This Week at Grout: May 22-26

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Hi, friends,

Hope those of you who could make it last Friday had fun at the Ice Cream Social. Thank you to Umpqua Bank for providing the cool and refreshing treats and SUN for providing the skateboard park and other fun activities.

Also, we announce that the winner of the vote at the Social for next year’s t-shirt color is purple.

One more thanks before I get into events:

Our dine out night at Laurelwood was a big success. Thank you to those who attended or spread the word and to Laurelwood who gave us over $900 as 20% of their sales that day.


Fri. May 26 is Grout T-shirt day.

Mon. May 29 is Memorial Day. No school.

Thurs. June 1 Drama Night for SUN drama classes

Fri. June 2 – Coffee/Tea with PTA and Annie


Wed. June 7 – Art Night with Lee Ogle

Thurs. June 8 – PTA Meeting and Potluck dinner

Special guest – Principal Krystin Westphal from Hosford Middle School

June 12 – Field Day (This is a change from the scheduled date at the end of May.)

Playground Update:

If you haven’t visited it yet, check out our website for the Playground Campaign.

We’ve got big goals, but we can do this with your help.

Current needs are volunteers who can work with Angela Gillette to help compile the database of potential sponsor businesses. It can be as simple as picking a category or business, such as “dentists” and finding all of them in our boundary area or looking at other school auction and project sites and finding out who sponsored them.

If you’re more extroverted, we need volunteers who can approach businesses with our sponsorship proposal.

If you are interested, please contact me.

Oregon Battle of the Books:

Our Media Specialist, Tina LeBlanc, and I have been learning these last few months about how to have Grout participate next year in the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB). This program at the elementary level is for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

In a nutshell, students form teams of 4 with the option of a 5th as an alternate. The team reads the 16 books announced on the OBOB site. (It is not necessary for each student to read all of them. The list can be split amongst them.) As well, local libraries and bookstores usually have copies of the list.

Generally, teams register in November. In-school competitions take place after the winter break. The team that advances and represents Grout competes with other schools in the regional competition.

For more information about OBOB and the benefits of participating, see these links.

Ms. LeBlanc has committed to having the books on the list available next fall to those students who choose to do this. Things we can do as parents to support our students include encouraging reading either on their own or together from the list over the summer and early fall, stepping up to coach or co-coach a team, making time for the students on the team to read and practice. We can also use a couple of parent volunteers to help organize parent coaches next fall. Let me know if you have any questions or if you’re interested in helping out.

Thanks and have a good week.


President, Grout PTA