Read-a-thon Kicks Off in Five Days!!!

readathon.1Ivy’s second annual Read-a-thon begins this coming Monday, October 20th.  Last year’s Read-a-thon raised $11,000 and those funds enabled us to purchase a mobile microscope lab, reading group curriculum, materials for a windmill project and contribute $3,500 to our general fund.  The general fund paid for such things as the winter program, supplies for the music program, and supplies for special projects requested by teachers.  Currently a wish list from each campus is being assembled for the allocation of this year’s Read-a-thon earnings.  We are excited to see what we can achieve as a community of readers this year!

Students will be bringing home packets with a letter explaining the Read-a-thon, a sponsor form, reading log, and a calendar. The first week of the Read-a-thon, students will gather pledges from family, friends, and neighbors. We are encouraging the students to get at least four sponsors each. Of course, the more sponsors the better!!!

What is a Read-a-thon?
Ivy students read (or can be read to) for pledges from family and friends. All proceeds go to support The Ivy School and our students!

Week 1 (October 20th-26th)
Collect pledges from friends, family and neighbors

Weeks 2 & 3 (October 27th-November 7th)
Reading Period…READ, READ, READ!!!!

Week 4 (November 8th-14th)
Collect pledge money; return forms and money to school

Ice Cream Party (November 21st)
Students can come dressed as their favorite book character or author AND celebrate all of their reading minutes with an ice cream party.The ice cream party is for classrooms that meet the 6,000 minutes reading goal!

If you have any questions, please contact JacQueline.  We are looking forward to a fun and rewarding Read-a-thon!

Read-a-thon Committee Needs You!

We are looking for volunteers to help make the Read-a-thon a HUGE success.  There are a variety of ways to help.  On October 20th we would like at least two parents to come into each of the classrooms 20 minutes before pickup to hand out the packets and explain the details to the children and help get them super excited about the Read-a-thon.  Volunteers are also needed to tally minutes read, count pledges, make posters, and solicit businesses for prize donations. Some of these activities can be done from home while others are a fun way to help out at school.

Please contact JacQueline if you are interested in helping with the Read-a-Thon or if you have any questions.

Three Cheers for Chinook Book Sales!

Congratulations, Ivy Community!  The final numbers are in and together we raised $2,500 for The Ivy School!  That is $400 more than last year’s sales!!!  Thank you to every person who bought a book and worked really hard to sell them.  We were excited to see how many families went out there and sold more than five books!  Great job!

Al in Claire’s Class was the big winner of the $25 Laughing Planet gift card. Congratulations, Al!!!!

We also want to extend an enormous thank you to JacQueline Sanchez, Muriah Gerrard, Heidi Owen, Samantha Mascari, The Lynsky Family and Amie Chally for their volunteer hours!  We appreciate you!

New Alternative Lunch Menus 

Starting in November, there will be daily lunch options for kids with certain food restrictions. Fresh N Local will provide us with an Alternate Menu each month, which will be available on request.  The menu includes a Gluten Free option as well as a Vegetarian/Dairy Free/Egg Free option.  The menu will mirror the regular school menu as much as possible.

Monster Bowl October 25th

monsterGet your costumes ready for the first ever Ivy School “Monster Bowl” Fundraiser onSaturday, October 25th from 11am-1pm atGrand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge.  Grand Central is generously donating the lanes and the shoe rentals. That meansALL proceeds will support The Ivy School so please come out and join us!

Tickets will be $5 each or a maximum family price of $20.  We want to make sure that all who want to participate are able to do so. Please contact Karie if you need discounted tickets.  You can buy tickets at pickup on Monday, October 20th and Wednesday, October 22ndat either campus, as well as at the event.  Grand Central also has a game room and a full restaurant and lounge that will be open to Ivy and the public during the event.  We can’t wait to see all our costumed students at this super fun event!

To help us better plan, RSVP at  Questions can be directed to Heidi.

Do You Know Who Your Room Parent Is?  

International Children’s Day (ICD) is just around the corner on October 28th.  Each classroom will represent a region of the world with colorful displays, food tastings, art projects, music, and so much more.   ICD can only be accomplished with the help of many parent volunteers. To find out how you can help please connect with your child’s room parent(s).Rebecca’s Class (LE1): Alexis Terry
Laura’s Class (LE2): Rachel Falk
Betty’s Class (LE3): Helen Spieth and Maia

Claire’s Class (LE1): Colleen Hein
Anna’s Class (UE5): Amie Chally, Leah Cutler, and Rachel Burdon
Kevin’s Class (UE6): Elizabeth LeDoux-Callanand Amy Johnson
Megan’s Class (MS7): Diana Sticker
Travis’ Class (MS8): Tracy MacDonald andMary Brogan

Yearbook Update  

If you missed out on the 15% off opportunity to pre-order this year’s Ivy School yearbook, you can still get a 10% discount off the end of the year price of $17.88 (for a discounted price of $16.10) if you order before October 31st!To order your yearbook, please go to TreeRing and enter our school’s passcode: (removed for the website) .

Also, please continue to collect photos of your classroom and Ivy events to contribute to the general yearbook pages.  We’ll be releasing details soon about where and how to upload them!  If you have questions regarding the yearbook they can be directed to Ana or Heidi.

Camp Wi-Ne-Ma

My name is Sophia Lynsky and I am the student rep for the PTA.  I’m in 7th grade, in Megan’s class, and this is my fourth year at Ivy.  All of the years I’ve been at Ivy we’ve gone on an outdoor experience.  This year was one of my favorite times there, though maybe a bit crowded.  We ate food at the cafeteria this year which was different from the other years because in past years the students prepared the food, which also meant we had to buy all the food, so we probably saved a lot of money.  We had activities almost all morning and afternoon, save siesta (quiet time in cabins) and cabin time (where we played games or read).  The morning activities were mostly rotating activities.  We had to do all of them, but for most of the afternoon we got a choice of going on a beach walk, playing in the lake (which included the “funyaks”), playing on the sand dunes (the camp side not the ocean side), and one day music with John, the music teacher, was a choice.  There was also a sand structure contest for middle schoolers.  Overall, I think it was really fun and we should definitely do it again.