September 2017

Why Have a School Uniform?

Over the past several years, many parents at TVA have expressed an interest in having a school uniform at TVA. Other parents have asked, "Why do we need a school uniform at all?" There are many reasons to have a school uniform...but here are just a few that could be beneficial to both the students, and the teachers, of TVA.

Increased School Pride - Everyone fits in at school! Just like athletic uniforms for a sports team....a school uniform creates a sense of oneness and belonging. Everyone is on the same team! A sense of loyalty is felt by the student and they are inspired to perform at
their best level.

Improved Behavior - Uniforms have shown to raise student's expectations of themselves. When dressed neatly and seriously, teachers report that students are calmer, more polite, and are more attentive. Students feel confident and secure and have more confidence in themselves. Behavior problems are minimized and learning is maximized.

Improved Learning Environment - When uniforms are worn, the focus is on learning, not clothing. In our culture, there is heavy competition to dress "right" and peer pressure to conform to high invisible standards. Uniforms help shift the emphasis from competition to academic performance and therefore teachers report less disruptions and distractions. This also allows students to explore areas like music, art, sports, or academics to express and
define themselves beyond their clothing or fashion style. A unique individual is developed not from appearance, but rather from their intellect, personality, and skills.

Increased Parent Satisfaction - Parents report that uniforms decrease their student's tardiness to school, decrease arguments about appropriate school attire, and are cost effective to their
family budget.

Increased Standing of School in the Community - Uniforms bring an image of success to both students and the school. The community takes note when it sees the students and makes
assumptions about the level of education provided there. Implementing uniforms at TVA could help boost school enrollment.

Paves the Way for Positive Change - Many studies have shown that implementing a school uniform has helped pave the way for further programs that improve and impact the direction of the school. Uniforms at TVA could help us achieve our dream for a PreK-12th Grade
school.

Do you have a strong opinion about uniforms?
Currently there is a Uniform Committee who is meeting to discuss the possibility of having uniforms at TVA. They are also researching the many uniform options available. Please feel free to join this group and make your voice heard! They will meet again on Tuesday, October 10 @ 7:00pm during the Home & School Meeting.


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Current Projects

See a project you want to be a part of? Contact H&S at HandS@tvja.org to get involved!
Marketing Team
Kindness Campaign
Campus Safety
Uniform Implementation
Second Language Classes
Campus Improvements
Student Community Service
Healthy Foods Campaign
Drama/School Production
School Vegetable Garden
School Closet & Pantry

Home & School Team

Angie Peterson - President
Rachel Blackburn - Marketing Team & School Board Rep
Heather Thayne - Newsletter
Anumeha Gupta - Classroom Parent Coordinator
Rachna Patro & Michelle Willard - Art Smart
Beth James - Box Tops
Erin Hrabal - Magazine Drive
....your name here!


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Help Needed

Leaders Wanted:
- Campus Improvements
- Second Language Program
- Student Community Service
- School Clothes Closet & Pantry
- Open House (March)

Team Members STILL Needed:
- Art Smart (Quarterly) - 4-6 people needed to be on the art team.
- Battle of the Books (2x/mo) Coaches for 18 teams needed.
- Marketing Team
- Harvest Party (Oct) Team
- Holiday Bazaar (Nov) Team
- Open House (March) Snacks & Volunteers Team
- Grandparent’s Day (Spring)
- Drama/School Production


Home & School 2017 Survey Results Part II

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Respondents: 76

Question #5: Competitive Athletics at TVA
43% - More athletic opportunities wanted.
36% - Current athletic opportunities adequate.
7% - Athletics not important.
14% - Other

Question #6: Communication Preferences
(Ranked in order of importance)
1) Email from school
2) Weekly Notes from Teachers
3) Thursday Note
4) Home & School Newsletter
5) TVA Facebook Page
6) Texts to phone

Question #7: Second Language Classes
41% - Willing to pay extra for student to learn another language.
55% - Would like student to learn another language but are not willing to pay extra.
4% - Learning another language is not important.

Surveys are an excellent way to gather a consensus on different topics when we can't all be in the same room together. They are also a great way to make your voice known & heard. Watch your email for more surveys from Home & School!


Home & School Calendar

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October
10 - Home & School Meeting - 7pm - Spynergy Room - All welcome!
16 - School Board Meeting - 7pm - School Library. All welcome!
29 - Harvest Festival - 6pm-9pm - TVA Gym - Come support the school while having Harvest Fun. - H&S Fundraiser

November
12 - Holiday Bazaar - 10am-3pm - TVA Gym - Come shop for Christmas gifts while raising money for the school. - H&S Fundraiser supporting 8th Grade classroom needs
14 - Kindergarten Preview - 8:15am-12:00pm. - Invite potential students to experience "Kindergarten for a Day". There are also additional days scheduled for January 30th and
February 13th.
14 - Home & School Meeting - 7pm - Spynergy Room. All welcome!
20 - School Board Meeting 7pm - School Library. All welcome!


Teacher and Staff Wish Lists

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Items Needed:

Puppets - Preschool - Mrs. Moor
Dress Up Clothes - Preschool - Mrs. Moor
Magazines - Preschool – Old copies of or a new subscription to - Ranger Rick Jr., National
Geographic Little Kids, Lady Bug, etc. - Mrs. Moor
Mystery Box Items - Preschool - Cool/interesting artifacts...rocks, shells, feathers, etc. - Mrs. Moor
Picture Books - Preschool - Mrs. Moor
Water Bottles (empty, clean, disposable) - 30 of them. All shapes and sizes. - 5th Grade - Mrs.
Clifton
Chromebooks (2-4) - 6th Grade - Mrs. Springer
STEM Project Supplies - Mini marshmallows, spaghetti noodles, gallon ziplock bags, tin foil,
rubber bands, popsicle sticks, Elmers glue, plastic wrap, straws, masking tape - 6th Grade - Mrs. Springer
Yoga Balls - Seating - Math Room - Mrs. Beck
Old Binoculars – “The Amazon Binocular Project” - Upper Grades - Mr. Kahler
Bird Seed/Suet & Feeders/Wood Ships for Bird Blind - 7th-10th - Mr. Kahler
Binder Holders & Magazine Holders - Resource Center. - Mrs. Priddy
Comfy Chairs - Tween/Teen Reading Center - Mrs. Priddy

Connections Needed:

Weather Station Field Trip – 4th Grade – Ms. Chadwick

Guest Speakers Needed:

October Theme "Seasons & Weather" - Preschool - Mrs. Moor
Medical Field Specialists (MD, DDS, RN, MA, RDH, PT, OT, ST, RD, ) - 4th Grade - Ms. Chadwick
Biomimicry or Biomimetics - Upper Grades - Mr. Kahler.

Volunteer Help Needed:

School Bus Drivers - We currently only have a few people who are able to drive the school bus for field trips and events. Can you help us?
Bird Feeders - Repair or replacement of feeders at bird blind. – Mr. Kahler
Computer Lab - Mrs. Wendt needs help with her students on Wednesdays from 1:00-1:30pm.
Bulletin Boards - Feeling Crafty? Mrs. Priddy needs help putting up bulletin boards.

Funding Needed:

15 Passenger Van - We need a school van that can easily transport our high school students and smaller classes on trips and to events.
The Bug Chicks - Guest Speakers - Two female entomologists who teach about the incredible
world of insects, spiders and arthropods. Cost $350 - Upper Grades - Mr. Kahler

Building Help Needed:

Classroom Loft - 1st & 2nd Grade - Mrs. Wendt


Thank You!

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Thanks to some very wonderful people....we received the following donations last month:

1) $5000 for the new drinking fountains!!!
2) Oscilloscope
3) Camera equipment

We greatly thank you for your generosity and kindness!

August 2017

Parent Involvement = Student Success!

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Did you know that when schools, families and community groups work together to support learning...children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more? 

Here are some ways you can be involved with your student's education at TVA: 

1. PRAY - Pray for our school, the board, the principal, the teachers, and our students.

2. READ - Read the communication that comes from the school, from the Home & School Newsletter, and from your student's teacher. Be informed about what is happening at TVA and what opportunities are available to your student.

3. SURVEYS - Let your voice be heard. Fill out the surveys that you receive. Your opinion matters and it influences the decisions that are made by the school. 

4. CLASSROOM PARENT - Volunteer to be a classroom parent in your student's classroom to assist that teacher in providing an optimal learning experience for your student. 

5. PARTICIPATE - Participate in fundraisers! Save your Boxtops, buy SCRIPT, go to the Harvest Festival, go to the Christmas Bazaar, and help your child get pledges for the Walk-a-thon.

6. JOIN - Join Home & School!
- ATTEND - Attend monthly Home & School Meetings to hear about how parents are working with the principal and school to improve the education, campus, and experiences of our students. 
- LEAD - Choose an area that you are passionate about and help lead a group of parents to work together to bring about improvement and change.
- VOLUNTEER - Volunteer to be a part of a group that coordinates a fundraiser, plans an event, researches and promotes a new idea, offers a new experience, or provides education to the students. 


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Current Projects

See a project you want to be a part of? Contact H&S at HandS@tvja.org to get involved!

Marketing Team
Kindness Campaign
Campus Safety
Uniform Implementation
Second Language Classes
Campus Improvements
Student Community Service
Healthy Foods Campaign
Drama/School Production
School Vegetable Garden
School Closet & Pantry

Home and School Team

Angie Peterson - President
Rachel Blackburn - Marketing Team & School Board Rep
Heather Thayne - Newsletter & Involvement Coordinator
Anumeha Gupta - Class Parent Coordinator
Rachna Patro & Michelle Willard - Art Smart
Beth James - Box Tops
Erin Hrabal - Magazine Drive
....your name here!


Help Needed

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Team Members Needed:

- Art Smart  (Quarterly) - 4-6 people needed now!
- Classroom Parents - Many needed now. 
- Magazine Drive  (Sept) - 3-6 people needed.
- Battle of the Books (2x/mo) Parent coaches for 18 teams needed.
- Marketing Team
- Holiday Bazaar (Nov) Team
- Staff Appreciation Week (Feb) Team
- Open House (March) Snacks & Volunteers Team
- Grandparent’s Day (Spring)

Leaders Wanted:

- Holiday Bazaar Coord (Nov)
- Campus Improvements
- Second Language Program
- Student Community Service
- School Clothes Closet & Pantry
- Drama/School Production
- School Vegetable Garden
- Open House
- Staff Appreciation Week (Feb)


Home & School 2017 Survey

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Results Part 1

Respondents: 76

Question #1: School Improvements

42% - Air Conditioning and Better Temp Control
26% - Restroom/Bathroom Remodel
13% - Gym Remodel
11% - Sports Field Improvement
8% - Other

Question #2 - School Uniforms

50% - Supportive of TVA School Uniforms (38 responses)
32% - Supportive w/questions (24 responses)
17% - Concerns that may impact attending TVA (13 responses)
1% - Will not attend if there are uniforms (1 response)

Question #3 - School Education Focus

1. Kindness Campaign (Anti-Bullying)
2. Student Community Service
3. Safety Education
4. Social Education
5. Healthy Foods Campaign
6. Growth and Development

Question #4 - TVA Plan for PreK-12th Grade

55% - I will send my child through 12th Grade.
30% - I will consider sending my child through 12th Grade.
15% - I will not be sending my child through 12th Grade.

(...more survey results in the next newsletter.)


Home and School Calendar

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September 8-22 - Magazine Drive - Home and School Fundraiser
September 12 - Home and School Meeting at 7PM in the Spynergy Room
September 18 - School Board Meeting at 7PM in the School Library
October 9 - Home and School Meeting at 7PM in the Spynergy Room
October 16 - School Board Meeting at 7PM in the School Library
October - Harvest Festival - Come support the school while having Harvest Fun!
November 14 - Home and School Meeting at 7PM in the Spynergy Room
November - Holiday Bazaar - Home and School Fundraiser - Come shop for Christmas gifts while raising money for the school.
November 20 - School Board Meeting at 7PM in the School Library


Teacher and Staff Wish Lists

Items Needed: 

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  • Puppets - Preschool - Mrs. Moor
  • Dress Up Clothes - Preschool - Mrs. Moor
  • Magazines - Preschool - Old copies or a new subscription to Ranger Rick Jr., National Geographic Little Kids, Lady Bug, etc. - Mrs. Moor
  • Mystery Box Items - Preschool - Cool/interesting artifacts...rocks, shells, feathers, etc. - Mrs. Moor
  • Water Bottles (disposable) - all shapes and sizes. Many! - 4th Grade - Ms. Chadwick
  • Yoga Balls - Alternate seating - Upper Grade Math Room - Mrs. Beck
  • Old Binoculars - "The Amazon Binocular Project" - Upper Grades - Mr. Kahler
  • Camera - Point and Shoot. One that does well with macro shots and low light - Upper Grades - Mr. Kahler
  • Oscilloscope - Upper Grades - Mr. Kahler
  • Bird Seed and Suet and Feeders - Upper Grades - Mr. Kahler
  • Wood Chips - For Bird Bind - Upper Grades - Mr. Kahler

Connections Needed: 

  • Weather Station Field Trip - 4th Grade- Ms. Chadwick

Building Help Needed: 

  • Classroom Loft - 1st and 2nd Grade - Mrs. Wendt

Guest Speakers Needed: 

  • September Theme "The Pond"  - Preschool - Mrs. Moor
  • Medical Field Specialists (MD, DDS, RN, MA, RDH, PT, OT, ST, RD) - 4th Grade - Ms. Chadwick
  • Biomimicry or Biomimetrics - Upper Grades - Mr. Kahler would like someone to come talk about "the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems."

Volunteer Help Needed: 

  • Marine Biology Trip (Sept 12-14) - Help needed to prepare for the trip, organize the food, get a female chaperone, and obtain firewood - Mr. Kahler
  • Bird Feeders - Repair or replacement of feeders at bird blind - Mr. Kahler
  • Small Grant Writing - Mr. Kahler is wanting to raise funds to invest in Vernier data collection probes and equipment and audio recording equipment for collecting bird call/songs. 

Funding Needed

  • The Bug Chicks - Guest Speakers - Two female entomologists who teach about the incredible world of insects, spiders and arthropods - Upper Grades - Mr. Kahler
  • Water Fountains - The school needs 4 new water fountains. The old ones do not filter water and make filling a water bottle very difficult. New fountains would eliminate the need to buy filtered water for the classrooms. Cost $1000 each. - TVA Office

Bricks4Kidz is Back!

UPDATE

Click here for the fall registration form for Bricks 4 Kidz! 

Can't make it to this fall's session? No worries. We have sessions coming in Winter and Spring too! 

Winter Dates: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10

Spring Dates: 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 6/2


Bricks 4 Kidz will be back at TVA in October 2016!

Look for registration information coming soon. 

Class will be from 2:15-3:15 on the following dates: 

October 14, 21, and 28, November 4, 11, and 18, and December 2 and 9. 

About Bricks 4 Kidz:

Bricks 4 Kidz is devoted to providing an extraordinary atmosphere for children, where we learn, we build and we play with LEGO Bricks. Classes are designed to teach teh fundamentals of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, built around our proprietary model plans, created by engineers and architects. At Bricks 4 Kidz, we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity.

Goals: 

  • Introduce engineering and architecture principles
  • Explore all four of the S.T.E.M. concepts; science, technology, engineering and math
  • Increase general knowledge through discussions related to each model
  • Develop social/emotional skills such as patience, teamwork and communication
  • Enhance self-esteem by solving problems and completing projects
  • Improve fine and gross-motor skills as children manipulate small components
  • Utilize multiple learning modalities to engage visual, kinesthetic, interpersonal and auditory learning styles
  • Teach important classroom skills such as organization and following directions
  • Foster an appreciation for how things work

 

After School Chess Club

Does your child enjoy a challenge? TVA's Chess Wizards after school chess club may be for them! 

Students in Chess Wizards will have fun lessons, exciting tournaments, fun team activities and more! 

For more information and to sign up, click here. We look forward to seeing you in Chess Wizards!

Amazon Rainforest Binocular Service Project

Help Mr. Kahler get more binoculars to Lucio! 

Donate binoculars to help teachers in the Peruvian Amazon

Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest have been working with local bird guides and Peruvian teachers to bring the BirdSleuth-International curriculum into remote schools along the Amazon River. Lucio Pando, one of several extraordinary guides in the area, enthusiastically shares his knowledge and love of birds with adults and children alike. He admits to watching birds even during his off time at home, he just can't help himself. Like many of us who are addicted to watching birds, Lucio's binoculars are a permanent fixture around his neck. While talking with Lucio, Mr. Kahler learned he does not have adequate access to binoculars and field guides needed for teaching students in local villages. So, last spring Mr. Kahler was overjoyed when one of his former students donated several pairs of gently used binoculars.

On July 8, 2015 twenty Peruvian teachers arrived at the Amazon Library in small motorized boats to attend a BirdSleuth workshop presented by Lilly Briggs from Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Amazon Library is run by CONAPAC, a Peruvian non-profit organization that leads conservation and sustainable development projects in the Amazon. During this workshop Lilly, Lucio and Mr. Kahler took these teachers on a short bird walk along the bank of the Amazon River. The teachers were all smiles and filled with excitement as they took turns looking for birds. Having never used binoculars before, they got great looks at some most cooperative birds. As the teachers listened to Lucio share his extensive knowledge, they wanted to know how he became such an expert. For Lucio it was a deeply meaningful opportunity to inspire fellow countrymen and women to take a closer look at the incredible bird diversity found all around them. After the workshop, Mr. Kahler handed the binoculars off to a very grateful Lucio, who is now using the binoculars with the teachers and their students. 

We want to support Lucio and his colleagues in their important work training up the next generation of Peruvian naturalists and bird guides. Your donation of gently used waterproof optics will greatly help Lucio's efforts. So if you have an extra pair of binoculars, please consider saving them for this project. Watch for more information and shipping instructions coming this fall! Teacher participants in the 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest will personally deliver your binocular donation to Lucio and the teachers he works with along the Peruvian Amazon. 

Bricks4Kidz Registration is Open!

Registration for the Bricks4Kidz after-school classes is OPEN! The link is below. Class size is limited to 18, so you will want to sign up as soon as possible.

Bricks 4 Kidz after-school classes deliver a high quality educational program where kids experience the hands-on fun of motorized and brick model construction using LEGO® bricks.

We Learn… Problem solving & critical thinking skills are developed while creativity and self-confidence are encouraged. Lessons teach S.T.E.M based concepts across a variety of subjects like gear ratio, torque and friction, geography, space exploration, weather and MORE!

We Build… Classes are multi-age with 2 levels of builds for each class; a beginner model for K-2, and advanced model for Grades 3-5. Working with a partner, students build a new model each week, from concept to completion.

We Play… Math & Science are applied to real world situations while architecture and engineering concepts are explored through challenges and creative free play.

Grades: K – 5th
Fee: $70.00 for 7 week session

Friday Class Dates:
April 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27

For a full class description and to register online, please visit their website.

For questions, please email: b4k.oregon@gmail.com

Eagles Gear Clothing Exchange

Do you have Eagles uniforms or other sports gear or clothing ready to hand down? If so, check out TVA Home and School on Facebook! We will be having a FREE clothing exchange starting February 9! 

It's super easy: you post a picture of what you have and the first person to reply: TAKEN gets it! Then arrange to meet at school to trade the items.