February 2017


I saw a pack of Necco “Conversation Hearts” in a student’s hand last week…It must be February!

This month we begin some great projects. You may have seen a link on Facebook for a survey regarding the start of Patrick Community Garden! We are so excited about beginning this component of our school learning activities, and will start by creating a butterfly garden that we hope to have recognized by as a monarch waystation! I will include the link to the survey below. If you haven’t had a chance to fill it out, please take a moment to do so!

We will begin our Panther Run Club this month, with great thanks to Crater’s Cross Country State Champions, Nate Edwards, Josh Idiart, and Griffin Hoganson! Wednesdays and Thursdays every week, these athletes will encourage support Panthers who want to take up this healthy pastime! Participation is strictly voluntary, and those who do participate will eligible for “running charms” for their school charm collection, AND will be working towards earning Crater Cross Country Swag for greater milestones.

Our great thanks to Figaro’s Pizza and those that participated in their fundraiser for us, during December Wednesdays! We now have $153 to use towards our makerspace! Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. We plan on using the money to help us obtain more tools and constructive elements for students to use in this area. A recent need that has shown itself is shelving. Although we hope to eventually make our own shelving as a part of student projects, we ask that if anyone has some shelving to donate now, we would greatly appreciate it. It is easier to work on projects, when your tools are organized!!

February 21, Rogue Valley Symphony will send a quartet (or quintet) to visit students. They do a fabulous job of introducing students to different instruments, composers, and musical styles. If you have a chance, it is a fun assembly to sit in on!

Thank you, Parents, for you love and support at our Panther Music Concert! Staff was so proud of students’ hard work and focus! Your presence meant the world to them and to us. Big hugs to teacher Wendy Cawthorne for sharing her passion for music.

We hope this month brings you and your Panthers reminders of the love and bonds of family.

Your Patrick Staff thanks you for choosing us to help educate your children!


3rd-5th Grade State Testing

State testing will begin for grades 3-5 after Spring Break. If you choose to have your student “opt out” of state testing, you may download the document(s) at the link(s) below, sign, and send back to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. The form suggests Feb 1, 2017. Since we are testing later in the spring, we ask that you have it to us no later than March 10, 2017, so we can submit to the state.

If you need a hard copy sent home for any reason, please call our office and request one to be sent home with your student.

“Opt Out” form for annual Smarter Balanced Assessment for Grades 3-5

Grade 5 would also need the OAKS Science Assessment “Opt Out” form

State Testing Schedule:

Mr. Fretz’s Class—April 17-21

Mr. Joseph’s Class—April 24-28

Mrs. Miracle’s third graders—May 1-5

Mrs. Laeger’s third graders—May 8-12

Mrs. Treadwell’s Class—May 15-19

Calendar of Events

Feb 10 Spirit Friday

~Wear your favorite country western gear!

Feb 10 Assembly

~ Bjorge's class to host

Feb 14 Valentines Day

~Contact your child's teachers for classroom activities

Feb 14 6:00 PTO Meeting ~ Room 1

Feb 17 Popcorn Friday

~If you are available to volunteer please contact a PTO officer

Feb 20 NO SCHOOL ~ President's Day

Feb 21 8:30 K-2 Rogue Valley Symphony ~ Gym

Feb 21 9:15 3-5 Rogue Valley Symphony ~ Gym

Feb 22 Spirit Day ~ Stand Up to Bullying - Wear Pink

~Wear pink to show your support for anti bullying

Patrick's Community Garden

Patrick's Community Garden is going to be a reality! Please take our short survey to let us know how you can help!

Spirit Friday - Country Western Day

Show your school spirit on February 10 by wearing your country western gear.

Spirit Wednesday ~ Stand Up To Bullying

February 22, 2017 is Pink T-Shirt Day Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Each year, on Pink T-Shirt Day, We encourage all our Patrick Panthers to wear something pink to symbolize that we, as a society, will not tolerate bullying anywhere.

Shout Outs

A big thank you to Nichole Petty and Hilary Cooper for popping, bagging, and passing out popcorn to our Panther's for January Popcorn Friday. Popcorn Friday's are always the Friday after the month's PTO meeting; if you have a couple of hours free and would like to help with this event please contact a PTO board member.

Thanks to Mrs. MIracle and Mr. Bjorge for sponsoring January's movie night; it was a huge success. Thank your to all the Patrick families who attended.

We appreciate our volunteers and all that they do for our Panthers.

Tasting Tables

Rogue Valley Farm to School is sampling at your student’s cafeteria through the Tasting Tables program! Keep an eye out for the monthly recipe and health information flyer. Ask your student what fresh and local harvest items they have tried recently. In the month of January 1,497 samples of potato crust pizza, rosemary roasted potatoes, and potato leek soup were tasted!

If you're interested in getting involved and seeing the Tasting Tables in action, please contact:

PTO News

We are always looking for new members and new idea's to support Patrick teachers and students. Please bring your idea's and join us February 14th at 6:00 PM in room 1 for our monthly PTO meeting.

PTO Board Members

With a little effort BIG things can happen!

Community Support

Fred Meyer - Community Rewards

Link your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Patrick Elementary at:

Once you have registered and linked your card to Patrick each time you shop Patrick earns rewards. You still earn your Reward Point, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you normally would.

Office Depot - Give Back To Schools

Simply make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide ID 70083729 at checkout and Patrick will receive 5% of the purchase to make supply purchases for the school.

Box Tops for Education

Clip Box Tops and send to the front office with your child. You can also register at:

Look for coupons and more ways to earn Box Top points for Patrick.

Student Safety

  • Visitors - Are required to sign in at the office and obtain a visitor badge or sticker.
  • Go Home Changes - If you must make a change to how your child goes home from school, please send it to school with your child in writing. Phone calls are highly discouraged as the class must be disrupted to deliver the message. Please only call with go home changes if it is an emergency.
  • Absences - If your child is going to be absent please call our attendance line at 541-494-6863 and leave a message stating your child's name, date, and the reason for the absence. Chronic absences, tardies and unexcused absences will be reported to the district's truancy officer. Any student missing 10 consecutive days of school will be un-registered and must re-register upon return.

Attendance Line ~ 541-494-6863

Thank you to all of our Patrick parents that are diligent in calling our attendance line to report your child's absence for the day. When you call please leave your child's name, the date of absence, reason for the absence, and your name.

Please do not leave any other messages on the attendance line as it is only checked once per day. If you need to get your student a message or need assistance with anything else please call the main office at 541-494-6840.

School Delays & Closures

If school is delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather it will be posted on the district website at, Patrick's Facebook page, local tv and radio will also broadcast updates.