Dear Laurelhurst Families,
Welcome to a new school year at Laurelhurst! Whether you are new to our school or a returning family, we are happy that you have joined our learning community. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve as your principal and feel honored to work with our dedicated staff, our wonderful students, and all of the supportive families. Our entire learning community works together to create an inclusive and equitable environment where students develop the curiosity, critical thinking skills, and courage needed to imagine a better world along with the drive toward realizing it. I anticipate a wonderful year, full of opportunity as we collectively foster a strong culture of learning at Laurelhurst.
We believe that families play a critical role in the success of our students, in many ways, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. You know your student better than anyone else and we invite you to work in partnership with our staff since you have rich insight into your student’s unique needs, talents and interests. Please feel free to share any information that you believe will help us guide your student’s success at school. I hope you will see that our teachers also provide a unique perspective on your child. They will see your student as a member of the class and watch as they interact with peers, face the challenge of new learning, respond to setbacks, ask questions, and solve problems. Parent and teacher perspectives, working in partnership, are critical to ensure that your child’s experience at Laurelhurst is robust and rewarding.
Finally, we invite you to become an active participant in our school community through volunteering, joining our PTA, and supporting our school events and initiatives. Research clearly supports that when families participate and are involved in their child’s education, there is a greater likelihood of academic success. Thank you for partnering with us in making this a memorable and remarkable year for all our students.
In this week's PPS Pulse: Julie Esparza Brown sets example as PPS's first Latina Board member; Superintendent reflects on first year.
When Julie Esparza Brown was growing up, she never envisioned a future in academia serving generations of future teachers. Esparza Brown is a third-generation Chicana who grew up in Encinitas, a beach community in San Diego County, where her blue collar parents fought to break the mold of what was expected of their children.
Portland Public Schools is committed to creating safe and welcoming schools for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students. Recently, schools across the country participated in Ally Week, in which LGBTQ students led conversations about what they need from their allies in school.
Eighth-grade students in Portland Public Schools will have a chance to see their future high schools when informational sessions are held throughout the district from October to January. Neighborhood, focus-option and alternative high schools will give students and families the opportunity to tour the campus, meet staff and learn more about the academic and athletic programs offered.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PTA MEETING
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Passport Check
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Grandparents/Special Friends Day
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Coffee Conversations
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Harvest Carnival
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Picture Retake Day
6:00 PM Board Work Session