NOV. 21, 2016 NEWS BLAST

Thanksgiving baskets
We are so grateful to everyone who has signed up to contribute to our Thanksgiving baskets.  We will be filling 25 boxes this year.  If you are still interested in contributing, please call the office to see what all is needed.  (We have enough turkeys coming our way!). Please bring your donations by the end of the day on Tuesday.   We will also accept cash donations that can be used towards the Thanksgiving boxes or the Winter Break boxes.  Thank you to all the volunteers who are helping out with this!
Kindess Adventure Assembly and Jewelry
On Friday, the kids were treated to a Kindness Adventure Assembly. The performance was informative about Kenya and it was about how to show kindness to those we perceive as different from ourselves. The kids and staff loved the performance and it was free to our school because we are hosting a pay-it forward jewelry sale of jewelry created by Kenyan artisans. The money received from the jewelry helps pay for the assembly at a different school.   Part of the profits also go to the Kenyan artisans and part go to help build fresh water wells in Kenya. We will have the jewelry for sale at school through December 6th. Kids can bring in their order forms and they will be called into the office during the day, or they can come to the office at the end of the day to purchase the jewelry.
No more garden Tuesdays
The garden will no longer be open on Tuesdays. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to help-even just for a few minutes! Look for a work party at the end of winter to get the garden up-and-running for the spring.
PTA votes to send first graders to the Oregon Zoo
The PTA voted on Tuesday to fund a request from the first-grade team to take this grade on a field trip to the Oregon Zoo. It is a culmination of the students’ animal studies. In other business, the PTA voted to move its Website to a new url and add more resources to the 4J Edgewood school site. We’ll keep you updated on the new Website when it launches!
Women’s Basketball Sundays at Matthew Knight Arena
Kids age 12 and under can watch the next four Sunday women’s basketball games for free! The games are: Oregon vs. San Jose State Nov. 25 at 5 p.m.; and Oregon vs. Vanguard Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
Winter Wreath Making Class Thursday, Dec. 1!
Join New School on Thursday, Dec. 1st from 6 to 7 p.m. for an evening of making a winter wreath for your home or to give as a gift! Cost is $20 each and all materials are provided. Use ribbon, branches, pinecones, silk flowers and more to create a pretty art piece. If you have something special at home that you want to include in your wreath, bring it with you.
Ages 8 and up are welcome to register for this class. Children under 13 must have a parent or guardian helping them in class. We will be using hot glue guns. Class is at New School Art Studio at 207 E. 5th St., suite 120, across the street from the 5th Street Public Market. Information: 541 968-1986.
Thank you so much to Heather Stillinger for organizing the wonderful Harvest Lunch and to all the volunteers who helped decorate the gym, serve food and clean up. So many families enjoyed spending time with their student in such a festive atmosphere. Thank you!

Thank you so much to Julia McMorran for organizing the Share the Warmth coat drive. And thank you to all the families who donated and washed coats. We are going to be warm and cozy this rainy, cold winter! Thank you!

Thank you to Amelia Reising for organizing the fundraiser at the Dancing Weasel Toy Store. And thank you to the families who purchased gifts so that Edgewood could benefit! These fundraisers are a great way to support our school!
We’ll see you in the breezeways,
Beth Casper, PTA president,
Billy Dahmen, PTA vice-president,
Amelia Reising, PTA Secretary,
Meridith Turnbull, PTA Treasurer,