Education Foundation elects 2014-15 officers

After delivering a $130,000 donation to the West Linn-Wilsonville School District — money that the district used directly to hire more teachers — the district's education foundation is back at work. At the West Linn-Wilsonville Education Foundation's August board meeting, new officers were elected: David Steinberg, vice president; Elaine Cozart, secretary; and Jim Kamikawa, treasurer. Jay Puppo was re-elected as the foundation's president.

"I'm excited by the energy and the level of participation that the programs we ran last year produced," Puppo said. "We are ready to continue that momentum and be even more focused in our work."

The West Linn-Wilsonville Education Foundation is a registered 503c nonprofit whose sole purpose is to raise dollars to add teachers to the school district. Over the past five years, the foundation has helped to hire more than 25 new teachers, directly impacting each and every school in the district.

Learn more about the foundation, become involved or make a donation online at

Attend Lowrie fundraiser at McMenamins

The McMenamins Old Church and Pub in Wilsonville is once again holding a fundraiser for Willamette Primary School. From 5 p.m. to close on Sept. 9, the restaurant will donate 50 percent of all food and beverage sales, including alcohol, to Lowrie. Money raised will go to support the school's art program.

Local musicians Naomi LaViolette and Michele Van Kleef will be joined by guitarist Tim Ellis in the amphitheater from 6 to 8 p.m. Trolly service donated by SMART will run on a 20-minute loop between the pub and the school between 5 and 8:30 p.m. Activities will be provided for children, including face painting, bubbles and Lowrie paw-print temporary tattoos.

McMenamins Old Church and Pub is located at 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road in Wilsonville.

Don't miss YMP deadline

Registration for fall classes is open at Youth Music Project, with a registration deadline of Sept. 22 for classes that will begin Oct. 6.

Located in West Linn, Youth Music Project offers music lessons to any and all students in the surrounding communities. Sliding scale music lesson scholarships are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch through their school district. Students can take group music classes or private music lessons in acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, electric bass, fiddle, piano, ukulele, or vocal performance. Rock bands and girls rock bands are also available for students starting 3rd grade. Preschool and toddler music classes are also available.

To complement the roster of music classes, students are also invited to participate in art classes taught by artist in residence Mary Kirby, through a clay medium. Art scholarships also are available.

YMP is located at 2015 8th Avenue in West Linn. To learn more or to register: or call 503-616-5967.

Attend back-to-school orientation at ATHS

Parents and guardians of Arts & Technology High School students are required to attend a back-to-school orientation at the session. School staff will share valuable information about the school program and structures. This orientation is for new and returning families.

Choose from the following sessions: Sept. 9, 2:30 to 4 p.m.; Sept. 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; or Sept. 14, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Update listserv, flash alert info

School district families both continuing and new should make sure to sign up or update their information for the district's listserv at The district and individual schools use the listserv to keep families current and informed throughout the school year. The FlashAlert system lets families know of weather and other emergencies that may impact school schedules. Sign up for flash alerts at

Attend your back-to-school night

Each school in Wilsonville has scheduled an evening event for parents to come to the school, meet their students' teachers and learn about what students will be learning — and how — this school year. The events are sometimes called Back to School or Curriculum night, and they offer parents a great opportunity to learn what to expect during the school year.

Primary schools; Boeckman Creek, Boones Ferry and Lowrie each will hold events Sept. 18 starting at 6 p.m. Contact your school for more information.

Middle school: Inza R. Wood's event will be held Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

High school: Wilsonville's back to school night is scheduled for Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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