It is Head Start’s goal to ensure a safe, positive learning environment for all children. Positive classroom climate contributes to positive behavior. Head Start’s discipline philosophy approach consists of five basic components:
In support of this philosophy and to ensure a safe and positive classroom environment, teachers will design and implement Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), Tier 1 strategies that set clear limits, model appropriate behavior, redirect inappropriate behavior, and work with families to solve unique problems.
All discipline procedures will adhere to Head Start guidelines and Portland Public Schools policies. Teachers will teach expectations and routines that support students in ways to Be Safe, Be Friendly, and Be Ready to Learn. These expectations and routines will be retaught throughout the year.
Parents will be informed of classroom expectations and routines. They will be engaged as partners in developing additional supports as needed.
Dear PPS Families,
We hope you are enjoying a safe and healthy summer break. Thank you for sharing your feedback on the re-entry survey we recently sent to you. While there are still numerous details to finalize, we wanted to update you on where we are with our efforts to ensure healthy beginnings for the 2020-21 school year.
Dear PPS Families,
We want to make sure you are aware of a change in meal distribution. For this week only, sacks of breakfast and lunch will be available Monday through Wednesday instead of the usual Monday through Thursday. Sacks of breakfast and lunch will be distributed outside 14 of our schools, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dear PPS Community,
We wanted to remind you about opportunities to provide feedback on the 2020 School Bond Renewal, including one that is now open. The 2020 School Bond Renewal Survey is now available. The survey, which will allow you to share your input on priorities and approaches to funding, will be open until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 3:
Dear PPS Head Start community,
History is happening before our eyes, and it is directly affecting the Head Start community. People are taking action to protest the violence, injustice, and trauma inflicted on Black Americans, joining their voices together in demanding it stop now. Today and every day, the PPS Head Start community is united in the belief that Black Lives Matter, and we will not be silent in the face of any threat to that belief.
Our hearts go out to the loved ones of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and all others whose lives have been senselessly cut short. We want to acknowledge the additional layers of trauma and pain that our colleagues, students, and families of color are experiencing right now, compounding the disproportionate amount of stress and suffering many are already feeling during the COVID-19 crisis.
To our staff and families of color, we want you to know that we see you, we respect you, and we support you. PPS Head Start renews its commitment to actively disrupting and dismantling racism. We know that the fight against oppression and hate cannot rest alone on the shoulders of people of color. We must lead it together.
Superintendent Guerrero wrote last week, “We cannot remain neutral about racism. We are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with our community in the fight against anti-Black racism. These violent acts traumatize us as students, family members, educators, and community members, and I share in your grief and anguish. Now more than ever, we must remain resolute in our commitment to Black students.”
How we, as a united community respond, can have long lasting effects on how we progress as a community, as a nation, and as a world. Know that we stand with you. Let us continue to reach out and support one another. It is time for action as well as dialogue.
We cannot, and will not, be silent about pervasive and systemic racism impacting Communities of Color. Today, we deepen our commitment to dismantling inequitable and harmful systems and structures. We will actively and intentionally work to end the ingrained patterns of marginalization and disproportionality that harm children of color and their families. Today, more than ever, we embrace this imperative.
Robert Cantwell, Director
Eileen Isham, Director
Nalota Herms, Education Supervisor
Jason Roepel, Education Supervisor
Carol Lowry, Family Service Manager
Katie McNeil, Mental Health Manager
Susan Fodell, Inclusion Manager
Jean Borgerding and Dea Tran, MESD Nurses