Chinese New Year @ Sandy Library

2019 is the year of the pig. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune. The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.
Please join our Mandarin teachers and students at the Sandy Library on Tuesday, February 5th starting at 6:30 pm.

February is African American History Month

Although we recognize the contributions of African Americans throughout the year, February offers us an opportunity to highlight these contributions in art, music, literature, science, and so many other areas. Please take the time to explore these resources with your student(s).

African American History Month Resources – The federal government has website with a large selection of resources and information.

NEA African American History Book List – The National Education Association, as part of its Read Across America initiative has compiled a list of books appropriate for various age groups.

Report Cards

First Semester report cards are to be sent home on Friday, February 8.

MYP/DP Information Night

For new and prospective students and their families. We will offer an overview of our secondary programs on Thursday, February 7 beginning at 6:30 in the OTA Cafeteria. You can RSVP by following this link:

School Safety

We have been putting a significant effort this year on maintaining school safety. Since your student’s safety while at school is our number one priority, we have been providing staff development, making some organizational changes, and teaching students about safety in the following areas:

  • Anti-bullying – Middle school students have been presented a series of lessons on anti-bullying that began last October and finishes this month.
  • Trauma Nurses – Both PYP and MYP/DP had assemblies last month delivered by trained ER nurses on the most common injuries that send students to the hospital and how to avoid them.
  • Cones – We recently have begun to use cones in the morning to help direct the flow of traffic for parent drop off in front of the PYP building.
  • Split Recess – In order to provide better supervision at lunch and recesses, we have split the grades attending at the same time. Grades 4 and 5 have their own recess separate from Grades K-3 twice a day. During AM recess, it is split between Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5.
  • Mandarin Push-in – For PYP Mandarin instruction, the teachers push in to the PYP classroom, so that now PYP students only have to cross the road for twice a week PE.

Timberwolf Choir

Our after-school choir club will begin rehearsals this month on Monday, February 25 from 3:00 to 4:00. It is open to all OTA students in Grades 4-12. The fee is $40. Please contact the office or Lisa Pietzold for information. Registration forms are available in the front office. Please register and pay fees by February 15.


The Oregon Battle of the Books event will be Wednesday, February 27 at 1:00 pm.