PTA Kid’s Party/PNO RSVP Deadline Today!

What is it? It’s a holiday party for the kids and a night out for the parents and caregivers! This 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).

Movies are ready, cookies are in the oven, and we’re looking forward to having a great time at this Friday’s Kid’s Party / Parent Night Out, so remember thatTODAY is the last day to RSVP!
UPDATE: Ivy alums and Ivy-age siblings of current students are welcome to join us!

Send an email to either Heidi Owen or Erica Benjamin today with the names and ages of the children who will be attending.

Ivy Winter Camps

The Ivy School is hosting its first ever Winter Camps!  All Ivy students are welcome to attend. Families will sign up for an entire session.  Space is limited!  Registration paperwork can be picked up in the Morris or Prescott office and will be due in either office byThursday, December 11th!  Please email Ellen with your reservation.

Session I:
December 22-24, 9am to 5pm, $120 per student. Before Care: 8am to 9am, $5/day.  No aftercare available.

Session II:
December 29-31, 9am to 5pm, $120 per student. Before Care: 8am to 9am, 5$/day.  No aftercare available.

Morris Work Party This Saturday!

On Saturday, December 13th, from 10am-1pm we will get together for the big build of our very own greenhouse.  We are trying to source (5) 2.5 x 8 sheets of clear corrugated plastic for the greenhouse roof and we are in need of tools for this project.
Please use this SignUpGenius link to view the list of tools needed and sign up to bring a few!  If you have questions about donations needed or how you can help please email Matthew.

A Children’s Place Bookstore Fundraiser

Our local bookstore, A Children’s Place, is offering a shop fundraiser for The Ivy School on Friday, December 12th.  Let the cashier know you are shopping for The Ivy School and they will donate a portion of the proceeds to our school.  It’s a great idea for holiday gifts.

A Children’s Place is located at 4807 NE Fremont St and will be open from 10am until 6pm on Friday. Thank you for supporting The Ivy School and a local business!

Focus on Diversity Returns December 11

The PPS Focus on Diversity Film & Lecture Series, in its fourth year, is an opportunity for staff and community alike to converse about race, equity and difference, and the impact on PPS students.

Focus on Diversity Film & Lecture Series, first presentation of the 2014-15 school year:

WHAT: The Equity Work in our Schools: Learn about the CARE and PASS teams.  The Collaborative Action Research for Equity (CARE) and Partnership for Academically Successful Students (PASS) presentation and discussion is beneficial to teachers, parents, and community members.  Participants will understand the purpose and expectations of these components of Courageous Conversations as well as how the PPS Office of Equity & Partnerships is working with schools this year.

PRESENTERS:  PPS Office of Equity & Partnerships staff

SPONSORS: PPS Office of School-Family Partnerships and the Office of Equity & Partnerships

WHEN/WHERE:  Thursday, December 11th, from 4:30pm until 6:30pm at the Board Auditorium,
501 North Dixon Street

Upcoming Winter Performance

The time of year for the annual winter performance is coming nearer everyday.  There was a recent date chance from Thursday, December 18th to Wednesday, December 17th.  The location is at the Morris Campus and the time of the show is from 6-7pm for Prescott students and 7-8pm for Morris students.  You need arrive only 15 minutes early to insure seating and close parking.  Once there, your child should sit with their music group. Dress = presentable.  I hope that you will make an effort to bring your family to this special event that highlights the musical growth our students are making in music class.

Adverse Weather & Emergency Closures

In the event of inclement weather or other emergencies, school administrators will make a determination as to whether it is safe to operate school for the day.  The Ivy School will follow the decision made by Portland School District as to whether school will be in session, late start, or closed.  Since Ivy School parents come from a wide variety of locations in and around Portland, each family is encouraged to use their own judgment as to whether their student can safely travel to/from and attend school during extreme conditions.  To sign up for PPS weather alerts, including delayed starts and closures, follow the instructions on this PPS page.

Ivy Students Volunteer at Food Bank

LE3 students spent a morning last week volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank!  Third year student, Pierce, would like to share his experience.

“Me and my class went to the Oregon Food Bank.  We put potatoes in green bags with holes.  The potato bags were about twelve inches deep and we filled enough to feed lots and lots of people.  It felt good to help people and it was a lot of fun too. Anyone can volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank. I can’t wait to go back!”

If your family is interested in volunteering, there are plenty of opportunities, just click on this link.

Before elaborating any system of education, we must therefore create a favorable environment that will encourage the flowering of a child’s natural gifts.   ~Maria Montessori~