Read-a-Thon Drumroll Please…

We are so excited to announce that so far from the 97 students that have turned in their pledge money, $10,500 has been raised!!!  A HUGE congratulations to all of the students that participated in making our second Read-a-Thon another smashing success! Not only did our students do an incredible job reading, you also showed a huge commitment to our school and students with incredible pledges and contributions.  If you still have pledges to turn in, we encourage you to do so!

Every class met the goal of 6,000 reading minutes and celebrated with an ice cream party!

All students and families can be very proud of the work and effort they put in to help better The Ivy School.  We want to give an extra shout out to the students who read the most minutes in each classroom! These students went above and beyond!

Archer in Claire’s Class read 720 minutes
Zach in Laura’s Class read 1,440 minutes
Oliver in Betty’s Class read 1,292 minutes
Twylo in Rebecca’s Class read 1,000 minutes
Giacomo in Travis’ Class read 660 minutes
Vivian in Megan’s Class read 1,440 minutes
Emma in Anne’s Class read 1,500 minutes
Sadie in Kevin’s Class read 1,000 minutes

Amongst the many thank yous, a special GIGANTIC thank you goes to JacQueline Sanchez, the PTA Fundraising Chair, for orchestrating the Read-a-thon and ice cream party this year!  JacQueline is such a treasure and The Ivy School is so lucky to have her in our midst.  Thank you, a million times over!!!!

Big thank yous are also due to Amie Chally, who established this fundraiser last year and did ALL of the counting and raffle giveaways at Morris, Muriah Gerard for making copies and putting together envelopes, Hailie Clark for counting Prescott raffle tickets, Angela Fox for making classroom goal thermometers, and to all who helped with the kick-off!
We also want to thank our ice cream helpers.  Much gratitude to Leah Maurer, Beth and Justin Yohalem-Lisley, Jason Paglia, Liz Peixoto, Erica Benjamin, Kate Lee, and Lisa Erenyi.
Until next year’s Read-a-Thon…

PTA Meeting Wednesday Night and Recap Coffee Thursday Morning

Please join us for the PTA General Meeting onWednesday, December 3rd.  This month’s meeting will be held at the Morris Campus beginning at 6:30pm. Childcare will be provided for a suggested donation of $3 per child.

Can’t make it to Wednesday night’s meeting but want to stay informed?  We’ve got you covered.  Join your PTA representative(s) and other Ivy parents for hot coffee and conversation Thursday, December 4th, at the Morris Campus after drop-off.  You can get the meeting recap while sipping on coffee in the company of good people.  We would love to meet you, answer your questions, and simply get connected.

PTA membership is not required for attendance at either of these events so please join us even if you are not a member.  We would love to have you as a PTA member (membership gives you a voting voice).  You can sign up for membership at any time for just $12 and participate in future votes. We hope to see you!

Holiday Gift Drive

This is the 6th year that The Ivy School will be participating in a Holiday Gift Drive for less fortunate families.  Ms. Cassondra, Ivy parent, will be coordinating the Gift Drive along with UE6 Assistant, Ms. Ariel McNett.  To donate, please extend your warmest wishes by donating to the Gift Giving Box available at each campus.

If you would like to volunteer to help, please email Cassondra Salazar.

Morris Needs Weigh Scales and Help Building a Greenhouse

Weigh Scale Donations
The Morris campus is in need of 4 stand on weigh scales.  One for each classroom.  The scales will be used to help the Morris students increase their awareness through the reduction of waste.  In December students are going to begin a campus challenge of who can produce the least amount of trash through diligent efforts of composting and recycling.

Morris Work Party December 6th
The Morris Greenhouse Building Work Party has been scheduled for this Saturday, December 6th.   Volunteers will start at 10am and spend approximately one hour to help install the cement posts.

On Saturday, December 13th, from 10am-1pm we will get together for the big build of our very own greenhouse.  We are in need of tools on this day. Please use this SignUpGenius link to view the list of tools needed and sign up to bring a few!


PTA Kid’s Party and Parent Night Out

It’s a holiday party for the kids and a night out for the parents and caregivers!  On Friday, December 12 from 6-8:30pm, the PTA invites Ivy students to the Prescott Campus for some holiday fun!  Kids can come in their jammies or just comfy clothes and enjoy cookie decorating, holiday movies (think snowmen and Santa Claus), and snacks, while parents and caregivers have the opportunity for holiday shopping, dinner out, or just some kid-free time.  All this for just $5 per student (or $20 per family).

RSVP required.  Send an email to either Heidi Owen orErica Benjamin by 5pm Monday, December 8th, with the names and ages of the children who will be attending (current Ivy students only, please).

We’re also looking for some adult volunteers for that evening, so please email Heidi or Erica if you can help out!

Ivy to Present to State Board of Education

The Ivy School will be presenting in Salem to the State Department of Education on Wednesday, January 21st. This presentation will showcase what makes Ivy the incredible school it is and also request that the State Board of Education, who sponsors Ivy, renew our charter contract.  This is the second time Ivy will present for renewal since its doors opened in 2009.  The first renewal was approved in 2011.  We would love your presence and support and the State Board is always happy to see school communities come together and show their school pride and commitment by attending.

Seating is limited, so the first ten people who call Ellen Dishman at the Prescott Campus (503-422-3608) will be able to attend.  We do not have a presentation time yet, so it would be best to leave the day open for this activity.

For Your Reading Enjoyment

A heartwarming article titled, Dear Parent: About THAT kid…has been circulating the web and we thought you would like reading it!  This wonderfully written article gives a great perspective on the work, dedication and love our educators gift to our children each and every day.  If you haven’t already read it, or want to read it again, please click on the link above.
Warning: tissues may be necessary.

Here is an essential principal of education: to teach details is to bring confusion; to establish the relationship between things is to bring knowledge.  ~Maria Montessori~