It’s The Final Days of Read-a-thon!!!

Thank you so much to all of the students and families who participated in the Read-a-thon!  It is amazing how many minutes our students have read and their enthusiasm has been incredible!  Most of the classes have met their goals and were still reading to make their thermometer rise. Megan/Matt’s class as well as Travis/Felicity’s class have not yet reached the mark, so if your child is in either classroom and read on Friday after school, please remind them to hand in their raffle tickets when they return to school on Wednesday.  We had our first raffle drawing last week and were able to award some very lucky readers with really awesome prizes. Congratulations, readers!  The final raffle drawing at Morris will be on Thursday and Prescott’s final raffle drawing has been moved to Wednesday.

This week please collect all your pledge money and hand in your forms by Friday, November 14th. Remember, students can come dressed as their favorite book character or author on this day.  The children are looking forward to their ice cream parties on Friday, November 21st.  We want every classroom to be celebrating with ice cream.

We look forward to reporting the final minutes count and pledge contributions as soon as everything is counted! Thank you so much for supporting The Ivy School!!!


Join the Morris Work Party This Saturday!

We want you to come out and join us for a Morris Campus Work Party this Saturday, November 15th, from 10:30am until 2:30pm.  The Morris Campus has purchased materials to build a greenhouse and we need your help in building it.  We have assembled a list of tools needed to successfully build the greenhouse.

We need:

  • 8 wooden stakes
  • 6 batter boards
  • Braided Nylon Cord
  • Plumb Bob
  • Post Hole Digger
  • Post Hole Level
  • Duplex Nails (Box of 40 or more)
  • 4 bags of concrete

If you can bring something from the list, PLEASE, click on the Sign Up Genius Link created for this party to log what you will be bringing.

We are working on snacks and coffee for all participants too!!!!!  Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you at the Morris Outdoor Area on Saturday.

Holocaust Survivor to Speak to Ivy Middle School Students

The Ivy School’s Middle School Program is pleased to announce that Mr. Alter Wiener will be visiting the Morris Campus on Monday, November 17th, from 9am until 10:30am.  Mr. Wiener was invited to speak to the 5-6 classroom last year during the Social Justice Work Plan Cycle but had to cancel due to illness.  We are so pleased that we have the opportunity to welcome him again this year.  If you would like to attend, please contact Ms. Megan Ticer or Amy Stuhr.  Space will be limited.  If you are interested in learning more about Mr Wiener please check out his website by clicking on this link .

Parent Communication Information…

Thank you, Ivy Parents, for finding the time to attend the required Parent Meeting!  We had an excellent turn out and received great feedback.  For those parents who were not able to attend, please find an Ivy parent mentor to fill you in.  And, as always, please refer to the Ivy Newsletter for updates, upcoming events, reminders, and celebrations. Please note that Ivy Parent Communication Nights will be announced in the Newsletter and coming soon.  If you have questions or comments, please contact Amy Stuhr or Anne O’Neal.

Last Chance for a Yearbook Discount…

You have one, last opportunity to pre-order this year’s Ivy School yearbook at a discounted price!  Until November 30, you can order the yearbook at a 5% discount off the end of year price of $17.88 (for a discounted price of $16.99).  Also, please take a moment to send us your photos!  Please see the sidebar for information about creating an account on TreeRing to place an order or submit photos.  If you have questions about the yearbook, contact Heidi Owen.

Morris Students in the Community

This past week, Morris students began doing community service learning at Green Table Co-op Community Garden.  Students learned about cover crops and their importance in gardening and farming.  They were able to apply their knowledge with hands-on experience at the community garden. They seeded a range of cover crops from Crimson Clover, Winter Cereal Rye, Fava Beans, Buckwheat, and Austrian Winter Peas.  Morris students will continue to return to Green Table Co-op over the winter and spring at least once a month.  A big thank you to Shara who coordinates the community garden.

Immunization Update

The Ivy School is in the process of updating your child’s immunization records.  Please expect the office to be contacting you in the upcoming months if your student’s records are incomplete.  If you plan on claiming an exemption for your child, there is a new requirement this year: you must take an online course on vaccines and print a certificate stating that you have completed it.  Go to the Multnomah County website (this should now be working…thank you, Gretchan Jackson for pointing that out! ) to view the video and to answer any questions regarding vaccines in schools.

“If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future.”                        
~Maria Montessori~