Report Cards Going Home Today

Report cards are going home with students today, Monday, February 9th.  If your child does not hand you one, check back packs, lunch boxes, and pockets.  If you still don’t find your child’s report card please let your student’s teacher know that you did not receive it.

Art Tax News: Save the Date 2/17!

The Art Tax situation is still what it is…our school and our students are still receiving nothing from it.  The Oregonian published this article explaining all the “surplus” art tax money and how it was spent…including almost half a million dollars to the Portland Art Museum!  I think many of us would agree that we love the arts programs that Portland offers and are happy to support them, but it is a hard pill to swallow when none of the funding is going to our children, which is exactly who it was designed to support.  Additionally, the Oregonian published this article regarding the situation we are in right now.

Parents from Ivy and from Southwest Charter School are invited to attend the Arts Education and Access Citizen Oversight Committee (AOC) meeting onFebruary 17th at 5:00 p.m. in the City Hall on the 2nd floor in the Lovejoy room to show their support of our school receiving this funding.  Please wear Ivy t-shirts if you have them and feel free to make and bring signs as well.  1 or 2 people from each school will be speaking during the public comment section at the end of the meeting in regards to the situation we are dealing with and the committee will also be given a copy of the letter we sent to the mayor as well as copies of all the signatures in support of the letter.  If you would like more information and/or if you are able to attend this meeting, please contact Leah Maurer.  Thanks!

Exclusion Day is On Its Way!

Wednesday, February 18th, is the deadline to have your child’s vaccines and immunizations up-to-date.  You should have received a letter from the Oregon Health Authority if your student has incomplete or missing records.  If your child’s immunizations are not updated by February 18th they will not be allowed to attend school.  Please contact Ellen at Prescott orJillian at Morris to get your child’s records up-to-date.


It’s A Bundle of Baby Boy Joy!!!

Ms. Claire had her baby on February 4th!  It’s a healthy baby boy weighing in at a tiny 5lb 11oz and measuring a giant 20 inches tall!  We hear he has beautiful black hair and Ms. Claire’s nose!  Mom and Baby are doing very well.  Congratulations to Claire and her family from The Ivy School!

Congratulations to Rebecca Keith!

Rebecca Keith, our Interim Head of School, has been awarded the Distinguished Dissertation of the Year by the American Montessori Society for her doctoral dissertation.  She will be presenting her dissertation at the annual AMS conference in Philadelphia in March.  We are proud to see her hard work and many years of experience honored by the society.  Congratulations, Ms. Rebecca!


Breaking News…Ivy Receives A Grant!!!

The Ivy School Outdoor Program was just awarded a $2,000 grant from the whole kids foundation!!!  Many many thanks to Matt V for his tireless work in writing the grant and building our outdoor program!

Lower El Student Shares Her Poetry

This is what’s happening inside our creative classrooms!  LE1 student, Florence, wrote this poem, identified each piece of grammar, and created an illustration.

Box Tops Coordinator Wanted

Are you interested in an easy way to volunteer for The Ivy School?  The Box Tops program is looking for a new coordinator. Your job is to collect, clip, and mail Box Tops.  All of it can be done from home and takes a minimal time commitment.  If interested please email Amy Smith.  Thank you!

“Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school, but for life.”

 ~Maria Montessori~