Monday AM Notes, April 8 2024

School-wide theme: Stewardship

Hey Y’all,
I hope you had a fantastic weekend and are excited to meet with families this week!

First, a little housekeeping:
*At the end of afternoon Choice Time please be sure to collect the balls and other equipment on the playground. When I came to work on Friday morning there were 15 balls that had been left overnight. The kids are super helpful if you ask. Also, please be sure the door is shut if you are the last adult in.

*Students staying in for afternoon Choice Time is becoming a little bit of a concern for me. I’ve noticed over the last few weeks that we have anywhere from 20-30 kiddos staying in, but often there are no teachers with rooms open or teachers in the hallways. The idea of Choice Time only works if teachers are in their rooms or in the hallways. I think we either need to recommit to having rooms open and teachers available, or we need to switch from Choice Time to recess where everyone goes outside. Personally, I love the idea of kids having a choice and want to keep it, but we can only do so if we commit to being available. Thoughts?

*Who’s turn is it to decorate the hallway near the gym?

A few notes to get you going:
1) Sarah Swoffer, our visiting artist, returns Tuesday to work with Grades 3/4/5. Grade 3/4/5 teachers–have you secured 3-4 parent volunteers? If not, please reach out to parents right away. Thanks!

2) Reminder that our new Student Success Meeting date is April 18.

3) Auction prep continues this week. Class Leads reached out to families last week to kick start donations for the Themed Baskets. Donated items will continue to be collected in your classrooms and the lead will be responsible for maintaining it. Please continue to mention the baskets in your weekly notes to families.

4) Reminder: April is Child Abuse Prevention month and it’s time for our annual abuse prevention lessons. Thanks to those of you who emailed me your time frame for getting started on the lessons. For those who have not yet emailed me, please do so first thing this week.

5) How are things going with our school wide theme of Stewardship? If you’re looking for ideas there are many ways students could be engaging with stewardship around school–helping organize the library, picking up garbage in the hallways, cleaning the stage, helping do a Spring cleaning in the classroom, picking up playground equipment at the end of break times, etc.

6) I’ll be leaving on Wednesday around 12:30pm for an admin meeting across the street. I will also be out on Thursday. Call or text if you need anything.

Upcoming
April 10: SIW, Teacher Work Day/Conversations
April 10/11: Conversations
April 12: No School
April 16: District ICCL, no meeting
April 17: SIW, In house
April 18: Student Success Meetings (Gina covering)
April 19: Bread and Jam
April 22: Earth Day! Got any plans?
April 23: Grade 5 Benham Falls East
April 24: Cafe Amity, Grade 1 hosts
April 24: SIW, Educator Network
April 25: Grade 4 Riley Ranch Reserve
April 26: Grade 3 Caldera Arts Center
April 30: Team Collaboration
May 1: SIW, In house
May 4
: Auction! May the 4th be with you…some type of space related theme
May 8: SIW (Staff meeting combo), In house
May 10: Bread and Jam
May 13: Grades 1/3/4/5 Mary Poppins@Caldera, 9:30-11:15
May 14: Staff Meeting
May 15: Cafe Amity, Kinder hosts
May 15: SIW, Teacher Work Day
May 15: Grade 5 walking field trip (all day)
May 16: Grade 5 Lava Lands
May 17: Grades K/2 Mary Poppins@Caldera, 9:30-11:15
May 21: Team Collaboration Time
May 22: DIBELS (may change)
May 22: SIW, In house
May 22-24: Grader 5 Coast Trip
May 27: No School
May 29: SIW, In house
May 29: Kinder to Miller’s Landing
May 30: Grade 1 Benham Falls East
May 31: Summit High production of The Real Story of the 3 Pigs is coming to Amity, 8:30am.
June 3/4: Camp Amity!
June 4: Staff Meeting (last one of the year!)
June 5: Cafe Amity
June 5: SIW, Teacher Work Day
June 6: End of Year Community BBQ
June 11: Grade 4 Lava Lands/Cave?
June 12: FULL School Day, no early release
June 13: Grade 5 Graduation
June 18: Last day, 1pm release

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy


Monday AM Notes, April 1 2024

School-wide Theme: Stewardship

Hello and welcome back!
I hope you had an amazing break and I’m looking forward to hearing about all your adventures! I spent a few days in Corvallis with the family and stopped at about an hour east of there on the way home…

A few notes to get you going:
1) Conversations next week! Please be sure you send out sign-ups first thing this week if you have not already done so. Have you included some evening times?

2) Short staff meeting this Tuesday. Scott Maben will be here (Tammy is not able to be here) at 2:45pm to share info about the upcoming levy and answer questions. Ray’s room.

3) SIW is a Teacher Work Day–enjoy!

4) Visiting artist April 2 and 9–Sarah Swoofer will be here doing acrylic self portraits with every class during Enrichment time (as a reminder see recent communication about Grades 3/4/5 using the April 9 Enrichment times). Have you secured 3-4 parent volunteers? If not, please do so right away. Thanks!

5) New Student Success Meeting date: April 18. At these meetings we’ll really be focussing on students who have been receiving support and checking in to see how they are doing.

6) You’ll notice that you have a new phone in your room–you must keep this phone plugged in! We have been out of compliance in most of our classrooms and we need to be sure we are keeping these phones plugged in. Ideally, Patti and I should be able to reach out to you using the phone if there is a student who needs to be sent to the office (meds, leaving early, etc). We’ll try to use the phone minimally, but it’s a nice thing to rely on if needed!

7) In preparation for the auction there are a few things going on. Various art projects are underway, and starting this week we’ll be reaching out to Class Leads to get Themed Baskets going for each class. Once themes have been chosen (leads will be getting a list to chose from) the leads will be reaching out to families to start donating. Donated items will be collected in your classrooms and the lead will be responsible for maintaining it. Stay tuned!

8) April is Child Abuse Prevention month and it’s time for our annual abuse prevention lessons. I’ll send more specific info in an email soon, but in the meantime please be thinking about when you will teach the lessons this month (can extend into May but started in April).

9) I have to help out with the annual BLS Job Fair on Thursday so I’ll be leaving school around 11:15am. Call or text if you need anything!

10) April 22 is Earth Day–can we find a way to connect our school-wide theme of Stewardship?

I’ve added lots of dates to the list below which should cover most of what is happening between now and the end of the year. Did I leave anything off the list? Please let me know!

Upcoming
April 2: 3/5 Bend Science Station
April 2: Levy Info at Staff Meeting (short, likely 20 minutes)
April 3: SIW, Teacher Work Day
April 10: SIW, Teacher Work Day/Conversations
April 10/11: Conversations
April 12: No School
April 16: District ICCL, no meeting
April 17: SIW, In house
April 18: Student Success Meetings
April 19: Bread and Jam
April 22: Earth Day!
April 23: Staff meeting (tentative)
April 23: Grade 5 Benham Falls East
April 24: Cafe Amity, Grade 1 hosts
April 24: SIW, Educator Network
April 25: Grade 4 Riley Ranch Reserve
April 26: Grade 3 Caldera Arts Center
April 30: Team Collaboration
May 1: SIW, In house
May 4
: Auction! May the 4th be with you…some type of space related theme
May 8: SIW (Staff meeting combo), In house
May 10: Bread and Jam
May 13: Grades 1/3/4/5 Mary Poppins@Caldera, 9:30-11:15
May 14: Staff Meeting
May 15: Cafe Amity, Kinder hosts
May 15: SIW, Teacher Work Day
May 15: Grade 5 walking field trip (all day)
May 16: Grade 5 Lava Lands
May 17: Grades K/2 Mary Poppins@Caldera, 9:30-11:15
May 21: Team Collaboration Time
May 22: DIBELS (may change)
May 22: SIW, In house
May 22-24: Grader 5 Coast Trip
May 27: No School
May 29: SIW, In house
May 29: Kinder to Miller’s Landing
May 30: Grade 1 Benham Falls East
May 31: Summit High production of The Real Story of the 3 Pigs is coming to Amity, 8:30am.
June 3/4: Camp Amity!
June 4: Staff Meeting (last one of the year!)
June 5: Cafe Amity
June 5: SIW, Teacher Work Day
June 6: End of Year Community BBQ
June 11: Grade 4 Lava Lands/Cave?
June 12: FULL School Day, no early release
June 13: Grade 5 Graduation
June 18: Last day, 1pm release

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, March 18 2024

Greetings!
I hope you enjoyed the incredible weather this weekend! Only 5 days between you and Spring Break!

A few notes to get you going:
1) SIW this week is all yours!

2) Bree Beal is back again this week as our Visiting Artist. From all accounts the kids really enjoyed their time with her last week!

3) Cafe Amity this Wednesday hosted by Grade 2. If Christine hasn’t reached out yet she will soon!

4) This Wednesday Camp Fire has their annual after school ice skating trip and they’ve asked that we do all we can to get Camp Fire kiddos to them right after school so they can head out. Your help is appreciated!

5) IMPORTANT: On April 2 and 9 we will have another visiting artist, Sarah Swoffer (her organization is called Let’s Paint), and she will be doing acrylic self portraits with every class! She has requested that we get 3-4 parent volunteers to help out with each class. Please reach out to parents this week with the request. Below is the schedule–you’ll notice that April 9th Enrichment time will be used by 3/4/5 since there is no school that Friday.

April 2
K, 1, and 2 will be a regular Enrichment time. K will use the whole hour(ish).

April 9
10:00-11:00am: Grade 3
12:00-1:00pm: Grade 4
1:20-2:20: Grade 5

6) Just and FYI, there is a healthy Tech Talk on Tuesday at 6pm. Grade 4 and 5 families have been invited and many have signed up.

7) On April 2 a district rep will be at our Staff Meeting to provide info about the upcoming levy.

8) My gal is having surgery on Wednesday so at some point in the day I will be heading out-we don’t find out the scheduled time until Tuesday afternoon. I’ll be out on Thursday but back on Friday.

9) As requested I have moved the end of year BBQ to the week before graduation-June 6th.

Upcoming
March 20: Cafe Amity, Grade 2 hosts
March 25-29: Spring Break!
April 2: Levy Info at Staff Meeting
April 10/11: Conversations
April 12: No School
May 4
: Auction! May the 4th be with you…some type of space related theme
May 31: Summit High production of The Real Story of the 3 Pigs is coming to Amity, 8:30am.
June 6: End of Year Community BBQ
June 13: Grade 5 Graduation
June 18: Last day, 1pm release

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, March 11 2024

Amity Crew,

I hope you had a great weekend! A big thanks to all for the lottery info meeting last week, I always come away from the evening feeling so great about what we do at Amity! Especially after hearing the graduates speak!

A few notes to get you going:
1) SIW this week is in house, 1:30pm in Brian’s room. We’ll have a chance to review data from the survey you took recently, and talk about Stewardship.

2) For the next few weeks we will have Bree Beal, the executive director of Beat Theater, as our Visiting Artist! She will be working with Gina during Enrichment engaging kids in theater and drama games and activities–should be lots of fun!

3) We still have significant Library and ELA funds to spend. Do you have needs or wants? Let’s talk and get you what you’re looking for!

4) SAVE THE DATE: Grade 5 Graduation will be Thursday, June 13. We’ll do the community celebration that morning and the family gathering starting at 5pm.

5) Tammy and Lisa, my bosses, will be at school on Thursday from 10-11am. We’ll be visiting a few classrooms–anyone have something during that time they want us to see?

6) I may be a little late Monday AM dealing with a family matter–I’ll text to let you know.

Upcoming
March 13: SIW, agenda coming soon
March 15: Bread and Jam
March 20: Cafe Amity, Grade 2 hosts
March 25-29: Spring Break!
May 4
: Auction! May the 4th be with you…some type of space related theme
May 31: Summit High production of The Real Story of the 3 Pigs is coming to Amity, 8:30am.

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, March 4 2024

School wide theme: Stewardship

Hey all,
What a week it was last week–thank you, thank you, thank you for all the hard work, love, and guidance you put in to make the Variety Show so special! I laughed and I cried, and I was once again reminded just how special Amity is!

An update from LA: My dad did well with the surgery and is recovering. He’ll be in the hospital another day or two and then will have to move him to a rehab facility for a few weeks. All in all things are moving in the right direction and I’m so happy that I’m here with him! I need to stay an extra day so I will miss school Monday but will be back Tuesday. Brad will be there again, and I am a phone call or text away–don’t hesitate to reach out.

A few notes to get you going:
1) Patti returns this week-need I say more?! Welcome back Patti!
And of course, we are so grateful for all that Kelli did while we were gone–a true angel! She genuinely appreciated all the love that came her way on Friday!

2) The Amity lottery info night is this Thursday from 5-6pm. We’ll chat about this at SIW this week.

3) Meetings this week: Team Collaboration Time on Tuesday (2:45-3:30), and SIW on Wednesday (1:30-3:30). I’ll send an agenda soon for Wednesday.

4) Are you using the Print Shop whenever possible? Currently we do 75% of printing here at school, 25% at the shop. The more we send to the shop for printing the cheaper the copies are, and doing so saves us vital funds that could be spent on other things! Please do your best to get copy orders to the Print Shop whenever possible. Thanks!

5) New end of year schedule: June 12 is now early release (SIW), June 14 is now a full day, June 18 (last day) is a 1pm dismissal. Obviously we have lots to discuss about those 2 new days but just wanted to get this to you now. We’ll talk!

6) Visiting artists coming in March and April–I have been coordinating with Gina and both will be during Enrichment. March 12/15, 19/22 will be drama and April 2 and 9 will be portraits with acrylic paint. I’m super excited for both!

Upcoming
March 5: Team Collaboration Time, 2:45-3:30pm
March 6: SIW in-house, 1:30pm
March 7: Lottery Info Night for incoming Kindergarten families, 5-6pm
May 4: Auction! May the 4th be with you…some type of space related theme
May 31: Summit High production of The Real Story of the 3 Pigs is coming to Amity, 8:30am.

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy


Monday AM Notes, February 26, 2024


Greetings All!
I hope you had a great weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather! It’s another fun-filled week ahead with the Variety Show on Wednesday! Thanks again for all the incredibly hard work you put in to supporting the kiddos so that they can really shine Wednesday night!

A few notes to get you off to a great start:
1) Dress rehearsal at 8:30am on Monday! For teachers of the Youngers let’s stay nimble and flexible in terms of when it will be time for your kiddos to leave rehearsals. There are always a few that want to stay for the whole rehearsal and they are welcome to stay! Also, let’s have a short meeting after school on Monday to sort out responsibilities at the show, just to be sure we’re all on the same page. 2:45 in Brian’s room.

2) On Wednesday, while you are at Ed Network, I will move all the props with the help of a few parents. Right after school on Wednesday it would be really helpful if we could get all the props out into the hallway near the playground door so everything is ready to load into volunteers cars.

Also, we’ll meet at Caldera at 5pm (15th Street entrance), and doors open at 5:30pm. We’ll start the show promptly at 6pm!

3) Wheel of Talent on Thursday morning. Grade 3 will incorporate this into their Community Time and then we’ll spend the first part of the morning enjoying abbreviated versions of the Variety show acts. There’s nothing you need to do to prepare for this, just leave Thursday AM a little open. It’s a great way to slow roll the day after the show!

Upcoming
February 26: Quick meeting to sort out Variety Show details, 2:45pm
February 28: Educator Network, be sure to sign up!
February 28: Variety Show, doors open at 5:30 with the show starting at 6pm sharp!
March 7: Lottery Info Night for incoming Kindergarten families, 5-6pm
May 4: Auction! May the 4th be with you…some type of space related theme
May 31: Summit High production of The Real Story of the 3 Pigs. 8:30am

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, February 20 2024

School wide theme: Kindness and Compassion

Team,
I hope you had an amazing long weekend–seems like it came at just the right moment! I took the extra time to go visit Kaila at OSU and my daughter Arielle and her family. It was a great visit all around, and my 3 year old granddaughter even read me a book…I swear this was not staged!

A huge thank you to all of you for the Student Success Meetings last week. The meetings were very productive and have given us some direction in terms of moving forward with support for students in the coming weeks. Thank you!!

A few notes to get you going:
1) Variety Show rehearsals this week: Per our conversation at lunch on Friday, we will have a regular (45 min) rehearsal on Tuesday and then meet for a few minutes on Tuesday after school to determine the plan for the rest of the week. Let’s meet in the Staff Room at 2:45 Tuesday.

2) SIW this week is a Teacher Work Day! I’ll be leaving for an admin meeting that day around 2:45pm.

3) SIW next week is Educator Network. I explored the possibility of being able to forgo the Ed Network since we have the Variety Show that night, but we’re not able to do so. Please be sure to get signed up for a workshop–Lori shared these steps to sign up: Pick a session from this list, Watch this video on how to sign up in UKG (watch first 2:00 minutes).

I will work with some parents to get the props delivered to Caldera that day, and then we’ll meet up at Caldera at 5pm to get things ready to go.

4) End of day release: The last few weeks have seen lots of kiddos wandering down the hallway 5-10 minutes before the end of day release time. I have been sending them back to class with the instructions to wait until it is clear that they have been excused. Please take the time at the end of each day this week to reinforce end of day expectations and be sure that students are staying with you until they have been “officially” excused. Thanks!

5) Amity Eats February fundraiser is at Cuppa Yo this Thursday from 4pm-close at the Westside location on Newport. Money raised goes to Friends of Amity (and therefore to us and our students!). Please encourage families to participate in any communications you send out this week.

Speaking of FOA, this would be a great time to request some things off your wish list! Let me know what you’re thinking and let’s see if we can get it ordered!

6) Bread and Jam this Friday!

Upcoming
February 21: SIW, Teacher Work Day
February 22: Cuppa Yo fundraiser, 4pm-close at the Westside location
February 23: Bread and Jam
February 28: Educator Network, be sure to sign up!
February 28: Variety Show, doors open at 5:30 with the show starting at 6pm sharp!
March 7: Lottery Info Night for incoming Kindergarten families, 5-6pm
May 4: Auction! May the 4th be with you…some type of space related theme
May 31: Summit High production of The Real Story of the 3 Pigs. 8:30am

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, Feb 12

School-wide theme: Kindness and Compassion

Hello all you fine people!
What a great week it was last week with Camp Amity and the kick-off of the Variety Show! I know rehearsals can be a bit hectic, but the pay off is so grand! Thanks for all the upcoming extra work on getting the kiddos ready to shine!

Patti update: Patti and Jeff are settling in to routines at home and Jeff is showing good signs of recovery, albeit slowly at times. It looks like it could be a few more weeks before Patti returns to work, and I’m encouraging her to take all the time she needs.

A few notes to get you going:
1) Variety Show rehearsals start today–1:30-2:15pm! Here’s the schedule we agreed to: Variety Show Rehearsals
Gym (gymnastics, parkour): Lauren, Brian
Singing/dancing (meet in Grade 1 to start): Sara, Amanda, Lindsey
Skits (meet in Grade 3 to start): Ray, Frans
Non-participants (meet in Studio): Haley

2) No Tuesday meeting this week–Sara, Brian, and I have ICCL stuff to do.

3) Student Success Meeting on Wed/Thurs–please be sure your SSM Prep form is completed ASAP: SSM Prep Forms

Wednesday
8:30-9:00 Grade 5
9:00-9:30 Grade 3
10:00-10:45 Grade 4

Thursday
8:30-9:00 Kindergarten
9:00-9:30 Grade 1
10:00-10:45 Grade 2

4) NO SIW on Wednesday. You’re giving up your some of your prep times for the next few weeks for rehearsals, so this is the least I can do to give you back some of that time.

5) Cafe Amity on Wednesday, hosted by Grade 4

6) How are Community jobs going?
Kinder/Grade 1: Playground clean-up
Grade 2: Library caretakers
Grade 3: Hallway waste patrol
Grade 4: Green Team waste station
Grade 5: Office and cafeteria support

Upcoming
February 14: Cafe Amity hosted by Grade 4
February 14/15: Student Success Meetings
February 19: No School, President’s Day
February 28: Variety Show, doors open at 5:30 with the show starting at 6pm sharp!
March 7: Lottery Info Night for incoming Kindergarten families, 5-6pm

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, February 5 2024


New School Wide Theme: Kindness and Compassion

Hey all,
I hope Friday ended up being a particularly productive day and that you headed into the weekend ready to relax and revive.

A few notes to get you going:
1) Staff meeting on Monday (instead of Tuesday as per my email on Friday). 2:45-3:30pm in Brian’s room. Add agenda items: Staff Meetings 23-24

2) Tammy Doty will be here Monday morning from 8:30-9:30. We’ll be walking around and stopping in to a few classrooms. Anyone doing something spectacularly awesome you’d like to share?

3) DIBELS on Wednesday. Let’s get those kids warmed up with some good reading time before the assessments begin.

4) SIW on Wednesday–1:30 in Brian’s room.

5) Camp Amity on Thursday!

6) Variety Show launch at 1:30pm on Thursday in the gym! Snacks provided. Here’s the Variety Show rehearsal schedule we worked on last week: Variety 2024

7) Bread and Jam afterschool on Friday.

8) Valentine’s Day is next week–what plans do you have? Let’s chat at the Staff Meeting!

Upcoming
February 5: Staff Meeting, 2:45pm
February 7: DIBELS
February 8: Camp Amity!
February 8: Variety Show Launch, 1:30pm in the gym
February 9: Bread and Jam
February 14: Cafe Amity hosted by Grade 4
February 14/15: NEW Student Success Meetings
February 28: Variety Show
March 7: Lottery Info Night for incoming Kindergarten families, 5-6pm

Here’s to a great week ahead–always a good week when we have Camp Amity!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, January 29 2024


Greetings Team!
I hope you had a fantastic weekend. We have another 4 day week ahead…

A few notes to get you going:
1) Happy Bday to Lindsey this Thursday! Drinks after school, please join if you can.

2) My last plea…the Youth Truth survey has been extended until the end of this week. If you haven’t done the survey (that’s half of you!) please take a few minutes to do it this week. ytsurvey.org/acestaff24

3) SIW this week is a Teacher Work Day

4) NO School this Friday- Teacher work day for you! I am hoping we can meet at 11am for about 10-15 minutes to finalize our plan for the Variety Show launch and rehearsals.

5) DIBELS next next Wednesday, Feb 7

6) Camp Amity next Thursday, Feb 8!

7) The district is hosting a Black History Month celebration this Wednesday at Pacific Crest Middle School. I know a few of us are already planning to go, would be great if others wanted to join. Here’s the flyer:


8) Just an FYI we will run the lottery for Grades 1-5 on Tuesday. This doesn’t impact classes for next year, we will just have new waitlists for these grades if needed. New this year is that there is no longer a specific waitlist order–this may upset some families that are currently on a waitlist, but it’s the district’s new policy. Kinder lottery will be run in March, shortly after we have our Info Night (March 7 from 5-6pm).

Upcoming
January 31: Cafe Amity hosted by Grade 5
January 31: SIW-Teacher work day
February 2: No School, Teacher Work Day
February 7: New DIBELS date
February 8: Camp Amity!
February 15: NEW Student Success Meetings
February 28: Variety Show
March 7: Lottery Info Night for incoming Kindergarten families, 5-6pm

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy