February 24, 2020
Greetings North Plains Families!
Don't forget Movie Night on Friday, Feb. 28! The movie is free, the popcorn is free, and pizza and drinks will be available for purchase. The movie is Frozen II. Doors open at 5:40 and the movie starts at 6!
There have been many questions about what is happening now that most of the upper playground has been taken out and I'm hoping what follows will answer some of your questions! Keep in mind that getting a much needed new gymnasium is the ultimate goal and there will be some challenges while this is happening. The new gym will be completed late September or mid October (fingers crossed!) and will be an amazing new learning space for our kids!
Starting this week, students in grades 1 and 2 will rotate from the upper playground, where they currently have every recess, to the lower playground structure. Each week these grades will rotate back and forth from each playground, and when on the upper playground they will be with the kindergarten students who will remain on the upper playground for all recess times. One of the reasons for this is that the swings are an important activity for many of these kids, as is basketball, and when on the lower (back) playground they will be limited to the play structure.
For safety reasons, students in grades 4-6 will not be allowed on the play structure that is in the back, and students in grades 1-2 will not be allowed outside that contained area. Students in grade 3 have access to the entire back playground as they always have, as they are not significantly older than students in grades 1 and 2.
We've been given permission to hire an extra person to come in and help supervise during recess times which will be a huge help, and in addition, we will have access to a person trained in Playworks, an organization specializing in recess activies. Money from the bond will pay for the broken basketball hoop under the covered play area to be repaired, as well as some additional equipment like basketballs and jump ropes.
The plan has always been to remove the modular classrooms at the end of the 20-21 school year as the new elementary school in North Plains will open that fall so they will no longer be needed here. Once they have been removed we will get a new playground there that is like all of the other new playgrounds that have been put in with bond money so far. This is truly exciting, as a new playground was NOT in the original bond proposal, nor was a new parent/student drop off!
If you have other questions or concerns regarding this transitional period, please don't hesitate to call me at 503-844-1630, or email me using this link Becky Rios Thank you for being understanding during this transition!
Our on site after school care provider, has openings! If you are interested, please click on the following flyer for more information: Vermont Hills. They are also offering Spring Break Camps - here is the information for you VH Spring Break Camps
Several fun spring camps are coming to Oregon Children's Academy for students in grades 2-8. Please click here to see the flyer Spring Camps
Our school science fair will be Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 3-7 PM at the Jesse Mays Community Center here in North Plains. Students in grades K-6 are invited to participate, and students in grades 5-6 will have the opportunity for their project to be selected for the Northwest Regional Science Fair on April 10. There is also a district Science-O-Rama on May 7 that students may display their projects. If you are interested in being a judge for our fair, please let me know as we definitely need volunteers! There will be two workshops for students to stay after school and work on their projects; Feb. 13 and 20. Sign ups for the workshops are included in the science fair packet. Volunteers are also needed on these days to supervise and work with students. Here is the link to sign up to help with the workshops: work shop help and here is the sign up to help the day of the fair: science fair volunteer sign up. Please click here for access to the science fair packet!
3) Willy Wonka musical at Glencoe High School the last 2 weekends in February, tickets can be bought here:Willy Wonka Tickets
Have you ever thought about taking a parenting class to support yourself and your kids with the most challenging job in the world? Well now is your chance! Our Behavior Specialist, Eric Gronseth, will be teaching a parenting class on Tuesday evenings beginning March 30 and ending on May 19. This 8 week class will use the book "The Incredible Years" as a guide. We will have books that you can borrow or buy, or find your own to bring with you! Dinner will be provided beginning at 5:30, and the class will run from 6-7:30. Childcare will be provided and all are welcome. We ask that you preregister for this free class so we have an accurate head count and can get enough books for those that need them. A flyer will be coming home soon.
Do you have an old laptop computer you no longer need? If you do, I would love to have it to take with me to Uganda this summer. I'll be going back to Village of Hope, Uganda, in July to support the staff and students in both Bwayle and Bobi villages. Technology is limited, and I'm hoping to bring at least two laptops, one for each doctor's office in each village.
Have a great 3 day weekend!
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