The Ivy School News: March 2nd, 2015

Summer at Ivy

We know that you are making summer plans, so we will be publishing our Summer Camp catalog in the next week or so.  In the meantime a preview of offerings has been posted outside your classroom door or in the lobby.  Take a look at the great camps we are hosting this summer and plan accordingly!

LE2 Garden Volunteer Needed

The Outdoor Committee is still looking for a volunteer to help out with the LE2 garden bed this spring.  If you have a little time to help out the LE2 classroom or would like to donate a bag of seed starter soil, please be in touch with Muriah or Becky. We are continuing to collect egg cartons to sprout the seedlings in for another week in the Prescott Lobby.

Ivy is a Book Donation Site

Now through March 6th, The Central Northeast Childhood Reading Initiative is collecting children’s books (infant-3rd grade), in Spanish and English, in the Prescott lobby. Many kids living within a mile of The Ivyschool have neither a home library nor transportation to a public library to borrow books.  So do a little spring cleaning and send some good condition, neglected books to school.  You will help flood the neighborhood with kid’s books and really make a child’s day.  For more information visit Our 42nd Street.

PTA General Meetingthis Wednesday

Please join us for the next Ivy PTA General meeting this Wednesday, March 4th, at 6:30, in the Multipurpose room at the Prescott campus.  We will be discussing upcoming spirit events, and the progress on the Prescott play structure, among other things.  We will also have members of the Ivy Leadership Team to discuss and field questions regarding The Ivy School’s leadership update and future vision (as referenced in the February 2, 2015 school newsletter). There will be a posting on the Ivy Google group and Ivy Facebook page regarding this.  We welcome all parents to leave respectful questions and comments on either of these threads and they will be included in the discussion.

If you are unable to make the PTA meeting but would still like to be involved, there will be a coffee recap of the meeting from 8:15-8:45 at Motivasi coffee shop onThursday March 5th.

Commercial Appraisal Needed

The Ivy School is hoping to refinance the Prescott building in order to free up some capital for building improvements and Montessori materials.  If you are a commercial appraiser or you know one, please let us know! Just a reminder that a discounted rate, or time donated for the appraisal can be written off as a charitable contribution.

Letter Writing Campaign

The Ivy School Board is getting ready to kick off the Capital Campaign for the year, and this year’s letter writing campaign is just around the corner. The board will be asking each family to have their students write letters to five people outside of their families to raise funds for our Capital Campaign. The letter writing campaign is a wonderful way to take some of the burden of fundraising off our families and also to spread the word about The Ivy School and our students’ engagement and successes.  Be on the lookout for information to come home with your students soon!

Cardboard Arcade Work Share

Last week the Upper Elementary classes were pushing tape, cutting boxes and using their brilliant brains to build games to highlight their work on Simple Machines.  This culminating work share was a huge success.

Inspired by the short film Caine’s Arcade about nine-year-old Caine Monroy, who build his own handmade arcade in his dad’s auto body shop, Upper Elementary students embarked on their own creative journey to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in engineering and game design.

Thank You Amy Smith!

The Ivy School wants to give a huge thanks to our amazing parent volunteer, Amy Smith. Besides giving hundreds of volunteer hours to the school and our Parent Teacher Organization, Amy has been working behind the scenes (usually on the weekend) to create and publish this newsletter each week. As Amy steps down, the weekly Newsletter publication will be taken over by Prescott Administrative Assistant, Ellen Dishman. We want to take to this chance to recognize Amy’s hard work and dedication.
Thank You Amy!

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’        ~Maria Montessori~

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