Tumalo Community School
Important November Dates:
o 3rd Wood Magic Presentation for 5th graders this am
o 5th Auction Committee Meeting in Mr. Waugh’s class 6pm
o 11th Veterans Day – No School
o 12th Picture Retake Day (This is a date change!)
o 17th High Desert Museum visits 5th graders this pm
o 18th Coffee with the Principal 9:00 in Library, PTC Meeting 7pm
o 19th Site Council, Shot Clinic for our Middle Schoolers
o 24th – 28th Thanksgiving Week – No School
Note from the Principal
My theme this month is RESPECT. It is one of our “big three” school rules and it is something that we teach
every day. I need your help in resolving a couple of problem areas at our school that stem from respect issues.
The first is about call-in requests to change your child’s after school transportation plans. I realize that no one
is being intentionally disrespectful when they make these calls, but the cumulative effect has a significant impact
on Marti and Laurie’s day. Last week, we logged 65 parent calls to change after school transportation plans.
That is an average of 13 per day. Each of these requests take time to process because Marti and Laurie have to
take the information over the phone, check the student’s emergency contact card to verify the caller’s right to
make a change, write out a note for the student, put the note in the teacher’s box, and call the teacher to have
them pick up the notes. The time demand is compounded when calls come late in the day after notes have been
picked up, or when people call more than once to change the change they requested earlier in the day. Marti
and Laurie do their best to make sure that everyone ends up in the right place, but late requests and multiple
changes in a day can make this very difficult, not to mention confusing for kids.
Because their jobs involve multiple interruptions anyway, it is already hard for them to get things done. As a
community, we can do a better job of respecting their time by minimizing additional, unnecessary interruptions.
Therefore, I’m asking all of you to observe the following guidelines when you need to change your child’s after
Only use Marti and Laurie to communicate changes when you have an emergency. If you know about the
change in advance, talk to your kids before they come to school and send them with a note.
If you have to make a change, call before 1:30.
Please do not make more than one change a day. Multiple changes cause confusion for everyone.
The second area of concern is our parent area pick-up out back. I understand that this has been a problem for
years, but I’ve heard several people comment that it seems worse than ever this year. I met with a group of
concerned parents this week to start the process of coming up with a long-term solution. The Chief
Operations Officer from the Redmond School District and representatives from the Deschutes County Road
Department attended the meeting as well. I have high hopes that we will find a better way to manage parent
pick-up and keep our kids safe. Until we have a permanent fix, I need you to help the system we have work
better by showing respect to your fellow parents and to the residents who live with this traffic daily. Please do
not block driveways or parked cars. Try to maintain a one-way traffic flow if possible, but realize that this is a
two-way street and do not get angry with drivers who either unwittingly stumble into the chaos or who live in
the neighborhood and need to get out. If you want to stay and chat, park on Wood Ave. next to our fence so
that the street is open for cars who want to keep moving. If possible, have your kids use the bus or carpool
with a friend to reduce the number of cars on the street. DRIVE SLOWLY! These are our kids and nothing is
more important than their safety.
I know that this message has a negative overtone and I certainly don’t want anyone to think that I don’t
appreciate all the wonderful things parents do to make Tumalo great. The concerns I described above
represent a very small slice of our Tumalo Community School day-to-day operations. The vast majority of the
interactions I see and experience are positive and productive. We all want our kids to grow up to be respectful
people and the best way to teach respect is to model it in our own relationships. Thank you for helping me
address these areas in order to make our amazing school even better!
Tumalo Community School Principal
Auction Committee Update
The PTC Auction Committee will hold its first meeting on Nov. 5th in Mr. Waugh’s classroom at 6:00 pm. It is
open to anyone who is willing and able to put some time into this phenomenal fundraiser. If you are interested
in helping out, please show up!
Clubs, clubs and more clubs!!!
Our winter clubs are a fun way to give kids something to do inside. Interested in scrapbooking, books, math, art,
wood carving, photography? Why not share your skills with our kids? Or maybe you have another idea? We
want to hear from you!
Interested? Call 382-2853 or email me at Michelle.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you Green?
Join “Tumalo Earth Care Club” and learn simple solutions for home and school that will save money and help
protect rain forests and other endangered habitats. We will work with Tumalo Community School to be an
active Oregon Green School, networking with students statewide to save resources and money for our schools.
We will do fun activities and experiments to promote better ecological stewardship. Students in grades 2-8 are
welcome. Snacks are provided, but please bring a water bottle. Sign-up forms are available in the office.
Time: 3:35-5:00 Wednesdays October 15 – December 10th, 2008
Supply Fee: $10 - Checks payable to Tumalo Community School
For more information, contact Michelle Harvey email@example.com or call at 382-2853.
At this time of year our classrooms begin to collect food basket items for families in need during the holiday
season. These items can include: canned corn, chicken broth, gravy mix, green beans, mushroom soup, paper
plates, pie pastry, potatoes, stuffing mix, a turkey roasting pan, olives, pumpkin pie mix, cranberry sauce, canned
fruit, sparkling cider, evaporated milk, yams, rolls, napkins or anything else you can think of to make someone’s
Thanksgiving meal complete. We also collect gift certificates for turkeys from local supermarkets from each
classroom. The classrooms decorate a container to house the contents of their meal items. Mrs. Withers will
conduct a contest for the most creative box/container. Donations will be due no later than November 20th.
Thank you Firefighters and Hooker Creek!
During the Jog-a-thon, our local firefighters saw our kids out running and decided to join in the fun. This was
definitely motivating for the kids and it may have resulted in bigger pay-outs for some of you. A Hooker
Creek employee and Tumalo parent who was helping that day was so impressed that he pledged .10 per lap for
every kid in the school on behalf of Hooker Creek. That came to over $1000! Thank you so much to these
local organizations and to all of you who helped make this event so successful yet again.
October 2008 A/R Contest Winners:
Most tests passed (classroom): Mrs. Gross’s class with 181. Most points earned (classroom): Mrs. Callahan
class with 356.4. Most tests passed (student): Tie – Lexi Johnson and Justin Frank with 15. Most points for
elementary students: Serena McCord with 45.6. Most points for Middle School: Michelle Williams. Most tests
for Middle School: Michelle Williams. Megan Higgins was drawn for middle school. Gavin Carroll was drawn
for 5th grade. Tyler Spindler was drawn for 4th grade. Perla Perez was drawn for 3rd grade. Rowan Scharf was
drawn for 2nd grade. Prizes may be picked up in the library. Mrs. Gross’s class will receive ice cream bars for
passing the most tests. Mrs. Callahan’s class will receive ice cream bars for most class points. Congratulations
to all of our awesome readers!!!
A note from your School Health Room
HOW TO AVOID THOSE NASTY VIRUSES…
Here are just a few tips to help you and your family avoid coming in contact with the viruses that cause the
common cold, influenza or “flu”, as well as viruses that can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
Wash your hands often and teach and encourage your children to wash theirs.
Keep your distance! If you know someone is ill, give them plenty of space! Viruses are spread through
airborne transmission or personal contact. If you or your children are sick, stay home from work and school
so you won’t expose others to your virus.
Again, wash your hands! Some viruses can survive on doorknobs, keyboards, telephones, desks, pens, books,
papers, and other objects. Touch them, then touch your nose, mouth or eyes and you’ve got it. Wash your
hands after being in any public places, bathrooms, after sneezing or coughing, and before eating or drinking.
Avoid sharing mugs, cups, glasses, or eating utensils.
Both smoking and breathing second-hand smoke damage airways, which allows viruses to more easily invade
your respiratory system.
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration enables viruses to stick in dry airways.
Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet and get a good night’s sleep.
Get a flu shot now, for you and your family. They are currently available throughout the community at
pharmacies, clinics, stores, and doctor’s offices.
To your good health!
A NEW HEALTH CLINIC HAS OPENED FOR REDMOND SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS!
Through a partnership between the Redmond School District and the Deschutes County Health Department,
the long awaited Redmond School Based Health Center (known as the Lynch Health Center) opened its doors
this week. Located in the portable buildings on the north side of M. A. Lynch Elementary School at 1314 SW
Kalama in Redmond, the health center is open to all students in the Redmond School District during the weeks
school is in session. Services formerly provided through the FAN clinic at the Becky Johnson Center will now
be provided at the new health center.
Care will be provided by a Nurse Practitioner who is licensed to perform regular check-ups, complete physical
examinations (including sports physicals), give immunizations, treat illnesses, provide information about healthy
habits, prescribe medications, and refer patients to specialists, if necessary.
A comprehensive physical examination will be offered to students with three illness related visits to the health
center during the school year. A follow-up examination will be offered two years later to ensure the student
does not have an underlying chronic health condition that is contributing to their frequent illnesses.
All services provided at the health center can be billed to insurance, including the Oregon Health Plan. Families
not covered by an insurance plan are asked to pay what they can at the time of the visit, or can request to be
billed. All fees are determined on a sliding scale, except for immunizations, which are a set price. Off-site
laboratory tests, x-rays, and prescriptions will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian. All students will
receive services at the health center regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
Appointments may be scheduled for the following days and times: Mondays from 8:00-3:00, Wednesdays from
1:00-5:00 (phone calls to schedule appointments will be answered beginning at 9:30 on this day), Thursdays from
8:00-1:00. Appointments, including walk-ins, may be made by calling the health center directly at 504-3589.
Vandalism at Tumalo School
We’re experiencing a rash of vandalism at our school and would appreciate your help. If you notice anyone
messing around at the school after hours or on the weekends, please be sure to let us know. It may seem
harmless, but it causes extra work for our staff and in the long run, costs us and our district precious dollars
that could be spent elsewhere. There is a lot of pride in our community and at our school, and we all try very
hard to keep our building a clean and safe place for our families. Thanks for your help.
From Family Access Network
2008 HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE APPLICATION
Salvation Army 541-389-8888 ***Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6177, Bend, Oregon 97701***
***IF you would like to participate, please mail ASAP***
Holiday food baskets / gifts are available to low-income families, seniors and singles through a coordination of Organizations,
Churches and Agencies in the community. Please note the income guidelines: (Circle the number in your family)
# in family: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Gross income: 1,107 1,484 1,861 2,238 2,615 2,992 3,369 3,746
**All information MUST be filled in or application will NOT be processed.**
GROSS INCOME (EXCLUDING MEDICAL EXPENSES) FOR ALL PEOPLE LIVING IN YOUR HOME $________
Forms need to be turned in no later than November 21, 2008
Complete only ONE FORM PER FAMILY OR RESIDENCE Incomplete, unsigned or duplicate forms will not be processed
Check items needed: ( ) Dinner Box ( )Toys (toys only for children 18 and under) ( ) clothing
**LIST ALL PEOPLE IN YOUR RESIDENCE**
TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN HOME: Adults_____ Children_____ Seniors_____
Age 19-64 Age 0-18 Age 65 +
HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD:
Name:________________________________ Social Security #:___________________ Birthdate: ____________
Mailing Address:__________________________________________________City/Zip code___________________
Home Address:_____________________________________________________ City/Zip code__________________
Telephone #:_______________________Message number___________________
Names of OTHER ADULTS 19 YEARS AND OLDER who live in residence:
List first and last name of each CHILD (18 & under) List only 2 toys. This is a “wish” list.
Name (First / Age Sex Social Clothing item/size Toys
I hereby certify the above is true and give permission to have my name, address, and names of my family and residence
members given to organizations for the purpose of obtaining a food box, toys or clothing. I also give my permission to have
items delivered if applicable.
I understand that completing this application DOES NOT guarantee that I will receive a Dinner Box, , Gifts or
necessary items requested