Ending on a High Note

Tualatin Valley Academy is fun and exciting place to go to school and to teach!  I have immensely enjoyed the diversity of our student's and our school community.  Our student’s are privileged to attend a school where there is such a variety of cultures and backgrounds.  Did you know that approximately 53% of our students come from ethnic backgrounds other than white?  Nineteen different languages are spoken in the homes of our students.

Our spring music program in May highlighted this diversity with the celebration of music and traditional clothing from around the world.  It was a fun evening where we got to hear music in many languages and songs from different cultures.  All of our students from preschool through ninth grade were able to participate and celebrate the wonderful diversity of our world.

It really enhances our school culture when we can do things together in a positive and uplifting way.  Speaking of doing things together, our recent Walk-a-thon was a tremendous success with all of our students participating, walking or jogging laps.  Although we were nervous about the weather it turned out to be a great day to be outdoors and everything went well.  Our students with their sponsors raised over $16,000 dollars to be used to upgrade our Spynergy assembly room to improve and widen its scope of use.  A huge thank you to Angie Peterson for leading this effort and organizing the day.  We also appreciate and thank all the parents who came out and assisted in the day’s activities.

The school year is flying to a close with 9th grade already finished with Golf and Fencing classes and a visit to the Daimler research facility.  Grades seven and eight held a Modern Events Fair last week and we are now in the middle of swimming lessons for grades 1-6.  Another big thank you goes to all the teachers who plan and arrange all of these special activities while still providing outstanding classroom instruction.  It’s been a great year and we have been blessed to be here at TVA.

2017 Walk-A-Thon

Last Friday at Chapel,  our Home & School leader, Angie Peterson, announced the fundraising kick-off for this year’s Home & School Walk-A-Thon.  On April 28, all students will participate in a run/walk for laps around our track.  All students who raise $25 or more will be eligible for prizes!  Last year, we raised over $19,000 to help pay for our new parking lot.  I know all of you have appreciated the new surface and the clearly painted lines.  Some of our students actually raised over $1000 individually!

This year Home & School has chosen to raise money to remodel and improve our “Spynergy” assembly room.  The goal is to turn it into a professional presentation room where our students at all grade levels could use it to present their projects and research results. The goal for this year’s Walk-A-Thon is $30,000 for this  project.  That sounds like a lot but if every student raised at least $150, we would reach and exceed our goal.  Please assist your student in reaching out to friends, neighbors and family to get sponsors so that they can help us be successful.

All of us here at TVA, appreciate the continuing support of our community as we work together to improve our school.  If you would like to help on the day of the Walk-A-Thon, please call the school or contact Angie directly.

Changes

Our school year is drawing to a close and our students are enjoying end of the year activities such as swimming, Field Day on Friday, June 3, and of course graduation.  Students will move up a grade, our eighth graders will graduate and go on to ninth grade and become high school students. We are proud of their growth and progress and wish all our students every success!

We learned this week that our music teacher, Ashlee Dollar Ferriera, will not be returning next year so that she can stay home with her new daughter, Sage.  We will miss her but we understand the desire to care for and be present with her daughter.  We have begun the process of looking for a new music teacher.

Our Walk-A-Thon brought in over $18,000! With some other donations we have achieved our match for an additional $19,000. We are now in the process of scheduling a contractor to do the repaving work on the parking lot! We hope to get it all done before school starts in the fall.  We are very thankful for all of the work and contributions that went into this effort led by our Home & School!

A second project we hope to complete this summer is the reroofing of our elementary building.  We are in the process of obtaining quotes for this work and getting it scheduled as well.

Change can be challenging but it can also be fun and rewarding.  We live in a world where growth and change are a daily part of our lives.  We rely on our friends and family when change is painful and we rejoice with them when change is the result of achieving our goals.  Let us celebrate with our students as they complete this year and move on to the next goal, the next grade in their education!

Tualatin Valley Academy exists because we want our students to achieve the final goal of living eternally with God.  The Apostle Paul tells us that “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.”  That will be the ultimate change!  It will not be painful but instead will be joyful and exciting!  A new life in a world made new – that is the change we seek for all of our students!