Athey Notes

September 26th, 2022

Welcome to Week 5!

Dear Athey Creek Community,

It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces at Curriculum night last Thursday. I appreciate all the positive messages from families who were able to attend the event and connect with their child’s teachers. Welcome back to school!

The school year is fully underway. Club sign ups will be happening soon as well as our first “Home” Cross Country Running Meet this Thursday. This week also features the 6th grade Game Night hosted by our PTSA with keynote speaker, Dennis Dixson (former Duck and NFL professional QuarterBack)!

Thursday will be our first school wide assembly. Each advisory class has been creating demonstration videos that feature our school expectations in various locations across the school. The winning videos will be presented at the Athey Creek Student Expectations Film Festival. We’ll see which advisory classes ‘bring home’ the Gold Cougar Award for their category.

Keep reading Athey Notes to learn more about events and happenings. We look forward to seeing you at Athey Creek!


Joel Sebastian

ACMS Principal

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Mark Your Calendar

Sept. 27th Game Night for 6th Graders

Sept. 28th Early Release 1:45 pm
Sept. 29th Cross Country Meet (Home meet @Athey!)
Oct. 7th Back To School Dance

Oct. 10-14 Scholastic Book Fair

Oct. 12-13 Conferences

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Week 5 Athey Notes

New Information:

1. Introducing Kerry Svode as our new Bookkeeper!

2. Food Delivery Information

3. Parent- Teacher Conferences

4. Cougar Counselor Corner

5. Back to School Dance Information

6. PTSA Update!

Important Information From Last Week

1. PTSA 6th Game Night information

2. Robotics Sign Up

3. How to Help your Student be Successful with Technology

4. Become a Paraeducator! We Need You!

5. More Information about the New Riverside High!

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Introducing Our New Principal's Administrative Assistant

Hello! I’m Kerry and I’m new to the Athey Creek team this year. I’m very excited to work one on one with our amazing students and our learning specialists as a paraeducator. I previously worked in a middle school in Oregon City. I live in the district with my husband and our two children who are twins. The kids are off to college so it’s quieter around the house these days. When I’m not at school, you can often find me walking the hills, paddling on the river or enjoying a hike in the beautiful pnw!

Important Lunch Information

Students are not allowed to order food from restaurants or third party delivery services. Please remind your students that we will be declining all deliveries. If parents wish to send their student food (we understand that lunches can be forgotten and it is not always possible for parents to stop by) then they MUST call the school ahead of time to let us know which service is delivering the food, from which restaurant and your student's name. We appreciate your help in communicating this information with your students. Thank you!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent- Teacher Conferences will be held during the evening of Wednesday, October 12th and the morning of October 13th. Conferences will be in person this year!! Your student will lead the meeting, go over self evaluations, goal setting and you will have an opportunity to ask questions of their advisory teacher. We will be sending out invites to sign up for conferences early next week. Stay Tuned!!!
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Cougar Counselor Corner

Meet our Counselors! Ms. Alisa Doll and Ms. Snapp are our amazing counselors and they have provided us with a slideshow that will introduce them and share how they support students in a variety of ways!

Please reach out if you have any questions.

Alisa and Toni

Click here to read more about them!

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Time to GLOW Dancing!

Welcome back to our school dances! Our first one is Glow in the dark/Neon themed.

Athey Creek Students (all grades!) are welcome to come October, 7, 2022 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. $5 at the door gets them a glow stick, dancing in the commons with DJ, use of a photo booth and an open Gym. There will be concessions available for an extra charge. Please join us for this sure to be fun first dance! (Athey Creek Students Only.)

Volunteers needed please sign up with the district here:

And with our Dance Coordinator here:!/showSignUp/10c0c48a8ab2ea7f49-athey

PTSA Update

Happy Monday! I am thrilled to report that Volunteers are stepping up and EVENTS ARE HAPPENING! Thank you volunteers!

Tomorrow, Sept 27th right after school is our 6th grade Game Night mixer!

Friday Oct 7th at 6:30 is our first dance!! The Neon/Glow-In-The-Dark theme should be a lot of fun. The DJ is booked, the glow sticks are coming, and the kids are excited.

Other things in the works:

School Store

TASA Dinner for conferences and

The Garage Sale!!

Nothing happens without a lot of involvement from our amazing community. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please let me know.

Thank you to everyone working so hard to get these events going!

If you are interested in joining our board we are still looking a future oriented VP to help prepare the PTSA and school for next year at the new location. Please reach out if you are interested.

Have a great week,

Alaina Kuehn

President Athey Creek PTSA

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In Case You Missed It From Last Week's Edition...

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6th Grade Game Night! Put on by YOUR PTSA!

Athey Creek Middle School will host its new Game Night to celebrate 6th graders (in place of Turning Point if you had students here pre-Covid) and allow them to get to know each other as they come together to create a new community. The events will include group activities, games including Game Truck, prizes, food and drinks and lots of laughs!

The event is on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 3:45 – 6:30pm with check-in right after school. Please pick up students by 6:30pm. We will provide snacks and dinner.

Please review this packet, complete the forms and return the following to the Game Night box in the front office by next Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

  • Contract: Required – Both Child and Parent need to read, complete and sign this form.

  • Emergency Form: Required – Parent needs to complete and sign this form.

  • Photo Exemption Form: Optional – If you don’t want your child photographed during this event, please complete and sign this form.

  • $20.00: Include cash or a check payable to Athey Creek PTSA (Scholarships are available for qualified students – please check at office.) *Please note: This will need to be a separate check from any other PTSA expenses.

To create a safe environment, there will be adult chaperones at this event. No one will be allowed to enter or leave the building without passing through a monitored check point. Please make sure your child knows there are to be no electronics at the event, including cell phones (which must be silenced and left in their backpack.) Questions? Contact Krista Oswald or Barbara Stratte

We need volunteers to help this night run smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering please contact:

Sign Up for Robotics!

Hello, ACMS families!

Our long awaited start to our ACMS Robotics club has arrived! Is your student interested in joining us? If so, here's a bit of information about our Robotics Club.

For 6th graders, we partake in the FIRST Lego League program (FLL website:

For 7th and 8th graders, we follow the First Tech Challenge (FTC website:

If your student is interested in participating in the program as listed above, please fill out this Google Form so I know to keep in contact with you.

Our teams are contingent on our amazing parents to volunteer as coaches and support. Meeting days will depend on volunteer availability. I am currently looking for coaches for both the FLL and FTC programs. In that same Google Form for the student sign-up, you may specify if you are interested and available to coach/volunteer for our super teams!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Heidi Goldstrom

How to Help Your Student be Successful with Technology

Just a quick reminder to parents that your students should be coming to school every day with a charged school provided chromebook or their own personal laptop. Chargers should remain at home (they are too easily lost and confused with others). Students should also be bringing their headphones or earbuds. Our librarians are overwhelmed with the daily technology requests of students who have forgotten their items. If you can help your student make a plan for charging their devices and remembering to pack them up each night that would be WONDERFUL!

Become A Paraeducator!

We Need YOU!

West Linn Wilsonville SD needs Paraeducators! They are absolutely vital to our staff and students!

Pros of becoming a Paraeducator at ATHEY:

  • You'll get to assist incredibly grateful and amazing teachers every day!
  • You will be vital to the learning environment of outstanding kids EVERY DAY!
  • You only work days students are in school!
  • You get to work at Athey (we have fun here!)
  • You'll get to come with us to work at the new school when it opens next year!
  • Can't say it enough - You will make a difference in students' lives every day!

If you or someone you know is interested, we'd love to hear from them!

Click here to read more!

More Riverside HS Updates!

Riverside HS Update: Learn More About WLWV’s Newest School

Riverside will be the newest comprehensive high school in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. We are scheduled to open in the Fall of 2023. We look forward to engaging with prospective students and families at upcoming community meetings, at middle school and high school events, and through regular communication updates as we continue to plan and build Riverside High School.

Riverside High School will be an International Baccalaureate (IB) School! Learn more about IB at Riverside in this video.

We will be hosting a Riverside Community Event where we invite you to engage with us as we build the purpose and identity of Riverside High School. This event will be on Sept 28th, 6:00 pm at the Athey Creek Middle School Campus. Check out this flyer for more details!

Actualización de Riverside HS: Obtenga más información sobre la escuela más nueva de WLWV

Riverside será la Preparatoria más nueva en el Distrito Escolar West Linn-Wilsonville. Está programada para abrir en el otoño del 2023. Estamos deseosos de colaborar con posibles estudiantes y familias, en futuras reuniones comunitarias, en eventos de secundaria y preparatoria, y a través de comunicaciones regulares actualizadas, al estar continuando la planeación y creación de la Preparatoria Riverside.

¡La Preparatoria Riverside será una Escuela de Bachillerato Internacional (IB)! Aprenda más acerca del programa IB en Riverside con este video.

Estaremos presentando un Evento Comunitario de Riverside, donde le invitamos a participar con nosotros al estar construyendo el propósito y la identidad de la preparatoria. Este evento será el 28 de septiembre, a las 6 p.m. en las instalaciones de la Secundaria Athey Creek. ¡Revise este boletín para enterarse de más detalles!