Board Meeting 4 Feb 2019

Held at Clackamas Community College, Oregon City OR 97045
Dejardin Hall Room 233

Board Meeting 16 Jan

Held at Clackamas Community College, Oregon City OR 97045
Dejardin Hall Room 233


Dine Out! California Pizza Kitchen

Fundraiser in support of: Springwater Environmental Sciences School December 8th ~ 15th, 2019.
Please bring the flyer to present to your server.

Board Meeting 4 December

Please join us for our Regular Board Meeting 6pm-8pm held at Clackamas Community College Dejardin Room 233. Agenda

Special Board Meeting – November 13th

Special Board Meeting scheduled for November 13th at 6:30pm at DeJardin Hall.

Please see attached agenda.

Results of SESS Community Survey

Take a moment to review the results from our community survey

SESS Community Survey Results

November 7th | Board Meeting Agenda

Join the Board on 11/7/18  for their monthly Board Meeting. Meetings are held at Clackamas Community College in the DeJardin Building. 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.

You can find the agenda HERE

Leadership survey results and Modeling Meeting

Leadership survey results and Modeling
Tuesday October 30th, 2018
@ CCC Degardin Building Room 233

Friday 10/19

Friday 10/19


  • This is Springwater’s second-largest fundraiser for the year. Don’t forget to collect pledges from family, friends, and neighbors and bring pledge folders in on Friday!
  • Volunteers needed for Jog a thon and Book Fair!  
  • Running schedule

9:30am-10:00am K,1,2 graders

10:15am-11:00am 5th-8th graders

11:15am-11:45am 3rd-4th graders

  • Jogathon Attire


Running clothes

Running shoes


Optional and fun

Colorful hair and wigs

Tutus and capes

Wacky socks and shoes

White or light-colored shirts for Color Run!


Halloween costumes


Friday Field Study

Classes will be going out in the field after Jogathon (with the exception of Kindergarten). Some will be going out directly after the fundraiser and will eat lunch in the field, others will eat at school before heading out. Schedules vary by class, so check with your child’s teacher if you’d like to volunteer. All students will need field gear.

Field Study Schedule

10:30-12:45  Sarah, Lisa

11:00 – 2:00 Kassandra, Troy, Amanda,

1:00 – 2:30 Christina, Kathy, Kat

October 17th | Board Meeting Agenda

Join the Board on 10/17/18  for their monthly Board Meeting. Meetings are held at Clackamas Community College in the DeJardin Building. 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.

You can find the agenda here

Conference Sign Ups

Conference Sign up – Click Here


FFS Reminder and Invite


FFS Background Checks

If you plan to go out in the field on Friday Field Study, you must first pass a background check. Stop by or call the office by Wednesday to give April a chance to complete this before Friday.

Coffee talks

Starting at 8:15am on Field Studies Fridays, you are invited to grab a cup of coffee and join in an informal Q and A session with members of the Leadership team and Board.  Comments from the Suggestion Box will also be addressed.

Covered Area Update

Covered Area Update

We have had a busy summer here at Springwater. Unfortunately, that means we had to temporarily put our covered area on the back burner while we addressed staffing and major building repairs. Rest assured that we haven’t forgotten about all of the money that was so generously given during the auction paddle raise. We are moving forward with the project, and currently we are working with an architect to have blueprints drawn up. Please remember to have patience, and show grace as we move through this process; and know that we, as a board, are working very hard to keep everything on track…. including our covered area! Stay tuned for more information, as we will do our best to keep the community informed as we make progress. Thank you to everyone for being part of our community! Please email Mali ( with any questions or concerns regarding the covered area and/or paddle raise.

Leadership model update and Leadership survey

Dear Springwater families,

We are so pleased to see our new and returning students settling into routines, connecting with new and old friends, and launching a wonderful year of educational and personal growth. Our teachers are off to a terrific start this year and are doing an amazing job forming relationships with their students and families and working with our leadership team in a productive and solution-focused manner. We are thrilled to see this excellent start to the school year!

The Board and Leadership Team would like to update you on a few topics with a focus on our progress on the development of our long-term Leadership Model.

We want to update you on our next steps and timeline for developing our long-term leadership model and answer a few questions that we heard on the temporary leadership model in place for this school year. We will start with some hearty “thank yous” to our community.


We are proud of the impressive volunteerism we have already experienced from our community this year. We are grateful for all you give. Thank you for your support of our school!

We are encouraged by new lines of communication that we have seen begin to form in the past few weeks between staff, community, and the Board. We will continue to work hard on deepening those relationships. Thank you for your trust in building them.

We are excited about the input we received in our suggestion box. Parents and students alike gave us feedback and we appreciate hearing all perspective. Thank you and please continue the great input!


The Board and Leadership Team want to update our Springwater families on our work towards creating our new leadership model, including immediate next steps and long-term goals.

On August 30, 2018, the Board and Leadership Team met with a charter school expert from the Oregon School Board Association (OSBA) who we hired to help advise us on building a new leadership model for Springwater. Since that meeting, we created a community survey and a staff survey both distributed to respective community and staff to solicit input for our new leadership model.

In partnership with our OSBA consultant, we will analyze the input received from the community and staff surveys, extract themes from the analyzed input, and develop a strategic plan for creating a new leadership model that reflects the wants and needs of our Springwater families and staff.

Both the community survey and staff survey are currently being distributed. The community survey is posted on our website. We are also distributing the community survey in this email. If you have any trouble electronically accessing the community survey, we will have hard copies available at the school and at our Family Friday event tomorrow.

Please return your surveys to us by September 30th, 2018. At that time, we will close the input period and then meet with our OSBA consultant to begin the survey evaluation process.

All survey results are confidential – only our OSBA consultant will see the identity of the person who submitted them.

You will likely receive additional surveys this year as we progress in the development of our long-term Leadership Model.

The Board and Leadership team ask that all families do their best to provide us with their input. Our process will produce the best result when we hear everyone’s voice. Please participate in this survey and let us know if you need any support in doing so.


We heard from our community that some families are having trouble understanding (1) the correct member of our Leadership team to contact for various matters; and (2) the timeline of our temporary leadership model and when we estimate that we will have a long-term school leader in place.

Leadership team contacts. Please contact any one of the Leadership Team members (Heidi, Jen, or Katie) for any issue you feel needs support from a school leader. Our Leadership Team is highly committed to communicating well with each other. If one member of the Leadership Team is not at the school on a day you need to connect with someone, please find another Leadership Team member and introduce yourself to open the discussion about your needs. If you do not know the Leadership Team members, please ask April or Rebecca in the front office or any teacher for an introduction. Heidi, Jen, and Katie are all very approachable and are sharing responsibilities – please do not worry about contacting the “wrong” person; they are all the “right” person for you and will find answers and solutions in an efficient manner.

Timeline for new leadership model. As mentioned above, this month, we are currently working through the information gathering phase of developing our new Leadership model. October’s focus is analyzing that data, generating themes, and crafting a strategic plan. November and December’s focus is likely going to be a deep dive into considering the best leadership models for our Springwater community based on the community and staff input we receive and the expert advice from our OSBA consultant. Ideally, we will have a Leadership Model decided in December-January with interviewing for any new leadership positions beginning in the spring.

The entire process may take all school year or we may find our ideal new model and perfect candidate quickly. The above timeline is only an estimate and we are trying to give our community and staff as much transparency as possible without committing to hard deadlines because we want the right model with the right leader, which may take time to find. The only hard deadline we can promise at this time is that the process to develop the new Leadership Model and find our new school leader will be complete by the end of the school year. We appreciate your patience and grace as we progress through this process.

We always welcome questions about the process and will provide you with periodic updates like this one. You are welcome to join us for Board meetings and are invited to ask any Board member or Leadership Team member for an update. We will do our best to share information as soon as it can be shared.

As always, please contact any Board member or member of the Leadership Team with questions. Our next Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 6pm at Clackamas Community College – please join us.

We hope to see everyone at Family Friday this week!

Very truly yours,

The Springwater Board* & Leadership Team**

* Genevieve Scheesley & Board Members: Devon Sommer, Mali Geister, Tina Marquez, Tory Blackwell, Chelsea Hamilton, Cinda Scott, Justin Bearden, & Holly Johnston

** Heidi Blackwell, Jen Wozniak, & Katie Rasouli

Amanda’s FIRST LEGO League Chromebooks

Help me give my students two Chromebooks for use in programming and research.

My Students

The students at my school are innovative, creative, and high-level thinkers. These students are excited to share their ideas and are looking for ways to make them tangible and applicable to real life.

This group of students are anxious to try new things and discover new talents in LEGO Robotics.

With the help of these Chromebooks, the students will make an impact in the community around them by being innovative and working collaboratively to build a robot, solve problems, and create great presentations.

My Project

Our school has an established FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics program for grades 7 and 8, BUT it isn’t available to the younger students.

These young people are incredibly eager to dive into the great opportunities that FIRST offers.

Starting two LEGO League teams has introduced these students to programming, engineering, and an experience they won’t forget. For the teams to be successful, they need these two Chromebooks for programing the robots they design and build, to do research on the project that the challenge has set out, and to develop the presentations they need in order to prepare for our first competitions in December.

When not in use by the LEGO robotics students, the computers will be available for 5th-6th grade students who need the technology to finish classroom tasks.



Donor’s Choose Request from Kassandra

Dear Springwater Community,

I want to make sure my students have what they need to succeed, so I just created a classroom request. Please click the link below:
Help us Innovate with 3-D Pens 

Give to my classroom by September 23, 2018 and your donation will be doubled thanks to Ripple. Just enter the code RIPPLE during checkout and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50).In return, you’ll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks.

Thank you so much,

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

Family Friday 9/21/2018

10 minute mini-conferences with teachers 4:00-5:30 -Each teacher will coordinate signups

Potluck 5:30-6:30-Please bring a dish to share

Curriculum night 6:30-7:30-Adults in classrooms/Kids entertained by Parent Council

Striders/Jog a Thon

Striders starting during lunch recess Monday-Thursday 9/17/2018

Jog a Thon scheduled for 10/19/2018


September 12th, 2018 Board Meeting

Regular Board Meeting

September 12th, 2018

6:00pm at Springwater School

You can find the agenda here

Transportation Information

Jackson Hub @ OCHS Jackson Campus – On Jackson Street, between 11th and 12th. East side of the road.

Church Hub @ Oregon City Evangelical Church – 1024 Linn Avenue. Sidewalk on the AV Davis Road.

Redland Hub @ Clear Creek Communication – morning Pickup 18238 S Fischers Mill Rd. An on-road stop

Redland Hub @ Redland Grange – afternoon drop off 18131 S. Fischers Mill Rd. – The gravel driveway in front of grange.

Holcolmb Hub @ Holcolmb Elementary (PM only) – 14625 Holcomb Blvd. in the main parking lot.

Bus pickup/drop off times:

Morning Schedule (3 hub pick-ups) Please remember these are strict bus departure times

Jackson Hub – leaves at 8:00 am
Church Hub – leaves at 8:00 am
Redland Hub – leaves at 8:10 am

Afternoon Schedule (4 hub drop-offs) Please remember afternoon hub arrivals are in a time range
Redland Hub, drop off around 3:55 – 4:05 pm
Holcomb Hub, drop off around 3:55 – 4:05 pm
Jackson Hub, drop off around 4:05 – 4:15 pm
Church Hub, drop off around 4:05 – 4:15 pm

FFS Parent Training

This Friday (9/7), Jen will lead a FFS Volunteer Orientation from 8:35 to 10:00. She will be sharing some new terms of our Special Use Permit with Metro and school-wide FFS expectations. If you ever plan to go our on FFS with students, your attendance is important. Jen will be sharing practices to help you build a sense of place with small groups of students that will carry through the year.