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North Star Elementary

North Star Elementary

Harboring a community of families
Wearing a hard hat, Kevin Gehrig strolled through the almost-completed North Star Elementary on a recent afternoon. Gehrig, the principal of Bend-La Pine Schools' newest school, waved with an easy familiarity to builders adding finishing touches.

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Ramping Up After School Care

With school start times changing in Bend, local programs expand offerings to meet the need
If you're a parent who's not yet aware of the child care crunch in Central Oregon, prepare for a rude awakening. And with changes to school start times ahead for the 2019-2020 school year, that problem has only gotten worse.

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Back Off, Mama Bear

Why rescuing your kids might actually be harming them
Our society celebrates the Mama Bear.


Things I've Learned

On the Air: Meet local DJ, Kris Arnold
After working at Atlantic Records in L.A. for 12 years as VP of alternative promotion, Kris Arnold made her way to Bend, Ore., where she has made her home for the past 14 years. Presently, she DJ's for local station, 92/9, is their musical director and hosts the local show, Highway 97 every Tuesday.

Things I've Learned

Quick & Easy Weeknight Family Dinners

Stock your pantry with fall staples for quick cooking
Between work, school and extracurricular activities, it can be tough to put healthy, family dinners on the table. Here are a few ideas to help with the weeknight food blues!


Join the FAN Club!

Family Access Network serves children and families in the Central Oregon community
Imagine being too young to provide for yourself, but your family is struggling to provide for you. It's not because they aren't trying, but because they have encountered some obstacles in our ever-changing community of Central Oregon.


Editor's Note

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."— Benjamin Franklin

Editor's Note

Going a Different Route

Bend-La Pine Online offers an alternative approach to learning
As the summer starts winding down, it's time once again to think about education. While most kids enjoy some aspect of school—the actual learning, seeing friends or developing relationships with teachers—the typical brick-and-mortar classroom setting doesn't allow all children to be successful.



Lynne Tat Middle School Counselor / SEL Teacher, High desert Middle School
Q My 7th grade daughter comes home every day and talks incessantly about the drama of the school day.

Expert Q&A

Little Feet on the Street

We asked these day campers at The Athletic Club of Bend, "What would you do if you were principal for a day?"
We asked these day campers at The Athletic Club of Bend, "What would you do if you were principal for a day?" Poppy, 9: Teach about animals and why they are important to the planet.



The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton


Fall Events

Fun family-friendly fall events


Call Time

Local children's theatre group, BEAT, prepares for "Frozen JR." this fall
"Places everyone, places, AND action!" Listening to the detailed planning and logistics which funnels into each production at BEAT Children's Theatre, the operation could easily be mistaken for Broadway.


The Best Laid Plans

Tips for Transitioning Kids with Autism Back to School
Heading back to school after a fun-filled summer is difficult for many children, but some students face more challenges than others.


Death By Children

I Quit.
I quit. I am hip deep in laundry.


Starry Nights

Autumn skies make great stargazing
Where can you find a winged horse, a dragon, a warrior and a swan, all on the same evening? Just look up!






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    • Kris is a great person, a genuine asset to our community. Rock on, sister, rock…

    • on October 7, 2019

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