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Week of March 9 - March 13

Every person needs a place that is furnished with hope.”

Maya Angelou

Calendar of Events

Next Week

  • March 5-14 - Spring Book Fair!
  • March 11-13 (Wed-Fri) - No School - Conferences!

Upcoming Events

  • March 16 (Mon) - Volunteer Training from 12:30-1:00 *Meet in the library
  • March 16-17 (Mon, Tues) - Pastini Pasteria Dine Out!
  • March 23-27 (Mon-Fri) - Spring Break!

Information and updates

Conferences and staff appreciation

Spring conferences are next week and that means it’s time for Staff Appreciation!

If you’d like to help the APA show its gratitude for all Adams’ teachers and staff, please check out the link below and consider signing up for an item to donate.

Book Fair


The Book Fair kickoff was a success! The Book Fair will continue through 3/14. We need volunteers to help make sure it’s still successful. Jen McClelland, who has Chaired and Co-Chaired the Book Fair for the last 6 years is graduating to Linus Pauling with her 5th grader at the end of the school year. We need people to help ensure the Book Fair continues to be one of our school's largest fundraisers. If you are interested in taking a bigger role in the Book Fair in the future, or even just want to help out in some capacity, please contact Jen McClelland or Shannon Waddell. Please use the following link to sign up for volunteer spots.

If none of these opportunities work for you, but you're still interested in helping out, let us know, there is a lot that needs to be done!

Jen McClelland

Shannon Waddell

Pe and wellness news

Classes started with warm-up exercises that engaged the upper and lower body. Students worked with gymnastic benches to work on upper body muscles, lower body strength, and balance. Then they worked through a model of the circulatory system to understand how the heart pumps blood around the body, delivering oxygen and taking away carbon dioxide. We also simulated the adult affiliations of stroke, heart attack, and emphysema with special emphasis that kids DO NOT get these problems, but that these problems can be avoided by starting good habits now.


Adams kicks off Wellness Month on Monday with the Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association. Meet the Heart Heroes that will help us fight heart disease and teach us how to keep our hearts happy while helping others! You can get a jump start by registering online today! Download the FREE App called Kids Heart Challenge for Apple or Android or visit and search Adams Elementary to get started. When you join our team, your child will be asked to take the challenge to BE KIND, MOVE MORE or BE READY. Just for taking the challenge, your child will earn the Kids Heart Challenge wristband! Thank you for helping our school and the American Heart Association save lives! Meet Alexa (1 Minute Video) our Kids Heart Challenge student survivor!

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THE AHA's main goal is to raise awareness and practices about heart health. PLEASE KNOW THAT NO DONATIONS ARE REQUIRED. You may have a connection to heart health in your family or among friends, I know I do! But you might consider contributing to the Adams Direct Drive to help build remodel the playground, an equally great way to promote heart health. Your child's AHA brochure has all the details.

There are Wellness Activities every day during the month of March. Your teacher has a calendar to remind students. Here is one for your reference

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Library News

In library this week classes read the story of Dave McGillivray's Dream Big: A Story of Courage and Determination. Next week we kick off the Dream Big Marathon Challenge at the Wellness Assembly on March 2nd.

To make your BIG DREAMS come true, you need to BE FIT - physically, mentally, and emotionally. Challenge yourself to run 26 miles, read 26 books, and do 26 acts of kindness starting March 2nd!

You can print out the document below to fill out, or pick up a copy at school!

Next week the Library is Closed for Checkout from March 2-March 13 due to the Scholastic Book Fair. Lessons on Digital Citizenship will be held in classrooms in place of library time. Returns will still be possible via classroom boxes during this time. Library will reopen for check out following Spring Parent Conference dates.

Fine arts night

This year Fine Arts Night is Thursday, May 7th 2020. There are 3 ways you can help Mrs. Sanders with the art that's featured at Fine Arts Night.

1. Take art home to mount: Please email her if you would like to take art home to mount. You can pick up a box of art in the office; she will provide supplies and directions. We started mounting art a few months ago but more help is needed!

2. Mount art to panels on Tuesday and Thursday in the art room. The art room is reserved on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-2:30 to mount art to panels. This is Amanda Buchanan (an Adams Parent) last year, so it would be nice to have some new parents learning the ropes! Directions will be posted near Mrs. Sander’s desk.

3. Two weeks before Fine Arts Night: This option entails hanging art panels, create bulletin board displays, tag and display ceramic art, and working on special displays for fine arts night.

Please email Mrs. Sanders at if you can help and any time you can spare is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance for your time and effort in helping to make this amazing event such a great success!

Box tops

We're a Box Tops school!

Each Box Top clip is worth 10 cents...and they add up! There are 2 ways to collect and donate your Box Tops. Box Tops for Education is going digital, and in the transition they are accepting both clips and scans.

If your package has a traditional Box Top clip, cut it off and send it into school.

If your package has a Scan Your Receipt Box Top, download the free Box Tops for Education App, set your school for Adams Elementary School, and scan your grocery receipts. It's fast and easy!

The next Box Tops submission is due March 1st, but we will be accepting Box Tops all year.

Green Team News!

Each Thursday a group of 4th and 5th graders gather for Green Team. We have been very busy working on our Green School goals and other projects. So far we've made posters for the cafeteria reminding students not to waste food, educated students in how to use the sharing table, made presentations to classes about best practices in recycling, and made periodic checks to see how well classes are recycling.

Each month we will award the Recycling Trophy (a beautifully transformed 2-liter plastic bottle) to the class who has done the best job recycling. Green Team members check all classes each week to see if there is any garbage or non-recyclable material contaminating it.

Right now the team is creating a huge sign for the school garden embellished with plastic bottle caps. Check out our ongoing progress in the front entryway display case. We are still about 1,000 bottle caps short, so please collect caps and turn them into the office. There's a bucket right on the front counter. Thank you!

Volunteer training

Interested in Volunteering at Adams?

Please contact and attend a monthly training.

We will cover how to use the copier and laminating machine and general school information and then if you are interested you can also have a library orientation and training if you would like to help in the library too. The next volunteer trainings will be held on Monday March 16 from 12:30-1:00pm and Monday April 13 from 12:30=1:00pm. Please meet in the office and have completed the online volunteer application with background check online prior to volunteering (available on the school website).

ALL VOLUNTEERS- SAVE THE DATE! In this season of gratitude, we are planning ahead to hold a Volunteer Appreciation Event Wednesday May 13th from 7:30-8:30am. A short program will begin at 7:30 until the first bell. Then we will continue with a coffee social until 8:30 in the Library. We love our Volunteers at Adams!

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March Tasting Tables Featuring Rutabaga!

Mark your calendars! At the March Tasting Table (March 4th & 5th), students at your school will have the chance to try locally grown Rutabaga sticks with white bean hummus! Be sure to ask your child how they liked it.

Fun Rutabaga Facts:

  • Rutabaga is also known as yellow turnip, swede, and neep.

  • In Oregon, rutabaga is harvested twice in May-June and again in July-August.

  • Rutabagas are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin C.

  • Rutabagas can be used as a low-carb and low-calorie replacement for potatoes.

  • Forest Grove, Oregon has been Rutabaga Capital of the World since 1951!

If you have questions about the Corvallis Farm to School program, please contact Jessica Worden (, Farm to School Coordinator.


¡Mesas de Degustación de marzo con nabo sueco!

¡Marque sus calendarios! En la Mesa de Degustación de marzo (4 y 5 de marzo), los estudiantes de su escuela tendrán la oportunidad de probar palitos de nabo sueco cultivados localmente con hummus de frijoles blancos. Asegúrese de preguntarle a su hijo cómo le gustó.

Datos curiosos de Nabos Suecos:

  • Nabos Suecos también se conoce como nabo amarillo, sueco y neep.

  • En Oregon, la nabo sueco se cosecha dos veces en mayo-junio y nuevamente en julio-agosto.

  • Las nabos suecos son ricas en fibra, potasio, magnesio, calcio y vitamina C.

  • Nabos Suecos se puede utilizar como un sustituto bajo en carbohidratos y bajo en calorías para las papas.

  • ¡Forest Grove, Oregon, ha sido el capital del mundo de nabos sueco capital desde 1951!

Si tiene preguntas sobre el programa Corvallis Farm to School, comuníquese con Jessica Worden (, coordinadora de Farm to School.

Community Flyers

Community flyers are now shared on the Corvallis School District website! Learn about programs, sports, and opportunities in our community. Flyers posted this week are listed below:

Girls on the Run Willamette Valley Registration Open for Jefferson Elementary!

Ovtave Levenspiel Lecture with NASA Astronaut Donald R. Pettit

Spring Athletics

Spartan Stampede - 1k/5k/10k Race for Charity

HPV vaccination clinic

World Peace Game Master Class offered for teachers, June 15-19, 2020

World Peace Game

Summer Basketball Camp at Linn-Benton Community College

4-Way Test Speech Contest

Heart of the Valley Children's Choir

Please visit the community flyers page for all current flyers:

¡Los volantes comunitarios ahora se comparten en la página web del Distrito Escolar de Corvallis! Entérese de los programas, deportes y oportunidades en nuestra comunidad. Los volantes publicados para ésta semana a continuación:

Deportes de primavera

Proteja a su hijo contra el VPH

Campamento de baloncesto en LBCC

Por favor, visite la página de volantes comunitarios para ver los más recientes volantes:

The Corvallis School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship, color, disability, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, parental or marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding discrimination: Jennifer Duvall, Human Resources Director and Title IX coordinator, 541-757-5840 | 1555 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333

El Distrito Escolar de Corvallis no discrimina en base a la edad, nacionalidad, color, discapacidad, expresión de género, identidad de género, origen nacional, situación de los padres o de su estado civil, raza, religión, sexo u orientación sexual en sus programas y actividades, y proporciona igualdad de acceso a los grupos de jóvenes designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender las consultas acerca de la discriminación:

Jennifer Duvall, Director de Recursos Humanos y Coordinadora de Título IX,