Alligator Bite

Week of March 9 - March 13

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

Calendar of Events

Next Week

  • March 5-14 - Spring Book Fair!
  • March 11-13 (Wed-Fri) - No School - Conferences!

Upcoming Events

  • March 16 (Mon) - Volunteer Training from 12:30-1:00 *Meet in the library
  • March 16-17 (Mon, Tues) - Pastini Pasteria Dine Out!
  • March 23-27 (Mon-Fri) - Spring Break!

Information and updates

Conferences and staff appreciation

Spring conferences are next week and that means it’s time for Staff Appreciation!

If you’d like to help the APA show its gratitude for all Adams’ teachers and staff, please check out the link below and consider signing up for an item to donate.

Book Fair


The Book Fair kickoff was a success! The Book Fair will continue through 3/14. We need volunteers to help make sure it’s still successful. Jen McClelland, who has Chaired and Co-Chaired the Book Fair for the last 6 years is graduating to Linus Pauling with her 5th grader at the end of the school year. We need people to help ensure the Book Fair continues to be one of our school's largest fundraisers. If you are interested in taking a bigger role in the Book Fair in the future, or even just want to help out in some capacity, please contact Jen McClelland or Shannon Waddell. Please use the following link to sign up for volunteer spots.

If none of these opportunities work for you, but you're still interested in helping out, let us know, there is a lot that needs to be done!

Jen McClelland

Shannon Waddell

Book Fair Hours

Saturday, March 7th: 10am-2pm

Monday, March 9th: 2:15-3:30pm

Tuesday, March 10th: 2:15-5pm

Wednesday, March 11th: 11am-6pm

Thursday, March 12th: 8:30am-3pm

Friday, March 13th: 8:30am-12:30pm

Saturday, March 14th: 10am-12pm

Pe and wellness news


While we don't get the snow and ice for sledding, the students were exposed to the winter sports of luge and skeleton using the always-popular scooter boards. We preceded that fun activity with some PACER practice to work on pacing and endurance. We started the lesson with a variety of moving and stationary exercises.


We are engrossed in Wellness Month. Monday's assembly kicked of more than a dozen activities. The Kid's Heart Challenge is a way to improve knowledge and skills about heart health by signing up online. The Dream Big Marathon Challenge invites students to run 26 miles, read 26 books, and do 26 acts of kindness. If your child does not have the sign up information for either of those, please see Mr. Behrens. We have begun the March Madness Free Throw Competition for K-2 and 3-5. Coming up is the Conference Wellness Challenge as well as various school-based events. Here's a review of Wellness Month.

Contact Mr. Behrens with any questions.

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Library News

The Dream Big Marathon Challenge is underway! Read 26 books, run/walk 26 miles and do 25 acts of kindness to reach your goal and receive a medal by the end of the year!

You can print out the document below to fill out, or pick up a copy at school!

This week’s library lessons have been related to the media balance portion of digital citizenship. Alongside discussion, hands on activities exploring balance illustrated how we find need a balance for things like screens and devices in our lives.

K-2 used scales to balance school supplies and 3-5th grades took on a collaborative challenge to build representations of balance using limited resources.

COMING UP! SAVE THE DATE APRIL 9, 2020 from 5:30-7:30 PM For the LITERACY EVENING. Come listen to students read stories, sign up for a library card from our Pubic Library who will have a maker activity, hear world language stories, and enjoy time browsing the library collection with your family. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THIS EVENT IN ANY WAY, PLEASE EMAIL Thank you!

Pastini Dine out

Dine Out at Pastini!

Our next dine-out is Monday March 16th and Tuesday March 17th at Pastini Pastaria. When you order lunch or dinner, mention Adams and Pastini will donate 20% to our school.


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March 6, 2020, Health Update

Our district leadership is meeting regularly for status updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Our campus stewards and district facilities team are trained and equipped to properly clean our school facilities and all staff has been encouraged to utilize cleaning supplies provided in their building to wipe down frequently touched surfaces.

We have educated our staff about the importance of staying home if they are sick.

In line with our district values, we are committed to preventing stigma and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, our country of origin and will maintain confidentiality. We have a responsibility to prevent and respond to any acts of bullying or harassment of students based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, or disability as this can be considered race- or disability-based harassment.

Our Teaching and Learning Department leaders are developing guidance for teachers on assuring continuity of instruction for students who may have an extended absence due to illness.


Oregon Health Authority Information

Marzo 6, 2020 Actualización de Salud

El liderazgo de nuestro distrito se reúne regularmente para generar actualizaciones en la información.

Los equipos de limpieza en nuestras escuelas e instalaciones del distrito están capacitados y equipados para limpiar adecuadamente las instalaciones y se ha alentado a todo el personal a utilizar los suministros de limpieza proporcionados a su edificio para limpiar las superficies que se tocan con frecuencia.

Hemos educado a nuestro personal sobre la importancia de quedarse en casa si están enfermos.

Alineados a los valores de nuestro distrito, estamos comprometidos a prevenir el estigma y la discriminación por motivos de raza, etnia, o país de origen y mantendremos la confidencialidad. Tenemos la responsabilidad de prevenir y responder a cualquier acto de intimidación o acoso a los estudiantes en función de raza, color, origen nacional o discapacidad real o percibida, ya que esto puede considerarse acoso basado en raza o discapacidad.

Los líderes de nuestro Departamento de Enseñanza y Aprendizaje están desarrollando una guía para maestros con el fin de asegurar la continuidad de la instrucción para los estudiantes que puedan tener una ausencia prolongada debido a una enfermedad.



Please do not block the driveway when turning in from 35th and do not stop in the traffic lane in front of the school unless for pedestrians to cross.


Adams OBOB is proud to congratulate The Astonishing Armadillos (Emily, Makenzie, Molly, Noel, and Nora) who cruised through all their battles, undefeated! This team is now representing Adams Elementary School at the OBOB Regionals in McMinnville on March 14th to compete with 40 other teams from 4 counties. Two teams will win Regionals and then compete at OBOB State Competition on April 4th in Salem, OR. We are proud of all 90 students who participated in OBOB this year. All OBOB teams celebrated together at a private OBOB Assembly on March 3rd. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who made this possible for our students! See you next year, starting in October 2020! OBOB books for next year are already been announced!
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Fine arts night

This year Fine Arts Night is Thursday, May 7th 2020. There are 3 ways you can help Mrs. Sanders with the art that's featured at Fine Arts Night.

1. Take art home to mount: Please email her if you would like to take art home to mount. You can pick up a box of art in the office; she will provide supplies and directions. We started mounting art a few months ago but more help is needed!

2. Mount art to panels on Tuesday and Thursday in the art room. The art room is reserved on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-2:30 to mount art to panels. This is Amanda Buchanan (an Adams Parent) last year, so it would be nice to have some new parents learning the ropes! Directions will be posted near Mrs. Sander’s desk.

3. Two weeks before Fine Arts Night: This option entails hanging art panels, create bulletin board displays, tag and display ceramic art, and working on special displays for fine arts night.

Please email Mrs. Sanders at if you can help and any time you can spare is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance for your time and effort in helping to make this amazing event such a great success!

Box tops

We're a Box Tops school!

Each Box Top clip is worth 10 cents...and they add up! There are 2 ways to collect and donate your Box Tops. Box Tops for Education is going digital, and in the transition they are accepting both clips and scans.

If your package has a traditional Box Top clip, cut it off and send it into school.

If your package has a Scan Your Receipt Box Top, download the free Box Tops for Education App, set your school for Adams Elementary School, and scan your grocery receipts. It's fast and easy!

The next Box Tops submission is due March 1st, but we will be accepting Box Tops all year.

Green Team News!

Each Thursday a group of 4th and 5th graders gather for Green Team. We have been very busy working on our Green School goals and other projects. So far we've made posters for the cafeteria reminding students not to waste food, educated students in how to use the sharing table, made presentations to classes about best practices in recycling, and made periodic checks to see how well classes are recycling.

Each month we will award the Recycling Trophy (a beautifully transformed 2-liter plastic bottle) to the class who has done the best job recycling. Green Team members check all classes each week to see if there is any garbage or non-recyclable material contaminating it.

Right now the team is creating a huge sign for the school garden embellished with plastic bottle caps. Check out our ongoing progress in the front entryway display case. We are still about 1,000 bottle caps short, so please collect caps and turn them into the office. There's a bucket right on the front counter. Thank you!

Volunteer training

Interested in Volunteering at Adams?

Please contact and attend a monthly training.

We will cover how to use the copier and laminating machine and general school information and then if you are interested you can also have a library orientation and training if you would like to help in the library too. The next volunteer trainings will be held on Monday March 16 from 12:30-1:00pm and Monday April 13 from 12:30=1:00pm. Please meet in the office and have completed the online volunteer application with background check online prior to volunteering (available on the school website).

ALL VOLUNTEERS- SAVE THE DATE! In this season of gratitude, we are planning ahead to hold a Volunteer Appreciation Event Wednesday May 13th from 7:30-8:30am. A short program will begin at 7:30 until the first bell. Then we will continue with a coffee social until 8:30 in the Library. We love our Volunteers at Adams!

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March Tasting Tables Featuring Rutabaga!

Mark your calendars! At the March Tasting Table (March 4th & 5th), students at your school will have the chance to try locally grown Rutabaga sticks with white bean hummus! Be sure to ask your child how they liked it.

Fun Rutabaga Facts:

  • Rutabaga is also known as yellow turnip, swede, and neep.

  • In Oregon, rutabaga is harvested twice in May-June and again in July-August.

  • Rutabagas are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin C.

  • Rutabagas can be used as a low-carb and low-calorie replacement for potatoes.

  • Forest Grove, Oregon has been Rutabaga Capital of the World since 1951!

If you have questions about the Corvallis Farm to School program, please contact Jessica Worden (, Farm to School Coordinator.


¡Mesas de Degustación de marzo con nabo sueco!

¡Marque sus calendarios! En la Mesa de Degustación de marzo (4 y 5 de marzo), los estudiantes de su escuela tendrán la oportunidad de probar palitos de nabo sueco cultivados localmente con hummus de frijoles blancos. Asegúrese de preguntarle a su hijo cómo le gustó.

Datos curiosos de Nabos Suecos:

  • Nabos Suecos también se conoce como nabo amarillo, sueco y neep.

  • En Oregon, la nabo sueco se cosecha dos veces en mayo-junio y nuevamente en julio-agosto.

  • Las nabos suecos son ricas en fibra, potasio, magnesio, calcio y vitamina C.

  • Nabos Suecos se puede utilizar como un sustituto bajo en carbohidratos y bajo en calorías para las papas.

  • ¡Forest Grove, Oregon, ha sido el capital del mundo de nabos sueco capital desde 1951!

Si tiene preguntas sobre el programa Corvallis Farm to School, comuníquese con Jessica Worden (, coordinadora de Farm to School.

Community Flyers

Community flyers are now shared on the Corvallis School District website! Learn about programs, sports, and opportunities in our community. Flyers posted this week are listed below:

Dyslexia Information Night

Voter Registration Awareness

Four Rivers 4-H Camp

Summer Basketball Camp at Linn-Benton Community College

2020 Graduate All Night Party

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Overnighter

Assistive Learning Technology Consulting

Please visit the community flyers page for all current flyers:

¡Los volantes comunitarios ahora se comparten en la página web del Distrito Escolar de Corvallis! Entérese de los programas, deportes y oportunidades en nuestra comunidad. Los volantes publicados para ésta semana a continuación:

Noche de información sobre dislexia

Campaña de Registro de Votantes

Campamento 4H Four Rivers

Campamento de baloncesto an LBCC

Viaje de una noche a Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

Consultoría de tecnología de aprendizaje asistido

Por favor, visite la página de volantes comunitarios para ver los más recientes volantes:

The Corvallis School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship, color, disability, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, parental or marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding discrimination: Jennifer Duvall, Human Resources Director and Title IX coordinator, 541-757-5840 | 1555 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333

El Distrito Escolar de Corvallis no discrimina en base a la edad, nacionalidad, color, discapacidad, expresión de género, identidad de género, origen nacional, situación de los padres o de su estado civil, raza, religión, sexo u orientación sexual en sus programas y actividades, y proporciona igualdad de acceso a los grupos de jóvenes designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender las consultas acerca de la discriminación:

Jennifer Duvall, Director de Recursos Humanos y Coordinadora de Título IX,