Sunday Memo March 5, 2017

I spent Saturday night at an amazing community event, the Dundee Elementary School Auction. One of our parents, Emily Garrick-Steenson, is the volunteer coordinator for the auction and many of our parents participate in this yearly event. As a Dundee parent, I also participated in many Dundee Auctions - 5 of them to be exact. Saturday night's event was amazing on many levels. First, it was so well organized and truly entertaining. In addition to the auction activities, we got to sip wine and enjoy amazing food from local restaurants, including the Red Hills Market, Ruddick-Wood, Bert's Chuckwagon, Caravan Coffee, and Deception Brewpub. The venue was the Dobbes Winery (they make Wines by Joe) and the ambiance was fantastic. Many CV staff showed up for the evening and it was so great to see folks outside of work. In addition, to the fun we had, we also got to contribute to Dundee Elementary and a special fund to jumpstart Resource Rooms like ours in other schools. Spearheaded by Emily Chlumak and Holly Gaunt, this special fundraising effort resulted in $10,000 for the project. I seldom get to see such community spirit and gracious giving come to full fruition. I was blown away by the generosity shown to our most marginalized kids. I am grateful to our parent community for the work they do every day for our schools. Saturday I was reminded that we are so very blessed to live and work in the Newberg/Dundee community.

I bought a flat of pansies at the Auction. Now, if it would only stop raining.

Weekly Reminders

  • I-teams EdCamp workshops are scheduled for Monday, March 6, from 4-6 pm. What is it? EdCamp is an “unconference” in which attendees will have an opportunity to go to various sessions led by colleagues across the district. The topics of the sessions are determined by the masses. A google survey will help direct which sessions are chosen for the time together. It is not a list of options or sessions yet, the sessions will be determined after the survey is finished. Anyone who attends can even lead a session if they’d like to lead! It is not mandatory to lead one though. While in a session, if you decide you do not want to stay, you can get up and leave! This counts as snow make up hours, so please consider going to learn from your colleagues, or lead a session.. Here is the link to the survey:
  • Tuesday, March 7, is a CVMS staff meeting. We will be changing locations for this meeting. Location TBD. The meeting starts at 3 PM.
  • Wednesday late-start is a PLC late-start.
  • LA Adoption Day on Wed., March 8th at the D.O. Our entire LA department will be at this workshop. Expect students to be a bit unsettled with so many subs in the building.
  • Thursday, March 9, there is an optional Professional Learning workshop after school, from 3-4 PM. This week Casey will be leading a project based learning (PBL) session. Teachers will engage in an hour of professional learning - What is PBL? What could it look like in your classroom? We will look over a variety of resources and build on each other's experience on what they've already been trying. An additional hour is included in the snow makeup time is included to allow you to plan out an activity or collaborate with a colleague.

Taking it Up Workshops

When? March 21 & 22, and, April 25 & 26

Where? CV library first and then the HS aux gym

Why? Taking It Up is a provocative 2 day seminar focused on helping educators, school board leaders, and community members deepen their understanding of the institutionalized racist barriers that hinder elimination of Oregon’s racial achievement disparities. This focus on working from the inside out will challenge participants to step out of their comfort zone and create new entry points for becoming aware of, understanding, and interrupting inequitable policies and practices in our schools.

I had a chance to participate in a full week workshop with this organization. It was transformational for me as a school leader. This workshop is designed for a wide variety of practitioners, including classified and licensed staff. The first workshop will be held at CVMS in the library. Please let me know ASAP if you would like to attend. There is no cost.


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cheers, Karen


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