Monday AM Notes, April 25 2022

Greetings All!
I hope the weekend was good to you. I spent the weekend in Corvallis celebrating my daughter Arielle’s birthday and having some quality time with the youngest grand kiddo Aurelia. So much fun!

I wanted to thank you all for being so receptive to my sharing of the Bulletin article last week and for the way so many of you responded and took action. Your response really validated the sense of community that we try to build here every day, and the need for continuing our work with equity and diversity. Thank you for being so open-hearted and caring, and for having the courage to have challenging conversations with your students!

A few notes for the week:
1) New PE schedule starts this week! Here’s the new schedule starting this week:

Monday
12:00-12:45 Grade 1 PE

Tuesday
10-10:45 Kinder PE 
12:00-12:45 Grade 4 PE

Wednesday
No change

Thursday
10-10:45 Grade 3 PE
12:00-12:45 Grade 2 PE

Friday
10:30-11:00 Grade 5 PE

2) SIW this week is school based. We’ll meet in Ray’s room at 1:30pm.

Future SIW time for the rest of the year:
May 4-Teacher Prep
May 11-School based
May 18-Teacher prep
May 25-School based (See note below about this date)
June 1-School based
June 8-Teacher prep

I would like to use our May 25 SIW to do some future planning for next year and I’m hoping you are all willing to make this an extended meeting–until 5:30pm–so we can really sink our teeth into some important aspects of moving forward. Please let me know soon if you are not able to be available until 5:30 on this date. Thanks, I really look forward to having time to dream, brainstorm, share ideas, and work towards creating the future that we all want.

3) Artist in residence brainstorming session–May 3. Korey will not be returning next year so at this moment we are a blank slate in terms of what our Artist in residence program looks like going forward. You are al invited to a brainstorming and idea sharing session on May 3 from 2:45-3:30pm. This will give us an opportunity to envision what our art (visual, performing, music, etc) could look like!

4) Open House is May 11 from 5-7 pm. Our intention is create an opportunity for parents and students to all be together on campus, tour the building, see what’s been going on in class, and connect with other families. Imagine–families all coming together at Amity for the first time! Based on our conversation at the staff meeting last week there was a shared sense that giving our students a little structure as to how they can share the space with their parents would be helpful. Ideas: scavenger hunt, a menu of activities, sharing a project and/or piece of writing, playing a game. We’ll also want to give some thought to freshening up the hallway and cleaning up classrooms as we get closer to the day.

5) Grade 5 hosts Community Time this week. We’ll have Invitations after CT. Here’s the link to sign up: Invitations

6) Last week I shared the Child Abuse Prevention teaching materials with all of you. Please let me know if you need a thought partner in working through how you will bring this to your class. Also, please share with me when you plan to start–I’d like to get a later out to parents before any of you start. Thanks!

7) Bread & Jam and After School Recess continue this week.

8) I have an admin meeting today (Monday) so I’ll be headed out around 2:45pm.

Upcoming
April 29: Grade 5 hosts CT, then Invitations
May 2: Grade 5 to Camp Tamarack!
May 3: Artist in residence brainstorm session, 2:45-3:30pm
May 6: Grade 3 hosts CT, then Invitations
May 11: Open House! 5-7pm
May 12: DIBELS
May 13: Grade 4 hosts CT, then Invitations
May 25: Extended SIW, 1:30-5:30pm
June 6 or 7: Camp Amity (very tentative, unlikely at this point)
June 14: Family BBQ, 5-7pm (tentative still waiting for approval)
June 15: Graduation–details to emerge in the coming weeks

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy

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