Monthly Archives: October 2018

October 2018 Newsletter

Hello Creeker Families,
Fall is officially upon on, and I for one love this time of year! The weather is amazing, the leaves are changing colors and providing us with electrifying backdrops, it’s harvest time, the air is fresh and cheeks are rosy, and it’s time to warm the house with a crackling fire.  I love it!

I have lots to share for the coming month…

Picture day Wednesday
This Wednesday is picture day.  An order form was sent home last week, and you can also order on line.  Please have a look and be sure to have the form ready for this Wednesday or have your order done on line: mylifetouch.com and use Picture Day ID: FO518598Y0.

A New Amity Community Member Tonya

We welcomed a new member into the Amity community last week–Kindergarten Teacher Tonya Myers.  Tonya will be caring for and guiding the youngest members of the Amity community until Lindsey returns.  We are thrilled to have Tonya as part of the team!

 

School Supply and Field Trip/Outdoor Education Donation
If you have not already done so, please consider making the beginning of year supply and field trip/outdoor education donation.  We are suggesting a donation of $75 per student in Kinder-Grade 2, and $90 per student for Grades 3-5.  You can donate by check (made out to Friends of Amity and dropped in the FOA box in the hallway) or on-line at: https://www.friendsofamitycreek.com/schoolsupplies/.  Presently we have received only about 65% of the donations needed to fund our expenses, leaving us quite shy of our budgeted goal.  Each donation matters!

Full Circle–it’s Harvest Time!

Last Spring the current Grade 5 class did some planting at the Environmental Center and this past week they got to harvest!  Last week, with the help of Denise Rowcroft (from the Environmental Center and a new Amity parent!) the class prepared a yummy snack with the harvest–potatoes, beets, garlic, carrots, celery, kale, and tomatoes.

Food Drive
Grade 5 kicked off their collaboration with the Bend Food Bank in September and collected 232 pounds of food–enough for 185 meals!  The class will continue this project for the entire year with a collection each month.  This month the class is asking that you bring non-perishable food items with you to Harvest Festival (October 20).  The collection bins will be around for a few days after Harvest Festival and the goal for October is to collect 300 pounds of food, enough for 240 meals!  Here’s a link to the Bend Food Project if you want to know more about the organization: https://bendfoodproject.com

Birthday invitations
A reminder for returning families, a new bit of information for Kinder families.  The handing out of birthday invitations at school can be an exciting moment for any child; however, it can also be a devastating time for a child who is not included.  In order to avoid hurt feelings we kindly ask that birthday invitations be discretely handed out between parents unless the entire class is being invited to the party.  Friends of Amity will soon be updating the School Directory and getting it ready for distribution (see article below) and this will obviously make it easier to get invites out.  We greatly appreciate your support on this!

Cafe Amity Update and Rotations
I hope by now you have had a chance to read the note I sent out a few weeks ago regarding Cafe Amity.  We have restructured a bit in an effort to provide healthier options each Wednesday.  We now have a standing order with a Great Harvest for baked goods but we continue to seek your support–you may continue to donate baked goods (please no donuts, out holes, cookies, cakes) or you can contribute to a bakery fund that will help offset the purchase cost of the baked goods.  There are envelopes for each class in the office to make a donation to this fund–we are suggesting $15-20 for the year, about what we figure you’d spend on goods to donate.  Additionally, we have a new Kinder parent who has graciously offered her baking skills and time to help any class that would like to bake for Cafe Amity on the Tuesday before their week. Please contact me if you are interested in doing this with your child’s class–Grade 5 is getting it going this week!

Here are the Cafe Amity dates for each class:
5TH Grade: 10/3, 11/28, 1/23, 3/6, 5/1
4th Grade: 10/10, 12/5, 1/30, 3/13, 5/8
3rd Grade: 10/17, 12/12, 2/6, 3/20, 5/15
2nd Grade: 10/31, 12/19, 2/13, 4/3, 5/22
1st Grade: 11/7, 1/9, 2/20, 4/17, 5/29
Kinders: 11/14, 1/16, 2/27, 4/24
*All grades have 5 rotations except for Kinders who have 4

Outdoor Education
Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education. ~David Polis, naturalist

As I mentioned at Back to School Night we are entering our second year of our Outdoor Education program.  The program is in the developmental stage as we reach out in to the community, make connections with local education providers, and engage in a variety of different experiences.  Our main goals for the program:
*Increase understanding of the natural and human communities
*Create a sense of place and stewardship
*Develop stronger environmental attitudes and sense of responsibility
*Inspire the next generation to take care of their natural and human communities

Each class is engaging in a minimum of three Outdoor Education experiences that include programs offered through the Children’s Forest, trips to local treasures such as Lava Lands, Crater Lake, and the Badlands,  and engagement with 3 local rivers–Metolius, Fall River, and Deschutes (restoration projects in partnership with Trout Unlimited).  Additionally, many of the classes are engaged with the community garden at the Environmental Center.

A Word From FOA
A big thank you to all that participated in our first fundraisers of the year, Concert on the Green and Pastini’s. Both of these events have helped to kick off our fundraising for the year and provide us with important funds that are dedicated to Art and Music education, field trips and outdoor education, and Amity community events in support of the teachers, staff, students and families of the Amity Creek community.

The next big community event is the Annual Amity Harvest Festival here at the school on October 20th from 4-7pm. We need volunteers to make this event successful!  Please sign-up on the sheet in the entryway of the school.

Another current FOA endeavor is the School Directory.  Friends of Amity (FOA) is currently in the process of updating last year’s school directory and preparing to share it with you in the very near future.  FOA needs your help!  Starting this week FOA will be distributing a form to all families.  There will 2 forms available–one for returning families that will offer an opportunity to update contact information (or decline participation in the directory), and one form for new families.  It will only take a few minutes to fill out and the sooner that FOA has all forms returned the sooner they can get the directory out.  The directory is an “Opt-in” endeavor and requires your permission to include contact information.  Look for forms being distributed in the hallway this week.

Amity Creek FREE Fall Clothing Exchange–It’s Back!
Kids grow quickly.  Why not pass along the items they outgrow to other Creekers?  Come “shop” the exchange for free and get a brand new wardrobe!  This event is open to ALL Creekers.  You do not need to donate to be able to “shop”!  Kids must have an adult present to be able to shop; however, if you are not able to be present to “shop” with your kiddo simply send a note in with your child giving permission for your child to shop with Andy (I actually really enjoys doing this!)

Donations are a huge part of making this event a success!  Bring in your GENTLY used (and clean) clothing (all ages, infant-adult) to Amity from now through November 2nd (Drop off spot located outside Health Room)

Wanted: Clothes, shoes, boots, snow gear, costumes, hats, belts, etc
Condition: Items should be clean, no holes. no stains, gently used
Contact: Autumn Persinger, 541-419-2647 or [email protected]
When is the Exchange? Wednesday-Friday, Nov.14-Nov.16
Where: On the Stage

Parking reminder
A friendly reminder about parking at the Historical Museum across the street–we are allowed to park along the east side of the building (the side that runs along Bond Street).  The museum graciously shares the parking lot with us and we want to be good neighbors. Your cooperation is appreciated.

State-wide testing information for Grades 3-5
By law we have to share information about annual state testing for students in Grades 3-12:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hNsVPf6eGFvQ7tBv-DahFaUPypemrOnV/view

Article to Share
This month’s article is about the playground: Are We Overprotecting Our Kids?

Upcoming Dates
*
Oct 3: School Pictures!
*Oct 20: Harvest Festival, 4-7pm
*Oct 24-26: Conversations

That’s enough for now–see you in the hallway!
Andy