Technology Grant

The Ivy School has been awarded an $18,000 technology grant from the Oregon Department of Education. The grant will purchase Chromebook laptop computers and charging carts.  The computers will be used for state testing part of the year, as well as provide improved access to information and technology to all our students.  We are very excited to make this improvement to our school environment!

Spirit Week!

Sophia L. is ready for Spirit Week, with green and purple braces!
Each day this week we’ll show our Ivy pride by dressing in weird and wacky ways!  We’ll also be collecting coins for the SMART reading program that helps kids preschool to 3rd grade get excited about reading.
Monday:  Crazy Clothing Mismatched Monday
Tuesday:  Ivy Colors Day (white/green)
Wednesday:  Class Colors Day

Thursday:  Crazy Hair or Crazy Hat Day
Friday: Pajama Day
Spring Break Camp

The Ivy School is very excited to be offering Spring Break camp this year, however enrollment has been sluggish. We do not intend to cancel the camp, but are encouraging families to get in their applications!  Sign up for just the days you need for a discounted fee! Let us know if you need a scholarship, we are happy to help.

Charter Renewal Presentation

As we were excited to announce previously, The Ivy School’s charter has successfully been renewed for another five years! The Ivy School Board of Directors and the Ivy Leadership Team would like to share with the Ivy community the process that has gotten us to our renewal and what it means for Ivy’s future. Join us on Wednesday, April 8th at 6:30 pm in the community room at the Morris Campus for a viewing of the renewal presentation video and discussion of the renewal process. Renewal team members Any Stuhr, Anne O’Neal, Kevin Pearson, Rebecca Keith and Karilyn Wax will be on hand to walk us through the presentation and renewal process and to answer questions. Childcare will be provided.  We look forward to sharing our presentation and celebrating the incredible story that is The Ivy School!

Summer Camps!

Summer Camp Catalogs and enrollment forms are now available in the Prescott and Morris lobby. We are accepting registration forms from now until April 10th.  We hope you have a great time perusing our magnificent offerings!

Plant Sale Fundraiser!

Morris students have put a lot of love and creativity into this student-run fundraiser for the Outdoor Classroom! Please pick up an order form from the Prescott or Morris lobby and turn it back in with your desired veggies or flowers and we will grow the starts for you! Order forms are due before March 20th. Plants will be ready for pick up between May 15th-17th.  Students will be seeding these orders as they come in so don’t delay!

The PTA Wants to Hear From You!

The PTA has formed a nominations committee for the 2015-2016 school year. This committee is in charge of putting together a list of names of parents who would like to become more involved in supporting the Ivy community through PTA. Our PTA committee chairs and officers have really enjoyed connecting and helping the Ivy community, and we would love to see more of this!  If you are interested in hearing more about the positions or if you have any parents in mind that you believe would help further our flourishing Ivy community by becoming more involved with the PTA, our committee would sincerely appreciate your input!  Please email Leah Maurer with any input or suggestions you may have.

Spring Cleaning at Morris

Please pop in and check the lost and found, located in each individual classroom, for items left at school (including items left in Aftercare).  All items will be donated to charity after Friday March 20th, before Spring Break. Thanks for your help!

Talent Show

Please The Ivy School’s Annual Talent Show is coming! This year the Talent Show is on Friday May 8th (See Calendar Announcement) at the Morris campus from 5-7pm.  If your child is interested in participating, please send an email and a short video of your child’s act to the talent show committee,, and include the following in the body of the email: Performer’s first and last name, classroom, talent/act, technical needs (piano, iPod jack, stool, etc.), and length of act.

Following the receipt of your child’s registration you will receive a confirmation email and a form to be returned to John. We would like to have all of these entries no later than Friday April 3, 2015. After that registration for new acts will be closed.  Also we still need a few volunteers to help coordinate rehearsal and help out during the night of the show.  If you are able to volunteer please email us. We can’t wait to be dazzled by Ivy’s talented students!

Outdoor Classroom Happenings

Wow! So much is happening over here at the Morris campus with the Outdoor Program! With the spring weather in full swing we have been busy! These last few weeks we have begun to plant our spring veggies, seeded our bee and butterfly garden, prepared more garden beds, direct seed our root veggies, continue to seed our seedling flats in our greenhouse, and began staking out our interpretive plant signs! The garden Friday Forums group has been busy in the community doing service work… check it.

Book Drive Ending Soon

The Central Northeast Childhood Reading Initiative has been so appreciative of the books Prescott parents have been putting in the donation box in the lobby.  There is one more week to donate gently used books to distribute to neighborhood children. For more information visit Our 42nd Street.

 Courthouse Tour

We On Wednesday, Twenty-eight sixth year students engaged in the Courthouse Experience Program through the Classroom Law Project. This opportunity is an authentic way to learn about the justice system by observing real cases and court procedures, as well as to talk with local judges.

Each year about 6,000 students watch the law come alive in this enriching and valuable visit to the Multnomah County Courthouse and the Justice Center.  Ivy students were awed by the up close and personal aspect of the tour and had excellent questions for the judges who graciously gave their time and expertise. Our students asked questions like:
Have you ever had a case where you did not agree with the jury decision?
How many years of school did you need to become a judge?
What percentage of cases have something to do with drugs and alcohol?
What is that room behind the judges bench?
What is the role of all these people in the courtroom?

This is a great kick-off for next steps, both this year and next year, as we begin to explore about the connections between civic awareness and justice. Thank you volunteer parents!! We could not have done it without you!

The Vines

The Ivy School is looking for parents to join a Super Band for the Ivy Talent Show! WANTED: Basses, drums and aux percussion, guitar(s), Vocals, Back ups, Keyboards and maybe a even dancers. The repertoire is TBD but the Talent Show Committee thought it would be cool if the students picked the song we are to cover.  Perhaps the adults prepare an encore of their choosing.   If interested, send an email stating what you do to theTalent Show committee, and include In the subject: SUPERBAND.

“The only language [people] ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything! “     
  ~Maria Montessori~