Sauvie Island School News

Spring flowers in pastel colors with "hello spring" in cursive script

April 4th, 2024

From the Director's Desk

On the Horizon

  • 5th Grade Egg Drop: April 12th @ 2:15 in the gym

  • PTC Meeting: April 18th, 7-8pm @ Fultano's

In the Classroom

3rd Grade Updates with Ms. Francis

Our 3rd graders have recently immersed themselves in the rich history of Vanport, Oregon, showcasing exceptional engagement and learning. Their Solar System Planet projects were a cosmic success, demonstrating creativity and deep understanding. Next week, we'll dive into the intriguing world of Rocks and Minerals, promising more hands-on learning adventures. Additionally, our celebration of Pi Day was a smashing success, filled with mathematical fun and pie-tasting delights. 

4th Grade Updates with Mrs. Roberts

In 4th grade students recently finished writing their own survival stories, inspired by the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. To tie into our extreme settings unit, students became a “park ranger” in a National Park of their choice. They then researched the environment of the national park they chose to inform prospective hikers on how they can be safe while visiting the park. We invited 2nd grade in to showcase all that the 4th graders had learned. It was a fun visit! In February we celebrated National Engineers Week by having an Intel employee come and bring a fun, hands-on STEAM activity into the classroom. Students designed a mechanism that launched the ping pong ball high enough to catch it in the air. On March 14th we celebrated Pi Day with both third and fifth grade. It was a lively day with lots of math activities, pizza, and of course … pie! 

Middle School Updates with Mr. Radich

We're back! All three grades settled back into the annex this week and, although not 100% complete, it's so nice to be in our own learning spaces. Huge thank you to the Sauvie Island Grange and Church for hosting us for the past couple of months, we feel really fortunate to have such gracious community partners!

Here's a bit of what we've up to in class:

8th Grade Social Studies

Students have been honing discerning primary source investigative skills as they try to piece together parts of Oregon's history. In particular, we're focusing on the history of African Americans in Oregon and answering the question of why Oregon's demographic makeup is the way it is. Really excellent discussions and critical thinking happening so far! Students have also begun "news share out speeches" -- these are informal public speaking opportunities for students to read, watch, or listen to a news story and then summarize to the class, adding commentary. Every student is responsible for 4 news shares this trimester. 

7th Grade Social Studies

Students are wrapping up some excellent narrative writing we started before the break as well as moving into our next region: Europe. We'll span a wide swath of history starting with Ancient Rome, hopping to Medieval Europe, and eventually contemporary issues. This week students are focusing on political geography and making an almanac page for their chosen country.

8th Grade Math

Fun with shapes! We're delving into volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres as a jumping off point to start exploring radicals (and eventually quadratic equations). This is a fun time of year in math where we're exploring increasingly complex topics. 

6th Grade

I don't see 6th Graders this trimester, but wanted to recognize all their hard work that culminated into our most successful plant sale fundraiser ever--way to go 6th Graders! 

Volunteer Corner

Our annual SIS Auction is May 18th and is fast approaching.  The PTC is asking for donations of beer/wine/cider to be used as prizes for our new auction game, "Wine Bottle Ring Toss!" Each bottle of wine or pack of beer/cider donated should equal a value of $25 or more allowing participants playing the "Wine Bottle Ring Toss" to win a bottle or pack equal to their donation or more. For a $25 donation, you get one ring to toss on a bottle of wine and go home with a wine/cider/beer of your choice. The more donations we collect, the more turns guests can take and the more fundraising support for the school. See below for the times where donations can be made. Please note, the first two dates you are welcome to stay and mingle with other community members and the last two dates are strictly drop off only.  If none of these dates work for you and you need to arrange a different time or if you have any questions/clarifications, please reach out to Shannon Melling at  

Saturday, April 6th:  2-4pm

Host: Harley and Mackenzie - You are welcome to drop off and go or stay and mingle. There will be a nice cozy fire. 

15620 NW Gillihan Rd 

Portland, OR 97231

Friday, April 19th:  after school until 6pm

Host:  Hannah and Marc - Drop off is after school, you are welcome to drop off and go or stay and mingle. 

22620 NW Gillihan Rd

Portland, Or 97231

Friday, April 26th:  before and after school

Host:  Katie and Joe Furia - "Drop off only" before and after school.

18105 NW Reeder Rd

Portland, OR 97231

Thursday, May 2nd:  before and after school

Host:  Katie and Joe Furia - "Drop off only" before and after school.

18105 NW Reeder Rd

Portland, OR 97231

Keep an eye out for more volunteer opportunities during the week leading up to the SIS Auction and auction weekend. Help will be needed in many areas including setting up, cleaning up and various tasks during the event.  Specific needs and sign-ups will be sent out soon. 

For all current volunteer opportunities, please check out the "Volunteer" tab on the SIS app. Here you will be able to find all the current volunteer needs in one place.  If you have any questions, concerns or ideas regarding volunteering at SIS, please reach out to Kim and Kelli at

Thank You,
Kim Lucey and Kelli Magnia
SIS Volunteer Coordinators

PTC Updates

Auction winners last year created their very own flavor. Enjoy their creation at Crooked Creek Brewery 4/4 from 2pm-10pm. Pints for Non-Profits donates $2 from each pint to the PTC!!!

Pints for PTC flyer

Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out. Only 6 weeks away!

Auction flyer for 2024, music notes and staff

Thank you to our generous sponsors. You make a difference and we appreciate you!

Thank you flyer for the 2024 SIS Auction Sponsors

Flyer with all of the 2024 SIS auction sponsors


7th-8th Grade Educational Trip:

Would your student be interested in going to Puerto Rico in 2025 for an educational experience? Please register for our info session to be considered for our upcoming travel opportunity.

In our session, we'll cover everything from how this will benefit your child, what's included in the experience, how we'll keep the trip safe and affordable, and much more. Registration for this session is mandatory to help organize our meeting, and a parent or guardian must attend. Can't make it? Choose "No, but send info" so you don't miss out.

Our first in-person meeting will be Wednesday, March 13th in the SMS Library from 6-7pm. To register for this meeting click here,or contact Catherine Baggett,

summer 2025 Puerto Rico trip for middle school flyer with QR code

University of Portland Franz Hall photo

University of Portland is holding a summer learning program for grades 2nd-11th from July 1st-August 1st. Classes are taught by graduate students and focus on Common Core standards in mathematics and language arts. Learn more

Odds and Ends

  • Please check Lost & Found for any missing treasures! The pile is steadily growing.

  • Please send your student to school ready for the weather with raincoats and rainboots. Please leave the umbrellas at home!

  • Please remember to contact Ann Pavia for any dismissal changes at least one hour before the end of the school day so she may prepare slips for their teachers. Thank you!

    You can access old newsletters by going to Documents-->About Us-->SIS newsletter in your SIS App

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Grange Hall Rentals

The Sauvie Island Grange is available to all as a rental space for private parties, meetings and gatherings. You can rent the building by the hour or half-day. The hall space can be rented separately from the kitchen or together based on need. Grange members thoroughly sanitize the hall and kitchen before scheduled use. Please visit this link for more specifics on rentals or contact Katherine Topaz at 503-708-0008. 

Be in the Know!

  • Download the new Sauvie Island app today! Visit the iOS App Store or Android Play and enable notifications.

  • Visit Facebook and Instagram for important updates and photos of activities! Visit our new website to see what's going on!