Updates: Venue and Lottery date!

We have a number of recent developments that were discussed at our school board meeting last night. Thanks again to all those who attended. We believe that our board meetings, which are merely a working business meeting open to the public, are a great way for our families to get a better understanding of the operations side of the school. We hold them the second Wednesday of each month. Agendas are posted 24 hours in advance and are on our website.

Venue – Arco Iris has been working collaboratively with Beaverton Christian Church (13600 SW Allen Blv) and the City of Beaverton over the past few months about a move and longer-term home. Our relationships with BCC and the City are growing strong and we have a fabulous team between us to move this process through the final stages. Arco Iris and BCC have collectively drafted a memorandum of understanding with terms of our use. The City is guiding us both through the occupancy process, which requires a modification to an existing conditional use permit. We will need to go through a number of steps, including a neighborhood meeting, public notice,reviews by different departments at the City, and finally a meeting with the Planning Commission.  We will keep you posted on our progress and may solicit help along the way. The timeline is not perfect, as right now it may be the end of June before we are finished with the public process.

A little about the site: Our use at BCC would include the classrooms in Building C (for those of you familiar with the property). If you are looking at an aerial photo, it’s the building immediately north of the outdoor amphitheater. This building was built to be a school, holds a gymnasium, large community room, kitchen, offices, and classrooms. The space is large enough for us to conservatively grow through our program goal of a K-8 school. Some of the classrooms will be ours for exclusive use, others we will continue to share with BCC, who needs them some evenings and Sundays. We are old pros at creatively using and sharing space! BCC borders Fir Grove Elementary, which is located immediately to the south. There are a few THRPD parks within short walking distance, including Valley West Park and Channing Heights Park.

In the meantime, we continue to work with Bethlehem Lutheran on an agreement for next year. We love this facility and the staff at the church. While we need to relocate due to space limitations, we will want to stay if the timeline or occupancy at BCC falls through. However unlikely, we need a backup plan. Maintaining good relations and being a good tenant with Bethlehem Lutheran and a good neighbor is a top priority. We are so grateful for our home and what it has provided for us this year. We can make one more year here if needed, but will require some creativity and flexibility on everyone’s part!

Lottery – The school board set the 2012/2013 lottery date for Monday, June 4th, 2012, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the school. More details on the lottery will come soon. If you have submitted an intent to enroll and a commitment letter and have been confirmed for lottery eligibility, you will get an email from Stacy with this info. We believe that by June 4th, we’ll have enough information about venue to make a confident decision regarding enrollment.  Our venue dictates our enrollment and growth for next year.

Kindergarten – We know there are many families anxiously waiting on a decision for kindergarten. As you may know, a huge component to this is venue. We don’t have space at our current location, and until we know more about BCC, we are still in a holding pattern. Therefore, at this time, no decision has been made on a kindergarten program for the 2012-2013 school year. We are still hopeful that we will be able to begin this important program but are still working through venue. We are modeling enrollment and budget scenarios. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Thanks for all your support and patience!

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