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Forest Park

Sharing our world. Exploring our futures.
Imagining our possibilities ... Together.

9935 NW Durrett St.Portland, OR 97229Ph (503) 916-5400Fx (503) 916-2730

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  • Weekly Newsletter

    Dear Parents and Families,

    Our community spirit was alive this week as we celebrate two great events: Unity Day and Rainbow Picture Day.  It's important to me that our community recognizes and celebrates inclusion, tolerance, and respect which both events work in unison towards.  Forest Park must be a place where students can come and feel safe and comfortable no matter their racial or ethnic background, no matter their gender, no matter their social or academic status.  Bullying of any kind is not tolerated here.  I want to thank our School Counselor, Heather Whitney, for spearheading the anti-bullying message Unity Day embraces.  And, as we all gathered together in our spectrum of colors this misty morning, I was moved once again to see us all standing together as a school to mark another year working for the success of our students.  I can't wait to share with you the final product, but here is a sample of what happened on the hill.  Thank you Bridget Meiners and to Deb Kerrigan for braving the roof!

    State Report Card
    The Forest Park Elementary School Report Card was released last week and shares some great news about our student achievement data.  It can be found by using the following link:  I'm pleased and proud to share that our school is once again recognized as a Level 5 school - the highest ranking a school can achieve.  In addition, I want to share that our struggling learners demonstrated growth and improvement in their achievement status.  Looking at disaggregated data, students demonstrated growth, moving from a Level 3 ranking to a Level 4.  This means that the collaborative work and support services in place here are working well for all students.  Please take a moment to look at the general report as well as the detail report, which digs a little deeper into our student population, attendance, and growth based on targeted groups of learners.

    New FPE Website Coming Monday!
    Take a look at our school website on Monday.  It will have a new look and different organization, but still have the same great information we want to share with you and the world wide web.  Please take a look and give us your feedback.  I want to give Greg Brown and Beth Gardner a big thank you for working collaboratively in making this new website happen.

    Please read on for more details and updates going on in the world of Forest Park Elementary.

    Have a great weekend!

    PTA Update:

    Thanks to
    Claire Tyler & Kirsten Crombie
    for doing a fabulous job with the Book Fair!!!
    Volunteer Opportunities – Parents are needed to support these events.  
    Thank you!
    Save the date:
    •   Harvest Festival: Fri, Oct 28
    •   PTA meeting: Tues, Nov 8 at 8:15am
    •   Diwali: Fri, Nov 18
    •   Food Drive: Dec 1 – 9
    FPE Foundation Update
    THANK YOU to first grade parent Sunita Uttamchandani for volunteering to co-chair this spring's annual auction.  👏👏
    Want to help with auction planning, but not sure how?  We are holding our first auction planning meeting this coming Monday, October 24th, 7 pm at the Greene residence, 1851 NW Rosefinch Ln.  We'd love to see you there!  Contact Pat Greene ( with any questions.
    The auction committee is collecting donations next week (Oct 24-28th) to offset the costs of creating the beautiful classroom art projects sold at the auction (proceeds which fund additional FPE staff positions).  We are asking each family to contribute $20 per child.  Please watch for an email from your child's room parent for further directions.
    The Foundation is looking for volunteers to assist with corporate sponsorship efforts.  Please contact Suzanne Taylor if you can help.  (


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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.
  • Next Steps: Enrollment Balancing

    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:

  • Indoor rowing education comes to Portland Public Schools

     Recent Erg Ed event in Seattle WA.
    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.
  • PPS employee recognized as a hero

     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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