Raffle Ticket Sale Continues!

How are your Spring Raffle ticket sales going? No school days allow more time for selling! Sold all four tickets and need more? No Problem! The PTA has plenty more you can check out to sell. Our prizes this year are a MacBook Pro laptop computer, an iPad mini, and a Kindle Paperwhite!! All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to improve Ivy Facilities and purchase new materials for our classrooms! For questions or for more tickets contact Leah Mauer.

Earth Day 42nd Avenue Cleanup-April 18

The Ivy PTA is partnering with SOLV to sponsor a super Ivy Earth Day event that will help beautify our Prescott campus neighborhood as well as connect with area businesses! Parents and students from both campuses will meet at Prescott in the morning and head out for a trash pickup on 42nd Avenue.  We will then head to Wilshire Park for a fun BYO picnic lunch, with a treat supplied by the PTA. Put it on your calendar and join us for the fun!

What’s the Buzz?


The Ivy School will be helping out and hosting a booth at the Party for the Pollinators at Whole Foods Market Fremont on April 18th.  This is going to be a really fun and free community event where we will be helping to draw a crowd and create more pollinator habitat in our neighborhood. You can see the Facebook event link here or search @WholeFoodsPDX on social media look for #WFMFremont for this location. We hope to see you there!

Early Registration Ends

Last week was the end of early Summer Camp registration.  Enrollment was extremely low and many camps had zero applicants.  We will likely be announcing quite a few cancellations.  If you are interested in attending Summer camp but were waiting to see what got cancelled, please turn in your application now! Every application helps us to keep our camps open.  If you did not apply for camps because the expense was too high, please contact us! We are happy to provide scholarships! The Ivy School very much wants to keep these programs open for parents who need them and for children who enjoy participating in this type of enrichment, but we need your participation!

PTA Work Party April 24th

Come Spread bark chips with your kids, Friday April 24th after pickup!  The PTA outdoors committee will be receiving a delivery of free bark chips for the front of the buildig and other exterior landscape beds outside of the play area. (We have several volunteers offering to help with weeding and cleaning up these areas in their own time to prepare for the fresh mulch, and can always use more if anyone wants to pull a few weeks after school in the next few weeks!) Bring wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, child sized tools and gloves. Contact Becky with any questions.

Breakfast!

 

Our first-time test takers had a special breakfast this week, put on by the PTA, at the request of one of our Lower Elementary teachers.  It was such a wonderful gesture of support and great, stress-free way to start our many weeks of testing.  We want to thank our local partners, Bagel Land and Whole Foods for donating food to the event. Many thanks also to the parents who assisted to put this breakfast together in such a short time: Katie, Bonnie, Nora, Colleen, Adam, Alexis, Nikki, Nicole, Helen, and JacQ.

The PTA appreciated the chance to wish our 3rd graders Good Luck, and is very much looking forward to expanding this event to the whole school next year!

Hello Ivy Grandparents!
One of our favorite Ivy grandparents, Cassondra Salazar is inviting you to meet and share ideas for starting a grandparent group at Ivy Morris Campus. If you are interested in participating, contact Cassondra.

Safety Notice from Department of Health:

Sabra Dipping Co. announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic
Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
This measure is limited to five SKUs of Classic Hummus sold nationwide. You may contact the Ivy School Officefor more a list of these five SKUs.

There have been no reports indicating that these products have caused any illness.

The products being recalled are listed below and were distributed to retail outlets, including food
service accounts and supermarkets, in the U.S. Consumers can find code and use by dates on
the top of each package.
Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to dispose of or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with any questions may call toll free 1-888-957-2272,Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Central Time.

A Letter from our Head of School- Parents as Partners

I was reading an article in the NAMTA Journal, one of our Montessori publications, and wanted to share part of it with you.  The title of the article is “Parents as Partners: Creating a Culture of Respect and Collaboration with Parents”, written by Sarah Werner Andrews.  She discusses a systems based model, based on the work of James and Mary Andrews, which views the child as part of a greater system, and purports that, “that  system works best when all parts are involved and supported”, thus the child is most likely to flourish when family and school work together. In a systems model, the perspective, expertise, and authority of every part of the system is valued and all contributions are important.

To support this way of thinking, we need to attempt four shifts in perspective. The first is to move from the idea of one truth to that of many truths; this means that different interpretations of the same event are accepted as true, and that each individual who interacts with a child has their own valid view of that child. Looking at all our different perspectives as useful lenses for a broader view, rather than right or wrong, offers more possibilities for problem solving approaches. The second shift involves moving from an “either/or” mentality to a “both/and” paradigm.  Because all perspectives are valued, all can be utilized, although there may be times when one is more useful or appropriate than another.  The third shift requires us to change from labeling behaviors to identifying patterns of interactions, examining the context in which the behavior occurs, determining when, where, and with whom the behavior happens.  “Once we have established a clear view of the patterns of interaction and circumstances surrounding the behavior, we can move on to the fourth shift in thinking necessary for a systemic, collaborative approach”.  The fourth shift involves moving from focusing on the problem to focusing on the solution.  That involves finding ways to help the outcomes we desire happen more frequently, rather than focusing on the negative consequences that occur when behaviors that block those outcomes happen.

If we all work together to shift from a linear to a systems perspective, it will help us become better collaborators, using all the expertise and knowledge we have at our disposal to generate solutions to the challenges we face.  These efforts should lead to an atmosphere of openness, approachability, mutual respect, and teamwork, that can help Ivy and all her families flourish.

Rebecca Keith Ed.D
Interim Head of School

Talent Show!

The Talent Show still has space available for a few more acts! If you did not send in your video because the deadline had passed, send it to John for consideration.  We would love to see your amazing talents on display!

“We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe’, but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.”     
   ~Maria Montessori~