Greetings Creeker Families,
Believe it or not, May has arrived! We have 7 more weeks of school and we have plans to keep things rocking and rolling here at school until the very last day! This is an exciting time of year as learning is consolidated and we get to enjoy all of the wonderful growth that students have experienced. I have always seen the home stretch of the school year as a joyous celebration of the wonderful journey we have been on all year.
In this issue:
*Book Fair this week!
*Bowl-a-Thon is this Friday
*After School Recess is Back
*Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11
*Smarter Balanced Assessment Season Begins
*Walk and Bike To School Day is May 9
*Lost and Found–Come and Get It!
*Kids INC for Next Year
*Article of the Month–Reading Aloud with your Children
Book Fair this week–Buy One Get One Free!
Our annual Spring Book Fair is this week, Wednesday-Friday. This is a great time to stock up on books for summer reading, and the profits from these book fairs help us to keep our library here at school filled to the brim with great literature! The Book Fair will be in the studio–here are the hours:
Thursday 8:15-8:45am, 3:15-4pm
Friday 8:15-8:45am, 3:30-4pm ( join us for After School Recess and Bread and Jam outside)
Big thanks to Autumn for her continued dedication to our library and making the book fair happen. Volunteers needed! Please check the sign up sheet in the hallway and consider helping Autumn during the book fair.
Bowl-a-Thon is this Friday
The long awaited annual Bowl-a-Thon is this Friday. A big thank you to all of you who have supported your child in getting paper work back to school and helping out with pledges! If you have yet to return the required paper work please get it back to me by the end of the day Tuesday. After that time lane assignment information is already set and sent to the bowling alley (they get names into the computer and have the shoes waiting!). As a reminder K/1/5 will bowl from 9:30-11:30, 2/3/4 will bowl 12-2. Please feel free to join us at Sun Mountain Fun Center on Friday.
Remember, you can donate on line this year! Bowl-A-Thon Donations
After School Recess is back!
Starting this week we will keep the playground open until 4pm on Fridays. Come on out and enjoy the nice weather (hopefully), let the kids play, and connect with other families!
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11
It’s that time of year that we get to honor and appreciate the teachers with whom your children spends their days. The official day of appreciation is Tuesday, May 8 but as in years past we will celebrate our amazing teachers all week! I have been working with Site Council members to plan the week and I will get an email to you all early this week with the plan. In the meantime please think about the many ways in which you could honor your child’s teacher! While teachers love the more grand and group gestures, they also really appreciate the small, personal gestures of appreciation.
Smarter Balanced Assessment Season Begins
May brings assessment season once again. Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 will be engaged in Smarter Balanced state assessments (SBAC) this month. Grades 3 and 4 will get most of their assessments done the week of May 21-25, and Grade 5 will sprinkle their assessment time throughout the month (May 16/17/21/30). Please be sure your child’s iPad is at school (and charged!).
Oregon House Bill 2655 requires that I also inform you that you have the right to opt your child out of the SBAC. Information can be found here: Opt Out Info
*If you have questions about Smarter Balanced you can contact me or you can find Information here: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/about/
Walk and Bike to School Day—join fellow Creekers and ride to school!
Join people from around the country to honor the joy of walking or biking to school, and get yourself thinking about your commuting habits. When the weather is good here in Bend, walking and biking are a great way to get to school and work! if you can, please join in walking or biking to school on May 9.
Lost and Found–come and get it!
Oh boy, do we have a collection of lost and found–it has really piled up! On Friday, May 11 we will be bagging it up and donate it to a local charity so please be sure to spend a few moments looking through the lost and found for your child’s missing items before May 11.
Limited Time Offer for Amity T-shirts and Hat
Recently the Grade 5 students designed an Amity Creek t-shirt and they will be for sale for a limited time–only 1 week! There will also be 2 other designs available and a hat. Sales begin this Wednesday at Cafe Amity and will end next week at Cafe Amity. Get yours while you can! An order form that looks like the image below will be sent home with all students this week.
(AC 1 is the Grade 5 design)
Kids INC for Next Year
Sign ups for Kids INC before and after care for the 2018-19 school year begins May 21. Many of you will remember that we almost lost this program at Amity (before school care) but we were able to get at least 20 families to sign up for this year. Well, we need to get the numbers again for next year. If you know (or think you know) that you will be using the before or after care (after is at Highland) please go on line starting May 21 and sign up! We don’t want to lose this valuable program. Link: Kids INC sign up
**The after care at Highland fills up immediately so don’t miss the May 21 opportunity
Article of the Month
A big thank you to Grade 3 parent Cindy Girroir for this month’s article about reading aloud–it’s a great reminder of the importance of this ritual at home!
Reading Aloud Brings Family Happiness
May 4: Bowl-a-thon
May 2/3/4: Book Fair–buy one get one free!
May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9: Bike to School Day—join fellow Creekers and ride to school!
My 23-25: Grade 5 at Tamarack Outdoor School!
May 28: No School, Memorial Day
May 31/June 1: Camp Amity
June 6: Mountain Air fundraiser. This will be after school like the one earlier this year—more details closer to June.
June 7: All School BBQ—all families invited to this early evening from 5-7pm! More details as we get closer to the date.
June 12: 5th Grade Art Night, 6:30pm–this is an event for 5th Grade family and friends
June 13: 5th Grade Graduation, 1pm—all are invited to attend
June 14: Last day!
See you in the hallway!