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:

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

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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 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)
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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!

Posted in Administration, Fundraising

Friday Updates – October 3, 2014

Aid Station at the 2014 Jog-A-Thon

Volunteer News - Thank you to all the volunteers that offered the time to make the Jog-a-thon a success! Our students had a fantastic time! These events are crucial to our school and having the support of friends and family makes a world of difference. If you were not able to attend today but wish to join us for other events please continue to check the blog and for up and coming volunteer events.

Volunteer orientation - We will be holding a volunteer orientation on October 17 2014 following the PTO meeting.

Have a great weekend!


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Important Jog-a-Thon Information

The 2014 Jog-a-thon is this Friday! The students and staff at Arco Iris are very excited.

Please see below for important information.

  • Dress- Students should wear a shirt in their assigned class color, comfortable shorts/pants and shoes for walking/running. If you do not have something in your class color, wear Jaguar Spirit wear or a white shirt.
    • Blue shirts – Ocasio, Colon, Root
    • Red shirts – Santana, Rodriguez, Lopez
    • Yellow shirts – Romero, Vega
    • Green shirts – Rosado, Roman, Viera
  • Lunch- All students will receive a bowl of macaroni and cheese (~1 cup), an apple and a milk, courtesy of Reedville Catering, Sysco, and Oregon Heritage Apple Farm. If you think that your student will want more food than this, please pack something from home.
  • Schedule- Classes will be walking to Schiffler Park, running for 30 minutes and then walking back to school for lunch.  Each student will receive a bottle of water at the park. Approximate running times at Schiffler park are 3rd/4th grades 10:15-10:45; 1st/2nd grades 11:00-11:30; 5th-8th grades 11:45-12:15.
  • Volunteers- All volunteers should sign in and pick up volunteer badges in the lobby at school and check in with Sunshine King and Jeanna Valenzuela Johnson for instructions. Thank you!
  • More information is posted on the school jog-a-thon page

We hope you are able to share in our excitement as we come together as a community to raise money for Arco Iris School. If each student MEETS the TARGET of $120, we will surpass our school wide goal of $25,000!! And the school will cheer on our beloved principal as she takes a pie to the face.

Please email with questions.

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Jog-A-Thon 2014 – The countdown begins!

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The Jog-a-Thon final countdown begins! Online donations have already started! Supporters of Arco Iris Jaguares have already donated almost $500 and we are five days away.

Our students love the Jog-a-Thon. You can feel their excitement – watch a few of our students express what they like about the big event.

And the prizes keep getting better… As if it’s not enough that students will receive a free bowl of pasta, have a chance to earn a Spirit Wear Day, or to win a NIKE sports watch…. We are excited to announce that the TOP 25 fundraisers will be amazed by a class presented by Aim High Academy of Martial Arts and the #1 fundraiser will get whisked away in a limousine for a snack with a special staff member. Thank you AIM HIGH and NORTHWEST LIMOUSINES for supporting Arco Iris School.

The Jog-a-Thon energy is contagious. Our students’ smiles and laughter will make your day. Good news – We still need volunteers! Please visit to sign up. Background checks must be completed prior to using parentbooker and volunteering at Arco Iris. Results take a few days to get in, so if you haven’t filled out your online application, visit our Volunteer Page and do so ASAP! It’s not too late.

For more information and extra fliers/pledge sheets please visit the

Jog-a-Thon web page.

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Friday Updates – September 26, 2014

JogaThon BannerJog-a-thon 2014 is a week from today! This is our second biggest fundraiser of the year, and our goal is to raise $25,000 toward our annual need of $85,00. Everything you need is posted on our Jog-A-Thon page. Your kids can collect pledges on paper or even collect them online.

Volunteer News – We still need volunteers to help us with the Jog-a-thon. If you have time and can lend a hand, we are still looking for volunteers. We have had a lot of parents sign up in the lower grades but we still need volunteers for 4-6th grade. You can sign up on Friday, October 3rd – Mark your calendars and be prepared to have some serious fun with our teachers and students! Gracias!

Room Parents – In the next few weeks you will begin to hear from the room parents in your classroom.  They have been chosen by your child’s teacher to help assist the teacher with communicating events regarding your child’s classroom, communicate classroom needs (i.e., more glue, dictionaries etc.) and schedule volunteers based on the teachers needs. Please be aware not all teachers will need regular classroom volunteers.

Volunteer Orientation – We will be hosting a volunteer orientation directly after the PTO meeting on October 17. If you are interested in volunteering at Arco Iris we will have information there regarding all you need and know to make your volunteer time successful.

Valley Movie Tickets - On sale now! Each ticket includes admission for one child and one parent to all 10 movies listed below for only $10. Click here for more info and to buy tickets:

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