Friday Updates – September 12, 2014

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 Lodge – We still have spaces left for our weekend at the historic Mazamas Lodge on Mt. Hood. The entire lodge will be all ours for the night of September 19th! It is the perfect setting for enjoying the best that the mountain has to offer in September. There are many hiking trails and opportunities for exploring the area, including huckleberry picking at the peak of its season on the mountain. The cost per person is $30, which includes lodging for the night, dinner Friday night, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The lodge capacity is 70, but they allow tent camping on the grounds outside the lodge if we exceed capacity or by choice. So reserve your spots now by signing up online ( or dropping a check for the number of attendees in your family, made out to Arco Iris, and please write “Mazamas” in the memo line.

Room Parents – We are still looking for volunteers for Room Parents. If you are interested in becoming a room parent please email

Volunteer goals – Because we are a charter school we rely heavily on volunteers.  We ask that each family contribute 20 hours of volunteer work per year.  This can be in or outside of the classroom.  We have plenty of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.   All of our jobs are posted on If you have not set up a volunteer account please do so.  This will keep you informed on whats coming up next and where you can help.

Jaguars Read  September Calendars were passed out in class today (September 2014 Jags Read). For new students and families (and those who need a review!), the Jaguars Read program is a voluntary, incentive based reading program that track’s students reading outside of the school day throughout the year. Students can earn fun prizes for reading each month.  Calendars will be available at the beginning of each month through your student’s teacher or in the school lobby. Calendars can be turned in at the end of each month in your student’s classroom or in the folder in the lobby. Prizes are passed out to students in class each month. Each year, student’s reading hours are rolled over to their next school year allowing them to works towards great prizes like backpacks, T-shirts, and lunch with Principal Jan.

The Jaguars Read program is run by volunteers like YOU!  If you are interested in helping with this program, please let Niki Taylo or Carrie Kirschner know.

Fall Enrichment Classes – Arco Iris will be offering three different after enrichment classes starting the week of September 22. Fliers for each class will go home with your child soon.

  • Imagination Yoga, Mondays from 3:45-4:30, starting Sept. 22 Imagination Yoga
  • Chess Wizards, Tuesdays from 3:45-4:45, starting Sept. 23 Chess Wizards
  • MathGamers, Thursdays from 3:45-4:45, starting Oct. 2 (CORRECTEDMath Gamers

Spirit Wear Sales – Next week is our final week of apparel sales!  Forms (Spirit Wear Order Form) will be accepted through September 19.  Additionally, payment can now be made online. Please keep in mind with the online payment that a paper copy of the form still needs to be submitted for sizes.  All forms can be turn in at the PTO box directly to the left of the main office door. We look forward to seeing our Jaguar pride!  Please e-mail Sarah Coakley with any questions. Apparel can be worn on select Spirit Wear dates:

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

Carpool anyone? Interested in a carpool? Please email Becky at with “Carpool” in the subject line and we can help you connect with other parents who also want to carpool.

Upcoming Events for September

  • 18th – School board meeting
  • 19th – Mazama Lodge
  • 23rd – Back to School Night
  • 26th – School Picture Day

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