Friday Updates – October 2, 2015

School Assembly – Date change: The school assembly originally planned for today has been moved to October 16th due to the jog-a-thon and Hispanic Heritage Month.


One of our fantastic runners is being cheered on by Principal Miles!

Jog-a-Thon! We loved seeing the rainbow of runners today. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the event a success! It was truly an “Arco Iris” on the field.  The students ran their hearts out; it’s time to support them with our donations. Donations are due in 2 weeks (10/16/15).  We’ve already received close to $10,000 from 75 fundraising pages. This is great progress towards our $45,000 goal! We can’t wait to see what color the students will choose for Principal Miles hair! Email if you have questions.

October Newsletter is here! October 2015 Newsletter  Please note the new afternoon pickup policy.

Los Jaguares Lectores – By now you should have received the new and improved reading log that is part of the new reading program that the PTO and our amazing teachers have been working so hard to improve this year.  Our students logged a total of 90,388 minutes this month! And 135 people used the new online form. You can find the online form HERE.

Individual prizes will be handed out on October 15th and this months winners of the class Golden “Stack of Books” trophy will be announced at the Spirit assembly on October 16th.

Please go to the Los Jaguares Lectores web page and let the PTO know what you think of the new program!

After School Enrichment – Chess Wizards sign up deadline is October 6th and class starts October 7th. Classes are Wednesdays after school into December. For more info follow the link:

Auction Chair Needed – We are already a month into the school year and we are still in need of  someone to chair our 6th Annual Fiesta Night and Auction. For the past 6 years we have managed to get a member of our parent community to step up and lead this fundraising event, and we need this to continue. If you have experience running an auction, please donate your time and energy to this exciting event. We have a dedicated team of over 10 volunteers ready for a leader.

The Charter Renewal Committee had it’s first meeting recently. The UNOFFICIAL minutes are posted on the Committee page HERE. Please look for information coming soon regarding waiver applications to Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and a potential policy change. Please read the minutes for more information.  A public forum will be held to discuss these topics prior to the October 15th School Board Meeting.

PTO Officers Meeting – Our second PTO Officers Meeting of the school year will be held on Thursday October 8th at 2:30 pm. The agenda will be posted on the Agenda and Minutes page


Posted in Celebrations, Fundraising, General Announcements, PTO

Jog-a-thon Week is here!

We are almost up to $6,000 in donations!
Do you have a question about the jog-a-thon?
Here’s one you might have:
Q: Should students follow the dress code on Friday– polo-type shirt free of logos and dress code shorts?
A: For Jog-a-thon Day, students are invited to wear shirts in their class assigned color and athletic shorts. Logos are permitted, but clothing still needs to be school appropriate (e.g. not too short, no spaghetti straps, etc.).
Check our Jaguares Jog-a-thon FAQ for answers to more questions! Jaguares Jogathon FAQ 2015
If you have question not listed on our FAQ page, please email
Posted in General Announcements

Friday Updates – September 25, 2015

Jog-a-thon –  One week remains until the Jaguares Jog-a-thon! The kids are excited.  The weather looks like it will be nice! We are making progress towards our $45,000 goal. As of today, there are 41 individual fundraising pages (about 15% of the student population) and a total of $3,700 donated! The students cannot wait to dye Principal Miles’ hair!

Questions about the Jog-a-thon? Email our jog-a-thon team.

Looking to volunteer? Check Parentbooker for opportunities. Volunteers are still needed for many classes. If your child’s classes are full please check other classes. Show our students that we are stronger when we work together and that we are all on the same team…trying to earn the fun of watching Principal Miles dye her hair.

Community Event – Mazama  Our Mazama event sold out this year! We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend! It can be chilly at that elevation, so dress in layers and bring warm clothes, pillow, and sleeping bags.

Coffee & Conversation with the Principal  – October’s Coffee & Conversation with the Principal has been moved to October 1st and will be held in the Middle School Meeting Room from 8:40-9:40 a.m.

*Each month’s topic will be chosen by parents/guardians. Topic examples can include (but not limited to): grades, language acquisition, standards, how to support homework habits, why attendance is critical, student advocacy, cultural awareness, etc.

Questions? Please call Kathy or Patricia in the front office.

Lunch! – October Lunch menu will be sent out via email this afternoon. Orders are due Thursday, October 1st by 3:45pm. Late orders will not be processed for the following week.

Parent Directory – Arco Iris is using an online form again this year to collect information for our Parent Directory! Only the information provided by you in this form will be shared with our parent community. If you don’t want your information shared, simply ignore this message. If you want your contact information shared with classmates, please complete the form. When you are finished, please don’t forget to click “Submit” at the bottom of the page, otherwise the data won’t be saved. Thank you! If you have more than one student with us, submit this form for each child.

Click here–> Parent Directory Submission Form

Submittals are due no later than Friday, October 16th.

********Spirit Wear Day for October is now 10/23*******
Please note that the October Spirit Wear Day has been changed to October 23rd so as not to interfere with the Jog-A-Thon. Please be sure to dress your child in athletic wear and the appropriate color of t-shirt (not spirit wear) for the Jog-A-Thon.

Pumpkin Patch Day –  Come join us on Saturday, October 17th for an all-school pumpkin patch day! We will be meeting at Oregon Heritage Farms between 10am – 2pm for some autumn activities – they have farm animals, pumpkins, a hay ride, an Apple Jump, and food for purchase if you want light lunch or hot apple cider. We will gather at a picnic table and you’ll see the Arco Iris Banner, and then explore the farm and participate in the activities (most activities – like the hay ride- are $3). Feel free to stop by with your families to visit with friends and classmates, and enjoy a perfect fall day at your leisure. Their website is and if you have any further questions, please email the PTO.

After school Enrichment –  Fall after school enrichment classes have been scheduled. We look forward to seeing many of our favorite programs return and evolve as we grow.

This fall we have:


  • Our 6th annual Arco Iris Auction will be held on April 2nd, 2016. More details to come.
  • Our first night out of the school year is scheduled for October 22nd at Sweet Tomatoes.

Parking Lot Safety –  It’s the time of year when everybody is in a rush to get kids in and out of school and off to the next activity. Several parents and staff members have expressed their concern at the rushing they see in the parking lot. Please remember that there are children in the parking lot, please slow down.

Also remember that we do not park in the parking spots on the east side of the playground. These spots do not have a barrier between them and the playground, and they are in an area when children play. The way the parking lot is designed it is incredibly difficult to see little bodies running around. For the safety of our children, please park in our designated parking area. Thank you!

Posted in Fundraising, General Announcements, PTO

Clean out Your Closets!

Arco Iris is partnering with thredUP to earn money for our school.

From their website: thredUP for Schools is a program that donates 5% of every purchase you make at thredUP (through October 15, 2015) to a school of your choice. thredUP’s mission is to inspire a new generation of consumers to think secondhand first. We know that our customers care about being smarter shoppers and conscious consumers. And many of you have told us that you would LOVE to find everyday (easy!) ways to “do good” and support causes you care about.

You can help through two ways:

  1. Bring your new or gently used children’s and women’s clothing to donate on Back to School Night this Thursday and we will do the rest. Proceeds will be sent to the Arco Iris PTO.
  2. Between now and October 12th, 2015, go to and make a purchase. List Arco Iris as your school and thredUP for schools will donate 5% of your purchase to Arco Iris.

It is that easy!

If you have any questions, please email

Posted in General Announcements

Friday Updates – September 18, 2015

Lap counts for a 2014 Jog-a-Thon runner

Lap counts for a 2014 Jog-a-Thon runner

The Jog-a-thon is here! Your kids heard about it at the assembly last week! Jog-a-thon 2015 is just a little over 2 weeks away. Join us for one of the best events of the year, our school-wide Fall fundraiser, the Jaguares Jog-a-thon! We have a big goal this year – $45,000!! Join us as we work as a community to raise money to support Arco Iris School. Envelopes will be sent home soon, but everything you need to know is posted on the 2015 Jog-a-thon page. New this year – create a personal fundraising pages for each of your students (Student fundraising page) . Use the fundraising page to send emails, track donations, and send thank you notes! Also, new – take advantage of  Company Matching Donations to boost your student’s donation total.

Back To School Night is coming soon! Please note, this is a parents only event.

  • September 24, 6:00-7:45 p.m.
  • 6:00-6:45 Visit Grades 1-3 Classrooms
  • 6:45-7:15 Presentation in Gym, Visit Tables in Gym
  • 7:15-7:45 Visit Grades 4-8 Classrooms

You can visit more than one classroom during each session. Teachers will present information about classroom instruction, PBIS, homework expectations, and more.

Arco Iris Development Committee – Interested in getting involved in your student’s school? The Arco Iris Development Committee is looking for community members to help with grant writing and seeking donations from the community. The Development Committee is a committee of the Board and works year round on identifying, evaluating, and applying for grants, as well as supporting the PTO in fundraising efforts such as the jog-a-thon and auction. Works closely with the School Board, the administration, and PTO. If you are interested, please email

Arco Iris School Board Positions Open – The Arco Iris School Board is seeking applications for both a Finance and a Project Manager role on the Arco Iris School Board.

Job descriptions are attached. (Project Manager, facilities experience is preferred, but not required) project-manager-job-description and finance-project-description

Perks of joining the School Board:

  • Participation in the Governance of the school
  • Work with a great team of individuals on school impacting projects and build relationships with the school and local community
  • Children of school board members are eligible for priority in the lottery

Please apply by October 9th, 2016 by sending an your resume and cover letter to

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’s – Last call for Mazama Lodge Weekend! We have almost sold out of beds.  You do not want to miss this opportunity to get away for a night, have someone else cook dinner and breakfast for you! Then they send you away with a sack lunch, so you can spend your day playing on the mountain. It is a great way to connect with other Arco Iris families and to make memories. Click here to get your space.

Parentbooker Update – This year has brought us an unusually high amount of sharing of accounts on Parentbooker.  We understand that this can be more convenient for some families, however please be advised that sharing can delay approval process. Shared accounts must have BOTH parties complete the background check before we can release the account to sign up for volunteer opportunities. Please contact our volunteer coordinator if you have any questions.

Parentbooker is where all of our volunteer opportunities are posted. Make sure you are on the list to get invited to be part of our events. It was great to see picture day fill up so quickly, lets keep that volunteering spirit going! Jog-a-thon is right around the corner and we still have a lot of slots that need to be filled.


Posted in General Announcements

Spirit Wear Sales & Los Jaguares Lectores

Spirit Wear Sales

So much is going on and one thing that is not to be missed is Spirit Wear! The first (school) Friday of the month, students are invited to participate in showing their Jaguar pride by wearing Arco Iris spirit apparel.  Hoodies and sweatshirts can be worn every day.

Please complete the attached form and return with payment to the PTO box (to the left of the main office door) by September 25. Representatives will be available after school in the lobby on 9/15, 9/17 and 9/24.

(If you would like to pay on-line (, please submit form to the PTO box and make a note of an on-line payment).

No late orders accepted and all apparel will be delivered mid-October.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Sarah Coakley at

Arco Iris Spirit Wear Days

  • November 6
  • December 4
  • January 8
  • February 5
  • March 4
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3

Los Jaguares Lectores

With a new year come lots of changes; one is our introduction of Los Jaguares Lectores. This program is similar to the Jaguars Read program of the past, with MORE!

  • More emphasis on reading in Spanish, English, and out loud!
  • More classroom and school wide incentives!
  • More options for submissions!
  • More accurate and useful information collected!

Our teachers were included in the process of updating this program, and helping us take it to the next level. This year a GOLDEN Stack of books will be passes from class to class at each all school assembly and IF our students can read for ½ a million minutes we will get a dress up day. Find out more on our new Los Jaguares Lectores tab and download your September calendar here!

Los Jaguares Lectores September 2015

Posted in Fun Extras, General Announcements

Friday Updates – September 11, 2015

Charter Renewal Committee – The Charter Renewal Committee will be holding it’s first meeting on Thursday, September 17 at 4:45 pm, prior to the September School Board meeting (6:00 pm). The Charter Renewal Committee is a new committee of the Arco Iris school board charged with overseeing our upcoming Charter contract renewal with the Beaverton School District.  Committee meetings are open to the public. The meeting agenda can be found here (2015-09-17 Charter Committee Agenda).  All parents are encourage to attend board and committee meetings. We hope to see you next week!

Mark your calendars … The 4th Annual Arco Iris School Jog-a-thon is coming Friday, October 2nd.   Volunteers will be needed to help during shifts from 8:45 am – 1:00 pm.  As this is our first opportunity to help with the students, don’t forget that all volunteers will need to complete the background check and register with parentbooker prior to helping. More information coming soon, including some exciting changes!

Background checks and Parentbooker – Please be advised that in the beginning of the school year many background check applications are being processed, causing a slower then usual turn around. Please DO NOT submit a second background check request, as this causes additional expenses for our school. Once the school receives your approval, your name will be given to the PTO Volunteer Coordinator as approved to participate in volunteer opportunities. If you have not registered with Parentbooker or if registered under a different name, we will not be able to include you in the communications about these opportunities. Once the approval is received, our Volunteer Coordinator will open your access and you can sign up for any of the opportunities that fit your availability.

Currently the daily traffic cone set-up is the only volunteering opportunity we have. The teachers typically take the first month to set up a routine and assess the needs in the class. Once the teachers have determined when they will need volunteers in the classroom, or with specific projects, they will submit the schedule to the PTO Volunteer Coordinator to announce through Parentbooker.

The delay in background checks is typical and should not get in the way of volunteering come October.

School Carpool – We’re sure you noticed this week how busy pickup and drop off can be at our school! Now that the exciting first days are behind us we hope you’re comfortable enough with this daily routine to consider joining a carpool.  Even if you are a family that can manage daily drop off and pickup without help, joining the carpool can provide you with transportation options for those occasions when something comes up, and help out other families. You might be surprised by how many families live near you and how nice it is to simplify the daily driving duties, so let’s get as many homes as possible plotted on our map! To join the map and see if you have any carpool options near your home or office please send the following information to : Your name, your address, your preferred contact phone number and e-mail address, number of children, and any special instructions such as “I can’t drive, but will contribute gas money” or “I can only drive mornings”, etc. Also, a Google account Gmail address is required to get access to the map, so please include one if your contact e-mail address is not Gmail. The Gmail address will only be used for your invitation.

Fun Community Events Coming Up –  Fish Dinner Party – One of the parties sold at the auction in April is scheduled for this September, which means that our new families and anyone else who missed out on signing up can still join us. The party, hosted by the Rathbun – Shlabach family, is Saturday, September 19th from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Come experience a traditional fish dinner under the stars enjoying fried, baked, and grilled fish with all the fixings. Oregon wine and beer will be served, with homemade ice cream for dessert. These parties are a fantastic and fun way to get to know other parents! The cost for this feast is $100 per couple, with all money going directly to the school.

Mazama Lodge Overnighter – This beautiful old lodge on Mt. Hood will be all ours for the night of September 26th. It is the perfect setting for enjoying the best that the mountain has to offer in September with​ many hiking trails, huckleberry picking,​ and opportunities for exploring the area. The cost per person is $30, which includes lodging for the night in comfortable bunk rooms, dinner Saturday night, breakfast and a sac lunch on Sunday. The lodge capacity is 70, but they allow tent camping on the grounds outside the lodge if we exceed capacity or by choice. Relax by the fire and get to know other families better while the kids explore and play.

​Spots are going fast, so reserve your spots now!​

  • Date: September 26-27th
  • Meals: Dinner on Saturday and breakfast and a take home lunch on Sunday.
  • Check in time: 3 pm on Saturday
  • What to bring: Sleeping bag, pillow, snacks, fun outdoorsy toys, flashlight, warm clothes, towel
  • Address: 30500 East Westleg Road, Government Camp, OR 97208
  • Web:

Sign up ​online for either or both events​ here  ​OR drop a check in the PTO box by the office. Please make checks payable to Arco Iris, and write “Mazamas” or “Fish Dinner” ​in the memo line.

Posted in Administration, Fun Extras, Fundraising, General Announcements, PTO