Friday Updates – August 29, 2014

School starts Tuesday! Please take a minute to review the drop-off and pick-up procedures. The first week is crazy busy, so please drive slowly and use extra caution (and patience!) when entering and leaving the school grounds.

Carpool anyone? Interested in a carpool? Please email Becky at with “Carpool” in the subject line and we can help you connect with other parents who also want to carpool.

Kiss ‘em Coffee – After kissing your kids good-by on their first day of school, stay for a cup of coffee and meet other parents/guardians and catch up with friends. We will be meeting in the lobby area of the school at drop off.

Mazama Lodge – Did you miss the sign up at the ice cream social? Great news, we still have spaces left. The historic Mazamas Lodge on Mt. Hood, near the turnoff for Timberline Lodge, will be all ours for the night of September 19th! It is the perfect setting for enjoying the best that the mountain has to offer in September. There are many hiking trails and opportunities for exploring the area, including huckleberry picking at the peak of its season on the mountain. The cost per person is $30, which includes lodging for the night, dinner Friday night, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The lodge capacity is 70, but they allow tent camping on the grounds outside the lodge if we exceed capacity or by choice. So reserve your spots now by dropping a check for the number of attendees in your family, made out to Arco Iris, and please write “Mazamas” in the memo line.

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Weekly Updates Return – August 22, 2014

As summer vacation for students pulls to a close, our teachers have been busy this week getting the last important details together for the first day of school. With training, lesson planning, and classroom organization, they are a very busy and excited group! We will continue with these weekly updates throughout the school year, so please subscribe to the blog so you are sure to not miss important announcements.

We have a lot of updates for you to get the school year started smoothly, and they are all conveniently up on the web.

  • Drop-off and Pick-up procedures have changed! Please see our web page for details and maps.
  • Hot lunch program continues with VOA. Please see our hot lunch page for details. We have changes to food and milk substitutions. The September menu is posted. If you want hot lunch the first week of school, please bring payment to the ice cream social on August 26th.
  • Important documents are updated and on the web. This page includes our Family Handbook, Dress Code, and Buenas Tardes programs – all have changes this year. We have marked items with (NEW!) if there are changes from last year.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL AUGUST 26th! Please don’t forget about our supply drop-off night and ice cream social from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, August 26th. We still need a few volunteers, so if you have some time to give, please see our link here for the sign-up list.

KISS ‘EM COFFEE tradition continues on Tuesday morning (first day of school). Kiss your child good-bye and join other parents/guardians for coffee with friends.

VOLUNTEERING at Arco Iris during the school year is critical to our continued success. We require that ALL of our volunteers pass a criminal background check. Please see our Volunteering Opportunities page for details as well as the link to our online form. You will be given a volunteer badge by our office once results come in. Results can take 3-5 business days and the results are sent only to our office.

JOG-A-THON is fast approaching and still needs a leader. This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and will need a team assembled with in the next two weeks to ensure that it runs smoothly. If you are interested in helping out please email the PTO.

PTO FUNDRAISING OFFICER needed! Thank you to those who have stepped forward and offered their time and leadership to the PTO this year. We are still in need of a fundraising officer. The fundraising officer works with established committees to ensure that the PTO reaches its fundraising goal, supports the school board, staff and PTO in outreach and communications regarding fundraising, and works with PTO treasurer to make sure the budget is supported. If you are interested please contact the PTO.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS is looking for an educator to join our team. This announcement is open to the public, not just parents of our students. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 29th. See our link here for details.

Mazama Lodge Hiking

Mazama Lodge Hiking

And finally – MAZAMA LODGE! Spaces are still available to enjoy a weekend up at Mt. Hood at this beautiful venue. Join us Friday, September 19th for a fabulous weekend. The historic Mazamas Lodge on Mt. Hood near the turnoff for Timberline Lodge will be all ours for the night and is the perfect setting for enjoying the best that the mountain has to offer in September. There are many hiking trails and opportunities for exploring the area, including huckleberry picking at the peak of its season on the mountain. The cost per person is $30, which includes lodging for the night, dinner Friday night, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The lodge capacity is 70, but they allow tent camping on the grounds outside the lodge if we exceed capacity or by choice. We will have our sign-up at the Ice Cream Social and our Kiss ‘em Coffee. Please have checks made out to Arco Iris and write “Mazamas” in the memo line.

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PTO Updates

The start of school is almost here, and to prepare we are holding the first PTO meeting of the year, Friday, August 15th at 10:am.  The teachers and staff have been kind enough to let us borrow their new break room.  Since the school is not officially open and doors need to remain locked, someone will be at the front to let parents in from 10:00 – 10:15am.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming events:

Friday, August 15th

Tuesday, August 26th

  • Ice Cream Social/School supply drop-off, Arco Iris School, 4:00 – 6:00pm
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Call for Applications – School Board Vacancy

Arco Iris School Board has a vacancy due to member term completion. The current vacancy will be filled by a candidate chosen by the Arco Iris nominating committee to serve a two (2) year term. The nominating committee consists of two current school board members, one member of the PTO, and one Arco Iris staff member. The Arco Iris School Board is currently seeking interested candidates to fill the following role:

Experience required: Educator (current or former teacher or administrator), Spanish speaker or experience in immersion programs preferred but not required

Board Term: Two years

Replacement: Appointed board member will serve on the nomination committee for his/her replacement beginning approximately 60 days prior to the end of the term.

Projects: The following projects for the role of Educator on the board include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Work directly with the principal, perform performance evaluations of the principal (fall and spring), and support the principal as requested by the board and principal.
  • Work with the principal and staff with regards to the evaluation and implementation of language assessment tools (English and Spanish).
  • Review and provide input of new curriculum subject to adoption (as needed).
  • Review and provide input of learning target implementation (as needed).
  • Review and provide input on School Improvement Plan.
  • Review and provide input of documents to be submitted to the Beaverton School District on a quarterly basis and annual basis.
  • Work with the principal on drafting of the Arco Iris annual report.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Attend monthly Arco Iris board meetings.
  • Attend other Arco Iris board meetings (e.g. special meetings, executive sessions), as needed and requested by the Board Chair.
  • Attend school functions: winter program, spring performance, science fair, annual auction.
  • Complete school board training.
  • Assist in establishing and implementing the vision of the school.

How to apply: Individuals interested in applying for the Arco Iris School Board position as an Educator, please submit your resume and cover letter of interest to Deonne Knill by 5:00 pm PDT Friday, August 29th, 2014. Late entries will not be accepted.

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

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Last call – All School playtime TODAY!

Just a quick reminder, there will be families meeting up at Fir Grove Elementary today (Sunday) from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. There are covered play areas for 4-square and basketball. Bring water to drink and enjoy the summer weather with friends!

Also, SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday, August 26th is the ice cream social/supply drop off date. You will meet your teachers, find your classroom, and make new friends! Doors will be open from 4:00 -6:00 pm. If you can’t make this date, don’t worry. Just bring supplies on the first day of school.

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Summer updates – It’s August Already!

Wow! Summer is sailing by, and we hope everyone is enjoying the break. These warm evenings are perfect for sitting outside and reading a good book. Hint: Summer reading continues!

Parents, please be on the lookout for the Parent packet to be in your mailbox early next week!

We have enjoyed spending time together at the park play dates this summer, and we look forward to seeing more of you at one of our remaining park play dates. Meet us on the playground at Fir Grove Elementary, behind the Arco Iris parking lot:

  • Saturday, August 2nd – 3rd Grade, 11:00 – 1:00
  • Sunday, August 10th – All-school, 3:00 – 5:00
  • Friday, August 15th – 1st Grade, 1:00 – 3:00

SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday, August 26th is the ice cream social/supply drop off date. You will meet your teachers, find your classroom, and make new friends! More details to come.

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Office Updates – July 25, 2014

Six weeks from now, our school will be bustling with the sounds of teachers back to work preparing for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Our custodial staff are working hard to get rooms set up, carpets cleaned, and materials in place for our classrooms. Our office staff have been coming in throughout the summer to take care of administrative tasks. This year is much easier than our start last year since we are already in the building. Now that we have “lived” in the building for a year, we are far better equipped to utilize the space to meet the needs of our school.

We look forward to having our teachers return in late August. However, some of our staff from last year have pursued other opportunities.  The following teachers will not be returning:  Maestra Powers, Maestra Lopez, Maestra Heider, and Maestra Ramos, Maestra Espinoza, and Doctora Cesar. We wish them the best in their new endeavors.

Next year, we will have ten homerooms! Each one of them will be taught by a native Spanish speaker. As a matter of fact, all of our homeroom teachers are natives of Puerto Rico. After seeing the strength of skills that Maestra’s Santana, Viera, and Rodriguez possessed, we recruited teachers from Puerto Rico exclusively and are proud to have them join our staff.  Our homeroom teachers are the following:

  • Grade 1:  Maestra Santana, Maestra Rosado
  • Grade 2:  Maestra Ocasio, Maestra Rivera
  • Grade 3:  Masetra Rodriguez, Maestra Colon
  • Grade 4:  Maestra Roman
  • Grade 5:  Maestra Viera, Maestro Lopez
  • Middle School:  Maestra Vega
  • Additional English teacher:  Maestra Root

With seven teachers relocating to Oregon to join our staff, we have been working to assist them in the myriad of tasks involved throughout the summer. They are set with apartment leases and travel arrangements. Our next blog post will feature pictures and bios of all our teachers. We are excited to have them join us in August!

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