Friday Updates – February 27th, 2015

Auction Tickets are on sale now!

The Fifth Annual Fiesta Night and Auction is fast approaching! Please mark your calendar for April 18, 2015! Auction invitations went home on February 26 with students (typically, oldest student for sibling sets).

We don’t want to dwell too much on the past but we want you to know that last year we:

  • Enjoyed live music, bidding wars, raffles, an amazing game of Heads and Tails and a Conga line!
  • Raised a tremendous amount of money to support Arco Iris!

This year we want YOU there!  We do have limited seating and could sell out.  Buy a table early and fill it with friends who support quality education!

At the auction you can expect delicious food and drink, a rousing game of Heads and Tails, live music from Fernando & Friends, and a few surprises.  This is the night to support Arco Iris in a major way!


The Fifth Annual Fiesta Night and Auction

April 18, 2015

6:00 PM- 10:00 PM at the Portland Golf Club

Tickets will be available to purchase on-line or after school at Arco Iris.  Table sales will run through March 6, 2014 and then couple and individual tickets will be sold until March 18 or until we sell out (whichever comes first).


We thank and celebrate our current sponsors: Harris Law Firm, Singlepoint, Unitus Community Credit Union, De Muniz Law and Office Max!  If you are or know of a small business who would like to be featured at our auction, please check out our sponsor levels!

Any questions or concerns regarding the auction can be directed to Auction Chairs Becky Schiefelbein & Sarah Coakley

1st Annual Yearbook Cover Art Contest! 

Open to Students in Grades 3 – 8! We are looking for student artists to design the front cover of the yearbook.  So get your markers, crayons or colored pencils and get creative!

Take your time, use your imagination, and have FUN! Thank you for participating, and GOOD LUCK! Any questions, email Cheryl Jimenez or the PTO.

  • Use 8 ½ x 11 unlined white paper (Portrait style)
  • Write your name, grade and homeroom teacher’s name ON THE BACK ONLY!
  • No More than 2 entries per student
  • Make your artwork NEAT and COLORFUL
  • Fill the page-make your picture large and leave very little white space
  • Represent Arco Iris and show your school spirit-incorporate the school mascot (Jaguar and Rainbow).
  • Also in your design include school name “Arco Iris “ and year 2014-2015
  • Turn into the office no later than Wednesday March 18th, 2015.
  • Winner to be announced early May.

Parking lot Reminders

Like previous years, parents are required to park and walk to the building to pick up students at the end of the school day. Please park in the “Park and Walk” area as designated on the map (Park and walk map). This is the same parking area for morning parking. Please do not park in front of the playground or in front of the main door.

Lost and found

Remember to look through the lost and found for your kiddos’ belongings. All of the remaining items will be donated to Goodwill before Spring Break.

Absences during statewide testing

We ask that students not be absent or late while testing is going on. The new format requires students to be present in order to successfully complete the tests. See below for the testing schedule. Testing Calendar 2014-2015

Upcoming Dates (from Big Tent)

  • Mar 4                         Young Rembrandts (3:45pm)
  • Mar 6                         Spirit Wear Day
  • Mar 6                         PTO Officer’s Meeting (2:30pm)
  • Mar 11                        Morning Meeting (8:40am)
  • Mar 11                        Young Rembrandts (3:45pm)
  • Mar 12                       PTO Meeting (8:30am)
  • Mar 13                       NO SCHOOL (Grading Day)
  • Mar 18                       Young Rembrandts (3:45pm)
  • Mar 19                       School Board Meeting (6pm)
  • Mar 19, 20                No School (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
  • Mar 23-27                 No School (Spring Break)
Posted in Administration, Fundraising, PTO

Arco Iris 5th Annual Fiesta Night and Auction

Arco Iris 5th Annual Fiesta Night and Auction

Help is still needed!

Be sure to mark your calendars for our 5th Annual Fiesta Night and Auction to be held at Portland Golf Club on Saturday, April 18th at 6:00 pm. We are excited to have Joe Vithayathil of Fox 12 News as our MC for this special event! The auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year and the most fun and exciting way to support Arco Iris. There are still many ways you can help us pull off the best event possible, including:

  • Teacher Parties – We need parents to help sponsor the parties and activities that our teachers will be hosting. These activities are always popular at the auction and the kids love attending these events. Some teachers are teaming up for a single event, some events may need more than one sponsor, and some events will require help with transportation. Sponsoring a teacher party means you (and a co-host if more than one parent sponsors a party) will pay for the activity, and help chaperone. We have some fun ideas for parties, but welcome your ideas too!
  • Procurement Help – we have more businesses and new ideas on our procurement list, but need a couple more folks helping us reach out. This is an easy job that doesn’t take much time but has a big impact on the quality of the packages we put together.
  • Donation – do you have a talent you would like to share by teaching a class? A professional service to provide? One-of-a-kind treasures you create? A vacation getaway you are willing to share? Our favorite auction items include the generous sharing of these personal gifts our fellow Arco Iris families have to offer! You can also donate by adding an item to your shopping list that we will use to build and complete auction baskets and packages – many items are needed, especially U of O and Oregon State gear, but our wish list is long.
  • Host an Event – Do you love to plan a party? Consider hosting a party, or sponsoring a kids’ activity, or throwing another fun event that inspires you. There are some past party themes that are so popular we’d love to repeat them, but welcome any ideas you have.
  • Get ready to buy your tickets soon! Ticket sales will begin in March, starting with table sales. Invitations and ticket sales information will be coming soon.
  • Unable to attend the auction this year? Please consider visiting us when ticket sales begin to sponsor one of our wonderful teachers or staff by purchasing their ticket. Or, raise your paddle early and give a supporting donation before the event that will help us reach our auction goal. If you’re ready to pitch in or have questions about how you can help please e-mail the auction team or look for committee chairs Becky Schiefelbein and Sarah Coakley at school. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Posted in Fundraising, PTO

Pennies for Patients!

LLSPennies_CR2This week Arco Iris will be holding the 3rd annual Pennies for Patients drive supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

To kick off our fundraising, on Monday, February 23rd, will be a free dress day to all students who bring $1 to donate!

All week 8th grader Caitlynn Lee, who is organizing our Pennies for Patients drive this year, will have a table set up with a candy jar. For $0.25, students can guess how many candies are in the jar. The winning student gets the total money raised towards their classroom for the classroom competition, as well as a jar of candy.

Monday students will also be receiving individual banks which they can take home to collect donations. Students can bring the banks back each day to deposit the money in their classroom bank. The class which brings in the most money for the classroom competition gets lunch brought in from Olive Garden later in the spring!

In addition to bringing in money, you can donate online at:

Click on the link that says “See the School Arco Iris Spanish Immer School” below the Donate Now button, and donate directly to your student’s class for the competition.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Last year Arco Iris raised over $1600 for LLS. Let’s continue to show we care!

Posted in General Announcements

Friday Updates – February 20th, 2015

Science Fair Update –  What a terrific night we had at the Science & Engineering Fair last night. More than 135 students presented their projects. The amount of thoughtful effort and creativity on display was impressive and the school was buzzing with excitement.

This event could not be possible without the work of many volunteers. More than 50 parents, friends, board members, and teachers helped make it happen. The PTO and school administration provided much needed support and assistance. And, many students also helped with organizing and setting up the fair. Thank you Kirstin Pinit for organizing this year’s event, to all those who signed up to volunteer, and those who pitched in on the spot to make our event a success.

Students will be receiving participation ribbons and stickers today, and certificates next week. Several students will be invited to present their projects at the District Science Fair, so stay tuned for those announcements.

Enrollment Update for 2015/2016 school year – Just a reminder for NEW students wishing to attend Arco Iris in the 2015/2016 school year. The enrollment lottery will be completed on March 13th, 2015 in the gym at 9am.

Community Event Update: Ice Skating – Join other Arco families on February 27th at Winter-hawks skate center near Jesuit High School for free skate. If we gather a group of 10+ skaters before we go in at 9 am we get the discounted price of $9 per skater. RSVP on Big Tent so we know who to wait for.

See you there!

Upcoming Dates (from Big Tent)

  • Feb 24                       Coffee with the Principal (8:30am)
  • Feb 25                       Chinese New Year Presentation (8:40am)
  • Feb 25                       Young Rembrandts (3:45pm)
  • Feb 27                       NO SCHOOL (Staff Development)
  • Feb 27                       Ice Skating (9am)
  • Mar 4                         Young Rembrandts (3:45pm)
  • Mar 6                         Spirit Wear Day
  • Mar 6                         PTO Officer’s Meeting (2:30pm)
  • Mar 11                       Morning Meeting (8:40am)
  • Mar 11                       Young Rembrandts (3:45pm)
  • Mar 12                       PTO Meeting (8:30am)
  • Mar 13                       NO SCHOOL (Grading)
Posted in General Announcements

Friday Updates – February 13th, 2015

Science and Engineering Fair – Next ThursdayStudents will bring home reminders about the Science Fair today. This is the last weekend to finish up projects and presentations. The Science Fair will be held in the gym from 5:00-7:00 pm, Thursday, February 19.  Student projects will be reviewed during the following times:

  • 5:30-6:00: Grades 1-3 and Middle School
  • 6:10-6:40: Grades 4-5

Students should be standing at with their project at the designated time. Friendly volunteer reviewers will come around to interview each student and provide feedback. Each student should have the chance to be interviewed twice. It’s important that the student stay at their project for the duration of their assigned time. 

PIZZA! The PTO will be selling pizza from 4:45pm until 6:00pm in the 4th grade classroom. We will have pepperoni and cheese pizza for $2/slice, $10/pizza.

Volunteer Update – Speaking of the Science Fair, we still need lots of help with the science fair February 19th.   We need project reviewers which an easy Job and lots of fun.  We also have the need for event hosts ,  and Pizza station.  Please take a moment and see where you can help.  This event really needs volunteers.  You can view and sign up for jobs via parent booker

Ice Skating at Winter-hawks Skating Center

February 27th -at 9:am (9250 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005)

Lets go ice skating while the rest of Beaverton is in class!
9$ (includes skates) per skater – Group rate
11$ (includes skates) per skater – Regular rate

If you just want to watch there is no fee, but to get the $9 group rate we have to start with 10+ skaters. If we don’t have a group of 10+ we will be charged the regular rate of $11 per skater. It is our understanding that as long as we start with a group of 10+ skaters, latecomers can also get the group rate if they identify themselves with the Arco Iris group. If possible please RSVP on Big Tent so we know who to wait for before going in.

Posted in Fun Extras, Fundraising, General Announcements, PTO

Candy Gram Reminders!

Thanks to everyone who has already purchased Candy Grams!  So far we have sold over 1,000!  We are going to have some very excited kids on Friday, February 13th.

If you have not turned in your completed cards please do so soon. Thursday at pick up is your last chance to buy candy grams and drop off completed grams. The candy gram fairies will need time to add the sweet treats to the card before delivery on Friday the 13th.

Posted in Fun Extras, PTO

Friday Updates – February 6th, 2015

Get ready, get set, volunteer!  We will be having our very first parent volunteer competition. The classroom with the highest amount of parent volunteer hours will be receiving a iPad party in May. Please continue to watch for those volunteer opportunities and sign up, as it may be your child’s classroom that receives the class party. Please note your volunteer hours only count if they are logged on parent booker and most of the volunteer opportunities will occur outside the classroom.

Field day – We are currently without a field day organizer. The kids had so much fun last year and we want to make this a possibility for them this year. If you are interested in in organizing the event, please let us know by emailing the PTO.

Office volunteer – The office needs a helper to audit and inventory our school books.  The hours are very flexible, if this is something you can help out with, please email the PTO.

Parent booker…. is where its at! Please check to find out when and where our volunteer needs are.  There needs are constant and we need everyone to pitch in. Thank you!

After School Enrichment Classes: Update Young Rembrandts starts on Wednesday February 18th and runs through March 18th. Classes meet from 3:45-4:45. Sign up HERE.

Upcoming Dates (from Big Tent)

  • Feb 6                          PTO Officer Meeting (2:30pm)
  • Feb 6                          Open Enrollment Ends at 5:00 pm
  • Feb 11                         Ambassador Assembly (8:40am)
  • Feb 11                         Morning Meeting (8:40am)
  • Feb 13                        2nd Grade Field Trip: Children’s Theater
  • Feb 13                        PTO Meeting (8:30am)
  • Feb 16                        NO SCHOOL (President’s Day)
  • Feb 18                        Exclusion Day
  • Feb 19                        Science Fair
  • Feb 19                        School Board Meeting (7:pm due to Science Fair)
  • Feb 20                       Spirit Wear Day
Posted in General Announcements