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THE VOICE || APRIL 2016
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UPCOMING EVENTS


Apr 18-May 6 - Mid Year Break {No School}
Apr 30 - Tucker, Thompson, and Platt Benefit Concert at Eden Hal
May 6 - Teacher Work Day 
May 12 - Mary Hope Reading Day
May 13 - Mother's Day Tea @ 2PM
May 27 - No School Day
May 30 - Memorial Day {No School}
May 31 - No School Day 

SAVE THE DATE
Jun 5 - 4th Annual Golf Tournament at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
Jul 5-22 - EXPLORE: Oregon Coast Summer Camp

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL CALENDAR.  
HANG ON TIGHT! 
We have a lot of people to thank so this is going to be a BIG ISSUE.

The Margot Voorhies Thompson Community Spirit Award
Each year, NVS gives out a special award to an individual that exemplifies community spirit and stewardship. This award, titled the Margot Voorhies Thompson Community Spirit Award, has been awarded to many people who have generously given of their resources to benefit the NVS community. For 2015 we have awarded the community spirit award to Katie Miesle, our Gardens & Grounds instructor. Katie has donated her time to NVS for over 7 years. She meets with our students every week to teach them how to garden, how to care for our property and protect the natural resources around us, how to identify plants that grow in the woods on our 5 acre campus, and many other amazing lessons about protecting and caring for our world. We are so thankful for Katie and her influence and investment into the lives of our students. Thank you, Katie!

The Reluctant Dragon
If you were fortunate enough to get a ticket to our dinner theater, you will know that this year's spring play did not disappoint. A classic tale complete with humor and suspense, and all this brought to you by the cutest kids on the Oregon Coast, The Reluctant Dragon is a tale about a poetry loving dragon that wants to befriend a local boy, Widget, and his friend, Hairytoes. The townspeople believe that Mortimer, the dragon, will destroy the village and enlist the hero, Saint Georgina, to beat the dragon in a fight to the death. Fast forward a couple of scenes and Mortimer wins over everyone in the village, becoming fast friends, and continuing to live in his cave on top of the hillside. What an exciting script for our kids to perform! They had so much fun adding in new lines, changing the names of some of the characters, and dressing up in full costume. It really was a sight to be scene - I mean seen. A big, heartfelt thank you to Chad Muller, NVS alumni and current parent for directing the spring play this year. Your time and talents will be forever appreciated. The dinner, which was true English style Bangers and Mash, was made by another NVS alumni and current parent, Arica Venti. Arica is a pro in the kitchen and we are so grateful for her contribution to our dinner theater success. Also a big thanks to Vertical Wine & Beer and The Pelican Pub & Brewery for donating drinks for our evening. Our afternoon tea was sponsored by The Grateful Bread Bakery. They generously donated scones and coffee for our Saturday performance. I wish I could list each person that made a dynamic contribution to this amazing performance. The NVS community of teachers, parents, and grandparents donated countless hours to build sets, create costumes, set up lights, play music, practice lines and make sure the 2016 spring play was a giant success! THANK YOU!

Tucker, Thompson, and Platt Benefit Concert
Please plan to join us to attend the benefit concert on April 30th at 7pm. George Thompson, NVS Founder, will be playing with his band at the Eden Hall in Glenden Beach, OR.

Tom Tucker, George Thompson and Lisa Platt are a folk trio that has performed together in the Portland area during the past four years. Their trio presents original songs & ballads, both traditional and contemporary. They use their distinct voices to develop interesting arrangements and close harmonies. Tom plays the guitar and has a bass voice. George is a baritone and plays the guitar, mandola, mandolin & ukulele. Lisa is a soprano and also plays the ukulele. We hope you will join us for this wonderful evening. As a special reunion event, we are inviting all NVS alumni to join us at 6pm for happy hour. NVS would like to offer all NVS alumni a drink on us! So come and connect with your fellow students while watching George's one of a kind performance. Hope to see you there!

~ Kelly Ellis, Head of School
Tucker, Thompson, and Platt tickets are available online.
Buy now!
ADVENTURERS

Spring is here and rain or shine the Adventurers have been busy jumping in puddles and exploring all the changes that come with the season. Our class has been busy planting seeds, growing beans, and observing the changing wild life that surrounds our school. Insects have been a central theme this month and it has moved our class outdoors as the Adventurers embark on the never ending bug hunt. Ants, worms, and lady bugs don’t stand a chance against their keen eyes and magnifying glasses. Sunny days have also brought the excitement of baby animals. This month we were able to spend a day caring for baby chicks and took a trip to a local dairy to run around with the calves. Thank you to the Seymour's for inviting us to their farm for a day!
~ Teacher Kaylie
EXPLORERS

We celebrated Oregon’s favorite author, Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday this week, as well as, Poetry Month! . . . Explorers were inspired with the poet mouse, Frederick, by Leo Lionni, and Voyagers grew to love our Reluctant “poet” Dragon, Mortimer; after spending countless hours memorizing and acting out his story. Both classes enjoyed reading and writing many styles of poetry. Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky were our favorites for humor, but Emily Dickinson amazed us with her sensory language and imagery. Take a walk upstairs to read original poetry by the Explorers and Voyagers. You’ll also see the Voyagers’ first Raven Writes, wall-size newspaper, in the front stairwell . . . take a moment to read their fun and informative articles!

Explorers and Voyagers enjoyed reading to our new adopted “grandfriends” at 
Hillside Place. We discovered many retired teachers that were eager to help our
youngest readers, but we also learned rich, first-hand history about our community. Our students were amazed by the stories they heard and laughed as our new friends shared their childhood stories of being in school. This wonderful experience will begin a new tradition and warm “reading” relationship between NVS and Hillside Place.

Thank you, Karen, for showing us how to decorate eggs, beautifully, with natural food dyes and plants from our backyard!  And many thanks to Kaylie and John for sharing their Dairy Farm with us; and teaching us about the long process and hard work that goes into that wonderful glass of milk on our table every day!

~ Teacher Sandy


VOYAGERS

The Voyagers have been working hard this month, both gearing up for the play as well as in our math class.  The 5th graders are working on mixed numbers, fractions, decimals as well as converting between each.  In 4th grade math we are working on interpreting data through the use of graphs and tables.  3rd graders are working in their respective workbook places and are exploring the basic concept of fractions. Thanks for making it a successful play, and I’m proud of how hard we worked and what we accomplished both on the stage and academically as well.

In Science, we’re learning about the Electromagnetic Spectrum and how waves operate.  This is particularly fun for me, because we can intertwine mathematical concepts, Chemistry and Physics at the same time to discover the nature of reality as we know it.  In our last science lab we even made our own electro-magnets!

Another important part of our science philosophy at NVS is Environmental Science and caring for nature.  As we have an extremely unique campus, it is important to be good stewards of our special place.  The 5th graders attended a field trip to do just that!  We will be kicking off an earth week when we get back to school with our new leaders, where they can share what they’ve learned.  Also, Katie has helped put new guidelines in place for the forest portion of our campus so that the green spaces will once again be filled with living plants that will protect our stream banks for future generations.  The students are all aware of the boundaries, and our forest can only flourish if the students follow them after school as well.
 
~ Teacher Mike
Play a round of golf with us on June 5th. 

Neskowin Valley School is hosting our 4th Annual Golf Tournament at Salishan Spa and Golf Resort. Hosted by the Oregon Coast's best golf course, you will not want to miss this great event! With great prizes, raffle items, and a $10,000 cash prize for a hole in one, you will be certain to go home a winner. Get all the info and register to golf by visiting our website or call the school at 503-392-3124.

Not a golfer, no worries. We're offering a way for everyone to get involved. Sign up for our mini golf Golf-a-Thon and you can still join us for the awards banquet and dinner. Plus all Golf-a-Thon pledges will go towards purchasing new P.E. equipment for the school. If you would like a pledge form please email Kelly or download the form here.

*NVS Parents, be on the lookout for your Golf-A-Thon packet to arrive by mail later this week. 
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Neskowin Valley School raises funds each year to sustain a robust scholarship program. If you would like to apply for a scholarship to NVS, please fill out the admission and scholarship applications. We start our scholarship application review process in May and award scholarships on a first come first serve basis. Don't wait and miss out on a great opportunity for your child(ren) to receive an NVS education. Please contact Kelly for more information. 
 

EXPLORE: SUMMER DAY CAMP | NOW ENROLLING
We are looking forward to a dynamic summer day camp this year. If you have kids or grand-kids this is a great summer program to keep children engaged in learning, exploring the outdoors, and having fun! Find out more about this dynamic program by visiting our summer camp page on our website. 
*NVS students are automatically enrolled!

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GIVING COMES IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES
Often when we talk with folks about supporting our school they feel like it takes big dollars to make a difference. In reality, we are so blessed to receive smaller, regular monthly donations from many friends of NVS. Together these donations amount to big dollars! By supporting our school monthly these donors are providing our students with the ongoing gift of an NVS education. Would you consider making a monthly contribution? Every $25, $50  or $100 donation makes a big difference!
  • $25 per month provides necessary school supplies for a classroom.
  • $50 per month provides for special art classes, music instruction, field trips, and more. 
  • $100 per month helps subsidize one student's tuition.
Set up recurring monthly payments quickly and easily by using our online payment option. Click here for more details. Thank you for supporting the students at NVS!
Of special thanks...
Thank you to everyone that attended our spring play this year. The dinner theater performance was over sold and we ended up with standing room only. An extra thank you goes out to those of you that gave up your seat and stood along the wall. We are grateful for the outpouring of support and were able to raise over $1,300. 
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