Friday Updates – April 24, 2015

SB 819 Update – Great news! Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee voted in support of SB 819. It moves on to the Ways and Means committee next. There were seven committee members and all but one member voted yes in support of this very important bill. Thank you all who called and wrote in your support!

2015-2016 PTO – As we finish off the current year at Arco Iris, it is time to start planning for next year’s PTO. The PTO has various positions and committees which need our parents and families support. If you are interested in helping with one or more of the following positions please let us know by filling out this form (2015-2016PTO positions to fill) and dropping it in our PTO mail box located in our front office or send us an email. Some positions can be shared among two or more people.  Elections will be held at the PTO meeting in May.

Upcoming Dates (from Big Tent)

  • Apr 24                       No School (Staff Development)
  • Apr 29                       Mad Science (3:45pm)
  • Apr 30                       Northwest Children’s Theater (3:45pm)
  • May 1                         PTO Officer’s Meeting (2:30pm)
  • May 6                        Mad Science (3:45pm)
  • May 7                        Northwest Children’s Theater (3:45pm)
  • May 8                        PTO Meeting (8:30am)
  • May 13                       Morning Meeting (8:40am)
  • May 14                       Mad Science (3:45pm)
Posted in General Announcements

5th Annual Fiesta Night and Auction Recap

This past Saturday night we had a fantastic time celebrating our 5th Annual Fiesta Night and Auction and we’re happy to tell you that the evening was successful in many ways! We are still working on a final total that we will share as soon as the accounting is complete.  You can still be a part of that night even if you were unable to attend. One of the highlights of the auction was the party sign up wall. We had party offerings for every age and grade, events for parent/child and even couple’s night out! – Check out the great choices here. (First party is this Friday -4/24!)

You will see us in the lobby this Thursday and next Monday at pick up selling a few fun auction items like the necklaces made by our 1st and 2nd grade students. We also have some copies of the children’s music CD arranged and beautifully performed by our own Maestra Rodriguez. The CD is a collection of songs she grew up on in Puerto Rico, some your children will recognize, all sung in Spanish, followed with instrumental versions of each song so that your children can sing along and perform their own Karaoke.

Lastly, we experienced some difficulties with check out at the auction and we ask that attendees please examine the items you came home with and let us know if you were given a gift certificate for something you did not purchase, so that we may match it up with the correct purchaser. 

Thank you again to all who attended, pitched in, and supported our auction in so many generous ways! Stay tuned for more auction wrap up information coming soon!

Posted in Celebrations, Fundraising

SB 819 – Please Act Today!!!

Dear Arco Iris Parents,

Please act today….. the vote in the Senate Education committee is scheduled for tomorrow.

Please communicate directly with Senator Mark Hass: (sen.markhass@state.or.us503.986.1714). 

Arco Iris is located in Senator Hass’ legislative district; we are the only charter school that is in his district (Hope Chinese Charter School is nearby), so we are uniquely positioned to influence him. He is on the Senate Education Committee, and we need his YES vote. Vote on SB 819 is scheduled for tomorrow.

Please let him know that you are with Arco Iris School, which is in his district, let him know why it’s important for your child(ren) AND the Beaverton School District, and that your school needs his support on SB 819, both in committee and on the floor. Some other key potential messages:

  • We understand that no public schools have adequate funding; but that our kids in public charter schools are the only ones receiving less than “the base funding” we say we’re committed to as a state.
  • Our children at Arco Iris School are just as valuable as children in district-run public schools, yet currently our children receives 40%+ less public funding for his/her education!
  • SB 819 will not require any new revenue and will shift less than 1% of the existing K-12 budget to educate children in public charter schools.

Please write a quick email or make a phone call today!

Arco Iris School Board of Directors

Posted in General Announcements

Thank you Anthro!

We recently received a donation of  two charging carts for our student computers from Anthro. The value of these two high end carts is approximately $4,000.00.  These have helped us tremendously! Our devices are easily accessible for students and teachers and can be transported safely from classroom to classroom. This has been especially useful during state testing since our coordinator has to travel to different classrooms to administer the tests. Their ongoing donations to the school are greatly appreciated! To learn more about Anthro you can visit their website at


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Friday Updates – April 17th, 2015

Senate Bill 819 Updates – The senate education committee has a scheduled work session this upcoming Tuesday, April 21 at 1pm in Salem to vote on Senate Bill (SB 819). This means we each have a chance to send our testimony in support of the bill and possibly have our letters read during the session prior to the vote. If you would like to do so, send your letter to either:

Committee Administrator  Gretchen Engbring Gretchen.engbring@
Committee Assistant Oksana Glukhovskikh

Additional information at the following link:

Auction News – The largest fundraising event of the year is finally here! Arco Iris will host it’s 5th annual Fiesta Night and Auction tomorrow night and we are excited to share an evening of camaraderie, fun, and fundraising with our community! For those attending, please remember that the Portland Golf Club has a strict dress code and denim is prohibited. The party starts at 6:00 and the silent auction will be open when you arrive so don’t be late. If you will not be joining us tomorrow night, you can still help Arco Iris reach the fundraising goal for the evening by donating on the auction website. Donations of any size make a big difference, so please visit the donation page now and join us raising the funds we need to help ensure our school continues to grow and thrive! 

Posted in Administration, Fundraising, General Announcements

Friday Updates – April 10, 2015

There is still time to support SB 819 (senate bill) that has been introduced in the Oregon Senate and would increase the public funding of Oregon (non-virtual) public charter schools to 95%!  The Arco Iris Board wants to enlist your help in advocating for its swift passage by the Oregon Legislature. It’s not too late!

We are asking our parent community to please contact their Oregon legislators. In particular, please reach out to your state senator as well as the education committee and let them know you support SB 819 and they should as well.  Email them, call them, write them, meet with them, but use your voice! Charter schools around the state are working together for more equitable funding. Click HERE to read our post from last week for more details, including an email/letter template, and links to your legislators.

Arco Iris 5th Annual Fiesta Night and Auction
April 18, 2015
6:00 PM- 10:00 PM

This is it! Auction ticket sales close at the end of the day today, making this your last chance to get in on beautiful student art projects, unique and exciting merchandise, teacher parties for your children, and grownup parties for you where you will be treated to fun and fantastic food and drink.

Join us and you can go home with all that, as well as, some great memories and new friends. The bonus? While you were busy have a wonderful time you were also supporting our amazing school! Click HERE to get your tickets!

After School Enrichment Classes Update – Registration for after school classes is open!

  • Chess Wizards starts up on Tuesdays from 3:45-4:45,  April 7 to May 26. Register HERE.
  • Mad Science starts up Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45, April 22 to May 27. Register at HERE.

Upcoming Dates (from Big Tent)

  • Apr 16                        Northwest Childrens Theater (3:45pm)
  • Apr 16                        School Board Meeting (6pm)
  • Apr 17                        Spirit Wear Day
  • Apr 18                        Fifth Annual Fiesta Night and Auction (6pm)
  • Apr 22                       Mad Science (3:45pm)
  • Apr 23                       Northwest Childrens Theater (3:45pm)
  • Apr 24                       No School (Staff Development)
  • Apr 29                       Mad Science (3:45pm)
  • Apr 30                       Northwest Childrens Theater (3:45pm)
  • May 1                         PTO Officer’s Meeting (2:30pm)
Posted in Administration, Celebrations, Fun Extras, Fundraising

Last Call for Auction Tickets

April 18th will be here before we know it! Arco Iris will celebrate the 5th Annual Fiesta Night and Auction. We hope you are looking forward to our community’s biggest party and fundraiser of the year as much as we are! We all share something big in common – each family at Arco Iris values Spanish Immersion education enough to choose our school. The auction is the perfect event for both current and newly enrolled families to gather with each other, learning what else we share in common, all while supporting the school we value so much. And you can go home with some fantastic items, including beach vacations, Trail Blazers merchandise, classroom art, tickets to parent and student parties, admissions to lots of family events and activities and many other exciting packages. We still have tickets to the auction available here but sales will close at the end of the day this Friday, April 10th, so buy your tickets now. We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted in General Announcements