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  • Principal's Newsletter 9/10/2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 12, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It was wonderful to see many of you in person last Thursday at our Ice Cream Social.  It was a simple event, but it was so lovely to have parents, students, and staff together as a community for the first time in 18 months.  I enjoyed myself, and it looked like others were having a good time.

    As you may have noticed, our long-awaited new security system was finally installed.   The improvements are video cameras at the front door and side entrance along with an intercom and buzzer system to open the front door.  Also, our school-wide schoolwide announcement and emergency intercom system is much improved; areas that previously were unable to hear emergency announcements, such as the gym or hallway, can now hear the announcements very clearly.  In fact, one could say the announcements are downright loud.  We have also discovered that any school-wide or emergency announcements are also projected outside the school at high volume, of which anyone living near the school is already aware.  We apologize for the loudness, and we are trying to minimize the number of school-wide announcements we make.  Because the system is used for emergency notifications, the external speakers cannot be turned off or down.

    The front door intercom and buzzer system allows us to keep all school doors locked at all times, which is a great upgrade, keeping us all safer.  Unfortunately, the front door intercom/buzzer system takes a lot of time and effort for our front office staff to manage, so much so that they are sometimes unable to do much more than respond to the front door.  As the year goes on, we anticipate that the attention needed at the front door will lessen, but we are hoping that family members visiting the school can help us with this process in the following two ways, if at all possible.

    Picking students up early

    We recognize that there are many reasons why families need to pick students up early for medical and other appointments.  We ask that you limit early dismissals to those that are absolutely necessary, and that you notify the school by 8:45 that day.  That will help us with planning and a smooth dismissal.  Please send an email to both Claire Howard and Melissa Whiteside in the morning or the day before.  choward1@pps.net and mwhitesi@pps.net If the office is not made aware in advance that you are picking up your child for early dismissal, it may result in a delay.

    Forgotten lunches

    Sometimes, students forget their lunches at home.  As someone who has left her coffee thermos at home, I can absolutely relate.  If it is at all possible, rather than bringing the lunch to school, consider having your child eat the school lunch that day.  This year, lunch is free for everyone.  That being said, I know that some students are on specialized diets.  That’s ok; please bring the lunch. However, if your child is able to eat the school lunch for a day, why not save yourself the trip?

    Thanks for considering, and I know our two hardworking secretaries will absolutely appreciate it.

    Please read on below to find more information about: joining the first Sellwood PTA meeting, Sellwood’s lost and found, COVID-19 symptomatic testing, vaccine clinics, and more.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    SELLWOOD PTA

    Our first PTA meeting will be Wednesday September 15th, at 7pm on Zoom.  Come and learn more about the PTA’s plans for this school year!

     

    Join Zoom Meeting  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6088364064  Meeting ID: 608 836 4064

     

    Easy ways to support the SMS PTA now!

     

    Consider becoming a committee chair!  

    We are still needing parent volunteers for several positions.  Please email us if you are interested in helping with Staff Appreciation; Spirit Wear (sales of SMS gear); JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion), or 8th grade promotion.  

     

    WEEKLY COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS

    Starting September 7th at PPS high schools.  See link to Flyers below for details.

    • Open to all Multnomah County youth, ages 12 to 19
    • Youth age 12-14 must be with a parent or guardian
    • No out-of-pocket cost and no insurance necessary
    • You don't need identification or a social security number
    • You don’t need to attend the school where the center is located.

    Flyers - Weekly vaccine clinics at the Multnomah County Student Health Centers: 

    COVID-19 SYMPTOMATIC TESTING

    Sellwood, along with other PPS schools, will provide COVID-19 antigen tests to students who develop new COVID-19 symptoms while at school.  Parents must submit a consent form prior to testing; the forms are linked below. 

    Please be aware that school testing is ONLY for students who develop new COVID-19 symptoms while at school.

    If your child is ill, please do NOT bring them to school to be tested.  We will not knowingly allow any students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms into the building, which would put everyone at risk.   If your child is demonstrating any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, or shortness of breath, please keep them home, notify the school, and take them to their health care provider for COVID-19 testing.

    Symptomatic Testing Consent forms

    LOST AND FOUND

    Sellwood maintains a lost and found area in our cafeteria, so if your child misplaces an item such as a lunch box, water bottle, or sweatshirt, it will be kept there.  Valuable items such as cell phones will be brought to the office.  Below is a picture of our lost and found.  If you see something you recognize, please have your child come and retrieve it. 

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOUNDATION

    The Foundation is gearing up for the new school year, and we are excited to continue our mission of raising funds to support more teaching positions at school.  We welcome new members and ideas, and would love to have you join us.  Please email sellwoodmiddlefoundation@gmail.com for more information.  Have a great weekend!

    Your Foundation Board

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Our counselors are so excited for the coming school year and to meet all of you. Mr. K.B. (Kennybrew) works with students with last names A-L, and Ms. Katie works with M-Z. Ms. Susan will be working with 504 plans and special situations.  Please reach out to us via email or in person throughout the school year!

    Ms. Katie: kfrancis@pps.net  

    Mr. Kennybrew (Mr. K.B.): akennybrew@pps.net

    Ms. Susan: sucook@pps.net

     

    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

    • September 15: Foundation Meeting - 6:30
    • September 15: PTA Meeting – 7PM
    • September 23: Back-to-School Night (Virtual again, sigh…)
    • October 8: No School
    • November 4: End of 1st Quarter
    • November 5: No School for Students
    • November 11: Veteran’s Day - No School
    • November 22 and 23: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • November 24, 25, and 26:  Thanksgiving Break
    • December 8: Winter Band Concert 7PM
    • December 15: Winter Marimba Concert 7PM
    • December 20 – January 2: Winter Break
    • January 17 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  No School
    • January 27 – End of Semester 1
    • January 28 – No School for Students
    • February 21 – Presidents’ Day – No School (potential snow day make-up)
    • March 21-25 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 8 – No School for Students
    • May 15: Spring Band Concert
    • May 25: Spring Marimba Concert
    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 10 – Last Day of School

    SELLWOOD BELL SCHEDULE

    SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

    PPS DISTRICT WIDE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    REGULAR BIG BUS SCHEDULE AND ROUTES

    If your child will ride the bus to school, you can find out about bus schedules and find your bus stop by visiting the PPS webpage linked here.  Bus Schedules and Stops

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9/03/2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 3, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It feels amazing to be back at school with all of our wonderful teachers and students. 

    So far, things have been going pretty smoothly, with the exception of a very bumpy start for bus transportation.  I am sorry to hear about the missed stops, overcrowding, late buses, and students left waiting.  I have strongly communicated the concerns parents have raised with the transportation department and district directors and I will continue to apply pressure until bus service improves. 

    This newsletter will be a bit shorter this week, but if you need any of the information shared last week, you can always find the old newsletters on our website under the tab, Sellwood School News.

    We started distributing Chromebooks to those who need them, but were not able to get very far because we were so busy with start up.  However, 1st period teachers will be giving Chromebooks to those who need them on Tuesday.  Keep in mind, in October, or possibly before, all Sellwood students will receive a new CTL Chromebook, and turn in any current PPS Chromebook they are now using. 

    Entry Procedures

    Also, please remember that 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.

    I hope to see all of you at our BYO Picnic and Ice Cream Social on September 9th at 5:30 PM, on the field.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • September 1: First Day of School 20201/22 - 9:15 for 6th & 7th, 11:15 for 8th
    • September 6: Labor Day – No School
    • September 9:  Sellwood Welcome Ice Cream Social – 5:30 PM – BYO Picnic on the Field
    • September 15: Foundation Meeting - 6:30
    • September 15: PTA Meeting – 7PM
    • September 23: Back-to-School Night (Virtual again, sigh…)
    • October 8: No School
    • November 4: End of 1st Quarter
    • November 5: No School for Students
    • November 11: Veteran’s Day - No School
    • November 22 and 23: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • November 24, 25, and 26:  Thanksgiving Break
    • December 8: Winter Band Concert 7PM
    • December 15: Winter Marimba Concert 7PM
    • December 20 – January 2: Winter Break
    • January 17 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  No School
    • January 27 – End of Semester 1
    • January 28 – No School for Students
    • February 21 – Presidents’ Day – No School (potential snow day make-up)
    • March 21-25 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 8 – No School for Students
    • May 15: Spring Band Concert
    • May 25: Spring Marimba Concert
    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 10 – Last Day of School

    SELLWOOD BELL SCHEDULE

    PPS DISTRICT WIDE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

     

    SELLWOOD ICE CREAM SOCIAL, SEPT. 9, 5:30, on the SELLWOOD FIELD

    This event would have normally been the PTA BBQ, but due to restrictions on serving food as well as a few other restrictions for events, we are keeping this very simple.  We sincerely hope to be able to hold the BBQ in the spring, with food and live performances. Right now, we think it is important to get the community together in person.

    Instead, we are asking families to bring a picnic dinner, with chairs, blankets, what have you, spread out on the field and get to eat and converse with one another.  We will set up some outdoor speakers, I will say a few words to welcome everyone, we will play some music while everyone eats and chats, and then hand out some ice-cream.  We hope to see you there!

    VACCINATIONS

    Vaccinations are the most effective way to end the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    All PPS staff, contractors and volunteers will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination for staff will be due August 31.   PPS will promote and create access to COVID-19 vaccinations for families, students, staff, and partners this fall. We will focus our efforts on increasing awareness and confidence that fully vaccinated people are at low risk of symptomatic or severe infection from COVID-19. 

    PPS also recognizes that the COVID-19 vaccination is currently approved only for adults and children over the age of 12 and eagerly await authorization for children under 12.

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOUNDATION

    The Foundation is gearing up for the new school year, and we are excited to continue our mission of raising funds to support more teaching positions at school.  We welcome new members and ideas, and would love to have you join us.  Please email sellwoodmiddlefoundation@gmail.com for more information.  Have a great weekend!

    Your Foundation Board

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Our counselors are so excited for the coming school year and to meet all of you. Mr. Kennybrew is new at Sellwood, and you can read his bio below. (Mr. K.B.) works with students with last names A-L, and Ms. Katie works with M-Z. Ms. Susan will be working with 504 plans and special situations.  Please reach out to us via email or in person throughout the school year!

    Ms. Katie: kfrancis@pps.net  

    Mr. Kennybrew (Mr. K.B.): akennybrew@pps.net

    Ms. Susan: sucook@pps.net

     

    Hello, I am Adam Kennybrew. I am a son, brother, husband, father and friend. I first started my counseling career in 2007 after work in juvenile probation in Los Angeles and Adult Parole and Probation in Eugene. To date, I have 9 years of high school experience and am starting my 6th year at the middle school level. I absolutely love what I do and look forward to getting to know the amazing staff, students and families, and this community as a whole. 

     

    SOUTHEAST GUIDING COALITION (SEGC)

    Portland Public Schools has launched a multi-year process to balance student enrollment and programs across the district. As part of this effort, a PPS Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) has been tasked with developing a plan for adjusting school boundaries, feeder patterns, and/or program placements at Lane Middle School and Harrison Park K-8 School. The District is committed to utilizing an authentic, inclusive, and transparent process to garner ideas from diverse communities and develop a representative, inspiring vision for the future. To this end, the District seeks to engage stakeholders from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds in meaningful conversations about how PPS schools can best serve Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students. These conversations will inform the development of potential enrollment balancing scenarios that align with the District's racial equity / social justice (RESJ) goals and honor the experiences of BIPOC families. 

    Additional details, including session dates and time, are listed in the attached flyer. All dialogue sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. If you are a current or incoming BIPOC student, parent, or teacher at Lane, Harrison Park, or a neighboring school, please complete a registration form for an upcoming dialogue session by selecting the appropriate link below. We look forward to talking with you soon!

    English Language Form: https://bit.ly/PPS_SEGC

    Spanish Language Form: https://bit.ly/SEGCSpanish

    Somali Language Form: https://bit.ly/SEGCSomali

    Russian Language Form: https://bit.ly/SEGCRussian

    Chinese Language Form: https://bit.ly/SEGCchinese

    Vietnamese Language Form: https://bit.ly/SEGCVietnamese

     

    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.  

     

     
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  • Principal's Newsletter 8.30.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – August 27, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I apologize for getting this newsletter out late.  There has been a LOT of new information for me to share, and I have had to double & triple check so that I give you all the most up-to-date and accurate information.  This newsletter is very long, but headings will organize it for ease of use.

    First Day of School – September 1st

    START TIME:

    6th and 7th graders start at 9:15

    8th graders start at 11:15 (buses will run a 2nd route to pick up 8th-graders)

    WHAT TO BRING

    On the first day, Wednesday, September 1st, it is not necessary to bring all of your school supplies or Chromebook/electronic device.

    Bring only:

    • A water bottle (preferably filled)
    • A pen or pencil
    • A notebook
    • Lunch if you will not be getting the school lunch.
    • A small quickly consumed snack if you anticipate the need in the afternoon.
    • Lunch will be eaten outside.  If you mind sitting on the ground, bring a small cushion, half a yoga mat, or mini-blanket to sit on.  I recommend these folding mats that are small enough to fit in a backpack. Amazon may be able to deliver them in one day.  The mats would also come in handy when teachers take their classes outside.

    After the first day, starting Thursday, September 2nd

    Backpack with school supplies (including water bottle, mat, etc. mentioned above)

    Chromebook or other electronic device such as a laptop.  If you don’t have one, we will get you one.  Students will be learning to use their lockers during science class on Thursday

    WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET TO SCHOOL

    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).

    Entry on the first day

    On the first day only, 6th-graders will start in the courtyard at 9:15, where they will pick up their schedules and be brought inside by their first period teachers.  7th-graders will start in the field.  Later, at 11:15, 8th-graders will start in the courtyard.  Please refer to the 1st day map below.  The Sellwood PTA will have a table with coffee and snacks for parents on the outdoor basketball court at around 9:15.

    Building entry after the first day

    After the first day, 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.

    LUNCH

    Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students this year.

    As you have probably read in the news, all PPS students will eat lunch outside, at least for the first six 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. Students will use hand sanitizer as they exit the building. At least four staff members/volunteers will supervise students as they exit the building, eat lunch and take recess. Students will sit socially distanced on the field, either on the ground or on stadium cushions, removing their masks so they can actively eat and drink. When they finish eating/drinking they will put on their masks and take recess. Students will use hand sanitizer as they re-enter the building after 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.

    FIRST DAY ACTIVITIES

    On the first day of school, all students will learn COVID-19 safety procedures, get a tour of the school, have an opportunity to ask questions, and spend time building community with their teachers and classmates.

    On the second day of school, students will continue to learn COVID-19 safety and other school procedures throughout the day, and they will learn how to open their lockers during science class.

    On Thursday and Friday, we will distribute Chromebooks to students who do not have them.  If your child has a PPS Chromebook, please have them bring it on Thursday.

    Beyond the first days of school, we will continue to gently support students (and staff) in their transition back to full-time/in-person learning.  We want everyone to feel safe, calm, and welcome.  If only I could replace the loud bells with soft chimes!

    IF YOUR CHILD IS FEELING ILL

    Parents must keep students home when they are feeling ill, and call the office to report any absence.  Please expect that you will be asked about symptoms and whether or not there has been any contact with any COVID positive cases.  We will also ask whether or not your child has been vaccinated. The school is not trying to be nosy, but we must follow a strict COVID-19 protocol to keep everyone safe.  Parents must report to the school if a student: has symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, has had any close contact with a COVID positive person such as a family member, has been asked to quarantine by any agency or doctor, or has been tested due to suspicion of COVID exposure.   All of the information collected is used to determine next steps in the protocol, such as contact tracing or quarantine.  Fortunately, we work hand-in-hand with the support of medical professionals at the MESD and our school nurse.  They are the experts and they provide constant guidance.  Last year, Sellwood implemented the COVID-19 protocol multiple times, but fortunately did not need to ask anyone to quarantine - and we had no outbreaks.

    AIRFLOW and CIRCULATION

    I am happy to let you know that Sellwood’s central air filtration was updated to Merv13 on June 4th.  In addition, each of our classrooms, offices, library, cafeteria, etc. is equipped with a HEPA filter air purifier.  Finally, Sellwood’s Indoor Air Quality Report from May 3, 2021, can be found here.

    DRINKING WATER

    PPS is in the process of updating Sellwood’s water stations.  The work began this summer, and all of our water stations were removed.  Unfortunately, due to supply chain and manufacturing delays, the new water stations have not yet been installed.  So, until the new stations arrive, we will be using portable water dispensers for the time being.  We will have some cups available, but we strongly encourage the use of water bottles in order to reduce waste and minimize the impact on our environment.

    3 FEET DISTANCE, TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE

    Some of you have inquired about the recommended three feet distance guidance from the district.  The guidance around three feet distance originates in ODE's Ready School, Safe Learners for 2021-22

     "OHA and ODE strongly advise that schools support and promote physical distancing as described below: · Support physical distancing in all daily activities and instruction, maintaining at least 3 feet between students to the extent possible. Maintaining physical distancing should not preclude return to full-time, in-person instruction for all students. "

    ODE and OHA are very aware that for many schools and districts, given their large class sizes and small classrooms, with full-time in-person instruction, it is simply not possible to maintain the recommended three-foot distance.  The message is: schools and districts cannot use the inability to maintain three feet distance in their classrooms as the "deal breaker" or reason not to provide full-time in-person school.  If you recall, when we were required to maintain six feet distance during hybrid, we were limited to instruction for just a few hours per week.  Some of Sellwood's class sections will meet the three-foot guidance and others will not (more like 2 and ¾).  Teachers have done all they can to space students out as much as possible.  We have removed bulky or excess furniture and also rearranged desks.  Without more teachers and more classrooms, we just can't meet the recommendation for every class. 

    WELCOME PHONE CALLS

    On Monday morning, Sellwood teachers will be making “Welcome to the new school year” phone calls to their first period or “advisory” students.  If teachers are using the Remind app to make the phone call, be aware that the originating phone number will not have a local area code.  Some teachers may be using their classroom phone, so that would be a 503-916 – xxxx number. 

    That was a lot of information, but I hope you find it helpful.  Also, the school tour video I promised is not ready yet.  I will send it out as soon as it is finished.  Hopefully Monday, but if not then Tuesday.

    I look forward to welcoming your students back to school in just a few days!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • September 1: First Day of School 20201/22 - 9:15 for 6th & 7th, 11:15 for 8th
    • September 6: Labor Day – No School
    • September 9:  Sellwood Welcome Ice Cream Social
    • September 15: Foundation Meeting - 6:30
    • September 15: PTA Meeting – 7PM
    • September 23: Back-to-School Night
    • October 8: No School
    • November 4: End of 1st Quarter
    • November 5: No School for Students
    • November 11: Veteran’s Day - No School
    • November 22 and 23: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • November 24, 25, and 26:  Thanksgiving Break
    • December 8: Winter Band Concert 7PM
    • December 15: Winter Marimba Concert 7PM
    • December 20 – January 2: Winter Break
    • January 17 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  No School
    • January 27 – End of Semester 1
    • January 28 – No School for Students
    • February 21 – Presidents’ Day – No School (potential snow day make-up)
    • March 21-25 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 8 – No School for Students
    • May 15: Spring Band Concert
    • May 25: Spring Marimba Concert
    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 10 – Last Day of School

    SELLWOOD BELL SCHEDULE

    SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

    PPS DISTRICT WIDE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    REGULAR BIG BUS SCHEDULE AND ROUTES

    If your child will ride the bus to school, you can find out about bus schedules and find your bus stop by visiting the PPS webpage linked here.  Bus Schedules and Stops

     

    VACCINATIONS

    Vaccinations are the most effective way to end the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    All PPS staff, contractors and volunteers will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination for staff will be due August 31.   PPS will promote and create access to COVID-19 vaccinations for families, students, staff, and partners this fall. We will focus our efforts on increasing awareness and confidence that fully vaccinated people are at low risk of symptomatic or severe infection from COVID-19. 

    PPS also recognizes that the COVID-19 vaccination is currently approved only for adults and children over the age of 12 and eagerly await authorization for children under 12.

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOUNDATION

    Are you interested in joining the Foundation Board or becoming an active member?  We have a great group but are always interested in welcoming more ideas and enthusiasm as we enter into the 2021-2022 school year.  If you are interested in learning more or attending our next meeting, please email Amy Bourne at sellwoodmiddlefoundation@gmail.com.  All are welcome as we plan our vital fundraising efforts for the upcoming year. 

    Out of blue bags or new to the program?  We have convenient locations to pick up your blue bags around the neighborhood.  Thank you to everyone who is participating!

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Our counselors are so excited for the coming school year and to meet all of you. Ms. Susan works with students with last names A-L, and Ms. Katie works with M-Z. Please reach out to us via email or in person throughout the school year!

    Ms. Susan: sucook@pps.net - Main office

    Ms. Katie: kfrancis@pps.net - Main office

     

    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.  

     

     
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  • Principal's Newsletter 8-20-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – August 20, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I hope you are enjoying the last days of summer.  We will be welcoming teachers back this week on Thursday, August 26th and we will all be hard at work getting ready to welcome students back on September 1st.

    A number of you have shared that, aside from any COVID related anxiety, your children are feeling some anxiety about navigating an unfamiliar school building.  Some parents have mentioned they are feeling a bit anxious due to having never been inside the building and not being familiar with the school and its staff.  This is very understandable, as schools have been closed to visitors for over 18 months now, and seem a bit mysterious.  Our wonderful Sellwood counselors are putting together a video tour for us to share with all of you.  We had planned to have it out early this week, but we would like to at least get some of the teachers in the video, so it will have to wait until Friday.  Right now the building is still very empty and won’t make for a very welcoming video without people in it!  Also, please reassure your children that we will be starting the year in a slow and gentle manner. We will have lots of helpful people in the hallways assisting our 6th, 7th, and even returning 8th graders to find their way around.  No one will be in trouble for being late!!!  If a student gets lost, it will only be for a few seconds, and someone will come along to guide them to where they are going.  If they are late getting to their destination, it is ok!  Before long, students will have it all down!

    Also, as I mentioned last week, Sellwood will have two lunches this year, with 6th-graders having the first lunch, and 7th & 8th graders for the second lunch.  In order to ensure 3 foot social distancing and to make contact tracing possible, we will have assigned tables at lunch. 

    Finally, the PTA Back-to-School BBQ initially planned for September 9th will have to be postponed, due to the restrictions around serving food.  Instead, we will hold an ice-cream social as a community event on the evening of September 9th.  Families are invited to bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic style dinner to spread out the field.  We will have a PA system set up for a few words of welcome and dinner music, and we’ll hand out ice cream toward the end.  I am REALLY looking forward to the day when we can just organize a fun event without any restrictions.

    Later this week, I will be sending out more detailed information about the first days of school.

    I look forward to welcoming your students back to school in just over one week!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    SELLWOOD’S 2nd ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL!

    As you know, Diana Collins has joined our team as assistant principal at Sellwood. I wanted to let you know that, mostly due to the increased challenge of running a school in the midst of a pandemic, PPS has also allocated Sellwood a 2nd AP for the 2021/22 school year!  Regina Sackrider has also joined the admin team at Sellwood; please give her a warm welcome

    Here is Regina's bio and photo :-)

    Regina is in her 21st year at PPS, most recently as an assistant principal at Ockley Green Middle School.  Regina has also served as the Assistant Director for Equity Professional Development, Assistant Principal at PPS DART School, an Instructional Specialist at Irvington and a Special Educator at Gregory Heights, Cleveland, and Woodlawn.  Before joining PPS, Regina taught in Baltimore and Colorado and served as a community development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa. Regina earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and a Masters in Teaching and Human Development from George Washington University.

    She is very excited to join Sellwood and return to the Cleveland Cluster, as she was at Cleveland HS for 9 years.  She is a Native Southern Oregonian and currently lives in NE Portland with her spouse, two dogs, and cat.

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • September 1: First Day of School 20201/22 - 9:15 for 6th & 7th, 11:15 for 8th
    • September 6: Labor Day – No School
    • September 9:  Sellwood Welcome Ice Cream Social
    • September 15: Foundation Meeting - 6:30
    • September 15: PTA Meeting – 7PM
    • September 23: Back-to-School Night
    • October 8: No School
    • November 4: End of 1st Quarter
    • November 5: No School for Students
    • November 11: Veteran’s Day - No School
    • November 22 and 23: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • November 24, 25, and 26:  Thanksgiving Break
    • December 8: Winter Band Concert 7PM
    • December 15: Winter Marimba Concert 7PM
    • December 20 – January 2: Winter Break
    • January 17 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  No School
    • January 27 – End of Semester 1
    • January 28 – No School for Students
    • February 21 – Presidents’ Day – No School (potential snow day make-up)
    • March 21-25 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 8 – No School for Students
    • May 15: Spring Band Concert
    • May 25: Spring Marimba Concert
    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 10 – Last Day of School

    SELLWOOD BELL SCHEDULE

    SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

    PPS DISTRICT WIDE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    REGULAR BIG BUS SCHEDULE AND ROUTES

    If your child will ride the bus to school, you can find out about bus schedules and find your bus stop by visiting the PPS webpage linked here.  Bus Schedules and Stops

    PPS BACK TO SCHOOL UPDATE

    Dear PPS Students, Families and Staff,

    As we finalize our last Back to School FAQ sections, we wanted to share with you a couple of updates. First, the district’s Office of Internal Performance Audit recently presented to the Board of Education its audit of our health and safety practices for hybrid learning last spring. We are pleased and proud to say that auditors reported no findings. From last week’s presentation:

    Based on the results of the audit overall, we found the school buildings, where students participated in in-person instruction during the 2020-21 school year, were compliant with their School Site Reopening Plans. Further, as public health guidelines continue to be updated, it appears the school district has created a process through its internal Health and Safety Team to update applicable SOPs and efficiently and effectively disseminate updated guidance to impacted stakeholders.

    Congratulations to all PPS employees who worked countless hours to implement health and safety processes and protocols necessary to re-open schools for hybrid in-person instruction. The Health and Safety Audit Report with no findings or recommendations is a reflection of your hard work and dedication.

    You can access the entire audit report by clicking here.

    Second, we announced yesterday a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all PPS staff. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have followed the guidance of public health experts to best ensure the health and well being of our students and staff members. The State of Oregon has communicated that local school districts are in the best position to determine further measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In alignment with public health experts’ recommendations, Portland Public Schools and our labor partners are committed to taking every step possible to ensure the health and safety of our students, employees, and community. 

    You can find more about our vaccination mandate for staff, the details of which are being worked out with our labor partners, by clicking here

    Finally, we expect to share FAQs on Meals and COVID-19 Testing in the coming days. In addition, we will be updating all of our FAQs as additional information becomes available. You can find answers to your most common questions about this year’s health and safety measures on our PPS.net/BacktoSchool2021 webpage. 

    COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS AT PPS HIGH SCHOOLS

    High schools in Portland Public Schools, with the support of community partners, will offer free vaccinations during registration to students who still need one. Any student 12 or older can receive a vaccine at no cost. Students age 12 to 14 will need consent from a parent or guardian.  Follow the link for dates and locations.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm, starting August 16th.

     
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  • Principal's Newsletter 8-13-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – August 13, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Sellwood admin and secretaries have officially returned from summer break and on Monday, the office will be open.  In less than a month, on September 1st, we will welcome back all students for full-time in person school.  I look forward to seeing all returning students again, as well as meeting and welcoming new 6th-graders to Sellwood.  There is considerable anxiety about the start of school, due to the shadow of the Delta COVID-19 variant, which we know to be highly contagious.  I know this is not the situation any of us were hoping for.   If you have not yet viewed the PPS Back to School 2021 site, please follow the link and read about the district’s “Swiss Cheese Model”: Layered Health and Safety Measures Against COVID-19.  Like all PPS schools, Sellwood will be following this layered approach.

    As you know, masks will be required inside at all schools throughout the state.   Masks will not be required outside, but they may be worn if students and staff feel more comfortable.  Some parents have asked whether Sellwood’s large class sizes and small classrooms will be able to meet the three feet distance recommendation.  The answer is that most class sections will allow students to be seated three feet apart, but a handful will not.  We have changed from previously having one lunch periods to two lunch periods this year.  6th-graders will be have a lunch/recess period separate from 7th and 8th-graders.  This will allow students to be seated three feet apart in the cafeteria.

    Our bell schedule is linked here.  Please note that because we added lunch in as a numbered period, there are now 7 periods in the bell schedule.  Students’ schedules have not changed, so don’t worry.  The afternoon period numbers have simply shifted up one number.  All students will receive a freshly printed paper schedule on the first day of school.

    As I reported at the end of the school year, we will not be able to have a separate day of orientation for 6th and 7th graders.  Instead, we will have two-hour orientation for 6th and 7th-graders on the first day of school, September 1st.  6th and 7th-graders will start their day at 9:15. 8th-graders will begin school at 11:15 on the first day of school.  Buses will run their route twice, once for 6th and 7th-graders at the regular time, and again two-hours later for the 8th-graders.

    Sellwood families, I will be updating you each Friday (and sometimes more) with new information, which will become more detailed as we complete our school opening plans.

    I look forward to seeing all of you soon.

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    SELLWOOD’S NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

    I am thrilled to announce Sellwood's new Assistant Principal, Diana Collins.  Diana is already a familiar face at Sellwood, as she supported Sellwood as our TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) last year.  Diana worked with various Sellwood teams, collaborating with Sellwood teachers and admin to provide professional development during our staff meetings.  Her work is top-notch, and her positive energy is absolutely contagious.  I am confident that Diana will make a very smooth transition to Sellwood and help us begin the year with stability, consistency, and excellence.  Here is a pic and a short bio.

    Diana Collins is a second-generation educator with over a decade of classroom teaching experience as a middle school educator. Middle School is near and dear to her heart.

    Most recently, she worked with 8 Portland Public Schools, Sellwood being one, as their MTSS Teacher on Special Assignment. Her work supported schools in the development of sustainable academic and behavioral tiered systems of support through relationship building, focused training, and strategic coaching to ensure schools have the systems needed to guarantee equitable outcomes for all students. Ms. Collins loved collaborating and learning alongside Sellwood educators. As a reflective team-player, and a highly engaged educator, her focus is dedicated to creating a collaborative school culture, committed to ensuring a welcoming, inclusive and a high quality education for every learner.

    Diana earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University, and an administrative credential from Lewis & Clark College. She is thrilled to join the Sellwood Middle School community!

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • September 1: First Day of School 20201/22 - 9:15 for 6th & 7th, 11:15 for 8th
    • September 6: Labor Day – No School
    • September 9:  Sellwood PTA Welcome BBQ J (tentative event – reviewing COVID restrictions)
    • September 23: Back-to-School Night
    • October 8: No School
    • November 4: End of 1st Quarter
    • November 5: No School for Students
    • November 11: Veteran’s Day - No School
    • November 22 and 23: Parent Teacher Conferences
    • November 24, 25, and 26:  Thanksgiving Break
    • December 8: Winter Band Concert 7PM
    • December 15: Winter Marimba Concert 7PM
    • December 20 – January 2: Winter Break
    • May 15: Spring Band Concert
    • May 25: Spring Marimba Concert

    MAIN OFFICE:

    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm, starting August 16th.

     



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  • Principal's Newsletter 6.18.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – June 18, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I wanted to wish you all a joyous and reflective Juneteenth. Tomorrow, we celebrate our newest Federal holiday, established to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.  Although President Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it was not until two years later on June 19th when Union soldiers arrived in Texas, that the state’s Black Americans learned that slavery had been abolished.  The news sparked widespread celebration in Black communities.  Since 1865, in Texas, there have been annual Juneteenth celebrations, which over time have spread across the US.  Juneteenth both recognizes the end of slavery and celebrates the achievements and culture of Black Americans.  It is also an especially good day to reflect on how far we still need to go to achieve racial justice and equity. Happy Juneteenth National Independence Day!

    I wanted to send a quick update to let you know of a few changes regarding the PPS Summer Academy and orientation/jump start for 6th and 7th graders.

    Previously, Sellwood had been designated as a Summer Academy hub for students at several middle schools.  The Summer Academy hub has now moved to Lane Middle School and will not happen at Sellwood.  All Sellwood students who are registered for the summer program are being contacted regarding the change of location.

    In addition, in my last newsletter I had announced that Sellwood, like all middle schools, would not be permitted to have a “jumpstart” or orientation for only 6th and 7th graders on the first day of school, as had been past practice.  As an alternative, we had planned to offer a special orientation for 6th and 7th graders during the summer.  That solution was problematic for many students and teachers who would not have been able to attend.  Fortunately, we have now been given permission to hold a two-hour orientation for 6th and 7th graders on September 1st, the first day of school.  6th and 7th graders will start the first day of school at 9:15 and 8th graders will start two hours later at 11:15.  8th-graders will also receive an orientation, but it will be shorter.

    Please note that our main office will be closed after Tuesday, June 22nd, when our secretaries go on summer break, and will reopen on Monday, August 9th.

    Finally, we have mailed individual schedules home and you should receive them by Monday.  I will be sending additional details regarding the upcoming school year in early August.

    Have a great summer, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • June 11: Last Day of School
    • September 1: First Day of School - 9:15 for 6th & 7th, 11:15 for 8th
    • September 9:  Sellwood PTA Welcome BBQ J
    • September 23: Back-to-School Night

    MAIN OFFICE:

    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm, until June 22nd.

    The main office will close for the summer on Tuesday, June 22nd and reopen Monday, August 9th.

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  • Principal's Newsletter 6/11/2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – June 11, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It is the last day of school, and I hope this summer provides the opportunity for all of us to rest and rejuvenate, and maybe enjoy a little adventureJ.

    It was wonderful to see all of our 8th-grade students and families on Wednesday for our drive-thru promotion celebration.  It was a truly unique event and I hope everyone enjoyed it.  We wish all of our departing 8th-graders a wonderful high school experience and successful future.

    We will have two “materials drop off-pick up” events next week (yearbooks, library books, etc.): Monday – from 1-4 PM, and Tuesday – from 3-6 PM.  See details below.  Please note that your student does not need to return their PPS Chromebook if they are returning to any PPS school, even high school.  If your child is leaving the district, please return the Chromebook on one of the dates mentioned, or bring it to the district office at the BESC.  Yearbooks will also be available for pick up.

    For students attending Sellwood next year, we plan to mail individual schedules home by the end of next week.  Our main office will be closed after Tuesday, June 22nd, when our secretaries go on summer break, and will reopen on Monday, August 9th.

    The first day of school, September 1st, will be here before we know it!  We realize that our new 6th-graders, and many 7th-graders, have never been inside the school and have many questions about how middle school works.  We will provide an opportunity on August 20th for 6th and 7th graders to have a special school tour, orientation, learn how to open their lockers, etc.  We also know that many students will be on vacation at that time and not able to attend on August 20th, so we plan to provide a similar orientation on September 1st.  Unfortunately, we have been notified that we will not be allowed to have a special 6th-grade only first-day next year, which is how we had traditionally provided an orientation for our new students in past years.  That being said, on September 1st, ALL students may feel like new students, even returning 8th graders!  We will send out the specific details about the 6th/7th grade orientation before June 22nd.

    Have a great summer, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • June 11: Last Day of School
    • June 14: Materials Drop-off and Pick-up 1-4 PM
    • June 15: Materials Drop-off and Pick-up 3-6PM
    • August 20: 6th/7th Grade Orientation
    • September 1: First Day of School 20201/22 (for all grades)
    • September 9:  Sellwood PTA Welcome BBQ J
    • September 23: Back-to-School Night

    SELLWOOD END OF YEAR MATERIALS DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP (YEARBOOKS!)

    Please see information about date, time, and items to pick up or return as we end the school year.

    Date: Monday, June 14, 2021

    Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Location: By the bike racks on the South side of the building next to the parking lot

     

    Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021

    Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Location: By the bike racks on the South side of the building next to the parking lot

     

    Items to Return

    • Library books
    • Textbooks
    • Chromebooks/Cords (Only if not returning to a PPS school in the fall)
    • Hotspots (Only if not returning to a PPS school in the fall)

    Items to Pick Up

    • Yearbooks (We have some extra for purchase if you didn’t order in advance. You can pick up for $20- please bring cash)
    • 8th Grade- Pick up Certificate and T-Shirt if you did not already

     

    CLEVELAND YOUTH SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

    Youth Camp Dates:  Monday June 21-Thursday June 24

    For: Boys & Girls entering grades 3rd-8th

    Time:  3rd-5th graders 8-11am / 6th-8th graders 11:30-2:30pm

    Cost: $155

    Registration: https://www.cleveland-warriors.com/camps

    The CB Summer Basketball Camp is lead by CHS Head Varsity Basketball Coach & pro-trainer, Dondrale Campbell, with the help of CHS players.  Participants will learn fundamental to advanced basketball skills & associated drill work, in an organized, progressive, ultra-positive environment.  The connection made between youth & CHS players is a special bond that builds confidence as well as community spirit!

    CLEVELAND CLUSTER VOLLEYBALL

    For current 8th graders who are interested and planning on trying out for Cleveland HS Volleyball. 

    Cleveland Volleyball will be hosting practices and tournaments all summer leading up to tryouts. The first tournament is June 20th! 

    Get connected with Cleveland Volleyball to stay up to date with Summer opportunities and register for the first tournament.

    FLYER

    Instagram: @clevelandhsvball

    Email: syhammond@pps.net (Varsity Coach) 

    Website: https://www.clevelandwarriorathletics.com/

    PTA NEWS: 

    Thank you for your support of Sellwood Middle School and the SMS PTA! The PTA board really appreciates the amazing Sellwood staff, our parent volunteers, the Sellwood Dines Out diners, and everyone in our school community! Look out for information in the fall on how to get involved next year! Our PEAK program is returning, we have a great new PTA board and high hopes for a full return!

    8th grade families: If you missed the for your graduate yard sign, please email sellwoodpta@gmail.com and we will get you one!

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile ALL YEAR LONG!! Purchase with purpose. Shop with AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA. This doesn't end because it is summer, so keep using Amazonsmile when you shop Amazon!

     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL REDESIGN FOCUS GROUP:

    Do you want to have an impact on the middle school redesign process? 

    Join the Middle School Redesign Focus Group! 

    Portland Public Schools is redesigning the middle grades experience for our students. We don’t know what the redesign will look like because we haven’t heard from our students or caretakers on their hopes, dreams, and needs for middle school. It is important that we hear and learn from as many people as possible to help inform the redesign process.  

    Student Focus Group

    If your student wants to participate in a focus group, please click on the link found below. The student focus groups will take place next week on Wednesday, May 19th.

    If your student isn’t comfortable attending a focus group, a survey will be shared within the coming week. 

    Click HERE for Student Focus Group Interest Form

    Caretaker Focus Group

    There will be two opportunities for caretakers to provide feedback on PPS’s middle school redesign. May 25th from 6:30-7:30 pm and May 26th at @10:00 am. Participating in this focus group will be an excellent opportunity to rethink our middle grades experience for your students.

    We deeply value your feedback and look forward to learning from your experience.

     Click HERE for Caregiver Focus Group Interest Form

    I look forward to partnering with you. 

    Meisha Plotzke, Director of Middle School Innovation & Redesign

    mplotzke@pps.net

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

    MAIN OFFICE:

    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm, until June 22nd.

    The main office will close for the summer on Tuesday, June 22nd and reopen Monday, August 9th.

    Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary.  Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary.   The next best way is by calling the office at 503-916-5656.  When prompted, press 2 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  You can also press 0 for the front counter where students help us answer the phone and direct communication. 

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  Arrangements can be made with the office staff for any matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door.  Just ring the bell at the main entrance on July 15th.

    For registration, enrollment, and ParentVue  please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: Log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    School Pay or accounting issues: contact Claire (choward1@pps.net)

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES



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  • Principal's Newsletter 6/4/2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – June 4, 2021 

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    The last week of school is upon us.  I anticipate the week with mixed emotions, mostly feeling both relief and hope.  We will celebrate the end of a year unlike any in our lifetime.  It has been hard, but we have learned, grown, and persevered together.  As I write this, Kate Brown has announced the end of most COVID restrictions when the state reaches the threshold of 70% of those 18 and over receiving one dose of the vaccine, which should happen before the end of June.

    Today we started making plans for next year, deciding on the date for Back-to-School Night, September 23rd.  I sincerely hope we will be together in-person, as I do not want a repeat of our Zoom experience from this year :-)  I look forward to adding more dates, such as band concerts and marimba concerts to the calendar.  Won't that be amazing? Here is a link to next year's calendar, in case you have not seen it yet.


    Have a great weekend,  

    Jeandré Carbone
    Sellwood MS Principal
    jcarbone@pps.net

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • June 9: 8th-grade Drive-through Promotion Celebration 3-5:00 PM
    • June 11: Last Day of School
    • September 1: First Day of School 20201/22
    • September 23: Back-to-School Night


    FROM JAMAAL TIBBS, PPS DISTRICT & FAMILY LIAISON 

    Greetings PPS Students & Families,

    It is an honor to introduce myself as the new District & Family Liaison for Portland Public Schools.  I arrive at Portland Public Schools a seasoned professional with experiences inside and outside of the classroom.  I am very optimistic and thoroughly enjoy assisting students with reaching their educational goals. Attaining these goals sometimes means facing difficult circumstances or challenges along the way, and not knowing how to address them.   As your District & Family Liaison, I will support students and parents with communicating and resolving any concerns or challenges they may encounter.  I am committed to serving as a bridge between the school and families, assisting them with:

    1. Addressing all concerns and challenges faced in their respective school communities.
    2. Developing relationships with families and inviting them to become part of the school community and their child’s educational journey. 
    3. Clarifying parent roles in the educational process.
    4. Assisting families with making connections and accessing services.

    I look forward to connecting with parents and students across Portland Public Schools to help them navigate their school community and any larger systems in order to complete the Graduate Portrait.    

    With Regards,

    Jamaal R. Tibbs

    Cleveland Youth Summer Basketball Camp Registration is OPEN!

    Youth Camp Dates:  Monday June 21-Thursday June 24
    For: Boys & Girls entering grades 3rd-8th
    Time:  3rd-5th graders 8-11am / 6th-8th graders 11:30-2:30pm
    Cost: $155
    Registration: https://www.cleveland-warriors.com/camps

    The CB Summer Basketball Camp is lead by CHS Head Varsity Basketball Coach & pro-trainer, Dondrale Campbell, with the help of CHS players.  Participants will learn fundamental to advanced basketball skills & associated drill work, in an organized, progressive, ultra-positive environment.  The connection made between youth & CHS players is a special bond that builds confidence as well as community spirit!

    CLEVELAND CLUSTER VOLLEYBALL

    For current 8th graders who are interested and planning on trying out for Cleveland HS Volleyball. 
    Cleveland Volleyball will be hosting practices and tournaments all summer leading up to tryouts. The first tournament is June 20th! 
    Get connected with Cleveland Volleyball to stay up to date with Summer opportunities and register for the first tournament.
    FLYER

    Instagram: @clevelandhsvball
    Email: syhammond@pps.net (Varsity Coach) 
    Website: https://www.clevelandwarriorathletics.com/

    MAIN OFFICE: 
    New phone numbers for the main office!
    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue
    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.
    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm.
    Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary.  Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary.  The best way to reach us is by email.   Melissa handles attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue.  Claire handles accounting, School Pay issues and matters that help our principal.
    The next best way is by calling the office at 503-916-5656.  When prompted, press 2 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  You can also press 0 for the front counter where students help us answer the phone and direct communication. 
    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  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. 
    Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net
    For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)
    For registration, enrollment, and ParentVue  please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net
    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: Log-in and use ParentVue.
    If your ParentVue account has been disabled, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)
    School Pay or accounting issues: contact Claire (choward1@pps.net)
    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES
    “What is Systemic Racism?” videos from RaceForward
    Black History is Not American History – article from National Council for Social Studies
    Teenagers Discuss Microaggressions - video on YouTube by HatchKids

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  • Principal's Newsletter 5.28.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 28, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Memorial Day is here with a three-day weekend.  The weather should be lovely and I hope everyone enjoys it!

    Please see the schedule for next week below.

    Have a great weekend J

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 22nd through May 29: Sellwood 5K (Virtual)
    • May 31st: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 9th: 8th-grade Drive-through Promotion Celebration 3-5:00 PM
    • June 11th: Last Day of School

    SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK

    Next week is a four-day week as we celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 31st. Just like all of our four-day weeks during distance learning, middle schools drop the skinny day (Wednesday).  Therefore, we simply shift the lessons one day, starting on Tuesday.  So Tuesday will have the classes that would normally meet on Monday, Wednesday will have the classes that would normally meet on Tuesday, and Thursday/Friday will be the same as any other week.

    • Monday – No School
    • Tuesday – AM Periods I, 2, 3 virtual (PM Cohort A in-person 1, 2, 3)
    • Wednesday – AM Periods 4, 5, 6 virtual (PM Cohort A in-person 4, 5, 6)
    • Thursday – AM Periods 1, 2, 3 virtual (PM Cohort B in-person 1, 2, 3)
    • Friday, – AM Periods 4, 5, 6 (PM Cohort B in-person 4, 5, 6)

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    Today is the final day of our week-long Sellwood Virtual 5K.  We are extraordinarily grateful to everyone who participated at the events this weekend, or who joined us virtually! If you have not yet registered but wish to support the work of the Foundation please register today.  All registrations received by tomorrow will be entered into a drawing of our grand prize, a $500 gift certificate to Sellwood Cycle.  Thank you again for being a part of this community!

    PTA NEWS:

    Thank you for your support of Sellwood Middle School and the SMS PTA! The PTA board really appreciates the amazing Sellwood staff, our parent volunteers, the Sellwood Dines Out diners, and everyone in our school community! Look out for information in the fall on how to get involved next year! Our PEAK program is returning, we have a great new PTA board and high hopes for a full return!

    8th grade families: If you missed the pick up Wednesday for your graduate yard sign, please email sellwoodpta@gmail.com and we will get you one!

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile ALL YEAR LONG!! Purchase with purpose. Shop with AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA. This doesn't end because it is summer, so keep using Amazonsmile when you shop Amazon!

    CLEVELAND CLUSTER VOLLEYBALL

    For current 8th graders who are interested and planning on trying out for Cleveland HS Volleyball. 

    Cleveland Volleyball will be hosting practices and tournaments all summer leading up to tryouts. The first tournament is June 20th! 

    Get connected with Cleveland Volleyball to stay up to date with Summer opportunities and register for the first tournament.

    FLYER

    Instagram: @clevelandhsvball

    Email: syhammond@pps.net (Varsity Coach) 

    Website: https://www.clevelandwarriorathletics.com/

    MIDDLE SCHOOL REDESIGN FOCUS GROUP:

    Do you want to have an impact on the middle school redesign process? 

    Join the Middle School Redesign Focus Group! 

    Portland Public Schools is redesigning the middle grades experience for our students. We don’t know what the redesign will look like because we haven’t heard from our students or caretakers on their hopes, dreams, and needs for middle school. It is important that we hear and learn from as many people as possible to help inform the redesign process.  

    Student Focus Group

    If your student wants to participate in a focus group, please click on the link found below. The student focus groups will take place next week on Wednesday, May 19th.

    If your student isn’t comfortable attending a focus group, a survey will be shared within the coming week. 

    Click HERE for Student Focus Group Interest Form

    Caretaker Focus Group

    There will be two opportunities for caretakers to provide feedback on PPS’s middle school redesign. May 25th from 6:30-7:30 pm and May 26th at @10:00 am. Participating in this focus group will be an excellent opportunity to rethink our middle grades experience for your students.

    We deeply value your feedback and look forward to learning from your experience.

     Click HERE for Caregiver Focus Group Interest Form

    I look forward to partnering with you. 

    Meisha Plotzke, Director of Middle School Innovation & Redesign

    mplotzke@pps.net

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps & Classes Flier (grades 2-12)

    Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Flier

    Cognizart 360 Arts Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16

    PSU Portland Summer Percussion Academy (ages 12-18) - July 19-21

    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)

    Artificial Intelligence Program for Middle school Students

    HYBRID REMINDERS AND RESOURCES:

    Sellwood Hybrid Presentation

    Here is a link to the regular hybrid bell schedules starting April 26th.  All of the various schedules are included, for cohort A, cohort B, and distance learning, as well as the advanced band zero period schedules.  I am happy that these schedules require very few changes to our distance learning schedule and also that students will continue with their same teachers.

    Student drop off:  Do not drop students off on 15th Avenue in front of the school or in the staff parking lot.  Trying to drop students off in front of the school where the buses are will simply add to congestion, and students being dropped off will not be allowed to enter through the main doors on 15th Avenue.  They must enter through the courtyard door or the entrance on Umatilla for a health screening.  Please drop students, when safe to do so, on Umatilla Street, 16th Avenue, or Sherrett Street.  You could even drop students a block away and have them walk, if you have time.

    Also, do not send your child to school if they are sick.  Please complete the self-screening check list to make sure that your student is ok to come to school.  Also, make sure that someone is available to pick them up in case they become ill during the afternoon.

    Chromebooks/laptops.  There is no need to bring Chromebooks or laptops the first day of in-person learning, as students will be getting oriented to the school.  On the first day, students will have an opportunity to let their third period teacher know if they do not have a laptop or Chromebook, and one will be assigned to them on the second or third day of in-person

    If your family decides that you would like your child to remain in distance learning after all, please email me at jcarbone@pps.net.

    Here are some updates about transportation.

    Finally, here are some general updates from the district.

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

    Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary.  Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary.  The best way to reach us is by email.   Melissa handles attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue.  Claire handles accounting, School Pay issues and matters that help our principal.

    The next best way is by calling the office at 503-916-5656.  When prompted, press 2 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  You can also press 0 for the front counter where students help us answer the phone and direct communication. 

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  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. 

    Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    For registration, enrollment, and ParentVue  please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: Log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    School Pay or accounting issues: contact Claire (choward1@pps.net)

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

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  • Principal's Newsletter 5-21-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 21, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We are nearing the end of the school year with just three weeks left.  It has been a challenging year for all of us, but staff, students, and parents continue to give it their all, demonstrating impressive resilience.  I encourage everyone to reflect on all they have learned and experienced this year, and give yourselves a hug and a big pat on the back!!! 

    I am happy to report that we have not had to require any sort of quarantine for in-person school at Sellwood, and as we work to keep students and staff safe, I am hopeful that will continue until the end of the year.  Multnomah County will likely be moving to the COVID lower risk category on Wednesday, May 26th.  This gives me great hope that schools will be able to open at full-capacity next year, barring any unexpected setbacks.

    I hope you enjoy the weekend, and don’t forget that we have the kick-off to our Sellwood Virtual 5K starting tomorrow, May 22nd.  See the foundation message below for details.  I think you can still register today!

    In gratitude to each and every one of you,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 22nd through May 29: Sellwood 5K (Virtual)
    • May 31st: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 9th: 8th-grade Drive-through Promotion Celebration 3-5:00 PM
    • June 11th: Last Day of School

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    This is the last week to register for the Sellwood 5K!  Money raised from the 5K will support the Sellwood Foundation, which in turn raises money to support hiring more teachers.  We are offering two COVID-safe group runs this weekend on May 22nd and May 23rd, or you can register and run/walk or roll on your own time.  Either way you are supporting the important work of the Foundation. Thank you to everyone who has already registered, we appreciate your support!

    CLEVELAND HS Q&A for 8th-graders

    This Sunday evening, May 23rd, from 7-8PM, Cleveland High School will have a virtual Q&A session for incoming 9th-graders (that's YOU 8th-graders!).

    The question and answer session will be led by Cleveland students, so please join the meet and get your questions answered by those who really know, your future school-mates.

    Here is the FLYER with the QR code and joining information.

    PTA NEWS:

    ALL 8th graders at Sellwood Middle School will be receiving a Sellwood Middle School Graduate yard sign to celebrate their accomplishment of completing middle school!  The PTA is asking for a minimum $5 donation to offset the cost of having the signs printed. Go to https://www.schoolpay.com/link/8thgradegraduate to make your donation. ALL STUDENTS REGARDLESS OF ABILITY TO PAY WILL RECEIVE A SIGN!!!    

    PICK UP FOR YARD SIGNS IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 26 1-4:30 AT THE BIKE RACK. 

    Please contact the PTA if you are unable to pick up your graduate's sign at sellwoodpta@gmail.com

    We are excited and thankful to announce the 2021-22 new PTA Board:

    • President: Shannon Moran
    • Vice President: Karen Hansen
    • Secretary: Bridget Geraghty
    • Treasurer: Mindy Parker
    • Auditor: Maise Ponce

    We also have volunteers to run PEAK for next year, so keep an eye out for more information next Fall. We are so thankful to be able keep this valuable resource going next year! Thank you!

    CLEVELAND CLUSTER VOLLEYBALL

    For current 8th graders who are interested and planning on trying out for Cleveland HS Volleyball. 

    Cleveland Volleyball will be hosting practices and tournaments all summer leading up to tryouts. The first tournament is June 20th! 

    Get connected with Cleveland Volleyball to stay up to date with Summer opportunities and register for the first tournament.

    FLYER

    Instagram: @clevelandhsvball

    Email: syhammond@pps.net (Varsity Coach) 

    Website: https://www.clevelandwarriorathletics.com/

    FROM SELLWOOD SCHOOL NURSE

    From the Health Room!

    Hello and Happy "almost" June!!!

    I wanted to give you a link to an article regarding COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds for your information!

    From the Allergy & Asthma Network: 

    COVID-19 Vaccine For Children: What Parents Need to Know

    As we are nearing the end of this School year, please arrange with the School Health Assistant, Catherina, to pick up any medications that are in the Health room before the end of the last day of school June 11th.

    Thank you so much!

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    MIDDLE SCHOOL REDESIGN FOCUS GROUP:

    Do you want to have an impact on the middle school redesign process? 

    Join the Middle School Redesign Focus Group! 

    Portland Public Schools is redesigning the middle grades experience for our students. We don’t know what the redesign will look like because we haven’t heard from our students or caretakers on their hopes, dreams, and needs for middle school. It is important that we hear and learn from as many people as possible to help inform the redesign process.  

    Student Focus Group

    If your student wants to participate in a focus group, please click on the link found below. The student focus groups will take place next week on Wednesday, May 19th.

    If your student isn’t comfortable attending a focus group, a survey will be shared within the coming week. 

    Click HERE for Student Focus Group Interest Form

    Caretaker Focus Group

    There will be two opportunities for caretakers to provide feedback on PPS’s middle school redesign. May 25th from 6:30-7:30 pm and May 26th at @10:00 am. Participating in this focus group will be an excellent opportunity to rethink our middle grades experience for your students.

    We deeply value your feedback and look forward to learning from your experience.

     Click HERE for Caregiver Focus Group Interest Form

    I look forward to partnering with you. 

    Meisha Plotzke, Director of Middle School Innovation & Redesign

    mplotzke@pps.net

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps & Classes Flier (grades 2-12)

    Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Flier

    Cognizart 360 Arts Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16

    PSU Portland Summer Percussion Academy (ages 12-18) - July 19-21

    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)

    Artificial Intelligence Program for Middle school Students

     

    HYBRID REMINDERS AND RESOURCES:

    Sellwood Hybrid Presentation

    Here is a link to the regular hybrid bell schedules starting April 26th.  All of the various schedules are included, for cohort A, cohort B, and distance learning, as well as the advanced band zero period schedules.  I am happy that these schedules require very few changes to our distance learning schedule and also that students will continue with their same teachers.

    Student drop off:  Do not drop students off on 15th Avenue in front of the school or in the staff parking lot.  Trying to drop students off in front of the school where the buses are will simply add to congestion, and students being dropped off will not be allowed to enter through the main doors on 15th Avenue.  They must enter through the courtyard door or the entrance on Umatilla for a health screening.  Please drop students, when safe to do so, on Umatilla Street, 16th Avenue, or Sherrett Street.  You could even drop students a block away and have them walk, if you have time.

    Also, do not send your child to school if they are sick.  Please complete the self-screening check list to make sure that your student is ok to come to school.  Also, make sure that someone is available to pick them up in case they become ill during the afternoon.

    Chromebooks/laptops.  There is no need to bring Chromebooks or laptops the first day of in-person learning, as students will be getting oriented to the school.  On the first day, students will have an opportunity to let their third period teacher know if they do not have a laptop or Chromebook, and one will be assigned to them on the second or third day of in-person

    If your family decides that you would like your child to remain in distance learning after all, please email me at jcarbone@pps.net.

    Here are some updates about transportation.

    Finally, here are some general updates from the district.

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

    Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary.  Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary.  The best way to reach us is by email.   Melissa handles attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue.  Claire handles accounting, School Pay issues and matters that help our principal.

    The next best way is by calling the office at 503-916-5656.  When prompted, press 2 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  You can also press 0 for the front counter where students help us answer the phone and direct communication. 

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  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. 

    Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    For registration, enrollment, and ParentVue  please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: Log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    School Pay or accounting issues: contact Claire (choward1@pps.net)

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

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  • Principal's Newsletter 5-14-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 14, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    The Sellwood Virtual 5K is coming up soon.  This is the last week to register, so sign up and support our school!   The event is being organized by the Sellwood MS Foundation, along with our feeder elementary schools’ organizations, Llewellyn, Lewis, and Duniway.  The Sellwood Foundation supports our elective program by funding classes such as French and Technology J  Please look for more information about the Sellwood 5K right below my message.

    In other exciting news, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for 12 to 15-year-olds!  I have already seen Sellwood students coming to school with band-aids on their biceps, proudly displaying their COVID-19 vaccine stickers or excitedly talking about their upcoming vaccine appointments.  I strongly encourage everyone eligible, including students, to get their COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are able.  Here is a FAQ document from the Oregon Health Authority about vaccines for 12 to 17-year-olds.

    Sellwood Middle School will be a hub school for the PPS Summer Acceleration Program, July 19th to August 6th.  Students from DaVinci and Hosford Middle Schools will be attending the summer program alongside a number of Sellwood students.  We are currently in the process of identifying 20 rising 7th and 8th grade Sellwood students for the program.  Our feeder schools, Llewellyn, Duniway, and Lewis will also be identifying 18 rising 6th-graders for the program.  Current Sellwood 8th-graders are eligible to register for the LEAP program, which will be held at PPS high schools.  Sellwood’s wonderful AP, Kirsten Letofsky (Mr. L) will be the administrator for the summer program at Sellwood.  As we move forward with planning for the Summer Acceleration Program, please direct your questions about the program to Mr. L.  kletofsky@pps.net.

    Finally, please remember that while COVID-19 cases are dropping, the virus is still prevalent in the community.  To keep everyone safe, if your child is ill, especially with fever or a new cough, do not send them to in-person school.  Also, make sure to call or email Melissa Whiteside to report the absence/illness: 503-916-5656 extension 0637 or email mwhitesi@pps.net 

    Have a great week J

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    This is the last week to register for the Sellwood 5K!  Money raised from the 5K will support the Sellwood Foundation, which in turn raises money to support hiring more teachers.  We are offering two covid-friendly runs on May 22nd and May 23rd, or you can register and run/walk or roll on your own time.  Either way you are supporting the important work of the Foundation. Thank you to everyone who has already registered, we appreciate your support!

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 22nd through May 29: Sellwood 5K (Virtual)
    • May 31st: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 9th: 8th-grade Drive-through Promotion Celebration 3-5:00 PM
    • June 11th: Last Day of School

    PTA NEWS:

    Thank you for your support of Sellwood Middle School and the SMS PTA! Together we were able to think of new ways to fundraise during these unprecedented (anyone else tired of this word?!) times to support our students and staff. We are confidently looking ahead to the future!

    We are excited and thankful to announce the 2021-22 new PTA Board:

    • President: Shannon Moran
    • Vice President: Karen Hansen
    • Secretary: Bridget Geraghty
    • Treasurer: Mindy Parker
    • Auditor: Maise Ponce

    We also have volunteers to run PEAK for next year, so keep an eye out for more information next Fall. We are so thankful to be able keep this valuable resource going next year! Thank you!

    Sellwood Dines Out is Back!

    Our next Dines Out is set for Rocio’s TUESDAY, MAY 18th! They will be contributing 20% of sales!

    https://www.rociospdx.com/ 2850 SE Gladstone St, Portland, OR 97202

    The PTA has designed and purchased yard signs for our 8th grade graduates! A donation of $5 is suggested, but EVERY 8th grader will get one regardless. More information coming soon! 

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop with AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA. This doesn't end because it is summer, so keep using AmazonSmile when you shop Amazon!

    MIDDLE SCHOOL REDESIGN FOCUS GROUP:

    Do you want to have an impact on the middle school redesign process? 

    Join the Middle School Redesign Focus Group! 

    Portland Public Schools is redesigning the middle grades experience for our students. We don’t know what the redesign will look like because we haven’t heard from our students or caretakers on their hopes, dreams, and needs for middle school. It is important that we hear and learn from as many people as possible to help inform the redesign process.  

    Student Focus Group

    If your student wants to participate in a focus group, please click on the link found below. The student focus groups will take place next week on Wednesday, May 19th.

    If your student isn’t comfortable attending a focus group, a survey will be shared within the coming week. 

    Click HERE for Student Focus Group Interest Form

    Caretaker Focus Group

    There will be two opportunities for caretakers to provide feedback on PPS’s middle school redesign. May 25th from 6:30-7:30 pm and May 26th at @10:00 am. Participating in this focus group will be an excellent opportunity to rethink our middle grades experience for your students.

    We deeply value your feedback and look forward to learning from your experience.

     Click HERE for Caregiver Focus Group Interest Form

    I look forward to partnering with you. 

    Meisha Plotzke, Director of Middle School Innovation & Redesign

    mplotzke@pps.net

     

    IB INFORMATION NIGHT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

    Want to know about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Cleveland HS? Then this information session is for you! A group of IB seniors are excited to be presenting all about the IB program and their personal experience with it on Tuesday, May 18th from 7:00p to 8:00p. This presentation will include what IB is all about, how you complete a certificate or diploma and more. All are welcome so come ready to hear about what IB has to offer during your high school experience.  Q&A included. To attend, click here! Meeting Link

    **Hosted by Hosford PTSA and Cleveland IB**

    ****Bonus! If you are interested in IB, why not attend this year's IB Extended Essay Showcase?

    Please join the 2021 IB Diploma senior class for our 12th annual IB Extended Essay Senior Showcase on Monday, May 10th at 7 p.m. This year, fifty-eight Cleveland IB Diploma seniors will share the topics that inspired their research for the Extended Essay in an interactive, virtual format. It is an engaging opportunity to learn more about this unique IB Diploma requirement and experience the joy of the learning process with our senior researchers. Those who attend will select 15-minute sessions to attend live throughout the evening from a wide variety of subject and topic options. This event is open to everyone: students, parents, neighbors and other friends of the Cleveland Community are welcome! Freshmen and sophomore students interested in learning more about the IB Diploma are strongly encouraged to attend, and we request the participation of all IB Diploma-bound juniors. More information about how to attend will be coming closer to the event but mark your calendars now!

     

    HYBRID REMINDERS AND RESOURCES:

    Sellwood Hybrid Presentation

    Here is a link to the regular hybrid bell schedules starting April 26th.  All of the various schedules are included, for cohort A, cohort B, and distance learning, as well as the advanced band zero period schedules.  I am happy that these schedules require very few changes to our distance learning schedule and also that students will continue with their same teachers.

    Student drop off:  Do not drop students off on 15th Avenue in front of the school or in the staff parking lot.  Trying to drop students off in front of the school where the buses are will simply add to congestion, and students being dropped off will not be allowed to enter through the main doors on 15th Avenue.  They must enter through the courtyard door or the entrance on Umatilla for a health screening.  Please drop students, when safe to do so, on Umatilla Street, 16th Avenue, or Sherrett Street.  You could even drop students a block away and have them walk, if you have time.

    Also, do not send your child to school if they are sick.  Please complete the self-screening check list to make sure that your student is ok to come to school.  Also, make sure that someone is available to pick them up in case they become ill during the afternoon.

    Chromebooks/laptops.  There is no need to bring Chromebooks or laptops the first day of in-person learning, as students will be getting oriented to the school.  On the first day, students will have an opportunity to let their third period teacher know if they do not have a laptop or Chromebook, and one will be assigned to them on the second or third day of in-person

    If your family decides that you would like your child to remain in distance learning after all, please email me at jcarbone@pps.net.

    Here are some updates about transportation.

    Finally, here are some general updates from the district.

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps & Classes Flier (grades 2-12)

    Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Flier

    Cognizart 360 Arts Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16

    PSU Portland Summer Percussion Academy (ages 12-18) - July 19-21

    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

    Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary.  Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary.  The best way to reach us is by email.   Melissa handles attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue.  Claire handles accounting, School Pay issues and matters that help our principal.

    The next best way is by calling the office at 503-916-5656.  When prompted, press 2 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  You can also press 0 for the front counter where students help us answer the phone and direct communication. 

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  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. 

    Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    For registration, enrollment, and ParentVue  please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: Log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    School Pay or accounting issues: contact Claire (choward1@pps.net)

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

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  • Principal's Newsletter 5/7/2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 7, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I hope you are all well and enjoying the longer days.  Our hybrid program is up and running, and distance learning continues to hum along.  As I am writing this newsletter, I hear the wonderful notes of Marimba coming up through my office floorboards!  Period 5 Marimba students, you sound great! 

    Multnomah County has moved from extreme COVID risk level to high risk level, and we continue to follow safety protocols in order to keep Sellwood students and staff safe.  So far, we have not had any COVID exposure incidents on school grounds and have had no need to require and cohorts to quarantine.  My hope is that as vaccine rates go up, new cases will go down, and we will finish the year without incident.  Thank you all for your vigilance regarding student health protocols. 

    If you have not been vaccinated yet, please note that the Oregon Convention Center is now accepting walk-ins at their mass vaccination site, as are many pharmacies.  In other exciting news, the FDA will soon be authorizing the Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 age group.  The sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner we will get back to full-time in-person school!

    I, for one, cannot wait for that day!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 22nd through May 29: Sellwood 5k (Virtual)
    • May 31st: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11th: Last Day of School

    MIDDLE SCHOOL VIRTUAL CYBER SAFETY ACADEMY

    The Cyber Safety Academy is an opportunity for students to understand and be aware of online safety.  Four different Wednesday afternoon sessions (3-4PM) are available between May 18th and June 9th.

    Check out the flyer and submit an application.

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    Dear Sellwood Families:

    It's not too late to register for the Sellwood 5K! 

    Join a COVID-safe group run/walk/roll in Eastmoreland on May 22nd, or Sellwood/Westmoreland on May 23rd (this course is an out and back).  Follow the course in any direction, anytime between 9am-1pm.  Wear your tee if you have one, run/walk/roll under the official arch, and swing by the medal table.If you can't make it, no problem!  In the end, this is a fundraiser to support Sellwood, LLewellyn, Duniway and Lewis.  Your support in any capacity is greatly appreciated!! We are 3/4 of the way to our fundraising goal, so a big thank you to those who have already registered!

    Your Sellwood Foundation 

    PTA NEWS:

    Our next PTA meeting will be Wednesday, May 12th, at 7pm on Zoom. We will elect and introduce the new PTA board for the 2021-22 school year!

              Join Zoom Meeting:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6088364064  Meeting ID: 608 836 4064

    IB INFORMATION NIGHT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

    Want to know about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Cleveland HS? Then this information session is for you! A group of IB seniors are excited to be presenting all about the IB program and their personal experience with it on Tuesday, May 18th from 7:00p to 8:00p. This presentation will include what IB is all about, how you complete a certificate or diploma and more. All are welcome so come ready to hear about what IB has to offer during your high school experience.  Q&A included. To attend, click here! Meeting Link

    **Hosted by Hosford PTSA and Cleveland IB**

    ****Bonus! If you are interested in IB, why not attend this year's IB Extended Essay Showcase?

    Please join the 2021 IB Diploma senior class for our 12th annual IB Extended Essay Senior Showcase on Monday, May 10th at 7 p.m. This year, fifty-eight Cleveland IB Diploma seniors will share the topics that inspired their research for the Extended Essay in an interactive, virtual format. It is an engaging opportunity to learn more about this unique IB Diploma requirement and experience the joy of the learning process with our senior researchers. Those who attend will select 15-minute sessions to attend live throughout the evening from a wide variety of subject and topic options. This event is open to everyone: students, parents, neighbors and other friends of the Cleveland Community are welcome! Freshmen and sophomore students interested in learning more about the IB Diploma are strongly encouraged to attend, and we request the participation of all IB Diploma-bound juniors. More information about how to attend will be coming closer to the event but mark your calendars now!

     

    HYBRID REMINDERS AND RESOURCES:

    Sellwood Hybrid Presentation

    Here is a link to the regular hybrid bell schedules starting April 26th.  All of the various schedules are included, for cohort A, cohort B, and distance learning, as well as the advanced band zero period schedules.  I am happy that these schedules require very few changes to our distance learning schedule and also that students will continue with their same teachers.

    Student drop off:  Do not drop students off on 15th Avenue in front of the school or in the staff parking lot.  Trying to drop students off in front of the school where the buses are will simply add to congestion, and students being dropped off will not be allowed to enter through the main doors on 15th Avenue.  They must enter through the courtyard door or the entrance on Umatilla for a health screening.  Please drop students, when safe to do so, on Umatilla Street, 16th Avenue, or Sherrett Street.  You could even drop students a block away and have them walk, if you have time.

    Also, do not send your child to school if they are sick.  Please complete the self-screening check list to make sure that your student is ok to come to school.  Also, make sure that someone is available to pick them up in case they become ill during the afternoon.

    Chromebooks/laptops.  There is no need to bring Chromebooks or laptops the first day of in-person learning, as students will be getting oriented to the school.  On the first day, students will have an opportunity to let their third period teacher know if they do not have a laptop or Chromebook, and one will be assigned to them on the second or third day of in-person

    If your family decides that you would like your child to remain in distance learning after all, please email me at jcarbone@pps.net.

    Here are some updates about transportation.

    Finally, here are some general updates from the district.

    GRAB-AND-GO MEALS

    At 4PM on Monday/Tuesday (cohort A) or Thursday/Friday (cohort B), any student in in-person learning can pick up grab-and-go meals in the Sellwood cafeteria.  On days when not participating in in-person learning, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18.

    The sites for curbside distribution of grab-and-go meals for all:

    • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.
    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.
    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.
    • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.
    • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.
    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.
    • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.
    • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.
    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
    • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.
    • Mt. Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.
    • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.
    • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.
    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.
    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

    Cognizart Kids Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16

    PSU Portland Summer Percussion Academy (ages 12-18) - July 19-21

    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every THURSDAY from 12:15-1pm starting next week on March 11.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

    Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary.  Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary.  The best way to reach us is by email.   Melissa handles attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue.  Claire handles accounting, School Pay issues and matters that help our principal.

    The next best way is by calling the office at 503-916-5656.  When prompted, press 2 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  You can also press 0 for the front counter where students help us answer the phone and direct communication. 

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  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. 

    Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    For registration, enrollment, and ParentVue  please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: Log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    School Pay or accounting issues: contact Claire (choward1@pps.net)

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 4-30-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 30, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It is hard to believe that there are just 6 more weeks to the school year! This year has been like four years rolled into one. 

    We are starting to plan the end of year events for all students and for our 8th-graders.  While we have some ideas about how to mark and celebrate the end of the school year, what we are able to do will largely depend on county health metrics, which are very fluid at this time.  We plan to gather parent input and work closely with the PTA to provide best sendoff we can under the circumstances.

    Please check out the information below for Successful You, a virtual college and career readiness event for middle school students this upcoming Wednesday, May 4th, from 10AM-11:30AM.  The district sent out the information last week, but I wanted to make sure to highlight it here in case any interested families missed it.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 22nd:  May 29: Sellwood 5k (Virtual)
    • May 31st: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11th: Last Day of School

    WALKING FIELD TRIP FORM

    As Sellwood teachers occasionally take Sellwood students on short walking field trips, please complete this short permission form indicating whether or not you give permission for your child to participate in these walking field trips.  This is normally a form we would have families complete at the beginning of the school year, but this year it was not needed until now.  If your child is remaining in CDL and not participating in in-person instruction, you do not need to complete the form.

    Sellwood Walking Field Trip Form

    Please complete the form, if you have not done so already.  It should only take a minute.

     

    SUCCESSFUL YOU! (Check out this virtual college and career readiness event for all middle school students) Wednesday, May 5th

    A morning spent visioning the future

        Spanish      Vietnamese      Russian        Somali       Chinese

     

     

    IMPORTANT: STUDENTS MUST USE PPS LOGIN FOR REGISTRATION AND ACCESS

    Who:     All PPS middle school students (grades 6,7,8)

    What:    Sessions will include: 

    • Learning about a broad range of career pathways from industry representatives.
    • Talks about preparing for high school and having a successful high school experience from current high school and college students. Middle school students will be able to ask questions of these panels via the pre-event survey.
    • An array of career pathway programs offered in PPS high schools.
    • A chance to hear from current high school and college students
    • An introduction to postsecondary opportunities such as apprenticeships and college.

    When:   Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Where: Link to Canvas Module

    Link to WEBSITE pps.net/successfulyou

    Why:     To give middle school students a chance to look at opportunities in the future through the experience of an mini-online conference

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    Registration for the Sellwood 5K has officially started!

    How do you run a virtual 5k?

    It's time to register for the Sellwood 5K!  Get new shoes for the family at Foot Traffic, order your exclusive Sellwood 5K t-shirts, and train to run, walk or roll a 5K in May.  Because it is 2021 this event will be virtual, but no less fun.  Every registrant will be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card to Sellwood Cycle.  Register today in support of the Sellwood Foundation, the Duniway PTA, the Lewis PTA and the LLewellyn Foundation.  We are stronger together!

    PTA NEWS:

     

    Our next PTA meeting will be May 12th, at 7pm on Zoom. We will elect and introduce the new PTA board for the 2021-22 school year!

    Teacher appreciation is the week of May 3rd! Start thinking about how you would like to show your appreciation to the Sellwood staff. The PTA is creating a "Meet the Staff" page on the PTA website that will give you some ideas on their favorite things to do and places to go. Look out for it next week!

    Spread the word-The PTA is still looking for a PEAK coordinator in order for PEAK (after school enrichment program) to happen next year. If you are interested please email the board at sellwoodpta@gmail.com.

    Sellwood Dines Out is Back!

    Our next Dines Out is set for Rocio’s 05/18/21!

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

    HYBRID REMINDERS AND RESOURCES:

    Sellwood Hybrid Presentation

    Here is a link to the regular hybrid bell schedules starting April 26th.  All of the various schedules are included, for cohort A, cohort B, and distance learning, as well as the advanced band zero period schedules.  I am happy that these schedules require very few changes to our distance learning schedule and also that students will continue with their same teachers.

    Student drop off:  Do not drop students off on 15th Avenue in front of the school or in the staff parking lot.  Trying to drop students off in front of the school where the buses are will simply add to congestion, and students being dropped off will not be allowed to enter through the main doors on 15th Avenue.  They must enter through the courtyard door or the entrance on Umatilla for a health screening.  Please drop students, when safe to do so, on Umatilla Street, 16th Avenue, or Sherrett Street.  You could even drop students a block away and have them walk, if you have time.

    Also, do not send your child to school if they are sick.  Please complete the self-screening check list to make sure that your student is ok to come to school.  Also, make sure that someone is available to pick them up in case they become ill during the afternoon.

    Chromebooks/laptops.  There is no need to bring Chromebooks or laptops the first day of in-person learning, as students will be getting oriented to the school.  On the first day, students will have an opportunity to let their third period teacher know if they do not have a laptop or Chromebook, and one will be assigned to them on the second or third day of in-person

    If your family decides that you would like your child to remain in distance learning after all, please email me at jcarbone@pps.net.

    Here are some updates about transportation.

    Finally, here are some general updates from the district.

     

    GRAB-AND-GO MEALS

    At 4PM on Monday/Tuesday (cohort A) or Thursday/Friday (cohort B), any student in in-person learning can pick up grab-and-go meals in the Sellwood cafeteria.  On days when not participating in in-person learning, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18.

    The sites for curbside distribution of grab-and-go meals for all:

    Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.

    Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.

    George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.

    Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.

    Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.

    Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.

    Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.

    Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.

    Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.

    Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.

    Mt. Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.

    Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.

    Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.

    Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.

    Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

    IB INFORMATION NIGHT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

    Want to know about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Cleveland HS? Then this information session is for you! A group of IB seniors are excited to be presenting all about the IB program and their personal experience with it on Tuesday, May 18th from 7:00p to 8:00p. This presentation will include what IB is all about, how you complete a certificate or diploma and more. All are welcome so come ready to hear about what IB has to offer during your high school experience.  Q&A included. To attend, click here! Meeting Link

    **Hosted by Hosford PTSA and Cleveland IB**

    ****Bonus! If you are interested in IB, why not attend this year's IB Extended Essay Showcase?

    Please join the 2021 IB Diploma senior class for our 12th annual IB Extended Essay Senior Showcase on Monday, May 10th at 7 p.m. This year, fifty-eight Cleveland IB Diploma seniors will share the topics that inspired their research for the Extended Essay in an interactive, virtual format. It is an engaging opportunity to learn more about this unique IB Diploma requirement and experience the joy of the learning process with our senior researchers. Those who attend will select 15-minute sessions to attend live throughout the evening from a wide variety of subject and topic options. This event is open to everyone: students, parents, neighbors and other friends of the Cleveland Community are welcome! Freshmen and sophomore students interested in learning more about the IB Diploma are strongly encouraged to attend, and we request the participation of all IB Diploma-bound juniors. More information about how to attend will be coming closer to the event but mark your calendars now!

     

    MEALS ON WHEELS:

    For several years Sellwood Middle Students were given the opportunity to support seniors in our area by helping deliver meals through the Meals on Wheels People program.  Because of Covid, student participation was suspended and our students could not volunteer for this important and long-standing food donation program.  Luckily, there is an easy way we can continue to support our elderly community members, without making physical contact.  It's called Stride for Seniors, a walk organized through Meals on Wheels People.    

    There are two ways to participate:

    1.  Simply donate to the Thelma's Posse team.  This team is our local Sellwood Stride team, run by Team Captain, Chris McKee (supervisor at our local Meals on Wheels Thelma Skelton station).  You just click the link below and hit the black-boxed "Donate Now" button.  It takes less than two minutes and makes a huge impact.  So easy! 

    2. Join the Thelma's Posse team and do the walk on Saturday, April 24th, at 9:00 am.  You just click this same link and hit "Join Team".  All the details will be given to you.  

    Homebound seniors have been particularly isolated this past year.  The funds raised from Stride help support ongoing food donations and wellness visits, and it's Meals on Wheels' most important fundraiser of the year.  

    Please donate to this important cause and show our young people that supporting our elderly is vital to the success of a community.        

    Sellwood's Thelma's Posse Stride for Seniors Team

    http://events.mowp.org/site/TR/WalkRun/General?team_id=2148&pg=team&fr_id=1080

    COVID TESTING ONSITE

    On March 30, PPS shared a message regarding a Health and Safety Reminder - Consent FormAs we shared, PPS is requesting consent from student’s families to test symptomatic students for COVID-19 onsite, during the school day. Your consent is optional. 

    Here are a few options to turn in a signed COVID-19 Testing Consent Form: 

    • Install the Adobe software to enter your certified signature. The consent form can be signed with DocuSign. You can email them to Melissa Whiteside  mwhitesi@pps.net
    • You can print this form at home, sign it and return the form to your school.

    Tests will only be given to test students who have a consent form on file or to staff who agree to the test.  You can find the forms by clicking in the links below:

    1. English
    2. Spanish
    3. Vietnamese
    4. Chinese
    5. Somali
    6. Russian

    The Student Success & Health Department in partnership with Multnomah Educational Service District (MESD) will oversee the implementation of the program following the COVID-19 Testing in Oregon’s K-12 Schools guidance provided by OHA and DHS. 

    The COVID-19 Testing in Oregon Schools FAQ is linked here.  

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

    Child Care During Hybrid & 211 Info: Child Care & Parenting (both available in translation through links on the sites)

    Cognizart Spark Camp (ages 6-12) - March 20 & April 24

    Cognizart Kids Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16

    PSU Portland Summer Percussion Academy (ages 12-18) - July 19-21

    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every THURSDAY from 12:15-1pm starting next week on March 11.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

    Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary.  Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary.  The best way to reach us is by email.   Melissa handles attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue.  Claire handles accounting, School Pay issues and matters that help our principal.

    The next best way is by calling the office at 503-916-5656.  When prompted, press 2 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  You can also press 0 for the front counter where students help us answer the phone and direct communication. 

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  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. 

    Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    For registration, enrollment, and ParentVue  please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: Log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    School Pay or accounting issues: contact Claire (choward1@pps.net)

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 4.23.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 23, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We are now into the 4th quarter of the 20/21 school year, and it has been a year like no other.  We started in-person school this week, and overall it went more smoothly than imagined.  I credit this to our cooperative students, dedicated staff, supportive families, and lots of planning.  We will continue to work hard to keep students and staff safe while providing the best learning environment we can during these difficult times.  It was truly a joy to see students and hear their voices in the building!  Six graders are still finding their way around, but they should not worry about getting lost or being late, as there will always be someone available to help them.

    Today, Governor Brown discussed a new COVID-19 surge, and the New York Times reports that for the past two weeks cases in Oregon have been accelerating faster than in any other state in the country, with a 58% increase over 14 days.  I urge everyone to remain vigilant in following COVID-19 protocols and get vaccinated as soon as possible.  Also, if your child is sick or has had close contact with anyone with COVID-19, please do not send them to school.  Also, remember that you must immediately notify the school if your child or family members have or are suspected to have COVID-19.  We will maintain confidentiality but we must follow strict contact tracing and quarantine protocols to keep all students safe.

    I look forward to next week with our regular bell schedule.  Enjoy the weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 12th: PTA Meeting, 7PM on Zoom
    • May 22nd:  May 29: Sellwood 5k (Virtual)
    • May 31st: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11th: Last Day of School

    PTA NEWS:

    Our next PTA meeting will be May 12th, at 7pm on Zoom. We will elect and introduce the new PTA board for the 2021-22 school year!

    Teacher appreciation is the week of May 3rd! Start thinking about how you would like to show your appreciation to the Sellwood staff. The PTA is creating a "Meet the Staff" page on the PTA website that will give you some ideas on their favorite things to do and places to go. Look out for it next week!

    Spread the word-The PTA is still looking for a PEAK coordinator in order for PEAK (after school enrichment program) to happen next year. If you are interested please email the board at sellwoodpta@gmail.com.

    Sellwood Dines Out is Back!

    Our next Dines Out is set for Rocio’s 05/18/21!

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

     

    HYBRID REMINDERS AND RESOURCES:

    Sellwood Hybrid Presentation

    Here is a link to the regular hybrid bell schedules starting April 26th.  All of the various schedules are included, for cohort A, cohort B, and distance learning, as well as the advanced band zero period schedules.  I am happy that these schedules require very few changes to our distance learning schedule and also that students will continue with their same teachers.

    Student drop off:  Do not drop students off on 15th Avenue in front of the school or in the staff parking lot.  Trying to drop students off in front of the school where the buses are will simply add to congestion, and students being dropped off will not be allowed to enter through the main doors on 15th Avenue.  They must enter through the courtyard door or the entrance on Umatilla for a health screening.  Please drop students, when safe to do so, on Umatilla Street, 16th Avenue, or Sherrett Street.  You could even drop students a block away and have them walk, if you have time.

    Also, do not send your child to school if they are sick.  Please complete the self-screening check list to make sure that your student is ok to come to school.  Also, make sure that someone is available to pick them up in case they become ill during the afternoon.

    Chromebooks/laptops.  There is no need to bring Chromebooks or laptops the first day of in-person learning, as students will be getting oriented to the school.  On the first day, students will have an opportunity to let their third period teacher know if they do not have a laptop or Chromebook, and one will be assigned to them on the second or third day of in-person

    If your family decides that you would like your child to remain in distance learning after all, please email me at jcarbone@pps.net.

    Here are some updates about transportation.

    Finally, here are some general updates from the district.

     

    GRAB-AND-GO MEALS

    At 4PM on Monday/Tuesday (cohort A) or Thursday/Friday (cohort B), any student in in-person learning can pick up grab-and-go meals in the Sellwood cafeteria.  On days when not participating in in-person learning, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18.

    The sites for curbside distribution of grab-and-go meals for all:

    • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.
    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.
    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.
    • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.
    • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.
    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.
    • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.
    • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.
    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
    • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.
    • Mt. Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.
    • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.
    • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.
    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.
    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    Registration for the Sellwood 5K has officially started!

    It's time to register for the Sellwood 5K!  Get new shoes for the family at Foot Traffic, order your exclusive Sellwood 5K t-shirts, and train to run, walk or roll a 5K in May.  Because it is 2021 this event will be virtual, but no less fun.  Every registrant will be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card to Sellwood Cycle.  Register today in support of the Sellwood Foundation, the Duniway PTA, the Lewis PTA and the LLewellyn Foundation.  We are stronger together!

     

    IB INFORMATION NIGHT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

    Want to know about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Cleveland HS? Then this information session is for you! A group of IB seniors are excited to be presenting all about the IB program and their personal experience with it on Tuesday, May 18th from 7:00p to 8:00p. This presentation will include what IB is all about, how you complete a certificate or diploma and more. All are welcome so come ready to hear about what IB has to offer during your high school experience.  Q&A included. To attend, click here! Meeting Link

    **Hosted by Hosford PTSA and Cleveland IB**

    ****Bonus! If you are interested in IB, why not attend this year's IB Extended Essay Showcase?

    Please join the 2021 IB Diploma senior class for our 12th annual IB Extended Essay Senior Showcase on Monday, May 10th at 7 p.m. This year, fifty-eight Cleveland IB Diploma seniors will share the topics that inspired their research for the Extended Essay in an interactive, virtual format. It is an engaging opportunity to learn more about this unique IB Diploma requirement and experience the joy of the learning process with our senior researchers. Those who attend will select 15-minute sessions to attend live throughout the evening from a wide variety of subject and topic options. This event is open to everyone: students, parents, neighbors and other friends of the Cleveland Community are welcome! Freshmen and sophomore students interested in learning more about the IB Diploma are strongly encouraged to attend, and we request the participation of all IB Diploma-bound juniors. More information about how to attend will be coming closer to the event but mark your calendars now!

    MEALS ON WHEELS:

    For several years Sellwood Middle Students were given the opportunity to support seniors in our area by helping deliver meals through the Meals on Wheels People program.  Because of Covid, student participation was suspended and our students could not volunteer for this important and long-standing food donation program.  Luckily, there is an easy way we can continue to support our elderly community members, without making physical contact.  It's called Stride for Seniors, a walk organized through Meals on Wheels People.    

    There are two ways to participate:

    1.  Simply donate to the Thelma's Posse team.  This team is our local Sellwood Stride team, run by Team Captain, Chris McKee (supervisor at our local Meals on Wheels Thelma Skelton station).  You just click the link below and hit the black-boxed "Donate Now" button.  It takes less than two minutes and makes a huge impact.  So easy! 

    2. Join the Thelma's Posse team and do the walk on Saturday, April 24th, at 9:00 am.  You just click this same link and hit "Join Team".  All the details will be given to you.  

    Homebound seniors have been particularly isolated this past year.  The funds raised from Stride help support ongoing food donations and wellness visits, and it's Meals on Wheels' most important fundraiser of the year.  

    Please donate to this important cause and show our young people that supporting our elderly is vital to the success of a community.        

    Sellwood's Thelma's Posse Stride for Seniors Team

    http://events.mowp.org/site/TR/WalkRun/General?team_id=2148&pg=team&fr_id=1080

    COVID TESTING ONSITE

    On March 30, PPS shared a message regarding a Health and Safety Reminder - Consent FormAs we shared, PPS is requesting consent from student’s families to test symptomatic students for COVID-19 onsite, during the school day. Your consent is optional. 

    Here are a few options to turn in a signed COVID-19 Testing Consent Form: 

    • Install the Adobe software to enter your certified signature. The consent form can be signed with DocuSign. You can email them to Melissa Whiteside  mwhitesi@pps.net
    • You can print this form at home, sign it and return the form to your school.

    Tests will only be given to test students who have a consent form on file or to staff who agree to the test.  You can find the forms by clicking in the links below:

    1. English
    2. Spanish
    3. Vietnamese
    4. Chinese
    5. Somali
    6. Russian

    The Student Success & Health Department in partnership with Multnomah Educational Service District (MESD) will oversee the implementation of the program following the COVID-19 Testing in Oregon’s K-12 Schools guidance provided by OHA and DHS. 

    The COVID-19 Testing in Oregon Schools FAQ is linked here.  

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

    Order a yearbook for $20 on SchoolPay. Full color, hardbound yearbooks will be distributed in June; please order by April 15 to ensure you get one!

    Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Please share a photo of your Sellwood student(s). High quality phone photos are great and pets are welcomed with their student! Photo submission deadline April 9. If you missed school portrait day, this is a great way to help your student make it into our yearbook. 

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

    Child Care During Hybrid & 211 Info: Child Care & Parenting (both available in translation through links on the sites)

    Cognizart Spark Camp (ages 6-12) - March 20 & April 24

    Cognizart Kids Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16

    PSU Portland Summer Percussion Academy (ages 12-18) - July 19-21

    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every THURSDAY from 12:15-1pm starting next week on March 11.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm.

    Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary.  Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary.  The best way to reach us is by email.   Melissa handles attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue.  Claire handles accounting, School Pay issues and matters that help our principal.

    The next best way is by calling the office at 503-916-5656.  When prompted, press 2 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  You can also press 0 for the front counter where students help us answer the phone and direct communication. 

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  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. 

    Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    For registration, enrollment, and ParentVue  please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: Log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    School Pay or accounting issues: contact Claire (choward1@pps.net)

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 4-16-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 16, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I am very much looking forward to beginning hybrid instruction next week, with cohort A coming in for in-person learning on Monday/Tuesday from 1:30 to 4:00PM and cohort B on Thursday/Friday.  Thanks to all of you who came to the PTA meeting on Wednesday night to hear about our hybrid plan.  For those of you were not able to make it, here is a link to the hybrid presentation.  There is lots of information, as well as embedded links to videos and other documents.

    Here is a link the special bell schedules for week 1, March 19th (orientation) of hybrid instruction, and a link to the regular hybrid bell schedules starting April 26th.  All of the various schedules are included, for cohort A, cohort B, and distance learning, as well as the advanced band zero period schedules.  I am happy that these schedules require very few changes to our distance learning schedule and also that students will continue with their same teachers.

    Here are some important things to remember. 

    Student drop off:  Do not drop students off on 15th Avenue in front of the school or in the staff parking lot.  Trying to drop students off in front of the school where the buses are will simply add to congestion, and students being dropped off will not be allowed to enter through the main doors on 15th Avenue.  They must enter through the courtyard door or the entrance on Umatilla for a health screening.  Please drop students, when safe to do so, on Umatilla Street, 16th Avenue, or Sherrett Street.  You could even drop students a block away and have them walk, if you have time.

    Also, do not send your child to school if they are sick.  Please complete the self-screening check list to make sure that your student is ok to come to school.  Also, make sure that someone is available to pick them up in case they become ill during the afternoon.

    Chromebooks/laptops.  There is no need to bring Chromebooks or laptops the first day of in-person learning, as students will be getting oriented to the school.  On the first day, students will have an opportunity to let their third period teacher know if they do not have a laptop or Chromebook, and one will be assigned to them on the second day.

    If your family decides that you would like your child to remain in distance learning after all, please email me at jcarbone@pps.net.

    Here are some updates about transportation.

    Finally, here are some general updates from the district.

    I hope you enjoy the lovely weather this weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • April 19th: Cohort A begins in-person Monday/Tuesday 1:30-4:00PM
    • April 22nd: Cohort B begins in-person Thursday/Friday 1:30-4:00PM
    • May 12th: PTA Meeting, 7PM on Zoom
    • May 22nd:  May 29: Sellwood 5k (Virtual)
    • May 31st: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11th: Last Day of School

    PTA NEWS:

    Our next PTA meeting will be May 12th, at 7pm on Zoom.

    Sellwood Dines Out is Back!

    Thank you to those that supported Por Que No!

    Our next Dines Out is set for Rocio’s 05/18/21!

    Spread the word-The PTA is still looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. We have until the May meeting to elect a new board or the PTA will not exist next year! Please consider volunteering some of your time to get involved. The time commitment is minimal. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested.

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    Registration for the Sellwood 5K has officially started!

    It's time to register for the Sellwood 5K!  Get new shoes for the family at Foot Traffic, order your exclusive Sellwood 5K t-shirts, and train to run, walk or roll a 5K in May.  Because it is 2021 this event will be virtual, but no less fun.  Every registrant will be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card to Sellwood Cycle.  Register today in support of the Sellwood Foundation, the Duniway PTA, the Lewis PTA and the LLewellyn Foundation.  We are stronger together!

    MEALS ON WHEELS:

    For several years Sellwood Middle Students were given the opportunity to support seniors in our area by helping deliver meals through the Meals on Wheels People program.  Because of Covid, student participation was suspended and our students could not volunteer for this important and long-standing food donation program.  Luckily, there is an easy way we can continue to support our elderly community members, without making physical contact.  It's called Stride for Seniors, a walk organized through Meals on Wheels People.    

    There are two ways to participate:

    1.  Simply donate to the Thelma's Posse team.  This team is our local Sellwood Stride team, run by Team Captain, Chris McKee (supervisor at our local Meals on Wheels Thelma Skelton station).  You just click the link below and hit the black-boxed "Donate Now" button.  It takes less than two minutes and makes a huge impact.  So easy! 

    2. Join the Thelma's Posse team and do the walk on Saturday, April 24th, at 9:00 am.  You just click this same link and hit "Join Team".  All the details will be given to you.  

    Homebound seniors have been particularly isolated this past year.  The funds raised from Stride help support ongoing food donations and wellness visits, and it's Meals on Wheels' most important fundraiser of the year.  

    Please donate to this important cause and show our young people that supporting our elderly is vital to the success of a community.        

    Sellwood's Thelma's Posse Stride for Seniors Team

    http://events.mowp.org/site/TR/WalkRun/General?team_id=2148&pg=team&fr_id=1080

    REQUIRED VACCINATIONS:

    In order to participate in hybrid in-person instruction, all students must be up-to-date on vaccinations required for school.

    From our Health Assistant, Catherina Davison

    Here is a list of the school based health center that are open and giving vaccinations.  No appointment needed.  

    *There are now 6 School-Based Health Centers open in our County - information is on our website

    - Centennial, Parkrose, Reynolds, Roosevelt, David-Douglas and Benson*

    COVID TESTING ONSITE

    On March 30, PPS shared a message regarding a Health and Safety Reminder - Consent FormAs we shared, PPS is requesting consent from student’s families to test symptomatic students for COVID-19 onsite, during the school day. Your consent is optional. 

    Here are a few options to turn in a signed COVID-19 Testing Consent Form: 

    • Install the Adobe software to enter your certified signature. The consent form can be signed with DocuSign. You can email them to Melissa Whiteside  mwhitesi@pps.net
    • You can print this form at home, sign it and return the form to your school.

    Tests will only be given to test students who have a consent form on file or to staff who agree to the test.  You can find the forms by clicking in the links below:

    1. English
    2. Spanish
    3. Vietnamese
    4. Chinese
    5. Somali
    6. Russian

    The Student Success & Health Department in partnership with Multnomah Educational Service District (MESD) will oversee the implementation of the program following the COVID-19 Testing in Oregon’s K-12 Schools guidance provided by OHA and DHS. 

    The COVID-19 Testing in Oregon Schools FAQ is linked here.  

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

    Order a yearbook for $20 on SchoolPay. Full color, hardbound yearbooks will be distributed in June; please order by April 15 to ensure you get one!

    Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Please share a photo of your Sellwood student(s). High quality phone photos are great and pets are welcomed with their student! Photo submission deadline April 9. If you missed school portrait day, this is a great way to help your student make it into our yearbook. 

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

    Child Care During Hybrid & 211 Info: Child Care & Parenting (both available in translation through links on the sites)

    Cognizart Spark Camp (ages 6-12) - March 20 & April 24

    Cognizart Kids Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16

    PSU Portland Summer Percussion Academy (ages 12-18) - July 19-21

    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stressed? We can help!

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every THURSDAY from 12:15-1pm starting next week on March 11.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

    Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary.  Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary.  The best way to reach us is by email.   Melissa handles attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue.  Claire handles accounting, School Pay issues and matters that help our principal.

    The next best way is by calling the office at 503-916-5656.  When prompted, press 2 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  You can also press 0 for the front counter where students help us answer the phone and direct communication. 

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  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. 

    Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    For registration, enrollment, and ParentVue  please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: Log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    School Pay or accounting issues: contact Claire (choward1@pps.net)

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

     
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  • Principal's Newsletter 4/9/2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 9, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    As you know, we will be starting in-person hybrid instruction the week of April 19th.  I know you are all eager for the specifics of our hybrid plan. 

    Next Monday, will be the start of the fourth quarter. Monday and Tuesday, will be normal CDL days.  However, during April 14-16 (Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday), teachers will be completing training as they prepare for hybrid instruction. To continue student progress, students are completing coursework in all classes asynchronously on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Each day, students should log into canvas and complete the assigned work. Teachers will be posting assignments connected to course content, and/or curated modules focusing other topics/themes related to their course or grade level.

    We are going to have an “All About Hybrid Meeting” on Wednesday Evening, April 14th, at 7PM.  This will be combined with the PTA meeting, with the Zoom link PTA Meeting “All about Hybrid” 7PM.

    In the meeting, we will cover a multitude of topics:

    • Entry and exit procedures
    • Which door should students enter the building
    • Health and safety procedures and entry screening
    • Sanitation
    • Ventilation
    • What to bring?
    • What is the regular bell schedule?
    • Will there be a special schedule the first week?
    • And more!

    I will be sharing documents with you on Monday night or Tuesday morning with a wealth of information, so that you can review them before the meeting and be prepared with follow up questions.  If you cannot make the meeting, don’t worry.  All of the information you need will be in the documents.

    Below, I have shared “a Few Hybrid FAQs”, which may be helpful information to have right now.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • April 12: First day of Q4. 
    • April 14: PTA Meeting “All about Hybrid” 7PM
    • April 19th – Cohort A begins in-person Monday/Tuesday 1:30-4:00PM
    • April 22nd – Cohort B begins in-person Thursday/Friday 1:30-4:00PM
    • May 22 – May 29: Sellwood 5k (Virtual)
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    PTA NEWS:

    Our next PTA meeting will be April 14th, at 7pm on Zoom. Join Ms. Carbone for the “All About Hybrid Meeting” to hear about how hybrid will work!

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82418171011

    Meeting ID: 824 1817 1011

    Sellwood Dines Out is Back!

    Thank you to those that supported Por Que No!

    Our next Dines Out is set for Rocio’s 05/18/21!

    Spread the word-The PTA is still looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. We have until the May meeting to elect a new board or the PTA will not exist next year! Please consider volunteering some of your time to get involved. The time commitment is minimal. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested.

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    Registration for the Sellwood 5K has officially started!

    It's time to register for the Sellwood 5K!  Get new shoes for the family at Foot Traffic, order your exclusive Sellwood 5K t-shirts, and train to run, walk or roll a 5K in May.  Because it is 2021 this event will be virtual, but no less fun.  Every registrant will be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card to Sellwood Cycle.  Register today in support of the Sellwood Foundation, the Duniway PTA, the Lewis PTA and the LLewellyn Foundation.  We are stronger together!

    A FEW HYBRID FAQs

    What will the normal bell schedule be? 

    Bell Schedules for Cohort A, Cohort B, and Distance Learning

    Will there be a special schedule the first week?

    Yes. Students will start with their 3rd period teacher for the first week for an orientation.  Why 3rd period teacher?  3rd period classes are all year-long classes.  The 3rd period teacher was the teacher who helped students get oriented at the beginning of the year, and also was their teacher for the BLM week of action.  All other periods have quarter and semester classes, so by using 3rd period we ensure that students are with a teacher they know and have a relationship with, rather than a brand new teacher they just started with 4th quarter.

    What exterior door should students use?

    Bus riders will use the doors on 15th Avenue.  6th-grade bus riders will use the south entrance near the office, and 7th/8th grader bus riders will use the north entrance.  Students who do not ride the bus will not be allowed to enter through the 15th Avenue entrances.  Parents dropping off their children should use Umatilla or 16th Avenue.  Students walking, being dropped off by parents, or riding bikes should enter through the Umatilla entrance or the courtyard entrance.  Those entrances will have health-screening stations.  It might be a good idea to pass by the school sometime before school starts, so you can tell your child “That is your door.  You will start there.”

    How will students know where to go when they get inside?

    This is the most challenging one.  All 6th graders will be guided to the gym, where they will meet their 3rd-period teachers.  7th and 8th-grade students will be directed to their 3rd period teachers’ classroom.  We will have some help from the district office, and everyone will be available to direct students. It may take a little while.  No one should be worried about being late.

    REQUIRED VACCINATIONS:

    In order to participate in hybrid in-person instruction, all students must be up-to-date on vaccinations required for school.

    From our Health Assistant, Catherina Davison

    Here is a list of the school based health center that are open and giving vaccinations.  No appointment needed.  

    *There are now 6 School-Based Health Centers open in our County - information is on our website

    - Centennial, Parkrose, Reynolds, Roosevelt, David-Douglas and Benson*

    COVID TESTING ONSITE

    On March 30, PPS shared a message regarding a Health and Safety Reminder - Consent FormAs we shared, PPS is requesting consent from student’s families to test symptomatic students for COVID-19 onsite, during the school day. Your consent is optional. 

    Here are a few options to turn in a signed COVID-19 Testing Consent Form: 

    • Install the Adobe software to enter your certified signature. The consent form can be signed with DocuSign. You can email them to the school secretary.
    • You can print this form at home, sign it and return the form to your school.
    • Schools can send a printed copy to parents/guardians upon request. Families can fill it out and return it with their students. Please reach out to your school secretary for this option. 

    Tests will only be given to test students who have a consent form on file or to staff who agree to the test.  You can find the forms by clicking in the links below:

    1. English
    2. Spanish
    3. Vietnamese
    4. Chinese
    5. Somali
    6. Russian

    The Student Success & Health Department in partnership with Multnomah Educational Service District (MESD) will oversee the implementation of the program following the COVID-19 Testing in Oregon’s K-12 Schools guidance provided by OHA and DHS. 

    The COVID-19 Testing in Oregon Schools FAQ is linked here.  

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

    Order a yearbook for $20 on SchoolPay. Full color, hardbound yearbooks will be distributed in June; please order by April 15 to ensure you get one!

    Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Please share a photo of your Sellwood student(s). High quality phone photos are great and pets are welcomed with their student! Photo submission deadline April 9. If you missed school portrait day, this is a great way to help your student make it into our yearbook. 

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

    Child Care During Hybrid & 211 Info: Child Care & Parenting (both available in translation through links on the sites)

    Cognizart Spark Camp (ages 6-12) - March 20 & April 24

    Cognizart Kids Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16

    PSU Portland Summer Percussion Academy (ages 12-18) - July 19-21

    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every THURSDAY from 12:15-1pm starting next week on March 11.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

    Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

    Melissa Whiteside (mwhitesi@pps.net) is our school secretary.  Claire Howard (choward1@pps.net) is our principal’s secretary.  The best way to reach us is by email.   Melissa handles attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue.  Claire handles accounting, School Pay issues and matters that help our principal.

    The next best way is by calling the office at 503-916-5656.  When prompted, press 2 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  You can also press 0 for the front counter where students help us answer the phone and direct communication. 

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  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. 

    Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    For registration, enrollment, and ParentVue  please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: Log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled, please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net)

    School Pay or accounting issues: contact Claire (choward1@pps.net)

    Here’s the link to our School Pay https://pps.schoolpay.com/                 (Credit/Debit Cards & Electronic Checks Accepted)

    YEARBOOK:  'Yearbook 2020-2021' purchase is now open on School Pay for all students in all grades.  Cost is $20.00 per student.  Currently School Pay is the only option for purchase.  For cash purchases: Extra yearbooks, as supply allows, will be available for cash purchase when yearbooks are distributed in June.  If you pay NOW with a credit card or electronic check the quantity needed is more accurate for our order.   NOTE:  Some families pay for a book donation to help our Sellwood families.  If you are doing so, after you pay for your child, open another order page and in the Student Name section put "Donation" rather than the name, put any grade and then include your name as indicated.  

    STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE:  These funds help all Sellwood students during the year.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so now.  $20.00 Suggested Donation per Child.

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

    • Math: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary:  Used to support students.
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help us with instrument tuning, repair, music and more.
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter April 2, 2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 2, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Yesterday, I was pleased to send families choosing hybrid instruction their cohort assignments: either cohort A, Monday/Tuesday, starting on April 19th, or cohort B, Thursday/Friday, starting on April 22.  There will be many new ways of doing things, and starting next week we will be sharing the details so that you know what to expect.  I know many students are excited but also nervous.  During the first week, students will have a special orientation schedule reserving extra time with their 3rd period teacher (same teacher that did SEL during soft start and the BLM week of action).  They will learn about all the new procedures, have a tour of the school, learn where to find all of their classes, and engage in some activities meant to increase their comfort level at school. Mr. L has convened a “Hybrid Welcoming Task Force” and they are hard at work planning ways to make hybrid learning less scary and more joyful.

    Regarding cohorts, as I have shared a few times previously, Sellwood, just like other schools, is not able to make changes to cohorts.  The cohorts were created by an optimizing program which randomly assigned students to cohorts with the aim of making sure cohorts in all classes sections were the same size.  This is essential, because classroom size limits are pretty severe.  Since several parents have asked to switch cohorts, I wanted to provide an explanation as to why I cannot do that.  If a student is changed from one cohort to another, the classes become lopsided, not just one class, but all: math, science, etc.  For example, if one 8th grader wanted to switch to cohort B and another to switch to cohort A, because they don’t have exactly the same class schedule, it would still result in lopsided cohorts for some classes.  So, changing just one student’s cohort could result in classes being over capacity and force a class to move to the library or staff room.  Additionally, while the reasons for the requests to switch have been compelling, I feel very strongly that if I were able to figure out a way to switch cohorts for one student, I would have to switch cohorts for every family that requested it.  It is just not possible.  So, if I receive any emails requesting a cohort change, I will have to decline all requests.  I apologize in advance.

    I am also getting excited about the Sellwood Virtual 5k, which is being organized by the Sellwood MS Foundation.  Our feeder schools Lewis, LLewellyn, and Duniway are participating as well.  Please read more about it below.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • April 12: First day of Q4. 
    • Week of April 19th – Hybrid begins!
    • May 22 – May 29: Sellwood 5k (Virtual)
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    The Sellwood Virtual 5K is coming this May!  Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime it is never too early to start moving.  This will be a fun community event that supports the Sellwood Foundation, along with our three feeder elementary schools.  Because we are stronger together!

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

    Order a yearbook for $20 on SchoolPay. Full color, hardbound yearbooks will be distributed in June; please order by April 15 to ensure you get one!

    Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Please share a photo of your Sellwood student(s). High quality phone photos are great and pets are welcomed with their student! Photo submission deadline April 9. If you missed school portrait day, this is a great way to help your student make it into our yearbook. 

    PTA NEWS:

    Our next PTA meeting will be April 14th, at 7pm on Zoom.

    Sellwood Dines Out is back! Thank you to those that supported The Portland Bottle Shop!

    Our next Dines Out is set for Wednesday April 7th at Por Que No (Hawthorne Location)! They are contributing 10% of their sales up to $300.  4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd.  4p – 9p  https://porquenotacos.square.site/

    Spread the word-The PTA is still looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested. It is a small time commitment and a great way to get involved

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

    Child Care During Hybrid & 211 Info: Child Care & Parenting (both available in translation through links on the sites)

    Cognizart Spark Camp (ages 6-12) - March 20 & April 24

    Cognizart Kids Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16

    PSU Portland Summer Percussion Academy (ages 12-18) - July 19-21

    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every THURSDAY from 12:15-1pm starting next week on March 11.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us.  mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .  The second best way is using the work cell numbers listed above.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

    School Pay Accounts:  Thank you to the many families who have supported Sellwood Middle School students through donations to our various SMS programs.  It is with your support that SMS continues to offer our students the best educational opportunities even during distance learning.    

    Here’s the link to our School Pay https://pps.schoolpay.com/                 (Credit/Debit Cards & Electronic Checks Accepted)

    YEARBOOK:  'Yearbook 2020-2021' purchase is now open on School Pay for all students in all grades.  Cost is $20.00 per student.  Currently School Pay is the only option for purchase.  For cash purchases: Extra yearbooks, as supply allows, will be available for cash purchase when yearbooks are distributed in June.  If you pay NOW with a credit card or electronic check the quantity needed is more accurate for our order.   NOTE:  Some families pay for a book donation to help our Sellwood families.  If you are doing so, after you pay for your child, open another order page and in the Student Name section put "Donation" rather than the name, put any grade and then include your name as indicated.  

    STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE:  These funds help all Sellwood students during the year.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so now.  $20.00 Suggested Donation per Child.

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

    • Math: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary:  Used to support students.
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help us with instrument tuning, repair, music and more.
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Chromebook distribution is now being managed by the central office at the BESC.  If your child needs a Chromebook or if their Chromebook needs to be replaced, here are the details:

    For families that still do not have an available computer at home for students to use, or need to exchange the one they recently received because of technical issues, we have these upcoming opportunities for you:

    • When: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. 
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you. 
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 3.19.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 19, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    As you are aware, PPS will begin some in-person learning in the afternoons for middle school students, starting April 19th.  As I have described in previous emails, the amount of time that students will be able to attend in person is severely limited by space constraints and safety requirements.  At Sellwood, this will likely mean two afternoons every other week, from 1:30 to 4PM, either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday.  I am sorry if the limited time is a disappointment, but we are severely restricted by small classrooms and large class sizes and will need to have 4 groups (cohorts).  Please note that just like other schools, I am sorry but we cannot accommodate requests for specific cohorts, except in the case of keeping siblings together if needed.  The good thing about the fourth quarter schedule is that students will maintain their current schedule and teachers, and distance learning will mostly continue as it has the first three quarters.  Below is a rough idea of the schedule.

    PPS sent a survey to all middle school families this Monday so that parents could indicate whether they would like to return to school for those in-person afternoon classes.  Many parents did not get the survey initially, but I have been emailing out the individual links and we have been calling and sending survey links by text as well.  Most families have already responded, but if your family still needs your survey link, please send an email to jcarbone@pps.net and put “need survey & your child’s name” in the subject line.  Please do it today, as spring break begins tomorrow and the survey is due on Sunday, March 21st.

    Finally, I have to share that I am so saddened and upset by the senseless acts of hate and violence toward members of Asian communities in Atlanta, across the nation, and here in Portland.  Sellwood Middle School strongly denounces these acts of hatred and violence and will do whatever it takes to keep our school a safe haven for all students.  Sellwood stands in solidarity with the Asian community and our Asian families and students. My heart goes out to all of you.

    I wish you all a safe and peaceful spring break.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • March 22 - 26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • April 12: First day of Q4. 
    • Week of April 19th – Start of hybrid in-person learning.
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

    Order a yearbook for $20 on SchoolPay. Full color, hardbound yearbooks will be distributed in June; please order by April 15 to ensure you get one!

    Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Please share a photo of your Sellwood student(s). High quality phone photos are great and pets are welcomed with their student! Photo submission deadline April 9. If you missed school portrait day, this is a great way to help your student make it into our yearbook. 

    PTA NEWS:

    Our next PTA meeting will be April 14th, at 7pm on Zoom.

    Sellwood Dines Out is back! Thank you to those that supported The Portland Bottle Shop!

    Our next Dines Out is set for April 7th at Por Que No (Hawthorne Location)! They are contributing 10% of their sales up to $300.  4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd.  4p – 9p  https://porquenotacos.square.site/

    Spread the word-The PTA is still looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested. It is a small time commitment and a great way to get involved

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    The Sellwood Virtual 5K is coming this May!  Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime it is never too early to start moving.  This will be a fun community event that supports the Sellwood Foundation, along with our three feeder elementary schools.  Because we are stronger together!

    FROM NUTRITION SERVICES

    With the upcoming transition to hybrid learning, the last day for home meal delivery will be Friday, March 19. On Monday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 17 each student will receive 3 days worth of meals.  On Friday, March 19, each student or child will receive 7 days worth of meals to cover the week of spring break.  We will be pausing our services the week of spring break.  Meal services will resume with new locations and service times. Please visit https://www.pps.net/nutrition for updated information.

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP:

    March: The Maze Runner on YouTube

    Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action

    March 19th @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door"

    Email your counselor for information on how to stream this movie for free!

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every THURSDAY from 12:15-1pm starting next week on March 11.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us.  mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .  The second best way is using the work cell numbers listed above.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

    School Pay Accounts:  Thank you to the many families who have supported Sellwood Middle School students through donations to our various SMS programs.  It is with your support that SMS continues to offer our students the best educational opportunities even during distance learning.    

    Here’s the link to our School Pay https://pps.schoolpay.com/                 (Credit/Debit Cards & Electronic Checks Accepted)

    YEARBOOK:  'Yearbook 2020-2021' purchase is now open on School Pay for all students in all grades.  Cost is $20.00 per student.  Currently School Pay is the only option for purchase.  For cash purchases: Extra yearbooks, as supply allows, will be available for cash purchase when yearbooks are distributed in June.  If you pay NOW with a credit card or electronic check the quantity needed is more accurate for our order.   NOTE:  Some families pay for a book donation to help our Sellwood families.  If you are doing so, after you pay for your child, open another order page and in the Student Name section put "Donation" rather than the name, put any grade and then include your name as indicated.  

    STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE:  These funds help all Sellwood students during the year.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so now.  $20.00 Suggested Donation per Child.

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

    • Math: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary:  Used to support students.
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help us with instrument tuning, repair, music and more.
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Chromebook distribution is now being managed by the central office at the BESC.  If your child needs a Chromebook or if their Chromebook needs to be replaced, here are the details:

    For families that still do not have an available computer at home for students to use, or need to exchange the one they recently received because of technical issues, we have these upcoming opportunities for you:

    • When: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. 
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you. 
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

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  • Principal's Newsletter 3-12-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 12, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    One year ago, on Friday, March 13th, 2020, PPS schools closed for an extended two-week spring break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Schools districts around the country closed as well.  As I waved goodbye to Sellwood students going home on the bus, I was struck by the feeling that our lives were changing and that the extended spring break would not be two weeks.  And later it snowed, adding to the surreality!

    One year later, our lives have indeed changed.  We have endured so much, and our world is full of complexities and uncertainties.  And yet, we wholeheartedly embrace and appreciate all opportunities for joy J Yesterday was Sellwood picture day, and it was lovely to see many students, parents, and Sellwood staff in person.  And, what a beautiful day today! 

    You may have read about the Governor’s executive order that all middle schools will begin in-person learning the week of April 19th. We are excited about re-opening and have been actively planning to the extent we can with ever changing requirements. On Monday, March 15th, you should receive information from PPS Communications about the PPS middle school hybrid plan and schedule, and have the opportunity to indicate whether or not you plan to have your child return to in-person learning during the 4th quarter.  I have been briefed on the potential schedule, but as it is still being negotiated with the teachers union and could possibly change, I can’t share it.  Please make sure to look for the email, review the plan, and respond to the survey as soon as you can – April 19th will be here before we know it!

    Also, 6th and 7th-graders, don't forget to choose your classes for next year.  Your forecasting forms are due Monday, March 15th!  Please check out the section on forecasting below with links to all the documents.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • March 15 - Forecasting Forms Due!  Don't forget to choose your classes!
    • March 22 - 26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • April 12: First day of Q4. 
    • Week of April 19th – Start of hybrid in-person learning.
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    CHOOSE YOUR CLASSES for 2021/2022 - Forecasting

    Dear 6th & 7th-graders and families,

    Believe it or not, it is time to choose your classes for next year.  Below I have shared several important documents:

    First, there are the forecasting Google forms for 7th (this year's 6th-graders) and 8th (this year's 7th-graders).  You will use this form to select your classes.  Please submit the forecasting form by March 15th.  The earlier you submit your form the better.  Sometimes very popular classes fill up.  While we should have enough room for everyone to get their first choices, in the case that a class fills up and we cannot add more classes, we will refer to the time stamp in order to determine who will get their first choice vs. second choice.

    7th-grade Forecasting Form (for this year's 6th-graders)

    8th-grade Forecasting Form (for this year's 7th-graders)

    The second document is our elective course guide for 2021-22.  You can find descriptions of our electives here.

    Elective Course Guide

    The third document is an instructional video.  Watch the video to help you fill out your forecasting Google form.

    7th-grade Forecasting Instructions Video (for this year's 6th-graders)

    8th-grade Forecasting Instructions Video (for this year's 7th-graders)

    The forecasting process should be pretty straightforward.  If you need help or have a question, you may email your counselor, Mr. Letofsky kletofsky@pps.net, or me.  

    Also, there will be drop in Forecasting Help events on Monday, March 15th, from 12:30 to 3PM behind Katie Francis's door and Susan Cook's door.

    Have fun choosing your classes!

    Principal Carbone

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

    1. Order a yearbook for $20 on SchoolPay. Full color, hardbound yearbooks will be distributed in June; please order by April 15 to ensure you get one!
    2. Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Please share a photo of the Sellwood student(s) at your house. High quality phone photos are great and pets are welcomed with their student! 
    3. Picture day on March 12. This portrait will appear in the yearbook.

    PTA NEWS:

    Our next PTA meeting will be April 14th, at 7pm on Zoom.

    Sellwood Dines Out is Back!

    The Portland Bottle Shop is contributing 10% of their sales, Wednesday March 17th!

    7960 SE 13th Ave.  11a – 7p  https://www.pdxbottleshop.com/

    Spread the word-The PTA is still looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested. It is a small time commitment and a great way to get involved

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6039404 and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    The Sellwood Virtual 5K is coming this May!  Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime it is never too early to start moving.  This will be a fun community event that supports the Sellwood Foundation, along with our three feeder elementary schools.  Because we are stronger together!

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP:

    March: The Maze Runner on YouTube

    Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action

    March 19th @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door"

    Email your counselor for information on how to stream this movie for free!

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every THURSDAY from 12:15-1pm starting next week on March 11.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us.  mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .  The second best way is using the work cell numbers listed above.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

    School Pay Accounts:  Thank you to the many families who have supported Sellwood Middle School students through donations to our various SMS programs.  It is with your support that SMS continues to offer our students the best educational opportunities even during distance learning.    

    Here’s the link to our School Pay https://pps.schoolpay.com/                 (Credit/Debit Cards & Electronic Checks Accepted)

    YEARBOOK:  'Yearbook 2020-2021' purchase is now open on School Pay for all students in all grades.  Cost is $20.00 per student.  Currently School Pay is the only option for purchase.  For cash purchases: Extra yearbooks, as supply allows, will be available for cash purchase when yearbooks are distributed in June.  If you pay NOW with a credit card or electronic check the quantity needed is more accurate for our order.   NOTE:  Some families pay for a book donation to help our Sellwood families.  If you are doing so, after you pay for your child, open another order page and in the Student Name section put "Donation" rather than the name, put any grade and then include your name as indicated.  

    STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE:  These funds help all Sellwood students during the year.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so now.  $20.00 Suggested Donation per Child.

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

    • Math: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary:  Used to support students.
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help us with instrument tuning, repair, music and more.
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Chromebook distribution is now being managed by the central office at the BESC.  If your child needs a Chromebook or if their Chromebook needs to be replaced, here are the details:

    For families that still do not have an available computer at home for students to use, or need to exchange the one they recently received because of technical issues, we have these upcoming opportunities for you:

    • When: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. 
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you. 
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 3-5-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 5, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    What a difference a week makes!  Last Saturday, PPS communications sent out an announcement that middle schools would begin hybrid instructions 4th quarter, on March 12th.  You can read the PPS communication here.  Today, Governor Brown announced that all K-5 schools must begin in-person or hybrid instruction in late March, and all 6-12 schools by April 19th.  You can read Governor Brown’s letter here.  We are excited about the return to in-person instruction while recognizing the many challenges we need to navigate.  As you probably know, there are stringent safety requirements that are very necessary, but present logistical challenges.  One of these requirements is 35 sq. foot per person, which results in many of Sellwood’s smaller classrooms being limited to 7 or 8 occupants, including the teacher.  With class sizes of around 30 or more, this requirement limits the number of days we can offer.  However, you can see that Governor Brown’s letter states that the state is conducting “a review of requirements that can better facilitate the return of in-person instruction while also reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19”.  We hope to see the results of that review soon.  As you can see, things are happening fast.  I have mentioned several times previously in my newsletter that a PPS parent survey was forthcoming.  To my knowledge, there has been a survey for k-5 parents, but we are still waiting for the 6-12 survey.  Sorry for the wait. That information will be very helpful in planning!  Another challenge will be finding solutions to support our teachers with child care responsibilities.  I know many of you have experienced the work and child care balancing act first-hand and it has been very difficult.  In the end, we are going to make it work.  Yesterday, we began Limited In-Person Instruction with 17 students, and it was truly a joy to see children in the building.  I am very much looking forward to seeing ALL students back at school :-)

    Please sign up for Picture Day on March 12th.  We had planned to do 1PM to 7PM, but the earlier slots filled up quickly, so we added 20 more time slots between 12:40 and 1PM.  There are still plenty of time slots in the early evening between 6-7PM.  The link for picture day is below.

    Also, 6th and 7th-graders, it is already time to forecast for next year’s classes!  On Tuesday morning, I will be sending you a forecasting Google form, an instructional screencast video, and an elective class course guide so that you and your child will be able to make your elective selections.  We will have some afternoon question & answer extra help sessions scheduled as well. Look for my communication about forecasting Tuesday morning.

    Finally, we want your feedback.  Please take the Successful School Survey today :-)

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • March 12: 1PM to 6:30 PM – Picture Day!
    • March 22 - 26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • April 12: First day of Q4.  Hopefully, first day of hybrid in-person learning.
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Tell us about your experience at PPS. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But, we want to hear your thoughts.

    We are excited to announce the 2021 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. The survey launches today and will be available for the next four weeks.

    Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal.

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

    PICTURE DAY - From Dorian Studios

    As the official school photographer for Sellwood Middle School, we are excited to take your photos!

    Click on the link below to schedule an appointment for your student(s).

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BAFA828A5FAC61-sellwood

    We will be taking individual photos for Sellwood on Friday, March 12th, between 12:40PM and 7PM. Do not delay, please schedule your appointment today!

    Please come to the school to check-in and ensure you are wearing a face mask. Appointments are required and can be scheduled using the link above.

    The drive through drop-off zone will be on 16th Avenue facing south on the west side of the street.  Please stay in your car while your child goes inside to have their picture taken.  They will walk across the outdoor basketball court, enter near the gym (there will be school staff directing) and exit through the gym door. It should take each student about 5 minutes total. If you are early please have your child remain in your car until 3 minutes prior to your appointment time. When you arrive we ask that your child wear their face mask the entire time they are at school, except for briefly removing their mask for the picture. Our photographer and all staff members will also be wearing masks, social distancing, and we will be sanitizing often.

    Pre-Order Pictures Today! You have the ability to pre-order pictures only by visiting dorianstudio.com and searching for your school name. Your online order can be placed now and up to four (4) days after picture day. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Customer Advocate Team by email at support@dorianstudio.com or by phone at (800) 826-3535. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

    1. Order a yearbook for $20 on SchoolPay. Look for "Yearbook 2020-2021" Full color, hardbound yearbooks will be distributed in June; please order by April 15 to ensure you get one!
    2. Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Please share a photo of the Sellwood student(s) at your house. High quality phone photos are great and pets are welcomed with their student! 
    3. Picture day on March 12. This portrait will appear in the yearbook.

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our next PTA meeting will be March 10th, at 7pm on Zoom.

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81924961643

    Meeting ID: 819 2496 1643

    One tap mobile
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    Thank you to those that supported the PTA and Pizza Doughnais for our first Sellwood Dines Out!

    There will be more Dining out opportunities coming soon!

    PORTLAND BOTTLE SHOP: March 17, POR QUE NO: April 7, ROCIO'S: May 17!!

    Spread the word-The PTA is still looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested. It is a small time commitment and a great way to get involved

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6039404 and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

    RACIAL AFFINITY GROUPS:

    We are excited that we have the opportunity to begin racial affinity groups next week through a contract with East Ed an organization that has partnered with PPS for many years. The groups will meet once per week on Wednesdays from 12:15-1:00 via google meet starting March 10th. The following slide deck was or is being shared with your child to give details and has a google form for them to complete to express their interest. 

    Please also discuss with your child and decide if this would be a space for them to talk. Here is an FAQ that provides some more details about affinity groups.  

    If you have further questions you can contact our Assistant Principal, Mr. L at kletofsky@pps.net or 971-710-8135.   

    MATH GUIDING COALITION:

    The PPS Mathematics Department is forming a Mathematics Guiding Coalition to continue developing a mathematics instructional framework for PPS. To find out more about the Coalition, the dates the meetings will occur and to express interest in participating, click here.  

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone who continues to support our mission of raising funds to support more teachers at Sellwood Middle School! Since November 1st  175 blue bags have been returned with an average income of $8 per bag.  Thank you!  To pick up more bags check out our map of distribution sites at www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/blue-bags

    We also received a few more monetary donations, and for that we are also incredibly grateful.  You will hear more from us in the near future, as we plan out our fundraising goals and strategies for the remainder of this crazy school year.  

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP:

    March: The Maze Runner on YouTube

    Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action

    March 19th @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door"

    Email your counselor for information on how to stream this movie for free!

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every THURSDAY from 12:15-1pm starting next week on March 11.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us.  mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .  The second best way is using the work cell numbers listed above.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

    School Pay Accounts:  Thank you to the many families who have supported Sellwood Middle School students through donations to our various SMS programs.  It is with your support that SMS continues to offer our students the best educational opportunities even during distance learning.    

    Here’s the link to our School Pay https://pps.schoolpay.com/                 (Credit/Debit Cards & Electronic Checks Accepted)

    YEARBOOK:  'Yearbook 2020-2021' purchase is now open on School Pay for all students in all grades.  Cost is $20.00 per student.  Currently School Pay is the only option for purchase.  For cash purchases: Extra yearbooks, as supply allows, will be available for cash purchase when yearbooks are distributed in June.  If you pay NOW with a credit card or electronic check the quantity needed is more accurate for our order.   NOTE:  Some families pay for a book donation to help our Sellwood families.  If you are doing so, after you pay for your child, open another order page and in the Student Name section put "Donation" rather than the name, put any grade and then include your name as indicated.  

    STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE:  These funds help all Sellwood students during the year.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so now.  $20.00 Suggested Donation per Child.

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

    • Math: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary:  Used to support students.
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help us with instrument tuning, repair, music and more.
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Chromebook distribution is now being managed by the central office at the BESC.  If your child needs a Chromebook or if their Chromebook needs to be replaced, here are the details:

    For families that still do not have an available computer at home for students to use, or need to exchange the one they recently received because of technical issues, we have these upcoming opportunities for you:

    • When: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. 
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you. 
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 02-26-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 26, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We are excited to announce that we will be holding our first picture day on March 12th between 1PM and 7PM.  You should have received an email yesterday about Picture Day with a link to SignUp Genius, but I will post the details again below. Slots are filling up quickly, so sign up today! The photos will be used in the yearbook, plus students will get their 2020-21 student ID (finally) and families will have the opportunity to purchase a package.   We will be using a drive through model, where families will pull up on 16th Avenue, students will walk up to the entrance next to the gym on the outdoor basketball court, get their picture card and some hand sanitizer, walk to into the gym, get their picture taken, pick up their ID and walk out the gym exit door.  Only the photographer and two or three Sellwood staff will be inside the gym, and students will only spend about two minutes inside.  All will wear masks, social distance, and use sanitizer.  Only the students will remove their masks for a few seconds to have their picture taken.

    If you are unable to make picture day, you may submit your own yearbook picture.  Please submit them through the Pictavo site at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ Search and find Sellwood OR just use our code: 94743.  The deadline for submitting your own yearbook photo is April 2nd.

    Speaking of the yearbook, please help us out by sending us any candid or fun photos you have, also to the Pictavo site.  We need pictures, as we don’t have the opportunity to take candid photos at school!

    I know that there has been some conflicting information regarding hybrid instruction at middle schools, as well as a lot of speculation.  Unfortunately, I do not have any specific or concrete information to share, except that the survey for middle school parents regarding their interest in hybrid vs. continuing distance learning should be coming to you soon.  You will be receiving information regarding any school opening from PPS Communications, and I don’t want to speak for the district as this is a matter of high importance for students, families, and staff.  Thank you for your patience and I am sorry I can’t say more.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • March 12: 1PM to 6:30 PM – Picture Day!
    • March 22 - 26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Tell us about your experience at PPS

    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But, we want to hear your thoughts.

    We are excited to announce the 2021 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. The survey launches today and will be available for the next four weeks.

    Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal.

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

    PICTURE DAY

    From Dorian Studios

    As the official school photographer for Sellwood Middle School, we are excited to take your photos!

    Click on the link below to schedule an appointment for your student(s).

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BAFA828A5FAC61-sellwood

    We will be taking individual photos for Sellwood on Friday, March 12th, between 1PM and 7PM. Do not delay, please schedule your appointment today!

    Please come to the school to check-in and ensure you are wearing a face mask. Appointments are required and can be scheduled using the link above.

    The drive through drop-off zone will be on 16th Avenue facing south on the west side of the street.  Please stay in your car while your child goes inside to have their picture taken.  They will walk across the outdoor basketball court, enter near the gym (there will be school staff directing) and exit through the gym door. It should take each student about 5 minutes total. If you are early please have your child remain in your car until 3 minutes prior to your appointment time. When you arrive we ask that your child wear their face mask the entire time they are at school, except for briefly removing their mask for the picture. Our photographer and all staff members will also be wearing masks, social distancing, and we will be sanitizing often.

    Pre-Order Pictures Today! You have the ability to pre-order pictures only by visiting dorianstudio.com and searching for your school name. Your online order can be placed now and up to four (4) days after picture day. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Customer Advocate Team by email at support@dorianstudio.com or by phone at (800) 826-3535. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

    GAMING CLUB - This week, we had our first Gaming Club meeting.  We will meet every Wednesday at 12:15 at the Gaming Club door.  If you like to play Among Us, Minecraft, or Dungeons & Dragons, this is the club for you!  See you on Wednesday at 12:15.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

    We will all want to have a physical memory of this extraordinary school year. Yearbooks are not for sale YET, but you can still help out. Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Use your email to create an account (no spam; I promise) and "tag" your photos with student's first and last name. If you have trouble with the site, email photos directly to lsouther@pps.net

    Please snap a higher-quality photo of the Sellwood student(s) at your house and share! Phone photos are great, and you can upload right from the phone. 

    Also, check out our website at https://sites.google.com/pps.net/panther-pause/home

    MAP TESTING COMPLETION

    Students who started, but did not complete either the MAP reading or math session will have an opportunity to complete the exam at the following date and times:

    • Math: Wednesday, March 3rd from 1:45-3:00
    • Reading: Thursday, March 4th from 12:30-1:45
       

    Students should go to Richard Sossel's door on the Sellwood door page.

    Students who need to finish received an email from Mr. Letofsky. 

    Please note that students who did not start the test will wait and take the test in the Spring or Fall depending on the next administration date.

    Mr. L

    Assistant Principal

     

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOOD’S NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

    Exclusion day is February 17th!   To update Immunizations for your student check out these Resources:

    Pop-Up Children's Immunization Clinic...February 13, 2021 at David Douglas High school.  See Attachment below or this link for the Student Health Centers.

    https://multco.us/health/news/catch-now-missing-school-vaccines

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our next PTA meeting will be March 10th, at 7pm on Zoom.

    Do you have any great ideas for topics or presenters for upcoming PTA meetings? Let us know at sellwoodpta@gmail !

    Sellwood Dines Out March 4th!! Support Sellwood Middle School and a local business!

    PIZZA DOUGHNAIS is contributing 10% of sales THURSDAY, MARCH 4th. Gift cards count too.

    3541 SE Milwaukie Avenue, 4-8 pm. https://pizzadoughnais.com/

    Spread the word-The PTA is looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested. It is a small time commitment and a great way to get involved

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6039404 and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

    MATH GUIDING COALITION:

    The PPS Mathematics Department is forming a Mathematics Guiding Coalition to continue developing a mathematics instructional framework for PPS. To find out more about the Coalition, the dates the meetings will occur and to express interest in participating, click here.  

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone who continues to support our mission of raising funds to support more teachers at Sellwood Middle School! Since November 1st  175 blue bags have been returned with an average income of $8 per bag.  Thank you!  To pick up more bags check out our map of distribution sites at www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/blue-bags

    We also received a few more monetary donations, and for that we are also incredibly grateful.  You will hear more from us in the near future, as we plan out our fundraising goals and strategies for the remainder of this crazy school year.  

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

    We will all want to have a physical memory of this extraordinary school year. Yearbooks are not for sale YET, but you can still help out. Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Use your email to create an account (no spam; I promise) and "tag" your photos with student's first and last name. If you have trouble with the site, email photos directly to lsouther@pps.net

    Please snap a higher-quality photo of the Sellwood student(s) at your house and share! Phone photos are great, and you can upload right from the phone. 

    Also, check out our website at https://sites.google.com/pps.net/panther-pause/home

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every Wednesday from 12:15-1pm starting next week on Jan. 20th.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    The counseling team is transitioning away from the check-in form we were using during quarter 1 and moving to a new Google Calendar system.  All the links have been replaced so you don't need to do anything differently and now when you schedule an appointment it will go directly to your google calendar. 

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us.  mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .  The second best way is using the work cell numbers listed above.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

    School Pay Accounts:  Thank you to the many families who have supported Sellwood Middle School students through donations to our various SMS programs.  It is with your support that SMS continues to offer our students the best educational opportunities even during distance learning.    

    Here’s the link to our School Pay https://pps.schoolpay.com/                 (Credit/Debit Cards & Electronic Checks Accepted)

    STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE:  These funds help all Sellwood students during the year.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so now.  $20.00 Suggested Donation per Child.

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

    • Math: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary:  Used to support students.
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help us with instrument tuning, repair, music and more.
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Chromebook distribution is now being managed by the central office at the BESC.  If your child needs a Chromebook or if their Chromebook needs to be replaced, here are the details:

    For families that still do not have an available computer at home for students to use, or need to exchange the one they recently received because of technical issues, we have these upcoming opportunities for you:

    • When: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. 
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you. 
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 02-19-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 19, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It’s been another rough week, with the beautiful snow turning into an ice storm, leaving thousands of families in Portland without power.  We lost power for about six hours and Internet for two days, and I cannot imagine what it has been like for those of you who have experienced a week without electricity.  I am so sorry! On top of the inconvenience and discomfort, more missed school.  I just read that PGE is saying most homes will have power restored on Friday.  I certainly hope so. 

    Last week I let you know that we have scheduled picture day for March 12th, unfortunately, we have hit a snag in our safety plan approval.  We are still planning to move ahead with March 12th but I will not be sending the final details and sign up link until I get the definite go ahead.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

     

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    March 12: 1PM to 6:30 PM – Picture Day!

    March 22 - 26: Spring Break

    April 8: End of Quarter 3

    April 9: No School

    May 31: Memorial Day – No School

    June 11: Last Day of School

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Tell us about your experience at PPS

     

    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But, we want to hear your thoughts.


    We are excited to announce the 2021 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. The survey launches today and will be available for the next four weeks.

     

    Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal.

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

     

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOOD’S NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

    Exclusion day is February 17th!   To update Immunizations for your student check out these Resources:

    Pop-Up Children's Immunization Clinic...February 13, 2021 at David Douglas High school.  See Attachment below or this link for the Student Health Centers.

    https://multco.us/health/news/catch-now-missing-school-vaccines

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our next PTA meeting will be March 10th, at 7pm on Zoom.

    Do you have any great ideas for topics or presenters for upcoming PTA meetings? Let us know at sellwoodpta@gmail !

    Spread the word-The PTA is looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested. It is a small time commitment and a great way to get involved!

    PEAK NEEDS YOU! The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6039404 and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

     

    MATH GUIDING COALITION:

    The PPS Mathematics Department is forming a Mathematics Guiding Coalition to continue developing a mathematics instructional framework for PPS. To find out more about the Coalition, the dates the meetings will occur and to express interest in participating, click here.  

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone who continues to support our mission of raising funds to support more teachers at Sellwood Middle School! Since November 1st  175 blue bags have been returned with an average income of $8 per bag.  Thank you!  To pick up more bags check out our map of distribution sites at www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/blue-bags

    We also received a few more monetary donations, and for that we are also incredibly grateful.  You will hear more from us in the near future, as we plan out our fundraising goals and strategies for the remainder of this crazy school year.  

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

    We will all want to have a physical memory of this extraordinary school year. Yearbooks are not for sale YET, but you can still help out. Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Use your email to create an account (no spam; I promise) and "tag" your photos with student's first and last name. If you have trouble with the site, email photos directly to lsouther@pps.net

    Please snap a higher-quality photo of the Sellwood student(s) at your house and share! Phone photos are great, and you can upload right from the phone. 

    Also, check out our website at https://sites.google.com/pps.net/panther-pause/home

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP- February: Jumanji - on Peacock

    Please email your school counselor for a free viewing option on YouTube.  This group is open to ALL students regardless of streaming platform access.

    When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades - and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Rated PG

    Movie group discussion on Feb. 26th @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door".

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every Wednesday from 12:15-1pm starting next week on Jan. 20th.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

     

    Appointments with your counselor:

    The counseling team is transitioning away from the check-in form we were using during quarter 1 and moving to a new Google Calendar system.  All the links have been replaced so you don't need to do anything differently and now when you schedule an appointment it will go directly to your google calendar. 

     

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

     

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

     

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us.  mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .  The second best way is using the work cell numbers listed above.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

    School Pay Accounts:  Thank you to the many families who have supported Sellwood Middle School students through donations to our various SMS programs.  It is with your support that SMS continues to offer our students the best educational opportunities even during distance learning.    

    Here’s the link to our School Pay https://pps.schoolpay.com/                 (Credit/Debit Cards & Electronic Checks Accepted)

    STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE:  These funds help all Sellwood students during the year.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so now.  $20.00 Suggested Donation per Child.

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

    Math: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.

    Art:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.

    Principal's Discretionary:  Used to support students.

    Marimba:  Great program.  Help us with instrument tuning, repair, music and more.

    Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 

    Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Chromebook distribution is now being managed by the central office at the BESC.  If your child needs a Chromebook or if their Chromebook needs to be replaced, here are the details:

    For families that still do not have an available computer at home for students to use, or need to exchange the one they recently received because of technical issues, we have these upcoming opportunities for you:

    • When: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. 
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you. 
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

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  • Principal's Newsletter 02-12-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 12, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I hope you are enjoying the beautiful snow today.  A trip to the dog park is in my immediate future, but for now I am staying inside!

    Many of you have asked about student photos and the yearbook, and I am happy to announce that we are scheduling picture day for March 12th from 1PM to 6:30PM.  We will be working with Dorian Studios and they will soon be sending a link to sign up with SignUpGenius.    I will send the complete details next week, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up so you can get it on your calendars.

    A few days ago, PPS Communications sent a letter with an update about plans for in-person learning (hybrid) for K-5 students.  Here is a link to that message.  The letter says the following about middle and high schools, Due to space constraints and more complex class schedule considerations, we are not yet ready to share updated plans for hybrid learning for middle and high school students.” So, unfortunately, I do not have any information to update you.

    Monday is President’s Day, so enjoy the three-day weekend.  The week’s schedule is posted below.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • February 16 - March 5: Virtual Outdoor School for 6th-graders
    • March 12: 1PM to 6:30 PM – Picture Day!
    • March 22 - 26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK

    Next week is a four-day week as we celebrate President’s Day on Monday, February 15th. Just like all of our four-day weeks during distance learning, middle schools drop the skinny day (Friday, which has all 6 periods).  Therefore, we simply shift the lessons one day, starting on Tuesday.  So Tuesday will have the classes that would normally meet on Monday, Wednesday will have the classes that would normally meet on Tuesday, and so on.

    Monday – No School

    Tuesday – Periods I, 2, 3

    Wednesday – Periods 4, 5, 6

    Thursday – Periods 1, 2, 3

    Friday, – Periods 4, 5, 6

    6TH-GRADE VIRTUAL OUTDOOR SCHOOL, February 16th through March 5th

    All Sellwood 6th-graders will be participating in the Outdoor School, Anywhere! curriculum in their science classes the week of February 16th through March 5th. The lessons will be conducted by members of MESD who have planned a series of hands-on science lessons can be conducted at home. See attached letter for more detailed information.

    Each student will receive an Outdoor School Science Kit that will be utilized during their instruction. It is important that each student have a kit. Most families picked up the kit, but some still need to pick it up due to the snow closure.  We will hold a special pick-up Tuesday evening.

    Tuesday, February 16th from 5:00-6:30 PM

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Tell us about your experience at PPS

    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But, we want to hear your thoughts.
    We are excited to announce the 2021 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. The survey launches today and will be available for the next four weeks.

    Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal.

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

    FROM SELLWOOD’S ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOODS NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

    Exclusion day is February 17th!   To update Immunizations for your student check out these Resources:

    Pop-Up Children's Immunization Clinic...February 13, 2021 at David Douglas High school.  See Attachment below or this link for the Student Health Centers.

    https://multco.us/health/news/catch-now-missing-school-vaccines

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    PTA NEWS: 

    Do you have any great ideas for topics or presenters for upcoming PTA meetings? Let us know at  sellwoodpta@gmail !

    Spread the word-The PTA is looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested. It is a small time commitment and a great way to get involved!

    PEAK NEEDS YOU! The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6039404 and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

    APPLY for the 2021 APPRENTICESHIPS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING PROGRAM

    8th Graders, check out this summer program for grades 9-12 students through Saturday Academy

    MEAL SERVICES:

    Since Monday, February 15 is a holiday and the district is closed, there will be no meal services.  Additional meals will be included in surrounding service days to make sure families still receive 7 days worth of meals.

    OES DREAMING JUSTICE FREE EVENT:

    Students, parents, and staff are invited to Oregon Episcopal School’s next Dreaming Justice event! On February 18, 4:30-5:30 PT, Renée Watson will be joining us for an author visit. Watson will read from her work and talk about growing up in Portland and how that influenced her writing. She will also answer questions from the audience. Please RSVP here. This event is free and open to the public so spread the word! 

    MATH GUIDING COALITION:

    The PPS Mathematics Department is forming a Mathematics Guiding Coalition to continue developing a mathematics instructional framework for PPS. To find out more about the Coalition, the dates the meetings will occur and to express interest in participating, click here.  

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone who continues to support our mission of raising funds to support more teachers at Sellwood Middle School! Since November 1st  175 blue bags have been returned with an average income of $8 per bag.  Thank you!  To pick up more bags check out our map of distribution sites at www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/blue-bags

    We also received a few more monetary donations, and for that we are also incredibly grateful.  You will hear more from us in the near future, as we plan out our fundraising goals and strategies for the remainder of this crazy school year.  

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

    We will all want to have a physical memory of this extraordinary school year. Yearbooks are not for sale YET, but you can still help out. Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Use your email to create an account (no spam; I promise) and "tag" your photos with student's first and last name. If you have trouble with the site, email photos directly to lsouther@pps.net

    Please snap a higher-quality photo of the Sellwood student(s) at your house and share! Phone photos are great, and you can upload right from the phone. 

    Also, check out our website at https://sites.google.com/pps.net/panther-pause/home

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP- February: Jumanji - on Peacock

    Please email your school counselor for a free viewing option on YouTube.  This group is open to ALL students regardless of streaming platform access.

    When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades - and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Rated PG

    Movie group discussion on Feb. 26th @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door".

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every Wednesday from 12:15-1pm starting next week on Jan. 20th.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

     

    Appointments with your counselor:

    The counseling team is transitioning away from the check-in form we were using during quarter 1 and moving to a new Google Calendar system.  All the links have been replaced so you don't need to do anything differently and now when you schedule an appointment it will go directly to your google calendar. 

     

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

     

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

     

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us.  mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .  The second best way is using the work cell numbers listed above.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

    School Pay Accounts:  Thank you to the many families who have supported Sellwood Middle School students through donations to our various SMS programs.  It is with your support that SMS continues to offer our students the best educational opportunities even during distance learning.    

    Here’s the link to our School Pay https://pps.schoolpay.com/                 (Credit/Debit Cards & Electronic Checks Accepted)

    STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE:  These funds help all Sellwood students during the year.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so now.  $20.00 Suggested Donation per Child.

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

    • Math: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary:  Used to support students.
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help us with instrument tuning, repair, music and more.
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Chromebook distribution is now being managed by the central office at the BESC.  If your child needs a Chromebook or if their Chromebook needs to be replaced, here are the details:

    For families that still do not have an available computer at home for students to use, or need to exchange the one they recently received because of technical issues, we have these upcoming opportunities for you:

    • When: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. 
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you. 
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

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  • Principal's Newsletter 02-05-21

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 5, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It is hard to believe that we have completed the first week of 2nd semester.  We are still waiting to hear more concrete news as to whether and/or when we will begin hybrid learning.  In case you missed the letter sent by PPS Communications last week, here is a link to the web page with the letter.  That is the latest information that principals have received.  As always, I will update you as soon as I have information and have permission to share with families.

    We have lots coming up in February.  MAP testing on the 10th and 11th, Virtual Outdoor School for 6th-graders starting on the 16th, and the annual Successful School Survey which opens February 8th.  Please see the sections below for more details.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • February 10: Math MAP Test – 9:30 – 11:30
    • February 11: ELA MAP Test – 9:30 – 11:30
    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • February 16 - March 5: Virtual Outdoor School for 6th-graders
    • March 22 - 26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    MAP TESTING

    Next week, February 10th and 11th we will be remotely administering the NWEA MAP assessment in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) from 9:30-11:30 in your child’s 3rd period class. You received a district email on January 15th regarding the administration of the MAP assessment administration purpose which can be found here. The assessment takes on average 45 minutes to 1 hour, but can take a little longer. MAP assessment is the scheduled school time for these days, so when students have completed the assessment they are done for the synchronous part of the day. Teachers may still assign asynchronous work.  

    To assure successful testing, there will be some things to do at home. It will be important for your child to have access to technology and internet access. A handout and video linked here has been prepared to provide an overview of technology supports, tips and responsibilities for testing day, and additional resources for practice.   

    To Recap:

    Days and Times

    February 10th- MAP Math from 9:30-11:30 (students are done when they finish their test)

    February 11th- MAP ELA from 9:30-11:30 (students are done when they finish their test)

    Location

    Students go to their 3rd period class

    Device Check

    Type in URL: https://check.nwea.org/ on the device the student will use for testing (Chromebook, own device)

    If you have further questions, email Mr. Letofsky, AP, at kletofsky@pps.net.

    Thanks for your support!

    6TH-GRADE VIRTUAL OUTDOOR SCHOOL, February 16th through March 5th

    All Sellwood 6th-graders will be participating in the Outdoor School, Anywhere! curriculum in their science classes the week of February 16th through March 5th. The lessons will be conducted by members of MESD who have planned a series of hands-on science lessons can be conducted at home. See attached letter for more detailed information.

    Each student will receive an Outdoor School Science Kit that will be utilized during their instruction. It is important that each student have a kit. Most families picked up the kit on Thursday, and we will also be distributing the kits on the following days: 

    Tuesday, February 9th from 5:15-6:15 PM

    Thursday, February 11th from 1-3:00 PM

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Tell us about your experience at PPS

    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But, we want to hear your thoughts.
    We are excited to announce the 2021 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. The survey launches today and will be available for the next four weeks.

    Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal.

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

    FROM SELLWOOD’S ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOODS NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

    Exclusion day is February 17th!   To update Immunizations for your student check out these Resources:

    Pop-Up Children's Immunization Clinic...February 13, 2021 at David Douglas High school.  See Attachment below or this link for the Student Health Centers.

    https://multco.us/health/news/catch-now-missing-school-vaccines

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our next PTA meeting will be February 10th, at 7pm on Zoom.

    We will have a panel from Cleveland High School to answer questions about the transition to high school!

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88514058764

    Meeting ID: 885 1405 8764

    Do you have any great ideas for topics or presenters for upcoming PTA meetings? Let us know at  sellwoodpta@gmail !

    Spread the word-The PTA is looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested. It is a small time commitment and a great way to get involved!

    PEAK NEEDS YOU! The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6039404 and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

    APPLY for the 2021 APPRENTICESHIPS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING PROGRAM

    8th Graders, check out this summer program for grades 9-12 students through the Saturday Academy

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone who continues to support our mission of raising funds to support more teachers at Sellwood Middle School! Since November 1st  175 blue bags have been returned with an average income of $8 per bag.  Thank you!  To pick up more bags check out our map of distribution sites at www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/blue-bags

    We also received a few more monetary donations, and for that we are also incredibly grateful.  You will hear more from us in the near future, as we plan out our fundraising goals and strategies for the remainder of this crazy school year.  

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

    We will all want to have a physical memory of this extraordinary school year. Yearbooks are not for sale YET, but you can still help out. Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Use your email to create an account (no spam; I promise) and "tag" your photos with student's first and last name. If you have trouble with the site, email photos directly to lsouther@pps.net

    Please snap a higher-quality photo of the Sellwood student(s) at your house and share! Phone photos are great, and you can upload right from the phone. 

    Also, check out our website at https://sites.google.com/pps.net/panther-pause/home

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP- February: Jumanji - on Peacock

    Please email your school counselor for a free viewing option on YouTube.  This group is open to ALL students regardless of streaming platform access.

    When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades - and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Rated PG

    Movie group discussion on Feb. 26th @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door".

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every Wednesday from 12:15-1pm starting next week on Jan. 20th.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    The counseling team is transitioning away from the check-in form we were using during quarter 1 and moving to a new Google Calendar system.  All the links have been replaced so you don't need to do anything differently and now when you schedule an appointment it will go directly to your google calendar. 

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us.  mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .  The second best way is using the work cell numbers listed above.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

    School Pay Accounts:  Thank you to the many families who have supported Sellwood Middle School students through donations to our various SMS programs.  It is with your support that SMS continues to offer our students the best educational opportunities even during distance learning.    

    Here’s the link to our School Pay https://pps.schoolpay.com/                 (Credit/Debit Cards & Electronic Checks Accepted)

    STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE:  These funds help all Sellwood students during the year.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so now.  $20.00 Suggested Donation per Child.

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

    • Math: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary:  Used to support students.
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help us with instrument tuning, repair, music and more.
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Chromebook distribution is now being managed by the central office at the BESC.  If your child needs a Chromebook or if their Chromebook needs to be replaced, here are the details:

    For families that still do not have an available computer at home for students to use, or need to exchange the one they recently received because of technical issues, we have these upcoming opportunities for you:

    • When: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. 
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you. 
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

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  • Principal's Newsletter 1-29-21

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 29, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Monday is the first day of the second semester, and February will be a busy month!  We will kick it off with the Black Lives Matter Week of Action from February 1st to the 5th.  MAP Testing will be conducted on February 10th and 11th.  6th-graders will be engaging in virtual Outdoor School in their science classes between February 16th and March 5th.  Below, you can find out more details about each of these events.

    We will also continue to plan for LIPI, Limited In Person Instruction, as described in last week’s newsletter.  Remember that LIPI does not replace distance learning, it is simply additional support in the afternoon for a very small number of 6th-graders.

    In other news, on Tuesday, the PPS sent a letter to all families which brought up the possibility of hybrid instruction for middle schools before the end of the year.  Hybrid instruction is a combination of in-person and virtual instruction where students come into school for a few days per week, and attend school online on the other days.  Here is the district’s letter.  It is a long letter, but I especially recommend you read the section Planning Underway for a Hybrid Model of Instruction. Many of you have emailed me worried that your children would be required to return to school, and some have expressed enthusiasm and want to know when the start date would be.  Please keep in mind that hybrid instruction will be starting out with elementary schools.  Many things would have to be worked out before implementing a hybrid instructional model at middle schools.  The letter also re-assures us that if the district implements hybrid learning at middle schools before the end of the year, families who do NOT want to return to in-person/hybrid learning may stick with 100% distance learning.  You will be receiving an online registration form to gauge the interest of families to participate in either 100% distance learning or hybrid learning.  Stay tuned, as the situation is constantly evolving.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • February 1:  First Day of 2nd Semester
    • February 1 - 5:  Black Lives Matter Week of Action
    • February 10th & 11th: MAP Testing
    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • February 16 - March 5: Virtual Outdoor School for 6th-graders
    • March 22 - 26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    BLACK LIVES MATTER WEEK OF ACTION:

    As you know, in February we celebrate Black History Month.  During the first week of February, Sellwood, other PPS schools, and schools across Oregon will be engaging in the Black Lives Matter Week of Action. Both PPS and the Oregon Department of Education have passed resolutions in support of the BLM week of action.  You may follow the links to read the ODE resolution and PPS resolution.  This email includes important information about the daily bell schedule so that students know where to go in the morning, as well as a family calendar which will allow families to get involved.

    Bell Schedule Next Week 

    Students will start each day with their 3rd period teacher, just as they did for the SEL lessons during the soft start at the beginning of the year.

    To show our Panther commitment to BLM we will begin the day with core lessons. The lessons will be taught by 3rd period teachers Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 10:10. After the BLM lessons, their regular class periods will begin at 10:15.  The time frames have been shortened for each period to 30 minutes. On Friday, we have a special poster making project for students and families to work on. If need a good poster board, you may pick one up at the school on Thursday between 1PM and 3PM.

    Period

    Time

    BLM Lessons

    9:30-10:10- Lessons will be taught through 3rd period classes

    1, 4

    10:15-10:45

    2, 5

    11:00-11:30

    3, 6

    11:45-12:15

    Zero Period

    1-1:30 on Tuesday and Thursday

    Family Calendar & Family Flyer

    Please see the family calendar and flyer to learn about the activities that are occurring each day of the week. There are questions for reflection and discussion, resources for further exploration, and a question to consider toward action to bring justice, freedom, and liberation for Black people.   

    MAP TESTING,  February 10th and 11th

    As we continue through Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students in grades 3-8 will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test - this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. If you have concerns about your student participating in this test, please talk with your student’s teacher.

    Normally, the MAP assessment is conducted in the classroom setting but, because of distance learning, students will take this assessment at home. At Sellwood, MAP testing will take place on February 10th and February 11th. Younger children may need assistance from an adult in the home. Click here to review a parent guide about this assessment. Your student’s teacher will provide further information about when the test will be given. The district will provide your student’s scores to you following the assessment window.

    6TH-GRADE VIRTUAL OUTDOOR SCHOOL, February 16th through March 5th

    All Sellwood 6th-graders will be participating in the Outdoor School, Anywhere! curriculum in their science classes the week of February 16th through March 5th. The lessons will be conducted by members of MESD who have planned a series of hands-on science lessons can be conducted at home. See attached letter for more detailed information.

    Each student will receive an Outdoor School Science Kit that will be utilized during their instruction. It is important that each student have a kit. Please pick up a kit from Sellwood on one of the following days: 

    * Thursday, February 4th from 1-3

    * Thursday, February 11th from 1-3

    FROM SELLWOOD’S ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOOD'S NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

    The Student Health Condition Portal is where parents/guardians can locate the necessary health information forms to be completed and returned to their child's school or the MESD nurse assigned to their child's school. If you have not filled out these forms this year, you are welcome to access this link to fill out forms for your child who may have Diabetes, Severe Allergic Reaction (SAR), Seizures, Asthma or  medications brought to school.

    https://www.multnomahesd.org/shs-boy-919413.html

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our next PTA meeting will be February 10th, at 7pm on Zoom. We will have a panel from Cleveland High School to answer questions about the transition to high school!

    Spread the word-The PTA is looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested. It is a small time commitment and a great way to get involved!

    PEAK NEEDS YOU! The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6039404 and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone who continues to support our mission of raising funds to support more teachers at Sellwood Middle School! Since November 1st  175 blue bags have been returned with an average income of $8 per bag.  Thank you!  To pick up more bags check out our map of distribution sites at www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/blue-bags

    We also received a few more monetary donations, and for that we are also incredibly grateful.  You will hear more from us in the near future, as we plan out our fundraising goals and strategies for the remainder of this crazy school year.  

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

    We will all want to have a physical memory of this extraordinary school year. Yearbooks are not for sale YET, but you can still help out. Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Use your email to create an account (no spam; I promise) and "tag" your photos with student's first and last name. If you have trouble with the site, email photos directly to lsouther@pps.net

    Please snap a higher-quality photo of the Sellwood student(s) at your house and share! Phone photos are great, and you can upload right from the phone. 

    Also, check out our website at https://sites.google.com/pps.net/panther-pause/home

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP- February: Jumanji - on Peacock

    Please email your school counselor for a free viewing option on YouTube.  This group is open to ALL students regardless of streaming platform access.

    When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades - and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Rated PG

    Movie group discussion on Feb. 26th @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door".

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every Wednesday from 12:15-1pm starting next week on Jan. 20th.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

     

    Appointments with your counselor:

    The counseling team is transitioning away from the check-in form we were using during quarter 1 and moving to a new Google Calendar system.  All the links have been replaced so you don't need to do anything differently and now when you schedule an appointment it will go directly to your google calendar. 

     

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

     

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue

    971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us.  mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .  The second best way is using the work cell numbers listed above.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

    School Pay Accounts:  Thank you to the many families who have supported Sellwood Middle School students through donations to our various SMS programs.  It is with your support that SMS continues to offer our students the best educational opportunities even during distance learning.    

    Here’s the link to our School Pay https://pps.schoolpay.com/                 (Credit/Debit Cards & Electronic Checks Accepted)

    STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE:  These funds help all Sellwood students during the year.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so now.  $20.00 Suggested Donation per Child.

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

    • Math: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary:  Used to support students.
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help us with instrument tuning, repair, music and more.
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Chromebook distribution is now being managed by the central office at the BESC.  If your child needs a Chromebook or if their Chromebook needs to be replaced, here are the details:

    For families that still do not have an available computer at home for students to use, or need to exchange the one they recently received because of technical issues, we have these upcoming opportunities for you:

    • When: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. 
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you. 
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    CHILD CARE OPENINGS AT WINTERHAVEN

    My name is Sierra Warren, I support Nancy Hauth as the Child Care Coordinator at Winterhaven. Our contracted child care programs are currently operating in 9 schools and many of them are under-enrolled. One of the programs, Art4Life would love to enroll more families at Winterhaven. Because child care is a much needed resource for our PPS families, it is crucial that we spread the word about availability. 

    Child care programs are a wonderful resource for families, and a great support for students during distance learning, especially for new Kinder families and students with lower attendance rates. 

    • Now that Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) has increased income limits to 250% of the poverty rate, many more families are financially supported with most or all child care costs. It is important to note that eligible families must be employed to receive benefits. Refer to this link to access more information.
    • And, please view the PPS Child Care website to find the child care flyer and the ‘Family and Navigator Resources’ tab. 
    • Lastly, here is the Release of Information. This document helps families who are in need of a representative to assist in the process.  

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

     
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  • Principal's Newsletter 01-22-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 22, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    The upcoming week will be the final week of first semester, with the last day on Thursday, January 28th.  There will be no school on Friday. 

    I hope you enjoyed the inauguration on Wednesday as much as I did.  It was a moving ceremony and a testament to our enduring democracy, and it was wonderful to see most of our previous Presidents in one place.  I was very relieved that it went smoothly.  Congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris! Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman reading her poem “The Hill We Climb” was a joy to listen to and watch.  I also have to be honest and admit that I was thrilled by the many jewel colored coats, the mittens, the fashion, and the great performances by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks.  For me, the inauguration punctuated a dark and difficult time with bright light and genuine happiness.

    I wanted to briefly touch on Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI).  I have mentioned LIPI previously, and you may have also read about it in the news.  Some of the articles published recently have unfortunately given the impression that schools are about to re-open.  While we are planning to implement Limited In-Person Instruction at Sellwood, starting in March, I must clarify and emphasize the word limited: extremely limited, especially at the start.  Middle schools will be implementing LIPI with a small cohort of 6th-graders, about 10 students total to begin with.  LIPI will not replace distance learning.  Students participating in LIPI will continue to engage in distance learning in the morning and come to school once or maybe twice in the afternoon for two hours of additional support.  As you know, COVID-19 continues to rage and some new, more aggressive strains have developed, so we are being very cautious.  Over time, as more teachers are vaccinated and we show that we can implement LIPI safely, we can gradually increase the number of cohorts.  We are still in the planning phase, so I cannot share more detailed information, but since it has been reported in the news, I felt it necessary to clarify.  After we have submitted our LIPI plan and it has been approved, I will provide more details.

    As promised, I have included a link below to our Black Lives Matter Week of Action Family Calendar.  You can also read about the Black Lives Matter Week of Action resolution adopted by the PPS School Board, as well as the Oregon Department of Education Resolution.  Please let me know if you have questions about Black History Month and the week of action.

    Directly underneath the BLM calendar, you will find a flyer and an invitation to a virtual PPS parent workshop – Racism in Oregon History.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • January 28: End of Semester 1
    • January 29: No School for Students
    • February 1:  First Day of 2nd Semester
    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • March 22-26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    BLACK LIVES MATTER WEEK OF ACTION:

    At Sellwood Middle School we value Black Lives. We stand in solidarity with our Black students and families locally and nationally. In solidarity we have organized a week-long series of events as part of the national Black Lives Matter in Schools week of action taking place from February 1-5, 2021. The aim for the week is to develop a collective knowledge about the history and importance of the BLM movement through shared learning and discussion, knowledge acquisition and dialogue. The move toward racial justice, particularly for Black people, is critical given the historical legacy of racism. The focus of the week will be to celebrate the brilliance and joy of Black people. Each day we will be focus on key ideas that relate to the Black Lives Matter movement. We want to ensure that families are able to engage in conversation at home about the topics we will begin in school. The calendar below provides you with information about the topic focus, questions for discussion, resources to read, and a question to consider what actionable steps your family can take to move toward racial transformation.  

    Please follow the link to the Black Lives Matter Week of Action Family Calendar.

    PPS PARENT WORKSHOP - RACISM IN OREGON HISTORY

    The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with the Oregon Historical Society on Jan. 27, 2021 designed to help parents understand how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history and are crucial to our ability to build a better future. For more information including a flyer and the registration, click here.

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our next PTA meeting will be February 10th, at 7pm on Zoom. We will have a panel from Cleveland High School to answer questions about the transition to high school!

    Spread the word-The PTA is looking for new board members for the 2021-22 school year. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail if you or someone you know is interested. It is a small time commitment and a great way to get involved!

    PEAK NEEDS YOU! The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile. Purchase with purpose. Shop for the holidays with http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6039404 and Amazon donates to Sellwood Middle School PTA.

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone who continues to support our mission of raising funds to support more teachers at Sellwood Middle School! Since November 1st  175 blue bags have been returned with an average income of $8 per bag.  Thank you!  To pick up more bags check out our map of distribution sites at www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/blue-bags

    We also received a few more monetary donations, and for that we are also incredibly grateful.  You will hear more from us in the near future, as we plan out our fundraising goals and strategies for the remainder of this crazy school year.  

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

    We will all want to have a physical memory of this extraordinary school year. Yearbooks are not for sale YET, but you can still help out. Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR just use our code: 94743. Use your email to create an account (no spam; I promise) and "tag" your photos with student's first and last name. If you have trouble with the site, email photos directly to lsouther@pps.net

    Please snap a higher-quality photo of the Sellwood student(s) at your house and share! Phone photos are great, and you can upload right from the phone. 

    Also, check out our website at https://sites.google.com/pps.net/panther-pause/home

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

    Come join the Create More, Fear Less group that the counseling team will host every Wednesday from 12:15-1pm starting next week on Jan. 20th.  

    If you are interested in participating, come to Ms. Katie's "door" at 12:15 and we will do a quick check-in and start working on some sort of art project to help ease the stress and anxiety of the pandemic and the loneliness that comes along with distance learning.  

    If you have questions or need some art supplies email one of the counselors for support. 

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    The counseling team is transitioning away from the check-in form we were using during quarter 1 and moving to a new Google Calendar system.  All the links have been replaced so you don't need to do anything differently and now when you schedule an appointment it will go directly to your google calendar. 

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

    Please click on the counselor name you would like to sign up for a check in with or send them an email directly.  

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    • 971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue
    • 971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us.  mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .  The second best way is using the work cell numbers listed above.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

    School Pay Accounts:  Thank you to the many families who have supported Sellwood Middle School students through donations to our various SMS programs.  It is with your support that SMS continues to offer our students the best educational opportunities even during distance learning.    

    Here’s the link to our School Pay https://pps.schoolpay.com/                 (Credit/Debit Cards & Electronic Checks Accepted)

    STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE:  These funds help all Sellwood students during the year.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so now.  $20.00 Suggested Donation per Child.

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):