Hello Creeker Families,
There’s no other way to start this newsletter but to offer a humble thank you for an incredible auction over this past weekend! It was such a great night and people showed up ready to have fun and support the arts. I am overwhelmed with thanks and appreciation! We’ll have some preliminary numbers to share soon. Again, thank you for coming out and supporting the students and teachers of Amity Creek!
As I shared earlier this week, I will be away from school from March 9-April 3. While I am away Lindsey is your go-to if you have any issues or concerns. The school is in very capable hands and I look forward to stopping by for a few visits in late March.
In this newsletter:
*Cafe Amity change for this week
*End of Year Celebrations–new!
Variety Show is this Thursday!
We are just about ready for the big night with a final dress rehearsal earlier today. As a reminder, the show is at Bend High School and the doors open at 5:30 with the show starting at 6pm. Bend High has a very strict NO FOOD and DRINK policy in their auditorium and we kindly request that you honor their policy. This also helps us clean up at the end of the night! We are super excited about the annual show!
Cafe Amity is moved to March 13
With the Variety Show this Thursday and likely to mean late bed times for everyone we have decided to move Cafe Amity to next week, March 13. Kinders will be hosting.
Lottery Tours next week
As part of the Lottery Application process we will be conducting tours for interested families next week on Tuesday and Thursday. This means will have lots of visitors at Community Time and in the hallways on those days. If you have friends or family interested in joining one of these tours please have them contact Patti to get them signed up. The Lottery Application deadline is March 20–this includes younger siblings of current Amity students.
End of Year Celebrations
This year we will be piloting something we are calling End of Year Celebrations. Traditionally in the past at Amity, at the end of each school year teachers have written individual Narratives for each child celebrating the year’s accomplishments, highlighting social and emotional growth as well as academic growth, and providing an overall assessment of how the school year was for each student. Narratives have been a long tradition at Amity Creek, and something cherished by many families. This year we’d like to try something new, something we believe has the potential to be as powerful and moving as Narratives, perhaps even more so, but done face to face with students and their families at the end of the year. The End of Year Celebrations will be scheduled for late May and will feel very much like our bi-annual Conversations, but the focus will be to celebrate all that has been experienced throughout the school year. It will be a time to reflect on goals set throughout the year, individual growth and accomplishments, and a time that brings us together to acknowledge and appreciate all that has happened during the course of the year. This is a big change for us, but one we are extremely excited to explore. Having the opportunity to sit with you and your child to celebrate at the end feels like a great way to end the year.
In working to put this in place, it will change the nature of our April Conversations. Since we will be meeting with each family for End of Year Celebrations in May, we don’t necessarily need to meet with every family in April. Many of you keep in close contact with your child’s teacher and have a very good sense of how your child is growing and progressing. You may not feel the need to meet with your child’s teacher in April, but rather feel comfortable waiting until the end of the year meeting in May. For others, you may not have a lot of opportunity to have on-going contact and communication with your child’s teacher and you may wish to meet both in April and in May. We are going to leave that decision to you and we want to encourage you to think about what you think is needed for you and your child. We anticipate that some of you will want to meet in April and May, but others will be quite content to wait until May. Also, teachers will consider students and families that they feel would benefit from an April Conversation and they will reach out to you to make sure a time is scheduled on April 8th or 9th. Specific information about Conversations will be shared in the coming weeks.
This is an exciting time for us as we explore a new way to connect and celebrate with students and families at the end of the year. While we love Narratives, and may eventually decide to return to them, we want to give this new idea an opportunity to be explored. As I said, we are really excited to explore End of Year Celebrations and we look forward to doing so with you! We will provide you an opportunity to give us feedback about the process at the end of the year, and we look forward to seeing how the experience is for you and your child.
There’s lots more information coming later in April in terms of meeting times and format for these celebrations. At the moment I can share that meetings will take place on several early release Wednesdays, a few evenings, and during the school day. Again, lots of more details coming your way in April. Stay tuned!
Spring Break is coming!
Just a reminder that Spring Break is March 23-27.
March 5: Variety Show! At Bend High
March 10/12: Lottery Tours (led by parents)
March 13: Cafe Amity, Kinders host
March 16: Child and Youth Resiliency Survey
March 17: Irish Dancers at Community Time
March 20: Lottery Deadline
March 23-27: Spring Break!
April 8/9: Conversations
See you in the hallway (later in the month),