Dear Parents and Families,
As I reread my message from December, I realize that 2017 is starting with icey cold storms of it's own. Please make sure you hear the latest information on cancellations, late starts, etc. by opting in to our message service. To opt in text YES to 68453. Our FPE website (top of the page) will also notify families of current information.
Weather conditions and school closures have meant that the PPS School Board is making changes to our current school calendar. The last day of school for this school year has been changed to Tuesday, June 13th, 2017. This may not be the last change of date as any additional school closures may mean additional days in June. In an email to parents, PPS announced the decision to end the 2nd quarter on Thursday, 2/2/17, which means that FPE will be in session 1/27/17 and closed 2/3/17. PPS is sending email alerts to parents directly. Please make sure to read these emails as you plan for June travel and child care needs throughout the school year.
Parent feedback regarding our school climate is very important to me and to PPS as a whole. To that end they are currently asking for participation in their School Climate Survey. You may find it here: http://www.pps.net/Page/2519 The survey closes 1/17/17. Information gathered in the survey will be shared with me, and through me to our Site Council. I appreciate your time in taking the survey.
We are already looking ahead to February as a very exciting month for Forest Park. We will be celebrating Lunar New Year and welcoming award winning author Patricia Polacco. It is a tremendous honor to host Ms. Polacco on 2/21. I encourage you to share her books at home with your family and enjoy her website: http://www.patriciapolacco.com/ Ms. Polacco writes from the heart about her Russian-Irish Mid-West upbringing, her struggles with dyslexia, and a champion of inclusivity.
Read on below for fun facts about Lunar New Year 2017 - the Year of the Rooster! Thank you to our committee, and parents who are taking time to come to school and share their talents with us and our students. We are looking forward to a fabulous celebration!
I'm mindful that Forest Heights and ice and snow don't mix well. If when morning comes, no matter the decisions PPS makes for opening, please keep in mind that if you are unable to send your child safely to school, it's OK to stay home or come late. While we always desire 100% attendance, we also want to make sure you aren't taking unnecessary risks to do so. Forest Heights conditions vary greatly. Our school facility will be prepped and ready for students when they arrive, no matter the time. Thank you Mr. Vo!
Thank you to everyone who made the Forest Park food drive an enormous success!
Tonight’s 8th Grade Family Night at Roosevelt has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for Monday, February 13th at 5:30 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience this second cancellation may cause. MLC’s 8th Grade Family Night set for this evening at 6pm is happening as scheduled.
We continue to prepare for schools to reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
Please note that our plan is for schools to start at regular times tomorrow making this the first day of eliminating late starts for professional development as part of our plan to restore lost instructional hours due to weather-related closures this winter.
This was a difficult decision. We know that school closures impact families in many ways, disrupting work schedules, childcare, in addition to classroom instruction for the nearly 49,000 students we serve.
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM Kindergarten - Oregon Children's Theater
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Bond Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting, #2
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Connect to Kindergarten (Adults Only)
8:45 AM - 11:30 AM Brown - Portland Art Museum
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM EthNohTec Assembly
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Bond Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting, #3
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Health, Safety and Modernization Bond Town Hall, Cleveland
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Health, Safety and Modernization Bond Town Hall, Madison
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Health, Safety and Modernization Bond Town Hall, Lincoln
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Health, Safety and Modernization Bond Town Hall, Roosevelt
If your child will be absent from school, please call the attendance hotline: 503-916-6168.