We have extended the Talent Show application deadline until Tuesday, December 7.
Leadership went to all of the classes today with extra audition sheets so students who wanted one should be coming home with them today. Also, Ms. Ashley has extra copies at the front as well. If students are turning in art, poetry, stories, etc. the piece does not need to be submitted until after Winter Break.
Fliers will be coming home to all performance applicants with the exact day and time of their audition by Friday, December 9th. Please email Ms. Maclean directly if the day/time assigned does not work. Students will be able to stay after school the day of their audition until the assigned time. We will have Leadership students helping monitor the students while they wait for their audition time.
Please remember that auditions wlil be held here at MITCH while the Talent Show will be at Twality Middle School.
Talent Show is January 13, at 6:30 pm -- put it on your calendar!
2017-18 New Kinders
It is that time of year -- applications for next year's kindergarten classes are due Friday, January 27, 2017. While siblings have first priority in the lottery, a complete application is required in order to be included in the lottery. The lottery for kindergarten admission is on January 31, 2017 at 6:00pm; parents are not required to be present for a student to be selected.
You can apply online or complete a paper application now!
If you have any questions, contact Ashley Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talent Show Applications Due
7th Grade Field Trip Japanese Gardens
Yoga for Kids, 2:40
Board Governance Committee, 6:30
Grade Core Knowledge Event, Ancient Greece
Board Finance Committee, 12:00
Car Line Woes: An Open Response to Parents’ Emails
You may find my response to your emails stronger and more direct than expected. Last week, a teacher literally threw himself between a moving SUV in car line and a Kinder to prevent the child from being hit. Yesterday, a staff member was nearly struck by a car entering the parking lot during afternoon car line. Righteous anger is a rational response to these types of events.
The behavior of a few does make car line aggravating and, at times, dangerous. I am as frustrated as you, but this problem is not simply a car line problem and definitely not one which is easily solved by the principal chastising individuals for being inconsiderate.
In the morning, staff now stands out front, because we do have a number of people who drive the wrong way, drop children off at unsafe locations, and use neighboring driveways as dropping off or temporary parking spots. We have similar problems in the afternoon. Sadly, it seems the rules designed for everyone's safety are followed only when someone is seen to be watching. It is also incredibly frustrating that more staff time is spent as car line monitors than ever before -- fewer parent volunteers directly impacts the quality of instruction we provide by reducing the amount of time we have to prepare.
I am disappointed by the idea we need to institute a policy about when parents should arrive in the afternoon. Students do not leave the building until 2:30 at the earliest and we have repeatedly asked parents to not arrive before 2:20 because blocking our neighbors' driveways and Tualatin-Sherwood is unsafe and illegal. We do not allow cars into the parking lot until 2:20 because we often have students outside for Ag or recess until that time. Asking the City of Tualatin Police to become involved, as suggested in numerous emails, while temporarily effective, does not solve the real problem.
Frankly, these are symptoms of a deeper problem: the folks who engage in such behaviors do not see themselves as a part of the MITCH community.
This is not something I can change. Leadership will continue to urge parents to drive safely and to call out those who endanger children and adults. We will remind people to follow the rules. But let's reason this through logically: if you don't think of yourself and your children as a part of the family, what impact would my words -- or those of any staff member -- have on your behavior? So far, very little.
Leaders set the culture norms and rules, but it is the community itself that internalizes the norms into enduring values. Becoming a community that cares deeply about one another's families and children is a parent body issue. PSO leadership and school leadership have consistently led by example and word when it comes to car line. It is now up to our parents to help each other -- it is families working together that will affect a lasting change in how people participate in our community as evidenced by their behaviors in car line.
As a member of the MITCH community, it is never only about what is best for me and mine. As a member of the MITCH family, it is also about what is best for the school as a whole. Acting as a group of individuals who coincidentally have chosen to attend the same school, we create chaos. But working together for a common good, caring for one another, and going out of our way to make sure we are all doing well, then we create something unique and life-changing for our children.
Thank you for letting me know of your frustrations and concerns. I hope we can solve these problems as a community. In the meantime, we have instituted a clear afternoon carline protocol as requested:
NEW AFTERNOON CAR LINE PROTOCOL
Beginning on Monday, November 21st drivers who arrive before 2:20 to park in the cul-de-sac will be asked to move. Cars will no longer be permitted to park in the cul-de-sac -- ever. If you must arrive before 2:20, park in the empty Haggen lot and drive to the school at 2:20. If you choose to ignore us when asked to move, know we will permit cars arriving at the correct time to enter the parking area first.
Applications for after care were in the registration packets that were sent home- please stop by MITCH if you need a new one. MITCH is NOT collecting the YMCA's packets- they need to be mailed in or dropped off at the YMCA NO LATER THAN August 21st and must include September's payment in advance in order for them to guarantee your child a space.
The first work day of the school year was a success! Thank you to all of the families that helped to clear out weeds so that we could find hidden treats- tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, cukes, and onions- all ready to be harvested! The most daunting chore was hacking away at the blackberries, and we couldn't have done it without help. About 20 people showed up to pitch in, and gave their beautiful Saturday morning to help get the garden space ready for the school year! We had parents, students, board members, and guest volunteers- it really does take a village.
We couldn't do all that we do at MITCH without the efforts of our wonderful community, so be on the lookout for more volunteer opportunities soon! Thank you!
Where has Mrs. Wytmans gone?!
As you can see, we're needing some assistance clearing the way for the beginning of the year- both inside and out. We would love your help getting ready (and hopefully, recovering our 5th grade teacher in the process)! You can get started on your family's 25 volunteer hours early!
Spruce up the School Grounds Work-Morning!
Saturday, August 6th 8am - Noon
6th, 7th, and 8th grade students may participate in this activity without a parent present and the hours will count towards the family's total.
Also, the email address for the School Office is
The one for reception or front office is no longer active -- please update your contacts.
Thanks! We hope you're enjoying your summer and look forward to seeing everyone soon!
MITCH families, sign up for the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program! The school received a $263 donation from the Kroger Family Stores because 69 of our families are signed up to send their community reward dollars to MITCH! Imagine the donation to MITCH every quarter if all 190 families signed up!
Go to the Donate page on this website, click on Fred Meyer Community Rewards and start giving to MITCH every time you shop at FM!
The folk saying “in like a lion, out like a lamb” refers to March weather – but it could also refer to our March calendar! We kick the month off with the annual PSO auction, Celebrate Learning! on Saturday, March 5th (hope
you have your tickets!)
Between now and Spring Break our students participate in field trips, Core Knowledge events, the monthly assembly and Birthday-in-a-Bag! Our Board of Directors is busy moving forward with goals detailed in our Strategic Plan, and in the office, we are hiring a new staff member, collecting new student applications and conducting school tours.
Best of all, our teachers are covering Columbus and Pilgrims, Fairy Tales, Insects, the Civil War, Earliest Americans, Oregon Studies, the Constitution, Geology, Plants, Cold War and Reconstruction, Latin American Independence,
the New Deal, and the Vietnam War – just to name a few.
MITCH could not function without our parent volunteers – THANK YOU! Every hour you give is invaluable for our teachers and students: to date, you have given more than 3,100 hours to support your school! The average volunteer gives about 8 hours a month – kudos! A special Thank You to the 100-Hour Club members:
Lindsie Bailey, Ed Duax, Amber Faylor, Dan Gauer, Beth Hudson, Sunkyu Kim, Garry Mainerich, Karen Matsuoka, Renea Ostermiller and Ed Roller.
Our very first member of the 200-Hour Club is Marie Welsh – thank you!
Remember, any time you volunteer is important. Whenever you are working on special projects away from the school, be sure to document those hours through HelpCounter – you can do it from your own computer. Also, if your employer provides a matching program for your volunteer hours, HelpCounter provides a verification report to give to your employer.
February is a great touchstone month. How are we doing? Are we headed in the right direction? Are we following through on our objectives and goals for the school year? What needs adjustment so that we continue to run the race well for the rest of the year?
Are we building and growing a strong community that celebrates learning?
YES! - Read Mrs. Ottley's Round-up of our Core Knowledge Events & Celebrations. Our students' learning is powerful and amazing.
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