North Plains Hawks

October 14, 2016

Principal's message - week 7

I hope you are all prepared for the wet windy weekend ahead! Be sure to keep an eye on the district website for any closures that may happen. I will also send out alerts on Remind if I learn of them.

This week I went to the NP Chamber of Commerce meeting and got some great information! I will start putting city events on our NPES web page in case you don't access their information. I'm still amazed by the support of this community.

Yesterday our staff met with Jackson and Patterson teachers for a morning of staff development. It was a great morning filled with learning around INBs (Interactive Notebooks), math talk, College and Career Pathways, and more. In the afternoon teachers collaborated in their Professional Learning Communities to continue planning for the year. Today our counselor, Ms. Clayton, is in Portland at a Counselor's conference taking advantage of Oregon's Statewide Inservice Day. I know it's hard sometimes to have a 4 day weekend, but hopefully you are enjoying the time with your kids while we do some professional learning.

This Tuesday our PTO will hold a working meeting from 12 - 1 here at the school. If you are interested in helping, please let our president, Renee Ramey, know so she can plan for you.

This past Tuesday was our 2nd fire drill and once again, teachers and staff did a great job. We never want to have an emergency, but we definitely want to be prepared if it happens!

Have a great weekend!

Becky Smith

Upcoming Events

This Week

Oct. 18 - PTO working meeting 12-1

Upcoming Events

Oct. 24 - Beginning of the fall Book Fair

Oct. 28 - Harvest Party 5:30 - 7PM

Oct. 31 - Halloween. Costumes ok - no masks, fake (or real) weapons, or excessive gore please!

Nov. 8 - Veteran's Day Assembly 1:15 PM

Nov. 8 - Conferences 3:30 - 7:30 by appointment

Nov. 9 - Conferences 7:30 - 7:30 by appointment

Nov. 10 - No school

Nov. 11 - Veteran's Day, No school

Attendance: How are we doing?

Currently at North Plains Elementary we have 262 students with 95% or greater attendance for the school year. There are 39 students with attendance between 90-94.99%, and 27 students with attendance less than 90%. Research shows that students with chronic absences as early as in kindergarten decrease their chance at graduation. Learn more by clicking on the following link which will take you to

Every Week:

Remind Alerts

Many of you have already signed up for "Remind" to get alerts and reminders of events. Click the link below if you haven't yet signed up!

Classroom volunteers needed: Are you interested in working with the young ones in the classroom? We are really in need of some parent volunteers to come be an extra support in the kinder and 1st grade classrooms. This does NOT mean you need to have a child in this class, in fact it is often better if you don't! But if you have some time and enjoy working with the little ones, please let me know and we will plug you in to help!

After school help needed: You may not know that all schools are given funds to support STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities after school. We've had a variety of activities in the past and are working on this year's line up. We are in need of people to supervise and lead activities after school. Some ideas include a 4-6 grade math club, dance team (intro level of course), drama, choir, science activities, language classes, pretty much anything you can think of we could tie into STE(A)M. Please let me know if there is something you might be interested in.

Box Tops: Remember that we are still collecting box tops! There is a bin inside the main entrance, so feel free to drop them by any time! Thank you to Laura Moradi for taking the lead on box tops again this year!