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THE VOICE || FALL 2015
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UPCOMING EVENTS


Nov 6 - Tillamook PUD presentation (8:45am)
Nov 9-13 - Spirit Week
Nov 13 - Art Literacy
Nov 11 - Veterans Day • No School
Nov 17 - Tillamook Pioneer Museum Field Trip {date still tentative}
Nov 20 - Grandfriend's Day 
Nov 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break • No School
Dec 11 - Caroling
Dec 17 - Festival of Lights/Christmas Potluck (5pm) 
Dec 18-Jan 8 - Winter Break

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL CALENDAR.  
WE'RE BACK . . .

Summer came and went, school started up, and we got right into the thick of back to school busyness. It's been a great start to our 2015-2016 school year. This little school in the woods started in 1972. Can you believe that we are in our 43rd year? It an incredible accomplish, made possible by so many of you!

We have so many great experiences to share already this year. Many of you already know that we have two amazing new teachers on staff this year. Mike McGlinn joined us from Astoria, OR where he taught at Fire Mountain Academy. Mike has an Environmental Science background, is an avid surfer and has seamlessly transitioned into our Voyager's classroom. Kaylie Senger joins us this year as our Adventurer's (preschool) teacher. Kaylie worked with us as a teaching assistant last year and we are so excited to have her on our team now as a teacher. Kaylie is currently working towards her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology and has been a tremendous asset to our preschool program. And we are excited to welcome back teacher Sandy. Sandy Jacobs was the preschool teacher last year and has moved up to the Explorer's classroom for the 2015-16 school year. Sandy has a passion for language arts, has been an educator for over 12 years, and is a huge blessing to our team. Each of these team members bring unique strengths to the table and collectively make a talented, dynamic group of teachers. I am so happy to have them with us this year! Check out our website for complete staff bios. 

Our Annual Harvest Festival was on October 3rd. It was a fantastic day complete with good weather, amazing food, great music, and so much fun! The Harvest Festival is always a great time to see new and old faces around the 5 acres and this year proved no different.Thank you to the many businesses and friends that donated and bid on items at our silent auction.  Between all of the festivities we were able to raise over $14,000 for our school.  WOW!

Through an incredibly generous donation by Didi and Dike Dame and inspired by our founder, George Thompson, NVS is now the proud owners of 15 gorgeous ukuleles. George is hosting weekly ukulele lessons for our 2nd-5th grade students {and even some parents}. With the first few lessons under our belts I think it is safe to say we are well on our way to a full ukulele band. Gather 'Rounds are going to sound amazing by the end of the year. Thank you to the Didi, Dike and George for your efforts to make this dream come true! 

It's all because of YOU that we are still impacting students and families. We cannot say enough how grateful we are for your ongoing support. Cheers to a great 43rd school year! 

~ Kelly Ellis, Executive Administrator
ADVENTURERS

During the month of October, the Adventurers class was all about pumpkins. We read books about pumpkins, made paper pumpkins, sang pumpkin songs and learned about the parts and lifecycle of pumpkins. We were so excited to go on a field trip to a real pumpkin patch that we decided to create our own pumpkin patch within our classroom. The students took turns picking out pumpkins, weighing, buying, and selling them.

Our class has been working hard to learn to read and write our names. We spend a lot of time and reading and discussing books. Our favorite this month was “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle. Our class enjoys building with blocks, exploring outside, and engaging in dramatic play. During the month of November, we will focus on learning about trees, nature, forest animals, turkeys, and Thanksgiving. 

~ Teacher Kaylie, Adventurers Teacher

EXPLORERS

October flew by like our Autumn leaves.  Explorers enjoyed reading, creating and illustrating spooky stories, comparing and critiquing witches, black cats and bats!  Our favorite was Old Black Witch, originally published in 1963.  A family’s attempts to turn an old New England house into a nice Tearoom, are hampered by the witch that haunts it.  But who knew that she could make such wonderful blueberry pancakes?!  A place to belong and feel at home is what everyone really needs. (We tried her recipe and all agreed, that the old black witch is a great cook!)

This month, our author study is Cynthia Rylant.  She has written over 100 books and now lives in Portland!  She has won both Caldecott honors and a Newberry medal, and often writes about her pets. The first week of November is National Animal Shelter Appreciation week, so we will be baking dog treats for a good cause, discussing the rewards (and responsibility) of caring for pets and sharing our own with our school friends.  

For Social Studies we are exploring the European countries, culture and stories.  Please let me know if you would be willing to share travel stories and pictures with the class, to make our learning experience more personal and engaging!

~ Teacher Sandy, Explorers Teacher


VOYAGERS
 
Each morning the Voyagers begin their day working on handwriting.  On Fridays, Explorers and Voyagers participate in Physical Education where we emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship with team sports and activities. Ukulele lessons have begun and are a smash hit. 
 
 
We're also getting into a smooth flow with Math and Science.  In Math we reviewed previous year material and polished our old skills.  Using a multitude of classroom aids, we are learning math in a dynamic way.  We reinforce and wrap up various skills with games and other interactive activities.   Overall, I'm pleased with our progress in math and inspired to continue deep into our journey of learning.

In Science, we began learning the processes which make us good scientists.  We introduced the ways in which we can objectively explore the world with our senses. 
Furthermore, we continued learning the ways to create & execute sound consistent experiments.  Diving into Physics, so far we figured out the Laws of Motion, proved the inter-workings of Gravity, learned about Centripetal Force and all in two months!  We will continue on this trajectory keeping Physics fun with lots of experimentation and utilization of external resources.

~ Teacher Mike, Voyagers Teacher
OPEN ENROLLMENT
Neskowin Valley School operates on a year round schedule and offers open enrollment year round. If you think your child could benefit from an NVS education, please contact Kelly for more information. 

Our mission has always been to educate the whole child; body, mind, and spirit. Neskowin Valley School is a treasured place where children can play outside, explore nature, discover through hands on projects, investigate what interests them, and build lifelong relationships with a community of amazing people; all while being surrounded by the magnificent beauty of the Oregon Coast. Our 5 acre campus houses endless opportunities for exploration and discovery while our commitment to the arts allows our students to nourish their creative soul. We encourage you to come for a visit, tour our campus, and find out more about our little school in the woods.
 
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Get involved in the day to day activities at NVS by becoming a volunteer. We are looking specifically for someone to take the recycling to the depot twice a month as well as a super organized individual to get down and dirty in the science closet and organize all of our stuff. Of course, other opportunities are available so please let us know if you have a specific area of interest. Talk to Kelly if you would like to help out.
 

MORE WAYS TO GIVE

As a non-profit we are always looking for ways to bring in resources for our school. We have found a lot of ways that you can support our school without spending an extra dime of your money. Just by shopping at certain locations or registering your visa card, our school earns dividends on your purchases. Help us out by visiting our "More Ways to Give" page on our website and sign up to be an NVS supporter. 
Of special thanks...
We would like to extend a big heartfelt thank you to our Parent Association who put on a tremendous Harvest Festival this year. Of special recognition is Chad Muller who chaired the event and helped orchestrate all the details that made October 3rd a huge success. Thank you to all of our parents for the work that you do during the Harvest Festival and year round to make our school a great place to be!
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