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Principal Pam's Friday News

  • Friday  6/11/2021 


    Dear Families,


    It is with mixed emotions that I write the final newsletter of the year.  While I am excited to plan for our return to school in the fall with students attending school all day, five days a week, there is sadness in seeing some of our students go, whether moving on to middle school or moving away to another city or state.  That being said, there have been some joyous moments as well.


    An especially bright spot this week was the 5th grade Promotion on Wednesday.  Being able to experience this wonderful day safely, seeing our students and their families smile and be able to share in this moment together, was so uplifting. I want to give a HUGE shout-out to Mr. Crouser, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Rozell, and Ms. Herrmann for their amazing work coordinating this celebration making it extra special for students.  Thank you to Mr. Josh for DJ-ing the event as well. Your joyful and fun playlist gave the celebration that special touch.  Also, many, many thanks to the PTA and all the AMAZING 5th grade parents who contributed in so many ways to this event.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  Whether it was obtaining the wonderful balloon arch, putting together the outstanding gift bags, tying balloons on the fence, or contributing funds so that all 5th graders could receive A Treasures Book containing an entry from each 5th grader, your efforts made this Promotion a celebration one that our students will remember for years to come!


    The Kindergarten Promotion was also amazing!  Thank you Mrs. McCoy, Mrs. Kanz, and Mrs. Frisby for making this day so special for our students.  Seeing all the smiling faces together on the screen, learning their aspirations for their future, and hearing their laughter filled my heart.  Despite the challenges of this year, they have learned to read, write, be mathematicians and big thinkers. More than that, they have become some of the most wonderful young people showing kindness and caring for their friends whether on-line or in person.  We’ve asked a lot of our youngest students and they have shown us they can be resilient and can truly SHINE.


    I want to thank Willa Ramsey for her expert leadership last Friday as Principal for the Day.  Willa helped to greet students as they arrived at school for the morning cohort, shared morning announcements, collected the lunch count, observed classrooms both in-person and on-line. Interviewing Willa, she expressed the desire to improve our kick-ball fields (they do need some weeding) as that is her favorite sport, has missed recess with friends from other classes, and would like to see art, the Talent Show and Run Llewellyn continue in years to come. Her advice for students…”You don’t have to do school like everybody else.  Everybody has a different brain.  It’s okay to struggle, but make sure you ask for help.”  You can read more about her experience in the last issue of the Star Flier. June 11.pdf 


    Visiting classrooms these past few days I have been touched by the thoughtfulness of all Llewellyn students.  I hope they know how proud I am of them and the tremendous efforts they have put into school this year pushing through the challenges, consistently being responsible, safe, kind and building community.  What else would I expect?  After all, they are LLEWELLYN STARS!


    Thank you parents and caregivers for your partnership, hard work, and support through this especially challenging year.  I am so fortunate to be able to be a part of this amazing community!

    I hope you have a wonderful summer vacation!

    Be Safe! Be Well!


    Principal Pam


    School Next Fall: 

    At Llewellyn we are planning that school in the fall will be ALL DAY, FIVE DAYS per week.  This has been confirmed by the Superintendent and School Board along with plans to provide options for a district virtual school as well. Look for more details to come as this plan is finalized later this summer. The first day of school for grades 2-5 will be September 1, 2021.


    Kindergarten & 1st Grade Ramp Up schedules for fall:

    While the first day of school for 2nd-5th graders will be September 1st, our younger students will have time to ease into the school year following a Ramp-Up schedule allowing them time to get to know their teachers and practice school routines in a smaller group.  One thing we have learned from school in a pandemic is that connections and relationships are vital to school success.  Please look for more information to come as we get closer to the opening of school.  Here is an outline of the schedule we will follow:

    -Kindergarten families will meet with their teacher individually on June 1st or June 2nd. Then half of the class will attend school for a full day on September 3rd or 7th.  All Kindergarteners will attend school together beginning on September 8th.

    -First grade students will follow a similar schedule with half of the first graders coming to school on September 1st and the second half on September 2nd.  All first graders will attend school together beginning on September 3rd.


    From PPS: 

    Borrowed Chromebooks/Devices:

    • Students who currently have a PPS (Llewellyn) issued computer and/or hotspot may keep them over the summer..

    • Students who know they will not be returning to Llewellyn or another PPS school in the fall are asked to return their computer and/or hotspot to Llewellyn.  The school office will be open from 8:00-3:30 until Friday June 18.  Any returns after this date will need to be taken to the BESC PPS District Office at 501 N. Dixon St.)


    Digital Tools/Digital Toolkit Summer Access

    Students will have access to most PPS Digital Toolkit applications during the summer. Students who enroll in summer school may notice changes in some applications once summer school begins. Most PPS Digital Toolkit applications will remain active until the end of July. Applications may be temporarily unavailable at the beginning of August as PPS shifts to the 2021-2022 school year. PPS will be moving from Clever to using My.PPS (my.pps.net) as a district-wide portal. Students using QR Clever badges to log in to Chromebooks will no longer be able to use their Clever badge once the change to My.PPS is complete. Students will need their PPS username and password to log in to their chromebooks until they are issued a new Quickcard (QR code) at the start of school.


    Please note that during the summer months, teachers are not active inside the digital tools and applications. Parents should be aware of what students are doing online. Parents may find the Securly application and digital and civic literacy resources helpful.

    Questions can be directed to support@pps.net.

    Learning Technologies updates archived at pps.net/learningtech.


    From the Office:

    The YMCA at Llewellyn will be operating next year in the fall but has not yet opened registration as they are still waiting on updated guidance from the state licensing on group sizes.

    In the meantime, if you have questions, you can contact their main office at (503)327-0007 or  ychildcare@ymcacw.org.


    Next Year’s Schoolhouse Supplies webpage has been posted! Save on supply shopping time and money by having your student’s supplies delivered to the school, and help support the PTA at the same time! Please go to schoolhousesupplies.org/online for more information. SHS_OnlineShopping_2021_PencilPete (1).pdf 


    Library Books: We will still receive your library books through next week, June 18th. Put them in the mail slot at the front door or buzz the office.  It is so important that we have them returned so that students can enjoy the books again next school year.


    Report Cards: Final report cards will be mailed on June 16th.  


    The school office will be closed for the summer after Friday, June 18th.  We will return on August 16th.


    From the Llewellyn Counselors:

    Dear Llewellyn Families!

    As the end of the school year is rapidly approaching, the Llewellyn Counseling Team wanted to reach out and pass along some information and resources to ensure you and your family have a fun, safe and enjoyable break!

    Supports and Resources:

    We hope you all have an amazing, restful and rejuvenating summer break!  We look forward to seeing you in the fall!


    Ms. Allie and Ms. Brittany


    Register for Kindergarten Online!  Tell your friends and neighbors!!!

    If you have a child who will be five years old by September 1, please register for Kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed for the summer, online registration is the easiest option.  Paper options will be available when the office opens August 16th as well. You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program.

    A reminder that online registration is now open to all grades. If you know someone who has recently moved into the neighborhood, or has a child beginning school, please encourage them to register online as soon as possible for next year. This will help keep our numbers up! Enrollment information can be found on the PPS webpage here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2899. If you have any questions, you can contact Stacey at slovett1@pps.net through June 18th. 


    From the School Nurse

    The Multnomah County Student Health Center at Parkrose High School will be open all summer for anyone needing services. See attached flier for more information. MESD - English.pdf MESD - Spanish.pdf 


    From the District:

    Dear PPS Families,

    It has been a pleasure to serve your students meals this school year. We are happy to let you know that we will continue to provide access to meals during the summer, beginning June 21.

    New Meal Distribution Sites for Summer

    From June 21 through August 20, grab-and-go meal sacks, with breakfast and lunch, will be available between 3 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 15 PPS sites for all children in the community ages 1-18 (this includes PPS students as well as children not enrolled at PPS). 

    Please note that meals will not be distributed on Monday, July 5, as the district will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

    We are honored to serve your children; we hope to see them this summer!

    For more information or if you have questions, please visit the PPS Nutrition Service website. You can also email nutritionservices@pps.net or call 503-916-3399.

    Thank you. 

    PPS Nutrition Services


    Support your Llewellyn Foundation

    Make a donation to support the Foundation. Since we've not had many ways to fundraise this year, we are asking families to consider making a donation that feels right for them to support the Llewellyn Foundation. Our hope is to raise enough money to help keep our counseling team fully in place for the 2021-2022 school year. We know our students need all the social-emotional support they can get. Let's set our students up for success next year. Thank you! Llewellyn Foundation_Spring 2021 Fundraising_Digital Flyer.pdf 

    Make a gift online today! https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/TheFundforPortlandPublicSchools/llewellynschoolfoundation

    Summer Opportunities:

    Cleveland Youth Summer Basketball Camp Registration is now OPEN!

    Youth Camp Dates:  Monday June 21-Thursday June 24

    For: Boys & Girls entering grades 3rd-8th

    Time:  3rd-5th graders 8-11am / 6th-8th graders 11:30-2:30pm

    Cost: $155

    Registration: https://www.cleveland-warriors.com/camps

    The CB Summer Basketball Camp is lead by CHS Head Varsity Basketball Coach & pro-trainer, Dondrale Campbell, with the help of CHS players.  Participants will learn fundamental to advanced basketball skills & associated drill work, in an organized, progressive, ultra-positive environment.  The connection made between youth & CHS players is a special bond that builds confidence as well as community spirit!

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