Run for the Arts - the countdown begins!

Our school will once again be participating in Young Audiences’ Run for the Arts (RFA), a project that will help us raise funds for art supplies, music curriculum and instruments, and artists’ performance assemblies for this school year. Young Audiences is a non-profit arts in education organization that is dedicated to helping us enrich the curriculum we offer our students. Your child’s participation in the Run is voluntary. However, we hope that you will encourage your child to join in and have fun. We also invite you to help with the success of the run by volunteering and helping cheer on the students running.

Our run date is Tuesday, September 27th with an alternate run date of Thursday, October 6th. Please dress your child appropriately on these days. We will only run on Thursday if Tuesday is rained out. A schedule of when classes will run will be posted in next week's ITK.

Your child should be bringing home their Sponsor Sheet this week. Please, make sure they take pledges ONLY from people you know and students are NOT allowed to sponsor one another. There will also be a separate order form if you would like to order a RFA t-shirt and your child does not qualify for a free one. While the Sponsor Sheet says that it needs to be returned to the school on the day of the run, to ease confusion we will NOT be collecting sponsor sheets until after the run. We will send home the number of laps your child completed for you to collect pledges and you should turn in the form with the money collected after the run.

We will count laps as we did last year.  Due to the smaller size of the track in the field and in the interest of not breaking our sponsors:

  •  3 laps run=1 lap counted (approximately 1/8-1/4 mi) for 1st through 5th graders

  •  2 run=1 counted (1/8 mi) for LK and K 

  • 1 run=1 for PK (1/12 mi)

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Run please contact Joan Francis at or or 503-452-3971. If you are a new parent who signed-up at registration or anyone who signed up at the PTO meeting you will be contacted.  If you are a returning parent you will have to contact me since there has been an issue with the new computer system for volunteers.  You are also invited to come and cheer on the students even if you haven’t signed-up.

With everyone working together our school will have another outstanding Run for the Arts! Thank you!
Joan Francis, RFA Chair/Parent Volunteer,
Julie Jenson and Carolina Barros/Art Teachers
Peter Musselman and Martha Osborne/Music Teachers