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  • RGMS News 09/18/20

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    RGMS News from Principal Lisa Newlyn

    September 17, 2020

     
    Important Dates to Remember

    09/22/20 6th Grade Textbook Pick up
    09/23/20 7th Grade Textbook Pick up
    09/24/20 8th Grade Textbook Pick up
    09/24/20 Virtual Back to School Night
     

    In this issue:

    From Jeff Waters, Assistant Principal 
    Yearly Verification Link

    Receive District Text Messages
    RGMS Virtual Back to School Night
    Parent Access to Canvas 
    Textbook & Locker stuff Pick Up
    District Supply List
    Counseling requests for Ms. Held
    6th Grade AVID

    PTA Updates

     
    From Jeff Waters, Assistant Principal

    Thank goodness for the rain! I am so grateful to have been able to work from Robert Gray today, to see Ms. Peggy and Ms. McMillan, and to have had even just a moment of feeling "normal." Our hearts are with the many Oregonians, PPS employees, students and families who have been impacted by historic wildfires and air quality concerns. 2020 keeps throwing us curveballs, but we are resilient, compassionate and creative - and we have one another.

    As we complete our first week of Comprehensive Distance Learning, we are thankful for feedback from our staff, students, PTA and community. Together we are identifying areas of improvement and clarifying processes and expectations. We are ironing out the wrinkles so that our students can continue to learn and grow, and I am confident that each week we will get better at meeting the diverse needs of our learning community. Thank you all for your collaboration. 

    Next Thursday (9/24/20), we will host our 2020-2021 Virtual Back to School Night. Our teachers are looking forward to meeting you and making sure that you are prepared to stay connected and find success during this time. We hope to see you there!

    With gratitude, 

    Jeff Waters
    Assistant Principal

    Communications for 2020-2021

    ParentVue Yearly Verification - It is time to update your family's information.  This year, instead of Verification Forms, you update information online though ParentVue.  just log into your account and click on the Yearly Verification link.  This needs to be done for each of your students.

    If you have not already opted to receive texts from PPS Communications, you can do so by texting “Yes” or “Y” to 68453. Please note that PPS Communications uses text messaging on a limited basis.

    RGMS Virtual Back to School Night 09/24/20

    Join Principal Newlyn, AP Waters, or PTA and School Board Representative for our Back to School Live Stream @ 7pm - 7:15pm with this live link: 
    https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/09820b6a-758e-4f3a-8e76-68dde49ca11a

    Schedule
    7:15pm Period 1
    7:25pm Period 2
    7:35pm Period 3
    7:45pm Period 4
    7:55pm Period 5
    8:05pm Period 6

    We'll share links to teachers' virtual classrooms next week.  Our goal for the evening is to give as much information as possible so you know what to expect from us as we work together for our student's best learning experience at Robert Gray.

    Parent Access to Canvas
    Are you interested in having access to Canvas as a parent/guardian? Follow this link to find the Canvas Quick Guide to get connected. 

    Textbooks and Locker Items Pick up September 2020

    Welcome back to school! This year most textbooks are online, but there are a few exceptions and we want to make picking them up as smooth and safe as possible. In order to comply with PPS COVID safety guidelines we have scheduled drive through pickup by grade level.

    As best as you can, please follow the schedule and wear a mask when you arrive at school to collect your student’s books. Please stay in your car and drive to the bus area, heading south.  Put a sign in the passenger side window with your student's first & last name.  

    If you need to pick up items from your student's locker, please include the locker number on the sign.   This will keep the line moving.  Don't remember your student's locker number?  Email Peggy, pbruce@pps.net or Berenice, bbrown4@pps.net before Sept. 15.  Be sure to include your student's first & last name.  

    If your student has artwork from Spring Semester write ART on your sign to collect their artwork.

    6th Graders September 22nd

    9-10:15 Last Names A-F

    10:15-11:30 Last Names G-M

    12-1:30 Last Names N-R

    1:30-3:30 Last Names S-Z

    7th Graders September 23rd

    9-10:15 Last Names A-E

    10:15-11:30 Last Names F-M

    12-1:30 Last Names N-R

    1:30-3:30 Last Names S-Z

    8th Graders September 24th 

    *note later start/end time

    12:00-1:00 Last Names A-D

    1:00-2:00 Last Names E-L

    2:00-3:00 Last Names M-R

    3:00-4:00 Last Names S-Z

    Textbook Makeup September 17th

    4:00-6:30 All grades Lines may be long so please plan accordingly.


    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the building will not be open for parents or students to enter. 
     
    LOGISTICS MAP
    RGMS School Supplies

    Use this link to see the District School Supply Link
    Meet Ms. Held - Our New School Counselor!

    Please use this link  rb.gy/fjezgg to request counseling services for your children.

    My email is lheld@pps.net


    Need Log In Help?  

    Contact Ms. Collins - dcollins@pps.net
     
    Update on AVID for 6th Grade
    Due to staffing fluctuations and the need to balance our Period and Section schedule, we are unable to offer AVID to 6th Grade students at this time. We hope to be able to offer this opportunity in the future. 

    Welcome back to school from the RGMS PTA! 


    The Robert Gray PTA supports RGMS academics, parent education, and other activities related to the RGMS community as a whole. In recent years, this group has welcomed families with back to school dinners, raised funds for stage extensions, lobbied to become a Neighborhood Emergency Team site, and provided a new sound system in the school gym.
     
    However, this coming school year is unlike any other due to the many issues our community is facing.  If you have the means to financially support the RGMS PTA this year, we have reduced the PTA Membership fee to $10 per person or $20 per family. Out of the $10 membership fee per person, $9.50 goes to the Oregon PTA Foundation (which is required to keep our organization in good standing), leaving $0.50 going towards the RGMS PTA fund. You can join the PTA by clicking here: 
    https://checkout.square.site/buy/UOEIDAV3MGNFA77OFSTIX7X4.
     
    This year our goal is to provide funding and resources to meet our community needs, with a focus on racial justice and equity.  Our families and student community will greatly benefit from your support.
     
    Your financial contributions this year will support the following:
    • Help teachers stock their virtual and physical classrooms with necessary materials
    • Distribute food, school supplies, and other needs for families
    • Provide Chromebooks for students
    • Coordinate after-school enrichment and drama programs
    • Support diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in our community
     
    Please donate to the RGMS PTA funds by clicking here: 
    https://checkout.square.site/pay/66507ee689bd4f50bb52273ab0e6fa13
     
    We are looking for creative ways to find connection for our students while we are distance learning.  Please let us know if you or your student will be available to be a volunteer lead for:
    • MAGIC Club
    • Chess Club
    • D&D Club
    • Nike Training Club
    • Art Project -RGMS Rocks (a student is creating an app currently)
    • Musical Exploration Club
    • OBOB/Book Group
     
    Share your passion or interest with the student community – finding a way for students to connect with each other is vital this year!  We are still looking for volunteer support for PTA Board positions and our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.  Please reach out to us if you have interest, questions or would like to connect with us by emailing us at 
    rgmsptaemail@gmail.com.  Our meetings are on the third Wednesdays of every month at 7:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome.  We look forward to hearing from you!
     
     
    RGMS PTA Events 2020-2021
    • September - Virtual Curriculum Night – Come meet your student’s teacher(s) and hear about how learning will be delivered this Fall for each grade.
    • October – Fall Magazine Fundraiser – Our first fundraiser – buy some magazines to support the school!
    • December – Giving Tuesday – Be part of our winter online fundraising drive.  We are especially looking for employers who match!
    • February – Virtual RGMS Benefit – An event not to be missed!  We will be raising funds for our community.
    • April – Run for Gray – Students run laps based on your pledges.  Funds will support new Chromebooks and other needs.
    • June – 8th Grade Promotion


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    Donate to Robert Gray Middle School PTA

    RGMS News from Principal Lisa Newlyn

    September 17, 2020

     
    Important Dates to Remember

    09/22/20 6th Grade Textbook Pick up
    09/23/20 7th Grade Textbook Pick up
    09/24/20 8th Grade Textbook Pick up
    09/24/20 Virtual Back to School Night
     

    In this issue:

    From Jeff Waters, Assistant Principal 
    Yearly Verification Link

    Receive District Text Messages
    RGMS Virtual Back to School Night
    Parent Access to Canvas 
    Textbook & Locker stuff Pick Up
    District Supply List
    Counseling requests for Ms. Held
    6th Grade AVID

    PTA Updates

     
    From Jeff Waters, Assistant Principal

    Thank goodness for the rain! I am so grateful to have been able to work from Robert Gray today, to see Ms. Peggy and Ms. McMillan, and to have had even just a moment of feeling "normal." Our hearts are with the many Oregonians, PPS employees, students and families who have been impacted by historic wildfires and air quality concerns. 2020 keeps throwing us curveballs, but we are resilient, compassionate and creative - and we have one another.

    As we complete our first week of Comprehensive Distance Learning, we are thankful for feedback from our staff, students, PTA and community. Together we are identifying areas of improvement and clarifying processes and expectations. We are ironing out the wrinkles so that our students can continue to learn and grow, and I am confident that each week we will get better at meeting the diverse needs of our learning community. Thank you all for your collaboration. 

    Next Thursday (9/24/20), we will host our 2020-2021 Virtual Back to School Night. Our teachers are looking forward to meeting you and making sure that you are prepared to stay connected and find success during this time. We hope to see you there!

    With gratitude, 

    Jeff Waters
    Assistant Principal

    Communications for 2020-2021

    ParentVue Yearly Verification - It is time to update your family's information.  This year, instead of Verification Forms, you update information online though ParentVue.  just log into your account and click on the Yearly Verification link.  This needs to be done for each of your students.

    If you have not already opted to receive texts from PPS Communications, you can do so by texting “Yes” or “Y” to 68453. Please note that PPS Communications uses text messaging on a limited basis.

    RGMS Virtual Back to School Night 09/24/20

    Join Principal Newlyn, AP Waters, or PTA and School Board Representative for our Back to School Live Stream @ 7pm - 7:15pm with this live link: 
    https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/09820b6a-758e-4f3a-8e76-68dde49ca11a

    Schedule
    7:15pm Period 1
    7:25pm Period 2
    7:35pm Period 3
    7:45pm Period 4
    7:55pm Period 5
    8:05pm Period 6

    We'll share links to teachers' virtual classrooms next week.  Our goal for the evening is to give as much information as possible so you know what to expect from us as we work together for our student's best learning experience at Robert Gray.

    Parent Access to Canvas
    Are you interested in having access to Canvas as a parent/guardian? Follow this link to find the Canvas Quick Guide to get connected. 

    Textbooks and Locker Items Pick up September 2020

    Welcome back to school! This year most textbooks are online, but there are a few exceptions and we want to make picking them up as smooth and safe as possible. In order to comply with PPS COVID safety guidelines we have scheduled drive through pickup by grade level.

    As best as you can, please follow the schedule and wear a mask when you arrive at school to collect your student’s books. Please stay in your car and drive to the bus area, heading south.  Put a sign in the passenger side window with your student's first & last name.  

    If you need to pick up items from your student's locker, please include the locker number on the sign.   This will keep the line moving.  Don't remember your student's locker number?  Email Peggy, pbruce@pps.net or Berenice, bbrown4@pps.net before Sept. 15.  Be sure to include your student's first & last name.  

    If your student has artwork from Spring Semester write ART on your sign to collect their artwork.

    6th Graders September 22nd

    9-10:15 Last Names A-F

    10:15-11:30 Last Names G-M

    12-1:30 Last Names N-R

    1:30-3:30 Last Names S-Z

    7th Graders September 23rd

    9-10:15 Last Names A-E

    10:15-11:30 Last Names F-M

    12-1:30 Last Names N-R

    1:30-3:30 Last Names S-Z

    8th Graders September 24th 

    *note later start/end time

    12:00-1:00 Last Names A-D

    1:00-2:00 Last Names E-L

    2:00-3:00 Last Names M-R

    3:00-4:00 Last Names S-Z

    Textbook Makeup September 17th

    4:00-6:30 All grades Lines may be long so please plan accordingly.


    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the building will not be open for parents or students to enter. 
     
    LOGISTICS MAP
    RGMS School Supplies

    Use this link to see the District School Supply Link
    Meet Ms. Held - Our New School Counselor!

    Please use this link  rb.gy/fjezgg to request counseling services for your children.

    My email is lheld@pps.net


    Need Log In Help?  

    Contact Ms. Collins - dcollins@pps.net
     
    Update on AVID for 6th Grade
    Due to staffing fluctuations and the need to balance our Period and Section schedule, we are unable to offer AVID to 6th Grade students at this time. We hope to be able to offer this opportunity in the future. 

    Welcome back to school from the RGMS PTA! 


    The Robert Gray PTA supports RGMS academics, parent education, and other activities related to the RGMS community as a whole. In recent years, this group has welcomed families with back to school dinners, raised funds for stage extensions, lobbied to become a Neighborhood Emergency Team site, and provided a new sound system in the school gym.
     
    However, this coming school year is unlike any other due to the many issues our community is facing.  If you have the means to financially support the RGMS PTA this year, we have reduced the PTA Membership fee to $10 per person or $20 per family. Out of the $10 membership fee per person, $9.50 goes to the Oregon PTA Foundation (which is required to keep our organization in good standing), leaving $0.50 going towards the RGMS PTA fund. You can join the PTA by clicking here: 
    https://checkout.square.site/buy/UOEIDAV3MGNFA77OFSTIX7X4.
     
    This year our goal is to provide funding and resources to meet our community needs, with a focus on racial justice and equity.  Our families and student community will greatly benefit from your support.
     
    Your financial contributions this year will support the following:
    • Help teachers stock their virtual and physical classrooms with necessary materials
    • Distribute food, school supplies, and other needs for families
    • Provide Chromebooks for students
    • Coordinate after-school enrichment and drama programs
    • Support diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in our community
     
    Please donate to the RGMS PTA funds by clicking here: 
    https://checkout.square.site/pay/66507ee689bd4f50bb52273ab0e6fa13
     
    We are looking for creative ways to find connection for our students while we are distance learning.  Please let us know if you or your student will be available to be a volunteer lead for:
    • MAGIC Club
    • Chess Club
    • D&D Club
    • Nike Training Club
    • Art Project -RGMS Rocks (a student is creating an app currently)
    • Musical Exploration Club
    • OBOB/Book Group
     
    Share your passion or interest with the student community – finding a way for students to connect with each other is vital this year!  We are still looking for volunteer support for PTA Board positions and our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.  Please reach out to us if you have interest, questions or would like to connect with us by emailing us at 
    rgmsptaemail@gmail.com.  Our meetings are on the third Wednesdays of every month at 7:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome.  We look forward to hearing from you!
     
     
    RGMS PTA Events 2020-2021
    • September - Virtual Curriculum Night – Come meet your student’s teacher(s) and hear about how learning will be delivered this Fall for each grade.
    • October – Fall Magazine Fundraiser – Our first fundraiser – buy some magazines to support the school!
    • December – Giving Tuesday – Be part of our winter online fundraising drive.  We are especially looking for employers who match!
    • February – Virtual RGMS Benefit – An event not to be missed!  We will be raising funds for our community.
    • April – Run for Gray – Students run laps based on your pledges.  Funds will support new Chromebooks and other needs.
    • June – 8th Grade Promotion

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