Winter Performance This Wednesday!

Ivy’s annual Winter Performance takes place this Wednesday, December 17th, at the Morris Campus from 6-8pm. Prescott students will perform from 6-7pm and Morris students will perform from 7-8pm.  To insure good seating and close parking, please arrive 15 minutes early.  Students will sit with their music group and arrive in presentable clothing. We hope that you will make a great effort to bring your family to this special event that highlights the musical growth our students are making in music class.

Ivy School Gift Drive Seeking Donations

The Ivy School Gift Drive is in much need of donations.  We have only received 3 gifts!!! Gifts received are for our community of Ivy students in need of a little holiday cheer this season.  Please consider donating unwrapped gifts in the collection boxes at both campuses no later than Friday, December 19th.  In addition to toys, we welcome hats, gloves, coats, wrapping paper, and monetary donations.  Thank you for your holiday spirit and generosity.

If you have any gift drive questions please contactCassondra or JacQueline.

PTA Participation Helps Our School!!!

Ivy families!!!  We know you have been working really hard doing the PTA fundraisers so far this year and we are SO thankful!  The PTA has been trying our best to keep your informed of how much money you have been raising for our school and now we are thrilled to tell you where all that hard earned money is going.

– $5,000  to The Ivy School general fund
– $2,000 to Technology
– $2,400 to Individual Classrooms for Discretionary Spending/Art ($300 for each classroom teacher)
– $1,000 to the Music Program
– $3,000 to Prescott Play Structure

None of this would have been possible without all of the hard work of our planners and volunteers!  We have potential to earn even more money for our school during the 2014-2015 school year and would like YOU to be a part of it.

We have one final fundraiser that will begin in February and we would LOVE to have some help carrying it out.  There are jobs that can be done at school, at home, and just about everywhere in- between.  We need help with procuring prizes, managing the tickets, and carrying out the raffle amongst other things…even just 15 minutes of stuffing packets or counting tickets would help us immensely!  Just let us know your availability and we will work something out with you.  Please contact Leah Maurer  if you would like to help.  Thank you again!

Prescott Climbing Structure Update

The PTA Outdoors Committee has narrowed down a few different options for PTA members to vote on at the January General Meeting.  The PTA contributed $4,000 from the 2014 Spring Raffle and $3,000 from the Autumn Read-a-thon making the current budget for the Prescott climbing structure $7,000.

There are still more details to figure out but we are hopeful to have at least the main part of a small climbing structure installed some time this spring. We will continue to keep the community updated as details unfold.

We hope to see a lot of PTA members at the January meeting to help us make this exciting decision! If you are not yet a PTA member you can still sign up for membership and have voting rights.  See sidebar for more information.  If you have any questions regarding the playground equipment please be in touch withBecky or Muriah.

Work Parties at Prescott and Morris

Prescott Campus

The Prescott Campus will be hosting a work party onMonday, December 29th, at 10am.  We will be setting up a school library in the Computer Lab and moving shelves to create an art storage/workspace in the AfterCare Hallway.  This is an exciting opportunity to tidy up our campus before our State Board visit and to build an amazing Media Center for our students!  Kids are welcome.

Morris Campus

Thank you to all who made an effort to participate in the Morris Work Party that took place this past Saturday.  Unfortunately, we ran into a minor speed bump when it came to building the greenhouse. Here’s the great news though, we are going to have one more work party and that gives you another chance to join in the delight.   A note will be sent out as soon as we have the missing material link that the build needs to continue and then we will plan our final greenhouse work party.  Stay tuned!

State Board Coming To The Ivy School

Ivy Administration would like to invite parents interested in sharing their Ivy journey with visitors from the Oregon State Board of Education to participate in our January site visit.  Parents from both campuses are encouraged to join in.  The parent panel will meet with board members during the morning of January 21, 2015, for about an hour. If you are interested in participating, please contact Anne O’Neal.

Morris Happenings…

Safety First!
A quick reminder to the Morris community about our morning drop-off protocols.  A few recent incidents (including a student running into a nearby biker’s path!) have made it clear this is needed.  Parents and carpool drivers:  please only drop students off on Morris street on the school’s curb.  Dropping students off on the other side of the street and watching them walk across is just not safe enough. This is exactly what was happening when a student was nearly hit by a bike.  It’s difficult to see in all directions at once from the driver’s seat, and therefore impossible to notice all potential traffic movement.  Furthermore, the street is busy in the mornings with cars and bikes alike, and stopping in the street often holds up traffic.  It seems many people are in a rush in the morning and this is a common reason to simply pause in the street instead of pulling into the carline.  Hopefully, the few minutes it takes to pull around and drop off on the curb side are worth our community’s safety.

Morris Ducks Need You

Thank you to all the families that have cared for our ducks.  We need a few more volunteers over the holiday break.  If you are in town and want a fun way to help out The Ivy School as a family, please consider volunteering a little bit of your time.  The ducks still need care from December 27th through January 4th.  Commit for one day or a string of days.  You can use this sign up genius link to choose a time slot.  Thank you!

Morris Community Project

7th and 8th Graders spent a very rainy afternoon helping out at the Fargo Food Forest, a community project that donates its produce to local food shelters for the hungry.  They helped rake leaves off the pathways, turn the compost, mulch the garden beds, propagate the overgrown strawberries, and learned about pruning espalier fruit trees.

Revitalized Public Space

This crew paved the way for renewing this street corner rain garden by picking up bunches of trash bags worth of garbage, raking out several wheel barrows full of leaves, and cleaning the space around it.

Brrrrr…It’s Time for Ice Skating!  

Mark your calendars for Friday, January 16th from 6-8pm for the upcoming Ivy School Icy Skating Party at the Lloyd Center Ice Rink. The rink will be closed soon for a mall renovation, which will shrink the size of the rink, so let’s go enjoy it while we can!
$8 per skater for admission and skate rental. As usual, scholarships will be available so all can attend. Watch the January newsletter for more details!

“The real preparation for education is the study of one’s self.  The training of the teacher is something far more than the learning of ideas.  It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit.”
~Maria Montessori~