Laurelhurst School

School Grade Levels: K-8

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  • PAT Strike Update

    As the pending teacher strike approaches, I know there is considerable uncertainty and feelings of stress. If an agreement between the PAT and PPS district is not reached by Tuesday, there will be no school starting on Wednesday, November 1st. During a strike, teachers will not be allowed to provide any work for students. Teachers will not have access to their PPS devices, curriculum, or our school building. Therefore, if you have questions or concerns, you may contact the front office.


    The district will be providing information to families regularly, so please check your emails for PPS updates. Below is information from our district to guide our families.


    • Nutrition Services - All students 18 and younger will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch from the nutrition site located closest to you. A list of sites is HERE. (NOTE: Laurelhurst School will NOT offer grab-and-go meals, so please look at the map to see which other school building that is providing services is closest to you.)

    • Building Access - The building will be closed to all students, families, and teachers. All sports and enrichments taking place at PPS schools will be canceled for all K-8 students. (Note: YMCA is not running their program at Laurelhurst School during the strike.)

    • Our district will be providing a collection of online resources for students. To access materials and get more information visit PPS’s Resource for Learning PageThere will not be any requirement for school work to be completed and no new assignments will be provided to students. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to use this time to get caught up on any outstanding assignments. All students will have access to optional, supplemental learning resources. Please use this website to access the resources.

    • We encourage students to read, write a letter to a family member, do step-by-step drawings, play games, use learning apps on the PPS landing page, and play outside.

    • Clubs and After School Activities - All after school clubs, enrichments, and activities will be canceled during the strike. Enrichment providers will communicate with you directly regarding how they will handle the closures.

    • PPS District Parent Page - This link includes ideas about how to talk with your child about the strike and other helpful information.


    Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these challenging and uncertain times. Be sure to check for emails from our school and from PPS with any updates. Also, a reminder that regardless of a work stoppage (or not) there will be NO SCHOOL for students on Friday, 11/3. This is a planned teacher work-day for grading.


    To stay connected with other families and get information on community activities surrounding the strike, you can check out postings on the PTA-run Konstella app.

  • Need Some Holiday Help?

    Dear Laurelhurst Families,


    With the holiday season and school breaks approaching, if there is anything your student(s) or your family needs, you can fill out THIS FORM. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to your student's school counselor:


    Chelsea LaValley (KG-4th):

    Andrea Bloch (5th-8th):


    Thank you!

  • Chromebook Use During Strike

    The process for using district Chromebooks is a little different for each grade level. Please know that there will no academic expectations for students during a strike. If your student has access to another computer outside of school we encourage you to leave your student's Chromebook locked up at school. However, if you would like to take a district Chromebook home for the duration of the teacher strike, read on to find out about the process for your student's grade level.



    The district distributed on online form last week. Families who requested a device via that form will have a Chromebook sent home in their student's backpack on Monday or Tuesday of this week. Quick login cards—credit-card sized card with a QR code—will go home with Chromebooks for easy access to district materials.



    Students will receive a Chromebook unless families opt out of having a device sent home. IF YOU DO NOT want your student to take their Chromebook home, please fill out THIS FORM as soon as possible.



    All students will have take home their assigned Chromebooks as usual. Please ensure students take care and keep track of their Chromebooks, and they should come to school with them fully charged on the first post-strike school day.


    If you have any questions, please contact the main office for help!

  • Volunteer Opportunity: Library Help!

    Enjoy a moment of quiet before you pick up your children? Enjoy organizing and seeing results for your work? Then you should sign up to volunteer in the library! Ms Lang could use help with shelving and other library projects on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:25-3:15. Please note that you must have completed your PPS Volunteer Background Check first before signing up.


    To sign up see this document: Fall 2023 Library Volunteer Sign Up. Questions? email Ms. Lang at Thank you!


  • November 27th, 2023

    It is so exciting to have students and teachers back at school! Hearing student voices in classrooms, hallways, and on the playground is delightful. I also appreciated seeing so many of you at drop off and pick up today. Our students did great transitioning back to school, even with the late start, and it was heartwarming to see all the smiles and hugs!


    While I am filled with joy to have our community back in school, the decision to shorten Winter Break, while a legitimate way to make up lost instructional days, may also be challenging for many families. Like some of you, I have alternative plans and will not be able to be at school for part of this week. Please know that I trust you will choose what is best for your students and your family, whether that will be attending school that first week of Winter Break or keeping pre-planned trips or other activities.


    Please keep in mind that if students miss school for multiple days, they will be missing lessons and other activities that cannot be made up or replaced. We recognize that trips and opportunities for travel are exciting, rewarding, and educational. Teachers, however, are not in the position to provide materials for students who are missing multiple days of school, nor can virtual learning opportunities be assigned. Of course, there are many academic activities that your student can do while away from school, including reading, writing, math practice, computer-based apps and programs, and checking Canvas (if they are a middle school student) for assignments that can be completed online.


    Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this post-strike re-entry process. It felt wonderful today to be reconnected as a community, and I am excited for all the learning opportunities that will be happening at Laurelhurst in the coming weeks and months.


    Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns, and I look forward to seeing those who can make it at this Friday’s Principal’s Coffee in the Cafeteria at 9am.


    With Gratitude,


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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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