Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

March 6, 2020

Message from the Principal

Happy Friday Findley Families,

Thank you to everyone for your generosity! We are only one week into our Pennies for Patients fundraiser and we more than halfway to our goal already. I am continuously inspired by the giving nature of our school community.

We are also grateful for the additional donations of hand sanitizer and bleach-free wipes we continue to receive daily. Keep them coming! We appreciate our families helping us cut down on the spread of germs. I am sure you have been receiving the daily updates from the district regarding the COVID-19. As you are aware there have been a variety of measures put into place to help limit the spread of all viruses. These daily updates also include links to resources and important community and health information I encourage you read. Just a reminder, washing your hands frequently and not touching your face are two of the best preventative measures to take during this cold & flu season.

Thank you to all those who came out to our fifth grade music performance last night. Our music teachers and fifth grade students put on quite a show! We are so proud of all the hard work they put in to entertain us.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


Attendance Line

Thank you for your diligence in contacting us when your child is out. We would like to remind you of the number and the information we need to collect when you call in. Our attendance calls go out at 9:20, so please call before that time so that we can mark your child excused.

Attendance Number 503.356.2100 Option 1

First Name - Please spell

Last Name - Please spell

Teacher Name


Reason for Absence

This information will assist us in getting those calls from our voicemail quickly and getting your child excused for the day.


The Office.

Pennies for Patients Kicks off!

Pennies for Patients


And the winner is….The Four Knights!!!! Parents, we are happy to announce another very successful OBOB season!!

  • 16 Books

  • 57 Teams

  • 228 Student participants

  • 15 Parent Volunteers

  • 112 Battles

  • Experience...Priceless

We are looking forward to the Regional Battles on Saturday March 14th and wish the Four Knights the very best of luck!!!

There will be an ice cream party during the grade level lunch for all participants on Friday, March 13th. Please have your students wear their OBOB shirt for our celebration. Participant ribbons and certificates will be handed out before Spring Break.

A sincere thank you to all who helped to make this program a success. The students really seemed to enjoy the book selection this year, it opened many of them to new series to read. The partial list for next year is already available and I have seen so much interest and know teams are being formed. It’s great to see the students so engaged and excited about reading!!!

Congratulations the Four Knights - Anjali - Sahana - Anya - Claire

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New Year - New Habits: After School Pickup

Walkers / Flag Pole - If you are picking your student up at the end of the day, please wait for your child at the Flag pole at the south end of the front driveway. Parents / Grandparents waiting for them by the front doors causes a bit of congestion when we are trying to get students onto the buses. Your help in keeping this area clear is greatly appreciated.

Car Pickup - Please pull forward and let our wonderful staff call your student forward. For safety reasons, we ask that you not pick them up prior to the first cross walk in the lot. The second crosswalk is closed during dismissal for safety reasons. Please follow instructions from our staff in crossing to your car.


Please remember that conferences have been changed. Findley will now have conferences on the following dates.

4/1 4-8pm

4/2 8 am - 8 pm - NO SCHOOL


Teachers will begin to schedule for conferences prior to Spring Break!

Resource to share with families

Please feel free to share this zine from NPR with families:

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Meet our Team!

2nd Grade

Let's meet our Excellent 2nd grade team!

Carissa Bricker: Do you have any pets? Yes! i have a 10 month old golden retriever puppy names Renny

Elizabeth Dow: Have you always taught 2nd grade at Findley? Yes! It is my absolute favorite age to teach. I have been so fortunate!

Joyce Kim: How many languages do you speak? I speak 2 languages, Korean & English

Mo Schulz: Have you ever run and 1/2 or full marathon? I have ran 10 marathons in 5 states. Her fastest marathon was in Duluth, Minnesota when she broke 4 hours. I have ran 25 half marathons. My next 1/2 marathon is the Yosemite Half in May.

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Whats Happening!

Announcements week of 2/24

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Announcements week of 3/2

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Findley PTO

Findley PTO: Supporting our students by connecting parents, staff, and the community!

Visit our website at www.findleypto.com or email president@findleypto.com.

Findley Science Fair is March 11th – We Need Reviewers

We are looking for reviewers. Our community is filled with parents with an extensive science/math background. Please come and spend some time going over the science posters with the kids - probing them with good questions, praising their efforts and encouraging them to continue to wonder! Please sign up at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KZuKlddGeFFskBM1LD6p6Kt61kXMdBLK/view?usp=sharing

Don’t forget to check out the Science Fair hands-on and exhibitor stations!

Science Fair Schedule:

3/10 Drop Off 6:15 pm - 7:45pm

3/11 Drop Off 7 am - 8 am

3/11 Science Fair 6 pm - 8 pm

Donations of Disinfectant Wipes & Hand Sanitizer Needed!!!

The stores are sold out of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. Please donate your extra supplies to the Findley library and classrooms to keep surfaces clean during this cold & flu season. Donations can be left in the office and it will be distributed to teachers who need them.

(We have been told that the Bethany QFC does have sanitizer as of 3/5)

Findley Field Improvement News!!!

We have good news to share from the PTO! After years of trying to move forward on improving our field, we have finally gotten a reasonable quote to begin Phase I of a multi-tier project.

Sometime in the next month or two, a vendor will be onsite to start work on installing sprinklers on the field. The track will be closed during this time. The project will take no more than 3 weeks.

Once this phase is completed, the PTO Board will evaluate future plans for the second phase of the project, which is drainage.


This year’s book fair was a great success due to everyone who showed their support. We appreciate all the volunteers and the entire Findley community who supported our efforts to promote and encourage reading. Your purchases have contributed to expanding libraries in the classrooms, school, home, and community.

A few numbers to share:

58 books donated to McKinley Elementary

76 eWallets set up

28 prizes awarded to raffle winners

94 books donated to the Findley library

Thank you for helping to get books to so many students! If you have any feedback to share please contact Annie Bulnes (abulnes3@gmail.com) or Marissa McAbee (marissamcabee@yahoo.com)

Findley Carnival Planning

Calling all Findley Dads! Come join the Findley Carnival planning each month in the banquet room at Bethany Public House. The carnival is set for June 5th and there is a lot to do! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 26th at 8:30pm. Come join the Carny Dads! It's for the kids! Contact JD McLandrich with any questions – jd.mclandrich@aecom.com.

Save the Date! Findley PTO General Meeting Dates

PTO General Meetings (Findley Library) – Presentations and staff updates. Open to all interested parents!

· February Meeting - February 24th @ 7pm

· May 18th

Up Coming Events


11th - Science Fair

18th - Passport Club

19th - 2nd Grade PYP Night

20th - Passport Recheck

20th - All School Assembly

23 - 27th - Spring Break

30th - Return to School


1st - Conferences 4-8pm

2nd - No School Conferences

3rd - No School

10th - No School Grading Day

15th - Passport Club

17th - Passport Recheck

17th - All School Assembly

23rd - Kindy Roundup

24th - No School - Staff Development


Don't miss out!