Greetings From the Interim Principal

Dear Parents,

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to you.  My name is Rebecca Keith.  I have been a Montessori teacher for over 40 years.  In 1979, I started One World Montessori School, a private, non-profit corporation which provides Montessori education and quality child care for students between 1 and 15 years of age.  Located in Silicon Valley, One World provides services to about 250 students of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.   I have also been a teacher trainer for many years, and currently head the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center in San Jose, CA.  Recently, I completed my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.   Please go to One World’s website if you would like to find out more.

I am acting as Interim Head of School during Mary’s absence.  I’m sure you all miss her very much, but I am hoping to be able to fill in for her while she takes care of family concerns.  As a dedicated Montessorian, I will be working to more fully manifest the Montessori Method and philosophy in all our classrooms here.  Please feel free to contact me if you would like to chat about any concerns, as well as your hopes and dreams for

PTA Meeting Tonight

Please join us for the PTA General Meeting tonight! We will be discussing current and future PTA fundraising, receiving a report from our outdoors committee, hearing from our spirit committee, and voting in the standing rules!

We would love to have you as a PTA member (membership gives you a voting voice).  You can sign up for membership this evening and participate in future votes.  Membership is not required for attendance so please join us even if you are not a member.  Everyone is welcome!

We will meet at the Prescott Campus at 6:30pm tonight, November 5th.  Childcare will be provided for a suggested donation of $3 per child.

PTA Recap Coffee Thursday Morning

Join your PTA representative(s) and other Ivy parents for hot coffee and conversation this morning.   If you missed the PTA meeting, you can get the recap while sipping coffee.  Find us at the Prescott Campus after drop-off.  We would love to meet you, answer your questions, and simply get connected.

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 to view the video and to answer any questions regarding vaccines in schools.

Read-a-thon Readers are Logging Loads of Minutes!!!

What an incredible group of readers we have at The Ivy School!  As of Monday, our students have read an astounding 20,010 combined minutes!  Laura’s class is in the lead at Prescott and Kevin’s class is in the lead at Morris!  Here are the numbers by classroom:  Keep reading

Keep reading and you’ll make it to 6,000 and earn your ice cream party!

Today we will have our first raffle drawing and get to hand out many prizes (thank you to Ivy parent Sarah Shaol and owner of Little Black Wagon for her generous donations) to our readers.
There are still three days left to read and one more raffle drawing next week, so keep turning in those raffle tickets!  There is also time to get more sponsor pledges.  You can continue to get pledges through the end of the Read-a-thon.

The last day to read is Friday, November 7th.  After Friday, you can begin collecting the money pledged to you by your sponsors.  All forms (reading log, sponsor info/pledge sheet, and any donation forms) and money can be brought to your teacher or the office beginning Wednesday, November 12th.  The last day to turn everything in is Friday, November 14th.  Thank you to everyone who has gone out and gotten sponsors and read many many minutes!

If you need extra reading logs, raffle tickets, or donation forms for tax deductions, you can find them on the PTA page of the Ivy website or pick up copies outside the office at both campuses.

Read-a-thon is looking for happy helpers to serve ice cream for the party on November 21st.  ContactJacQueline if you can help.

Thank you for supporting The Ivy School and our students!!!!

Morris Work Party Has A New Date

The greenhouse equipment has been purchased!!!  Just one hiccup, the equipment is scheduled to arrive on Friday, November 14th so we need to postpone our work party until Saturday, November 15th.  Join us for a GIANT work party from 10:30am until 2:30pm.

We will be:

  1. Constructing a Greenhouse
  2. Digging and Planting out a Rain Garden
  3. Planting trees along the North fence line

Please mark the change on your calendars and come out and join the party!!!!

Help Ivy Host Compass Green by Recycling Your Smartphone 

Do you have old smartphones sitting around collecting dust? Drop them off at Ivy for our Smartphone Recycling Drive! For the next week, we will have boxes out to collect phones at both campuses. Our Smartphone drive will help The Ivy School host Compass Green Project at both of our campuses next month! Compass Green Project operates an 18-foot mobile greenhouse and tours the country to teach children about sustainable gardening and farming. They will be giving a gardening book and a jar of honey to the students in each grade that collect the most phones!  Look for the donation boxes at Prescott and Morris. Remember to ask family members and friends if they have old phones that they’d like to recycle!

Contact Anna Doogan with any questions.

A Global Success!!!!

A big, big Thank You to everyone who helped make International Children’s Day so spectacular!  What a great day it was!  Music set the stage in the classrooms while students sampled foods, wore traditional clothing, and worked crafts from many different countries.  Thank you, Elizabeth LeDoux, for coordinating the Culture Boxes from the World Affairs Council.  The museum quality items were a great backdrop to the children’s exploration of culture around the world.  International Children’s Day is a great culminating event for students to highlight classroom work with the community.  From dragons to desert, to middle school students cooking deliciousness in the hallways at Morris.  Most impressive were the research pieces added by the students.  Many students worked on reports, music playlists, art projects, and building projects as part of their exploration.  Their excitement and pride in their contribution to our celebration was the best part of the day.  Thank you for this grand experience!  Until next year…

The Newsletter is Moving to Mondays

We are listening to our parent community and are making changes to provide you quality communication each week.  You currently receive your newsletter each Wednesday morning but we feel that you will be better served by receiving your newsletter bright and early Monday mornings.  This will allow you to see your whole week at a glance, hopefully helping you to feel more prepared for what’s coming up.

We also hope to incorporate more photos, staff introductions, appreciations, and stories from each campus in an effort to keep us all better connected.

Thank you for your feedback.

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”                        
~Maria Montessori~