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November 2019 Newsletter

Creekers Families,
Believe it or not, November has arrived! It’s been an incredible Fall season, and I am starting to look forward to an amazing Winter! As always, there’s a ton of information to share with you as we dive into November:

Fundraising Opportunity @ Pastini’s November 4th and 5th
The Pastini Fundraiser is next week–November 4th and 5th! Simply dine at Pastini’s for lunch or dinner on one of these days and Amity Creek receives 50% of the proceeds–easy money! Take out food also counts. Be sure to tell your server that you are with Amity Creek!

Introducing Kelli Esselman, our new secretary
We have a new secretary helping out in the office this year–Kelli Esselman. Kelli is an Oregon native, born and raised in Portland, and of course grew up a huge Blazers and Ducks fan. Kelli is married to Jackson and their daughter, Lexi, is in first grade. The Esselman family lived in Bend for a couple of years and then a job opportunity took them to Texas. Once there, they couldn’t stop feeling like Bend was their home, so they packed up and came back to where they felt they belonged! Kelli has always had a passion for teaching, coaching and working with kids, so she always had high hopes that she could one day work in Lexi’s school. Her dream has come true and we are so happy to have Kelli joining us!

Friends of Amity Update and Help Needed for Annual Auction
From FOA: Amity’s biggest fundraiser, the Annual Auction, is already in the planning stages for February 29, 2020 at the Boys & Girls Club. We need the help of parent volunteers in order to make this successful; if everyone is able to lend a hand in some way, it will be the most successful event yet! 

There are many ways you can contribute. We need volunteers to be in charge of the food, others for beverages, someone to take the lead on decorations, someone to help with coordinating the student artwork from each class, and more. It takes a village, and while we need leads to run point on these things, there will be many other people to help execute. At present we have needs in support of art for the auction:
1) We are looking for a parent from each class to take the lead on the class art project (think really cool art from the likes of Pinterest!)
2) We need help with the quilt projects, specifically with some graphic design work and also with the actual quilting.
3) We need help painting the classroom bowls.

The funds generated from this event go directly back in to the school to support programs for your children like Music and Art, Outdoor Education and more. Thank you for your considering how you can best support the event! Please let Andy know as soon as possible if you can help.

Important Date Changes
As I shared in my email last week we have a few changes to the master calendar–here they are again in case you missed it last week:
*November Cafe Amity has been moved to Friday, November 8 (the day after Halloween didn’t seem to be the best day). Grade 4 is hosting.
*Clothing Exchange is now Nov 13-15
*Family BINGO Night is now November 14, 5-6:30pm. Brown Bag dinner event (families bring their own dinner). We will also sell pre-ordered pizza via the Friends of Amity website and we will let you know when you can start ordering.

Save The Dates!
*February 29, 2020: Annual Auction!  Leap Year Theme, more details coming.
*March 5, 2020: The Amity Creek Variety Show date is set for this year!  Like last year we will once again be having the Variety Show in the Spring.  Doors will open at 5:30pm.  More information to come as we get closer to the event.

Veteran’s Lunch, November 8
Our annual Veteran’s Lunch will be Friday, November 8. All service men and women in the Amity community (parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc) are welcome to join us for this free lunch. We start lunch at 11am and look forward to welcoming our veterans!

Disabled Parking in the Amity parking lot
A friendly reminder that by law we need to leave the Disabled Parking spot for those with official placards, and we need to be sure we are not parking cars that block access to this parking spot. We appreciate your cooperation.

Ordering Bagged Coffee–every week!
Remember we are still doing Strictly Organic bagged coffee orders each week.  Order your coffee online via the Friends of Amity website by Tuesdays at 3:00pm and your coffee will be delivered to Amity on Friday.  Friends of Amity Creek:  Strictly Organic donates $5 from each bag sold to Amity Creek.  All proceeds go to support the Amity Creek music and art programs.

Picture retakes
Picture retakes will be on Thursday, November 7th beginning at 8:15am.  If you would like your child to have retakes please email Patti so she can add your child to the retake list:  [email protected].  The original photo packets need to be returned to Patti before retake day.

Honoring Loved Ones
The Ofrenda is ready! This time of year in Mexico they celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.  And one part of the celebration is the creation of an Ofrenda (oh-friend-ah).  Ofrendas (ofrenda means offering in Spanish), are an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations.  While they are also called alters, they are not for worship or religious purposes, but rather a way to honor and keep the memory of loved ones in the present.   Ofrendas are constructed to remember and honor the memory of ancestors and loved ones that have passed.  It is a beautiful ritual, and one that truly honors those that have been a part of our personal history and journey.  Once again this year we will be creating an Amity version of an Ofrenda in the main hallway. One way that you can participate is by bringing in a photograph of someone you’d like to honor; and in keeping this kid friendly this could also be a family pet that is no longer living, too.  The idea is to honor our loved ones who are no longer with us.  Things you can bring to add to the Ofrenda any time in the month of November:
*A photograph of your loved one
*Candles and incense (we won’t light either, they will be symbolic)
*Flowers, usually marigolds, but for our version any flowers will be welcomed
*A trinket that reminds you of your loved one, something that the person you’re honoring enjoyed in life–could something as simple as a food they loved, a golf tee, a deck of cards, or anything that reminds you of the person.

It’s coming together quite nicely…

Vestibule Construction
Currently the vestibule (secure entry way) that is in place at Amity is temporary and things are beginning to move in terms of the official construction of our vestibule. Here’s the breakdown:
*Exploratory demo work in the vestibule was done this week. 
*Major demolition and construction in the vestibule will be starting the evening of November 7 through approximately November 17–give or take a few days depending on how things go. 
*VERY IMPORTANT: Main entry doors to be closed completely November 8-15; back doors by the playground will serve as our temporary main entrance. Yes, the front doors will not be accessible so students and parents will need to enter and exit through the back door (playground door). The district is hiring someone to sit by the door to let parents in and out and to maintain safety.
*The finish work will likely continue for several weeks after the main push but we will be back in operational order by November 15.

Amity Creek Parent Book Club meets Monday!
Book: The Awakend Family by Shefai Tsabary, Ph.D.
When: Monday November 4th, 6 – 8 pm
Where: Embark, 2843 NW Lolo Rd
Contact Euijin Gray (Teo’s mom) for info:
541-977-2665 / [email protected]

Lost and Found is overflowing!
Please help, the Lost and Found is bursting out of the bin! Please take a moment to look through the lost and found and see if anything in there belongs to your child. And, please remember to label all clothing so we can help in getting it back to you!

Community Invited to Share Voice Through Funding Survey
Bend-La Pine Schools launches survey through broader Excellence & Equity Review
From the district: Bend-La Pine Schools is inviting community members, families, students and staff members to share their voice about supporting student success by taking part in a funding survey. The survey is part of a broader months-long effort called Excellence & Equity Review, which includes listening sessions with more than 30 groups of parents and students.

“The goal of this effort is to create a new relevant, rigorous and regularly-occurring process that will allow our schools to dig deep into the academic, social and emotional experiences of our students, particularly those from underserved populations,” said Superintendent Shay Mikalson. The information collected through the surveys and Excellence & Equity Review listening sessions will help Bend-La Pine Schools more effectively prioritize strategies, allocate resources and develop staff’s knowledge and skills. 

Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, Bend-La Pine Schools anticipates additional funding resources. The Oregon Legislature passed the Student Success Act, which will increase revenue for K-12 schools in Oregon. Bend-La Pine Schools is seeking input from community members as one factor to help inform the plan to invest these new funds. Community members, families, students and staff are invited to participate in the Student Success Act Survey, open now online through November 13.
Student Success Act Survey – English
Student Success Act Survey – Spanish  
Learn more about Excellence & Equity on our webpage.

November 4/5
: Pastini Fundraiser. Families dine at Pastini’s one of these days and we get a percentage of all the money spent.
November 8: Cafe Amity, Grade 4 hosts
November 8: Veteran’s Lunch, 11am. Free to all Veterans.
November 11: Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL
November 13-15: Fall Clothing Exchange
November 14: Family Bingo Night! 5-6:30pm
November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break

See you in the hallway,