Garage Sale begins Saturday, April 27th  & Sunday April 28th

Our biggest garage sale needs:
(If you are taking an 8:00am shift we need you there by 7:30am to brief you on your job duties)

8:00am-10:00am 1 more cashier
8:00am-10:00am 2-3 more people in commons/gym

10:00am-12:00pm 5-6 people commons/gym

12:00pm-2:00pm 2 greeters
12:00pm-2:00pm 3-4 people commons/gym

2:00pm-4:00pm 4-5 people commons/gym

Here is the official link to sign up!!!  

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a 6th Grader


Remember Kindergarten? How it felt like you stepped on a moving a walkway, they started growing up so
fast? Middle school is faster. You’re only in for three years and in that time the growth spurts alone are
amazing (be prepared to be looking up to make eye contact by 8th grade). They will hit the ground running to cover incredible amounts of curriculum, have new opportunities for enrichment, sports and gain confidence and independence. To help you begin your navigation of Athey Creek, we put together some informational helpful tidbits:

  • Being connected is KEY to know what’s happening at Athey Creek. First sign in to the West Linn / Wilsonville List Serve Make sure you subscribe to
    ACMS-Homes. Communication from the school arrives in your inbox every Monday entitled – Athey Notes, it’s usually long but full of useful information.
  • You can also follow the Athey Creek Middle School PTSA on Facebook, check out our webpage at to read minutes and learn more. If you are not on Facebook you can find us on Instagram – athey_creek_ptsa
  • To help students gain that needed independence, parents aren’t in the classroom any more. There are still lots of opportunities to help out from 15 min to a few hours, be sure to fill out the volunteer interest form that will come home the first day of school.
  • PTSA – sign up, we’re a pretty friendly group, you won’t be forced to volunteer if you show up to a meeting, you’ll get to hear the principal update us on the school events and if you find an event you’d like to help in, you just might meet like-minded new friends!
  • TASA – Teacher and Staff Appreciation, a luncheon put on by the PTSA and volunteers each month.
  • Turkey Trot – Athey Creek’s fundraiser, students ask for donations and then run an obstacle course in themed costumes. Tons of fun and raises $10- $17K for student services.
  • Garage Sale – PTSA’s Biggest fundraiser – Drop off donations starting in December for our sale in April, we raise $14- $20K, which go toward TEACHER GRANTS. This benefits all our kids at Athey.
    Our Garage Sale is Saturday April 27th 8-4pm & Sunday April 28th 9am-1pm 2019
  • Turning Point – 6th grade only event in September to help meet and bond with friends. Sign up your child & up to volunteer. Great way for you to meet parents of kids from other schools, start a network. A great social/bonding event for kids & parents. See packet mailed this summer for more info.
  • Dances – we have a Back to School Dance and Winter Dance and a Spring Dance, tickets are generally $5 all money raised goes to pay for 8th grade Graduation party.
  • Outdoor School – an amazing science program, 4 days, 3 nights, there is a parent meeting beforehand to give you more information. Kids LOVE it and learn quite a lot.
  • Enrichment – typically in the mornings before school, chess, guest lecturers etc. For afterschool sports that are ran by Athey, there will be an activity bus.
  • There is a lot of information on the Athey webpage especially on the calendar use it to mark your home calendars. If you get a chance, try to attend drama productions, robotics competitions, etc.
  • School Store is open a few times a week (this year it was Mon, Wed, and Fri) selling snacks and school supplies. Volunteer and you get to see your kiddo at lunch and meet their new friends.
  • Grades are available online, be sure to check into your child’s account. Most homework assignments and project guidelines are posted. Doesn’t hurt to check on binder organization once a month.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences and Back to School Night – the three times you get to meet your child’s teachers and ask questions – GO, be organized, have questions ready.


Athey Creek PTSA Board Positions

President – Tracy Gilday
Vice President – OPEN
Secretary – Tiffany Santoso
Treasurer – Shana Mesinovic
Membership Coordinator – Lisa Newbore
Volunteer Coordinator – OPEN
Student Store – Kim Jordan & Anne Emerson
TASA (Teacher & Staff Appreciation) – Rachel Stevenson & Heather Anderson
Parent Education – Elaine Morelock
Directory – OPEN
Turning Point – Girls  – Amy Olson & Julie Henry
Turning Point – Boys  – Tara Smith & Cindy Anderson
Dances – 1. Dee Putnam – 2. OPEN
Spirit Wear – OPEN
8th Grade Celebration – Rachel Stevenson & Laura Greyerbiehl
Decorate Display in front entrance of school – Dee Putnam
Website Coordinator – Sydney Cadwell
Garage Sale – Jennifer Teague

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Tracy Gilday –

PTSA Meeting – April 10th, 2019 @ 9:30am

Hello parents,

We are having our next PTSA meeting on Wednesday, April 10th at 9:30am in the office conference room.

We are discussing PTSA grants, and would love it if you can join us.

Sponsor an Advisory Class to receive Kindness Bars

As you may have heard, Athey’s Be Kind Campaign and fundraiser with the Unity Club was a complete success!

There were so many kids writing Kindness notes to each other and purchasing Kindness Bars for their friends, teachers, siblings etc. as a way of showing acts of kindness.

Our Kindness Bars were so successful that we SOLD OUT 1,008 Hershey’s Kindness Bars.
That’s a lot of Kindness!

The PTSA, Unity Club and Athey Creek Middle School set a GOAL to include 100% of the students in our Be Kind Campaign.

To reach our goal of 100% of inclusiveness we wanted to include parents in this Be Kind campaign.

We have setup an option for parents to sponsor an Advisory Class with the end goal of having ALL 28 of the advisory classes sponsored.

This would ensure that ALL Athey Creek Kids and teachers would receive a Kindness Bar.

We need 11 more parents to sponsor an Advisory Class to reach our goal.

Would you be willing to help us out?

Please download this form and turn into the front desk at Athey.

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We are extending our deadline until we reach 100% of our students and teachers.

Tracy Gilday

Next Garage Sale – DROP OFF!

  • Next Garage Sale – Drop OFF

  • THURSDAY, Jan. 10th (8:30-9:30am) & SATURDAY, Jan. 19th (10:30am-12pm)

  • Drop off site is to the right hand side of the school. 

  • You will see three large storage pods. 

  • You can drive up to the pods to drop off your things.

PTSA Meeting Wed. Jan 9th @ 9:30am & Garage Sale Drop off – Thursday Jan. 10th @ 8:30-9:30am

Welcome back parents, staff & kids….  Our next PTSA meeting is Wed. Jan 9th at 9:30am in the teachers lounge.
All are welcome to come!

Our next Garage Sale Drop off is Thursday January 10th from 8:30-9:30am.
If you are able to help sort please sign up here –

Hope to see you there!

Garage Sale Drop Off – Thursday, December 13th 8:30am-9:30am

Friendly Reminder – Garage Sale drop off dates start THIS Thursday, December 13th 8:30am to 9:30am and THIS Saturday, December 15th 10:30am to 12:00pm. Please help support ACMS by donating your household items for our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year. The actual Garage Sale will be held on April 27th and April 28th.

Wednesday, December 12th -PTSA Meeting 9:30am

Hello Athey Parents,

Our next PTSA meeting is Wednesday, December 12th at 9:30am in the staff lounge.

Come and join us!

Parent Education Night – November 28th @ 6:30pm

The PTSA is sponsoring a joint parent night with Rosemont Ridge on Nov 28th. Join Donny Wright and Pam Pearce with Community Living Above on November 28th, 6:30pm at Rosemont Ridge Middle School in the Commons for “Strong Voices, Smart Choices”.  They will be sharing tips on how to start the tough conversations about Mental Wellness and Substance Abuse with your middle schooler and provide information on where to seek support if needed. See attached flyer for details.

PTSA Meeting Today – 11/14/18 at 9:30am

Come and join us for our November PTSA meeting.  We meet in the staff lounge at 9:30am.
If you are not able to attend, please tune in to a live video on our Facebook Page – Athey Creek Middle School PTSA

TASA – Wednesday, Nov. 7th

Welcome to our 2nd monthly TASA (Teacher and Staff Appreciation) Luncheon. We have a colorful, warm, harvest themed lunch planned for the November 7th TASA It’s an easy, fun way to treat our teachers & staff to a delicious lunch! Please have your contributions to the Staff Lounge by 10:30 am or you can drop them off earlier labeled “TASA”. Each dish should feed about 8-10 people. Your dishes will be cleaned & ready for pick up after 2:30 pm! Please click the link below to learn more and sign up to help. Thanks for making a difference!

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Screen Time / Device Use and Social Media’s Impact on Your Child’s Well Being and Safety. 

Parents are Invited to Education Night –

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Screen Time
Device Use and Social Media’s Impact on Your Child’s Well Being and Safety. 

When:  October, 17th – 7pm

Where: Rolling Hills Church – 3550 SW Borland Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062

Cost: FREE

Info: You don’t want to miss an evening with social internet crusader, Collin Kartchner, and national internet safety expert Katey McPherson as they share their wisdom and expertise as parents, educators, and child advocates. They will focus on balancing screen time and device use; protecting and cultivating our children’s self-worth and devising a sensible family plan of screen time and device usage. For more information about the presentation, please go to Parents from all WLWV schools are invited to attend this free event.

A Q&A panel will complete the evening

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TASA – BBQ/Picnic – Wednesday, October 10th 3-7pm

Athey TASA Picnic BBQ- Wednesday – Oct. 10th, 2018

Come and welcome our teachers & staff back to school with our first TASA on Wednesday, October 10! This is the only afternoon luncheon, so the food items need to be in the staff lounge by 3:00 pm. They can be dropped off earlier, just label them “TASA”. Each dish should be enough for 8-10 people.
If you have any questions, please contact Rachel at

We need volunteers for Turning Point

Hello parents,

We need volunteers for this special event, please come and sign up to make this a wonderful day for your 6th grader.

The 6th graders, are invited to attend Turning Point. This is an afternoon of games, pizza, and to get to know other 6th graders. This is split into a girl’s afternoon on Tuesday, September 25th and a boy’s afternoon, Thursday, September 27th. Orange flyers will come home this week inside the PTSA packet with full information and paperwork to fill out to attend. The cost is $25 and they receive a t-shirt, snack, and pizza.

Both afternoons will need volunteers so I have set up a website for anyone to volunteer to help. If your child refuses to let you volunteer, then feel free to sign up for the opposite afternoon.

Please contact me with any questions: or 503-819-0400

Girl’s Afternoon:

Boy’s Afternoon:

Athey Creek PTSA Meeting – Wednesday, Sept. 12th – 9:30am

Hello Athey parents,

We are having our first PTSA on Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 9:30am.  This will be in the staff lounge located in the front office.  Just ask the secretaries to guide you to the staff lounge if this is your first time.

Welcome Athey Parents! – Stay Informed

We want to set you up for SUCCESS by Staying informed at Athey Creek Middle School!

#1 – Subscribe to the School District’s Email Listserv (*Important)

This subscription will give you all the information you need to know at Athey Creek Middle School.
This includes school events, sports, district programs, tryouts, pictures, homework and much more…

Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to ACMS-Homes AND your Child(REN)’s Grade Email list:

6th grade parents choose:  ACMS-2025
7th grade parents choose:  ACMS-2024
8th grade parents choose: ACMS-2023

#2 – Follow us on Facebook

This is a private group where parents can ask lots of questions and receive information about Athey Creek PTSA events such as dances, bringing meals to teachers, garage sale etc.

#3 – Not a Facebook person, then Follow us on Instagram

Search for Athey_Creek_PTSA

#4 – Subscribe and Bookmark our PTSA website

 #4 – Join PTSA and complete the envelope forms or complete ONLINE

This year you are able to go online and donate to the Annual Fund, Purchase a PTSA membership, Order a School Directory, Order your Spirit Wear Online and Pay VIA CREDIT CARD!

Click Here – To become a PTSA Member! – (Use this link if you want to pay via Credit Card)

If you want to pay via check then please fill out the envelope that was passed out to your child at school.
There will be additional copies in the office if you need them.



Volunteer Appreciation – Thursday June 7th, 3:30pm-5:30pm Corner Saloon

All volunteers! Please join us on June 7th from 3:30-5:30 PM at the Corner Saloon for appetizers provided by the PTSA to thank you for helping us make this school year a great success. We look forward to seeing you there!

Shop Amazon Smiles for Mother’s Day

Mothers Day is just around the corner, so why not shop at AmazonSmile and help make money for Athey Creek Middle School.  Amazon donates .05% for every transaction to Athey Creek.

Click Here to Link to Amazon Smiles for Athey Creek.

Garage Sale Total – Drum Roll Please….

The ACMS PTSA Board wants to thank you!

It was the deep dedication of the Athey Creek community that motivated the garage sale this year.  It was the desire to raise the funds to continue to support our children and their beloved teachers.  It was the knowledge that this was a true community event, reaching beyond our district boundaries and various socioeconomic levels with people from all walks of life walking through the doors of our school.  Finally, a thank you to the same Athey Creek community who donated their treasures, their time and their support that raised over $14,000 during our annual garage sale.

Donators:  we couldn’t have done this with out you, so thank you for continuing to think of ACMS.

Garage Sale Minion Crew: ACMS PTSA board.  Thank you for taking on this mammoth of a project despite having little to no garage sale experience!  We rocked it! J

Drop-off and Sorting Volunteers:  THANK YOU! This was the hardest part of the garage sale.  Sorting through our donated “treasures” was a unique experience and we couldn’t have done it without the dedication of our small force.  Laura Greyerbiehl, Dee Putnam and Victoria O’Kain you made the Tuesday drops that much more bearable.  Kara Unruh and Shelby Lotspeich diligently gave up their time Saturday mornings to help us accept some of our larger drops of the year. Kara Unruh, Sharon Williams, Stacie Beecham, Emily Vanderipe, Rachel Stevenson, Cari Darcus, Laura Greyerbiehl, Dee Putnam, Rachel Klinger who all were willing to step up and help us sort and repack the containers when the donations were in abundance.

Garage Sale Weekend Crew: This would not have been possible without the continued support of our Athey Creek community. Thanks to all of you who came out to make this a successful weekend!  Alaina Kuehn, Alex Tedrow, Amy Schauer, Andrea LeGare, Anika Ortiz, Beth Stuart, Bethany Wurtz, Betty Reynolds, Camille Rule, Cari Darcus, Cat Black, Clarissa Aoyama, Darlene Good, Deb Melnychenko, Dee Putnam, Emily McClelland, Erica Hironimus, Ginger Highland, Ingrid McKinley, Isabel Salas, Jenny Gabler, Kenna Gabler, Jinlin Li, Julie Fritz, Julie Gibson, Kara Unruh, Kate Hoots, Kathy Rozes, Kerry Mason, Kimberly Coke, Krista Badger, Laura Bock, Laura Greyerbiehl, Lisa Durbin, Maggie Gould,  Mark Tabor, Mary Meikle, Melody Aanderud, Michelle Johnson, Mickie Handegard, Mike Rusk, Nicole Rusk, Nikki Kobliha, Patti Sedgwick, Patti Caveney, Rachel Klinger, Rachel Stevenson, Sarah Kuysk, Sharon Williams, Shelby Lotspeich, Stacie Beecham, Tiffany Santoso, Toni Cacciatore, Tracy Gilday, Victoria O’Kain, Viv Kiss, Wendy Ingle.


Mr. Joel Sebastian: He continued to be a strong supporter of such a great community event. Not only did he provide ongoing encouragement, but also he took a few shifts, including bringing his wife, Amy, to help us with the clean-up.  You may find him wrestling with boxes in the recyclable dumpster.

Saleen Chenevert: you ARE the Beyonce of Garage Sales!  You provided so much support to us throughout this entire process.  You were always there behind the scenes rooting for us and answering all of our questions, no matter how silly or early they came through (4 AM email J)

Front Office: Jocye Liden and Debbie Kieling: they were always there to handle the influx of garage sale phone calls and continue to provide much support.  We couldn’t do it without you.

Mr. Chris Berg and Ms. Sarah Bray: AND all of the 7th and 8th grade Wellness classes.  Not only do we disrupt their class schedules for an entire two days, but they also offered up their students who helped us unload and unsort EVERYTHING!!!  Strong work! You were all absolutely amazing!

Mr. Ryan Yeaman: our new Mr. Washington.  He had big shoes to fill and he did just that!  From getting their early on Saturday to helping us organize, man the doors, move furniture and staying until the not so bitter end, he was there and always happy to help!

Night Janitors, Mr. Ron Moser and Ms. Nancy Bettinski:  Ron helped us all day on Sunday.  He was there before we opened and stayed until the last box was packed onto the truck. They were both great supporters!

Mr. Bruce Tabor and Mrs. Janice Tabor: they came through for us in a pinch.  When we didn’t have the usual Goodwill pick-up crew, they generously offered up their racing box truck to help us transport the last of our goodies to Goodwill.  Thank you!!

Norlift: who continued to generously offer their shipping containers, free of charge for us to store all of our rummage.  Thank you!

Our ACMS community is just amazing, thanks for another successful garage sale in the books!

What are we doing with these funds that we have raised?

These funds are being put to good use!  All Teacher’s who have applied for Grants have been approved for next year’s budget.

Chris Berg & Sarah Bray – P.E. equiptment –  $1,000.00
Library – School wide read, Books, OBOB, and Reading Field Trip – $8,420.00
Art Room – Supplies, Storage, and Shelves – $688.92
Band Instrument Repairs – All Woodwind Instrument tune ups – $4,000.00
Track Meet Timers – $1,200.00
Athletics – Fix or replace equiptment – $500.00
Science Experiments – Special Supplies – $1,000.00

Total Amount Requested: $16,808.92

Jen Tabor and Jen Drew

Star Wars Dance

This stormtrooper can’t wait for the spring dance! Come celebrate Star Wars Day, Friday, May 4th, 6:30-8:00 pm at Athey Creek. $5 at the door. Concessions and glow items for sale. Students are invited to dance in the commons, play basketball/volleyball in the gym or hang out at the photo booth. Star Wars attire is welcome, but NO light-sabers or weapons of any kind. This dance is for Athey Creek students only. Proceeds go towards the 8th grade graduation party. Parent chaperones can sign up to help at Hope to see you there!