October 29, 2011 KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH AINSWORTH FAMILIES
In This Article From the Principal, Cindy Roby
From the Principal Dear Ainsworth Families,
Buckaroo Wrap Up
On Thursday, Oct. 6 Ainsworth held our TAG Parent Information Night at West Sylvan Middle
PTA Meeting School. I want to share this information again if you are interested in the Talented and Gifted
Food Day Program for your child and you were not able to attend. According to Oregon Law 581-022-1310, an
Holiday Wreath Sale intellectually gifted or academically talented student is one who performs at or above the 97
percentile on nationally standardized tests of mental ability or academic achievement. In addition,
multiple criteria are used including social and behavioral data, academic history, classroom
achievement, etc. No single test is to be used as the sole determiner of TAG identification.
TAG identification begins with a nomination by either the teacher and/or parents. The nomination
SAFETY FIRST – We know form is a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF) that both parents and teachers fill out. The forms
that drop-off for our school are available online on the PPS TAG web site http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/tag/1392.htm
site is challenging, but all as well as in the main hall on the TAG bulletin board at Ainsworth. I encourage any parent who is
parents who are driving their interested to visit the PPS TAG web site at http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/tag/index.htm
children need to follow the and discuss this program with their child’s teacher. A child at any grade level can be nominated for
plan that was developed last TAG. Nomination forms are due back to your child’s teacher at the end of November 2011.
year. There is a loading and
unloading zone on Elm that The Talented and Gifted Program at Ainsworth includes a building TAG plan. This plan is available at
needs to be used to keep the school and parents may also request Individual Instructional Plans be written for a TAG student
traffic problems to a at any time during the school year. Please refer to the map on page 9 of the 2011-2012 Calendar and
minimum. Family Handbook.
Please approach Elm from
SW Montgomery, traveling HALLOWEEN NEWS – The staff is already talking about our annual Halloween Parade. Children are
east on Elm. There is a allowed to bring their costumes to school, however they will not be changing into their costume
signed area for loading and until after lunch time. This allows the classrooms to have a full morning of learning.
unloading just below the
Julia Reimann Field that There are some dress code restrictions with any costume that comes to Ainsworth. All costumes
allows you to remain at the must NOT INCLUDE ANY WEAPONS (simulated or toys), NO FULL HEAD MASKS AND NO FAKE BLOOD
wheel so your child can be (as this is just too messy for school and difficult to distinguish if a child is truly hurt while at school).
dropped off at curb side and
head onto campus by going HOMEWORK CLUB - The Ainsworth Homework club started on Wednesday, October 5 and will
up the stairs to the back meet (room 22) every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday thereafter through June. This is a PTA
field. sponsored opportunity for students in grades 2nd through 5th, where they can work on completing
After this safe drop-off, their weekly homework.
please turn north onto SW
21 Avenue, thus avoiding a Ainsworth students are welcome as walk-ins. There will be no attendance taken. However, before a
long line of traffic turning child attends the Homework club, we will need the homework club rules reviewed and signed by
north onto Vista Avenue and parents and the child. Please send these rules with your child the first day he/she participates. If
blocking our safety patrol you would like to send your child to this activity on any given day, make sure that you send a note to
doing their work at the your child’s teacher indicating this. Your child’s teacher will then be able to remind the child at the
crosswalks. end of the day.
Thank you. Thank you!
Principal, Ainsworth Elementary School
Kruger’s Corn Maze Raising Money for Lincoln High Drama – Thursday, October 20 .
Spend an evening at Kruger's farm on Sauvie Island at their corn maze from 5 – 9 pm and 50% of
all proceeds will go to Lincoln Drama to help them maintain their wonderful drama program.
BUCKAROO thanks you!
A huge feet-jumping, heel-kicking thank you to our amazing team of Buckaroo volunteers! It’s been
said before, “we couldn’t do it without you.” But, truly, you are “we.”
We raised more money this year than ever before for the PTA (just over $7,600), but most
importantly, we tried new things (Scrip cards, Portland Food Carts, Bookaroo Exchange and
mountain music), and had a great time!
Volunteer tasks were plenty from running games and activities, to serving snacks, general store
workers, to scrip sales and will call, and helpers of finding lost families…you touched it all, and you
did an outstanding job. Thanks for making Buckaroo shine!
With this year’s Buckaroo wrapped, it’s time to start planning for 2012 – and are looking for
volunteers to join the committee.
There are a few vital leadership positions on the committee still open.
These include: Buckaroo Chair or Co-Chairs, Buckaroo Volunteer Lead, Buckaroo Treasurer,
Buckaroo Hospitality (Food carts, snack, beverages and rentals). If you are interested in learning
more about these positions, please contact the PTA for position descriptions and details from our
Official Buckaroo Playbook.
Thank you, again to our volunteers. Our esteemed team of Buckaroo Volunteers include:
Anne Winthrop, David Howard, Irene Taylor Brodsky, Kim Rolfs, Beth Heald, Claude Bosworth
Jay Mullins, Matt Hennessey, Bryan Thurston, Brandy Keehn, Mary Padilla, Kristi Osbeck, Veronica
Powell, Sarah Tinkler, Pete Schumacher, Helen Lee, Anne Sullivan, Kathy Holmes, Jackie Curleigh
Theresa Burns, Rae Piesner, Aja Ngo, Susan Michalak, Ginger Burke, Heather Rau, Karissa Palmer,
Barb Parshall, Brenda Camachoching, Nancy Collins, Marcy Bernhardt, Wendy Smith, Marry Lynn
Chambers, Shannon Fuhrer, Gloria Bridgewater, April Leahy, Susan Daigle, Diane Bauer, Tom Bauer,
Eric Schafer, Vicki Sands, Courtney English-Neubauer, Lily Lin, Chris Deal, Derek Sandoz, Rebecca
Dobert, Butch Williams, Robeson Kitchin, Robert Klein, Lara Spangler, Chris Guy, Sandra Penna,
Ellie Korngold, Suzanne McLemore, Nathan Bernhard, Lindsey Heyntsen, Jeremy Cohen, Annabelle
McCarthy, Giuseppe Lipari, Fabienne Bujnowski, Scott Shuler, Michelle Emery, Mariniah Pendergast,
Kevin Overbeck, Holly Smithwick, Laura Torgerson, Sarah Allen, Kristin Bell Doan, Tori O’Keefe,
Jennifer Grimes, Robyn Hercey, Randi Kobak, Mariniah Pendergast, Becca Cavell, Kathy Hickman,
Pammie Hummelt, Julie Blodgett, Margaret Green, Pascale Schwab, Raini McPhate, Martin Sommer,
John Townes, Jim Braun, Andrea Nitta, Chris Schneibel, Michelle Emery, David Milne,
Deborah Lewinsohn, Elizabeth Flores, Jill Mitchell, Mary Padilla, Kathryn Lipari, Mike Urness,
Karl Zabel, Birte VonKampen, Chuck Henrikson, Tim Thigpin, Greg Epkes, Yvonne Johnson, Tricia
Dickson, Kate Begonia, Elsa Menendez-Humara, David Kenny, Susan Kenny, Nancy Hinnen, Michele
Sullivan, Roma Vigil, Felicia Torres, Denni Edlund, Dennie Edlund, Jim Bonicatto, Nitika Aggarwal,
Kelley Pecis, Kathleen Bald, Doug Bald, Celeste Colasurdo , Rob Torch, Eric Molinar
Keaton Hill, Logan Kenney, Sonia Sellen, Joe Thurston, Sara Grace Wamsley
High School Students
Kayla Fantz-Sands, Gabriella Pereira, Jade Zollinger, Eve Goldman, Sam Jaspers
Deborah Wright, Sherri Jorgensen, Robyn Mann, Nancy Della Corte, Lynn Malzahn, Daphne Wood,
Renee Espinoza, Sarah Fredericks
Cindy Roby, Joni Dolan, Ginny Sachs, D
Kari Fantz, Julie Jenkerson, Wendy Nicholson, Alex Hagen, Tony Schwindt, Barb Parshall-Pressentin,
Bruce Parshall, Lisa Brumm, Kim Zollinger, Tara Timothy
Please contribute to Re-CYCLE Your Bicycle On Sunday, October 23, 1 – 5 pm
Re-CYCLE by donating:
Support an Ainsworth Community Service Project! Donate your bike and make it a vehicle for
Outgrown children’s bikes change! Bring your outgrown or no longer-needed bikes to the Ainsworth Front Field on Sunday,
No longer used adult bikes October 23, between 1 and 5 pm and help a child who can’t afford their own bike.
Bike parts including: Each year the Community Cycling Center collects and refurbishes bikes for its Holiday Bike Drive.
Seats During this event in December, 500 children from low-income families receive bicycles, helmets,
locks and safety education. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
Lights There are additional ways to help! Please contact Jen Andres (mother of Henry, grade 6 at East
No used helmets, please; the
Sylvan, and Margot, grade 3 at Ainsworth) at email@example.com or 503-327-8636.
Center provides new helmets to Day of bike collection volunteers are needed (collect bikes, hand out receipts, etc)
For more about the Community Cycling Center, visit CommunityCyclingCenter.org
Email Jen for more information:
firstname.lastname@example.org The bicycle is a tool for empowerment and a vehicle for change.
The Ainsworth Wreath and Garland Sale Begins October 24th!
Order your holiday wreaths and garlands between October 24 – November 14 and your proceeds
support our children through the Ainsworth PTA!
Wreaths make great holiday gifts for family, friends, and business associates. Many families find
creative ways to gift them – and we can ship to out of town relatives and clients via UPS!
Best of all, 40% of your order is tax deductible!
To get an order form:
Download one from Big Tent (go to the “folder” section and print)
Send a request to email@example.com
Or pick one up in the main hallway near the display case.
Your order must be placed no later than November 14 . Mark your calendar now to pick up your
wreath on Tuesday, December 6 from 2 – 6 pm! Thank you.
NATIONAL FARM TO SCHOOL MONTH – Monday, October 24
To celebrate National Farm to School Month AND National School Lunch Week AND the first ever
FOOD DAY on October 24th, 100% grass fed beef hamburgers will be served to students at all
Portland schools on Tuesday, October 11 and Monday, October 24th.
Wallowa Valley rancher Cory Carman is excited to be working with PPS Nutrition Services to help
students understand more about REAL Oregon foods. The 100% grass fed beef hamburgers from
Carman Ranch will be served on 100% whole wheat buns made with sustainably produced
Shepherd’s Grain flour. Also on Tuesday’s menu will be a variety of locally grown, freshly picked
apples from the Kiyokawa Family Orchards located at the base of Mt Hood in Parkdale, Oregon.
Support your local cafeteria and our efforts to introduce students to "Real Foods with Local Flavors."
Food Day on October 24th is the first national "Earth Day for food" designed to focus attention on
the state of our food system. Learn more at www.foodday.org.
Portland Public Schools recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society. It
The PTA publishes the Ainsworth is the policy of the Portland Public School Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or
NewsNotes every Thursday groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual
orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.
You can find more information
about all of these events on Big District Title VI & Title IX Contact: Carolyn M. Leonard, Compliance (503-916-3183)
Tent. District 504 Contact: Carolyn M. Leonard, Compliance (503-916-3183)
American Disabilities Act Contact: Maureen Sloane, HR Legal Counsel (503-916-3025)
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