Elmira students Kelly Torres and Nancy Coffman received some help from local Marines and Toys for Tots as they spread their message of “Kindness Counts” to children at Doernbecher’s Hospital in Portland. Kelly, a cancer survivor, and Nancy wanted to find a way to give back to Doernbecher’s. Kelly has been a patient there and knows what some of those children are going through during the holidays. The pair decided to ask community members to donate toys for those children. Their act of kindness caught the attention of Ms. Turle who phoned the marines and asked for additional help. Today, the girls were presented with the donated toys and had the opportunity to share their message with local news media.
Elmira Elementary strives to teach students the importance of compassion for others. We are proud of what these two exceptional young ladies have chosen to do for those who are in difficult situations this holiday season.
Veteran’s day is November 11th and every year I think of my father and my uncles who have all been classified as the last great American Heroes. These were people who fought in World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a war fought from 1939 to 1945 in Europe and, during much of the 1930s and 1940s, in Asia. But anyone who has served our country is a hero and needs to be thanked or remembered on this day.
World War II was the largest armed conflict in history, spanning the entire world and involving more countries than any other war, as well as introducing powerful new weapons, culminating in the first use of nuclear weapons. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few said Winston Churchill, when he spoke about the R.A.F fighter pilots during WWII. But it stands to reason to say, never has so much been owed by so many to so few for anyone who has served or who is currently serving in our armed forces. Thank you Veterans…you make our world a better place.
Also as a reminder, Elmira Elementary School will be closed November 11th in honor of Veteran’s Day.
The FRSD is looking for community members who are willing and available to participate on the District Budget Committee. The commitment is minimal (typically meets 3 times max each Spring) and there is no experience or financial background necessary. The application to apply is available at: http://www.fernridge.k12.or.us/blog/2014/09/03/budget-committee-vacancies/ Please consider applying or passing along the information to anyone that may be interested. Thanks.
Students can access a free typing program so they can practice at home. Our students find this site fun and entertaining and they are learning some essential skills for school and work. All students will have to keyboard their answers into our new state test. This website will help give them a jump start on the needed skills. Go to parent and student websites on the right side of this page and you can access this program from home (or click on the picture).
Elmira Elementary School is sponsoring an informational parent night on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. to review the Schoolwide Title 1 Plan, our School-Family Compact and our Parent Involvement Policy.
We will also have two speakers: Gina Biancarosa, Ed.D., Assistant Professor from the University of Oregon, who will discuss ways parents can help their children read at home; and Heather Sears, Youth Librarian from the Fern Ridge Public Library, who will talk about the library’s resources and how they benefits both parents and children.
Following the presentations, stay to enjoy pizza and pop (in the gym).
Following the parent event is our PTA meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the library.
Last year at the Elmira Elementary Auction, Nancy Coffman’s parents bid on and won the Principal of the Day prize. On September 18, 2014, Nancy claimed her prize and this is what she had to say about it…
Principal for the Day By Nancy Coffman
Yesterday I was Principal of the Day. It was so much fun! First I got my whistle and nametag. Then I helped as the attendance folders came in.
Ms. Turle taught me how to use a walkie talkie. Michelle taught me how to answer the phone and where the hold button is. I even answered the phone for a mom! I went into the first grade class and the Kindergarten room. Ms. Turle bought me lunch and during lunch the magician came and I introduced him to the school at the beginning of the assembly. I got to be on lunch duty and recess duty. I got to hand cupcakes out to the 1st graders during lunch. At the end of the day Ms. Turle gave me a present that was a certificate in a picture frame. It was the best day ever! I thank Ms. Turle so much!
Elmira Elementary School is hosting our Open House on September 18th at 5:00 PM. Meet the teachers, see the school watch the magician and visits booths. The entertainment starts at 5:00 pizza will be sold by the slice and we will have ice cream! The school opens at 6:00 to meet with the teachers… please join us for some fun!
FRMS is very excited to be offering a 3 day a week preschool on campus this year through Early Childhood Cares. Early Childhood Cares is a program through University of Oregon. The program is looking for more 3 and 4 year old students. Please call 541-935-8230 for more information and contact information. Also, if you have friends or neighbors with preschool age kids, could you please pass on this information.