We had our first Winter season program at the school last night – first graders in their best dress, second graders in red holiday caps, and the bigger kids all in denim and red sweaters. The kids did a great job keeping their songs a secret from family, so we all looked forward to the surprise they have worked so hard on. Families were serenaded (in Spanish, of course) with seasonal tunes and the finale was the school song “de colores” sung in perfect tune by all our 60 students and staff. A potluck dinner feeding 150 or so followed the lovely show.
What an amazing community we have created. We are blessed to have such loving and supportive families and staff for these beautiful children!
I thought it would be fun to interview our son and get his thoughts on all this school stuff:
Me: “What is different for you from kindergarden to first grade?”
D-man: “First grade is more fun.”
Me: “Why is first grade more fun?”
D-Man: “Because sometimes when it is raining we don’t have to go outside, we can have free time inside.”
Me: “What do you do when the teacher says something in Spanish and you don’t understand?”
D-man: “I can raise my hand and then ask a friend in class.”
Me: “What is the hardest part about learning things in Spanish”
D-man: “I dont know Spanish very well.”
Me: “What is your favorite word in Spanish?”
D-man: “I like ‘libro’ because it means book. And I also like ‘loco’ because it’s very funny. And when I say, ‘Yo soy loco’ that means, ‘I am crazy.'”
We attend a charter school. It’s kind of like private school because the school is small, classes are smaller, and our staff is hand picked. And the curriculum is different (read – more difficult) than regular public school. Parents have to sign a commitment letter to get their kids to school on time, send healthy lunches, support their child’s homework, etc. Charter schools are funded with tax dollars instead of tuition.
Except, our district takes 20% of our state funding. They don’t have to, but they do. Politics and public education go hand in hand. We lose out on some serious money.
So, we’re always looking for donations. You think regular public schools are strapped for cash, imagine running a school on an 80% budget! We have a lot of volunteers to help make this happen. And we have donations from our families and the community.
Pizzacata is generously donating 20% of their daily sales on Tuesday, December 7th to our school. What an amazing gift back to the community. And let me say, our school is an amazing community! While 20% of daily sales doesn’t seem like much, that can total a lot of library books. Or sponsor a teacher training day. You get the idea.
So, if you live in the Portland/Beaverton area, please consider indulging in pizza from Pizzacato, 14740 NW Cornell Road, on Tuesday December 7th. They are donating to a great cause next week!