PTA Spring Raffle Numbers are in!

The Ivy PTA would again like to thank all of the families who participated in the spring raffle fundraiser and congratulate all the winners!  We are excited to announce that the raffle raised just over $4,400 in net profit for our school.  These funds will be used to improve and purchase Ivy School classroom materials for all grade levels.  We are hopeful that this is enough to get several kinds of Montessori materials to supplement the areas where classrooms need them most.  PTA will keep the Ivy community posted of all progress with this process.  Thank you again!!!

PTA General Meeting This Week

Please join us for the PTA General meeting this Wednesday, May 6th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Prescott campus.  We will be voting on our new officers and discussing other new business.  If you are interested or think you know someone who would be a good fit for PTA leadership for next school year, please email Leah Maurere are still looking for a Vice President.  If you cannot attend the meeting and want to get a recap of what was covered, come to Motivasi from 8:15-9 a.m. on Thursday morning and hear all about it.  We hope to see you at the meeting or for the coffee recap!

Middle School Social is on! 

The Ivy Middle School is teaming up with Trillium Middle School to host a mixer and fundraiser for Sisters of the Road Café.  The cost for admission is $3.00 and/or a donation and the event is scheduled for May 15th from 6:30-9:30. Trillium is graciously donating their space for the event. We are seeking parent chaperones for the event. If you have any questions or would like to help out as a chaperone, please contact Amy Stuhr or call the Morris Campus at 503-288-8553.

We will be gathering these items for Sisters of the Road, who will help us distribute items to those in need:

Shampoo (small)
Toothpaste (small or large)
Shaving cream
Wet wipes
First aid cream
Sanitary Products

Field Trip to Geercrest Farm

Thursday UE6 took it’s fourth graders to Geercrest Family Farm in Salem.  The Farm did a work exchange with the Ivy School: in trade for the normal trip fee the fourth graders did farm chores. They also got to see baby goats, lambs and Arabian horses. This photo was taken in front of a Black Cotton Wood tree planted in 1852 (that is older than our state!). Later this month most of the Lower Elementary classes will be taking their overnight trip to the family farm.

Legislative Action Update

Kaaren Heikes sent us an update from Salem:
It’s been a great day for us in the Capitol! SB 819, our equitable public charter school funding bill, is officially IN the Joint Ways & Means Committee! Even this referral is a victory, as I believe many of you know.

So, GREEN LIGHT to contact Sen Devlin, Rep Buckley and all other members of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, ask them for support, for a public hearing and a work session.
Please continue to share any feedback you receive from Legislators with me through your Ivy Leadership!

Arts Tax News

Exciting news from city hall! The Arts Oversight Committee (AOC) has recommended to the City Council that Ivy receive the art tax funding! A big thank you to all Ivy community members who attended the AOC meeting in February…this likely would not have happened without your support! We are still a ways off from receiving any funding under the Art tax, and can’t be sure the council will push forward on this, but this is a small success to celebrate! Contacting city council members would be a great idea right now. Check out the Oregonian article about it that states “The Southwest and Ivy Charter School Districts don’t receive arts tax funding “due to a technicality” in the tax structure. The committee said the schools would be in line to receive approximately $30,000. “These Portland students should be treated equally,” the committee said.”

Talent Show

Just a reminder the Ivy School Talent Show is this Friday!  The Talent Show Committee is still looking for a volunteer to assist with the sound system, and someone to video tape the show.  Please email John if you are able to volunteer. The Talent Show is from 5pm-7pm with a reception to follow.