Monthly Archives: March 2021

This Week…more changes!

Hello Creeker Families,
I hope Spring Break was fantastic and that you had some down time to enjoy with your kiddos. I had an incredible adventure to the northern coast of California (Humboldt County) where I lived for many years. It was an amazing week of catching up with old friends, hiking in the ancient Redwood forests, surfing, and taking in the grandeur of the wild and scenic California coast line. I miss it already!

I wanted to send a quick, and important note for this week. Just prior to the break you all received an email from the district updating you about some big changes (more big changes) coming our way. We are so thrilled that our 4th and 5th graders will be returning full time starting April 5th and to have our community back together for the first time in over a year. Wow!

Along with this change come a few other important changes:
1) In keeping with the CDC’s new social distancing requirements, Bend La Pine schools are now moving to 3 feet of social distancing. Students will still need to maintain 6 feet of distancing at lunch, and adults will still maintain 6 feet of distancing from students.
2) There will be NO SCHOOL this Thursday and Friday, April 1 and 2 (neither virtual or in person). This will be an opportunity for us to retool some of our schedules and prepare classrooms for a full return of 4th and 5th grade.
3) We will now have school on April 14th and 15th. Originally these days were set aside for Conversations (conferences); however, since we will not be in school on April 1 and 2 these are now in person school days. Friday, April 16 is still a no school day.
4) Since we’ll be in school on April 14 and 15, Conversations will take place between now and April 16. Teachers will be reaching out with available times very soon.
5) For 4th and 5th graders that were attending the Wednesday support program (WINN), it has officially been discontinued as all 4th and 5th graders will be attending full time in person starting April 5th.

That’s the big news for this week, and hopefully for a while! Thank you for your never ending support and flexibility as we continue to navigate uncharted waters–what an incredibly wonderful group of people you all are!

See you in the drop off zone,
Andy

Our Hearts are Singing!

Creeker Families,
I think the quote on the painting pictured above says it all–Our Hearts are Singing! That quote is attributed to one of the original founders of Amity Creek, Don Ingram. I’m told he used to say it a lot, and always in reference to the childhood joy he witnessed here at school. As our first week back at Amity comes to a close, our hearts are singing and full of joy!

It’s been a wildly emotional week for all of us here at school as we settle back in. For some of the kiddos this transition has been one of complete joy; and for others it has been somewhat challenging. For some, it’s been both, and this is completely understandable given all the changes we have experienced in the last year. By week’s end I think most have begun to settle in and appreciate our homecoming.

I wanted to reach out to say thank you to all of you for making this transition so smooth and easy for us. First, I want to acknowledge the extraordinary group of parents who showed up on Sunday to help us pull off the impossible–to be ready to go by 7:45am on Monday morning. Do you realize that teachers taught at Northstar until 2:30pm on Friday and then were ready to greet your kiddos on Monday morning here at Amity?! Truly a move of heroic proportions!

Second, I wanted to express deep appreciation for your support with drop-off and pick-up–it has been flawless and that is entirely because of you. Thank you for adjusting to our new routines at the start and the end of the day, you have made this first week so incredibly easy. I can’t thank you enough!

I also wanted to reach out and wish you all a wonderful Spring Break. Whether you’re traveling or just staying home, we wish you a wonderful and joyful week! We’re excited about continuing to rebuild our sense of community now that we are “home”, and we have lots of ideas we can’t wait to share!

Grab and Go Meals
Over the break Grab and Go Meals will be available on Monday, March 22 ONLY from 11:30-12:30 at the following sites and they will be providing a week’s worth of food for free:
*Bend High School
*Mountain View High School
*La Pine High School

Upcoming
March 22-26: No School, Spring Break
April 14-16: Conversations (conferences), No School

See you in the drop-off zone!
Andy

We’re Moving…Finally!!!

Hello Creeker Families,
This is the last note I’ll write from our space here at North Star–we’re really moving this weekend! We are over-the-top excited to finally be returning home to our sweet little school. We know that you and your kiddos have also been anticipating this moment for a long time and we can’t wait to see their expressions of joy on Monday! Yes, in case you have missed our earlier communications, we start back at Amity Creek on Monday morning! As a reminder, we are still looking for volunteers to help unpack on Sunday from 8am-noon at Amity. Parents only, no kiddos (we can’t have kiddos in the building with “visitors”).

Below I am re-sharing information about Drop-off and Pick-up that I shared last week and I hope you will re-read it to make sure you know the plan. I want to add emphasis that we are funneling all morning arrivals to the back of school through the gate on Broadway. Whether you use the drop-off zone or park and walk with your child, all entry for the morning is via Broadway. If you arrive late and the gate is locked, please bring your child around to the front door and check in with Patti.

Before I re-share, I wanted to also remind you about the amazing Camp Fire After School Programs that starts at Amity after Spring Break–on March 29. So far enrollment numbers are a little low and this may cause Camp Fire to have to re-work their offerings; so, this would be a good time to sign up if you have not already done so. Also, I want to encourage those of you who have signed up already to invite another family to check out the offerings–let’s keep working on the numbers so we can offer the best programming available. Here’s the link:
campfireco.org/afterschool

As I re-share the information below, I’d like to highlight two important things about drop-off:
1) Please do not have your child(ren) exit your vehicle on the street side–even with your help this is simply unsafe and may cause further congestion. Always have your child(ren) exit your vehicle on the curb side.
2) If you are a family that needs extra time at drop off (again, you know who you are) please park on a side street and walk your child to the drop off zone. One particularly slow drop off can hold up the entire flow of the zone. Thank you in advance for using this option if you know you need to!

Drop-off:
*All morning entry will occur from the back of school through the gate on Broadway.
*We will continue to do a morning drop off. This will occur on Broadway along the back side of the playground beginning at 7:40am. As you will see on the map below, we are requesting that you approach the drop off zone starting at Colorado Avenue. We believe that by doing this we can avoid congestion on the smaller side streets and keep the neighbors happy. Yes, keeping the neighbors happy is extremely important! The drop off zone will work very well for most of our families, specifically those families that have the drop off down to a science–your kiddo(s) are ready to unload and do so very quickly.
*For families who generally need a little extra time unloading in the morning we are kindly asking that you use our alternative drop off option–park your care on a side street near Broadway (we have an arrangement with parking enformcement not to ticket between 7:30 and 8:30am), take all the time you need, and then walk your child across the street to the drop off zone. By using this option you will keep the drop off zone from becoming slowed down–this is crucial to keeping the traffic flowing on Broadway. We thank you in advance for knowing you need a little more time and using this option!

Pick-up:
*All afternoon pick-up will occur from the back of school through the gate on Broadway.
*Pick-up is changing as we are certain a drive up pick-up is going to cause tremendous back-up on Broadway. Instead, pick-up will now be on foot. We ask that you park your car(again, no ticketing will occur between 2 and 3pm), and enter the playground through the gate on Georgia street. You’ll enter the playground, locate your child in their assigned zone (will be easy to find!) and then exit through the gate on Broadway. This is a one way operation–in on Georgia, out on Broadway. Due to restrictions and guidelines you must exit as soon as you meet sup with your child. Any socializing with other families MUST happen off campus. Drake park is a few short blocks away!
*Pick-up for K-2 students (and their older siblings) will begin at 2:20pm (12:55pm on Wednesday). Please make every possible effort to be on time as we have a second group coming out for pick-up 10 minutes later.
*Pick-up for 3-5 students will begin at 2:30pm (1pm on Wednesday).

Thanks again for help with this map Casey Davis!


We can’t wait to see you all at Amity Creek on Monday!
Andy

Amity News

Hello Creeker Families!
As I shared last week, we are moving back to Amity! Our first day back will be this coming Monday, March 15. The hallways are calling us, we are beyond excited!

As we prepare to move back I have important information to share. Please read carefully through all the information and be sure you are ready for next Monday!

1) Our schedule will remain essentially the same, with a few small exceptions. School will still start at 8am for all students. Drop-off time will begin a little earlier–7:40am. Pick-up time for Grades 3-5 students will remain 2:30pm (1pm on Wednesdays). Pick-up time for K-2 students will begin at 2:20pm (12:55pm on Wednesdays). There are reasons for these small changes, mostly surrounding the more complicated logistics for drop off and pick-up at Amity given all the COVID guidelines and limited access.

Drop-off:
*All morning entry will occur from the back of school through the gate on Broadway.
*We will continue to do a morning drop off. This will occur on Broadway along the back side of the playground beginning at 7:40am. As you will see on the map below, we are requesting that you approach the drop off zone starting at Colorado Avenue. We believe that by doing this we can avoid congestion on the smaller side streets and keep the neighbors happy. Yes, keeping the neighbors happy is extremely important! The drop off zone will work very well for most of our families, specifically those families that have the drop off down to a science–your kiddo(s) are ready to unload and do so very quickly.
*For families who generally need a little extra time unloading in the morning (you know how you are!) we are kindly asking that you use our alternative drop off option–park your car on a side street near Broadway (we have an arrangement with parking enforcement not to ticket between 7:30 and 8:30am), take all the time you need, and then walk your child across the street to the drop off zone. By using this option you will keep the drop off zone from becoming bogged down–this is crucial to keeping the traffic flowing on Broadway. We thank you in advance for knowing you need a little more time and using this option!

Pick-up:
*All afternoon pick-up will occur at the back of school.
*Pick-up is changing as we are certain a drive up pick-up would cause tremendous back-up on Broadway. Instead, pick-up will now be a walk through pick-up on foot. We ask that you park your car (again, no ticketing will occur between 2 and 3pm), put on your mask. and enter the playground through the gate on Georgia street. You’ll enter the playground, locate your child in their assigned zone (will be easy to find!) and then exit through the gate on Broadway. This is a one way operation–in on Georgia, out on Broadway. Due to restrictions and guidelines you must exit as soon as you meet up with your child. Any socializing with other families MUST happen off campus. Drake park is just a few short blocks away!
*Pick-up for K-2 students (and their older siblings) will begin at 2:20pm (12:55pm on Wednesday). Please make every possible effort to be on time as we have a second group coming out for pick-up 10 minutes later.
*Pick-up for 3-5 students will begin at 2:30pm (1pm on Wednesday).

Here’s the map (thank you Casey Davis!!!)

After School Programs and Bus Riding
If your child will be attending the Camp Fire Program at Amity or the Boys and Girls Club after school please email Patti to let her know: [email protected]

If you plan to have your child ride a bus to and/or from Amity, or you have questions about what bus transportation is available, please also let Patti know.
[email protected]

Breakfast and Lunch Programs continue at Amity
The free breakfast and lunch programs will continue once we move back!

Two Forms Coming Home This Week
We are sending two forms home with your child this week. The first one is the Walking Field Trip Permission Slip which will allow us to get out and about around school. The second one is Permission to Pick-up which is a form indicating what other adults are allowed to pick up your child from Amity. Please fill out both forms as soon as possible and return them with your child. Thank you!

Important News From Friends of Amity: Spring Fundraiser & A Board Position is Available

From Erin Rankin, FOA President: Hello Creekers! All of us on the Friends of Amity board want to invite you to participate in a new fundraising opportunity for the school. This year, to welcome Spring, we have partnered with Flower Power Fundraising, an online flower shop that offers high quality Spring planting bulbs, seeds and berries for your garden. When you make a purchase, 50% of the sale will directly benefit the school through FOA. 
There are two ways to order, you can shop online via this link http://AmityCreek.fpfundraising.com and they’ll ship directly to your home with a $6 shipping fee. You’re welcome to share this link with friends and family across the country!  Or, you can grab a paper order form and we’ll place a bulk order that can be picked up when ready. Please reach out to Magadalyn [email protected] to arrange a paper order form. We encourage you to take advantage of the online opportunity due to COVID challenges. All orders much be placed by May 1st. 


We are also looking for a volunteer to serve as Secretary on the board! It is a great opportunity to volunteer for the school with little time commitment. We currently meet virtually once per month for an hour to help manage the budget, generate ideas to raise funds, check in with Andy on how to better support the Amity teachers and staff, and fund our music and arts programs and hopefully soon, more outdoor education! We only have 3 meetings left this school year and would love to have this position filled before next fall! Please email Erin Rankin if you’re interested. 


Move-in help needed!
We are still looking for a few volunteers to help out this Sunday, March 14, our big move-in day. We mostly need help from 8am to noon. If you are only able to help out in the afternoon, we will have a few tasks that will still need doing. Please email me if you are able to help: [email protected]


Upcoming
March 14: Amity move-in day, 8-noon. Please join us if you can. Adults only due to guidelines.
March 15: First day at Amity!
March 22-26: Spring Break, No School
April 14-16: Conversations

Bursting with excitement!
Andy

BIG NEWS!

Hello Creeker Families!
It’s been a while since I have been in touch–truth be told I have been waiting for the moment when I could announce a return to our beloved Amity Creek building. And today is that day! I am beyond thrilled to announce that we will be returning to Amity Creek on Monday, March 15–just two weeks from today! I will have have lots of information to share about the move soon, but for today let’s just bask in the glory of the good news!

In anticipation of our return, I snuck into Amity last week and have put together a little sneak peek of the remodel…

We will need some extra move-in help on Sunday, March 14 from 8am-4pm. If you have a little time to spare on that day please email me and let me know (only parents will be allowed to be in the building, no kiddos): [email protected]

Campfire After School Program and Boys & Girls Club Available starting March 15!
A big thanks to all of you who filled out the survey we sent out from Campfire. As a result of the survey Campfire has been able to create after school programming for us that will be ready to launch on our first day back! Here’s a note from the Campfire staff: Camp Fire Central Oregon is excited to bring back our After school program at Amity Creek this Spring 2021. Registration is open now! We have a variety of afterschool options for your families this spring. Program offerings include theme days, spanish clubs, robotics clubs and Sparks clubs with Cece! Each program has their own schedule and cohort. We will continue to work with Amity in following all COVID-19 best practices.  Check out the detailed information around our Spring Amity programs and registration on our website: campfireco.org/afterschool. Questions? Please call: (541) 382-4682

Boys and Girls Club also afternoon programming available every day: https://bgcbend.org/program/school-year-program/

Classified Employee Week
Every year we have a week to honor and appreciate our classified employees–these are all the people who work at the school who are not certified teachers (custodians, bus drivers, office support, educational assistants, maintenance, etc). For Amity this includes Patti (office manager), Mindy (Educational assistant), Nathan (Educational assistant and Musician-in-residence), Karima (Educational assistant), Kim (Nurse), and Scott (North Star custodian). If you feel inspired to send a thank you to any one or all of these amazing people, please do! We’re doing some card making here at school.

Last Call for siblings applying for next year
For those with children who you plan to have in Kindergarten next year at Amity, the lottery deadline is Friday, March 19 at 3pm. Even though we hold spots for siblings , you must apply through the lottery. Questions? Call or email Patti: [email protected] or 541-355-2800

Upcoming
March 14: Move-in day!
March 15: First day back at Amity!!!
March 19: Lottery deadline at 3pm
March 22-26: Spring Break, No School
April 14-16: No school–Conversations (for new parents these are what other schools call parent/teacher conferences). More info coming soon.

Good days ahead!
Andy