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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  • New and Improved (hopefully) am drop off

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    IF YOU DROP OFF STUDENTS in the morning, this is for YOU :)

    We need ALL cars that drop off kids to pull up next to the curb on 81st.

    There will be cones and people there directing you. (Watch for Ms, Em, Ms. Dollie and 5th grade safety patrol kids!)

    PLEASE drop your kiddo off BEFORE you turn left and drive past the entrance...where you can wave at me:)

    Kids will then walk on the sidewalk from drop off to the front doors where they will give me a high five!

    This should help us AVOID kids walking in between (IN front of and behind) buses....NOT SAFE!

    Also, PLEASE do not park in the NO Parking areas that have signs and yellow paint.

    It is going to take everyone being helpful and patient to make this adjustment, but I know we can do it....and I know it will be SAFER for kids!

    PS-if the front of the school gets too busy for you, which we know happens, you can also drop kids off behind the school on 80th.

    Please know we simply want the safest start to the day possible! 

    Thanks everyone!

    Ms. Sabrina

  • State Testing!

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    Hello amazing Vestal families-

    Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders start state testing this week! 

    For those of you with students in those grades, please make sure your student gets lots of sleep each night this week!

    Please see the flyer linked below...we are looking for some help making signs of support and encouragement for our students!

    Please stop by Friday afternoon to make a sign or two!

    Takes a village to support our students doing their very best!

    State Testing Vestal Parent Flier.pdf 

  • Looking ahead

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    April 17 - Connect to Kindergarten 6-7pm

    April 19 - PTA Movie Night


    Save the Date: Social Justice Night - May 30


  • 2023 Garden News

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    Garden News - Earth Month

Community News

  • Hello all, thankful that the SUN is out!

    This week has been a busy one...students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade have begun their Oregon State Assessments. We are very proud of the kids focus and effort on this challenging assessment!

    Remember, if you want to stop by and make a sign of support for our kids, please come a bit early for pick up tomorrow, FRIDAY. The sign making will take place in Room 211 from 1:30-2:30!

    Tomorrow is Spirit Day and the Spinning Wheel, which is great as we missed these last week!

    NEW Morning drop-off plan! We tried this today and it worked pretty well! If you are dropping your kids off in a car, please pull over to the curb on 81st and let them off there, then turn left and drive right on past on the school buses! So thankful for all of your support....the MAIN purposed of this change is to keep students from walking in between big school buses!

    Looking ahead to next week...

    * Connect to Kindergarten is Wed. April 17th from 6-7 pm. If you or anyone you know has a kindergartener ready to start school in the fall please come and learn about kinder at Vestal! Parents and kindred welcome!

    * Spring Photo day is next Thursday, April 18. If parents have not received the form, please call the office and we will get one into the student's backpack!* Movie Night is Friday April 19th...more details to come.

    * All next week we will have a FREE BOOK FAIR in the library. This means during Library class students will be able to pick a book to KEEP for FREE!

    It will be a busy week!

    Just a reminder of our Social Justice focus on Individual identity, please talk with your child about the importance of respecting and being kind to EVERY individual within our beautiful community!

    OK, go enjoy the sun!

    Peace, Ms. Sabrina 

District News

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  • The Arts Tax in Action: The HeART of Portland is Still Beating

    Students who took their first steps into PPS kindergarten classrooms in 2014 – the year Portland’s first-ever arts education tax went into effect – are now thriving sophomores.

    Evan Sampson is one of those sophomores, and he will have a chance to share his story at this year’s HeART of Portland, a showcase spotlighting the artistic accomplishments of some PPS’s most talented students.

    The two-week celebration of creativity will take place from April 16-28 at the Portland Art Museum. All exhibits and performances are free and open to the public.

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  • Lincoln & Grant Constitution Teams to Compete Nationally

    This weekend, the Lincoln and Grant high school constitution teams will compete in the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

    Now in its fifth decade, the event brings together students from all 50 states for a series of mock congressional hearings on everything from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the separation of powers and the future of democracy. 

    The Lincoln and Grant constitution teams, under the instruction of Patrick Magee-Jenks and Angela DiPasquale respectively, have long histories of taking home trophies on both the state and national level. 

    Good luck to all!

  • Important Calendar Updates

    First, the end of this school year will still be June 14 for K-11 students, and it will be May 31 for seniors.
    Second, next year’s bell schedules will change for many students.
    Beginning next school year, we added 15 instructional minutes for elementary and middle school students and provided all middle school students with a seven-period day. Accommodating these changes while supporting 410 minutes per week of teacher planning time and aligning our transportation systems requires us to adopt common start and stop times.
    Third, next year’s school calendars are available.

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  • A Recipe for Fun: Harvest of the Month at Hosford

    When students from Cleveland High School’s Advanced Commercial Foods and Baking class visited Hosford Middle School last month to try out a new recipe they called Baked Pears Goat Cheese Sunflower Seed Delight, the results of an informal sticker poll were very much on the positive side: 26 kids liked it and 30 loved it. Twenty-two were on the fence.

    Sixth grader Isaac Huynh was in the latter category. “I’ve had goat cheese before, but this goat cheese tastes different,” he said. “I think the whole thing might have been better with whipped cream.”

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