December 13, 2017 Board Meeting Agenda

Agenda December 2017

Join the Board on 11/15/17 at 6:00 pm for their monthly Board Meeting. Meetings are held at Clackamas Community College in the DeJardin Building, room 233. Please note the DeJardin building is the glass building on the south side of campus (closest to Highway 213) and directly across from the soccer fields.

 

11/28 Abby’s Pizza Dine Out!

Reminder: Tuesday, 11/28 is our Abby’s Pizza Dine Out from 5-8:00 pm. Please present the flyer below so we can be sure to get all the credits for this FUNdraiser.

November 15, 2017 Board Meeting Agenda

November 2017 Agenda

 

Join the Board on 11/15/17 at 6:00 pm for their monthly Board Meeting. Meetings are held at Clackamas Community College in the DeJardin Building, room 233. Please note the DeJardin building is the glass building on the south side of campus (closest to Highway 213) and directly across from the soccer fields.

Immunization Reminder

Please make sure your student is up to date with all his/her immunizations, and provide a copy to the office by January 5th, 2018.

7th Grade Families: Your 7th grader may be due for a DTap/Tdap immunization. Please check your records.

You need to have everything turned into the office by January 17, 2018 to avoid having exclusion orders mailed to you by the Oregon Health Department. The exclusion day is February 21, 2018.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact April.

Scrip & Fundraising

Our next Scrip order goes in on Friday with a pick up the following Thursday.

Please take a look at the attached potential profit flyer.  Springwater needs to fundraise to offer our extraordinary set of programs.   We have listened to parents who want to contribute but do not have the means to do so.  Scrip is the perfect way for everyone to get financially involved.  Start small and think about the weekly groceries and gas.

If you shop at New Seasons or Fred Meyer and average $200 a week that translates to a monthly donation of $16 … across the year that comes to about $200.

Get your gas at Fred Meyers?  Get scrip cards and register your rewards card at https://www.fredmeyer.com/topic/community-rewards-4 and we get double contributions.

For a limited time:  For every $50 Columbia Card purchased, you will receive a pass to the Columbia Employee Store for you and 4 others.  It is also good for online purchases at employee prices. Don’t miss out on this awesome deal.

Disaster Comfort Kits

We are getting even more prepared for the “waiting time” students would experience in the aftermath of a natural disaster.  We need your participation.  We are asking that each student have a comfort kit prepared by parents or caregivers.  Please click here for the details.  Our goal is for all students to have a comfort kit by November 1, which will be stored at school and returned at the end of the year.

Music Residency & Concert Info

The role that music will play in students’ lives depends in large measure on the level of exposure they achieve in creating, performing, and listening to music.

This Monday, Oct 9 through Nov 16 we welcome renowned, local blues musician Ellen Whyte to Springwater for a music residency. Ellen will be providing instruction in creating, performing, listening to, and analyzing music. Each class will learn about the history of jazz and blues, compose an original song, and perform the song in our 1st All School Concert on November 16 at 6:00 pm at Clackamas Community College, Gregory Forum. This is an evening you will not want to miss.

We welcome music volunteers. Here is the basic schedule:

Lisa Oakleaves Wednesday & Thursday 2:30-3:15pm
Sarah Daragonflies Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 8:45-9:30am
Caitlin Dragonflies Monday & Tuesday 2:30-3:15pm and Thursday 1:45-2:30pm
Kathy Blue Herons Wednesday 10:30-11:15am and Thursday 9:45-10:45am
Jon/Jen Blue Herons Monday &Tuesday 9:30-10:30am and Thursday 1-1:45pm
Amanda River Otters Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 1-1:45 pm
Troy River Otters Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 1:45-2:30pm
Hannah Red Foxes Tuesday & Thursday 11:15am-12:15pm
Kassandra Silver Foxes Monday & Wednesday 11:15am-12:15pm

October 18, 2017 Board Meeting Agenda

October 2017 Board Agenda

Join the Board on 10/18/17 at 6pm for their monthly Board Meeting. Meetings are held at Clackamas Community College in the DeJardin Building, room 233. Please note the DeJardin building is the glass building on the south side of campus (closest to Highway 213) and directly across from the soccer fields.

Fundraising Update

Dine-Outs
These are a fun family time to gather with other friends and families to support Springwater.  So far we have raised about $200 per event.  We hope to see everyone this month at Wild Hare and then again in November at Abby’s.  Thank you to our event chair Marcia for all the legwork and coordination for the free fundraiser.Monthly Giving
We love the sustaining donors and hope as a school to move toward monthly giving as our lead fundraiser.  Please consider becoming a member.  Contact Rebecca to pledge.

Mark Calendar for Auction April 21, 2018
It’s back!  We are heading back to the Grey Gables for a super important fundraising event.  Line up your sitter now, join the auction committee, and start procuring items.  Contact Carolyn for details and to volunteer.

Jog-A-Thon
Get your VIPS and jogging shoes ready.  This is our only student-led fundraiser.  They always knock our socks off with their enthusiasm and generous sponsors.  We hope to raise $20K this year for an all-time school best.

BINGO 
We have a date (12/1) and venue (OCHS) but we don’t have a coordinator.  Please consider stepping up and coordinating this event.  You will have at the ready the expertise of the past BINGO coordinator (Mali), and we already have the food secured and the caller (Tim.)  This is a great way to ease into a leadership role at Springwater!

Box Tops
Yep we do them two times a year.  Tyleen clips and organizes them and then we get great money.   So stick your box tops in a baggie and send them in!  We get a dime per top.  Please have them in by 10/26 for our 1st submission.

Gardening Strong and Healthy

Please consider donating to Katherine’s garden wish list:

  • Spaded Forks
  • Seed Catalogs
  • Burlap (Free from Boyd’s Coffee)
  • Vegetable Peelers
  • Cheese Graters
  • Rebar (1/2″ diameter, 1-2′ long)
  • Olive Oil

If you haven’t been out to the garden classroom this year, please do so this week.  Katherine has transformed the space into a creative and useful place for learning and growing.

This past week, students were busy planting lots of fall and overwintering kale, salad greens, root veggies, cabbage, broccoli, and collards. Soon they will finish fall preparations by sowing leguminous cover crops to feed the soil over the winter as well as garlic to enjoy next summer.
For this coming week, Oakleaves and Dragonflies will learn about bulbs and plant out daffodils and tulips.
Blue Herons and River Otters will learn about seed packets as informational texts and choose a seed type from our garden they would like to save in a homemade seed packet.
Foxes will be making a tasty kale salad to kick off our every other week classes.

Hot Lunch Helpers Needed on Tuesdays!

Our once a week hot lunch starts Tuesday, Oct 3!  We need 3 volunteers to help set the table and heat the food.  Please consider helping keep the parent lunch program running.  Contact April to help Tuesday and beyond.

The more the merrier in the lunchroom each day.  We need extra hands to help students open their food, wipe tables, help with set-up and take down of the tables, etc.  Please consider joining us from 12-1:15pm.  Each classroom has a dedicated month to help out. In October we are counting on Amanda’s River Otters.

Curriculum Night Presentation

If you missed Curriculum Night, you’ll want to take a look at Dawn’s State of the School presentation. Make sure to watch the videos, both are moving in their own way… let’s just say “tears, and spiders and test scores, oh my!”

Chipotle Dine Out on 9/28

Join us for dinner (or anytime from 10:45am – 10:00pm) at Chipotle at Clackamas Town Center on Thursday, 9/28 for a fun(draiser) dine out! Please present this flyer when you order!

Family Friday on 9/22

Reminder: tomorrow is our Annual Springwater Family Friday from 2-6:00 pm.

A few highlights:

  • There will be fun fall crafts, games, salsa making, and the first annual kickball game!
  • Sign-up sheets for 10-minute mini-conference with teachers will be on their doors promptly at 2:00 pm.
  • Don’t want to cook dinner?  Bring cash for pizza and Menchies frozen yogurt beginning around 3:00 pm.  In Springwater style, don’t forget to pack your plates, napkins, and water bottle to limit waste.
  • Consider bringing a blanket or lawn chairs if you want to cheer on the kickball game!

The weather is looking promising for a beautiful fall day!

Hope to see you there!

-Your 2017-18 Springwater Parent Council

School News

Smoke, heat, and thoughts of rain punctuated our 1st week together and tried to toss us a curve ball, they did not.  Students were resilient, flexible and above all else super excited to be back at Springwater for 2017-18 school year.   Much appreciation goes out to staff who always put students first and create learning environments despite obstacles. Our students are smart by nature.

Thank you to PC who hosted a delicious back to school breakfast for all.

At our morning welcome, we honored milestones for our staff.  Katherine was welcomed to her 1st year at Springwater.  Heidi and Kassandra were honored for their commitment to the school following completing 5 years. Jon was recognized for his services and longevity of 10 years of teaching at Springwater.  We are grateful for all our staff.

What are the goals for Springwater this year?  
We are visioning for 2020 and beyond.  Please watch for opportunities to come share your ideas and vision for the “Springwater Graduate.”

We are honing in on scientific inquiry and focusing on those practices for our budding scientists.  We are continuing to lead the way with Characters of Excellence in both relationship and performance traits.  We are committed in our actions to be a learning community that believes, gets involved, asks questions, listens and fosters curiosity.  Please join the staff in their commitment to your children by sharing in these commitments in all your actions.

Transportation:
We welcome back Crystal on our Redland/Church route.  We will have a series of drivers on the Jackson/Holcomb route.Are you willing you switch from Church to Jackson?  Currently, about 75 students are safely packed onto the Church bus – 3 to a seat.  Our Jackson bus is riding only 45 students.  Contact April if you are able to switch.We have a carpooling need: A family is looking for support on Monday and Tuesday afternoons transporting one student to her home in the Jennings Lodge area.  If you are able to help please contact the parent through this link.Tuesday Lunches:
Don’t miss out.  Get your order in! Orders for the 1st trimester are due on September 20.  Click to check out the yummy offerings here. Scrip Returns:
Scrip is a dollar for dollar exchange and costs you nothing. The school receives the store discount as a fundraiser.  FAQparent benefits, and participating vendors are available through the links.   This is an all school fundraiser.  Funds raised will be used for general operating costs.  Orders are due by the last Friday of the month, and orders will be ready for pick up on the first Thursday of the month. September orders are due by the 29th.  Pick up on October 5th.

School Hours:

Official school hours are 8:35am-3:25pm.

Please do not drop off at school prior to 8:30am.  If you need an exception please contact Dawn and your student’s teacher to make a special arrangement.

If you are picking up at school you may go to your student’s classroom at 3:25pm to pick up or wait in the Cafetorium.  Students often will be waiting in their classrooms until both buses arrive.

Our goal is to have the buses and all students loaded and departed from the school by 3:40pm.  If you are running late, students will be in the main office.  We will begin contacting late parents at 3:45pm.

Dogs on Campus:
We are animal-friendly at Springwater, but we do have a few expectations if your pet is on campus.   We have students at Springwater who have severe allergies and fears.  Please put students first by not bringing dogs inside of the buildings or on the playground area during school hours or during school events.  After school hours, we are asking that if dogs are on campus, that they remain outside leashed and with their adult owners.  Again thank you for putting students first.

 

Parking Lot News

Parking Lot Shifts

It will take some time to get familiar with the changes so we ask for your patience for the safety of students.   So where to park?  We are trying to put out yellow no parking signs in zones to signal no parking areas.

Where not to park?  

  • We have designated the entrance area, (driveway off of Springwater Road), as no parking during bus loading and unloading time. Typically this is 8:15-8:45am and again from 3:15-3:40pm.  Please refrain from parking in these areas during these times.
  • Can I double park?  Yes, do double park along the right side of the lot as you enter the gravel area.  The cars along the fence line facing into Metro are staff vehicles so you are not blocking us in since we leave after 4pm.
  • Bus Turn Around & Parking?
    We need to keep the turn around zone at the end of the lot car free until the buses have entered.  This includes in front of the gate to the playground.  In addition two of the handicap spots will be temporarily unavailable while the buses are loading and unloading.

Metro/Clear Creek Natural Area Presentation on 9/28

Join Us and Metro:
Are you a FFS volunteer and interested in learning more about the area?  Are you just curious about all the changes and what is planned for the Clear Creek Natural area?   Please join the students and staff to learn a bit more about Clear Creek Natural Area.  Peter from Metro will present an informal 30-minute overview followed by a Q and A session on Thursday 9/28 during Morning Meeting at 8:35 He will cover the major Clear Creek habitats and species, ongoing restoration and site management work, a new map, and highlights from the Special Use Permit.  Kristina, a natural resource specialist, will also describe her noxious weed control efforts and our famous planting specialist Bonnie will join us as well.

Scrip returns: first order due 9/29

Scrip means “free money for the school”, at no extra cost to you.  Scrip is regular pre-paid gift cards and paper gift certificates for a specific store, restaurant, or service that provides a discount to non-profits needing to raise funds. Scrip is a dollar for dollar exchange and costs supporters nothing. The school receives the store discount as a fundraiser.  FAQparent benefits, and participating vendors are available through the links.   This is an all school fundraiser.  Funds raised will be used towards general operating costs.  Orders are due by the last Friday of the month and orders will be ready for pick up on the first Thursday of the month. September orders are due by the 29th.  Pick up on October 5th.

First Day Schedule

Please join us on Tuesday at school to kick off the year with a potluck brunch from 8:30-9:15am.  We will then assemble in the amphitheater for a welcome.  Students will be off to class close to 9:45am.  About 10 minutes after students are settled into classrooms, Dawn will be hosting a Q/A geared to answer new parents’ questions in the cafetorium.

School Hours

Official school hours are 8:35am-3:25pm.  Bus drivers are trying their best to meet our school start and end times.  It takes a few weeks to get it just right and be on schedule.

Buses will leave the Jackson and Church hubs promptly at 8:00am each morning.

Please do not drop off at school prior to 8:30am.  If you need an exception please contact Dawn and your student’s teacher to make a special arrangement.

If you are picking up at school you may go to your student’s classroom at 3:25pm to pick up or wait in the Cafetorium.  Students will continue to be waiting in their classrooms until both buses arrive.

Our goal is to have the buses and all students loaded and departed by 3:40pm.