March 2017


This March we begin the month with our wonderful Dr. Seuss Night on March 10th. This fabulous event is a favorite of the community. There will be a play performed by Mrs. Treadwell's class, balloon animals, a place for crazy pictures, some Seuss art, and a delicious birthday cake to honor our favorite author. There will be some food available for a small cost, but most of the event is free! Please check below for times and feel free to come dressed up in a most Seussical way.

A reminder that we do have a number of days that have been added to our calendar to make up for the snow days. (See below for specifics). We know many of you plan family visits and vacations around the school calendar. We understand that it may not be possible for you to change these arrangements, but we hope to see your wonderful children join us on these added days!

While students and staff enjoy Spring Break off (March 27 through March 31), we would like to remind you to encourage your children to read. Fit in a visit to the library, or pick up a favorite magazine (Ranger Rick, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Highlights for Children). Ask your children questions about what they are reading; for example: What do they like about the author? What has happened so far? What do they think will happen next? What would you have done if you were the character? Here is a link to a bookmark that you can use that give suggestions about questions you can ask your child before, during, and after their reading.

And incorporate a little math into the week by pointing our all the ways we have math in our lives (clocks, speed limits signs, weather/temperature). Here is a great article about engaging in math talk with your kids. It is easier than you think.

Hope you get a chance to enjoy a little time with your children during that week. And thank you again for letting Patrick Staff be a part of your child's academic experience. We feel so lucky to have your children at our school.

Your head Panther,

Spirit Friday & Dr. Seuss Night

Friday, March 10 is crazy Dr. Seuss hair day!!! Show your school spirit by sporting a whimsical Seuss hair style at school.

Please join us in the evening from 6:00-8:00 for Dr. Seuss Family Night!!! Mrs. Treadwell's class will be performing "Oh, The Places You'll Go" at 7:30 and you won't want to miss out on all of the other fun activities.

A Person is A Person No Matter How Small So Much Fun To Be Had By All, So Join Us Both Young And Old! ~ Dr. Seuss

Patrick's Community Garden Update

We are looking to start Garden Boxes for each class, donated by the wonderful Strange family. Students will get to help decorate the boxes and our goal is to make a Butterfly Weigh Station where we are officially marked on a map as a butterfly sanctuary!

We are hoping to have the boxes at PES in April and begin planting seeds shortly there after!

Final Book Fair

It’s time to head to the great outdoors with the Happy Camper Book Fair: S’more Fun With Books! Pack up your gear and prepare for a wilderness adventure filled with exciting new books from Scholastic and other popular publishers.

This will be our final book fair of the year so you won't want to miss out on this one; and don't forget to stock up on some great summer reading for your kiddo's.

See calendar of events below for dates and time!

Make Up Snow Days

We will be making up the four days we missed school due to inclement weather on the following days:
March 10th
March 22nd and 23rd
June 15 will be the last day of school for students with a ONE hour release. School will be out at 1:15 on this day.

New calendars were sent home with students, make sure to check their backpacks.

Calendar of Events

Mar 9 & 10 Caterpillar Bus visits Patrick
Mar 10 Snow Make Up Day

Mar 10 Crazy Seuss Hair Day

Mar 10 6:00-8:00 Seuss Family Night ~ Gym

Mar 14 6:00 PTO Meeting

Mar 20-23 7:30-3:00 Book Fair ~ Library

Mar 21 5:00-7:00 Family Book Fair Night (Last book fair of the year)

Mar 22 Snow Make Up Day

Mar 23 Snow Make Up Day

Mar 23 Report Cards Go Home


Mar 27-31 NO SCHOOL ~ Spring Break

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

Shout Outs

A big thank you to our PTO for bagging, and passing out popcorn to our Panther's for February 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. Doran and Ms. Medina for sponsoring February movie night! Thank you to all the Patrick families who attended and enjoyed the viewing of The Lorax.

Figaro's always generously donates pizza lunch for our students of the month, we sure appreciate their continued support. Make sure to thank them next time you are in picking up your pizza for your family.

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

Tasting Tables

Rogue Valley Farm to School is offers monthly sampling's in our 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 February 56% of all D6 elementary students tasted winter squash in oatmeal breakfast bars!

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 March 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.