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Faubion School

@ Tubman Site

2231 N Flint AvePortland, OR 97227Ph 503-916-5686Fx 503-916-2625

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  • Dear Faubion Families and Friends,

    I love curling up with a good book, getting lost in the text and letting myself be transported to another place and time. When I taught elementary school, read aloud was as much my favorite time of day as it was for my students and I found that a children’s book could be just as entertaining and moving, if not more so, as adult novels. Our school is a literacy-rich environment and we are extremely fortunate to have Ms. Amy Nelson as our media specialist. She assures that our students and teachers have excellent choices of literature and expository text at their disposal.  This summer we added over 60 new titles to our library ranging from Board Books to Young Adult novels and increasing the size of our Spanish Language section.

    In our library, I see children make choices about the books they read every day. Occasionally, I see a young child headed for the shelves with the large chapter books, determined to read a text that is much too difficult for their age. When this happens, we try to engage the child in a conversation about what they are hoping to find. Many times, the child is looking for a book that has been made into a popular movie they have seen or they want to read the same book as an older sibling. Try as I might to convince the child that they will enjoy and find excitement in a picture book instead, they are often unimpressed.

    As parents and teachers, I believe it is important for us to expose children to picture books from a very young age and even into upper-elementary, and to convince them that picture books are cool. Here are some reasons:

    ·        Picture books are works of art that you can hold in your hands

    ·        Picture books help children become better readers by illustrating the words and ideas they are reading

    ·        Picture books are not “baby” books, as several children have told me. Many contain vocabulary and concepts that are more developmentally

             appropriate for older children

    ·        Picture books are short enough to enjoy in one sitting

    ·        Picture books are fun to share, and reading to your child and having your child read to you are important factors in helping him or her become a

             better reader 

    Parents are more than welcome to visit Faubion, check in at the office and take some time to browse the Faubion School library to enjoy our collection books.

    To further our love of books, we will be focusing on our favorite book characters this month. Instead of dressing up for Halloween, at Faubion we focus the day on our favorite book character.  On October 31, all Faubion students are invited to come to school dressed as their favorite book character!  More details will be coming soon about this fun event.

    Have a fabulous October and be sure to pick up a book and enjoy some quiet downtime with a great story.

    Principal McCalley


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  • PPS High Schools Welcome 8th Grade students

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    Prospective high school students can visit their neighborhood high school or a focus option school at information sessions being held district-wide November through February.
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    Dear Portland Public Schools Community,
    I accepted the role of Interim Superintendent of Portland Public Schools (PPS) at a challenging moment in time. During my first month on the job, I initiated an assessment of the programmatic and system priorities identified by the Board of Education for the 2016-17 school year. After these priorities were established, a number of additional priorities emerged that also require attention:

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    PPS has been awarded the 2016-2017 Erg Ed Grant. This grant provides erg equipment, access to the Erg Ed Curriculum, and comprehensive teacher training throughout the year.
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     Bryan Meyers (left) and Steve Barton (right), courtesy Gladstone Fire Dept.
    Union painter Bryan Meyers has received a Citizen Life Saving Award from local Gladstone police. Bryan’s quick thinking and actions saved his neighbor’s life during a cardiac arrest earlier this year. Click more for a local news story that includes gripping audio of the 911 call.
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