October 3, 2011

Newsletter for October 3, 2011

October 2011

Wednesday, October 5th                          RESTORE DAY                  (Bring your rain gear)

Wednesday, October 5th at 11:35-12:05   FRENCH LUNCH TABLE  (Every Wed and Fri)

Wednesday, October 5that 4:30pm           KIDS 2K FUN RUN

Wednesday, October 5th at 6:30pm          PTO MEETING

Thursday, October 6th at 7:30pm            ICP BOARD MEETING

Friday, October 7th                                                 FRENCH LUNCH TABLE  (Every Wed and Fri)

Friday, October 7th                                                 BOOKMOBILE

Friday, October 14st                                NO SCHOOL

Monday, October 17th                              2nd FINLEY FIELD STUDY DAY

Thursday, October 20th at 7:30pm            ICP BOARD MEETING

Friday, October 21th                                BOOKMOBILE

Wednesday-Friday, October 26-28th          NO SCHOOL


On the ‘Lost and Found’ rack there are black tote bags and blue lunch bags that are
brand-new and free.


We’re trying to get all qualifying families to complete their application by Thursday October 6th. If you need an application please pick one up in the front office.


We do have school October 21st. We do not have school on October 14th


Help maintain the MCCS website and possibly help with PC troubleshooting or
networking issues.



I apologize for not having concrete information for families about busing.
I have tried repeatedly to have the District’s bus people give me a
dollar figure.  So far, they do not return my calls or emails.  I will keep
pushing – and push harder to get this going.  -Dan


Representatives from the hot lunch program in Salem will be here Thursday.  We will find out what needs to be done to get this started for our students.
Electricians have been in to get the freezer started and hook up the oven.  A part is needed to complete the oven hook up, but that will be done some time this week.  I am told by Betsy and Noelle that they anticipate a November start date.  We
will keep you informed.


The light bid is now complete.  To change all lighting inside and outside will cost about $38,000 with approximately a $10,000 incentive grant from Consumers Power.

We have two bids in for changing the heating from the boiler and its expensive diesel fuel to heat pumps.  I cannot emphasize enough what a change this would make for the classrooms.
The air would be fresher and much more reliably comfortable – not to mention a large savings in money.

The Board will be discussing these matters during the October 6th and 20th


Ms. Bridget’s Class
Wow, this week went fast. Our class is continuing to learn about insects. This week we talked about insect defenses and how they protect themselves from predators. We also invented our own insects. There was a princess bug that eats rainbows and a lava shooter that lives in volcanoes. What wonderful imaginations your children

-Miss Bridget


October 5th at 4:30pm

The event will be held at Avery Park (across from the dinosaur bones). Students are invited to participate. It is only a $2 entrance fee and we encourage participants to
arrive early enough to register before the 4:30 start time. It is before the Crescent Valley High School cross-country meet and we get to run on part of their course. Best of luck! Coordinator Natasha Nuno (503)849-4578.


Thursday’s at Lunch

Way to move it Muskrats!
We’ve had several participants spending all of lunch recess on Thursdays making
laps around our track. 1st– congratulations for completing 5 miles goes to Gradin Fairbanks (Kinder) and Skyla Baker-Swartzendruber (2nd grader).
Wow – they accomplished 5 miles in 3 weeks. Stay tuned, there are many more to

*This is an optional lunch recess activity held on Thursdays that encourages
running or walking around the track. We encourage Muskrats to wear comfortable
clothing and shoes on Thursdays for this activity and to bring a friend.


Green Muddy Creek kid sized T-shirts are still available for $12 in the office and all proceeds go to support the track renovation.


8:00-8:30am and 2:30-3:00pm

Scrip is back and going strong! If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s a super easy way to
help contribute to the school. Just buy gift cards to use instead of your debit
card or cash and MCCS benefits! We had 4 orders last time (and 1 of those was to
restock our on-hand supply) and made $100 for MCCS. Just think what we could do with more participating! You can also buy scrip immediately from our on-hand
stock in the office. Stop by the scrip table on Thursdays 8:00-8:30am and 2:30-3:00pm to find out what the buzz is about.

Turn in your Safeway receipts to the office or go online to www.backtoschools.escrip.com to redeem your purchases made on select products during the 10% Goes Back to Schools program!
While you’re there, go to the home page and enter your Safeway Club card and any
debit/credit cards you use there under Muddy Creek Charter School to help even
more! Email Carla at
cdcallahanz@gmail.com with any questions.

Just before the beginning of the school year, a very pregnant cat was found at Muddy Creek. She gave birth on the school grounds to an astounding 10 kittens! She and the kittens have been fostered through Heartland Humane Society by the family of Skyla Baker-Swartzendruber. They are all healthy and growing. The mama cat (kid-friendly and a proven mouser) is now available for adoption at Heartland.
The kittens will be ready in a few weeks. They can be adopted through Heartland,
which is a great deal as they come spayed or neutered and with shots. For more
information contact the Baker-Swartzendrubers at

Opportunity for those working with families.
Strengthening Rural Families(SRF) is trying to recruit more folks from the rural
part of our county to teach parenting classes. This is an excellent opportunity
to be trained in the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum which is a very diverse
program that focuses on the family as a system and also addresses views of the
roles of children and parents (see flyer on the MCCS bulletin board for a
summary of the foundations of the program). Basically, you could become an
instructor with the LBCC Family Support Network (aka Parenting Education Dept.),
and we could work with you to sponsor classes in your community. You could also
use the curriculum in your current position.

If you are interested, please e-mail or call Andrea Myhre (SRF Director) at
andrea.srf@ruralfamilies.org or 541-929-2535.


The office sent out a form for families to sign that you have seen the school
rules. Please take some time this week to review the school rules with your child and sign the web form. If you do not have internet at home, you may use the school library. For more information, contact Betty in the school office.

To all the families that came to help Miss Jenny paint her shed in time for the weekend rains.

The campout was a success. Thanks to the PTO for providing breakfast.

Contact Us

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541-752-9481 f


Muddy Creek Charter School
30252 Bellfountain Rd.
Corvallis, OR 97333