Hello Astor Families!
There are a couple of great events coming up prior to the start of school that we want you to know about.
Connect to Kindergarten
August 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 - Link with information is here
Join Astor Staff and other Astor Kindergarten students and families as we visit together prior to the start of the school year. You'll be able to see the kinder classrooms and take part in an outside scavenger hunt. Hope to see you there!
Project Community Care Day
August 27th from 9am to 12pm - Link with information is here
Please join us for Project Community Care Day, an annual tradition and a wonderful opportunity to help beautify our school grounds to be held on Saturday, August 27th, from 9am to 12pm. We encourage you to bring your gardening gloves and tools and refillable water bottle. Students are welcome to join you and we’ll just ask that you supervise your own child. We look forward to seeing you Saturday, August 27th, 9 am to 12 pm!
Astor’s 2nd Annual Warm Welcome!
August 29th from 4:30pm to 6pm - Link with information is here
This event on campus will allow for our students and families to meet, see the entrance that they should come to at the start of each day, and pick up their back to school packets and Middle School schedules and supply lists. Additionally, many of our teachers will be at this event and it's a great time to connect with them prior to the start of the school year. Families may arrive at the school at a time that works for them between 4:30pm and 6pm on August 29th.
Hello Astor Families,
Classroom/homeroom teacher notifications went out today for all 1st through 8th graders! If you did not receive this information or you have multiple children in the same grade level, then please reach out to the office tomorrow at 503-916-6244. The office hours are from 7:30 to 4 daily. Our office is closed today, but open Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Kindergarten families will receive a phone call over the next week regarding your child's teacher, school start date, and parent-teacher meeting time/day.
All families can find our welcome back letter for the 22-23 school year here - https://bit.ly/22-23Astorwelcomeletter
We have so many exciting events coming up this month! You can find information on them in the last Astor Connection here - https://www.smore.com/rwy4z
Have a wonderful rest of the summer and we hope to see you at our first school-wide event, Project Community Care Day on August 27th from 9am to 12pm.
Principal @ Astor
Our community partner, the Coalition of Black Men, invites boys in grades 6-8 to join their DREAM BIGGER Mentoring Program.
What: This program provides academic support, mentoring, cultural enrichment and personal development to our young men!
When: Begins September 28th
Every Tuesday from 1:45 - 2:30 pm
Where: Room 63 (portable 3)
How do I join?: Scan the QR code on the flyer below or visit https://forms.gle/F3RA3/1Q8ePn2aGV97
Questions?: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Astor Families and University Park Community,
I'm excited to join you all for a third year at Astor. I’m a school leader focused on racial equity, and I’m committed to creating welcoming spaces for students and families. I strongly believe that all children deserve an exceptional education that is personalized to their individual needs while preparing them to graduate from college. For many of our students, Astor is the first step in this journey.
I have worked for the last 16 years in Portland Public Schools, first as a paraeducator, then as a teacher, and now as a school leader. I’ve taught throughout the district, including at SEI, Beverly Cleary, Astor, and Ockley Green. For the last four years, I was the Assistant Principal at Jason Lee. Prior to moving to Portland, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Fiji Islands with my wife, Miranda. I’m also an Astor parent and have two daughters who attend our school and have loved their experiences so far.
Finally, I have an open-door policy; please bring concerns to me at any time. I know that I will approach every situation striving to do what is best for students and putting students first.
Hello PPS Communities,
Are you interested in learning more about the PPS budget? The Budget Info Session is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the budget, the district’s strategic plan and targeted investments, to ask questions and provide feedback!
November 17, 2022
Dear PPS families and students,
Every week, I am filled with joy and gratitude when I visit our school communities. We have a community that continues to demonstrate a commitment to the success of our children and youth. We have adults who care deeply for our students, and who work hard to ensure each child thrives.
Dear PPS Community,
I want to recognize, on this Veterans Day, all those individuals who have served our country, especially those members of our families and local community who have previously worn a uniform. I want to take this moment to also thank the many veterans who continue their public service by choosing to work in the Portland Public Schools.
Dear PPS Families,
There has been a surge in pediatric respiratory illnesses other than COVID-19 such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rhinovirus/enterovirus, and influenza around the country this fall. Health departments in other states have seen children presenting with multiple respiratory illnesses. According to the Oregon Health Authority, rates of respiratory disease are currently relatively low in our state, but that could change based on the arrival of winter weather, and any increase in rates has the potential to overwhelm our hospital system.
PPS takes these steps to ensure healthy school environments so that in-person learning can continue. In accordance with CDC guidance, we are also urging families to take steps to protect themselves and minimize the spread of communicable diseases in our schools.
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM School Board- Audit Committee Meeting
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM School Board- Work Session
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM School Board- Levy Committee
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM School Board- Regular Meeting
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM School Board- Intergovernmental Committee Meeting
Astor students will learn to be compassionate critical thinkers, able to collaborate and solve problems, and be prepared to lead a more socially just world.
The Mission of Astor K-8 School is to educate, inspire, challenge and empower our students to reach their highest potential. In partnership with our families and community members, we are committed to daily excellence in a kind, inclusive, and supportive environment that values equity, individuality, collaboration, and creativity. Our students strive to be compassionate, responsible, critical thinkers who bring positive changes to our world throughout their lifetimes.
We all belong at Astor. We honor diversity, celebrate differences, and seek to understand all perspectives. We strive to be an inclusive, safe, and respectful school community.
We all belong at Astor, and together we are stronger.