Auction Parties and Items Avalible

We had an amazing time at the auction and you can expect a full recap in the next couple of weeks.  In the mean time, we have a couple of parties and items available for purchase.  Please see the attached link for the possibilities!

If you have any questions please e-mail the Auction Chair at

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Friday Updates – April 11, 2014

Arco Iris PTO Volunteer Opportunities: It is that time of year when our PTO starts preparing for next year. We have several PTO positions as well as one-time project leadership duties such as Field Day, Book Fair, or Box Tops, to name just a few, that need dedicated parents/grandparents to commit to in order to ensure our school continues to run successfully. Even if you can’t fill a position in the PTO, helping with special projects is a fun way to be involved and get to know other parents. Please take this survey to learn about our needs and let us know what you might be interested in helping with next year.

Chess Wizards: The spring session of Chess Wizards starts this Tuesday, April 15th! There are a few spaces left so be sure to register now. Class and registration information can be found in this flier.

Lunch Menus: As we wind down the school year, things are getting closer and closer. To make planning easier here are the lunch menus for May and June. The May Lunch Orders are due April 24th at 9 a.m., June Lunch Orders are due May 29th at 9 a.m. Late orders cannot be accepted, due to ordering requirements.

What’s coming up next week
April 12 Arco Iris Auction
April 14-18 OAKS and Smarter Balance testing (grades 4-7)
April 15 Chess Wizards afterschool enrichment starts
April 16  School Board Meeting
What’s happening in 2 weeks
April 21-25 OAKS and Smarter Balance testing (grades 4 & 5)
April 23 Late Start
April 23 Mad Science after school enrichment starts
April 24 (9 a.m.) May Lunch Orders due
April 25 Spirit Day
April 25 Taproot Assembly

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Friday Updates – April 4th, 2014

School Security - There were two incidents this past week that are important reminders about our school community’s need to remain vigilant about security in and around our campus.

The first situation was related to trespassing. This event occurred on the weekend and was outside of school hours. The situation was handled by staff from Beaverton Christian Church and the suspect was ultimately arrested by the Beaverton Police.

The second situation occurred on Wednesday which started with a traffic stop, not far from the school. That suspect fled the scene due to other criminal activity he was involved with and ended up on foot in the neighborhood. The suspect was ultimately apprehended by the police. This event occurred during the school day and Arco Iris was in lock down for approximately 3 hours. Our staff performed extremely well and followed the safety and security protocols we have in place for situations just like this.

Safety and security at Arco Iris is paramount.  It is important that we, as parents, volunteers, family, and friends, do what we can to protect our school and children. We can do certain things, such as keeping doors secured, not allowing strangers into the school area, and notifying staff of suspicious activity, to keep the school safe. Lastly, if there is ever any doubt about the safety and security of the school, calling 911 is the best course of action if there is an immediate threat to our staff or children.

While we hope that incidents like what we experienced this past week are few and far between, it reminds us that we need to be aware of our surroundings at all times and take care of each other and our kids.

We are one week out from the Fourth Annual Fiesta Night and Auction!  We have some amazing packages on which to bid: trips to the coast, Sunriver, Vail! a Ricoh Aficio printer; Orthodontia Services; garden planning; jewelry; 1:1 Spanish tutoring; and many more!

You can sign up for parties for students and adults including: cooking classes, Glow in the Dark Zumba, Jumping with Maestras Ansari and Serrao, and adult parties like Pub Night and Salvadoran Dinner.

And only at the auction can you bid on (and win!) your child’s classroom art work.  It is gorgeous!

Thank you to SinglePoint, Unitus, Snyder & Gaggini, Coastal Shoes of Lincoln City and Widmer for joining Office Max and Rain Law Firm as sponsors of the 2014 Fiesta Night. 

Today is the absolute last day to grab your ticket. We want to see you!  Please email the auction chair regarding questions, concerns and table requests.

Imagination Yoga - Our first offering of the Imagination Yoga program this winter filled up and was thoroughly enjoyed by the kids who participated. A spring session of Imagination Yoga starts this Monday, April 7th and will run for 8 weeks so be sure to sign up by Sunday. Sign up on line at or print the attached flier and mail it in to secure your spot! IY Reg Form Arco Iris spring 2014

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Friday Updates – March 21, 2014

What a great turnout for our science and engineering fair last night. THANK YOU to all our staff and volunteers who made this night happen! Our students were so excited for this night, and their projects were so impressive. Their proud faces were just priceless!

Auction Update - What do fabulous trips, beautiful artwork, and competitive bidding wars have in common? The Fourth Annual Fiesta Night and Auction on April 12!

All that is missing is you!

Let’s change that…tickets, childcare and parking available here.

For any questions or concerns please e-mail Sarah Coakley, Auction Chair.

Have a great spring break everyone! See you back at school on April 2nd!

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Friday Updates – Happy Pi day!


As we have 20+ students learning the art and science of computer programming today, and probably 100+ more students wrapping up their science fair projects this weekend, a mention of Pi day couldn’t have better timing.

Happy Pi Day! Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14. Looking for something fun to do with the kids today? Check out this link for a few suggestions!

The Science & Engineering Fair is next Thursday, March 20, from 5:30-7:00 in the gym.  This will be the last weekend to work on projects and displays for the Science & Engineering Fair. If you have questions about requirements, please view the Science Fair website or contact your student’s science teacher.

  • Students in grades 1-3 will bring their display boards to school on the 20th, and turn them in on arrival (grades 4-7 will receive instructions and due dates from their teachers). Any items to be displayed with the board should be brought in and set up at 5:30pm. Check the website for details on what is acceptable to bring for display.
  • Pizza and beverages will be served from 4:45pm until 6:00pm. We will have pepperoni and cheese pizza for $2/slice, $10/whole pie (not pi).
  • Please make sure your student is standing at their display at the assigned times.
    • Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 (odd numbers): 5:30-6:00
    • Grades 2, 4, 6 (even numbers): 6:10-6:40

Volunteers are still needed. You may be surprised to see how easy and convenient it is to pitch in and help! There are just a few jobs left to fill. Contact Kirstin Pinit, or sign up here for all volunteer jobs.

  • Pizza Servers will serve up pizza and beverages to hungry students and their families from 4:45-6:00. One space left. 
  • Fair Set up help  is needed on Thursday afternoon from 3:30-5:30. Set up tables and arrange 133 projects completed by students, groups, and classes! One space left – but all help with this will be appreciated. 
  • Event Hosts help answer questions and make sure everyone knows where they need to be, and will also help close up the Fair by collecting review forms, ushering attendees to the door, and tidying up the gym before leaving. One space left. 
  • Project Reviewers interview students about their projects and provide feedback on a grade-specific form. This is the most important job at the Fair. Reviewers enhance the learning experience for students by giving them a chance to explain their work. Spanish speakers are encouraged, but not required. One space left. 
  • Clean up help is needed on Friday afternoon, from 2:30-3:30. Organize display boards by class and put away tables. We’ll put the gym back in order and send projects home with kids at the end of the day. One space left – but all help with this will be appreciated. 

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Come to the Fourth Annual Fiesta Night and Auction and celebrate Arco Iris!

 Only at the auction on April 12 can you bid on:

Vacation packages to the Oregon Coast and Gorge, Sunriver, OR, & Vail, CO
Class Art Projects
Date Night Packages
Private Wine Tastings
Ricoh B/W Laser Printer
Orthodontia for Kids
And a bevy of fun activities for adults, kids and families!

This is your last chance to purchase ticketsSales absolutely close on 3/17/14. See you at the Tiffany Center on April 12!

PTO Meeting - Due to grading day and parent/teacher conferences, the March PTO meeting will be held on March 21st right after the schools morning meeting. Please join us to watch the morning meeting, where Jan will be reviewing some of the science fair highlights with the students. Then join the PTO in the middle school break room for the monthly PTO meeting.

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A note from your PTO

In the first three years we:

  • grew from 54 students to 190
  • went from no ranking to the top 10% performing school in the state
  • went from struggling to fill our classrooms, to wait lists of 100 eager children.

Impressed? We accomplished all of this by efficiently utilizing our funds. We all know Arco Iris receives less funds than other Beaverton schools get. Did you know that the school bonds, levies, and fundraising by Beaverton School District – none of those dollars come to Arco Iris.

Yep, we do so much with so little!

We are not trying to match the funds other schools get. “The Gap” ($85,000) we are trying to fill just covers our education costs for one year. Below you will find a chart that clarifies where the $85,000 figure comes from.

The Gap graphic

$85,000 is a lot of money.  If we were a school of only 10 students, it would be nearly impossible to meet that goal, but we aren’t!  We are 190+ strong and when we all work together, that number is achievable.  When you average the $85,000 by 190 students over the 10 months of the school year you get to roughly $50 per month.

What is $50 per month?

  • Two weeks worth of lattes.
  • A dinner out
  • A family trip to the movies

How can you do your part?

Of course we like cash donations. However for even more fun, on April 12, 2014 Arco Iris will hold its Fourth Annual Fiesta Night and Auction. You can get tickets to this amazing event HERE. This is the perfect opportunity to get together for a fabulous night to celebrate the success of Arco Iris and raise the funds we need. Enjoy the night, bidding on your child’s gorgeous classroom art project, winning tickets to symphonies, plays, trips and so much more. We look forward to seeing you there!

Working together we can meet our goals and ensure the continued success and vitality of our charter school, Arco Iris.

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Friday Updates – March 7th, 2014

Arco Iris Auction 2014 flierAuction Update - Couple and individual tickets are on sale now HERE. Tickets, childcare and parking passes will also be on sale after school (March 10-12).  We are almost half way to our capacity – we encourage you to get your tickets early.

We have had so many items come in for the auction.  Many thanks to our procurement volunteers.  We have now reached the procurement deadline and we would encourage you to bring in any outstanding donations.  Please submit all donations to the main office as soon as possible. 

The auction committee will be having a work party on the evening of March 19, 2014 at Sarah Coakley’s home. If you are interested in helping out, please e-mail the auction committee for exact details.

the-old-spaghetti-factoryRestaurant Night - Tuesday, March 11th!  Come join us at The Old Spaghetti Factory Tuesday, March 11th for dinner from 5:00-9:30pm to raise funds for our school!  It is located at 18925 NW Tanasbourne Drive in Hillsboro, near Regal Evergreen Theaters.  We will receive 15% of the profits from that evening, so don’t cook and come socialize with your fellow parents!

Scholastic Book Fair Profits at Work Your support of our Scholastic Book Fair last October helped make it our most successful fair ever. Our profit from the book fair comes in the form of Scholastic Dollars that we can spend on books and supplies from Scholastic and thanks to you that amount was $2,450.00! We received our order this week which included Spanish language reference books, Common Core reference books, early readers in both English and Spanish, and too many other wonderful books and materials to mention for each of our classrooms. Thank you for helping us get these valuable items into our school!

Lunch Orders - Our lunch program has been very successful this year. However, with the influx of more orders it is important to keep in mind the deadline for the menu. The task of processing these orders is time-intensive and therefore time is dedicated to this task on a specific date. For the past few months, we have been receiving menu orders via email as well as orders after the deadline. Unfortunately, we are NOT able to process these. Check out our Hot Lunch Program page for details and the latest menus.

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