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Battle Ground Public Schools Get Festive - 12/01/16

Battle Ground Public Schools' students and staff will celebrate the holiday season with food drives, gift donations, school assemblies and musical performances. Below is a list of all the public events happening this holiday season.

Primary Schools

Daybreak Primary is hosting a food drive from Nov. 28 until Dec. 12. The school also has an annual Giving Tree, where students are nominated by their teacher to receive gifts and holiday assistance if they feel the family would benefit.

Glenwood Heights Primary is having a food drive from Nov. 28 to Dec. 13.

On Dec. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the school is hosting Cocoa and Caring, a festive annual event that celebrates the winter season. This year's Polar Express theme will take visitors to a winter wonderland full of fun activities and yummy treats for the whole family.

Glenwood Heights' Winter Concert has two performances on Fri., Dec. 16. The first performance will take place from 1:30 to 2:10 p.m., followed by another performance from 2:30 to 3:10 p.m.

Pleasant Valley's Glee Club will be performing at the annual Providence Festival of Trees on Fri., Dec. 2 at 5:45 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $9 for those age 55 and older, $8 for ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger. More information and tickets are available at

Tukes Valley Primary School second, third and fourth graders will be at Mallard Landing Assisted Living, 813 SE Clark Ave in Battle Ground on Dec. 6 at 5:15 p.m. to sing Christmas carols to the residents.

Yacolt Primary's third grade students have concert performances on Thurs., Dec. 15 at 2:55 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. where they will sing a variety of holiday songs.

Middle Schools

Amboy Middle School is hosting a holiday food drive throughout December. The Country Fair Bazaar is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 3, and the school's holiday band concert is on Thurs., Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Chief Umtuch's fifth grade band will perform at 7:00 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 1. The sixth through eighth grade band has a concert the following week on Thurs., Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m, and the school choir will perform on Thurs., Dec. 15 at 7:00 p.m.

On Fri., Dec. 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the school will take part in Barnes & Noble night at 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. The public is invited to enjoy art, student performances and book recommendations while showing support for Chief Umtuch.

Daybreak Middle School's holiday band concert is Thurs., Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Laurin Middle School's band has a winter concert on Mon., Dec. 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and the school choir's winter concert will be on Tues., Jan. 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Pleasant Valley Middle School is collecting non-perishable food for their winter food drive from Dec. 5 to Dec. 16

Tukes Valley Middle School has their winter concert on Thurs., Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m., the Candy Cane Bazaar from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 3.

High Schools

Battle Ground High School has a choir and band concert at 7:00 p.m. on Tues., Dec., 13.

Prairie High School has a band and choir concert on Thurs., Dec. 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and a book fair at Barnes & Noble at 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. in Vancouver Vancouver on Dec. 10.

Summit View High School is sponsoring a food drive from now until Dec. 13 and is participating in a holiday gift sponsorship through the Clark County Food Bank to buy gifts for local children in need.

Battle Ground students receive top music honors - 11/21/16

Four students from Battle Ground Public Schools have been selected to participate in the annual Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) All-State band, choir and orchestra ensembles. Nearly 2,000 students from across Washington auditioned to participate in the prestigious event.

Finnegan Andrews, a senior at Battle Ground High School, will join the All-State Vocal Jazz ensemble; eighth graders Ashton Hemming (tenor sax) and Mallory Meyer (trombone) from Chief Umtuch Middle School will play with the Rainier and Baker All-State Bands, respectively; and Jacob Williams (trombone) from Tukes Valley Middle School will also play with the Baker Band.

These students will join more than 570 other outstanding young performers in Bellevue Feb. 16-18, 2017 for the gala event. These talented musicians will rehearse together under the direction of distinguished music educators and present a final concert on the afternoon of Feb. 18, 2017.

Well-known Washingtonians who have participated in past years' WMEA All-State groups include The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey, 2008 National Teacher of the Year Andrea Peterson and jazz saxophonist Kenny G.

Battle Ground Public Schools and Clark College partner to provide adult English language instruction (Photo) - 11/21/16

Battle Ground Public Schools and Clark College are partnering to provide English language instruction for adults who speak English as a Second Language (ESL). Classes will be held in Battle Ground and coursework will emphasize conversational English with attention given to reading, speaking and listening as well as school district information and U.S. culture.

Those who wish to register must first attend an ESL Information Session at Clark College on one of the following dates:

Monday, November 28 -- 9:30 a.m. or 6 p.m.
Wednesday, November 30 -- 12 p.m.
Monday, December 5 -- 9:30 a.m. or 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 7 -- 12 p.m.
Monday, December 12 -- 9:30 a.m. or 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14 -- 12 p.m.
Monday, December 19 -- 9:30 a.m. or 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 28 -- 12 p.m.

All information sessions will be held at Clark College, Gaiser Hall, Room 213. Friends and family can also attend. Please bring a photo identification with you to the information session.

Class schedules
Each class meets six hours per week over 10 weeks at the Lewisville Campus, Room C25 at 406 NW 5th Avenue in Battle Ground.

Winter 2017: Jan. 10 - March 16, Tues. and Thurs. from 6:00 - 8:50 p.m.
Spring 2017: April 11 -- June 15, Tues. and Thurs. from 6:00 - 8:50 p.m.

Space is limited, so we encourage those who are interested to register and enroll early.

Tutoring/Daycare Provided
Battle Ground Public Schools will provide tutoring/daycare for children whose parents are attending English classes. Parents are asked to register their children prior to the academic quarter by calling the Battle Ground Public Schools ESL Department at (360) 885-5439.

Fees and Contact
Students will be charged $25 tuition per quarter. For financial help or registration questions, contact the Clark College Basic Skills Office at (360) 992-2741. For general information, contact the BGPS ESL Department at (360) 885-5439.

RHL Theatre II's 'A Christmas Carol' cast
RHL Theatre II's 'A Christmas Carol' cast
River HomeLink's Theatre II to perform A Christmas Carol (Photo) - 11/16/16

River HomeLink's drama club, known as RHL Theatre II, presents Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" with performances on December 9 and 10.

"A Christmas Carol" is based on the novella about Ebenezer Scrooge, an old man who is well-known for his miserly ways. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts who show Scrooge how his harsh behavior has affected those around him. Is there still time for Scrooge to see the err of his ways and transform into a generous and kind-hearted human being before it's too late?

Performances will be at the Battle Ground High School Theater at 300 W. Main Street. Tickets are just $2 and are available to purchase in advance online at or at the door the day of the show.

The performance dates and times are as follows:

Friday, Dec. 9 at 3:45 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)