Friday Updates – October 24, 2014

Scholastic Book Fair! 

The Book Fair is back! The Scholastic Book Fair offers a great selection of value-priced paperbacks, specialty and activity books and hardcovers, including recent releases. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to build your child’s home library or stock up on birthday gifts while helping to raise money for our school! (Stay tuned for an OBOB announcement coming this weekend!) If you’d like to help work the book fair, we still have a few positions open and could use your help. Please check out www.parentbooker.com to see if it fits into your schedule.

Online shopping available October 22 – November 11

(Click Here for online Book Fair)

Help us reach our goal of 872 books and 156,960 reading minutes!

Don’t forget to join us next week for our annual Book Fair (School Lobby). Book Fair dates and time are as follows:

  • Monday, October 27: 3:00 – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 28: 3:00 – 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 29: 3:00 – 6:00pm
  • Thursday, October 30: 8:00am – 6:00pm
  • Friday, October 31: 7:30am – 3:00pm

Restaurant Night – TONIGHT! October 24th, 5:30 to 8:30pm for our first restaurant night of the school year at John’s Incredible Pizza. John’s Incredible Pizza will donate 15% of all purchases made (including gift cards purchased). Join us for good food and a good time with friends and help support your school at the same time.  John’s Incredible Pizza is located at 9180 SW Hall Blvd in Beaverton, close to Washington Square Mall. Don’t forget to bring the Johns Incredible Fundraiser Flyer with you!

Arco Iris Board of Directors - The Arco Iris Board of Directors is currently seeking interested candidates to fill the following three roles (up to five individuals). Job descriptions for each are attached:

If you are interested in joining our team, please see this week’s announcement for more details.

Volunteer News – Our Volunteer Community is strong and impressive.  We want to thank everyone that has stepped forward to help this year. Whether you are a first year parent at Arco Iris or a returning one, your role in the school is a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause.

Here at Arco Iris we depend on our volunteers greatly, and we would like to thank all of you for your time you have generously given so far.  Currently we have documented over 450 volunteer hours and we are just getting started.

Its never to late to sign up there are plenty of opportunities throughout the year.  You can find the up an coming volunteer jobs at www.parentbooker.com

Volunteer Orientation – Thank you to those who attended the volunteer orientation.  If you were interested in attending but could not make it there will be more training sessions in the next few weeks. Please look for announcements via www.parentbooker.com and this blog.

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 24:  Restaurant Night: John’s Incredible Pizza
  • Oct 27-31:  Book Fair
  • Oct 30,31:  Parent/Teacher conferences (No school!)
Posted in Fundraising, PTO

Jog-a-Thon Results are in…

Congratulations Arco Iris School on an amazing 3rd Annual Jog-a-thon!

Arco Iris students ran 5,418 laps for a total of 508 miles. Together they ran far enough to run nearly 2x around Puerto Rico – a phenomenal accomplishment in only 30 minutes of running.

We were so impressed with the amazing community support from the sponsors, to the volunteers at the jog-a-thon, to the many people from near and far who donated money. We had 74% of our families turn in pledge monies and surpassed our goal of $25,000. The Arco Iris community collected a net total of nearly $30,000. We still have outstanding matching donations, so we can’t calculate to the penny just yet! The success of the jog-a-thon puts the PTO fundraising efforts at approximately 35% of the net annual target of $85,000.

When everybody does a little, it adds up to a lot!

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For their efforts, the students cheered for Principal Jan Smith as she took a whip cream pie to the face. The kids loved it!

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Special congratulations to:

  • Los estudiantes de 5° grado – farthest average per student # of laps with 25.4 laps! They get a Spirit Wear Day for 5° grado on Tuesday, October 28th
  • La clase de Maestra Santana – highest average per student donation – $172.37
  • La clase de Maestra Ocasio – greatest participation rate – 92%

Individual Awards include:

  • 13 students received Arco Iris arm bands in celebration of running the most laps in their grade.
  • 10 students received a coupon for a Spirit Wear day of their very own. The date is a personal choice, but the coupon must be turned into the teacher on the day of the student’s choosing.
  • 10 students will eat their lunch with Principal Jan on Tuesday, October 28th.
  • 30 students will play Chess with parent Aaron Nielsen one day after lunch in the next month.
  • 30 students will dance Zumba with parent Memory Bybee, one morning/afternoon in the next month.
  • 25 students will study martial arts with Aim High Martial Arts one morning/afternoon in the next month.
  • 6 students will take a limousine ride for a treat with Maestra Perla and Maestro Clarke
  • 2 students will be Principal for the Day on Tuesday, October 28th
  • 3 students received a $150 Nike Sports watch

Finally, a thank you to our sponsors:

  • Sysco and Reedville Catering for the fabulous post run pasta.
  • Oregon Heritage Apple Farm for the yummy apples
  • Noodles and Company gift certificates for a free bowl of pasta.
  • Arco Iris PTO for donation of the arm bands.
  • Tualatin Hills Park and Rec for use of Schiffler Memorial Park.
  • Nike for the sport watches.
  • Aim High Martial Arts for providing the prize to our top donors.

Aim High Martial Arts looks forward to seeing the Arco Iris students who have signed up for their day camp on Veteran’s Day!

Posted in Celebrations, Fun Extras, PTO

Request for Applications – Open Board Member Positions

The Arco Iris Board of Directors is currently seeking interested candidates to fill the following three roles (up to five individuals). Job descriptions for each are attached:

How to apply: Individuals interested in applying for the above listed positions should submit their resume and cover letter of interest to Caitlin Jeffery by 5:00 pm PDT Friday, November 7th, 2014. Late entries will not be accepted. Please include which position you would like to be considered for in the subject line.

The Arco Iris Nominating Committee will interview prospective candidates and announce their selection at the November 2014 board meeting. The selected candidate will be sworn in immediately.

Posted in Administration, General Announcements

New Parent Orientation – Tonight!

New Parent Orientation

Whether you are a new family or a returning family, we encourage you to attend the new parent orientation session. It will be held TODAY, Monday, October 20 from 5:00 to 6:30pm at Arco Iris. Parents can come to hear speakers and get more information on the resources that our school has to offer! See you then!

***This is a PTO sponsored event.

Posted in PTO

Friday Updates – October 17th, 2014

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Jog-a-Thon – Donations were due this morning at 9:am! The final results will be shared at a school assembly on Wednesday, October 22nd at 2:45 PM. We are over 60% of the way towards our $25,000 goal with online donations. We hear that Principal Smith likes pies and we know Arco Iris students would love to watch her take a pie to the face!

Restaurant Night  – Mark your calendars for Friday, October 24th, 5:30 to 8:30pm for our first restaurant night of the school year at John’s Incredible Pizza. John’s Incredible Pizza will donate 15% of all purchases made (including gift cards purchased). Join us for good food and a good time with friends and help support your school at the same time.  John’s Incredible Pizza is located at 9180 SW Hall Blvd in Beaverton, close to Washington Square Mall. (Note: The attached flyer must be printed out and presented to the restaurant in order for Arco Iris to receive credit. ) Johns Incredible Fundraiser Flyer

Box Tops – Four of our classes have already reached their first boxtops class award and several others are very close. We have already collected over $120 in boxtops this year!  Please bring your current boxtops in by October 24th as we are planning to make a submission for a school check…and of course we want to keep moving the classes toward their goal. Reminder – put the student name, grade, and teacher in the bag or on the back of each ticket to count for awards.

New Parent Orientation – This is a special Q&A session for new parents and will be held on October 20th at 5:00 pm.

Intel Matching Gifts to Education/Volunteer Matching Grant – Intel has a program called ‘Matching Gifts to Education’ where you can donate to Arco Iris and get Intel Foundation to donate 50% of your donation to the school. They will donate up to $10k for the calendar year. Please visit the ‘Matching Gifts to Education’ site on the Intel’s website. There are many other companies in the area that participate in donation matching. Here is Nike’s info: http://www.oregoncf.org/nike#.VEBTuNYy6y0.twitter

Please inquire with your employer if they have similar matching programs.

Upcoming Dates 

  • Oct 20 – New Parent Orientation 5pm
  • Oct 22 – Middle School Committee Meeting 6:45pm
  • Oct 24 – Spirit Wear Day
  • Oct 24 – No Bully Zone Assembly 2:30pm
  • Oct 24 – PTO Officer’s Meeting 2:30pm
  • Oct 24 – Restaurant Night: Big John’s Pizza
  • Oct 30,31 – Book Fair
  • Oct 30,31 – Parent/Teacher conferences (No school)

*Reminder – Oct 22 is the last public comment session for Middle School Committee

Posted in Fundraising, PTO

Friday Updates – October 10, 2014

Student Drop off  – Please remember doors open at 8:15 for drop off and there is no supervision at the door until that time. In the past few days, we have seen students stand at the door by themselves before drop off. Please wait with them until 8:15 or register with our before-school care. This is a safety concern for everyone. Thank you!

Jog-a-Thon – A very big “Muchas Gracias!” to all those that helped out with the Arco Iris Annual Jog-A-Thon last week.  We had parents marking laps, labeling bottles of water, serving pasta, and color coding all of the envelopes. It was a fantastic community effort!

Envelopes with pledge money should be turned in to the office or the classroom no later than Friday, October 17th at 9:00 am. Online donations are still possible at Online Donations for Arco Iris 2014 Jog-A-Thon

The Jog-a-thon celebration will be at 2:45 on Wednesday, October 22nd in the gym. Awards for running laps and drawings for the prizes will be exciting! The current online donations total approximately $8,000 – we are 1/3 of the way to our goal. We hope we will be sending Principal Smith home covered in whip cream from a pie!

Keep your eyes on the signs in the lobby, we are tracking our progress to our $25,000 jog-a-thon goal and our $85,000 year goal.

Special thanks to our sponsors:  Reedville Catering, Noodles & Company, Nike, Sysco, Oregon Heritage Apple Farm, Aim High Martial Arts, Northwest Limousine, Memory Bybee (Zumba class), Aaron Nielsen (Chess class), and Arco Iris PTO!

Volunteer news – Our volunteers are awesome! We want to thank all of you for the parent participation with this Jog-a-thon. We had over 60 volunteers this year just for the event alone. It was a great turn out and a great display of our community strength.   Thank You for all of your time and energy put into our event.

Book Fair – We will be hosting our annual book fair October 27-31st. We need a few volunteers to make the event possible please check www.parentbooker.com to sign up!

Restaurant Night – Mark your calendars for Friday, October 24th, 5:30 to 8:30pm for our first restaurant night of the school year at John’s Incredible Pizza.  John’s Incredible Pizza will donate 15% of all purchases made (including gift cards purchased).  Join us for good food and a good time with friends and help support your school at the same time.  John’s Incredible Pizza is located at 9180 SW Hall Blvd in Beaverton, close to Washington Square Mall.

Upcoming Dates

  • Oct 10 –             Staff Development/(No school)
  • Oct 13 –              School Board Special Meeting (Exec Session)
  • Oct 16 –             School Board Meeting
  • Oct 17 – 8:30a  PTO meeting + volunteer orientation
  • Oct 20 – 5pm    New Parent Orientation
  • Oct 22 – 6:45p  Middle School Committee (public comment session)
  • Oct 24 – 2:30p  No Bully Zone Assembly
  • Oct 24 –             Restaurant Night: John’s Incredible Pizza
  • Oct 30,31 –        Book Fair
  • Oct 30,31 –        Parent/Teacher conferences (No school)
Posted in Fun Extras, Fundraising, PTO

Quick Reminders

Missing a lunch box, water bottle, or sweater? Our lost and found has been collecting a number of items since the beginning of the year. We will be donating any items not collected by this Thursday, October 9th. Please be sure to stop in and check our bins before then. Thank you!

We also only 15 more Valley Theater movie tickets left!! Get yours after school on Thursday! Or pay online and have it delivered home with your child! https://arcoiris.ejoinme.org/2014fallmatinee

Posted in Administration, Fundraising