Beach School Broadcast
January 17, 2020
What's Happening Next Week?
20th - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
23rd - STEAM Night Planning Meeting 6:30pm Auditorium
24th Coffee with the Principal 9am Auditorium
First Grade Field Trip to Rice Rock Museum last week
How can I support teachers this week?
How can I help Beach School?
STEAM Night Spring 2020 planning meeting Thursday, January 23rd
We are planning a STEM night in the spring and need volunteers to help plan the event. Do you work in science, technology, engineering, art or math? Can you help? Please contact Kelly Orehovec, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. We will have about 8-12 STEM stations. If you are interested in hosting one of the stations, please also contact Kelly.
Beach School Bash Auction - Volunteers Needed!
Our auction is the largest fundraiser of the year, bringing in necessary dollars to assist the Beach School community. In the past, funds raised from this event has supported Playworks, SUN, technology enhancements and improving services for students and school staff. This fundraiser, slated for late April 2020, is made possible by a great group of parent volunteers and we need your help. Please email Amber Elf if you are interested in volunteering or learning more.
Hello families! BEACH NEEDS YOUR CREATIVITY!
We are looking for a parent, grandparent, artistic auntie, other creative family member to help the students in our classroom put together an art project for the 2020 Beach School Bash!
This is a great opportunity to volunteer in the classroom, spend time with awesome students, be creative, and support the school. The auction is the biggest fundraiser for Beach School, and the kids' art is the best part! But we need help to make it happen. Every classroom needs a person to be in charge of helping the kids put together the artwork.
In past years, kids have created a wide range of amazing and unique projects, from a chair festooned with sharpie, to collages, to paintings and photography- you can choose what feels right to you- or if you need help, we've got a huge list of ideas and tried-and-true past projects to pick from. The time commitment varies based on how elaborate the art project is, and we can help you find an art project that meets your time availability. All projects will need to be completed by April 1, so the time commitment is only for the next few months.
Thank you for supporting Beach!
Sign-ups/Buy-In Coordinator: This person would assist in promoting the sign-ups/buy-in’s for the auction to include gathering information, inputting information into database, and circling back with participants. Sign-ups are volunteer driven where a teacher/parent agrees to offer an experience and folks sign up for the experience. It is a great way to open the door for more to participate in the auction: I.E. Ms. Frazee hosted an animal sleep over in the library for $5 a stuffed animal. She took pictures of the animals in the library and sent to kids/parents. We are hoping to place the Sign-ups on the Online portion of the auction.
Social Media Expert: While we have a team of folks dedicated to producing all communication materials, we need a point person to help with social media and announcements of auction related items and timelines. We have a timeline calendar created, but need that one person to take the lead on launching and announcing the auction to the greater community.
Live Auction Helper: Dawn Myrah is our lead for the live auction and is need of a helper for the evening of the auction. Live Auction includes helping produce the video that is shared, working with the auctioneer, talking points and keep the night running smooth.
Spring Planting Dinner (formerly Harvest Dinner) Planner Wanted!
If you are interested in helping plan our annual Garden Fundraiser, Please email Kelly Orehovec email@example.com if interested. If you don't want to plan and want to help, please also let us know!
This time of year can be uncomfortable for Beach students that don't have a coat to keep them warm or clean socks and shoes to run and play in. Please take a look in your closets this weekend and bring by any warm winter coats ( 6X and up) and sturdy winter weather shoes to Megan in room A-8. Clean and in good shape is best. It's helpful to have a few of each idem on hand.
Pottery Pick up
Do you recognize any of these? There are still several beautiful pottery pieces that need to be picked up ASAP. Please email Melinda Mechling to arrange a pickup time.
Lost and Found
Overflowing! Please stop by the racks in the hall outside the cafeteria and check for any missing coats, gloves, hats, lunch boxes and water bottles. There is a small lost and found in the annex as well. We will donate the Lost and Found next Monday.
Get to Know your Community
Right Brain Initiative (RBI) and West African Drumming
Our school’s Right Brain Initiative (RBI) Team is thrilled to be bringing Alex Addy and his West African Drumming residency to all our students this year! Each class will have 3 sessions with Alex between Jan 6 and Feb 7, and he will be at our Beach Connects, providing a Community Performance as well as time for kids and families to talk, ask questions and maybe even get to try out the drums a little. Alex’s residency goal is to teach our students respect for the culture of Ghana, West Africa while sharing specific drumming and musical techniques through the lens of discipline and focus. Simultaneously, our larger residency goal is “making Beach Community visible”; we are partnering with Beach parent photographer Amy Wooley who will take photos of our students during the residency, to enlarge and hang in our hallways. (This residency is funded through our annual “Run for the Arts” which will be back again this spring!) Other components include K-2 and 3-5 School Assemblies (Feb. 7) and daytime Open-to-All-Beach-Community-Sessions on Monday February 3, during the school day. Click here for more information about the residency and Alex.
Beach Garden Corner
Brrr. The first snow flurries are in. When we returned from Winter Break I found the windstorms had snapped the tops off our towering kale plants. But fear not, for Ms. Molly Sheehan’s class helped pick through the tops and pack up the good stuff for the Food Pantry. Production has slowed considerably, but we were still able to donate 2 lbs. of sunchokes, 3 lbs. of kale, and 8 oz. of rosemary this past month.
Thank you to the classes of Ms. Mika Hilbers, Ms. Molly Sheehan, Ms. Kimmy Kenyon, and Ms. Julianne Stevens for slowly but surely working to clear the English Ivy on the wall of the staff parking lot. It has been so lovely to witness the cooperation, problem-solving, and pure effort of the students as they have tackled this aggressive vine. We have had wonderful conversations about the complex issue of invasive species.
This month, AnneMarie Juarez’s class and I have begun studying geology. We have learned the 10 Rules for finding your perfect rock (courtesy of Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor) and all the 1st-grade classes went to the Rice Rock and Mineral Museum. Ms. Juarez’s class is looking forward to making crushed rock paint and springtime Seed Balls through February.
Mr. Cameron Shaw’s class has been learning about bees. They even came outside to be transformed into worker bees and took turns collecting nectar (cotton balls I hid all over the arboretum!) for their hive. Since they were bees who could not speak and didn’t have hands, they had to silently dance to communicate the location of nectar-rich fields they discovered. It was quite joyful.
But now, for our biggest news this month: we received a grant from East Multnomah Water and Soil Conservation District! This grant will allow us to bring guest educators from the community to share their knowledge and expertise with us. More details to come.
With gratitude and cotton balls,
English Classes at Beach
English Classes begin Feb 4th. Every Tue & Thu from 9-1030 in the annex Room A3. These classes are for all adults who want to learn or practice English, and they are also welcome to English speakers who would like to help by participating.
With Esther out we need your help to build connections between English & Spanish speakers!
A) can you help spread the word? We will have a flyer and we ask you to help pass it out!
B) we would love it if you would participate in one of the classes! If you are interested, give Nate your name & #, and we'll connect with you after classes start
For more info, contact Nate Query
1st Graders visit Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals
What a hit this trip was for all the kids and chaperones. The guides were fantastic and it was a feast for the eyes!
If you haven't been, go!
Thank you for hosting us.
Topic Talks with Principal Lisa Hawking
Topic Talks are a continuation of “Coffee with the Principal”. The title “Topic Talk” better describes what we’ll do and why (described below). We will also have Cafe en Espanol, scheduled for adjacent Fridays, along with Black Affinity Brunch starting in December
Dates and times for Topic Talks are:
- January 24, 9-10 a.m.
- February 14, 9-10 a.m.
- March 20, 9-10 a.m.
- April 17, 9-10 a.m.
- May 22, 9-10 a.m.
Dates for Cafe en Espanol are:
- January 31
- February 28
- April 3
- May 29
All Cafe en Espanol are facilitated by our wonderful Esther Romero, from 9-10 a.m. in the auditorium.
The goals for Topic Talks and Cafe en Espanol are communication and community building. We want to create a space for parents to receive some information about important school-related topics, and a space to hear from, learn from, and better know those of you who are able to attend. (We regret this is not a time that works for many parents’ work schedules and hope that we’ll get to connect with you at evening events, around school such as at arrival or dismissal or in other ways-- please reach out if we can answer any questions or support you or your child.)
We would love to learn topics of interest from you. Topic Talk topics I’m planning so far include school survey and assessment data, student assessments overviews (MAP, Smarter Balanced, etc.), Social Emotional Learning, Restorative Justice & Collaborative Problem Solving. This Friday’s topic is our 2019-20 School Goals including school data and team processes that led to their formation.
At Topic Talks we’ll meet in Circle. Circle work increases the generativity of a group of individuals, helping us find common knowledge and interests, and productive differences, to accomplish shared purposes. We’ll structure the ability for each person to have a turn to speak or listen, and also a structure at closing for collecting additional questions from you that I’ll either be able to answer quickly, or connect with you about later, depending on time.
I hope all parents will feel welcome to join us!
Sincerely, Lisa Hawking
Caring Communities at Beach
2nd Annual Beach Community "Beach Connects" was a hit!
Our goal with Beach Connects is to bring the entire Beach community together in a fun and relaxed way. I think it was a slam-dunk!
With lots of pizza and snacks to go around, the free-throw contest (congrats to Sammy and Dustin for winning!), guessing games, and drumming all made for a great night.
We hope to make this a regular event at Beach! Thank you to our wonderful teachers and support staff for putting stars in so many kids eyes last night. And a huge thank you to Alex Addy and his West African Drumming residency for showing our community so much rhythm and spirit last night. There wasn't a still body in sight! Please join him on February 3rd for some more drumming if you want to learn!
Here's to the next one!
At Girls on the Run, we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.
At Beach, GOTR will be a partnership with the SUN program in the Spring term for Grades 3-5. Practices will be twice per week, tentatively scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays.
Families can register girls online at http://www.girlsontherunpdx.org
Online Registration opens January 15th. We need 8 participants signed up by February 21st to move forward with the program.
The cost is $195/girl. Sliding scale and payment plans are available. We also need 2-3 volunteers to serve as coaches! Deadline is January 31st. Requirements are 21+ (female for the head coach, male volunteers can serve as assistant coaches). A background check and CPR certification required. Training will be provided.
Contact our site person, Kerry Haugh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Fundraising Events
Fundraising events cost money and everyone is invited. Our goal at fundraising events is to raise money for our community.
SAVE THE DATE:
Beach Rocks - February 29th
Interested in singing or performing in the "live karaoke" experience?
Contact Nate Query: email@example.com
Beach School Bash - April 25th
If you are interested in getting involved with this high energy event please contact Amber Elf and see our above post about how to get involved.
Spring Planting Dinner Planner Wanted!
This is our annual Garden fundraiser. Please contact us if you are interested in helping in any way.
Spitz Restaurant Night
PTA General Meetings
January 15th 2020 Recap
A huge thank you to Ockley Green's amazing Principal Kristina Howard. We had a great turnout to hear her speak about all that OG has to offer and all the hard work they have put in over the last couple years to become a wonderful and enriching school for our future 6th graders. Ockley will be holding their open house on February 5th from 5:30pm-7pm. We encourage families of 5th graders to attend.
Next PTA Meeting - February 12th
2019-2020 PTA Board of Directors!
- Kelly Orehovec, President
- Melinda Mechling, Vice President
- Chris Taylor, Treasurer
- Jen Minko, VP Membership
- Christina Brown, Secretary
- Alisa Hayes, Fundraising Chairman
- Nate Query, Equity Liaison
- Margaret Hancock, Communications Coordinator
- Melenie Hammond, Volunteer Coodinator
- Michelle Dubarry, Grants Coordinator