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March 2020 Newsletter

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:
*Variety Show
*Cafe Amity change for this week
*Lottery Tours
*End of Year Celebrations–new!
*Spring Break

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.

Upcoming
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),
Andy


February 2020 Newsletter

Hello Creeker Parents,
It’s February and there’s lots to share about some important upcoming events. At the end of this month, on Leap Day, we will host the Annual Auction, our most important fundraiser of the year. The following week, on March 5, we will host the annual Variety Show at Bend High. Oh boy, here we go!

In this newsletter:
Arriving on time
Annual Auction update
Variety Show preparations begin
Cafe Amity continues this week
Campfire Session 4 registration info

Article of the Month–please read!

Arriving on Time
Just a friendly but important reminder that school starts at 8am. As you know we begin each day with Community Time, a time that is critically important at Amity for gathering, building community and starting off the day connected to others. Community Time is unique to Amity and something we hold as sacred, and we want all of our kiddos to be a part of this special time each and every day. Also, we want to be sure that Community Time hosts arrive on time so we can start Community Time on time, and so all the hosts are present in order that things that have been rehearsed can be performed. We appreciate your support!

Annual Auction!

The Annual Auction is just three and a half weeks away! We still need lots and lots of help to make this event a success. 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. Here is the latest update from the hardworking Auction Committee:
*The event will take place on Leap Day, February 29 from 5:30-9pm at the Boys and Girls Club. The theme this year is 20/20: A Vision for the Future.
*We are accepting donations until February 21st.  So, we have another solid 3 weeks to solicit donations!
.*The auction will include appetizers, drinks for purchase, and the opportunity to purchase a Golden Ticket–$20 per ticket with the winner getting their choice of ANY silent auction item!
*We are asking for a suggested donation at the door of $10 per person to help cover the cost of food. Feeling generous? A donation of $20 or more at the door will include 1 drink ticket. This is on a suggested donation basis only and no money is required for entry.
*You can pre-register for the event and get your bidder number! Here is the link:  www.auctria.com/auction/AmityAuction2020 On the right side there is a register button. It is much easier if you provide your credit card when registering so they you don’t have to do so at the event and it allows you to leave at the end of the night without having to wait in line to check out–items purchased can be picked up at school the following week. We highly recommend this option!

The next few weeks are very important and there are a few key ways for everyone to get involved to make this a BIG success:
1) The most important way to support the auction right now is helping to procure donations. This is the time to think about all the people you know in the community who may be able to donate goods and/or services and to reach out to those people. Also, think about all the places you regularly eat, shop, self-care, and play and consider requesting a donation next time you are there.  We have donation forms here in the office to use when getting donations.  
2) Donate, donate, donate! Do you have goods or services you can donate? Now is the time!
3) Contribute to the Classroom Basket that will be auctioned off. This has been a very fun and popular way to contribute.  There are containers in each classroom where you can put your contributions. Themes:
Kinder: Art Supplies
First: “Keep it Local”/local vendor basket 
Second: Game Night
Third: Get Outside
Fourth: Pampered Pet/Dog Lovers
Fifth: Camping 
4) Sign up to help at the auction–set up, working the event, cleaning up, etc. We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps–here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp: https://signup.com/go/nYdojYt
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Annual Variety Show, March 5

Also in the mix right now, we have officially kicked off preparation for the Annual Variety Show! Kiddos are signing up to perform–skits, dancing, tumbling, musical performances, and more! Check with your child to see what their plans are! As always, this is strictly voluntary and students have the opportunity to perform or just to enjoy the show. The Variety Show is March 5–doors open at 5:30pm and the show starts at 6pm.

Cafe Amity Continues!
Cafe Amity this Friday, Grade 1 is hosting, 7:30-8:15 followed by Community Time hosted by Grade 2. Don’t forget to order coffee on the Friends of Amity website: https://www.friendsofamitycreek.com

Campfire–new session
Campfire will begin a new session on February 24. Pre-registration for families currently registered in Session 3 opens today at 6pm (via an email link they will send you). For all others registration opens on Friday, February 7 at noon. Go to: campfire.org to register.

Article of the Month
I have spoken recently with several parents who have children who are considered neuro-diverse (as opposed to neuro-typical, which is a term used to describe individuals of “typical” developmental and cognitive abilities). What these parents say over and over again is that it is hard for parents of neuro-typical children to understand what life is like behind the scenes for them in supporting their child. I read this article the other day and wanted to share it in hopes that we as a community can better understand the experiences of some members of our community. Please take a few minutes to read the article in the spirit of community and compassion: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/10-things-parents-of-normal-kids-should-know_b_58d03fd9e4b0537abd9573bf

Upcoming:
February 7: Cafe Amity, Grade 1 hosts
February 17: NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day
February 26: Lottery Meetings, 2:30 and 5:30pm
February 29: Auction! 5:30-9pm at the Boys and Girls Club
March 5: Variety Show! At Bend High, doors open at 5:30pm and the show starts at 6pm.
March 10/11: Lottery Tours (led by parents)

See you in the hallway!
Andy