February 1, 2017
Dear Arleta Families,
For the past few months we have been working with the School District and the Portland Association of Teachers to find a compromise to the fifteen additional minutes that K-8 middle schools are required to add to their school days. For a variety of reasons, adding fifteen minutes to our day for only grades 6th-8th would create a hardship for our students and families. We were able to reach a compromise, through adding five minutes in the morning and decreasing passing times, and have now received official word that we can change our schedule at the start of the second semester.
Beginning on Monday February 6, our Entrance Bell will ring at 7:55 am and school will officially begin at 8:00 am. For families new to Arleta, this is what our schedule had been in past years. Making any changes to our master schedule during the middle of the school year is not ideal. We appreciate your patience and flexibility throughout this process.
On Thursday February 16th, we will be holding a Sixth Grade Information Night, in our auditorium from 6:00-7:00 pm. Parents of fifth grade students are encouraged to attend, along with their children. This will be an opportunity for parents to hear from all of our middle school teachers, to learn about our program, hear a brief performance from our Middle School Band, as well as walk through middle school classrooms. Since we will be in the auditorium, if you have a student at a different grade level and are curious about Arleta’s Middle School, please feel free to join us.
If you have questions or concerns please contact me at 503-916-6330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Dear PPS Families and Staff,
I am pleased to announce that Kristie Lindholm will become a Senior Director in the Office of School Performance on July 1.
6:00 PM PTA Meeting
6:30 PM Band Concert
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Talent Show Tryouts
9:00 AM Talent Show - K-3
12:30 PM Talent Show - 4th - 8th
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Promotion in Arleta Auditorium