Friday Updates – September 5, 2014

We are wrapping up our first week! Our staff have had a great time welcoming back our students and getting to know our new families. We hope you and your children have felt welcome and are getting comfortable in the new routine.

Park and Walk In

Afternoon parking. Please click to enlarge!

Afternoon Pickup – Please see the attached photo for driving into the BCC parking lot in the afternoons. Please do NOT enter through the first driveway off of Menlo. Unlike morning curbside drop-off, it is important to keep the area in front of the buildings clear of cars in the afternoon. Please drive all the way down toward Fir Grove and park in the back of the lot. This is for everyone’s safety. Thank you for following this very important detail as we strive to be good, safe tenants.

If you arrive after 3:45 pm, please enter through the Buenas Tardes pickup doors. (See: BuenasTardes Drop-off Pick-up) Our front doors are locked at 3:45 pm. It is important for our student’s security that parents not open the front doors and let people in after 3:45 pm. This is an important safety issue, your cooperation is crucial.

School starts at 8:30 a.m.! We have had a large number of students arriving after 8:30 a.m. every day. Please be sure your child is at school and at their desk by 8:30 a.m. Not only are late arrivals disruptive for our office, the entire class, and the teacher, they negatively impact every students’ learning time. Thank you for your help.

Volunteers – As we begin to settle in, we are seeing when and where we might need a few extra hands to help. Volunteer opportunities will be coming up in the next few weeks. If you are interested in volunteering please register at under Arco Iris. This is our new volunteer software that will allow us to organize and inform you our current volunteer needs. As the year progresses we will have more volunteer needs and there will be plenty of opportunity to help. If you can’t volunteer now but still want to be kept in the loop please sign up anyway. We are a small school community and rely on generous hearts like yours to lend a hand and help our days run smoothly.

Room Parents – We are still searching for Room Parents. Room parents generally help with organizing events and volunteers for the classroom teachers. If this is a job that you might be interested in please contact the PTO.

Jog-a-thon – Our annual jog-a-thon is fast approaching and we need a few volunteers to complete our committee. The event will happen October 3rd and we have much work to do before then. This is our second largest fundraising event and critical for our operations. If you are interested in joining the Jog-a-thon committee please contact the PTO. This is a very fun event for everyone!

Spirit Wear Apparel Sales are going on now! Students are encouraged to show their Jaguar pride on designated Arco Iris spirit wear days. On the Spirit Wear Order Form you will find t-shirts and sweatshirts (sweatshirts can be worn through the year as outerwear) and even some options for parents and older students! After school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (September 10-12), the PTO will have a desk set up in the lobby of the school where you can submit forms and payment, try on samples and purchase a VERY limited supply of t-shirts. Please e-mail Sarah Coakley with any questions.

The dates for Spirit Wear are:

  • October 24
  • November 21
  • December 19
  • January 30
  • February 20
  • March 6
  • April 17
  • May 29
  • June 12

Fundraising made easy – Did you know that Arco Iris participates in two ongoing fundraising opportunities that you can help with without even thinking about them? Please take a moment to get yourself set up:

Fred Meyer Community Rewards: You can easily help raise money for Arco Iris every time you swipe your Fred Meyer Rewards card at the register! We are registered with the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program which donates $625,000 per quarter to all participating charitable organizations. Our share of the pie will be based on usage by registered Fred Meyer Rewards cards so make sure to link your rewards card today and let friends and relatives know how easily they can help as well by linking their cards. Participating in this program will not reduce or affect the fuel points or rewards points you currently earn when using your Fred Meyer Rewards card. Sign up HERE and use our school code #80296 when prompted.

Amazon Smile: Amazon will donate 1/2% of your eligible purchases to the school so be sure to bookmark the link below and always start your Amazon shopping through that bookmark – it’s that easy! Click on: and then “start shopping”

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