The Latest School News!
From the Principal’s Desk
4th Grade Strings Parent Performance Tuesday, February 24 at 12:30PM
This is a short preview for parents to see how students have progressed since the beginning of the school year. A more comprehensive concert is scheduled for May 14 at 12:30.
Foundation Spotlight: Investing in Staff for Our Community
Goal for 2014-2015: $90,000
See you at the Foundation Auction! Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Mountain Park Community Center
PPS Successful Schools Survey
Thank you to the 90 parents who have already completed the survey! No worries if you haven’t yet. The survey is open until February 28 at www.oregonskitchentable.org. Hard copies are available in the office. Whether you complete a hard copy or online, you are entered into a raffle.
PTA Highlight: Providing Activities, Programs, and Supplies for Our School Community
It is time to begin planning for next year already. I am looking for parents to fill the following positions by May 12, 2015 because they are needed to approve the budget for the next year.
*PTA President or Co-Presidents
*PTA VP or Co-VP of Hospitality
Let me know if you’re interested. No PTA Board means no one to approve, coordinate, or pay so that means no Fall Fun Night, no Talent Show, no Missoula, no Welcome Picnic, etc., etc., etc. So many of the awesome extra things that make Stephenson such a great experience for kids!
Staffing & Budgeting for the 2015-16 School Year
Superintendent Smith will present the school staffing plan to the School Board on March 9 and I will receive my staffing allocation (FTE) on March 10. I do not foresee having any reserves from this year to roll into next year. I will have 10 calendar days to submit my staffing for the 2015-16 school year.
Although the state is funding their mandate for full day kindergarten, I am worried about the loss of district funding from Fee-for-Service Kindergarten affecting our allocation. This is why I asked the Foundation to raise its annual goal to $90,000 this year in case my fear comes true. The Foundation is the only way that the community can contribute to funding for Certified (Teachers) and Classified (Support Staff) positions. You have until March 10 to help raise these funds either through donation or participating in the auction on February 21.
Staffing grade level classroom positions comes first followed by district mandates. The mandates change from year to year; the 2014-15 school year included .5 Counselor, .5 Library, and .5 Arts Tax (Music). I expect that these will continue for the 2015-16 school year. I want to be able to add PE Teacher, Tech Instructor/Support, Math Support Educational Assistant, Reading Support Educational Assistant
Many of you have inquired whether I will be here next year, and the answer is I don’t know. All administrators have a yearly contract and our placement is up to the Superintendent. I have successfully campaigned the last two years to remain at Stephenson but transfers can happen throughout the summer up until the first day of school. I’ll let you know when know.
Enrollment for 2015-16
Full Day Kindergarten is free! All students will have the equal opportunity to build a solid foundation for their learning without the expense to parents.
For those who did not attend the January event, the next Connect to Kindergarten event is April 10 from 10:00-11:00AM. Please share this with friends and neighbors.
There will be no transfer openings at any grade level for the 2015-16 school year.
TAG - We are still waiting for scores from TAG Testing.
OMSI: The next OMSI classes are scheduled for Monday, March 2 in the AM.
2015-16 School Calendar
FYI-For those of you who are already making summer plans for camps and vacations, note that the first day of school begins Thursday, August 27, 2015
Important PTA Meeting Tuesday, October 14th at 7:00PM. We hope to see you all there!