April 2017


Bring on SPRING! I think it may finally be here!!

In March we had a blast at Seuss and an incredibly fun and informative school-wide presentation on Eagles. Now in April we will have some class field trips, state testing, and a new take on Jog-A-Thon.

PTO has come up with a brilliant idea to bring a little excitement and change to our annual Jog-A-Thon. Although, running/walking will be a part of the possibilities that day, our PTO parents want to encourage students to just be healthy and get moving. Student's will have a variety of activities that they can choose to participate in during that day. We are hoping to have a zumba instructor, field games, jump roping, hula-hooping, and other fun ways to stay healthy and active. Student will collect active minutes instead of laps. Still in the planning stages (Mtg. April 4th at 5:30 in Room 1), the event has been christened, "Panthers Get Moving Day!"

Grade 3-5 will begin state testing this month. Below is a schedule of when classes are slated to test. You can help your child during their testing week by: making sure they get a good nights rest and a healthy breakfast; help them relax by making the morning of testing pleasant; and letting your Panther know that this test is important and they should do their best, but that they will always be loved by you no matter the result. For more tips on preparing your child for standardized testing, click here.

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—<Testing week to be determined>

Finally, just a note to say how much we love our Panthers. You have bright, creative students and it is an honor and a joy to watch them grow. Thank you for being a Patrick Panther Family!


Spirit Thursday

Thursday, April 13

Tie Dye Day ~ Wear your favorite tie dye apparel to show your school spirit. We will also have our "Panthers Get Moving" (formerly jog-a-thon) kick-off assembly at 8:30.

District 6 and SOESD are pleased to offer LOVE AND LOGIC

"Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun"

Creating happy families and responsible kids with special emphasis on the early years! A Love and Logic parent training program designed by Love and Logic Institute.

  • Discipline without losing their love
  • Great comebacks all parents need to know
  • Youngsters that grow to be safe, smart, confident teens

Time: 6:00-8:00 (Free Childcare Available)

When: Friday nights for 5 weeks starting April 7, 2017

Cost: Free - Dinner is also provided for adults and children

Where: Patrick Elementary Room 9




Yearbooks are currently on sale in the main office. Yearbook orders are due by April 11th...get your order in today so you are guaranteed a yearbook at the end of the year. Yearbooks are $15 each and checks may be made payable to Patrick Elementary.

Calling all Kinder's for the 17-18 School Year

Kinder Round-Up May 8th

If you have a child or know of a child that will be 5 on or before Sept 01 that will be attending Patrick Elementary next year, please call the office at 541-494-6840. We will have Kinder Round-Up on May 8th from 6:00-7:00. This is an evening where you can meet the Principal, see the school, and hear about our amazing kindergarten program.

We ask that, if possible, you bring your child's birth certificate and immunization's so that we may take copies and get you a head start on registration in August.

Dress Code

The sunshine is coming and with that we would like to remind parents of our dress code at Patrick Elementary. We ask that all parents help with making sure your child is dressed to be safe, respectful, and responsible while at school.

Here are some general guidelines to review with your child:

  • Flip flops without a strap are not allowed
  • Respectful length if wearing shorts
  • Backless tops, sagging pants, spaghetti straps, and halter tops are not allowed
  • Clothing should not have inappropriate sayings or logos
  • No makeup allowed - if your child is wearing makeup they will be asked to wash it off

Calendar of Events

April 04 - 2:30 Cooking Class Begins

April 04 - 6:30 School Board Meeting at Patrick

April 06 - Miracle & Laeger to PAC and Pfaff Park

April 07 - 6:00 Love & Logic Parenting Class

April 10 - Smokey Bear Visits Kinders

April 11 - 2:30 Cooking Class

April 11 - 6:00 PTO Meeting - Room 1

April 13 - Spirit Tie-Dye Day

April 13 - 8:30 "Panther's Get Moving" Kick Off Assembly

April 13 - PTO Sponsored Popsicle Day

April 14 - Tappero's Class to Science Works

April 14 - Doran & Medina's Class to Kid Time

April 14 - Love & Logic Parenting Class

April 18 - Happy Smiles Fluoride Varnish

April 18 - 2:30 Cooking Class

April 20 - Laeger's Class to Rogue Disposal

April 21 - 6:00 Love & Logic Parenting Class

April 25 - 2:30 Cooking Class

April 26 - Treadwell's Class to Wandering Roots

Shout Outs

A big thank you to our PTO for sponsoring Popsicle Friday. Thank you Sheena Soldan and Kim Cerakas for passing out Otter Pops to our Panthers in March. Popsicle 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.

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

Tasting Tables

Rogue Valley Farm to School offer's monthly sampling in the school cafeteria through the Tasting Tables program! Keep an eye out for the monthly recipe and health information flyer. Ask your student what local and in-season harvest items they have tried recently. Last month over 1,838 samples of radish root, greens, and micro-greens were sampled by area students!

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.