Friday Updates – October 11, 2013

State Report Cards are out: Arco Iris has been listed in the top 10% of academically performing schools in Oregon! Oregon rates its 1,200 schools into five performance tiers, with 10 percent in the elite top tier and 5 percent in the lowest. Here is a link to the District’s results. Arco Iris received a rating of “Outstanding” – you can find our 2013 report card here. Official Oregon Department of Education report card and Summary on Arco Iris are also attached: Arco Iris ODE Report Card and Arco Iris ODE DetailSheet

A quick note about recess, gym, and playground usage: We have received a lot of feedback and comments about recess and playtime and want to provide some clarification.  Arco Iris has the gym and outside playground all day on Monday and Friday. For our classes, this means that every Monday and Friday, all students have 30 minutes of PE in the gym, and 2 recess times in the gym or on the playground. Monday through Friday, Arco Iris has lunch recess on the playground or in the gym. For grades 5-7, lunch recess is typically split between the middle school break room and the cafeteria. Grades 5-7 also regularly use the cafeteria space for short breaks and group work throughout the day. The above are routines that have been in place since the first week of school and will continue.

Last week, BCC requested that we discontinue recess in the parking lot. This change affects schedules on Tuesday-Thursday only. We are subsequently making adjustments to our schedules to make the best of our new situation. The recess times on these days that are affected by the change in the status of the parking lot are morning recess for 2nd-3rd grade and the late afternoon recesses. During these times, the preschool and kindergarten classes from BCC are using the gym and playground. So, while Arco Iris students will continue to have breaks that the staff knows are in the best interests of the students, there will be no recess breaks in the parking lot area. Please be patient with our staff as we make adjustments to our break plans. Classes may go for a walk outside, play games in their classroom, or use another common area space inside our lease area.  We don’t want the continued impression that our students are in their classrooms all day long without time to stretch their legs and give their brains a break. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this adjustment as we continue to build our relationships with BCC and get situated in our new space.

Teacher webpages are live! Please see teacher pages for latest classroom news, homework, and more. You can find them all listed on the Meet Our Staff page.

Jog-a-Thon: Don’t forget to turn in pledge monies and your pledge sheet in the envelope provided to your student’s classroom teacher by 9:00 am, Friday, October 18, 2013. Anything after the 18th is gladly accepted as a donation, but only those submitted on time will be eligible for prizes.

Representatives needed for Consejo de Padres – Consejo de Padres is a parent organization made up of representatives elected from each grade level with two primary goals:  1) support the Board of Directors/ principal and 2) be a resource for communication between the parent community and the Board of Directors/principal. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every other month at Arco Iris School. Please consider volunteering your time to become a representative.   If we have more than the desired number of representatives sign up, we will hold elections.  We need help in the following grades:

  • One 4th grade parent
  • Two 1st grade parents

If you are interested please submit your name, the grade your child is in, and why you would like to be a representative (in 100 words or less) in an email. All submissions must be entered by Friday the 18th of October.

The annual Scholastic Book Fair will be here soon so mark your calendars and check out the expanded shopping opportunities! As in the past, the fair will be open during parent/teacher conferences, but new this year the fair will also be open for you to shop with your children after school on October 22nd from 3:00 to 5:00, before school on October 23rd from 9:00 to 10:00 (October 23rd is a late-start Wednesday) and after school that same day from 3:00 to 5:00 again. On the conference days the fair will be open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on October 24th and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm October 25th. The Scholastic Book Fair always offers a great selection of value-priced paperbacks, as well as hardcovers, specialty and activity books, and recent releases. Our fair will also feature a variety of Spanish language books for all grade levels, including Spanish versions of some of today’s most popular children’s series. While shopping please consider helping your child’s teacher build her classroom library by purchasing a book from their posted wish list.

Interested in helping out? Visit the Book Fair Signup Genius for volunteer spots. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity build your child’s home library, stash some stocking stuffers, and stock up on birthday gifts while helping raise money for the school!

School board news: Arco Iris school is looking to fill two seats on the board of directors at the November board meeting. Job descriptions are posted HERE. If you are interested in applying for membership on the Arco Iris school board, please send your resume and cover letter to Deonne Knill. Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm PDT, Friday, October 18th, 2013.

There is a school board meeting next Thursday, October 17th at 6:00 pm at BCC. Additionally there is a board governance workshop on Saturday, October 19th beginning at 9:00 am, also at BCC. Agendas will be posted early next week on our board meeting page.

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