Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School

Focus on Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts and Math

620 N Fremont AvenuePortland, OR 97227Ph (503) 916-6171Fx (503) 916-2611

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Principal's Message

  • 9/28/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    As we embark on another week of distance learning we will have yet another shift in planning.
     
    Previously we all received messaging that we will be starting MAP testing this week. As a result teachers prepped and we were planning as a school around how to roll out the implementation of this. This morning we got news that the district will not be conducting MAP testing this fall and we will instead continue our focus on instruction and more teacher level assessment of student learning.
     
    I believe there will be more consideration around how this could be done moving forward, but at this time maintaining a focus on instruction and continuing to support students academically is the best course of action. As a building we are working every week to ensure that we are creating opportunities for students to show their understanding of the standards being taught, reviewing student work as teacher teams, and planning future instruction based on this. Maintaining these routines and structures for our students and teachers is crucial in moving our work forward and continuing to improve our practice.
     
    Here are the updates for the week:
     
    Optional BEH Student Directory:
    Last week I shared the sign-up form for families that would like to opt-in to a grade level student directory to be able to share contact info between families of students in the same grade. I am sharing it again here, as we are hopeful to begin constructing and be ready to share them with the families that opt-in by next week. Currently we have 29 submissions, which spread across grade levels means an average of about 5 families per grade level. If you would like to be included in your child's grade level directory don't forget to complete this brief form.
     
    Latino Network Free COVID Testing:
    Latino Network is hosting a free COVID Test Event on October 1st and October 3rd this week. You can find the details linked here.
     
    Material Pick-up Wednesday:
    Last week we had our first Wednesday material pick-up at BEH. This will continue every Wednesday (as long as it is a school day) for the remainder of distance learning. Remember to check-in with your student's teacher to see if they will have any optional materials for pick-up each week. The pick-up windows on Wednesdays are from 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00. We will be distributing from the parking lot and if you come during the 3:00-5:00 time slot you can also pick-up meals for any children you are caring for. 
     
    Library Book Bags:
    This week will be our first BEH Library Book pick-up week. Ms. Cardenas has prepared bags of 6 books grouped by grade levels to be "checked-out" from our library. The intended check-out time is 2 weeks, but we will be offering pick-up/exchange during our material distribution (Wednesdays from 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00) each week. You can come and pick-up your first bag this Wednesday and then when you are done enjoying them, you would bring them back on another Wednesday and exchange them for a bag of 6 new books to take home. We are excited to start getting our books back into our students hands.
     
    Family Friday/Coffee Chat:
    This Friday is our typical monthly Family Friday and Coffee Chat. For new families, what this looks like in a typical school year, is that families come in to school early (8:00) and play games, eat some treats, and drink some coffee/juice. Then when students go to class at 8:45, parents that are available and interested join me and/or Ms. Turner in the staff lounge for a discussion around what is happening at the school and what we can do to support each other moving forward. 
     
    Due to the current reality, most families are not available after students begin class, as you are all often helping your students to engage in the learning from home. As a result, I am going to be hosting just the Coffee Chat portion of this meeting this week from 8:00-8:45. Here is a link to that meeting. I will send it out again on Friday morning. At this meeting we will discuss some of the work we are doing and planning moving forward at BEH. We will also discuss some options for shifting our Family Fridays and making them work best for families moving forward. Ms. Morgan is eager to get back to hosting some family bingo, so in the interim she will be working out the kinks in this so that she is ready to assist in making this happen as part of our Family Friday plans later this fall.
     
    Math Shelf for PK & K:
    This year, we have a focused math program for our PK and Kinder students called Math Shelf. Since this is a new resource and families, students, and teachers did not have access or practice with it previously I wanted to provide some guidance around how to access the program moving forward. Here are a couple videos to help get your PK and K students started on the program; Spanish version and English Version.

    Upcoming PTA Events:
    As we begin October this week, I wanted to make sure and keep a couple of PTA dates on your calendars for the month.
     
    The First BEH PTA Meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, October 14th, at 5:30.  I will share the meeting link with you in my weekly message on the week of the meeting.
     
    BEH PTA plans to host a fall drive through social event on October 29th from 5:30-7:00. We are working out the details, but it will be an opportunity for families to bring students through and do a version of the usual Harvest Fair/Trunk or Treat with many treats and surprises. More details will follow soon.
     
    Thank you all for continuing to model perseverance, community, and integrity for our students as we navigate these challenging times. I appreciate the regular communication and hope that we are able to continue finding ways to connect and support our students through whatever challenges the world decides to present us with.

    Take care and have a great week,
    Mr. Kaveh & Ms. Turner
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
    9/21/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    It was great to see many of you at our Virtual Back to School Night last week. If you missed it, Mr. Robert is working on getting the recorded information portion loaded to our YouTube Channel so that families can review the information shared around our school plans and district information around distance learning this fall.
     
    As we move into our second week of academic instruction, it is seeming like students, families, and teachers are getting their routines figured out and tech issues resolved as we are finding that we have far less calls each morning about connecting students to their meetings and virtual classrooms. If you are still having concerns or challenges, please don't hesitate to reach out and let us know so that we can provide support in getting all of our students connected to their teachers and the online classroom.

    Here are the updates for the week:
     
    Optional BEH Student Directory -
    We have had many families asking for a way to connect with other families while we are in distance learning, essentially trying to find a way to create connections that may have been formed through seeing each other at community events, in the halls, etc. We have created this form for families to complete if they would want to be included in a grade level student directory to connect with other grade level families. Once we get responses from families that would like to be included we will start building grade level directories that we will share with those families that choose to participate. This will create a way for families to share contact information with other families in your child's grade level so that there can me more connection between families during this time. If you choose not to participate your families contact info will not be included in the directory for that grade level. Grade level lists will only be shared with grade level parents that choose to participate and have a student at that grade level.
     
    Material/Resource Pick-Up -
    This week we will be starting our first material/resource pick-up at BEH. We will have staff in the side parking lot on Wednesdays from 10:00-12:00 and 3:00-5:00 with optional materials & resources. Your teachers will communicate if there is something specific that you may want to pick-up for your child(ren). There may not be grade level materials to pick-up every week, so stay in contact with your teachers to know when and what will be available. This is an option so that teachers can provide opportunities for families as options/alternatives to some of the digital engagement activities. 
     
    Student Schedules -
    Every student/family should now have a schedule for their school day that includes when their live meeting times are and what work should be completed through SeeSaw, Dreambox, Lexia, etc. If you do no know your student's live meeting times, please reach out and let us know. We are working on creating a live meeting schedule for all students to ehlp track the times and how to access them, as everything else can be done based on family scheduling needs. If you are not connected to SeeSaw Family reach out to your teacher and ask to be invited as this is replacing Class Dojo from last year. This will help you stay ahead of the communication with teachers and be informed on how your child is doing with the academic expectations this fall. 
     
    Thank you for your continued support and please let us know if there is anything we can do to make this virtual learning experience as successful as possible.
     
    Take care, 
    Kaveh
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
    9/14/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 

    It feels like with each week comes  a new challenge. As you hopefully have already heard, PPS closed all school buildings Friday and again today. Instruction is expected to go on as planned, but there may be some shifts due to challenges for staff due to these circumstances. Many of our teachers plan to teach from their rooms daily and have set-up spaces and resources for that. This in combination with internet challenges, families being evacuated from areas with wildfires and the usual family distractions may lead some teachers to need to shift some of their instruction from live to asynchronous while we are not allowed to be in buildings.

    I am hopeful that all of you and your families are safe and finding ways to manage through the continuous challenges being given to us this year. It was amazing to hear from our PTA this weekend and how they were able to shift and support hundreds of N/NE families who were without food due to the closure of PPS meal sites on Friday. Our PTA was able to partner with others to feed over 400 families from Dawson Park this past Saturday and are prepared to continue supporting Portland families who need food moving forward this year.

    A Message from the BEH PTA:

    The BEH PTA would like to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! We hope you consider joining us as we continue to support and engage with our BEH community. Our mission is to partner with parents, teachers, and community-members in supporting the growth and development of our students. Together we are building a sense of community within our school and empowering our students to reach their full potential as productive, responsible citizens of their own communities.

    Join us at our first general (virtual) meeting of the school year on Wednesday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. Dial in details to follow. We will be discussing plans for the school year including operation of the Food Pantry, Fall Harvest Fair, Education Support, Holiday Food and Toy Drive and Delivery, Fundraising and more! 

    You can become a member of the PTA by either:

    • Registering online at: https://www.oregonpta.org/membershipor,
    • Cash App us at $BEHPTA with you name, re: PTA Membership Dues with email and phone number. Annual dues are $15 for individuals and $25 for families.

    If you know a business or individual who would like to directly support the BEH PTA, please direct them here: https://charity.gofundme.com/behpta or to Cash App at $BEHPTA.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 503-753-2642 or  behpta620@gmail.com if you need access to the Food Pantry or have any questions and join the BEH Family Facebook Group for additional communications and updates. 

    We look forward to connecting with you soon. 

    With Love,

    The BEH PTA

    Ali Martin (President)
    Yvette Davis (Vice President)
    David Shafer (Secretary)

    Sarann Bielavitz (Treasurer)

    Kim Boston (Fundraising Coordinator)

    Dharma Nicotera (Media Coordinator)  

    Garnet Lester/Jen Wick (Volunteer Coordinators)

     

    Student Medical Needs:

    Our School Nurse wanted to make sure that he and our staff are aware and prepared to support all of our students that may have medical needs. Here is a link around how to keep them informed.

     

    Virtual Back to School Night:

    We will be hosting a virtual Back to School Night this Thursday from 5:30-7:00. We will start as an entire school at 5:30 in this Google Meet. I will send out the live link on Thursday morning as well. Following updates from the school board/district level leadership I will share some of our planning for this year and give time for some questions.

     

    The second half of this meeting will be for families to connect with teachers. I will share links to meet with grade level teams, specials teachers, and other support staff during this time.

     

    Schedules:

    You should have all received your student schedules from your child's teachers at the end of last week. This should help to clarify when students are meeting with teachers for small group times and show when there is flexibility for completing work on your schedule. All teachers will be working to ensure that all whole group academic instruction is shared via recorded lessons so that if families miss their live times they can still access the lesson and have it available for review when there are questions.


    This is all a work in progress and we will do our best to cater to student/family needs whenever possible, so please don't hesitate to reach out to your teachers or me with any questions or thoughts you may have.

     

    It has been amazing to see many families over the course of the soft start weeks and ensure that families have working technology and access to the academic learning sites. I am still holding out hope that we will be able to find ways to connect more in person as the year progresses and we are continuing to do some creative thinking around how to find opportunities for some socially distant learning as well.

     

    Take care and I hope to see you on Thursday, 
    Mr. Kaveh

     

    --

    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal

    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School

    620 N Fremont St.

    Portland, OR 97227

    Ph. (503)916-6171

    Fx. (503)916-2611

     
     
     
     
    9/8/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    First, I want to say thank you for your patience with us as we work through the challenges of launching a virtual school year this fall. This is not how any of us would like to be having school, but until we are able to return safely and meet the state requirements to be in person this is the reality we are in. Please continue to call and let us know if there are any issues in getting connected and accessing the learning for your students. Garnet, Ms. Dawson and I will do our best to field your calls and help solve any challenges that arise. One of the goals of the soft start is to give us time to solve these challenges before our academic instruction begins on Monday, September 14th.
     
    Schedules Starting Monday, 9/14
     Our students will follow our typical BEH bell schedule starting on Monday. This does not mean that they will be on computers and in front of a screen all day. We are working to build options away from technology and building breaks into every student's day. I created an overall schedule to show what a typical day will look like for each grade level here. I highlighted the live times in green. You will notice that every grade level starts live at 9:00 AM and ends each day live with our specials teachers. Your teachers will be getting you the individual student schedules by the end of the week. Currently you will see the block that live small groups will occur, but this will be a rotation with each student meeting in small groups with the teacher for 15-30 minutes during that time.
     
    Supply/Curriculum Pick-up
    We saw many of you last Thursday as you came to pick-up school supplies, solve Chromebook issues, and meet teachers. If you did not make it to get your student's supplies or still have Chromebook challenges you need to address, feel free to call the school and let us know when you can come by and we can get you the supplies and help solve any other challenges you may be needing help with. There are staff in the office every school day from 9:00-4:00, some days longer of course. 
     
    We are working on getting a couple of weekly optional pick-up times set-up as we move into the academic year as well and I will give you a detailed update on those times and logistics once we get the final details worked out. This will serve as an opportunity to get some paper/pencil work options for families and a way to get further supplies that families may need as we progress through the school year.
     
    Back to School Night
    We will be hosting a virtual back to school night next Thursday, September 17th from 5:30-7:00. I will be sending out links next week to join, but wanted to remind people to put it on your calendars. We will start as a whole group to discuss district and school level systems and answer any questions and then we will offer opportunities to connect with teachers virtually for the second half of the meeting. We will have a message from the school board and a school board member will be in attendance for the first part of this meeting to answer questions as well.
     
    Pre K
    I have not forgotten about PK this year. It is just taking a bit longer to get our PK students enrolled and logistics figured out. With the reality of the pandemic and most likely the fact that we will first have to return in smaller numbers before a large scale return of students to schools, our PK department has decided to enroll fewer students to start this year so that we can bring back all PK students that are enrolled once we get to an in-person option. As a result, the enrollment process has been much more meticulous. The enrollment department will likely start reaching out to more families this week to get our classes filled and started.
     
    As we wrap up our final week of soft start, our goal is to ensure that all families are set-up and ready for the academic scheduling to begin next week. If you do not have a working Chromebook or need assistance getting internet or a device working please reach out to your teacher or call the main office and we will do our best to support you in getting these challenges resolved.
     
    Thank you and take care, 
    Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
     
    8/31/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    It was amazing to get all of our staff back and start collaborating last week. We were able to get through a lot of information and training on Thursday and Friday and we will work on wrapping up a couple  more days of planning and PD Monday and Tuesday this week. 
     
    Some of you likely started getting calls from teachers on Friday, if not teachers will be continuing to call families this week. Our goal is to get a hold of all families and find ways to connect during the soft start this week and next week.
     
    Soft Start Plans:
    The Soft Start begins for our 1st-5th grade this Wednesday, September 2nd and continues through Friday, September 11th. All of our teachers will be hosting live Social Emotional Activities at 9:00 AM for these days. The live activities will be 30 minutes and will have a different theme each day. We are holding these at 9:00 AM each morning in the hopes of starting to build the morning routine for families, since once the academic schedule begins our days will begin at 9:00 AM for all of our students with a similar whole class meeting.
     
    Outside of this 30 minute engagement opportunity with the teacher and students, our staff will be spending the remainder of each day during soft start planning, contacting/meeting with families, and participating in further professional development.
     
    PK/K teachers will be reaching out this week to schedule meetings with families and students so that they can better get to know our incoming students and begin creating classes and assigning teachers. Their soft start will begin next week.
     
    Material/Supply Pick-Up Day -
    We will hold a drive-thru material/supply pick-up for families this Thursday, September 3rd from 9:00-5:00. You are welcome to come out any time between those hours to get supplies for your student(s). There will be specific hours that grade level teams will be handing out and greeting families if you would like to aim for the time that your child's teachers may be staffing it.
     
    Kindergarten Teachers - 9:00-10:00
    1st Grade Teachers - 10:00-11:00
    2nd Grade Teachers - 11:00-12:00
    5th Grade Teachers - 12:00-1:00
    4th Grade Teachers - 1:00-2:00
    3rd Grade Teachers 2:00-3:00
    Admin/support 3:00-5:00
     
    Again, come by at whatever time works best for your family. We will be handing out backpacks with school supplies, information about our fall plans, grade level materials, etc. We will reach out to families that are not able to make it in order to arrange another pick-up/drop-off time if needed.
     
    Chromebook Update -
    If you do not have a working Chromebook, please call the school and schedule a time to pick-up/exchange your Chromebook before academic instruction begins on Monday, September 14th. If you have a K-2nd grader and do not have a touchscreen Chromebook you can also arrange to exchange for a touchscreen during this time.
     
    Meal Pick-ups -
    District meal distribution starts back up again this Wednesday, September 2nd from 3-5pm. It will continue every Monday and Wednesday (school days only) through the fall. They will distribute the number of meals for the number of school days between distribution days.
     
    YouTube Channel -
    We launched our YouTube Channel last spring when COVID first sent us all home. We will begin using it again this fall for weekly updates and information from Tina and I, as well as other BEH staff and community members. You can jump on now and see Todd's introduction as the new music teacher.
     
    Academic Plans-
    Our grade level teams are working on finalizing their academic schedules that will be starting on Monday, September 14th. I will include mroe detailed information on those in next week's message. What you can expect is that all BEH students will begin their day with a class meeting at 9:00 each morning and have activities to keep them engaged as well as breaks throughout the day until at least 3:00. This will be a mix of live instruction, recorded lessons, independent work, and break/meal times.
     
    I am looking forward to moving into another school year and finding creative ways to educate our students given the current realities we are facing.
     
    Please continue to reach out as questions or ideas come up for you.
     
    Take Care, 
    Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     
     
    8/24/2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    Teachers will officially be back (virtually) starting this Thursday. Our first day back together will be focused solely on catching up on training and information needed for the launch of our school year. Starting Friday, teachers will begin reaching out to families to connect and discuss the plans for the fall.
     
    Here are the updates around hiring and the start of school:
     
    Supply/Material Pick-Up:
    We will be coordinating a drive thru supply and material pick-up for all BEH students on September 3rd. We are still working out the logistics, but we will have specific times for grades to come and pick-up supplies that day, as well as open hours to pick-up supplies for any families. We will coordinate getting supplies to families that are unable to make this day work as well, but I wanted to make sure and get the date out there now. We plan to be out in the parking lot the majority of this day to handout materials to families for the Fall. Further details will be in next week's letter. 
     
    Back to School Night:
    We will have a virtual back to school night on Thursday, September 17th, from 5:30-7:00. This will consist of information being shared from the district level, school level, and grade levels. I will share the info and links for this meeting as we get into September.
     
    Schedule Updates:
    The daily virtual schedule for BEH this fall will be the same as our typical in person bell schedule. This means that all students will have a virtual school schedule that begins at 8:45 and ends at 3:00pm on every assigned school day, starting Monday, September 14th. The days will be a mix of live meeting times, recorded lessons from staff, and independent assignments that will be posted through SeeSaw and/or accessed in Lexia, Dreambox, etc.
     
    At BEH our focus will be to prioritize recording and posting any new learning so that families can access it both during their scheduled time, but also can revisit or access during times that are convenient to their schedules. Our live work will be focused on social emotional learning, small group activities, and reinforcing the lessons that are being taught in the recorded lessons. Our goal is to ensure that access to learning is available to students and families in a very flexible and responsive way.
     
    I will be working with staff this week to finalize the grade level schedules which will be shared out with everyone in more detail in the coming week.
     
    Hiring Updates:
    First Grade Teacher - I am excited to introduce Casey Rodhe as our third 1st grade teacher this year, she is coming to us from Chapman Elementary where she spent the past 10+ years teaching kindergarten and first grade. She emphasized her focus on being culturally responsive and building strong relationships with students and families. She participated on many committees and teams. I am excited to add her to our first grade team and know she will be an amazing addition not just to that team, but to our building staff.
     
    QMHP - I am excited for everyone to meet Troy Loker, he is coming to us from the DC school district most recently, but also has experience working in Honolulu school district and Hillsborough County schools in Tampa, Florida. I am excited to see how his experiences in these diverse schools and districts will help him to bring a new perspective to our practices and how we support our families at BEH. He will be supporting our work around school climate and our systems of support for families.
     
    Principal's Secretary - Our most recent official addition is Kristen Mawdsley. She too is coming to us from Chapman Elementary, where she served as the school secretary last year. Previous to that, she worked for over 20 years as a 911 dispatcher. Her personality and care for people came through strongly in our interview with her. April left some big shoes to fill, but I think we found the perfect person for the role in Kristen.
     
    I am always excited to start a new school year, meet all of our new families and catch-up with our returning families. This year the lack of in-person opportunities has hindered a bit of that excitement and  is not ideal for any of us, particularly our students. I am however continuing to work with our staff, district admin, and community partners around possible options for socially distant in-person engagement opportunities. As we make more progress or find out more I will share some of these ideas/opportunities out. If you have any thoughts or ideas, please don't hesitate to reach out.
     
    Take Care,
    Mr. Kaveh
     

    --

    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

    8/17/2020

    Hello BEH Families,

     
    As we get closer to the start of our new school year, things are beginning to speed up around the planning, but it always seems like the information and the results are never fast enough. A school year is structured in a way where we really only get to full staff planning about a week before the year is scheduled to begin. In a typical year, this can work, in a year like this it is much more challenging. As a result many of our staff have been engaged for the past several weeks and some for the majority of the summer. We have many staff that worked our summer program, continued their Science of Reading training, tutored students around reading, were in planning meetings to prepare for the school year, and are attending Teacher Institute to learn about the programs and structures for the coming school year. 
     
    Even with all of this preparation, there is a need for us to be together and plan/train as an entire staff. This will happen starting on August 27th. At this point we will be able to start getting all of our staff coordinated and ready to support families through the first two weeks of our "soft start" and into the beginning of academic instruction on September 14th.
     
    Chromebook Pick-up:
    Today I heard from parents who attempted to go and pick-up Chromebooks from the district office as I had suggested in previous weeks. It sounds like the district has shifted from centralized distribution to school-based distribution for Chormebooks moving forward. I apologize for the inconvenience to those who went to pick them up today. I am currently still working to get an answer around how the district would like us to distribute Chromebooks, but at this point I am prepared to hand out our own building Chromebooks and create our own tracking system for that internally. In order to accomplish this, I am asking that families call ahead and schedule a time to pick-up a Chromebook using the school number (503)916-6171. This will allow us to have the Chromebook ready for you and gather any pertinent information before you arrive.
     
    PK Enrollment:
    I wanted to remind families that we will have two PK classrooms starting this school year and we still have slots remaining. These classrooms are intended for families that meet the following income criteria:
     
     
    Enrollment is open for 3 and 4 year old students, who's families meet the 200% poverty guidelines. The classrooms will start online, but will offer many supports and registration now will ensure that you are in the class when we are able to shift to in-person education in the future.
     
    Staffing Update:
    We have officially hired Todd Fadel into our open music teacher position. Many of you already know Mr. Todd from the music and STEAM Nights he has hosted, SUN programming, and various other roles he has supported us in over his past two years at BEH as our STEAM support staff. He has been working towards his music endorsement for the past few years and I am excited to have him with us as he begins his music teaching career.
     
    I have submitted our recommendations for our final first grade position and our Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) and am excited to add them to our staff. Our first grade addition is coming to us from another PPS school and our QMHP is coming to us from working in schools in Washington DC. I will announce their names once the hiring process is official.
     
    We are just completing our interviews to fill our vacancy with the Principal's Secretary position and had some amazing candidates. We will be completing our interviews tomorrow and will recommend a candidate by the end of the day.
     
    I am working out the logistics and dates around some of our start of the year activities. Next week I should be ready to share more about our plans for a start of the year supply and information day as well as our virtual Back to School Night.
     
    Please continue to reach out if you have any questions or thoughts around the beginning of the school year.
     
    Take Care,
    Mr. Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

    8/10/2020

    Hello BEH Families,

     
    Last week was another busy week, as Tina and I participated in professional development with the rest of the administrators in the district and we continue to work to move our hiring/staffing work forward. This week our school secretary, Garnet will be in the office from 9:00-1:00 Monday-Friday and will be checking messages daily as well. I will also be in the building from 8:30-3:30+ most days moving forward. So if you have any questions feel free to call the school and we will be available to support starting this week. Also, any families that have paperwork that they need to submit for enrollment, can schedule an appointment with Garnet to get them submitted officially.
     
    Hiring Update:
    We were able to complete interviews and are in the process of recommending some amazing candidates to fill our open Music, First Grade, and Qualified Mental Health Professional positions. I am excited about all three of the people we are recommending for these positions, but will wait to announce their names until we have them officially accepted into the positions. 
     
    I found out last week that our Pre K Educational Assistant Position will not be posted, as there were so many cuts to Educational Assistants across the district, that we received a placement from another building for this role. We were able to get the Principal's Secretary Position posted on Friday. My plan is to wait until Wednesday to let a few more applicants apply and then schedule interviews for later this week. Our hope is to be ready to recommend somebody by the end of the week.
     
    Chromebook Update:
    If you have a Chromebook that is not working and would like to exchange it, never got a Chromebook for your child and would like one for next year, or are new to the district and would like to get a Chromebook for your student to start the year; they are available for pick-up or exchange Monday and Thursday every week from 9:00-1:00. We will be working to ensure families that need Chromebooks get them when we start the year, but if you want to get ahead of the rush or have some time to familiarize your student and yourself with how to use them, this is an option. To pick them up, go to the BESC (501 N. Dixon) and proceed to the lower parking garage which is located on the west side of the building off of Larrabee. Have your students full name and birthdate ready for check-out. 
     
    Teacher Planning:
    Grade level teams were able to meet last week and this week many of our teachers are attending district offered professional development around the programs being used this year and how to enhance the educational experience in distance learning. I am working with staff and have heard from parents as well around ideas of how we can support students in social/emotional development and support families in coping with this distance learning reality. Many families have asked about how we can support the development of "learning pods" within our community in an intentional way. I am still working with the district to process some of this and communicating with teachers and families around what this may be able to look like.
     
    Please keep reaching out and letting us know what we can do to support your family as we get closer to the start of the school year. I will continue to provide updates as I get more information.
     
    Take Care,
    Mr. Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

    8/3/2020

    Hello BEH Families,

    As we are all working to process the reality that we will continue to be in a virtual learning environment for at least the first quarter of the 2020/21 school year, I think we are all trying to grapple with how we can make this work in the most effective way possible given the circumstances. I wanted to let you all know that our plan at BEH and I assume at the district as well will be to provide each student with a consistent daily schedule for their education in the fall. This will include daily video/live meetings with teachers and offerings in all subject areas including our specials (art, PE, music, library) throughout the week. We are working with grade level teams to begin building these schedules, coordinating offerings, and getting trained on the programs we will be using.

    Class Assignment:

    I have been getting questions around who’s class students are in for next year. I wanted to clarify that 1st-5th grade will be working with all grade level teachers throughout the course of the school year.

    Here is what that means:

    1st Grade Student

    Reading Teacher - Ms. Sheila

    Math Teacher - Ms. Lauren

    Science/Social Studies Teacher - TBD

    2nd Grade Student

    Reading Teacher - Ms. Casciato

    Math Teacher - Ms. Peters

    Teachers will collaborate and share responsibility around teaching writing, science, social studies and health.

    3rd Grade Student

    Reading Teacher - Ms. Porter

    Math Teacher - Ms. Hutsell

    Teachers will collaborate and share responsibility around teaching writing, science, social studies and health.

    4th Grade Student

    Reading Teacher - Ms. Miles-Gonzales

    Math Teacher - Ms. Blanton

    Teachers will collaborate and share responsibility around teaching writing, science, social studies and health.

    5th Grade Student

    Reading Teacher - Mr. Switalla

    Math Teacher - Mr. Sky

    Teachers will collaborate and share responsibility around teaching writing, science, social studies and health.

    * Kindergarten class assignments will be determined after teachers have been able to contact families and students and learn more about all of our incoming students.

     

    Hiring Update:

    We were interviewing all day today for our open first grade teacher and Qualified Mental Health Professional. We had some amazing candidates and I am confident we will be adding some incredible staff this year. I am still working through the hiring process for our music position and am waiting for the district to post our Principal’s Secretary and PK EA positions if they do not get filled internally.

    Continued Planning:

    Last week we started meeting as grade level teams in our building to start planning for our departmentalized approach and for virtual learning/schedules. We will be continuing that into this week and then shifting to district level professional development next week for all teachers, as they offer classes through Teacher Institute to help prepare all PPS teachers for the realities of distance learning and introduce some of the shifts in online platforms and programs we will be using in the coming year.

    Kindergarten Connections

    I have continued to have incoming kindergarten families reach out to me around hearing more about our school or scheduling a socially distanced meeting to ask questions and meet.This has been a great way for me to meet incoming families, answer any questions and discuss programming. If this is something you are interested in, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and we can arrange for a time to connect and discuss plans and what to expect this fall.

    Stay healthy and safe and please reach out if there is anything we can do to support as we transition into the new school year.

    Take Care, 

    Mr. Kaveh

    --

    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal

    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School

    620 N Fremont St.

    Portland, OR 97227

    Ph. (503)916-6171

    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

     

    7/27/2020

    Hello BEH Families,

    It has been amazing the past week as I have been able to start meeting our incoming kindergarten families. As I looked at our current enrollment, we have just over 50 incoming kindergarten students registered for the coming school year and at a similar pace to where we were last year. This should result in another year of growing our school and building cohorts of three classrooms in both kindergarten and first grade for next year, which will result in continuing to grow those cohorts up a grade level each year. As we will likely encounter state-wide budget cuts in the coming years, this growth will help us to curb the effects of those on our school.

    Meeting with our new families has got me thinking further about how we welcome new families into our community and maintain the welcoming family oriented feel that our school has done so well for so many years. I will be working with our PTA, staff, and learning from other schools around how we can create those opportunities to connect and engage while dealing with the socially distant reality we are all in. If you have any ideas or thoughts around what you would like to see or have offered please don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know, so that I can add that to our processing as we move forward with our planning for fall and the entirety of the 2020/21 school year.

    Summer Programming:

    Our summer programming began today with our teachers connecting with families and students around accessing the technology and programs that we will likely be using in the fall. Though many of our meetings will be on school grounds our model is based on the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Model. Our hope in piloting this approach with 50 of our families in our summer program is that it will allow for us to see how we could apply it in the fall, especially with our incoming kindergarten families. This could give us an opportunity to build relationships and find ways to follow the social distance protocols while also creating a safe way to meet face to face and see how we can best support each other in the coming year.

    Staffing:

    Our open certified positions got posted at the end of last week. Currently these are our first grade teacher, music teacher, shared PE teacher, and Qualified Mental Health Professional positions. I am working to get the district to post our Principal’s Secretary and PK EA position and am hopeful we can get those up later this week. My plan with the certified position is to review the candidates with Ms. Turner later this week and start to schedule interviews for next week. I will be working with PTA and our teachers to get a panel assembled to participate in the interviews.

    Planning:

    In addition to getting our summer programming up and running. Our teachers will be working in the next two weeks on beginning their planning around preparing for next year. We will be working as grade level teams to ensure that each grade level is on the same page around academic plans and structures as well as common expectations across each grade level and the building. Following this planning, the math and language arts teams will begin meeting to coordinate plans around how they will structure and pace their work for the coming year. 

    Please continue to reply to this message or call the school if you have any questions or thoughts you would like to share with me as we prepare for the coming school year. I hope you are all finding ways to stay cool and sane during these trying times.

    Thank you for all of your support and continued communication, 

    Mr. Kaveh

    --

    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal

    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School

    620 N Fremont St.

    Portland, OR 97227

    Ph. (503)916-6171

    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

     

    7/20/2020

    Hello BEH Families, 

    Here are the quick updates for this week:

    Hiring:

    This morning I sat in on meetings around final placements for unassigned educators to see if there were any unassigned staff from other buildings that would be good fits for BEH. Based on multiple factors I did not take any of the unassigned educators and we should see our positions post for applicants in the next week. The licensed positions we will be looking to fill for the fall are; Music Teacher, Qualified Mental Health Provider, First Grade Teacher, and an additional one day per week PE teacher.

    In addition to these positions we also have a Principal’s Secretary position and a PK Educational Assistant position that need to be hired for. I am hopeful that the district will be ready to move through the process of filling these positions either internally or get the positions posted so that we can begin to interview for them ASAP.

    Summer School:

    Hopefully many of you took advantage of the programs offered by SEI and Elite Sports Academy this summer. I know that both are still running currently and I have heard good things about the programs that were offered. 

    I am working with staff to offer students who struggled engaging on-line in the spring an opportunity to build skills and increase access to online learning starting next week. Ms. Turner has been reaching out to families and working to get those who are interested signed up. The program will consist of weekly socially distanced meetings with students and families around accessing virtual resources and then practice accessing them throughout the week. Our goal with this program is to increase the engagement of our students in the virtual classroom as we move into fall and likely utilize many virtual strategies throughout the coming school year. 

    Please reach out if you feel like your student struggled to engage in the spring and you feel like they could benefit from access to this program leading into the fall.

    Fall 2020/21 Prep:

    I have been working with other principals, district staff, and our amazing teachers to continue our dialogue and planning as we approach the start of the 2020/21 school year. We will continue our plans to shift to a departmentalized model around instruction for the coming school year, which means that at each grade level (1st-5th) we will have teachers working together to deliver the instruction for the entire grade level. All of our teachers have been continuing their work in math and/or reading strategies to ensure that they prepared for teaching their subject area across the grade level. We will be having grade level teams and subject level teams start to come together to plan for this in more detail in early August. This will allow us to spend the second half of August focusing on learning the programs, curriculum and safety protocols we will be working with in the fall as well. Many of our grade levels had already shifted to a team approach in virtual learning in the spring, so this shift should feel even more natural given that experience.

    I have appreciated the emails from many of you in response to these letters and I hope that if questions, concerns, or ideas continue to come up for you that you will send me a note so that I can support or explain in any way that feels helpful.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Kaveh

    --

    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal

    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School

    620 N Fremont St.

    Portland, OR 97227

    Ph. (503)916-6171

    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

    7/13/2020

    Hello BEH Families,
     
    If you are seeing this, I am assuming that you also saw the most recent message from PPS about what fall will look like in PPS this year. There was a lot to process from that email and a lot of uncertainty still remaining. The reality is that what is happening currently is changing daily and the take away is that we are going to need to be prepared for virtual learning to take a major role in our schooling this coming year. I am hopeful that we are able to get to the hybrid model and maximize in-person time as much as safely possible this year, but we will also be doing everything we can at BEH to improve upon our virtual systems and approach this fall.
     
    Staffing:
    We completed a modified hiring round this week. It was a little different than I had expected. Only teaching positions were posted and it was only open to teachers that were unassigned due to their positions being cut due to budget shifts. Due to this change, we only ended up interviewing for and filling one position. We were able to hire an amazing reading teacher to team up with Ms. Lauren and her amazing math skills in first grade next year. I will officially announce our new teacher when the HR process is completed, but her knowledge around teaching reading effectively to all students is nearly unparalleled in all of PPS. I am very excited about the addition and think it speaks to the power of our shift to a departmentalized approach (1st-5th) moving forward. I am excited for you all to meet her and even more excited for our students to benefit from her amazing approach and experience.
     
    I am hopeful that we will get to post our positions that remain open in the next couple weeks. There is still a chance that we may get some placements in our openings if there are more staff unassigned in the area than there are open positions. Our positions that remain open as of this week are: 1st Grade Teacher (we will have three this year), Music Teacher, Qualified Mental Health Provider, Principal's Secretary, and Pre K Educational Assistant.
     
    Summer:
    Our smaller summer programming has shifted from having students in person for portions of the programming, to supporting these students and families with targeted 1 on 1 outdoor socially distanced meetings with students/families around accessing virtual programs and instruction. This will be paired with virtual activities, feedback, and academic programming. As a reminder, we will be focusing on our students that struggled the most to access the virtual classroom in the spring. The hope is to build some of the skills and breakdown some of the barriers for these students and families before we start in the fall.
     
    I am hopeful that all of you have been able to stay safe and healthy over the past week and as always, please reach out if you have any questions or thoughts that I can help to address.
     
    Stay healthy and be well, 
    Mr. Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     

     

    7/6/2020

    Hello BEH Families,


    First, I want to apologize for the tardiness of this message today. I have been running around between socially distant meetings and online meetings all morning and did not get the time to get this out until now.

    Scholarship Committee:

    Today, it was an honor to be a part of the Betty Campbell/Jeanette Crawley Scholarship Committee, as we met earlier today. In case you were not already aware, any student that attends BEH for at least three years is eligible to apply for the scholarship when they choose to attend college and if they choose to attend a state college or university. Today the committee was able to support 25 former BEH students with scholarships for the 2020/21 school year. The scholarships ranged from $500-$5,500. Some of these students had been applying and receiving this scholarship for multiple years. Keep this in mind as your children move through middle and high school and begin to prepare for their college experiences.


    Planning:

    In addition to this, we have been continuing our work planning for summer programming and the possible scenarios for next school year. I know many people want to know the answer to what that looks like, but at this point there is still not a definitive answer. The likely outcome or plan will be to operate with a hybrid scenario, where classes are split into smaller groups and attend a couple days each week in person and are online the other days. We have been meeting and planning around how to ensure safety in these possible scenarios and working on the logistics for staff, parents, etc.


    Staffing Update:

    This week, current PPS employees will be applying to open positions and we will be working to interview any qualified candidates that apply for our open positions and hire those that seem like a great fit for our community. Any positions that are still open after this week will then need to go through the district process to ensure that we do not have unassigned staff that are needing to be placed in positions before we can post the positions externally. I will provide an update next week around what positions were filled and which are still open moving forward.


    I hope you are all continuing to stay safe and are finding ways to cope during this pandemic. If you are in need of any support or have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out. The pantry is still open by appointment for food and SEI is still working to connect families with resources when possible as well. I can connect you with them if you don't have their contact info and will work to connect you to any other resources you may need.


    Stay well,
    Mr. Kaveh


    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal

    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School

    620 N Fremont St.

    Portland, OR 97227

    Ph. (503)916-6171

    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

    6/29/2020

     

    Hello BEH Families:

     

    It was great to see the many BEH families and staff that came out on Saturday for the Ride/March Against Racism. We met at BEH and marched to Sabin where our BEH PTA President Ali Martin and several other speakers did an amazing job sharing their stories and experiences and continuing to bring our four schools together. I am looking forward to the continued partnership between our four schools and am excited about the message it sends for all of our communities to unite against racism and ensure that all of our families are cared for and have their needs met. The conversations have started, but the work is just beginning. With the leaders I have already been able to connect with across these communities and of course our amazing BEH PTA leadership I am confident that we can shift our approach and work to unite as a larger community to support all of our students from Pre K all the way through Harriet Tubman and into High School.

     

    This Weeks Ride Against Racism Info:

    This week is the final Stand-Up and Ride Against Racism event for the summer. The event will again be at 1pm and will start at Sabin and end at Irvington. The info is here if you are interested in attending.

     

    Summer Programming Starting Soon/Now:

    SEI/SUN programming info can be found here. All virtual classes are free to attend, but you do need to enroll your student(s) in the class(es) you would like them to attend. They are offering 25 different elementary options, 13 different middle school options, and have classes offered for high school and beyond. The classes begin next week (July 6th) so get your students enrolled now if you want them to attend any of the classes being offered. I encourage you to look at the offerings as many of them will be providing work to be done offline and could help students to find a focus and possibly some new interests this summer.

     

    Elite Sports Academy Programming info can be found here. This virtual camp is also free to our students and starts this week. The program runs for 8 weeks, so it may still be possible to get into the program if you complete the application this week. Upload this letter to ensure that the program is free for your BEH student or former BEH student.

     

    Staffing Update:

    Teacher Shift:

    Stacey Harold-Golden will be shifting from 1st Grade to PK for next year, she is excited to be making the move to PK and is already working to familiarize herself with the PK curriculum. 

     

    New Instructional Specialist Position:

    This position will be filled by Peaches Eltagonde. We are excited to be bringing her back to BEH for next year. She has spent the past two years teaching at Harriet Tubman Middle School after being shifted away from BEH when we transitioned back to a PK-5 school. We are excited to bring her experience and expertise to our elementary team for next year and know it will further our work in preparing all of our students for middle school and beyond.

     

    Positions still needing to be filled:

    Principal's Secretary

    PK Educational Assistant

    1st Grade Teacher

    1st Grade Teacher

    Qualified Mental Health Professional

    Music Teacher

     

    BEH Connect:

    Any students or families that want to connect or ask any questions feel free to jump on Google Meet between 1:00-2:00 on Wednesday. Just use a PPS account (all your students have one) to log-in with the nickname: behconnect.

     

    I hope you are all staying healthy and enjoying some additional family time this summer. As always, please reach out if you have any questions or thoughts that come up in the coming week.

     

    Take Care, 

    Mr. Kaveh

     

    --

    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal

    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School

    620 N Fremont St.

    Portland, OR 97227

    Ph. (503)916-6171

    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

    June 22, 2020

     

    Hello BEH Families,

     
    I hope you are all doing well. As we have officially begun summer, Ms. Turner and I have been working on finalizing our staffing for next year, planning for summer programming, and beginning to prepare for fall.
     
    Staffing Update:
    We are going to be adding an instructional specialist, Qualified Mental Health Professional, Music Teacher, PK teacher, 1st Grade Teacher, part time PE teacher, and an educational assistant for PK. In addition to these positions, we will be working to fill the Principal's Secretary position, as April is now officially retired. Congratulations April!! Tina and I will be working in the next couple weeks to see which of these positions we fill internally (current PPS staff) and then which positions will be posted externally.
     
    Summer Update:
    We are looking at having 6-7 classrooms that will serve 10 students each this summer. We will be staffing the program using current BEH staff if possible and currently we have 6 teachers and 3 support staff working through the application process. Tina and I will be working on contacting families for students that qualify for the summer program. This will be based on students' academic needs and challenges accessing the online academics from the spring. All BEH students have SUN and Elite Sports Academy as free summer options this summer as well. See last weeks message below for more details on how to sign-up.
     
    Fall Planning:
    As you likely saw, the district put out a survey to parents last week around preferred options if we have to have school virtually in the fall. Hopefully you all got a chance to complete the survey and provide feedback. For us, it at least gave some insight into the possible scenarios being considered. Tina and I are working to develop plans for the various possible scenarios and working to find ways to allow for teachers to plan with each other over the summer to prepare academically and logistically for the fall. If you did not get a chance to complete our family survey around distance learning from the spring, please take a few minutes and provide us some feedback around how it went and what you would like to see in the fall.
     
    In addition to the planning last week, Ms. Turner and I also attended the Stand Up and Ride Against Racism on Saturday. It was amazing to see so many families, staff, and community members from King, Irvington, Sabin, BEH and Tubman joined together for the event. On Saturday we all met at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School at 1pm and marched/rode to BEH. This coming week we will be starting at BEH and marching to Sabin. I am hopeful we can get even more BEH families involved this week. Here is the info if you are interested in joining us for the march this Saturday at 1:00 pm. If you have been trying to find a way to involve your students in the protest and help educate them on what is going on, this is a great opportunity. I brought my 4 and 6 year old children last week and it helped us to continue our dialogue around racism and what we can do to interrupt it.
     
    Remember to let your students know that they can come and connect with me on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 in a Google Hangout. Just login anytime in that hour using the code behconnect.
     
    Have a great week,
    Mr. Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

    June 15, 2020 

     

    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    With all the uncertainty and continuous change in guidance around summer and fall I am going to be continuing my weekly emails through the summer, but will try to have them be a little shorter and to the point. I have just a few quick updates for this week.
     
    Budget/Staffing Update:
    We got our updated budget/staffing for next year. The good news is that our cuts are much more minimal than what we were hearing previously. I am meeting with HR tomorrow to finalize the plans, but it is still looking like we will be able to add a music teacher, Qualified Mental Health Professional, and another instructional specialist. Additionally we will be adding a third first grade teacher and an additional Pre-K classroom for next year.
     
    Summer Programs:
    Elite Sports Academy - Here is a link to the info around this virtual summer camp. It is 8 weeks starting later this month. The info will show that it costs $149, but it is actually free to any BEH students. Just include this letter with your application.
     
    SUN/SEI - Virtual summer camps start July 6th. Registration is open starting June 22nd. All students, grades 1-12 are welcome. They will have over 12 classes available. Mr. Todd will be teaching a class for them as well around beat making/song writing. Here is a link to the flyer.
     
    PPS - We are working on organizing and identifying students for our three week (M-Th, July 27th - August 13th) summer program at BEH. This particular program will be for our students that struggled to connect in our distance learning this spring and have academic areas that they could use some additional support with. I am working on identifying staff and will begin reaching out to families of students we identify for this later this month. We will only be able to serve 5-10 students per teacher and it will be a mix of in-person learning and virtual lessons.
     
    Kindergarten Enrollment:
    Next year we are projected to have three kindergarten classrooms again, but in order to keep them we need to get more kindergartners enrolled. If you know anyone who will have a 5 year old by September 1st and they would like to attend BEH please pass along this info:
     
    To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program.  However, if you attended our PK program but do not live in our neighborhood you will still need to complete a transfer request if you wish to attend BEH for Kindergarten.
     
    BEH Connect: 
    I will be online in a Google Meeting weekly on Wednesdays from 1-2 pm if your students or you are interested in connecting. Simply have your child log-on like they would have during the school year and go to the Google Meeting page. They can enter behconnect and I will be there to simply visit or answer any questions. Staff and/or students may also be there to connect with each other from week to week.
     
    Thank you all and take care,
    Mr. Kaveh
    -- 
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     


     

    June 8, 2020

     

    Hello BEH Families, 

    As we enter into our last week of distance learning for the 2019/20 school year, I find myself both being reflective on all that we have been through this school year and looking forward towards the summer and the start of next year. 

    First I wanted to provide an opportunity for feedback from all of you around how distance learning went and what we can do to improve. I am hopeful that we will not be having to experience this again next year, but want to be able to have some insight from all of you if we find ourselves needing to plan any sort of virtual learning in the future. Here is a link to a brief survey that I would love for each of you to take a moment to complete for our teachers. We will use the information to plan and reflect as we move ahead with our planning.

    Here is what to expect this week:

    Monday:

    PK Promotion - 2:00 pm - Mama Malaika and the staff that have supported PK all year will be out in the parking lot to congratulate our promoting PK students and declare them official Kindergartners.

    Tuesday:

    5th Grade Promotion - 6:00 pm - We will be posting the 5th grade promotion video onto the BEH YouTube Channel to celebrate our outgoing 6th graders. Thank you to all that were able to come by for the 5th grade Clap Out last week. If you have a 5th grader and they have not received their certificate and swag, then we will be coming by to drop it off on Monday.

    Wednesday:

    Last Day of School - This will be the last day for class meetings, office hours, and any other in-person lessons or interactions with staff. Online programs will continue into the summer. Lexia, Dreambox, ClassHero, and many other online programs will continue to be accessible at least through the end of July.

    Thursday:

    Teacher Planning Day - Teachers will be completing the end of the year "report cards" which will be relatively basic this year focusing on engagement. Report cards will begin being mailed out the following week.
    As this year winds down, I feel like there is very little concrete information about the coming school year and summer. As a result, I plan to continue sending out a weekly email through the summer. This will likely be much more brief, but provide a weekly update and keep everyone in the loop about the continually changing guidance.

    Additionally, I wanted to provide a weekly opportunity for students to continue to connect and ask any questions they may have as they come up in the summer. Tina and I will be holding weekly office hours on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 starting Wednesday, June 17th. The code will be behconnect. These will continue throughout the summer. If you have questions, just log-in through your child's account and you can enter with the code as well.  If changes need to be made to this time I will provide an update in the weekly email for that week.

    Think you for all of your collaboration and hard work this year. I look forward to being able to have students back at BEH in the near future and will continue to provide updates as I get them.

    Mr. Kaveh

    --

    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal

    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School

    620 N Fremont St.

    Portland, OR 97227

    Ph. (503)916-6171

    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

     


     

    June 1, 2020

     

    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    I don't think there is any way to start this email without acknowledging the current events and the continued racist killings of unarmed Black people with little to no repercussions for those involved. Only time will tell whether the murder of George Floyd results in a different outcome for the perpetrators, but clearly the trust in the justice system is not there. Now more than ever, I wish we were able to be with our students in person to help process some of these ongoing developments. 
     
    I believe our students are the future of this country and what we do to prepare them to process the realities they will face and find effective ways to influence change is crucial. While we are not able to be with our students face to face this week, I am grateful that we are still "in school" and will have the opportunity to help our students maintain some "normalcy" in their lives and process these events at each of their individual levels of understanding. If there are specific supports you feel that BEH could provide for your child to process all of this please don't hesitate to reach out.
     
    We are down to less than two weeks of school remaining in this school year and I did want to just run through some of what to expect:
     
    The Talent Show was posted to the BEH YouTube Channel, big thanks to Mr. Robert for working through the many technological hurdles. Hopefully you get a chance to check-out the student talents and staff commercials.
     
    BEH Field Day will have events all this week. Here is the schedule. The nicknames for all the events will be the name of the event. Students just need to join the meeting with the event name at the scheduled time.
     
    Typically our 5th graders are "clapped out" at the end of their school year. Clearly this year is very different, but we are working to have our 5th graders come by this Thursday between 4:00-6:00 pm to pick up some of their promotion materials, items left in their lockers, etc. When they come, we will have staff and PTA lining the parking lot at a social distance while celebrating our outgoing 5th graders and trying to bring a semblance of what they should have experienced in a more typical end of a school year.
     
    Additionally, we have been working with PTA, SUN, and our 5th grade to coordinate a way to put together a virtual 5th grade promotion. We will be working to get all the footage and resources needed in order to produce and share our 2020 BEH 5th Grade Promotion next week.
     
    Summer is coming quickly. As I shared last week, there will likely be a few options for summer programming for BEH students. Of course all are optional, but I wanted to share an update. Any BEH student is invited to attend the Elite Sports Camp this summer for free. This is an 8-week long program focused on keeping kids physically and mentally active throughout the summer - all from home. Here is a link to the application to apply for free enrollment. It will ask for a letter from our school to prove that you are eligible to attend for free. I am providing a link to that letter and attaching it to make sure you can access it for the application.
     
    I am meeting with Mr. Robert and SEI this week to work out some of the details of what will be offered through SUN this summer. Addtionally, I will be hearing from the district about what the options will be for summer programming through us as well.
     
    As always, reach out if you have any questions or thoughts.

    Take care and stay safe,
    Mr. Kaveh
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     


     

    May 26, 2020

     

    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    It is officially the last week of May and somehow it has felt like an excruciatingly long journey while also flying by. We have less than three weeks left in the 19/20 school year and they are going to be gone before we know it.
     
    I hope you are all staying healthy, happy, and finding ways to keep connected to BEH staff and get what support you need as we navigate the end of this school year. Though we only have a few weeks left, please still continue to reach out or let us know how we can best support you and your student's engagement in academic work for the remainder of this year and into the summer.
     
    Here are a few quick updates:
     
    PK for next year: Next year we will have a second PK classroom at BEH and both classrooms will be open to both 3 and 4 year old students. Similar to Head Start classrooms these rooms will prioritize serving our lower income families. We will be getting more guidance on how this will be structured in the coming weeks. I did want to get the word out now, as I know that we have families that could benefit from these classrooms next year.
     
    Kindergarten Registration: We were unable to have our Connect to Kindergarten events this year due to the shift to distance learning since the pandemic. As a result we are significantly behind our registration numbers compared to last year. These projections can shift the staffing calculations for next year, so if you or someone you know needs to register for kindergarten for next year, the site is: pps.net/kinderenroll. The sooner you register the earlier we can confirm accurate projection numbers and as a result appropriate staffing. If you have any questions or need support feel free to reach out to me or either of our secretaries for guidance.
     
    Summer Programming: There will be summer programming for BEH this summer, though I anticipate it will be through an online platform. Mr. Robert and I will be reaching out soon as we work out some of the details and work to get all of the resources and opportunities consolidated to share with all of you. I am excited about some of the opportunities that our students and families will get access to, I hope to have more complete details in the coming weeks, as we are completing some steps to get things confirmed.
     
    Talent Show Update: We have been working on getting the talent show finalized and posted. Mr. Robert, Ms. Turner and I worked to get all of the segments of the show recorded. Now Mr. Robert will be working to get all of them put together for a complete show. Expect to see it posted to the YouTube Channel in the next day or two.
     
    In addition to all of this, we are still working on coordinating 5th grade promotion, PK promotion, and Ms. Smith will be launching a virtual field day for BEH. 
     
    Thank you for reading and take care,
    Mr. Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     


     

    May 18, 2020 

     

    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    It was amazing to see more students last week through class meetings, support meetings, office hours, and through a few home material drop-offs. I wanted to take a minute and remind you that if students or you are looking for some additional support from school staff or just want to find a time to connect with a staff member we have many "office hour" opportunities to connect with us throughout the week. All office hours have to be accessed through the student account, just like class meetings using the nickname provided at the top of each office hour.
     
    Topic review for this week:
     
    Last Day of School - I realized when we had a couple parents ask us about the last day of school that I did not review the District's shift around the end of this school year. The last day of instruction for students will be Wednesday, June 10th.
     
    Harriet Tubman Middle School New Leadership Discussion - This Tuesday, district administration will be conducting 30-minute meetings with the communities at each of the Harriet Tubman Middle School feeders to hear what you are all looking for in a new administrative team at Tubman. BEH is scheduled for 1:20 this Tuesday, May 19th. This meeting is for all families of current 5th graders that plan to attend Harriet Tubman next school year. Click here around 1:20 on Tuesday. I will likely try to get to this meeting room early if anyone would like to connect before the meeting to clarify anything, as 30 minutes will likely go pretty quickly. If you cannot make the meeting, but want some questions asked or input given, please let me know and I will be sure to voice it for you.
     
    Final PTA Meeting - Our final PTA meeting of the year will be this Wednesday at 5:30. We had a pretty good turnout last month and hope to see even more of you there this month. We generally provide updates around school activities, PTA work, and talk about plans for closing out the school year, as well as planning for summer and next year. Here is the link to join on Wednesday evening.
     
    5th Grade Promotion - We have been working on trying to get our 5th grade promotion planned this year, since it will look different than any other year. I wanted to get the word out that we plan on hosting this promotion on Tuesday, June 9th at 6:00 pm. Of course, this will have to be virtual meeting and I will be getting out the link when we get a little closer. Teachers have already been reaching out trying to get photos from families for a slide show for the promotion. If you have not already shared them, please feel free to send them to the teachers, Ms. Turner or myself. We will also be connecting with families soon regarding a day in the week prior to come and pick up some items for your 5th grader and we will be scheduling a practice promotion for students in the days building up to the actual promotion. Let us know if you have any questions or would like to help out in some way.
     
    Summer School - At this point it is not looking very promising that there will be any in-person summer school program. The State has put out some pretty restrictive guidance that would likely be difficult to structure at this point and the funding does not seem to be there either. At the same time, this does not mean that there will be no programming. I am attending a meeting on Monday of this week to hear more about what the planning has been so far for the district and hope to hear what the options are. I will provide an update in PTA meeting and will continue to provide information as I learn more in this weekly email as well.
     
    This Weekend - Don't forget that there is no "school" on Monday in honor of Memorial Day. This means no teacher led instruction Friday or Monday this weekend. I would call it a four day weekend, if this at all felt "normal." To me everyday seems to blend together and at times it is difficult to separate the weekend from weekdays, but I wanted to make sure you all know and students don't go looking for their class meetings on Monday.
     
    Talent Show - Mr. Robert has been working to get the videos that have been submitted formatted and put together into one long show. He will be back this week and we will work with him to get the full show recorded and posted on the YouTube Channel by the end of this week.
     
    Thank you all for your continued support and as always let me know if there is anything that we can do as a school team to support you or your students through this. 
     
    Take Care,
    Mr. Kaveh
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

     


     

    May 11, 2020

     

    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    I hope you are all staying healthy and continuing to find ways to productively pass the time with your loved ones. It was amazing to get to see a few of you last week while I was at BEH to give teachers access to retrieve some of their teaching materials. I also want to say thank you to all of you that helped your students submit a talent for the talent show. I am working with Mr. Robert and Ms. Turner to start putting the whole show together and am hoping to get it finished and posted to the YouTube Channel in the next week.
     
    As you have heard by now, we have officially gone to a 4 day week as a district. This means that most staff (there are a few exceptions) will be unable to work on Fridays for the remainder of the school year. This does not mean that your student cannot still do some work on Fridays. All online programs (Lexia, ClassHero, Dreambox, Zearn, etc.) are available to help keep a routine going with students. Also, students can still work on submitting work on Fridays, they will just not be getting any teacher feedback or lessons until the following week.
     
    A couple quick reminders:
     
    PTA has stocked and is staffing a food pantry for any BEH families that need help with food for the entire family. This is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. If you cannot make that time, let me or someone on the PTA know and they can find another time to open it for you. They are operating out of our "motor lab" which is the big block building near the basketball courts.
     
    We are still taking kindergarten registration. If you know families in the neighborhood or your family has an incoming kindergartener for next year please help direct them to register for the 20-21 school year. This can be done by going to the district website or they can reach out to our secretary, Garnet Lester by leaving a message on the school phone or emailing her at glester@pps.net. This week I will be hearing more about early kindergarten transition programming, which usually runs in the summer before students begin kindergarten. I should know more about what it will look like this summer by the end of this week.
     
    Thank you all for your continued support and especially for helping your students to access the learning that our teachers are providing. As always, please reach out if there is anything I can do to support you or if you have questions that I can help answer.
     
    Take care,
    Mr. Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     


     

    May 4, 2020

     

    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    I hope you are all continuing to find ways to cope in these challenging times. If there is anything we can do to help during this time, please don't hesitate to reach out.
     
    There are a few quick things I want to review this week:
     
    District Furlough: By this time, I am sure most of you have heard about the District's proposal to furlough staff one day a week. I just wanted to take a minute to explain this and what it might look like for BEH. The district is going this route because they believe they can guarantee that staff do not lose any income through the utilization of state unemployment and the federal CARES Act. What this will mean is that the District will essentially "shutdown" on Fridays for the remainder of the school year. This would mean that staff will be unavailable on Fridays to provide direct teacher led instruction. At BEH our priority is to ensure that routines are able to continue as much as possible even with this shift. We are working to help develop schedules for students to still be engaged with work on Fridays through online programming and projects, even if we are not able to be available on those days. The District's motivation for doing this is to try to save some money as we close out this year so that we can try to mitigate some of the financial shortfall we will likely be experiencing for next year. Currently the forecast looks like there will need to be some cuts for next year and the hope is to try and reduce that now if we can without impacting our employees financial well-being.
     
    Teacher Appreciation Week: This is a very odd time and the challenges we are facing are going to make it more difficult than usual to acknowledge our teachers for all that they do for our students. If you get a chance this week, take a moment and send your child's teacher a message of thanks or have your children share some appreciation in their virtual classrooms this week.
     
    Talent Show: I am hopeful that your children have been thinking about entering a video into the BEH talent show. It would be much appreciated if you could help them record and get it sent to me at kpaksere@pps.net. I have received a few so far, but would like to get a good level of participation (20+ would be amazing!). These kinds of events can help to boost the spirits of students, teachers and families. Tina, Robert and I hope to make a whole production out of it, if we can get enough submissions. Our student council posted a video last week on our youtube channel to try to get students to participate as well.
     
    National Field Day: Ms. Smith has signed us up for National Field Day, in the hopes of giving our students another opportunity to get active and connect with each other and compete nationally. Here is some info around it. She will be getting more info out this week as well.
     
    BEH Staff Office Hours: In the hopes of creating more available times to connect with staff we are working to provide more check-in times for students or parents to connect with our staff face to face. The BEH Office Hours are structured where they have to be accessed through Google Meet with the provided nickname/password. Many of our students benefited from being able to connect with support staff and this is an opportunity for them to connect and/or get some support with their work. If a parent would like to connect, they will just need to access the office hours through their child's account as well.
     
    Student Supply Distribution: This week we will have some specific resources for students available at BEH in the parking lot, where the curriculum is handed out. This will be from 11:00-1:00 pm Monday-Thursday and we will have specific supplies for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades as well as whiteboards with a marker for lower grade families that are interested. In addition to this, we will have spirals/composition books available to families that are interested. If there are specific supplies your family would benefit from, please reach out and let us know and we will do our best to get them out to you as well.
     
    Thank you all for your collaboration with all of this.

    Take care,
    Mr. Kaveh
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     


     

    April 27, 2020

     

    Hello BEH Families, 

    Last week was a good step forward with our BEH digital community. We were able to have our first virtual meetings for Student Council, PTA, and Site Council. It was great to start bringing more of our regular meetings back in a virtual venue and I look forward to continuing to find ways to expand what we are able to offer in this current time.

    One more opportunity we will be adding for families to connect is to bring you our Family Friday and Coffee Chat starting at the usual 8:00 AM this Friday. Ms. Morgan will kick it off, hosting a BEH trivia game for families complete with prizes for the winning team(s). I will stay on the link with families that want to "chat" after the trivia game.

    Another community event we are trying to get going for BEH is our Talent Show. I mentioned it last week and teachers sent out messages to students and families around it last week. Originally we set the deadline for this Wednesday. After meeting with student council this week and tracking the current submissions, we are going to add a week to our time for students to submit their talents to me at kpaksere@pps.net. The new submission deadline will be Wednesday, May 6th. Thank you to those that have already helped their child complete and submit these.

    In the meetings we had with families last week the question we had come up in both was whether students would advance to the next grade after all of this missed school time and if so what was going to happen to catch them up. The answer to this is not totally spelled out, but I still wanted to take a moment to give what info I have to the entire group: All students will be moving to the next grade level next year. Every student in the state will have missed the same amount of school time as we prepare to return. Our work will be to find ways to gain detailed and accurate assessment information around where students are when we return and finding strategies to close the gaps that exist. The details of what that looks like is not fully clear yet. I will continue to provide you updates as I learn more.

    I appreciate all that you are doing as families to support your child's education as we continue to navigate these odd times. I am hopeful that you are all feeling supported by BEH staff in this journey and want to make sure that you are all aware and connected to the educational resources.

    Families:

    ClassDojo - This is a free app that allows you to communicate regularly between families and school. Teachers use this for regular individual updates, post resources, and allows families to ask questions of staff as needed. Ask the teacher for a class code if you do not have it yet, or send me an email and we can get it to you. Every grade level is using this now.

    BEH YouTube Channel - This has resources, messages, and some fun videos from the BEH community. This is also where we will be posting the talent show once it is completed.

    PK Resource Site - Many educational resources for PK students and families.

    Students:

    Clever - In the hopes of making things simple for our students; all of their learning resources can be accessed through their Clever account. Directions on how to access if you haven't yet are here

    Here are a few of the resources our teachers are hoping students are aware of and utilizing:

    Google Classroom or SeeSaw - Virtual classrooms are hosted here for all students. This is the opportunity to access resources and instruction from our teachers and get feedback.

    Lexia - Literacy resource for students to access daily. Our students are used to accessing this daily for 15 minutes.

    Zearn - Online math resource that follows our Engage NY math curriculum.

    ClassHero - Math resource that many classes utilize for students to practice specific math standards. This is meant for about 15 minutes per day as well.

    Dreambox - Another math resource for students to independently practice skills they are working on.

    Epic - Reading resource where students can read various leveled texts.

     

    This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I wanted to make sure that families were aware of some of the resources. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you are needing any help getting connected to any of these.

    Take care, 

    Mr. Kaveh


    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     

     
     
    April 20, 2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    As we are now entering our sixth week away from BEH and shifting into our new reality of distance learning, I wanted to make sure and spell out supports that are available for our families. I know that as this drags on many families are being stretched further and jobs are continuing to be cut and incomes reduced.
     
    Food:
    • Meals are available at BEH every weekday for any children from 11-1.
    • PTA is working with Ms. Dawson and Dave with Hopscotch to create a food pantry at BEH to provide food to families Tuesdays and Fridays from 11-1.
    • Jefferson also has a large pantry supported by Hopscotch that is open Tuesdays and Fridays as well, but from 1-3.
    Technology:
    • Devices are available at the BESC (501 N. Dixon) from 9am-1pm. This is also an opportunity to exchange devices if there is an issue with a previously checked out district Chromebook.
    • Internet support is available through completing this sheet and/or communicating with your child's teacher to make sure they know that you need support with getting connected.
    Curriculum:
    • Make sure that you are connected with your student's teacher through ClassDojo. If you are not already connected let any of us at BEH know and we can help get you another invite to connect.
    • Curriculum resources are available at BEH daily between 11-1 Monday-Friday in the parking lot. 
    In addition to these resources, feel free to reach out to our counselor, Ms. Dawson or our SUN coordinator, Mr. Robert to see if they can help connect to other available resources.
     
    This week we will be working on taking the next steps in working towards getting our planned events moved online.
     
    Here are two upcoming opportunities to connect with the BEH community:
    • The PTA will be moving to a virtual world and will be hosting an off-schedule PTA meeting this week. If you click on this link Wednesday, April 22nd  at 5:30, Ali and the rest of the PTA will be there to update us on where they are with their work and to connect on what the next steps are.
    • We will be working to launch a virtual Talent Show. I will be sending a communication for teachers to send out to students and families this week. The goal will be to get students to think about and be creative in sharing their talents with the BEH community. Some specifics to review with your students will just be to ensure that we continue to practice social distancing and if they were hoping to collaborate with peers, they need to work on how to make this work virtually. This week was supposed to be the original talent show assembly. In this new reality we will give students until Wednesday, April 29th to submit their video to me at kpaksere@pps.net. I will review submissions with staff and student council and provide feedback to students before putting them together and posting the full talent show on our newly launched BEH YouTube Channel. Thanks to Robert for launching and coordinating this new venue for us.
    Please reach out if there is anything that we can do to be more supportive as we work through this time as a community. I am confident that we will all come out of this stronger and more united. First however, we have to get through this and my belief is that strengthening our connections to each other and communicating consistently will help us get to the other side.
     
    Thank you for your continued support,
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     

     
    April 13, 2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    Well it is official. We will not be back in our building this school year. As the governor announced it, I couldn't help but reflect back on the last PTA meeting that we had before this all escalated in Oregon and one parent asked me if I thought we would finish out the school year. At the time I could not fathom this current reality. I thought at worst we would miss a few weeks, in no way did I see the scale of what was to come or the impact it would have on not just us, but the world. I am hopeful that we will look back at this time as a unique time in history.

    During this time my hope and goal is to find ways to create some sort of normalcy for our students in a very abnormal time. In working to achieve this, you will notice that all teachers will be finding times to connect live with students through Google Hangouts at least on a weekly basis and often much more frequently. You will get a notice later this week about Robert (our SUN coordinator) getting a BEH YouTube Channel up and running that will have frequent posts from our staff both to build community and provide some connection to students that miss them, as well as to provide information to families that may be helpful. I am going to be working to coordinate opportunities for families to connect with us on-line as well to find out what we can do to better support and meet your needs. Lastly, we will be working to try and coordinate events that were planned to happen later this year (like the talent show) to an online format for all to have access to. 
     
    With all of these plans, the most important factor is access. I know that there were some serious issues with getting devices last week, as I experienced them at Jefferson with many of you. If you still do not have a device and need one, please make sure and pick one up this week. They will be distributing them again this week at BESC (501 N. Dixon), Jefferson, Franklin, and Roosevelt. Monday will be for all families with last names from A-M, Tuesday N-Z and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are for anyone who has not received theirs yet.
     
    If you need internet, make sure that you have indicated that in your device request form and the district will be working to solve those issues in the next week or so.
     
    I am hopeful that this week, as we get more devices in our students' hands that we will begin to see our virtual class sites fill up further and teachers will have regular connections with all of their students again.
     
    If you are feeling like you need further support or information, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
     
    Take Care, 
    Mr. Kaveh
     
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     
    April 6, 2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    I hope you are all staying healthy and finding ways to make the best of this unusual and unexpected time. Last week I was able to connect with nearly every one of our staff and ensure that they were all healthy. We spent last week working our way through several online training sessions and virtual meetings to prepare for this weeks launch of PPS HD.
     
    Many of our teachers have already been communicating and providing opportunities for students to engage in learning over the past week, but this week they will be working to establish some more routines and formalize the use of consistent resources. Our teachers will be continuing to utilize ClassDojo to communicate and provide resources to parents, but they will also be connecting K-2 students to SeeSaw and 3-5 students to their Google Classrooms. PK students will be getting communication around resources and virtual lessons through ClassDojo as well.
     
    This new goal of carrying out our education virtually can only be achieved if we can ensure that all families have a device for students to use and reliable internet access. Our staff is continuing to work diligently to reach out and ensure that we get all families on the request list as soon as possible. So far the district has started distributing devices to students in grades 4-12, and is working to structure distribution for PK-3 grades soon. Our goal is to get all of our families that need devices on this list by the end of this week. Here is the link if you have not already requested a device and need one. If you have trouble accessing or completing this, just let your teacher know or respond to this email. There is no need to complete it again if you have already done so.
     
    In addition to classroom teachers providing their instruction, we are also working on adding resources, lessons, and engagement opportunities from our specialist teachers and support staff as well. With each week, we are working to improve our practice and offer more resources to families.
     
    Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns. I am excited to see how all of our teachers are growing in their comfort and capabilities with technology and look forward to seeing all that is possible as we continue to improve our practice.
     
    Take Care, 
    Mr. Kaveh
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     

     
     
    March 30, 2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    These are some interesting times we are all living through. I hope you are all staying healthy and sane despite the current state. I wanted to take a minute to try to get some semblance of normal back and start my weekly communications with you again. I cannot tell you how much I miss being at school and seeing all of your children everyday. I was not built for social isolation. I hope you are all doing like me and finding ways to cope and keep somewhat connected with family and friends.
     
    Our teachers officially came back today following their "Spring Break" and are now back (virtually) at work preparing to support you and your children as best they can with maintaining their education through this extended period away from the building. This week they will be participating in several online trainings to learn systems for delivering instruction virtually. When those sessions will officially begin is yet to be determined. Despite this, all of our teachers have ensured me that they have set-up and are utilizing their ClassDojo to communicate with all of you around supporting your children and finding ways to maintain some sort of sense of community. If you are not set-up with ClassDojo yet, please email your teacher and ask them to resend the invitation to you. If you have not used it yet, it is pretty simple and can just be downloaded as a free app.
     
    Here are teacher emails if you need them:
     
    Pre-K Teacher
    Malaika Askari-Tamu:  maskaritamu@pps.net
     
    Kindergarten Teachers
    Kellie Danzer:  kdanzer@pps.net
    Ellie Jensen:  ejensen@pps.net
    John Meskimen:  jdmeski@pps.net
     
    1st Grade Teachers
    Stacey Golden:  sharoldg@pps.net
    Lauren Kimlinger:  lkimlinger@pps.net
     
    2nd Grade Teachers
    Heather Casciato:  hcasciat@pps.net
    Diana Peters:  dpeters@pps.net
     
    3rd Grade Teachers
    Kennedy Hutsell:  khutsell@pps.net
    Patrisha Porter:  pporter@pps.net
     
    4th Grade Teachers
    Kristina Blanton:  kblanton@pps.net
    Jenny Miles-Gonzales:  jgonzale@pps.net
     
    5th Grade Teachers
    Sky Peterka:  speterka@pps.net
    Craig Switalla  cswitalla@pps.net
     
    K-2 CB Teacher
    Jason Smith:  jsmith3@pps.net
     
    3-5 CB Teacher
    Brittany Wilson:  bwilson@pps.net
     
    We will be working this week to try and get 100% of families connected through ClassDojo and will be reaching out to families that are not connected to see if they need support around getting reliable internet and/or a device to access. The district already sent out messaging about requesting technology and will be distributing it to 4-12th grades this week. If you missed signing up they will be sending out another opportunity in the coming weeks and will be moving to distribute to grades K-3 as well.
     
    I will do my best to communicate with you at least weekly moving forward and will provide updates as I get them around what direction we are going. These are unprecedented times and as a result, it seems like the guidance and next steps are evolving constantly. 
     
    In case you were not already aware, our school is a meal site and a curriculum pick-up site. Stop by between 11:00-1:00 by driving through the parking lot to access either of those.
     
    Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
     
    Take Care,  
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
     

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    Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,

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