• CHANGES TO BUS SCHEDULES

    Because of the severe bus driver shortage, we have experienced day-to-day changes with routes on which we do not have a driver available. To see uncovered routes each day, please see pps.net/routecheck

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 10/08/2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 8, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Many of you have been making generous offers to volunteer during lunch.  That is wonderful.  Even one day a week helps a lot!  We are all in this together, and the Sellwood community pulling together is what is going to build back our school better than ever.

    The lunch/recess schedule is as follows:

    6th-grade

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

    • 11:10 to 11:45

    Wednesday

    • 11:30 to 12:05

    7th/8th grade

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

    • 12:10 to 12:45

    Wednesday

    • 12:25 to 1:00

    Here is the PPS Volunteer Webpage with all of the information you need if you are interested in volunteering.

    If you complete all of the steps to register as a volunteer, please let me know which days/times you are interested and available for lunch/recess supervision.  We will buy you a whistle.

     

    Enjoy the three day weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

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  • Principal's Newsletter 10-01-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 1, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    As you may have heard, PPS is partnering with OSHU in the roll out of a new asymptomatic weekly COVID testing program.  The program is voluntary, and will be an early warning system for our community.  Elementary schools have already started the program, and middle schools will be next.  Please read about the initiative below, and if you would like your child to participate, submit the linked forms.

    I also wanted to say a few words about bus cancellations due to the bus driver shortage.  First, I want to say I am sorry.  Bus cancellations are making life nearly impossible for students and parents.  Some of you have reached out to inquire as to why the transportation department does not notify parents about bus cancellations until the morning of. I am not sure what their process is, as we have a difficult time being able to communicate with them. We hear about buses being cancelled in the morning, at the same time as parents.  I have heard the Superintendent is requesting the Governor deploy the National Guard to drive school buses, and PPS is offering new hires signing bonuses.  I apologize that the school cannot do more to help.

    We are changing our process for parents picking their student up for early dismissal.  We had been having parents buzz and then wait at the door while we call the student to the office to sign out.  However, we have realized that we can expedite the process if we have the parent buzz, come up to the office, sign in/out, and wait for the student to arrive at the office.  As long as the parent is not in the office for more than 15 minutes it is allowable under current COVID restrictions.  So, just ring the bell and we will buzz you in.  Please remember that early dismissal should be reserved for situations where it is absolutely necessary.  Also, please do not pick up your child for early dismissal within the last 10 minutes of the school day, unless your child is ill or there is an emergency.

    Finally, many of you have been inquiring about tents to support outdoor lunch.  The district has recently reversed its position on tents and will now allow larger semi-permanent structures.  I requested 3 tents, based on the requirement that tents be affixed to blacktop, and in an area that can be reasonably secured.  However, I have been told that K-5 schools, schools targeted for improvement, and Title 1 schools are being prioritized.  You can read district information about tents below.

    Reminder: Next week is a four-day week, with no school on Friday.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9/24/2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 24, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I was nice to see many of you last night at our 2nd Virtual Back-to-School Night.  If you missed it, no need to worry.  The presentation and all the videos are below, and in some ways, the materials are more helpful and easier to understand asynchronously than in real time during a virtual meeting.  Here’s to having an in person Back-to-School Night next year, I hope.

    As you know, we had our first COVID-19 positive case this week.  Fortunately, we were able to minimize the number of students needing to quarantine, and appear to have avoided a school-based outbreak.  I attribute this to many of the increased safety measures (masking, improved ventilation, eating outside, etc.) but mostly I attribute it to high levels of vaccination in both our staff and student populations.  Even though most 6th-graders are not eligible for vaccination, having a high percentage of our 7th and 8th-graders vaccinated has a preventative effect for those students not yet vaccinated.

    In fact, in Multnomah County, the percentage of vaccinated individuals between 12-17 is far greater than the 18-19 and even higher than the 20-29 age group, with 66% fully vaccinated and 75% partially vaccinated. 

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9/17/2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 17, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We have reached the end of our first full week of school.  Today we dodged a potential rainy day, and were able to continue with our outdoor lunch routine.  Lot’s of parents have asked me about our plan for when the weather turns and we need to eat indoors.  First, I would like to say that it will take more than a sprinkle or a few showers for us to eat indoors.  I recommend you make sure that if there is a chance of rain or cold weather, that your child come to school dressed warmly and with appropriate rain gear in case of showers.  I also recommend a cushion for eating outdoors, such as this one.  I see that many students already have these folding mats, and they will become more useful as the weather gets chillier.  Even when it is not raining, the ground can be cold and sometimes wet.  I believe the safety benefits of being outdoors are worth minor discomfort.  During the pandemic, many of us came to appreciate dining at our local eateries under chilly, damp, tents.  Honestly, people can get used to anything, and children are even more resilient and flexible.  Also, please be aware that classroom teachers will be keeping windows open for increased air flow.  We encourage students to dress warmly and in layers.

    As for eating indoors, you can read Sellwood’s Meal Safety Plan here.

    Vandalism at Sellwood!  You may have heard of the TikTok challenge encouraging students to vandalize school bathrooms by ripping down soap dispensers and otherwise trashing them, and then posting the videos on TikTok.  This TikTok challenge has spread to schools across the country, making a difficult school year even more challenging to manage.  Unfortunately, we have had at least one bathroom vandalized every day, and have had some days when we have had to close and lock several bathrooms, both boys and girls, due to them being vandalized.  Please talk to your children about this matter.  I am sure that this vandalism spree is driven by just a handful of students, but it is impacting everyone.  If your children have any information about who is behind this, please encourage them to talk to their counselor or administrator.  We never share where we have received our information.

    Finally, some of you have voiced concerns or had questions about what happens if there is a COVID positive case at Sellwood.  Fortunately, we have not had that happen yet at Sellwood.  Some students have become alarmed when their classmates are out sick and have speculated that a student has COVID-19.  It is only natural for students to speculate when someone is absent, and even come up with their own conclusions in the absence of information. However, there are many reasons why a student will miss school due to health reasons.  I work very closely with our school nurse and the health experts at MESD to review the health information of any student who is ill.  We follow a strict protocol to collect information and follow up on students who are ill (with any illness) or exposed to someone who is COVID positive.    In the event of a positive COVID case at school, MESD will provide me with expert advice, and within 24 hours I am required to contact any students or staff exposed, as well as send a general communication/notice to the entire Sellwood community.

    Please read on below to find more information about: Library at Recess and Back-to-School Night.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

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