It's Hayhurst Spirit Week All Week (+ More to Come Next Week)!

This evening (Feb. 9): Working Towards Anti-Racism as a Family - Parent/Guardian Night
This Friday (Feb. 12): Principal Coffee Hour (Virtual)
Monday (Feb. 15): No School - President’s Day

Want to help our school and community? See: call for volunteers with art supplies, call for PTA officers for next year, and our Food Bags program.

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This Week: Hayhurst Spirit Week - Join the Fun from Home!

Let’s have some fun! Join your Hayhurst Husky community by participating in Spirit Week!

We're planning to extend spirit week to next week to allow everyone to join the fun. Specifically, with the forecast of snow this week, we plan to postpone/repeat Friday's Hayhurst Husky “Bark” Day next week. Stay tuned!

Wednesday: Sports Team Day
Go Blazers! Go Ducks! Go Beavers! Put on your favorite team’s gear and cheer on your team!

Thursday: Superhero Thank You Day
First, dress up as your favorite superhero or create your own.
Second, think about someone who is a superhero to you. Maybe a teacher has gone out of their way to help you? Maybe a parent does special things for you? Maybe a neighbor is a frontline healthcare worker?
Third, write a note, type an email, or make a phone call and thank those special people who support and care for you.
Be your own superhero and thank another superhero all on the same day!

Friday: Hayhurst Husky “Bark” Day
Wear your Hayhurst husky shirt, hat, or navy (school colors) apparel and get outside to show it off.
Specifically, take a walk, ride your bike, or scoot around your neighborhood between 2-4pm. If you see another person in Hayhurst gear, shout out your best “Bark Bark!”
Let’s see if we can make a scene of Hayhurst Huskies barking all over the place! Just be sure to wear your mask and stick to social distancing measures. Don’t be shy, get out there, show your Husky spirit and Bark!

Last Call: Tonight @ 7 PM - Working Towards Anti-Racism as a Family Parent Night

The Jackson and Gray Middle School PTAs welcome you to participate in a special parent night, hosted by the Anti Defamation League Education Director, Scotland Nash EdD, for a workshop series for families and communities to reflect on bias, engagement, and communication. Read further here.

Meeting Details
Please join the meeting on February 9th, 7-8:30 PM.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 228 801 0958

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To RSVP please visit this link.

Please email the RGMS PTA.

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Tomorrow (Feb 10th): Scholastic Parents Night Keeping Kids Engaged with Reading

Scholastic has an opportunity for parents to learn about reading engagement for their kids with some amazing experts in the field. 
Questions? Contact Laura Jones.
Click to Register

This Friday (Feb. 12th): Principal Coffee Hour (Virtual)

Principal Coffee Hours are informal Q & As and everyone is welcome to attend!

Coffee hours will be every two weeks on Fridays from 8:30-9:30 AM through Spring Break. 

Please join via Google Meet
Join with Google Meet:
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 234-985-0112‬ PIN: ‪753 541 047‬#

Upcoming dates: February 12th and 26th; March 12th.

Starting This Friday: Library Book Bag Day Is Moving to Friday

The library book bag program Let's Get Reading has handed out over 200 bags of library books! 
Please note that we will be switching from Wednesdays to Fridays (still 2pm-4pm) beginning Friday, February 12th.  We'll still hand out library book bags this Wednesday, but beginning next week we'll see you on Fridays at the front entrance of the school.
Some things to remember about the program:
When you return a bag please make sure that all the books are in the bag (refer to the picture stapled to the bag - and make sure the picture comes back too). If your child is returning books checked out last year please keep these separate from the book bags.
Questions? Contact Laura Jones.
Thank you,
The Library Ladies. 

Art Supply Pick-up On Fri., Feb. 19th 1-3 PM - Details, Art Classes, & Call for Volunteers

Hello Parents of Artists!

Thank you for all of the ways your children have inspired me in art class this year thus far!

You have some amazing, talented, funny, and clever children. A reminder that your child has an Asynchronous and a Live art class EVERY WEEK at a specific, given time. Don’t know the time? Please email me or their classroom teacher. 

If for some reason your child cannot make the Live weekly class, there are BRAND NEW lessons posted every week on the ART SEESAW platform. I look at the turned in artwork and give personal notes back to EVERY single project turned in by the end of the day.

There are a lot of frustrating things brought on by the pandemic but one of the WONDERFUL things is me getting to hear about your child’s thinking when creating. When I am in the art room teaching there is rarely time for that! Please encourage your child to join me in one way or another.

Another Art Supply Pick-up Coming Up On Friday, Feb. 19th, 1-3 PM
We are planning another art supply pick-up on Friday, February 19th from 1:00-3:00 PM. I would love to work with some new mediums so want to make sure everyone has them in their home.

We will also have some Hayhurst husky profiles and/or hearts made out of wood to paint and be displayed on the fences around our school. Those will be provided to you later. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Help Prepare and Distribute Art Supplies
If you can help with the organizing (for example: wind thread around a piece of cardboard for 100 kids, put masking tape around some sharp edges of copper foil, make yarn bundles) and/or delivery of supplies not picked up, please let me know

Thank You
Thank you for all the effort and work you are putting into keeping your student engaged and learning!

Mrs. Debi Crawford, Hayhurst Art Teacher
On Instagram @hayhursrelemart

February PTA Meeting Rescheduled to February 16th 

New Meeting Date: February 16th
To allow the community to attend the Working Towards Anti-Racism as a Family Parent Night on the evening of February 9 (see below), we have rescheduled the PTA meeting to February 16th

Volunteer Opportunity: Call for Officers
We are in need of a new PTA president for the next school year as well as a treasurer-elect. If you can help or would like to hear more, please email PTA President, Kirsten Carr

Thank you for supporting our school and community. Want to donate or support the Hayhurst PTA? Visit our website (direct giving by credit card available).
Click Here to Learn More and Join the PTA

Maplewood PTA presents - Housing Discrimination in Oregon: The Real Story
Feb. 16th, 7-8:30 PM

Come hear about the reality of housing discrimination in Oregon and how it shaped our community in this fascinating presentation from Fair Housing Council of Oregon and hear about how local teachers will use this information to change what is taught in our classrooms.

Click here for details.

Click here to join the event via Zoom.

Announcing: Parent Community Group - First Meeting  Wednesday, Feb. 17 @ 8 AM

Hello Hayhurst families,

Let us take a moment to acknowledge the difficulties we have all faced for nearly a year now. We have been trying, to the best of our abilities, to adapt to working from home, keeping our kids engaged with their education in ways we could not have foreseen, and have been isolated from family and friends.

And while we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel, many of us feel the need to re-establish a sense of connection and community to one another, to validate our experiences and challenges that have emerged during this time, and to help one another discover new ways to embrace resilience.

We invite you to join our community group for parents and caregivers, Waiting for Buses, starting in February, which will be held every other Wednesday from 8am to 9am. You can drop in and stay as long as you would like. The group will be facilitated by our Qualified Mental Health Professional, Ryan Dicker, and will focus mainly on giving parents and caregivers a space to connect and speak freely of their experiences in an effort to support one another.

The 1st group will be held from 8am-9am on Wednesday, February the 17th and can be accessed by the following link: Waiting for Buses.

So grab a coffee or some tea and join us in reconnecting with our community!

Ryan Dicker, MSW
QMHP, Odyssey Program & Hayhurst
Phone: (971) 501-8959

Save the Date! Feb. 18th - Dairy Hill Ice Cream Fundraiser 

Save the date – Feb. 18 – for a fundraiser for Hayhurst at Dairy Hill Ice Cream in Hillsdale. The fundraiser will go from 1pm until 8pm. Yum!

Dairy Hill Ice Cream in Hillsdale
6352 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239

Dairy Hill is committed to engaging with the local community and will donate 10% of all gross sales for the day to Hayhurst.

Announcing: K-1-2 February Author Visit with Saadia Faruqi – Feb. 23rd & 25th 9-9:30 AM

We are so fortunate to have a virtual author visit for our K-1-2 students with Saadia Faruqi, the author of the early reader series – Yasmin!

Classroom teachers will share what day you will have your assembly + the Zoom assembly link.

Learn more about Ms. Faruqi by visiting her website!

Questions? Contact Laura Jones.

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FYI: Foothills Soccer Club Spring 2021 Recreational program

Due to COVID, Foothills Soccer Club had to cancel both seasons in 2020. Spring 2021 program details now available (program should open for games only on Saturdays). 

Foothills has a return-to-play protocol in place. Families can review this policy as well as find the link to registration on Foothills’ website

The registration fee this year has been frozen at $70 per child to help offset the cost of field rentals. A substantial scholarship program that covers 10%-100% of this fee is available to all families regardless of their financial background. 

Foothills is a volunteer run, not-for-profit club which depends on community support to help us in our mission to create a lifelong love of soccer in our kids. 

Find Details on Foothills’ Website

FYI: SWPLL Baseball and Softball Registration Open

SWPLL (Southwest Portland Little League)’s upper level baseball and softball programs are open for registration.

Lower levels are expected to open soon, when we secure fields through PPS. 

Click Here for Details and to Register

Food Bag Program - Paper bags needed!

The food bag program has an ongoing need for paper grocery bags.

Bags can be dropped off on the porch at 6453 SW Loop Drive

Volunteer Opportunity: if you'd like to join our Food Bags team or support it in another way, please click here to learn more and contact the team.

Thank you!

Coming Up Next

Upcoming Events

FEB 9 February 8 - February 12
FEB 9 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FEB 12 8:30 am - 9:30 am
FEB 12 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
FEB 15
FEB 16 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FEB 16 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FEB 17 8:00 am - 9:00 am
FEB 18
FEB 19 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FEB 23 9:00 am - 9:30 am

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