Monthly Archives: May 2019

May 2019 Newsletter

Hello Creeker Families,
As I write this we have exactly 6 weeks left in the school year–I can’t believe it! It’s been a fantastic year so far, with lots of great things still ahead!

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week this week and I hope you have a chance to think about some ways to support our efforts to show the teachers how much we appreciate them! I sent an email last week which would be good to reference, but I am including a short reminder here:
~Monday: Bring cards for the staff. If you missed it, you can bring cards any time!
~Tuesday: Bring a flower or two
~Wednesday: Bring fresh or frozen fruit to help with smoothies for the staff
~Thursday: Bring non-perishable snacks to help create an emergency snack pack for teachers
~Friday: Bagels, pastries, and fruit for breakfast for teachers–you can help by bringing in fruit or a pastry. Or, you could make a small monetary donation to help offset costs (see Patti).

In this newsletter:
*Below the surface
*March for Students Rally this week
*Camp Fire–After School programs for next year, input needed
*Bowl-a-thon is this week!
*Pint Night at Worthy Brewing
*End of Year Family BBQ
*A Note about Dale and music for next year
*Graduation Information–Class of 2019
*CATS the musical

Perspective
I have wanted to share my perspective on something for quite some time now, and when a friend shared this image with me recently I knew it would be helpful in my explanation. If you are around school for any amount of time you are likely to see some kiddos struggling to conduct themselves in what most would consider “appropriate” ways. Perhaps you’ve even seen me sitting nearby a child expressing themself in such a way and wondered “Why isn’t Andy doing anything about that child’s behavior?” What you get to see when you see a child is “acting out” is their behavior; what you don’t get to see is what is underlying that behavior. Behaviors are expressions of internal struggles, when demands exceed the ability to meet demands, and often a child simply doesn’t have the skill(s) to express their struggle in ways that we may deem appropriate. Our job as educators, and as parents, is to look beyond the behavior and discover the struggle. And in discovering the true struggle, we often can identify the lagging skill. It is only when we can make this discovery that we can truly help a child, because continuing to focus solely on behaviors keeps us blind to what is really going on within the child. So, next time you encounter a child acting out and exhibiting negative behaviors, try and see if you can replace your negative perceptions of the child’s behavior with a wondering about the child’s internal struggle. Want to know more? I’ve been following Ross Green’s work around the idea of “Kids Do Well if They Can” for the last few years and can’t say enough about it. Here are a few places to start:
https://www.smartkidswithld.org/getting-help/emotions-behaviors/ross-greene-on-challenging-behavior/
https://livesinthebalance.org/walking-tour-educators

March for Students Rally this week
An email went out last week from the district inviting you to join with teachers this week to show solidarity in demanding that the Oregon schools be properly funded. I want to personally invite you to join the Amity staff and staff from other local schools as we March for Students after school this Wednesday, May 8. Here at the details:
2:30 p.m.– Families are invited to park and walk alongside staff from one of the three rally points to the Education Center in downtown Bend: From Bend Senior High School, Highland Magnet School or the northwest parking lot at Shops at The Old Mill District.
OR 
2:45 p.m. – Join us at the Education Center, across from the library. Supporters will be cheering on the groups of walkers as they begin to arrive from rally points around town.  There will be sign making materials, and thank you cards for staff available for you. It looks like it will be a warm day, so plan make sure to have water with you! Attendees are encouraged to wear red.
3:15 p.m. – Speakers
3:45 p.m. – March begins through downtown Bend
4:30 p.m. – Event concludes

Pint Night at Worthy (Eastside Brewery)
Please join us for one of our last fundraisers of the year. Worthy Brewing is generously honoring Amity Creek this Tuesday from 4-9pm with $1 of every pint sold being donated to Amity! We hope you can stop by to support the cause and spend some time with other families.

Address: 495 NE Bellevue Drive – Bend, OR 97701

Camp Fire Survey
Camp Fire is working on expanding after school programming for next year at Amity Creek to offer various enrichment opportunities 5 days per week.  As they develop the program, they would love to have your input! Please take a moment to share your needs with them in this survey.  All respondents will have the opportunity to be entered in to a raffle to win $75 credit towards after school programs next year.  Thanks for your help!

Bowl-a-thon is this Week!
It’s time for the annual bowl-a-thon! A big thanks for all of you who have been supportive of this effort by getting sponsors and making sure all your paperwork is in. It is vital that we have the permission slip/shoe size sheet returned no later than Tuesday at the end of school as we have to submit lane assignments and provide shoe sizes to the bowling alley that day. You can continue to get sponsors until the day of the event but please be sure to bring in the pledge sheet by Friday. Kinders, Grade 1, and Grade 5 will go from 9:15-11:15, and Grades 2/3/4 will go from 11:45-1:45.

End of Year Family BBQ
Mark your calendars, the annual End of Year Family BBQ will be Wednesday, June 5 from 5-7pm. Like last year, in addition to burgers and hotdogs there will be musical performances by students. We are looking for volunteers to help coordinate student performances–please contact Esther if you want to help out: [email protected]Families are encouraged to bring a side dish share–salads, chips, etc. This is a free event.

13 Incredible Years of Music–Dale
Our beloved music teacher, Dale, has come to the difficult decision to end his 13 year musical residency at Amity Creek at the end of this school year. Dale has been an integral part of the Amity community for many wonderful years, both as a parent and later as the music teacher. We will dearly miss Dale and are so grateful for all he has done for the Amity community!

We will be looking for a new musician-in-residence, so please reach out to family and friends you think might be interested and encourage them to contact me!

Graduation Information
It’s always hard to write this first Graduation note, to acknowledge that some of our Creekers will be moving on in the near future. But, it’s also an amazing time of celebration that is to be fully embraced! I wanted to share a few details about graduation so you can get some important dates on the calendar.
Tuesday, June 11: Grade 5 Art Night. This is for Grade 5 students and their families only. This is an evening event, time TBD.
Wednesday, June 12: Graduation from 1-3pm! The event will begin at 1pm but as always we encourage you to show up early to get your seats. This event is open to all Amity Families, but seating priority goes to the families of the graduates. Kinder/Grade1/Grade 2 will be at the event for the first 30 minutes and then will be excused. Grades 3 and 4 will stay for the entire event.
Friday, June 14: Presentation of Grade 5 videos at Community Time. This is always fun!

CATS, An Amity Interpretation
Come one, come all as our own 3rd/4th grade performers bring Amity style to the musical CATS! Celebrate the genius of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and writer T.S. Elliot wrapped in the Creeker spirit! Showtime: May 16 at 2:30 in the gym.

Upcoming:
May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7: Pint Night at Worthy Brewing, 4-9pm
May 8: Bend Food Project donation pick up
May 10: Bowl-a-thon
May 16: CATS, Amity’s version! 2:30pm
May 17: Last Bread and Jamity of the Year–don’t miss it!
May 21: Middle School Move-Up Day–Grade 5
May 27: No School, Memorial Day
May 29-31: Grade 5 to Tamarack!
May 29: Grade 4 Play, 1:30pm
May 30: Oregon Trail Celebration at Community Time
June 3/4: Camp Amity
June 5: End of Year Family BBQ, 5-7pm
June 6: Volunteer Tea, 9am. Invites coming soon to all of our wonderful volunteers
June 10: Grade 4 Cardboard Regatta
June 11: Grade 5 Art Night (Grade 5 and their families only)
June 12: Grade 5 Graduation, 1-3pm
June 14: Last Day, 2pm

See you in the hallway,
Andy