School Briefs

by: Contributed photo, IN YOUR FACE —Referee Sukannya Ponnuswamy watches carefully as Nicole Griffin, Jaime Jackson and Eli Jardine chew determinedly in the Bubble Pie Face during Hopkins Elementary Schools second annual Hawks Challenge event, which put fifth-graders into a series of off-the-wall challenges such as the Explosive Monkeys competition; the Worm Squirm; and this event, the Bubble Pie Face, in which students tried to extract a piece of bubble gum from a whipped cream pie without using their hands and then chew until they blew a bubble.

Booster Club Board member elections will be held Sunday, May 4

The Sherwood High School Booster Club Board will hold its annual member elections at their May meeting, starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

All positions are important to the success of the SHS Booster Club being able to continue to provide support to Sherwood's high school teams and coaches.

Members who currently hold these positions will help new members with the transition

into these roles.

If you are interested in getting involved in the SHS Booster Club, please contact Mark Erwin at president@sherwoodbooster

For more information on the SHS Booster Club visit

St. Francis School hosts annual Friar Trot

St. Franci School in Sherwood will host its the third annual Friar Trot 5K and 1-mile run/walk on Saturday, May 17. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile begins at 9:30 a.m.

The festivities will also include a Jog-A-Thon on Friday, May 16, which will involve the entire St. Francis student body.

All of the proceeds will help raise funds to build a gymnasium for the school.

This gym will serve not only our school but also the greater Sherwood community.

To register for this event, go online to; or download an entry form

from the website and drop it off in person at Road Runner Sports at 7063 S.W. Nyberg Road, Tualatin, or on-site the day of event.

The 5K starts on the St. Francis campus, 15643 S.W. Oregon

St., and winds through the beautiful Sherwood community.

This fun, family-friendly community event will include coffee and refreshments as well as a raffle.

Strollers are welcome. Parking is available at the small white church on Oregon Street across from the Sherwood Fire Station. Everyone is welcome to participate.

For more information about the Friar Trot, please go to www.the

Host families needed for international exchange students

Cultural Homestay International, a nonprofit educational exchange organization is looking for host homes for international high school students for the upcoming school year. These students from Asia, Europe and South America need busy, caring, flexible, families with whom to share the learning experience of a lifetime.

Hosting is a great way to promote world peace through international friendship and understanding, to learn about the world, and to share your corner of it.

Host families provide room and board. Students have insurance and pay their own school

and personal expenses.

Interested? Call Taunie Murray at 1-866-408-3097 or visit

Hopkins fifth-graders take on 'Hawks Challenge'

This is only the second year that Hopkins physical education teacher Lisa Miller has led the 'Hawks Challenge' event for Hopkins fifth-graders, but already it's famous for several things: the 'Eggcellent Adventure' (where each student smashes an egg on his or her head: most are hard-boiled, but a few are raw), the Swamp Machine (where a team of students rolls a refrigerator box across the gym - from the inside), and crazy team names.

This year, the champion team was Tribe Tiki Tiki T-Zuttle, with the Ferocious Fiekens coming in a close second. Each of the four teams competed in ten events, where their ability to work together was tested along with their sportsmanship. In fact, the only trophy given is the Sportsmanship Trophy, which this year was awarded to the Explosive Monkeys.

Students' favorite events included the Planet Plunger, the Worm Squirm, and Bubble Pie Face, in which students extract a piece of bubble gum from a pie plate full of whipped cream (without using their hands) and chew until they can produce a credible bubble, which is surprisingly difficult.

The Final Four events were emceed by Hopkins vice-principal Leslie Murphy on March 17, and Superintendent Dan Jamison on March 19. The championship event, on March 21, was emceed by Hopkins parent Tim Duncan.

Hopkins silent auction will be a 'Night to Remember'

If you're lucky at Hopkins Elementary's auction 'Night to Remember,' you might win a vacation to remember.

The Hopkins Spring Auction will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the Sherwood Elks Club, 22770 S.W. Elwert Road, Sherwood. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for previewing aution items.

Not only are there several vacation packages up for auction, including a cabin in Sun River and a family camping weekend at Cove Palisades in Madras, but a fabulous $3,000 Disney vacation is also being raffled off.

Raffle tickets cost $1 each and are available at the Hopkins office.

Other items to be auctioned include Portland TrailBlazer tickets, birthday party packages, golfing packages, kids' summer camps, and a Portland Spirit cruise.

Advance tickets for the auction event cost $10, which includes admission and a light dinner of pizza, salad, fresh fruit and coffee. A no-host bar will also be available. After May 1, tickets will cost $15.

The auction benefits Hopkins PTAC, which supports Hopkins teachers and staff, provides family reading and game nights, and funds outdoor play equipment and field trips for Hopkins students.

If you have an item to donate for the auction, or would like to purchase tickets for the raffle or for the auction event, please contact Hopkins Elementary at 503-625-8400.

Local student makes Seattle Pacific University dean's list

Kimberly Joy Kruse of Sherwood made the Seattle Pacific University 2007 Autumn Quarter Dean's List.

Students on the Dean's List have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 or higher grade point average.

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University is a premier Christian university that equips people to engage the culture and change the world.

Its comprehensive academic program serves more than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Known for both their competence and character, SPU graduates are bringing about positive change in communities around the globe.

Local boy places at free throw state championship

On Saturday, March 8, the Knights of Columbus Free Throw State Championship was held for boys and girls ages 10 to 14, in Milwaukie.

Each age division competed against each other for the state title.

Brendon Wexted Hand, a 10-year-old from Sherwood, representing St. Francis Church, competed and won second place, after three tie breakers, in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw State Championship.

Brendon is a fifth-grader from Middleton Elementary, who played on the fifth-grade Sherwood Classic Basketball Team this past season, and who currently plays for the Sherwood Spring Hoops basketball team and the Sherwood Midget Federal Baseball Team.

Brendon loves and participates in many different sports including basketball, baseball, football, karate, snow skiing and swimming.

Brendon dreams of becoming a professional ball player some day in basketball and baseball.

For now, he has alot of fun and works hard to improve his skills and technique to become a valuable player for whatever sport and team he is playing for.