If your family is needing food due to meal distributions being cancelled or for any other reason, then please see the Food Finder Link here
Do you need technical help?
Call one of the numbers below:
English: 503-916-3375 | Español: 503-916-3582 | 中文：503-916-3585 | Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584 | Soomaali: 503-916-3586 | Русский: 503-916-3583
Dear PPS Families,
At Portland Public Schools, we are continuing to work to ensure students and families have the support they need to start the 2020-21 school year online. We want to share a number of resources available to you:
PPS Fall 2020 Resource Page
We continue to update our Fall 2020 webpage, pps.net/Fall2020. This week we added a section that lays out the web platforms and tools that students will need as we begin the school year with online learning until at least November 5. The section includes guides and videos for our main platforms and apps: Seesaw, Canvas, Remind, Google Meet and Clever. The resources for families are presented in the six PPS-supported languages.
PPS Technology Help Desk
The PPS Technology Help Desk operates from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on school days to provide support to parents, guardians, students and families about navigating school online. We will answer your questions and share information and helpful tips about our distance learning technology platforms, apps, internet connection and other important resources for your student.
PPS Multilingual Family Line
The PPS Multilingual Family Line is a service for parents or guardians (in all PPS-supported languages) to communicate with schools regarding meals, tech help for online classes, special instruction, talking to your teacher, COVID resources and information, etc. Please call these numbers:
We hope you take advantage of the resources above if you have any questions about the learning technology your student will soon be using. We are here to help!
You can find information for enrolling at www.pps.net/kinderenroll or in the announcement below.
Dear Astor Families and University Park Community,
I am greatly honored and excited to take on the role of Astor Principal. I’m a school leader focused on racial equity, and I’m committed to creating welcoming spaces for students and families. I strongly believe that all children deserve an exceptional education that is personalized to their individual needs while preparing them to graduate from college. For many of our students, Astor is the first step in this journey.
I have worked for the last 14 years in Portland Public Schools, first as a paraeducator, then as a teacher, and now as a school leader. I’ve taught throughout the district, including at SEI, Beverly Cleary, Astor, and Ockley Green. For the last four years, I was the Assistant Principal at Jason Lee. Prior to moving to Portland, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Fiji Islands with my wife, Miranda. I’m also an Astor parent and have two daughters who attend our school and have loved their experiences so far. I am so happy to be back in North Portland and to be joining the incredible teachers, staff, Dr. K, and all of you for the 2020-2021 school year.
Finally, I have an open door policy; please bring concerns to me at any time. Know that I will approach every situation striving to do what is best for students and putting students first. This has been a difficult and uncertain time for our students, community and world at large. There will be challenges that face us in the coming months, but I’m confident that with your partnership and support we can provide our students with an excellent education.
Aloha Astor Ohana:
During the past year at Astor, students and teachers have had to pivot and “relearn” school as the nation entered a period of great upheaval. This fall, we enter this school year with new learning and understanding of what can happen when students are not fully connected to school and to the school community. To that end, one of our goals is to work to provide students with a safe, healthy, and inclusive school setting, where students feel connected to school and can see themselves and are celebrated and honored for who they are.
In my 20 plus years in the district, I have had the opportunity of working to impact student learning from a variety of venues. I currently support Astor as a building administrator but I have also supported students in the classroom as a middle school teacher, a high school literacy specialist, worked with teachers on classroom management as a climate specialist, worked centrally as an administrator at the district level coordinating the equity work in the district, have served emergent bilingual students as an ESL administrator, and served as an interim senior director as part of the district’s senior leadership team, where I oversaw the New Teacher Mentor Program, College and Career, Makerspace Environments, and CTE. Wherever I have been in the organization, working to ensure a learning environment where Inclusion and belonging are modeled and practiced has been paramount for providing safe spaces where students can engage in rigorous learning, compassionate critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving, in order to be prepared to lead a more socially just world.
That being said, my most gratifying role is that of being mother to my five grown children and grandmother to my six grandchildren, for whom I continue working toward building an educational environment where they, along with all children, are celebrated for their brilliance. I look forward to working with Mr. Robertson, staff and students and to what this school year brings.
Dear Families of PPS Secondary Students,
During Comprehensive Distance Learning, opportunities are built into the schedule for all families to be able to connect with teachers during office hours. As in a traditionally formatted year, we will also be offering Parent-Teacher Conferences (morning to evening) on November 23-24.
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.
Astor students will learn to be compassionate critical thinkers, able to collaborate and solve problems, and be prepared to lead a more socially just world.
The Mission of Astor K-8 School is to educate, inspire, challenge and empower our students to reach their highest potential. In partnership with our families and community members, we are committed to daily excellence in a kind, inclusive, and supportive environment that values equity, individuality, collaboration, and creativity. Our students strive to be commpassionate, responsible, critical thinkers who bring positive changes to our world throughout their lifetimes.
We all belong at Astor. We honor diversity, celebrate differences, and seek to understand all perspectives. We strive to be an inclusive, safe, and respectful school community.
We all belong at Astor, and together we are stronger.