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,
On Wednesday the highlight of our Spirit Day was having parent Molly Barrans take an all school picture. We’ll put the photo on our website and share it with the teachers so they can show the kids. The quick look I saw was it looked great!
A huge shout out to 5th graders Luke Donis and Olivia Mersereau who did a wonderful presentation at Tuesday’s PTA meeting. They shared what’s been happening in each grade and represented our students extremely well! I hope to have 5th grade presenters at the next PTA community dinner. I was pleased when I surveyed the 5th graders about whether this was something they were interested in doing, there were many who volunteered so I am doing a random drawing of two students each time.
Yesterday was the Great Oregon Shakeout. October is Earthquake awareness month and the Shakeout is an event where schools throughout Oregon at 10:20 on 10/20/16 conduct an Earthquake drill and talk about how to be safe when there is an earthquake. We did participate in the drill and hopefully you child is able to tell you about the importance of Duck, Cover, and Hold. It’s also a good reminder to have a plan as a family of what you will do should such an event occur.
Here is a link to the Shakeout website that includes resources and information:
A reminder that on Halloween we don’t wear costumes. Classes may have parties at the end of the day but we are still focused on our primary mission of teaching and learning. We will have a special visitor, however. Mike Thaler, the author of the “Black Lagoon” series will be here and doing presentations throughout the morning to different groups of students.
Parent teacher conferences are not too far away (Nov. 9 and 10). If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for a conference time, please do so. Teachers are meeting with families between 8 am and 8 pm both days. This is a valuable opportunity for you to have one on one time to discuss your child and how things are going.
Another reminder that parking before and after school remains a challenge, especially as the weather gets wetter. If you are just dropping off your child, please make sure it’s a kiss and go so we can ease congestion and get kids dropped off as quickly as possible. If you do end up parking across Vermont it helps for us all to model safety with kids and cross at the crosswalk.
Have a good weekend,
1405 SW Vermont St, Portland, Or 97219
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela
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:
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Veterans Day (No School)