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  • Principal's Newsletter 11.19.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 19, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Next week, the school building will be closed so that we can conduct parent-teacher conferences on Monday and Tuesday, and then enjoy a few days of rest for our Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

    This week, I wanted to highlight Sellwood Middle School Foundation’s Annual Campaign.  Please read below to find out more about their 50 Days to 50K Campaign.  Every year, when it comes time to complete the staffing for the upcoming school year, I rely on foundation funds to make sure Sellwood students have a rich selection of elective choices.  With the help of foundation funds, we were able to add Technology and French to our course offerings.  In addition, we are hiring a part-time staff member to help us supervise lunch, set up equipment for recess, and monitor hallways.  Foundation funds benefit all our students and we thank you all for supporting the foundation.

    Also, starting December 1st, I will be hosting a virtual Coffee with the Principal twice monthly, the first Wednesday of each month from 10 to 10:30 AM, and the third Thursday of each month, from 4 to 4:30 PM.  Please drop in if you have questions or would like to talk.  Feel free to send me any topics you are interested in discussing.

    I hope you have productive conferences and a great Thanksgiving break,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

    Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on November 22nd and 23rd.  Conferences will be 100% virtual, so you can participate from anywhere you have an Internet connection.  We strongly recommend that you have your student attend the conferences with you.  The schedule for both days will be 8:30 AM to 12:30, 1:00 to 5:00PM, and 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Please click on the link to access Sellwood’s Master Link Document for Conference Sign-ups.  There are links to all teachers’ master calendars, as well as written instructions and video instructions.  Master Link Document for Conference Sign-ups.  Once you have signed up for your appointments, you will receive an email with an invitation.  You simply need to open the email and accept the invitation and the teacher will add the virtual conferencing link.

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOUNDATION

    Dear Sellwood Families,

    50 days to 50K.  Donate to the Foundation today!

    As we approach Thanksgiving, the parents on the Foundation Board want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has already donated to the Annual Campaign!!  As a school community we know we can not reach our goal without working together.  We have a huge goal this year, but also the ability to create a huge positive change.  If you have not already done so, please join us and give today!  Every donation matters, and will be matched 100%!!  THANK YOU!

    Your Sellwood Foundation Board,

    -Amy Bourne, Chris Timberlake, Erin Black-Mitchell, Janie Spurgeon, Trisha Highland and Liz Stephens

    SEASON OF GIVING FUNDRAISER - Season of Giving Flyer 

    Last year Sellwood reached our goal of raising $5,000 and provided over 20 families in our community with holiday help. We are hoping to raise the same amount or more this year!  

    6/7/8 grades are competing for bragging rights of who can raise the most money.  If you have multiple students at Sellwood you are welcome to split your donation so their class gets recognized.   We are asking for donations in the form of gift cards to Target, Fred Meyer, Old Navy, or Kohl's.  You can also donate via SchoolPay between now and 12/13/21. You will be asked to fill out your student name(s), name of person making donation, 1st period teacher's name, and grade level.  

    2020 bragging rights breakdown...

    6th grade raised $1,930

    7th grade raised $1,375

    8th grade raised $1,695

     

    NO PLACE FOR HATE

    Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion & No Place for Hate at Sellwood

    Sellwood is working to create a school where all students thrive by accessing tools to respond to bias and bullying incidents, increasing students' sense of safety and belonging at Sellwood MS, while joining alongside 1800+ schools in the nationwide movement. Join us and the Anti-Defamation League in the No Place for Hate initiative by taking the No Place for Hate Pledge (form below).

    No Place for Hate Pledge

    Does your child want to join the No Place for Hate Student Leaders program at Sellwood? We are looking for students at all grade levels who are interested in developing as a Racial Equity and Social Justice leader at Sellwood. If yes, be sure to fill out the form below. 

    No Place for Hate Student Leaders Program

     

    SMS RUNNING CLUB

    Sellwood Winter Running Club begins Monday, November 29!  We will run Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00-4:45pm until the end of February.  This is a free activity but students must return a permission slip before running with us.  See Ms. Hall-Ramirez in room 225 for a permission slip or contact her at rhall@pps.net for more information.  Happy running!

    PEDIATRIC VACCINATIONS

    As you may be aware, fully-vaccinated students and staff are able to stay at school if asymptomatic, even if they have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual. Now, a pediatric COVID-19 vaccination is available for children ages 5-11. If you want to make an appointment for your child to receive a vaccine:

    1. Check with your child’s pediatrician; or
    2. Log into Multnomah County Health Department’s vaccine locator website and:
      • Enter your address or zip code under “Location.”
      • Click “Search”
      • Click “Filter Your Results”
      • Click “Pfizer age 5-11” under Vaccine Type.
      • Click “Apply Filters” under Date Range.
      • View the list of Pediatric Vaccine Clinics under Provider Information.
      • Contact the Pediatric Vaccine Clinic provider for appointment information.

    PANTHER PAUSE

    The Panther Pause website is up and running!

    It's still a work in progress, but students (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) from Publishing class have been adding articles and working on design and photography: https://pantherpause2022.weebly.com/ 

     

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Our counselors are so excited for the coming school year and to meet all of you. 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. K.B: akennybrew@pps.net

    Ms. Susan: sucook@pps.net

     

    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: 

    SE GUIDING COALITION

    As you may already be aware the SE Guiding Coalition (SEGC) has been meeting to develop and review draft proposals to address enrollment and program challenges across SE schools.   They have reviewed two draft proposals, Proposal A (map) and Proposal B (map).  Even though Sellwood is not central to some of the major changes, both plans entail changes to our boundaries which would have implications for some students and would impact our school.

    In response to coalition concerns and suggestions, a third draft proposal will be developed to consider other ways to improve equity of access and opportunity at schools that serve both dual language immersion and standard neighborhood programs.  At this time, I do not know what the third proposal will entail, nor do we know when any proposed changes would take effect.  For example, one of the questions we hope to have answered is whether or not any students impacted by boundary changes would be “grandfathered” in to Sellwood, meaning - if they are in 6th or 7th-grade now, will they be able to continue through 8th grade?

    The SEGC has scheduled an open house on December 8th at 6PM to discuss the proposals.  You can join the meeting at PPS.NET/ENROLLMENTBALANCING Here is the flyer.  Sellwood will also be scheduling a parent meeting to discuss the three proposals and gather input.

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    • Open Monday to Friday, School Hours

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.

    Secured Building 

    • Sellwood is now a locked and secure building.  
    • Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. If you know of such needs in advance, please email either Melissa or Claire. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • November 22 and 23: Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual)
    • November 24, 25, and 26:  Thanksgiving Break
    • December 1: Coffee with the Principal, 10 to 10:30 AM
    • December 8: Winter Band Concert 7PM
    • December 15: Winter Marimba Concert 7PM
    • December 16: Coffee with the Principal, 4 to 4:30 PM
    • 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

    PPS DISTRICT WIDE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

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  • Principal's Newsletter 11.10.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 10, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Tomorrow, Thursday November 11th, school will be closed for Veterans’ Day.  We thank all veterans for their time, bravery, sacrifice, and service.  Happy Veteran’s Day! Schools will also be closed on Friday November 12th, so that teachers can engage in professional development. Due to the school closures, COVID screening will not take place this week and will resume next Wednesday.

    I wanted to follow up regarding the neighbor who had been offering students ice-cream and behaving inappropriately.  It seems that this (former) neighbor has moved on, as he has not been seen for a few weeks.  His car is gone and the house appears to be unoccupied.  We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our school safe.

    Parent teacher conferences are coming up soon.  Please read below for information about conferences (virtual) with a link to a sign-up document along with video instructions.

    I hope you have a great long weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

    Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on November 22nd and 23rd.  Conferences will be 100% virtual, so you can participate from anywhere you have an Internet connection.  We strongly recommend that you have your student attend the conferences with you.  The schedule for both days will be 8:30 AM to 12:30, 1:00 to 5:00PM, and 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Please click on the link to access Sellwood’s Master Link Document for Conference Sign-ups.  There are links to all teachers’ master calendars, as well as written instructions and video instructions.  Master Link Document for Conference Sign-ups.  Once you have signed up for your appointments, you will receive an email with an invitation.  You simply need to accept the invitation and the teacher will add the virtual conferencing link.

    HELP US KEEP KIDS SAFE DURING PICK-UP

    It has been noted that on 16th Avenue at the end of the day, some parents have been either: parking in front of the crosswalks, blocking all or part of the crosswalk areas, or double parking/stopping right at the crosswalk, blocking the street and kids crossing. Concerned parents have noted a few kids with close calls almost getting hit as they try to navigate this area to cross 16th.

    Please help us keep students safe by keeping the cross-walk areas clear, with at least a foot or so on either side to allow clear visibility for both kids and drivers. All parents want to get a close spot at the end of the day and there are a lot of parents finding somewhere to park, but we all should remember to be respectful and mind the rules of parking near crosswalks/intersections to maintain the safety of the kids at Sellwood!

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOUNDATION

    Support the Sellwood Middle School Foundation!

    The Foundation has started its Annual Fundraising Campaign. Funds raised by this campaign will put money directly into our principal's budget, so that she can hire more teachers.  More teachers equals a smaller teacher to student ratio along with more elective options.  As a community we have the ability to come together and support all students at Sellwood Middle School.  Each and every donation is appreciated and can add up to create great change. Please give today!!

    SELLWOOD PTA NEWS

    FRUIT SALE SUCCESS!

    Thank you to all who purchased apple and pear boxes in the annual PTA fundraiser - we raised over $3500! This is one of the PTA’s largest fundraisers of the year and thank you for helping to make it a success. The funds will be used this year for supporting Sellwood’s electives.  Also, many thanks to Amy Columbo for spearheading this fundraiser again!

    LAST 2021 PTA MEETING 11/10!

    Please join us at our next PTA meeting 11/10 @7PM.  This will be our last 2021 meeting.  We will be discussing teacher appreciation, spirit wear, our new JEDI committee goals (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) and Principal Carbone will join for additional school updates.

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    http://us02web.zoom.us/j/86242069110

    ALERT! CARPOOLS 

    If you have been affected by the bus shortage and want to connect with parents in your area for carpooling here is how to indicate that you are interested. 
     

    1. Go to konstella.com and sign up.  When you put in your child’s school information you will be connected to the Sellwood community. 
    2. If you go to the list on the left hand side and click on social groups you will find a group for each of the buses.  If you don’t know what bus your child rides, please go to https://www.pps.net/bus to find which one you should put your name on. 
    3. Please contact the PTA if you have any trouble getting connected with this way of organizing carpools.  Email us at sellwoodpta@gmail.com

     

    SELLWOOD’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE TEAM VICTORIOUS

    Sellwood Middle Ultimate Frisbee Team, Division A, won the Flick or Treat Tournament this past weekend! They battled teams from Portland, Corvallis, Eugene and Seattle; played in all weather – sun, rain, hail, even thunder and lightning (though we all took refuge for that!) and came away with 5 wins and one tie.

    The team photo, holding up the championship disc (not pictured, Marlowe Shaffer)

    BACK ROW, L - R:

    Nick Hopkins, Ari Krain, Harrison McDonell, Judah Barnett, Sacha Abraham, Ben Thornton

    FRONT ROW, L – R:

    Anna Thornton, Connor Quesnel, Evan Eshel, Caroline Saxton-Rowe, Asa Gallop

     

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Our counselors are so excited for the coming school year and to meet all of you. 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. K.B: akennybrew@pps.net

    Ms. Susan: sucook@pps.net

     

    STUDENT PHOTOS AND PICTURE RETAKES

    We had picture retakes today.  If you would like to order pictures from retakes, you will need to go to mylifetouch.com and enter picture ID: EVTTVRJRP

    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: 

    SE GUIDING COALITION

    As you may already be aware the SE Guiding Coalition (SEGC) has been meeting to develop and review draft proposals to address enrollment and program challenges across SE schools.   They have reviewed two draft proposals, Proposal A (map) and Proposal B (map).  Even though Sellwood is not central to some of the major changes, both plans entail changes to our boundaries which would have implications for some students and would impact our school.

    In response to coalition concerns and suggestions, a third draft proposal will be developed to consider other ways to improve equity of access and opportunity at schools that serve both dual language immersion and standard neighborhood programs.  At this time, I do not know what the third proposal will entail, nor do we know when any proposed changes would take effect.  For example, one of the questions we hope to have answered is whether or not any students impacted by boundary changes would be “grandfathered” in to Sellwood, meaning - if they are in 6th or 7th-grade now, will they be able to continue through 8th grade?

    The SEGC will schedule an open house and other community engagement opportunities will be scheduled after the third proposal has been reviewed by the SEGC.  Sellwood will also be scheduling a parent meeting to discuss the three proposals and gather input.

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    • Open Monday to Friday, School Hours

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.

    Secured Building 

    • Sellwood is now a locked and secure building.  
    • Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. If you know of such needs in advance, please email either Melissa or Claire. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • November 10: Picture Retakes
    • November 10: PTA Meeting http://us02web.zoom.us/j/86242069110
    • November 11: Veteran’s Day - No School
    • November 12: No School for Students
    • November 22 and 23: Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual)
    • 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

    PPS DISTRICT WIDE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 11.5.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 5, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    This week we began our OSHU voluntary weekly COVID-19 screening program.   OSHU picked up over 100 COVID tests Thursday morning.  If your child submitted the paperwork to participate in the screening program, but did not receive a test on Wednesday, it is because we have not yet received their test labels from OHSU yet.  We receive the labels in batches, and as soon as we receive labels for your child we will start providing them with a test.  However, we will have some interruptions to the program due to the days when schools are closed.

    •  Scheduling for Closed School Days:
      • Nov. 11 & 12: Thursday & Friday schools will not offer testing this week. 
      • Nov. 22 - 26: No test collection during Conferences/Fall Break.

    That means, the only additional testing date this month will be November 17th.  We will resume in December for 3 weeks and again after winter break.

    As you may know, on Thursday an unlocked bike was stolen from our bike racks (thanks to some quick staff members we did get it back).  On Friday, a completely different person stole several helmets from the bike rack (thanks to some quick neighbors/parents we did get a few of them back).  Please make sure that your child has a strong bike lock.  Also, helmets need to be put in lockers.  If your child can’t put their helmet in their locker, we can collect them at the courtyard door and keep them with the skateboards. Unfortunately, crime has been on the rise in our city, and we all need to take precautions.

    Please read below for important information from the Southeast Guiding Coalition and potential boundary changes for Sellwood.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

    Teachers are in the process of setting up their conference calendars and virtual appointment slots.  I will be sending out the master sign-up document with calendar links and instructions on Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

    SE GUIDING COALITION

    As you may already be aware the SE Guiding Coalition (SEGC) has been meeting to develop and review draft proposals to address enrollment and program challenges across SE schools.   They have reviewed two draft proposals, Proposal A (map) and Proposal B (map).  Even though Sellwood is not central to some of the major changes, both plans entail changes to our boundaries which would have implications for some students and would impact our school.

    In response to coalition concerns and suggestions, a third draft proposal will be developed to consider other ways to improve equity of access and opportunity at schools that serve both dual language immersion and standard neighborhood programs.  At this time, I do not know what the third proposal will entail, nor do we know when any proposed changes would take effect.  For example, one of the questions we hope to have answered is whether or not any students impacted by boundary changes would be “grandfathered” in to Sellwood, meaning - if they are in 6th or 7th-grade now, will they be able to continue through 8th grade?

    The SEGC will schedule an open house and other community engagement opportunities will be scheduled after the third proposal has been reviewed by the SEGC.  Sellwood will also be scheduling a parent meeting to discuss the three proposals and gather input.

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOUNDATION

    Support the Sellwood Middle School Foundation!

    The Foundation has started its Annual Fundraising Campaign. Funds raised by this campaign will put money directly into our principal's budget, so that she can hire more teachers.  More teachers equals a smaller teacher to student ratio along with more elective options.  As a community we have the ability to come together and support all students at Sellwood Middle School.  Each and every donation is appreciated and can add up to create great change. Please give today!!

     

    SELLWOOD PTA NEWS

    FRUIT SALE SUCCESS!

    Thank you to all who purchased apple and pear boxes in the annual PTA fundraiser - we raised over $3500! This is one of the PTA’s largest fundraisers of the year and thank you for helping to make it a success. The funds will be used this year for supporting Sellwood’s electives.  Also, many thanks to Amy Columbo for spearheading this fundraiser again!

    LAST 2021 PTA MEETING 11/10!

    Please join us at our next PTA meeting 11/10.  This will be our last 2021 meeting.  We will be discussing teacher appreciation, spirit wear, our new JEDI committee goals (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) and Principal Carbone will join for additional school updates.

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    http://us02web.zoom.us/j/86242069110

    ALERT! CARPOOLS 

    If you have been affected by the bus shortage and want to connect with parents in your area for carpooling here is how to indicate that you are interested. 
     

    1. Go to konstella.com and sign up.  When you put in your child’s school information you will be connected to the Sellwood community. 
    2. If you go to the list on the left hand side and click on social groups you will find a group for each of the buses.  If you don’t know what bus your child rides, please go to https://www.pps.net/bus to find which one you should put your name on. 
    3. Please contact the PTA if you have any trouble getting connected with this way of organizing carpools.  Email us at sellwoodpta@gmail.com

     

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Here is a handy guide for submitting a counseling check-in request.

    Our counselors are so excited for the coming school year and to meet all of you. 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. K.B: akennybrew@pps.net

    Ms. Susan: sucook@pps.net

     

    SELLWOOD WRESTLING

    Our PIL Youth Wrestling Season is set to start with our first practice happening on November 9th.  Please follow the links for some basic information about our wrestling program.  

    We are a no cut sports team that welcomes students of all genders and sizes.  Wrestling is a sport where athletes compete against someone their own size so it doesn’t matter if you are big or small….anyone can wrestle!  


    Sellwood Youth Wrestling Information Letter

    Sellwood Middle School Wrestling Team Flyer

     

    STUDENT PHOTOS AND PICTURE RETAKES

    Student photos were sent home last Thursday. If you have any questions or concerns regarding them, please contact LifeTouch customer service at: 800.736.4753  Also, picture retakes are on Wednesday November 10th.

     

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    • Open Monday to Friday, School Hours

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

    • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  
    • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.

    Secured Building 

    • Sellwood is now a locked and secure building.  
    • Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. If you know of such needs in advance, please email either Melissa or Claire. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • November 10: Picture Retakes
    • November 11: Veteran’s Day - No School
    • November 22 and 23: Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual)
    • 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

    PPS DISTRICT WIDE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 10.22.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 22, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Over the last few weeks, we have had new water stations installed at Sellwood.  The new stations have advanced water filtration and have been tested to insure very high water quality.  The water is very tasty, too.  Here is a link to the recent water quality tests results.  Below is a photo of one of the shiny new water stations.

    We will be distributing new Chromebooks to ALL Sellwood students on October 26th and 27th of next week.  If your child has a PPS Chromebook, please make sure that they bring it to school on the 26th so that we can collect any old ones that are circulating.

    Also, next week, October 25th-29th will be SPIRIT WEEK.    Here are the details:

    • Monday – Hat Day
    • Tuesday – “Jersday” Wear your favorite team’s jersey
    • Wednesday – Panther Pride

                6th = Blue

                7th = Yellow

                8th = Black

    • Thursday = Throwback Thursday: 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s
    • Friday = Flannel Friday

    Even though we can’t hold school-wide assemblies yet, we can still show some school spirit.  Go Panthers!

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    ONLINE YEARLY VERIFICATION via PARENTVUE

    INFORMATION:

    Below are the reminders for the online verification process

    ·        Online Yearly Verification via ParentVUE deadline is October 31, 2021

    ·        Beginning on November 1, 2021, if parents have not submitted the online YV, they will receive the following message upon login to PVUE

    o   The Yearly Verification process must be complete to continue

    o   This is a hard stop to log in to PVUE.  The only options for the parent are to click Begin Yearly Verification or click Logout

     

    SELLWOOD PTA NEWS

    Fruit Sale

    Calling all Sellwood PTA supporters and apple and pear fans! We are hosting a fruit fundraiser and selling freshly picked and amazing tasting boxes of apples and pears from Kiyokawa Family Orchards. This local orchard from Parkdale, Oregon is known for its excellent quality fruit and a reputation for supporting local nonprofits, like the PTA. This is one of our largest fundraisers, given that we are able to purchase the fruit at cost. Last year the PTA raised close to $4,000 and we ask for your support.

    You also have the option to buy fruit and we will donate to a local food pantry.  Please indicate in your order if this is your request.

    Plan to pick up your fruit on Wednesday 11/3 from 2 to 6 pm at the school. Order now at:  https://www.schoolpay.com/link/sellwoodfruit.

    ALERT! CARPOOLS 

    If you have been affected by the bus shortage and want to connect with parents in your area for carpooling here is how to indicate that you are interested. 
     

    1. Go to konstella.com and sign up.  When you put in your child’s school information you will be connected to the Sellwood community.
    2. If you go to the list on the left hand side and click on social groups you will find a group for each of the buses.  If you don’t know what bus your child rides, please go to https://www.pps.net/bus to find which one you should put your name on. 
    3. Please contact the PTA if you have any trouble getting connected with this way of organizing carpools.  Email us at sellwoodpta@gmail.com

    CELL PHONES at SELLWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL

    One way you can help your student stay focused in school is by putting restrictions on their phone.  Our cell phone policy is "off and away all day, including lunch!"  

    Please remember if you need to speak with your student during the school day or give them a message you can call our office and we will send them a note. We appreciate you not sending your student text messages during the school day.

    Set "downtime" on iPhone for your student

    Cell Phone Agreement/Contract

     

    CLEVELAND STUDENT HEALTH CENTER OPENS MONDAY OCT. 18

    Please follow the links to view the flyers and get more information.

    Cleveland Health Center Flyer   Cleveland Health Center Flyer (Spanish)

     

    SELLWOOD WRESTLING

    Our PIL Youth Wrestling Season is set to start with our first practice happening on November 9th.  Please follow the links for some basic information about our wrestling program.  

    We are a no cut sports team that welcomes students of all genders and sizes.  Wrestling is a sport where athletes compete against someone their own size so it doesn’t matter if you are big or small….anyone can wrestle!  
     

    Sellwood Youth Wrestling Information Letter

    Sellwood Middle School Wrestling Team Flyer

     

    PICTURE RETAKES

    If you missed picture day and need a retake, we will have a make-up picture day on November 10th.

     

    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: 

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    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. 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. 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

    • November 4: End of 1st Quarter
    • November 5: No School for Students
    • November 10: Picture Retakes
    • November 11: Veteran’s Day - No School
    • November 22 and 23: Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual)
    • 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

    PPS DISTRICT WIDE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 10.15.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 15, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Thank you to all of you who have enrolled in our voluntary weekly COVID-19 screening program.  We have a had a great response and will have a substantial cohort of students participating.  Right now, OSHU is processing the enrollment forms and so we are waiting for them to send labels and tests so we can begin. This is new for all of us, so we appreciate your patience.

    As you know, Outdoor School has been disrupted by the pandemic the past two years.  This year, the current plan for Outdoor School for 6th-graders all schools is to have three days in the fall at school (walking field trip to Sellwood Park on October 20th & 21st), and a three-day overnight Outdoor School experience in the spring (Sellwood is scheduled for May 18th to May 20th).  See below for the overview and also complete the Walking Field Trip Permission form if you haven’t done so yet. 

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    SELLWOOD PTA NEWS

    • Our first Sellwood Dines Out was a huge success!  Please join us for our next one on November 17th at Reverend’s BBQ.   
    • Our fruit sale is starting.  We are selling apples and pears from a local orchard and a portion of sales comes back to the school.  These make great gifts!  Information on how to purchase will be posted next week.  
    • Please join us for our October PTA meeting on 10/20/21 at 7pm via Zoom.  This is a great time to hear updates from the PTA and Principal Carbone.  

    Join via this link:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86242069110

    • Registration for PEAK after school classes is still open!

     Please check our https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram  for available classes.  Contact the PEAK team at sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

     

    OUTDOOR SCHOOL

    2021-22 Outdoor School Model

    In consultation with our Teacher Advisory Committee and school health experts, we have determined that providing a 2-part hybrid option for 6th-graders will be the best course of action at this time. Every student will receive the same number of days but it will be split into two parts over the year.

    Fall 2021

    Day 1 – 10/18: Outdoor School Program staff will come to your school site and work with your students on school grounds. This will take place during 1st period.

    Goals: Student Relationship Building

    Day 2 – 10/20: Day trip at an Outdoor School Site – Walking Field Trip to Sellwood Park

    Goals: Using scientific practices

    Day 3 – 10/21: Day trip to an Outdoor School Site – Walking Field Trip to Sellwood Park

    Goals: Develop a scientific inquiry project

    Spring 2022

    Days 4 - 6 – 5/15 – 5/20: Students will be scheduled for a 3-day overnight program. (assuming the metrics allow) Details regarding SPRING programming will be sent out in early winter.

     

    WALKING FIELD TRIP FORM (if not yet submitted)

    It is customary for teachers to take their classes on walking field trips in the school community at different times during the school year. The purpose of such walks is varied. Students may observe neighborhood architecture and urban plants and animals or visit interesting places in the community such as the public library, local businesses and parks.

    In order to allow flexibility for these valuable activities, this permission will cover the 2021/22 school year. The trip destination along with a list of students on the trip will be posted in the main office. 

    Separate permission forms will always be used when any form of transportation is involved or a trip involves an overnight stay or wilderness activity (These types of field trip are not currently allowed under COVID restrictions.

    Please complete the Walking Field Trip Permission Form for the 2021/22 school year.

    CLEVELAND STUDENT HEALTH CENTER OPENS MONDAY OCT. 18

    Please follow the links to view the flyers and get more information.

    Cleveland Health Center Flyer   Cleveland Health Center Flyer (Spanish)

     

    SELLWOOD WRESTLING

    Our PIL Youth Wrestling Season is set to start with our first practice happening on November 9th.  Please follow the links for some basic information about our wrestling program.  

     

    We are a no cut sports team that welcomes students of all genders and sizes.  Wrestling is a sport where athletes compete against someone their own size so it doesn’t matter if you are big or small….anyone can wrestle!  


    Sellwood Youth Wrestling Information Letter

    Sellwood Middle School Wrestling Team Flyer

     

    PICTURE RETAKES

    If you missed picture day and need a retake, we will have a make-up picture day on November 10th.

     

    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: 

     

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

     

    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. 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. 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

    • October 20: PTA Meeting at 7PM.  Zoom link
    • November 4: End of 1st Quarter
    • November 5: No School for Students
    • November 10: Picture Retakes
    • November 11: Veteran’s Day - No School
    • November 22 and 23: Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual)
    • 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

    PPS DISTRICT WIDE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 10-08-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 8, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Many of you have been making generous offers to volunteer during lunch.  That is wonderful.  Even one day a week helps a lot!  We are all in this together, and the Sellwood community pulling together is what is going to build back our school better than ever.

    The lunch/recess schedule is as follows:

    6th-grade

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

    • 11:10 to 11:45

    Wednesday

    • 11:30 to 12:05

    7th/8th grade

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

    • 12:10 to 12:45

    Wednesday

    • 12:25 to 1:00

    Here is the PPS Volunteer Webpage with all of the information you need if you are interested in volunteering.

    If you complete all of the steps to register as a volunteer, please let me know which days/times you are interested and available for lunch/recess supervision.  We will buy you a whistle.

     

    Enjoy the three day weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    SELLWOOD PTA

    October is here!  

    • Our first Sellwood Dines Out is planned on 10/13/21 at the Portland Bottle Shop.  PBS has generously agreed to donate 10% of ALL sales that day to Sellwood!  Great way to support a local business and our school
    • October also brings our fruit sale to raise funds for the PTA.  Apples and pears from a local orchard will be available to purchase with a portion of funds supporting our school.  More to come in the next couple weeks on how to order
    • Please join Konstella!  You should have received an email with a link to join.  This is how we will be asking for volunteer sign ups and helping communicate school announcements and events.  Please contact us (sellwoodpta@gmail.com) if you have any questions about joining Konstella.
    • Our next general meeting will be 10/20/21 at 7pm via Zoom.  We will send out the link closer to this day.

    PICTURE RETAKES

    If you missed picture day and need a retake, we will have a make-up picture day on November 10th.

     

    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: 

     

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

     

    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. 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. 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

    • October 8: No School
    • October 20: PTA Meeting at 7PM.  Zoom link coming soon
    • November 4: End of 1st Quarter
    • November 5: No School for Students
    • November 10: Picture Retakes
    • 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

    PPS DISTRICT WIDE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 10-01/201

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 1, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    As you may have heard, PPS is partnering with OSHU in the roll out of a new asymptomatic weekly COVID testing program.  The program is voluntary, and will be an early warning system for our community.  Elementary schools have already started the program, and middle schools will be next.  Please read about the initiative below, and if you would like your child to participate, submit the linked forms.

    I also wanted to say a few words about bus cancellations due to the bus driver shortage.  First, I want to say I am sorry.  Bus cancellations are making life nearly impossible for students and parents.  Some of you have reached out to inquire as to why the transportation department does not notify parents about bus cancellations until the morning of. I am not sure what their process is, as we have a difficult time being able to communicate with them. We hear about buses being cancelled in the morning, at the same time as parents.  I have heard the Superintendent is requesting the Governor deploy the National Guard to drive school buses, and PPS is offering new hires signing bonuses.  I apologize that the school cannot do more to help.

    We are changing our process for parents picking their student up for early dismissal.  We had been having parents buzz and then wait at the door while we call the student to the office to sign out.  However, we have realized that we can expedite the process if we have the parent buzz, come up to the office, sign in/out, and wait for the student to arrive at the office.  As long as the parent is not in the office for more than 15 minutes it is allowable under current COVID restrictions.  So, just ring the bell and we will buzz you in.  Please remember that early dismissal should be reserved for situations where it is absolutely necessary.  Also, please do not pick up your child for early dismissal within the last 10 minutes of the school day, unless your child is ill or there is an emergency.

    Finally, many of you have been inquiring about tents to support outdoor lunch.  The district has recently reversed its position on tents and will now allow larger semi-permanent structures.  I requested 3 tents, based on the requirement that tents be affixed to blacktop, and in an area that can be reasonably secured.  However, I have been told that K-5 schools, schools targeted for improvement, and Title 1 schools are being prioritized.  You can read district information about tents below.

    Reminder: Next week is a four-day week, with no school on Friday.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    LATE PICTURE ORDERS

    You can turn them into the office until October 8th. Or you can order them online at: mylifetouch.com enter our school ID: EVTR93CPF 

     

    ASYMPTOMATIC WEEKLY COVID-19 SCREENING TESTING

    Sellwood has the opportunity to participate in a free COVID-19 screening testing program in partnership with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). The project is a collaboration with Oregon Health Authority, OHSU, Multnomah County and our health partners at Multnomah Education Service District (MESD). We are excited to participate in this voluntary, free, and simple testing program, as it will be an additional measure in maintaining a safe environment for our community.

    Next Monday, we will send home hard copies of documents with detailed information about the process, and a consent form. There are no electronic fillable forms, and the forms require your signature. Your child should return the signed forms to the office.

    Below are a few key items.

    1. Sellwood will receive testing kits to send home with students. These will contain a small vial for your student to deposit saliva. It is very important to remember that students should not have eaten or drank anything (other than water), or brushed teeth, for 30 minutes before the saliva collection. 
    2. Your student will receive their sample collection materials on Wednesday and must have them returned to school on Thursday. Samples will be dropped off at the main office.
    3. OHSU will collect the samples on Thursday from the school.
    4. OHSU expects to provide families with results within 48 hours of the specimen being dropped off at the school. You will receive a secure email with your child's results. Please be sure the primary email addresses are updated and you have the correct email address noted that you wish results to go to.
      1. If it is a positive result, you will need to call your child’s school and inform them immediately and will follow the guidance provided to you. You will be asked to keep your child home from school.

    If you are interested in signing your child up for the free weekly COVID screening testing, please complete the release of information we will send home.  We will provide these to OHSU and we will provide testing kits to your student. After OHSU has run the tests, you will receive a secure email with your child's results. 

    Your student’s test results will be kept confidential and will be accessible only to you, unless it is a positive result.  

    • If your child has a positive result, you are consenting to allow OHSU to provide this information to the Multnomah County Health Department.   
    • Please keep your child home until you are contacted by the nurse or administrator for a return to school date.

    Testing is one tool amongst many to prevent the spread of COVID-19; despite the availability of this program, the best tools to protect individuals against COVID-19 are vaccination for those eligible, physical distancing, masks, proper ventilation and airflow, hand hygiene, and staying home if ill or exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

    Our nurse Melissa Monroy and school health assistant Catherina Davison are available to help answer your health and safety questions. Sellwood’s team is here to support you, your family and your child’s educational success and emotional wellness.  

    If you have questions about the testing process, please contact administration at jcarbone@pps.net or 503-916-5656.  Please also be sure to update any email addresses on file. 

    If you have questions about the OHSU process or test specifics, please refer to the information attached to this letter and contact them directly.  

    SELLWOOD PTA

    October is here!  

    • Our first Sellwood Dines Out is planned on 10/13/21 at the Portland Bottle Shop.  PBS has generously agreed to donate 10% of ALL sales that day to Sellwood!  Great way to support a local business and our school
    • October also brings our fruit sale to raise funds for the PTA.  Apples and pears from a local orchard will be available to purchase with a portion of funds supporting our school.  More to come in the next couple weeks on how to order
    • Please join Konstella!  You should have received an email with a link to join.  This is how we will be asking for volunteer sign ups and helping communicate school announcements and events.  Please contact us (sellwoodpta@gmail.com) if you have any questions about joining Konstella.
    • Our next general meeting will be 10/20/21 at 7pm via Zoom.  We will send out the link closer to this day.

    TENTS?

    Are tents being used to support outdoor meals?

    Tents can help allow portions of schools to continue some meal service outdoors during some rain events.  PPS staff are sourcing large style tents to help support outdoor eating at some schools.  Many of the larger tents are on backorder.  We are working with our existing suppliers (such as Home Depot and Grainger) as well as other sources to locate and procure the appropriate tents.  Approximately 60 tents are enroute at this moment. 

    What tents are allowed?

    PPS staff are in the process of procuring large style tents that will be installed by professional contractors.  The traditional pop-up style tents are problematic for a number of reasons and are not being utilized for meal service.  Pop-up style tents are often fragile and prone to break with a consistent use, can be safety hazards if not installed and anchored correctly, have proven to be vandalism targets, provide limited respite from poor weather, have limited efficacy (only 3-4 students can fit under a traditional 10’ x 10’ tent with proper distancing), and require a lot of human resources to set up and take down each day.  Though there is some benefit of pop-up tents, setting up hundreds of tents enmass across the district each day is too big of a safety risk.

    Why are tents provided at all?

    Tents are being provided to supplement indoor eating when outdoor conditions are appropriate for students.  The tents can help some schools that have challenges on meeting the 6-ft spacing requirement indoors or support special education student needs.  School administration is working directly with Area Senior Directors and Facilities staff to prioritize tent locations and support set up.

    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: 

     

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

     

    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.  
    • Dial 2 for Attendance
    • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa or 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

    • October 8: No School
    • October 20: PTA Meeting at 7PM.  Zoom link coming soon
    • 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

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9/24/2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 24, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I was nice to see many of you last night at our 2nd Virtual Back-to-School Night.  If you missed it, no need to worry.  The presentation and all the videos are below, and in some ways, the materials are more helpful and easier to understand asynchronously than in real time during a virtual meeting.  Here’s to having an in person Back-to-School Night next year, I hope.

    As you know, we had our first COVID-19 positive case this week.  Fortunately, we were able to minimize the number of students needing to quarantine, and appear to have avoided a school-based outbreak.  I attribute this to many of the increased safety measures (masking, improved ventilation, eating outside, etc.) but mostly I attribute it to high levels of vaccination in both our staff and student populations.  Even though most 6th-graders are not eligible for vaccination, having a high percentage of our 7th and 8th-graders vaccinated has a preventative effect for those students not yet vaccinated.

    In fact, in Multnomah County, the percentage of vaccinated individuals between 12-17 is far greater than the 18-19 and even higher than the 20-29 age group, with 66% fully vaccinated and 75% partially vaccinated. 

    In addition, the FDA may soon approve the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children 5-11.

    This gives me great hope that we will be able to finally turn a corner and see a reduction in cases as well as a loosening of restrictions.

    Finally, please make sure that if your child is exhibiting any of the following COVID-19 symptoms that you keep them home and contact the school: Fever of 100.4 or above, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or chills.  Exhaustion is not on the official list, but I have heard that patients with COVID report feeling completely wiped out.

    Sellwood community, I look forward to the day when my messages are no longer focused on pandemic related issues, but rather the joy of teaching and learning.  We are very happy to have students here in the building, and most of them seem very happy to be back in school.  I sometimes need to remind myself that just last year at this time, no one was allowed in the building except staff, and then only as needed.  So, we are making progress, just a little more slowly than expected.

    Please read on to check out the Back-to-School Night materials, find out how you can get involved or support the PTA, and check out the Sellwood Parent & Student Handbook in case you haven’t reviewed it yet.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT PRESENTATION & VIDEOS

    The Sellwood Welcome Back Video (made by our wonderful counselor Katie Francis)

    The Back-to-School Night Presentation

    The Link Sheet for Individual Teacher Videos

    Community Input for Sellwood's Mission Statement (Google Form)

    SELLWOOD PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK (also available on our website)

    Link to Sellwood Parent & Student Handbook

     

    SELLWOOD PTA

     

    Thank you to all that joined our first PTA meeting!  Our virtual next meeting is planned on 10/13.

    Konstella:

    You should have received an email inviting you to join Konstella.  

    Sellwood Middle School uses Konstella for its online directory.  Konstella can be used for the directory, calendar reminders (you can sync with your calendar), school wide announcements, volunteer sign ups, and special interest groups. This information is available online via Konstella or in the Konstella app.

    Konstella is secure and private to the Sellwood community.  You will have a unique login and password.

    You can access the family directory and Konstella from any internet connected device: your computer, smart phone, iPad, etc. 

    We invite all parents and guardians to register for Konstella. Once your family’s information has been received and reviewed, you will get an email with login instructions. Inclusion in the directory is completely optional. If you do not choose to provide your family’s and child’s information, your contact information will not be included in the directory. You can also choose which information you want to provide, but please check to ensure that your student is listed in the correct class: 6th grade, 7th grade, or 8th grade.

    If you have any questions, please contact emilymswanson@gmail.com or blackerinm@gmail.com

    Easy ways to support the SMS PTA now!

    Join!  

    Please consider joining the PTA and contributing your voice to the conversation on making this a great school year for our kids and SMS community.  Here is the link to join the PTA.

     https://sites.google.com/view/sellwoodpta  and pay your dues directly at www.schoolpay.com/link/sellwoodpta 

     

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile!

    Purchase with purpose!  Shop with http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6039404 and Amazon donates to SMS PTA.

     

    PEAK program (after school activities) is happening!  

    After school activities will be offered virtually this fall.  Information and registration will be available on www.6crickets.com in the near future.  Virtual classes are expected to start in October.  We are hoping in person PEAK classes will resume in January.

    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: 

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    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 23: Back-to-School Night - 6PM: TAG Meeting, 6:30: 6th-grade, 6:50: 7th-grade, 7:10: 8th-grade
    • September 29: Picture Day
    • 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 9.17.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 17, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We have reached the end of our first full week of school.  Today we dodged a potential rainy day, and were able to continue with our outdoor lunch routine.  Lot’s of parents have asked me about our plan for when the weather turns and we need to eat indoors.  First, I would like to say that it will take more than a sprinkle or a few showers for us to eat indoors.  I recommend you make sure that if there is a chance of rain or cold weather, that your child come to school dressed warmly and with appropriate rain gear in case of showers.  I also recommend a cushion for eating outdoors, such as this one.  I see that many students already have these folding mats, and they will become more useful as the weather gets chillier.  Even when it is not raining, the ground can be cold and sometimes wet.  I believe the safety benefits of being outdoors are worth minor discomfort.  During the pandemic, many of us came to appreciate dining at our local eateries under chilly, damp, tents.  Honestly, people can get used to anything, and children are even more resilient and flexible.  Also, please be aware that classroom teachers will be keeping windows open for increased air flow.  We encourage students to dress warmly and in layers.

    As for eating indoors, you can read Sellwood’s Meal Safety Plan here.

    Vandalism at Sellwood!  You may have heard of the TikTok challenge encouraging students to vandalize school bathrooms by ripping down soap dispensers and otherwise trashing them, and then posting the videos on TikTok.  This TikTok challenge has spread to schools across the country, making a difficult school year even more challenging to manage.  Unfortunately, we have had at least one bathroom vandalized every day, and have had some days when we have had to close and lock several bathrooms, both boys and girls, due to them being vandalized.  Please talk to your children about this matter.  I am sure that this vandalism spree is driven by just a handful of students, but it is impacting everyone.  If your children have any information about who is behind this, please encourage them to talk to their counselor or administrator.  We never share where we have received our information.

    Finally, some of you have voiced concerns or had questions about what happens if there is a COVID positive case at Sellwood.  Fortunately, we have not had that happen yet at Sellwood.  Some students have become alarmed when their classmates are out sick and have speculated that a student has COVID-19.  It is only natural for students to speculate when someone is absent, and even come up with their own conclusions in the absence of information. However, there are many reasons why a student will miss school due to health reasons.  I work very closely with our school nurse and the health experts at MESD to review the health information of any student who is ill.  We follow a strict protocol to collect information and follow up on students who are ill (with any illness) or exposed to someone who is COVID positive.    In the event of a positive COVID case at school, MESD will provide me with expert advice, and within 24 hours I am required to contact any students or staff exposed, as well as send a general communication/notice to the entire Sellwood community.

    Please read on below to find more information about: Library at Recess and Back-to-School Night.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT – September 23rd, 6:30-7:30

    This year, our Back-to-School Night will once again be virtual.  We will hold separate meetings for each grade level, and there will be a TAG Meeting directly preceding the Back-to-School Night presentations.  I have been told that Cleveland has also scheduled their Back-to-School Night on September; I am sorry about the conflict (Sellwood reserved our date for Back-to-School Night last June)  We will make our Back-to-School Night presentations available to the Sellwood community after the event, including individual teacher videos.  So, if you are unable to participate on the 23rd, you can still view the same presentation at a more convenient time.  Here are the links.

    Sellwood TAG Meeting

    Thursday, September 23 · 6:00 – 6:30pm

    Google Meet joining info

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/jkm-oyta-vhq

    6th-grade Back-to-School Sellwood

    Thursday, September 23 · 6:30 – 6:50pm

    Google Meet joining info

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/orx-nedf-cqz

    7th-grade Back-to-School Night Sellwood

    Thursday, September 23 · 6:50 – 7:10pm

    Google Meet joining info

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/vcu-izua-yhm

    8th-grade Back-to-School Night

    Thursday, September 23 · 7:10 – 7:30pm

    Google Meet joining info

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/evq-cgfr-szr

     

    LIBRARY AT RECESS

    There are now 24 day passes available for each recess in the library.  

    How does this work?

    1. Students sign up in the morning for a library recess pass. They do this in the library between the early and late bell.  Any remaining passes will be available at lunch.
    2. After eating lunch, students with passes show them to the duty teacher and come to the library.
    3. In the library, students sign in and hand the pass to the library staffer.
    4. Students browse books, check out books, read, visit, play board games, or draw. 

    What are the expectations? 

    Our pass says: A Library Pass is a contract.  The contract means the student will follow these expectations in the library:

    • Be Responsible:  Bring your pass.  Sign in and out as required.  Ask for help when you need it.  Return materials to the appropriate place.  Be honest.
    • Be Respectful:  Enter quietly.  Speak in an indoor voice. 
    • Be Safe: Wear your mask at all times.  Maintain 3 feet distance from others.  Move safely.  Sit in chairs or on the floor where permitted.  Do not block entrances/exits.

     

    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: 
    • English
    • Spanish 

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    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

    SELLWOOD PTA

    Easy ways to support the SMS PTA now!

    Join!  Please consider joining the PTA and contributing your voice to the conversation on making this a great school year for our kids and SMS community.  Here is the link to join the PTAhttps://sites.google.com/view/sellwoodpta  and pay your dues directly at www.schoolpay.com/link/sellwoodpta 

    Donate to the PTA through Amazon Smile!  Purchase with purpose!

    Shop with http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6039404 and Amazon donates to SMS PTA.

    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.  

     

    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 23: Back-to-School Night - 6PM: TAG Meeting, 6:30: 6th-grade, 6:50: 7th-grade, 7:10: 8th-grade
    • September 29: Picture Day
    • 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 9/10/2021

    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