy this math and strategy game! We play for fun, not for keeps. You can bring your own deck, or we will have some to share. Held fourth Monday of the month, 4-5 p.m., from October-May. All ages are welcome. (Children six and younger should be accompanied by an adult)
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road
Bus Route: 25

Event Description: LifeTree Cafe – Free public conversation café that discusses a different topic every week in a safe place with friends. Free refreshments and great conversations with friends. Dec. 15, What Would You Do For Love; Dec. 22, Angels; and Dec. 29, Family Do-Over.
Time: 7 a.m.
Location: LifeTree Cafe, 5201 N. Market St.
Bus Route: 27

Update!!!! Toys for Tots has Started Calling Numbers

 Reminder Saturday is the last day to pick up your order!

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The warehouse is open for toy distribution . ALL ORDERS ARE READY .You will need ID for your self and some form or proof for your child that contains their NAME AND BIRTHDATE (Birth Certificate, Medical card, print out from school,. the warehouse is located at 811 E. Sprague. We are open M-F 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm! The phone lines are now closed but if you still need to sign up you can come to the warehouse.
THESE ARE NOT ACCEPTED: (“Social Security Cards and WIC folders will NOT be accepted this year as a form of ID”). if you have any questions you can speak with the Marine in charge when you go down to warehouse.