February 4, 2019
Happy February. A little snow is trying to come down as I write today. Please remember to check local television channels for any delays or closures due to inclement weather. Remember to have your students wear cold weather garments including coats. We are forecasted to have multiple cold days coming our way.
There are many things going on at Grout Elementary. Please join us on Thursday, February 21, 2019, for our Kindergarten Connect and STEAM Night Open House. Prospective kindergarten families are invited to come and meet Principal Annie Tabshy and our kindergarten team. There will be a short power point presentation at 6:15 about kindergarten at Grout and then time to meet the classroom educators. All current family’s kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to come and explore a variety of STEAM activities.
All families are invited to join us in the cafeteria and gym for STEAM activities. If you don’t know what STEAM is, it is science, technology, engineering, art and math. Educators will have activities set up for students and families to explore together.
Currently, we continue to do our mindfulness work and are seeing more students able to self-regulate. Students are noticed doing the right things throughout the building and all staff are handing out tickets for their great behavior. We try to acknowledge every student trying their best. Students also are earning a variety of different “swag tags” for their spirit necklaces. Students earn “swag tags” by having good attendance, for being a kind, safe and responsible student and for great behavior in Art, Library, and PE. Ask your child about the “swag tags.”
Annie Tabshy, Principal
Dear PPS Community,
It is with a sense of optimism and encouragement that I am sharing with you news about something I believe will have a lasting impact on the future of our school system and our ability to better serve our students. The Oregon Legislature has approved, and Gov. Kate Brown has signed, the Student Success Act, an investment package projected to provide public schools throughout the state with approximately $1 billion a year in additional funding.
Two teachers at Franklin High School have won significant awards for their service to students. Mercedes Munoz won an Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year Award, and Anne McHugh won a Presidential Innovation Award for the Pacific Northwest from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Over the last year there has been a groundswell of activity around improving student health and wellness in Portland Public Schools. Aided by partnerships that have resulted in PPS receiving three grants totaling about $3 million, the district’s Health Education and Student Support Services teams have been able to bring innovative programming and new staff to PPS’s health education efforts.
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM $1 Popcorn Friday
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM 5th Grade Field Trip to Hosford Middle School
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM 2nd Grade Music Performance for Parents
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM SUN School Drama Performance
6:00 PM Board Work Session
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM 1st Grade Field Trip to Rhododendron Garden
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM Rooms 101/207 Field Trip to Harper's Playground
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Volunteer Appreciation Tea and Treats