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From the Principal’s Desk
Dear Stephenson Families,
Foundation Spotlight: Investing in Staff for Our Community
Thank you for your commitment and generosity in raising funds for supporting staffing funding for the 2015-16 school year! See the difference you made in the staffing chart below!
PTA Highlight: Providing Activities, Programs, and Supplies for Our Community
Program: Thank you, PTA, for supporting the Oregon Battle of the Books program at Stephenson and to our many parent volunteers who moderated the battles. Special thanks to OBOB Coordinators Vanessa Nagy (parent of Zoe and Zach) and Krista Folmer (parent of Jack and Eric). Our Stephenson winners and representatives at the Regional Competition last weekend came in 11th out of 80 schools. Their scores were high enough to allow them in to the Sweet Sixteen elimination rounds. Although they got beat out by the number six team, they did a terrific job representing us and had fun reading and competing. Go Corkie Workies (Leo, Keenan, Nicholas, Gavin, and Eddie)!
Program: The PTA also funds Missoula Children’s Theatre twice a year and the Spring show is coming up. Sign up for MCT’s production of "Hansel & Gretel" via EMAIL on Tuesday, March 31st at 4:00pm.
The production week is April 20th – 24th, with two performances on Friday April 24th at 12:45 and 7 PM. Your child must have a clear schedule for the whole week in order to participate – no exceptions.
All K - 5 kids are eligible to be in ONE production per school year, with the exception of a limited number of 5th graders who can work as an assistant director in a 2nd show. Please note that there are limits, per grade, on how many children can be cast. A wait list will be created if the sign-up numbers exceed these limits.
SIGNUP PROCEDURES: We will be creating our cast list, by grade group, in the order that sign-up emails are received. The following steps are required to sign your child up for our spring Missoula production:
· Email email@example.com starting at 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 31st (email sign-ups received before this will be disregarded)
· Email should list child name, age and teacher. If you have more than one child interested, list info. for both. For 5th graders, note if your child wishes to be an Asst. Director (4 positions).
· We will respond to the email noting if your child is in the cast or if they are on the wait list. If you receive a spot, your registration form and payment MUST be received in the office by Thurs. April 2nd at 4pm. If paperwork is not received by the deadline, your child will be moved to the end of the wait list and the next student will be selected.Student Class Placement for 2015-16
Classroom assignments are made very carefully by the current grade level team, counselor, specialists, and principal based on information from the current year’s academic and social needs. I will be weighing in on every placement in the school.
Classrooms are created with the goal of having a balance in achievement levels, leadership abilities, special needs, gender, and parent volunteerism. We also attempt to separate students who we believe would work better in separate classes and group students who would support each other. We pride ourselves in knowing each and every student personally—their learning needs, their behavior needs, and their social needs—in order to make the best placement.
However, if you have an interest in requesting a certain type of learning environment for your child, separation from specific students, or share info that is pertinent that we may not know about, please email or drop me a note in the office by Monday, May 4. I request that you do not name a specific teacher. I would be happy to meet with you to discuss your thoughts but will still require a written request since they will be used when we form classes. Once classes are balanced, it may not be possible to change your child’s classroom placement.
Your note should address these questions:
1) Does your child work better in a more structured or less structured learning environment? Please explain.
2) Does your child have special learning needs, style, interests, or talents? Please explain.
3) What additional comments do you have regarding social, behavioral, or other development that will help assist us in the placement of your child?
Stephenson Family Night at OMSI Monday, May 4 from 6:00-8:00PM at OMSI.
This is the third year I have reserved an evening at OMSI just for Stephenson families. There is no fee. Bring the entire family to explore the exhibits at OMSI and see and hear about our fifth graders’ Science Projects! They will be set up in the OMSI foyer and presenting from 6:00-6:30PM.
Spring 2015 Construction-Stephenson Bio Swales
The City of Portland is putting in roadside swales along Stephenson Street to improve local water quality and pedestrian safety. You may have seen them place the orange flags along the road this past week. They will try to work around school drop-off time, but this will affect traffic and parking even though all of our driveways will still be open. Please plan ahead and arrive earlier.
Summer 2015 Construction
As you know, we are the lucky recipient of some of the Construction Bond money for Capital Improvement and will be receiving a new roof and seismic upgrades worth 1.3 million dollars! This means that the school will be closed and fenced off with no access, not even for me, from June 17-August 23. SCCA will be moving to Jackson Middle School for the summer and the Early Childhood Program (Pre-K) will be moving to Rieke for the summer. Please contact the specific programs for more information.
Wishing you all the best,
PTA Meeting Tuesday, April 14 at 8AM. We hope to see you all there!