Sauvie Island School News

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February 8th, 2024

From the Director's Desk

On the Horizon

In the Classroom

2nd Grade Updates with Ms. O'Malley

Second Grade is working through a new literacy Wit and Wisdom unit. This unit is about The American West. Last week we read the book “The Buffalo are Back” by Jean Craighead George. Second graders will be answering these questions during the unit;  What was life like in the West for the early Americans? How did the actions of the American Indians and early Americans impact the prairie in the American West?

Second grade has been working on double digit subtraction problems and have been using the number line strategy to do this. Last week we met with our 7th grade buddies and we shared our fall essays and read books together. Everyone had a great time!

4th Grade Updates with Mrs. Roberts

Winter is going by quickly in 4th grade with lots of fun projects. During the first week back from winter break students presented their electricity projects that they designed over the break. It was wonderful to see students apply their learning of electricity and add their own creative spin on their individualized project. Literacy has taken us on an adventure of learning about extreme settings and how a challenging setting changes a person. We will read the book Hatchet next before students write their own narrative survival story. This unit pairs well with our science unit called “The Birth of Rocks” that explored volcanoes, erosion, and fossils in sedimentary rock. On January 7 th , we celebrated Global School Play Day, which is a day that promotes the importance of unstructured, regular play for children. We had a wonderful time practicing skills of problem-solving, empathy, creativity, and innovation.

Middle School Updates with Mr. Radich

We're getting the hang of school in our new work spaces and things are settling into a nice routine. Huge appreciation to our students who have been nothing but positive and resilient with our adjustment to these temporary classrooms! 

Here's a bit of what we've up recently:

6th Grade Social Studies

We're currently exploring Mesoamerica, specifically the Maya and Aztec civilizations. Students have also started working plans for our annual Plant Sale Fundraiser--traditionally run by my 6th Grade Class. Students are making fliers, writing scripts for making phone calls to local nurseries, and preparing a presentation for one of our biggest donors, Bailey Nursery. Students have their 4th Current Events of this trimester due Monday, February 5. Be sure to check your student's planner to see what we've been up to and for homework info. 

7th Grade Social Studies

We've wrapped up our first region of study, Asia, this week with a culminating map and Geo Term vocab test. Our next area of focus will be Africa. We're starting with some basic political and physical geography this week before moving into human geography and environment in the subsequent weeks. Today we also hosted our 2nd Grade Buddies in the Grange--the 2nd Graders were very excited to see the new middle school learning space and eager to share some of their recent written work with the 7th Graders before the "big kids" read books to them. Please make sure your 7th Grader has a choice reading book with them every day for our daily middle school-wide SSR (sustained silent reading).

8th Grade Math

8th Graders are doing great as we continue to wade deeper into uncharted math territory with new and complex systems of equations. Homework continues to be weekly--assigned every Monday and Wednesday and due every Wednesday and Friday.

Kid's Heart Challenge Kick-off letter to parents

Student-drawn plant sale flyer

Volunteer Corner

Thank you everyone that donated items and helped out with the clothing drive last week.  The kids really enjoyed it and we could not have done it without your help and support.  

Another thank you to all of you that helped feed our staff last Friday during their work day. We appreciate your continued support.

Keep an eye out for upcoming volunteer opportunities coming your way.  The SIS plant sale is coming up on March 16th and Auction on May 18th.  Volunteers will be needed for both events, specifics and sign-ups to come.  

For all current volunteer opportunities, please check out the "Volunteer" tab on the SIS app. Here you will be able to find all the current volunteer needs in one place.  If you have any questions, concerns or ideas regarding volunteering at SIS, please reach out to Kim and Kelli at

Thank You,
Kim Lucey and Kelli Magnia
SIS Volunteer Coordinators

PTC Updates

Hello Families! Please join us for our next PTC meeting at 7 pm Thursday night, February 15 at Fultanos. If you are unable to join in person, consider Zooming in! Meeting ID: 873 9809 5169

2024 SIS auction flyer with musical notes

Considering helping with the auction this year? Please contact the PTC via email ( to discuss volunteer opportunities.

Call for volunteers for the annual SIS auction

Winter Wishes flyer for teacher donations at SIS

Movie theater fundraising flyer for the PTC

Enjoy going to the movies? Here’s a great way to go at a fabulous discounted price. Enjoy time with the family! Enjoy the show! 

See's Candies Fundraiser flyer

Looking for a sweet treat this Spring? See’s CANDIES has you covered! Receive you your goodies before Spring Break. Great for Mother’s Day, birthdays or give to a loved one just because! Fundraiser runs 2/9-3/6. Checks payable to: Sauvie Island PTC


Free Course from Coursera: Overcoming Dyslexia

A free course brought to you by the researchers and authors of "Overcoming Dyslexia" at Yale University online. This is a great resource for families looking for more information to support their students. You can learn more and sign up for the course via this link:

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Hawks & Hot Chocolate: A Portland Audubon Event (NOT hosted by SIS)

Event Details

  • Bring your own reusable mug to help us reduce waste!

  • When: February 17, 2024

  • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Location: Meet at Topaz Farm for check-in and map.  After you’re checked-in, explore various locations on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

  • Parking Permits: Parking permits are required on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area ($10 per car). Permits can be purchased day of at Topaz Farm, online or in-person and instructions for each are below:

    • No registration required to attend, but please do check-in at Topaz Farm before you begin. You can also pick up your parking permit the day of the event here. 

      • To purchase your permit online, click here. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the “General” Category and select ‘View All’. Select the Daily Wildlife Area Parking Permit to purchase.

      • To purchase your permit in-person, visit any of the following locations:
        -Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife – 18330 NW Sauvie Island Road – 503.621.3488
        -The Cracker Barrel Store – 15005 NW Sauvie Island Road
        -Reeder Beach RV Country Store – 26048 NW Reeder Road
        -7-11 Convenience Store – 11310 NW St Helens Rd

Scappoose Dance Clinic Sign up form

Odds and Ends

  • Please check Lost & Found for any missing treasures! The pile is steadily growing.

  • Please send your student to school ready for the weather with raincoats and rainboots. Please leave the umbrellas at home!

  • Please remember to contact Ann Pavia for any dismissal changes at least one hour before the end of the school day so she may prepare slips for their teachers. Thank you!

    You can access old newsletters by going to Documents-->About Us-->SIS newsletter in your SIS App

    or by clicking here in your browser or phone.

Grange Hall Rentals

The Sauvie Island Grange is available to all as a rental space for private parties, meetings and gatherings. You can rent the building by the hour or half-day. The hall space can be rented separately from the kitchen or together based on need. Grange members thoroughly sanitize the hall and kitchen before scheduled use. Please visit this link for more specifics on rentals or contact Katherine Topaz at 503-708-0008. 

Be in the Know!

  • Download the new Sauvie Island app today! Visit the iOS App Store or Android Play and enable notifications.

  • Visit Facebook and Instagram for important updates and photos of activities! Visit our new website to see what's going on!