The Ivy School News: February 16, 2015

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Art Tax Update: Join Us on Tuesday, February 17th

Join us at the AOC meeting on Tuesday, February 17th.  Parents from Ivy and from Southwest Charter School are invited to attend the Arts Education and Access Citizen Oversight Committee (AOC) meeting on February 17th from 5:00-6:30p.m. in the City Hall on the 2nd floor in the Lovejoy room to show their support of our school receiving this funding.  You are welcome to bring your children as well, preferably in Ivy School t-shirts and perhaps with artwork they have done at school. Feel free to bring signs to show your support as only 1 or 2 people from each school will be speaking during the public comment section at the end of the meeting in regards to the situation we are dealing with.  The committee will also be given a copy of the letter we sent to the mayor, as well as copies of all the signatures in support of the letter.  We also plan to referencethis article written by the Oregonian’s editorial board in support of our schools getting the funding.

If you would like more information and/or if you are able to attend this meeting, please contact Leah Maurer.  Thanks!

Updated Vaccines or Exclusion Record Needed This Wednesday!!!

Wednesday, February 18th, is the deadline to have your child’s vaccines and immunizations up-to-date.  You should have received a letter from the Oregon Health Authority if your student has incomplete or missing records.  If your child’s immunizations are not updated by February 18th they will not be allowed to attend school.  Please contact Ellen at Prescott orJillian at Morris to get your child’s records up-to-date.

Need Vaccines by Wednesday?  Here are two vaccination clinics taking this week:

  • February 17th from 9a-3p Portland State Office Building, 1st Floor, 800 NE Oregon
  • February 18th from 9a-3p East County Services Building, 2nd Floor, 600 NE Eighth St, Gresham

Help Needed With Prescott Garden Beds

We are looking for a volunteer with some carpentry experience to look at the garden beds at the Prescott Campus.  We have a big donation of seeds from Portland Nursery that we would like to plant with the children this spring.  The existing raised beds on the west side of the Prescott building look like they could use some attention before they are planted.  If you are free to help with this small project or have any wood to donate, please be in touch with Becky or Muriah.  Thank You!

Spring Break Survey Is In

Thank you to everyone for your survey responses.  IvyCare will be offering day camp for the week of Spring Break at the Prescott Campus.  There will be enrollment forms available in the lobby at both campuses starting next week.

Philosophy Comes to Ivy Middle School

Cosmos is a Greek word for the order of the universe.  It is, in a way, the opposite of Chaos.  It implies the deep interconnectedness of all things.  It conveys awe for the intricate and subtle way in which the universe is put together.” Carl Sagan

Middle School students will begin exploring philosophy weekly with the help of a partnership with Portland State University Philosophy students.  Each week, students who have shown interest and passion for Socratic seminars lead by Independent Studies students will explore the “meaning of life” through dialogue, lessons and deep thinking.  We are grateful for Mr. Alex Sager, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, for working with us to create this space for our students at Ivy.

Photos From Morris Campus

Aidan makes “wood chip angels” in our completed greenhouse

Sophia, Faduma, Sterling, and Naylan construct our first greenhouse table

Anne Richardson, a Grandparent of one of our Middle School Students, Sam Bott, is in the midst of a creative process with students about what the garden has meant to them, what memories have already manifested, and what they dream the space will become. In the second photo, Anne shares her knowledge with the 8th graders about the history of Homer Davenport, a not only famous political cartoonist from Oregon, but also a part of the Geer family of Geer Crest Farm.  Thank you, Anne!


Morris welcomes Bluebell, a friendly and darling bunny

“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” ~Maria Montessori~

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