SMS Weekly Newsletter

  • Sellwood Middle School Newsletter (sent weekly via email)

  • Principal's Newsletter 3/24/2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 24, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I wanted to give a quick shout out to Sellwood’s brilliant Speech & Debate Team.  They have been honing their skills in the PEAK afterschool program, led by Cleveland HS students.  On March 10th they competed in the Speech & Debate Middle School Tournament at Cleveland.  Each of the students walked away with 1-3 certificates and placed in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place.  Way to go, Speech & Debate Team!  We celebrate your accomplishments!

    Next week, Spring Break gives us all an opportunity to rest and recharge, and hopefully have some fun.  Checking the weather report this morning I noticed the forecast has improved.

    Have a great week and enjoy the break!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PTA NEWS

    PTA Spring Fundraiser: See’s Candy; LAST DAY TODAY

    https://www.yumraising.com/secure/sellwoodmsp_sellwood_middle_school_pta_spring83/MegPer6757/

    Great option for Easter gifts or guilty pleasure treats.  See’s will give 20-50% of sales to our school.  Candy is shipped directly to you.  

     

    New School Logo

    Calling student artists! A new Sellwood Middle School logo design is in the works.  All students have the opportunity to submit their drawings.  The logo will be used for this Spring’s spirit wear sale.  Please submit entries to Art teacher Anna Noel by April 1st.

     

    Looking to help improve school safety now?

    SMS is looking for parents to volunteer as hall monitors to help prevent bullying, unrest, and disruption.  Positive adult presence is welcome!  We’d love to see you in the hallways supporting the best environment conducive to learning.  Sign up for an hour shift as a hall monitor.  Parents will be stationed in the cafeteria and in hallways. You can work or play, while you stay.  Go to Konstella to sign up, and make sure your PPS volunteer clearance is up to date through pps.net.  

    Garden Tour Sponsors

    Do you know of a local business who would be interested in sponsoring the garden tour?  Sponsors are printed on all tour advertising and signage.  All sponsorship money is a donation to the school.  Please reach out with any leads.

    Next Year PTA Board

    Our middle school needs your support.  Please reach out if you are interested in joining the 2023/2024 board.  Positions of President, Vice President and Treasurer are open; as well as members at large.  This is a great opportunity to make a difference. sellwoodpta@gmail.com 

    PEAK SPRING SESSION STARTING SOON! REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

    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.  

    Scholarship request form is here: https://tinyurl.com/PEAKScholarship
    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    The PEAK program is totally independent of Sellwood Middle School and is under the jurisdiction of PTA.
     

    Classes for registration now:

    • Choir
      • This is a free, student led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of Allison Bassett, 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.
    • 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.
    • Create a miniature world with fairies, gnomes and sprites
      • In this whimsical class, we’ll paint, sew, and glue to build a miniature world where fairies, gnomes, and sprites live and a child's imagination can thrive.  Ms. Monica will give ideas and demonstrate techniques. Students can create at their own pace.  Hand-sewing skills will be a big plus, but not required. Note: if your child has taken this class previously, they can simply add what they make to their previous collection.  All supplies are included in the price of the class.
    • Mobile Apps: My First App
      • Take your first step into the world of mobile apps! In this course, you will learn the basics of designing and creating mobile apps through block-based coding. You will learn basic programming concepts, such as Variables and Functions. You will apply these concepts to create your own app projects, such as a Bug Catcher game, Asteroid Dodging, and a Paint application. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple apps and live test them on phones or phone simulators on a computer.
    • 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
      • 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–spring is a prorated fee.

    COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING FOR FAMILIES

    Parents: Tired of the meltdowns, nagging, yelling, and constant power struggles between you and your child? Is challenging behavior tearing your family apart? If behavior charts, rewards, and punishments aren’t working, we know why! Research shows kids with challenging behavior lack the skill, not the will, to behave. There is a training through Think Kids to help you navigate this with your kids. 

    STEM CAMP FOR PDX MIDDLE SCHOOLS

    PSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship is offering a free summer camp for Portland area Middle School students.  They are partners with the Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers program and offer a free 3-week STEM focused summer program.  Students will learn design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality, and social entrepreneurship.

    They provide supplies, lunch, and transportation.  See the flyer for more information.

    CLEVELAND YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL

    This spring Cleveland Youth Football is excited to offer an inaugural Flag Football League. This league will allow our youth to maintain their fitness as well as learn and develop football skills and fundamentals. This is a no cut sport and all future Cleveland students are welcome.

    • Weekly Skill Development: April 4-June 1 Tu-Th’s 5:30 pm -7:30 pm at Hosford Middle School
    • Weekly games are Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. (April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, and June 3)

    Registration will be through Family Id: Cleveland Youth Flag Football Registration

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: trsmith@pps.net or Bryan Buck at bryan.s.buck@gmail.com

    You can follow us on instagram: @clvwarriorsfootball
     

    Have a great week and go Warriors!

    Sincerely,

    Trevor Smith

    Head Football Coach

    Cleveland High School

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOK NEWS 2022/23

    Order your yearbook on SchoolPay for $25 per book. If you want to remember all of the good memories your kids at Sellwood have made this year, we suggest that you order a yearbook before spring break. Delivery in June. If you have questions, contact lsouther@pps.net 

     

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” – Beyonce

    READ:  From The Smithsonian, 12 Black Women To Know: https://womenshistory.si.edu/stories/twelve-black-women-know

    WATCH: Women of color could save the world.  Here's how we help them do it.

    Did you know that women of color will be the majority of women in the United States by the year 2050? So how do we effectively tap the creativity and leadership potential of this important population? In this honest and illuminating talk, activist and entrepreneur LC Johnson shows us one possible way forward.

    LISTEN:  Our Body Politic is a podcast created and hosted by journalist Farai Chideya.  Our Body Politic is centered on reporting how women of color experience the major political events of today, and how they're impacting those very issues. Weekly episodes feature conversations about the economy, health, politics, education, the environment—because all issues are women's issues.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • March 27 – 31: Spring Break
    • April 7: End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th: No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 14 - 8th-grade Promotion
    • June 14 – Last day of school

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 3/20/2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 19, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I apologize for the late newsletter.  Last week, I was on the East Coast caring for my mother who is unwell.

    I wanted to give a shout out to the Sellwood Stars - Friday the 10th, Sellwood took home 1st place at PIL for the Jazz Routine. Anna, Ellison, Allyssa, Saoirse and Sylvie won the drill down in a clean sweep taking all of the top 5 spots.

    Saturday the 11th the Sellwood Stars competed in Tigard's first ever Middle School Competition. They took home 2nd for their Pom routine and 3rd for their Jazz routine. In the drill down they took home 7 out of 10 spots. Winners in drill were Maya, Addie, Ivy, Willa, Eowyn, Anna, and  Saoirse. 

    Also, the winning team of Sellwood’s Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) competition was the 6th-grade team “The OBOBcats” (Naomi Eshel, Ramona Freeman, Lily Palandri, Sylvie Shi Lyons, and Lela Whitehead) and they will be representing Sellwood at the Regional Competition on March 18.

    Congratulations to the Sellwood Stars and the OBOBcats!

    Finally, PPS has confirmed that due to the two snow days in February the school year will be extended by one day.  The last day of school will be Wednesday, June 14th.  

    Have a great week!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PTA NEWS

    Next Year PTA Board

    Our middle school needs your support.  Please reach out if you are interested in joining the 2023/2024 board.  This is a great opportunity to make a difference. sellwoodpta@gmail.com 

    PTA Meeting 3/22; 7pm SMS Library 

    Mark your calendar for our next PTA meeting.  Both of the school counselors will present information about how they work with our students on peer mediation and suicide prevention.  Please join us to hear about this important work.  Ms. Carbone will also be at the meeting to answer any questions or concerns.  Great time to connect with our school!

    PTA Spring Fundraiser: See’s Candy; One Week Left

    https://www.yumraising.com/secure/sellwoodmsp_sellwood_middle_school_pta_spring83/MegPer6757/

    Great option for Easter gifts or guilty pleasure treats.  See’s will give 20-50% of sales to our school.  Candy is shipped directly to you.  

    PEAK AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM - SPRING

    PEAK Spring Session Starting Soon! Registration is Open!

    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.  

    Scholarship request form is here: https://tinyurl.com/PEAKScholarship
    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    The PEAK program is totally independent of Sellwood Middle School and is under the jurisdiction of PTA.
     

    Classes for registration now:

    • Cleveland Youth Choir
      • This is a free, student led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of Allison Bassett, 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.
    • Create a miniature world with fairies, gnomes and sprites
      • In this whimsical class, we’ll paint, sew, and glue to build a miniature world where fairies, gnomes, and sprites live and a child's imagination can thrive.  Ms. Monica will give ideas and demonstrate techniques. Students can create at their own pace.  Hand-sewing skills will be a big plus, but not required. Note: if your child has taken this class previously, they can simply add what they make to their previous collection.  All supplies are included in the price of the class.
    • Mobile Apps: My First App
      • Take your first step into the world of mobile apps! In this course, you will learn the basics of designing and creating mobile apps through block-based coding. You will learn basic programming concepts, such as Variables and Functions. You will apply these concepts to create your own app projects, such as a Bug Catcher game, Asteroid Dodging, and a Paint application. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple apps and live test them on phones or phone simulators on a computer.
    • 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
      • 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–spring is a prorated fee.

    STEM CAMP FOR PDX MIDDLE SCHOOLS

    PSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship is offering a free summer camp for Portland area Middle School students.  They are partners with the Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers program and offer a free 3-week STEM focused summer program.  Students will learn design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality, and social entrepreneurship.

    They provide supplies, lunch, and transportation.  See the flyer for more information.

    CLEVELAND YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL

    This spring Cleveland Youth Football is excited to offer an inaugural Flag Football League. This league will allow our youth to maintain their fitness as well as learn and develop football skills and fundamentals. This is a no cut sport and all future Cleveland students are welcome.

    • Weekly Skill Development: April 4-June 1 Tu-Th’s 5:30 pm -7:30 pm at Hosford Middle School
    • Weekly games are Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. (April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, and June 3)

    Registration will be through Family Id: Cleveland Youth Flag Football Registration

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: trsmith@pps.net or Bryan Buck at bryan.s.buck@gmail.com

    You can follow us on instagram: @clvwarriorsfootball
     

    Have a great week and go Warriors!

    Sincerely,

    Trevor Smith

    Head Football Coach

    Cleveland High School

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOK NEWS 2022/23

    Order your yearbook on SchoolPay for $25 per book. If you want to remember all of the good memories your kids at Sellwood have made this year, we suggest that you order a yearbook before spring break. Delivery in June. If you have questions, contact lsouther@pps.net 

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • March 27 – 31: Spring Break
    • April 7: End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th: No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 14 - 8th-grade Promotion
    • June 14 – Last day of school
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  • Principal's Newsletter 3.10.2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 10, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Last weekend, we had a great time at the Sellwood Foundations BINGO fundraiser.  It was wonderful to see all of you there, and we are grateful to all for participating in a very fun event that is also for a great cause – Sellwood Middle School staffing!

    I would like to give a shout out to our Band Director Gavi Patterson de Tarr and the Sellwood Advanced Band who achieved the highest possible score of Outstanding from the judges at the PPS Middle School Band Festival on March 9th.  Congratulations – Sellwood’s band program is truly amazing!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Next Year PTA Board

    Our middle school needs your support.  Please reach out if you are interested in joining the 2023/2024 board.  This is a great opportunity to make a difference. sellwoodpta@gmail.com 

    Sellwood Dines Out 3/15; Reverends BBQ

    Mark your calendar for our March Dines Out!  

    PTA Meeting 3/22

    Mark your calendar for our next PTA meeting.  More information on the featured topic/speaker to come.

    Sellwood Garden Tour; Garden in Garthwick Needed

    The Sellwood Garden Tour is both a fundraiser and community event on June 4th for SMS.  Tickets are sold for individuals to take a self guided tour of local private gardens or outdoor spaces.   

    Any leads are appreciated! 

    PTA Spring Fundraiser: See’s Candy

    https://www.yumraising.com/secure/sellwoodmsp_sellwood_middle_school_pta_spring83/MegPer6757/

    Great option for Easter gifts or guilty pleasure treats.  See’s will give 20-50% of sales to our school.  Candy is shipped directly to you.  

    CLEVELAND YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL

    This spring Cleveland Youth Football is excited to offer an inaugural Flag Football League. This league will allow our youth to maintain their fitness as well as learn and develop football skills and fundamentals. This is a no cut sport and all future Cleveland students are welcome.

    • Weekly Skill Development: April 4-June 1 Tu-Th’s 5:30 pm -7:30 pm at Hosford Middle School
    • Weekly games are Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. (April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, and June 3)

    Registration will be through Family Id: Cleveland Youth Flag Football Registration

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: trsmith@pps.net or Bryan Buck at bryan.s.buck@gmail.com

    You can follow us on instagram: @clvwarriorsfootball

    Have a great week and go Warriors!

    Sincerely,

    Trevor Smith

    Head Football Coach

    Cleveland High School

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOK NEWS 2022/23

    Order your yearbook on SchoolPay for $25 per book. If you want to remember all of the good memories your kids at Sellwood have made this year, we suggest that you order a yearbook before spring break. Delivery in June. If you have questions, contact lsouther@pps.net 

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    “Race doesn't really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don't have that choice.”

    ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

    READ: Americanah, by Chimamanda Adiche parallels some of her own experience as a Nigerian coming to America for the first time to attend college. A poignant, funny, sometimes scathing look at the reality of being a new immigrant in the United States, especially from an African perspective.

    Order Here:  https://www.powells.com/book/americanah-9780307455925

    WATCH: TED Talk: Invisible Girl: The American Outlier

    In today’s society, black girls have been positioned as outliers, and in many ways have taken on an invisible role compared to other racial groups. For black girls to be included into the makeup of society, cultural sensitivity has to be placed at the forefront to create an inclusive environment that will help bridge the gap of racial and gender disparities.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • March 16 – 5th-grade Family Info Night 6-7:30 PM - in the gym
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school?
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days
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  • Principal's Newsletter 3/3/2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 3, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Happy Friday!  Last week’s snow has melted, but we have not yet heard whether our two unexpected snows will impact our end of year dates.  I know many of us would like to make summer plans, so I will be certain to pass the word along as soon as I know anything.

    Don’t forget that this Saturday evening is Sellwood Middle School Foundation’s Drag Queen BINGO fundraiser.  The details are posted below.

    Hope to see you there!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD MS FOUNDATION NEWS

    DRAG QUEEN BINGO THIS WEEKEND!

    It’s the Bingo you love with the Chassé you want!

    Get your tickets now!

    SMS teachers play free with community sponsorship!

    https://donorbox.org/events/409314

    The Sellwood Middle School Foundation is proud to bring back a timeless BINGO tradition with a new slay. Portland’s own Queen Coco Jem Holiday is bringing her fierce glam to Westmoreland’s Union Manor, Saturday, March 4 at 7pm. 

    All funds raised at the event will help fund teachers, course variety, and smaller class sizes at Sellwood Middle School. This event is open to the community! Please share the link to invite your neighbors, friends and anyone (21+) who wants to support our school and win awesome prizes including a 2-night hotel stay on the Coast! 

    Queen Coco Jem Holiday will be calling numbers 

    Doors open at 7

    First BINGO called at 7:20

    Westmoreland’s Union Manor

    6404 SE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97202

    $25 first card, $5 for each additional card per individual

    Beer, Wine & Soda for sale!

    Questions? Text Trisha Highland at (503) 830-6018

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour; 2 More Gardens Needed For Tour

    The Sellwood Garden Tour is both a fundraiser and community event on June 4th for SMS.  Tickets are sold for individuals to take a self guided tour of local private gardens or outdoor spaces.   

    Do you or your neighbor have an outdoor space they may be willing to showcase?  We are looking for gardens in Eastmoreland, Woodstock, Garthwick, Sellwood or Westmoreland.  We have 4 gardens for the tour but would love a couple more.  Any leads are appreciated! 

     

    PTA Meeting 3/22

    Mark your calendar for our next PTA meeting.  More information on the featured topic/speaker to come.

    Sellwood Dines Out 3/15; Reverends BBQ

    Mark your calendar for our March Dines Out!  

    PTA Spring Fundraiser: See’s Candy

    https://www.yumraising.com/secure/sellwoodmsp_sellwood_middle_school_pta_spring83/MegPer6757/

    Great option for Easter gifts or guilty pleasure treats.  See’s will give 20-50% of sales to our school.  Candy is shipped directly to you.  

    8th Grade Graduation 

    Please reach out if you are interested in helping organize this year’s 8th grade promotion.

    Next Year PTA Board

    Our middle school needs your support.  Please reach out if you are interested in joining the 2023/2024 board.  This is a great opportunity to make a difference. sellwoodpta@gmail.com 

    CLEVELAND YOUTH TRACK

    Cleveland Youth Track will begin practicing March 6. Registration is now open on Family ID. Click this link to begin registration. Registration will close once we reach our max capacity, which is 250 athletes. practices will be at the CHS track on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:30 pm and meets will be on Thursdays starting after Spring Break.

    The Cleveland Youth Track program is looking for more parent volunteers to help us support the large number of athletes that we have on our team. You do not have to have special knowledge of any specific track or field discipline, just a desire to wrangle children and be active! If you or someone you know are interested in helping out on Mondays, Wednesdays, or both, please contact head coach and coordinator Meghan Eigo at meigo@pps.net.

    DONATION & VOLUNTEER REQUEST FROM SMS COUNSELORS

    Backpacks, tote bags, non-perishable foods and Friday volunteers!

    The SMS counselors are working to bring back our food backpack program! In the past we have partnered with several local community members to ensure all of our students have access to food over the weekends.  We have struggled to build these consistent partnerships back up since COVID. 

    We are looking for new or slightly used backpacks and tote bags to help students transfer the food they receive on Friday afternoons home. If you have questions or would like to participate in the backpack program please email or call Katie Francis at kfrancis@pps.net or 503.916.5656 X70616.

    If you are interested in helping pack backpacks on Friday afternoons that would be greatly appreciated as well!

    You can drop donations off in the main office.  We are also happy to take hygiene products and non-perishable food donations as well i.e.- shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste,  cereal, granola bars, trail mix, juice boxes, fruit cups, etc.  

    Thank you for your support!

    -

    Katie Francis, Licensed School Counselor

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOK NEWS 2022/23

    Order your yearbook on SchoolPay for $25 per book. If you want to remember all of the good memories your kids at Sellwood have made this year, we suggest that you order a yearbook before spring break. Delivery in June. If you have questions, contact lsouther@pps.net 

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    “Race doesn't really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don't have that choice.”

    ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

    READ: Americanah, by Chimamanda Adiche parallels some of her own experience as a Nigerian coming to America for the first time to attend college. A poignant, funny, sometimes scathing look at the reality of being a new immigrant in the United States, especially from an African perspective.

    Order Here:  https://www.powells.com/book/americanah-9780307455925

    WATCH: TED Talk: Invisible Girl: The American Outlier

    In today’s society, black girls have been positioned as outliers, and in many ways have taken on an invisible role compared to other racial groups. For black girls to be included into the makeup of society, cultural sensitivity has to be placed at the forefront to create an inclusive environment that will help bridge the gap of racial and gender disparities.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • March 16 – 5th-grade Family Info Night 6-7:30 PM - in the gym
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school?
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days
    Comments (-1)
  • Principal's Newsletter 2.16.2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 17, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I was happy to see so many of you at the PTA meeting on Wednesday.  The Moms Demand Action presentation provided some excellent information about the scourge of gun violence plaguing our nation and schools, stimulated impassioned conversation, and left us with a powerful call to action in the fight to keep our children safe.  Please visit their website to learn more about their organization and how you can make a difference in ending gun violence.

    We also learned about the Be SMART framework, which is designed to help adults take action that can prevent child gun injuries and deaths and hold conversations with one another around gun safety. SMART is an acronym for Secure all guns, Model responsible behavior around guns, Ask about the presence of guns in other homes, Recognize the role of guns in suicide, Tell your peers to be SMART.  Your family may or may not have a gun in your home, but many children in the US live in a home with at least one loaded, unlocked gun.  Normalizing conversation and questions about the presence of unsecured guns is essential to keeping children safe.  Please visit the Be SMART for Kids website for resources and information.

    Additionally, there was a request for me to repost the steps to becoming a volunteer at PPS.  We welcome volunteers at Sellwood, and are especially interested in volunteers to sit at a table near student restrooms.  The volunteers could work on their laptops, knit, or do other activities.  Added adult presence near bathrooms would help to discourage bathroom graffiti and vandalism.  Here is the PPS webpage with information about becoming a volunteer.

    Standing with you in the fight for student safety,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD MS FOUNDATION NEWS

    DRAG QUEEN BINGO! March 4 @7pm

    Get Your Tickets now for Bingo Night! 

    TEACHERS get their first Bingo card FREE!

    https://donorbox.org/events/409314

    Join the Sellwood Middle School Foundation Saturday, March 4, for a night of DRAG QUEEN BINGO! All funds raised at the event will help fund teachers, course variety, and smaller class sizes at Sellwood. 

    This event is open to the community! Please invite your adult neighbors, friends and anyone who wants to support our school and win great prizes!

    Queen Coco Joy Holiday will be calling numbers. 

    Doors open at 7:00 pm.

    First BINGO! called at 7:20

    Westmoreland’s Union Manor

    6404 SE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97202

    $25 first card, $5 for each additional card per individual

    Questions? Text Trisha Highland at #503-830-6018

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour; June 4th

    The Sellwood Garden Tour is both a fundraiser and community event for SMS.  Tickets are sold for individuals to take a self guided tour of local private gardens or outdoor spaces.   

    Do you or your neighbor have an outdoor space they may be willing to showcase?  We are looking for gardens in Eastmoreland, Woodstock, Garthwick, Sellwood or Westmoreland.  Any leads are appreciated!

    PTA Meeting

    Thank you to all who attended last night's PTA meeting.  We are grateful for the speakers from Mom’s Demand Action and our thoughtful community conversation on safety at SMS.  We are planning future PTA meetings to have speakers on cyberbullying, student conflict resolution and suicide prevention.

    8th Grade Graduation 

    Please reach out if you are interested in helping organize this year’s 8th grade promotion.

    Next Year PTA Board

    Our middle school needs your support.  Please reach out if you are interested in joining the 2023/2024 board.  This is a great opportunity to make a difference.

    Many Thanks To Eastbank Appliance

    We are very thankful to Eastbank Appliance for donating a fridge to the school for the cooking class.

    CLEVELAND YOUTH TRACK

    Cleveland Youth Track will begin practicing March 6. Registration is now open on Family ID. Click this link to begin registration. Registration will close once we reach our max capacity, which is 250 athletes. practices will be at the CHS track on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:30 pm and meets will be on Thursdays starting after Spring Break.

    The Cleveland Youth Track program is looking for more parent volunteers to help us support the large number of athletes that we have on our team. You do not have to have special knowledge of any specific track or field discipline, just a desire to wrangle children and be active! If you or someone you know are interested in helping out on Mondays, Wednesdays, or both, please contact head coach and coordinator Meghan Eigo at meigo@pps.net.

    DONATION & VOLUNTEER REQUEST FROM SMS COUNSELORS

    Backpacks, tote bags, non-perishable foods and Friday volunteers!

    The SMS counselors are working to bring back our food backpack program! In the past we have partnered with several local community members to ensure all of our students have access to food over the weekends.  We have struggled to build these consistent partnerships back up since COVID. 

    We are looking for new or slightly used backpacks and tote bags to help students transfer the food they receive on Friday afternoons home. If you have questions or would like to participate in the backpack program please email or call Katie Francis at kfrancis@pps.net or 503.916.5656 X70616.

    If you are interested in helping pack backpacks on Friday afternoons that would be greatly appreciated as well!

    You can drop donations off in the main office.  We are also happy to take hygiene products and non-perishable food donations as well i.e.- shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste,  cereal, granola bars, trail mix, juice boxes, fruit cups, etc.  

    Thank you for your support!

    Katie Francis, Licensed School Counselor

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Dear Sellwood Families:

    It's the Successful Schools Survey time of the year!  This survey allows us to gather data to make informed decisions about school climate and culture and takes from 15 to 30 minutes. The survey is linked below and is available in Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali languages.  

    Family/Community voice is important and we want to hear from you!   

    LINK TO SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING CLUB

    Oregon State University has a program called Girls’ Empowerment, Engineering, and Outreach (GEEO). One of their missions as a club is to increase community access to the University and empower young students in STEM education.

    This winter, they are starting a new outreach project: GEEO STEM-inars. STEM-inars is a virtual session that students can join and perform a science experiment with OSU STEM students. Their first STEM-inar will be held March 2, from 6-6:45 PM. This lesson is designed for 6th through 8th grade students.

    FLYER

    GIRLS ON THE RUN

    Girls on the Run participant registration is now open! Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that focuses on empowering youth through research-based lessons that incorporate physical activity. An after-school program like no other, they seek to provide safe, empowering spaces for girls and nonbinary youth of all abilities in grades 6th-8th. Register today for 10 weeks of fun, friendship and movement! The season starts March 6th and ends May 20th with a 5K celebration. Financial aid is available for all families who need it via a sliding scale in the registration. Follow this link to learn more: https://www.gotroregon.org/programs

    Girls on the Run Flyer

    The spring season runs from 3/6 - 5/20. Practices will take place Tues/Thurs, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., at Sellwood MS. Please visit www.gotroregon.org to register.

    Y.E.S. (YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SKATEBOARDING)

    Learn about the Y.E.S. program from the Skate like a Girl nonprofit organization.  All genders welcome.

    YES FAQs

    YES FLYER

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    WATCH/READ/THINK: Side by Side Learning:  You’re invited to view/interact with the Black History Slides shared with our students February 8th.  

    The slides are located here:  Advisory Feb 8th .  These slides explore the impact of racist policies and practices here in Portland as well Black musicians Jimi Hendrix and his cousin Tyrone Hendrix who lives here in Portland and will be performing at the Feb. 23rd Black History Week assembly.  

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOK NEWS 2022/23

    Order your yearbook on SchoolPay for $25 per book. If you want to remember all of the good memories your kids at Sellwood have made this year, we suggest that you order a yearbook before spring break. Delivery in June. If you have questions, contact lsouther@pps.net 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day
    • March 16 – 5th-grade Family Info Night 6-7:30 PM - in the gym
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days
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  • Principal's Newsletter 2/10/2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 10, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I hope you had a great week and enjoyed a little bit of sunshine.  In case you missed it, please check out the video and article from KOIN news about facility dogs in schools, featuring Sellwood’s own canine companion Jaco and his person, counselor Katie Francis.  We are very lucky to have Jaco as a member of our school community.

    Therapy dogs help create connection with Portland students.

    Read on to find out more about the Sellwood Foundation’s BINGO fundraiser, the PTA meeting next Wednesday, Cleveland Youth Track, Girls on the Run, fentanyl resources for parents, school vaccination exclusion day, a request for support from Sellwood counselors for our food backpack program, and more.

    Have a great weekend,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD MS FOUNDATION NEWS

    DRAG QUEEN BINGO! FAMILY NIGHT!

    Get Your Tickets!!  Foundation Bingo Night – March 4 at 7pm 

    https://donorbox.org/events/409314

    Join the Sellwood Middle School Foundation Saturday, March 4, for a night of DRAG QUEEN BINGO! All funds raised at the event will help fund teachers, course variety, and smaller class sizes at Sellwood. 

    This is a family event! Kids in 5th grade and higher are welcome to try their luck at Five-In-A-Row or hitting Four Corners.  Let’s make it a Sellwood Middle School night to remember!

    This event is open to the community! Please invite your neighbors, friends and anyone who wants to support our school and win great prizes!

    Queen Coco Joy Holiday will be calling numbers. 

    Doors open at 7:00 pm

    First BINGO! called at 7:20

    Westmoreland’s Union Manor

    6404 SE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97202

    $25 first card, $5 for each additional card per individual

    OPEN TO FAMILIES WITH KIDDOS IN 5TH GRADE AND ABOVE.

    Questions? Text Trisha Highland at #503-830-6018

     

    PTA NEWS

    February 15th PTA Meeting: School Safety Focus

    Please join us next Wednesday (7pm in school library) for discussion on school safety at SMS.  A speaker from Mom’s Demand Action will be speaking.  Principal Carbone and counselor Katie Francis (and Jaco) will also be available for discussion.  This is a great time to have your questions answered!

    Please also consider joining us prior to the meeting (5:30) at Lava Room for additional time to connect with our school community.

    8th Grade Graduation 

    Please reach out if you are interested in helping organize this year’s 8th grade promotion.

    Next Year PTA Board

    Our middle school needs your support.  Please reach out if you are interested in joining the 2023/2024 board.  This is a great opportunity to make a difference.

    Staff Room Snacks Needed

    Let's fill the staff break room with treats on Wednesdays!  Easy way to support the SMS staff!  Sign-ups are in Konstella.

    Thanks so much!  The staff love it!

    New Cooking Class Elective; Fridge Still Needed

    SMS is in need of a donated fridge; apartment size or larger for student use in the new cooking class elective.  Please email the PTA if you can help!

    Sellwood Garden Tour; June 4th

    Plans are underway for this year’s garden tour.  This was a huge success last year for our school, both as a fundraiser and community event.  We are looking for gardens to showcase and/or interest in joining the planning committee.  Please reach out if you can help!

    CLEVELAND YOUTH TRACK

    Cleveland Youth Track will begin practicing March 6. Registration is now open on Family ID. Click this link to begin registration. Registration will close once we reach our max capacity, which is 250 athletes. practices will be at the CHS track on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:30 pm and meets will be on Thursdays starting after Spring Break.

    The Cleveland Youth Track program is looking for more parent volunteers to help us support the large number of athletes that we have on our team. You do not have to have special knowledge of any specific track or field discipline, just a desire to wrangle children and be active! If you or someone you know are interested in helping out on Mondays, Wednesdays, or both, please contact head coach and coordinator Meghan Eigo at meigo@pps.net.

    DONATION & VOLUNTEER REQUEST FROM SMS COUNSELORS

    Backpacks, tote bags, non-perishable foods and Friday volunteers!

    The SMS counselors are working to bring back our food backpack program! In the past we have partnered with several local community members to ensure all of our students have access to food over the weekends.  We have struggled to build these consistent partnerships back up since COVID. 

    We are looking for new or slightly used backpacks and tote bags to help students transfer the food they receive on Friday afternoons home. If you have questions or would like to participate in the backpack program please email or call Katie Francis at kfrancis@pps.net or 503.916.5656 X70616.

    If you are interested in helping pack backpacks on Friday afternoons that would be greatly appreciated as well!

    You can drop donations off in the main office.  We are also happy to take hygiene products and non-perishable food donations as well i.e.- shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste,  cereal, granola bars, trail mix, juice boxes, fruit cups, etc.  

    Thank you for your support!

    Katie Francis, Licensed School Counselor

    Sellwood Middle School

    FENTANYL RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

    A free, virtual 12-week group for family members and friends impacted by a loved one's substance use.

    • Talk, they hear - SAMSHA’a national substance use prevention campaign and resources for parents, caregivers, educators and community members.
    • Hable. Ellos escuchan. La campaña nacional patrocinada por SAMHSA para la prevención del consumo de alcohol entre menores de edad ayuda a los padres y a los cuidadores para que puedan empezar la conversación con sus hijos acerca de los peligros del alcohol.

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Dear Sellwood Families:

    It's the Successful Schools Survey time of the year!  This survey allows us to gather data to make informed decisions about school climate and culture and takes from 15 to 30 minutes. The survey is linked below and is available in Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali languages.  

    Family/Community voice is important and we want to hear from you!   

    LINK TO SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    SCHOOL EXCLUSION DAY IS FEB 13TH

    School Immunizations Required!

    The Multnomah County Student Health Centers are standing by to help families catch up on school immunizations at all of our PPS clinics. 

    Shots are required by law for all children in schools, preschools and child care facilities in Multnomah County. If your child’s vaccination records are incomplete, you will have received a letter. To avoid missing school or child care, get your child up to date on their vaccinations as soon as possible. Make a vaccine appointment now, as there may be a long wait.

    For more information go to: multco.us/health/news/catch-now-school-vaccines

    PPS EXCLUSION FLYER

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    GIRLS ON THE RUN

    Girls on the Run registration is now open! This middle school program considers the whole person – body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection. Heart & Sole offers an inclusive place of belonging, where participants feel supported and inspired to explore their emotions, cultivate empathy and strengthen their physical and emotional health. At the end of the season, all program participants complete a 5K.

    Girls on the Run Flyer

    The spring season runs from 3/6 - 5/20. Practices will take place Tues/Thurs, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., at Sellwood MS. Please visit www.gotroregon.org to register.

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    WATCH/READ/THINK: Side by Side Learning:  You’re invited to view/interact with the Black History Slides shared with our students February 8th.  

    The slides are located here:  Advisory Feb 8th .  These slides explore the impact of racist policies and practices here in Portland as well Black musicians Jimi Hendrix and his cousin Tyrone Hendrix who lives here in Portland and will be performing at the Feb. 23rd Black History Week assembly.  

    SECURLY INTERNET FILTERING FOR PARENT CONTROL

    PPS uses Securly to help families set internet filtering rules for their children when using school devices and accounts at home. 
    As a parent or guardian, you can use Securly to stay on top of your child’s online activity in real-time from anywhere, with the SecurlyHome App. Securly will also send parents/guardians weekly email reports with a snapshot of their student’s internet activity. This report is a wonderful opportunity for parents and guardians to open a dialogue with their students about their digital lives.

    Please see the PPS Securly webpage for more information about how you can use Securly for improved online safety, monitoring, and control.

    https://www.pps.net/securly

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOK NEWS 2022/23

    Order your yearbook on SchoolPay for $25 per book. If you want to remember all of the good memories your kids at Sellwood have made this year, we suggest that you order a yearbook before spring break. Delivery in June. If you have questions, contact lsouther@pps.net 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 16 – 5th-grade Family Info Night 6-7:30 PM - in the gym
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days
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  • Principal's Newsletter 02.03.2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 3, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I would like to give a shout out to the wonderful Sellwood Stars Dance Team!  Last Saturday, the Sellwood Stars won 2nd place in the junior high division.  Ally, Saoirse, and Sylvie all placed in the top 10 for Drill Down competition.  Congratulations Sellwood Stars!

    Next week is School Counseling Week.  Please join me in expressing gratitude to our hard-working counselors, Ms. Katie and Mr. KB.  We greatly appreciate everything they do to support Sellwood students day in and day out.  If you have an opportunity to reach out and thank them, I encourage you to do so.  Also, students are encouraged to let their counselors know how much they are appreciated.

    Please tune in to KOIN News tonight at 4, 5, and 6PM, and at various times this weekend.  They are doing a special story on facility dogs in schools, and our very own facility doggo Jaco and counselor Ms. Katie will be featured!

    Have a great weekend,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD MS FOUNDATION NEWS

    DRAG QUEEN BINGO!

    Get Your Tickets!!  Foundation Bingo Night – March 4 at 7pm 

    https://donorbox.org/events/409314

    Join the Sellwood Middle School Foundation on Saturday, March 4 at 7:00 pm at  Westmoreland’s Union Manor for a night of DRAG QUEEN BINGO! All funds raised at the event will help fund teachers, course variety, and smaller class sizes at Sellwood. 

    This is a community event! Please invite your adult neighbors, friends and anyone who wants to support our school and have a great time!

    Queen Coco Joy Holiday will be calling numbers 

    Doors open at 7:00 pm

    First BINGO! called at 7:20

    Westmoreland’s Union Manor

    6404 SE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97202

    $25 first card, $5 for each additional card per individual

    B*4 We Bingo We Need Some Vino!

    An SMS Foundation Rep will be outside the school Friday, February 10 @ 9AM collecting wine donations!  Please consider donating a bottle, 6 bottles, or a case!

    Questions? Text Trisha Highland at #503-830-6018

    PTA NEWS

    February 15th PTA Meeting: School Safety Focus

    Please join us in February for discussion on school safety at SMS.  A speaker from Mom’s Demand Action will be speaking.  Principal Carbone and counselor Katie Francis will also be available for your questions.

    Pizzeria Stellina February 6th; Sellwood Dines Out

    Great night for pizza!  10% of sales will go to SMS.

    8000 SE 13th Ave; 4:30-8:00pm

    Staff Room Snacks Needed

    Let's fill the staff break room with treats on Wednesdays!  Easy way to support the SMS staff!  Sign ups are in Konstella.

    Thanks so much!  The staff love it!

    New Cooking Class Elective; Fridge Still Needed

    SMS is in need of a donated fridge; apartment size or larger for student use in the new cooking class elective.  Please email the PTA if you can help!

    Sellwood Garden Tour; June 4th

    Plans are underway for this year’s garden tour.  This was a huge success last year for our school, both as a fundraiser and community event.  We are looking for gardens to showcase and/or interest in joining the planning committee.  Please reach out if you can help!

    Many Thanks to Portland Bottle Shop

    Our recent Sellwood Dine’s Out raised $550.  Thank you for supporting our local business and SMS PTA!

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Dear Sellwood Families:

    It's the Successful Schools Survey time of the year!  This survey allows us to gather data to make informed decisions about school climate and culture and takes from 15 to 30 minutes. The survey is linked below and is available in Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali languages.  

    Family/Community voice is important and we want to hear from you!   

    LINK TO SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    SCHOOL EXCLUSION DAY IS FEB 13TH

    School Immunizations Required!

    The Multnomah County Student Health Centers are standing by to help families catch up on school immunizations at all of our PPS clinics. 

    Shots are required by law for all children in schools, preschools and child care facilities in Multnomah County. If your child’s vaccination records are incomplete, you will have received a letter. To avoid missing school or child care, get your child up to date on their vaccinations as soon as possible. Make a vaccine appointment now, as there may be a long wait.

    For more information go to: multco.us/health/news/catch-now-school-vaccines

    PPS EXCLUSION FLYER

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    JEDI (JUSTICE, EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION)

    Upcoming JEDI Meeting

    The JEDI team meets next by zoom on Thursday February 9th from 7-8pm.  We will be discussing guardians' concerns about students' experiences of harassment at SMS.  We will share with you SMS's clear disciplinary policy.  We will also share efforts taken by the administration to prevent harassment and address it when it occurs.  We encourage you to bring your thoughts about it and any other concerns about justice, equity, diversity and inclusion that you would like to raise.  
     

    February is Black History Month!

    Understanding Black History is a centrally important part of understanding American History. Read a little about the history of this month in which we recognize Black history specifically, in our JEDI Newsletter. 

    Every year, Black History Month has a theme. The theme for Black History Month 2023 is Black Resistance. 

    Learn more about it and get ideas for how to celebrate Black History Month here.  

    Or here’s an idea:  This year, try watching one of these excellent movies that are linked here, with your kids. The choices we make determine whether we elevate our children's understanding of the Black experience in America.  When everyone’s historical truth is known to all of us, we can move toward a world where we appreciate each other and thrive as a community of fellows.  

    Let’s educate our kids so they can carry forward the change we wish to see in the world.

    Let us strive toward a future where Black history is understood and cherished and appreciated every day as American History. 

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    WATCH/READ/THINK:  Side by Side Learning:   You’re invited to view/interact with the Black History Slides shared with our students this past week Advisory Feb 1st  The slides address the origins of Black History Month as well as Oregon’s Racist Past.

    SECURLY INTERNET FILTERING FOR PARENT CONTROL

    PPS uses Securly to help families set internet filtering rules for their children when using school devices and accounts at home. 
    As a parent or guardian, you can use Securly to stay on top of your child’s online activity in real-time from anywhere, with the SecurlyHome App. Securly will also send parents/guardians weekly email reports with a snapshot of their student’s internet activity. This report is a wonderful opportunity for parents and guardians to open a dialogue with their students about their digital lives.

    Please see the PPS Securly webpage for more information about how you can use Securly for improved online safety, monitoring, and control.

    https://www.pps.net/securly

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOK NEWS 2022/23

    Order your yearbook on SchoolPay for $25 per book. If you want to remember all of the good memories your kids at Sellwood have made this year, we suggest that you order a yearbook before spring break. Delivery in June. If you have questions, contact lsouther@pps.net 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 16 – 5th-grade Family Info Night 6-7:30 PM - in the gym
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days
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  • Principal's Newsletter 1.26.2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 26, 2023

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Next week is the first week of second semester, so I decided to repost an informative presentation showing how students can check their own schedule using StudentVue.  I am also re-posting information below about the Internet filtering app Securly.  I encourage everyone to use Securly to help monitor and limit your child’s online activities, in case you are not already using it.

    Also, the Sellwood Foundation is bringing back BINGO Night as a fundraiser, but this year it will be Drag Queen BINGO.  I have attended similar events at a venue in my neighborhood, and the professional entertainers hosting Drag Queen BINGO have made the night very lively.  Details about BINGO Night are posted below, and I hope to see you there.

    Also in this newsletter you will find a link to the Successful Schools Survey.  Please let us know what you think.  Your input is very important to us.

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SECURLY INTERNET FILTERING FOR PARENT CONTROL

    PPS uses Securly to help families set internet filtering rules for their children when using school devices and accounts at home. 
    As a parent or guardian, you can use Securly to stay on top of your child’s online activity in real-time from anywhere, with the SecurlyHome App. Securly will also send parents/guardians weekly email reports with a snapshot of their student’s internet activity. This report is a wonderful opportunity for parents and guardians to open a dialogue with their students about their digital lives.

    Please see the PPS Securly webpage for more information about how you can use Securly for improved online safety, monitoring, and control.

    https://www.pps.net/securly

    SELLWOOD MS FOUNDATION NEWS

    BINGO NIGHT!!

    General event Info

    Drag Queen BINGO!

    Saturday, March 4

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Doors open at 7:00 pm. First BINGO! called at 7:20 pm.

    Westmoreland’s Union Manor

    6404 SE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97202

    $25 first card, $5 for each additional card per individual. 

    Save the Date - Foundation Bingo Night – March 4

    Join the Sellwood Middle School Foundation on Saturday, March 4 at 7:00 pm at Westmoreland's Union Manor for a night of BINGO! All funds raised at the event will help fund teachers, more course variety, and smaller class sizes at Sellwood. We will share the ticket link and more details in the coming weeks. 

    Bingo Prize Donations – We are looking for donated items we can use as prizes for BINGO!  Donations could be: a gift card, new item, event tickets, etc. valued at around $25. 

    If you have something to donate, please text Trisha Highland at #503-830-6018. 

    Wine Donations – We also need wine for the event. Consider donating a bottle, 6 bottles, or a case! There will be a Foundation Representative at the front doors of the school on Friday, February 10, 17, and 24 at 9:15 a.m. to collect any donated wine. Thank you!

    USING STUDENTVUE TO CHECK 2ND SEMESTER SCHEDULES

    A few years back, Sellwood discontinued the practice of printing paper schedules at the start of each new quarter or semester.  Students have the ability to check their own schedules using StudentVue, and we encourage this practice as it helps them be more independent.  Most students know how to check their schedule, but in case they need a refresher, here is a short student made presentation that shows how to do it.  The process is similar for ParentVue.

    Checking your schedule in StudentVue

    LITTLE WARRIORS CHEERLEADING CAMP

    Cleveland High School would like to invite all 4th-8th graders to attend our Little Warriors Cheer Camp. It will be February 3rd-6th with a performance during half time at the Girls Varsity basketball game on February 7th.

    Please refer to the flyer/registration form to register for the camp.
    If there are any questions please feel free to reach out to Deasia Daugherty: ddaugherty@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    February 15th PTA Meeting: School Safety Focus

    Please join us in February for discussion on school safety at SMS.  A speaker from Mom’s Demand Action will be speaking.  Principal Carbone will also be available for your questions.

    Staff Room Snacks Needed

    Let's fill the staff break room with treats on Wednesdays!  Easy way to support the SMS staff!  Sign-ups are in Konstella.  Thanks so much!  The staff love it!

    PPS Clothing Closet

    The clothing closet is in need of new socks and underwear.  We will be bringing donations on 1/30; donations can be dropped off in the school office.

    New Cooking Class Elective; Fridge Needed

    SMS is in need of a donated fridge; apartment size or larger for student use in the new cooking class elective.  Must be Energy Star compliant.  Please email the PTA if you can help!

    Sellwood Garden Tour; June 4th

    Plans are underway for this year’s garden tour.  This was a huge success last year for our school, both as a fundraiser and community event.  We are looking for gardens to showcase and/or interest in joining the planning committee.  Please reach out if you can help!

    Many Thanks to Dick’s Primal Burger

    Our recent Sellwood Dine’s Out at Dick’s raised $600.  Thank you for supporting our local business and SMS PTA!

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOK NEWS 2022/23

    Order your yearbook on SchoolPay for $25 per book. If you want to remember all of the good memories your kids at Sellwood have made this year, we suggest that you order a yearbook before spring break. Delivery in June. If you have questions, contact lsouther@pps.net 

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Dear Sellwood Families:

    It's the Successful Schools Survey time of the year!  This survey allows us to gather data to make informed decisions about school climate and culture and takes from 15 to 30 minutes. The survey is linked below and is available in Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali languages.  

    Family/Community voice is important and we want to hear from you!   

    LINK TO SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle”

    • Dr. Martin Luther King

    READ:  LA Times Essay: Martin Luther King Day should make you uncomfortable.  A thought provoking and bold way of thinking about MLK Day written by Los Angeles Times essayist Jamil Smith.

    WATCH: As we approach Black History Month, Origins of Black History Month is an informational and educational video about how Black History Month came to be.  We will be showing excerpts of this video to Sellwood students as part of our Black History Month Feb 1st Advisory period.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • January 26 – End of 1st semester
    • January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day
    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 16 – 5th-grade Family Info Night 6-7:30 PM - in the gym
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 01.20.2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 20, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Next week marks the end of the first semester.  Time is flying by!

    Read on for news from the PTA, a bit about Outdoor School, an upcoming Sellwood band performance, how to order a yearbook, and more.

    Enjoy the weekend, it looks like we may see a bit of the sun :-)

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    February 15th PTA Meeting: School Safety Focus

    Please join us in February for discussion on school safety at SMS.  A speaker from Mom’s Demand Action will be speaking.  Principal Carbone will also be available for your questions.

    Staff Room Snacks Needed

    Let's fill the staff break room with treats on Wednesdays!  Easy way to support the SMS staff!  Sign-ups are in Konstella.  Thanks so much!  The staff love it!

    PPS Clothing Closet

    The clothing closet is in need of new socks and underwear.  We will be bringing donations on 1/30; donations can be dropped off in the school office.

    New Cooking Class Elective; Fridge Needed

    SMS is in need of a donated fridge; apartment size or larger for student use in the new cooking class elective.  Must be Energy Star compliant.  Please email the PTA if you can help!

    Sellwood Garden Tour; June 4th

    Plans are underway for this year’s garden tour.  This was a huge success last year for our school, both as a fundraiser and community event.  We are looking for gardens to showcase and/or interest in joining the planning committee.  Please reach out if you can help!

    Many Thanks to Dick’s Primal Burger

    Our recent Sellwood Dine’s Out at Dick’s raised $600.  Thank you for supporting our local business and SMS PTA!

    OUTDOOR SCHOOL FOR 6TH-GRADERS, MAY 7-12

    All 6th graders will be attending Outdoor School May 7th - 12th. It is expected to be overnight camp this year! Students will find out which class and camp they will be attending soon. More detailed information will be shared with families of 6th-graders as well. This is an incredible opportunity for 6th graders to experience the outdoors with their classmates and other 6th graders from the Portland Metro area. For more information, check out the ODS website.

    SELLWOOD ADV. BAND PERFORMING @ PPS BOARD MEETING, JAN 24

    The Sellwood Advanced Band is performing at the PPS School Board meeting on January 24 at 5:45 PM at the Matthew Prophet Education Service Center (501 N Dixon Street). Sellwood was selected by the PPS Visual and Performing Arts department to perform as part of the presentation of their Master Arts Education Plan to the school board. The meeting is open to the public and will be livestreamed by PPS.

    SELLWOOD YEARBOOK NEWS 2022/23

    Order your yearbook on SchoolPay for $25 per book. If you want to remember all of the good memories your kids at Sellwood have made this year, we suggest that you order a yearbook before spring break. Delivery in June. If you have questions, contact lsouther@pps.net 

    CLEVELAND HS MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL NIGHTS

    The Cleveland HS booster club is hosting middle school basketball nights at the high school. Girls - January 26 and boys - February 14.  Check out the flyer below for details.

    Cleveland Boosters Middle School Nights

    General CHS Program information:

    https://sites.google.com/apps4pps.net/www-clevelandwbb-com

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY - COMING SOON

    Our district values your feedback! In a few weeks, we will be asking you to take a brief survey to tell us about your experience with Portland Public Schools and Sellwood.  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 will begin on January 23rd and close on February 28th.  During that time, you will be able to take the survey online at home.  More information to come!

    We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact Regina Sackrider, Assistant Principal at 503.916.5656.

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle”

    • Dr. Martin Luther King

    READ:  LA Times Essay: Martin Luther King Day should make you uncomfortable.  A thought provoking and bold way of thinking about MLK Day written by Los Angeles Times essayist Jamil Smith.

    As we approach Black History Month, Origins of Black History Month is an informational and educational video about how Black History Month came to be.  We will be showing excerpts of this video to Sellwood students as part of our Black History Month Feb 1st Advisory period.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box.  

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • January 26 – End of 1st semester
    • January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day
    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 16 – 5th-grade Family Info Night 6-7:30 PM - in the gym
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days
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  • Principal's Newsletter 1.13.2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 13, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Next week will be a four-day week, as we celebrate the life and work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. King is well known for advancing civil rights through nonviolent activism and civil disobedience, his famous speech “I have a Dream” at the Lincoln Memorial, and winning the Nobel Peace Prize.  We honor his legacy and sacrifice.  However, there is always more to learn about our leaders, so here are a few resources:  A short video: 6 Things You Didn’t Know about Martin Luther King, Jr.  This History.com article also shares a few other lesser known facts: 10 Things You May Not Know about Martin Luther King, Jr.

    I hope you enjoy the three-day weekend.

    Stay safe and healthy!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (OBOB)

    LAST CHANCE!  Register teams for Sellwood Middle School's Oregon Battle of the Books by this Monday, January 16th!  To register a team, complete this form.  Each team should be registered once by the coach; we do not need individual team members to register.  If your kiddo would like to participate but you do not yet have a full team for them, you can complete this form instead.   

     

     

    TECH YOUTH PROJECTS WINTER SPORTS CLINIC – Feb 18@BENSON

    Check out this sports clinic that may interest your child. Pre-registration is required and clinic size is limited so act quickly if you want to participate.

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY - COMING SOON

    Our district values your feedback! In a few weeks, we will be asking you to take a brief survey to tell us about your experience with Portland Public Schools and Sellwood.  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 will begin on January 23rd and close on February 28th.  During that time, you will be able to take the survey online at home.  More information to come!

     

    We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact Regina Sackrider, Assistant Principal at 503.916.5656.

    LAST DAY OF OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2023 HEALTH COVERAGE (Jan 15)

    Jan. 15 is the last day of open enrollment for private health insurance in Oregon’s health insurance marketplace. Open enrollment is the only time when anyone who is not offered insurance from a job or a public program like the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare can enroll in health coverage through OregonHealthCare.gov, often with financial help.

    Health insurance covers essential health benefits critical to maintaining individual health and treating illness and accidents. Health insurance helps to reduce medical and prescription drug costs, making health care more affordable and thus more accessible.

    For more information, see this How to Get Health Insurance flyer.

    JOB OPENING - SCHOOL HEALTH ASSISTANT (VARIOUS SCHOOLS)

    Multnomah Education Services District (MESD) is looking for School Health Assistants (SHA) to support various PPS schools. The SHA provides health care services to students including first aid, administering medications, and managing health-related emergencies. No medical experience is required. Training will be provided. SHAs work 6 or 7 hours each day (site dependent). If you have experience working or volunteering with children, or if you know of anyone who may be interested in becoming a PPS SHA, visit the MESD website for more information and to access the online SHA job posting and application.

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    “To know your future you must know your past”― George Santayana

    READ: Rosewood, Florida, marks 100 years since race massacre. Here’s what happened  2023 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Rosewood, Florida massacre.  It is a very dark and tragic event in our history and an important one for us to acknowledge, learn about, and ensure never happens again. 

    READ: The Price We Have Paid for Not Confronting Race is a compelling New York Times Opinion piece which explores the need for us, as a society, to confront and address racial inequalities in our past and present.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • January 16: No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • January 26 – End of 1st semester
    • January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day
    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 16 – 5th-grade Family Info Night 6-7:30 PM - in the gym
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 01.06.2023

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 6, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Happy New Year!  I hope that you and your family had an enjoyable winter break.  I have heard that some families had their holiday travel plans disrupted (as mine were), by the terrible weather.  Many in Portland lost power, and the wind and ice storms caused even more disruption.  Regardless of how you spent the winter break, I hope it was filled with cheer and that you were able to stay cozy, warm, and safe.

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    COMPACTED MATH IN 2023-24

    As you may or may not know, PPS has been reviewing the Compacted Math programming at the middle school and for several reasons, had been planning to phase out the Compacted Math program, starting with the school year 2023-24.  However, today you should have received an email from PPS Communications that they are pausing the plan to phase out Compacted Math in order to provide time for further study.  You can read the district’s letter here, in case you missed it. 

    The letter also states that there will be a few schools participating in a field test for the phasing out of Compacted Math next year.  Those schools have already been identified, and Sellwood is not included in these field-testing plans.

    In short, Compacted Math will continue at Sellwood without any changes, at least for next year.

     

    OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (OBOB)

    Reminder!  Register teams for Sellwood Middle School's Oregon Battle of the Books by January 16th!  To register a team, complete this form.  Each team should be registered once by the coach; we do not need individual team members to register.  If your kiddo would like to participate but you do not yet have a full team for them, you can complete this form instead.  

    Thank you!

    Amanda & Monica

     

    PEAK AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM WINTER REGISTRATION

    PEAK Classes Starting Soon! Registration is Open!

    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.  

    Scholarship request form is here: https://tinyurl.com/PEAKScholarship
    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes for registration now:

    • Red Cross Babysitter Training - 1/16 & 2/20 
      • Registration will open on Saturday 1/7 at 8am
      • Two one-day training sessions: 1/16/23, 2/20/23, 9am-4:30pm 
      • 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
    • French 1a - Winter
      • This class is the second in a 3-part series in which students will build on skills learned in the fall. They will compare life at an American school to student life in a Francophone country by learning to present information about their own life at school and investigating elements of school life and aspects of time in Francophone cultures. The class will be conducted 90% in French in order to promote language acquisition.
    • 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.
    • 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 free, student led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of Allison Bassett, 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.
    • Coding for Kids - Python: Intro
      • Ready to learn one of the most widely used programming languages in the world? Then this is the class to sign up for! Python is a very versatile and easy-to-learn starter language that is widely used by software developers, scientists and data analysts, from medical research to applications at NASA. Through the games they create, students will learn and practice core coding concepts and learn Python-specific concepts and syntax. Projects range from trivia quizzes to competitive two-player games and everything in between. 

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY - COMING SOON

    Our district values your feedback! In a few weeks, we will be asking you to take a brief survey to tell us about your experience with Portland Public Schools and Sellwood.  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 will begin on January 23rd and close on February 28th.  During that time, you will be able to take the survey online at home.  More information to come!

    We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact Regina Sackrider, Assistant Principal at 503.916.5656.

    8th-GRADERS – CLEVELAND FORECASTING STARTING NEXT WEEK

    Soon you will begin choosing your classes for your freshman year of high school.  Can you believe it? So exciting!  Next week, counselor Katie Francis will be visiting 8th-grade science classes to talk about forecasting and how to choose your classes.  We will be sending 8th-graders and families more detailed information about Cleveland forecasting next week.

    JOB OPENING - SCHOOL HEALTH ASSISTANT (VARIOUS SCHOOLS)

    Multnomah Education Services District (MESD) is looking for School Health Assistants (SHA) to support various PPS schools. The SHA provides health care services to students including first aid, administering medications, and managing health-related emergencies. No medical experience is required. Training will be provided. SHAs work 6 or 7 hours each day (site dependent). If you have experience working or volunteering with children, or if you know of anyone who may be interested in becoming a PPS SHA, visit the MESD website for more information and to access the online SHA job posting and application.

    SELLWOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE (NOT SPONSORED BY SELLWOOD MS)

    Youth Theater Audition Notice: Monday, Jan. 9th, 4pm at Sellwood Community House.

    Audition for a children's theater production of King Arthur's Quest, presented by Sellwood Community House and the Missoula Children's Theatre travelling company. FREE, no experience necessary and open to all Portland K-12th youth. This is a one-week production, with performances Saturday, Jan. 14th at 3 and 530pm. More details at sellwoodcommunityhouse.org or info@sellwoodcommunityhouse.org.

    Youth Theater Audition Notice: Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 4pm at Sellwood Community House.

    Audition for a children's theater production of King Arthur's Quest, presented by Sellwood Community House and the Missoula Children's Theatre travelling company. FREE, no experience necessary and open to all Portland K-12th youth. This is a one-week production with performances Saturday, Jan. 21st at 3 and 5:30pm. More details at sellwoodcommunityhouse.org or info@sellwoodcommunityhouse.org.

    Rogue Pack Youth Theatre classes begin next week!

    Acting for the Camera: Thursdays at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 SE Bybee Blvd, 5-6:30pm. Register at sellwoodcommunityhouse.org

    Taught by "Wild" and "Grimm" actor Randy Schulman, Acting for the Camera I will foster a nurturing, positive environment for beginners and those seeking to advance their skills in acting for TV and film. Both aspiring and seasoned actors are welcome, along with those who are interested in taking an acting class for the first time. There will be a showcase for friends and families on the final day.

    Improvisational Comedy, Mondays, 5-6:30pm, Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 SE Bybee Blvd. Register at sellwoodcommunityhouse.org.

    Learn to play together as a team, create comedy as a cast, and discover how much fun the theater can be! Through a series of short form improv games, we'll grow together and laugh together in the process. We will set the groundwork for healthy technique in all disciplines and work together to learn how to build a cohesive ensemble. Participants will perform their own Improv show at the culmination of the course!

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    "It's up to all of us — Black, white, everyone — no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out."     — Michelle Obama

    Read: Sign up for CNN’s Race Deconstructed newsletter at https://www.cnn.com/specials/race-deconstructed  

    I appreciate how this newsletter helps us gain insight into current events and American history through analyses and on the role that race plays in culture, politics and our communities.

    Watch: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Danger of a Single Story TED Talk.   Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.  We really cannot understand our world without examining multiple perspectives/voices.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • January 16: No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • January 26 – End of 1st semester
    • January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day
    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 16 – 5th-grade Family Info Night 6-7:30 PM - in the gym
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days
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  • Principal's Newsletter 12.16.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – December 16, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Happy Holidays! Today is the last day of school before our two-week winter break.  Students and staff are very ready for some relaxation, fun, and definitely some extra sleep!

    This week was also a difficult week, with the horrific shooting of a student right outside Cleveland High School.  Fortunately, the student who was shot will recover, but the damage inflicted by acts (and threats) of gun violence harm everyone.  Students and staff are traumatized, whether they are witness to the incident or have to hide in a dark, locked classroom, wondering whether they will be ok.  Persistent gun violence is a terrible reality in our country, and not just in schools.  I hope everyone impacted has a chance to heal and find some comfort over the next few weeks.

    Enjoy the winter break and stay safe.

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (OBOB)

    Sellwood Middle School's Oregon Battle of the Books program is now accepting team registrations!  To register a team, complete this form  by January 16th.  Each team should be registered once by the coach; we do not need individual team members to register.  If your kiddo would like to participate but you do not yet have a full team for them, you can complete this form instead.  Email OBOBatSellwood@gmail.com if you're interested in being added to the mailing list or if you need more information.    Please tentatively hold 6pm on Friday, February 24th for the Sellwood Middle School OBOB competition which will be held at Sellwood Community House (a huge thank you to our SCH for their partnership and donation of space!).  

     

    PEAK AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM WINTER REGISTRATION

    Sellwood PEAK Winter Registration is Open!

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students. Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student.

    Register for classes at  https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram   

    Scholarship request form is here: https://tinyurl.com/PEAKScholarship
    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes for registration now:

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • French 1a - Winter

    This class is the second in a 3-part series in which students will build on skills learned in the fall.  They will compare life at an American school to student life in a Francophone country by learning to present information about their own life at school and investigating elements of school life and aspects of time in Francophone cultures. The class will be conducted 90% in French in order to promote language acquisition.

    • Choir

    This is a free, student led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of Allison Bassett, 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.

    • Coding for Kids - Python: Intro

    Ready to learn one of the most widely used programming languages in the world? Then this is the class to sign up for! Python is a very versatile and easy-to-learn starter language that is widely used by software developers, scientists and data analysts, from medical research to applications at NASA. Through the games they create, students will learn and practice core coding concepts and learn Python-specific concepts and syntax. Projects range from trivia quizzes to competitive two-player games and everything in between.

    • Stitch a Stuffie

    In this class, students will learn the valuable life skill of hand sewing while they create an adorable Owl Stuffie.  Threading a needle, tying a knot, and a variety of stitches will be taught. This is a relaxing class where students work at their own pace and can make more than one owl. All supplies are provided.  Owl Stuffies measure approximately 10" high and are made from high-quality wool felt.

    JOB OPENING - SCHOOL HEALTH ASSISTANT (VARIOUS SCHOOLS)

    Multnomah Education Services District (MESD) is looking for School Health Assistants (SHA) to support various PPS schools. The SHA provides health care services to students including first aid, administering medications, and managing health-related emergencies. No medical experience is required. Training will be provided. SHAs work 6 or 7 hours each day (site dependent). If you have experience working or volunteering with children, or if you know of anyone who may be interested in becoming a PPS SHA, visit the MESD website for more information and to access the online SHA job posting and application.

    WINTER BREAK RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

    As Winter Break approaches, we are compiling resources for families who may need extra resources:

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    "It's up to all of us — Black, white, everyone — no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out."     — Michelle Obama

    Read: Sign up for CNN’s Race Deconstructed newsletter at https://www.cnn.com/specials/race-deconstructed  

    I appreciate how this newsletter helps us gain insight into current events and American history through analyses and on the role that race plays in culture, politics and our communities.

    Watch: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Danger of a Single Story TED Talk.   Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.  We really cannot understand our world without examining multiple perspectives/voices.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • December 19 – January 2: Winter Break
    • January 16: No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • January 26 – End of 1st semester
    • January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day
    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 12.9.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – December 9, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    The weather is turning colder, and we have seen our first snowflakes this year.  It’s hard to believe there is just one week until winter break!

    The mornings have also been quite rainy, so please make sure your children are dressed for the weather in case they need to be outside in the Oregon elements for a few minutes.

    Just a reminder, next Monday, we are holding our Winter Band Concert and our Art Show.  We hope to see you there!

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    ON TIME AND READY TO LEARN

    When students are on time to class, it makes the class run smoother not only for them, but also their classmates and teacher. Otherwise, they are missing key instruction that sets up learning for the class period. Tardiness can impact their overall understanding of the content and ultimately, their grade. 

     

    This year, our bell schedule features a five minute passing period.  Previous to the pandemic, our schedule allowed only four minutes to transition from one period to another.  We feel that five minutes is sufficient time to get to class without feeling frantic.

     

    We have been examining our schoolwide data for student tardiness to class.  The good news: the large majority of Sellwood students have had zero unexcused class tardies for the entire school year so far!  Bravo Sellwood students ????

     

    On the other hand, we do have a number of students who are frequently late for class.  I encourage you to review your child's attendance data in ParentVue to see if your child has been marked tardy-unexcused during the school day.  We know unintentional lateness is something that we have all experienced, however, there is not a reason for regular, frequent, unexcused tardiness.

     

    As a staff, we have decided to increase our attention to on-time behavior and provide more frequent communication with parents about tardiness.  For students who are frequently tardy to class, we will be looking for interventions and support to help them get to class on time.  We look forward to partnering with parents in our efforts to get all students “on time and ready to learn”!

     

    SELLWOOD PEAK WINTER REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students. Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student.

    Register for classes at  https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram   

    Scholarship request form is here: https://tinyurl.com/PEAKScholarship
    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes for registration now:

    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.

    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.

    French 1a - Winter

    This class is the second in a 3-part series in which students will build on skills learned in the fall.  They will compare life at an American school to student life in a Francophone country by learning to present information about their own life at school and investigating elements of school life and aspects of time in Francophone cultures. The class will be conducted 90% in French in order to promote language acquisition.

    Choir

    This is a free, student led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of Allison Bassett, 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.

    Red Cross Babysitter Training - 12/19 & 12/21. Note we are planning additional training sessions throughout the year.

    Two One-day training sessions: 12/19, 12/21, 9am-4:30pm 

    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

    Coding for Kids - Python: Intro

    Ready to learn one of the most widely used programming languages in the world? Then this is the class to sign up for! Python is a very versatile and easy-to-learn starter language that is widely used by software developers, scientists and data analysts, from medical research to applications at NASA. Through the games they create, students will learn and practice core coding concepts and learn Python-specific concepts and syntax. Projects range from trivia quizzes to competitive two-player games and everything in between.

    Stitch a Stuffie

    In this class, students will learn the valuable life skill of hand sewing while they create an adorable Owl Stuffie.  Threading a needle, tying a knot, and a variety of stitches will be taught. This is a relaxing class where students work at their own pace and can make more than one owl. All supplies are provided.  Owl Stuffies measure approximately 10" high and are made from high-quality wool felt.

    PTA NEWS 

    Sellwood Dines Out; Wednesday 12/14 

    The Portland Bottle Shop will be donating 10% of ALL sales next Wednesday.  Easy way to support the school!  Dinner? Holiday Gifts? Gift Cards? Hours are 11am-9pm.

    Staff Room Snacks

    Let's fill the staff break room with treats next Wednesday for the last week before the break.  Sign-ups are in Konstella.  Thanks so much!  The staff love it!

    Winter PEAK Classes Sign Ups OPEN

    Chess Club, French, Speech and Debate, Sewing, Choir, Coding for Kids, Marimba.  Scholarships available for all PEAK classes.

    https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram 

    Red Cross Babysitting Classes

    New dates open 12/19; 12/21! More class dates will be coming in 2023!  

    http://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram 

    WINTER ART SHOW MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 6-7:30 PM, CAFETERIA

    This year we will be showcasing artwork from 1st semester students before the band concert on December 12th. Come see what students have been creating in art class! All are welcome. 

    JOB OPENING - SCHOOL HEALTH ASSISTANT (VARIOUS SCHOOLS)

    Multnomah Education Services District (MESD) is looking for School Health Assistants (SHA) to support various PPS schools. The SHA provides health care services to students including first aid, administering medications, and managing health-related emergencies. No medical experience is required. Training will be provided. SHAs work 6 or 7 hours each day (site dependent). If you have experience working or volunteering with children, or if you know of anyone who may be interested in becoming a PPS SHA, visit the MESD website for more information and to access the online SHA job posting and application.

    WINTER BREAK RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

    As Winter Break approaches, we are compiling resources for families who may need extra resources:

    SELLWOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE (NOT A SELLWOOD MS EVENT)

    Perform with a professional children's theater! Sellwood Community House hosts the Missoula Children's Theatre travelling company for two week-long productions of King Arthur's Quest and Aladdin this January! 

    All Portland K-12 youth are invited to audition, rehearse and perform for free! Please fill out this interest form if your child is interested in auditioning. Please note: filling out this form does not ensure your child a role in the play, but will ensure you receive all relevant production communications.

    Workshop Flyer

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    "It's up to all of us — Black, white, everyone — no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out."     — Michelle Obama

    Read: Sign up for CNN’s Race Deconstructed newsletter at https://www.cnn.com/specials/race-deconstructed  

    I appreciate how this newsletter helps us gain insight into current events and American history through analyses and on the role that race plays in culture, politics and our communities.

    Watch: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Danger of a Single Story TED Talk.   Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.  We really cannot understand our world without examining multiple perspectives/voices.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • December 12: Art Show 6:00 – 7:30PM
    • December 12: Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • December 14: Sellwood Choir Concert – Cleveland HS Auditorium 7-8:30 PM
    • December 19 – January 2: Winter Break
    • January 16: No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • January 26 – End of 1st semester
    • January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day
    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days
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  • Principal's Newsletter 11.18.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 18, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We look forward to seeing families during Parent/Teacher Conferences next Monday and Tuesday, whether in person or virtual.  If you have not yet signed up, please use the following information to make appointments with your child’s teachers.  Please make sure to let them know if you plan to attend in-person.

    Parent-Teacher Conference Schedule for each day is:

    •  8:30AM-12:30PM
    • 1:00-5:00PM
    • 6:00-7:30PM

    Please use the master document linked below for sign-ups.  There are both written instructions and video instructions to help you sign-up quickly and easily.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE YOUR APP-BASED CALENDAR ON YOUR PHONE OR TABLET TO SIGN UP; IT MUST BE A WEB-BASED CALENDAR.  USE A DESKTOP COMPUTER OR LAPTOP FOR BEST RESULTS.

    Conference Sign-up Master Document

    We hope to see you there.

    Enjoy the Fall Break!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    WINTER ART SHOW MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 6-7:30 PM, CAFETERIA

    This year we will be showcasing artwork from 1st semester students before the band concert on December 12th. Come see what students have been creating in art class! All are welcome. 

    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 2022/23 school year.   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, regional, and state level this spring.  

    More information about next steps will be provided in this newsletter as we have more information but encourage your kids to start organizing teams and start reading!  Teams are usually made up of two to four members, with one optional alternate, for a total of no more than five members. In the meantime, send an email to OBOBatSellwood@gmail.com if you're interested in being added to the mailing list or would like more information.  

    READ THE WORLD, FROM SELLWOOD’S LIBRARIAN - MS. TINI

    Travel the world through reading! 

    Sellwood students are invited, each and every one, to a grand field trip tour of the world, through the magic of books, with the Sellwood school library acting as travel agent! 

    We have passports, stickers for each page completed, and lists of books to get you started. 

    At the end of the school year, those with completed passports will be invited to an exclusive celebratory party and perhaps a walking field trip nearby.  Students are helping us decide exactly what kind of rewards they’d like to see for their well-earned travels and adventures. There may even be in-class incentives along the way.

    Books read for class will count! Audiobooks count! You have plenty of choices. The lists of suggested books we provide are only a place to start. Many books can give you a sense of place and culture and offer you a chance to “travel” to that region. 

    Students will need adult “travel hosts” to sign off on their reading. This could be family, friends, or school staff. Passports will be kept in the school library and brought out when it is time to fill in the title and author, and to choose a sticker for that page. 

    Here are the pages to fill: 

    • Africa
    • Asia
    • Middle East, India+
    • North America
    • Central & South America
    • Europe
    • Immigrant Journeys World-wide
    • Flights of the Imagination! Optional Add-on: Outer Space & Magical Lands

    Students will learn all about it in the library, when their Language Arts class comes to visit Ms. Tini during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. Send any questions with your students please, so the whole class can benefit from the question and answer.

    Sellwood is the first to pilot this brand new program!! We have a different passport for every grade level, so students can participate anew each year and collect the whole trio. 

    Community members can even participate! Staff, family, siblings, cousins, neighbors…

    Last thoughts… Does your student enjoy working in a group more? Our passport offers the opportunity to “travel together” (read the same books) or “Split up & meet back” (read different books) in groups of 2 or 3. Students will choose an individual or team traveling plan the first time they fill in a page on their passport. This first passport set-up will happen when their whole class comes in to record the reading of a class novel. Or students can come in individually before that. Books should be ones they’ve read from now going forward though. No books you read before. The adventure begins today!

    For suggested book lists, go to the Sellwood website, library tab, (or click the Destiny icon on a student Chromebook) and scroll down to COLLECTIONS.

    FROM THE SELLWOOD COUNSELORS

    This week during Advisory your student received a blue booklet with information on how and where to access resources in our community including the Youth Resources AppSafeOregon tip lineOregon Youth Line, and the Sellwood school counselor check-in request form. A PDF copy of this booklet is attached to this newsletter so you have access to the resources as well.

     

    PTA NEWS 

    Wallace Books SMS Book Fundraiser; 12/2-12/4

    December 2-4th Wallace Books will donate 15% of sales to SMS.   Please help us support this local business and our school!  Great time to pick up holiday gifts! 

    Winter PEAK Classes Sign Up Early December

    Chess Club, French, Speech and Debate, Sewing, Choir, Coding for Kids, Marimba are planned options at this time.  Registration to open early December.

    Red Cross Babysitting Classes

    There has been a lot of interest in this PEAK class.  The PEAK team is close to opening up several more class dates with the goal to provide enough options to everyone who is interested.  

    SELLWOOD GSA

    A shout out to Sellwood’s GSA (Gay Straight Alliance).  Each Wednesday, our GSA groups meet during lunch.  All are welcome to join.  6th-graders meet in Ms. Walker’s classroom, and 7th/8th-graders meet in Ms. Hall’s (Maestra’s) classroom.  See you there.

    SUPPORT GUIDE FOR FAMILIES OF LGBTQ+ STUDENTS

    Middle school is a time for exploration of gender and when our young people start to form the foundations of their independent identities. Our young people and families learn a lot during this time. Here is an interactive support guide for parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ young people that may support you in this process.

    CLEVELAND OPEN HOUSE FOR 8TH-GRADERS, DECEMBER 8

    Save the date, families of 8th-graders.  Cleveland High School’s Open House “Bridging the Gap” event will be in-person the evening of Thursday. Dec. 8, 2022, beginning at 6:30pm.  Cleveland looks forward to greeting the members of our class of 2027 next fall!

    See the linked FLYER for more information.

    FROM OUR TAG FACILITATOR

    TAG Referral Forms available now

    If your student already qualifies for TAG, you do not need to refer again. That TAG designation will stay with them throughout their time in PPS. If you wish to refer your student for TAG (in a new area or for the first time), please follow these directions: 

    • Go to https://www.pps.net/sellwood 
    • Use the Academics tab, then select Talented and Gifted
    • Links to referral forms are at the bottom of the page by language
    • The deadline for this form is November 29

    If you have questions, please contact our TAG Facilitator, Lisa Souther (lsouther@pps.net).

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    JEDI PARENT GROUP (JUSTICE, EQUITY, DIVERSITY and INCLUSION)

    November is a time when many of us celebrate a tradition known in the U.S. and Canada as Thanksgiving.   While many of us associate this holiday with family, togetherness, gratitude and connection, many of us associate it with a painful legacy of systematic betrayal and misunderstanding of Native American Cultures.  

    You might want to, but you don’t have to choose to be either pro or against Thanksgiving, when as human beings we have the ability to feel both sadness and joy around the same day.  It is so important that as we learn to create just spaces, we hold space for all of our experiences to matter and be meaningful.  Especially when they seem to be so different. 

    Native American cultures are diverse and rich and have been stewards of this land we all enjoy for thousands of years.  There are many clear and actionable ways you can be respectful of Native cultures.  This article will give you 21 things you can do. 

    For those of us who celebrate Thanksgiving, we can act in ways that create a more just experience of living on this land together.  Here is an idea:  Print out this list and take turns reading them around your Thanksgiving table.  

    I bet you’ll feel grateful for the experience.

    Bridget Geraghty Barnicle

    she/her/hers

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    The Importance of Talking About Race 

    “Our humanity is worth a little discomfort, it's actually worth a lot of discomfort.”

    ― Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

    • Watch:  Color Blind or Color Brave?: This TED talk features finance executive Mellody Hobson who explains talking about race is like a "conversational third rail." And that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring -- makes for a better society.
    • Read: So You Want To Talk About Race?  Author Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to the model minority myth in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race, and about how racism infects every aspect of American life.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • November 21 & 22: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • November 23-25: Fall Break
    • December 12: Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • December 12: Art Show
    • December 19 – January 2: Winter Break
    • January 16: No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • January 26 – End of 1st semester
    • January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day
    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days
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  • Principal's Newsletter 11.10.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 10, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Tomorrow, schools will be closed to honor veterans on Veteran’s Day.  We thank our veterans for serving our country with courage and honor.  My father served in the US army during World War II and was decorated for saving fellow soldiers from drowning while crossing a river in Germany.  If you know someone who has served in one of the US branches, past or present, please take a moment to share a few words or thoughts of gratitude.

    A shout out to our Sellwood athletes who played on our regional PIL youth football team! 

    Congratulations to our Cleveland Warrior 7/8 Football team! These young Warriors faced heat, smoke and torrential rain to qualify for the TVYFL playoffs this past weekend. This group had the courage to come out, the willingness to learn and improve as well as the perseverance to work through challenges. We are proud of our athletes and look forward to seeing what they can accomplish next season.

    Information for next season will come out in the spring and registration will open in May of 2023.

    Enjoy the three-day weekend ????

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE

    Annual Giving Campaign- It’s not too late to give!!

    The Annual Giving Campaign, the largest fundraiser of the year, is wrapping up and we want to close out strong!! This fundraising effort is crucial to provide programs and staffing at our school, and with the help of a generous donor, every donation made during this fundraising campaign will be matched 100%!

    Our goal is to raise $50,000 in the next two weeks to pay for more teachers, more course variety and smaller class sizes, which means our efforts positively impact every student at our school.

    We invite all families to donate at the level they are comfortable. No amount is too small, as together we can make a difference! Please use the provided QR code:

    PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

    It is time to sign up for Sellwood Parent/Teacher Conferences!  They are coming up soon, on November 21st and 22nd.

    The general schedule for each day is:

    8:30AM-12:30PM

    1:00-5:00PM

    6:00-7:30PM

    Please use the master document linked below for sign-ups.  There are both written instructions and video instructions to help you sign-up quickly and easily.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE YOUR APP-BASED CALENDAR ON YOUR PHONE OR TABLET TO SIGN UP;  IT MUST BE A WEB-BASED CALENDAR.  USE A DESKTOP COMPUTER OR LAPTOP FOR BEST RESULTS.

    Conference Sign-up Master Document

    We hope to see you there :-)

    PTA NEWS

    PTA Meeting 11/16

    Please join us next Wednesday for our last PTA meeting of 2022.  We will meet in the school library.  We will also be hybrid streaming the meeting on Zoom.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6088364064  Please join us in person or virtual!

    Sellwood Dines Out; Holler 11/15

    Next Tuesday, 11/15, Holler will donate 10% of sales to SMS!  Great day to let Holler do the cooking!

    Fruit Sale Success

    Our fruit sale raised over $4500 for our middle school!  Thanks to all for your support!  Special thanks to Amy Columbo for organizing!

    Wallace Books SMS Book Fundraiser; 12/2-12/4

    December 2-4th Wallace Books will donate 15% of sales to SMS.   Please help us support this local business and our school!  Great time to pick up holiday gifts! 

    INFORMATION ON PICTURE RETAKES

    Wednesday, November 9th was our picture retake day. If you were wanting to purchase pictures you can do so by going online to Lifetouch's website. Easier online ordering on mylifetouch.com with your Student's School ID or Picture Day ID: EVTB96TR7

    CLEVELAND OPEN HOUSE FOR 8TH-GRADERS, DECEMBER 8

    Save the date, families of 8th-graders.  Cleveland High School’s Open House “Bridging the Gap” event will be in-person the evening of Thursday. Dec. 8, 2022, beginning at 6:30pm.  Cleveland looks forward to greeting the members of our class of 2027 next fall!

    See the linked FLYER for more information.

    PIL CLEVELAND YOUTH WRESTLING

    If your student would still like to do a winter sport we would like to invite you to consider joining our wrestling program.  We are a no cut sport and a sport for "Any Body".  It doesnt matter what size you are because you will practice and compete against other people around your size.  Our team is open to all genders and we have one of the biggest girls teams in the state.  You can learn more about our program by clicking on the following link.  Please email me if you have any questions.

    Cleveland MS Wrestling Information

    Aaron Roddis-Cleveland Wrestling

    aroddis@pps.net

    FENTANYL 101, SPONSORED BY TRAUMA INFORMED OREGON

    See here for an interactive workshop on November 16th that will cover: what fentanyl is, community strategies, and how to talk with children and youth.

    Mary Stevens-Krogh, Coordinator of Substance Use Supports, mkrogh@pps.net

    SUPPORT GUIDE FOR FAMILIES OF LGBTQ+ STUDENTS

    Middle school is a time for exploration of gender and when our young people start to form the foundations of their independent identities. Our young people and families learn a lot during this time. Here is an interactive support guide for parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ young people that may support you in this process.

    FROM OUR TAG FACILITATOR

    TAG Referral Forms available now

    If your student already qualifies for TAG, you do not need to refer again. That TAG designation will stay with them throughout their time in PPS. If you wish to refer your student for TAG (in a new area or for the first time), please follow these directions: 

    • Go to https://www.pps.net/sellwood 
    • Use the Academics tab, then select Talented and Gifted
    • Links to referral forms are at the bottom of the page by language
    • The deadline for this form is November 29

    If you have questions, please contact our TAG Facilitator, Lisa Souther (lsouther@pps.net).

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    The Importance of Talking About Race 

    “Our humanity is worth a little discomfort, it's actually worth a lot of discomfort.”

    ― Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

    • Watch:  Color Blind or Color Brave?: This TED talk features finance executive Mellody Hobson who explains talking about race is like a "conversational third rail." And that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring -- makes for a better society.
    • Read: So You Want To Talk About Race?  Author Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to the model minority myth in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race, and about how racism infects every aspect of American life.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • November 11: No school - Veteran’s Day
    • November 19: Sellwood Foundation & PTA Meetings
    • November 21 & 22: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • November 23-25: Fall Break
    • December 12: Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • December 12: Art Show
    • December 19 – January 2: Winter Break
    • January 16: No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • January 26 – End of 1st semester
    • January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day
    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 11.4.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 4, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I would like to give a special shout out to the girls’ PIL Cleveland Youth Volleyball Team, who ended the season by winning the citywide tournament last Saturday and were crowned "champs".  The whole team worked hard all season, came into the tournament seeded #8, immediately defeating #1 Lincoln in the first game and later clinching the championship.  Congratulation to Sellwood’s own champion athletes: Kate, Alli, Esme, Hadley, Noemi, Pearl, Addy, Juliette, Evelyn, Thea, and Vivian.  Go Warriors!

    Please read on about the Sellwood Foundation Annual Campaign, which is a vital component in our ability to staff our school programs.

    Also, conferences are coming up on November 21st and 22nd.  Below you will find information about signing up for appointments.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE

    Annual Giving Campaign

    Calling all Sellwood Families! The Annual Giving Campaign, the largest fundraiser of the year, is in full swing! This fundraising effort is crucial to provide programs and staffing at our school, and with the help of a generous donor, every donation made during this fundraising campaign will be matched 100%!

    Our goal is to raise $50,000 in the next two weeks to pay for more teachers, more course variety and smaller class sizes, which means our efforts positively impact every student at our school.

    We invite all families to donate at the level they are comfortable. No amount is too small, as together we can make a difference! Please use the provided QR code:

    PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

    It is time to sign up for Sellwood Parent/Teacher Conferences!  They are coming up soon, on November 21st and 22nd.

    The general schedule for each day is:

     8:30AM-12:30PM

    1:00-5:00PM

    6:00-7:30PM

    Please use the master document linked below for sign-ups.  There are both written instructions and video instructions to help you sign-up quickly and easily.

    Conference Sign-up Master Document

    We hope to see you there :-)

    PTA NEWS

    Staff Appreciation Wednesday Snacks

    Thank you to all who have sent in snacks. The teachers and staff are so grateful.  Some tell us it’s the only chance they get for a quick bite during the school day.

    Please continue to help!

    Granola bars, fruit, nuts, anything works!  Your student can bring the snack into the office at the start of the school day when they arrive!  Sign up on Konstella or use the link below.

    https://www.konstella.com/app/school/5bfd8b99e4b0dcc4a18cb003/recurring-signups/6335d66278b81f81c8b63b97

    Fruit Sale Success

    Many thanks to all for supporting our fall fundraiser!  We had great success and our school will benefit!  We are so grateful to Amy Columbo, for organizing this fundraiser again.  

    Thank you, Amy!!

    Sellwood Dines Out; Holler 11/15

    Please mark your calendar for the November Dines Out at Holler.

    Tuesday 11/15 Holler will donate 10% of sales to Sellwood.

    It’s Not Too Late to Join the Sellwood Middle School PTA!

    Help us reach our goal of 100 members!  The annual $20 membership dues can be paid on SchoolPay. Dues are used by the PTA for teacher supply reimbursements, arts and music programs, community events, and school support. A portion of your dues also helps the Oregon and National PTA organizations further their missions. Thanks for your support!

    CLEVELAND OPEN HOUSE FOR 8TH-GRADERS, DECEMBER 8

    Save the date, families of 8th-graders.  Cleveland High School’s Open House “Bridging the Gap” event will be in-person the evening of Thursday. Dec. 8, 2022, beginning at 6:30pm.  Cleveland looks forward to greeting the members of our class of 2027 next fall!

    See the linked FLYER for more information.

    JEDI NEWSLETTER

    Let's Talk About Sex! 

    Click here for some information about sexual acting out at SMS.

    Learning in an environment free from harassment is a justice issue.  Let's make sure that all our kids understand how to have a healthy take on sexuality and how to be safe with their peers when using their voices, not just their bodies. 

    Bridget Geraghty Barnicle

    she/her/hers

    FROM OUR TAG FACILITATOR

    TAG Referral Forms available now

    If your student already qualifies for TAG, you do not need to refer again. That TAG designation will stay with them throughout their time in PPS. If you wish to refer your student for TAG (in a new area or for the first time), please follow these directions: 

    • Go to https://www.pps.net/sellwood 
    • Use the Academics tab, then select Talented and Gifted
    • Links to referral forms are at the bottom of the page by language
    • The deadline for this form is November 29

    If you have questions, please contact our TAG Facilitator, Lisa Souther (lsouther@pps.net).

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    PIL BOYS’ YOUTH BASKETBALL

    Team Tryouts November 5th and 6th

    More Information Here

    PIL GIRLS’ YOUTH BASKETBALL

    Hello, basketball tryouts are this weekend. Here’s all the relevant information:

    Tryout Information:

    PIL GBX FLYER 2022-23.pdf

    Fall clinic information:

    CHS WBB 2022 Fall Basketball.pdf

    General CHS Program information:

    https://sites.google.com/apps4pps.net/www-clevelandwbb-com

    It is important for 6th grade families, and those new to PIL youth sports, to know that athletes must: 1) register with FamilyID, 2) complete a current PIL sports physical, and 3) provide proof of residency PRIOR to tryouts. Players will not be allowed to participate in tryouts without clearing all three steps. All the links necessary are contained within the PIL GBX FLYER.

    Thanks in advance,

    Stacey Berg

    Cleveland Cluster GBX Coordinator 

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    The Importance of Talking About Race 

    “Our humanity is worth a little discomfort, it's actually worth a lot of discomfort.”

    ― Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

    • Watch:  Color Blind or Color Brave?: This TED talk features finance executive Mellody Hobson who explains talking about race is like a "conversational third rail." And that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring -- makes for a better society.
    • Read: So You Want To Talk About Race?  Author Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to the model minority myth in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race, and about how racism infects every aspect of American life.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • November 9: Picture retakes
    • November 11: No school - Veteran’s Day
    • November 19: Sellwood Foundation & PTA Meetings
    • November 21 & 22: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • November 23-25: Fall Break
    • December 12: Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • December 12: Art Show
    • December 19 – January 2: Winter Break
    • January 16: No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • January 26 – End of 1st semester
    • January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day
    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 10.28.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 28, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Last week, the Sellwood Foundation started their annual fundraising campaign. Next year, the southeast school boundaries are shifting, which will cause Sellwood’s enrollment to drop slightly over the next few years.  Every drop in enrollment carries with it the possibility of losing school staff. Therefore, the financial support provided by the Foundation will be more important than ever in order to maintain or fortify Sellwood’s course offerings and student support. Read below to learn how you can support the foundation’s annual fundraising campaign.

    Parent teacher conferences will be happening in less than a month.  The conference formats available are both virtual and in person. Next Wednesday, we will be sharing the schedule and all of the details for sign ups, so keep an eye out for that communication.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE

    Annual Giving Campaign 

    Calling all Sellwood Families! The Annual Giving Campaign, the largest fundraiser of the year, is in full swing! This fundraising effort is crucial to provide programs and staffing at our school, and with the help of a generous donor, every donation made during this fundraising campaign will be matched 100%!

    Our goal is to raise $50,000 in the next two weeks to pay for more teachers, more course variety and smaller class sizes, which means our efforts positively impact every student at our school.

    We invite all families to donate at the level they are comfortable. No amount is too small, as together we can make a difference! Please use the provided QR code:

    Please use the provided QR code:

    or visit the Foundation donation website at Donate — Sellwood Middle School Foundation

    PTA NEWS

    Staff Appreciation Wednesday Snacks

    Thank you to all who have sent in snacks. The teachers and staff are so grateful.  Some tell us it’s the only chance they get for a quick bite during the school day.

    Please continue to help!

    Granola bars, fruit, nuts, anything works!  Your student can bring the snack into the office at the start of the school day when they arrive!  Sign up on Konstella or use the link below.

    https://www.konstella.com/app/school/5bfd8b99e4b0dcc4a18cb003/recurring-signups/6335d66278b81f81c8b63b97

    It’s Not Too Late to Join the Sellwood Middle School PTA!

    Help us reach our goal of 100 members!  The annual $20 membership dues can be paid on SchoolPay. Dues are used by the PTA for teacher supply reimbursements, arts and music programs, community events, and school support. A portion of your dues also helps the Oregon and National PTA organizations further their missions. Thanks for your support!

    PTA Fruit Fundraiser 

    We received lots of orders for the apple and pear fundraiser, thank you! Please plan to collect your boxes of fruit on Wednesday 11/3 from 2 to 6 pm from the Sellwood Middle School parking lot (located at the intersection of SE 15th and SE Harney). If you are unable to pick up your fruit during this time, you can contact Amy to make alternative arrangements at acolumbo@comcast.net.  Please note that any fruit not picked will be donated.

    Thanks, Amy

    503-347-3994

    JEDI NEWSLETTER

    Check out the JEDI Newsletter this week for information about bullying, about the work of SMS's teachers and staff in creating a safe environment for students and some ideas about how you can help your child to feel their safest at school. 

    Bridget Geraghty Barnicle

    she/her/hers

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    PIL GIRLS’ YOUTH BASKETBALL

    Hello, basketball tryouts are a little more than one week away. Here’s all the relevant information:

    Tryout Information:

    PIL GBX FLYER 2022-23.pdf

    Fall clinic information:

    CHS WBB 2022 Fall Basketball.pdf

    General CHS Program information:

    https://sites.google.com/apps4pps.net/www-clevelandwbb-com

    It is important for 6th grade families, and those new to PIL youth sports, to know that athletes must: 1) register with FamilyID, 2) complete a current PIL sports physical, and 3) provide proof of residency PRIOR to tryouts. Players will not be allowed to participate in tryouts without clearing all three steps. All the links necessary are contained within the PIL GBX FLYER.

    Thanks in advance,

    Stacey Berg

    Cleveland Cluster GBX Coordinator 

    CHILD TAX CREDIT – FROM OREGON DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

    Many low-income families and individuals have not claimed Child Tax Credits or the Third Stimulus payment due to them. Families have until November 15, 2022 to claim the credit.

    Nearly 90% of children in the U.S. are eligible for the 2021 expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC), which provides up to $3,600 per child. Additional income like the CTC is associated with stronger educational performance, improved health, and reduced stress among kids in families with low incomes. Unfortunately, too many kids are at risk of missing out. You do not have to be tax experts to help! 

    While the tax filing deadline has passed, families with no or low incomes can still file without penalty and claim the full CTC (or the remaining half if they received 2021 advance payments).

    Families have until mid-November to claim the credit on their own through the simplified filing portal, GetCTC.org/orschools. After that, families can still claim the 2021 CTC, but must file full tax returns. They have until April 15, 2025, to do so.

    To Claim the CTC: 

    • Distribute printed or digital flyers
    • Text or email to families in your state using these sample messages in multiple languages. 
    • Promote the CTC and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a new federal benefit that helps families pay for internet service and a computer or tablet. You can find more resources on the ACP here

    Outreach materials are available in 11 languages, including flyers, template emails, texts, and robocalls.   

    Reduce Barriers to File:

    Code For America has created a tool, GetCTC.org, to reduce barriers to people without filing requirements. This tool enables people to claim the Child Tax Credit and third stimulus payment (up to $5,000 per eligible child) - and people can sign up in 15 minutes or less on their mobile devices in English or Spanish. People must file before November 15 to easily get this money this year.

    CLEVELAND YOUTH WRESTLING

    Our registration window for Cleveland Youth Sports Middle School Wrestling season is now open.  We would like to invite your student to be part of our program. We are a not cut sport and accept anyone who would like to participate. Wrestling is a great sport because “Any Body” can wrestle.  Wrestling is open to athletes of all genders and sizes.  Unlike other sports wrestlers compete against people their own size,  We also have one of the largest girls wrestling teams in the state.  You can learn more about the details of our wrestling program by clicking on the following link:

    Cleveland MS Wrestling


    Thank You,

    Aaron Roddis

    Cleveland Wrestling Youth Development

    FROM THE SELLWOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE

    The Monster March Parade and Halloween Spooktacular return Saturday, Oct. 29th! The Monster March will once again be led by the Sellwood Middle School band, with participation from the Sellwood Stars Dance Team! Parade is 3-4, Spooktacular is 4-7pm. Both events take place at Sellwood Community House.

    The Monster March is FREE. Spooktacular tickets can be purchased online. Any SMS youth who would like to volunteer can sign up here! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f49a4a822a6fece9-spooktacular1

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” 

    - James Baldwin

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • November 3: End of 1st Quarter
    • November 3: Pick-up PTA Fruit Fundraiser 2:30-5:30 SMS Parking Lot
    • November 4:  No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • November 9: Picture retakes
    • November 11: No school - Veteran’s Day
    • November 19: Sellwood Foundation & PTA Meetings
    • November 21 & 22: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • November 23-25: Fall Break
    • December 12: Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM (new date)
    • December 19 – January 2: Winter Break
    • January 16: No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • January 26 – End of 1st semester
    • January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day
    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days
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  • Principal's Newsletter 10.22.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 21, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    This year, during the first few months of school, we have been able to continue with our practice of eating lunch outside, thanks to the warm weather.  This week, the Pacific Northwest experienced very unhealthy air due to fires in the region, and we had our first few days of indoor lunch and recess.  As our weather turns cold and rainy, we will be transitioning to indoor lunch/outdoor recess starting next week.  When the weather is particularly harsh or with heavy rain, we will have indoor lunch and indoor recess (in the gym).

    As we transition to eating lunch in the cafeteria, we expect that students will clean up after themselves and not leave garbage and leftover food on or under their tables.  While most students are great at leaving their spaces reasonably clean, there are unfortunately still several students who leave all of their food mess on or under the table.  We have revisited expectations about disposing of waste in the trash, but would also appreciate if parents would provide a reminder about the importance of cleaning up after oneself.

    Next week is School Spirit Week, with our Halloween Dance on Friday.  Below, read about Halloween costume guidance as well as information and expectations for the dance.  You can also review the student announcement slides.

    Finally, the Sellwood Foundation is starting their annual fundraising campaign. I would like to share a bit how the funds provided by the Sellwood Foundation enrich the middle school experience for all Sellwood MS students.  As a public school that is not a Title 1 school and does not receive staffing support though Equity Grants or additional equity staff subsidies, Sellwood has a staffing formula that is the bare minimum that can be provided to a PPS school.  The result of this bare-bones staffing formula means that Sellwood is unable to hire many of the professionals on staff that other schools have, for example: instructional coach, math or reading intervention specialists, restorative justice coordinator, social worker, school management specialist, instructional assistants, etc.  We also have large class sizes and have had fewer elective options than other middle schools.  Fortunately, we have the support of the Sellwood MS Foundation! 

    This year, the foundation partially funds the following electives: French, Technology, and Cooking.  Our instructional assistant is 100% funded by the Foundation.  However, even if your child does not take French, Technology, or Cooking, they still benefit.  School staffing is like an ecosystem, where every staffing resource has an impact on other staffing resources.  For example, due to learning loss during the pandemic, I have prioritized keeping common core math classes smaller, under 30 students.  Having additional elective classes and also allowing elective classes to be slightly larger, allows us to provide smaller math classes.  We have also been able to give one of our math teachers a release period to catch up students who have fallen behind.  Our instructional assistant, funded by the Sellwood Foundation, provides support to some of these larger classes, such as art, which has an average class size of 35.  You can see how, used strategically, the generous support of parents through the Sellwood foundation helps everyone.

    Below, you can learn how you can support the Sellwood MS Foundation fundraising campaign.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE

    Annual Giving Campaign 

    Today kicks off Sellwood Middle School's largest and most important fundraiser of the year- The Annual Giving Campaign. This fundraising effort is crucial to provide programs and staffing at our school, and with the help of a generous donor, every donation made during this fundraising campaign will be matched 100%! Our goal is to raise $50,000 in the next three weeks to pay for more teachers, more course variety and smaller class sizes. Our middle schoolers deserve the very best, so let’s show some Panther Pride and do this for them!

    We invite all families to donate at the level they are comfortable. No amount is too small, as together we can make a difference!

    Please use the provided QR code:

    or visit the Foundation donation website at Donate — Sellwood Middle School Foundation

    SPIRIT WEEK, HALLOWEEN AND THE HALLOWEEN DANCE

    10/24-10/28, Spirit Week is coming this next week!! 

    Our Sellwood AVID Student Leaders are excited about hosting and promoting these school wide events.

    • 10/24 Monday: Pajama day
    • 10/25 Tuesday: Twin day
    • 10/26 Wednesday: Color out day by grade ***Cleveland Band Concert***
      • 6th - yellow
      • 7th - gray
      • 8th - blue
    • 10/27 Thursday: Neon day
    • 10/28 Friday: Halloween costume day ***School Dance***

    Guidance regarding Halloween Costumes on Friday 10/28: 

    • No masks or costumes that cover the face, including full face paint. 
    • No props/toys/accessories - especially no fake weapons. 
    • No large, bulky, or inflatable costumes. 
    • No costumes that perpetuate a stereotype of someone's culture, gender, heritage, or religion. 
    • No wheels
    • Please, leave candy at home.

    School Dance

    Our School dance is happening from 3:00 - 3:45 on Friday. Students will head to the dance with their 7th grade class, and there will be teachers and a few parents chaperoning. For students that need a quieter space, there will be a quiet room and a video room where students can go; students will need to let an adult at the school know that they want to go to the alternative space, and once they are there, they must stay there.

    SPIRIT WEEK AND HALLOWEEN DANCE SLIDES   

    PTA NEWS

    1. Fruit Sale Ends in 6 days; Please Order!

    Please order freshly picked, healthy, and amazing tasting boxes of apples and pears from Kiyokawa Family Orchards.  Share with family and friends!  This is one of the PTA’s largest fundraisers and last year the PTA raised close to $4,000. Get your order in today!   https://www.schoolpay.com/link/sellwoodfruit

     

    1. Portland Bottle Shop Tuesday 10/25

    Our first Sellwood Dines Out is next week!

    The Bottle Shop in Sellwood is generously donating 10% of ALL sales on Tuesday.  Go stock up for the holidays!!

    1. Join the Sellwood Middle School PTA!

    Help us reach our goal of 100 members!  The annual $20 membership dues can be paid on SchoolPay. Dues are used by the PTA for teacher supply reimbursements, arts and music programs, community events, and school support. A portion of your dues also helps the Oregon and National PTA organizations further their missions. Thanks for your support!

    1. Send in a Snack on Wednesdays for the Staff Lounge

    Find snack sign up spots on Konstella!  Granola bars, fruit, nuts, anything works!  Your student can bring the snack into the office at the start of the school day and that’s it!

    CLEVELAND YOUTH WRESTLING

    We would like to invite you to participate in Cleveland’s Middle School Youth Wrestling Program this season.  

    Sellwood Wrestling Flier

    Our middle school wrestling team is available to anyone in grades in 6th through 8th grade who resides in the Cleveland boundary area.  Our practices take place at Sellwood and Hosford but if your student attends another school then they are welcome to join one of our teams as well.

    Anybody can wrestle.  It doesn't matter what size you are like in other sports because you will compete and practice with people around the same size as you.  Also, wrestling is open to all genders.  Cleveland has one of the biggest girls wrestling teams in the state of Oregon.  Our high school girls’ team is coached by the only women’s coach in the city.  All our youth matches have a girl’s division where girls can compete against each other and we also have a girls only practice every week that our female athletes have the option to attend.  

    We practice 2X a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 400-545.  Our practices are held at Sellwood and Hosford Middle Schools.  If you attend one of those schools you will just report to practice right after your school day.  We have a full wrestling schedule where we compete against other middle schools.  Bus transportation is provided to almost all meets.  We usually compete on Mondays but also attend one weekend tournament a month,

    If you are interested in learning more about our wrestling program there are a couple of opportunities for you to check it out before our season begins.  We have a student meeting at each middle school after school where students can come meet the coaches and see what wrestling is all about.  The student Interest meeting will happen at Hosford Middle school on Wednesday November 2nd a4:00 PM and at Sellwood MIddle School on Thursday November 3rd at 4:00 PM.  These meetings will take place in the school gymnasiums and will take about 45 minutes.

    Our Parent Meeting will be on the evening of November 3rd at 7:00 PM and it will take place through google meets.  You can access this meeting through the following link.
     

    Cleveland Youth Wrestling Parent Meeting

    If your student wants to join our wrestling program they must get signed up and cleared on Family ID.  All athletes must have a sports physical within the past two years to be cleared to begin.  You can get this from your family health provider but also can get one for free from one of our student health centers.  

    Family ID Registration Link

    Sports Physical Form

    Cleveland Student Health Center

    Our first practice wrestling will be on Tuesday November 8th.  You can contact me with any further questions.

    EARLY DISMISSAL REQUESTS

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   (mwhitesi@pps.netchoward1@pps.net)
    • Advance notice expedites the process for you, your student, our teachers and the main office.
    • No early pickups permitted after 3:30 pm.

    FROM OUR TAG FACILITATOR

    TAG Referral Forms available now

    If your student already qualifies for TAG, you do not need to refer again. That TAG designation will stay with them throughout their time in PPS. If you wish to refer your student for TAG (in a new area or for the first time), please follow these directions: 

    • Go to https://www.pps.net/sellwood 
    • Use the Academics tab, then select Talented and Gifted
    • Links to referral forms are at the bottom of the page by language
    • The deadline for this form is November 29

    If you have questions, please contact our TAG Facilitator, Lisa Souther (lsouther@pps.net).

    FROM THE SELLWOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE

    The Monster March Parade and Halloween Spooktacular return Saturday, Oct. 29th! The Monster March will once again be led by the Sellwood Middle School band, with participation from the Sellwood Stars Dance Team! Parade is 3-4, Spooktacular is 4-7pm. Both events take place at Sellwood Community House.

    The Monster March is FREE. Spooktacular tickets can be purchased online. Any SMS youth who would like to volunteer can sign up here! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f49a4a822a6fece9-spooktacular1

    Session 2 of Scene Study: Acting for the Camera begins next Thursday, Oct. 27th, taught by "Wild" and "Grimm" actor Randy Schulman. All participants will have the chance to audition for a silent film, to be screened at the Moreland Theater next year! Register at sellwoodcommunityhouse.org

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” 

    - James Baldwin

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    November 3: End of 1st Quarter

    November 3: Pick-up PTA Fruit Fundraiser 2:30-5:30 SMS Parking Lot

    November 4:  No school for students – Teacher planning day

    November 9: Picture retakes

    November 11: No school - Veteran’s Day

    November 19: Sellwood Foundation & PTA Meetings

    November 21 & 22: Parent Teacher Conferences

    November 23-25: Fall Break

    December 12: Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM (new date)

    December 19 – January 2: Winter Break

    January 16: No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    January 26 – End of 1st semester

    January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day

    February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day

    February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)

    March 27 – 31 – Spring Break

    April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter

    April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day

    May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM

    May 29: No school – Memorial Day

    June 13 – Last day of school

    June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days

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  • Principal's Newsletter 10.13.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 13, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It is 85 degrees and sunny as I write this newsletter, with more of the same projected for the weekend.  While I know Oregon really needs rain right now, I plan to get out to enjoy the sunshine this weekend while it lasts.  We will be back to our more typical wet weather soon enough.  I hope your family has a chance to spend some time outside as well.

    THE SELLWOOD FOUNDATION

    The Sellwood Foundation has an important job! They raise money every year to pay for vital teaching positions that are not covered by the PPS budget.  In the coming weeks the Foundation will hold their Annual Fundraising Campaign.  They will be asking all parents, community members and supporters of Sellwood Middle School to give as generously as they are able.  Sellwood MS will use the money to continue to support the French, Technology, and Cooking electives.  In addition, the Foundation funds  our teacher assistant who helps out in oversized classrooms so that students get more support and adult attention, as well as providing additional adult supervision to keep our outdoor lunch and recess fun and our hallways and bathrooms safe.  Look for information on how to give next week!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA FRUIT FUNDRAISER

    Calling Sellwood PTA Supporters and Fruit Fans! 

    Please order freshly picked, healthy, and amazing tasting boxes of apples and pears from Kiyokawa Family Orchards. This local orchard from Parkdale, Oregon is known for its excellent quality fruit and reputation for supporting local nonprofits, like the Sellwood PTA. This is one of the PTA’s largest fundraisers and last year the PTA raised close to $4,000. Get your order in today!  https://www.schoolpay.com/link/sellwoodfruit

    Thanks, Amy

    PEAK AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

    PEAK after-school classes are starting as soon as this week. Sign up if you are interested as some classes will close registration. PEAK program is under the jurisdiction of the PTA and is not run by Sellwood Middle School.

    Register for classes at  https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram  

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

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes:

    • Chess Club (NEW)
      • 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.
    • French 1a Part 1
      • This class is the first in a 3-part series in which students will learn the basics of interacting in French, how to ask and answer basic questions to get to know others, and reflect on how to communicate and interact respectfully when meeting people from other cultures.  The class will be conducted 90% in French in order to promote language acquisition.
    • Choir
      • This is a free, student led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of Allison Bassett, 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.
    • 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.
    • Red Cross Babysitter Training (FULL - waitlist available) Note we are planning additional training sessions on 1/27/23 and 4/10/23
      • One-day training on November 4th, 9am-4:30pm (no school day)
      • 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
      • Participants receive a two year certification for Pediatric CPR/First Aid
    • Speech and Debate (FULL - waitlist available)
      • 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.
    • Jewelry Making (FULL - registration closed)
      • In this popular class, students will learn how to make their own jewelry pieces from mediums such as glass beads, clay, enamels, and plastic. They will make and take home several pieces which may include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key fobs or zipper pulls

    SELLWOOD PARENT TAG MEETING

    Thank you to all who attended the TAG Meeting last night.  If you were unable to make it, here are the slides that were used.  TAG SLIDES.  For any remaining questions you may have about Sellwood’s TAG program, please contact our TAG coordinator, Lisa Souther,  lsouther@pps.net.

    BEYOND DIVERSITY: RACIAL EQUITY AT SELLWOOD

    “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible” - Maya Angelou

    • Watch:  You can’t talk about race and develop racial consciousness without vulnerability:  Grab some popcorn, something to take notes on, sit back in your favorite chair and watch Brene Brown’s TED Talk:  The Power of Vulnerability.  Her wisdom and willingness to be vulnerable is a powerful example to explore, consider, and apply.
    • Listen:  Code Switch is an NPR podcast which features fearless conversations about race.  Code Switch is hosted by journalists of color and tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor.  Subscribe to Code Switch HERE.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • October 14: No school – Oregon Teacher In-service Day
    • November 3: End of 1st Quarter
    • November 4:  No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • November 9: Picture retakes
    • November 11: No school - Veteran’s Day
    • November 19: Sellwood Foundation & PTA Meetings
    • November 21 & 22: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • November 23-25: Fall Break
    • December 8: Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • December 19 – January 2: Winter Break
    • January 16: No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • January 26 – End of 1st semester
    • January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day
    • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
    • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
    • June 13 – Last day of school
    • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9.30.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 30, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Last night, we celebrated our first in-person Back-to-School Night in a few years.  It was great to see all of you, and I thank you for coming.  It was a really robust turnout!

    While some things, such as parent/teacher conferences, work surprisingly well in a virtual format, Back-to-School Night is one hundred times better in-person.  It is impossible to get a sense of your child’s typical school day watching a video.  I was thrilled to see parents walking the halls again; having the opportunity to watch our caring, professional teaching staff in action.

    Parent/teacher conferences will be coming up soon, November 21st and 22nd, and I ask everyone to complete the parent/teacher conference poll, if you have not yet done so.  Your input will help us create a schedule that works best for families and teachers.

    Finally, the new COVID-19 bivalent booster is here, and I encourage all of those eligible to get it.  Below I have included information about the PPS vaccination clinic where you can get the bivalent booster at no cost.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PPS COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC

    We are pleased to announce that we will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority. The clinic will be open to all, and offer first, second and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available. Additionally, this clinic will include access to the new bivalent vaccine (12+). The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older, and boosters for everyone 5 years and older.

    We ask that you please wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided at the door.

    • What: COVID-19 Vaccine clinic
    • When: Wednesday, October 5, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Where: PPS Headquarters - 501 N. Dixon St.
    • Who: Anyone 6 months or older wanting a first, second or booster dose, including boosters for children ages 5-11. There is no charge for the vaccine.

    Families can also search for vaccine opportunities at getvaccinated.Oregon.gov.

    We encourage anyone who has not yet been vaccinated, or needs a booster, to take advantage of this opportunity.

    Thank you.

    CLEVELAND MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL

    If you are interested in 2022 Fall middle school basketball, check out Cleveland High School’s flyer about fall basketball clinics.

    VIRTUAL SELLWOOD PARENT TAG MEETING

    Our annual parent TAG meeting will be virtual this year, October 12th, from 6:00 to 6:30PM.  We will share the link as the date approaches.

    JACO CHALLENGE

    This week we hosted a tug of war challenge between Jaco and students.  This was a fun way for students to meet Jaco, practice filling out the counselor request slip, and visit the counseling office.  The final tally was Jaco 15 to students 8.  

    BIKE LOCKS

    U-locks are the recommended bike lock for students. Please be aware that coil bike locks have been cut and student bikes have been stolen from the school campus. 

    DISABLED PARKING SPACE ON UMATILLA

    Please refrain from parking in the marked disabled parking spot located on the north side of Umatilla St. just east of 15th Ave.  This spot is reserved for residential parking. 

     

    LATE PICTURE ORDERS 

    If you have late picture orders there are two ways of ordering. You can order online at: mylifetouch.com The picture ID is EVTC98KN3 or you can bring in the order and money to the office. The deadline for bringing in orders to the office is Monday, October 3rd.

    BEWARE THE “ONE CHIP CHALLENGE”

    Please be aware that there is a new “challenge” out there called the one chip challenge.  The chip, made by Paqui, comes in a coffin shaped package and the challenge is to eat the chip, or part of it.  It contains an extreme level of heat, and is making kids sick.  We have had students vomit and go home sick.  I have heard that some students in the district have had to go to the hospital.  Do not buy this chip or allow your child to eat it.  The tell-tale sign of having eaten the chip is that the tongue turns blue.  The warning on the package says “keep out of reach of children.  See the image below.

    P.E.A.K. AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students. . Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student. The PEAK program is totally independent of Sellwood Middle School and is under the jurisdiction of PTA.  Classes typically start at 4:15 pm, after teachers and day students have left the building.  

    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.  

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

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes for registration now:

    • 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 free, student led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of Allison Bassett, 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.
    • French 1a Part 1
      • This class is the first in a 3-part series in which students will learn the basics of interacting in French, how to ask and answer basic questions to get to know others, and reflect on how to communicate and interact respectfully when meeting people from other cultures.  The class will be conducted 90% in French in order to promote language acquisition.
    • Jewelry Making
      • In this popular class, students will learn how to make their own jewelry pieces from mediums such as glass beads, clay, enamels, and plastic. They will make and take home several pieces which may include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key fobs or zipper pulls
    • Speech and Debate (full-waitlist available)
      • 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. 

    Planned class (more info soon):

    • Red Cross Babysitter Training
      • One-day training planned for November 4th (no school day)
      • 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
      • Participants receive a two year certification for Pediatric CPR/First Aid

    CLIMATE TEAM/SITE COUNCIL

    We are looking for a family liaison to be on our Climate Team and Site Council. This team is all about creating an environment at our school where students, educators and families feel a sense of belonging and connection with each other and our school community. Meetings are twice monthly, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 8:15-9:00 AM. If you are interested in joining, please reach out to dcollins@pps.net

    JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Parent Group

    Please follow the link to the JEDI Newsletter for September 27, 2022

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    October 12: TAG Parent Meeting – Virtual, 6:00-6:30 PM.

    November 21 & 22: Parent Teacher Conferences

    November 23-25: Fall Break

    December 8: Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM

    December 19 – January 2: Winter Break

    May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9.23.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 22, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It has been a tough week.  As you know, it was alleged that a student was overheard threatening to bring a gun to school.  I understand that is very traumatic and frightening for students, parents, or staff to hear.   Some of you have asked for an update, but unfortunately there is no update for me to give you.  The student reporting the threat did not see the student or know their identity, only their gender and the specific class where it occurred.  Based on that information, we conducted a thorough investigation and we did not find any evidence of weapons or a plan to commit violence.  Without a witness to identify the student, we will probably never know who allegedly made the threatening statement.

    While I cannot state for certain that the threat was an empty threat, or serious, or even know for certain that it happened, these kinds of statements are unfortunately becoming common in schools across the nation.  It only takes a few seconds to make a verbal threat or write something on a wall.  Most students know better, but unfortunately there are a few who either think it is funny or who do it because they are aware it will provoke fear and have an outsized impact on the school and community.

    Please know that we take student safety very seriously. Sellwood follows all PPS safety protocols and security measures, plus we have a few specific to Sellwood, such as not allowing backpacks in classrooms, hallways, or at lunch/recess.  Students have to keep backpacks in their lockers.  All of our exterior doors are locked during the day, and they are checked periodically throughout the day.  Also, if we do identify a specific student of concern we follow a very thorough formal threat assessment protocol, which includes interviews with parents, the student, the student's teachers, and we determine whether the student of concern actually has access to a weapon at home. 

    Security measures alone are not going to be the solution.  It will take changes in state and national policies along with changes in society for things to improve.  

    Each of us has a role to play to keep our school safe.  Parents, please impress upon your children that in times like these, words intended to frighten people have the power to do real damage.  Keep an eye on your children’s social media use, as there are groups out there intent on the radicalization of young people.  Finally, talk to your students about reporting threatening language to an adult right away, or using SafeOregon.com  to make a tip. 

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PICTURE DAY: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH.

    Picture Day is approaching soon, Wednesday, September 28th. If you would like to order online please see the flyer.

    BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

    Sellwood Middle School will hold our Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 29th, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.  Parents will enter through the entrance on Umatilla.  Principal Carbone and partner organizations (PTA & Sellwood Foundation) will speak briefly and share information about school programs and the upcoming school year.  At 5:50 we will start a schedule rotation, with parents following their student’s schedule for seven minutes. Families should utilize ParentVue on their personal devices to view and follow their students’ schedules.

    Here is the schedule for Back-to-School Night.

    • 5:30-5:45/50 Everyone starts in the gym for a short presentation.
    • 5:55-6:02 - Period 1
    • 6:06-6:13 - Period 2  
    • 6:17-6:24 - Period 3 or 4 
    • 6:28-6:35 - Period 5 
    • 6:39-6:46 - Period 6
    • 6:50-6:57 - Period 7
    • 7:01- 7:08 - Zero Period Band

    SELLWOOD STARS DANCE TEAM TRYOUT

    Please see the flyer for information about Sellwood Stars Dance Team Tryouts on September 30th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, in the Sellwood Gym.

    PTA

    First PTA Meeting

    Our first PTA meeting will be held in person next week on 9/29 at 7pm.  We will meet following Back To School Night as we are hoping many families will already be at SMS.  Come join us and learn how the PTA supports our school.  For any questions email us: sellwoodpta@gmail.com 

    Join the PTA!

    It’s not too late to join! https://www.schoolpay.com/link/sellwoodpta

    Volunteer Opportunity

    Looking for an easy way to help the SMS PTA and stay informed? We are looking for someone to help keep our PTA social media and website up to date.  Please reach out if you are interested!

    sellwoodpta@gmail.com 

    P.E.A.K. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

    Sellwood PEAK Fall Registration is Open!

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students.  Most classes run on a 8-10 week session schedule in the fall, winter, and spring, and require a fee. Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student.  The PEAK program is totally independent of Sellwood Middle School and is under the jurisdiction of PTA.  Classes typically start at 4:15 pm, after teachers and day students have left the building.

    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.  

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

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes for registration now:

    • French 1a Part 1
      • This class is the first in a 3-part series in which students will learn the basics of interacting in French, how to ask and answer basic questions to get to know others, and reflect on how to communicate and interact respectfully when meeting people from other cultures.  The class will be conducted 90% in French in order to promote language acquisition. 
    • Jewelry Making
      • In this popular class, students will learn how to make their own jewelry pieces from mediums such as glass beads, clay, enamels, and plastic. They will make and take home several pieces which may include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key fobs or zipper pulls.
    • Choir
      • Sing your heart out with the student leaders of the Cleveland High School choir.
    • 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. 

    Planned class (more info later):

    • Red Cross Babysitter Training
      • One-day training planned for November 4th (no school day)
      • 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
      • Participants receive a two year certification for Pediatric CPR/First Aid.

    FROM THE TAG DEPARTMENT

    NEW!  Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department

    Ask questions and receive information related to TAG identification, services, processes, etc.

    We will meet on Zoom, 6:00-7:00 PM on 9/28/22, 10/26/22, 11/30/22, 1/25/23, 2/22/23, 3/22/23, 4/26/23, and 5/31/23. 

    Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 28 6:00-7:00 PM

    Zoom link for Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department

    We look forward to seeing you!

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood PEAK Registration is Open!

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students.  Most classes run on a 8-10 week session schedule in the fall, winter, and spring, and require a fee. 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.  

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

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes for registration now:

    • Jewelry Making
      • In this popular class, students will learn how to make their own jewelry pieces from mediums such as glass beads, clay, enamels, and plastic. They will make and take home several pieces which may include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key fobs or zipper pulls.
    • Choir
      • Sing your heart out with the student leaders of the Cleveland High School choir.
    • 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. 

                Planned class (more info later):

    • Red Cross Babysitter Training
      • One-day training planned for November 4th (no school day)
      • 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
      • Participants receive a two-year certification for Pediatric CPR/First Aid

    First PTA Meeting

    Our first PTA meeting will be held in person on 9/29 at 7pm.  We will meet following Back to School Night as we are hoping many families will already be at SMS.  Come join us and learn more about the SMS PTA!  For any questions email us: sellwoodpta@gmail.com 

    Have you signed up for Konstella?

    This is a great app where you can find the school directory, calendar of events and volunteer opportunities.  Join with the link below!

    https://www.konstella.com/schoolSignup.html?usg=3jNaf%2FCTgS4mjLXOTz3OYg%3D%3D&tst=1631761827066&prm=code&code=IHQLGN

     

    CLIMATE TEAM/SITE COUNCIL

    We are looking for a family liaison to be on our Climate Team and Site Council. This team is all about creating an environment at our school where students, educators and families feel a sense of belonging and connection with each other and our school community. If you are interested in joining, please reach out to dcollins@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • September 28: Picture Day
    • September 29: Back to School Night 5:30-7:00PM (planned to be in-person this year)
    • September 29: PTA Meeting 7:00 PM (also in person)
    • November 21 & 22: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • December 8: Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9.16.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 16, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It was great to see many of you at our Ice Cream Social this week.  I would like to thank our wonderful PTA for helping to organize and for providing and distributing the ice cream.  Also, a special thanks to Mr. Patterson de Tarr and his wonderful student musicians for preparing and presenting a few songs when school has been in sessions for less than two weeks!  I know that was not easy to pull off, and I really look forward to seeing them again at the winter and spring concerts.

    Two important things to note:

    Picture day is Wednesday, September 28th.

    Parents can now enter attendance directly into ParentVue.  Please click on the link below for instructions.
    Attendance Taking in ParentVue

    Our next family event is Back-to-School Night on the evening of September 29th and I have included some information about B2S night below.  I look forward to seeing you there in person!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

    Sellwood Middle School will hold our Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 29th, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.  Parents will enter through the entrance on Umatilla.  Principal Carbone and partner organizations (PTA & Sellwood Foundation) will speak briefly and share information about school programs and the upcoming school year.  At 5:50 we will start a schedule rotation, with parents following their student’s schedule for seven minutes. Families should utilize ParentVue on their personal devices to view and follow their students’ schedules.

    YEARLY PARENT VERIFICATION IN SYNERGY DUE

    Hello Sellwood Families! I'm Melissa Whiteside, SMS School Secretary. I'm really excited to begin this school year. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better and meeting all of you (someday, soon). 

    Your yearly verification of information is due now. Please login to ParentVue to make all changes and verify parent and student information. This is an online form that in previous years we have sent out on the first day of school to make necessary changes. You need to do all of this on a computer, your phone will not work. If you do not have a ParentVue account, want to have a paper verification form, or need help please email me at mwhitesi@pps.net

    INTRODUCING NEW MATH TEACHER KATIE BRYARS

    Hello Sellwood community!  My name is Katie Bryars Wenner (the students know me as Ms. Bryars), and I'm teaching 8th grade Math and AVID.  As a member of our school community, I’m committed to making Sellwood a welcoming and equitable learning environment for all of our staff and students.  I have a B.A. in Biology from the University of Montana (go Griz!) and a M.A. in Teaching from Concordia University.  In my free time, I enjoy gardening, camping, reading, and relaxing with my family (and two dogs).  It’s wonderful to be here, and I look forward to getting to know our students and families this year.

    PTANEWS

    Sellwood PEAK Registration is Open!

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students.  Most classes run on a 8-10 week session schedule in the fall, winter, and spring, and require a fee. 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.  

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

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes for registration now:

    • Jewelry Making
      • In this popular class, students will learn how to make their own jewelry pieces from mediums such as glass beads, clay, enamels, and plastic. They will make and take home several pieces which may include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key fobs or zipper pulls.
    • Choir
      • Sing your heart out with the student leaders of the Cleveland High School choir.
    • 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. 

                Planned class (more info later):

    • Red Cross Babysitter Training
      • One-day training planned for November 4th (no school day)
      • 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
      • Participants receive a two-year certification for Pediatric CPR/First Aid

    First PTA Meeting

    Our first PTA meeting will be held in person on 9/29 at 7pm.  We will meet following Back to School Night as we are hoping many families will already be at SMS.  Come join us and learn more about the SMS PTA!  For any questions email us: sellwoodpta@gmail.com 

    Have you signed up for Konstella?

    This is a great app where you can find the school directory, calendar of events and volunteer opportunities.  Join with the link below!

    https://www.konstella.com/schoolSignup.html?usg=3jNaf%2FCTgS4mjLXOTz3OYg%3D%3D&tst=1631761827066&prm=code&code=IHQLGN

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE 

    LAST CALL FOR PETANQUE PARTY!  THIS SATURDAY!

    The Sellwood Middle Foundation's Pentanque Party fundraiser is this weekend. Forgot to buy tickets? No problem! You can come on down to the Portland Petanque Club on Saturday from 2-6 pm and buy your tickets at the door. This is a great way to meet other parents, spend an afternoon in the sun, and raise much-needed funds for our school. We hope to see you there!

    Portland Pentanque Club

    7535 SE 23rd Ave, Portland

    2 - 6 pm, $40 per ticket

    CLIMATE TEAM/SITE COUNCIL

    We are looking for a family liaison to be on our Climate Team and Site Council. This team is all about creating an environment at our school where students, educators and families feel a sense of belonging and connection with each other and our school community. If you are interested in joining, please reach out to dcollins@pps.net

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • September 17: Petanque – Foundation Fundraiser 2-6PM, Petanque Club, 7535 SE 23rd
    • September 26: Picture Day
    • September 29: Back to School Night 5:30-7:00PM (planned to be in-person this year)
    • September 29: PTA Meeting 7:00 PM (also in person)
    • November 21 & 22: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • December 8: Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9.9.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 9, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Next week, on Tuesday, September 13th, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, SMS and the SMS PTA will jointly host our first community event, the Ice Cream Social.  The Ice Cream Social will take place on the Sellwood Field and in the courtyard.  The weather forecast looks perfect with a high of 77 degrees and partly cloudy skies.  The west side of the field will be reserved for picnicking and you are invited to bring blankets and/or low picnic chairs according to your preference.  The east side of the field will be available for students (and adults if you like!) to run around and play, with the potential for kickball, frisbee, or other games.  Families can also just mingle in the courtyard.  The PTA will be serving ice cream, and we will have some brief words of welcome and music.

    A few words about locked doors and security.  Sellwood is a locked and secured building.  All doors are kept locked at all times, including the main entrance, with the exception of morning entry and afternoon dismissal or when the doors are being used with staff present. 

    Please make sure that if you need to enter the building, you go to the main doors on 15th and ring the buzzer.  Please don’t try to gain access to the building through another door by knocking or waving to get a staff or student’s attention.  They are not allowed to let adults or students into the building through a side door, but rather direct them to the front entrance.  Please remind your child not to open the school door for anyone, even if they recognize them as a fellow student.  Students arriving late should go to main doors and ring the buzzer.  Students should not otherwise be outside the building unless they are accompanied by a staff member.  I hope you understand that these measures are intended to keep everyone safe.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Hello Sellwood Families,

    In honor of September being National Service Dog Month and Suicide Prevention Month. We wanted to reintroduce Jaco!  He is Sellwood Middle School's expertly trained Facility Dog from Canine Companions.  He was matched with Ms. Katie in April and has been hard at work supporting students and staff ever since.  

    Jaco seems to brighten everyone's day when he greets students at the door in the morning or walks down the hallways.  He knows over 40 commands including "cover" where he will lay across a student's lap and provide deep pressure similar to a weighted blanket, this is a favorite!   He also loves to play "tug" which allows students to release some pent up energy in a fun and engaging way.  

    September is also National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. As of July 16, 2022 the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline can be reached by dialing 988. The Lifeline and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, and to initiate actions that can promote healing, help, and hope. The Lifeline provides 24/7 free, confidential support to people in distress; prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones; and best practices for professionals.

    Please reach out to the Sellwood School Counselors if you have questions or need support. We are here and happy to help!

    Adam Kennybrew (Last names A-L) akennybrew@pps.net

    Katie Francis (Last Names M-Z) kfrancis@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Back-to-School Ice Cream Social

    Please join us next Tuesday 9/13 from 5:00-6:30 for the Back to School Ice Cream Social.  This is an outdoor event for SMS families and staff to celebrate the start of the new school year.  Feel free to bring a picnic.  Ice cream will be provided. 

    First PTA Meeting

    Our first PTA meeting will be held in person on 9/29 at 7pm.  We will meet following Back To School Night as we are hoping many families will already be at SMS.  Come join us and learn more about the SMS PTA!  For any questions email us: sellwoodpta@gmail.com 

    Join the PTA!

    We are excited to start a new school year and support our students and SMS community!  Help us make this a great year! 

    https://www.schoolpay.com/link/sellwoodpta

    Have you signed up for Konstella?

    This is a great app where you can find the school directory, calendar of events and volunteer opportunities.  Join with the link below!

    https://www.konstella.com/schoolSignup.html?usg=3jNaf%2FCTgS4mjLXOTz3OYg%3D%3D&tst=1631761827066&prm=code&code=IHQLGN

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE 

    PETANQUE PARTY!!!

    The Pentanque Party is coming up next weekend! 

    Saturday, September 17th from 2 - 6 pm

    Portland Petanque Club

    7535 SE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97202

    Join us for a day of adult fun and get to know the SMS community while supporting our rockstar middle schoolers! Don't know what petanque is? No problem! Think bocce ball meets bowling in the great outdoors. Along with experts to teach us the ropes, we'll have plenty of wine and beer included, as well as plenty of waters and a snack shack (bring cash) to soak it all up. Find a friend and let's get rollin'! You do not need to be a Sellwood Middle parent to attend. This is a community event. 

    Visit the Sellwood Middle School Foundation page to buy tickets @ sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org

    SCHOOL LUNCH

    Free + Reduced Price Meals Eligibility:

    PPS families can apply for free and reduced price meal benefits. Please use the online application for secure, confidential and quicker processing. Paper applications with translated copies are available for download on the Nutrition Services website as well. For questions or inquiries, please contact mealbenefits@pps.net.

    Meal Payments:

    Families have the following options to pay for school meals:

    1. Pay as you go: Bring cash or check (payable to Portland Public Schools) directly to the cafeteria*
    2. Prepay for meals with cash or check (payable to Portland Public Schools) in the cafeteria*. Funds will be deposited into the student meal account. Purchases will be deducted from the account balance.
    3. Pay with a debit/credit card using SchoolCafe, a secure online meal payment system. NOTE: There is a minimum payment of $15 and a 5% fee per online transaction.

    *Payments can be dropped off at the school office. Please put the payment in an envelope labeled 'cafeteria'. Checks can also be mailed to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N Dixon St, Portland, OR 97227.

    CELL PHONE POLICY & FAMILY/STUDENT SUPPORT

    Sellwood Middle School has an "Away all day" policy for cell phones. This means, all cell phones and personal electronic devices are to be away from 9:05 to 3:45. They are not to be used or visible at any time, including lunch. All Sellwood staff will clarify and reinforce this policy.  If a student is found with their cell phone out, a Sellwood staff member will take it away and store it in the school office. The first time it is taken away, the caregiver will be called and the student can pick it up in the office at the end of the school day. If a cell phone is confiscated a second time or more, the student’s caregiver must pick it up from the office.  
     

    Student/caregiver communication during school hours can be done through the main office. Please refrain texting or calling your student’s cell phone during school hours. 

    Earbuds

    Sellwood Middle School Earbud policy is that students can only use them in the classroom with educator permission. Otherwise, earbuds need to be out of ears and away-- this includes lunch time and hallway passing time. 

    Thank you in advance for supporting our students in making healthy and safe choices at school. 

    To this end, we request that families and students show their support and understanding by completing and submitting the SMS Cell Phone Agreement.

    SELLWOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE

    (The activity described below is not a school sponsored event)

    Local filmmaker and "Wild" and "Grimm" actor Randy Schulman invites our neighborhood teens and tweens to be part of a silent film to be screened next year at the Moreland Theater! To qualify, kids must participate in one of the upcoming 6 week Acting for the Camera sessions, beginning next Thursday, Sept 15th. Randy is an incredible instructor and your kids will have a blast! The class will end with a showcase for parents. https://sellwood-community-house.jumbula.com/...

    Elizabeth Milner

    Director, Programs and Development

    Sellwood Community House

        

    (503) 894-9496

     

    elizabeth@sellwoodcommunityhouse.org

     

    sellwoodcommunityhouse.org

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • September 13: SMS Ice Cream Social 5:00-6:30
    • September 17: Petanque – Foundation Fundraiser 2-6PM, Petanque Club, 7535 SE 23rd
    • September 29: Back-to-School Night 5:30-7:00PM (planned to be in-person this year)
    • September 29: PTA Meeting 7:00 PM (also in-person - after Back-to-School Night

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9.2.2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Thank you for a wonderful first week.  It has been so great to see students and teachers, not just getting back to teaching and learning, but also smiling and laughing with lots of opportunities for positive social interaction.

    Students have done a great job of learning their way around school and following their schedules, and most have learned to open their lockers successfully.  Sellwood is an old building with old lockers, and they are very finicky! Every year, it takes about a week or so till students are comfortable with their lockers, and we are able to fix or replace any locks that refuse to open.  Patience is key when it comes to these old lockers.

    It has been very hot.  Next week will be somewhat cooler, but we strongly encourage your child to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.

    Finally, I wanted to acknowledge that busing and transportation unfortunately got off to a very bumpy start this week.  Please know that we strive to share any communication about transportation and bus routes with families as soon as we have the information.  Unfortunately, often that means finding out after the bell rings at the end of the day, and sometimes not even then.  We will continue to press for better and more timely information, so that we can also provide accurate and timely information to you.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    NEW 7th/8th-GRADE ELA TEACHER MR. SHELLEY

    I am pleased to introduce Mr. Shelley, our new 7th/8th grade English Language Arts teacher. 

    Mr. Shelley is very excited to begin working as the new 7th-8th Grade Language Arts teacher here at Sellwood Middle School. He is a passionate Language Arts teacher with an extensive background in English Literature and Writing. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, then went on to earn a Master of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing at California State University, Fullerton. His affinity for reading and writing makes him a dedicated educator focused on enriching his students' critical thinking and literacy skills. His goal is to create an inclusive and equitable space where students can not only grow as confident readers and writers, but as socially-conscious critical thinkers. Previously, he has taught 7th grade ELA, 9th grade ELA, and 11th grade ELA at Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. This is his first year at Portland Public Schools and he can't wait to build impactful relationships with our students.

    FROM THE LIBRARY

    Here is a link to the SMS library newsletter.

    PTA NEWS

    Please join the PTA!

    We are excited to start a new school year and support our students and SMS community!  Help us make this a great year! 

    https://www.schoolpay.com/link/sellwoodpta

    Have you signed up for Konstella?

    This is a great app where you can find the school directory, calendar of events and volunteer opportunities.  Join with the link below!

    https://www.konstella.com/schoolSignup.html?usg=3jNaf%2FCTgS4mjLXOTz3OYg%3D%3D&tst=1631761827066&prm=code&code=IHQLGN

    Back to School Ice Cream Social

    Mark your calendars!  The PTA and SMS staff will be jointly hosting an ice cream social to celebrate the start of the new year.  Please join us at SMS from 5-6:30 on 9/13.

    First PTA Meeting

    Our first PTA meeting will be held in person on 9/29 at 7pm.  We will meet following Back To School Night as we are hoping many families will already be at SMS.  Come join us and learn more about the SMS PTA!

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE 

    Welcome! We hope everyone had a great first week back. The Foundation is already hard at work raising funds and building community- Our first event, the Pétanque Party, is coming up!

    Saturday, September 17th from 2 - 6 pm, Portland Petanque Club, 7535 SE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97202

    Join us for a day of adult fun and get to know the SMS community while supporting our rockstar middle schoolers! Don't know what petanque is? No problem! Think bocce ball meets bowling in the great outdoors. Along with experts to teach us the ropes, we'll have plenty of wine and beer included, as well as plenty of waters and a snack shack (bring cash) to soak it all up. Find a friend and let's get rollin'! You do not need to be a Sellwood Middle parent to attend. This is a community event. 

    Visit the Sellwood Middle School Foundation page to buy tickets @ sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org

    Another quick and easy way to support the foundation is through the Blue Bags recycling program. Bags are available in the front office as well as locations throughout the neighborhood- see the foundation website for blue bag pickup locations. The bags are already labeled with our foundation stickers and QR codes so your donated bags immediately support the school.  Contact Meryl Riddle at merylrf@yahoo.com with questions. 

    WHERE TO GO WHEN YOU GET TO SCHOOL

    Parent Drop-offs

    Please drop students off on SE Umatilla, SE 16th Avenue, or SE Sherrett (green).  Please do not drop students off on SE 15th Avenue, which is reserved for buses (red).

    General Building Entry

    Students will use one of 4 entrances based on how they came to school: by bus, drop-off, walking, biking, or skating.  Please refer to the everyday map below.

    CHROMEBOOKS

    We have begun the process of Chromebook distribution and will finish next week.  Students who kept their Chromebooks over the summer should bring them to school.

    SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST 2022-23

    HOW TO CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE ON STUDENTVUE

    Please review the student created presentation demonstrating how students can check their own schedules in StudentVue.

    PPS 2022-23 COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PROTOCOL

    The health of our students and staff remains a priority, and we plan to follow all local and state rules for health services and communicable disease control, and implement best practices to mitigate impact on school communities. Please refer to the 2022-23 Communicable Disease Protocol for more detailed information regarding PPS’s plan and practices.

    SCHOOL LUNCH

    Like last year, all Sellwood students will eat lunch outside, at least for the first eight weeks, weather and air quality permitting.  If your student does not want to sit directly on the ground, I recommend they bring a small cushion or half yoga mat to sit on.  I recommend this folding camp mat, as it folds up small enough to fit in a backpack.  They come in packs of two or five and can be delivered in one day.  No students will be allowed to eat inside and all staff members will be supervising outdoors.  Please make sure that students have sufficiently warm clothing to be comfortable outdoors.

    Here is a description of Sellwood’s outdoor lunch plan. 

    Students bringing their own lunch will exit the courtyard doors and proceed to the field. Students eating the school lunch will line up in the cafeteria, pick up their food, and exit the cafeteria exterior doors directly to the courtyard/field. Staff members/volunteers will supervise students as they exit the building, eat lunch and take recess. Approximately 200 6th-graders have 1st lunch/recess from 11:10-11:45, and 350 7th & 8th graders will have 2nd lunch/recess from 12:10 to 12:45. Prior to 1st lunch/recess, custodial staff will check the field for dog waste and remove any found. Garbage bins will be placed outside for student use. Custodial staff will clean up as necessary between 11:45 and 12:10 as well as after 2nd lunch.

    Last year, school meals were provided free of charge to all students.  While many advocates tried to extend free meals for all students for the 2022-23 school year, this was not approved by Congress.  Below you will find prices for school meals, and instructions for using School Café to purchase meals.

    2022-23 Menu Prices

    Grades

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    PK-8

    $1.60

    $3.00

    9-12

    $1.60

    $3.50

    Adult

    $3.00

    $5.50

    Milk

    $0.50

    $0.50

    SCHOOLCAFÉ

    • SchoolCafé is a safe, secure online payment system that can be used to fund student and adult meal accounts with a debit or credit card. You can make one-time payments, setup autopay and low balance alerts, monitor transactions and even submit/track a free and reduced meal application for students in the household. 

    SchoolCafé is:

    • Easy: Staff can provide their employee ID# (or assigned PIN) or provide their name. Students provide their 6-digit student ID#.
      NOTE: Currently, SchoolCafé does not accept American Express.
    • Convenient: Once the account is established, you can check balances and add funds from your computer or mobile app.
      NOTE: SchoolCafé charges a 5% fee per online transaction with a $15 minimum payment.
    • Able to go where you go. The mobile app can be downloaded in:

                                                

    NOTE: If you have issues with the mobile app on the iPhone, try uninstalling it and reinstalling it the following day. If that doesn't work, download Google Chrome. For additional support questions, please contact SchoolCafé at 1.855.PAY-2EAT (1.855.729.2328) or email customercare@schoolcafe.com. Hours: M-F, 6AM-6PM CST.

    To enroll, go to www.schoolcafe.com/pps or download the SchoolCafé mobile app. 

    BELL SCHEDULE 2022-23

    All PPS Middle Schools start at 9:15 and end at 3:45. Please follow the link to access Sellwood’s bell schedule for 2022-23.

    CELL PHONE POLICY & FAMILY/STUDENT SUPPORT

    Sellwood Middle School has an "Away all day" policy for cell phones. This means, all cell phones and personal electronic devices are to be away from 9:05 to 3:45. They are not to be used or visible at any time, including lunch. All Sellwood staff will clarify and reinforce this policy.  If a student is found with their cell phone out, a Sellwood staff member will take it away and store it in the school office. The first time it is taken away, the caregiver will be called and the student can pick it up in the office at the end of the school day. If a cell phone is confiscated a second time or more, the student’s caregiver must pick it up from the office.  


    Student/caregiver communication during school hours can be done through the main office. Please refrain texting or calling your student’s cell phone during school hours. 

    Earbuds

    Sellwood Middle School Earbud policy is that students can only use them in the classroom with educator permission. Otherwise, earbuds need to be out of ears and away-- this includes lunch time and hallway passing time. 

    Thank you in advance for supporting our students in making healthy and safe choices at school. 

    To this end, we request that families and students show their support and understanding by completing and submitting the SMS Cell Phone Agreement.

     

    CROSS COUNTRY

    Cross Country practices will be Monday and Wednesday from 4-5:30 beginning Monday, August 22nd.  We will start and finish in front of Sellwood Middle School.  Also, we need parent runners to volunteer to run with us!  We can use as many volunteers as are willing and there is no obligation.  They can show up once or every practice throughout the season.   For questions about Cross Country, contact Ronda Hall-Ramirez rhall@pps.net

    COUNSELING CORNER

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • September 5: Labor Day – No School
    • September 13: SMS Ice Cream Social 5:00-6:30
    • September 17: Petanque – Foundation Fundraiser 2-6PM, Petanque Club, 7535 SE 23rd
    • September 29: Back to School Night 5:30-7:00PM
    • September 29: PTA Meeting 7:00 PM

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 8.26.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – August 26, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Next week begins the first week of school and we are very much looking forward to meeting 6th-graders and new students for the first time, and seeing 7th and 8th-graders once again.

    Staff and teachers having been working hard to get the school and the educational program ready for students!  We are looking forward to a year of learning, celebration and joy.

    Last week, I sent a communication with a lot of details about the start of school.  I have kept that information in the lower portion of this newsletter, for those who may have missed it, or who may need to refer to it.

    Also, I wanted to again share our 2022-23 Family & Student Handbook.

    Cheers to a wonderful school year!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PTA NEWS

    We are excited to start a new school year and support our students and SMS community!  We need your help!  

    Please join the PTA via this link. 

    https://www.schoolpay.com/link/sellwoodpta

    What does the PTA do?  Our main goal is to support and help serve the needs of the students and staff of SMS.  Our fundraising dollars goes to support electives, teacher classrooms and community events.  We will highlight throughout the year how PTA dollars have helped our students.

    The PTA will be using Konstella again this year.  This is a great app where you can find the school directory, calendar of events and volunteer opportunities.  Please use this link to join Konstella. https://www.konstella.com/schoolSignup.html?usg=3jNaf%2FCTgS4mjLXOTz3OYg%3D%3D&tst=1631761827066&prm=code&code=IHQLGN

    On August 30th, the first day of school for 6th-graders, the PTA and the Sellwood Foundation will have a welcome table with coffee and snacks at about 9AM.  6th-grade families can find out more about how to get involved with the PTA and Foundation.

    We look forward to connecting!

    PTA Board 2022-2023 

     

    Karen Hansen; President

    Erin Black-Mitchell; Vice-President

    Mindy Parker; Treasurer

    Melisa Pierson; Secretary

    Liz Super, Katka Howard, Megan Perkins, Micah Chu, 

    Tasha Bartley, Phoebe Maloney; Members-at-Large

    WHERE TO GO WHEN YOU GET TO SCHOOL

    Parent Drop offs

    Please drop students off on SE Umatilla, SE 16th Avenue, or SE Sherrett (green).  Please do not drop students off on SE 15th Avenue, which is reserved for buses (red).

    August 30th

    6th-grade only

    6th-graders will meet in the courtyard to get their schedules and get ready for “Jump Start” orientation.

    To bring:

    • Water bottle
    • Lunch, if not purchasing lunch from the cafeteria.
    • 6th-graders do not need to bring any school supplies whatsoever to orientation.

    August 31st

    6th graders will go directly to their classes.

    7th-graders will go to the courtyard to get a fresh schedule print out.

    8th-graders will go to the field to get a fresh schedule print out.

    To bring:

    • Water bottle
    • Lunch, if not purchasing lunch from the cafeteria.
    • School supplies but no Chromebooks needed for the first few days.

    September 1st and after

    General Building entry

    Students will use one of 4 entrances based on how they came to school: by bus, drop-off, walking, biking, or skating.  Please refer to the everyday map below.

    FROM PPS TRANSPORTATION

    Hello PPS Families,

    Bus stop and route information are now live. Stops are listed by school on the PPS.net/bus website. Click on your school to open a file that contains a document associated with each route, the document name includes the route number, a three letter school code, whether the route is in the morning or afternoon (AM or PM) and the effective date of any changes associated with the route. 

    For example, 209BMT-AM-Effective-083022, is the document name associated with the AM portion of route 209 servicing Beaumont, the stops will all come into effect on 08/30/22.

    Please contact Student Transportation at (503) 916-6901 if you need assistance.

    Thank you,

    Teri Brady 

    Director of Student Transportation

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Chromebooks will be distributed over the first and second week of school.  Students who have kept their Chromebooks over the summer do not need to bring their Chromebooks to school for the first few days, unless they are broken.  If your Chromebook is broken please bring it to the office on your first day of school.

    SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST 2022-23

    August 30th

    6th-GRADERS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

    6th-graders will have a special “jump-start” orientation on August 30th.  The “jump start” will be led by a team of friendly 8th-grade students called Web Leaders.  WEB = Where Everyone Belongs.  6th-graders will learn how to: find their way around the school, open their lockers, and follow their schedules.  They will also meet their teachers, office and support staff, and learn about Sellwood’s policies, procedures, and ways of doing things.  Of course, they will have a chance to see old friends from elementary school, and also make new friends!

    AUGUST 31st

    7th-8th GRADERS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (All students attend)

    Although August 31st is a Wednesday, it will be a regular bell schedule day, with no advisory period.  Re-orientation to Sellwood will be built into each period of the day.  Welcome back!

    HOW TO CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE ON STUDENTVUE

    Please review the student created presentation demonstrating how students can check their own schedules in StudentVue.

    PPS 2022-23 COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PROTOCOL

    The health of our students and staff remains a priority, and we plan to follow all local and state rules for health services and communicable disease control, and implement best practices to mitigate impact on school communities. Please refer to the 2022-23 Communicable Disease Protocol for more detailed information regarding PPS’s plan and practices.

    SCHOOL LUNCH

    Like last year, all Sellwood students will eat lunch outside, at least for the first eight weeks, weather and air quality permitting.  If your student does not want to sit directly on the ground, I recommend they bring a small cushion or half yoga mat to sit on.  I recommend this folding camp mat, as it folds up small enough to fit in a backpack.  They come in packs of two or five and can be delivered in one day.  No students will be allowed to eat inside and all staff members will be supervising outdoors.  Please make sure that students have sufficiently warm clothing to be comfortable outdoors.

    Here is a description of Sellwood’s outdoor lunch plan. 

    Students bringing their own lunch will exit the courtyard doors and proceed to the field. Students eating the school lunch will line up in the cafeteria, pick up their food, and exit the cafeteria exterior doors directly to the courtyard/field. Staff members/volunteers will supervise students as they exit the building, eat lunch and take recess. Approximately 200 6th-graders have 1st lunch/recess from 11:10-11:45, and 350 7th & 8th graders will have 2nd lunch/recess from 12:10 to 12:45. Prior to 1st lunch/recess, custodial staff will check the field for dog waste and remove any found. Garbage bins will be placed outside for student use. Custodial staff will clean up as necessary between 11:45 and 12:10 as well as after 2nd lunch.

    Last year, school meals were provided free of charge to all students.  While many advocates tried to extend free meals for all students for the 2022-23 school year, this was not approved by Congress.  Below you will find prices for school meals, and instructions for using School Café to purchase meals.

    Students purchasing lunch in the cafeteria will need to use their six digit student ID #s for lunch and breakfast, so they will need to memorize those numbers.

    2022-23 Menu Prices

    Grades

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    PK-8

    $1.60

    $3.00

    9-12

    $1.60

    $3.50

    Adult

    $3.00

    $5.50

    Milk

    $0.50

    $0.50

     

    SCHOOLCAFÉ

    • SchoolCafé is a safe, secure online payment system that can be used to fund student and adult meal accounts with a debit or credit card. You can make one-time payments, setup autopay and low balance alerts, monitor transactions and even submit/track a free and reduced meal application for students in the household. 

    SchoolCafé is:

    • Easy: Staff can provide their employee ID# (or assigned PIN) or provide their name. Students provide their 6-digit student ID#.
      NOTE: Currently, SchoolCafé does not accept American Express.
    • Convenient: Once the account is established, you can check balances and add funds from your computer or mobile app.
      NOTE: SchoolCafé charges a 5% fee per online transaction with a $15 minimum payment.
    • Able to go where you go. The mobile app can be downloaded in:

                                      

    NOTE: If you have issues with the mobile app on the iPhone, try uninstalling it and reinstalling it the following day. If that doesn't work, download Google Chrome. For additional support questions, please contact SchoolCafé at 1.855.PAY-2EAT (1.855.729.2328) or email customercare@schoolcafe.com. Hours: M-F, 6AM-6PM CST.

    To enroll, go to www.schoolcafe.com/pps or download the SchoolCafé mobile app. 

    BELL SCHEDULE 2022-23

    All PPS Middle Schools start at 9:15 and end at 3:45. Please follow the link to access Sellwood’s bell schedule for 2022-23.

    CELL PHONE POLICY & FAMILY/STUDENT SUPPORT

    Sellwood Middle School has an "Away all day" policy for cell phones. This means, all cell phones and personal electronic devices are to be away from 9:05 to 3:45. They are not to be used or visible at any time, including lunch. All Sellwood staff will clarify and reinforce this policy.  If a student is found with their cell phone out, a Sellwood staff member will take it away and store it in the school office. The first time it is taken away, the caregiver will be called and the student can pick it up in the office at the end of the school day. If a cell phone is confiscated a second time or more, the student’s caregiver must pick it up from the office.  


    Student/caregiver communication during school hours can be done through the main office. Please refrain texting or calling your student’s cell phone during school hours. 

    Earbuds

    Sellwood Middle School Earbud policy is that students can only use them in the classroom with educator permission. Otherwise, earbuds need to be out of ears and away-- this includes lunch time and hallway passing time. 

    Thank you in advance for supporting our students in making healthy and safe choices at school. 

    To this end, we request that families and students show their support and understanding by completing and submitting the SMS Cell Phone Agreement.

     

    CROSS COUNTRY

    Cross Country practices will be Monday and Wednesday from 4-5:30 beginning Monday, August 22nd.  We will start and finish in front of Sellwood Middle School.  Also, we need parent runners to volunteer to run with us!  We can use as many volunteers as are willing and there is no obligation.  They can show up once or every practice throughout the season.   For questions about Cross Country, contact Ronda Hall-Ramirez rhall@pps.net

    COUNSELING CORNER

     

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

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

     

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
    • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

    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, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • August 30: First day of the 2022-23 school year for 6th-graders
    • August 31: First day of the 2022-23 school year for 7th & 8th graders
    • September 5: Labor Day – No School
    • September 29: Back to School Night 5:30-7:00PM
    • TBA: Community Cares Day
    • TBA: Ice Cream Social Community Event
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  • Principal's Newsletter 8.16.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – August 16, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    The 2022-23 school year is fast approaching and I would like to welcome all of you Sellwood Middle School!  We are excited about the upcoming school year for many reasons, but for me the most exciting part is more opportunities for in-person events, face-to-face interactions, and community celebrations! I would love the opportunity to meet each and every one of you, in real life.

    Please read on to find the answer to your most urgent questions.

    • What school supplies does my child need?
    • When is the first day of school for my child?
    • How do I check my schedule if it has changed or I lost it?
    • What are PPS schools’ COVID-19 safety protocols?
    • Will lunch still be outside?  Will it still be free?  How do I pay for school meals?
    • What is the daily schedule?
    • What is Sellwood’s cell phone policy, and how can I support it?

    Also, I wanted to share our 2022-23 Family & Student Handbook.

    Finally, if your child is interested in running, Cross Country is starting soon, on August 22nd.  Read below for more details.

    I plan to send out my first official newsletter on Friday, but I wanted to make sure to get some preliminary information out today.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST 2022-23

     

    August 30th

    6th-GRADERS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

    6th-graders will have a special “jump-start” orientation on August 30th.  The “jump start” will be led by a team of friendly 8th-grade students called Web Leaders.  WEB = Where Everyone Belongs.  6th-graders will learn how to: find their way around the school, open their lockers, and follow their schedules.  They will also meet their teachers, office and support staff, and learn about Sellwood’s policies, procedures, and ways of doing things.  Of course, they will have a chance to see old friends from elementary school, and also make new friends!

    AUGUST 31st

    7th-8th GRADERS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

    Although August 31st is a Wednesday, it will be a regular bell schedule day, with no advisory period.  Re-orientation to Sellwood will be built into each period of the day.  Welcome back!

     

    HOW TO CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE ON STUDENTVUE

    Please review the student created presentation demonstrating how students can check their own schedules in StudentVue.

    PPS 2022-23 COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PROTOCOL

    The health of our students and staff remains a priority, and we plan to follow all local and state rules for health services and communicable disease control, and implement best practices to mitigate impact on school communities. Please refer to the 2022-23 Communicable Disease Protocol for more detailed information regarding PPS’s plan and practices.

    SCHOOL LUNCH

    Last year, Sellwood students enjoyed lunch and recess outdoors in the fresh air, weather permitting.  Having unstructured time outdoors proved beneficial, and most students enjoyed it.  In 2022-23, we intend to continue with this practice, at least until the weather turns cold and rainy around November. 

    Last year, school meals were provided free of charge to all students.  While many advocates tried to extend free meals for all students for the 2022-23 school year, this was not approved by Congress.  Below you will find prices for school meals, and instructions for using School Café to purchase meals.

    2022-23 Menu Prices

    Grades

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    PK-8

    $1.60

    $3.00

    9-12

    $1.60

    $3.50

    Adult

    $3.00

    $5.50

    Milk

    $0.50

    $0.50

    SCHOOLCAFÉ

    • SchoolCafé is a safe, secure online payment system that can be used to fund student and adult meal accounts with a debit or credit card. You can make one-time payments, setup autopay and low balance alerts, monitor transactions and even submit/track a free and reduced meal application for students in the household. 

    SchoolCafé is:

    • Easy: Staff can provide their employee ID# (or assigned PIN) or provide their name. Students provide their 6-digit student ID#.
      NOTE: Currently, SchoolCafé does not accept American Express.
    • Convenient: Once the account is established, you can check balances and add funds from your computer or mobile app.
      NOTE: SchoolCafé charges a 5% fee per online transaction with a $15 minimum payment.
    • Able to go where you go. The mobile app can be downloaded in:

    NOTE: If you have issues with the mobile app on the iPhone, try uninstalling it and reinstalling it the following day. If that doesn't work, download Google Chrome. For additional support questions, please contact SchoolCafé at 1.855.PAY-2EAT (1.855.729.2328) or email customercare@schoolcafe.com. Hours: M-F, 6AM-6PM CST.

    To enroll, go to www.schoolcafe.com/pps or download the SchoolCafé mobile app. 

    BELL SCHEDULE 2022-23

    All PPS Middle Schools start at 9:15 and end at 3:45. Please follow the link to access Sellwood’s bell schedule for 2022-23.

    CELL PHONE POLICY & FAMILY/STUDENT SUPPORT

    Sellwood Middle School has an "Away all day" policy for cell phones. This means, all cell phones and personal electronic devices are to be away from 9:05 to 3:45. They are not to be used or visible at any time, including lunch. All Sellwood staff will clarify and reinforce this policy.  If a student is found with their cell phone out, a Sellwood staff member will take it away and store it in the school office. The first time it is taken away, the caregiver will be called and the student can pick it up in the office at the end of the school day. If a cell phone is confiscated a second time or more, the student’s caregiver must pick it up from the office.  
     

    Student/caregiver communication during school hours can be done through the main office. Please refrain texting or calling your student’s cell phone during school hours. 

    Earbuds

    Sellwood Middle School Earbud policy is that students can only use them in the classroom with educator permission. Otherwise, earbuds need to be out of ears and away-- this includes lunch time and hallway passing time. 

    Thank you in advance for supporting our students in making healthy and safe choices at school. 

    To this end, we request that families and students show their support and understanding by completing and submitting the SMS Cell Phone Agreement.

    CROSS COUNTRY

    Cross Country practices will be Monday and Wednesday from 4-5:30 beginning Monday, August 22nd.  We will start and finish in front of Sellwood Middle School.  Also, we need parent runners to volunteer to run with us!  We can use as many volunteers as are willing and there is no obligation.  They can show up once or every practice throughout the season.   For questions about Cross Country, contact Ronda Hall-Ramirez rhall@pps.net

    COUNSELING CORNER

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    • Open Monday to Friday, School Hours 8:30AM-4:30PM

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.

    Secured Building 

    • Sellwood is now 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:  

    • Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. If you know of such needs in advance, please email either Melissa or Claire.   Please do not request an early pick-up during the last 15 minutes of the school day.

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • August 30: First day of the 2022-23 school year for 6th-graders
    • August 31: First day of the 2022-23 school year for 7th & 8th graders
    • September 5: Labor Day – No School
    • September 29: Back to School Night 5:30-7:00PM

    We are finalizing the dates for community and social events, so look for my next newsletter on Friday with more dates!

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  • Principal's Newsletter 6/10/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – June 10, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We have reached the final day of the 2021-22 school year.  Despite the many challenges, it was a school year full of learning, laughter, and love.

    Today we celebrated 8th-grade promotion for our current 8th-graders.  Congratulations, high school class of 2026!  6th and 7th graders had a fun time at Oaks Park this morning as well.  We had some luck with the rain holding off till this afternoon!

    We are currently finalizing student schedules for next year, and plan to send them in the mail next week.  More information about the upcoming school year will be forthcoming.

    I wish you all a few months of rest, relaxation, and some old-fashioned fun.

    Enjoy the summer.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    2022 SUMMER WARRIOR CAMP AT CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

    Learn to play Basketball the Warrior way! 

    June 21-23  9 am - noon (current 3rd-5th graders)

    June 21-23 1 pm- 4 pm (current 6th-8th graders)

    Cost is $50.

    Sign up and pay at https://sites.google.com/apps4pps.net/www-clevelandwbb-com/home

    Questions? Email pwaiwaiole@gmail.com

    Lisa Waiwaiole

    Cleveland HS Women's Basketball

    OHSU SCREENING TESTING SUMMER

    • OHSU screening testing available July 11 - August 5th
    • Students who are currently enrolled in OHSU Screening Testing and also enrolled in Summer Acceleration Academy will be automatically enrolled. As always, students may opt-out at any time. The opt out process is simply to uncheck the OHSU Screening Testing box in Synergy.
    • Data entry and program management will be supported centrally, Summer Acceleration Academy administrators and office staff will not be required to enter data into Synergy.
    • Families who would like to continue testing but are not enrolled in summer academy can submit samples at their chosen summer academy site by dropping at office on identified weekly pickup day. Please include this language (or similar) in a message to families this week:
    • OHSU Screening testing will be supported for PPS students July 11th through August 5th. Samples will be collected at Summer Acceleration Academy sites on Wednesdays while Summer Acceleration Academy is in session. Please ensure that your students’ sample is in the office of your identified Summer Acceleration Academy site between 9 am and 11:30 am.
    • If your student is currently enrolled, and you need additional sample collection kits for the weeks of July 11th through August 5th, please contact your school office. Summer Acceleration Academy will not be able to support enrollment or supply needs of students who are not participating in their program.
    • OHSU Screening Testing Fall:
    • Fall will have a new online enrollment process; central office will work with schools to support family enrollment for those who do not have technology readily available.

    NINTH GRADE COUNTS 2022 SUMMER PROGRAMS

    Guide to free and low-cost summer transition programs for rising 9th graders in Portland and Multnomah County.  Guide.

    OPPORTUNITIES, CAMPS, and CLASSES

    COUNSELING CORNER

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

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

    Working with a variety of students:  Ms. Susan – sucook@pps.net

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.

    Secured Building 

    • Sellwood is now 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:  

    • Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. If you know of such needs in advance, please email either Melissa or Claire. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    August 30 – First day of the 2022-23 school year

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  • Principal's Newsletter 6/3/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – June 3, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It has been an intense week of highs and lows. On the heels of two horrific mass shootings, Sellwood experienced a very upsetting and scary graffiti threat that will take some time to heal and recover from. 

    We also had the opportunity to welcome students and families to the building for our Spring Band Concert and our Showcase Night.  Both events were well attended and, after two years of COVID restrictions, it was lovely to see families in the school’s hallways once again.  Thanks to all of the teachers and students who shared their work with us.

    Because only light can drive out darkness, I wanted to leave you with images from our final advisory session, where Sellwood students created the visuals of a peace sign and a heart out on our field.  Thank you to AP Diana Collins for the idea and the coordination, and custodian Scott Taylor for providing the drone and having the skills to capture these great images.

    I hope you enjoy some peace this weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    End of Year Volunteer Needs

    Please look for announcements soon on how to support the 8th grade promotion and our last staff appreciation lunch. 

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    We are 1/4 of the way to our $10,000 goal.  Help us reach it, for our kids!

    Did you miss the Foundation Fall Fundraiser? A generous donor offered to match up to $50,000 and we still have $10,000 available to be matched, so let's do this for our kids!  The money we raise this Spring will go to teacher staffing for the 2022-2023 school year.  We hope to raise enough to hire Educational Assistants who will help provide additional supports for students needing educational interventions, in addition to supporting the French/Technology and Culinary Arts electives.  When parents and caregivers like you give back to our school, the Sellwood Foundation is able to help expand opportunities for all students.   Every donation counts, and thank you to those who have already donated!

    www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/donate

    SOUTHEAST GUIDING COALITION NEWS

    On May 24, the PPS Board of Education approved boundary and program changes for eighteen

    Southeast schools. They also agreed to allow more time for a final decision on the future location of the English program for Lent neighborhood students who do not enroll in Spanish Immersion.

    The changes will formally take effect in Fall 2023, and are designed to create a new middle school at Harrison Park, increase enrollment at Lane Middle School and small neighborhood elementary schools, and consolidate some Chinese and Spanish immersion programs. 

    Planning for successful change has already begun:

    • Individualized letters and emails will be sent this week to all impacted families with details about enrollment options. Please email enrollment-office@pps.net or call 503-916-3205 if you have any questions about how the changes will affect your student’s school assignment.
    • Over the next months school teams will work together with central departments to build new community connections and plan for a smooth transition.  We will continue to share updates on implementation through school newsletters and at https://www.pps.net/Page/13615.

    We are grateful to the SE Guiding Coalition and many, many students, parents, staff and community members who shared ideas and concerns throughout the process. 

    2022 SUMMER WARRIOR CAMP AT CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

    Learn to play Basketball the Warrior way! 

    June 21-23  9 am - noon (current 3rd-5th graders)

    June 21-23 1 pm- 4 pm (current 6th-8th graders)

    Cost is $50.

    Sign up and pay at https://sites.google.com/apps4pps.net/www-clevelandwbb-com/home

    Questions? Email pwaiwaiole@gmail.com

    Lisa Waiwaiole

    Cleveland HS Women's Basketball

    CHROMEBOOK COLLECTION

    Students will bring their Chromebook, charger, and case with them and they will be collected during Social Studies classes on the following dates:

    8th grade June 6th

    7th grade June 8th

    6th grade June 9th

    If your student wants to keep their Chromebook over the summer, fill out this permission form and they will turn it in on the Chromebook collection date.

    OHSU SCREENING TESTING SUMMER

    • OHSU screening testing available July 11 - August 5th
    • Students who are currently enrolled in OHSU Screening Testing and also enrolled in Summer Acceleration Academy will be automatically enrolled. As always, students may opt-out at any time. The opt out process is simply to uncheck the OHSU Screening Testing box in Synergy.
    • Data entry and program management will be supported centrally, Summer Acceleration Academy administrators and office staff will not be required to enter data into Synergy.
    • Families who would like to continue testing but are not enrolled in summer academy can submit samples at their chosen summer academy site by dropping at office on identified weekly pickup day. Please include this language (or similar) in a message to families this week:
    • OHSU Screening testing will be supported for PPS students July 11th through August 5th. Samples will be collected at Summer Acceleration Academy sites on Wednesdays while Summer Acceleration Academy is in session. Please ensure that your students’ sample is in the office of your identified Summer Acceleration Academy site between 9 am and 11:30 am.
    • If your student is currently enrolled, and you need additional sample collection kits for the weeks of July 11th through August 5th, please contact your school office. Summer Acceleration Academy will not be able to support enrollment or supply needs of students who are not participating in their program.
    • OHSU Screening Testing Fall:
    • Fall will have a new online enrollment process; central office will work with schools to support family enrollment for those who do not have technology readily available.

    NINTH GRADE COUNTS 2022 SUMMER PROGRAMS

    Guide to free and low-cost summer transition programs for rising 9th graders in Portland and Multnomah County.  Guide.

    OPPORTUNITIES, CAMPS, and CLASSES

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    We still have a few yearbooks available for sale! Check your "Order History" in SchoolPay* to see if you're on the list. Ordering will shut down when we run out. We will NOT have extras, but the Publishing class will make complimentary "Memory Books" available for students on the day we distribute yearbooks. 

    *If you cannot use SchoolPay, contact Claire in the office to order with a check or cash. 

    AMERICAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

    The ACEP will be running a 3-week program for High School students from Spain at International Special Programs at Portland State University and are looking for homestay families with middle and/or high school aged teenagers in the home. Here is the flyer of the homestay provider that is working with them.

    COUNSELING CORNER

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

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

    Working with a variety of students:  Ms. Susan – sucook@pps.net

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    • Open Monday to Friday, School Hours

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.

    Secured Building 

    • Sellwood is now 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:  

    • Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. If you know of such needs in advance, please email either Melissa or Claire. 

    Guides to Help you:

    • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
    • To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

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

    • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
    • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
    • Registration, Enrollment.
    • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • June 7 – 8th-grade trip to OAKS Park, 10:00 to 2:00 PM
    • June 7 – Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game – around 2:45
    • June 10 – 6th & 7th graders trip to OAKS Park, 9:30 to 12:00 PM
    • June 10 – 8th-grade promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day ending at 12:30)
    • August 30 – First day of the 2022-23 school year

     

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