Current News and Events

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!

SNOW DAY, 2/21, NO SCHOOL!

Enjoy the added day off and be safe out there!

It’s Snowing! Early Dismissal Today

It is snowing at Springwater and the forecast indicates it will be only increasing throughout the afternoon.

Springwater is releasing two hours early at 1:25pm.  Buses will serve all hubs.  The building will be closed at 2pm.  Students on pick-up at the school are to be picked-up by 1:45pm.  There will be no afterschool/evening activities.

If you will need to change your child’s transportation option please use our new pikmykid system or email the school at office@springwaterschool.com.

We understand this early closure may cause an interruption or hardship to parents,  for this we are sorry.  We do not make an early closure decision lightly but we must make the decision we believe is the safest for students.

Enjoy the wonders of nature.

January 17, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Join the Board on 1/17/18 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.

January Board Agenda

Springwater Needs YOU! Please volunteer!

There’s no better contribution to the lives of our kids than partnering with our teachers and staff at Springwater School.  Whether you volunteer for an hour or make a commitment over many months, your volunteer time is appreciated.  We need your help at school.  Please consider filling one of the staff needs below.

  • Katherine in the Garden: Monday – Thursday anytime before noon to help weed Bermuda Grass and clear areas behind the garden shed –“for anyone who really likes to be a part of a transformation”
  • Hannah support in the classroom 2/2-  3/15 with dissection on Tuesday and Wednesday 8:55-11:10am and on Thursday 9-10:50am. 
  • Caitlin support making connections with people with local expertise in pollinators to be community experts/resources for her Dragonfly class.
  • Amanda needs some extra prep help for the new interact unit.  Flexible schedule!
  • Jen would like help on Mondays for read-aloud and monitoring chores 2:20-3:15pm.
  • Heidi would like help with her do and redo classes on Monday and Thursday from 2:30-3:15pm.
  • Kassandra needs at least 3 FFS volunteers on Fridays.  Please sign up!
  • Sarah would like literacy help from 9:15-10:15am Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Katie has some grant ideas and would like to connect with parents who can help.
  • Kathy needs 6 FFS volunteers every week for bird watching with 3rd graders in small groups.  Please sign up!
  • Dawn and the school need help cleaning up a few areas: red shed, storage areas, kitchen!  Flexible schedule.

PikMyKid is Coming to Springwater! Parent registration info is linked here!

We have a new dismissal system coming to increase safety, accountability, and efficiency!  It is a mobile app for parents to use to indicate any dismissal changes or student absence.  Staff is working with the system right now alongside the old paper/calling system.  Once we are well versed we will roll the system out for a soft start.

Our hope is by the end of January the system will be fully operational.

The system is called PikMyKid. Take a look! 

Parent registration materials are now available!

Join our 2018 Attendance Resolution!

Attending school has a huge impact on student success. This year we want to make sure every student misses no more than 9 days of school, or 1 day a month. We need your help.  Please let us know how we can best support you and your student so that they can show up for school on time every day.

Some Attendance Tips to Promote Student Learning:

  • Make sure your students keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine so they are rested and alert when they get to school.
  • Turn off all electronics including TVs, phones, and tablets at bedtime.
  • Make sure clothes and pack backpacks are ready the night before.
  • Check with our school nurse or office staff if you are not sure about when to keep your child at home due to illness.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your student feels anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your student to school.

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.

Music Residency

The music that students perform or study becomes an integral part of their personal musical repertoire. Composing and improvising provides students with unique insight into the form and structure of music and at the same time helps them to develop their creativity. Broad experience with a variety of music is necessary if students are to make informed musical judgments. Similarly, this breadth of background enables them to begin to understand the connections and relationships between music and other disciplines. By understanding the cultural and historical forces that shape social attitudes and behaviors, students are better prepared to live and work in communities that are increasingly multicultural. The role that music will play in students’ lives depends in large measure on the level of skills they achieve in creating, performing, and listening to music.

Next 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 6pm at the Jackson Campus auditorium.  This is an evening you will not want to miss.