SECO News and Blog
Our big fundraiser for the year has kicked off! Yes, the Raccoon Write-Off is back! This year, if every student donates $35, we will easily hit our goal of $20,000 - and Principal Pleau has agreed to let the kids have a Pajama Day if we beat last year's total! You can find more information below and can donate via the button on our website, by submitting a check with the included form, or by donating through your employer’s matching program. Employee matching programs are a great way to help us double our funds! Please let us know if you donate through your employer so that we can track your donation towards our goal. Thanks for all you do!
This year, we are asking everyone to pledge 2 hours of volunteer time! There are so many ways to volunteer at Sato - you can help out in the classroom, at evening events, with programs and clubs, during planning at SECO meetings, and or at home! Check out some of the many opportunities below and email email@example.com. We need your help to make Sato the best it can be!
Be sure to double check your school supply lists! The ones listed on the Sato school website are incomplete and the kits ordered through Schoolhouse Supplies Online also did not include all necessary items. For the most complete school lists, click here or check them out below!
Congratulations to all our Raccoon Run Raffle winners! And thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered, and ran in our first jog-a-thon! Huge virtual high five to Carolyn Hill for organizing and making this event happen!
Only 7 days left in the school year!
We are excited to announce that Ms. Kamalahasan (Kindergarten) is the Sato ambassador for Crayola's ColorCycle program. This program is a free initiative that recycles old/used markers! Teachers will be collecting old markers from their classrooms and parents can also bring in markers to be recycled! You can send the markers in with your child for him/her to place in their classroom container or you can bring them into the workroom collection bin.
Thank you for your support with this new program at Sato to make us an eco-cool school - and community!!
Curious and want to learn more?
Go here: https://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx
Dear Sato Families,
First, we'd like to say THANK YOU for all your help this year. Our students have had the opportunity to do a lot of great things, and we enjoy working with you to help make that possible! We hope you are as excited as we are about our upcoming Raccoon Run on Friday, May 25th!
We anticipate that the Raccoon Run will eventually become our primary fundraiser - and hope it will be a way to raise all necessary funds in future years. We had a great start with our Write-Off last September, but unfortunately we did not hit our ultimate fundraising goal. There are still projects we would like to fund this year and we hope to increase our reimbursement funds for the teachers as well! The purpose of a spring fundraiser tied to our fun run is to provide a little boost to finish out this school year and give us a head start going into the next. We are gaining momentum and hope to start next year full STEAM ahead! Thank you all so much for participating in our fundraisers this year! The Write-Off, Dine Outs, Scrip Gift Cards, Bethany Taekwondo Martial Arts Program, Box Tops Drive, and Spirit Wear orders have made all of this possible! *
Ultimately, our goal is to truly make this a FUN run for the students! It is a great way to encourage fitness and outdoor activity as we enter the summer months and to foster a sense of togetherness as we wind down our inaugural year. We are lucky to have a found a great sponsor (Ananthan Ayyasamy from PDXPrime Realtors) who has donated Sato water bottles for all of our students! We can't wait to see those around school and our community this summer! So sign up for PledgeStar, collect pledges from friends and family, and run like you're a raccoon on Friday! (Just kidding! You don't have to run like a raccoon... maybe you can just run with them!)
Parents! Come cheer on your student while they are running! We'll have more info on sign in procedures soon - so check the Facebook page later this week. Make a sign, bring a noisemaker or pom-poms, or just come shout your child's name as they pass. Let's make this a fun family event! Don't forget to sign up for a volunteer shift as well!
Run times are below:
8:45-9:30am - 3rd grade
9:30-10:15am - 4th grade
10:15-11:00am - 5th grade and EGC
12:45-1:30pm - 1st grade
1:30-2:15pm - Kindergarten
2:15-3:00pm - 2nd grade
( * The SchoolStore.com and Scholastic Book Fairs were school run and SECO did not receive money from these fundraisers.)
Dear Sato Families:
What a journey this year has been! I just wanted to take some time to express my gratitude for everyone who has volunteered, helped us get the ball rolling, and offered advice this year as we worked to get our PTO (SECO) up and running! We - a group of women who had almost no idea what they were doing ;-) - have spent countless hours discussing, emailing, and organizing to start this non-profit from the ground up, and honestly, I’m pretty proud of what we were able to accomplish! We could not have done it without the help of so many people, so THANK YOU!
Now, with the end of the school year, the next phase for SECO begins! We’ve done the hard work to put everything in place, but it is now time for a few of us to move on. As such, we have a few positions available on the SECO Board for next year! I know what you’re thinking… “Oh no, that’s not for me” or “You guys seem to have it under control” or “I don’t have much time to help” or even “Doesn’t PTA stand for People To Avoid?” Ha! Hopefully not that last one! Let me say that, personally, joining the SECO Board was very far out of my comfort zone, but I have benefitted so much from putting myself out there and getting to know other parents, and especially the teachers, staff, and principal at Sato. It has made the transition to a new school easier and I’ve felt much more connected to the school during a time where I think most of the parents felt very disconnected. I was able to have a voice this year and could help guide the school toward the community we all want and hope will be strengthened in future years. Building our school community was a main goal for us this year, especially since our school is located so far away from where most of us live. In fact, our school community was so important to us that we decided to name ourselves SECO (Sato Elementary COMMUNITY Organization) instead of Sato PTO, which - let’s face it - is much more fun to say.
That said, building our community is something that requires all of us. I am hopeful that this fantastic group of parents at Sato will continue to answer the call for volunteers for events and programs. You really have made a difference this year! I am also hopeful that some of you will find the time and the desire to join us on the Board for next year. Trust me when I say the hard work is over. We’re in the groove now! We’ve worked to start Sato traditions this year and to streamline the fundraising, funding, and events processes for next year. So we kind of know what we’re doing now. ;-) However, we definitely need more parents to join our team! Talk to your friends and your neighbors and sign up for a board position together. Yes, you can do that! Not sure what position would be a good fit? Nominate yourself for Member-at-Large! Are you terrified of the Fundraising position? Trust me, that’s a team effort and we’ve got your back. By sharing the load, it is easier on all of us.
Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a working parent, please consider joining the SECO Board. It’s a great way to stay connected to your child’s school, make your voice heard, connect with other parents, and help build the community that YOU want to see at Sato. We hope to continue representing the diversity of our school community and welcome parents from all backgrounds. We’d LOVE to have you join us! Elections are Thursday, May 24th at 6:30pm in the Sato Library. See you there!
In our blog series "Did You Know..." we will spotlight the different programs and events at Sato that SECO helps to fund and organize!
Did you know... SECO helped 2nd Grade teachers bring in artist Valerie Cooper with Inner Artist Paint Parties! Appropriately enough, when Valerie visited classrooms this past Thursday, the sun was shining and students were rounding out their life science unit on the life cycle of plants by painting sunflowers! Valerie guided the students as they expressed their knowledge in this fun and creative way. SECO partnered with the Beaverton Education Foundation to fund this art project. By leveraging our dollars, SECO contributed half of the funds, in addition to contributions made by second grade parents, to a BEF grant that was matched dollar-for-dollar by First Tech Credit Union. We are excited to be able to enhance our students’ learning by bringing them this artist in residence! All the artwork will be on display this coming Tuesday, April 24, at our Sato STEAM night from 6-8 pm.
Join us as we watch the Kindergarten Chick Hatching 2018! It will take the eggs roughly 21 days to develop and start hatching. The eggs were placed in the incubator on April 11th, 2018. Watch them at home to see when they will hatch!
Check out the live stream here :
- Sato Kindergarten Teachers -
In our new series "Did You Know..." we will spotlight the different programs and events at Sato that SECO helps to fund and organize! First up: Art Literacy!
Did You Know... SECO fully funds the Art Literacy program at Sato?
Volunteers attend a training once a month to learn about that month's artist. It includes a scripted lesson, a PowerPoint presentation of artworks, and an art project for the students to complete. SECO funds provide all the materials used by our students. We estimated this program to cost $1710 this year (allotting $3 per student with a projected student population of 570). Led by Vicki Hersen, our wonderful volunteers have been able to seamlessly continue this beloved program from Springville to Sato.
Thank you to all of our dedicated Art Lit volunteers and to everyone who donates money and time to support these programs for all of our children to enjoy. If you would like to know more about this program or wish to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECO is planning a Cultural Night on Friday, May 4, and we are looking for a few good people to make a booth about a country of your choice. You may have particular family ties to the country or maybe it’s just someplace you’ve always dreamed of visiting! In particular, we are looking for someone(s) to represent China, Japan or Korea. But we still need help with others and could always use ideas!
We’re thinking each “station” could have a game or activity particular to that country, a snack or food item for people to try, native decorations, a list and pictures of famous people from the country, plus a flag and a map. Children will have a punch card to fill by doing or tasting something at each station. For entertainment, we’d like to invite some dance troupes or other performers.
Do you have any other ideas or resources for us to make this night special? Please let us know at email@example.com. Thanks!
Today is the last day for our amazing sub-LMA (library media assistant). Tammy Fry has been instrumental in setting up our beautiful library while running Oregon Battle of the Books as a volunteer. We look forward to welcoming back from maternity leave, Bettina Curl, as our full time LMA after spring break. How fortunate we are to have two wonderful teachers enriching our children’s lives with books! Thank you Tammy for your love and dedication! We'll miss you!