Alfonso's news - May 10

Dear Friends,

Now that Monday morning drop off is over, the sun has come out, and in Annual Giving we are up to 63% of the school families who have contributed and 5 classrooms that have reached 100%. Let’s keep moving forward! Remember no donation is too small (or too large). I know that many people have just been to busy to deal with the contribution. Leave a note on the fridge. Write it on your hand. Ask your child to remind you. In late May I will finally resort to carrying an upturned hat at traffic duty. I am trying to arrange rental of a neurasthenic looking pet to enhance the appeal.

Last week was exciting and this one will be as well. At last Thursday’s Assembly grades 3-5 were entertained with some classic tunes by Maestra Adriana’s 3rd Grade Spanish Ukulele Orchestra, Carol Olson Conductor. We also learned from Hong Laoshi’s class about how a terrarium works, as they showed us samples of their terrariums. Fifth grade Spanish student Dahlia Jones gave us a lovely introduction to the writing and illustrations of Henry Cole who will be visiting with grade 3-5 students tomorrow. We also learned last week that the third graders had broken their previous book drive record of 1000 books. This year they collected 2,162 books for Emanuel Hospital.

This past Saturday, I joined Japanese track families at a lovely afternoon party at the residence of Consul General and Mrs. Okabe, who graciously invited us for Karaoke, student performances, and even a talk by a consulate staff member about being a child in Japan. Thanks to Keiko sensei for organizing and to Masami sensei for being on hand to help orchestrate.

On Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 outside Stearns Hall, we will be having a Capstone Fair together with the Scholastic Book Fair. Please stop by and learn from students up close and personal about the various trips they took this year. The May PTO meeting takes place this Wednesday night at 6:30 in the Gym, and you can even stop in at the Book Fair before heading to the PTO meeting.

Do be careful about leaving your car here for any length of time during the day. After 2 hours you run the risk of an $80 parking ticket, money that I know you would prefer to give to Annual Giving!

Finally, congratulations to my pal Watson on the birth of his new sister and future TIS student, Isabella.

The weeks are rolling by now, folks. Hope this is a good one for you.

Alfonso,, 503-226-2496 x109