December 7, 2018
Dear Beach Parents, Families and Community,
Thank you so much for the opportunity to share, learn from you, set goals, and deepen partnerships with you at conferences. Connecting with parents matters so much in our efforts to ensure every child has strong learning outcomes and feels safe and happy at school. We still have a few conferences to reschedule; if you haven’t yet had yours please call the office (503-916-6236) or email your child’s teacher.
We are deep in that work of ensuring every child is learning and feeling safe and happy at school in many other ways, too. One is utilization of a tool our staff has revised and is committed to called “Beach Continuum of Behavior & Responses”. I’ll share and explain about it at the next “Coffee with the Principal” January 18. Another is utilization of a comprehensive, culturally responsive social emotional learning curriculum called Caring School Communities that compliments practices our staff already value and do (such as opening circles and teaching social-emotional regulation strategies). We are fortunate to be one of 11 schools who get to pilot CSC this year and will be prioritizing time for learning during staff meetings the rest of the year. And, we launched our first Student Success Assemblies before Thanksgiving; Round 2 are next Friday, December 14. At each of our 8 Student Success Assemblies this year we’ll define and recognize one of the values listed around our mission statement: Relationships, Effort, Collaboration, Engagement, Meaningful, Joyful Relationships, Growth. Teachers are engaging students around what these values mean, look and sound like, and why they are important to demonstrate, prior to assemblies. You are welcome to join us for any and all assemblies! Two additional strategies are described below by our Asst. Principal, Anjene Bryant and Teacher Librarian, Ayn Frazee.
I feel so grateful that each of your children attend Beach and for the opportunity to serve them, you and our staff. I hope you feel very good about our school and our staff’s commitment to and for your child. If you have any questions or topics you’d like to discuss please don’t hesitate to call the office to schedule an appointment or phone call with me. Here’s to a wonderful last week of the 2018 portion of our school year next week, and to lots of snuggly reading and other fun times with your child over winter break.
Students in Portland Public Schools’ Community Transition Program will get to learn valuable culinary skills, thanks in a part to a donation from a legendary singer.
Student and staff safety is a primary concern for Portland Public Schools. As part of the 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond, approximately $5 million was allocated to upgrade school security systems across the district. That work, known as the Secure Schools Project, uses national best practice recommendations that focus on securing school perimeters and controlling access.
Fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to visit their future middle school during open houses scheduled from January to May. This is a great opportunity for families to visit neighborhood schools, focus option and alternative programs.
Portland Public Schools marked a significant milestone in the work to bring a long-term vision to the district earlier this month, with the first meetings of the PPS Guiding Coalition. The meetings, which included about 100 participants and were themed “Let’s Dream Together,” took place Dec. 7 at the Blanchard Education Service Center and all day Dec. 8 at Faubion School.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting