Award-winning author Renée Watson gave presentations at both ACCESS campuses in October. Ms. Watson is a Portland native whose writing focuses on the lived experiences of black girls and women and explores themes of identity, home, and the intersection of race, gender and class. As she explained to students at Vestal, she writes “so girls who look like me can see themselves in books, and so people who don’t look like me can get to know girls who look like me.”
There are three ways we send messages to families about delays, closures and other weather-related decisions:
We also post updates online:
Dear PPS Families,
This week’s Southeast Guiding Coalition meeting is happening on Thursday, December 3, at 6 p.m. For those who would like to watch or listen to the meeting, please use the links and call-in information below to access interpreters. If you would like interpretation at future Southeast Guiding Coalition meetings, please email Gail Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interpretation requests must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Friday the week before the meeting is scheduled to occur.
Dear PPS Families,
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant decline in children accessing preventative medical services such as vaccines and well child checks. We’re happy to announce that we have re-opened two of PPS’ school-based health centers to provide access to medical services for students while the district continues to hold classes remotely. School-based health centers offer quality, affordable health care by doctors and Family Nurse Practitioners for children and youth with no out of pocket cost.
Dear PPS Families,
We want to update you on the Enrollment and Program Balancing (EPB) progress. As we’ve shared, the initial work focuses on schools in Southeast Portland in anticipation of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School. The Southeast Guiding Coalition has held six meetings aimed at creating a common understanding of the Coalition’s charge and the process for developing proposals and a final recommendation. The process is starting with a focus on grades 6-8 now, and will expand to grades PK-12 next spring.
PTA Helping Hands for Fall Break
Fall break, November 23rd - 27th, is quickly approaching, and during that time off from school, some ACCESS families may find it difficult to make ends meet.
The ACCESS Academy PTA’s Helping Hands Fund exists to assist ACCESS families over school breaks. If your family would benefit from this support over Fall break, please contact ACCESS@Lane Counselor Devin Harkness or ACCESS@Vestal Counselor David Hall by Wednesday, November 18. They can provide assistance to you — in the form of a Fred Meyer gift card — by Monday, November 23.
Mr. Harkness can be reached at: email@example.com or 503.916.6482 (main office); Mr. Hall can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.916.6483 (main office). Your family’s name and request will be kept strictly confidential.
A reminder that next week, Wednesday, Nov 11th is Veteran's Day and is an observed National Holiday. There will be no school this day. The middle school schedule will shift a bit in order to accommodate the loss of instructional time. so, for the week of November 9th - 13th the middle school schedule will adjust to:
Monday/Friday - pers 1, 2, 3 live classes (this means Friday pers 4. 5. 6, will not meet, nor will there be advisory period)
Tuesday/Thursday - pers 4, 5, 6 live classes (same as always)
The elementary schedule will not be impacted (other then the no school day Wednesday)
Teachers will review this with students in detail through out the week so as to not reinforce the no school day and the shift to the middle school schedule. Thank you, Ginger
Good Morning and Happy Friday!
Monday, November 9th is my next scheduled Principal Chat @ 3:00pm. We will chat about the end of quarter 1 and upcoming parent-teacher conferences.
All staff and parents/family/guardians are welcome to participate! Please join me!
here are some fun fall happenings going on at ACCESS in lieu of our infamous haunted house!
1) Staff and Students are putting together a Fall Spirit Week for all students the week of October 26th - October 30th! During this week students will get to show up to virtual classes dressed as the theme for that day! The themes are as follows:
2) The middle school students are also creating an Horror Art Show google site for students that will showcase original short stories, images, music, films etc created by our talented students! The link to the google site is still under construction, but will be up and running on Friday to view at yours and student convenience! (link to come!)
** If your child is a 6th-8th grader and would like to still submit an original piece of art, music, film, sculpture, image, etc. for the horror show, submissions are due this Friday the 22nd. You can submit your project here. We are looking forward to seeing some amazing themed outfits and spooky art submissions!
3) Mr. Houser, Mrs. Ricketson and some students are also working to create a fun "Virtual Haunted House" for our elementary students! This will include student submissions of original photos, stories, art pieces, films etc and teacher found items students will be able to interact with! We will also be showcasing some student material Friday during our elementary showcase from 11:45-12:15. (Google meet code: accessstudentshowcase)
4) LASTLY, Mrs. Szok, our amazing art teacher, has been working with students to create masquerade masks at home! We will be putting together a slideshow students will watch during their morning meeting (elementary school) and Advisory (middle school) on Friday Morning in their classrooms. IF your child wants to submit their mask photo (they can choose whether they want to be in it or not) to be in the slideshow, please have them submit a photo to their Art classroom Mask Assignment tab in their Seesaw or Canvas platform!
So looking forward to our amazing week together! Go ATOMS! Thank you from the ACCESS Spirit Week Team!
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Board Policy Committee Meeting
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM School Improvement Bond Committee Meeting
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Virtual DEI Book Discussion
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Afternoon Chat with Principal
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM ACCESS PTA General Meeting