Jon's Weekly Update 2-17-12

posted Feb 17, 2012, 11:35 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Dear Middle School Family,

Lots of fun and learning in the works! We also have a bunch of fun ways for you to log your 40 Volunteer Hours coming up. (Please remember to log them when you work them. You can log them in the office, when you check in, or online at
Volunteer Time Tracker.)

IMPORTANT: Please return your Re-enrollment Forms for next year ASAP. Also, your student should have brought home a "Computer User Agreement" form for you and your student to review and sign. Please take the time to look it over with your student and talk about what "Appropriate Use" means and why.

Scientists (Graduate Students) from the University of Oregon joined us in the classroom Wednesday morning to help us kickstart our projects for the 2012 Science and Invention Fair happening at the UO this year. Check it out: We are excited to be part of this program. The UO Scientists will be back twice more between now and the end of April to help our students along towards success. We would love some parent help mentoring our students' efforts.

Friday Morning, February 17, a group from Alaska is joining us for an all-school assembly with a sled-team of Huskies! Really!

Our first "Kids' Night In" fundraiser is this Friday, February 17. Over 20 kids have signed up to have fun with our Middle School Crew. Our next events are on March 9, April 20, and May 18. We could really use some parent support with these fundraisers for the Adventure Trip in June. Our staff members (Jon and Carrie) are not paid extra to run these after-hours events (or for the trips they support). We sincerely need your energy-input to keep these Program Highlights happening.

Our first Ukulele Performance is at the DDD Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, February 24. We'll be taking the stage at 6:30. Please have your student at the Ridgeline Upper Gym by 6:15pm to tune up and get ready. We will be done by 7:00pm.

Thank you Karen Fabiano and Bethany Calhoon for volunteering to join us on the camping trip to Honeyman from March 20-22. I know the middle of the week is a tough commitment. It'll be worth it! We've got room for one more parent--Dads?!

Every Monday from here on out, we will be working in the Garden at school and/or Tugman Park from 1:30-3:00. Please be sure your student dresses appropriately. If you'd like to work and laugh with us, drop in! Please be here by 1:15 if you'd like to join us.

Have a terrific long weekend (no school Monday, Feb 20).

Jon and Carrie