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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  • Hello all, I can’t believe it is Thursday already! This week back has been so joyful and fun! We ALL missed being here at Vestal…this community is awesome! Thank you for helping your kids adjust to coming back to school every day:)

    Tomorrow is Friday! Please encourage your child to wear Vestal gear and/or clothing with Social justice messages. Also, it will be the spinning wheel and I know your kids love when that happens!

    A few kids have asked about the Spirit Days we missed before the strike began…we WILL make those up, just don’t know when yet:)

    Conferences- Since we missed conference days over the strike, we now have a plan to make them up. Conferences will be help Jan. 10, 11, and 16 from 4:00-7:00. Your child's teacher will be contacting you soon to sign up! You will receive your child’s report card on Dec. 8th….it will come home in backpacks!

    COLD- it has been quite cold this week, as you know. Please try and send your student with warm jackets, gloves/mittens hats, scarves….AND let us know if we can help provide anything needed!


    Hello and Welcome back amazing Vestal Community:

           This week in P.E. finds us back together in the building:) I can't wait to see and work with your students , we all have missed them so much! We will be starting our throwing and catching units in all grades, starting with proper form when throwing an object. Each grade level will then play a series of games designed to help them practice their throwing form. Again, welcome back amazing Vestal Community!! 

    Coach C

    Tomorrow, Friday Dec 1st, is Wreath Delivery Day! If you ordered a wreath earlier this month, you can pick it up after school under the white tent we’ll have set up at the back of the school. We will also have some more wreaths if you missed ordering online, as well as bunches of festive mistletoe. 

    We could also use a couple more volunteers if you’re free between 1:30 and 3:30 to help out! Thank you!

    Vestal PTA

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  • Free State of Play at Kelly Elementary

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    One day in late October, second grader Carter Lee Buyas grabbed a pair of pom poms from a pile of objects laid out on a bench in the Kelly Elementary School courtyard.

    “I like the sound pom poms make,” Carter said. “I like how they shake, shake, shake. Maybe I’ll mop with them. You know, clean the ground. Or I could be a cheerleader.” He pointed to a group of three girls doing a lively cheer on the sidewalk. “Or I could plant them. The pom poms could be flags. Or plants.”

    He paused and looked thoughtful. “They can be whatever I want them to be.”

  • Middle School Advisory Programs Find Their Way

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    Last spring, when Portland Public Schools moved to ensure that every middle school in the district had an active advisory program, the focus was on relationship building and giving students and teachers the tools needed to nurture a sense of belonging.

    The goals for the advisory programs were clear. What the district had yet to arrive at was a curriculum that would help everyone achieve those goals.

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  • Harrison Park Embraces Its Inner Panther

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    Harrison Park, which transitioned from a K-8 to a middle school this fall, recently held a school-wide vote for a new mascot. According to Principal Leah Dickey, these first few months as a middle school have been pivotal for students as they navigate the new exciting normal and establish an identity as a school and community. Picking a mascot has been an important part of that journey.

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  • Roseway Heights Principal Honored for Commitment to Equity

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    Principal Phu Dao is many things to the students and staff of Roseway Heights Middle School: mentor, role model, champion, friend. Ask anyone who has learned from and worked with him and they will tell you that he has dedicated his entire career to advocating for students, families, and educators. And now he’s being honored for that dedication.

    Courageous Conversation, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that works with individuals and institutions to address racial disparities through sustained, fruitful dialogue, has named Principal Dao this year’s recipient of the Dr. Charles Hopson Racial Equity Principal Leadership Award. 

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