January 2017


Dear Patrick Families,

Ay-chi-hua-hua! It is 2017!!

December showed us the caring of others as students enjoyed the warming gloves from Gold Valley Fellowship; and Figaro's Pizza helped us raise money for our Maker's Lab with sales of extra-large pizzas on Wednesdays! Students and families got to make ornaments and memories with our PTO Ornament night, and our PTO helped raise money for scholarships at the Crater Scholarship Auction. Kinders "explored" the moon and sang about reindeer! There were exhibitions from magnet classes and other classes who demonstrated community caring and wellbeing by putting together care boxes for the elderly. Panthers are on the move and demonstrating community!

This month I would like to strongly encourage you to participate in our PTO Meeting on January 10 at 6 pm in Room 1. This is a dynamic group that helps to create great family activities for our Panthers and support classrooms and student learning. We would love to have you be a part.

A reminder that January 16 is MLK Day and there will be no school. This day is celebrated for Civil Rights/Equality achievements. King's message went beyond "Black and White;" he also dealt with issues of gendered stereotypes, poverty, and privilege. May I say that we at Patrick are proud to serve a wide variety of families. Please know that your students are loved and valued here, and we are honored to be a part of their experience.

January 20th will be another Family Movie Night-- this month featuring "The BFG" (2016). The admission for students and their families is free. There will be drinks and food available for $1 each. But the emphasis here is providing a fun and affordable evening for Patrick Families. We ask that families do NOT bring pillows or blankets for this event. Anytime groups of people gather, there is an opportunity to "share" things such as germs, lice, and more. If you bring these items, you will be asked to take them back to the car. PLEASE help us to make this a"NO LICE Event."

Finally, January 26 will be our Patrick Music Night at Crater Performing Arts Center, at 6:30 pm. Mrs. Cawthorne and our students have been working hard perfecting their performances and you will be receiving more information about times and where children should go. We are so lucky to have this opportunity to learn with Wendy Cawthorne and the pride in performance is a look and feeling one can never forget. Patrick Staff looks forward to seeing you there.

Enjoy the January stars with your wonderful children,


Spirit Friday - Wacky Clothes Day

Show your school spirit on January 13th by wearing wacky clothes to school.

  • Wear you shirt inside out or backwards
  • Wear your hat backwards
  • Roll up your pant legs and wear crazy socks
  • Wear a cape, a tie, suspenders
  • Wear mismatched gloves
  • Polka dots and stripes are fun
  • Wear a tutu
  • Use your imagination and come up with your own fun wacky clothes

PTO Sponsored Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night featuring "The BFG" (2016) Disney presents a Roald Dahl classic directed by Steven Spielberg. In an imaginative tale filled with magic, wonder and unexpected friendship, a young girl is launched on an enormous adventure when she crosses paths with a mysterious being called the Big Friendly Giant.

January 20th at 6:30 in the gym

Admission is free for students and their families

Pizza and drinks will be available to purchase for $1 each

We ask that families do NOT bring pillows or blankets for this event.

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.

Shout Outs

Thank you Riki Rosenthal and Amber Tocher for co-chairing the annual PTO sponsored ornament night and auction. A good time was had by all and visiting with Santa Claus was an extra special treat.

Gold Valley Fellowship came and passed out gloves and candy canes to all of our Panthers. It was perfect timing as the winter weather really hit and our Panther's little paws were getting cold. Thank you so much for your generosity and care for our students.

A great big hug and thanks to Nichole Petty and Sheralee Couch for popping, bagging, and passing out popcorn to our Panther's for the December 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.

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

PTO News

PTO's Holiday Craft/Ornament Night and Auction was a huge success. Thank you to all who attended, made ornaments, and purchased auction items; your continued support is appreciated.

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 January 10th at 6:00 PM in room 1 for our monthly PTO meeting.

PTO Board Members

With a little effort BIG things can happen!

Tasting Tables

Rogue Valley Farm to School is sampling at

your student’s 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 December 751 students participated by trying beet green pesto, roasted beets, and beet hummus!

If you're interested in getting involved and seeing the Tasting Tables in action, please contact:

Calendar of Events

Jan 10 6:00 PTO Meeting in Room 1

Please bring your idea's for supporting students and teachers to this meeting.

Jan 13 SPIRIT FRIDAY ~ Crazy Clothes Day

Student may wear inside out, backwards, mismatched clothing today.

Jan 13 Popcorn Friday

Volunteer's pop and pass out popcorn to students.

(Contact a PTO board member if you are available to volunteer)

Jan 13 8:30 Assembly

Mrs. Medina's class will host this months assembly.

Jan 16 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 20 5:30 PTO Sponsored Family Movie Night - The BFG

Free admission to movie - pizza and water will be sold for $1 each.

Jan 26 6:30 Patrick Music Program at Crater High School Performing Arts Center

Patrick students will perform songs learned in music class.

Jan 30 NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day for teachers

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.

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.

These are all small act's that can make a huge difference!!!

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.