Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Greetings Tobias Families!

Is your dream to be a super hero for our school- but don’t like wearing a mask and uncomfortable latex tights?
Be a part of the Tobias PTO Board! PTO Board Elections are quickly approaching, held in April/May. What does the Board do? The board helps maintain and direct the PTO budget, approve classroom requests, and support the great events here at the school. We will be looking for a few great people to fill spots for next year. If you are interested in learning more or have any questions, please contact Kim Cornie at kim.cornie@comcast.net. Here is a list of some of the things the PTO has helped make happen this year: After School Clubs, Tobias Track, Classroom Support Funds, Literacy Support, helping pay 80%-100% salary for Mrs. Carstens (and well worth it!), New Laptop Cart for charging laptops, Scholastic News in grades 1 through 6, Library Improvements, 2 Art Literacy sessions, Spring Assembly: Pioneer Living, Paying for Buses for Field Trips, Winter and Spring Book Fairs, 6th grade activities- including the Movin’ On Breakfast, annual Battle of the Books, New Pencil Sharpeners in all classrooms (coming after Spring Break), School Supplies, Yearbook, Harvest Carnival, Movie Night, Retro Dance and 12 Days of Holiday Reading. This is what the PTO does, and we need your help and support to continue it into 2015-2016 school years and beyond.

Introduction to LEGO Robotics
Attention 3rd through 5th graders!! Are you interested in learning more about LEGO Robotics? We will be offering a four week club to introduce basic skills. This club will be taught by Mr. Lalic, who coaches our LEGO Robotics team each fall. This will give you a chance to see if you like LEGO Robotics and want to be a part of the team this fall!! The club is free, and will meet Fridays after school from 2:30-3:30. April 3rd, 17th, 24th and May 1st. The club has a limited number of spaces, so please email Mrs. Schlechter as soon as possible if you are interested. schlecha@hsd.k12.or.us

3D Printing Club
Attention 4th through 6th graders!! 3D printing is coming to Tobias!!! Are you interested in learning about 3D printing? Mr. Lalic will be teaching us about this new technology. The club will be limited to 10 students, so let us know as soon as possible if you are interested. Email Mrs. Schlechter, schlecha@hsd.k12.or.us. Priority will be given to those who have not already participated in a STEM after school club. This club will meet Fridays, May 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th from 2:30-3:30. Also free!!

All-girls Chess Tournament
Tobias is hosting an all-girls chess tournament on Saturday, April 11th. It will run from approximately 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM. I have one spot available for one more girl player. If your daughter is interested in participating, please let me know. Since we are Chess for Success school, the registration fee ($28) is waved. All that is required is that your daughter knows how to play chess! They do not need to be a part of chess club to participate in this tournament. Please let me know if your daughter would like to participate. Mr. Sayre (sayret@hsd.k12.or.us or 503-844-1310 x6858)

Valley Cinema Spring Family Matinee Program
Spring Matinee time is here and order forms will be coming home next week to order your tickets. $10 per ticket. Program starts February 28th and will run different weekly movies through May 5th. Be on the look-out for your order form for movie selections. If you do not receive a form, extras will be available in the Main Office starting Friday, February 13th. All tickets orders will be sent home with students.

Background checks
Background checks are required to volunteer (including classroom help, PTO and field trips) and expire every two years. Prior to volunteering, we ask that you complete the volunteer application process at https://volunteer.hsd.k12.or.us/volunteerapp/Pages/application.aspx

Reminder for parents
When dropping off students, please use the vehicle drop off loop. Students should not be dropped off in front of the school, in between traffic, or where the buses pull in. The school does have signs indicating where/not to drop off. Let's all be courteous, respectful, safe and set a good example.

Dates to remember

Friday, April 10th - NO SCHOOL/grade prep and Chipotle Tobias fundraising night (must bring flyer, extras available in the office)

Thursday, April 16th - PTO meeting in the cafeteria 6:30-8 pm

Wednesday, April 22nd - Earth Day

Thursday, April 23rd - Tobias Elementary Spring 2015 Kindergarten Orientation 3:30-4:30 pm

April 27th – May 1st - Turn off the T.V. week

Tobias Turn off the T.V. week activities

April 27/Monday: Family Engineering Night - 6:30-8:00 in Cafeteria

April 28/Tuesday: Venetian Concert Night - 7:00 at The Venetian, 253 E Main Street

April 29/Wednesday: Family Gardening Night

April 30/Thursday: Tobias Walk Night - meet at Tobias at 6:30

May 1/Friday: Family Game Night - 6:30-7:30 in Cafeteria

Upcoming Events
April 10th, Friday
Grade prep

April 10th, Friday
Chipotle Tobias fundraising night

April 16th, Thursday
PTO meeting
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

April 22nd, Wednesday
Earth Day

April 23rd, Thursday
Tobias Elementary Spring 2015 Kindergarten Orientation
3:30-4:30 pm

April 27th – May 1st
Turn off the T.V. week

April 27th, Monday

Family Engineering Night

April 28th, Tuesday
Venetian Concert Night
7:00 pm

April 29th, Wednesday
Family Gardening Night

April 30th, Thursday
Tobias Walk Night
Meet at Tobias at 6:30

May 1st, Friday
Family Game Night