Thank you for supporting RRMS

Recently Rosemont Ridge Middle School sent the students out into the community to begin canvassing for our fundraiser. Rosemont prides itself on offering a topnotch education with a wealth of opportunities and experiences. Those things come with real costs.

We are practical with our expenses. The money earned goes directly to support the basic needs of our school and not to buy slick new gadgets or over-the-top events. We sent our students out to ask their community network for straight donations to our Fund Run.

We did not offer wrapping paper, cookies, candies or trinkets in return. We asked for help earning a $20,000 goal to meet our basic budget. These things were not done without great trepidation. We know that times are tight.

The economic pinch we feel at school is no different than those of our families and community.In just over a week’s time the kids went to work contacting people. They worked hard to help us reach our goal. We know that some of them may have come to your door and asked for your support.

In that same amount of time they helped us to reach and even marginally surpass our goal.

We owe the students and community a huge debt of gratitude. I am truly overwhelmed by the support offered to our school.

I cannot thank you enough. Fundraisers are inherently stressful with all that they have depending on them. Designing one that works takes strategy, planning and a stiff measure of hope. This community is so supportive. Every moment of stress is washed away by generosity and leaves pure gratitude in its place.

Thank you for supporting our school. Thank you for helping us to ensure we have the supplies and programs that we need. We appreciate it.

Holly Miller

PTO president

Rosemont Ridge Middle School

Thank you, Albertsons

Last week the Wilsonville Spokesman published an article (Oct. 16, “Albertsons hopes to find stability in corporate shuffle”) about Don McNeely and his new management of the Wilsonville Albertsons.

I would like to commend the Albertsons organization for their wise decision in moving Don from our West Linn Albertsons, where he was manager, to strengthen the Wilsonville store, though I must whine a bit as I miss seeing Don at my store down the street and I miss the relationship we’d built around his willingness to contribute to his community.

Over the years, as a volunteer in numerous West Linn nonprofit organizations, I’d come to depend on Albertsons to offer everything from flowers for the MOMS Club to give to the elderly to ice cream sundae parties for middle school classes to supplies for school-wide events.

Don’s ability to meet the needs of his community and give as much as he could with a smile was comforting and, though I’ve been working with Albertsons for many years, he is by far the most community-minded grocer I’ve encountered.

He even makes time for him and some staff members to read to children at the local school’s annual Read to Us Week, with cookies in hand, of course. He even organized an Easter egg hunt at a local park.

All this said about Don, I’m pleased to find that Kerry, our new manager at the Albertsons on Blankenship Drive, is working to keep the same community spirit. What’s the best way to say “thank you” to these stores?

Plenty of notice on what donations are needed and a nice thank you note is important, but the most effective way of thanking these hardworking grocers is to complete the surveys at the bottom of those receipts. These give the store the necessary feedback they need to improve and it’s always nice to get a compliment. Thank you Albertsons!

Erika Vincent

West Linn

‘What did we pay for anyway?'

Regarding the aquatic center: Let’s do an autopsy. No question but that a number of issues determined the defeat of the $24 million bond measure to construct a public swim/community center at the 7 acre Parker Road site.

The most prominent reasons for the measure’s defeat most likely were: the prospect of increased taxes and attendant to this must have been concerns and unresolved questions in the public mind as to the longstanding problems over the condition of the city’s water services system.

Again, as for the pool: Many voters remained unconvinced with respect to the proposed pool’s maintenance costs. And yet another deciding factor could well have been the first stage of the aquatic center layout did not include a pool for more competitive swimming. A factor as yet not fully realized by those who supported the measure could well be that advocates did not fully comprehend the growing frustrations and keen disappointments so many citizens have experienced in dealing with the city’s planning and parks departments.

An example: Time and time again in Willamette neighborhood, a growing number of neighbors have stated that they cannot trust the parks department.

Prime example: The planning for Fields Bridge Park, which was a natural flood plain habitat for many species of birds and other animals. The development of this park strayed far from the original approved plan, hence a loss of trust in planning. Instead of a much-anticipated neighborhood park appreciating the beautiful river front habitat, the park has been dominated by a single interest baseball club. What did we pay for anyway?

Andy Rocchia

West Linn

‘Stop being a bad example’

My heart skipped a beat when the vision of the shattered pumpkins appeared (at Three Rivers Charter School). Most of my friends’ faces were hurt, two of my other friends were crying. No one was joyful.

I spent three hours with a close friend carving, taking the guts out and searching through the house for decorations. This may not mean much for other people but it means a lot for the entire school.

The person or people who are responsible should feel bad for what they have done. If not, I would like to ask them, “What made you do this?”

Stop being a bad example. Younger people look up to teens as a leader and example. “Your Life Is What You Make it” is the Three Rivers Charter School mission statement. You’re making the innocent teenagers look bad. Perhaps we can understand the suspects’ point of view and understand them.

Lexie Ng

West Linn

Three Rivers challenges, supports students

Three Rivers Charter School (TRCS) consistently ranks one of the top schools in the state. The care, effort and methods provided by the staff are exemplary. This school has supported and challenged our children both academically and socially.

Our children (now 15 and graduated from TRCS and 12) have attended TRCS for a combined eight years, completing eight independent projects (IPs). The IP process has played a key part in preparing our kids for high school and beyond.

IPs encompass the greater part of spring term of every year and are focused on a subject of the student’s choosing. The subjects are generally benign in fourth grade (chinchillas and buffaloes for our children), but grow in complexity and abstraction. Our son studied sushi as a sixth-grader and our daughter studied honor killings in eighth grade.

Students learn that topics are multifaceted and are challenged to produce a detailed and thoughtful presentation of their topic through multiple disciplines (writing, science, art, social studies, math, interactive media, etc.). Students must write a multipage formal paper (four-eight pages) and present a PowerPoint presentation and speech to their classmates.

IPs challenge students to be resourceful, requiring multiple sources for references (library, Internet, community experts, etc.). At the end of the term, the efforts of the students are celebrated with a showing of all projects to the community. On IP night, the students interact with the community as experts in their field.

We strongly believe that the methods used at TRCS allow the staff to customize the academic experience to the student and, through the process of IP, develop lifelong confident learners. We feel very lucky to be a member of this community.

Sharon McFadden

West Linn

Keep WL and OC rivalry

OK, West Linn and Oregon City. It’s time we work as one team and let our feelings be known to the OSAA (Oregon School Activities Association).

How they think it’s OK to take away the longest running rivalry west of the Mississippi is unbelievable.

Contact Steve Walker, sports information director, 503-682-6722, ext. 232, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let’s fill up his email and voicemail boxes. Make your voice be heard!

Laurel Moon

West Linn

Good job, voters

Thanks, West Linn resident voters. Together we demonstrated that our priorities and goals differ from the council’s. That essentially our needs benefitting the entire city’s residency are: our water, our streets, our police, our city operations and a conscientious city manager.

I declare that I am glad we all convened in great number with integrity to discard the late ballot measure: an excessive levied project, which good money and time was spent over this aquatic center issue.

If we have spare funds to misspend on such enormous misplaced ambition it could have been allotted to (subordinate) employees as Christmas bonuses. It would not have been wasteful at least.

As Mike Taylor (my friend) said in his (Nov. 7) letter: “Kudos, West Linn voters.”

Also, I would like to thank in particular the West Linn Tidings newspaper for its editorial and also the friends from the adult center who put their integral loyalty believing in promulgating what is right for West Linn practical commonsense.

Perhaps now, elected officials will notice the essence of our attributes and the makings of the fabric we require toward sustainable, quality living in the city we love. And, the longer we live in this varied geographical terrain challenges, we appreciate and enjoy its unique environments.

As we are the city’s budget stockholders, let’s all take a moment to take pride in ourselves when we get involved and participate in our civic interests, which also affects our home interests in leading the way of our chosen life.

Alice Richmond

West Linn

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