With only three weeks before Winter Break, they are going to be a whirlwind! Be sure to read our latest newsletter to stay informed.
TRAILS Community Open House Tonight 5:30-7PM
For all community stakeholders.
Light refreshments provided.
Mental Health Matters
Please join Julie Bleicker and Lance Matthewson to learn more about the uptick in anxiety in the middle school population and how you can help.
The prevalence of anxiety has become the primary mental health issue for teens at AMS. Parents are asking for ways to best support the social/emotional needs of their kids. We will talk about healthy habits, proactive strategies and ways to effectively communicate with your kids as well as create a forum for dialogue and questions parents have about preteen mental health.
October is National Principal’s Month! Help us celebrate our amazing leaders in Ashland.
Rogue Valley Love Your Neighbor Day September 8, 2022 As we remember the lives, homes, and businesses lost to the Alemda and Obenchain Fires, we also remember how our community united in strength, generosity, and compassion. On September 8th, please do some good for someone else. Let’s fill our community with random acts of kindness and continue supporting each other with #roguevalleylove
What a first day of school! Our TRAILS PTC Picnic was a huge success! Seeing families on the lawn connecting with one another, kids running and playing, and shaved ice being devoured was simply wonderful. Another enormous thank you to our TRAILS PTC for all the planning and organization- and the shaved ice truck! We also want to acknowledge our entire school community for making the first day and picnic so special. #wegetkidsoutside #andfamiliestoo #TRAILSptc #firstdayofschool
We started the first day off right! Thanks to our amazing TRAILS PTC, there was fresh coffee and great connection at our Woo Hoo/Boo Hoo coffee. Families gathered while waiting for classrooms to open and then after school started at 8:20. Thank you, PTC! What a great way to kick off the year. #firstdayofschool #TRAILSptc
Please see this important message from our TRAILS Parent Teacher Collective:
"Your PTC wants to remind you that there's a meet and greet tomorrow morning, we'll be out in front saying hello at dropoff with coffee ☕️. And after school, starting at 12:30, join other families with your lunch and picnic blanket on the lawn above Lincoln. Every student will get a ticket for a snow cone from the Mahalo shaved ice truck.
See you tomorrow!
TRAILS’ 1st Annual (sort of) River Crossing at Touvelle State Park – Friday, September 2nd.
On Friday, September 2nd our school will, after a two year absence, be back at Touvelle State Park on the Rogue River to celebrate the beginning of the school year and our unique school community. Part of this special community-building day is our annual “river crossing” where older students will bond with younger students as they cross a shallow side channel of the Rogue River. It’s an event students and families often reflect upon as one of those things that makes our school special.
All students will need a well-fitted PFD to participate in this event. We are asking that students bring in a PFD that is in good working order and well-fitted by next Thursday, September 1st. Many families do not have a PFD for their child, so we’re asking that those families with extra PFDs send in loaners for this event. We’re looking for as many PFDs as possible, sized for kids between five and fourteen. Anyone willing to lend a PFD is encouraged to bring it to the PTC Picnic on the first day of school. We need all loaner PFD’s at school no later than Thursday. Please don’t forget to put your name on your loaner PFD so we can return it to you or your child after school on the 2nd!
Thank you so much for helping us bring back this special rite of passage to our school year!
ASD is so excited to welcome our new teachers for the 22-23 school year! Please join us in extending a warm welcome to this impressive group of educators.
All TRAILS students and families are invited to join the TRAILS Parent Teacher Collective (PTC) for a picnic at 12:30pm on the first day of school! Feel free to come as early as noon to secure your space on the lawn. Students can bring a lunch from home or purchase a sack lunch from the cafeteria. The PTC will provide shaved ice for our students! Bring your blankets, camp chairs, and a picnic for yourselves. We can't wait to kick the year off with the first of many opportunities to connect as a school community!
In the second session of our summer learning program our K-8 students are getting academic and enrichment opportunities that change each week. Ms. Allana’s cooking class kicked things off with the basics of fat, salt, and acid and made their own salad dressings! Some were were a hit and some were… well… an opportunity to eat greens dressing free!
#asdsummerschool #enrichmentopportunitiesgalore #kidsinthekitchen
Verizon hosts 10th Annual Backpack and School Supplies Giveaway
Jackson County, Ore. — Inflation has taken a toll on families in more ways than anyone could have imagined. But, there are a few things that still have to be done no matter what, like making sure your children have back-to-school supplies.
For parents who are struggling and need extra help with that, the Cellular Connection for Verizon is hosting their 10th Annual Backpack and School Supplies Giveaway.
“Every location we have around the country gets from 150-200 backpacks every year and they come filled with school supplies from folders, rulers, paper, pencils and pens,” said Daniel Varela, District Manager for Southern Oregon TCC Verizon.
According to Varela, they have four locations in Southern Oregon and the event will take place July 31 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
“We ask that when you do show up that you bring your child with you so we can hand them the backpack," Varela said. "We just encourage everyone to come out, we will have food vendors and games for everyone to enjoy as well.”
The locations are:
498 Union Ave
142 NE Terry Lane
1779 N. Riverside
1315 Center Drive
“We have five $10,000 scholarships we will be giving away as well across all our locations," Varela said. "There's a little QR code that we can get them signed up for the potential to win one of these $10,000 scholarships, so when they come get a backpack we’ll help them out with that part as well.”
They will be announcing the winner a few weeks after the giveaway and will contact each person that won.
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The Ashland Grizzly Football Team is pleased to bring back its GRIZZLY FOOTBALL KIDS CAMP!
This camp is for kids in 3rd-8th grade.
The camp will be held on the Ashland High School Grizzly Football Fields JUNE 27-30 from 10-noon. $25/player
To learn more click the link below for the brochure, or visit the website & register!
AHSA will be hosting a volleyball camp for boys and girls grades 4th-8th starting August 2-4th from 4-6pm at Ashland High School.
Please see the printable form below to sign up!
This week is American School Counselor Appreciation Week! Ashland School District has many talented and dedicated behavioral health specialists. Please take a moment to recognize and get to know the two fantastic people working here at John Muir Outdoor School!
Amber Langer: Child Development Specialist
This is Amber’s second year at JMOS as a half-time CDS. Amber brings extensive clinical experience with her to her current position. Amber is passionate about supporting the unique and authentic strengths of every child, and those that care for them. She works with students individually, in small groups and has developed and taught numerous whole class SEL (Social Emotional Learning) lessons. And, quite wonderfully, Amber is bilingual (Spanish).
Elliot Mauer-Drake: Student Advocate
This is Elliot’s fourth year at JMOS. He is both the Student Advocate and the Outdoor Ed. teacher. He has a natural talent with quick transitions from working with individual students needing immediate support, to organizing full yard activities and Friday outdoor field trips. From the perspective of those around him, he has an almost magical ability to create connections and rapport with every kind of student in all varieties of environments.
Get ready for the 13th Annual Monster Dash Run for Education!
This year’s race is back in Lithia Park on Saturday, October 30th, or you can sign up to run the race virtually from anywhere October 22nd – 31st.
1-mile Fun Run/Walk
Walk, run or zombie stroll for this annual family-fun event that supports grants in Ashland public schools. This one-of-a-kind race is presented by Lithia 4 Kids, the Ashland Kiwanis Club, and the Ashland Schools Foundation (ASF).
This year the in-person races at Lithia Park will be modified for COVID safety, with mask requirements, staggered race-wave start times and locations, and limited numbers per race to allow for social distancing. All racers receive finisher’s medals, plus fun-filled race packets and giveaways for youth 18 and under!
Register NOW for early-bird pricing for adults (thru Oct 13…kids are always $10) and before the race time you want fills up. Go to www.AshlandMonsterDash.com
to sign up the whole family and get more info about this year’s race, online contests, silent auction and prizes!
A year ago, we all experienced and witnessed how wide-spread community service can unite, mend, and restore hope. An ASD parent has initiated an inspiring and uplifting effort to make September 8 a day of community connection and care. Please join in this effort and make this day and many more full of gestures of kindness that ripple across our community and beyond.
The build back, after selective demolition, of the John Muir Outdoor School is progressing quickly. The curved wall framing at the new administrative office has begun and will feature a wood wall. This new entrance and administration wing, will provide John Muir Outdoor School with a clear entry point, at the south parking lot and central administrative office.
Soderstrom Architects Ltd., Arkitek: Design & Architecture, Adroit Construction Co.