School notes for Nov. 4, 2014

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Parents night out set this month and next

There will be a Parents Night Out Open Lego Lab for children ages 4 through fifth grade at Gause Elementary School, 1100 34th St., Washougal, on Friday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Dec. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.

There will be Lego theme-building contests and challenges, Duplo blocks, giant blocks and a bulk Lego play area. Pizza will also be served.

The fee is $25. To register, call Washougal Community Education & Recreation at 954-3040.

Minecraft camp is Nov. 8 at Gause

Children in kindergarten through sixth-grade are invited for a day of Minecraft at Gause Elementary School, 1100 34th St., Washougal from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

Participants need to bring a portable electronic device with a Minecraft PE application for group theme building. Activities will also include Lego pit, musical Minecraft and “Creeper Tag.”

The fee is $50. To register, call Washougal Community Education & Recreation at 954-3040.

‘A Christmas Carol’ will open Friday

The Camas High School drama department will present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which tells the classic story of a mean-spirited, miserly and rich old man, a poor but optimistic clerk, and three visiting ghosts each with a unique message about the meaning of Christmas.

Performance dates are 7 p.m. Friday to Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8; and 7 p.m. Friday to Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15. There is also an ASL interpreted show at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

Tickets prices are $7 for adults and students without an ASB card, and $6 for senior citizens and students with an ASB card. CHS is located at 26900 S.E. 15th St.

‘Raising a Healthy Eater,’ set for Nov. 11

Peak Motion Physical Therapy, 1905 S.E. 192nd Ave., Ste. 205 Camas, is hosting a class dedicated to teaching children healthy eating habits from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11.

“Raising a Healthy Eater,” will address how to eliminate food battles, tips for encouraging a picky eater, cooking healthy for the entire family, healthy and kid-friendly recipes and snack ideas. There will also be handouts and food sampling.

The cost is $10 per person and pre-registration is required.

Call 210-5440 or to register.

Clark College earns final approval for B.A.S. in dental hygiene

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has approved Clark College’s proposal to add the college’s first baccalaureate degree. Starting in the fall of 2015, the college will offer a bachelor of applied science in dental hygiene.

The degree will benefit both students and the community, according to Dr. Tim Cook, vice president of instruction at Clark College.

“Previously, students in the Associate of Applied Science program in dental hygiene were here for four or more years because of the requirements of the program,” he said. “Being able to offer this degree allows Clark students to earn a bachelor’s degree in the same time.”

The new program builds on the current dental hygiene program, with an increased emphasis on research and educational methodologies. Because all dental hygiene curriculum is standardized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), minimal changes to the A.A. program are required, Cook noted.

Students with an associate degree are typically employed in private practice offices or clinics. The bachelor’s degree provides opportunities for dental hygienists to work in dental sales, public health and research.

“Like many other health care professions, dental hygiene has experienced a gradual yet steady movement toward the bachelor’s degree as the desirable degree for entry-level professionals,” Cook said.

Annual greenery fundraiser set

The Camas High School 2015 Grad Night Committee is hosting its annual greenery sale to benefit the drug- and alcohol-free all-night party for seniors.

This year, the goal is to earn $5,000 through the sale. There are several styles to choose from, ranging from a holly plant basket to noble fir wreath. Gifts can be shipped anywhere in the United States. For more information, contact Joe Keller at