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  • Principal's Newsletter 6.14.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – June 14, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Schools out for summer!

    This morning, we had a lovely promotion ceremony for our fabulous 8th graders.  We congratulate the high school graduating class of 2028 and wish them the best in high school!

    Thank you for everyone in attendance, and all of the staff members and parent volunteers who helped make the ceremony special!

    The beautiful banner backdrop, the lovely music from the Sellwood Jazz Band, the brilliant student speakers, and even the special jet flyover we arranged, went off without a hitch.

    Returning rising 7th & 8th graders, we look forward to seeing you again in August!

    Enjoy the summer!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Message from SMS Foundation

    SMS Community,

    As we close out the school year we want to say THANK YOU! We are so grateful for your support of the SMS Foundation this year! You showed up at bingo, you’ve been saving cans and you’ve made generous donations to provide staffing resources for next school year! We can’t tell you how grateful we are!

    There’s still time to donate by June 30, to support staffing at SMS in the 2024-2025 school year. Donate today at https://www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/donate

    As you may have heard, the PPS Board of Education voted on May 7 to stop allowing local school foundations to fundraise for staffing positions in their school. Instead, the district is launching a district-wide foundation starting on July 1. That being said, we have until June 30 to make donations to the SMS Foundation to impact staffing for next school year. 

    While the Foundation Board is saddened to know that we will no longer be able to raise funds to directly support our students at SMS, we are excited to share that our beloved fundraising efforts (blue bags, bingo, and more), will continue with the PTA next year. We are honored the PTA is keeping these fundraising efforts going to support our school, students, and teachers. Be on the lookout for more information about these fundraising efforts to support the PTA when the new school year begins.

    Warmly,

    SMS Foundation Board

    SELLWOOD’S GLOBAL READERS – FROM LIBRARIAN TINI MAIER

    We are so proud of our “global readers!” These students took on our school library challenge to travel the world through reading novels or nonfiction books of their choice, books through which they could really experience the land, people, history, or culture of that place. These students filled their READ THE WORLD passports with stickers and had a great time celebrating at our exclusive end-of-year field trips. Go GLOBAL READERS! 

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

     

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day – Ends 12:30 PM
    • August 27: First Day of School for 6th Grade Only
    • August 28: First Day of School for 7th & 8th Grade
    • Link to PPS Calendar for 2024 - 2025

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 6.7.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – June 7, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It was wonderful to see so many of you last night for Sellwood’s Annual Showcase Night.  Celebrating our students’ hard work is so important.  A big thank you to all of our teachers and students who worked hard on preparations.  Ms. Souther, the time, care, and effort you contribute to making Showcase happen are so appreciated.  Also, a shout out to our performers: Mr. Patterson and the jazz band, the Sellwood Stars, and the marimba band.  What a treat – I felt so proud of our accomplished students, whether they were performing, displaying their artwork, or their academic projects. 

    Next week is the last week of school, with our annual field trips to Oaks Park on Monday and Tuesday, and 8th grade promotion on Friday.

    Don’t forget, next Friday, the last day of school, is a half-day ending at 12:30 PM.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Message from SMS Foundation

    SMS Community,

    As we close out the school year we want to say THANK YOU! We are so grateful for your support of the SMS Foundation this year! You showed up at bingo, you’ve been saving cans and you’ve made generous donations to provide staffing resources for next school year! We can’t tell you how grateful we are!

    There’s still time to donate by June 30, to support staffing at SMS in the 2024-2025 school year. Donate today at https://www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/donate

    As you may have heard, the PPS Board of Education voted on May 7 to stop allowing local school foundations to fundraise for staffing positions in their school. Instead, the district is launching a district-wide foundation starting on July 1. That being said, we have until June 30 to make donations to the SMS Foundation to impact staffing for next school year. 

    While the Foundation Board is saddened to know that we will no longer be able to raise funds to directly support our students at SMS, we are excited to share that our beloved fundraising efforts (blue bags, bingo, and more), will continue with the PTA next year. We are honored the PTA is keeping these fundraising efforts going to support our school, students, and teachers. Be on the lookout for more information about these fundraising efforts to support the PTA when the new school year begins.

    Warmly,

    SMS Foundation Board

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Dines Out

    Thank you to Pure Green Sellwood for hosting our final SDO of the school year! We are grateful for your support and enjoyed all the delicious juices, smoothies, bowls, and mimosas.

    We look forward to kicking off SDO again in the fall!

    8th Grade Promotion

    Please join us Friday, June 14 at 10:30 am at Sellwood Field (weather permitting)! We will celebrate the 8th graders with a ceremony, the Sellwood Band, distribution of certificates, refreshments and a photo booth.

    8th Grade Graduate Yard Signs

    If you ordered a yard sign for your 8th grader, they are in. PTA members have reached out via email to let you know where and when to pick up your sign. If you have any questions, please email sellwoodpta@gmail.com

    Important links:

    CHROMEBOOK COLLECTION JUNE 10th and 11th

    We are finalizing plans for the end-of-year collection of Chromebooks.  In order to complete our inventory process, we will be collecting all Chromebooks and chargers.

    • 6th and 7th graders will turn in their Chromebooks & chargers on June 10th in their science classes.
    • 8th graders will turn in their Chromebooks & chargers on June 11th in their science classes.

    Please ensure that your child turns in their Chromebook and charger on the collection date to avoid being billed for a missing Chromebook or charger.

    In October, the School Board updated the board policy on instructional materials, 6.40.010-P, to include charging students for lost or damaged equipment.  Schools are being asked to bill families for lost or intentionally damaged Chromebooks or chargers. Chromebook replacements are $515 and lost chargers are $11.50.

    8TH-GRADE PROMOTION

    Friday June 14, 8th Grade Promotion

    Sellwood Field, 10:30-11:30 am

    Please join in celebration of our Sellwood Middle School 8th grade class with a promotion ceremony at the Sellwood Middle School Field.  We will have our amazing Sellwood Middle School band performing, with a photo booth and light refreshments for families and graduates.

    Thank you to Sellwood PTA for sponsoring this event! If you would like to volunteer, please look on Konstella for Sign Ups or email Liz: supere@ohsu.edu.

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion 10:30 – 11:30 AM
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day – Ends 12:30 PM
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  • Principal's Newsletter 5.31.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 31, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We are entering the last two weeks of the school year, and they are packed with events!

    We have Showcase Night on June 6th, from 5:30 to 7:30.  We have our end of year trip to Oaks Park, June 10th for 8th graders, and June 11th for 6th & 7th graders.  Finally, we have 8th-grade promotion on the last day of school, June 14th, from 10:30 to 11:30.

    Important note:  The last day of school, Friday, June 14th, is a half-day.  School will end at 12:30 PM.  Buses will run as normal.

    Also, please read the important information below about end-of-year Chromebook and charger collection.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Dines Out - Pure Green - June 4

    We are excited to share our last SDO event of this school year! Pure Green Sellwood has generously offered to share a portion of their sales on June 4 to support SMS. Please drop in for delicious juices, smoothies, bowls, and $5 mimosas offered between 3:00-6:00 pm. Thanks for your support!

    8th Grade Promotion

    Please join us Friday, June 14 at 10:30 am at Sellwood Field (weather permitting)! We will celebrate the 8th graders with a ceremony, the Sellwood Band, distribution of certificates, refreshments and a photo booth.

    We could still use a few volunteers to help with this event. If you are interested, please sign up on Konstella.

    Cleveland High School PTA Event

    The Cleveland High School PTA is recruiting new members and volunteers for the 2024-25 school year, and they'd love more incoming freshman parent perspectives. Please join them for a no-commitment happy hour to meet current CHS PTA members and learn more about CHS and ways to get involved.

    When: Wednesday, June 5th, 5-7pm

    Where: Hopworks Brewery, 2944 SE Powell Blvd, near CHS!

    Why: Meet the super fun and friendly CHS PTA and learn about CHS and volunteer opportunities!

    Please email chsptapdx@gmail.com if you have any questions.

    We hope to see you there!

    Important links:

    CHROMEBOOK COLLECTION JUNE 10th and 11th

    We are finalizing plans for the end-of-year collection of Chromebooks.  In order to complete our inventory process, we will be collecting all Chromebooks and chargers.

    • 6th and 7th graders will turn in their Chromebooks & chargers on June 10th in their science classes.
    • 8th graders will turn in their Chromebooks & chargers on June 11th in their science classes.

    Please ensure that your child turns in their Chromebook and charger on the collection date to avoid being billed for a missing Chromebook or charger.

    In October, the School Board updated the board policy on instructional materials, 6.40.010-P, to include charging students for lost or damaged equipment.  Schools are being asked to bill families for lost or intentionally damaged Chromebooks or chargers. Chromebook replacements are $515 and lost chargers are $11.50.

    SELLWOOD SPRING SHOWCASE NIGHT, JUNE 6th

    Save the date for Sellwood’s Annual Student Showcase on June 6th.  The Showcase is a fun, drop-in event with displays of student work throughout the school, plus music and drama performances.  We will have an art show, science displays, math & games, language arts and social studies projects, and food carts.  Please see below for more details.

    OAKS PARK FIELD TRIPS

    All students should have received the Oaks Park permission form to sign and return. If you have not submitted the $18 payment, please do so right away.

    Go to the following link to log in.  You may need to create an account.

    https://pps.schoolpay.com/

    The name of the account is SELLWOOD Oaks Park Year End Field Trip All Grades

    On Tuesday of next week, we must confirm with Oaks Parks our final number of park bracelets, so  please make your $18 payment today, Thursday May 23rd, or tomorrow, Friday May 24th. Let me know if your child needs a scholarship for the Oaks Park bracelet by replying to this email.

    We don’t want your child to miss out on the fun end-of-year trip with their class.

    Here are the details of the field trip.  

    • When
    • 8th graders - Monday, June 10th, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm 
    • 6th/7th graders – Tuesday, June 11th, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm 
    • Transportation:  We will be walking both to and from the park.  Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!  All students will return to Sellwood for school dismissal; no exceptions. 
    • Cost$18.00 will include Adrenalin Peak Roller Coaster, Go-Karts, Atmosphere (new ride). 
      • Preferred payment on-line with School Pay. 
      • If this presents a financial hardship, scholarships are available. Let us know by emailing Ms. Collins dcollins@pps.net or Claire Howard choward1@pps.net
    • Lunch:  Students may: 1. Bring a sack lunch, 2. Request a Sellwood sack lunch, or 3. purchase lunch at OAKS Park.  Please note that there can be very long lines and waits for purchasing food at the park. We have reserved a Picnic Area (students can leave their lunch here during the day).
    • Other Costs:  Students can bring extra money for snacks, games. etc.
    • Due Date for Permission Slips: Friday, May 3rd.  (extended to May 17th)
    • Expectations: In order to make sure this experience is safe and enjoyable for everyone, students attending Oaks Park are expected to be on their best behavior and must be responsive to adult direction.  We are also expecting that as we come closer to the end of the year, that students will continue to meet behavior expectations while at school.
    • If a student were to receive a serious stage 2-3 referral that would merit suspension, between now and the end of the year, that student may be suspended from attending Oaks Park with their class.  Examples of incidents that may merit suspension: fighting, serious disruptive conduct, violation of the PPS drug/alcohol policy, bullying and harassment, physical attack/harm, property damage (intentional), etc. 

    8TH-GRADE PROMOTION

    Friday June 14, 8th Grade Promotion

    Sellwood Field, 10:30-11:30 am

    Please join in celebration of our Sellwood Middle School 8th grade class with a promotion ceremony at the Sellwood Middle School Field.  We will have our amazing Sellwood Middle School band performing, with a photo booth and light refreshments for families and graduates.

    Thank you to Sellwood PTA for sponsoring this event! If you would like to volunteer, please look on Konstella for Sign Ups or email Liz: supere@ohsu.edu.

    ANNUAL SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL SURVEY

    • Good news families. If you got busy and forgot to complete the 2024 PPS Family Survey, the deadline has been extended another week. The window will now close on June 7th.
    • Don’t miss this critical chance to share your feedback with PPS and Sellwood.  Your input is critical as we work to make our schools and district as good as they can be. 
    • Emails were sent on May 6th and 20th with direct links to the survey. You may complete the survey online using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can also find the survey by visiting the website https://surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily23/surveys

    For more information, please refer to the attached SLIDES or on the PPS Survey Homepage.  

    • We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact the School Climate Specialist at mmortensen@pps.net.

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • June 6: Showcase Night 5:30 – 7:30 PM
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion 10:30 – 11:30 AM
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day – Ends 12:30 PM

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 5.24.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 24, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Sellwood's 2023-24 yearbooks have arrived! They look beautiful, and I know every student will want one.  For the first time this year, we are committed to providing a yearbook to every single student regardless of ability to pay.

    We need your support in order to make this sustainable.  We are requesting a suggested $17-$20 donation to our Sellwood Yearbook Donation account in School Pay (the price for a yearbook was $25 last year).  You can donate more, especially if you have more than one child at Sellwood.  We hope that our “Yearbooks for All” plan will make for a more enjoyable and equitable end of the year experience for all.


    Here's the link to SchoolPay.  https://pps.schoolpay.com/  If you need assistance with SchoolPay, the SchoolPay parent help phone number is 833-731-2600.

    Thank you in advance for your generosity in bringing this end-of-year experience to all of our students. 

    Again: every student will receive a yearbook the last week of school, but we need your help!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour 2024 - Thank You!

    Thank you to all who supported, attended and volunteered for the Garden Tour last weekend, and special thanks to our community members who generously donated their gardens. It was a tremendous success and helped us raise needed funds to support the school. We look forward to seeing you next year!

    PTA General Meeting - May 28

    Please join us for our final PTA meeting of the school year on May 28 at 7:00 pm in the SMS library. We will have an update from Principal Carbone on staffing for the 2024-2025 school year, as well as an update from SMS librarian Tini Maier on the library book budget. 

    We will also welcome special guest Frenchie Huey from Yondr. We are exploring the idea of using Yondr to secure student cell phones at SMS. During the presentation we will learn about the benefits of Yondr and how Yondr works, and have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a costly investment for the school and an important conversation as we consider potential implementation. Please see the articles below for more information on Yondr:

    https://www.overyondr.com/phone-free-schools

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/05/01/school-cellphones-confiscate/

    https://osba.org/cellphone-ban-transforms-mt-scott-school-days/

    We will also approve our 2024-25 PTA Board slate and budget. We look forward to seeing you there!

    SMS PTA Board - 2024-2025

    We are pleased to share our 2024-2025 PTA Board slate, which will be presented for approval at the general meeting on Tuesday:

    • President: Emily Quast
    • Vice-President: Katka Howland
    • Secretary: Carrie Spiteri
    • Treasurer: Bayra Garfield
    • Members-at-Large: Karen Hansen, Betsy Roberts, Ceri Cundiff, Amanda Cue, Scott DeMonte

    We are still welcoming new PTA board members and committee chairs for next year. Please consider joining us to and helping with important committees like Sellwood Dines Out, Staff Appreciation, PEAK programs and other important events throughout the year. Reach out to sellwoodpta@gmail.com with any questions and/or connect with us in person at the meeting next week.

    Sellwood Dines Out - Pure Green - June 4

    We are excited to share our last SDO event of this school year. Pure Green Sellwood has generously offered to share a portion of their sales on June 4 to support SMS. Please drop in for delicious juices, smoothies, bowls, and $5 mimosas offered between 3:00-6:00 pm. Thanks for your support!

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD SPRING SHOWCASE NIGHT, JUNE 6th

    Save the date for Sellwood’s Annual Student Showcase on June 6th.  The Showcase is a fun, drop-in event with displays of student work throughout the school, plus music and drama performances.  We will have an art show, science displays, math & games, language arts and social studies projects, and food carts.  Please see below for more details.

    OAKS PARK FIELD TRIPS – (FINAL DATE FOR PAYMENT - TUESDAY, MAY 28)

    All students should have received the Oaks Park permission form to sign and return. If you have not submitted the $18 payment, please do so right away, today or by Tuesday, May 28th.

    Go to the following link to log in.  You may need to create an account.

    https://pps.schoolpay.com/

    The name of the account is SELLWOOD Oaks Park Year End Field Trip All Grades

    On Tuesday of next week, we must confirm with Oaks Parks our final number of park bracelets, so  please make your $18 payment today if you haven't yet done so. Let me know if your child needs a scholarship for the Oaks Park bracelet by replying to this email.

    We don’t want your child to miss out on the fun end-of-year trip with their class.

    Here are the details of the field trip.  

    • When
    • 8th graders - Monday, June 10th, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm 
    • 6th/7th graders – Tuesday, June 11th, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm 
    • Transportation:  We will be walking both to and from the park.  Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!  All students will return to Sellwood for school dismissal; no exceptions. 
    • Cost$18.00 will include Adrenalin Peak Roller Coaster, Go-Karts, Atmosphere (new ride). 
      • Preferred payment on-line with School Pay. 
      • If this presents a financial hardship, scholarships are available. Let us know by emailing Ms. Collins dcollins@pps.net or Claire Howard choward1@pps.net
    • Lunch:  Students may: 1. Bring a sack lunch, 2. Request a Sellwood sack lunch, or 3. purchase lunch at OAKS Park.  Please note that there can be very long lines and waits for purchasing food at the park. We have reserved a Picnic Area (students can leave their lunch here during the day).
    • Other Costs:  Students can bring extra money for snacks, games. etc.
    • Due Date for Permission Slips: Friday, May 3rd.  (extended to May 17th)
    • Expectations: In order to make sure this experience is safe and enjoyable for everyone, students attending Oaks Park are expected to be on their best behavior and must be responsive to adult direction.  We are also expecting that as we come closer to the end of the year, that students will continue to meet behavior expectations while at school.
    • If a student were to receive a serious stage 2-3 referral that would merit suspension, between now and the end of the year, that student may be suspended from attending Oaks Park with their class.  Examples of incidents that may merit suspension: fighting, serious disruptive conduct, violation of the PPS drug/alcohol policy, bullying and harassment, physical attack/harm, property damage (intentional), etc. 

    8TH-GRADE PROMOTION

    Friday June 14, 8th Grade Promotion

    Sellwood Field, 10:30-11:30 am

    Please join in celebration of our Sellwood Middle School 8th grade class with a promotion ceremony at the Sellwood Middle School Field.  We will have our amazing Sellwood Middle School band performing, with a photo booth and light refreshments for families and graduates.

    Thank you to Sellwood PTA for sponsoring this event! If you would like to volunteer, please look on Konstella for Sign Ups or email Liz: supere@ohsu.edu.

    ANNUAL SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL SURVEY

    • There is only ONE WEEK LEFT for you to take the 2024 PPS Family Survey. 
    • Don’t miss this chance to share your feedback with PPS and Sellwood.  Your input is critical as we work to make our schools and district as good as they can be. 
    • Emails were sent on May 6th and 20th with direct links to the survey. You may complete the survey online using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can also find the survey by visiting the website https://surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily23/surveys

    For more information, please refer to the attached SLIDES or on the PPS Survey Homepage.  

    • We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact the School Climate Specialist at mmortensen@pps.net.

    LOST OR INTENTIONALLY DAMAGED CHROMEBOOKS

    As we are nearing the end of the 2023-24 school year, questions are surfacing about students who have lost or intentionally damaged their Chromebook or their charger/adapter.  In October, the School Board updated the board policy on instructional materials, 6.40.010-P, to include charging students for lost or damaged equipment. Parents/guardians will pay the school and the school will purchase replacement Chromebook using the PPS IT Purchasing process. Chromebook replacements are $515 and lost chargers are $11.50.

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • May 28: PTA Meeting 7PM
    • June 6: Showcase Night 5:30 – 7:30 PM
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion 10:30 – 11:30 AM
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day
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  • Principal's Newsletter 5.20.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 20, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    My apologies for the delayed newsletter.  Last week, I was out of town caring for my elderly mother (95!) who has been doing poorly.

    I was also sorry to miss the PTA Garden Tour yesterday.  I heard that it was a lovely event, as usual, and a great success.  Thanks to all that attended and supported our wonderful PTA!

    This week, we will be conducting state testing on Tuesday (ELA) and Thursday (math).  Please make sure your child gets a good night’s rest and arrives to school on time with a fully-charged Chromebook.

    Have a great week!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    STATE TESTING

    OSAS testing is on May 21st and 23rd. We will have a different bell schedule for these 2 days; please see below. Please note that any opted out students will stay in class for the duration of the class, working silently. To prepare for these important tests, please make sure your student:

    • gets a good night sleep
    • eats a healthy breakfast
    • brings a snack to eat during the testing break
    • brings a fully charged Chromebook

    PTA NEWS

    PTA General Meeting - May 28

    Please join us for our final PTA meeting of the school year on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 pm in the SMS library. We will have an update from Principal Carbone and will approve our budget and board for the 2024-2025 school year. We look forward to seeing you there!

    8th Grade Graduation Volunteers Needed: June 14

    Please check Konstella for opportunities to help with set up & decorations, refreshments, handing out certificates, and clean-up. This is a special day for our 8th graders and we need your support to make it happen!

    SMS PTA Board opportunities - 2024-2025

    We are looking for new PTA Board members for the 2024-2025 school year. We will have several member-at-large vacancies on the board and want to ensure all feeder schools are represented. Please consider joining us to and helping with important committees like Sellwood Dines Out, Staff Appreciation, PEAK programs and other important events throughout the year. Reach out to sellwoodpta@gmail.com with any questions.

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD SPRING SHOWCASE NIGHT, JUNE 6th

    Save the date for Sellwood’s Annual Student Showcase on June 6th.  The Showcase is a fun, drop-in event with displays of student work throughout the school, plus music and drama performances.  We will have an art show, science displays, math & games, language arts and social studies projects, and food carts.  Please see below for more details.

    OAKS PARK FIELD TRIPS – PERMISSION SLIPS WERE DUE MAY 3rd

    All students should have received the Oaks Park permission form to sign and return. If you have not submitted your child’s field trip permission form and the $18 payment, please do so right away. 

    Here are the details of the field trip.  

    • When
    • 8th graders - Monday, June 10th, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm 
    • 6th/7th graders – Tuesday, June 11th, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm 
    • Transportation:  We will be walking both to and from the park.  Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!  All students will return to Sellwood for school dismissal; no exceptions. 
    • Cost$18.00 will include Adrenalin Peak Roller Coaster, Go-Karts, Atmosphere (new ride). 
      • Preferred payment on-line with School Pay. 
      • If this presents a financial hardship, scholarships are available. Let us know by emailing Ms. Collins dcollins@pps.net or Claire Howard choward1@pps.net
    • Lunch:  Students may: 1. Bring a sack lunch, 2. Request a Sellwood sack lunch, or 3. purchase lunch at OAKS Park.  Please note that there can be very long lines and waits for purchasing food at the park. We have reserved a Picnic Area (students can leave their lunch here during the day).
    • Other Costs:  Students can bring extra money for snacks, games. etc.
    • Due Date for Permission Slips: Friday, May 3rd.  (extended to May 17th)
    • Expectations: In order to make sure this experience is safe and enjoyable for everyone, students attending Oaks Park are expected to be on their best behavior and must be responsive to adult direction.  We are also expecting that as we come closer to the end of the year, that students will continue to meet behavior expectations while at school.
    • If a student were to receive a serious stage 2-3 referral that would merit suspension, between now and the end of the year, that student may be suspended from attending Oaks Park with their class.  Examples of incidents that may merit suspension: fighting, serious disruptive conduct, violation of the PPS drug/alcohol policy, bullying and harassment, physical attack/harm, property damage (intentional), etc. 

    8TH-GRADE PROMOTION

    Friday June 14, 8th Grade Promotion

    Sellwood Field, 10:30-11:30 am

    Please join in celebration of our Sellwood Middle School 8th grade class with a promotion ceremony at the Sellwood Middle School Field.  We will have our amazing Sellwood Middle School band performing, with a photo booth and light refreshments for families and graduates.

    Thank you to Sellwood PTA for sponsoring this event! If you would like to volunteer, please look on Konstella for Sign Ups or email Liz: supere@ohsu.edu.

    ANNUAL SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL SURVEY

    Our district values your feedback! We are currently surveying PPS and Sellwood families in order to gain insight into your perception of our school and district effectiveness. To ensure we continue to provide high quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of our learners and prepare them for college and career, we need your feedback. We want to know what you think.

    To administer these surveys, we have partnered with Panorama Education to conduct our 2024 Family Survey. Panorama safeguards your privacy, keeping your responses

    confidential. The survey shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete, and will be a valuable source of information for us as we work to make our schools and district as

    good as they can be.
     

    You should have received an email on May 6th with a link to the survey. You may complete the survey online between May 6th and May 31 using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you didn’t receive an email, you can complete the survey by visiting the following website

    https://surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily23/surveys

    • For more information, please refer to the attached SLIDES

    We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact School Climate Specialist at mmortensen@pps.net

    LOST OR INTENTIONALLY DAMAGED CHROMEBOOKS

    As we are nearing the end of the 2023-24 school year, questions are surfacing about students who have lost or intentionally damaged their Chromebook or their charger/adapter.  In October, the School Board updated the board policy on instructional materials, 6.40.010-P, to include charging students for lost or damaged equipment. Parents/guardians will pay the school and the school will purchase replacement Chromebook using the PPS IT Purchasing process. Chromebook replacements are $515 and lost chargers are $11.50.

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 21: OSAS Testing - ELA
    • May 22: Spring Band Concert – 6PM
    • May 23: OSAS Testing - Math
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • May 28: PTA Meeting 7PM
    • June 6: Showcase Night 5:30 – 7:30 PM
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion 10:30 – 11:30 AM
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day
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  • Principal's Newsletter 5.10.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 10, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It’s been a very busy week! On Tuesday, our 7th-grade field trip to Pure Seeds Farm and our 8th-grade trip to the University of Oregon were big undertakings.  We received positive feedback from staff and students, so we consider the trips to have been well worth the effort.  Thank you so much to the family members who volunteered as chaperones!  We could not have done it without you.  We also thank the Sellwood PTA for helping upgrade the U of O buses to Blue Star Coaches.  The trip to Eugene was much more comfortable for all.

    This week was Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, and the PTA and our parent community once again went above and beyond to show the Sellwood MS team some love with a Higgins Bagels breakfast and Jade Bistro lunch.  We are so grateful for our community, and grateful for our teachers and staff.

    Finally, last night was the opening night for our first school play in 5 years, Roshambo.  It was very well received, and our whole student body got to see it performed this morning at a school-wide assembly.  The final performance will be tonight at 7PM.  Our drama teacher, Ms. Crabtree, and her team of actors and stage crew, have worked so hard to make the play a success.  Congratulations, team Roshambo!

    Sellwood family, thanks for all you do.  Try to stay cool this weekend :-)

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour 2024 - May 19 - Volunteers Needed

    We have many volunteer opportunities open for the Garden Tour on Konstella - this is a great opportunity to support the school and connect with members of the SMS community. 

    We will have 2 shifts open that day, 10:45am-1:30pm and 1:30-4:15pm. Volunteers will be assigned to each of our 6 gardens as hosts, directing traffic, answering questions, and representing the school. Please check Konstella for all volunteer openings and reach out if you have questions. We appreciate your support!

    8th Grade Graduation Sign Orders & Volunteers Needed

    If you have a graduating 8th grader and would like to purchase a yard sign to celebrate them, please visit the following link: https://spirithero.com/collections/sellwood. The cost is $25 per sign ($30 if personalized). Questions? Email Liz Super at supere@ohsu.edu. Congratulations 8th graders!

    We are also looking for volunteer support for our 8th Grade Promotion on June 14. Please check Konstella for opportunities to help with set up & decorations, refreshments, handing out certificates, and clean up. This is a special day for our 8th graders and we need your support to make it happen!

    SMS PTA Board opportunities - 2024-2025

    We are looking for new PTA Board members for the 2024-2025 school year. We will have several member-at-large vacancies on the board and want to ensure all feeder schools are represented. Please consider joining us to and helping with important committees like Sellwood Dines Out, Staff Appreciation, PEAK programs and other important events throughout the year. Reach out to sellwoodpta@gmail.com with any questions.

    Important links:

    OAKS PARK FIELD TRIPS – PERMISSION SLIPS WERE DUE MAY 3rd

    All students should have received the Oaks Park permission form to sign and return. If you have not submitted your child’s field trip permission form and the $18 payment, please do so right away. 

    Here are the details of the field trip.  

    • When
    • 8th graders - Monday, June 10th, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm 
    • 6th/7th graders – Tuesday, June 11th, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm 
    • Transportation:  We will be walking both to and from the park.  Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!  All students will return to Sellwood for school dismissal; no exceptions. 
    • Cost$18.00 will include Adrenalin Peak Roller Coaster, Go-Karts, Atmosphere (new ride). 
      • Preferred payment on-line with School Pay. 
      • If this presents a financial hardship, scholarships are available. Let us know by emailing Ms. Collins dcollins@pps.net or Claire Howard choward1@pps.net
    • Lunch:  Students may: 1. Bring a sack lunch, 2. Request a Sellwood sack lunch, or 3. purchase lunch at OAKS Park.  Please note that there can be very long lines and waits for purchasing food at the park. We have reserved a Picnic Area (students can leave their lunch here during the day).
    • Other Costs:  Students can bring extra money for snacks, games. etc.
    • Due Date for Permission Slips: Friday, May 3rd.  (extended to May 17th)
    • Expectations: In order to make sure this experience is safe and enjoyable for everyone, students attending Oaks Park are expected to be on their best behavior and must be responsive to adult direction.  We are also expecting that as we come closer to the end of the year, that students will continue to meet behavior expectations while at school.
    • If a student were to receive a serious stage 2-3 referral that would merit suspension, between now and the end of the year, that student may be suspended from attending Oaks Park with their class.  Examples of incidents that may merit suspension: fighting, serious disruptive conduct, violation of the PPS drug/alcohol policy, bullying and harassment, physical attack/harm, property damage (intentional), etc. 

    8TH-GRADE PROMOTION

    Friday June 14, 8th Grade Promotion

    Sellwood Field, 10:30-11:30 am

    Please join in celebration of our Sellwood Middle School 8th grade class with a promotion ceremony at the Sellwood Middle School Field.  We will have our amazing Sellwood Middle School band performing, with a photo booth and light refreshments for families and graduates.

    Thank you to Sellwood PTA for sponsoring this event! If you would like to volunteer, please look on Konstella for Sign Ups or email Liz: supere@ohsu.edu.

    STATE TESTING

    OSAS testing is on May 21 and 23rd. We will have a different bell schedule for these 2 days. To prepare for these important tests, please make sure your student:

    • gets a good night sleep
    • eats a healthy breakfast
    • brings a snack to eat during the testing break
    • brings a fully charged Chromebook

    ANNUAL SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL SURVEY

    Our district values your feedback! On Monday, you should receive an email from Panorama asking you to take a brief survey to tell us about your experience with PPS and Sellwood Middle. To ensure we continue to provide high quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of our learners and prepare them for college and career, we need your feedback. We want to know what you think.

     

    The survey window will begin on May 6th and close on May 31st. Your family will be able to take the survey online at home at your earliest convenience. If you do not receive an email with a link to the survey , you can go to the following link to take the survey: 

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily24/surveys

    Staff and students will take the survey on May 14th and 16th during the school day.

    For more information, please refer to the attached SLIDES

    We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact the School Climate Specialist at mmortensen@pps.net.

    SELLWOOD STARS ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2023-24

    Please help us congratulate our dance team, The Sellwood Stars, on an award-winning season.  Below is a list of their accomplishments.

    Philomath 2/10: 

    ★ Drill Down: Allyssa, Eowyn, Maya, Ramona, Ava, Phoebe, Sylvie, Saoirse, Cory, Olive

    ✯ Routine/Team Awards: 1st Jazz, 1st Contemporary

    Milwaukie/Dancesation 2/17:

    ★ Drill Down: Anna, Saoirse, Ramona

    ☆ Superstars: Ivy, Martine

    ✯ Routine/Team Awards: 2nd Jazz, 2nd Contemporary


    Rex Putnam 2/24:

    ★ Drill Down (Advanced): Eowyn, Saoirse, Phoebe, Sylvie

    ☆ Superstars: Ava, Zac, Eowyn

    ✯ Routine/Team Awards: 2nd Jazz, 2nd Contemporary, 2nd Hip Hop

    PIL/District Champs 3/9:

    ★ Drill Down: Maya, Saoirse, Sylvie, Anna, Phoebe (champion)

    State Champs 4/13:

    ★ Drill Down: Alessia, Willa, Ava, Maya, Anna, Slyvie, Eowyn, Ramona

    ☆ Super Stars: Allyssa, Ava, Maya

    ✯ Routine/Team Awards: 1st Hip Hop

    Routines: Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop

    Team Members: Martine, Alessia, Saoirse, Allyssa, Ivy, Ava, Tierney, Phoebe, Eowyn, Anna, Ellison, Willa, Maya, Olive, Cory, Lela, Sylvie, Ramona, Naomi, Zac, Nina, Kaya, Zani, Miranda, Oona, Finley, Frances, Willow

    ROGUE PACK THEATRE COLLECTIVE

    PLAYWRITING & PERFORMANCE SUMMER CAMP

    Rogue Pack Theatre Collective is offering a two week full-time summer theatre camp July 22 – Aug. 2nd culminating with a free performance in Sellwood Park for the whole community.

    Here is a preview of the registration page and info:

    https://roguepack.regfox.com/preview/58177b1c72eb459fb334fe2bdaad0bd5

    Ann Singer, Executive Director, Rogue Pack Theatre

    LOST OR INTENTIONALLY DAMAGED CHROMEBOOKS

    As we are nearing the end of the 2023-24 school year, questions are surfacing about students who have lost or intentionally damaged their Chromebook or their charger/adapter.  In October, the School Board updated the board policy on instructional materials, 6.40.010-P, to include charging students for lost or damaged equipment. Parents/guardians will pay the school and the school will purchase replacement Chromebook using the PPS IT Purchasing process. Chromebook replacements are $515 and lost chargers are $11.50.

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 9 & 10: Sellwood School Play “Roshambo” 7PM
    • May 17th: All 8th-grade trip to Cleveland HS
    • May 19: PTA Garden Tour
    • May 22: Spring Band Concert – 6PM
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • May 28: PTA Meeting 7PM
    • June 6: Showcase Night 5:30 – 7PM
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion 10:30 – 11:30 AM
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 5.3.24

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 3, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We are heading into the final six weeks of school, and many exciting events are coming up.  Please review the information about the two field trips happening next Tuesday, May 7th, for all 7th and 8th graders.  Although the deadline for field trip permission forms was today, we really do want all 7th-graders and 8th-graders to participate.  So, if you turn in the field trip form on Monday, we will still make room.  Keep in mind that all 7th and 8th grade teachers will be chaperoning these trips, so 7th and 8th grade classes will not be taking place on Tuesday.

    Also, as the weather gets warmer and we head into the final months of the year, we want to maintain our focus on academics and learning.  We would love to have parents help with Chromebook charging.  Chromebooks are an important daily tool in our classrooms and uncharged Chromebooks mean interrupted work time! Please help ensure that your students are coming to school with a fully charged Chromebook.  Teachers will really appreciate your help!

    Thanks for all you do.  Have a lovely weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    ANNUAL SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL SURVEY

    Our district values your feedback! On Monday, you should receive an email from Panorama asking you to take a brief survey to tell us about your experience with PPS and Sellwood Middle. To ensure we continue to provide high quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of our learners and prepare them for college and career, we need your feedback. We want to know what you think.

    The survey window will begin on May 6th and close on May 31st. Your family will be able to take the survey online at home at your earliest convenience. If you do not receive an email with a link to the survey , you can go to the following link to take the survey: 

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily24/surveys

    Staff and students will take the survey on May 14th and 16th during the school day.

    For more information, please refer to the attached SLIDES

    We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact the School Climate Specialist at mmortensen@pps.net.

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour 2024 - May 19 - Volunteers Needed

    We have many volunteer opportunities open for the Garden Tour on Konstella - this is a great opportunity to support the school and connect with members of the SMS community. 

    We will have 2 shifts open that day, 10:45am-1:30pm and 1:30-4:15pm. Volunteers will be assigned to each of our 6 gardens as hosts, directing traffic, answering questions, and representing the school. Please check Konstella for all volunteer openings and reach out if you have questions. We appreciate your support!

    8th Grade Graduation Sign Orders & Volunteers Needed

    If you have a graduating 8th grader and would like to purchase a yard sign to celebrate them, please visit the following link: https://spirithero.com/collections/sellwood. The cost is $25 per sign ($30 if personalized). Questions? Email Liz Super at supere@ohsu.edu. Congratulations 8th graders!

    We are also looking for volunteer support for our 8th Grade Promotion on June 14. Please check Konstella for opportunities to help with set up & decorations, refreshments, handing out certificates, and clean up. This is a special day for our 8th graders and we need your support to make it happen!

    SMS PTA Board opportunities - 2024-2025

    We are looking for new PTA Board members for the 2024-2025 school year. We will have several member-at-large vacancies on the board and want to ensure all feeder schools are represented. Please consider joining us to and helping with important committees like Sellwood Dines Out, Staff Appreciation, PEAK programs and other important events throughout the year. Reach out to sellwoodpta@gmail.com with any questions.

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD FOUNDATION NEWS

    Hey there!

    We're on the lookout for some awesome people to join our Sellwood Middle School Foundation Board 2024-2025, and help us fundraise for some important programs at our school. We want to make sure we have the resources to pay for things like resource teachers, French classes, and other electives that will give our students a well-rounded education.

    As an SMS Foundation Board member, you'll be in charge of organizing fundraising campaigns, reaching out to potential donors, and building relationships with our community. We're looking for people who care about education and are excited about making a difference in the lives of our students. While experience in fundraising or nonprofit work is a plus, it's not required. We want a diverse group of people from all backgrounds to join us!

    If you're interested in getting involved and helping us out, shoot a message  Ashley Schmidt ashleyrschmidt@yahoo.com, cell number 503-267-0146 or find Sellwood Middle Foundation on Facebook or Instagram! We'd love to hear from you and talk more about how we can work together to support our school and its students.

    Thanks for considering this opportunity!

    Sellwood Middle School Foundation

    May 7 - 7TH GRADE PURE SEED FIELD TRIP

    All 7th grade students will attend a field trip to Pure Seed farm and headquarters to learn about careers in agriculture on May 7th from 9:30 to 2pm. Permission slips have been distributed and are due May 3rd.  We are looking for chaperones! If you are interested, please email mmortensen@pps.net

    May 7 - 8TH GRADE FIELD TRIP TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

    As part of college and career learning, all PPS 8th-graders will be visiting a college or university this spring.  Sellwood 8th graders will attend a field trip to the University of Oregon on May 7th.  Buses will be departing first thing in the morning, and returning at approximately 5PM.  Students will visit the Student Welcome Center, tour the campus, visit the Athletics Facilities and the Museum.  Field trip permission slips have been distributed and are due, Friday, May 3rd.  We are looking for chaperones! If you are interested, please email mmortensen@pps.net

    STUDENT LEADERSHIP CLASS NEWS

    Let's honor Earth Month by reducing our plastic impact!

    Did you know that only 9% of plastic is currently recycled? Do you have a “bag of bags” under a sink somewhere? Leadership students are spearheading a plastic film recycling drive through Ridwell. We can accept clean, dry plastic bags and film May 6 through May 20. Students and caregivers can drop off plastics inside, near the main office. ***To distinguish plastic *film* from some other kind, try to push your finger through the plastic. If it gives easily and you can make a hole in it, bring it to school!***

    This is a one-time collection, but Ridwell is also offering one year of FREE monthly plastic film pickups for Sellwood Middle School for the entire 2024-2025 school year if we get 10 new members to join (purchase a Ridwell subscription for your home) using this link by May 31, 2024:      get.ridwell.com/Sellwood

    Imagine the impact of a whole school recycling plastic film, bags, and packing materials. Our textbooks and Chromebooks alone result in a LOT of plastic packaging waste which could be avoided!

    LOST OR INTENTIONALLY DAMAGED CHROMEBOOKS

    As we are nearing the end of the 2023-24 school year, questions are surfacing about students who have lost or intentionally damaged their Chromebook or their charger/adapter.  In October, the School Board updated the board policy on instructional materials, 6.40.010-P, to include charging students for lost or damaged equipment. Parents/guardians will pay the school and the school will purchase replacement Chromebook using the PPS IT Purchasing process. Chromebook replacements are $515 and lost chargers are $11.50.

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 7: All 8th-grade Field Trip to University of Oregon in Eugene
    • May 7: All 7th-grade Field Trip to Pure Seed Farms
    • May 9 & 10: Sellwood School Play “Roshambo”
    • May 17th: All 8th-grade trip to Cleveland HS
    • May 19: PTA Garden Tour
    • May 22: Spring Band Concert
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • May 28: PTA Meeting 7PM
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 4.26.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 26, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    As we approach the final months of the school year, we have several upcoming field trips that I wanted to highlight.

    On May 7th, we will have two field trips.  The first is a field trip for all 7th graders, to Pure Seed Farms, and the 2nd is an all 8th-grade field trip to the University of Oregon.  All 7th and 8th grade teachers and many support staff will be chaperoning the two field trips, and there will be no 7th or 8th grade classes on that day.  Please read below for more information about the two May 7th field trips.  You should have already received the permission slips, and the permission slips are due May 3rd.

    We do realize that the University of Oregon is a long drive.  Originally, the central office had arranged for our visit at the University of Portland.  Unfortunately, U of P cancelled the trip, and the University of Oregon is the only other school accepting large groups of middle school students.  Many Sellwood students eventually attend U of O, and the trip should be a valuable learning experience for our 8th graders.  We thank the ever generous Sellwood PTA for helping us upgrade our transportation from bumpy orange school buses to Blue Star Coach, so at least the long drive will be comfortable, maybe even with a movie!

    Just announced - an all 8th grade trip to Cleveland High School for a tour and orientation on the morning of May 17th.  Buses will depart Sellwood just after the start of school and return to school at 11:25. Permission slips will be coming soon.

    Finally, we have the Oaks Park field trips on June 10th and 11th.  That is a lot of activity!

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour 2024 - May 19 - Volunteers Needed

    We have many volunteer opportunities open for the Garden Tour on Konstella - this is a great opportunity to support the school and connect with members of the SMS community. 

    We will have 2 shifts open that day, 10:45am-1:30pm and 1:30-4:15pm. Volunteers will be assigned to each of our 6 gardens as hosts, directing traffic, answering questions, and representing the school. Please check Konstella for all volunteer openings and reach out if you have questions. We appreciate your support!

    PTA Clothing Center Volunteers Needed - May 2

    We need 2-3 volunteers from SMS to help out at the Clothing Center, which is located at Marshall High School, from 9:30am-1:30pm on May 2. The Center serves over 2000 PPS students each school year, providing them with clothing and shoes so that they can feel good about attending school. Please sign up through Konstella or email sellwoodpta@gmail.com if you are able to help. Thank you!

    April PTA Social & Sellwood Dines Out

    Our thanks to PDX Sliders for hosting SDO on Tuesday! They generously donated a portion of their proceeds to support the school. Thanks also to those who joined the PTA and Principal Carbone that evening - we enjoyed connecting with all of you and meeting some new members of the SMS community.

    We look forward to seeing you at our next PTA General meeting on May 28 at 7:00pm in the SMS Library.

    8th Grade Graduation Sign Orders & Volunteers Needed

    If you have a graduating 8th grader and would like to purchase a yard sign to celebrate them, please visit the following link: https://spirithero.com/collections/sellwood. The cost is $25 per sign ($30 if personalized). Questions? Email Liz Super at supere@ohsu.edu. Congratulations 8th graders!

    We are also looking for volunteer support for our 8th Grade Promotion on June 14. Please check Konstella for opportunities to help with set up & decorations, refreshments, handing out certificates, and clean up. This is a special day for our 8th graders and we need your support to make it happen!

    SMS PTA Board opportunities - 2024-2025

    We are looking for new PTA Board members for the 2024-2025 school year. We will have several member-at-large vacancies on the board and want to ensure all feeder schools are represented. Please consider joining us to and helping with important committees like Sellwood Dines Out, Staff Appreciation, PEAK programs and other important events throughout the year. Reach out to sellwoodpta@gmail.com with any questions.

    Important links:

    7TH GRADE PURE SEED FIELD TRIP

    All 7th grade students will attend a field trip to Pure Seed farm and headquarters to learn about careers in agriculture on May 7th from 9:30 to 2pm. Permission slips have been distributed and are due May 3rd.  We are looking for chaperones! If you are interested, please email mmortensen@pps.net

    8TH GRADE FIELD TRIP TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

    As part of college and career learning, all PPS 8th-graders will be visiting a college or university this spring.  Sellwood 8th graders will attend a field trip to the University of Oregon on May 7th.  Buses will be departing first thing in the morning, and returning at approximately 5PM.  Students will visit the Student Welcome Center, tour the campus, visit the Athletics Facilities and the Museum.  Field trip permission slips have been distributed and are due, Friday, May 3rd.  We are looking for chaperones! If you are interested, please email mmortensen@pps.net

    OAKS PARK FIELD TRIPS – PERMISSION SLIPS DUE MAY 3rd

    All students should have received the Oaks Park permission form to sign and return. Here are the details of the field trip.  

    • When
    • 8th graders - Monday, June 10th, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm 
    • 6th/7th graders – Tuesday, June 11th, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm 
    • Transportation:  We will be walking both to and from the park.  Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!  All students will return to Sellwood for school dismissal; no exceptions. 
    • Cost$18.00 will include Adrenalin Peak Roller Coaster, Go-Karts, Atmosphere (new ride). 
      • Preferred payment on-line with School Pay. 
      • If this presents a financial hardship, scholarships are available. Let us know by emailing Ms. Collins dcollins@pps.net or Claire Howard choward1@pps.net
    • Lunch:  Students may: 1. Bring a sack lunch, 2. Request a Sellwood sack lunch, or 3. purchase lunch at OAKS Park.  Please note that there can be very long lines and waits for purchasing food at the park. We have reserved a Picnic Area (students can leave their lunch here during the day).
    • Other Costs:  Students can bring extra money for snacks, games. etc.
    • Due Date for Permission Slips: Friday, May 3rd.  
    • Expectations: In order to make sure this experience is safe and enjoyable for everyone, students attending Oaks Park are expected to be on their best behavior and must be responsive to adult direction.  We are also expecting that as we come closer to the end of the year, that students will continue to meet behavior expectations while at school.
    • If a student were to receive a serious stage 2-3 referral that would merit suspension, between now and the end of the year, that student may be suspended from attending Oaks Park with their class.  Examples of incidents that may merit suspension: fighting, serious disruptive conduct, violation of the PPS drug/alcohol policy, bullying and harassment, physical attack/harm, property damage (intentional), etc. 

    STUDENT LEADERSHIP CLASS NEWS

    May Day Flower Drive

    Bring hardy potted flowers or plants to donate at school May 1-3. Please bring plants to the courtyard before or after school. Leadership students will plant them outside to beautify our grounds! We are hoping for pansies, daisies, and other easy-care plants. Think of us when you are digging and dividing in your yard, or pick up an extra few plants at the garden center.

    Let's honor Earth Month by reducing our plastic impact!

    Did you know that only 9% of plastic is currently recycled? Do you have a “bag of bags” under a sink somewhere? Leadership students are spearheading a plastic film recycling drive through Ridwell. We can accept clean, dry plastic bags and film May 6 through May 20. Students and caregivers can drop off plastics inside, near the main office. ***To distinguish plastic *film* from some other kind, try to push your finger through the plastic. If it gives easily and you can make a hole in it, bring it to school!***

    This is a one-time collection, but Ridwell is also offering one year of FREE monthly plastic film pickups for Sellwood Middle School for the entire 2024-2025 school year if we get 10 new members to join (purchase a Ridwell subscription for your home) using this link by May 31, 2024:      get.ridwell.com/Sellwood

    Imagine the impact of a whole school recycling plastic film, bags, and packing materials. Our textbooks and Chromebooks alone result in a LOT of plastic packaging waste which could be avoided!

    LOST OR INTENTIONALLY DAMAGED CHROMEBOOKS

    As we are nearing the end of the 2023-24 school year, questions are surfacing about students who have lost or intentionally damaged their Chromebook or their charger/adapter.  In October, the School Board updated the board policy on instructional materials, 6.40.010-P, to include charging students for lost or damaged equipment. Parents/guardians will pay the school and the school will purchase replacement Chromebook using the PPS IT Purchasing process. Chromebook replacements are $515 and lost chargers are $11.50.

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 7: All 8th-grade Field Trip to University of Oregon in Eugene (returning 5PM)
    • May 7: All 7th-grade Field Trip to Pure Seed Farms
    • May 9 & 10: Sellwood School Play “Roshambo”
    • May 17th: All 8th-grade trip to Cleveland HS - AM only
    • May 19: PTA Garden Tour
    • May 22: Spring Band Concert
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 4.19.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 19, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Please help us congratulate Sellwood’s prize winning dance team, the Sellwood Stars, just returning from state competition in Pendleton.  They won 1st place for their HipHop Routine!  They also received three superstar awards:  Alyssa M. in Jazz, Ava B. in HipHop, and Maya S. in Contemporary. They also brought home eight drill down awards!

    Congratulations Sellwood Stars!

    I hope you enjoy the sunny weather,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    7TH-GRADE FORECASTING (FOR CURRENT 6TH-GRADERS) Due today!

    While students may have completed/submitted their forecasting forms, we do allow students/families to submit the form more than once.  When we start to build the schedule, we use the most recent submission.  The following documents are all that is needed to forecast.  There is the Google Form, the Elective Descriptions, and a video showing how to complete the form.

    7th-Grade Forecasting Form

    Elective Guide

    7th-grade Instructional Video

    Office Aide/TA Application

    8TH-GRADE FORECASTING (FOR CURRENT 7TH-GRADERS) Due today!

    While students may have completed/submitted their forecasting forms, we do allow students/families to submit the form more than once.  When we start to build the schedule, we use the most recent submission.  The following documents are all that is needed to forecast.  There is the Google Form, the Elective Descriptions, and a video showing how to complete the form.

    (There is a special trick to completing the form if your child does not want to select any of the year-long electives.  They should select “none” for the first choice, and then any of the other choices for second and third.  If “none” is selected for the first choice, we will ignore the others.)

    8th Grade Forecasting Form

    Elective Guide

    8th-grade Instructional Video

    Office Aide/TA Application

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour 2024 - May 19 - Volunteer Sign-Up

    We are posting volunteer opportunities for the Garden Tour on Konstella - this is a great opportunity to support the school and connect with members of the SMS community. 

    We will have 2 shifts open that day, 10:45am-1:30pm and 1:30-4:15pm. Volunteers will be assigned to each of our 6 gardens as hosts, directing traffic, answering questions, and representing the school. Please check Konstella for all volunteer openings and reach out if you have questions. We appreciate your support!

    April PTA Social at PDX Sliders

    Please join the PTA and Principal Carbone for a social gathering at PDX Sliders on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30-7:30 pm. This will be a great chance to connect and learn more about the PTA. We look forward to seeing you there!

    8th Grade Graduation Sign Orders

    If you have a graduating 8th grader and would like to purchase a yard sign to celebrate them, please visit the following link: https://spirithero.com/collections/sellwood. The cost is $25 per sign ($30 if personalized). 

    Questions? Email Liz Super at supere@ohsu.edu. Congratulations 8th graders!

    PTA Clothing Center Volunteers Needed - May 2

    We need 2-3 volunteers from SMS to help out at the Clothing Center, which is located at Marshall High School, from 9:30am-1:30pm on May 2. The Center serves over 2000 PPS students each school year, providing them with clothing and shoes so that they can feel good about attending school. Please sign up through Konstella or email sellwoodpta@gmail.com if you are able to help. Thank you!

    SMS PTA Board opportunities - 2024-2025

    We are looking for new PTA Board members for the 2024-2025 school year. We will have several member-at-large vacancies on the board and want to ensure all feeder schools are represented. Please consider joining us to and helping with important committees like Sellwood Dines Out, Staff Appreciation, PEAK programs and other important events throughout the year. Reach out to sellwoodpta@gmail.com with any questions!

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD FOUNDATION NEWS

    Sellwood Middle School Community,

    You may have read in the news that the PPS Board is discussing making changes to school based Foundations, effectively ending parents' ability to fundraise for specific schools.

    The SMS Foundation would like to keep you all updated on these developments. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions and concerns sellwoodmiddlefoundation@gmail.com.

    We're on the lookout for some awesome people to join our Sellwood Middle School Foundation Board 2024-2025, and help us fundraise for some important programs at our school. We want to make sure we have the resources to pay for things like resource teachers, French classes, and other electives that will give our students a well-rounded education.

    As an SMS Foundation Board member, you'll be in charge of organizing fundraising campaigns, reaching out to potential donors, and building relationships with our community. We're looking for people who care about education and are excited about making a difference in the lives of our students. While experience in fundraising or nonprofit work is a plus, it's not required. We want a diverse group of people from all backgrounds to join us!

    If you're interested in getting involved and helping us out, shoot a message Ashley Schmidt ashleyrschmidt@yahoo.com, cell number 503-267-0146 or find Sellwood Middle Foundation on Facebook or Instagram! We'd love to hear from you and talk more about how we can work together to support our school and its students.

    With great appreciation,

    Sellwood Middle School Foundation

    OAKS PARK FIELD TRIPS – PERMISSION SLIPS DUE MAY 3rd

    All students should have received the Oaks Park permission form to sign and return. Here are the details of the field trip.  

    • When
    • 8th graders - Monday, June 10th, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm 
    • 6th/7th graders – Tuesday, June 11th, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm 
    • Transportation:  We will be walking both to and from the park.  Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!  All students will return to Sellwood for school dismissal; no exceptions. 
    • Cost$18.00 will include Adrenalin Peak Roller Coaster, Go-Karts, Atmosphere (new ride). 
      • Preferred payment on-line with School Pay. 
      • If this presents a financial hardship, scholarships are available. Let us know by emailing Ms. Collins dcollins@pps.net or Claire Howard choward1@pps.net
    • Lunch:  Students may: 1. Bring a sack lunch, 2. Request a Sellwood sack lunch, or 3. purchase lunch at OAKS Park.  Please note that there can be very long lines and waits for purchasing food at the park. We have reserved a Picnic Area (students can leave their lunch here during the day).
    • Other Costs:  Students can bring extra money for snacks, games. etc.
    • Due Date for Permission Slips: Friday, May 3rd.  
    • Expectations: In order to make sure this experience is safe and enjoyable for everyone, students attending Oaks Park are expected to be on their best behavior and must be responsive to adult direction.  We are also expecting that as we come closer to the end of the year, that students will continue to meet behavior expectations while at school.
    • If a student were to receive a serious stage 2-3 referral that would merit suspension, between now and the end of the year, that student may be suspended from attending Oaks Park with their class.  Examples of incidents that may merit suspension: fighting, serious disruptive conduct, violation of the PPS drug/alcohol policy, bullying and harassment, physical attack/harm, property damage (intentional), etc. 

    STUDENT LEADERSHIP CLASS NEWS

    May Day Flower Drive

    Bring hardy potted flowers or plants to donate at school May 1-3. Please bring plants to the courtyard before or after school. Leadership students will plant them outside to beautify our grounds! We are hoping for pansies, daisies, and other easy-care plants. Think of us when you are digging and dividing in your yard, or pick up an extra few plants at the garden center.

    Let's honor Earth Month by reducing our plastic impact!

    Did you know that only 9% of plastic is currently recycled? Do you have a “bag of bags” under a sink somewhere? Leadership students are spearheading a plastic film recycling drive through Ridwell. We can accept clean, dry plastic bags and film May 6 through May 20. Students and caregivers can drop off plastics inside, near the main office. ***To distinguish plastic *film* from some other kind, try to push your finger through the plastic. If it gives easily and you can make a hole in it, bring it to school!***

    This is a one-time collection, but Ridwell is also offering one year of FREE monthly plastic film pickups for Sellwood Middle School for the entire 2024-2025 school year if we get 10 new members to join (purchase a Ridwell subscription for your home) using this link by May 31, 2024:      get.ridwell.com/Sellwood

    Imagine the impact of a whole school recycling plastic film, bags, and packing materials. Our textbooks and Chromebooks alone result in a LOT of plastic packaging waste which could be avoided!

    LOST OR INTENTIONALLY DAMAGED CHROMEBOOKS

    As we are nearing the end of the 2023-24 school year, questions are surfacing about students who have lost or intentionally damaged their Chromebook or their charger/adapter.  In October, the School Board updated the board policy on instructional materials, 6.40.010-P, to include charging students for lost or damaged equipment. Parents/guardians will pay the school and the school will purchase replacement Chromebook using the PPS IT Purchasing process. Chromebook replacements are $515 and lost chargers are $11.50.

    PREVENTION ROCKS, MCDANIELS HIGH SCHOOL, APRIL 20TH

    Conference on Reducing Youth Substance Abuse

    We wanted to share information about an upcoming event called Prevention Rocks.  This conference focused on reducing youth substance abuse is hosted by Big Village and the Multnomah County Health Department. Please check out the flyer.

    CLEVELAND HS GIRLS’S SOCCER

    Cleveland H.S. Girls’ Soccer program is offering an introduction session for any 7th and 8th graders that may be interested in playing soccer in high school.

    For the past 4 years girls’ soccer has fielded 4 teams and everyone (regardless of playing level) has been placed on a team.

    Here is the link to more information:https://www.clevelandwarriorathletics.com/page/show/1921641-girls-soccer

    If you have questions please feel free to reach out to head coach Doug Diller

    7TH GRADE PURE SEED FIELD TRIP

    All 7th grade students will attend a field trip to Pure Seed farm and headquarters to learn about careers in agriculture on May 7th from 9:30 to 2pm. Permission slips have been distributed and are due May 3rd.  We are looking for chaperones! If you are interested, please email mmortensen@pps.net

    8TH GRADE FIELD TRIP TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

    As part of college and career learning, all PPS 8th-graders will be visiting a college or university this spring.  Sellwood 8th graders will attend a field trip to the University of Oregon on May 7th.  Buses will be departing first thing in the morning, and returning at approximately 5PM.  Students will visit the Student Welcome Center, tour the campus, visit the Athletics Facilities and the Museum.  Field trip permission slips have been distributed and are due, Friday, May 3rd.  We are looking for chaperones! If you are interested, please email mmortensen@pps.net

    BENSON TECH SHOW – APRIL 18-19

    The Benson Tech Show is next week April 18 and 19th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Marshall campus. 

    This is an excellent opportunity for them to meet teachers, see student projects, etc. The application deadline comes up quickly (December 2024) so this is a great opportunity for families to check out Benson. We are also having a 7th grade family informational session at 7:00 pm. 

    Postcards are being mailed out today to all PPS 7th grade families but we are trying to get the word out.

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 7: All 8th-grade Field Trip to University of Oregon in Eugene
    • May 7: All 7th-grade Field Trip to Pure Seed Farms
    • May 9 & 10: Sellwood School Play “Roshambo”
    • May 19: PTA Garden Tour
    • May 22: Spring Band Concert
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day
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  • Principal's Newsletter 4/12/2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 12, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We have begun planning for the next school year, and the first step in building a master schedule is students choosing their electives (called forecasting). Yesterday, I sent families information about forecasting, which will be conducted in social studies classes this week and next.  Unfortunately, an error occurred when pasting the links to the documents, so I am sharing the documents again here.  I have triple checked them, so they should all work!

    While we believe students should have a voice in choosing their own electives, we also know that parents would also like to be included in the process, so we are providing the materials below my message.

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    7TH-GRADE FORECASTING (FOR CURRENT 6TH-GRADERS)

    While students may have completed/submitted their forecasting forms, we do allow students/families to submit the form more than once.  When we start to build the schedule, we use the most recent submission.  The following documents are all that is needed to forecast.  There is the Google Form, the Elective Descriptions, and a video showing how to complete the form.

    7th-Grade Forecasting Form

    Elective Guide

    7th-grade Instructional Video

    8TH-GRADE FORECASTING (FOR CURRENT 7TH-GRADERS)

    While students may have completed/submitted their forecasting forms, we do allow students/families to submit the form more than once.  When we start to build the schedule, we use the most recent submission.  The following documents are all that is needed to forecast.  There is the Google Form, the Elective Descriptions, and a video showing how to complete the form.

    (There is a special trick to completing the form if your child does not want to select any of the year-long electives.  They should select “none” for the first choice, and then any of the other choices for second and third.  If “none” is selected for the first choice, we will ignore the following choices.)

    8th Grade Forecasting Form

    Elective Guide

    8th-grade Instructional Video

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour 2024 - May 19 - Last chance to sponsor!

    We could still use a few sponsors for this event! If you know of a local business who may want to sponsor, please let us know so we can reach out to them. This support is crucial to the success of the tour, as it allows us to offset costs and raise more funds directly for SMS.

    If you would like to help with the Garden Tour, please let us know as we will need volunteers. Thank you for your support! 

    April PTA Social at PDX Sliders

    Please join the PTA and Principal Carbone for a social gathering at PDX Sliders on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30-7:30 pm. This will be a great chance to connect and learn more about the PTA. We look forward to seeing you there!

    8th Grade Graduation Sign Orders

    If you have a graduating 8th grader and would like to purchase a yard sign to celebrate them, please visit the following link: https://spirithero.com/collections/sellwood. The cost is $25 per sign ($30 if personalized). 

    Questions? Email Liz Super at supere@ohsu.edu. Congratulations 8th graders!

    PTA Clothing Center Volunteers Needed - May 2

    We need 2-3 volunteers from SMS to help out at the Clothing Center, which is located at Marshall High School, from 9:30am-1:30pm on May 2. The Center serves over 2000 PPS students each school year, providing them with clothing and shoes so that they can feel good about attending school. Please sign up through Konstella or email sellwoodpta@gmail.com if you are able to help. Thank you!

    SMS PTA Board opportunities - 2024-2025

    We are looking for new PTA Board members for the 2024-2025 school year. We will have several member-at-large vacancies on the board and want to ensure all feeder schools are represented. Please consider joining us to and helping with important committees like Sellwood Dines Out, Staff Appreciation, PEAK programs and other important events throughout the year. Reach out to sellwoodpta@gmail.com with any questions!

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD FOUNDATION NEWS

    Hey there!

    We're on the lookout for some awesome people to join our Sellwood Middle School Foundation Board 2024-2025, and help us fundraise for some important programs at our school. We want to make sure we have the resources to pay for things like resource teachers, French classes, and other electives that will give our students a well-rounded education.

    As an SMS Foundation Board member, you'll be in charge of organizing fundraising campaigns, reaching out to potential donors, and building relationships with our community. We're looking for people who care about education and are excited about making a difference in the lives of our students. While experience in fundraising or nonprofit work is a plus, it's not required. We want a diverse group of people from all backgrounds to join us!

    If you're interested in getting involved and helping us out, shoot a message to Ashley Schmidt ashleyschmidt@yahoo.com, or find Sellwood Middle Foundation on Facebook or Instagram! We'd love to hear from you and talk more about how we can work together to support our school and its students.

    Thanks for considering this opportunity!

    Sellwood Middle School Foundation

    LOST OR INTENTIONALLY DAMAGED CHROMEBOOKS

    As we are nearing the end of the 2023-24 school year, questions are surfacing about students who have lost or intentionally damaged their Chromebook or their charger/adapter.  In October, the School Board updated the board policy on instructional materials, 6.40.010-P, to include charging students for lost or damaged equipment. Parents/guardians will pay the school and the school will purchase replacement Chromebook using the PPS IT Purchasing process. Chromebook replacements are $515 and lost chargers are $11.50.

    PREVENTION ROCKS, MCDANIELS HIGH SCHOOL, APRIL 20TH

    CONFERENCE ON REDUCING YOUTH SUBSTANCE ABUSE

    We wanted to share information about an upcoming event called Prevention Rocks.  This conference focused on reducing youth substance abuse is hosted by Big Village and the Multnomah County Health Department. Please check out the flyer.

    CLEVELAND HS GIRLS’S SOCCER

    Cleveland H.S. Girls’ Soccer program is offering an introduction session for any 7th and 8th graders that may be interested in playing soccer in high school.

    For the past 4 years girls’ soccer has fielded 4 teams and everyone (regardless of playing level) has been placed on a team.

    Here is the link to more information:https://www.clevelandwarriorathletics.com/page/show/1921641-girls-soccer

    If you have questions please feel free to reach out to head coach Doug Diller

    SELLWOOD’S SCHOOL PLAY – FROM DRAMA TEACHER MS. CRABTREE

    Sellwood MS Drama Department is searching for helpers, clothing, prop & set items for our May 9 & 10 play “Roshambo”!

     

    STUDENT HELPERS:

    We need Students to help with: Costumes, Curtain/Lights, Sound, Publicity, Props, Ushers. 

    If interested, follow the following steps by April  9th:

    1. Add your name to the signup sheet, under the role that you are interested in, in the office (on table on R. as you enter), 2. Find and take home to read and sign the Info Packet/Contract (sitting to R. Of sign up sheets and  3. ask a teacher that knows you well to email me very short (3 sentences max) letter of recommendation for you. 

    ADULT HELPERS:

    • Adult/Parent Costume Coordinator (resourceful, but sewing experience not necessary)
    • Adult/Parent Usher Coordinator (to lead student ushers on performance nights (May 9 & 10).  Admittance is free.  Only giving programs and helping with any audience/presentation needs. 
    • Adult/Parent(s) w/sound effect and/or music cue knowledge.
    • Adult/Parent w/any experience moving or focusing stage lights.

    COSTUMES AND PROPS:

    If you have any items to lend or donate (clothing in youth or adult sizes), could you let Ms. Crabtree know by emailing her at colcrabtree@pps.net OR dropping off for her in bags at the office?

    • Synthetic Athletic “performance” shirts in solid bright colors with small or no logos.
    • Athletic (esp. white or lighter colored) pants- especially any tapered ankle w/zip sides. Stripes OK.
    • Athletic (esp. white or lighter colored) jogger style (cuffed ankle) pants would also be acceptable.
    • Small duffle bags that are in solid colors.  Preferably not all black
    • Any athletic gloves for golf, baseball or weight lifting. In white or solid colors also OK
    • Umpire or other B&W shirts/ uniforms in larger sizes
    • Strip or Rope (contained in plastic tube) LED lighting, especially  in neon colors
    • A very modern looking black electronic console preferably with its own stand (to look like a tiny monitor)
    • Various (mostly smaller) smart phones that would pass as being used (or very small old flip styles coming back in style) in the near future -5-10 years from now.
    • Any specialty lighting effects that you would donate (such as special beams of light from small sources, multi-colored lights, small spotlight, holiday projection items, or disco balls)

    7TH GRADE PURE SEED FIELD TRIP

    All 7th grade students will attend a field trip to Pure Seed farm and headquarters to learn about careers in agriculture on May 7th from 9:30 to 2pm. Permission slips have been distributed.  We are looking for chaperones! If you are interested, please email mmortensen@pps.net

    8TH GRADE FIELD TRIP TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

    As part of college and career learning, all PPS 8th-graders will be visiting a college or university this spring.  Sellwood 8th graders will attend a field trip to the University of Oregon on May 7th.  Buses will be departing first thing in the morning, and returning at approximately 5PM.  Students will visit the Student Welcome Center, tour the campus, visit the Athletics Facilities and the Museum.  Field trip forms have been distributed.  We are looking for chaperones! If you are interested, please email mmortensen@pps.net

    BENSON TECH SHOW – APRIL 18-19

    The Benson Tech Show is next week April 18 and 19th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Marshall campus. 

    This is an excellent opportunity for them to meet teachers, see student projects, etc. The application deadline comes up quickly (December 2024) so this is a great opportunity for families to check out Benson. We are also having a 7th grade family informational session at 7:00 pm. 

    Postcards are being mailed out today to all PPS 7th grade families but we are trying to get the word out.

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

     

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 7: All 8th-grade Field Trip to University of Oregon in Eugene
    • May 7: All 7th-grade Field Trip to Pure Seed Farms
    • May 9 & 10: Sellwood School Play “Roshambo”
    • May 19: PTA Garden Tour
    • May 22: Spring Band Concert
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 4.4.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 4, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Today is the last day of 3rd quarter; the end of the school year will be soon be upon us.  Please review the “Important Dates to Remember” section at the end of the newsletter for event dates and mark your calendars.

    Two newly added events are the all 7th-grade field trip to the Pure Seed Farm and the all 8th-grade field trip to the University of Oregon, both on May 7th.  Read more about these trips in the blurbs below.

    I also wanted to let you know that we are reverting to our springtime recess practices.  During the colder, rainier winter months, we allow some students to remain inside the cafeteria during recess.  Now that the weather is getting warmer and dryer, we are returning to our all outdoor recess.   Unless the weather is rainy and cold, all students will go outside for at least the last 15 minutes of lunch/recess.  We know it is sometimes still chilly, but students benefit from the fresh air and being outdoors.  Please make sure that students bring clothing that will keep them comfortable for 15 minutes outside.

    I hope you enjoy the long weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour 2024 - May 19

    Mark your calendars - we are excited to share that the Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, May 19! We have five beautiful gardens to showcase, all in the Sellwood/Moreland area. Details and ticket information coming soon.

    We still need help finding sponsors for this event. If you know of a local business who may want to sponsor, please let us know so we can reach out to them. This support is crucial to the success of the tour, as it allows us to offset costs and raise more funds directly for SMS.

    If you would like to help with the Garden Tour, please let us know as we will need volunteers. Thank you for your support! 

    April PTA Social at PDX Sliders

    Please join the PTA and Principal Carbone for a social gathering at PDX Sliders on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30-7:30 pm. This will be a great chance to connect and learn more about the PTA. We look forward to seeing you there!

    8th Grade Graduation Sign Orders

    If you have a graduating 8th grader and would like to purchase a yard sign to celebrate them, please visit the following link: https://spirithero.com/collections/sellwood. The cost is $25 per sign ($30 if personalized). 

    Questions? Email Liz Super at supere@ohsu.edu. Congratulations 8th graders!

    SMS PTA Board opportunities - 2024-2025

    We are looking for new PTA Board members for the 2024-2025 school year. We will have several member-at-large vacancies on the board and want to ensure all feeder schools are represented. Please consider joining us to and helping with important committees like Sellwood Dines Out, Staff Appreciation, PEAK programs and other important events throughout the year. Reach out to sellwoodpta@gmail.com with any questions!

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD’S SCHOOL PLAY – FROM DRAMA TEACHER MS. CRABTREE

    Sellwood MS Drama Department is searching for helpers, clothing, prop & set items for our May 9 & 10 play “Roshambo”!

    STUDENT HELPERS:

    We need Students to help with: Costumes, Curtain/Lights, Sound, Publicity, Props, Ushers. 

    If interested, follow the following steps by April  9th:

    1. Add your name to the signup sheet, under the role that you are interested in, in the office (on table on R. as you enter), 2. Find and take home to read and sign the Info Packet/Contract (sitting to R. Of sign up sheets and  3. ask a teacher that knows you well to email me very short (3 sentences max) letter of recommendation for you. 

    ADULT HELPERS:

    • Adult/Parent Costume Coordinator (resourceful, but sewing experience not necessary)
    • Adult/Parent Usher Coordinator (to lead student ushers on performance nights (May 9 & 10).  Admittance is free.  Only giving programs and helping with any audience/presentation needs. 
    • Adult/Parent(s) w/sound effect and/or music cue knowledge.
    • Adult/Parent w/any experience moving or focusing stage lights.

    COSTUMES AND PROPS:

    If you have any items to lend or donate (clothing in youth or adult sizes), could you let Ms. Crabtree know by emailing her at colcrabtree@pps.net OR dropping off for her in bags at the office?

    • Synthetic Athletic “performance” shirts in solid bright colors with small or no logos.
    • Athletic (esp. white or lighter colored) pants- especially any tapered ankle w/zip sides. Stripes OK.
    • Athletic (esp. white or lighter colored) jogger style (cuffed ankle) pants would also be acceptable.
    • Small duffle bags that are in solid colors.  Preferably not all black
    • Any athletic gloves for golf, baseball or weight lifting. In white or solid colors also OK
    • Umpire or other B&W shirts/ uniforms in larger sizes
    • Strip or Rope (contained in plastic tube) LED lighting, especially  in neon colors
    • A very modern looking black electronic console preferably with its own stand (to look like a tiny monitor)
    • Various (mostly smaller) smart phones that would pass as being used (or very small old flip styles coming back in style) in the near future -5-10 years from now.
    • Any specialty lighting effects that you would donate (such as special beams of light from small sources, multi-colored lights, small spotlight, holiday projection items, or disco balls)

    7TH GRADE PURE SEED FIELD TRIP

    All 7th grade students will attend a field trip to Pure Seed farm and headquarters to learn about careers in agriculture on May 7th from 9:30 to 2pm. More details and permission slips will be coming soon.  We are looking for chaperones! If you are interested, please email mmortensen@pps.net

    8TH GRADE FIELD TRIP TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

    As part of college and career learning, all PPS 8th-graders will be visiting a college or university this spring.  Sellwood 8th graders will attend a field trip to the University of Oregon on May 7th.  Buses will be departing first thing in the morning, and returning at approximately 5PM.  Students will visit the Student Welcome Center, tour the campus, visit the Athletics Facilities and the Museum.  More details and permission slips will be coming soon.  We are looking for chaperones! If you are interested, please email mmortensen@pps.net

    SELF-REGULATION STRATEGIES – FROM COUNSELOR KATIE

    Hello Sellwood Families,

    As we start quarter 4 the end of the school year is quickly approaching! Our school team is committed to helping Sellwood students end the year academically strong and emotionally prepared. Below are some suggestions you can do at home to support your student’s success at school!

    Establish & Maintain Routines:

    • As the days get longer and the weather gets nicer it is important to keep a consistent bedtime routine to ensure students are getting enough rest. 
    • Set aside time for you to review Canvas with your student to check grades and make sure they are staying on top of their assignments

    Encourage Mindfulness & Relaxation Practices: 

    Use Calendars and Visuals:

    • Use a family calendar to keep track of activities and major assignments. This will help keep everyone organized and you all can start counting down the days to summer vacation!

    Break Tasks into Smaller Steps:

    • Set aside time each week to review assignments and due dates with your student and help them stay on top of homework and do assignments a little bit at a time. 
    • Instead of asking them to clean their room.  Whoa, that’s overwhelming, break tasks down.  Ask them to make their bed,  put their laundry in the hamper, and bring their water glass to the kitchen.

    YEARBOOK REQUEST FOR PHOTOS

    Photos for the Yearbook!

    Our print deadline is rapidly approaching, and we are missing photos of out-of-school team events with Sellwood students. Please email photos to Lsouther@pps.net by April 1. We especially need: 

    • Band performances (Monster March)
    • Dance Team 
    • Athletics (volleyball, cross country, basketball, wrestling, etc.--Cleveland youth)
    • Chess, Debate, OBOB, etc.

    It's a quick turnaround, so thank you in advance! 

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • April 5: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 7: All 8th-grade Field Trip to University of Oregon in Eugene
    • May 7: All 7th-grade Field Trip to Pure Seed Farms
    • May 9 & 10: Sellwood School Play “Roshambo”
    • May 19: PTA Garden Tour
    • May 22: Spring Band Concert
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day



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  • Principal's Newsletter 3.22.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 22, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We congratulate the Sellwood Knight's Chess Club, who are the Region 7 Chess champions, and will be competing at State Competition!  Great work: Oscar, Rhys, Henry V. Adela, Oliver, Zane, Sam, Desmond, Henry R. and their chess coach, Mr. True!

    I wish you all a safe and restful spring break, whether you are traveling to somewhere amazing, or staying right here in wonderful Portland.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    YEARBOOK REQUEST FOR PHOTOS

    Photos for the Yearbook!

    Our print deadline is rapidly approaching, and we are missing photos of out-of-school team events with Sellwood students. Please email photos to Lsouther@pps.net by April 1. We especially need: 

    • Band performances (Monster March)
    • Dance Team 
    • Athletics (volleyball, cross country, basketball, wrestling, etc.--Cleveland youth)
    • Chess, Debate, OBOB, etc.

    It's a quick turnaround, so thank you in advance! 

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour 2024; Looking for Gardens, Sponsors, and Volunteers!

    We are happy to announce that we are working to host the Sellwood Garden Tour again this year.  This event raises funds for Sellwood as well as provides a wonderful community event.  

    We are looking for gardens to showcase this year.  We have found 4 gardens to showcase and are looking for 1-2 more in Eastmoreland. Please let us know if you have any leads on beautiful outdoor spaces!  

    We also need help finding sponsors for this event. If you know of a local business who may want to sponsor, please let us know so we can reach out to them.

    If you would like to help with the Garden Tour, please let us know as we will need volunteer support.

    We need our school community's support to make this year's event a success again.  Thank you!  

    Important links:

    P.E.A.K.  AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM – SPRING REGISTRATION

    Sellwood PEAK Spring Registration - need more students!

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students.  The PEAK program is totally independent of Sellwood Middle School and is under the jurisdiction of PTA. Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student.  

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes open for registration:

    • AI: Intro to Machine Learning
      • Discover how AI works by learning key AI and ML concepts such as neural networks, computer vision, and image recognition. You'll learn how to use modern AI tools effectively, like DALL-E, for tasks like generating images. You’ll create your own AI models that will be used to build Scratch projects, including video filters and touchless games.
    • Marimba 
      • PEAK marimba is a once a week class (Thursdays from 4-5PM) that teaches students the basics of playing in a marimba ensemble. No experience is necessary. Instruments are provided. Students will learn to play music in a group setting.
    • Playwriting & Performance - Rogue Theater Collective
      • This class will teach all the skills necessary for writing a notebook’s worth of monologues and one-act plays! You will learn the fundamentals of playwriting from characters and dialogue, to dramatic structure and stage directions. You will also learn about basic stagecraft: from set design and props to directing. We’ll explore writing exercises and discuss plays by genre, from tragedy to comedy to contemporary realism. In this fun and encouraging environment, you will learn tools and tips on how to construct a short play. Each playwright will select one piece for a dramatic reading, followed by a critique and performance. *BONUS: everyone will get a free Moleskin Notebook to write in and keep!
    • Choir
      • This is a student-led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of the Cleveland Choir director, Cleveland Choir students will lead a class filled with fun singing activities, practicing musicality skills, and learning about other cultures and stories through song! It is not only an educational opportunity, but a performance opportunity. Students who participate will have an opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Choir at one of our events. 
    • Speech and Debate
      • The Cleveland High Speech and Debate team is one the largest and most successful programs at the school. Find out why these students love it so much, and build your own debate skills. You will practice speaking and debating skills in preparation for local middle school competitions The Sellwood team will be coached by team captains from Cleveland.
    • Chess Club (FULL)
    • Red Cross Babysitting Class (FULL)

    SMILE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

    The SMILE Neighborhood Association is has a fun volunteer opportunity for middle school volunteers (and their parents!) to help out at the upcoming Egg Hunt at Oaks Amusement Park Saturday, March 30th. 

    Volunteers are needed for face painting and general help. Volunteers can sign up here. Discounted ride bracelets are available online prior to the event using discount code EGGHUNT24. 

     

    SELLWOOD’S SCHOOL PLAY – FROM DRAMA TEACHER MS. CRABTREE

    SPRING PLAY AUDITIONS: “Roshambo”

    • General Auditions: will be held Tuesday, 4/2, 4:30p-6:30/*7:00p 

    Callback (round 2) Auditions: will be held Thursday, 4/4, 4:30p-6:30/*7:00p 

    • Auditioning students and students who wish to work as crew, along with their parents/guardians must download and read the script of the play (25 pages).  You can find the script here: ROSHAMBOrehearsalAuditionPerusalCopy   ⇚ This copy of the play is for reading only and you may not copy or perform the play without paying for licensing from theaterfolk.com
    • Parents/guardians, potential crew and actors: please read the “Roshambo: Audition Information Packet” document, sign it and turn it in to Ms. Crabtree's INBOX by March 22nd (please). 
    • Rehearsals will last 5 weeks, from April 8-May-8 The play performances will be May 9 & 10 and there will also be a school wide assembly performance during the afternoon (during school day-time TBA) of May 10.

    SOME INFO ON THE PLAY (much more in the Info packet): 

    What the play is about (this is the promotional description from the publisher)

    “Some people take Rock-Paper-Scissors (aka Roshambo) seriously. Very seriously. So seriously they organize championship matches with national rankings.

    Lindsay is number two in the country and she’s not happy losing her top ranking. She’s not above throwing an illegal “scipper”. What will she do to Taylor, the number one player? Maybe Taylor’s not that keen on playing anyway. Rock-Paper-Scissors isn’t as fun as it used to be.”
     

    Casting Opportunities 

    Roshambo has 16 roles. There are numerous roles for those who identify as females, males, and non-binary actors. 

    The Production Roshambo will have 3 performances, the evenings of Thursday and Friday, May 9 & 10, There will also be a school wide assembly performance during the afternoon (during school day-time TBA) of May 10.  All performances will be held on the stage in the large gym of SMS.

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • March 25 to March 29: Spring Break
    • April 5: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 9 & 10: Sellwood School Play “Roshambo”
    • May 15:  All 8th grade Field Trip to the University of Portland
    • May 22: Band Concert & Art Show
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 3.8.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 8, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Happy Friday!  The sun is shining briefly this afternoon, and I plan to get out and enjoy it before the rain returns.

    This evening, the Sellwood Foundation will be holding a fundraiser, Drag Queen Bingo.  Please read on for details.  I hope to see you there!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD FOUNDATION

    DRAG QUEEN BINGO  

    TONIGHT! MARCH 8 FROM 7-9PM

    ATTN: Adults 21+ only         No parking at the Manor!

    https://donorbox.org/events/557573

    Join us for an unforgettable evening of Drag Queen Bingo, March 8, at Westmoreland’s Union Manor! Get ready for a night of fun and fabulous prizes, including a weekend getaway on the OREGON COAST, a SUNRIVER condo stay, and a brand new E-SCOOTER (raffle $5/ticket)! Not a grand prize winner? No worries. Each prize bundle is valued over $200 and includes gift cards to local wineries, restaurants, event spaces, salons and so much more. 

    Tickets for bingo are $25 for the first card, $5 for additional cards - and you can even snag a card for a teacher! SMS teachers and administrators get their first card free, and $5 for each additional card.

    Our dazzling host and Portland drag sensation, Coco Jem Holiday, will be calling numbers and keeping the laughter rolling! 

    Indulge in wine, beer, N/A drinks and freshly popped popcorn for sale as you bingo your way to victory! Speaking of wine- anyone who donates a bottle of wine will get a free ticket to the Sunriver raffle!! One bottle = One raffle ticket. Donate generously! Bring a bottle or two with you tonight to get in on the Sunriver fun!

    Don’t miss out - grab your tickets now at https://donorbox.org/events/557573 or get them at the door!! Let’s bingo and win like never before!! Follow the SMS Foundation on Instagram @sellwoodmiddlefoundation to learn more! This event is 21&up. 

    P.E.A.K.  AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM – SPRING REGISTRATION

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students.  The PEAK program is totally independent of Sellwood Middle School and is under the jurisdiction of PTA. Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student.  

    Register for classes at  https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram  If you are a first time user you will need to create an account for your student. 
     

     **If you are already taking a class in the Winter you DO need to register again for Spring Session**

    Scholarship request form is here: https://tinyurl.com/PEAKScholarship 

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes open for registration:

    • Marimba 
      • PEAK marimba is a once a week class (Thursdays from 4-5PM) that teaches students the basics of playing in a marimba ensemble. No experience is necessary. Instruments are provided. Students will learn to play music in a group setting.
    • Choir
      • This is a student-led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of the Cleveland Choir director, Cleveland Choir students will lead a class filled with fun singing activities, practicing musicality skills, and learning about other cultures and stories through song! It is not only an educational opportunity, but a performance opportunity. Students who participate will have an opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Choir at one of our events. 
    • Speech and Debate
      • The Cleveland High Speech and Debate team is one the largest and most successful programs at the school. Find out why these students love it so much, and build your own debate skills. You will practice speaking and debating skills in preparation for local middle school competitions The Sellwood team will be coached by team captains from Cleveland.
    • Chess Club (FULL)
    • Red Cross Babysitting Class (FULL)


    Opening for registration soon

    • Coding with Kids
    • Rogue Pack Theatre Collective Class

    PTA NEWS

    Spring See’s Candy Sale

    Two weeks left for See’s candy orders! Order spring treats now through 3/15 and support the Sellwood Middle School PTA. Chocolatey goodness delivered straight to your door: 

    https://www.yumraising.com/secure/sellwoodmsp_sellwood_middle_school_spring_fun91/MegPer6757/candy

    Sellwood Garden Tour 2024; Looking for Gardens!

    We are happy to announce that we are working to host the Sellwood Garden Tour again this year.  This event raises funds for Sellwood as well as provides a wonderful community event.  

    We are looking for gardens to showcase this year.  Please let us know if you have any leads on beautiful outdoor spaces!  

    If you would like to help on the Garden Tour committee or if you know of a local business who may want to sponsor the event please reach out!  

    We need our school community's support to make this year's event a success again.  Thank you!  

    Sellwood Dines Out

    Thank you to Reverend’s BBQ for supporting our middle school and hosting Sellwood Dines Out on 2/28! We are grateful for your support. 

    Funds from Sellwood Dines Out support educational programs, student scholarships, and teacher/staff classroom projects at SMS. 

    Important links:

    FROM SCHOOL CLIMATE SPECIALIST, MATTHEW MORTENSEN

    Staying hydrated is essential for student well-being and academic success. Here are some strategies we’ve implemented at Sellwood to encourage healthy habits:

    1. Water Bottle-Friendly Classrooms: We actively encourage students to bring their water bottles to class. Having water readily available helps students stay hydrated throughout the day and stay in class for instruction.

    2. Water Fountains and Hydration Stations: Our school is equipped with clean and well-maintained hydration stations with water fountains and dispensers. These stations are conveniently placed throughout the school, ensuring that students can refill their bottles easily during breaks or during class.

    3. Say No to Sugary Drinks: We’re committed to reducing the consumption of sugary beverages. Students are encouraged to choose water over sodas and energy drinks loaded with added sugars.

    4. Caffeine Awareness: While some students may enjoy caffeinated drinks, we emphasize moderation. High caffeine intake can disrupt sleep patterns and affect concentration. We encourage students to limit their consumption of energy drinks and coffee during school hours.

    SELLWOOD’S SCHOOL PLAY – FROM DRAMA TEACHER MS. CRABTREE


    SPRING PLAY AUDITIONS: “Roshambo”

    • General Auditions and Callbacks will be held the week of April 1-5.
    • Auditioning students and students who wish to work as crew, along with their parents/guardians must download and read the script of the play (25 pages).  You can find the script here: ROSHAMBOrehearsalAuditionPerusalCopy   ⇚ This copy of the play is for reading only and you may not copy or perform the play without paying for licensing from theaterfolk.com
    • The “Roshambo: Audition Information Packet” document will be available here hopefully by Thursday.  
    • Parents/guardians, potential crew and actors: please read the “Roshambo: Audition Information Packet” document, sign it and turn it in to Ms. Crabtree's INBOX by March 22nd. 
    • Rehearsals will last 5 weeks, from April 8-May-8 The play performances will be May 9 & 10 and there will also be a school wide assembly performance during the afternoon (during school day-time TBA) of May 10.

    ABOUT: 

    What the play is about

    (this is the promotional description from the publisher)

    “Some people take Rock-Paper-Scissors (aka Roshambo) seriously. Very seriously. So seriously they organize championship matches with national rankings.

    Lindsay is number two in the country and she’s not happy losing her top ranking. She’s not above throwing an illegal “scipper”. What will she do to Taylor, the number one player? Maybe Taylor’s not that keen on playing anyway. Rock-Paper-Scissors isn’t as fun as it used to be.”

    Casting Opportunities 

    Roshambo has 16 roles. There are numerous roles for those who identify as females, males, and non-binary actors. 

    The Production Roshambo will have 3 performances, the evenings of Thursday and Friday, May 9 & 10, There will also be a school wide assembly performance during the afternoon (during school day-time TBA) of May 10.  All performances will be held on the stage in the large gym of SMS.

    OUTDOOR SCHOOL FOR 6TH GRADERS

    6th grade students will be attending Outdoor School (ODS) Sunday, March 17th - Friday, March 22nd. 6th grade students' 4th period teachers should have already communicated details via email to parents. Click here to learn more about Outdoor School

    MESD Outdoor School Gear Library is open if you need gear for the camp (sleeping bag, rain jackets, coats, hats, fleeces, warm clothing, rain boots, toiletries); located at 12027 NE Sumner St. 

    GIRLS INC PNW

    I'm Emily Ehlers, the STEAM program coordinator for Girls Inc. PNW. I'm reaching out because Girls Inc. PNW is currently recruiting for our Summer STEAM program, Eureka! We are reaching out to educators and families across the Portland Metro area to make sure they know about our programs and the empowering opportunities we offer our youth. 

    Program Overview: 

    • Open to current in 7th, 8th or 10th grade youth 
    • Free for youth and families 
    • 4-week long STEAM Summer camp with daily guest speakers, weekly field trips, and engaging STEAM activities at local college sites Portland State University, and Mount Hood Community College 
    • Paid internship opportunities 
    • College and career readiness support 

    More information about Eureka! and Girls Inc. of the PNW: 

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • March 12: 5th-grade Parent Info Night
    • March 17-22: Outdoor School for 6th-graders
    • March 25 to March 29: Spring Break
    • April 5: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 9 & 10: Sellwood School Play “Roshambo”
    • May 15:  All 8th grade Field Trip to the University of Portland
    • May 22: Band Concert & Art Show
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day
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  • Principal's Newsletter 3.1.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 4, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    My apologies for not sending the newsletter on Friday; I was out sick.

    This Friday, the Sellwood Foundation will be holding their fundraiser, Drag Queen Bingo, at Westmoreland’s Union Manor.  I attended last year with my husband, and it was a fun time with great entertainment.  The prizes are also top-notch.  The details are outlined below.  We hope to see you there!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Spring See’s Candy Sale

    Two weeks left for See’s candy orders! Order spring treats now through 3/15 and support the Sellwood Middle School PTA. Chocolatey goodness delivered straight to your door: 

    https://www.yumraising.com/secure/sellwoodmsp_sellwood_middle_school_spring_fun91/MegPer6757/candy

    Sellwood Garden Tour 2024; Looking for Gardens!

    We are happy to announce that we are working to host the Sellwood Garden Tour again this year.  This event raises funds for Sellwood as well as provides a wonderful community event.  

    We are looking for gardens to showcase this year.  Please let us know if you have any leads on beautiful outdoor spaces!  

    If you would like to help on the Garden Tour committee or if you know of a local business who may want to sponsor the event please reach out!  

    We need our school community's support to make this year's event a success again.  Thank you!  

    Sellwood Dines Out

    Thank you to Reverend’s BBQ for supporting our middle school and hosting Sellwood Dines Out on 2/28! We are grateful for your support. 

    Funds from Sellwood Dines Out support educational programs, student scholarships, and teacher/staff classroom projects at SMS. 

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD FOUNDATION

    DRAG QUEEN BINGO

    MARCH 8 FROM 7-9PM

    https://donorbox.org/events/557573
     

    Join us for an unforgettable evening of Drag Queen Bingo on March 8 at Westmoreland’s Union Manor! Get ready for a night of fun and fabulous prizes, including a weekend getaway on the OREGON COAST, a SUNRIVER condo stay, and a brand new E-SCOOTER (raffle $5/ticket)! Not a grand prize winner? No worries. Each prize bundle is valued over $200 and includes gift cards to local wineries, restaurants, event spaces, salons and so much more. 

    Tickets for bingo are $25 for the first card, $5 for additional cards - and you can even snag a card for a teacher! SMS teachers and administrators get their first card free, and $5 for each additional card.

    Our dazzling host and Portland drag sensation, Coco Jem Holiday, will be calling numbers and keeping the laughter rolling! 

    Indulge in wine, beer, N/A drinks and freshly popped popcorn for sale as you bingo your way to victory! Speaking of wine- anyone who donates a bottle of wine will get a free ticket to the Sunriver raffle!! One bottle = One raffle ticket, so donate generously! Please drop wine donations with your name on the bottle to one of the addresses listed below. 

    Don’t miss out - grab your tickets now at https://donorbox.org/events/557573 and let’s bingo and win like never before!! Follow the SMS Foundation on Instagram @sellwoodmiddlefoundation to learn more! This event is 21&up. 

    Donation locations: 

    7408 SE 46th Ave.

    3704 SE Ogden St. 

    7125 SE 21st Ave.

    SELLWOOD’S SCHOOL PLAY – FROM DRAMA TEACHER MS. CRABTREE

    ROSHAMBO

    Auditions will be the week of April 1-5.  

    Rehearsals will be 5 weeks, from April 8 through May-8 

    The play performances will be May 9 & 10 and there will also be a school wide assembly performance during the afternoon (during school day-time TBA) of May 10.

    ABOUT: 

    What the play is about (this is the promotional description from the publisher)

    “Some people take Rock-Paper-Scissors (aka Roshambo) seriously. Very seriously. So seriously they organize championship matches with national rankings.

    Lindsay is number two in the country and she’s not happy losing her top ranking. She’s not above throwing an illegal “scipper”. What will she do to Taylor, the number one player? Maybe Taylor’s not that keen on playing anyway. Rock-Paper-Scissors isn’t as fun as it used to be.”

    Casting Opportunities 

    Roshambo has 16 roles. There are numerous roles for those who identify as females, males, and non-binary actors. 

    The Production Roshambo will have 3 performances, the evenings of Thursday and Friday, May 9 & 10, There will also be a school wide assembly performance during the afternoon (during school day-time TBA) of May 10.  All performances will be held on the stage in the large gym of SMS.  

    OUTDOOR SCHOOL FOR 6TH GRADERS

    6th grade students will be attending Outdoor School (ODS) Sunday, March 17th - Friday, March 22nd. 6th grade students' 4th period teachers should have already communicated details via email to parents. Be on the lookout for those emails as they have important information for you about this. Click here to learn more about Outdoor School

    MESD Outdoor School Gear Library is open if you need gear for the camp (sleeping bag, rain jackets, coats, hats, fleeces, warm clothing, rain boots, toiletries); located at 12027 NE Sumner St. 

    LEWIS SCIENCE CAMP FUNDRAISER – “LEWIS ROCKS”

    On Saturday, March 2nd, from 4-7PM, Lewis Elementary School will host a benefit concert raising funds for their 5th Grade Science Camp.  Please see the flyer for more details.

    GIRLS INC PNW

    I'm Emily Ehlers, the STEAM program coordinator for Girls Inc. PNW. I'm reaching out because Girls Inc. PNW is currently recruiting for our Summer STEAM program, Eureka! We are reaching out to educators and families across the Portland Metro area to make sure they know about our programs and the empowering opportunities we offer our youth. 

    Program Overview: 

    • Open to current in 7th, 8th or 10th grade youth 
    • Free for youth and families 
    • 4-week long STEAM Summer camp with daily guest speakers, weekly field trips, and engaging STEAM activities at local college sites Portland State University, and Mount Hood Community College 
    • Paid internship opportunities 
    • College and career readiness support 

    More information about Eureka! and Girls Inc. of the PNW: 

    PROGRAMS, EVENTS & RESOURCES

    Camps, Classes, & After School Programs:

    Preschool Programs:

    Community Events & Information:

    Vaccinations, Health & Wellness:

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • March 12: 5th-grade Parent Info Night
    • March 17-22: Outdoor School for 6th-graders
    • March 25 to March 29: Spring Break
    • April 5: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 9 & 10: Sellwood School Play “Roshambo”
    • May 15:  All 8th grade Field Trip to the University of Portland
    • May 22: Band Concert & Art Show
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 2.23.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 23, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It’s been a busy week.  The days are getting longer and it was wonderful to see the sunshine to day when we went outside for our monthly fire drill.

    I would like to give a shout out to our amazing Sellwood Stars Dance Team. At their February 17th competition in Milwaukie, and they placed 2nd in both the Middle School Jazz and Contemporary divisions. They also took home 4 drill down awards. Congratulations, Sellwood Stars!

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Dines Out; Reverend’s BBQ Wednesday 2/28

    Please join us Wednesday, February 28th and enjoy some amazing BBQ.  Thank you to Reverend’s for supporting our middle school! The PTA Board will be there from 6-8pm; come say hi!

    Funds from Sellwood Dines Out support educational programs, student scholarships, and teacher/staff classroom projects at SMS. 

    Spring See’s Candy Sale

    Easy way to support SMS!  See’s will mail orders directly to you.

    https://www.yumraising.com/secure/sellwoodmsp_sellwood_middle_school_spring_fun91/MegPer6757/candy

    Sellwood Garden Tour 2024

    We are happy to announce that we are working to host the Sellwood Garden Tour again this year.  This event raises funds for Sellwood as well as provides a wonderful community event.  

    We are looking for gardens to showcase this year.  Please let us know if you have any leads on beautiful outdoor spaces!  

    If you would like to help on the Garden Tour committee or if you know of a local business who may want to sponsor the event please reach out!  

    We need our school community's support to make this year's event a success again.  Thank you!  

    Sellwood Dines Out; Reverend’s BBQ 2/28

    Please join us Wednesday, February 28th and enjoy some amazing BBQ.  Thank you to Reverend’s for supporting our middle school!

    Funds from Sellwood Dines Out support educational programs, student scholarships, and teacher/staff classroom projects at SMS. 

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD FOUNDATION

    Hello SMS Families and Sellwood Staff,

    DONATE WINE FOR DRAG QUEEN BINGO AND WIN TWO NIGHTS AT A SUNRIVER CONDO!!!!

    Anyone who donates a bottle of wine will get a free ticket to the Sunriver raffle!! One bottle = One raffle ticket, so donate generously! Please drop wine donations with your name on the bottle to one of the addresses listed below. 

    Donation locations: 

    7408 SE 46th Ave.

    6924 SE 19th Ave.

    3704 SE Ogden St.

    With Gratitude,

    Sellwood Middle School Foundation

    OUTDOOR SCHOOL FOR 6TH GRADERS

    6th grade students will be attending Outdoor School (ODS) Sunday, March 17th - Friday, March 22nd. 6th grade students' 4th period teachers should have already communicated details via email to parents. Be on the lookout for those emails as they have important information for you about this. Click here to learn more about Outdoor School

    MESD Outdoor School Gear Library is open if you need gear for the camp (sleeping bag, rain jackets, coats, hats, fleeces, warm clothing, rain boots, toiletries); located at 12027 NE Sumner St. 

    LEWIS SCIENCE CAMP FUNDRAISER – “LEWIS ROCKS”

    On Saturday, March 2nd, from 4-7PM, Lewis Elementary School will host a benefit concert raising funds for their 5th Grade Science Camp.  Please see the flyer for more details.

    GIRLS INC PNW

    I'm Emily Ehlers, the STEAM program coordinator for Girls Inc. PNW. I'm reaching out because Girls Inc. PNW is currently recruiting for our Summer STEAM program, Eureka! We are reaching out to educators and families across the Portland Metro area to make sure they know about our programs and the empowering opportunities we offer our youth. 

    Program Overview: 

    • Open to current in 7th, 8th or 10th grade youth 
    • Free for youth and families 
    • 4-week long STEAM Summer camp with daily guest speakers, weekly field trips, and engaging STEAM activities at local college sites Portland State University, and Mount Hood Community College 
    • Paid internship opportunities 
    • College and career readiness support 

    More information about Eureka! and Girls Inc. of the PNW: 

    PROGRAMS, EVENTS & RESOURCES

    Camps, Classes, & After School Programs:

    Preschool Programs:

    Community Events & Information:

    Vaccinations, Health & Wellness:

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • March 12: 5th-grade Parent Info Night
    • March 17-22: Outdoor School for 6th-graders
    • March 25 to March 29: Spring Break
    • April 5: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 9 & 10: Sellwood School Play “Roshambo”
    • May 15:  All 8th grade Field Trip to the University of Portland
    • May 22: Band Concert & Art Show
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day
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  • Principal's Newsletter 2.16.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 16, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    This week, all school principals received their staffing allocations for the upcoming school year.  You may have read about the predicted staffing cuts, reduction in services, and cost-saving measures.  Unfortunately, Sellwood will not be immune to these cuts.  Although there is always the possibility of future changes, we will most certainly be impacted.

    Right now, I am still working through the staffing process, but I will be able to share more specifics about any changes in a few weeks.  Sorry the news is not better.

    Also, don't forget that Monday, which is also Presidents' Day, is a make-up school day.

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    OUTDOOR SCHOOL FOR 6TH GRADERS

    6th grade students will be attending Outdoor School (ODS) Sunday, March 17th - Friday, March 22nd. 6th grade students' 4th period teachers should have already communicated details via email to parents. Be on the lookout for those emails as they have important information for you about this. Click here to learn more about Outdoor School

    MESD Outdoor School Gear Library is open if you need gear for the camp (sleeping bag, rain jackets, coats, hats, fleeces, warm clothing, rain boots, toiletries); located at 12027 NE Sumner St. 

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour 2024

    We are happy to announce that we are working to host the Sellwood Garden Tour again this year.  This event raises funds for Sellwood as well as provides a wonderful community event.  

    We are looking for gardens to showcase this year.  Please let us know if you have any leads on beautiful outdoor spaces!  

    If you would like to help on the Garden Tour committee or if you know of a local business who may want to sponsor the event please reach out!  

    We need our school community's support to make this year's event a success again.  Thank you!  

    Sellwood Dines Out; Reverend’s BBQ 2/28

    Please join us Wednesday, February 28th and enjoy some amazing BBQ.  Thank you to Reverend’s for supporting our middle school!

    Funds from Sellwood Dines Out support educational programs, student scholarships, and teacher/staff classroom projects at SMS. 

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD FOUNDATION

    DRAG QUEEN BINGO

    MARCH 8 FROM 7-9PM

    https://donorbox.org/events/557573

    Join us for an unforgettable evening of Drag Queen Bingo on March 8 at Westmoreland’s Union Manor! Get ready for a night of fun and fabulous prizes, including a weekend getaway on the OREGON COAST, a SUNRIVER condo stay, and a brand new E-SCOOTER (raffle $5/ticket)! Not a grand prize winner? No worries. Each prize bundle is valued over $200 and includes gift cards to local wineries, restaurants, event spaces, salons and so much more. 

    Tickets for bingo are $25 for the first card, $5 for additional cards - and you can even snag a card for a teacher! SMS teachers and administrators get their first card free, and $5 for each additional card.

    Our dazzling host and Portland drag sensation, Coco Jem Holiday, will be calling numbers and keeping the laughter rolling! 

    Indulge in wine, beer, N/A drinks and freshly popped popcorn for sale as you bingo your way to victory! Speaking of wine- anyone who donates a bottle of wine will get a free ticket to the Sunriver raffle!! One bottle = One raffle ticket, so donate generously! Please drop wine donations with your name on the bottle to one of the addresses listed below. 

    Don’t miss out - grab your tickets now at https://donorbox.org/events/557573 and let’s bingo and win like never before!! Follow the SMS Foundation on Instagram @sellwoodmiddlefoundation to learn more!

    Donation locations: 

    7408 SE 46th Ave.

    6924 SE 19th Ave.

    3704 SE Ogden St.

    EXCLUSION DAY, IMMUNIZATIONS BY WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

    PPS is required to ensure that all students are up to date on all school-required immunizations, or have a signed medical exemption letter signed by a licensed physician or a non-medical exemption, by Wednesday, February 21, 2024 (“Exclusion Day”). Immunizations are required by state law for children and students in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, childcare facilities and Head Start programs in Oregon. 

    On February 7th, the Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) will mail a notification letter to all students who are due to receive one or more required vaccinations or who do not have a record of immunization. Students who do not have all their school-required vaccines or a qualifying exemption by Exclusion Day will not be allowed to attend school until their immunizations are up-to-date. 

    What to do if you get a letter

    1. Call your school if you have already provided your child’s immunization record to the school and verify whether the school has a copy on file. 
    2. If your student needs updated vaccinations, get your child immunized right away. You can schedule an appointment with your child’s regular health care provider, or with:
    3. Bring to your child’s appointment the Certificate of Immunization Status Form that was included with the letter you received from MCHD. This Form will let the provider know what vaccinations your student still needs. If you misplace the CIS Form you received in the mail, you can request another copy from your child’s school).
    4. Once your student has received their required vaccines, sign the completed immunization form and turn it in to your child’s school.

    Thank you for keeping your student and their classmates safe, in school, and ready to learn!

    LEWIS SCIENCE CAMP FUNDRAISER – “LEWIS ROCKS”

    On Saturday, March 2nd, from 4-7PM, Lewis Elementary School will host a benefit concert raising funds for their 5th Grade Science Camp.  Please see the flyer for more details.

    SELLWOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE TALENT SHOW

    Sellwood Community House is hosting a Talent Showcase this Friday, 7-9pm at Slow Pour Coffee + Bar. Performers are all 6th-8th graders and kids, parents, neighbors and community members are invited to come and watch! (This is not a school sponsored event)

    Proceeds from this event, including food, beer and wine sales, support the rebuilding efforts at SCH and our teen/tween programs. I'd love it if this could be shared in your Friday newsletter.

    The link to purchase tickets online (they're also available at the door) is here: https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/ticketing/993d40c3-5b90-4c67-b389-678ba862a8a1

    Check out the flyer for more information.

    PROGRAMS, EVENTS & RESOURCES

    Camps, Classes, & After School Programs:

    Preschool Programs:

    Community Events & Information:

    Vaccinations, Health & Wellness:

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • February 19: Make-up day (President’s Day – previously not a school day)
    • February 21: Exclusion Day – Get your vaccines!
    • March 12: 5th-grade Parent Info Night
    • March 17-22: Outdoor School for 6th-graders
    • March 25 to March 29: Spring Break
    • April 5: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 9 & 10: Sellwood School Play “Roshambo”
    • May 15:  All 8th grade Field Trip to the University of Portland
    • May 22: Band Concert & Art Show
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 02.02.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 2, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and a little bit of sunshine.  It looks like it is going to stay around for the weekend.  Please read on for information about the Sellwood Foundation’s upcoming fundraiser event, Drag Queen Bingo, a reminder about Exclusion Day February 21st (immunizations required) and the rescheduled Cleveland re-design meeting happening this Saturday.

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for the January 23 PTA meeting, and special thanks to CHS Principal Jo Ann Wadkins and SMS Drama teacher Colleen Crabtree for being there as our guest speakers. We appreciate your commitment and support! 

    Our next PTA gathering will be in April - details to come soon. 

    Sellwood Dines Out

    Thank you to Dick’s Primal Burger for supporting Sellwood Dines Out in January, despite the snow and ice! We are grateful for your support.

    Funds from Sellwood Dines Out support educational programs, student scholarships, and teacher/staff classroom projects at SMS. 

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD FOUNDATION

    SAVE THE DATE FOR DRAG QUEEN BINGO!

    Friday, March 8, 2024

    7-9PM

    Get ready to mark your calendars because Drag Queen Bingo is back at Westmoreland's Union Manor! Join us for a fabulous evening hosted by the one and only Coco Jem Holiday on Friday, March 8th, from 7-9 PM. Stay tuned for more exciting details to come, but in the meantime, get ready to party with beer, wine, and delicious baked goods available for purchase. Win amazing prizes including a WEEKEND AT THE COAST and gift cards from local restaurants and retailers! Don't miss out on the fun! This is an adult's-only event, 21+.

    EXCLUSION DAY, IMMUNIZATIONS BY WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

    PPS is required to ensure that all students are up to date on all school-required immunizations, or have a signed medical exemption letter signed by a licensed physician or a non-medical exemption, by Wednesday, February 21, 2024 (“Exclusion Day”). Immunizations are required by state law for children and students in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, childcare facilities and Head Start programs in Oregon. 

    On February 7th, the Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) will mail a notification letter to all students who are due to receive one or more required vaccinations or who do not have a record of immunization. Students who do not have all their school-required vaccines or a qualifying exemption by Exclusion Day will not be allowed to attend school until their immunizations are up-to-date. 

    What to do if you get a letter

    1. Call your school if you have already provided your child’s immunization record to the school and verify whether the school has a copy on file. 
    2. If your student needs updated vaccinations, get your child immunized right away. You can schedule an appointment with your child’s regular health care provider, or with:
    3. Bring to your child’s appointment the Certificate of Immunization Status Form that was included with the letter you received from MCHD. This Form will let the provider know what vaccinations your student still needs. If you misplace the CIS Form you received in the mail, you can request another copy from your child’s school).
    4. Once your student has received their required vaccines, sign the completed immunization form and turn it in to your child’s school.

    Thank you for keeping your student and their classmates safe, in school, and ready to learn!

    CLEVELAND DESIGN WORKSHOP RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, FEB 3
    Rescheduled Cleveland Modernization Public Design Workshop
    this Saturday, Feb. 3rd at 9:30 a.m.

    Español |Tiếng Việt | Русский | Soomaali |中文

    Dear Cleveland High School & Cleveland Cluster Families,

    This is to remind you of the upcoming Cleveland Design Workshop on Saturday Feb 3rd from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the CHS cafeteria. Come early at 9:00 a.m. for a light breakfast. Childcare will be provided. Your participation at this time is very important.

    Project Update
    Comprehensive Planning for Cleveland began in late September with the selection of the Comprehensive Planning Committee (CPC).  This 40+ person committee is made up of parents, school staff, students, alumni and community members. The CPC has had several meetings with the design team working in a community-centered process to produce a high-level plan for the future of Cleveland High School. The plan will address how to improve student safety in and around the campus, provide direction on where building and program elements will be located and most critically, determine whether to renovate the historic building or completely rebuild the school. 

    The Public Design workshop taking place on SaturdayFeb. 3rd at 9:30a.m. is the next opportunity for community members to provide their feedback on the design options for Cleveland High School’s modernization.  Important decisions about the future design of Cleveland High School are being made by PPS.Community attendance and feedback shared with the Design Team is vital to this process.

    Provide Feedback on Cleveland Design Options
    The modernized CHS will need to add about 50,000 square feet of space to accommodate modern learning needs. To fit a larger building on the site, several options are being considered:

    • Whether to keep some of the existing building or to completely rebuild
    • Adding a new building on the current parking lot site
    • Adding more athletic facilities on the current track site

    Come provide your feedback on these design considerations with the Project Team.

    Translation services are available upon request
    PPS recognizes the many diverse voices within the Cleveland community and wants to hear from them. Language translation services are available upon request at CHSBond@pps.net.  Please respond by Thursday, February 1st by 5:00p.m. so we can arrange to have an interpreter to meet your needs.

    Visit the website regularly for more information
    The Cleveland modernization website, www.pps.net/ClevelandBond will keep you updated on the latest developments, has previous meeting minutes and presentations to view and provides a list of upcoming engagement opportunities.  You can also join the Cleveland Modernization project mailing list by emailing CHSBond@pps.net.

    Thank you for helping us create a modernized Cleveland High School.

    PROGRAMS, EVENTS & RESOURCES

    Camps, Classes, & After School Programs:

    Preschool Programs:

    Community Events & Information:

    Vaccinations, Health & Wellness:

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOKS FOR ALL

    Who wants a yearbook at the end of the year?  It turns out, pretty much everybody wants one!  Each year, we set aside some time for students to commemorate the end of the school year with a yearbook signing ritual.  However, not everyone orders a yearbook, often because they are busy and don’t realize until after the ordering deadline.  Sometimes students don’t think they want a yearbook, but when they see them, they realize they really do want one.  The truth is, there are many reasons why families don’t order yearbooks, and we never have enough yearbooks for everyone who wants one.  We do not like to disappoint students and families.  So, what if we ordered yearbooks for every student?    In fact, if we order more yearbooks, the price per book will go down.  We envision the last day of school when every student has a yearbook to sign!  However, we will need your support in order to make this sustainable.  We are requesting a suggested $20 donation to our Sellwood Yearbook Donation account in School Pay (the price for a yearbook was $25 last year).  You can donate more, especially if you have more than one child at Sellwood.  We hope that our “Yearbooks for All” plan will make for a more enjoyable and equitable end of the year experience for all.  Thank you for your support.


    Here's the link to SchoolPay.  If you need assistance with SchoolPay, the SchoolPay parent help

    phone number is 833-731-2600.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • February 19: Make-up day (President’s Day – previously not a school day)
    • February 21: Exclusion Day – Get your vaccines
    • March 12: 5th-grade Parent Info Night
    • March 25 to March 29: Spring Break
    • April 5: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 9 & 10: Sellwood School Play “Roshambo”
    • May 22: Band Concert & Art Show
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 10: OAKS Park – 8th Grade
    • June 11: OAKS Park – 6th and 7th Grades
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: 8th Grade Promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 14: Last Day of School – Half Day

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 1.26.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 26, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It was great to see many of you at Sellwood last night for in-person Parent/Teacher Conferences.  See below regarding the virtual conferences that were re-scheduled due to the snow & ice storms.

    Congratulations to Mr. Patterson and family who welcomed baby Wesley last night!

    Today is the last day of 1st semester. There is no school for students on Monday, January 29, as it is a planning day for teachers. 

    Have a good weekend, and we look forward to seeing students on Tuesday.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

    As you know, due to snow and ice storms, we must reschedule the cancelled 1/16 and 1/17 Parent/Teacher Conferences.  The new dates for virtual conferences are January 29 & 30th, from 5-8PM.  There are a few teachers that need to hold conferences on a different date due to time conflicts, but those teachers should have already reached out to the parents of their students.

    Please see the linked conference sign-up Google Doc, which contains all you will need to sign up for conferences.  There are written instructions, as well as a video Screencast tutorial, and links to all Sellwood teachers and counselors appointment calendar.

    Please keep in mind that you will need to use desk or laptop computer to sign up, as the Google appointment calendar does not seem to work properly with cell phone or iPads.

    As a reminder, these are the dates and times for re-scheduled conferences.

    • January 29: 5:00-8:00 PM - Virtual
    • January 30: 5:00-8:00 PM - Virtual

    Here is the link to the conference sign-up document.  If you have trouble with that link, copy and paste the following url into your browser.  

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b63sY1FP4iL0bagD8xM1GDKeS9T4QiikRO2v_Xh4Qus/edit?usp=sharing

    CLEVELAND DESIGN WORKSHOP RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, FEB 3
    Due to the recent winter storm we had to reschedule this workshop. The CHS Modernization project is at an important stage in the comprehensive planning process and we need your input! Please join your friends and neighbors at the upcoming Cleveland Design Workshop on Saturday Feb 3rd from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Come early at 9:00 a.m. for a light breakfast.  Your participation at this time is very important and thank you for being flexible.

    Project Update
    Comprehensive Planning for Cleveland began in late September with the selection of the Comprehensive Planning Committee (CPC).  This 40+ person committee is made up of parents, school staff, students, alumni and community members. The CPC has had several meetings with the design team working in a community-centered process to produce a high-level plan for the future of Cleveland High School. The plan will address how to improve student safety in and around the campus, provide direction on where building and program elements will be located and most critically, determine whether to renovate the historic building or completely rebuild the school. 

    The Public Design workshop taking place on SaturdayFeb. 3rd at 9:30a.m. is the next opportunity for community members to provide their feedback on the design options for Cleveland High School’s modernization.  Important decisions about the future design of Cleveland High School are being made by PPS. Community attendance and feedback shared with the Design Team is vital to this process.

    Provide Feedback on Cleveland Design Options
    The modernized CHS will need to add about 50,000 square feet of space to accommodate modern learning needs. To fit a larger building on the site, several options are being considered:

    • Whether to keep some of the existing building or to completely rebuild
    • Adding a new building on the current parking lot site
    • Adding more athletic facilities on the current track site

    Come provide your feedback on these design considerations with the Project Team.

    Translation services are available upon request
    PPS recognizes the many diverse voices within the Cleveland community and wants to hear from them. Language translation services are available upon request at CHSBond@pps.net Please respond by Tuesday, January 30th so we can arrange to have an interpreter to meet your needs.

    Visit the website regularly for more information
    The Cleveland modernization website, www.pps.net/ClevelandBond will keep you updated on the latest developments, has previous meeting minutes and presentations to view and provides a list of upcoming engagement opportunities.  You can also join the Cleveland Modernization project mailing list by emailing CHSBond@pps.net.

    Thank you for helping us create a modernized Cleveland High School.

    PROGRAMS, EVENTS & RESOURCES

    Camps, Classes, & After School Programs:

    Preschool Programs:

    Community Events & Information:

    Vaccinations, Health & Wellness:

    8TH-GRADERS – CLEVELAND FORECASTING INFORMATION

    Below are the links and information you will need to help your student forecast for their high school classes.  We ask that all students forecast for Cleveland High School even if they are planning on attending a different school.   If your student is planning on attending a PPS school other than Cleveland please reach out to the high school counseling office for next steps in forecasting. 

    Forecasting Support:

    --

    Katie Francis, Licensed School Counselor

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOKS FOR ALL

    Who wants a yearbook at the end of the year?  It turns out, pretty much everybody wants one!  Each year, we set aside some time for students to commemorate the end of the school year with a yearbook signing ritual.  However, not everyone orders a yearbook, often because they are busy and don’t realize until after the ordering deadline.  Sometimes students don’t think they want a yearbook, but when they see them, they realize they really do want one.  The truth is, there are many reasons why families don’t order yearbooks, and we never have enough yearbooks for everyone who wants one.  We do not like to disappoint students and families.  So, what if we ordered yearbooks for every student?    In fact, if we order more yearbooks, the price per book will go down.  We envision the last day of school when every student has a yearbook to sign!  However, we will need your support in order to make this sustainable.  We are requesting a suggested $20 donation to our Sellwood Yearbook Donation account in School Pay (the price for a yearbook was $25 last year).  You can donate more, especially if you have more than one child at Sellwood.  We hope that our “Yearbooks for All” plan will make for a more enjoyable and equitable end of the year experience for all.  Thank you for your support.


    Here's the link to SchoolPay.  If you need assistance with SchoolPay, the SchoolPay parent help

    phone number is 833-731-2600.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • January 29: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • January 29: Parent/Teacher Conferences – Virtual 5:00-8:00PM
    • January 29: Parent/Teacher Conferences – Virtual 5:00-8:00PM
    • February 19: Make-up day (President’s Day – previously not a school day)
    • March 12: 5th-grade Parent Info Night
    • March 25 to March 29: Spring Break
    • April 5: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: Last Day of School

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 1.19.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 19, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I hope that you and your families have stayed safe and warm during this prolonged winter weather event.  I know some families experienced power loss, downed trees, or suffered property damage.  The four-day school closure was unexpected and very unfortunate, especially on top of the lengthy closure during the strike.

    I am not sure yet how the instructional time will be made up, but I do know that it will need to be negotiated between the district and its various labor partners.  I will share information about any make-up days, but you will likely hear the announcement from the PPS central office first.

    We also had to cancel parent-teacher conferences.  These will be rescheduled, and I will communicate new dates and times early next week.  In-person conferences will take place as planned on the evening of January 25th.  There are still a few in-person appointments available on the 25th, so you may consider grabbing those if you are able.

    We look forward to seeing students on Monday.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

    (Two new evening dates will be announced soon)

    If you plan to sign-up for parent/teacher conferences and have not yet done so, please see the linked conference sign-up Google Doc, which contains all you need to sign up.  Please note that there are fewer hours available for conferences this year.  Conferences are not required but encouraged, especially when students and families need support or would like additional communication with the teacher.  There are written instructions, as well as a video Screencast tutorial, and links to all Sellwood teachers and counselors’ appointment calendar.

    Please keep in mind that you will need to use desk or laptop computer to sign up, as the Google appointment calendar does not seem to work properly with cell phone or iPads.

    As a reminder, these are three remaining dates and times for conferences.

    • January 16: 5:00-8:00 PM – Virtual only (cancelled to be rescheduled)
    • January 17: 5:30-8:30 PM – Virtual only (cancelled to be rescheduled)
    • January 25: 5:00-8:00 PM - In-person only

    Here is the link to the conference sign-up document.  If you have trouble with that link, copy and paste the following url into your browser.  

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b63sY1FP4iL0bagD8xM1GDKeS9T4QiikRO2v_Xh4Qus/edit?usp=sharing

    PTA NEWS

    January 23rd PTA meeting - Cleveland High School Principal will attend

    Join us January 23rd at 7:00 pm in the SMS Library for our next PTA meeting.  CHS Principal Jo Ann Wadkins will be joining us to talk about CHS and answer questions from parents. 

    SMS Drama teacher Colleen Crabtree will also be joining us to talk about the Sellwood school play, which is returning for the first time in many years!

    We will also discuss our spring fundraisers and upcoming volunteer opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there.

    SMS Spirit Wear

    The PTA is pleased to present Sellwood Middle School Gear! On sale through 1/31 at the following website:

    https://design.swagnw.com/sellwood_middle_school_spirit/shop/home

    T-shirts! Hoodies! Zip Hoodies! Sweatpants!
     

    This is a spirit raiser, not a fundraiser, with prices set close to production costs. We look forward to seeing this gear out in the community! Items will be available for pick-up 3 weeks after the shop closes, on Wednesday 2/21. Details to come closer to that time.

    Questions? Send a message to SMSGearShop@gmail.com and we will get back to you ASAP.

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD PEAK AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

    Sellwood PEAK Winter Registration - some classes still need a few more students!

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students.  The PEAK program is totally independent of Sellwood Middle School and is under the jurisdiction of PTA. Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student.  

    Register for classes at  https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram  If you are a first time user you will need to create an account for your student.  **If you are already taking a class in the fall you DO need to register again for Winter Session**

    Scholarship request form is here: https://tinyurl.com/PEAKScholarship 

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes open for registration:

    • Marimba 
      • PEAK marimba is a once a week class (Thursdays from 4-5PM) that teaches students the basics of playing in a marimba ensemble. No experience is necessary. Instruments are provided. Students will learn to play music in a group setting.
    • Playwriting & Performance - Rogue Theater Collective
      • This class will teach all the skills necessary for writing a notebook’s worth of monologues and one-act plays! You will learn the fundamentals of playwriting from characters and dialogue, to dramatic structure and stage directions. You will also learn about basic stagecraft: from set design and props to directing. We’ll explore writing exercises and discuss plays by genre, from tragedy to comedy to contemporary realism. In this fun and encouraging environment, you will learn tools and tips on how to construct a short play. Each playwright will select one piece for a dramatic reading, followed by a critique and performance. *BONUS: everyone will get a free Moleskin Notebook to write in and keep!
    • Web Dev: My First Website
      • Designed for beginners, this course introduces students to the basics of web technologies (HTML, CSS, and Javascript). Students learn concepts, such as HTML tags, CSS properties, and Javascript Functions and Event listeners. They build simple but beautiful static websites and fun browser games, such as the Meme Spinner and Cookie Clicker. By the end of the course, students know how to design a web page, write codes to display and style web content, and add Javascript codes to add interactivity to the website.
    • Choir
      • This is a student-led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of the Cleveland Choir director, Cleveland Choir students will lead a class filled with fun singing activities, practicing musicality skills, and learning about other cultures and stories through song! It is not only an educational opportunity, but a performance opportunity. Students who participate will have an opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Choir at one of our events. 
    • Speech and Debate
      • The Cleveland High Speech and Debate team is one the largest and most successful programs at the school. Find out why these students love it so much, and build your own debate skills. You will practice speaking and debating skills in preparation for local middle school competitions The Sellwood team will be coached by team captains from Cleveland.
    • Chess Club (FULL)
    • Red Cross Babysitting Class (FULL)

    CLEVELAND DESIGN WORKSHOP (POSTPONED)
    Unfortunately due to the continued icy conditions and school closures, the Cleveland Public Design Workshop that had been scheduled for January 20th has been postponedWe will have an update next week on when it will be rescheduled. 

    Read on about an important Design Workshop as PPS creates the plans for a future Cleveland High School. It will impact the future Cleveland students now attending Sellwood.

    The Design Workshop previously scheduled for Saturday, Jan 20th from 10am-Noon in the Cleveland cafeteria has been postponed.  The new date will be communicated soon.

    This will be an important workshop as the team will begin making critical decisions on the design of the new school based on what we learn at this meeting.

    Please see the attached for more information.

    8TH-GRADERS – CLEVELAND FORECASTING INFORMATION

    Hello 8th grade families,

    Ms. Katie pushed into 8th grade science classes this week to present on high school forecasting.  Below are the links and information you will need to help your student forecast for their high school classes.  We ask that all students forecast for Cleveland High School even if they are planning on attending a different school.   If your student is planning on attending a PPS school other than Cleveland please reach out to the high school counseling office for next steps in forecasting. 

    Forecasting Support:

    --

    Katie Francis, Licensed School Counselor

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOKS FOR ALL

    Who wants a yearbook at the end of the year?  It turns out, pretty much everybody wants one!  Each year, we set aside some time for students to commemorate the end of the school year with a yearbook signing ritual.  However, not everyone orders a yearbook, often because they are busy and don’t realize until after the ordering deadline.  Sometimes students don’t think they want a yearbook, but when they see them, they realize they really do want one.  The truth is, there are many reasons why families don’t order yearbooks, and we never have enough yearbooks for everyone who wants one.  We do not like to disappoint students and families.  So, what if we ordered yearbooks for every student?    In fact, if we order more yearbooks, the price per book will go down.  We envision the last day of school when every student has a yearbook to sign!  However, we will need your support in order to make this sustainable.  We are requesting a suggested $20 donation to our Sellwood Yearbook Donation account in School Pay (the price for a yearbook was $25 last year).  You can donate more, especially if you have more than one child at Sellwood.  We hope that our “Yearbooks for All” plan will make for a more enjoyable and equitable end of the year experience for all.  Thank you for your support.


    Here's the link to SchoolPay.  If you need assistance with SchoolPay, the SchoolPay parent help

    phone number is 833-731-2600.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • January 23: PTA Meeting
    • January 25: 2 Hour Late Start
    • January 25: Parent Teacher Conferences – in-person – 5-8PM
    • January 26: Make-up Day (previously not a school day for students)
    • January 29: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • February 19: Make-up day (President’s Day – previously not a school day)
    • March 12: 5th-grade Parent Info Night
    • March 25 to March 29: Spring Break
    • April 5: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: Last Day of School
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  • Principal's Newsletter 1/12/2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 12, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Yesterday, I sent a community email about our upcoming late start for all students. As a reminder, we recently adopted some new advisory curriculum. In order to best prepare our staff for Advisory Programs, PPS has identified the following date as a 2-hour late opening for all middle and K-8 schools.

    *Winter 2-hour Late Opening:

    • The winter 2-hour late opening will be on Jan. 25th.

    As a middle school, our 6-8 staff will be focused on the implementation of the new curriculum for advisory. All students will have a two-hour late start on January 25th. 

    With the winter storm approaching, I hope you all stay safe, warm, and dry this weekend.

    Enjoy the snow, and we will see you on Tuesday.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

    If you plan to sign-up for parent/teacher conferences and have not yet done so, please see the linked conference sign-up Google Doc, which contains all you need to sign up.  Please note that there are fewer hours available for conferences this year.  Conferences are not required but encouraged, especially when students and families need support or would like additional communication with the teacher.  There are written instructions, as well as a video Screencast tutorial, and links to all Sellwood teachers and counselors’ appointment calendar.

    Please keep in mind that you will need to use desk or laptop computer to sign up, as the Google appointment calendar does not seem to work properly with cell phone or iPads.

    As a reminder, these are three remaining dates and times for conferences.

    • January 16: 5:00-8:00 PM – Virtual only
    • January 17: 5:30-8:30 PM – Virtual only
    • January 25: 5:00-8:00 PM - In-person only

    Here is the link to the conference sign-up document.  If you have trouble with that link, copy and paste the following url into your browser.  

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b63sY1FP4iL0bagD8xM1GDKeS9T4QiikRO2v_Xh4Qus/edit?usp=sharing

    8TH-GRADERS – CLEVELAND FORECASTING INFORMATION

    Hello 8th grade families,

    Ms. Katie pushed into 8th grade science classes this week to present on high school forecasting.  Below are the links and information you will need to help your student forecast for their high school classes.  We ask that all students forecast for Cleveland High School even if they are planning on attending a different school.   If your student is planning on attending a PPS school other than Cleveland please reach out to the high school counseling office for next steps in forecasting. 

    Forecasting Support:

    Katie Francis, Licensed School Counselor

    PTA NEWS

    January 23rd PTA meeting - Cleveland High School Principal will attend

    Join us January 23rd at 7:00 pm in the SMS Library for our next PTA meeting.  CHS Principal Jo Ann Wadkins will be joining us to talk about CHS and answer questions from parents. 

    SMS Drama teacher Colleen Crabtree will also be joining us to talk about the Sellwood school play, which is returning for the first time in many years!

    We will also discuss our spring fundraisers and upcoming volunteer opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there.

    SMS Spirit Wear

    The PTA is pleased to present Sellwood Middle School Gear! On sale through 1/31 at the following website:

    https://design.swagnw.com/sellwood_middle_school_spirit/shop/home

    T-shirts! Hoodies! Zip Hoodies! Sweatpants!

    This is a spirit raiser, not a fundraiser, with prices set close to production costs. We look forward to seeing this gear out in the community! Items will be available for pick-up 3 weeks after the shop closes, on Wednesday 2/21. Details to come closer to that time.

    Questions? Send a message to SMSGearShop@gmail.com and we will get back to you ASAP.

    Sellwood Dines Out @ Dick’s Primal Burger in Woodstock

    Monday 1/15 & Tuesday 1/16


    Dick’s Primal Burger has generously offered to donate 10% of sales on 1/15 and 1/16 to the Sellwood PTA. Ditch the dishes and grab a fantastic meal while supporting our school!

    Funds from Sellwood Dines Out support educational programs, student scholarships, and teacher/staff classroom projects at SMS. 

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD PEAK AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

    PEAK Winter Registration - some classes still need a few more students!

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students.  The PEAK program is totally independent of Sellwood Middle School and is under the jurisdiction of PTA. Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student.  

    Register for classes at  https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram  If you are a first time user you will need to create an account for your student.  **If you are already taking a class in the fall you DO need to register again for Winter Session**

    Scholarship request form is here: https://tinyurl.com/PEAKScholarship 

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes open for registration:

    • Marimba 
      • PEAK marimba is a once a week class (Thursdays from 4-5PM) that teaches students the basics of playing in a marimba ensemble. No experience is necessary. Instruments are provided. Students will learn to play music in a group setting.
    • Playwriting & Performance - Rogue Theater Collective
      • This class will teach all the skills necessary for writing a notebook’s worth of monologues and one-act plays! You will learn the fundamentals of playwriting from characters and dialogue, to dramatic structure and stage directions. You will also learn about basic stagecraft: from set design and props to directing. We’ll explore writing exercises and discuss plays by genre, from tragedy to comedy to contemporary realism. In this fun and encouraging environment, you will learn tools and tips on how to construct a short play. Each playwright will select one piece for a dramatic reading, followed by a critique and performance. *BONUS: everyone will get a free Moleskin Notebook to write in and keep!
    • Web Dev: My First Website
      • Designed for beginners, this course introduces students to the basics of web technologies (HTML, CSS, and Javascript). Students learn concepts, such as HTML tags, CSS properties, and Javascript Functions and Event listeners. They build simple but beautiful static websites and fun browser games, such as the Meme Spinner and Cookie Clicker. By the end of the course, students know how to design a web page, write codes to display and style web content, and add Javascript codes to add interactivity to the website.
    • Choir
      • This is a student-led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of the Cleveland Choir director, Cleveland Choir students will lead a class filled with fun singing activities, practicing musicality skills, and learning about other cultures and stories through song! It is not only an educational opportunity, but a performance opportunity. Students who participate will have an opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Choir at one of our events. 
    • Speech and Debate
      • The Cleveland High Speech and Debate team is one the largest and most successful programs at the school. Find out why these students love it so much, and build your own debate skills. You will practice speaking and debating skills in preparation for local middle school competitions The Sellwood team will be coached by team captains from Cleveland.
    • Chess Club (FULL)
    • Red Cross Babysitting Class (FULL)

    CLEVELAND DESIGN WORKSHOP SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH

    Read on about an important Design Workshop as PPS creates the plans for a future Cleveland High School. It will impact the future Cleveland students now attending Sellwood.

    The next Design Workshop is on Saturday, Jan 20th from 10am-Noon in the Cleveland cafeteria. Folks can come early at 9:30 for a light breakfast. 

    This is an important workshop as the team will begin making critical decisions on the design of the new school based on what we learn at this meeting.

    Please see the attached for more information.

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOKS FOR ALL

    Who wants a yearbook at the end of the year?  It turns out, pretty much everybody wants one!  Each year, we set aside some time for students to commemorate the end of the school year with a yearbook signing ritual.  However, not everyone orders a yearbook, often because they are busy and don’t realize until after the ordering deadline.  Sometimes students don’t think they want a yearbook, but when they see them, they realize they really do want one.  The truth is, there are many reasons why families don’t order yearbooks, and we never have enough yearbooks for everyone who wants one.  We do not like to disappoint students and families.  So, what if we ordered yearbooks for every student?    In fact, if we order more yearbooks, the price per book will go down.  We envision the last day of school when every student has a yearbook to sign!  However, we will need your support in order to make this sustainable.  We are requesting a suggested $20 donation to our Sellwood Yearbook Donation account in School Pay (the price for a yearbook was $25 last year).  You can donate more, especially if you have more than one child at Sellwood.  We hope that our “Yearbooks for All” plan will make for a more enjoyable and equitable end of the year experience for all.  Thank you for your support.


    Here's the link to SchoolPay.  If you need assistance with SchoolPay, the SchoolPay parent help

    phone number is 833-731-2600.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
    • January 16: Parent Teacher Conferences – Virtual – 5-8PM
    • January 17: Parent Teacher Conferences – Virtual – 5:30-8:30PM
    • January 25: 2 Hour Late Start
    • January 25: Parent Teacher Conferences – in-person – 5-8PM
    • January 26: Make-up Day (previously not a school day for students)
    • January 29: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • February 19: Make-up day (President’s Day – previously not a school day)
    • March 12: 5th-grade Parent Info Night
    • March 25 to March 29: Spring Break
    • April 5: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: Last Day of School

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter January 5, 2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 5, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Welcome back!  I hope you all had a fun and restful Winter Break.  My husband and I were able to take a quick trip to Hawaii for some sun and sea, and the break was much needed :-)

    Please don’t forget to sign up for parent-teacher conferences which will start next week.  There are still appointment slots available and the instructions can be found below.

    Also, next Friday we will have Coffee with the Principal from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.  I hope to see you there.

    Have a great weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

    If you plan to sign-up for parent/teacher conferences and have not yet done so, please see the linked conference sign-up Google Doc, which contains all you need to sign up.  Please note that there are fewer hours available for conferences this year.  Conferences are not required but encouraged, especially when students and families need support or would like additional communication with the teacher.  There are written instructions, as well as a video Screencast tutorial, and links to all Sellwood teachers and counselors’ appointment calendar.

    Please keep in mind that you will need to use desk or laptop computer to sign up, as the Google appointment calendar does not seem to work properly with cell phone or iPads.

    As a reminder, these are the dates and times for conferences.

    • January 11: 5:00-8:00 PM – Virtual only
    • January 16: 5:00-8:00 PM – Virtual only
    • January 17: 5:30-8:30 PM – Virtual only
    • January 25: 5:00-8:00 PM - In-person only

    Here is the link to the conference sign-up document.  If you have trouble with that link, copy and paste the following url into your browser.  

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b63sY1FP4iL0bagD8xM1GDKeS9T4QiikRO2v_Xh4Qus/edit?usp=sharing

    8TH-GRADERS – CLEVELAND FORECASTING INFORMATION

    Cleveland Forecasting & GPA Lesson in Science on 1/9 and 1/10

    Ms. Katie will be in science classes next week on Tuesday 1/9 (Ms. Thomas) and Wednesday 1/10 (Mr. Larson) to present on high school forecasting.   Students will submit their course selections through StudentVue by January 22.  Cleveland counselors will come to Sellwood on Friday 1/26 to review and finalize course selections with students. We ask ALL 8th grade students to forecast for Cleveland even if they plan on attending a different high school.  The forecasting presentation will be sent out to families next week on Wednesday and in the Friday newsletter. 

    If your student is planning on attending a different PPS school please reach out to their school counselor for forecasting support. 

    PTA NEWS

    January 23rd PTA meeting; Cleveland High School Principal will attend

    Join us January 23rd at 7:00 pm for our next PTA meeting.  CHS Principal Jo Ann Wadkins will be joining us to talk about CHS and answer questions from parents. 

    Important links:

    PEAK AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

    We need a few more students in some classes to have enough - Marimba, Playwriting and Performance, Web Dev: My first website.

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students.  The PEAK program is totally independent of Sellwood Middle School and is under the jurisdiction of PTA. Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student.  

    Register for classes at  https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram  If you are a first-time user you will need to create an account for your student.  **If you are already taking a class in the fall you DO need to register again for Winter Session**

    Scholarship request form is here: https://tinyurl.com/PEAKScholarship 

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes open for registration:

    • Red Cross Babysitter Training - One Day Course 
      • One-day training offered on 1/15/24, 4/5/24 9am-4:30pm (no school days)
      • Designed for young people to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care to infants and children in a residential setting. 
      • Participants receive a certificate of completion for Babysitter’s Training
    • Marimba 
      • PEAK marimba is a once a week class (Thursdays from 4-5PM) that teaches students the basics of playing in a marimba ensemble. No experience is necessary. Instruments are provided. Students will learn to play music in a group setting.
    • Playwriting & Performance - Rogue Theater Collective
      • This class will teach all the skills necessary for writing a notebook’s worth of monologues and one-act plays! You will learn the fundamentals of playwriting from characters and dialogue, to dramatic structure and stage directions. You will also learn about basic stagecraft: from set design and props to directing. We’ll explore writing exercises and discuss plays by genre, from tragedy to comedy to contemporary realism. In this fun and encouraging environment, you will learn tools and tips on how to construct a short play. Each playwright will select one piece for a dramatic reading, followed by a critique and performance. *BONUS: everyone will get a free Moleskin Notebook to write in and keep!
    • Web Dev: My First Website
      • Designed for beginners, this course introduces students to the basics of web technologies (HTML, CSS, and Javascript). Students learn concepts, such as HTML tags, CSS properties, and Javascript Functions and Event listeners. They build simple but beautiful static websites and fun browser games, such as the Meme Spinner and Cookie Clicker. By the end of the course, students know how to design a web page, write codes to display and style web content, and add Javascript codes to add interactivity to the website.
    • Choir
      • This is a student-led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of the Cleveland Choir director, Cleveland Choir students will lead a class filled with fun singing activities, practicing musicality skills, and learning about other cultures and stories through song! It is not only an educational opportunity, but a performance opportunity. Students who participate will have an opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Choir at one of our events. 
    • Speech and Debate
      • The Cleveland High Speech and Debate team is one the largest and most successful programs at the school. Find out why these students love it so much, and build your own debate skills. You will practice speaking and debating skills in preparation for local middle school competitions The Sellwood team will be coached by team captains from Cleveland.
    • Chess Club (FULL)

    OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

    Oregon Battle of the Books is coming back to Sellwood Middle School and will be organized by parent volunteers for the 2023/24 school year.   Now is the time to start organizing a team.  Once you have a team, you can register them here.  If your student would like help finding a team or an additional team member, fill out this form.  If you have questions, email OBOBatSellwood@gmail.com

    OBOB is a program where teams of students read an amazing selection of books and then compete with other teams in Battles to recall details from the stories.  Battles will be organized at the school level in February 2024.  Teams are usually made up of two to four members, with one optional alternate, for a total of no more than five members. 

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOKS FOR ALL

    Who wants a yearbook at the end of the year?  It turns out, pretty much everybody wants one!  Each year, we set aside some time for students to commemorate the end of the school year with a yearbook signing ritual.  However, not everyone orders a yearbook, often because they are busy and don’t realize until after the ordering deadline.  Sometimes students don’t think they want a yearbook, but when they see them, they realize they really do want one.  The truth is, there are many reasons why families don’t order yearbooks, and we never have enough yearbooks for everyone who wants one.  We do not like to disappoint students and families.  So, what if we ordered yearbooks for every student?    In fact, if we order more yearbooks, the price per book will go down.  We envision the last day of school when every student has a yearbook to sign!  However, we will need your support in order to make this sustainable.  We are requesting a suggested $20 donation to our Sellwood Yearbook Donation account in School Pay (the price for a yearbook was $25 last year).  You can donate more, especially if you have more than one child at Sellwood.  We hope that our “Yearbooks for All” plan will make for a more enjoyable and equitable end of the year experience for all.  Thank you for your support.


    Here's the link to SchoolPay.  If you need assistance with SchoolPay, the SchoolPay parent help

    phone number is 833-731-2600.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • January 11: Parent Teacher Conferences – Virtual – 5-8PM
    • January 12: Coffee with the Principal – 9:30 AM in the Faculty Lounge
    • January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
    • January 16: Parent Teacher Conferences – Virtual – 5-8PM
    • January 17: Parent Teacher Conferences – Virtual – 5:30-8:30PM
    • January 25: 2 Hour Late Start
    • January 25: Parent Teacher Conferences – in-person – 5-8PM
    • January 26: Make-up Day (previously not a school day for students)
    • January 29: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • February 19: Make-up day (President’s Day – previously not a school day)
    • March 12: 5th-grade Parent Info Night
    • March 25 to March 29: Spring Break
    • April 5: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 6: Showcase Night
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: Last Day of School
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  • Principal's Newsletter 12.22.2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – December 22, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It’s been a quiet week at Sellwood, with a nice mix of learning, community, and a bit of fun thrown in.

    I would like to invite caregivers to a Coffee with the Principal event on January 12th at 9:30 am.  It will be a good time to chat about any issues that are of interest to parents.  We will be holding a “Coffee with the Principal” each month, varying the days of the week and time of day to make the events more accessible to parents.  I hope to see you there :-)

    We wish all of you a restful and enjoyable winter break!

    See you in 2024 :-)

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

    If you plan to sign-up for parent/teacher conferences and have not yet done so, please see the linked conference sign-up Google Doc, which contains all you need to sign up.  Please note that there are fewer hours available for conferences this year.  Conferences are not required but encouraged, especially when students and families need support or would like additional communication with the teacher.  There are written instructions, as well as a video Screencast tutorial, and links to all Sellwood teachers and counselors’ appointment calendar.

    Please keep in mind that you will need to use desk or laptop computer to sign up, as the Google appointment calendar does not seem to work properly with cell phone or iPads.

    As a reminder, these are the dates and times for conferences.

    • January 11: 5:00-8:00 PM – Virtual only
    • January 16: 5:00-8:00 PM – Virtual only
    • January 17: 5:30-8:30 PM – Virtual only
    • January 25: 5:00-8:00 PM - In-person only

    Here is the link to the conference sign-up document.  If you have trouble with that link, copy and paste the following url into your browser.  

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b63sY1FP4iL0bagD8xM1GDKeS9T4QiikRO2v_Xh4Qus/edit?usp=sharing

    PTA NEWS & PEAK AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

    Sellwood PEAK Winter Session Registration open! 

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students.  The PEAK program is totally independent of Sellwood Middle School and is under the jurisdiction of PTA. Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student.  
     

    Register for classes at  https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram  If you are a first time user you will need to create an account for your student.  **If you are already taking a class in the fall you DO need to register again for Winter Session**

    Scholarship request form is here: https://tinyurl.com/PEAKScholarship 

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes open for registration:

    • Playwriting & Performance - Rogue Theater Collective
      • This class will teach all the skills necessary for writing a notebook’s worth of monologues and one-act plays! You will learn the fundamentals of playwriting from characters and dialogue, to dramatic structure and stage directions. You will also learn about basic stagecraft: from set design and props to directing. We’ll explore writing exercises and discuss plays by genre, from tragedy to comedy to contemporary realism. In this fun and encouraging environment, you will learn tools and tips on how to construct a short play. Each playwright will select one piece for a dramatic reading, followed by a critique and performance. *BONUS: everyone will get a free Moleskin Notebook to write in and keep!
    • Web Dev: My First Website
      • Designed for beginners, this course introduces students to the basics of web technologies (HTML, CSS, and Javascript). Students learn concepts, such as HTML tags, CSS properties, and Javascript Functions and Event listeners. They build simple but beautiful static websites and fun browser games, such as the Meme Spinner and Cookie Clicker. By the end of the course, students know how to design a web page, write codes to display and style web content, and add Javascript codes to add interactivity to the website.
    • Chess Club 
      • We play chess after school on Mondays! We improve our chess skills by playing as much as possible, solving puzzles, and learning basic strategies. Our after-school program focuses on basics but we hope to develop a more competitive program. We meet on Mondays that school is in session. Note that this is a year-long club.
    • Choir
      • This is a student-led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of the Cleveland Choir director, Cleveland Choir students will lead a class filled with fun singing activities, practicing musicality skills, and learning about other cultures and stories through song! It is not only an educational opportunity, but a performance opportunity. Students who participate will have an opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Choir at one of our events. 
    • Speech and Debate
      • The Cleveland High Speech and Debate team is one the largest and most successful programs at the school. Find out why these students love it so much, and build your own debate skills. You will practice speaking and debating skills in preparation for local middle school competitions The Sellwood team will be coached by team captains from Cleveland. 

    SELLWOOD MS FOUNDATION

    Join the Spark! Ignite Opportunities at Sellwood Middle School

    Your chance to make a difference is here! The Sellwood Middle School Foundation's Annual Giving Campaign is in full swing, and we need your support to achieve our goal of $50,000.

    Why Give?

    Your generous donations directly fuel essential aspects of our student’s education, including:

    - Two Dedicated Teacher's Aides

    - French Class

    - Culinary Class

    - Technology Class

    Benefit from Tax Deductions and Matching Gifts!

    All donations are tax-deductible, amplifying the impact of your support. Plus, every dollar you give will be matched, doubling the power of your contribution.

    Our Goal: $50,000

    Help us maintain current courses, support our incredible staff, and introduce exciting new opportunities to our middle school students.

    How to Donate:

    Visit www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org and be part of the movement that lights up possibilities for Sellwood Middle School. Your support transforms dreams into reality.

    Let's make this year the most vibrant and enriching one yet!

    With gratitude,

    Sellwood Middle School Foundation Board

    OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

    Oregon Battle of the Books is coming back to Sellwood Middle School and will be organized by parent volunteers for the 2023/24 school year.   Now is the time to start organizing a team.  Once you have a team, you can register them here.  If your student would like help finding a team or an additional team member, fill out this form.  If you have questions, email OBOBatSellwood@gmail.com

    OBOB is a program where teams of students read an amazing selection of books and then compete with other teams in Battles to recall details from the stories.  Battles will be organized at the school level in February 2024.  Teams are usually made up of two to four members, with one optional alternate, for a total of no more than five members. 

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOKS FOR ALL

    Who wants a yearbook at the end of the year?  It turns out, pretty much everybody wants one!  Each year, we set aside some time for students to commemorate the end of the school year with a yearbook signing ritual.  However, not everyone orders a yearbook, often because they are busy and don’t realize until after the ordering deadline.  Sometimes students don’t think they want a yearbook, but when they see them, they realize they really do want one.  The truth is, there are many reasons why families don’t order yearbooks, and we never have enough yearbooks for everyone who wants one.  We do not like to disappoint students and families.  So, what if we ordered yearbooks for every student?    In fact, if we order more yearbooks, the price per book will go down.  We envision the last day of school when every student has a yearbook to sign!  However, we will need your support in order to make this sustainable.  We are requesting a suggested $20 donation to our Sellwood Yearbook Donation account in School Pay (the price for a yearbook was $25 last year).  You can donate more, especially if you have more than one child at Sellwood.  We hope that our “Yearbooks for All” plan will make for a more enjoyable and equitable end of the year experience for all.  Thank you for your support.


    Here's the link to SchoolPay.  If you need assistance with SchoolPay, the SchoolPay parent help

    phone number is 833-731-2600.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • December 25-January 1: Winter Break
    • January 11: Parent Teacher Conferences – Virtual – 5-8PM
    • January 12: Coffee with the Principal – 9:30 AM in the Faculty Lounge
    • January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
    • January 16: Parent Teacher Conferences – Virtual – 5-8PM
    • January 17: Parent Teacher Conferences – Virtual – 5:30-8:30PM
    • January 25: Parent Teacher Conferences – in-person – 5-8PM
    • January 26: Make-up Day (previously not a school day for students)
    • January 29: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • February 19: Make-up day (President’s Day – previously not a school day)
    • March 25 to March 29: Spring Break
    • April 5: No School for Students – Teacher Planning Day
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: Last Day of School

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 12.15.2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – December 15, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    In a typical year, today I would be wishing you a wonderful winter break.  Since this year has been anything but typical, I will instead say, “Hope to see you next week!”

    Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey about next week’s expected attendance and your date, time, and format preferences for parent teacher conferences.  We had 375 responses, which is pretty robust for a school of 570 students.  Based on the responses here are our predictions for student attendance next week.

    • Monday: 87%
    • Tuesday: 87%
    • Wednesday: 83%
    • Thursday: 80%
    • Friday: 73%

    Thank you for also sharing your feedback about your hopes and concerns regarding school next week.  There were a wide range of thoughts and feelings revealed in your comments.  I shared a sampling of the comments (anonymously of course) with the staff, and we had a good discussion about next week.  Teachers will be doing their best to provide engaging instruction throughout the week.  Most of the work will be building upon and deepening content knowledge, and where there is new content teachers have a plan in place so that students who are not attending will not be left behind.  It is a challenge to balance the wide range of needs next week, but we will do our best.

    As for teacher attendance, we have only two teachers who will be out all week, and 5 teachers who will be out between 1-3 days.  At this time, all of those absences have substitutes assigned.  Of course, there may always be unexpected absences or substitutes who cancel at the last minute, but at this point we seem to be in pretty good shape.

    Based on your preferences for times, dates, and format for parent/teacher conferences, we have decided on the following dates and times for conferences.

    • January 11: 5:00-8:00 PM – Virtual
    • January 16: 5:00-8:00 PM – Virtual
    • January 17: 5:30-8:30 PM – Virtual
    • January 25: 5:00-8:00 PM – In-person

    On Monday, I will be sharing the conference sign-up document with links to all of the teachers’ conference calendars.  We wanted to give teachers a few days this week to have advanced sign-up for any students who have priority based on academic need.  Also, keep in mind that we have fewer total hours available for conferences this year.  While teachers would like to meet with all families, conferences are not a requirement.

    Finally, a shout out to the Southeast Soccer Club’s 12U Boys Champions, the Whitecaps.  All but 1 are 6th graders at Sellwood!  Go Whitecaps!

    Have a great weekend and we hope to see you next week :-)  If you are starting your winter break, I hope it is enjoyable.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS & PEAK AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

    Sellwood PEAK Winter Session Registration opens Tuesday 12/19 9am! 

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students.  The PEAK program is totally independent of Sellwood Middle School and is under the jurisdiction of PTA. Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student.  

    Register for classes at  https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram  If you are a first time user you will need to create an account for your student.  **If you are already taking a class in the fall you DO need to register again for Winter Session**

    Scholarship request form is here: https://tinyurl.com/PEAKScholarship **The scholarship request deadline is Sunday, December 17th at 5pm.**

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes open for registration at 9am 12/19:

    • Playwriting & Performance - Rogue Theater Collective
      • This class will teach all the skills necessary for writing a notebook’s worth of monologues and one-act plays! You will learn the fundamentals of playwriting from characters and dialogue, to dramatic structure and stage directions. You will also learn about basic stagecraft: from set design and props to directing. We’ll explore writing exercises and discuss plays by genre, from tragedy to comedy to contemporary realism. In this fun and encouraging environment, you will learn tools and tips on how to construct a short play. Each playwright will select one piece for a dramatic reading, followed by a critique and performance. *BONUS: everyone will get a free Moleskin Notebook to write in and keep!
    • Web Dev: My First Website
      • Designed for beginners, this course introduces students to the basics of web technologies (HTML, CSS, and Javascript). Students learn concepts, such as HTML tags, CSS properties, and Javascript Functions and Event listeners. They build simple but beautiful static websites and fun browser games, such as the Meme Spinner and Cookie Clicker. By the end of the course, students know how to design a web page, write codes to display and style web content, and add Javascript codes to add interactivity to the website.
    • Chess Club 
      • We play chess after school on Mondays! We improve our chess skills by playing as much as possible, solving puzzles, and learning basic strategies. Our after-school program focuses on basics but we hope to develop a more competitive program. We meet on Mondays that school is in session. Note that this is a year-long club.
    • Choir
      • This is a student-led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of the Cleveland Choir director, Cleveland Choir students will lead a class filled with fun singing activities, practicing musicality skills, and learning about other cultures and stories through song! It is not only an educational opportunity, but a performance opportunity. Students who participate will have an opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Choir at one of our events. 
    • Speech and Debate
      • The Cleveland High Speech and Debate team is one the largest and most successful programs at the school. Find out why these students love it so much, and build your own debate skills. You will practice speaking and debating skills in preparation for local middle school competitions The Sellwood team will be coached by team captains from Cleveland.

    SELLWOOD MS FOUNDATION

    Join the Spark! Ignite Opportunities at Sellwood Middle School

    Your chance to make a difference is here! The Sellwood Middle School Foundation's Annual Giving Campaign is in full swing, and we need your support to achieve our goal of $50,000.

    Why Give?

    Your generous donations directly fuel essential aspects of our student’s education, including:

    - Two Dedicated Teacher's Aides

    - French Class

    - Culinary Class

    - Technology Class

    Benefit from Tax Deductions and Matching Gifts!

    All donations are tax-deductible, amplifying the impact of your support. Plus, every dollar you give will be matched, doubling the power of your contribution.

    Our Goal: $50,000

    Help us maintain current courses, support our incredible staff, and introduce exciting new opportunities to our middle school students.

    How to Donate:

    Visit www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org and be part of the movement that lights up possibilities for Sellwood Middle School. Your support transforms dreams into reality.

    Let's make this year the most vibrant and enriching one yet!

    With gratitude,

    Sellwood Middle School Foundation Board

    READ THE WORLD INFO FROM LIBRARIAN TINI MAIER

    Please follow the link to read about Sellwood’s Read the World Passport Program 2023/24.


    Read the World PASSPORT program 2023-2024

    OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

    Oregon Battle of the Books is coming back to Sellwood Middle School and will be organized by parent volunteers for the 2023/24 school year.   Now is the time to start organizing a team.  Once you have a team, you can register them here.  If your student would like help finding a team or an additional team member, fill out this form.  If you have questions, email OBOBatSellwood@gmail.com

    OBOB is a program where teams of students read an amazing selection of books and then compete with other teams in Battles to recall details from the stories.  Battles will be organized at the school level in February 2024.  Teams are usually made up of two to four members, with one optional alternate, for a total of no more than five members. 

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOKS FOR ALL

    Who wants a yearbook at the end of the year?  It turns out, pretty much everybody wants one!  Each year, we set aside some time for students to commemorate the end of the school year with a yearbook signing ritual.  However, not everyone orders a yearbook, often because they are busy and don’t realize until after the ordering deadline.  Sometimes students don’t think they want a yearbook, but when they see them, they realize they really do want one.  The truth is, there are many reasons why families don’t order yearbooks, and we never have enough yearbooks for everyone who wants one.  We do not like to disappoint students and families.  So, what if we ordered yearbooks for every student?    In fact, if we order more yearbooks, the price per book will go down.  We envision the last day of school when every student has a yearbook to sign!  However, we will need your support in order to make this sustainable.  We are requesting a suggested $20 donation to our Sellwood Yearbook Donation account in School Pay (the price for a yearbook was $25 last year).  You can donate more, especially if you have more than one child at Sellwood.  We hope that our “Yearbooks for All” plan will make for a more enjoyable and equitable end of the year experience for all.  Thank you for your support.


    Here's the link to SchoolPay.  If you need assistance with SchoolPay, the SchoolPay parent help

    phone number is 833-731-2600.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

     

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • December 18-22: Make up days (previously week 1 of winter break)
    • December 25-January 1: Winter Break
    • January 11: Parent Teacher Conferences – Virtual – 5-8PM
    • January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
    • January 16: Parent Teacher Conferences – Virtual – 5-8PM
    • January 17: Parent Teacher Conferences – Virtual – 5:30-8:30PM
    • January 25: Parent Teacher Conferences – in-person – 5-8PM
    • January 26: Make-up Day (previously not a school day for students)
    • February 19: Make-up day (President’s Day – previously not a school day)
    • Spring Break: March 25 to March 29
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: Last Day of School

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 12.8.2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – December 8, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It’s been a great week at school and we are getting back into the swing of things.  Thank you for your responses to our survey regarding preferences for parent/teacher conference dates and students’ planned attendance for the week of December 18th to the 22nd

    We are still discussing the final dates and times for conferences and will send you that information early next week.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Many Thanks to Fire Eats!

    Thank you to Fire Eats! owners, Lynn and Erik, who generously donated 20% of sales earlier this week!  We are grateful for your support!

    January 23rd PTA meeting; Cleveland High School Principal will attend

    Join us January 23rd at 7:00 pm for our next PTA meeting.  CHS Principal Jo Ann Wadkins will be joining us to talk about CHS and answer questions from parents. 

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD MS FOUNDATION

    Dear Sellwood Families,

    Community support in past year's Annual Giving Campaigns made an incredible impact on Sellwood Middle School. Your contributions have made a real difference, enabling us to provide:

    1. Smaller Classes: Your support allowed us to create smaller class sizes, providing better learning environments for our students.

    2. Expanded Courses: Exciting new courses, including Culinary, Technology, and French, have been introduced, giving our students more options to explore their interests.

    3. Teacher Support: We've funded two teacher's aides, crucial in enhancing the learning experience for our students.

    Please consider contributing to our 2023 Annual Giving Campaign to help us maintain and build upon the progress we've made. Your support is an investment in the success and growth of Sellwood Middle School.

    To donate or learn more, visit https://www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/donate. Every contribution, regardless of size, brings us closer to our goals. Your donation will be matched- doubling your impact!

    Thank you for being a vital part of Sellwood Middle School. Together, we can shape an even brighter future.

    Gratefully,

    The Sellwood Middle School Foundation Board

    READ THE WORLD INFO FROM LIBRARIAN TINI MAIER

    Please follow the link to read about Sellwood’s Read the World Passport Program 2023/24.


    Read the World PASSPORT program 2023-2024

    NAMI MULTNOMAH COUNTY (CLASS FOR PARENTS)

    NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Multnomah County is excited to share about our upcoming NAMI Basics class beginning in January.

    Class space is limited, so those who are interested are encouraged to register soon to hold their spot. Here are the details:

    NAMI Basics 
    A free, peer-led educational course for parents and caregivers of youth up to age 21 experiencing mental health barriers and/or behavioral challenges. This class meets weekly for six weeks.
    Dates: January 9th-February 13th, 2024
    Schedule: Tuesdays, 5:00-7:30 PM

    Format: Online via Zoom

    See a flyer here. Register online here.

    Parents and caregivers may also be interested in our drop-in Parent Support Group:

    Parent Support Group

    For parents and caregivers of children/adolescents experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition and/or behavioral challenges.

    Schedule: First & third Wednesdays of every month

    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
    Format: Online via Zoom

    Join our notification list here to receive group reminders and meeting links. 

    CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL INFO NIGHT FOR 8TH GRADERS

    Cleveland High School Open House “Bridging the Gap” event, will be in-person the evening of THURSDAY, DEC. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

    2024-25 High School Lottery window is open from November 15, 2023 - December 15, 2023. 

    Students from across Portland Public Schools can apply to lottery slots at our three focus options high schools:

    • Benson Polytechnic High School
    • Jefferson High School-Middle College for Advanced Studies
    • Metropolitan Learning Center

    OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

    Oregon Battle of the Books is coming back to Sellwood Middle School and will be organized by parent volunteers for the 2023/24 school year.   Now is the time to start organizing a team.  Once you have a team, you can register them here.  If your student would like help finding a team or an additional team member, fill out this form.  If you have questions, email OBOBatSellwood@gmail.com

    OBOB is a program where teams of students read an amazing selection of books and then compete with other teams in Battles to recall details from the stories.  Battles will be organized at the school level in February 2024.  Teams are usually made up of two to four members, with one optional alternate, for a total of no more than five members. 

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOKS FOR ALL

    Who wants a yearbook at the end of the year?  It turns out, pretty much everybody wants one!  Each year, we set aside some time for students to commemorate the end of the school year with a yearbook signing ritual.  However, not everyone orders a yearbook, often because they are busy and don’t realize until after the ordering deadline.  Sometimes students don’t think they want a yearbook, but when they see them, they realize they really do want one.  The truth is, there are many reasons why families don’t order yearbooks, and we never have enough yearbooks for everyone who wants one.  We do not like to disappoint students and families.  So, what if we ordered yearbooks for every student?    In fact, if we order more yearbooks, the price per book will go down.  We envision the last day of school when every student has a yearbook to sign!  However, we will need your support in order to make this sustainable.  We are requesting a suggested $20 donation to our Sellwood Yearbook Donation account in School Pay (the price for a yearbook was $25 last year).  You can donate more, especially if you have more than one child at Sellwood.  We hope that our “Yearbooks for All” plan will make for a more enjoyable and equitable end of the year experience for all.  Thank you for your support.


    Here's the link to SchoolPay.  If you need assistance with SchoolPay, the SchoolPay parent help

    phone number is 833-731-2600.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • December 12: Art Show & Band Winter Concert
    • December 18-22: Make up days (previously week 1 of winter break)
    • December 25-January 1: Winter Break
    • January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
    • January 26: Make-up Day (previously not a school day for students)
    • February 19: Make-up day (President’s Day – previously not a school day)
    • Spring Break: March 25 to March 29
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: Last Day of School

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 12.1.2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – December 1, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I cannot overstate how happy we are to have students here in school and getting back to their learning.

    As you know, the school calendar has changed a bit in order for make up for days missed during the recent strike. Please note that the calendar changes were negotiated at the end of the strike and are district-wide; I cannot diverge from the changes. One of the more controversial changes was converting five days that had been previously part of winter break to school days. We realize that there are families and staff members who have previously made plans that cannot be changed. We also recognize that there are many families who have altered their plans in order for their children to attend school from December 18th to the 22nd to make up for missed instruction.  We appreciate that changing plans at the last minute is a sacrifice, and we will do our best to honor your efforts by providing quality instruction on those make-up days. This will be a bit of a challenge because we expect to have high numbers of student absences; students who will be missing instruction through no fault of their own. Rather than providing instruction on new topics that 25-33% of students will miss, we will use the opportunity to go deeper in content learning and provide opportunities for practice and enrichment. Through Canvas, we will do our best to make the learning accessible for those who are not able to be here. Although teachers will provide some fun and engagement on the winter break make-up days, students will not be watching movies and having parties all week.

    In order to plan for these make-up days, we are polling families and students to gather information about expected attendance. I sent the Google Form to families earlier today, but in case you missed it I will include the link below.

    In addition, we need to reschedule evening parent/teacher conferences, so I have included some questions about whether you are able to do virtual conferences or if you need to attend in-person.  Conferences will be offered on four separate evenings for three-hour blocks. One of the dates will be January 11th, so we will be selecting three additional dates.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback, as it will be very helpful to us. Please complete one survey for each of your children.

    https://forms.gle/AVbocppzMGdFjqoC9

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Dines Out: Sunday 12/3 - Monday 12/4

    Our Sellwood Dines Out event for December is at Fire Eats!, a pizza, rotini, and Italian ice pop-up owned by Lynn and Erik, who have two kids attending SMS. A perfect spot for lunch or dinner with family and friends! 

    Fire Eats! is located in the Relish Gastropub space at 6637 SE Milwaukie Ave. They are open from 10:00-7:30ish on Sunday and 11:30-7:30ish on Monday. 

    https://sites.google.com/view/pdxfireeats/home

    Important links:

    SELLWOOD MS FOUNDATION

    Dear Sellwood Families,

    Community support in past year's Annual Giving Campaigns made an incredible impact on Sellwood Middle School. Your contributions have made a real difference, enabling us to provide:

    1. Smaller Classes: Your support allowed us to create smaller class sizes, providing better learning environments for our students.

    2. Expanded Courses: Exciting new courses, including Culinary, Technology, and French, have been introduced, giving our students more options to explore their interests.

    3. Teacher Support: We've funded two teacher's aides, crucial in enhancing the learning experience for our students.

    Please consider contributing to our 2023 Annual Giving Campaign to help us maintain and build upon the progress we've made. Your support is an investment in the success and growth of Sellwood Middle School.

    To donate or learn more, visit https://www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/donate. Every contribution, regardless of size, brings us closer to our goals. Your donation will be matched- doubling your impact!

    Thank you for being a vital part of Sellwood Middle School. Together, we can shape an even brighter future.

    Gratefully,

    The Sellwood Middle School Foundation Board

    CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL INFO NIGHT FOR 8TH GRADERS

    Cleveland High School Open House “Bridging the Gap” event, will be in-person the evening of THURSDAY, DEC. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

    2024-25 High School Lottery window is open from November 15, 2023 - December 15, 2023. 

    Students from across Portland Public Schools can apply to lottery slots at our three focus options high schools:

    • Benson Polytechnic High School
    • Jefferson High School-Middle College for Advanced Studies
    • Metropolitan Learning Center

    PICTURE RETAKES – RESCHEDULED FOR WEDS, DECEMBER 6TH

    Hello families,

    We were able to reschedule picture retakes! Retake day is Wednesday, December 6th. Below you will find a digital flyer. Hopefully, you have received a paper copy. If not please see the digital flyer attached.  As a reminder, the event code to preorder deactivates on picture day and parents will need to wait for their order sheet with the access code to arrive. If you have any issues or concerns that arise please contact customer service. Here is their phone number if you have packet questions: (866) 955-8342. There is a text option over the phone and a chat feature on the website. MyLifeTouch

    OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

    Oregon Battle of the Books is coming back to Sellwood Middle School and will be organized by parent volunteers for the 2023/24 school year.   Now is the time to start organizing a team.  Once you have a team, you can register them here.  If your student would like help finding a team or an additional team member, fill out this form.  If you have questions, email OBOBatSellwood@gmail.com

    OBOB is a program where teams of students read an amazing selection of books and then compete with other teams in Battles to recall details from the stories.  Battles will be organized at the school level in February 2024.  Teams are usually made up of two to four members, with one optional alternate, for a total of no more than five members. 

    PIL YOUTH SPORTS

    PIL sports registration, schedules and calendar found HERE. Sellwood falls under the "Cleveland Cluster". If your student is playing a sport or any extracurricular activity outside of the PIL, we would love to support them as well. Send an email to Mr. KB (akennybrew@pps.net) including the schedule, including playoff information, and team pictures. Thank you 

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOKS FOR ALL

    Who wants a yearbook at the end of the year?  It turns out, pretty much everybody wants one!  Each year, we set aside some time for students to commemorate the end of the school year with a yearbook signing ritual.  However, not everyone orders a yearbook, often because they are busy and don’t realize until after the ordering deadline.  Sometimes students don’t think they want a yearbook, but when they see them, they realize they really do want one.  The truth is, there are many reasons why families don’t order yearbooks, and we never have enough yearbooks for everyone who wants one.  We do not like to disappoint students and families.  So, what if we ordered yearbooks for every student?    In fact, if we order more yearbooks, the price per book will go down.  We envision the last day of school when every student has a yearbook to sign!  However, we will need your support in order to make this sustainable.  We are requesting a suggested $20 donation to our Sellwood Yearbook Donation account in School Pay (the price for a yearbook was $25 last year).  You can donate more, especially if you have more than one child at Sellwood.  We hope that our “Yearbooks for All” plan will make for a more enjoyable and equitable end of the year experience for all.  Thank you for your support.


    Here's the link to SchoolPay.  If you need assistance with SchoolPay, the SchoolPay parent help

    phone number is 833-731-2600.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    • Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary and registrar.  
    • Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
    • Our Sellwood website (pps.net/sellwood) has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

    The Office Phone Number

    The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

    When prompted:

    • press 4 for Melissa;
    • press 3 for Claire 
    • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
    • press 5 for Records, Registration.
    • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

    Secured Building 

    Sellwood is a locked and secure building.  

    Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

    Guides to Help you:

    To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

    To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

    Please email Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) for:

    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

     

    Please email Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) for:

    • School Pay/Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
    • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principal.

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • December 6: Picture Retakes
    • December 12: Art Show & Band Winter Concert
    • December 18-22: Make up days (previously week 1 of winter break)
    • December 25-January 1: Winter Break
    • January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
    • January 26: Make-up Day (previously not a school day for students)
    • February 19: Make-up day (President’s Day – previously not a school day)
    • Spring Break: March 25 to March 29
    • April 8: Make-up Day (Previously not a school day for students)
    • May 27: Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
    • June 12-14: Make-up Days
    • June 14: Last Day of School

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 11.5.2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 5, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I apologize for not sending the newsletter till today.  I was hoping for some news to share, but as of right now we still do not know with certainty whether school will be in session tomorrow or not.  PPS Communications has promised to send out an email and text tonight at 7 PM.  That being said, I would be prepared for the strong possibility that school will not be in session.  Principals do not have advance notice, so I will be getting my news at the same time as you.

    Last week was quite strange and lonely at the school, with Ms. Collins, me, Ms. Melissa, Ms. Claire and our custodians by ourselves in a very quiet building.  We very much miss our students and teachers.  Please know that at Sellwood we love, cherish, and value our students and our teachers, and we look forward to everyone’s return.

    Here is the link again to the PPS strike resource page.

    https://www.pps.net/strikeresources .

    We hope to see you again soon!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PHOTO RETAKES (date subject to change)

    Hello families.  Hopefully you have received your student's school photos. If you have any issues or questions, please contact LifeTouch studio directly as the office has no information with regard to photos. Their contact information is below:

    Their website is mylifetouch.com or call them directly at 1.800.736.4753

    Also, a reminder that photo retakes are Nov. 8th.

    CLEVELAND YOUTH GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TAKES 3RD IN STATE

    Please help us congratulate them!

    ATTENTION 8Th-GRADERS BENSON INFO NIGHT CHANGED TO NOV 28

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    Benson HS overview video

    If your 8th grader is interested in Career & Technical programs like: 

    • Health sciences 
    • Automotive
    • Manufacturing/Engineering 
    • Digi