This year PPS is rolling out a new payment program: Schoolpay. This system will become a one stop shop for school related purchases like class donations and field trip payments. For more information on how the system will work go to: http://www.pps.net/Page/3528 We'll be sending more updates as we get them.
Peach Jar is returning as our electronic flier distribution service. While parent emails are automatically subscribed to the system you can manually sign up for fliers at https://www.peachjar.com/ The Parent drop down tab has good information for new and returning families.
Dear Rieke Families,
The work is scheduled to begin this week on replacing the artificial turf on the Rieke field. This work is being done and paid for by Portland Parks and Recreation. There was some concern about signage several years ago that referred to the possibility of lead in the turf. I checked with Parks and Rec staff and received this response:
“Rieke Field was closed for a short time in the fall of 2008 so PP&R and PPS could perform testing of the field after national reports came out that summer about high levels of lead in East Coast turf field. In the end, the test results showed no unsafe levels of lead, so the field was reopened for use by December 2008. “
We will be able to use the softball field for large group games such as kickball or soccer, and this space will also be available for our Field Day and Carnival events. We’ll be a little crowded at recess while the work is going on but I think we’ll manage.
I wanted to share the results of the survey put out to the community by the Rieke Leadership council. We had 124 responses to the survey and are using this information as one source of feedback on how things have gone this year and what might be areas to look to improve in. Below is a summary to the questions and then the main ideas from the 49 different detailed responses.
How easy is it to communicate with your teacher? 87% of respondents rated a 4 or 5 (5 being very easy)
How clear is your idea of what is happening in the classroom? 63% of respondents rated a 4 or 5 (5 being very clear) and 25.8% rated a 3
How clear is your idea of what is happening in the school as a whole? 95% rated 3 or higher (5 being very clear)
Is the front office response and timely in handling requests? 98.4% yes
How well are your student’s academic needs being met? 92.8% rated 3 or higher
How comfortable are you with your child’s physical safety at school? 91% rated 4 or 5
How comfortable are you with your child’s social/emotional safety at school? 87% rated 4 or 5
How accessible and responsive is the principal to any questions or concerns you may have? 83.9% rated 4 or 5
General comments fell into the following areas:
Parking lot status
After school offerings
Outdoor education and the garden
Curriculum offerings: art, music, dance
For the parking lot, there is a plan to repave the major pot holes over the summer and following that we’ll get it repainted and marked for Rieke visitors and 30 designated spots for Wilson students at the north end of the lot. I’m working with Wilson staff to monitor that only the 30 are used and we have signs ordered that will reinforce the no park and ride. I understand the frustration of not having enough parking spots at drop off and pick up but hope that reinforcing how the turn around works and spreading the word about no park and ride plus better signage will help somewhat.
With lunch and recess we are looking at options for next year of increasing the number of volunteers who could help run games during recess. I’m always looking for volunteers in the cafeteria who can help with composting and even joining students for lunch.
The message around TAG is looking for ways to engage students and provide more enrichment opportunities with the goal that students are being challenged as much as possible. We currently have a couple of parent volunteers who are providing very popular reading or math extension activities that we would love to be able to expand next year.
Having a wide variety of after school offerings is a significant challenge because of our limited space. Often these programs want to start right at 3 pm but teachers are still in their classrooms, working and preparing materials. I would love to be able to offer more options but there really is not much room for expansion for next year beyond what we have. We are, however, expanding the use of the garden and incorporating science and outdoor education on a trial basis through a grant we have to start lessons with the Green Schoolhouse.
Hopefully you have been able to check out the art display by Rieke students at Food Front? Students are also sharing their art portfolios with their families during the class art periods the week of May 30. Parents can come the evening of June 1 if they are unable to come during the day. I’m working with Coach V to add a specific dance curriculum to her instruction for next year.
I will be sharing the comments around fundraising with the PTA so we can make sure communication is clear to all of our families about fundraising goals and options.
I really appreciate all who took the time to provide feedback. If ever you have concerns or information you would like to share with me, please let me know. I’m happy to meet or talk via phone or email.
Below is information on job openings in nutrition services.
Do you want to help inspire culinary curiosity and nourish the health of the community through school meals? Portland Public Schools Nutrition Services is recruiting for Roving Food Service Assistants to provide students delicious, high quality, nutrient rich, and safe meals. Our kitchens and cafeterias provide a vibrant and inviting atmosphere for enjoying and sharing meal time. We want you to be a part of our team! Training provided. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, call Anya Friday or Charles Hardin at 503-916-3399 or apply at https://careers.pps.net – Roving Food Service Asst. - 15742
Have a great week!
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“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela
At the end of every school year, the
School-family Partnership program sponsors Student Recognition Award ceremonies
for successful students across the district. These award ceremonies are
essential to honor and reward students whose achievements represent the best of
PPS, and to inspire their fellow students in the coming school year. We’re
excited to celebrate these students and are looking forward to sharing their
stories with you.
Please congratulate all who participated. They all were fantastic and made Benson Tech proud!
Hello PPS families and staff,
On April 4 I presented my proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year to our School Board. I want to make sure you know what our spending priorities are, and what they will mean for you and your PPS student or students.
This is a budget of difficult choices. We made extra cuts to central administration to prioritize direct services for students, but we still must make some painful cuts to our schools. Although the cuts will affect each school differently, they will be noticeable. This proposed budget is the first step in a long process, and we will be seeking your input and engagement as we manage this difficult fiscal climate.
CORRECTION: 2nd budget listening session is Tuesday, April 25
We want to hear from you about the 2017-18 budget for PPS! The Portland School Board has scheduled three listening sessions to take your comments on how we should allocate our dollars in the coming year.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 4th/5th Grade Talent Show
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 5th Grade vs Staff Kickball Game
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Rieke Carnival
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Volunteer Recognition
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 5th Grade to SWCC
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Field Day
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 5th Grade Promotion Assembly
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Clap Out