Friday Updates – September 12, 2014

Arco Iris families take an afternoon hike from Mazama Lodge in 2011

Arco Iris families take an afternoon hike from Mazama Lodge in 2011

Mazama Lodge – We still have spaces left for our weekend at the historic Mazamas Lodge on Mt. Hood. The entire 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 signing up online (https://arcoiris.ejoinme.org/mazama2014) or dropping a check for the number of attendees in your family, made out to Arco Iris, and please write “Mazamas” in the memo line.

Room Parents – We are still looking for volunteers for Room Parents. If you are interested in becoming a room parent please email fundraising@arcoirisschool.org.

Volunteer goals – Because we are a charter school we rely heavily on volunteers.  We ask that each family contribute 20 hours of volunteer work per year.  This can be in or outside of the classroom.  We have plenty of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.   All of our jobs are posted on www.parentbooker.com. If you have not set up a volunteer account please do so.  This will keep you informed on whats coming up next and where you can help.

Jaguars Read - September Calendars were passed out in class today (September 2014 Jags Read). For new students and families (and those who need a review!), the Jaguars Read program is a voluntary, incentive based reading program that track’s students reading outside of the school day throughout the year. Students can earn fun prizes for reading each month.  Calendars will be available at the beginning of each month through your student’s teacher or in the school lobby. Calendars can be turned in at the end of each month in your student’s classroom or in the folder in the lobby. Prizes are passed out to students in class each month. Each year, student’s reading hours are rolled over to their next school year allowing them to works towards great prizes like backpacks, T-shirts, and lunch with Principal Jan.

The Jaguars Read program is run by volunteers like YOU!  If you are interested in helping with this program, please let Niki Taylo or Carrie Kirschner know.

Fall Enrichment Classes - Arco Iris will be offering three different after enrichment classes starting the week of September 22. Fliers for each class will go home with your child soon.

  • Imagination Yoga, Mondays from 3:45-4:30, starting Sept. 22 Imagination Yoga
  • Chess Wizards, Tuesdays from 3:45-4:45, starting Sept. 23 Chess Wizards
  • MathGamers, Thursdays from 3:45-4:45, starting Oct. 2 (CORRECTEDMath Gamers

Spirit Wear Sales - Next week is our final week of apparel sales!  Forms (Spirit Wear Order Form) will be accepted through September 19.  Additionally, payment can now be made online. Please keep in mind with the online payment that a paper copy of the form still needs to be submitted for sizes.  All forms can be turn in at the PTO box directly to the left of the main office door. We look forward to seeing our Jaguar pride!  Please e-mail Sarah Coakley with any questions. Apparel can be worn on select Spirit Wear dates:

  • October 24
  • November 21
  • December 19
  • January 30
  • February 20
  • March 6
  • April 17
  • May 29
  • June 12

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

Upcoming Events for September

  • 18th – School board meeting
  • 19th – Mazama Lodge
  • 23rd – Back to School Night
  • 26th – School Picture Day

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PTO Meeting – Friday, September 12th

We will be holding our monthly PTO meeting this Friday, September 12th, at 8:30 am. Our meeting will be in the staff break room, which is on your left as you enter the gymnasium.

Please make sure to sign in at the front doors of the school and get a badge. We need everyone wearing visible ID when visiting during school hours. Thank you!

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Friday Updates – September 5, 2014

We are wrapping up our first week! Our staff have had a great time welcoming back our students and getting to know our new families. We hope you and your children have felt welcome and are getting comfortable in the new routine.

Park and Walk In

Afternoon parking. Please click to enlarge!

Afternoon Pickup - Please see the attached photo for driving into the BCC parking lot in the afternoons. Please do NOT enter through the first driveway off of Menlo. Unlike morning curbside drop-off, it is important to keep the area in front of the buildings clear of cars in the afternoon. Please drive all the way down toward Fir Grove and park in the back of the lot. This is for everyone’s safety. Thank you for following this very important detail as we strive to be good, safe tenants.

If you arrive after 3:45 pm, please enter through the Buenas Tardes pickup doors. (See: BuenasTardes Drop-off Pick-up) Our front doors are locked at 3:45 pm. It is important for our student’s security that parents not open the front doors and let people in after 3:45 pm. This is an important safety issue, your cooperation is crucial.

School starts at 8:30 a.m.! We have had a large number of students arriving after 8:30 a.m. every day. Please be sure your child is at school and at their desk by 8:30 a.m. Not only are late arrivals disruptive for our office, the entire class, and the teacher, they negatively impact every students’ learning time. Thank you for your help.

Volunteers – As we begin to settle in, we are seeing when and where we might need a few extra hands to help. Volunteer opportunities will be coming up in the next few weeks. If you are interested in volunteering please register at www.parentbooker.com under Arco Iris. This is our new volunteer software that will allow us to organize and inform you our current volunteer needs. As the year progresses we will have more volunteer needs and there will be plenty of opportunity to help. If you can’t volunteer now but still want to be kept in the loop please sign up anyway. We are a small school community and rely on generous hearts like yours to lend a hand and help our days run smoothly.

Room Parents – We are still searching for Room Parents. Room parents generally help with organizing events and volunteers for the classroom teachers. If this is a job that you might be interested in please contact the PTO.

Jog-a-thon – Our annual jog-a-thon is fast approaching and we need a few volunteers to complete our committee. The event will happen October 3rd and we have much work to do before then. This is our second largest fundraising event and critical for our operations. If you are interested in joining the Jog-a-thon committee please contact the PTO. This is a very fun event for everyone!

Spirit Wear Apparel Sales are going on now! Students are encouraged to show their Jaguar pride on designated Arco Iris spirit wear days. On the Spirit Wear Order Form you will find t-shirts and sweatshirts (sweatshirts can be worn through the year as outerwear) and even some options for parents and older students! After school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (September 10-12), the PTO will have a desk set up in the lobby of the school where you can submit forms and payment, try on samples and purchase a VERY limited supply of t-shirts. Please e-mail Sarah Coakley with any questions.

The dates for Spirit Wear are:

  • October 24
  • November 21
  • December 19
  • January 30
  • February 20
  • March 6
  • April 17
  • May 29
  • June 12

Fundraising made easy - Did you know that Arco Iris participates in two ongoing fundraising opportunities that you can help with without even thinking about them? Please take a moment to get yourself set up:

Fred Meyer Community Rewards: You can easily help raise money for Arco Iris every time you swipe your Fred Meyer Rewards card at the register! We are registered with the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program which donates $625,000 per quarter to all participating charitable organizations. Our share of the pie will be based on usage by registered Fred Meyer Rewards cards so make sure to link your rewards card today and let friends and relatives know how easily they can help as well by linking their cards. Participating in this program will not reduce or affect the fuel points or rewards points you currently earn when using your Fred Meyer Rewards card. Sign up HERE and use our school code #80296 when prompted.

Amazon Smile: Amazon will donate 1/2% of your eligible purchases to the school so be sure to bookmark the link below and always start your Amazon shopping through that bookmark – it’s that easy! Click on: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0728766 and then “start shopping”

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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 PTO@arcoirisschool.org 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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