Touchstone Elementary School
Touchstone Welcomes new teachers!
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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How does music affect your emotions?
What is the best way to stop fruit spoilage?
5th/6th grader wins National Geographic Geography Bee at Touchstone!
Art Festival at Lake Oswego High School Thursday, 2/11/16 6:30-8:00
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
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