Vestal Elementary School

Our richly-diverse community nurtures life-long learning to support all students
in achieving their very highest educational and personal potential.

161 NE 82nd AvenuePortland, OR 97220Ph (503) 916-6437Fx (503) 916-2679

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  • Community News-Looking Forward

    Hello all- Welcome to the last Community Notes of 2018! I so hope that everyone has a restful, fun, and safe winter break.

    When we return in January, we will have a newly cleared off stage and are hoping to utilize the beauty of the Vestal auditorium more and more! We are looking for any parent volunteers who would like to meet together and bring some music experiences into the school. We do have a great partnership with Montavilla Jazz that will bring some Jazz teaching for our 3rd-5th graders. We are still very committed to music continuing to be part of our TownHall Meetings...AND a new to Vestal Dad thought we could do even more within our community of talent! If you are interested, just let me know and we will put everyone in touch!

    I want to take a moment to share how thankful and amazed I am by the Vestal staff- everyone is so committed to Vestal students. Their commitment is obvious through small actions every single day! 

    Wear Vestal gear tomorrow as we enjoy our last day of 2018 together!

    As always, thank you for trusting us with your beautiful children! We take our responsibility of teaching them very seriously!

     

    Sabrina Flamoe

    sflamoe@pps.net

  • Community News-Book Fair, Timbers, and more!

    Hello Vestal Community! I am writing one day early this week! Today we had our December Fire Drill...the kids did a terrific job! You may want to ask your child about how it went for their class!

    Next week is our Book Fair-each day from 2:30-3:30 in the library...there are so many wonderful books! Teachers have made special requests,too!

    Next Wednesday is out last Parent Coffee of 2018! Please join me at 8:15 in the Teacher's Lounge to check in about how school has been going, or any other topics you want to address.

    Feel free to check out any of our Social Justice Books over the holiday break...there are some great titles for both kids and adults.

    This FRIDAY---in support of the Timbers making it to the championship game, WEAR TIMBER colors (green and yellow) OR Vestal colors (blue and yellow)! Go Timbers! Go Vestal!

    Stay warm, Sabrina Flamoe

  • Community News

    Hello all! I can't believe we are at the end of November! As the weather gets colder and more wintery please make sure your kids have outside gear, as we try to get them outside if at all possible. If you don't work in schools, I am sure you can at least imagine a school full of teachers and kids stuck indoors all day- it is not ideal!

    Maybe your child has mentioned that lunch has been more pleasant this week...we have decided to split Vestal and ACCESS into separate lunches. This has created a quieter, quicker hot lunch line, less crowded lunch for everyone involved!!

    Reminder for everyone who participates in SUN programming after school- SUN is an extension of the Vestal school day and the same guidelines and expectations are in place. Most importantly, students in SUN may NOT leave campus between the school day and SUN. We have had students going to Wendy's and then coming back to participate. If your child does this, please tell them they are not allowed to anymore:)

    Also,if your child is NOT in SUN or the Y aftercare, we do not have supervision for them and they need to have alternate plans.  We have a number of 4th and 5th graders that need to have a plan of where to head after school...so again, please make sure they know the plan!

    I wanted to share that we had some district visitors on Wednesday visit a few classrooms. They shared how wonderful it was to see so many kids engaged in relevant, challenging, and interesting learning! Their feedback is such a compliment to YOUR students and OUR teachers!

    TAG reminder:

    If you would like to nominate your child for TAG (Talented and Gifted) testing, nomination forms are due tomorrow, November 30, 2018.  If you have questions please reach out to Morgan Whitney, TAG Coordinator (mwhitney1@pps.net).

    Remember- WEAR VESTAL GEAR tomorrow and every Friday!

     

    Thanks, Sabrina Flamoe

  • Community News-Thanksgiving Weekend

    It is Thanksgiving weekend- a few things we at Vestal are super thankful for-

    T-he community at Vestal fro being involved, committed, and  supportive!

    H-aving a school wide focus on social justice and seeing our kids learning about the importance of taking action to take care of our community!

    A-nice long weekend to step back and appreciate the simple, small moments in life!

    N-ew kindergarten class that starts on Monday!

    K-ind, Safe, Learners and the TEACHERS who teach their hearts out every day!

    S-tudents...your children are the focus and purpose of every single day!

    A few upcoming events to know about- 

    Nov. 26th- SITE council at 2:45

    Dec 4   PTA Meeting 8:15 a.m.

    Dec 6  SUN  Showcase

    Dec 10  Book Fair We

    Dec 12  Coffee Conversations with Principal

    Dec 14 Last day of school for 2018

                

    Notes about TAG- TAG nomination forms are due November 30.

    Benefits to TAG identification:

    • Build community = stronger program
    • Academic achievement: new teacher sees TAG identification and knows differentiation is needed
    • Possible after school opportunities (such as TAG-geared SUN classes)
    • Free Night at OMSI
    • TAG books in book room
    • Easier to request an academic plan for the school year with the child's teacher

Principal's
Message

  • Hello families and welcome to the beautiful Vestal community-

     

    Vestal is an ethnically, linguistically, economically diverse school community.

    We are committed to school being a center of our neighborhood community.

    Every student and staff member at Vestal is committed to being a safe, kind, learner each day.

    We value the learning process of every human being…no matter their age.

    We invite you to join us in our on-going learning!

     

    Sincerely, Sabrina Flamoe

    Vestal K-8 Principal

    sflamoe@pps.net

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