Monthly Archives: April 2018

May 2018 Newsletter

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:
Wednesday 8-8:45am
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

Upcoming Dates:
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!
Andy

April 2018 Newsletter

Happy Spring Time Creeker Families!
Somehow March came and left in a flash and April has arrived in full force!  The Spring always brings such promise as we head into warmer temperatures, blooming trees and flowers, and the faint scent of summer tickling our noses.  April looks to be another action packed month here at school!

In this newsletter:
*Earth Month Challenge
*New Vestibule Update (the latest)
*Conversations Next Week
*Friends of Amity Update
*Summit High Performance at Amity
*Message from Bend Fire Department
*Article of the Month

Earth Month Challenge!
Image result for earth dayEach year on April 22 we celebrate Earth Day.  This year in honor of Earth Day I am challenging all families (100% of Amity Creek families!) to the Amity Creek Eco-Challenge for the month of April (and hopefully beyond).  The Grade 4 students helped to kick this off prior to the break with their night of sustainable education. The challenge is simple (seemingly): Pick one family habit that you know may not be good sustainable practice and change it for the month.  This can be as simple as being more vigilant in turning off lights when you leave a room, or reducing the amount of packaged food you buy, to more challenging endeavors like reducing the amount of driving (and increasing the amount of walking or cycling) you do as a family.  You get to choose, but you have to be committed to whatever it is that you choose for the remainder of April.  The intention of this challenge is to be more conscious of our use of resources, to demonstrate to our children that it is possible to reduce our consumption when we work together, and to come together as a community of people who are trying to make a difference.  And, we just may achieve the greater goal of permanently changing our behavior for the positive!

So, where to begin? As you can imagine there is no shortage of internet websites that list all the various ways in which you can live a more sustainable life.  I have combed the internet and found a few sites that I think are good starting points and I have listed them below. You will find lots of useful information on these sites (and, of course, some not so helpful information, too!).  Have a look and start to discuss the possibilities with your family so that you can begin the challenge in earnest as soon as possible. It’s time to begin a conversation at home about your consumption habits and try to identify one habit that you want to change. You know the one, the one you say to friends, “I know this isn’t very Earth-friendly (or green, or sustainable) but…”  This would be the habit that likely needs your full attention now!

I have been thinking about this challenge for months now and I’m so excited to finally be launching the idea with you!  Please embrace this opportunity to expand your consciousness and to have a closer look at your habits as a family.  And remember that good, clean living is supposed to be fun—so have some fun while you challenge yourselves!  The challenge has been offered and now is the time to put thoughts into action…journey well!

A few categories for consideration:
Food and Diet, Home Products and Building, Transportation, Consumer Purchasing, Cleaning and Beauty Products, Health and Healing, Clothing, Waste Management, Gardening (yes, I know about the challenges), Power Usage, Water Consumption, Pest Management

Impact calculators:
These types of carbon footprint calculators are not exactly scientific but they do highlight areas that ultimately have the greatest impact on the environment and they may give you a little tip or two related to the challenge!
http://www.conservation.org/act/live_green/pages/default.aspx
http://www.conservation.org/act/live_green/pages/ecofootprint.aspx
http://www.myfootprint.org/

Sustainable living tips:
Obviously not all of the information on these sites will be applicable to our lives here in Bend but many will.
http://www.conservation.org/act/simplesteps/green_home/Pages/tips_home.aspx
http://greenlivingideas.com/category/eco-home-living/
https://www.diynatural.com/45-eco-friendly-habits/
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/environment/going-green-environment/green-home-makeover/green-cleaning-gg/ ( great video about home cleaning products)
http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/
http://eartheasy.com/play_menu.htm(all about play)
http://www.greenlivingtips.com/

Portal to other Sustainable living sites:
http://thegreenerme.hubpages.com/hub/50-Eco-Friendly-Green-Living-Websites

New Vestibule Update (the latest)
I recently sent you an update on the new vestibule being installed.  As of today I have another update: the buzz-in system is now operational and we will begin locking the doors at 8:45am starting on Thursday of this week.  The doors will be locked each day from 8:45am until 3:15pm:  if you arrive at school between these hours you will have to be buzzed in.  We kindly ask for your patience as we adjust to this new system.  There may be times that you arrive but there is not someone in the office to buzz you in; in these instances please be patient in waiting until someone returns to the office and can buzz you in.  This new system is going to be especially challenging for Patti to adjust to so please be especially kind to her in the coming weeks!

Conversations Next Week (no school April 11-13)

A friendly reminder to sign up for a Conversion with your child’s teacher.  Conversations are an extremely important part of our partnership as we work together to support your child to grow and thrive. Please be sure you have a time scheduled on April 11th or 12th.  If they haven’t already, your child’s teacher should be reaching out with information about Conversations.

FOA Update
Here are a few updates from Friends of Amity:
*Additional Auction items–We had some items that did not sell at the auction and some that came in late so we will be holding an online auction on those items–look for an email soon!

*Class Self Portrait Posters
 – These are currently available online for $20.   This is a great keepsake for your kids!http://www.friendsofamitycreek.com/product/class-posters-2018/

*Monday April 23 and Tuesday April 24 – Pastini Pasta will be donating a portion of their proceeds those two nights to FOA, so plan a night (or two) out to support the school!  

Phantom Tollbooth at Amity Creek on April 24
We’re excited to announce that we will welcome students from Summit High who will be performing The Phantom Tollbooth at Amity on April 24 from 2:00-3:15pm. The play is based on the original novel, a children’s fantasy adventure novel written by Norton Juster with illustrations by Jules Feiffer, first published in 1961.  Please feel free to join us if you like!

 

A message from Bend Fire Department
Before your child spends the night at a friend’s house, we encourage you to take time to ask about fire safety.  Over the years, there have been disastrous house fires that have taken the lives of multiple children. Many times there are children who are staying in the home for a sleepover — and many times the home has no working smoke alarms and the family has no escape plan.

It may be uncomfortable, but before any sleepover, parents need to ask: Does the home have working fire alarms and does the family have a plan for how to escape a burning house?  Make it a life priority of yours that you will NEVER leave your kids anywhere — in particular a sleepover — without making sure that the smoke alarms work. 

Here are some facts from the National Fire Protection Association:
Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time. In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.

  • Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%)…often with the batteries missing (see below).
  • The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs. 0.53 deaths per 100 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries. 
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (24%) of the smoke alarm failures.

Article of the Month
I read this article over the break and wanted to share it with you–I think you’ll appreciate it!  It’s called The Key to Raising a Happy Child.  Click here to read: Key to Raising a Happy Child

Upcoming dates:
*April 4: Cafe Amity hosted by KInders
*April 4-6: Grade 4 to OMSI Camp
*April 6: Lottery Letters mailed to families
*April 11-12: Conversations (no school April 11-13)
*April 18: Cafe Amity hosted by Grade 5
*April 25: Cafe Amity hosted by Grade 4