If your family is needing food due to meal distributions being cancelled or for any other reason, then please see the Food Finder Link here - https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/farm-to-families-food-box-program-faq/
Do you need technical help?
Call one of the numbers below:
Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584
Dear PPS Families,
At Portland Public Schools, we are continuing to work to ensure students and families have the support they need to start the 2020-21 school year online. We want to share a number of resources available to you:
PPS Fall 2020 Resource Page
We continue to update our Fall 2020 webpage, pps.net/Fall2020. This week we added a section that lays out the web platforms and tools that students will need as we begin the school year with online learning until at least November 5. The section includes guides and videos for our main platforms and apps: Seesaw, Canvas, Remind, Google Meet and Clever. The resources for families are presented in the six PPS-supported languages.
PPS Technology Help Desk
The PPS Technology Help Desk operates from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on school days to provide support to parents, guardians, students and families about navigating school online. We will answer your questions and share information and helpful tips about our distance learning technology platforms, apps, internet connection and other important resources for your student.
PPS Multilingual Family Line
The PPS Multilingual Family Line is a service for parents or guardians (in all PPS-supported languages) to communicate with schools regarding meals, tech help for online classes, special instruction, talking to your teacher, COVID resources and information, etc. Please call these numbers:
We hope you take advantage of the resources above if you have any questions about the learning technology your student will soon be using. We are here to help!
You can find information for enrolling at www.pps.net/kinderenroll or in the announcement below.
You can register online if ALL of the following apply:
· Your child is NEW to PPS
· Your students did NOT attend any of the following PPS Head Start/Pre-K locations: Applegate, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Clarendon, Creston, Faubion, Grout, Lee, MLK Jr, Kelly, Sacajawea, Sitton, Whitman, Woodlawn
· Your student does NOT have an IFSP and did NOT receive services from Multnomah Early Childhood Program (MECP)
· You are enrolling your child in your neighborhood school and NOT a CBO/Charter
· You are enrolling your child in the 2020-21 school year
· You have an email address and access to a computer
You may also enroll via paper. Click this link to the Enrollment & Transfer website for more information, including the Online Registration portal, paper registration forms and information you will need to register!
Paper registration and Pre-K packets are no longer available at curriculum tables at meal sites. Instead, packets will be available at the following food pantry locations operated by SUN lead agencies: Franklin, Lent, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton, and Woodmere. Food pantry dates, times and languages spoken by staff are included here.
Dear Astor Families and University Park Community,
I am greatly honored and excited to take on the role of Astor Principal. 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 14 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. I am so happy to be back in North Portland and to be joining the incredible teachers, staff, Dr. K, and all of you for the 2020-2021 school year.
Finally, I have an open door policy; please bring concerns to me at any time. Know that I will approach every situation striving to do what is best for students and putting students first. This has been a difficult and uncertain time for our students, community and world at large. There will be challenges that face us in the coming months, but I’m confident that with your partnership and support we can provide our students with an excellent education.
Aloha Astor Ohana:
During the past year at Astor, students and teachers have had to pivot and “relearn” school as the nation entered a period of great upheaval. This fall, we enter this school year with new learning and understanding of what can happen when students are not fully connected to school and to the school community. To that end, one of our goals is to work to provide students with a safe, healthy, and inclusive school setting, where students feel connected to school and can see themselves and are celebrated and honored for who they are.
In my 20 plus years in the district, I have had the opportunity of working to impact student learning from a variety of venues. I currently support Astor as a building administrator but I have also supported students in the classroom as a middle school teacher, a high school literacy specialist, worked with teachers on classroom management as a climate specialist, worked centrally as an administrator at the district level coordinating the equity work in the district, have served emergent bilingual students as an ESL administrator, and served as an interim senior director as part of the district’s senior leadership team, where I oversaw the New Teacher Mentor Program, College and Career, Makerspace Environments, and CTE. Wherever I have been in the organization, working to ensure a learning environment where Inclusion and belonging are modeled and practiced has been paramount for providing safe spaces where students can engage in rigorous learning, compassionate critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving, in order to be prepared to lead a more socially just world.
That being said, my most gratifying role is that of being mother to my five grown children and grandmother to my six grandchildren, for whom I continue working toward building an educational environment where they, along with all children, are celebrated for their brilliance. I look forward to working with Mr. Robertson, staff and students and to what this school year brings.
Dear PPS Families,
We want to update you on our progress on the Enrollment and Program Balancing project we have undertaken. As we have previously announced, our initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.
Dear PPS Middle School Families,
We apologize for the confusion many students and families are feeling with regard to middle school schedules and expectations for distance learning instruction. We have worked with educators and administrators throughout this week to come to a more clear understanding related to middle school learning experience, and want to make sure you know what to expect as well.
Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,
As we welcome students back to the new school year, an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test – this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes.
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 commpassionate, 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.