Current News and Events

Springwater Auction

The Springwater Auction is in full planning mode. Packets with letters, donation receipts, and suggested donors/items will be sent out later in the month. Want to be a part of this event? Help plan? Have ideas to share? Please join the committee! Contact Carolyn or Mali.

Open House!

Open House is February 26, 2015 at 6pm. A special focus for the Thursday night open house will include informational presentations from our 5-8 grade teachers.

This is for both current students and families and prospective students and families.
Additional Enrollment Information

Math Night! January 29th

Join your school community 6-7:30pm for Family Math Night next Thursday, January 29th.

The evening will be a fun and informative about Math in 2015 and BEYOND.

This year we have themed rooms offering families new ways to incorporate math activities into daily living. Come and visit the Hamburger Hut, perhaps try your luck in the Games of Chance room, and then finish off your evening in the Sporting Arena. You wont want to miss the evening.

We will also be offering several informational sessions about Common Core Math and hosting a hands-on preview of the new Oregon assessment (Smarter Balance).

Parent Council will be offering pizza for sale. We will have a potluck dessert table.

Snow Day! + Stocking stuffer

Snow to is approaching quickly, January 16th! For those of you attending this event, here is a stocking stuffer to use.

Oakleaves literacy centers

What better way to start you day than supporting Ms Rae and the Oakleaves during literacy centers. Centers are vital to student learning. We need volunteers to help support the centers Ms Rae has developed for kinders. We need at least one volunteer Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:45-9:45am. Please email, your commitment to volunteer.

Pollinator Planting event 12 December

We are preparing the for the Pollinator Planting event and looking for volunteers to help for the whole event, about three hours in the afternoon, we anticipate. We are hoping for 8 volunteers to help students plant the starts, dig holes, and keep an eye on student safety.

Click here to volunteer

Springwater U-Cut Christmas Tree Sale

The Springwater U-Cut Christmas Tree Sale at Historic Kirchem Farms is this upcoming Sunday Dec 7th. We are still looking for sweets donations and chili for the cook-off, if you would like to submit either please let Katie or your room parent know. This community event will be 12-4, stop by and get the perfect tree, have lunch and enjoy the Springwater community! Hope to see you there!
Any questions, please contact Katie Lamb at

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Oregon Battle of the Books

Springwater is participating again this year in the Oregon Battle of the Books. We want as many 4th-8th grade students who would like to participate to join in the fun. We will be having OBOB reading marathons and mock quiz shows in a supportive non-elimination style on Mondays and Wednesdays during lunch/outdoor explore time. We will start meeting after Thanksgiving break on Dec 1st!

Want to participate or have questions… Let Dawn know or just show up!

This a great opportunity for parents to help. Contact Dawn to sign-up to volunteer.

Book List
2nd Book List

BINGO! —- Venue changed

VENUE CHANGE!!!!!!!! The venue for Bingo Night has been changed due to the potential for Oregon City High School Football to be in a home playoff game. We will be at Rosemont Ridge Middle School in West Linn. The address is 20001 Salamo Rd, West Linn, OR 97068. We will begin the event at 6 p.m. and will have catering provided by Baja Fresh. Please be sure to get your registrations into the office. We are in need of prizes! Both bingo prizes (valued at under $15) and raffle prizes (valued over $50. We also need help with set up and working the event. If you can help, please email Darcey Bone at

Attached is a new registration form with the correct venue information. Please register today!!! And bring the whole family. It is sure to be a fun night for all!

Bingo Registration Form

It’s Wreath & Pie Time!

The holidays are approaching and what better way to show some holiday cheer than with a wreath and a delicious pie! Springwater School will be selling frozen unbaked pies and a variety of wreaths and greenery as a coinciding fundraiser to the annual X-mas Tree U-cut.

Attached are the forms for local pick up wreaths etc. at the U-Cut of after at school on the 8th of December, Gift Shipper wreaths and centerpieces, and frozen pies. Each one has a separate ordering form, so please take a look at all before submitting.

All orders are due in the office with monies by November 21st. Pies will be available for pick up the last week of school before X-mas Break and Local pick p greens will be available at the Dec. 6th U-Cut or at school the following week.

Please send out to friends and family. Any questions can be directed to Carolyn at

Wreaths for local Pickup
Wreaths to be shipped

We did it again! Top 10% of all schools!!

We are so proud to announce for the 2nd year in a row we have are one of 110 school in the State of Oregon and the only Oregon City School to earn a level 5 rating and among other level 5 schools we are rated as above average.

Oregon’s School and District Report Cards were redesigned a year ago as part of Oregon’s federal flexibility waiver to better tell the state’s educational story. Since student learning is about more than meeting standard on state tests, the new system has a greater focus on student learning and growth over time and uses multiple measures to rate schools. In addition, the new report card provides parents and community members with important information on the curriculum and learning environment at the school, student attendance rates, and includes a letter from the principal and superintendent. Check out Springwaters!

Please celebrate with your student who made this happen. Keep up your commitment to attend school each day, read with vigor, write with creativity, be inspired by science, enthusiastically dive into math concept (even the CCSS math way) and develop personal characteristics of craftsmanship, perseverance and ingenuity throughout your life.

Download our Report card here.
Download the Detail Sheet here.
Here is a link to Oregonlive.

Golf Tournament Success!

A giant thank you to all who participated, sponsored, and helped out with the second annual Springwater Open in September. Together, we netted $7900.00!!! We had a beautiful day on the course and hope to see you all again next year. Thanks so much, Carolyn

Seeking… plumbers, electricians…

We are looking for a plumber, septic tank pumper and an electrician to do some work next week (Week beginning October 6th). If they are able to do the work or have a referral, please contact Dawn

Movie Night! Friday – 26 September

Springwater’s Annual Movie Night will be held on Friday, September 26th following the State of the School presentation.

6:00pm Outdoor Family Social and Picnic
6:30pm State of the School and Principal’s Welcome
Dusk : The Muppet Movie

A favorite family event here at Springwater . . . We’ll enjoy dining alfresco with a slice of pizza and cozy up to watch a film under the starry night sky. Bellagios pizza will be for purchase, $2 per slice. In order to reduce waste, we ask families to bring their own soda or juice. Ice water will be available so bring your refillable water bottle or mug. Coffee Rush will also have Gelato for purchase.

Bring your low-back camp chairs or a blanket. Don’t forget your flashlight or headlamp. Movie begins at dusk. Rain or shine, inside or out, just plan to be there!

Contact Carolyn McGill at for more information.

Harvest Celebration recipes

The harvest celebration was a great success this year. Thanks to all who participated and supported this event, with a special shout out to the parent council for putting it all together.

Salsa Verde:
15 Tomatillos (husked removed, washed)
3-5 Jalapenos (tops cut off)
3-5 garlic cloves (peeled)
1 med onion (coarsely chopped)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
Mix tomatillos through onion in 9×13 pan.
Broil 10-20 min or until slightly charred.
Puree in a food processor, mix in cilantro and salt to taste.

Pumpkin dip:
1 small can of pumpkin purée
1 1/2 cups of peanut-butter
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp of honey
1 tbsp of vanilla

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate.

Fruit dip:
1 package of softened cream cheese
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tbsp of vanilla

Use an electric mixer to mix all ingredients then refrigerate.

Download all 3 recipes

Henry Phipps Capstone Project

Henry Phipps was busy this summer getting his 8th grade capstone ideas. He went beyond ideas and put into action his ideas. He will be striving to earn recognition and partnership of Springwater with the Aududon.

See press release

2nd Annual Golf Tournament – September 27th

Please mark your calendars for September 27th to participate in the Second Annual Springwater Open! Online registration is now open and spots are limited, so register today.
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Summer Garden Help Needed

I will be working in the garden until the first week of July. I would love to have one or two families volunteer each week after, for one day at least, until school starts. There will be a blackboard in the garden with tasks to do, but really I would love to have people harvest the foods in the garden mostly.
If you can help please sign-up using our new Volunteer Sign-Up.

Coordinators Needed!

We are currently seeking coordinators for the next school year 2014-15 for the following;

  • Sept 19 & 26 Family Fridays (one curriculum day/garden party and one movie night)
  • Oct Fall Planting with Metro
  • Jan 16th  Mt Hood Snow Day
  • Feb 12 or 20 Metro Planting Day “For the Love”  pancakes
  • March 7th – Auction (Needs Coordinator)
  • April Bowling Event (Needs Location & Coordinator)

If you are interested in becoming a coordinator please contact Dawn

Summer Reading Programs

I just wanted to share a couple of summer reading programs that I found.

Scholastic Reading Program-Lots of good ideas and book suggestions! Plus they offer a Reading App to track reading minutes.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program-Read any 8 books and earn a free book

Pizza Hut Book It! Summer Reading Program- Games, Parent Tools and earn free pizza-

Fizz, Boom, Read-The attached link is for the Oregon City Library but this program is avaliable through all of the local libraries. There are some fun incentives and activities to choose from and reading (or being read to) for 25 hours, children earn a free book plus coupons for the North Clackamas Aquatic Park, Oaks Park and the Portland Trailblazers.

2014 Summer Reading Program from Portland State-