THANK YOU! For a Great Track & Field Day
Friday, May 25, 2018 4:45 AM


Dear Track & Field Day Volunteers,

A GIGANTIC thank you to all of you who helped with this year's Track and Field Day and parade Thursday, May 24th!  This was an especially taxing day with temperatures reaching 90 degrees in the afternoon.  It takes a lot of help before, during and after to make this event happen and be successful.   We appreciate everyone who pitched in to help!  We couldn’t have done it without you:

Our parent volunteers who took time out of their work schedule to come out not only to cheer on our students, but also to volunteer at the various events explaining the rules, lining up the students, keeping the students focused, setting up the field, and/or cleaning up the field:  Sarah Abbott, Margaret Aldrich, Barb Alfrey, Tish Basford, Mya Bitney, Ella Carlsson, Cassy Chancellor, Keith Clark, Brian Crawley, Noel Creager, Mary Donnelly, Megan Ellison, Bill Farniok, Alissa Frost, Aisha Goodman, Amy Gudmestad, Kai Gudmestad, Lydia Harrison, Joy Herzog, Erin Hester, Chelsea Hildenbrand, Emily Hiranga, Linda Janke, Stephanie Jones, Anne Josephson, Justin Kappel, Yoshi Katagirl, Lisa Kelly, Sarah Koelin, John Kundtz, Jules Lehto, Paula Luxenberg, Rochelle Maresh, Janelle Masterson, Rachel McFarland-Sulser, Wade McInroy, Peggy Meillier, Jason Muscala, Doug Olson, Kathy Patten-Marsch, Geoffrey Paine, Dave Rodriguez, Sarah Reynolds, Holly Rosenthal, Carol Sandberg, Avina Sigh, Emily Sowell, Scott Staub, Mark Stauffer, Chris Strom, Amber Streifel, Elizabeth Vincenty, Dulcie Valusek, Debra Wanduragala, Karen Winger & Carly Winter!

(We hope we didn’t miss anyone, especially those of you who came in and wanted to help wherever needed.  We might have missed your name listed on our volunteer name sheets, but we wanted to make sure you all knew your help was most appreciated and very much needed!)

Our PTA with their generous promotional, volunteer and financial support.

Our Armatage Park and Recreation Center staff who lent their assistance with tables and chairs, as well as lending a helping hand when needed.  John who carts all the tables out onto the field with his cart, ensures we have electricity for the D.J., and lends us a hand setting-up for this extraordinary day!  Steve Bonine who lent us his water coolers to ensure all our students and volunteers had water to drink!

Our fabulous teachers who made the day even more fun by making funky shirts and accessories for their students to wear, and even made creative banners for the parade: Kelly Alexander, Jean Avecilla, Margo Borth, Jane Campbell, Denise Clare, Jennifer Dahnert, Melissa Hagberg, Kristen Hanson, Juliet Holder, Christen Houdek, Stacy Katzovitz, Susie King, Michele Lehmbecker, Heather Lingen, Michelle Loomans, Jessie Mahabadi, Heidi Olson, Staci Owens, Connie Rubenstein, Ralph Sievert, Ashley Tomechko, Lisa Walker, and Marie Voreis.

Our Teaching Specialists & Assistant Educator Staff who not only volunteered for the entire day, but also took the lead for all our events, as well as encouraging all students to do their best in each event:  Lisa Benson, Emma Berger, Lynette Clarke, Kaitlyn Fashingbauer, Elizabeth Koch, Megan Lee, David Luiken, Kelly Nakashima, Patty Pivec, Kathryn Stobb Sarah Thompson & Anita Webster.  Also to the Specialists & Educational Assistants who supervised in the lunchroom and during recess for our students: Abdullahi Aden, Kelly, Ingrid Nelson Krafve, Michelle, Tesia Kubat, Mary Meidl, Sarah Thompson, Heidi VanAmburg, Martha Wahlstrom.

Our Principal, Mrs. Franks, who is the true champion of Armatage Montessori School and our Vice-Principal, Mr. Paul Scanlon, who kindly came out the field to ensure all was going well during the steaming, humid day.  Our wonderful School Secretary, Ms. Pam Durand, who patiently gathered all our required volunteer forms, answered any questions parents had about our event and making sure all volunteer forms were picked-up from the Office!

Our Fifth Grade students who have worked all year long during gym class to become a more active person, and the 5th grade volunteers who worked with our Pre-Kindergartners and Kindergarteners:  Rm. 114 – Amelia, Audri, Charles, Claire, Hudson, Immy, Jasper, Sadie, Stella & Tilli;  Rm. 115 – Abby, Abe, Adrian, Andrew, Brooklyn, Henry, Logan, Naomi & Rocco; Rm. 116 – Bryson, Eli, Eloise, Esme, Habibo, Henry, Ingrid, Jake, Mariella, Royce & Stella; Rm. 117 – Ahlan, Cameron, Iris, Josie, Juniper, Marlowe, Miranda, Saido, Shasariah & Skylar; Rm. 118 – Alice, Eleanor, Emma, Evelyn, Murray, Nolan & Ryan; Rm. 119 – Addy, Hafsa, Kameron, Kattleya, Keyee, Liam, Lily, Lucy, Matthew, Natalie, Rudwaan, Sadie, Scarlet, Seth & Suhey.

Our musical virtuoso, Ms. Anita Webster, for her preparation beforehand to make the all-school parade an extra special treat!

Our D.J for the past several years, Mr. Carlton Douglas, who plays the most exhilarating music throughout the day to keep us all energized!

The direly needed volunteers who have a parent teaching at Armatage Montessori and didn’t waiver when asked if they could come out all day to help at the last minute:  Kami, Hannah Alexander, Claire Clark, Kyle Lehmbecker, Skylar Owens (and her two friends Ani Cassellius & Julia Stuart) & Olivia Webster!!

It truly takes a community to help with this event, and the students look forward to it every year, and so do we.  We thank you again, for your generosity of time and commitment, and we hope to see you all next year!

Enjoy your summer and keep on running, jumping and kicking off your shoes!

Most Sincerely, 

Mr. Mike Leach, Mr. Daniel Polland, Sarah Poindexter, Crystal Weatherly & Michelle Hemingway Tatum