April 28, 2017
Hello Roseway Heights Families--
Yesterday I read in the paper that Portland experienced the highest number of rainy days in a rainy season in recorded history (147!). This makes me think about the way that we mark time, count our experiences and try to make sense of the world we live in both moment by moment and over time. When I read the newspaper article, I thought, “Holy cow! That is a lot of rainy days!” but when I started to think back on the actual experience of each day, it didn’t seem any better or worse than any other year. When you work in a school in Oregon, the real measure of a day is outdoor or indoor recess. Indoor recess is sad, loud and doesn’t really accomplish the point of recess--and we haven’t had too many days of it...even in the rainiest year on record!
All this is just to say that as we enter the final push of this year, my first as the Principal here, there are a number of ways to think about where we are and where we have come from. I feel like we have made good on our promise to focus on the students we have now and to not let the district processes, politics and problems interrupt that. I also think we have shown that a group of folks working together with purpose can do amazing things. We still have some things left to do: for our older students we have state testing, culminating projects and work samples. For everyone here we move into planning how we are going to celebrate the end of the year in a way that honors what we have done, who we are and doesn’t exclude anyone. If you haven’t already, please think about ways you can pitch in and help out at the end of the year. Your teachers will appreciate the offer, your PTA will welcome the new faces, your students will cherish the moments you have together. And I would also invite everyone in our school to vote in the coming election for our school board. I won’t endorse anyone for any specific position, but I cannot stress enough that this is an opportunity to be heard. The school board is charged with some very important decisions in the coming years--decisions that will shape the future of Madison cluster and the entire district---so go out and learn about the candidates and support the one that you think best represents what you believe in. And remember, my daughter always reminds me--April showers bring may flowers...so bring on the flowers!
Principal, Roseway Heights K-8
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.
Dear PPS Families and Staff:
Spring is approaching and it’s that time of year when we begin building budgets and plans for the next school year.
I spent Monday in Salem with a fellow board member, PPS principals and educators and school districts from across Oregon to advocate for additional resources to support K-12 education and our local schools. The state is facing a shortfall of approximately $1.7 billion and the budgets proposed for K-12 from the Governor and Legislature are not adequate to maintain current levels of services.
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Spring Music Concert
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM DLI Kindergarten Pinic
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Field Day
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Talent Show 5-8 Dress Rehearsal
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM PTA coffee conversations with Mr. Cohen
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Talent Show 5-8
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Site Council