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  • Principal's Newsletter 11.18.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 18, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

    Parent-Teacher Conference Schedule for each day is:

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

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

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

    Conference Sign-up Master Document

    We hope to see you there.

    Enjoy the Fall Break!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

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

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

    OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

    Oregon Battle of the Books is coming back to Sellwood Middle School and will be organized by parent volunteers for the 2022/23 school year.   OBOB is a program where teams of students read an amazing selection of books and then compete with other teams in Battles to recall details from the stories.  Battles will be organized at the school, regional, and state level this spring.  

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

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

    Travel the world through reading! 

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

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

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

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

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

    Here are the pages to fill: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FROM THE SELLWOOD COUNSELORS

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

     

    PTA NEWS 

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

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

    Winter PEAK Classes Sign Up Early December

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

    Red Cross Babysitting Classes

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

    SELLWOOD GSA

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

    SUPPORT GUIDE FOR FAMILIES OF LGBTQ+ STUDENTS

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

    CLEVELAND OPEN HOUSE FOR 8TH-GRADERS, DECEMBER 8

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

    See the linked FLYER for more information.

    FROM OUR TAG FACILITATOR

    TAG Referral Forms available now

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

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

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

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

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

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

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

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

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

    I bet you’ll feel grateful for the experience.

    Bridget Geraghty Barnicle

    she/her/hers

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    The Importance of Talking About Race 

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

    ― Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

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

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 10, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

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

    Enjoy the three-day weekend ????

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE

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

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

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

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

    PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

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

    The general schedule for each day is:

    8:30AM-12:30PM

    1:00-5:00PM

    6:00-7:30PM

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

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

    Conference Sign-up Master Document

    We hope to see you there :-)

    PTA NEWS

    PTA Meeting 11/16

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

    Sellwood Dines Out; Holler 11/15

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

    Fruit Sale Success

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

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

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

    INFORMATION ON PICTURE RETAKES

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

    CLEVELAND OPEN HOUSE FOR 8TH-GRADERS, DECEMBER 8

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

    See the linked FLYER for more information.

    PIL CLEVELAND YOUTH WRESTLING

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

    Cleveland MS Wrestling Information

    Aaron Roddis-Cleveland Wrestling

    aroddis@pps.net

    FENTANYL 101, SPONSORED BY TRAUMA INFORMED OREGON

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

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

    SUPPORT GUIDE FOR FAMILIES OF LGBTQ+ STUDENTS

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

    FROM OUR TAG FACILITATOR

    TAG Referral Forms available now

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

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

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

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    The Importance of Talking About Race 

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

    ― Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

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

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 11.4.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 4, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE

    Annual Giving Campaign

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

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

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

    PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

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

    The general schedule for each day is:

     8:30AM-12:30PM

    1:00-5:00PM

    6:00-7:30PM

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

    Conference Sign-up Master Document

    We hope to see you there :-)

    PTA NEWS

    Staff Appreciation Wednesday Snacks

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

    Please continue to help!

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

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

    Fruit Sale Success

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

    Thank you, Amy!!

    Sellwood Dines Out; Holler 11/15

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

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

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

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

    CLEVELAND OPEN HOUSE FOR 8TH-GRADERS, DECEMBER 8

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

    See the linked FLYER for more information.

    JEDI NEWSLETTER

    Let's Talk About Sex! 

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

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

    Bridget Geraghty Barnicle

    she/her/hers

    FROM OUR TAG FACILITATOR

    TAG Referral Forms available now

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

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

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

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    PIL BOYS’ YOUTH BASKETBALL

    Team Tryouts November 5th and 6th

    More Information Here

    PIL GIRLS’ YOUTH BASKETBALL

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

    Tryout Information:

    PIL GBX FLYER 2022-23.pdf

    Fall clinic information:

    CHS WBB 2022 Fall Basketball.pdf

    General CHS Program information:

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

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

    Thanks in advance,

    Stacey Berg

    Cleveland Cluster GBX Coordinator 

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

    The Importance of Talking About Race 

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

    ― Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

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

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 10.28.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 28, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE

    Annual Giving Campaign 

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

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

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

    Please use the provided QR code:

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

    PTA NEWS

    Staff Appreciation Wednesday Snacks

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

    Please continue to help!

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

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

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

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

    PTA Fruit Fundraiser 

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

    Thanks, Amy

    503-347-3994

    JEDI NEWSLETTER

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

    Bridget Geraghty Barnicle

    she/her/hers

    FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

    Free Community Vaccination Clinic

    Flyer in English

    Flyer in Spanish

    PIL GIRLS’ YOUTH BASKETBALL

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

    Tryout Information:

    PIL GBX FLYER 2022-23.pdf

    Fall clinic information:

    CHS WBB 2022 Fall Basketball.pdf

    General CHS Program information:

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

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

    Thanks in advance,

    Stacey Berg

    Cleveland Cluster GBX Coordinator 

    CHILD TAX CREDIT – FROM OREGON DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

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

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

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

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

    To Claim the CTC: 

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

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

    Reduce Barriers to File:

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

    CLEVELAND YOUTH WRESTLING

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

    Cleveland MS Wrestling


    Thank You,

    Aaron Roddis

    Cleveland Wrestling Youth Development

    FROM THE SELLWOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE

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

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

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

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

    - James Baldwin

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 21, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE

    Annual Giving Campaign 

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

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

    Please use the provided QR code:

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

    SPIRIT WEEK, HALLOWEEN AND THE HALLOWEEN DANCE

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

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

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

    Guidance regarding Halloween Costumes on Friday 10/28: 

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

    School Dance

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

    SPIRIT WEEK AND HALLOWEEN DANCE SLIDES   

    PTA NEWS

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

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

     

    1. Portland Bottle Shop Tuesday 10/25

    Our first Sellwood Dines Out is next week!

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

    1. Join the Sellwood Middle School PTA!

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

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

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

    CLEVELAND YOUTH WRESTLING

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

    Sellwood Wrestling Flier

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

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

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

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

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

    Cleveland Youth Wrestling Parent Meeting

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

    Family ID Registration Link

    Sports Physical Form

    Cleveland Student Health Center

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

    EARLY DISMISSAL REQUESTS

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

    FROM OUR TAG FACILITATOR

    TAG Referral Forms available now

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

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

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

    FROM THE SELLWOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE

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

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

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

    RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

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

    - James Baldwin

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    November 3: End of 1st Quarter

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

    November 4:  No school for students – Teacher planning day

    November 9: Picture retakes

    November 11: No school - Veteran’s Day

    November 19: Sellwood Foundation & PTA Meetings

    November 21 & 22: Parent Teacher Conferences

    November 23-25: Fall Break

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

    December 19 – January 2: Winter Break

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

    January 26 – End of 1st semester

    January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day

    February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day

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

    March 27 – 31 – Spring Break

    April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter

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

    May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM

    May 29: No school – Memorial Day

    June 13 – Last day of school

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

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  • Principal's Newsletter 10.13.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 13, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

    THE SELLWOOD FOUNDATION

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA FRUIT FUNDRAISER

    Calling Sellwood PTA Supporters and Fruit Fans! 

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

    Thanks, Amy

    PEAK AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

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

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

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

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes:

    • Chess Club (NEW)
      • We play chess after school on Mondays! We improve our chess skills by playing as much as possible, solving puzzles, and learning basic strategies. Our after-school program focuses on basics but we hope to develop a more competitive program. We meet on Mondays that school is in session. Note that this is a year-long club.
    • French 1a Part 1
      • This class is the first in a 3-part series in which students will learn the basics of interacting in French, how to ask and answer basic questions to get to know others, and reflect on how to communicate and interact respectfully when meeting people from other cultures.  The class will be conducted 90% in French in order to promote language acquisition.
    • Choir
      • This is a free, student led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of Allison Bassett, the Cleveland Choir director, Cleveland Choir students will lead a class filled with  fun singing activities, practicing musicality skills, and learning about other cultures and stories through song! It is not only an educational opportunity, but a performance opportunity.  Students who participate will have an opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Choir at one of our events.
    • Marimba
      • PEAK marimba is a once a week class (Thursdays from 4-5PM) that teaches students the basics of playing in a marimba ensemble. No experience is necessary. Instruments are provided. Students will learn to play music in a group setting.
    • Red Cross Babysitter Training (FULL - waitlist available) Note we are planning additional training sessions on 1/27/23 and 4/10/23
      • One-day training on November 4th, 9am-4:30pm (no school day)
      • Designed for young people to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care to infants and children in a residential setting. 
      • Participants receive a certificate of completion for Babysitter’s Training
      • Participants receive a two year certification for Pediatric CPR/First Aid
    • Speech and Debate (FULL - waitlist available)
      • The Cleveland High Speech and Debate team is one the largest and most successful programs at the school.  Find out why these students love it so much, and build your own debate skills. You will practice speaking and debating skills in preparation for local middle school competitions  The Sellwood team will be coached by team captains from Cleveland.
    • Jewelry Making (FULL - registration closed)
      • In this popular class, students will learn how to make their own jewelry pieces from mediums such as glass beads, clay, enamels, and plastic. They will make and take home several pieces which may include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key fobs or zipper pulls

    SELLWOOD PARENT TAG MEETING

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

    BEYOND DIVERSITY: RACIAL EQUITY AT SELLWOOD

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

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

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9.30.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 30, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PPS COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you.

    CLEVELAND MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL

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

    VIRTUAL SELLWOOD PARENT TAG MEETING

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

    JACO CHALLENGE

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

    BIKE LOCKS

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

    DISABLED PARKING SPACE ON UMATILLA

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

     

    LATE PICTURE ORDERS 

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

    BEWARE THE “ONE CHIP CHALLENGE”

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

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

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

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

    If you are a first time user you will need to create an account for your student.  

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

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes for registration now:

    • Marimba
      • PEAK marimba is a once a week class (Thursdays from 4-5PM) that teaches students the basics of playing in a marimba ensemble. No experience is necessary. Instruments are provided. Students will learn to play music in a group setting.
    • Choir
      • This is a free, student led choir class provided by the Cleveland Choir Department, and the Cleveland Youth Choir (CYC) team. With the support of Allison Bassett, the Cleveland Choir director, Cleveland Choir students will lead a class filled with  fun singing activities, practicing musicality skills, and learning about other cultures and stories through song! It is not only an educational opportunity, but a performance opportunity.  Students who participate will have an opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Choir at one of our events.
    • French 1a Part 1
      • This class is the first in a 3-part series in which students will learn the basics of interacting in French, how to ask and answer basic questions to get to know others, and reflect on how to communicate and interact respectfully when meeting people from other cultures.  The class will be conducted 90% in French in order to promote language acquisition.
    • Jewelry Making
      • In this popular class, students will learn how to make their own jewelry pieces from mediums such as glass beads, clay, enamels, and plastic. They will make and take home several pieces which may include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key fobs or zipper pulls
    • Speech and Debate (full-waitlist available)
      • The Cleveland High Speech and Debate team is one the largest and most successful programs at the school.  Find out why these students love it so much, and build your own debate skills. You will practice speaking and debating skills in preparation for local middle school competitions.  The Sellwood team will be coached by team captains from Cleveland. 

    Planned class (more info soon):

    • Red Cross Babysitter Training
      • One-day training planned for November 4th (no school day)
      • Designed for young people to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care to infants and children in a residential setting. 
      • Participants receive a certificate of completion for Babysitter’s Training
      • Participants receive a two year certification for Pediatric CPR/First Aid

    CLIMATE TEAM/SITE COUNCIL

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

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

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

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    November 21 & 22: Parent Teacher Conferences

    November 23-25: Fall Break

    December 8: Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM

    December 19 – January 2: Winter Break

    May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9.23.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 22, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PICTURE DAY: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH.

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

    BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

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

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

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

    SELLWOOD STARS DANCE TEAM TRYOUT

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

    PTA

    First PTA Meeting

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

    Join the PTA!

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

    Volunteer Opportunity

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

    sellwoodpta@gmail.com 

    P.E.A.K. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

    Sellwood PEAK Fall Registration is Open!

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

    Register for classes at  https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram  If you are a first time user you will need to create an account for your student.  

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

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes for registration now:

    • French 1a Part 1
      • This class is the first in a 3-part series in which students will learn the basics of interacting in French, how to ask and answer basic questions to get to know others, and reflect on how to communicate and interact respectfully when meeting people from other cultures.  The class will be conducted 90% in French in order to promote language acquisition. 
    • Jewelry Making
      • In this popular class, students will learn how to make their own jewelry pieces from mediums such as glass beads, clay, enamels, and plastic. They will make and take home several pieces which may include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key fobs or zipper pulls.
    • Choir
      • Sing your heart out with the student leaders of the Cleveland High School choir.
    • Speech and Debate
      • The Cleveland High Speech and Debate team is one the largest and most successful programs at the school.  Find out why these students love it so much, and build your own debate skills. You will practice speaking and debating skills in preparation for local middle school competitions. The Sellwood team will be coached by team captains from Cleveland. 

    Planned class (more info later):

    • Red Cross Babysitter Training
      • One-day training planned for November 4th (no school day)
      • Designed for young people to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care to infants and children in a residential setting. 
      • Participants receive a certificate of completion for Babysitter’s Training
      • Participants receive a two year certification for Pediatric CPR/First Aid.

    FROM THE TAG DEPARTMENT

    NEW!  Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department

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

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

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

    Zoom link for Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department

    We look forward to seeing you!

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood PEAK Registration is Open!

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students.  Most classes run on a 8-10 week session schedule in the fall, winter, and spring, and require a fee. Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student.  

    Register for classes at  https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram  If you are a first-time user you will need to create an account for your student.  

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

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes for registration now:

    • Jewelry Making
      • In this popular class, students will learn how to make their own jewelry pieces from mediums such as glass beads, clay, enamels, and plastic. They will make and take home several pieces which may include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key fobs or zipper pulls.
    • Choir
      • Sing your heart out with the student leaders of the Cleveland High School choir.
    • Speech and Debate
      • The Cleveland High Speech and Debate team is one the largest and most successful programs at the school.  Find out why these students love it so much, and build your own debate skills. You will practice speaking and debating skills in preparation for local middle school competitions. The Sellwood team will be coached by team captains from Cleveland. 

                Planned class (more info later):

    • Red Cross Babysitter Training
      • One-day training planned for November 4th (no school day)
      • Designed for young people to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care to infants and children in a residential setting. 
      • Participants receive a certificate of completion for Babysitter’s Training
      • Participants receive a two-year certification for Pediatric CPR/First Aid

    First PTA Meeting

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

    Have you signed up for Konstella?

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

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

     

    CLIMATE TEAM/SITE COUNCIL

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

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9.16.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 16, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

    Two important things to note:

    Picture day is Wednesday, September 28th.

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

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

    YEARLY PARENT VERIFICATION IN SYNERGY DUE

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

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

    INTRODUCING NEW MATH TEACHER KATIE BRYARS

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

    PTANEWS

    Sellwood PEAK Registration is Open!

    The PEAK Program is a series of in-person after school classes open to all Sellwood students.  Most classes run on a 8-10 week session schedule in the fall, winter, and spring, and require a fee. Scholarships are available as the PEAK goal is to include every SMS student.  

    Register for classes at  https://tinyurl.com/sellwoodpeakprogram  If you are a first-time user you will need to create an account for your student.  

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

    Please email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    Classes for registration now:

    • Jewelry Making
      • In this popular class, students will learn how to make their own jewelry pieces from mediums such as glass beads, clay, enamels, and plastic. They will make and take home several pieces which may include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key fobs or zipper pulls.
    • Choir
      • Sing your heart out with the student leaders of the Cleveland High School choir.
    • Speech and Debate
      • The Cleveland High Speech and Debate team is one the largest and most successful programs at the school.  Find out why these students love it so much, and build your own debate skills. You will practice speaking and debating skills in preparation for local middle school competitions. The Sellwood team will be coached by team captains from Cleveland. 

                Planned class (more info later):

    • Red Cross Babysitter Training
      • One-day training planned for November 4th (no school day)
      • Designed for young people to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care to infants and children in a residential setting. 
      • Participants receive a certificate of completion for Babysitter’s Training
      • Participants receive a two-year certification for Pediatric CPR/First Aid

    First PTA Meeting

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

    Have you signed up for Konstella?

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

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

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE 

    LAST CALL FOR PETANQUE PARTY!  THIS SATURDAY!

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

    Portland Pentanque Club

    7535 SE 23rd Ave, Portland

    2 - 6 pm, $40 per ticket

    CLIMATE TEAM/SITE COUNCIL

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

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9.9.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 9, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Hello Sellwood Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

    PTA NEWS

    Back-to-School Ice Cream Social

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

    First PTA Meeting

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

    Join the PTA!

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

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

    Have you signed up for Konstella?

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

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

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE 

    PETANQUE PARTY!!!

    The Pentanque Party is coming up next weekend! 

    Saturday, September 17th from 2 - 6 pm

    Portland Petanque Club

    7535 SE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97202

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

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

    SCHOOL LUNCH

    Free + Reduced Price Meals Eligibility:

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

    Meal Payments:

    Families have the following options to pay for school meals:

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

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

    CELL PHONE POLICY & FAMILY/STUDENT SUPPORT

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

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

    Earbuds

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

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

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

    SELLWOOD COMMUNITY HOUSE

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

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

    Elizabeth Milner

    Director, Programs and Development

    Sellwood Community House

        

    (503) 894-9496

     

    elizabeth@sellwoodcommunityhouse.org

     

    sellwoodcommunityhouse.org

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9.2.2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

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

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

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

    FROM THE LIBRARY

    Here is a link to the SMS library newsletter.

    PTA NEWS

    Please join the PTA!

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

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

    Have you signed up for Konstella?

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

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

    Back to School Ice Cream Social

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

    First PTA Meeting

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

    SELLWOOD MIDDLE FOUNDATION UPDATE 

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

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

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

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

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

    WHERE TO GO WHEN YOU GET TO SCHOOL

    Parent Drop-offs

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

    General Building Entry

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

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

    SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST 2022-23

    HOW TO CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE ON STUDENTVUE

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

    PPS 2022-23 COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PROTOCOL

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

    SCHOOL LUNCH

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

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

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

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

    2022-23 Menu Prices

    Grades

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    PK-8

    $1.60

    $3.00

    9-12

    $1.60

    $3.50

    Adult

    $3.00

    $5.50

    Milk

    $0.50

    $0.50

    SCHOOLCAFÉ

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

    SchoolCafé is:

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

                                                

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

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

    BELL SCHEDULE 2022-23

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

    CELL PHONE POLICY & FAMILY/STUDENT SUPPORT

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


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

    Earbuds

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

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

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

     

    CROSS COUNTRY

    Cross Country practices will be Monday and Wednesday from 4-5:30 beginning Monday, August 22nd.  We will start and finish in front of Sellwood Middle School.  Also, we need parent runners to volunteer to run with us!  We can use as many volunteers as are willing and there is no obligation.  They can show up once or every practice throughout the season.   For questions about Cross Country, contact Ronda Hall-Ramirez rhall@pps.net

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • September 5: Labor Day – No School
    • September 13: SMS Ice Cream Social 5:00-6:30
    • September 17: Petanque – Foundation Fundraiser 2-6PM, Petanque Club, 7535 SE 23rd
    • September 29: Back to School Night 5:30-7:00PM
    • September 29: PTA Meeting 7:00 PM

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 8.26.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – August 26, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Next week begins the first week of school and we are very much looking forward to meeting 6th-graders and new students for the first time, and seeing 7th and 8th-graders once again.

    Staff and teachers having been working hard to get the school and the educational program ready for students!  We are looking forward to a year of learning, celebration and joy.

    Last week, I sent a communication with a lot of details about the start of school.  I have kept that information in the lower portion of this newsletter, for those who may have missed it, or who may need to refer to it.

    Also, I wanted to again share our 2022-23 Family & Student Handbook.

    Cheers to a wonderful school year!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PTA NEWS

    We are excited to start a new school year and support our students and SMS community!  We need your help!  

    Please join the PTA via this link. 

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

    What does the PTA do?  Our main goal is to support and help serve the needs of the students and staff of SMS.  Our fundraising dollars goes to support electives, teacher classrooms and community events.  We will highlight throughout the year how PTA dollars have helped our students.

    The PTA will be using Konstella again this year.  This is a great app where you can find the school directory, calendar of events and volunteer opportunities.  Please use this link to join Konstella. https://www.konstella.com/schoolSignup.html?usg=3jNaf%2FCTgS4mjLXOTz3OYg%3D%3D&tst=1631761827066&prm=code&code=IHQLGN

    On August 30th, the first day of school for 6th-graders, the PTA and the Sellwood Foundation will have a welcome table with coffee and snacks at about 9AM.  6th-grade families can find out more about how to get involved with the PTA and Foundation.

    We look forward to connecting!

    PTA Board 2022-2023 

     

    Karen Hansen; President

    Erin Black-Mitchell; Vice-President

    Mindy Parker; Treasurer

    Melisa Pierson; Secretary

    Liz Super, Katka Howard, Megan Perkins, Micah Chu, 

    Tasha Bartley, Phoebe Maloney; Members-at-Large

    WHERE TO GO WHEN YOU GET TO SCHOOL

    Parent Drop offs

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

    August 30th

    6th-grade only

    6th-graders will meet in the courtyard to get their schedules and get ready for “Jump Start” orientation.

    To bring:

    • Water bottle
    • Lunch, if not purchasing lunch from the cafeteria.
    • 6th-graders do not need to bring any school supplies whatsoever to orientation.

    August 31st

    6th graders will go directly to their classes.

    7th-graders will go to the courtyard to get a fresh schedule print out.

    8th-graders will go to the field to get a fresh schedule print out.

    To bring:

    • Water bottle
    • Lunch, if not purchasing lunch from the cafeteria.
    • School supplies but no Chromebooks needed for the first few days.

    September 1st and after

    General Building entry

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

    FROM PPS TRANSPORTATION

    Hello PPS Families,

    Bus stop and route information are now live. Stops are listed by school on the PPS.net/bus website. Click on your school to open a file that contains a document associated with each route, the document name includes the route number, a three letter school code, whether the route is in the morning or afternoon (AM or PM) and the effective date of any changes associated with the route. 

    For example, 209BMT-AM-Effective-083022, is the document name associated with the AM portion of route 209 servicing Beaumont, the stops will all come into effect on 08/30/22.

    Please contact Student Transportation at (503) 916-6901 if you need assistance.

    Thank you,

    Teri Brady 

    Director of Student Transportation

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Chromebooks will be distributed over the first and second week of school.  Students who have kept their Chromebooks over the summer do not need to bring their Chromebooks to school for the first few days, unless they are broken.  If your Chromebook is broken please bring it to the office on your first day of school.

    SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST 2022-23

    August 30th

    6th-GRADERS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

    6th-graders will have a special “jump-start” orientation on August 30th.  The “jump start” will be led by a team of friendly 8th-grade students called Web Leaders.  WEB = Where Everyone Belongs.  6th-graders will learn how to: find their way around the school, open their lockers, and follow their schedules.  They will also meet their teachers, office and support staff, and learn about Sellwood’s policies, procedures, and ways of doing things.  Of course, they will have a chance to see old friends from elementary school, and also make new friends!

    AUGUST 31st

    7th-8th GRADERS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (All students attend)

    Although August 31st is a Wednesday, it will be a regular bell schedule day, with no advisory period.  Re-orientation to Sellwood will be built into each period of the day.  Welcome back!

    HOW TO CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE ON STUDENTVUE

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

    PPS 2022-23 COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PROTOCOL

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

    SCHOOL LUNCH

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

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

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

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

    Students purchasing lunch in the cafeteria will need to use their six digit student ID #s for lunch and breakfast, so they will need to memorize those numbers.

    2022-23 Menu Prices

    Grades

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    PK-8

    $1.60

    $3.00

    9-12

    $1.60

    $3.50

    Adult

    $3.00

    $5.50

    Milk

    $0.50

    $0.50

     

    SCHOOLCAFÉ

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

    SchoolCafé is:

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

                                      

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

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

    BELL SCHEDULE 2022-23

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

    CELL PHONE POLICY & FAMILY/STUDENT SUPPORT

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


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

    Earbuds

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

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

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

     

    CROSS COUNTRY

    Cross Country practices will be Monday and Wednesday from 4-5:30 beginning Monday, August 22nd.  We will start and finish in front of Sellwood Middle School.  Also, we need parent runners to volunteer to run with us!  We can use as many volunteers as are willing and there is no obligation.  They can show up once or every practice throughout the season.   For questions about Cross Country, contact Ronda Hall-Ramirez rhall@pps.net

    COUNSELING CORNER

     

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

     

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • August 30: First day of the 2022-23 school year for 6th-graders
    • August 31: First day of the 2022-23 school year for 7th & 8th graders
    • September 5: Labor Day – No School
    • September 29: Back to School Night 5:30-7:00PM
    • TBA: Community Cares Day
    • TBA: Ice Cream Social Community Event
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  • Principal's Newsletter 8.16.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – August 16, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    The 2022-23 school year is fast approaching and I would like to welcome all of you Sellwood Middle School!  We are excited about the upcoming school year for many reasons, but for me the most exciting part is more opportunities for in-person events, face-to-face interactions, and community celebrations! I would love the opportunity to meet each and every one of you, in real life.

    Please read on to find the answer to your most urgent questions.

    • What school supplies does my child need?
    • When is the first day of school for my child?
    • How do I check my schedule if it has changed or I lost it?
    • What are PPS schools’ COVID-19 safety protocols?
    • Will lunch still be outside?  Will it still be free?  How do I pay for school meals?
    • What is the daily schedule?
    • What is Sellwood’s cell phone policy, and how can I support it?

    Also, I wanted to share our 2022-23 Family & Student Handbook.

    Finally, if your child is interested in running, Cross Country is starting soon, on August 22nd.  Read below for more details.

    I plan to send out my first official newsletter on Friday, but I wanted to make sure to get some preliminary information out today.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST 2022-23

     

    August 30th

    6th-GRADERS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

    6th-graders will have a special “jump-start” orientation on August 30th.  The “jump start” will be led by a team of friendly 8th-grade students called Web Leaders.  WEB = Where Everyone Belongs.  6th-graders will learn how to: find their way around the school, open their lockers, and follow their schedules.  They will also meet their teachers, office and support staff, and learn about Sellwood’s policies, procedures, and ways of doing things.  Of course, they will have a chance to see old friends from elementary school, and also make new friends!

    AUGUST 31st

    7th-8th GRADERS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

    Although August 31st is a Wednesday, it will be a regular bell schedule day, with no advisory period.  Re-orientation to Sellwood will be built into each period of the day.  Welcome back!

     

    HOW TO CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE ON STUDENTVUE

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

    PPS 2022-23 COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PROTOCOL

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

    SCHOOL LUNCH

    Last year, Sellwood students enjoyed lunch and recess outdoors in the fresh air, weather permitting.  Having unstructured time outdoors proved beneficial, and most students enjoyed it.  In 2022-23, we intend to continue with this practice, at least until the weather turns cold and rainy around November. 

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

    2022-23 Menu Prices

    Grades

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    PK-8

    $1.60

    $3.00

    9-12

    $1.60

    $3.50

    Adult

    $3.00

    $5.50

    Milk

    $0.50

    $0.50

    SCHOOLCAFÉ

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

    SchoolCafé is:

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

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

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

    BELL SCHEDULE 2022-23

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

    CELL PHONE POLICY & FAMILY/STUDENT SUPPORT

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

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

    Earbuds

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

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

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

    CROSS COUNTRY

    Cross Country practices will be Monday and Wednesday from 4-5:30 beginning Monday, August 22nd.  We will start and finish in front of Sellwood Middle School.  Also, we need parent runners to volunteer to run with us!  We can use as many volunteers as are willing and there is no obligation.  They can show up once or every practice throughout the season.   For questions about Cross Country, contact Ronda Hall-Ramirez rhall@pps.net

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    • Open Monday to Friday, School Hours 8:30AM-4:30PM

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

    • Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. If you know of such needs in advance, please email either Melissa or Claire.   Please do not request an early pick-up during the last 15 minutes of the school day.

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • August 30: First day of the 2022-23 school year for 6th-graders
    • August 31: First day of the 2022-23 school year for 7th & 8th graders
    • September 5: Labor Day – No School
    • September 29: Back to School Night 5:30-7:00PM

    We are finalizing the dates for community and social events, so look for my next newsletter on Friday with more dates!

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  • Principal's Newsletter 6/10/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – June 10, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We have reached the final day of the 2021-22 school year.  Despite the many challenges, it was a school year full of learning, laughter, and love.

    Today we celebrated 8th-grade promotion for our current 8th-graders.  Congratulations, high school class of 2026!  6th and 7th graders had a fun time at Oaks Park this morning as well.  We had some luck with the rain holding off till this afternoon!

    We are currently finalizing student schedules for next year, and plan to send them in the mail next week.  More information about the upcoming school year will be forthcoming.

    I wish you all a few months of rest, relaxation, and some old-fashioned fun.

    Enjoy the summer.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    2022 SUMMER WARRIOR CAMP AT CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

    Learn to play Basketball the Warrior way! 

    June 21-23  9 am - noon (current 3rd-5th graders)

    June 21-23 1 pm- 4 pm (current 6th-8th graders)

    Cost is $50.

    Sign up and pay at https://sites.google.com/apps4pps.net/www-clevelandwbb-com/home

    Questions? Email pwaiwaiole@gmail.com

    Lisa Waiwaiole

    Cleveland HS Women's Basketball

    OHSU SCREENING TESTING SUMMER

    • OHSU screening testing available July 11 - August 5th
    • Students who are currently enrolled in OHSU Screening Testing and also enrolled in Summer Acceleration Academy will be automatically enrolled. As always, students may opt-out at any time. The opt out process is simply to uncheck the OHSU Screening Testing box in Synergy.
    • Data entry and program management will be supported centrally, Summer Acceleration Academy administrators and office staff will not be required to enter data into Synergy.
    • Families who would like to continue testing but are not enrolled in summer academy can submit samples at their chosen summer academy site by dropping at office on identified weekly pickup day. Please include this language (or similar) in a message to families this week:
    • OHSU Screening testing will be supported for PPS students July 11th through August 5th. Samples will be collected at Summer Acceleration Academy sites on Wednesdays while Summer Acceleration Academy is in session. Please ensure that your students’ sample is in the office of your identified Summer Acceleration Academy site between 9 am and 11:30 am.
    • If your student is currently enrolled, and you need additional sample collection kits for the weeks of July 11th through August 5th, please contact your school office. Summer Acceleration Academy will not be able to support enrollment or supply needs of students who are not participating in their program.
    • OHSU Screening Testing Fall:
    • Fall will have a new online enrollment process; central office will work with schools to support family enrollment for those who do not have technology readily available.

    NINTH GRADE COUNTS 2022 SUMMER PROGRAMS

    Guide to free and low-cost summer transition programs for rising 9th graders in Portland and Multnomah County.  Guide.

    OPPORTUNITIES, CAMPS, and CLASSES

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    Working with a variety of students:  Ms. Susan – sucook@pps.net

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

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

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    August 30 – First day of the 2022-23 school year

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  • Principal's Newsletter 6/3/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – June 3, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It has been an intense week of highs and lows. On the heels of two horrific mass shootings, Sellwood experienced a very upsetting and scary graffiti threat that will take some time to heal and recover from. 

    We also had the opportunity to welcome students and families to the building for our Spring Band Concert and our Showcase Night.  Both events were well attended and, after two years of COVID restrictions, it was lovely to see families in the school’s hallways once again.  Thanks to all of the teachers and students who shared their work with us.

    Because only light can drive out darkness, I wanted to leave you with images from our final advisory session, where Sellwood students created the visuals of a peace sign and a heart out on our field.  Thank you to AP Diana Collins for the idea and the coordination, and custodian Scott Taylor for providing the drone and having the skills to capture these great images.

    I hope you enjoy some peace this weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    End of Year Volunteer Needs

    Please look for announcements soon on how to support the 8th grade promotion and our last staff appreciation lunch. 

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    We are 1/4 of the way to our $10,000 goal.  Help us reach it, for our kids!

    Did you miss the Foundation Fall Fundraiser? A generous donor offered to match up to $50,000 and we still have $10,000 available to be matched, so let's do this for our kids!  The money we raise this Spring will go to teacher staffing for the 2022-2023 school year.  We hope to raise enough to hire Educational Assistants who will help provide additional supports for students needing educational interventions, in addition to supporting the French/Technology and Culinary Arts electives.  When parents and caregivers like you give back to our school, the Sellwood Foundation is able to help expand opportunities for all students.   Every donation counts, and thank you to those who have already donated!

    www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/donate

    SOUTHEAST GUIDING COALITION NEWS

    On May 24, the PPS Board of Education approved boundary and program changes for eighteen

    Southeast schools. They also agreed to allow more time for a final decision on the future location of the English program for Lent neighborhood students who do not enroll in Spanish Immersion.

    The changes will formally take effect in Fall 2023, and are designed to create a new middle school at Harrison Park, increase enrollment at Lane Middle School and small neighborhood elementary schools, and consolidate some Chinese and Spanish immersion programs. 

    Planning for successful change has already begun:

    • Individualized letters and emails will be sent this week to all impacted families with details about enrollment options. Please email enrollment-office@pps.net or call 503-916-3205 if you have any questions about how the changes will affect your student’s school assignment.
    • Over the next months school teams will work together with central departments to build new community connections and plan for a smooth transition.  We will continue to share updates on implementation through school newsletters and at https://www.pps.net/Page/13615.

    We are grateful to the SE Guiding Coalition and many, many students, parents, staff and community members who shared ideas and concerns throughout the process. 

    2022 SUMMER WARRIOR CAMP AT CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

    Learn to play Basketball the Warrior way! 

    June 21-23  9 am - noon (current 3rd-5th graders)

    June 21-23 1 pm- 4 pm (current 6th-8th graders)

    Cost is $50.

    Sign up and pay at https://sites.google.com/apps4pps.net/www-clevelandwbb-com/home

    Questions? Email pwaiwaiole@gmail.com

    Lisa Waiwaiole

    Cleveland HS Women's Basketball

    CHROMEBOOK COLLECTION

    Students will bring their Chromebook, charger, and case with them and they will be collected during Social Studies classes on the following dates:

    8th grade June 6th

    7th grade June 8th

    6th grade June 9th

    If your student wants to keep their Chromebook over the summer, fill out this permission form and they will turn it in on the Chromebook collection date.

    OHSU SCREENING TESTING SUMMER

    • OHSU screening testing available July 11 - August 5th
    • Students who are currently enrolled in OHSU Screening Testing and also enrolled in Summer Acceleration Academy will be automatically enrolled. As always, students may opt-out at any time. The opt out process is simply to uncheck the OHSU Screening Testing box in Synergy.
    • Data entry and program management will be supported centrally, Summer Acceleration Academy administrators and office staff will not be required to enter data into Synergy.
    • Families who would like to continue testing but are not enrolled in summer academy can submit samples at their chosen summer academy site by dropping at office on identified weekly pickup day. Please include this language (or similar) in a message to families this week:
    • OHSU Screening testing will be supported for PPS students July 11th through August 5th. Samples will be collected at Summer Acceleration Academy sites on Wednesdays while Summer Acceleration Academy is in session. Please ensure that your students’ sample is in the office of your identified Summer Acceleration Academy site between 9 am and 11:30 am.
    • If your student is currently enrolled, and you need additional sample collection kits for the weeks of July 11th through August 5th, please contact your school office. Summer Acceleration Academy will not be able to support enrollment or supply needs of students who are not participating in their program.
    • OHSU Screening Testing Fall:
    • Fall will have a new online enrollment process; central office will work with schools to support family enrollment for those who do not have technology readily available.

    NINTH GRADE COUNTS 2022 SUMMER PROGRAMS

    Guide to free and low-cost summer transition programs for rising 9th graders in Portland and Multnomah County.  Guide.

    OPPORTUNITIES, CAMPS, and CLASSES

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    We still have a few yearbooks available for sale! Check your "Order History" in SchoolPay* to see if you're on the list. Ordering will shut down when we run out. We will NOT have extras, but the Publishing class will make complimentary "Memory Books" available for students on the day we distribute yearbooks. 

    *If you cannot use SchoolPay, contact Claire in the office to order with a check or cash. 

    AMERICAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

    The ACEP will be running a 3-week program for High School students from Spain at International Special Programs at Portland State University and are looking for homestay families with middle and/or high school aged teenagers in the home. Here is the flyer of the homestay provider that is working with them.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    Working with a variety of students:  Ms. Susan – sucook@pps.net

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    • Open Monday to Friday, School Hours

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

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

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • June 7 – 8th-grade trip to OAKS Park, 10:00 to 2:00 PM
    • June 7 – Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game – around 2:45
    • June 10 – 6th & 7th graders trip to OAKS Park, 9:30 to 12:00 PM
    • June 10 – 8th-grade promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day ending at 12:30)
    • August 30 – First day of the 2022-23 school year

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 5/27/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 27, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I apologize for the late newsletter.  Things were so hectic last week I put the newsletter together and forgot to send it out!

    So sorry!

    This week will be a busy one with Band Concert on Wednesday evening and Showcase Night on Thursday, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.  Please follow the link for our Showcase Program which shows the times and locations of exhibits and events.  Thank you to 8th-grade block teacher Lisa Souther for her event organization and a great job creating the program.

    Finally, I wanted to share a photo of Sellwood students standing together to protest gun violence.  With the horrendous recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas. our students are a beacon of hope in dark times.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Garden Tour Success!

    Many thanks to the entire team of garden owners and volunteers who made the garden tour a success.  We received great feedback from the community and raised over 12K for SMS!

    Thank you to the tour organizers; Phoebe Maloney, Sarah Lewis, Tasha Bartley, Karen Hansen and Brian Kerr.  Thank you also to the PTA Board for your help; Erin Black-Mitchell, Mindy Parker, Shannon Moran, Bridget Geraghty and Maise Ponce.  

    End of Year Volunteer Needs

    Please look for announcements soon on how to support the 8th grade promotion and our last staff appreciation lunch. 

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    We are 1/4 of the way to our $10,000 goal.  Help us reach it, for our kids!

    Did you miss the Foundation Fall Fundraiser? A generous donor offered to match up to $50,000 and we still have $10,000 available to be matched, so let's do this for our kids!  The money we raise this Spring will go to teacher staffing for the 2022-2023 school year.  We hope to raise enough to hire Educational Assistants who will help provide additional supports for students needing educational interventions, in addition to supporting the French/Technology and Culinary Arts electives.  When parents and caregivers like you give back to our school, the Sellwood Foundation is able to help expand opportunities for all students.   Every donation counts, and thank you to those who have already donated!

    www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/donate

    CHROMEBOOK COLLECTION

    Students will bring their Chromebook, charger, and case with them and they will be collected during Social Studies classes on the following dates:

    8th grade June 6th

    7th grade June 8th

    6th grade June 9th

    If your student wants to keep their Chromebook over the summer, fill out this permission form and they will turn it in on the Chromebook collection date.

    NINTH GRADE COUNTS 2022 SUMMER PROGRAMS

    Guide to free and low-cost summer transition programs for rising 9th graders in Portland and Multnomah County.  Guide.

    OPPORTUNITIES, CAMPS, and CLASSES

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    We still have a few yearbooks available for sale! Check your "Order History" in SchoolPay* to see if you're on the list. Ordering will shut down when we run out. We will NOT have extras, but the Publishing class will make complimentary "Memory Books" available for students on the day we distribute yearbooks. 

    *If you cannot use SchoolPay, contact Claire in the office to order with a check or cash. 

    AMERICAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

    The ACEP will be running a 3-week program for High School students from Spain at International Special Programs at Portland State University and are looking for homestay families with middle and/or high school aged teenagers in the home. Here is the flyer of the homestay provider that is working with them.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    Working with a variety of students:  Ms. Susan – sucook@pps.net

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    • Open Monday to Friday, School Hours

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

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

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 1 – Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
    • June 2 – Showcase Night – 5:30-8:00 PM
    • June 7 – 8th-grade trip to OAKS Park
    • June 10 – 6th & 7th graders trip to OAKS Park 9:30 to 12:00 PM
    • June 10 – 8th-grade promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day ending at 12:30)

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 5.20.2022

     

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 20, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    At last, the sun is coming out this weekend!  I hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the spring weather.

    Don’t forget that the PTA’s Garden Tour, benefitting Sellwood Middle School, is this Sunday.

    I hope to run into you there!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour

    The Garden Tour is this Sunday!  

    CLEVELAND HS IB INFORMATION NIGHT FOR MS STUDENTS

    Want to know about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Cleveland HS? Then this virtual 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 Monday, May 23rd 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.  Zoom Link:  IB INFO NIGHT

    **Hosted by Hosford PTSA and Cleveland IB**

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Do you have a 6th grader who attended Llewellyn,  or do you live in Westmoreland or Sellwood?  The Sellwood Foundation is building its board for next year and we are actively seeking members from each neighborhood that feeds into Sellwood Middle School.  It is important to us that our group represents all of the Sellwood community and at this time we do not have a member from the Westmoreland/Sellwood neighborhoods.  If you are interested and learning more, please email Amy Bourne for more information.  ajbourne02@gmail.com.  We are excited for next year and hope you will consider joining us!

    TIE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SUMMER CAMP

    Dates:

    July 18-22

    August 1-5

    Time: 8 am - 12 pm (Breakfast and Lunch will be served!)

    Location: Portland area (specific locations TBD)

    Description: The "Start Your Startup Summer Camp" will challenge and empower students to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, business, and community leaders. During this week-long camp, students will be guided into an entrepreneurial mindset of solving problems through invention. By the end of the week, students will have identified a problem, come up with a viable solution, prototyped their product, and will pitch their invention and business to their peers.

    For further details, feel free to reply to this email or contact our Program Manager Nicole Marris at nicole.marris@oregon.tie.org

    Any interested students may also visit the TiE Start Your Startup Summer Camp website at this link for more information - Start Your Startup Summer Camp - TiE Oregon 

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Just Jaco!

    Here are some pictures of Jaco celebrating our Mental Health spirit week!  Have a great weekend!!!

    Monday- Purple to support those with eating disorders

    Tuesday- Green to end the stigma around mental health

    Wednesday- Yellow to support suicide prevention

    Thursday- Teal to support those struggling with substance abuse and addiction

    Friday-  Red to support those struggling with anxiety

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    Working with a variety of students:  Ms. Susan – sucook@pps.net

    OPPORTUNITIES, CAMPS, and CLASSES

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.

    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

    • May 25 – Spring Marimba Concert 7pm
    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 1 – Spring Band Concert 7PM
    • June 2 – Showcase Night – 5:30-8:00 PM
    • June 7 – 8th-grade trip to OAKS Park
    • June 10 – Oaks Park – 6th & 7th graders 9:30 to 12:PM
    • June 10 – 8th-grade promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day ending at 12:30)


     
     
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  • Principal's Newsletter 5/6/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 6, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    When we have a lot of rainy weather, I like to remind myself that rain is what makes the PNW so beautiful, especially when it comes to our lovely gardens!  You may have heard about the Sellwood Garden Tour coming up on May 22, sponsored by the PTA.  Find the details about the garden tour in the PTA section below, and also read the article in the Oregonian.  The garden tour is a great way to spend a lovely day outdoors, get ideas for your own garden, and support Sellwood Middle School at the same time.

    Hope to see you there!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Sellwood Garden Tour 

    Please help us make the Sellwood Garden Tour a success!  

    • Buy tickets; www.sellwoodgardentour.com 
    • Spread the word to friends, family, neighbors, community groups
    • Volunteer at the event (see spots on Konstella)

    The tour is showcased in the Oregonian this week.  Exciting to see our school in the news!

    Step into five private paradises: Sellwood Garden Tour fundraiser is May 22 - oregonlive.com

    Sellwood Dines Out

    Mark your calendar for our May Dines Out on 5/17 at PDX Sliders.

    May PTA Meeting

    Join us at our May PTA meeting this coming Wednesday 5/11.  We will be voting in the new board for next year.  Please contact us if you are interested in joining the board!  sellwoodpta@gmail.com

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86242069110

    Meeting ID: 862 4206 9110

    Staff Appreciation Week 

    Many thanks to all who brought in food this week for the staff!  And thank you for sending staff any sign of appreciation this week.  I know the staff felt the community's support.    Thank you also to Rachel McDonald and Allison Eshel for coordinating everything this week.  You both did an amazing job!  

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Please help carry on the important job of the Sellwood Foundation, by volunteering to be on the board next year.  The present board has been in service for two years, and we are all retiring.  We are looking for folks to carry on these very important jobs for the 2022-2023 school year.  Please email Amy Bourne with any questions about the roles.  ajbourne02@gmail.com.

    WARRIOR TENNIS CAMP

    Learn to play tennis, or improve your skills.  Open to current 7th and 8th-graders.  Starts July 1st.  See the attached flyer for details.

    CLEVELAND 2022-23 VARSITY DANCE TEAM TRYOUTS

    Dance Team tryouts at Cleveland High School are coming up! 8th-graders who are interested Join us on May 10th and 12th from 5:30-7:30pm to try out for our 2022-2023 Varsity Dance Team! Tryout packets available in the school office, and the main office at Cleveland High School. Bring the completed packet to tryouts, signed by all of your teachers and counselors.  Interested in trying out but unable to make the dates? Email clevelandtenacitydance@gmail.com for alternative ways of trying out, or to have a tryout packet sent directly to you. All dance levels are welcome! See you there!

    Ana Reiser

    Cleveland Tenacity Dance Team Coach

    OPPORTUNITIES, CAMPS, and CLASSES

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Why are so many American teenagers feeling anxious, depressed, and even suicidal? Learn more and take a look into the science behind the teen mental health crisis in this New York Times video.

    Worried Sick: A Journey Into the Anxious Teenage Mind.

    The best way to schedule an appointment with us is by filling out the Counselor Check-In Request Form or emailing us directly.  Messages sent through Canvas are not always responded to promptly. 

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    Working with a variety of students:  Ms. Susan – sucook@pps.net

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    • Open Monday to Friday, School Hours

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

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

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 11 – PTA Meeting, 7PM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86242069110
    • May 12 – Ambassador Awards
    • May 17 – Spring Band Concert 7pm
    • May 18 & 19 – Outdoor School (Day Trips returning at 5:30PM)
    • May 25 – Spring Marimba Concert 7pm
    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 2 – Showcase Night – 5:30-8:00 PM
    • June 7 – 8th-grade trip to OAKS Park
    • June 10 – Oaks Park – 6th & 7th graders 9:30 to 12:PM
    • June 10 – 8th-grade promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day ending at 12:30)
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  • Principal's Newsletter 4/29/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 29, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It has been a while since I have written about COVID in this portion of the newsletter, but as you may have noted in the news, Multnomah County, and many other parts of the state and country are experiencing an increase in COVID cases.  The current COVID bump is not expected to be even close to the huge surge we lived through in January, but we should all be vigilant and alert to potential COVID symptoms in ourselves and children.  The primary symptoms of COVID are still officially listed as fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell.  However, every single person I know who has had Omicron has experienced sore throat as the first symptom along with headache, tiredness, a runny nose, with a cough developing later. It is very difficult to distinguish from the common cold.  To make things more confusing, the common cold is also circulating in our community.  Please play it safe.  If your child has symptoms, please keep them home.  Also, in the first few days of a COVID infection, it is not unusual for at-home rapid tests to show false negatives when there is not enough viral load to show positive.  If you really suspect COVID and the rapid test is negative, a PCR test is very sensitive and can detect the smallest amount of the virus.  Let the school  know if your child tests positive. Please help us to curtail the spread.

    This Oregon spring has been one of the rainiest on record, but Sunday is looking like a great day to get outside. 

    I hope you enjoy the weekend, whatever you decide to do!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    SELLWOOD BAND NEWS

    Congratulations to Vano Monteverde, Elias Vasankari, and Leo McKillip who performed at the Portland Art Museum as part of the Heart of Portland event last Sunday, April 24. Their trio was featured as one of the small ensembles representing Portland Public Schools' Visual and Performing Arts programs.

    PTA NEWS

    PTA Elections 

    PTA elections for next year will be held at our PTA meeting on May 11th.  Please join us as we vote in next year's PTA board.  Reach out to us if you are interested in joining the PTA next year!  sellwoodpta@gmail.com

    Sellwood Garden Tour

    Check out our website and buy tickets to the Garden Tour!  All proceeds go back to Sellwood.  5 homes will be opening their outdoor spaces to the community for a self guided tour on May 22nd from 11-4.  Great event to do with family and friends!

    www.sellwoodgardentour.com

    Staff Appreciation Week starts May 2nd! 

    Next week (May 2-6) is Teacher Appreciation Week! Looking for ways to thank your teacher? Visit this Meet the Staff page to learn about a few of their favorite things.

    Also, if you signed up to bring food for the teachers next week, thank you! You should receive an email reminder from Konstella about it one day in advance, but you can also double-check here: Meal Sign-Up

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Please help carry on the important job of the Sellwood Foundation, by volunteering to be on the board next year.  The present board has been in service for two years, and we are all retiring.  We are looking for folks to carry on these very important jobs for the 2022-2023 school year.  Please email Amy Bourne with any questions about the roles.  ajbourne02@gmail.com.

    VIRTUAL EVENT “FAKE AND FATAL” MAY 4

    We are sharing an opportunity to attend a virtual event to educate students, parents and the community about the dangers of fake pills made from deadly fentanyl.  Beaverton School District has lost several students to fentanyl in the last few years. The parents of one of those students will be leading this discussion. They have a powerful story to tell and were instrumental in Beaverton’s district-wide fentanyl awareness campaign last year. 

    “Fake & Fatal: What Parents & Teens Need to Know”

    Presented by Oregon’s Vibrant Future Coalition

    Wednesday, May 4 at 7-8:30pm PST

    FB link: https://www.facebook.com/641640045902887/posts/5375996065800571/?d=n

    Register and get the zoom link: tinyurl.com/fake-fatal

    JUST JACO (Jake-o)

    Hello from Jaco! 

    Sellwood Middle School’s newest staff member. His whole job is to provide students and staff social/emotional support all day long!  He does this by shaking hands, wagging his tail and being genuinely happy to see every person who walks through the door of our school. 

    Jaco is classified as a “facility dog” meaning that he has been specially certified to work in professional settings like schools, hospitals, courtrooms, etc.  He was carefully bred and expertly trained to do this job by Canine Companions. After just 2 weeks on the job we cannot imagine not having him on our team. 

    If you are interested in following Jaco’s adventures at Sellwood Middle School his Instagram is @jaco.sellwood.panther.pup

     

    WARRIOR TENNIS CAMP

    Learn to play tennis, or improve your skills.  Open to current 7th and 8th-graders.  Starts July 1st.  See the FLYER for details.

    CLEVELAND 2022-23 VARSITY DANCE TEAM TRYOUTS

    Dance Team tryouts at Cleveland High School are coming up! 8th-graders who are interested Join us on May 10th and 12th from 5:30-7:30pm to try out for our 2022-2023 Varsity Dance Team! Tryout packets available in the school office, and the main office at Cleveland High School. Bring the completed packet to tryouts, signed by all of your teachers and counselors.  Interested in trying out but unable to make the dates? Email clevelandtenacitydance@gmail.com for alternative ways of trying out, or to have a tryout packet sent directly to you. All dance levels are welcome! See you there!

    Ana Reiser

    Cleveland Tenacity Dance Team Coach

    OPPORTUNITIES, CAMPS, and CLASSES

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    The best way to schedule an appointment with us is by filling out the Counselor Check-In Request Form or emailing us directly.  Messages sent through Canvas are not always responded to promptly. 

    Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB – akennybrew@pps.net

    Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie – kfrancis@pps.net

    Working with a variety of students:  Ms. Susan – sucook@pps.net

    RACE, RACISM, & RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES 

    MAIN OFFICE:

    • Open Monday to Friday, School Hours

    The best way to reach us is by email.  

    The Office Phone Number

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

    Secured Building 

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

    Parent/Student Requests:  

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

    Guides to Help you:

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

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

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

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

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

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • May 2-6: Staff Appreciation Week
    • May 12 – Ambassador Awards
    • May 17 – Spring Band Concert
    • May 18 & 19 – Outdoor School (Day Trips returning at 5:30PM)
    • May 25 – Spring Marimba Concert
    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 2 – Showcase Night – 5:30-8:00 PM
    • June 7 – 8th-grade trip to OAKS Park
    • June 10 – Oaks Park – 6th & 7th graders 9:30 to 12:PM
    • June 10 – 8th-grade promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day ending at 12:30)
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  • Principal's Newsletter 4/22/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 22, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    On Tuesday night, the PPS school board voted to approve the school calendar for the 2022-23 school year.  We are now in the 4th quarter, and I know many of you would like to finalize your summer plans.  Here it is, hot off the press.

    PPS School Calendar 2022-23

    Read on about the upcoming PTA elections, the PTA garden tour fundraiser, staff appreciation week, and opportunities to volunteer on the Sellwood Foundation Board next year.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PTA NEWS

    PTA Elections 

    PTA elections for next year will be held at our PTA meeting on May 11th.  Please join us as we vote in next year's PTA board.  Reach out to us if you are interested in joining the PTA next year!  sellwoodpta@gmail.com

    Sellwood Garden Tour

    Check out our website and buy tickets to the Garden Tour!  All proceeds go back to Sellwood.  5 homes will be opening their outdoor spaces to the community for a self guided tour on May 22nd from 11-4.  Great event to do with family and friends!

    www.sellwoodgardentour.com

    Staff Appreciation Week starts May 2nd! 

    We need your help feeding Sellwood's amazing staff lunch that week.  We will be bringing in different crock pot options for 4 days of lunches.  Head to Konstella to sign up!  Let's show Sellwood's staff and teachers how much we appreciate them!

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Please help carry on the important job of the Sellwood Foundation, by volunteering to be on the board next year.  The present board has been in service for two years, and we are all retiring.  We are looking for folks to carry on these very important jobs for the 2022-2023 school year.  Please email Amy Bourne with any questions about the roles.  ajbourne02@gmail.com.

    CLEVELAND 2022-23 VARSITY DANCE TEAM TRYOUTS

    Dance Team tryouts at Cleveland High School are coming up! Join us on May 10th and 12th from 5:30-7:30pm to try out for our 2022-2023 Varsity Dance Team! Tryout packets available in the school office, and the main office at Cleveland High School. Interested in trying out but unable to make the dates? Email clevelandtenacitydance@gmail.com for alternative ways of trying out, or to have a tryout packet sent directly to you. All dance levels are welcome! See you there!

    Ana Reiser

    Cleveland Tenacity Dance Team Coach

    OPPORTUNITIES, CAMPS, and CLASSES

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.

    COUNSELING CORNER

     

    The best way to schedule an appointment with us is by filling out the Counselor Check-In Request Form or emailing us directly.  Messages sent through Canvas are not always responded to promptly.  

     

    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

    • May 2-6: Staff Appreciation Week
    • May 12 – Ambassador Awards
    • May 17 – Spring Band Concert
    • May 18 & 19 – Outdoor School (Day Trips returning at 5:30PM)
    • May 25 – Spring Marimba Concert
    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 2 – Showcase Night – 5:30-8:00 PM
    • June 7 – 8th-grade trip to OAKS Park
    • June 10 – Oaks Park – 6th & 7th graders 9:30 to 12:PM
    • June 10 – 8th-grade promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day ending at 12:30)

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 4/15/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 15, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    This week has been a wild ride, with an unexpected snow day on Monday, followed by hail, thunderstorms, and very unlike spring weather.  At least the days are getting longer, and we are definitely in the fourth quarter of the school year, even though it may not feel like it!

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Please help carry on the important job of the Sellwood Foundation, by volunteering to be on the board next year.  The present board has been in service for two years, and we are all retiring.  We are looking for folks to carry on these very important jobs for the 2022-2023 school year.  Please email Amy Bourne with any questions about the roles.  ajbourne02@gmail.com.

    PTA NEWS

    Earth Day Clean Up

    Next Wednesday 4/20 is our final school clean-up day.  We are looking for 4 more volunteers to help between 9-10am.  Please sign up in Konstella!  

    Sellwood Garden Tour 

    Mark your calendars for the Garden Tour to raise money for our school.  May 22nd from 11-4; 5 homes are opening their outdoor spaces to the community for a self guided tour.  Tickets and event information can be found on our website.  www.sellwoodgardentour.com

    INTRODUCING JACO!

    In 2019, Sellwood counselor Katie Francis submitted an application to Canine Companions for a service dog to provide loving help and support to Sellwood students.  To our joy, the application was accepted, and Katie was invited to Santa Rosa to train with our new service dog.  She has spent the past two weeks in Santa Rosa training with Sellwood's new facility dog!

    Jaco (pronounced Jake-O) will be Sellwood's new facility dog! 

    Check out the attached flyer for more information and an awesome picture of Ms. Katie and Jaco!

    Introducing Jaco! 

    CLEVELAND 2022-23 VARSITY DANCE TEAM TRYOUTS

    Dance Team tryouts at Cleveland High School are coming up! Join us on May 10th and 12th from 5:30-7:30pm to try out for our 2022-2023 Varsity Dance Team! Tryout packets available in the school office, and the main office at Cleveland High School. Interested in trying out but unable to make the dates? Email clevelandtenacitydance@gmail.com for alternative ways of trying out, or to have a tryout packet sent directly to you. All dance levels are welcome! See you there!

    Ana Reiser

    Cleveland Tenacity Dance Team Coach

    IMMUNIZATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 20th

    The deadline to submit proof of required vaccinations has been extended to April 20th. If your student is incomplete with a vaccination/s, the MESD immunization department will mail you a letter that states the exact one your student is incomplete on.  You can take that letter, that also comes with a CIS form, to your doctor to fill out and sign after they receive the vaccination. 

    The easiest way for parents to give us that information, is to just bring in the CIS form/vaccination form or bring in a note from the doctor's office that states the vaccination is now up to date.  One of our secretaries will give the proof of vaccination to the health office.

    OPPORTUNITIES, CAMPS, and CLASSES

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    The best way to schedule an appointment with us is by filling out the Counselor Check-In Request Form or emailing us directly.  Messages sent through Canvas are not always responded to promptly.  

    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

    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 8 – No School for Students
    • May 12 – Ambassador Awards
    • May 17 – Spring Band Concert
    • May 18 & 19 – Outdoor School (Day Trips returning at 5:30PM)
    • May 25 – Spring Marimba Concert
    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 2 – Showcase Night – 5:30-8:00 PM
    • June 7 – 8th-grade trip to OAKS Park
    • June 10 – Oaks Park – 6th & 7th graders 9:30 to 12:PM
    • June 10 – 8th-grade promotion 10:30 AM
    • June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day ending at 12:30)

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 4/8/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 8, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We have arrived at the 4th-quarter of the school year and while we are not quite out of the woods with the pandemic, our collective school experience is approaching a feeling of normalcy.

    We are currently planning our end-of-year in-person events.  Hooray!

    Please read below for information about: Outdoor School for 6th-graders, Showcase Night, class trips to Oaks Parks, and 8th-grade Promotion.  Some details will still be forthcoming on these events, but the information should be helpful when planning your family’s end-of-year calendar.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Earth Day Clean Up

    Thank you so much to the parent volunteers who helped this Wednesday with the Earth Day school clean up.  The first group of kids did a great job helping clean up outside the school.  We are still needing volunteers for 4/13 and 4/20.  Please consider signing up via Konstella.  

    Mark your calendars!

    Sellwood Garden Tour benefiting our school will be May 22nd from 11-4.  5 homes in our community have offered to open their garden gems.  Great event to enjoy local gardens, get inspiration and support our school.  More information to come soon.

    8th Grade Promotion is happening!

    We are looking for parents to help start to plan this end of the year event.  Please reach out if you are willing to help.  sellwoodpta@gmail.com

    OUTDOOR SCHOOL

    On May 18th and 19th, 6th graders will be traveling to Outdoor school camps for the day. Students will attend with their Language Arts/Social Studies (LA/SS) class at 10 AM from school and will return at 5-5:30PM; transportation will be provided to and from the camp for both days. Unfortunately, students will not be staying overnight this year, but they will have a full ODS schedule, and will eat dinner before they leave camp for the day. A packet of materials will be coming home from school soon with more information, so be on the lookout for them. Questions? Reach out to your student's LA/SS teacher.

    SHOWCASE NIGHT

    We are pleased to announce the return of a long-standing Sellwood tradition, Showcase Night, Thursday, June 2nd, from 5:30-8:30.  Showcase Night is a drop-in event, where Sellwood students display their school projects from the year.  There will be displays of artwork, music, academic projects from science, social studies, math, English language arts, world languages and more.  We have more fun idea in the works such as: food carts, an egg drop game, a photo booth with props, etc.  It is a fun event for the whole Sellwood community.  Come spend a half-hour, an hour, or even three hours!  We hope to see you there.   

    OAKS PARK TRIPS

    This year, the end-of-year class trips for all grade levels will be Oaks Park.  (In past years, 8th-graders have gone to Bullwinkles, but this year Bullwinkles is only open in the evenings during the last week of school.) 

    Here are some more details

    • When

    8th-grade – Tuesday, June 7th, Time of Day TBD

    1. 9:30 – Noon (Reminder: Early dismissal at 12:30)
    • Transportation:  We will be walking both to and from the park.   Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!  All students will return to Sellwood for school dismissal; no exceptions. 
    • Cost$15.00 will include Adrenalin Peak Roller Coaster, Go-Carts, Atmosphere (new ride). 
      • Preferred payment on-line with School Pay. 
      • Option 2: Checks payable to Sellwood Middle School
      • Option 3: Cash in the exact amount (Exact amount; no change provided). 
      • If this presents a financial hardship, scholarships are available. 
    • Lunch:  Students may: 1. Bring a sack lunch, 2. Request a Sellwood sack lunch or 3. purchase lunch at OAKS Park.  We have a reserved a Picnic Area (students can leave their lunch here during the day).
       
    • Other Costs:  Students can bring extra money for snacks, games. etc.

    We will be in need of adult chaperones for the trips to Oaks Park, so please think about whether or not you might be able to volunteer.  There will be an opportunity to sign-up soon, probably through the PTA and Konstella.  Permission slips will be going home with students before the end of April.

    8TH-GRADE PROMOTION

    This year, we are excited to announce Sellwood’s in-person 8th-grade Promotion Celebration, at 10:30 AM on Friday, June 10th.  The promotion program will take place outdoors on the field, partly due to COVID concerns, and partly due to the gym not being large enough to accommodate 8th-graders and their families, even in pre-COVID times. 

    In case of significant rain (more than a few sprinkles) the ceremony will be moved indoors to the gym, with a limit of two guests per 8th-grader.

    Please bring a blanket or low concert chair for seating. 

    We plan to have speeches, a certificate ceremony, cake or cupcakes, musical performances, photography, and more!

    We will soon begin recruiting 8th-grade parent volunteers to help prepare for the celebration as well as 7th-grade parent volunteers to help out the day of the ceremony (so that 8th-grade parents can relax and enjoy the celebration with their families).  We think that 7th-grade parents helping out during 8th-grade promotion is a great rite-of-passage tradition, as their children are now rising 8th-graders.

    8th-graders and families will receive more detailed information in the upcoming weeks.

    REQUIRED SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS - FROM THE NURSE’S OFFICE

    Two vaccine clinics scheduled at McDaniel Student Health Center on April 13th from 3:45-6:30, and at David Douglas Student Health Center on April 16th from 9am-2pm. See link and attached flyer for more information. 

    IMMUNIZATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 20th

    The deadline to submit proof of required vaccinations has been extended to April 20th. If your student is incomplete with a vaccination/s, the MESD immunization department will mail you a letter that states the exact one your student is incomplete on.  You can take that letter, that also comes with a CIS form, to your doctor to fill out and sign after they receive the vaccination. 

    The easiest way for parents to give us that information, is to just bring in the CIS form/vaccination form or bring in a note from the doctor's office that states the vaccination is now up to date.  One of our secretaries will give the proof of vaccination to the health office.

    OPPORTUNITIES, CAMPS, and CLASSES

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    The best way to schedule an appointment with us is by filling out the Counselor Check-In Request Form or emailing us directly.  Messages sent through Canvas are not always responded to promptly.  

    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

    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 8 – No School for Students
    • May 12 – Ambassador Awards
    • May 17 – Spring Band Concert
    • May 18 & 19 – Outdoor School (Day Trips)
    • May 25 – Spring Marimba Concert
    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 2 – Showcase Night – 5:30-8:30 PM
    • June 7 – 8th-grade trip to OAKS Park
    • June 10 – Oaks Park – 6th & 7th graders, 9:30-12:30
    • June 10 – 8th-grade promotion, 10:30 AM
    • June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day ending at 12:30)
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  • Principal's Newsletter 4/1/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 1, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Earth Day is April 22nd this year.  Students, staff, and parent volunteers will be involved in cleaning up the grounds periodically throughout the month during advisory period.  Read the PTA news blurb below to find out how you can get involved.   Also, we have a few reusable gloves and some trash pickers for student use, but if your child has their own garden gloves, I encourage you to have them bring them to school on their day to help with the clean-up.  Refer to the Earth Day Clean-up slides to find out your student’s clean-up day.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    PTA NEWS

    Please join SMS students and staff in helping clean up the outside of Sellwood for Earth Day!

    On 3 Wednesdays in April, parents, students and staff will work together to make our school shine. 

    Earth Day Clean Up

    Please looks for volunteer spots in Konstella

    REQUIRED SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS - FROM THE NURSE’S OFFICE

    Two vaccine clinics scheduled at McDaniel Student Health Center on April 13th from 3:45-6:30, and at David Douglas Student Health Center on April 16th from 9am-2pm. See link and attached flyer for more information. 

    IMMUNIZATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 20th

    The deadline to submit proof of required vaccinations has been extended to April 20th. If your student is incomplete with a vaccination/s, the MESD immunization department will mail you a letter that states the exact one your student is incomplete on.  You can take that letter, that also comes with a CIS form, to your doctor to fill out and sign after they receive the vaccination. 

    The easiest way for parents to give us that information, is to just bring in the CIS form/vaccination form or bring in a note from the doctor's office that states the vaccination is now up to date.  One of our secretaries will give the proof of vaccination to the health office.

    OPPORTUNITIES, CAMPS, and CLASSES

    LEAP INTO 9TH-GRADE (for 8th-graders)

    This 3-week summer program from June 27 to July 15th.  It prepares incoming 9th grade students to excel in high school.  Daily bus passes will be provided and students will receive a 0.5 high school elective credit. 

    Here are the details.

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.

    COUNSELING CORNER

    The best way to schedule an appointment with us is by filling out the Counselor Check-In Request Form or emailing us directly.  Messages sent through Canvas are not always responded to promptly.  

    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

    March 21-25 – Spring Break

    April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter

    April 8 – No School for Students

    May 12  – Ambassador Awards

    May 17 – Spring Band Concert

    May 25 – Spring Marimba Concert

    May 30 – Memorial Day – No School

    June 2 – Showcase Night – 5-8PM

    TBD – 8th-grade trip to Bullwinkles

    June 10 – Oaks Park – 6th & 7th graders

    June 10 – 8th grade promotion

    June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day)

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  • Principal's Newsletter 3.18.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 18, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    This year has been a challenging one, but we must remind ourselves that there are lots of great things happening.  Spirit Week has been tons of fun, with dress up days, raffles, corn hole games, 3X3 basketball tournaments, March Madness, and more!

    Now, it is time to reward ourselves with some rest and relaxation, and hopefully more fun.

    I hope you all enjoy Spring Break!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PTA NEWS

    Please join SMS students and staff in helping clean up the outside of Sellwood for Earth Day!

    On 3 Wednesdays in April, parents, students and staff will work together to make our school shine.  Please looks for volunteer spots in Konstella. 

    LEAP INTO 9TH-GRADE (for 8th-graders)

    This 3-week summer program from June 27 to July 15th.  It prepares incoming 9th grade students to excel in high school.  Daily bus passes will be provided and students will receive a 0.5 high school elective credit. 

    Here are the details.

    ATTENDANCE REMINDER

    We want to wish everyone a happy and healthy spring break and remind you all that when students miss school, their learning can be impacted.  Please ensure your student is at school whenever they are healthy enough to attend.

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.

    IMMUNIZATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 20th

    The deadline to submit proof of required vaccinations has been extended to April 20th. If your student is incomplete with a vaccination/s, the MESD immunization department will mail you a letter that states the exact one your student is incomplete on.  You can take that letter, that also comes with a CIS form, to your doctor to fill out and sign after they receive the vaccination. Lease see the attached document:

    The easiest way for parents to give us that information, is to just bring in the CIS form/vaccination form or bring in a note from the doctor's office that states the vaccination is now up to date.  One of our secretaries will give the proof of vaccination to the health office.

    SkitchFest@Sellwood (Tentative after-school activity)

    Program Title: SkitchFest @ Sellwood! Workshop:  Collaboration, rehearsal and presentation of a collection of comedy sketches & skits performed by students of Sellwood Middle School.


    $190 for approximately 16 hours of class time spread over 11 days. (75 minute classes except for June 2nd performance day would be roughly 4-7pm)

    Wednesdays 4:15-5:30 pm beginning April 6 (4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 & 5/25) + Tech Week: Tuesday, May 31sh, Wednesday, June 1sd and Thursday, June 2nd with final performance(s) later that evening.

    Goal: To create a 30-40 minute skit and sketch comedy show that performs at the Sellwood Middle School showcase night which is tentatively scheduled for June 2 at 5:30pm-7:30pm.

    Info for registration coming soon through PEAK and 6Crickets

     

    COUNSELING CORNER

    The best way to schedule an appointment with us is by filling out the Counselor Check-In Request Form or emailing us directly.  Messages sent through Canvas are not always responded to promptly.  

     

    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

    • March 21-25 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 8 – No School for Students
    • May 12th – Ambassador Awards
    • May 18 – Spring Band Concert
    • May 25 – Spring Marimba Concert
    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 2 – Showcase Night – 5-8PM
    • June 10 – Oaks Park – 6th & 7th graders
    • June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day)

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 3/13/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 13, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I apologize for the late newsletter.  I was away from the office last Monday through Wednesday and am only now just catching up.

    It is hard to believe that two years ago today, due to concerns about the new COVID-19 virus, we began our “extended two-week spring break” which continued for longer than any of us could imagine. 

    Tomorrow, masks will be optional on school buses and at school.  COVID transmission in Multnomah County is low (9 per 100,000) and hospitalizations continue to drop.  Levels of immunity are high, either through vaccination, infection, or both.  Effective anti-viral treatments such as Paxlovid are becoming more widely available.  Risk of COVID-19 transmission at school is very low, and we will continue with other mitigations strategies such as improved air flow and filtration, hand washing, and outdoor lunch and recess when weather permits.

    However, while some students and staff are elated to not have to wear a mask, others are feeling concerned or even scared.  Some in our community may be immunocompromised or live with someone who is at risk.  Others have become accustomed to wearing a face covering and don’t yet feel comfortable without one. 

    Please remind your children to show grace and kindness to those who choose differently from them.

    • It is ok to wear a face covering.
    • It is ok to not wear a face covering.

    The year is passing quickly, and spring break is one week away.  We are starting to plan our end of the year events.  This week, staff will be discussing ideas for 8th-grade promotion and the Bullwinkles trip (dates and times TBD), and other traditions such as the Ambassador Awards (evening - May 12th), Showcase Night (June 9th) and OAKS Park for 6th and 7th graders on June 10th

    We will be coming up with a few different scenarios for 8th-grade promotion and the Bullwinkles trip, which we will share with 8th grade students and families to get feedback on your preferences.  Please feel free to share any ideas you may have.

    I must say it is fun to start thinking about celebratory events that have not been possible for the past two years! 

    I look forward to seeing students tomorrow,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PTA NEWS

    • Do you have a hidden gem in your backyard?  We are organizing a Garden Tour in late May to raise funds for Sellwood.  We are looking for a couple more gardens to showcase.  Please contact us if you can help!  sellwoodpta@gmail.com
    • Mark your calendars: Next Sellwood Dines Out will be at Sunny’s Pizza on March 16th.  10% of sales all day!  Orders via delivery services don’t apply.  Many thanks to Micah Chu for coordinating these fundraisers!
    • Earth Day school clean up!  We are organizing 3 Wednesday mornings in April to join our students in helping clean up the outside of the school.  Look to Konstella next week for volunteer slots.

    2022 PEAK REGISTRATION IS OPEN

    Sellwood PEAK classes will be online in Winter 2022

    Registration is open now for PEAK classes (starting January 2022):

    • Speech and Debate 
    • Comic Books and Graphic Novels
    • SMS Bulls and Bears: Stock Market
    • French 1a 

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

    Scholarships are available. Email sellwoodpeakprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

     

    THIS IS SPIRIT WEEK

    Monday – Pajama Day:  Wear some comfy clothes

    Tuesday – School Spirit: Sellwood Blue & Gold

    Wednesday – College Pride Day: Wear your college gear

    Thursday – Jers-day Thursday: Wear your favorite team jersey

    Friday – Pattern Day: Wear your polka-dot, plaid, or other patterns

     

    FREE LEAD TEST KITS FROM THE PORTLAND WATER BUREAU

    Find out how to get them here.

     

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.

    IMMUNIZATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 20th

    The deadline to submit proof of required vaccinations has been extended to April 20th. If your student is incomplete with a vaccination/s, the MESD immunization department will mail you a letter that states the exact one your student is incomplete on.  You can take that letter, that also comes with a CIS form, to your doctor to fill out and sign after they receive the vaccination. Lease see the attached document:

    The easiest way for parents to give us that information, is to just bring in the CIS form/vaccination form or bring in a note from the doctor's office that states the vaccination is now up to date.  One of our secretaries will give the proof of vaccination to the health office.

     

    COUNSELING CORNER

     

    The best way to schedule an appointment with us is by filling out the Counselor Check-In Request Form or emailing us directly.  Messages sent through Canvas are not always responded to promptly.  

     

    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

    • March 21-25 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 8 – No School for Students
    • May 12th – Ambassador Awards
    • May 18 – Spring Band Concert
    • May 25 – Spring Marimba Concert
    • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
    • June 9 – Showcase Night
    • June 10 – Oaks Park – 6th & 7th graders
    • June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day)
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  • Principal's Newsletter 03/04/2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 4, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    As you know, masks became optional outdoors at school as of March 1st.  PPS also announced this morning that masks will be optional indoors and on school buses as of Monday, March 14th.  PPS Communications sent a letter to the community today sharing this news. 

    Please remember, after March 14th:

    • It will still be OK to wear a mask.
    • It will also be OK not to wear a mask.

    I ask students, families, and staff to respect everyone's choice to wear or not wear a mask.  During the process of writing our mission statement, the Sellwood community expressed a strong commitment to an inclusive environment.  As part of that commitment to inclusivity, we accept and practice empathy toward those who may have different life experiences or who make choices that are different from ours.  To that end, after March 14th, you will see some staff members who are wearing masks on one day, and not wearing masks on another day, as a visible signal to students and families that we honor their individual choices.

    Also, here is an update on the Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC).  Previously a proposal entitled F3 was to be presented to the board for approval.  However, now it looks like there may be two additional proposals considered.  From what I have seen, each of the proposals being considered would have the same impact on Sellwood’s boundaries and elementary school feeder pattern.  Llewellyn, Lewis, and Duniway would stay as elementary school feeders to Sellwood. The areas that would change from Sellwood to Lane would be between SE 52nd and SE 57th, bordered by SE Duke to the north. Our enrollment would be about 540, which is above the 500 suggested minimum.

    Under the currently proposed rollout, in the school year 22/23 any student living in that area could elect to attend Lane if they choose.  In 2023/24 6th-graders (currently 4th-graders) in the area would attend Lane, in 2024/25 6th and 7th-graders would attend Lane, and in 2025/26 all students in that area would attend Lane.  Again, any scenario would still need to be presented to the school board and voted on for approval.  Until the board votes to approve one of the proposals, which will likely happen toward the end of April, changes are always possible.

    Finally, we will soon be asking students to choose their electives for next year.  On March 11th, current 7th-graders will be choosing their electives for 8th-grade, and on March 15th, current 6th-graders will be selecting their electives for 7th-grade.  I will send you more detailed information on course descriptions and the forecasting process next Thursday.

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    PTA News

    This month’s staff appreciation is a crock pot lunch on St. Patrick’s Day.  Please follow the links in Konstella to sign up and participate.

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.

    IMMUNIZATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 20th

    The deadline to submit proof of required vaccinations has been extended to April 20th. If your student is incomplete with a vaccination/s, the MESD immunization department will mail you a letter that states the exact one your student is incomplete on.  You can take that letter, that also comes with a CIS form, to your doctor to fill out and sign after they receive the vaccination. Lease see the attached document:

    The easiest way for parents to give us that information, is to just bring in the CIS form/vaccination form or bring in a note from the doctor's office that states the vaccination is now up to date.  One of our secretaries will give the proof of vaccination to the health office.

     

    COUNSELING CORNER

    The best way to schedule an appointment with us is by filling out the Counselor Check-In Request Form or emailing us directly.  Messages sent through Canvas are not always responded to promptly.  

    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

    • March 21-25 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 8 – No School for Students
    • May 18: 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 02.28.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 25, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I hope you are well.  I am happy to report no new COVID cases this week!  It seems that we have really turned a corner.

    Here is a pic of a few new bike racks in the courtyard for student use.  We are hoping to get some more installed.  In any case, the courtyard is a nice location that is a bit more secure.  If your child parks their bike on one of the new racks, they will need to dismount and walk their bikes through the courtyard to avoid any potential collisions with students on foot.

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    FROM THE PTA’S JEDI GROUP

    Thoughts from the SMS PTA's Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Group

     

    Last night at our meeting, we read the incredible letter from 12-year-old Lonnie Chavis, entitled "America Needs to Change" where he bares his soul about being a Black kid in America. 

     

    What vulnerability!  What courage!  We could think of no better way to honor it and him than to:

    Strongly encourage every SMS family  

    to slow the pace down for 15 minutes 

    gather their family together

    and take the time to read this aloud 

    as soon as possible

     

    The impact of racism is felt deeply by those who experience it and all of our children need to hear about the impact, so that all of our children are moved to protect each other's humanity. 

    After you have read it, it might be hard to know how to talk about it.  

    Try scrolling to end of this article from the Anti-defamation League for some ideas. 

    Here is just one of the useful prompts: 

    "What did Lonnie Chavis mean when he said, "America Needs to Change?"

    Let's make Black History Month matter and thank you for taking action within your family. 

    Bridget Geraghty Barnicle

    she/her/hers

     

    RESOURCE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF OUR LGBTQ+ STUDENTS.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S-en-9VejAfBFXJb2oKYTRDa6OrUXJj_/view

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

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

    Sellwood is excited to announce the 2022 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our school. The survey launches today and will be available for the next four weeks.

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

    Thank you for being part of the Sellwood community!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.

    IMMUNIZATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 20th

    The deadline to submit proof of required vaccinations has been extended to April 20th. If your student is incomplete with a vaccination/s, the MESD immunization department will mail you a letter that states the exact one your student is incomplete on.  You can take that letter, that also comes with a CIS form, to your doctor to fill out and sign after they receive the vaccination. Lease see the attached document:

    The easiest way for parents to give us that information, is to just bring in the CIS form/vaccination form or bring in a note from the doctor's office that states the vaccination is now up to date.  One of our secretaries will give the proof of vaccination to the health office.

     

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Hello Sellwood Families!

    Second semester is a great time for a fresh start!  Please remind your student that the school counselors are here to help with organization, study skills, social support, and more!  

    The best way to schedule an appointment with us is by filling out the Counselor Check-In Request Form or emailing us directly.  Messages sent through Canvas are not always responded to promptly.  

    Rest, relax, and enjoy the long weekend!

    -Sellwood counseling team

    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

    • March 21-25 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 8 – No School for Students
    • May 18: 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 02.18.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 18, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Last night I attended the Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) meeting.  As you know, the SEGC has been meeting to review and revise boundaries and programs at the elementary and middle schools in the southeast corner of the district.  Previously, there had been a few proposals that would have moved Lewis to a feeder for Lane rather than Sellwood, which would have slashed our enrollment to about 400.

    However, F3, the proposal that will be forwarded to the PPS School Board for a vote on March 15th, keeps Lewis as a feeder to Sellwood.  There will be some slight boundary changes that will shift a small number of students to Lane starting with 6th-graders in 24/25, 6th and 7th graders in 25/26, etc. You can read the summary letter of last night’s meeting here.

    Of course, the SEGC’s proposal is open to revision and amendments, and will still need to be approved by the board. 

    Enjoy the three-day weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

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

    Sellwood is excited to announce the 2022 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our school. The survey launches today and will be available for the next four weeks.

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

    Thank you for being part of the Sellwood community!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.

    IMMUNIZATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 20th

    The deadline to submit proof of required vaccinations has been extended to April 20th. If your student is incomplete with a vaccination/s, the MESD immunization department will mail you a letter that states the exact one your student is incomplete on.  You can take that letter, that also comes with a CIS form, to your doctor to fill out and sign after they receive the vaccination. Lease see the attached document:

    The easiest way for parents to give us that information, is to just bring in the CIS form/vaccination form or bring in a note from the doctor's office that states the vaccination is now up to date.  One of our secretaries will give the proof of vaccination to the health office.

     

    COUNSELING CORNER

    Hello Sellwood Families!

    Second semester is a great time for a fresh start!  Please remind your student that the school counselors are here to help with organization, study skills, social support, and more!  

    The best way to schedule an appointment with us is by filling out the Counselor Check-In Request Form or emailing us directly.  Messages sent through Canvas are not always responded to promptly.  

    Rest, relax, and enjoy the long weekend!

    -Sellwood counseling team

    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.  

    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/ 

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • February 21 – Presidents’ Day – No School
    • March 21-25 – Spring Break
    • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 8 – No School for Students
    • May 18: 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 2.11.2022

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 11, 2022

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I’ve just checked the weather report, and I am looking forward to getting outside this weekend to enjoy the warm sunny weather.  I hope all of you have an opportunity to enjoy the sun while it lasts.

    As you have probably heard, the Oregon Health Authority plans to end Oregon’s indoor mask mandate by March 31st or earlier, including the mask mandate in schools.  Several parents have asked what that means at Sellwood.  Ending the state-wide mask mandate does not necessarily mean that masks will suddenly be optional in schools.  The decision about whether to make masks optional will be made at the district level, not by individual schools.  PPS will gather input from the community, consult with medical experts, and hold discussions with labor partners before making a decision.  There are a lot of strong and passionate opinions on both sides and district leaders are proceeding with caution.

    The good news is that COVID cases continue to drop quickly in Multnomah County and the downward trajectory is expected to continue.

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net