I actually grew up in the other Portland—Portland, Maine. I was born there, and I lived there until I graduated from high school and attended a university in Arkansas. During the summers, I would go back to Maine to live with my parents and work at a minor league baseball park and doggie daycare.
I have two older sisters (I’m the baby of the family). We are all spread out across the country. My dad jokes that he has three daughters in three different time zones—and it’s true! My sister, brother-in-law, two nephews, and niece live in New Mexico, and my middle sister lives in Iowa. But here is always where I assure people that I love my family, and we weren’t trying to get as far away from each other as possible. It’s just where we all ended up. In fact, we try to all meet up at least once or twice a year, usually in Maine, but last summer I got to show them Oregon! We went to Crater Lake, Haystack Rock, Powell’s Books, Multnomah Falls—it was awesome!
In college I studied Early Childhood Education. After graduating with my BA, I taught Pre-K and second grade in two rural Arkansas schools. I am currently working on my master’s degree in Library and Information Science, which is how I came to be the Library Media Assistant at Candalaria Elementary. This job combines two of my favorite things—teaching and reading! It’s great!
In my free time I like to watch my husband coach football, read books, go hiking with my dog, and explore the beautiful Oregon coast.
My favorite thing about Candalaria is the people! Everyone has been very kind and welcoming. I’m already beginning to feel at home here. My goals for this year are pretty simple: remind students that reading is fun! Books are adventures in portable form. They allow us to be creative and imaginative. They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, designs, and content. My job is to help your child find the right match. As the wise Dr. Seuss said, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
Every year we host two Scholastic Book Fairs in the school library. These book fairs offer a wide variety of books for all reading levels and interests. The proceeds from our book fair sales are invested back into Candalaria For example, this year every student in every classroom received a subscription for Scholastic News, Dyna Math or Storyworks. In past years, we have purchased Smart boards and other classroom equipment.
Our Fall Book Fair is scheduled for October 10-13, 2016. Each day the fair is open before school 8:30-9:05am and after school 3:30-4:30pm. We will also be open during Science Night on Thursday from 6-8pm.
Teacher bins are an important feature of our Candalaria book fairs. The bins contain books selected by your child's teacher that they would like in their classroom library. If you purchase a book from a teacher bin, you receive a 20% discount on the purchase.
If you don't know what books to buy for your child, our teachers also select books they recommend. Look for signs on the shelves that say "teacher pick" and you will know which teacher has made the recommendation. These teacher picks are usually the first to sell out at our fairs.
If you are unable to visit the book fair, you can shop online through our school's Scholastic page and the book you order will be delivered to the school without charge.
Finally, we can't run the book fair without volunteers. Please visit our online sign-up page to view available shifts, starting with set-up on Friday, October 7 and ending with take down on Thursday, October 13.
Thank you for your support of our book fair!
Erin Frith & Lisa Holliday, co-chairs
Hi, my name is Karen Kinnett and I have three kids at Candalaria: two boys going into 5th grade and a daughter entering 2nd. I have loved our time at Candalaria, the friends that we have made, the enriching opportunities that my children have had, and the sense of community that Candalaria provides.
Mrs. Hallowell was born in Hollywood, California, but was grew up in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. She and her husband moved to Oregon around 1980 to help with a family business.
Mrs. Hallowell has two children, Sean and Sara, who both attended Candalaria and graduated from South Salem High School. Sean went on to Brown and Columbia where he received a PhD in musicology. He lives in San Francisco and is getting married in April. Sara, who is a WOU grad and an interpreter, recently moved back to Salem from New York. Mrs. Hallowell is so happy to be closer to her grandchildren, Reid (4) and Lily (6)!
She spends a lot of time taking care of her aging mother. In her spare time, Mrs. Hallowell likes to garden, sew, craft, scrapbook and spend time with her grandchildren.. She also likes to travel and is particularly looking forward to her trip to her son's wedding in April with her daughter and granddaughter. .
Mrs. Hallowell worked for Salem-Keizer's Student Services department for 22 years before coming to Candalaria. She remembers thinking, back when her kids went to Candalaria, that the Candalaria office would be a fun place to work. She is so happy to be on the Candalaria staff now, and loves to see the smiles of the students each day. She says being at Candalaria "just feels right!"
For the first time in many years, the Candalaria 5th Grade class is headed to Outdoor School! Scheduled for late April, Outdoor School is an exciting opportunity for the students to participate in hands-on learning outside the classroom. Outdoor School will replace our traditional 5th Grade year-end party, and will allow the 5th graders to participate in Field Day.
Outdoor School will be located at Canyonview Camp, just outside Silverton. It combines a classic camp setting and activities with the opportunity to learn about the amazing outdoor landscape here in Oregon. The camp sits in a beautiful, safe setting which will allow for fun, adventure and learning.
The 5th Grade Outdoor School Committee has been busy raising money to pay for this opportunity, through community events like Movie Night, Bingo Night and Popcorn Fridays. Thanks to the support of our amazing Candalaria Community, we are well on our way to our goal!
We ask for your continued support in our upcoming events. A successful pilot year is vital in paving the way for Outdoor School for all future 5th graders. This is an experience that students will look forward to throughout their years at Candalaria, and one that they will remember for a lifetime.
Join the 100 Mile Club at Candalaria!
What is it?
The 100 Mile Club is a year-long, fun and social way to get your kids moving! Club participants meet at the Covered Area behind the school every Tuesday and Friday immediately after school. Participants sign in and then run or walk around the track for 50 minutes. Every time the child completes a lap he or she will receive a popsicle stick. At 4:20, students will again gather in the covered area to stretch and have their sticks counted. Students will be ready for pick-up at 4:30.
Students will receive prizes at the 25, 50, 75, and 100 mile mark. We understand that not every student will reach 100 miles, but we hope that all of our students will become healthier as they live a more active lifestyle.
We expect that participating students sign in and out each time they come to the club meeting. Once students sign in, they are expected to walk or run around the track. They are not allowed to go to the playground unless a parent has signed them out.
Weather and Water
The 100 Mile Club will meet every Tuesday and Friday that school is in session. We will run in the rain so have your child be prepared. Also, please make sure that your child has a water bottle. This is especially important when it’s hot.
The joining fee for the 100 Mile Club is $10. This covers the cost of the prizes--including the T-shirt that students will receive if they complete 25 miles. Scholarships are available upon request.
By Laura Mullenbach, Candalaria OBOB Committee
In a couple of months, our school will begin the Battle of the Books competition. Oregon Battle of the Books has a long tradition of excellence at Candalaria. OBOB is promoted as a friendly competition for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to encourage them to read different genres of literature and authors, as well as develop teamwork.
Many of the students formed teams already or are in the process of forming them. If your student wishes to be on a team, but is not yet, we encourage to talk with their teacher. Each team consists of 4 students. Each team member needs to read at least 4 different titles to start with from the list of books. Teams may organize this arrangement as they wish. Some students might want to read all of the 16 titles. We will post and announce the team rosters prior to the competitions.
The actual “battles” begin in January 2016 in the media center/library. Parent volunteers will help with leading the battles during each grade’s lunch recess period. Two teams will battle for 15 minutes with questions from the books. Each team will battle at least twice during the weeks of competition. The top teams will advance. We encourage you to come and watch your child and their team! Our school’s top team will move on to battle the top teams from other schools in the district.
For a list of 2016 battle books, click HERE. For the official OBOB website, click HERE.
By: Jordan Cresswell (4th grade) and Bennett Cresswell (2nd grade)
Ms Andersen teaches First grade in Room 10. This is her ninth year at Candalaria, and it's the only school she's taught at. Former principal, Mr. Gertenrich, hired her right out of teaching school, and she's been here ever since. Her favorite subject to teach is reading, because once a student gets the reading bug then they're begging for books and staying up late to read. There's nothing better than seeing a reader take off because it just feels good to them. Ms Andersen’s favorite subject to learn is Spanish because it's a challenge for her.
Ms Andersen grew up in Salem and went to South Salem High School. After high school graduation, she went to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and later transferred to Oregon State University where she finished her degree. About 15 years later, she went back to Willamette University where she got her master's in teaching.
Before Candalaria, she worked for a school called the National Outdoor Leadership School, which is a hiking and wilderness school, in Wyoming and Arizona. Then she was a stay at home Mom when her son Tommy was younger, before she went back to school to get her teaching license.
Students often wonder why she walks around with pencils in her hair, and the reason is simple. She always knows where they are when she needs them and she has her favorite kind (Ticonderoga with erasers). Also, she knows that the pencils in her hair are germ free.
Outside of school, Ms Andersen loves spending time with her 14 year old son, Tommy. They play tennis together and enjoy biking and occasionally hiking. Her favorite activity is kayaking. Once, she went kayaking in Canada and would love to go back and do it again. She'd also love to kayak in Mexico and Hawaii one day.
Although she currently has 2 cats, Ms Andersen’s favorite animal is a dog. She has previously had Labradors, but doesn’t feel she’s home enough to have a dog right now. Her 2 cats are Wildfire and Milo. Her students all know that Milo doesn't have any teeth because he was allergic to them, and the veterinarian had to remove them. Now he’s getting along just fine and enjoys laying on the papers Ms Andersen brings home to grade.
When asked about her favorite superhero, she suggested a new one: “Book Girl,” who could magically show up and deliver books for kids whenever they need a new one. The Giving Tree is her favorite book. She loves that story and it still brings tears to her eyes, so much so that she has to have a friend read it to the class for her. Her favorite color is blue.
Ms Andersen loves being at Candalaria and thinks there's nothing better than being out in the community and seeing kids who recognize her from school. She said, “Candalaria is an amazing school where we have parents who support kids, and kids are happy to be at school and they work hard. It's a great school. Candalaria is fun. We work with amazing teachers. Everyone is happy and upbeat, which is infectious and helps kids learn.”
"I was born in Portland but grew up in Eugene. I went to graduate school at OSU so I am always happy when the Ducks play the Beavers. I teach Equine Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Linn-Benton Community College. I married the love of my life and have two red headed boys, Alex (4th grade), and Max (1st grade). I love to ski, mountain bike, read, run (who am I kidding? I jog), and show horses in the hunter ring."
Jenny is doing a phenomenal job as the new PTA president. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious and she loves Candalaria and our kids. Please come to our next PTA meeting on November 5th and see her in action!
Where are you from?
I am from Idaho. I moved to Oregon after graduating High School in 1997. I miss all my family there but have enjoyed my life in Oregon.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to do all kinds of things. When the weather is nice I love working in my yard or garden. When the weather is not so great, a good book is always relaxing. I have even had times of doing sewing projects. Although things done by myself are great, I love to do things with my children. We do things like board games, puzzles, movie days, going hiking(we love the outdoors and to enjoy nature) and just have fun doing whatever together.
What do you enjoy about Candalaria?
Candalaria has a great student body and the kids just make coming to work a joy. They seem to appreciate even the little things I do. And lets not forget about the amazing staff here. They have made me feel so welcomed. Although all the stairs can be quite exhausting, I think this is a great place to be.
What is your dream vacation spot?
My dream vacation would be to go to Venice. I have always wanted to experience the true gondola ride and getting to experience the culture. I would also love to go check out all the beauty the land has to offer as well.
Do you have any kids or pets?
I have three awesome kids. My oldest is Savannah; she is 15 and is a sophomore at McKay High School. Steven; is 14 and an eighth grader at Waldo Middle School. My baby, Sydney, is seven and is in second grade at Swegle Elementary School. Sometimes when asked about kids, I say I have three, but feel I have four sometimes. My biggest kid is my husband, Myron. He works as an IA in the EGC (emotional growth center) room at Waldo Middle school. We have been married for 16 years and it has been an amazing ride so far.
Pets are another joy in our lives. We have what my husband calls a mini zoo. We have three dogs (one is a foster), three cats (one is a foster as well), three guinea pigs and three chickens.
Are you a duck or a beaver?
I am a Duck fan. In fact I am a season ticket holder. I was never into sports the way I am now. My husband turned me.
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