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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Friday Update – June 13, 2014

As we wrap up the school year the PTO would like to send a BIG thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated in the classroom and many other activities and fundraisers this school year. The success of everything we do depends on your support, time, and donations and we are looking forward to another successful year! While the weekly blog updates will stop during the summer break please keep an eye out for occasional messages keeping your posted about activities, back-to-school information, and volunteer needs as we get ready for September. Feel free to e-mail the PTO with any questions you have during the summer break but keep in mind that e-mail box will not be checked daily until later in August. Enjoy your summer – we look forward to seeing you and your children in a couple months!

Volunteer Opportunities
Positions are filling up but the PTO is still needs help for the 2014-2015 school year. Please take a look at the positions we have and let us know if you can join.  Many of the events that have happened this year has been courtesy of the PTO.  We want to keep the ball rolling and start of next year with a full and complete crew.  Please consider joining its fun and a great way to get connected with our school community.

Don’t forget about our Community Events that are coming up.

Hillsboro Hops Baseball Game – Thursday, July 3rd, at 7:05 pm. Join other Arco Iris families in our reserved section of the stadium to cheer on the Hops as they will surely defeat the Everett AquaSox. This game will conclude with an amazing fireworks show that alone is worth the price of admission. Seats are $11 each and to secure your spot at the game now please drop your check, made out to Arco Iris, in the PTO drop box outside the office door. Your tickets will be held at will call the night of the game, so if you need your tickets held in a name other than the name on your check please note that on the memo line. See you at the game!

Mazamas Lodge Overnighter – Friday, September 19th. 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. So reserve your spots now by dropping a check for the number of attendants in your family, made out to Arco Iris, in the PTO drop box outside the office and please write “Mazamas” in the memo line.

 

Summer Park Playdates:
We scheduled a few  grade-specific playdates so that our brand new Arco Iris students have a chance to get to make some new friends before school starts but everyone – new or returning – is invited to the all-school dates. We will meet on the playground at Fir Grove Elementary behind the Arco Iris parking lot.

Sunday, July 20th – All-school, 1:00 – 3:00
Sunday, July 27th – 1st Grade, 3:00 – 5:00
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

Up coming date to know:
June 19 – School Board Meeting
July 3- Hillsboro Hops Game

 

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Friday Update – June 6, 2014

Volunteer Help Needed THIS week:
We have our last Restaurant Night June 10th but we need volunteers to help serve food and wipe tables.  Families that have done this before have had a great time so if you have an hour or two to help our school make a buck or two please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a49a9a62caa8-restruant

Restruant Night:
Mark your calendars for June 10 from 6:00 – 8:00.  Grab a quick bite to eat at Burgerville and proceeds will go to Arco Iris Spanish Immersion school.   We are taking over two locations this time,1245 Nw 185th Avenue in Aloha AND 9385 SW Allen Boulevard in Beaverton.   

Summer Park Playdates:
We have scheduled a few  grade-specific playdates so that our brand new Arco Iris students have a chance to get to make some new friends before school starts but everyone – new or returning – is invited to the all-school dates. We will meet on the playground at Fir Grove Elementary behind the Arco Iris parking lot.

Sunday, July 20th – All-school, 1:00 – 3:00
Sunday, July 27th – 1st Grade, 3:00 – 5:00
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

 

Last Reminder :  June 13,2014

Buenas Tardes 
June 13 , 2014 is a half day with classes ending at 11:30am. On that day, Buenas Tardes will be open at 7:00am like every day. The afternoon program, from 3:45-6:00pm WILL NOT be in session. Please make sure to make pertinent child care arrangements for that day as we will not be accepting any children to stay past pick up on that day. The latest you can pick up your child is 12:00PM. If your student with us after 12:00,  we will call emergency contacts to pick up your student.

Wrapping things up:

PTO By-law Updates: Last PTO Meeting
Please review the
suggested by-law changes and direct any suggestions or concerns to pto@arcoirisschool.org. Our last PTO Meeting is June 13th, at 8:30 to 9:15a.m in the amphitheater outside. . We want to keep on schedule so we can watch the kids receive their awards at 9:15. 

Don’t forget about our Community Events that are coming up.

Hillsboro Hops Baseball Game – Thursday, July 3rd, at 7:05 pm. Join other Arco Iris families in our reserved section of the stadium to cheer on the Hops as they will surely defeat the Everett AquaSox. This game will conclude with an amazing fireworks show that alone is worth the price of admission. Seats are $11 each and to secure your spot at the game now please drop your check, made out to Arco Iris, in the PTO drop box outside the office door. Your tickets will be held at will call the night of the game, so if you need your tickets held in a name other than the name on your check please note that on the memo line. See you at the game!

Mazamas Lodge Overnighter – Friday, September 19th. 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. So reserve your spots now by dropping a check for the number of attendants in your family, made out to Arco Iris, in the PTO drop box outside the office and please write “Mazamas” in the memo line.

What’s coming up next week
June 13 – Last day of school, 1/2 day
June 13- Last day to reserve your spot at the Hops game
June 13- Last PTO Meeting of the year (8:30 am)

Up coming date to know:
July 3- Hillsboro Hops Game
Summer Playdates:
Sunday, July 20th – All-school, 1:00 – 3:00 
Sunday, July 27th – 1st Grade, 3:00 – 5:00 
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

 

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