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  • 3/5/21 Family Newsletter

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    March 5, 2020


    Calendar 

    March 12 Site Council Applications Due

    March 12-13 Grout PTA Online Auction

    March 18 Principal’s Chat 4:30-5:15 pm

    March 19 Principal’s Chat 9-9:45 am

    March 22-26 Spring Break - No School 


    PLANNING FOR RETURN

    There has been a lot of excitement around Grout as we see a few students participating in limited in-person instruction (LIPI) and as we begin planning for our return to in-person school. 

    With Governor Brown’s announcement on Friday that K-5 schools reopen by the week of March 29, we expect to get revised guidance from ODE.  This new guidance may have a significant impact on the exact program model we will be implementing at Grout.  We are currently working with our Instructional Leadership Team and District Administrators to review our current data, resources, and facilities.  At the same time, we are developing adaptable instructional models that we can finalize and share when the final guidance is decided by ODE and the district.   

    We know that families are weighing many considerations as we take this next step and some of you may need to change your answers from your original survey.  We also know that some of you were unable to complete the survey.  I don’t yet know what this will look like, but you will be given an opportunity to complete or revise your choice before we return to school.  

    THE 2021 SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY HAS LAUNCHED

    Be sure to take the 2021 Successful Schools Survey! It helps PPS understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. We would also like to remind you that the survey window is now February 8 to March 19 for families. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend.

    LEARNING GARDEN RENOVATION

    Thank you to everyone who voted on the new innovative garden design.  The Grout Garden Club has launched a fundraiser in order to provide this engaging outdoor space for returning students and teachers this spring.  Please spread the word and check out the Go Fund Me page: https://gofund.me/d781ec50

    We also need your input on what we should plant in the garden! We want to include diverse crops that represent the many cultures at Grout. Please click on the link below to complete a very brief survey about foods that are important to your family. This will be an important way that we can include you in our gardens this year even if we can’t be together in person right now :) 

    What Should We Grow in the Garden? Survey (English)

    What Should We Grow in the Garden? Survey (Spanish)

    GROUT PTA AUCTION

    Grout Elementary PTA is pleased to announce that its annual auction will take place online this year! Grout PTA has been working hard on providing support to Grout Elementary for the past 13 years and we will continue this effort on March 12th & 13th 2021, with our 4th Annual Fundraiser. Visit the Auction website here: www.auctria.com/auction/grout2021

    MARCH MEAL SERVICES

    On Friday, March 19, all grab and go, curbside services and home meal deliveries will include 7 days worth of meals.  Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29.

    LAST DAY FOR NEW HOME MEAL DELIVERY REQUESTS

    Friday, March 5th will be the last day to submit new home meal delivery requests. We appreciate your understanding as both the Nutrition Services and Student Transportation teams start to transition and prepare for hybrid learning. New requests for home meal delivery should include the following information to nutritionservices@pps.net:

    • Family name
    • Address (where meals should be delivered)
    • Contact phone number
    • Number of children in the household
    • School(s) attended

    For cancellations, changes or updates, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net.

    LET’S GET READING!

    Our next library book pick up will be the week of March 8th for students in any grade. 

    • On the sidewalk on 31st Avenue
    • Monday, March 8: 2:00-4:00 pm
    • Wednesday, March 10: 2:00-4:00 pm

    Please remember to return any books that were previously checked out to you.

    If the above times do not work for you, please email lpreble@pps.net so she can help get you a book delivery or make other arrangements. 

    Reminders from last week:  

    GROUT PTA – CREATING COMMUNITY CONNECTION

    PTA members are organizing a phone bank to connect with Grout families.  The purpose is to connect with families, learn how they envision Grout PTA being of most support, answer questions they may have about Grout PTA’s community role and hopefully how they could get involved. The project is planned to launch in March and continue through April. 

    Do you want to connect with other families at Grout but not sure how? Grout PTA can help through its secure online communications platform called Konstella. On the Konstella website or phone App, you can connect with other Grout families and find out the latest PTA news at Grout all you have to do is sign-up! Here’s how:

    1. Get Started: Go to https://www.konstella.com/cd/ATE9DM
    2. Language Settings: There is an option from the website to select a language (at the bottom of the page), and once that is done the website will always show up in that language.
    3. Assign: Assign your child(ren) to their classroom 

    Join the growing number of parents already signed-up! If you have any questions or need help signing up, email us at groutpta@gmail.com.

    About Grout PTA: The Grout PTA is a group of passionate parents, guardians, and teachers whose primary focus is to advocate for high-quality education and the well-being of all Grout students. We are working towards building relationships and amplifying the voices of BiPOC families and other marginalized groups at Grout. We are striving to create a more inclusive community that works to serve our diverse students and families.

    SITE COUNCIL 

    We are excited to announce that Grout Elementary School is recruiting parents or guardians for the relaunch of our Site Council.  

    The Grout Site Council is a group of parents or guardians, staff, community members, and administrators who focus on overall school improvement and family engagement.  The Site Council will review data, make recommendations for the school improvement plan, and increase family engagement.  

    The Site Council will meet once a month on the third Monday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  

    Parent/guardian candidates will be selected by Grout families and serve two-year terms.  During this relaunch candidates can choose to serve a one-year term or a two-year term.  

    We encourage any interested parents or guardians to apply.  Our goal is to have a diverse representation of our school community and we welcome participation from all.  There is no specific experience or background required.  Translation services will be provided for any Site Council member if needed.  

    If you have any questions, please contact Denise Self, Principal, at (503) 916-6209 or dself@pps.net.  

    Site Council Applications:  

    TITLE 1 SCHOOL/FAMILY COMPACT

    One requirement of being a Title 1 school is that we complete a school-home compact. Effective schools are a result of families and school staff working together to ensure that children are successful in school.  A compact is a voluntary agreement between groups.  You are invited to enter into this partnership, the purpose of which is to strengthen the commitment between us to put children first. 

    We have included the compact in this mailing for you. Please read through the compact with your child and both of you sign it at the bottom. We are aiming to get 200 completed compacts back from our families by March 12. All students who return their compact will receive a Grout Water Bottle! 

    There are several ways to return it:

    • Drop it off during library book pickup or when picking up supplies from your teacher
    • Mail it to Grout Elementary: 3119 SE Holgate Blvd. Portland, OR 97202
    • Bring it to the school and put it through the mail slot in the front door
    • Give it to the delivery driver if you receive a delivery from the school
    • Scan it and return via email to mcarpenter@pps.net

    Thank you for your help in completing this requirement and supporting your student(s) in their learning.

    Title 1 Compacts: 

    FLYERS

  • Black History Month and Beyond

    Grout Elementary: Black History Month and Beyond February 2021

    You can view a slideshow of the activities Grout students did for Black History Month here: Black History Month Slideshow 

     

  • 2/26/21 Family Newsletter

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    February 26, 2020

    Calendar 

    March 1 Start of Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI)


    HYBRID PLAN & SURVEY

    Thank you to those of you who have completed the Hybrid Survey.  We have started to reach out to individual families who have not yet responded or who have questions about the survey.  As we get the last results of the survey, we will start to analyze the information and begin work on our Hybrid plan.  Please rest assured that this initial survey is designed to give us information for planning.  As we design and share our hybrid plan, families will have the opportunity to ask more questions and revise your initial participation responses.  

     

    THE 2021 SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY HAS LAUNCHED

    Be sure to take the 2021 Successful Schools Survey! It helps PPS understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. We would also like to remind you that the survey window is now February 8 to March 19 for families. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend.

     

    GROUT PTA – CREATING COMMUNITY CONNECTION

    PTA members are organizing a phone bank to connect with Grout families.  The purpose is to connect with families, learn how they envision Grout PTA being of most support, answer questions they may have about Grout PTA’s community role and hopefully how they could get involved. The project is planned to launch in March and continue through April. 

    Do you want to connect with other families at Grout but not sure how? Grout PTA can help through its secure online communications platform called Konstella. On the Konstella website or phone App, you can connect with other Grout families and find out the latest PTA news at Grout all you have to do is sign-up! Here’s how:

    1. Get Started: Go to https://www.konstella.com/cd/ATE9DM
    2. Language Settings: There is an option from the website to select a language (at the bottom of the page), and once that is done the website will always show up in that language.
    3. Assign: Assign your child(ren) to their classroom 

    Join the growing number of parents already signed-up! If you have any questions or need help signing up, email us at groutpta@gmail.com.

    About Grout PTA: The Grout PTA is a group of passionate parents, guardians, and teachers whose primary focus is to advocate for high-quality education and the well-being of all Grout students. We are working towards building relationships and amplifying the voices of BiPOC families and other marginalized groups at Grout. We are striving to create a more inclusive community that works to serve our diverse students and families.

     FEBRUARY GARDEN UPDATE

    Hi there! This is Madeline, your Garden Educator! Happy Black History Month! February is a great time to look back and learn about Black history, while also looking forward and celebrating Black futures--especially in the world of growing food! This month, our virtual garden activities focus on how we grow and share food with others. Our 4th & 5th graders will be taking a look at two black farmers and the inspiring ways that they are growing food for and caring for their communities. Check out this 2 minute video clip of Leah Penniman, a farmer, food justice activist, and author of Farming While Black. 

     

    Meanwhile in the garden, we are inching towards spring! We need your input on what we should plant in the garden! We want to include diverse crops that represent the many cultures at Grout. Please click on the link below to complete a very brief survey about foods that are important to your family. This will be an important way that we can include you in our gardens this year even if we can’t be together in person right now :) 

     

    What Should We Grow in the Garden? Survey (English)

    What Should We Grow in the Garden? Survey (Spanish)

     

    Much of what we grow in the gardens will be getting harvested and donated to school meal distribution. So thank you so much for your input! We’re excited to see what specific plants you have in mind!

     

    You can find all of our lessons from this year on our Grow Portland Youtube Channel. For more resources and to learn how you can get involved with your school garden visit our website GrowPortland.org.

     

    Warmly,

    Madeline Miller

    mmiller@growportland.org

     

    LET’S GET READING!

    Our next library book pick up will be the week of March 1st for students in any grade. 

    • On the sidewalk on 31st Avenue
    • Monday, March 1: 2:00-4:00 pm
    • Wednesday, March 3, 2:00-4:00 pm

     

    Please remember to return any books that were previously checked out to you.

    Also, if the above times do not work for you, please email lpreble@pps.net so she can help get you a book delivery or make other arrangements. 

     

     

    Repeat from previous newsletters:  

    REPORT CARDS & INFORMATION

    Last week, we mailed home some important information.  Included in the mailing was:  

     

    SITE COUNCIL 

    We are excited to announce that Grout Elementary School is recruiting parents or guardians for the relaunch of our Site Council.  

     

    The Grout Site Council is a group of parents or guardians, staff, community members, and administrators who focus on overall school improvement and family engagement.  The Site Council will review data, make recommendations for the school improvement plan, and increase family engagement.  

     

    The Site Council will meet once a month on the third Monday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  

     

    Parent/guardian candidates will be selected by Grout families and serve two-year terms.  During this relaunch candidates can choose to serve a one-year term or a two-year term.  

     

    We encourage any interested parents or guardians to apply.  Our goal is to have a diverse representation of our school community and we welcome participation from all.  There is no specific experience or background required.  Translation services will be provided for any Site Council member if needed.  

     

    If you have any questions, please contact Denise Self, Principal, at (503) 916-6209 or dself@pps.net.  

     

    Site Council Applications:  

     

     

    TITLE 1 SCHOOL/FAMILY COMPACT

    One requirement of being a Title 1 school is that we complete a school-home compact. Effective schools are a result of families and school staff working together to ensure that children are successful in school.  A compact is a voluntary agreement between groups.  You are invited to enter into this partnership, the purpose of which is to strengthen the commitment between us to put children first. 

     

    We have included the compact in this mailing for you. Please read through the compact with your child and both of you sign it at the bottom. We are aiming to get 200 completed compacts back from our families by March 12. All students who return their compact will receive a Grout Water Bottle! 

     

    There are several ways to return it:

     

    • Drop it off during library book pickup or when picking up supplies from your teacher
    • Mail it to Grout Elementary: 3119 SE Holgate Blvd. Portland, OR 97202
    • Bring it to the school and put it through the mail slot in the front door
    • Give it to the delivery driver if you receive a delivery from the school
    • Scan it and return via email to mcarpenter@pps.net

     

    Thank you for your help in completing this requirement and supporting your student(s) in their learning.

     

    Title 1 Compacts: 

     

    FLYERS

  • 2/19/21 Family Newsletter

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    February 19, 2020


    Calendar 

    March 1 Start of Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI)


    HYBRID PLAN & SURVEY

    Thank you for your patience as we roll-out our Hybrid plan and survey.  As you can imagine, there are many questions and we are working hard to get you accurate and complete information.  I don’t have many details at this point which is frustrating for us all, but we are all doing our best to meet the needs of our Grout community.  Our goal is to create a flexible plan that will allow families to make the choices that are best for them.  I hope to send out answers to some of our questions by Monday, February 22.  

     

    Thank you to those of you who have completed the Hybrid Survey.  The deadline has been extended to Thursday, February 25.  We recognize that there may have been some technology glitches and think those have been resolved.  A reminder message will be coming out again soon.  Next week we will be reaching out to families who need individual support in completing the survey.  

    LIPI 

    We have had to push our LIPI start date back a week, but we are still moving ahead.  We will be reaching out to families of identified students to invite them to participate in our LIPI program.  Our initial cohort will be focused on K-2 students.  

     

    THE 2021 SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY HAS LAUNCHED

    Be sure to take the 2021 Successful Schools Survey! It helps PPS understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. We would also like to remind you that the survey window is now February 8 to March 12 for students, staff, and leaders, and February 8 to March 19 for families. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend.

     

    REPORT CARDS & INFORMATION

    Yesterday, we mailed home some important information.  Included in the mailing was:  

     

    SITE COUNCIL 

    We are excited to announce that Grout Elementary School is recruiting parents or guardians for the relaunch of our Site Council.  

     

    The Grout Site Council is a group of parents or guardians, staff, community members, and administrators who focus on overall school improvement and family engagement.  The Site Council will review data, make recommendations for the school improvement plan, and increase family engagement.  

     

    The Site Council will meet once a month on the third Monday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  

     

    Parent/guardian candidates will be selected by Grout families and serve two-year terms.  During this relaunch candidates can choose to serve a one-year term or a two-year term.  

     

    We encourage any interested parents or guardians to apply.  Our goal is to have a diverse representation of our school community and we welcome participation from all.  There is no specific experience or background required.  Translation services will be provided for any Site Council member if needed.  

     

    If you have any questions, please contact Denise Self, Principal, at (503) 916-6209 or dself@pps.net.  

     

    Site Council Applications:  

     

     

    TITLE 1 SCHOOL/FAMILY COMPACT

    One requirement of being a Title 1 school is that we complete a school-home compact. Effective schools are a result of families and school staff working together to ensure that children are successful in school.  A compact is a voluntary agreement between groups.  You are invited to enter into this partnership, the purpose of which is to strengthen the commitment between us to put children first. 

     

    We have included the compact in this mailing for you. Please read through the compact with your child and both of you sign it at the bottom. We are aiming to get 200 completed compacts back from our families by March 12. All students who return their compact will receive a Grout Water Bottle! 

     

    There are several ways to return it:

     

    • Drop it off during library book pickup or when picking up supplies from your teacher
    • Mail it to Grout Elementary: 3119 SE Holgate Blvd. Portland, OR 97202
    • Bring it to the school and put it through the mail slot in the front door
    • Give it to the delivery driver if you receive a delivery from the school
    • Scan it and return via email to mcarpenter@pps.net

     

    Thank you for your help in completing this requirement and supporting your student(s) in their learning.

     

    Title 1 Compacts: 

     

     

    PARENT TECH TIP

    Seesaw users, Are you struggling with the finger tool when you try to move something to a certain spot? Sometimes the number, letter, or dot you're trying to move disappears behind the designated spot. Ugh! How frustrating! Try clicking on the three dots and scrolling up to the 'order' button. If you switch to 'move to front' the thing that disappeared may reveal itself again. 

     

    Families, do you have tips you'd like to share? Please email Ms. Lynn: lpreble@pps.net, so we can build our community toolbox.

     

    K-5 TRANSFER CYCLE & EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS EVENT

    From February 17-March 16, families can submit transfer requests to K-5 dual language immersion, focus option and alternative programs.

     

    ACCESS Academy applications for grades 1-8 are available from February 17-April 16. 

    Applications are available at www.pps.net/schoolchoice.

     

    Families are invited to a virtual K-5 Explore Your Options night on Thursday, February 18 from 6-8 pm.  This event is happening in lieu of many school-based open houses that would typically happen during the transfer cycle.  Learn more at www.pps.net/k-5options.



    PARENT & CAREGIVER TIPS FOR AT-HOME LEARNING

    This workshop will take an interactive approach of interviewing PPS staff from the Multi-Tiered System of Support team about resources they have created for parents & caregivers to use at home. In this workshop, parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and explore resources around different strategies to empower young people and the adults they work with to co-create safe and supportive learning environments at home. This will be a live workshop and will be recorded to view at a later time. You are welcome to submit your questions in advance via this padlet board. 

     

    At-Home Learning Strategies Website

    Parent Workshop: At-Home Learning Strategies

    Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Soomaali | Русский

     

    When: Friday, February 26, 2021

    Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    How: 3 different ways

     

    LET’S GET READING!

    Our next library book pick up will be the week of February 22nd for students in any grade. 

    • On the sidewalk on 31st Avenue
    • Monday, February 22: 2:00-4:00 pm
    • Wednesday, February 24, 2:00-4:00 pm

     

    Please remember to return any books that were previously checked out to you.

    Also, if the above times do not work for you, please email lpreble@pps.net so she can help get you a book delivery or make other arrangements. 

     

    FLYERS

     

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