Touchstone Elementary School

February News

Touchstone Welcomes new teachers!

I am pleased to introduce to you two new additions to the Touchstone faculty! Mrs. Sarah Larsen has accepted the After School Coordinator position and will officially begin on Thursday, February 4th. Please feel free to email her at with any questions about extended care or after school enrichment classes. We will soon begin scheduling for the Spring term of classes watch for information to follow. Mrs. Yoder has also joined us as a teacher assistant in our kindergarten program and after school teacher. We look forward to having you get to know her, she joins us with some extraordinary experience.

A few words from Mrs. Larsen.

Hello Touchstone Families,

I am excited to be joining the Touchstone School as the After school Coordinator.
My husband and I of almost eight years and I are new parents to an energetic and loving one and half year old boy - and it's been an adventure! As a family we enjoy spending time outside going on walks and playing in the sunshine when it decides to show. We are also content to play games inside and just enjoy each others company.

I have worked with children ages 5 through 12 off and on over the past ten years and I appreciate the new perspectives they give on life. I hope to facilitate and environment where kids feel free to express themselves and explore their creativity. My desire is for each student to discover and explore their world so that they may gain confidence and knowledge that will last a lifetime.

Thank you for welcoming me. I look forward to getting to know you and your children.

February means Touchstone is talking about Kindness!

This month we turn our focus to the core value of Kindness showing or demonstrating concern about another’s welfare or feelings. Practicing, highlighting examples, and illuminating the value of building this strength in children is the best way we have to protect them from experiencing the pain of peer harassment as well as enhance the world around us all. Michele Borba cites three steps we can take to building kindness.

1. *Teach the Meaning and Value of Kindness – helping the child to understand the meaning and value of the virtue and how it can make a difference in their world.

2. *Establish a Zero Tolerance for Unkindness – allowing the child a chance to realize the consequence of the action and develop a stop and think attitude before acting in a cruel manner.

3. *Encourage Kindness and Point Out its Positive Effect – encouraging the child to do kind deeds for others not because they expect something in return but simply because it brings enjoyment to spread happiness.

We will continue to model kindness, expect kindness, as well as teach and show its meaning. The good news from this focus on kindness is that it is never too early or too late to instill the value of kindness.

3rd/4th Grade students community outreach project

This year our classes will be supporting the Portland Rescue Mission. To give you some background, this foundation began in 1949 and has made a tireless commitment to ending homelessness. They provide emergency services of food and shelter, as well as recovery programs that are committed to helping men and women recover from their situations and find housing and jobs. One thing they offer to the homeless is care kits.

In our commitment to helping the homeless, the 3/4 students want to pack as many care kits as they possibly can for the shelters. We are asking all of our Touchstone families to please donate items for the care kits from the following list:

*bottles of water *granola bars

*packets of nuts, crackers, and dried fruit

*breakfast bars *socks (men and women)

*Travel size soap, lotion, shampoo *washcloth

*toothbrush and toothpaste *razors in store packaging and shaving cream

*band-aids *comb or brush

*Please do NOT donate mouthwash or hand sanitizer*

We will also be collecting monetary donations. Find the candy jar guessing game in the front office. Each guess will be $1. We will also happily accept monetary donations, which the Portland Rescue Mission uses to purchase food, clothing, and other supplies for their shelter guests.

You can bring your donated items or money to the front office or to Mrs. Macy or Mrs. A in the 3/4 building.

Thank you so much for your support!

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5th/6th grader wins National Geographic Geography Bee at Touchstone!

5th/6th graders compete each year in the National Geographic Geography Bee contest. Jack M. has taken 1st place at Touchstone this year. As he moves forward in this competition he is among 1000 students in Oregon who will receive word soon if they are among the top 100 students who will compete at the state tournament in April. Over the past four years Touchstone has sent three students to the state tournament held at Western Oregon University.

Art Festival at Lake Oswego High School Thursday, 2/11/16 6:30-8:00

This family event is a celebration of Touchstone Schools' art programs. The evening is comprised of two parts. First, there is an art exhibit where art from every student is displayed in a gallery format. Second, there is a musical performance. Students from the preschool and elementary schools sing, participate in choral readings and play instruments for their parents and guests to enjoy. This is most certainly an event you will not want to miss! More Information will be sent home this week with greater details.

Re Enrollment for next school year is still in process.

Registration for next school year is now open to families outside of our school. If you have not yet registered your child for next school year I encourage you to submit your paperwork today! Questions? Please feel free to see me.

Dates to Remember in February

Thursday, 2/11 Arts Festival at Lake Oswego High School 6:30-8:00
Friday, 2/12 Teacher Work Day No classes Extended care available
Monday, 2/15 President's Day School Closed
Tuesday, 2/16 Parent/Teacher conference sign ups posted
Thursday, 2/25 All School Sing 8:50 Principal's Coffee immediately following
Friday, 2/26 Free Dress/Sports Day
Monday, 2/29 - Tuesday, 3/1 Parent/Teacher conferences No classes
Extended care available

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