Welcome back Beachies!
Please take a look at our Back to School Night video featuring a message from our principal, community partners, and awesome pictures of our new/returning staff and teachers.
Lets have a rockin' year!
August 16, 2019
Dear Beach Parents and Families,
I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer! It is exciting to have a new school year upon us in just two weeks. The first day of school for 1st-5th graders is Wednesday, August 28 and for kindergartners, Tuesday September 3. Our staff is collaborating and organizing for a great school year! We look forward to coming to know our students well and to connecting with you in meaningful ways. We are committed to strong learning outcomes for each and every student.
We have had the opportunity to hire some wonderful new Beach Staff members! Each of them brings experience, a value for meaningful, caring relationships, knowledge of high leverage, culturally responsive instructional practices, and deep commitments to the success of each child, every day.
Jeannie Seymour, 1st graders; English
Deisy Guzman, Kindergartners; DLI
Molly Sheean, 4th graders; DLI
Monique Shellmire, SUN Site Manager
Kevin Pilkey, Daytime Custodian
Dave Bierman, Evening Custodian
Sylvia Singer, ESL/Emerging Bilingual Students
Sofia Orr, .2 PE (Wednesdays)
Zach Williams, EA (lunch and recess like last year; funded via PTA gift to foundation this summer)
Kayla Lipscomb, Multnomah Early Childhood Program (MECP) Preschool Teacher
Jamille Manning, School Health Assistant
REAP Staff, TBA
Principal’s Secretary, TBA
Staff making changes…
Anna Davila-Marquez has a new role as School Climate Coach/Instructional Specialist.
Megan O’Leary is now .5 TechSmart Coach and .3 Reading Specialist.
Toni Smith-Myles, Principal’s Secretary, is principal’s secretary at Harriet Tubman Middle School.
Letisia Mejias-Dominguez will teach Kindergartners (DLI) at Bridger K-8.
Pia Nicastro is now Director of the Education team at Incight Education.
Jessica Holguin is Executive Assistant to Andrew Palau at the Luis Palau Association.
Mike Strand, our daytime custodian, retired in July.
Haley Heinz-Peterson, Educational Assistant, is taking leave mid-September through December.
Heather Stellpflug is Site Support Instructor at Rosa Parks. (Only schools who qualify for Title 1 funding have Site Support Instructors this year.)
Dameri Wagner is now PBIS Coach for MECP preschools across Multnomah County, including Beach; she’ll still be on our campus a few times per month. Congratulations Dameri and Welcome, Kayla!
Chris Hollum, REAP graduated with his MA in June and will be pursuing his career at the high school level.
Here are introductions of, or in some cases personal messages from, many of our new staff:
Hello Everyone! My name is Monique Shellmire, aka Ms. Mo, and I am the new SEI/Beach SUN Community School Site Manager. I am a Portland native who grew up in NE Portland where I graduated from Grant High School and after, attended University of Oregon where I earned my Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. I have been working with SEI for the past 6 years and for the last 5 years I was an In-School Coordinator at Ockley Green Middle School. I have a passion for contributing to making our community stronger and bridging cultural and racial gaps. I am looking forward to getting to know and working with each and every one of you this school year!
Deisy Guzman graduated with her MA from Concordia in 2016 and comes to us with four years of experience teaching English Instruction (2 years) and DLI (2 years) at Scott. She has her BA in Spanish and brings a passion for inspiring students to believe in themselves, also for bilingualism and connecting her students to pride in their culture, particularly her Mexican-American students who mirror her own experience. Deisy brings strengths in planning for and working from student strengths, ensuring student engagement, and excitement about her new school and grade level (she previously taught 4th grade). Deisy is excited and ready to bring joyful and strong learning experiences to our kindergartners.
Molly Sheean comes to us from Marrion Elementary in the Evergreen School District where she taught for 6 years and before that, from Salem-Keizer (3 years). She received her MAT and ELL/Bilingual Endorsement from Lewis & Clark College in 2009, and her BA in Spanish from U of O. Molly brings expertise in language acquisition strategies and instruction; her 4th grade classroom in Evergreen was even their district’s immersion model. Molly’s former colleagues describe her as collaborative, kind and loving.
Sofia Orr, our new .2 PE teacher. Hello! My name is Sofia . I am beyond excited to teach at Beach Elementary this year. I'll also be teaching at Atkinson, Woodlawn, and Capitol Hill, so it's a good thing I don't like sitting still! My hope for the coming year is to support your PE program and students, engaging with each athlete through their varied interests. I love gamifying developmental skills and also feel strongly that PE is a wonderful space for students to practice social skills like teamwork and sportsmanship. When not teaching PE, I'm probably out for a hike with my dog Jake or teaching yoga. I have a BFA in Modern Dance, and I love to cook and sing Broadway musicals (badly). I can't wait to add some of your family's favorite music to my playlists for class!
Kevin Perkey and Dave Bierman both come to us from Jefferson High School, although Kevin worked at Beach with our custodian Mike Strand back in 2012. Last year, Dave substituted for PPS. I would also like to highlight Jitendra Singh, our other evening custodian; I didn’t properly introduce him last year and we are so fortunate to have him! Jitendra and his family moved to the US from Fiji about a year ago, joining his siblings who had moved to the Portland area some years previously. Thank you Jitendra, Kevin and Dave for all you’ve done and are doing to make Beach shine for 2019-20!!
Jeannie Seymour joined us last January and was introduced at that time, but for new families, Ms. Seymour and her family moved to Oregon from Kingsville, Texas last winter. Thus, she began the 2018-19 year teaching 1st and 2nd graders in Kingsville and ended it as a wonderful teacher for our Beach Kindergartners… half of whom will now get to know her as their 1st grade teacher this year! Jeannie has been teaching young children since 2004; her experience and expertise shines through all conversations and interactions. In addition to teaching, Jeannie has certificates in ESL and Special Education. She received her BA in Sociology at McNeese State University.
Sylvia Singer brings ten years experience and has just returned from a three month language study experience in Spain. Sylvia taught ESL at Dr. Martin Luther King and also for six years in Woodburn. Her main goal as an educator is to give English Language Learners the confidence they need to succeed to their highest potential and she works hard to ensure students, parents, and teachers quickly realize each student’s potential as well as the opportunities that come with being multilingual or bilingual. She lives in our neighborhood and is very excited to be joining us!
Zach Williams is our very valued lunch and recess supervision Educational Assistant. This year, Zach will work closely with our Playworks Coach as that person further prepares our staff to be ready to move to the “Team Up” Playworks model next year; in that model we will have just 4.5 days per month with a coach instead of daily coach presence. Our staff will take over the recess roles our Playworks Coach currently leads. We’ll need someone to lead our basketball league, too, so be sure to connect with us this year if you’d like to consider that role next year! Zach has agreed to take on leadership for us with this Playworks transition next year. So, in addition to continuing his wonderful work with our students and care for our school overall, he’ll work closely with our coach (I hope to get our coach’s name soon).
At the classroom level then, here is our Beach classroom teacher staff for 2019-20!
Kindergarten: Christina Lockett, Jose Siam, Deisy Guzman
1st Grade: Jeannie Seymour, Janeth Hernandez-Solis, AnnMarie Fitzhenry-Juarez
2nd Grade: Julianne Stevens, Laurel Hazzard, Mila Edwards
3rd Grade: Cameron Shaw, Ani Ponz, Rodrigo Aguirre
4th Grade: Mika Hilbers, Kimmy Kenyon, Molly Sheean
5th Grade: Ali Piff, Oskar Almazan-Lopez, Stephanie Macdonald
Some School Day Details
Our school day is 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please support your children to be finished with breakfast (if they eat at school) and in their classroom by 8:45 a.m.. This year we do not have staffing available to have someone stand at the annex doors to let students arriving late (after 8:45) inside. If you arrive after 8:45 and find those doors locked, you will need to walk your child up to the front office for a late slip then back down to the annex. We know mornings can be hectic and apologize for this inconvenience. It is a reality of our physical space and level of staffing, so please plan to be here by 8:45 daily to avoid that unavoidable late arrival procedure. It is so beneficial to your child that you ensure them the opportunity to begin each day with the arrival routine and morning circle teachers thoughtfully plan for each student in their class to experience together.
**Supervision of students begins at 8:37 a.m. so it’s best if students don’t arrive until then, although we simultaneously want to support students who eat breakfast at school to enter the cafeteria doors for breakfast beginning at 8:30. Being part of on-time arrival routines with one's classmates and the teacher is a quick yet very important part of an organized, calm, productive day at school. Please instruct your child that if they are going to have school breakfast, they should get it BEFORE going to class. (Sometimes students arrive early, play around until just before 8:45, then head to get breakfast, arriving to class late.)
New All School, 1st Day of School Arrival Procedure… Meet Up on the Field!
In an effort to better support families who are not able to attend our Welcome Back Connect on Monday, August 26 and receive classroom assignments, all 1st-5th grade teachers will assemble their classroom communities on the field Wednesday August 28 beginning at 8:35, to welcome students to the new school year. Teachers will stand on the field in “fire drill order” (ask your child or look for teacher names on signs). Support staff will help families who still need the name of their teacher, or who don’t know which teacher is which, find the right spot. We hope this will feel welcoming and helpful! Please feel free to remain with your child until the teacher begins to walk inside the school building. If you’d like to help the office prepare for 1st day dismissal procedures, please report to the office after departing from the field.
Upcoming Events For Your Calendar!
Important After School Information
Please return the "After School Transportation Plan" for each of your children about how they will get home after school. We request all families to fill out this memo and return it to school on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. It is essential we know where each child should go after school. Make sure you go over your family’s plan carefully with your child. Each child should be sure of their bus number or who will be there for pick-up after school. All kindergarten - third grade students are required to have a bus tag attached to their backpack (the tag will come to you in Classroom Assignment Packets for students who ride buses). If your student rides the bus and doesn’t have a bus tag, please call the office and we will help.
Our School and Family Partnership
Parents, you are so important to us. We serve your child best, and do our best work, in collaboration and partnership with you. If you have a comment, question or concern, we want to know. Please always feel welcome to come in, call, share your ideas and input, think with us, and partner with us on behalf of each and every child. Our staff looks forward to a wonderful year of growth, learning and fun together with you and your child!
Project Community Care coming up Saturday morning, August 24!
Please come out to connect with friends and spruce up our school grounds on Community Care Day Saturday, August 24 from 9-12. Community Care Day is a wonderful opportunity to say hello, weed, prune and clean up our beautiful school grounds together, and to see our school look as cared for as it is, as our new school year approaches.
Please always feel free to call, text or email me if there is anything you’d like to talk about or ask.
Lisa Hawking, Principal
Four high school students from Portland Public Schools who have excelled academically despite hardships have been named Renaissance Scholars and recipients of $16,000 “Beat the Odds” college scholarships.
Earlier this year, Nichole Berg was scrolling through Facebook while visiting family when she came upon something that would change her life: a job description. The life-long Wisconsinite, then a vice principal at a Madison middle school, read about a position in Portland Public Schools she had never heard of before: Programs Manager for Climate Change and Climate Justice.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:00 PM District Board Meeting