Monday AM Notes, October 28

Good Morning!
I hope the 3 day weekend was good to you! It’s Halloween Week so there will be lots of energy in the building, embrace it and have fun!

A Halloween joke to start the week: What kind of music do mummies listen to? Wrap.

A few notes to get you going:
1) Mask making this week! Please allow your students time to have some fun with this.

2) Trick or Treating at the Ed Center info:
*We’ll begin sending students starting at 1:15 on Thursday. We’ll send classes as they are ready, hoping to stagger the groups a little.
*When students return you are welcome to do activities related to the candy–swapping, counting, sorting, etc. Allow each student to keep or eat 2 or 3 of their favorite candies–all the rest will be donated to troops overseas. Each class will have a bucket to fill. I’ll come by and weigh each bucket to see how much we are donating.
*We can end the day with some free play time on the playground if time permits.

3) Movie on Friday starting at 8:30 in the gym for Grades K-3. Grade 4 will watch a different movie in their classroom and Grade 5 will be on a field trip. Art is still on for Friday for Grade 3 and 4.
*Here’s what I have for possible movies for K-3 based on Common Sense Media reviews, but I am open for other recommendations–not easy to find a G rated movie that doesn’t have violence, super scary scenes, etc: Homeward Bound, Pick of the Litter, Cars, Ponyo. Please chat amongst yourselves and let me know which you think is best so I can let parents know by Wednesday.

4) SLGG Meetings this week, short and sweet. I’ll have the paperwork, please come to my office.
*Tues, 11:45am: Ray
*Tues, 12:00pm: Lindsey
*Tues, 1:45pm: Jeff
*Tues, 2pm: Frans
*Tues, 2:45: Jill
*Thurs, 8:30am: Sara
*Thurs, 10am: Scott “Fancy Pants” Zarling
*Thurs, 11:45: Amanda

5) Field Trips this week:
*K/1/2 are off to D and D Ranch today from 9am-2pm
*Grade 5 is off to South Slough on Friday 9am-2pm

5) We have a few important changes to the calendar:
*Cafe Amity has been moved to Friday, Nov 8 (day after Halloween didn’t seem to be the best day)
*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)

5) SIW this week. We’ll be talking discussing the Equity and Excellence survey (related to influx of big dollars coming from Student Success Act–$1 billion coming to schools, $11-13 million coming to BLP). We’ll start at 1:30 with a short training with Kim then transition into the discussion. We’ll be done by 3pm (I have to get Kaila to an appointment by 3:30!).

6) We’re starting to think ahead for the auction. We’ll be doing quilts again this year and Addison (former Creeker extraordinaire) has offered to help out. I am working with her on scheduling time for classes next week. I’ll share more as soon as we confirm with Addison.

7) In case families are asking, the pies Grade 5 sold will be delivered to school on November 8 and will be ready for pick up. I’ll let Ray fill you on the details if you need more info. $4800 worth of pies were sold with a near $2800 profit! The money will be used to fund the end of year overnight trip to the aquarium.

8) Secure vestibule update: Things are beginning to move in terms of the official construction of our vestibule. Here’s the breakdown:
*Exploratory demo work in the vestibule this week (Oct 28-Nov 1).  They’ll be drilling holes in the wall to see what’s in there with the intent to know what they will need to do during construction (is there asbestos?).
*Major demo in the vestibule starting the evening of Nov 7 thru approx Nov 17 – give or take a few days depending on asbestos test results.
*Main entry doors to be closed completely Nov 8 – Nov 15; back doors by the playground will serve as temp main entrance. Yes, the front doors will not be accessible so parents will need to enter and exit through the back door (or exit via Georgia street door, but not enter). The district is hiring someone to sit by the door to let parents in and out 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 Nov 15.

9) Ofrenda information. Like last year we have an Ofrenda set up in the hallway. Here is the info I sent out recently (hoping you have already seen this): Honoring Loved Ones: As some of you know, I Iived in Mexico for two years prior to moving back to Bend in 2016.  Many of you have heard me gush over my love for Mexico (probably more than once)–I truly love the country, the people, the landscape, the food (oh, the food!), and more than anything the rich culture.  The culture is overflowing with ritual and
meaning, and I loved being a part of it.  I especially loved this time of year in Mexico as they celebrated Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.  And one part of the celebration in particular had a deep impact on me–the 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.

10) I’m leaving around 2:30 today for an admin meeting, and will be leaving at 12:30 on Friday (personal leave).

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 (new date): Cafe Amity, Grade 4 hosts
November 11: Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL
November 13-15 (new dates): Fall Clothing Exchange
November 14 (new date): Family Bingo Night! 5-6:30pm
November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
December 7: Staff Holiday Party, Ray has offered to host. Let’s confirm soon!

Here’s to a great week ahead!

Monday AM Notes, October 21

Good morning!
First, a big thanks to those of you who were able to make it to Harvest Festival and a special thanks for those that were able to help out–your presence and help is greatly appreciated! I hope the rest of your weekend was good!

Conversations this week! Please nudge parents that have yet to sign up, and follow up with parents who do not make it for a convsersatiopn this week, especially parents with whom you really need to meet. If there is anything I can do to support you during Conversations please let me know! There’s a 3 day weekend waiting for you at the end of the week…

A few notes to get you going:
1) Exciting news–we have hired a part time school secretary to support Patti (and you!) in the office. Kelli Esselman is the mom of Lexi in Grade 1 and she has already been volunteering and helping around Amity since day 1–she is truly an incredible addition to our staff! Like Beth did last year, Kelli will be working a flexible schedule from week to week depending on needs in the office. If you have projects or tasks that you would like some help with please work with Patti and Kelli to set it up. If you haven’t met Kelli yet, drop by the office today or tomorrow and say hello.

2) If you have a potentially sick kiddo please send the student to the office to see Patti, Kim, or me. Unless the child clearly needs you to accompany them please send the student with another student or an EA (if you have one). Please do not leave your class unattended to bring a student to the health room–we got you covered here in the office! Thanks!

3) Notes about Community Time. First, thank you for doing all you can to start at 8am. I know this has been difficult and many days key skit members are not here on time; we have to keep pushing parents to get here on time even if it hurts a little–I’ll be sending a note in November newsletter related to this. Regarding CT performances (essentially skits), please be sure to stage your kiddos at the front of the stage so we have the best chance of hearing them speak. I’m currently working on getting some drop down mics donated but in truth we want to work on students projecting their voices. The mics will help with softer speaking students and when we need to use the whole stage for skits, etc.

4) Planning ahead–October 28-31: Please plan to give your students time make masks for Trick or Treating at the Ed Center on Halloween

5) We’ll have a very quick staff meeting Tuesday at 2:45pm. Let’s meet in Fran’s room.

6) I’ll be leaving at 2:45 today to get to an admin meeting.

7) Please sign up for a quick 15 minute SLGG meeting with me–stop and do this now so you don’t forget:

October 28: Kinder/Grade 1/Grade 2 to D&D Ranch, 9am-1:15pm
October 31: Trick or Treat at Ed Center, PM
November 1: Day after Halloween PJs and Movie, AM
November 1: Cafe Amity, hosted by Grade 4 (Note: We may change this since it’s the day after Halloween–I’ll let you know)
November 1: Grade 5 Field Trip, Deschutes River
November 4 & 5: Pastini Fundraiser, please encourage parents!
November 6-8: Fall Clothing Exchange, before/after school

Here’s to a great week ahead!

Monday AM Notes, October 14

Good Morning,
I’m hoping you had a fantastic weekend! It’s Harvest Festival week so there will be lots of excitement in the building. Here’s a harvest joke to set the mood: A cyclist who just started a farming business needs to harvest her crops, what does she do? She buys sickles.

A few notes to get you going:
1) Harvest Festival this Saturday. Please attend and help out if you can, and while you’re at it, throw on a costume!

2) EBISS this Wednesday: Our first EBISS (Effective Behavior and Instructional Support Systems) is this week! I have EasyCBM and DIBELS data, please come prepared with data you have collected so we can begin (and in some cases continue) to put support in place for students in need. Schedule (sub will cover your class):
8:30-9:00: Kinder
9:00-9:30: Grade 1
10:00-10:30: Grade 2
10:30-11:00: Grade 3
12:00-12:30: Grade 4
12:30-1:00: Grade 5

3) SIW this week: Originally we were supposed to discuss the Equity and Excellence survey (related to influx of big dollars coming from Student Success Act–$1 Billion coming to schools, $11-13 million coming to BLP), but I have just been notified you are supposed to have the day to prep for Conversations next week, a last minute note from Gary. So, the afternoon is yours!

4) Take care of yourself, Take care of each other, Take care of this place. Please continue to engage your students and make an effort to include this as a part of everyday in your classroom. Thanks!

5) We have 2 COCC students who will be spending time at Amity starting this week to get hours for their undergrad programs–Zoey Canfield and Skyler Larsen. Zoey will be here Tuesdays and Fridays, Skyler on Wednesdays. Zoey is looking for a wide variety of experiences, and Skyler is most interested in working with Stu to get experience with PE. Please welcome them!

6) As you plan your field trips for the rest of Fall and looking towards the Spring, please try not to plan trips on the day you have Art.

7) Earth Quake Drill this Thursday at 10:17am. We are doing this alongside the Great ShakeOut ( with millions of other people around the US and the globe. Use the language of “DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON” and be sure kids move themselves away from windows if possible. We’ll hold for a moment and then evacuate like a fire drill. Please prep your class.

8) I have an admin meeting today so will be leaving around 3pm.

*October 16: EBISS
*October 17: Earth Quake Drill, 10:17
*October 19: Harvest Festival, 4-7pm
*October 23-24: Conversations, No school
*October 25: No school and NO WORK!
*November 1: Cafe Amity

Here’s to a great week ahead!

Monday AM Notes, October 7

Good Morning Fine People,
I hope you have enjoyed the warm weather weekend! It feels like we’re finally settling in to some good rhythms and we’re done with the chaos of launching the school year! Thanks for all the amazing work and collaboration over this first month of school, and for working so supportively together–the team feels really good!

A few notes to get you going:
1) I’m heading out with Grade 4 today on their field trip. We’re leaving at 9am and will return at 2pm. In case of emergency please ask Scott for help.

2) SIW this week: You will have team time (K-2, 3-5) but we will also have a short training with Kim to discuss EPI pens, concussions, and seizures. We’ll start at 1:30 so Kim can get to a nursing meeting right after our meeting. Amanda’s room at 1:30pm.

3) Please be sure your students are not taking toys and/or stuffed animals to specialist classes.

4) Field Trips this week:
*Monday–Grade 4 is headed to Soda Creek and Sparks Lake
*Tuesday–Grade 3 heads to the Metolius River

5) As a reminder, please do not leave students alone in classrooms, especially during Choice Time. If you need to leave your room please ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your class or send a kiddo to get support–Patti, Jake, Scott, Brad, Stu, Mindy, or I can cover when needed (and available).

6) Patti is ready to get you set up for Conversations on-line sign ups–if you haven’t connected with her about this please do so early this week and then get the link out to your parents soon.

7) Fire Drill this Wednesday at 9:20am

8) I’m bringing bagels this Friday AM–they’ll be in the staff room, let’s break bread!

9) I’ll be leaving at 3pm today for an admin meeting. Call or text if you need me.

*October 9: Fire Drill, 9:20am
*October 16: EBISS
*October 17: Earth Quake Drill, 10:17
*October 19: Harvest Festival, 4-7pm
*October 23-25: Conversations

Here’s to a great week ahead!