Current News and Events

Halt Pest Control

This Friday October 26, 2018 Halt Pest Control will be providing treatment for mice infestation.  They are a Certified QualityPro & QualityPro Green Company. They will be using Terad 3 Rodent Blox, and rodenticide. The Environmental Protection Agency registration number for the pesticide is 12455-106. They will be treating under the portable classrooms and inside the maintenance/boiler room. School will be accessible and warning signs will be displayed in areas of treatment. Please feel free to direct any further questions to admin@springwaterschool.com

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 (malig@springwaterschool.com) 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.

THANK YOUS!

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!

NEXT STEPS & TIMELINE FOR NEW LEADERSHIP MODEL

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GBS9YHK

QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON TEMPORARY LEADERSHIP MODEL

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.

 

https://www.donorschoose.org/project/first-lego-league-chromebooks/3628650/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=ifproject&utm_term=teacher_3971094&rf=facebook-dc-2018-09-ifproject-teacher_3971094&challengeid=20857237

 

 

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 DonorsChoose.org 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,
Kassandra

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

 

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

Asbestos

Annual Asbestos Notification

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ASBESTOS IN SCHOOLS

September 4, 2018

This information is provided as partial fulfillment of AHERA ( Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act ) rules requiring annual notification of workers and building occupants or their legal guardians of inspections, response actions, and post response action activities, including periodic re-inspections and surveillance activities that are planned or in progress.

A periodic surveillance of asbestos containing materials is performed in the school building every six months. This is done to ensure that asbestos containing materials are maintained in good condition. A complete re-inspection of all Springwater School was conducted in the winter of 2017 and will occur every 3 years. The re-inspections are conducted by an AHERA Accredited Inspector. The results of the re-inspection will be included in the AHERA Management Plan. A copy of the AHERA Management Plan is available in the office.

Over the past year, the school has not removed asbestos containing materials.

Springwater Environmental Sciences School continues to update and improve the AHERA Asbestos Management Plan. This work includes the sampling of materials that were originally assumed to contain asbestos. The improvements in the AHERA Asbestos Management Plan is intended to make them easier to use by staff and outside contractors that perform work within district buildings.

If you have any questions regarding asbestos or the district’s asbestos program, please contact Katie Rasouli.

Important Summer Update from the Springwater Board

Dear Springwater Community,
Attached is a letter from the Springwater Board detailing some changes that will occur next year concerning leadership and Board interaction.  The staff and Board members have been working hard throughout the summer to ensure a strong, healthy community where every student has an opportunity to thrive.  We hope that everyone is having a wonderful summer and appreciate each of you taking few moments to read the attached information.
Sincerely,
Genevieve Sheesley
Springwater Board Chair

Chicken Pox Notification

Dear Parents,
We have two confirmed cases of Chicken Pox at Springwater.
There is an effective vaccine available and if your children are not currently up to date now would be a great time to get current.
The contagious life cycle of chicken pox is 21 days.  If your child has a fever or even one spot/rash please do not send them to school. Please review the letter below from Cheryl Sharkey, our school nurse.  If you have any concerns please contact either Cheryl or myself.

We appreciate everyone’s efforts and understanding,
Dawn & Cheryl

Springwater Immunity Letter(1)

CONFERENCE & MEAL SIGN-UPS!

Spring conference sign-ups are now LIVE!

Click here or use the big green button on your right –> 

Please also remember that our teachers and staff work very hard these long days, so our tradition is to lovingly feed them. Click here to sign up for meal support! 

 

Monthly Giving

Our monthly giving program has a new live link, ready to accept your donations.

Please consider donating to Springwater! Every penny counts.

March 21, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Join the Board on 3/21/18 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.

You can find the agenda here.

Annual Springwater Auction – 4/21/18

Are you ready to Rock n’ Roll? Save the Date! This year’s Rock n’ Roll themed auction is in full planning mode and procured auction items are encouraged and always welcome.

The auction will be held at the Grey Gables Estates and will be Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Ticket information will be posted right after Spring Break.

Volunteer & Staff Requests

  1. Adult mentor search. Are you interested in being a mentor to a student?  We are searching for a few dedicated adults to work on a project, play games, or have lunch with a student.  The key is common interests and a commitment from you.  If interested please contact Heidi: heidi@springwaterschool.com.
  2. Katie is in search of old picture frames in sizes 8.5 x11 or larger.   If you have any in the house, garage, attic please consider donating them.  Students may bring the frames to Katie in the learning lab.

Letter from Dawn regarding a moment of silence tomorrow 3/14/18

Dear Families,

March 14 has been identified as a day for students across the nation to honor the lives lost in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.  Student-led “walkouts” are being planned nationwide at 10:00 am to last 17 minutes–one minute for each of the Florida shooting victims.

With the nation’s attention focused on issues of school violence, student safety, and civic engagement, this tragedy provides a teachable moment for our students and community.  While no student group has come forward to request a walkout, Springwater staff has decided they wish to recognize the moment and reflect on the importance of having safe and welcoming schools.  We will not focus on the recent events across the country, but rather the focus will be on how we take care of and befriend others.  The concept of “Walk Up” to others and be an “Up Stander” in the community will be our stance.

At 10am on our 100th day of school, (all cozy and safe in our PJ’s), each class, under the guidance and direction of the teacher, will take a moment of silence to reflect on the compassionate community at Springwater and the importance of kindness including being an “Up Stander” and talk about the “Walk Up”.  A tangible suggested action for the “Walk Up” will to empower students to connect with 14 other students and 3 adults during the day.

I encourage our adult community to also pause at 10am in honor of lives lost and join the nation, one school at a time, in building a safe, inclusive and civil world for our children to grow.

Peaceful Action,
Dawn

BINGO IS TOMORROW NIGHT, 3/16

  1. So you missed the dinner registration for BINGO but you still want to join the community at the EPIC bingo night tomorrow at Oregon City High School from 6-9pm?
  2. We want you there too! 
  3. So we are offering tickets at the door for bingo (no dinner) for $5 per adult and $2.50 per kid.
  4. We hope you can make it!
  5. Remember there will be additional bingo cards for $2, raffle tickets & desserts for purchase.  So bring your money. (It is a fundraiser after all.)
  6. We also could use a few more volunteers to serve dinner, please lend a hand & sign up on the website.

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This is a can’t miss Springwater favorite family event! Bingo is back on the calendar and thanks to OCHS for the event space, now we can fit you all… registration ends on March 12, so get the form into the office ASAP. Tim Christopher is calling the numbers again and the kids will have a ball running for cards and prizes! Thank you, Mali & Tyleen for making this happen!

Volunteers are needed to help make this a success, please sign up here!

2018-2019 New Enrollment & Open House Dates

2018-19 Important Dates for the Enrollment Process

  • Open House #1 – February 24th @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Open House #2 – February 27th @ 6:00 p.m.
  • For Inclusion in Lottery, applications must be received at school by March 15th
  • Lottery Held: week of March 21st
  • Lottery Notifications:  week of April 1st

ANOTHER SNOW DAY, 2/22, NO SCHOOL!

Enjoy another day off and be safe!