Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you are having a fabulous summer with family and friends!
I am delighted the Board of Directors selected me to serve as your interim principal. It’s an honor to work with all the dedicated parents, guardians, and staff that help to make Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School a special place for children and families.
I am ready to support the Arco Iris School community so together we can meet the school goals “to prepare students to attain high academic achievement in Spanish and English; build the skills and knowledge that students will need to be successful in their future mathematics classes; and become bilingual, bi-literate, and multiculturally competent leaders.”
I was fortunate to briefly meet the staff in June. I am impressed by their dedication and passion to the school programs. In addition, the Board of Directors, the PTO and other parents I’ve met have made me feel welcomed and were quick to offer help. I hope to meet everyone, perhaps at one of the many school-wide events or during a private one-on-one conversation soon after we kick off the new school year.
This is an extra special school year. For the first time in the history of Arco Iris, two kindergarten classes will be offered. These young children have the opportunity to be the first Arco Iris students to complete nine years of their education at our new building. (8 ½ years once the move is complete.) And, yes, the other extraordinary news is we purchased our own building due to the perseverance of the Board and many dedicated parents. We hope to move into the new building early next spring.
During the process of working through the requirements to secure the loan for the building it was discovered we are over capacity at our current building. We are required to move seventy-five students to another campus. Due to a variety of reasons the best option is for our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to use three classrooms at Whitford Middle School. A special thank you goes to Beaverton School District for leasing the rooms to us. I am developing a schedule that allows me or my designee to be on the Whitford campus to assist with supervision. Our middle school parents and students are invited to visit the classrooms on the evening of August 21, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, and learn more about how we plan to manage this change during our transition to the new building.
The PTO sponsored Ice Cream Social on August 23rd will be our official first school-wide event. To help usher in the new school year, rejoice in launching a kindergarten program and celebrate the purchase of our building there will live music by Takohachi Taiko Drums. Please see the enclosed flyer with suggested times to drop off your child’s school supplies. And please know for parents that can’t get here by 5:30 PM with school supplies on the 23rd there will be a staff member to let you into the building until 6:30 PM.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES
August 13 – School Board Meeting, 6:00 PM
August 21 – Parents of 6th, 7th, 8th grade meet at Whitford Middle School 7:00 - 8:00 PM
School supply drop off for the middle school students will also happen at this time
August 23 – Ice Cream Social, School Supply Drop Off and Live Music
Please see enclosed flyer for your suggested drop off times and the start time for Takohachi Taiko Drums.
August 27 -- The FIRST DAY of School
August 29 -- early dismissal 2:15 PM
K – 5 -- class begins 8:30 AM, doors open 8:15 AM, dismissal 3:30 PM class begins = students in their seats
6 – 8 -- class begins 8:10 AM, doors open 7:55 AM, dismissal 3:10 PM class begins = students in their seats
September 20 – Back to School Night 6:00 - 8:00 PM
September 21 -- PTO meeting 8:40 AM
There are many moving parts this year and an abundance of details. I believe it is going to be an exciting, complicated, and rewarding year of transition.
Parents of kindergarteners and first grade students please remember there is a specific soft start schedule for kindergarten and a different one for first grade.
Parents of middle school students please work together to help make the drop-off and pick up of students pleasant and safe.
We’ll need deep collaboration and communication this year to manage our new kindergarten classes, middle school students at a nearby campus, and prepare for our move. Despite these demanding features please know my first charge is to keep the students safe. Secondly, I intend to support and work with the staff so we can provide the school’s educational programs to all students, and do so with a high degree of skill, consistency, and passion.
I anticipate working closely with the Board to lead programs which support teachers and students and I intend to collaborate with the PTO and all the families of Arco Iris to make this a bright and successful school year.
I especially look forward to greeting the children on the first day of school and every day of the school year.