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Today we spend time in remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the courageous commitment he made toward positive change.  Did you know…

  • King is one of 10 world martyrs of the 20th-century who are depicted in life-size statues at the entrance of  Westminster Abbey in London.
  • When King married his wife Coretta, the newlyweds were rejected by a whites-only hotel.  The couple opted to spend their wedding night at a Black-owned funeral home.
  • There are over 900 streets worldwide named after King. Forty U.S. states have at least one Martin Luther King Jr.-named street of their own.
  • From 1957 until his death in 1968, King gave over 2,500 speeches; he traveled more than 6 million miles; and  he wrote five books and countless articles published in newspapers and magazines.
  • In 1964, at age 35, King was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

In the spirit of MLK, College Possible will engage in a day of service at our Morris Campus and in our surrounding neighborhood.  Teams will be working on litter clean-up in Dawson Park, litter clean-up in our neighborhood, helping to build the Morris greenhouse, and helping with deep cleaning at Morris.  We are excited to host these students at The Ivy School and share our story with them as well.  Amy Stuhr and Matt Voedisch will be supervising the event.  If you would like more information about College Possible, please visit their website.

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We Need Parents to Join Our Focus Group

Dear Ivy School Community,

You may have heard that members from the Oregon State Board of Education will tour The Ivy School onWednesday, January 21, 2015.  The group will tour both campuses, interview the Administration Team, Ivy School Board, Ivy Teachers, students and parents.

We still need a few more parents to join the Parent Discussion Group during our ODE Site Visit. The parent focus group will meet at 10:00am at the Prescott Campus and the meeting should last no more than one hour.  The ODE Site Visit Team is interested in hearing why you’ve chosen The Ivy School for your student(s) and of your experience here.

I hope you will consider this invitation and are able to join us for this very important yearly event. Please respond by Tuesday, January 20th, by noon, if you would like to join us.  If you have questions, please email or call me at the Prescott Office.

Very Sincerely,
Anne O’Neal
Student Support Services – Prescott Campus

Arts Tax Update

A big THANK YOU to all Ivy parents and teachers who have signed the letter from Ivy regarding the arts tax issue!  If you still would like to sign to show your support of Ivy receiving the Portland schools arts tax funding, please sign the signature sheets that are posted next to the draft of the letter that will be sent to various city officials this week.  These can be found at the front of each school and outside each classroom.  The signature sheets will be taken down after drop off this Wednesday, January 21st.  Thanks for your help and support on this issue!  Stay Tuned!

Morris Has New Outdoor Committees

The outdoor program now has small student run group committees handling all aspects of our outdoor garden area.  Fifteen committees in all from worm bin and composting committees to summer care organizers.  The big deal on the Morris Campus right now is that there is a KICKSTARTER committee dedicated to bring to life a fundraising campaign through this wonderful crowd sourcing website.  The committee hopes to have the kickstarter launched in early February.  Two of our committees are also in need of a little help.

  • Our duck committee is on the lookout for families to sign up for duck care.  See the sidebar for a link to sign up.
  • Our vermicomposting committee is in search for red wigglers.  Worms anyone?

Parents, if you would like to find out about what committees have been created and/or be involved in helping out our student run committees please emailMatt for more info.

Middle Schoolers Take College Tour

On Tuesday, January 13th, 8th graders from the Middle School participated in a College Tour at Oregon State University.  Students were introduced to the campus on a walking tour of the dormitories, student union, library, and engineering building.  Students were also able to peek into a lecture hall to see a class in session and have lunch in one of the student cafeterias.

After the tour and lunch, we were treated to a student panel led by three students.  They talked about how to best be prepared for college, what it is like to live away from home, and the challenges of responsibility.  Ivy students had great questions!

On the car ride home, one of the students said, “I can’t believe I will be in college in only four years!”

 “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~