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  • Principal's Newsletter 5/7/2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 7, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

    I, for one, cannot wait for that day!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    MIDDLE SCHOOL VIRTUAL CYBER SAFETY ACADEMY

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

    Check out the flyer and submit an application.

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    Dear Sellwood Families:

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

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

    Your Sellwood Foundation 

    PTA NEWS:

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

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

    IB INFORMATION NIGHT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

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

    **Hosted by Hosford PTSA and Cleveland IB**

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

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

     

    HYBRID REMINDERS AND RESOURCES:

    Sellwood Hybrid Presentation

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

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

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

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

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

    Here are some updates about transportation.

    Finally, here are some general updates from the district.

    GRAB-AND-GO MEALS

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

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

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

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

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

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

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

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

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

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

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 4-30-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 30, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    WALKING FIELD TRIP FORM

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

    Sellwood Walking Field Trip Form

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

     

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

    A morning spent visioning the future

        Spanish      Vietnamese      Russian        Somali       Chinese

     

     

    IMPORTANT: STUDENTS MUST USE PPS LOGIN FOR REGISTRATION AND ACCESS

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

    What:    Sessions will include: 

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

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

    Where: Link to Canvas Module

    Link to WEBSITE pps.net/successfulyou

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

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    Registration for the Sellwood 5K has officially started!

    How do you run a virtual 5k?

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

    PTA NEWS:

     

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

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

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

    Sellwood Dines Out is Back!

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

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

    HYBRID REMINDERS AND RESOURCES:

    Sellwood Hybrid Presentation

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

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

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

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

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

    Here are some updates about transportation.

    Finally, here are some general updates from the district.

     

    GRAB-AND-GO MEALS

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

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

    Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.

    Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.

    George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.

    Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.

    Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.

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

    Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.

    Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.

    Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.

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

    Mt. Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.

    Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.

    Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.

    Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.

    Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

    IB INFORMATION NIGHT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

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

    **Hosted by Hosford PTSA and Cleveland IB**

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

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

     

    MEALS ON WHEELS:

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

    There are two ways to participate:

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

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

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

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

    Sellwood's Thelma's Posse Stride for Seniors Team

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

    COVID TESTING ONSITE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

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

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

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

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

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

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

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

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

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 4.23.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 23, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    PTA NEWS:

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

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

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

    Sellwood Dines Out is Back!

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

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

     

    HYBRID REMINDERS AND RESOURCES:

    Sellwood Hybrid Presentation

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

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

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

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

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

    Here are some updates about transportation.

    Finally, here are some general updates from the district.

     

    GRAB-AND-GO MEALS

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

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

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    Registration for the Sellwood 5K has officially started!

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

     

    IB INFORMATION NIGHT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

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

    **Hosted by Hosford PTSA and Cleveland IB**

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

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

    MEALS ON WHEELS:

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

    There are two ways to participate:

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

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

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

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

    Sellwood's Thelma's Posse Stride for Seniors Team

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

    COVID TESTING ONSITE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

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

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

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

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

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

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

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

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

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

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

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

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 4-16-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 16, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

    Here are some important things to remember. 

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

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

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

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

    Here are some updates about transportation.

    Finally, here are some general updates from the district.

    I hope you enjoy the lovely weather this weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    PTA NEWS:

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

    Sellwood Dines Out is Back!

    Thank you to those that supported Por Que No!

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

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

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    Registration for the Sellwood 5K has officially started!

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

    MEALS ON WHEELS:

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

    There are two ways to participate:

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

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

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

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

    Sellwood's Thelma's Posse Stride for Seniors Team

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

    REQUIRED VACCINATIONS:

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

    From our Health Assistant, Catherina Davison

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

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

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

    COVID TESTING ONSITE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

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

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

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

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

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

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

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

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stressed? We can help!

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

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

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

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

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

     
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  • Principal's Newsletter 4/9/2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 9, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    PTA NEWS:

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

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

    Meeting ID: 824 1817 1011

    Sellwood Dines Out is Back!

    Thank you to those that supported Por Que No!

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

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

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

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

    Registration for the Sellwood 5K has officially started!

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

    A FEW HYBRID FAQs

    What will the normal bell schedule be? 

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

    Will there be a special schedule the first week?

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

    What exterior door should students use?

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

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

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

    REQUIRED VACCINATIONS:

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

    From our Health Assistant, Catherina Davison

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

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

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

    COVID TESTING ONSITE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

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

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

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

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

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

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

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

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    MAIN OFFICE:  WE’RE BACK!

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

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

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

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is still closed to visitors, volunteers or any public.  Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

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

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter April 2, 2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 2, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

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

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

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

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

    PTA NEWS:

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

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

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

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

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

    RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

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

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

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

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

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

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

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

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

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 3.19.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 19, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

    I wish you all a safe and peaceful spring break.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

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

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

    PTA NEWS:

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

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

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

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

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

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

    FROM NUTRITION SERVICES

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP:

    March: The Maze Runner on YouTube

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

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

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

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

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

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

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

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

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  • Principal's Newsletter 3-12-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 12, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

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

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    CHOOSE YOUR CLASSES for 2021/2022 - Forecasting

    Dear 6th & 7th-graders and families,

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

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

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

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

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

    Elective Course Guide

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

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

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

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

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

    Have fun choosing your classes!

    Principal Carbone

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

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

    PTA NEWS:

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

    Sellwood Dines Out is Back!

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

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

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

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS – SELLWOOD VIRTUAL 5K!

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP:

    March: The Maze Runner on YouTube

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

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

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

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

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

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

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

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 3-5-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 5, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

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

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

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

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

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

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

    PICTURE DAY - From Dorian Studios

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    YEARBOOK NEWS:

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

    PTA NEWS: 

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

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

    Meeting ID: 819 2496 1643

    One tap mobile
    +13462487799,,81924961643# US (Houston)
    +16699006833,,81924961643# US (San Jose)

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

    There will be more Dining out opportunities coming soon!

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

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

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

    RACIAL AFFINITY GROUPS:

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

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

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

    MATH GUIDING COALITION:

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS

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

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

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP:

    March: The Maze Runner on YouTube

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

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

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

    ART GROUP:

    Are you feeling stress? We can help!

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

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

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

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

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 02-26-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 26, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

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

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

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

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Tell us about your experience at PPS

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

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

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

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

    PICTURE DAY

    From Dorian Studios

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

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

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

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

    MAP TESTING COMPLETION

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

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

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

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

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

    Mr. L

    Assistant Principal

     

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOOD’S NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

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

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

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

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    PTA NEWS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    MATH GUIDING COALITION:

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS

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

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

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

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

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

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

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

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

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

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 02-19-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 19, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It’s been another rough week, with the beautiful snow turning into an ice storm, leaving thousands of families in Portland without power.  We lost power for about six hours and Internet for two days, and I cannot imagine what it has been like for those of you who have experienced a week without electricity.  I am so sorry! On top of the inconvenience and discomfort, more missed school.  I just read that PGE is saying most homes will have power restored on Friday.  I certainly hope so. 

    Last week I let you know that we have scheduled picture day for March 12th, unfortunately, we have hit a snag in our safety plan approval.  We are still planning to move ahead with March 12th but I will not be sending the final details and sign up link until I get the definite go ahead.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

     

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    March 12: 1PM to 6:30 PM – Picture Day!

    March 22 - 26: Spring Break

    April 8: End of Quarter 3

    April 9: No School

    May 31: Memorial Day – No School

    June 11: Last Day of School

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Tell us about your experience at PPS

     

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


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

     

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

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

     

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOOD’S NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

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

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

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

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    PTA NEWS: 

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

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

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

    PEAK NEEDS YOU! The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

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

     

    MATH GUIDING COALITION:

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

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

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

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

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

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

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

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP- February: Jumanji - on Peacock

    Please email your school counselor for a free viewing option on YouTube.  This group is open to ALL students regardless of streaming platform access.

    When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades - and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Rated PG

    Movie group discussion on Feb. 26th @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door".

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

     

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

     

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

     

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

     

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

    Math: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.

    Art:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.

    Principal's Discretionary:  Used to support students.

    Marimba:  Great program.  Help us with instrument tuning, repair, music and more.

    Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 

    Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

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  • Principal's Newsletter 02-12-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 12, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I hope you are enjoying the beautiful snow today.  A trip to the dog park is in my immediate future, but for now I am staying inside!

    Many of you have asked about student photos and the yearbook, and I am happy to announce that we are scheduling picture day for March 12th from 1PM to 6:30PM.  We will be working with Dorian Studios and they will soon be sending a link to sign up with SignUpGenius.    I will send the complete details next week, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up so you can get it on your calendars.

    A few days ago, PPS Communications sent a letter with an update about plans for in-person learning (hybrid) for K-5 students.  Here is a link to that message.  The letter says the following about middle and high schools, Due to space constraints and more complex class schedule considerations, we are not yet ready to share updated plans for hybrid learning for middle and high school students.” So, unfortunately, I do not have any information to update you.

    Monday is President’s Day, so enjoy the three-day weekend.  The week’s schedule is posted below.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • February 16 - March 5: Virtual Outdoor School for 6th-graders
    • March 12: 1PM to 6:30 PM – Picture Day!
    • March 22 - 26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK

    Next week is a four-day week as we celebrate President’s Day on Monday, February 15th. Just like all of our four-day weeks during distance learning, middle schools drop the skinny day (Friday, which has all 6 periods).  Therefore, we simply shift the lessons one day, starting on Tuesday.  So Tuesday will have the classes that would normally meet on Monday, Wednesday will have the classes that would normally meet on Tuesday, and so on.

    Monday – No School

    Tuesday – Periods I, 2, 3

    Wednesday – Periods 4, 5, 6

    Thursday – Periods 1, 2, 3

    Friday, – Periods 4, 5, 6

    6TH-GRADE VIRTUAL OUTDOOR SCHOOL, February 16th through March 5th

    All Sellwood 6th-graders will be participating in the Outdoor School, Anywhere! curriculum in their science classes the week of February 16th through March 5th. The lessons will be conducted by members of MESD who have planned a series of hands-on science lessons can be conducted at home. See attached letter for more detailed information.

    Each student will receive an Outdoor School Science Kit that will be utilized during their instruction. It is important that each student have a kit. Most families picked up the kit, but some still need to pick it up due to the snow closure.  We will hold a special pick-up Tuesday evening.

    Tuesday, February 16th from 5:00-6:30 PM

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Tell us about your experience at PPS

    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But, we want to hear your thoughts.
    We are excited to announce the 2021 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. The survey launches today and will be available for the next four weeks.

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

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

    FROM SELLWOOD’S ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOODS NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

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

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

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

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    PTA NEWS: 

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

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

    PEAK NEEDS YOU! The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

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

    APPLY for the 2021 APPRENTICESHIPS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING PROGRAM

    8th Graders, check out this summer program for grades 9-12 students through Saturday Academy

    MEAL SERVICES:

    Since Monday, February 15 is a holiday and the district is closed, there will be no meal services.  Additional meals will be included in surrounding service days to make sure families still receive 7 days worth of meals.

    OES DREAMING JUSTICE FREE EVENT:

    Students, parents, and staff are invited to Oregon Episcopal School’s next Dreaming Justice event! On February 18, 4:30-5:30 PT, Renée Watson will be joining us for an author visit. Watson will read from her work and talk about growing up in Portland and how that influenced her writing. She will also answer questions from the audience. Please RSVP here. This event is free and open to the public so spread the word! 

    MATH GUIDING COALITION:

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS

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

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

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

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

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

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP- February: Jumanji - on Peacock

    Please email your school counselor for a free viewing option on YouTube.  This group is open to ALL students regardless of streaming platform access.

    When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades - and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Rated PG

    Movie group discussion on Feb. 26th @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door".

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

     

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

     

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

     

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

     

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

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

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

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

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

     
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  • Principal's Newsletter 02-05-21

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 5, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It is hard to believe that we have completed the first week of 2nd semester.  We are still waiting to hear more concrete news as to whether and/or when we will begin hybrid learning.  In case you missed the letter sent by PPS Communications last week, here is a link to the web page with the letter.  That is the latest information that principals have received.  As always, I will update you as soon as I have information and have permission to share with families.

    We have lots coming up in February.  MAP testing on the 10th and 11th, Virtual Outdoor School for 6th-graders starting on the 16th, and the annual Successful School Survey which opens February 8th.  Please see the sections below for more details.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • February 10: Math MAP Test – 9:30 – 11:30
    • February 11: ELA MAP Test – 9:30 – 11:30
    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • February 16 - March 5: Virtual Outdoor School for 6th-graders
    • March 22 - 26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    MAP TESTING

    Next week, February 10th and 11th we will be remotely administering the NWEA MAP assessment in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) from 9:30-11:30 in your child’s 3rd period class. You received a district email on January 15th regarding the administration of the MAP assessment administration purpose which can be found here. The assessment takes on average 45 minutes to 1 hour, but can take a little longer. MAP assessment is the scheduled school time for these days, so when students have completed the assessment they are done for the synchronous part of the day. Teachers may still assign asynchronous work.  

    To assure successful testing, there will be some things to do at home. It will be important for your child to have access to technology and internet access. A handout and video linked here has been prepared to provide an overview of technology supports, tips and responsibilities for testing day, and additional resources for practice.   

    To Recap:

    Days and Times

    February 10th- MAP Math from 9:30-11:30 (students are done when they finish their test)

    February 11th- MAP ELA from 9:30-11:30 (students are done when they finish their test)

    Location

    Students go to their 3rd period class

    Device Check

    Type in URL: https://check.nwea.org/ on the device the student will use for testing (Chromebook, own device)

    If you have further questions, email Mr. Letofsky, AP, at kletofsky@pps.net.

    Thanks for your support!

    6TH-GRADE VIRTUAL OUTDOOR SCHOOL, February 16th through March 5th

    All Sellwood 6th-graders will be participating in the Outdoor School, Anywhere! curriculum in their science classes the week of February 16th through March 5th. The lessons will be conducted by members of MESD who have planned a series of hands-on science lessons can be conducted at home. See attached letter for more detailed information.

    Each student will receive an Outdoor School Science Kit that will be utilized during their instruction. It is important that each student have a kit. Most families picked up the kit on Thursday, and we will also be distributing the kits on the following days: 

    Tuesday, February 9th from 5:15-6:15 PM

    Thursday, February 11th from 1-3:00 PM

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    Tell us about your experience at PPS

    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But, we want to hear your thoughts.
    We are excited to announce the 2021 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. The survey launches today and will be available for the next four weeks.

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

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

    FROM SELLWOOD’S ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOODS NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

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

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

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

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    PTA NEWS: 

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

    We will have a panel from Cleveland High School to answer questions about the transition to high school!

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88514058764

    Meeting ID: 885 1405 8764

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

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

    PEAK NEEDS YOU! The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

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

    APPLY for the 2021 APPRENTICESHIPS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING PROGRAM

    8th Graders, check out this summer program for grades 9-12 students through the Saturday Academy

    FOUNDATION NEWS

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

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

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

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

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

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP- February: Jumanji - on Peacock

    Please email your school counselor for a free viewing option on YouTube.  This group is open to ALL students regardless of streaming platform access.

    When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades - and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Rated PG

    Movie group discussion on Feb. 26th @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door".

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

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

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

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

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  • Principal's Newsletter 1-29-21

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 29, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Monday is the first day of the second semester, and February will be a busy month!  We will kick it off with the Black Lives Matter Week of Action from February 1st to the 5th.  MAP Testing will be conducted on February 10th and 11th.  6th-graders will be engaging in virtual Outdoor School in their science classes between February 16th and March 5th.  Below, you can find out more details about each of these events.

    We will also continue to plan for LIPI, Limited In Person Instruction, as described in last week’s newsletter.  Remember that LIPI does not replace distance learning, it is simply additional support in the afternoon for a very small number of 6th-graders.

    In other news, on Tuesday, the PPS sent a letter to all families which brought up the possibility of hybrid instruction for middle schools before the end of the year.  Hybrid instruction is a combination of in-person and virtual instruction where students come into school for a few days per week, and attend school online on the other days.  Here is the district’s letter.  It is a long letter, but I especially recommend you read the section Planning Underway for a Hybrid Model of Instruction. Many of you have emailed me worried that your children would be required to return to school, and some have expressed enthusiasm and want to know when the start date would be.  Please keep in mind that hybrid instruction will be starting out with elementary schools.  Many things would have to be worked out before implementing a hybrid instructional model at middle schools.  The letter also re-assures us that if the district implements hybrid learning at middle schools before the end of the year, families who do NOT want to return to in-person/hybrid learning may stick with 100% distance learning.  You will be receiving an online registration form to gauge the interest of families to participate in either 100% distance learning or hybrid learning.  Stay tuned, as the situation is constantly evolving.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • February 1:  First Day of 2nd Semester
    • February 1 - 5:  Black Lives Matter Week of Action
    • February 10th & 11th: MAP Testing
    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • February 16 - March 5: Virtual Outdoor School for 6th-graders
    • March 22 - 26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    BLACK LIVES MATTER WEEK OF ACTION:

    As you know, in February we celebrate Black History Month.  During the first week of February, Sellwood, other PPS schools, and schools across Oregon will be engaging in the Black Lives Matter Week of Action. Both PPS and the Oregon Department of Education have passed resolutions in support of the BLM week of action.  You may follow the links to read the ODE resolution and PPS resolution.  This email includes important information about the daily bell schedule so that students know where to go in the morning, as well as a family calendar which will allow families to get involved.

    Bell Schedule Next Week 

    Students will start each day with their 3rd period teacher, just as they did for the SEL lessons during the soft start at the beginning of the year.

    To show our Panther commitment to BLM we will begin the day with core lessons. The lessons will be taught by 3rd period teachers Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 10:10. After the BLM lessons, their regular class periods will begin at 10:15.  The time frames have been shortened for each period to 30 minutes. On Friday, we have a special poster making project for students and families to work on. If need a good poster board, you may pick one up at the school on Thursday between 1PM and 3PM.

    Period

    Time

    BLM Lessons

    9:30-10:10- Lessons will be taught through 3rd period classes

    1, 4

    10:15-10:45

    2, 5

    11:00-11:30

    3, 6

    11:45-12:15

    Zero Period

    1-1:30 on Tuesday and Thursday

    Family Calendar & Family Flyer

    Please see the family calendar and flyer to learn about the activities that are occurring each day of the week. There are questions for reflection and discussion, resources for further exploration, and a question to consider toward action to bring justice, freedom, and liberation for Black people.   

    MAP TESTING,  February 10th and 11th

    As we continue through Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students in grades 3-8 will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test - this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. If you have concerns about your student participating in this test, please talk with your student’s teacher.

    Normally, the MAP assessment is conducted in the classroom setting but, because of distance learning, students will take this assessment at home. At Sellwood, MAP testing will take place on February 10th and February 11th. Younger children may need assistance from an adult in the home. Click here to review a parent guide about this assessment. Your student’s teacher will provide further information about when the test will be given. The district will provide your student’s scores to you following the assessment window.

    6TH-GRADE VIRTUAL OUTDOOR SCHOOL, February 16th through March 5th

    All Sellwood 6th-graders will be participating in the Outdoor School, Anywhere! curriculum in their science classes the week of February 16th through March 5th. The lessons will be conducted by members of MESD who have planned a series of hands-on science lessons can be conducted at home. See attached letter for more detailed information.

    Each student will receive an Outdoor School Science Kit that will be utilized during their instruction. It is important that each student have a kit. Please pick up a kit from Sellwood on one of the following days: 

    * Thursday, February 4th from 1-3

    * Thursday, February 11th from 1-3

    FROM SELLWOOD’S ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOOD'S NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

    The Student Health Condition Portal is where parents/guardians can locate the necessary health information forms to be completed and returned to their child's school or the MESD nurse assigned to their child's school. If you have not filled out these forms this year, you are welcome to access this link to fill out forms for your child who may have Diabetes, Severe Allergic Reaction (SAR), Seizures, Asthma or  medications brought to school.

    https://www.multnomahesd.org/shs-boy-919413.html

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our next PTA meeting will be February 10th, at 7pm on Zoom. We will have a panel from Cleveland High School to answer questions about the transition to high school!

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

    PEAK NEEDS YOU! The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS

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

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

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

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

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

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    MOVIE GROUP- February: Jumanji - on Peacock

    Please email your school counselor for a free viewing option on YouTube.  This group is open to ALL students regardless of streaming platform access.

    When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades - and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Rated PG

    Movie group discussion on Feb. 26th @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door".

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

     

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

     

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

     

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

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

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

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

    CHILD CARE OPENINGS AT WINTERHAVEN

    My name is Sierra Warren, I support Nancy Hauth as the Child Care Coordinator at Winterhaven. Our contracted child care programs are currently operating in 9 schools and many of them are under-enrolled. One of the programs, Art4Life would love to enroll more families at Winterhaven. Because child care is a much needed resource for our PPS families, it is crucial that we spread the word about availability. 

    Child care programs are a wonderful resource for families, and a great support for students during distance learning, especially for new Kinder families and students with lower attendance rates. 

    • Now that Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) has increased income limits to 250% of the poverty rate, many more families are financially supported with most or all child care costs. It is important to note that eligible families must be employed to receive benefits. Refer to this link to access more information.
    • And, please view the PPS Child Care website to find the child care flyer and the ‘Family and Navigator Resources’ tab. 
    • Lastly, here is the Release of Information. This document helps families who are in need of a representative to assist in the process.  

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  • Principal's Newsletter 01-22-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 22, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    The upcoming week will be the final week of first semester, with the last day on Thursday, January 28th.  There will be no school on Friday. 

    I hope you enjoyed the inauguration on Wednesday as much as I did.  It was a moving ceremony and a testament to our enduring democracy, and it was wonderful to see most of our previous Presidents in one place.  I was very relieved that it went smoothly.  Congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris! Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman reading her poem “The Hill We Climb” was a joy to listen to and watch.  I also have to be honest and admit that I was thrilled by the many jewel colored coats, the mittens, the fashion, and the great performances by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks.  For me, the inauguration punctuated a dark and difficult time with bright light and genuine happiness.

    I wanted to briefly touch on Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI).  I have mentioned LIPI previously, and you may have also read about it in the news.  Some of the articles published recently have unfortunately given the impression that schools are about to re-open.  While we are planning to implement Limited In-Person Instruction at Sellwood, starting in March, I must clarify and emphasize the word limited: extremely limited, especially at the start.  Middle schools will be implementing LIPI with a small cohort of 6th-graders, about 10 students total to begin with.  LIPI will not replace distance learning.  Students participating in LIPI will continue to engage in distance learning in the morning and come to school once or maybe twice in the afternoon for two hours of additional support.  As you know, COVID-19 continues to rage and some new, more aggressive strains have developed, so we are being very cautious.  Over time, as more teachers are vaccinated and we show that we can implement LIPI safely, we can gradually increase the number of cohorts.  We are still in the planning phase, so I cannot share more detailed information, but since it has been reported in the news, I felt it necessary to clarify.  After we have submitted our LIPI plan and it has been approved, I will provide more details.

    As promised, I have included a link below to our Black Lives Matter Week of Action Family Calendar.  You can also read about the Black Lives Matter Week of Action resolution adopted by the PPS School Board, as well as the Oregon Department of Education Resolution.  Please let me know if you have questions about Black History Month and the week of action.

    Directly underneath the BLM calendar, you will find a flyer and an invitation to a virtual PPS parent workshop – Racism in Oregon History.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • January 28: End of Semester 1
    • January 29: No School for Students
    • February 1:  First Day of 2nd Semester
    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • March 22-26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    BLACK LIVES MATTER WEEK OF ACTION:

    At Sellwood Middle School we value Black Lives. We stand in solidarity with our Black students and families locally and nationally. In solidarity we have organized a week-long series of events as part of the national Black Lives Matter in Schools week of action taking place from February 1-5, 2021. The aim for the week is to develop a collective knowledge about the history and importance of the BLM movement through shared learning and discussion, knowledge acquisition and dialogue. The move toward racial justice, particularly for Black people, is critical given the historical legacy of racism. The focus of the week will be to celebrate the brilliance and joy of Black people. Each day we will be focus on key ideas that relate to the Black Lives Matter movement. We want to ensure that families are able to engage in conversation at home about the topics we will begin in school. The calendar below provides you with information about the topic focus, questions for discussion, resources to read, and a question to consider what actionable steps your family can take to move toward racial transformation.  

    Please follow the link to the Black Lives Matter Week of Action Family Calendar.

    PPS PARENT WORKSHOP - RACISM IN OREGON HISTORY

    The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with the Oregon Historical Society on Jan. 27, 2021 designed to help parents understand how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history and are crucial to our ability to build a better future. For more information including a flyer and the registration, click here.

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our next PTA meeting will be February 10th, at 7pm on Zoom. We will have a panel from Cleveland High School to answer questions about the transition to high school!

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

    PEAK NEEDS YOU! The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS

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

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

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    YEARBOOK NEWS AND PANTHER PAUSE

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

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

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

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

    • 971-201-6931 – work cell for Melissa Whiteside, Sellwood School Secretary – attendance, email passwords, registration, enrollment, and ParentVue
    • 971-201-5880 – work cell for Claire Howard, Sellwood Principal’s Secretary – regarding issues for the principal or SchoolPay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

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

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOODS NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

    The Sun is shining and it is so amazing!   Enjoy and get some exercise outside!

    Health Insurance

    Families that have had a loss of income or have lost insurance coverage could be eligible for the Oregon Health Plan.

    Go to www.oregonhealthcare.gov to apply. Certified assisters can help you apply; find one through the website or by calling 800-699-9075.

     

    Immunization Records

    Thank you again for updating your child's immunizations and getting those records to us!  You can email or mail them into us to get them updated. lteixeir@mesd.k12.or.us

    You also might be interested in checking this Blog out regarding immunizations:       https://shotofprevention.com/

    Shot of Prevention is a community blog where individuals, parents, medical professionals and others gather to discuss current events and issues regarding immunizations.

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

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

    CHILD CARE OPENINGS AT WINTERHAVEN

    My name is Sierra Warren, I support Nancy Hauth as the Child Care Coordinator at Winterhaven. Our contracted child care programs are currently operating in 9 schools and many of them are under-enrolled. One of the programs, Art4Life would love to enroll more families at Winterhaven. Because child care is a much needed resource for our PPS families, it is crucial that we spread the word about availability. 

    Child care programs are a wonderful resource for families, and a great support for students during distance learning, especially for new Kinder families and students with lower attendance rates. 

    • Now that Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) has increased income limits to 250% of the poverty rate, many more families are financially supported with most or all child care costs. It is important to note that eligible families must be employed to receive benefits. Refer to this link to access more information.
    • And, please view the PPS Child Care website to find the child care flyer and the ‘Family and Navigator Resources’ tab. 
    • Lastly, here is the Release of Information. This document helps families who are in need of a representative to assist in the process.  

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

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  • Principal's Newsletter 01-15-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 15, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

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

    Although Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, as a nation we clearly have a long way to go in our efforts to secure racial justice for all.  Last week’s hateful images of the Confederate Flag being waved inside our nation’s Capitol, a sweatshirt emblazoned with “Camp Auschwitz”, a noose fashioned out of camera cords stolen from the press, and many other hate symbols and speech put White supremacy on display for the world to see. The comparatively mild response to the mostly White, violent insurrectionists breeching the Capitol by force contrasted dramatically with the much harsher response toward BLM we have seen in Portland and in Washington, DC.  The attack on the Capitol was not only an egregious attack on our Democracy, but a stark reminder of the urgency and importance of working to dismantle White supremacy, while moving forward with anti-racist education.  The work is challenging during a global pandemic and through distance learning, but at Sellwood MS we are trying.

    Black History Month is celebrated in February.  As part of Black History Month, Sellwood will be embarking on a Black Lives Matter Week of Action during the first week of February.  The plan is being created by a team of staff and students, and next week we will be sharing the calendar of events to let you know what we are doing and how your family can get involved.  Later in the newsletter you can read the planning team’s introductory statement for the Black Lives Matter Week of Action, which we envision kicking off a Racial Justice Year of Action. 

    Next Wednesday, we will witness the inauguration of our 46th President, Joe Biden, and Vice President, Kamala Harris.  Kamala Harris will make history as the first woman, first Black woman, and first South Asian woman, elected Vice President.   The inauguration itself will differ starkly from past inaugurations, as it is occurring in the midst of a global pandemic and in the wake of a violent mob insurrection on the very same steps of the Capitol building.  The Capitol mall and much of the area around the Capitol will be closed to the public and 20,000 National Guard troops will be providing security due to ongoing threats.  Historic, yes – but the inauguration has many of us on edge.  I wanted to share the “toolkit” PPS has assembled to support families and PPS staff as we navigate these unsettling times.  Civic Engagement & Unrest: Resilience and Empowerment for the Inauguration and Beyond.  I hope you find it helpful.

    I wish all of us peace in the upcoming week and beyond. Enjoy the weekend. 

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • January 18:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School
    • January 28: End of Semester 1
    • January 29: No School
    • February 1:  First Day of 2nd Semester
    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • March 22-26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK

    Next week is a four-day week as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18th. Just like all of our four-day weeks during distance learning, middle schools drop the skinny day (Friday, which has all 6 periods).  Therefore, we simply shift the lessons one day, starting on Tuesday.  So Tuesday will have the classes that would normally meet on Monday, Wednesday will have the classes that would normally meet on Tuesday, and so on.

    • Monday, January 18 – No School – Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • Tuesday, January 19 – Periods I, 2, 3
    • Wednesday, January 20 – Periods 4, 5, 6
    • Thursday, January 21 – Periods 1, 2, 3
    • Friday, January 22 – Periods 4, 5, 6

    BLACK LIVES MATTER WEEK OF ACTION:

    Dear Families,

    As we reflect on our community’s role in trying to build a space that elevates our students and families of color, and helps our students become anti-racist leaders, we will be intentionally exploring the Black Lives Matter movement over the course of our coming BLM week of action: February 1st - 5th. 

    We as a school take on this challenge because every one of our students deserves to be seen and supported; and we believe that our actions and our words matter. 

    Black Lives matter is our future and we need to embrace it from the past year we have had. 

    • Althea Baumgardner, 6th grade Sellwood Student 

    BLM is Our Students,

    BLM is Our Families,

    BLM is Our Future,

    BLM is Our Faculty,

    BLM is Our Community.

    • Dan Adkisson, 7th Grade Sellwood Teacher

     

    COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUB CLOTHING DRIVE:

    Last week, Sellwood’s Community Service Club held a clothing drive benefitting the Transition Project.  I would like to thank our energetic 6th-graders and their club sponsor, Linda White, for organizing the event.  Also, I wanted to thank all of you who generously donated items!  The clothing drive was a wonderful success, as you can see from the photo below.  We look forward to the Community Service Clubs next project!

    PTA NEWS: 

    PEAK NEEDS YOU!

    The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS

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

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

    Have a great weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

    PANTHER PAUSE:

    Panther Pause is a student created website from the Publications elective class.  It is up and running (but still in development), so check it out here!

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    The Publications staff is hard at work creating not only a student-content website at https://sites.google.com/pps.net/panther-pause/home, but also a paper yearbook for distribution in June. We know we will all want to have a physical memory of this extraordinary school year. Yearbooks are not for sale YET, but you can still help. Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR use our code: 94743. 

    We may have specific photo requests later on, but for now it would be great if you snapped a higher-quality photo of the Sellwood student(s) at your house. Please share! Phone photos are great. 

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    New Group: Create More, Fear Less

    Are you stressed?  We can help! 

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

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

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

    Hope to see you next week!

    Movie Group:

    January: Shrek on Hulu

    When Shrek, a green ogre, discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad. He sets out on a quest to rescue a princess and get his swamp back, but is this fairytale really what it seems? Rated PG

    This group is open to all students regardless of access to streaming platforms!

    Please email your school counselor for alternative ways to access this movie.

    Movie group discussion on January 22nd @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door

    If you have questions or need help accessing the movie please email Ms. Katie at kfrancis@pps.net

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time: crutherford@pps.net 

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

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

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    FROM CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL TO 8TH-GRADERS

    Hello 8th Grade Students and Families, 

    Happy New Year!  We hope that you are well and want to welcome you back to school.  We are already planning for next year and this process starts with helping 8th grade students pick their courses for high school.  

    We have put together these resources to help you forecast and will offer online help sessions for you if questions come up.  Because your current teachers and middle school counselors know you best, they will be a great resource for questions. 

    Please start by going to the Welcome to Cleveland High School slideshow. All resources, links, tutorials and help session dates can be found on this slideshow.  Please bookmark it in your browser or make a copy in your Google Drive so you can find it again easily; it should provide all the information you need.

    In this slideshow you will find:

    1. Three videos that will orient you to Cleveland High School and the student experience.
    2. A video recording from CHS Counselors that takes you through the slide show.
    3. A link to the Google Forecasting Form where you will make your course selections.
    4. A link to the 2021-22 CHS Course Guide
    5. Dates and links for online Middle School Help Sessions
    6. A link to Padlet for Questions and Answers.  Please ask questions on the Padlet and we will try to answer them as soon as we can.  We will also use the questions on the Padlet to inform our Help Sessions.

    The most important thing in this process is to complete the Google Forecasting Form.  This is the way that CHS will know your class selections for 9th grade.  

    Please complete the Google Forecasting Form by January 22nd.

    We look forward to welcoming you to the Cleveland community and hope that we’ve made this process as easy as possible.  

    Sincerely, 

    Your Cleveland High School Counselors

     

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOODS NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

    Hello from Nurse LeAnn!

    Welcome to 2021!   Thank you to all who have gotten their students' immunizations up-to-date and have gotten the updated records to us!!   Multnomah County Student Health Centers are a good resource to use to get these done before exclusion day February 17th!

    Multnomah County Student Health Centers

    Student Health Centers are like having a doctor’s office in schools. Their services include:  sports physicals • regular exam • immunizations • illness or injury • flu shots • COVID-19 testing • reproductive health • prescriptions • lab tests • dental hygiene • mental health counseling. They provide high-quality, easily accessible primary care and mental health services to ALL students in Multnomah County. K-12 youth with or without insurance.

    There is never an out-of-pocket cost. There are four of the Student Health Centers currently open while students are engaged in distance learning. The open centers are at Reynolds, David Douglas, Parkrose and Roosevelt high schools. Visit the website at https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers.

    Thank you!

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

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

    CHILD CARE OPENINGS AT WINTERHAVEN

    My name is Sierra Warren, I support Nancy Hauth as the Child Care Coordinator at Winterhaven. Our contracted child care programs are currently operating in 9 schools and many of them are under-enrolled. One of the programs, Art4Life would love to enroll more families at Winterhaven. Because child care is a much needed resource for our PPS families, it is crucial that we spread the word about availability. 

    Child care programs are a wonderful resource for families, and a great support for students during distance learning, especially for new Kinder families and students with lower attendance rates. 

    • Now that Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) has increased income limits to 250% of the poverty rate, many more families are financially supported with most or all child care costs. It is important to note that eligible families must be employed to receive benefits. Refer to this link to access more information.
    • And, please view the PPS Child Care website to find the child care flyer and the ‘Family and Navigator Resources’ tab. 
    • Lastly, here is the Release of Information. This document helps families who are in need of a representative to assist in the process.  

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 1.08.2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – January 8, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I wish you a Happy New Year!  Welcome back from winter break.  I hope that your family had an opportunity to rest and recharge, hopefully engaging in some activities you enjoy.

    I am sending this newsletter a day early, as I wanted to reach out about the events that occurred yesterday in our nation’s Capitol building.  We witnessed a stunning and upsetting insurrection when, following a Trump rally, a mob violently forced their way into and overran the Capitol. I was saddened to hear about the four people who lost their lives and the 14 police officers who were injured, two of them seriously.  Violence is never the solution and I denounce it, whether at the Capitol yesterday or here in Portland.  Ultimately, this insurrection and assault on our democracy ultimately failed. 

    I also want you to know that with each traumatic experience we endure (and there have been too many in recent times) I always think about Sellwood students, their families, Sellwood teachers and staff, and the Sellwood community.  I think about about how the Capitol insurrection, on top of the pandemic and other recent events, continues to challenge and stress our community.

    Finally, I worry about the impact on our young people, who are also trying to make sense of yesterday’s events.  Sellwood counselors are available to meet with students to talk individually or as a group, as needed.   Since students are distance-learning at home with family, I wanted to share a few resources that provide familial guidance when talking to children.  I especially like the article from Motherly, which uses the acronym PEARLS (prepare, explain, answer, reassure, listen and safeguard) to frame discussions, and can be used to respond to variety of challenging situations.  You may find them useful.

    Article: How to Process A Scary Day for the Nation with your kids, from LAist

    Article: How to Talk to Your Kids about the Breach at the U.S. Capitol, from Motherly

    I remain hopeful and positive about our future. Our resiliency is astounding, and I truly believe we will get through this together and be stronger for it.

    Wishing peace to us all,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • January 13: PTA Meeting at 7PM on Zoom
    • January 18:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School
    • January 28: End of Semester 1
    • January 29: No School
    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • March 22-26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    CLOTHING DRIVE

    Sellwood student members of the Sellwood Community Service Club (SCS) will be spearheading a clothing drive at Sellwood form 2-4PM on January 11th, 13th, 14th, & 15th.  Please check out their flyer at this link.

    SELLWOOD CLUBS

    We have several clubs starting up at Sellwood.  Some of them are for 6th-graders, and some are for all grades.  Most are accessed through their own doors on the Sellwood Door Page – toward the bottom. 

    • Mondays, 12:20 Writing Circle – 6th-grade.  Share your writing! Collaborate on writing pieces!
    • Mondays, 1:00 Chess Club – All-grades. Pair up and play chess!
    • Mondays, 3:30 Math Club – All grades. Solve tricky problems! Prepare for state math competitions!
    • Tuesdays, 2:30 Service Club – 6th-Grade. Work to organize and run events to benefit our community.
    • Thursdays, 12:20 Music Club – 6th-grade. Play music, share music, and create music together.
    • Thursdays, 3:00 Anime Club – 6th-grade. Talk about favorite animes and cosplay. Have a good time!
    • Thursday, 4:00 Environmental Club – All grades.  Monthly - Enter through Ms. Hall-Ramirez’s door.

    Join us for the Sellwood environmental group's first-ever meeting, on January 7th at 4PM!  Meet at Ms. Hall-Ramirez's (Maestra's ) Google Meet door (code rhall).  The current plan is to have a student-lead group about once a month or so via Google Meet, but we'll definitely take into account everyone's personal preference.  It will be a time to spread awareness of environmental issues whilst sharing ideas for solutions and ways to live more sustainably.  

    Movie Group: Meets monthly.  This month, January 22nd @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's door

    Book Club, 6th-grade. Meeting day/time TBD.

    Coming soon: Gaming club – There is strong interest in this club and we will be setting it up soon.

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our next PTA meeting will be January, 13th at 7pm on Zoom. There is no December meeting.

    PEAK NEEDS YOU!

    The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone for returning filled blue-bags to bottle drop locations the past two weeks!!  We have seen more activity in the past two weeks than ever before.  More returned bags means more money available to us to spend on teachers, and that is something we can all be thankful for!  If you are in need of more empty blue-bags check out our website for pick-up locations.  www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/blue-bags.

    Have a wonderful week!  Your Foundation Board.

    PANTHER PAUSE:

    Panther Pause is a student created website from the Publications elective class.  It is up and running (but still in development), so check it out here!

    YEARBOOK NEWS

    The Publications staff is hard at work creating not only a student-content website at https://sites.google.com/pps.net/panther-pause/home, but also a paper yearbook for distribution in June. We know we will all want to have a physical memory of this extraordinary school year. Yearbooks are not for sale YET, but you can still help. Submit school-related photos of your kiddos at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ You can search and find our school OR use our code: 94743. 

    We may have specific photo requests later on, but for now it would be great if you snapped a higher-quality photo of the Sellwood student(s) at your house. Please share! Phone photos are great. 

     

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    Movie Group:

    January: Shrek on Hulu

    When Shrek, a green ogre, discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad. He sets out on a quest to rescue a princess and get his swamp back, but is this fairytale really what it seems? Rated PG

    This group is open to all students regardless of access to streaming platforms!

    Please email your school counselor for alternative ways to access this movie.

    Movie group discussion on January 22nd @ 3:15-4pm enter through Ms. Katie's "door

    If you have questions or need help accessing the movie please email Ms. Katie at kfrancis@pps.net

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

     

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    From Claire Howard, Principal’s Secretary and Bookkeeper

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

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

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

    Other accounts open for donations (any amount accepted):

    • Math: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.

    • Art:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.

    • Principal's Discretionary:  Used to support students.

    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help us with instrument tuning, repair, music and more.

    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 

    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Thank you.  Happy New Year!    

    FROM CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL TO 8TH-GRADERS

    Hello 8th Grade Students and Families, 

    Happy New Year!  We hope that you are well and want to welcome you back to school.  We are already planning for next year and this process starts with helping 8th grade students pick their courses for high school.  

    We have put together these resources to help you forecast and will offer online help sessions for you if questions come up.  Because your current teachers and middle school counselors know you best, they will be a great resource for questions. 

    Please start by going to the Welcome to Cleveland High School slideshow. All resources, links, tutorials and help session dates can be found on this slideshow.  Please bookmark it in your browser or make a copy in your Google Drive so you can find it again easily; it should provide all the information you need.

    In this slideshow you will find:

    1. Three videos that will orient you to Cleveland High School and the student experience.

    2. A video recording from CHS Counselors that takes you through the slide show.

    3. A link to the Google Forecasting Form where you will make your course selections.

    4. A link to the 2021-22 CHS Course Guide

    5. Dates and links for online Middle School Help Sessions

    6. A link to Padlet for Questions and Answers.  Please ask questions on the Padlet and we will try to answer them as soon as we can.  We will also use the questions on the Padlet to inform our Help Sessions

    7. The most important thing in this process is to complete the Google Forecasting Form.  This is the way that CHS will know your class selections for 9th grade.  

    Please complete the Google Forecasting Form by January 22nd.

    We look forward to welcoming you to the Cleveland community and hope that we’ve made this process as easy as possible.  

    Sincerely, 

    Your Cleveland High School Counselors

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOODS NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

    Welcome to 2021!   Thank you to all who have gotten their students' immunizations up-to-date and have gotten the updated records to us!!   Multnomah County Student Health Centers are a good resource to use to get these done before exclusion day February 17th!
    Multnomah County Student Health Centers

    Student Health Centers are like having a doctor’s office in schools. Their services include:  sports physicals • regular exam • immunizations • illness or injury • flu shots • COVID-19 testing • reproductive health • prescriptions • lab tests • dental hygiene • mental health counseling. They provide high-quality, easily accessible primary care and mental health services to ALL students in Multnomah County. K-12 youth with or without insurance.

    There is never an out-of-pocket cost. There are four of the Student Health Centers currently open while students are engaged in distance learning. The open centers are at Reynolds, David Douglas, Parkrose and Roosevelt high schools. Visit the website at https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers.

    Thank you!

    LeAnn Teixeira RN

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

    • When: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. 

    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you. 

    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    CHILD CARE OPENINGS AT WINTERHAVEN

    My name is Sierra Warren, I support Nancy Hauth as the Child Care Coordinator at Winterhaven. Our contracted child care programs are currently operating in 9 schools and many of them are under-enrolled. One of the programs, Art4Life would love to enroll more families at Winterhaven. Because child care is a much needed resource for our PPS families, it is crucial that we spread the word about availability. 

    Child care programs are a wonderful resource for families, and a great support for students during distance learning, especially for new Kinder families and students with lower attendance rates. 

    • Now that Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) has increased income limits to 250% of the poverty rate, many more families are financially supported with most or all child care costs. It is important to note that eligible families must be employed to receive benefits. Refer to this link to access more information.

    • And, please view the PPS Child Care website to find the child care flyer and the ‘Family and Navigator Resources’ tab. 

    • Lastly, here is the Release of Information. This document helps families who are in need of a representative to assist in the process.  

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  • Principal's Newsletter 12.18.20

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – December 18, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Today is the last day before our two-week winter break.  I wish you all a joyous and safe time with family.

    In just a few days the winter solstice will be here and the days will start getting longer.  Each year, I feel like solstice marks the turning of a corner, and I look forward to brighter days and more sunlight.  Yesterday, Governor Brown extended the pandemic state of emergency through March 3rd.  However, with the Pfizer vaccine starting to be distributed around the country, and the Moderna vaccine soon to be authorized, I feel like we are turning another corner with this terrible pandemic.  I will be digging deep to summon the patience I need while waiting for this global emergency to end.  It’s going to take some time, but this too shall pass.

    I know many of you are wondering about a timeline for the return to in-person school.  Yesterday, principals were told that there would be more concrete information available after the two-week break.  That being said, Multnomah County is still very far from meeting Oregon’s metrics for returning to hybrid or on-site instruction.  Here is a link to the latest version of Oregon’s requirements, published on December 4th.  ODE Metrics for re-opening schools. As you can see from the document, when on-site instruction does begin, it will start with grades K-3, adding grades up to grade 6.  Middle and high schools would only transition to on-site instruction after elementary schools demonstrate the ability to limit COVID-19 transmission in the school environment.  We will await official word from the district office, but reviewing the state requirements indicate that we will remain in distance learning for some time yet.  Hang in there; I know how hard this is on everyone: teachers, families, and students.  We will all continue to do the best we can.

    On a brighter note, I want to thank everyone who contributed to Sellwood’s annual Season of Giving fundraising campaign.  We set an ambitious goal of $5000, and we achieved our goal on Wednesday!  The Sellwood community has been very generous during this difficult year.  Due to the hardships brought on by the pandemic, this year has been especially difficult for many families. On Monday (due to a shipping delay), we will be delivering Season of Giving Gifts to 27 families, more families than in any previous year!  The generosity of the Sellwood community will make a big difference for them this holiday season.  A special thanks to our Sellwood counselors: Katie Francis, Susan Cook, and Cara Rutherford, for spearheading the fundraising campaign and making things happen.

    Again, I wish you a restful break.

    In gratitude,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • December 21-January 1: Winter Break
    • January 13: PTA Meeting at 7PM on Zoom
    • January 18:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School
    • January 28: End of Semester 1
    • January 29: No School
    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • March 22-26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    CHROMEBOOKS

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

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

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

    CLOTHING DRIVE

    Sellwood student members of the Sellwood Community Service Club (SCS) will be spearheading a clothing drive at Sellwood form 2-4PM on January 11th, 13th, 14th, & 15th.  Please check out their flyer at this link.

    CHILD CARE OPENINGS AT WINTERHAVEN

    My name is Sierra Warren, I support Nancy Hauth as the Child Care Coordinator at Winterhaven. Our contracted child care programs are currently operating in 9 schools and many of them are under-enrolled. One of the programs, Art4Life would love to enroll more families at Winterhaven. Because child care is a much needed resource for our PPS families, it is crucial that we spread the word about availability. 

    Child care programs are a wonderful resource for families, and a great support for students during distance learning, especially for new Kinder families and students with lower attendance rates. 

    • Now that Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) has increased income limits to 250% of the poverty rate, many more families are financially supported with most or all child care costs. It is important to note that eligible families must be employed to receive benefits. Refer to this link to access more information.
    • And, please view the PPS Child Care website to find the child care flyer and the ‘Family and Navigator Resources’ tab. 
    • Lastly, here is the Release of Information. This document helps families who are in need of a representative to assist in the process.  

     

    FROM PPS NUTRITION SERVICES:

    ·DECEMBER MEAL SERVICES

    • On Friday, December 18, we will be handing out food boxes with seven days’ worth of meals. Families who are signed up for meal delivery will also receive the food boxes. Most items in the food box will be safe to store at room temperature (see food storage guide).
    • This will happen during our regular food distribution window, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at the 35 schools sites we use for food service while we are in distance learning (see sites and map). We ask that you practice social distancing and wear a face mask.
    • Our meal service will pause while schools are closed during the winter break, from December 21 to January 1. Meal service will resume Monday, January 4.
    • If families need further assistance in obtaining meals while school is out, please visit www.pps.net/nutrition and click on the "Resources for Locating Food" and "Food Benefits for Families" tabs.

     

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOODS NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

    Immunization news from Nurse LeAnn!

    Please continue to send or bring in immunization records to your child’s school.  Though many schools and districts are still providing distance learning, Oregon school law still mandates immunization compliance by February 17, 2021.  Getting your child’s immunizations completed as soon as possible will help to ready them for in school instruction when we return to school buildings.  If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact Nurse LeAnn. We know that many routine appointments were delayed during COVID restrictions; so, that is why exclusion letters were sent earlier this year to give parents time to schedule appointments.

    "The American Academy of Pediatrics, and its 67,000 members, urges parents to make the decision to immunize... Vaccines are simply the best way to protect our children from these viruses and bacteria that can cause real and devastating harm."  AAP message on immunizations

    In addition, the flu vaccination is recommended, "to reduce the burden of respiratory illnesses and hospitalizations of children and youth and to prevent overwhelming the capacity of the US Healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. "CDC on Flu & children

    Check with your PCP if having symptoms of COVID-19 but here are some places you can get testing for COVID-19 in Multnomah County:

    Multnomah County COVID-19 testing

    Walgreens Testing

    Zoom Care Testing

    OSHU Testing info

    AFC Urgent Care

    Take good care, enjoy your family and keep washing your hands!  

     ~Nurse LeAnn

    FROM PPS ENROLLMENT & TRANSFER

    MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL TRANSFER DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 12/18, including Benson application and submission of dual assignment choices for all 8th grade students living in the Jefferson cluster. PPS Enrollment & Transfer will provide results in mid-January. Lottery and dual assignment applications are available at http://www.pps.net/schoolchoice ; you can also contact your school counselor. 

    FOR 8th GRADERS FROM CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

    We want to invite parents of 8th graders who are interested in attending Cleveland next year to be able to access our program information. https://www.pps.net/Domain/109. Here is a direct link to the Bridging the Gap Video. Cleveland counselors will be coming to schools starting in January to give specific forecasting information to students.

    FROM PPS NUTRITION SERVICES:

    DECEMBER MEAL SERVICES

    On Friday, December 18, we will be handing out food boxes with seven days’ worth of meals. Families who are signed up for meal delivery will also receive the food boxes. Most items in the food box will be safe to store at room temperature (see food storage guide).

    This will happen during our regular food distribution window, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at the 35 schools sites we use for food service while we are in distance learning (see sites and map). We ask that you practice social distancing and wear a face mask.

    Our meal service will pause while schools are closed during the winter break, from December 21 to January 1. Meal service will resume Monday, January 4.

    If families need further assistance in obtaining meals while school is out, please visit www.pps.net/nutrition and click on the "Resources for Locating Food" and "Food Benefits for Families" tabs.

    PCC TEEN COMMUNITY ED PROGRAM - WINTER 2021

    OREGON HEALTH PLAN FREE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FLYER

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our next PTA meeting will be January, 13th at 7pm on Zoom. There is no December meeting.

    PEAK NEEDS YOU!

    The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone for returning filled blue-bags to bottle drop locations the past two weeks!!  We have seen more activity in the past two weeks than ever before.  More returned bags means more money available to us to spend on teachers, and that is something we can all be thankful for!  If you are in need of more empty blue-bags check out our website for pick-up locations.  www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/blue-bags.

    Have a wonderful week!  Your Foundation Board.

    PANTHER PAUSE:

    Panther Pause is a student created website from the Publications elective class.  It is up and running (but still in development), so check it out here!

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    Movie Group:

    December: Back to the Future on Netflix

    Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown. Rated PG  

    If you have questions or need help accessing the movie please email Ms. Katie at kfrancis@pps.net

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the ParentVUE Mobile App. Parents completing the Yearly Verification process will get an error when they click on Begin Yearly Verification using the mobile app. This has been reported to the vendor with no ETA on a fix. Current workaround is to have parents complete Yearly Verification on a desktop or laptop computer or using the web link parentvue.pps.net on their phone browser instead of the app. Contact support@pps.net for further assistance.

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

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us. mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .While phone messages are being checked periodically, there will be a delayed response.

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    Re: Student Activity Fee: These fees are collected yearly to provide necessary support to all Sellwood students

    $20.00 Suggested Donation. 

    Go on-line to School Pay, Select: School Activity Fee

    How to get to School pay?  Go to Sellwood Middle School website, under "Quick Links" select School Pay.  Follow the directions.  

    School pay accepts credit/debit cards or electronic checks.  No cash at this time please.   

     

    In School Pay, you'll also notice that you can donate to additional school funds such as:

    • Math account: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art account:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary Account:  Used to support students.
    • Chrome Books - Technology:  We can also use more!
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help keep with tuning or repair of instruments and more!
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Browse the list... there's more ways to help!  

     

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  • Principal's Newsletter 12.11.2020

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – December 11, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Time is flying, and we are only one week from our two-week winter break.  I realize that during distance learning, it has been challenging to keep in touch with the school,  considering the building and main office are closed for the most part.  Email is fine and good, but sometimes you just want to talk to someone, darn-it!  I would like to announce that our two main-office secretaries, who are working remotely, now have work cell phones!  Instead of calling the phones in the building, please use the following:

    New phone numbers for the main office!

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

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

    I hope that is helpful for us to keep in contact J

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • December 13: Season of Giving Fundraiser ends (see below)
    • December 21-January 1: Winter Break
    • January 13: PTA Meeting at 7PM on Zoom
    • January 18:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School
    • January 28: End of Semester 1
    • January 29: No School
    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • March 22-26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    HEALTH NEWS FROM SELLWOODS NURSE, LEANNE TEIXEIRE

    Immunization news from Nurse LeAnn!

    Please continue to send or bring in immunization records to your child’s school.  Though many schools and districts are still providing distance learning, Oregon school law still mandates immunization compliance by February 17, 2021.  Getting your child’s immunizations completed as soon as possible will help to ready them for in school instruction when we return to school buildings.  If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact Nurse LeAnn. We know that many routine appointments were delayed during COVID restrictions; so, that is why exclusion letters were sent earlier this year to give parents time to schedule appointments.

    "The American Academy of Pediatrics, and its 67,000 members, urges parents to make the decision to immunize... Vaccines are simply the best way to protect our children from these viruses and bacteria that can cause real and devastating harm."  AAP message on immunizations

    In addition, the flu vaccination is recommended, "to reduce the burden of respiratory illnesses and hospitalizations of children and youth and to prevent overwhelming the capacity of the US Healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. "CDC on Flu & children

    Check with your PCP if having symptoms of COVID-19 but here are some places you can get testing for COVID-19 in Multnomah County:

    Multnomah County COVID-19 testing

    Walgreens Testing

    Zoom Care Testing

    OSHU Testing info

    AFC Urgent Care

    Take good care, enjoy your family and keep washing your hands!  

     ~Nurse LeAnn

    FROM PPS ENROLLMENT & TRANSFER

    MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL TRANSFER DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 12/18, including Benson application and submission of dual assignment choices for all 8th grade students living in the Jefferson cluster. PPS Enrollment & Transfer will provide results in mid-January. Lottery and dual assignment applications are available at http://www.pps.net/schoolchoice ; you can also contact your school counselor. 

    FOR 8th GRADERS FROM CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

    We want to invite parents of 8th graders who are interested in attending Cleveland next year to be able to access our program information. https://www.pps.net/Domain/109. Here is a direct link to the Bridging the Gap Video. Cleveland counselors will be coming to schools starting in January to give specific forecasting information to students.

    FROM PPS NUTRITION SERVICES:

    Each service day through December 16, we will be providing 3 days worth of meals for each child.  On Friday, December 18, we will provide each child with a food box that will contain enough food for 7 days.  We will not be serving or delivering meals on Monday, Dec 21 through Friday, January 1.  Meal services will resume Monday, January 4.  

    PCC TEEN COMMUNITY ED PROGRAM - WINTER 2021

    OREGON HEALTH PLAN FREE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FLYER

    ANNUAL SEASON OF GIVING FUNDRAISER

    Each year starting on Thanksgiving, Sellwood Middle School launches our Season of Giving Fundraiser, which benefits Sellwood MS families in need this holiday season.  This year, more families than ever are struggling to get by, and the holidays can be especially difficult.  If you are able to do so, please consider contributing.  We have set $5,000 as our goal.  Donate today via SchoolPay.

    6/7/8 grades are competing to raise money. If you have multiple students at Sellwood you are welcome to split your donation so each of their classes gets recognized.

    You will be asked to fill out your student’s name, name of person making donation, 3rd period teacher’s name, and grade level.

     

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our next PTA meeting will be January, 13th at 7pm on Zoom. There is no December meeting.

    PEAK NEEDS YOU!

    The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

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

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone for returning filled blue-bags to bottle drop locations the past two weeks!!  We have seen more activity in the past two weeks than ever before.  More returned bags means more money available to us to spend on teachers, and that is something we can all be thankful for!  If you are in need of more empty blue-bags check out our website for pick-up locations.  www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/blue-bags.

    Have a wonderful week!  Your Foundation Board.

    PANTHER PAUSE:

    Panther Pause is a student created website from the Publications elective class.  It is up and running (but still in development), so check it out here!

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    Movie Group:

    December: Back to the Future on Netflix

    Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown. Rated PG  

    If you have questions or need help accessing the movie please email Ms. Katie at kfrancis@pps.net

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

     

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

    We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the ParentVUE Mobile App. Parents completing the Yearly Verification process will get an error when they click on Begin Yearly Verification using the mobile app. This has been reported to the vendor with no ETA on a fix. Current workaround is to have parents complete Yearly Verification on a desktop or laptop computer or using the web link parentvue.pps.net on their phone browser instead of the app. Contact support@pps.net for further assistance.

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

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us. mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .While phone messages are being checked periodically, there will be a delayed response.

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    Re: Student Activity Fee: These fees are collected yearly to provide necessary support to all Sellwood students

    $20.00 Suggested Donation. 

     

    Go on-line to School Pay, Select: School Activity Fee

    How to get to School pay?  Go to Sellwood Middle School website, under "Quick Links" select School Pay.  Follow the directions.  

     

    School pay accepts credit/debit cards or electronic checks.  No cash at this time please.   

     

    In School Pay, you'll also notice that you can donate to additional school funds such as:

    • Math account: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art account:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary Account:  Used to support students.
    • Chrome Books - Technology:  We can also use more!
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help keep with tuning or repair of instruments and more!
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Browse the list... there's more ways to help!  

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

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  • Principal's Newsletter 12.4.2020

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – December 4, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I wanted to address a hot topic in distance learning across the nation – student web cameras.  I have heard from a number of parents requesting that the school require students to keep their cameras on in order to increase engagement, connection, and relationships with teachers and fellow students.  I have also heard teachers discuss the challenges of engaging and connecting to students when cameras are off and microphones are muted.  Sometimes teachers can’t even be sure that students are still in the room.  Many students tell their teachers that their cameras are off because they are broken.  Please let us know if that is the case, and we will help you get a Chromebook replacement from the district.   I agree that it is a challenge and that distance learning would be more effective and positive if students and teachers could all see and interact with one another.  However, while teachers encourage students to keep their cameras on, schools cannot require students to keep their cameras on.  There are a number of reasons.  One is due to equity concerns; students attend distance learning under a variety of circumstances and there may be valid reasons to keep their camera off. Using a virtual background slows our PPS Chromebooks to a crawl, so that is not a solution for everyone.  For that reason, schools have been told directly that we may not require students turn their cameras on.  Finally, requiring cameras be turned on would not be an enforceable mandate.

    That being said, we will continue to encourage students to turn their cameras on and employ strategies that necessitate student visibility, such as demonstrating with hands, or using a mini-whiteboard.  We hope that parents will also strongly encourage camera use.  I would also like to express my appreciation to those students who always keep their cameras on.  What a joy it is to see them, even virtually!

    I hope you enjoy some sunshine this weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • November 26: Season of Giving Fundraiser begins (see below)
    • December 21-January 1: Winter Break
    • January 13: PTA Meeting at 7PM on Zoom
    • January 18:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School
    • January 28: End of Semester 1
    • January 29: No School
    • February 15: President’s Day - No School
    • March 22-26: Spring Break
    • April 8: End of Quarter 3
    • April 9: No School
    • May 31: Memorial Day – No School
    • June 11: Last Day of School

    ANNUAL SEASON OF GIVING FUNDRAISER

    Each year starting on Thanksgiving, Sellwood Middle School launches our Season of Giving Fundraiser, which benefits Sellwood MS families in need this holiday season.  This year, more families than ever are struggling to get by, and the holidays can be especially difficult.  If you are able to do so, please consider contributing.  We have set $5,000 as our goal.  Donate today via SchoolPay.

    6/7/8 grades are competing to raise money. If you have multiple students at Sellwood you are welcome to split your donation so each of their classes gets recognized.

    You will be asked to fill out your student’s name, name of person making donation, 3rd period teacher’s name, and grade level.

     

    TAG NOMINATION UPDATE: 

    If parents are interested in nominating their student for TAG identification, please email our TAG facilitator, Caroline McCulloch at cmccullo@pps.net.

    Thank you!

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our next PTA meeting will be January, 13th at 7pm on Zoom. There is no December meeting.

    SELLWOOD GRAFLETICS T-SHIRT SALE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL SUNDAY DEC.6TH!!!!

    Grafletics Sellwood T-shirt Sale!

    Shop local for the holidays!  Grafletics is generously offering the sale of the "Sellwood" t-shirt as a fundraiser for Sellwood Middle School PTA with 100% of the proceeds coming to the PTA. Visit grafletics.com and choose ‘New Arrivals’. The T-shirtthe Sellwood bridge, saying SELLWOOD in navy blue with light blue lettering listed as “fundraiser”.   Orders due by 12/6/2020.

    This Saturday - Lewis Elementary PTA Holiday Tree Sale 

    Lewis Elementary PTA's annual Christmas tree sale is this Saturday, December 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We will have Grand Firs ($6 per ft) and Noble Firs ($7 per foot). Cards or checks only, NO CASH. We will also have a very limited number of wreaths, swags, and centerpieces for sale. Come early for best selection. While you're there you can grab some Munchy's Kettle Corn, too. This year, the sale will be located in the front parking lot of the school at 4401 SE Evergreen Street. Please remember to wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines while at the sale. Also, due to the pandemic, there will not be a holiday bazaar this year, only the outdoor tree sale. Thank you for supporting this Lewis holiday tradition!

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone for returning filled blue-bags to bottle drop locations the past two weeks!!  We have seen more activity in the past two weeks than ever before.  More returned bags means more money available to us to spend on teachers, and that is something we can all be thankful for!  If you are in need of more empty blue-bags check out our website for pick-up locations.  www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/blue-bags.

    Have a wonderful week!  Your Foundation Board.

    FROM SMILE AND SMBA

    Through this difficult year we have all experienced dramatic changes to how we manage school, work, and connecting with others. Like many families, our local shops and restaurants have had to make SIGNIFICANT changes to their businesses in order to keep up and serve the community. These are the small businesses that year after year step up to support our local youth leagues, schools, and the many neighborhood events that keep us connected. Now these same businesses, shops and restaurants need us to show up for them. 

    Before you spend your dollars elsewhere, please look locally. Many of them have options available for virtual services, curbside pick-up and delivery. Our local businesses rock - they've risen to the COVID challenge, now it's our turn! 

    The Sellwood-Moreland Business Alliance is launching a Shop Local campaign. We are asking residents to take the pledge and commit to shopping and dining locally. You can find a list of local shops, restaurants, wellness and community services here: https://sellwoodmoreland.com/shop-local.

    To remind neighbors of the importance of spending local, we are also encouraging residents to purchase and display a Shop Local yard sign. Signs can be purchased online here or at Oodles 4 Kids, Milieu, and the Bull and the Bee. 

    Let's show our local small businesses that we want to keep them in the neighborhood!

    Thank you!

    - SMILE, Your Neighborhood Association

    - SMBA, the Sellwood-Moreland Business Alliance

    PANTHER PAUSE:

    Panther Pause is a student created website from the Publications elective class.  It is up and running (but still in development), so check it out here!

     

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    Movie Group:

    December: Back to the Future on Netflix

    Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown. Rated PG  

    If you have questions or need help accessing the movie please email Ms. Katie at kfrancis@pps.net

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

    MAIN OFFICE:

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

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us. mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .While phone messages are being checked periodically, there will be a delayed response.

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    Re: Student Activity Fee: These fees are collected yearly to provide necessary support to all Sellwood students

    $20.00 Suggested Donation. 

    Go on-line to School Pay, Select: School Activity Fee

    How to get to School pay?  Go to Sellwood Middle School website, under "Quick Links" select School Pay.  Follow the directions.  

     

    School pay accepts credit/debit cards or electronic checks.  No cash at this time please.   

    In School Pay, you'll also notice that you can donate to additional school funds such as:

    • Math account: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art account:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary Account:  Used to support students.
    • Chrome Books - Technology:  We can also use more!
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help keep with tuning or repair of instruments and more!
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Browse the list... there's more ways to help!  

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     

    Comments (-1)
  • Principal's Newsletter 11-20-2020

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 20, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It is hard to believe we have already reached Parent-Teacher Conferences and Thanksgiving Break.  I don’t know about you, but I feel that time has been strangely warped since last March.  But here we are J

    I hope that conferences will provide a good opportunity for you to connect with your child’s teachers.  Most parents that plan to come have already signed up, but I want to make sure that everyone has the information on how to sign-up in case you still need to. 

    PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

    Dear Sellwood families and students,

    I would like to begin by sharing our message of support for Sellwood families and students.  During this challenging time as we cope with a surging pandemic, Sellwood teachers and administration acknowledge the important role of parents in distance learning along with all the added stressors placed on families.  In this time of national trauma, we are all in this together, doing the best we can.  We are very grateful for your efforts and partnership.

    Sellwood will be conducting virtual parent-teacher conferences on November 23rd and 24th, between 8:30 AM and 7:30 PM.

    The schedule for each day will be:

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

    Virtual time slots will be 10 minutes long, and they will be a great opportunity for you to connect with your child’s teacher.  Here are some tips to get the most out of Parent-Teacher Conferences.

    1. First and foremost, have your child attend the conference with you, if at all possible. 
    2. Check your computer equipment ahead of time, making sure your camera and microphone work.
    3. The conferences are only 10 minutes, scheduled back-to-back, so be sure to be on time for your appointment.
    4. Before conferences, review assignments, feedback, and grades in your child’s Canvas courses.  Here is a link to instructions for getting observer access to Canvas.  You can also just have your child log on and review the courses directly.
    5. Think about what you are hoping to get out of conferences.  Is your priority to find out how your child is doing in the class, to find out how you can support their learning, or to learn more about the requirements and learning activities planned?  Let the teacher know what you are hoping to get out of conferences. 

    Below I have shared the sign-up sheet with links, along with a video demo on how to sign up so that you can get started.

    Here is the Parent Teacher Conference signup sheet with links to teachers’ calendars.  SIGN-UP SHEET WITH LINKS

    Here is the video demonstration for signing up.  VIDEO DEMO

    Also, I have had inquiries about how to join the conferences at the appointed time.  You should have received an email with the link and joining information.  The email looks like this:

    Also, families who are co-parenting have inquired as to whether it is possible to attend conferences together.  The answer is definitely, yes.  You can invite other participants by sharing the link to the meeting, or by “adding a guest” to the invitation.

    I wish you a great weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • November 23 &24: Parent/Teacher conferences
    • November 25, 26, 27:  Thanksgiving Break
    • November 26: Season of Giving Fundraiser begins (see below)
    • December 9: PTAT Meeting – 7:00PM
    • December 21-January 1: Winter Break

    ANNUAL SEASON OF GIVING FUNDRAISER

    Each year starting on Thanksgiving, Sellwood Middle School launches our Season of Giving Fundraiser, which benefits Sellwood MS families in need this holiday season.  This year, more families than ever are struggling to get by, and the holidays can be especially difficult.  If you are able to do so, please consider contributing.  We have set $5,000 as our goal.  Donate today via SchoolPay.

    6/7/8 grades are competing to raise money. If you have multiple students at Sellwood you are welcome to split your donation so each of their classes gets recognized.

    You will be asked to fill out your student’s name, name of person making donation, 3rd period teacher’s name, and grade level.

     

    TAG NOMINATION UPDATE: 

    If parents are interested in nominating their student for TAG identification, please email our TAG facilitator, Caroline McCulloch at cmccullo@pps.net.

    Thank you!

     

    HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION FOR 8TH-GRADERS:

    FROM BENSON POLYTECHNIC HIGH SCHOOL

    Benson 20/21Slideshow

    Benson Video

    Benson 20/21 Info Sheet

    PPS 8th-grade info Website

    PPS Lottery/Enrollment and Transfer Website

    FROM CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

    Cleveland “Bridging the Gap” Info Sheet

    Cleveland “Bridging the Gap” Flyer

    FROM JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL

    Jefferson 8th-grade Information Night Flyer

     

    PTA NEWS: 

    Our PTA GOURMET POPCORN fundraiser through Popcornopolis is underway!

    The popcorn is 100% American grown, GLUTEN FREE and non-GMO with flavors like Zebra (white and dark chocolate), Carmel Corn, Kettle Corn, Jalapeno Cheddar and White Cheddar!  The beauty of this fundraiser is SMS will get 50% of the proceeds and the popcorn will be delivered straight to your home!  Win...Win!! 

    Go to https://fundraising.popcornopolis.com/pages/sellwood-middle-school-pta to order yours now!

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Greetings Sellwood Supporters!

    Our fall fundraising campaign for the SMS Foundation has come to an end, and to-date we have raised $17,309.  Thank you to every family who found themselves in a position to participate during this crazy year. We so appreciate every dollar donated! The Foundation will continue to keep you up-to-date as the school year progresses, and we have a clear picture of our financial needs and how this money will impact our children.  In the meantime keep filling and returning those blue-bags.  So far our community has returned 33 bags this month. Thank you!!

    For all Foundation information including blue-bag pick-up sites and donating, please visit our website. www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org.

    Have a wonderful weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

     

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    Movie Group: Do you love movies?  Let's get together and talk about some!

    Here's how it will work...

    • Every month the counseling team will select a movie to watch.
    • If you are interested in participating you will watch the selected movie on your own time.  You can coordinate with other students to have simultaneous watch parties if you want.  
    • At the end of the month we will come together as a group to talk about the movie, share our thoughts, and vote on a movie for the next month. 

    If this is something you want to do fill out this interest survey. This will also let us know what streaming platforms students have access to and help us narrow down our movie selections.  If you have questions feel free to email Ms. Katie at kfrancis@pps.net.  

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

     

    NOVEMBER MEAL SERVICES:

    Due to Veteran’s Day falling on a meal service day and the upcoming fall break for conferences and Thanksgiving, the Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals each day to help keep our students with access to food. Each service day through November 20, we will be providing 3 days worth of meals for each child. We will not be serving or delivering meals on Wednesday, Nov 11, Monday, Nov 23, and Wednesday, Nov 25. More updates about our services in December will be provided later. Thank you for sharing updates with your school community. Home meal delivery sign ups will remain open this week. Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions.

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the ParentVUE Mobile App. Parents completing the Yearly Verification process will get an error when they click on Begin Yearly Verification using the mobile app. This has been reported to the vendor with no ETA on a fix. Current workaround is to have parents complete Yearly Verification on a desktop or laptop computer or using the web link parentvue.pps.net on their phone browser instead of the app. Contact support@pps.net for further assistance.

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

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us. mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .While phone messages are being checked periodically, there will be a delayed response.

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    Re: Student Activity Fee: These fees are collected yearly to provide necessary support to all Sellwood students

    $20.00 Suggested Donation. 

     

    Go on-line to School Pay, Select: School Activity Fee

    How to get to School pay?  Go to Sellwood Middle School website, under "Quick Links" select School Pay.  Follow the directions.  

    School pay accepts credit/debit cards or electronic checks.  No cash at this time please.   

    In School Pay, you'll also notice that you can donate to additional school funds such as:

    • Math account: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art account:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary Account:  Used to support students.
    • Chrome Books - Technology:  We can also use more!
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help keep with tuning or repair of instruments and more!
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Browse the list... there's more ways to help!  

     

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

     
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  • Principal's Newsletter 11-13-2020

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 13, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I hope the first quarter is off to a good start.  Parent-Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching.  I included the signup information in last week’s parent newsletter, and sent an email to all parents and students, but I will also include it here.  If you happen to speak to someone who has not received the sign-up information and is not receiving these weekly newsletters, please have them write me at jcarbone@pps.net.

    PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

    Dear Sellwood families and students,

    I would like to begin by sharing our message of support for Sellwood families and students.  During this challenging time as we cope with a surging pandemic, Sellwood teachers and administration acknowledge the important role of parents in distance learning along with all the added stressors placed on families.  In this time of national trauma, we are all in this together, doing the best we can.  We are very grateful for your efforts and partnership.

    Sellwood will be conducting virtual parent-teacher conferences on November 23rd and 24th, between 8:30 AM and 7:30 PM.

    The schedule for each day will be:

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

    Virtual time slots will be 10 minutes long, and they will be a great opportunity for you to connect with your child’s teacher.  Here are some tips to get the most out of Parent-Teacher Conferences.

    1. First and foremost, have your child attend the conference with you, if at all possible. 
    2. Check your computer equipment ahead of time, making sure your camera and microphone work.
    3. The conferences are only 10 minutes, scheduled back-to-back, so be sure to be on time for your appointment.
    4. Before conferences, review assignments, feedback, and grades in your child’s Canvas courses.  Here is a link to instructions for getting observer access to Canvas.  You can also just have your child log on and review the courses directly.
    5. Think about what you are hoping to get out of conferences.  Is your priority to find out how your child is doing in the class, to find out how you can support their learning, or to learn more about the requirements and learning activities planned?  Let the teacher know what you are hoping to get out of conferences. 

    Below I have shared the sign-up sheet with links, along with a video demo on how to sign up so that you can get started.

    Here is the Parent Teacher Conference signup sheet with links to teachers’ calendars.  SIGN-UP SHEET WITH LINKS

    Here is the video demonstration for signing up.  VIDEO DEMO

    I wish you a great weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • November 17: 6:00 to 6:45 PM – Principal Carbone Office Hours (sign up here )
    • November 18: PTA Meeting, 7PM on Zoom (see below for link)
    • November 23 &24: Parent/Teacher conferences
    • November 25, 26, 27:  Thanksgiving Break
    • December 21-January 1: Winter Break

    PTA NEWS: 

    Join us Wednesday the 18th at our next PTA meeting. Find out what to expect during upcoming parent-teacher conferences.

    Wednesday, November 18th at 7pm on Zoom. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6088364064

    Meeting ID: 608 836 4064
    One tap mobile
    +12532158782,,6088364064# US (Tacoma)
    +13462487799,,6088364064# US (Houston)

    Find your local number: https://us04web.zoom.us/u/fbZLbgHeF5

     

    Our PTA GOURMET POPCORN fundraiser through Popcornopolis is underway!

    The popcorn is 100% American grown, GLUTEN FREE and non-GMO with flavors like Zebra (white and dark chocolate), Carmel Corn, Kettle Corn, Jalapeno Cheddar and White Cheddar!  The beauty of this fundraiser is SMS will get 50% of the proceeds and the popcorn will be delivered straight to your home!  Win...Win!! 

    Go to https://fundraising.popcornopolis.com/pages/sellwood-middle-school-pta to order yours now!

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Greetings Sellwood Supporters!

    Our fall fundraising campaign for the SMS Foundation has come to an end, and to-date we have raised $17,309.  Thank you to every family who found themselves in a position to participate during this crazy year. We so appreciate every dollar donated! The Foundation will continue to keep you up-to-date as the school year progresses, and we have a clear picture of our financial needs and how this money will impact our children.  In the meantime keep filling and returning those blue-bags.  So far our community has returned 33 bags this month. Thank you!!

    For all Foundation information including blue-bag pick-up sites and donating, please visit our website. www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org.

    Have a wonderful weekend!  Your Foundation Board.

     

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    Movie Group: Do you love movies?  Let's get together and talk about some!

    Here's how it will work...

    • Every month the counseling team will select a movie to watch.
    • If you are interested in participating you will watch the selected movie on your own time.  You can coordinate with other students to have simultaneous watch parties if you want.  
    • At the end of the month we will come together as a group to talk about the movie, share our thoughts, and vote on a movie for the next month. 

    If this is something you want to do fill out this interest survey. This will also let us know what streaming platforms students have access to and help us narrow down our movie selections.  If you have questions feel free to email Ms. Katie at kfrancis@pps.net.  

    FIRST MOVIE:

    • Movie for November is Enola Holmes on Netflix
    •  When Enola Holmes (Sherlock's teen sister) discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.  Rated PG-13.

    Click here to watch the trailer 

    • Join our first movie group discussion on November 20th @ 3:15-4pm.

    Appointments with your counselor:

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

    Watch this video if you need helping signing up!

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

    Ms. Susan-Calendar

    Ms. Katie-Calendar

    Ms. Cara- send an email to schedule a time

     

    NOVEMBER MEAL SERVICES:

    Due to Veteran’s Day falling on a meal service day and the upcoming fall break for conferences and Thanksgiving, the Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals each day to help keep our students with access to food. Each service day through November 20, we will be providing 3 days worth of meals for each child. We will not be serving or delivering meals on Wednesday, Nov 11, Monday, Nov 23, and Wednesday, Nov 25. More updates about our services in December will be provided later. Thank you for sharing updates with your school community. Home meal delivery sign ups will remain open this week. Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions.

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the ParentVUE Mobile App. Parents completing the Yearly Verification process will get an error when they click on Begin Yearly Verification using the mobile app. This has been reported to the vendor with no ETA on a fix. Current workaround is to have parents complete Yearly Verification on a desktop or laptop computer or using the web link parentvue.pps.net on their phone browser instead of the app. Contact support@pps.net for further assistance.

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

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us. mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .While phone messages are being checked periodically, there will be a delayed response.

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

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

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

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

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

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    Re: Student Activity Fee: These fees are collected yearly to provide necessary support to all Sellwood students

    $20.00 Suggested Donation. 

    Go on-line to School Pay, Select: School Activity Fee

    How to get to School pay?  Go to Sellwood Middle School website, under "Quick Links" select School Pay.  Follow the directions.  

    School pay accepts credit/debit cards or electronic checks.  No cash at this time please.   

    In School Pay, you'll also notice that you can donate to additional school funds such as:

    • Math account: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art account:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary Account:  Used to support students.
    • Chrome Books - Technology:  We can also use more!
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help keep with tuning or repair of instruments and more!
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Browse the list... there's more ways to help!  

     

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES



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  • Principal's Newsletter 11-6-2020

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 6, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I hope you are all well.  With the elections this week many of us are feeling a bit exhausted, and as I type this we still do not have a winner declared for the Presidential election.  I hope we have some closure soon.

    Thanks to all of you who completed our first quarter distance learning parent survey (by grade level).  If you haven’t taken it yet, we would love to get your feedback.  Students will be taking surveys designed for them soon.  Here are the links:

    6th-grade Parent Survey

    7th-grade Parent Survey

    8th-grade Parent Survey

    Monday will be the first day of the second quarter.  Students who finished one quarter classes such as health or PE will have a new class on Monday.  If students need a reminder on how to check their schedules, I am sharing the video instructions again.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vkNol9Jdr0jO-5Zmq31BiSYbVboGd0h_/view?usp=sharing.  

    I wish you a great weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

    • November 11: No school – Veterans Day
    • November 12: 10:00-11:30 – Principal Carbone Office Hours (sign up here )
    • November 17: 6:00 to 6:45 PM – Principal Carbone Office Hours (sign up here )
    • November 23 &24: Parent/Teacher conferences
    • November 25, 26, 27:  Thanksgiving Break
    • December 21-January 1: Winter Break

    SCHEDULE FOR FOUR-DAY WEEK (VETERAN’S DAY)

    When we have 4-day school weeks (like Veterans Day, Nov 11th), middle schools eliminate the “skinny” day (Friday’s schedule with all 6 periods)  So next week’s schedule will be:

    • Monday – Periods 1, 2, and 3
    • Tuesday – Periods 4, 5, and 6
    • Wednesday – Veteran’s Day: No School
    • Thursday – Periods 1, 2, and 3
    • Friday – Periods 4, 5, and 6

    PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

    Sellwood will be conducting parent-teacher conferences on November 23rd and 24th, between 8:30 AM and 7:30 PM. Virtual time slots will be 10 minutes long, and they will be a great opportunity for you to connect with your child’s teacher.  I will be sending you a flyer with more detailed information, but I wanted to share the sign-up sheet with links, along with a video demo on how to sign up so that you can get started.

    Here is the sign up sheet with links to teachers’ calendars.  SIGN-UP SHEET WITH LINKS

    Here is the video demonstration for signing up.  VIDEO DEMO

    OFFICE HOURS WITH PRINCIPAL CARBONE

    I will be trying out office hours next week in order to provide periodic opportunities for parents who would like to meet with me one-on-one.  I am use the Google Appointment Scheduler, which seems pretty easy to use.  The hours I have set aside for appointments are Thursday, November 12th, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, and Tuesday, November 17th from 6:00 to 6:45 PM.

    To schedule:

    1. Use the following link to find my appointment schedule
    2. Find the date and time you would like to reserve.
    3. Click on the appointment you want. 
    4. Important: Put your child’s first name and last name in the title before the words “Office Hours Carbone” so I will know who I am meeting with.
    5. Click save.
    6. You will then receive an email confirmation with a link to your appointment. An appointment will also appear on your calendar.

     

    Here is a link to a screencast that shows you how to make the appointment.

    Screencast Video Instructions

    PTA NEWS: 

    Thank you to all who purchased apple and pear boxes in the annual PTA fundraiser - we exceeded our goal! 

    Due to the Veteran's Day Holiday our next meeting is now Wednesday, November 18th at 7pm on zoom. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6088364064

    Meeting ID: 608 836 4064
    One tap mobile
    +12532158782,,6088364064# US (Tacoma)
    +13462487799,,6088364064# US (Houston)

    Find your local number: https://us04web.zoom.us/u/fbZLbgHeF5

    Be on the lookout for Sellwood Middle School's next fundraising opportunity!  

    Beginning November 13 we will start our GOURMET POPCORN fundraiser through Popcornopolis.    The popcorn is 100% American grown, GLUTEN FREE and non-GMO with flavors like Zebra (white and dark chocolate), Carmel Corn, Kettle Corn, Jalapeno Cheddar and White Cheddar!  The beauty of this fundraiser is SMS will get 50% of the proceeds and the popcorn will be delivered straight to your home!  Win...Win!! 

    PEAK NEEDS YOU!

    The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    The Foundation's annual fundraising campaign is underway. Your support is greatly appreciated, and needed!

    Thank you to all who have already donated to the Foundation!! If you are able and have not yet contributed please donate today.

    Every dollar counts! https://www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/donate

    FROM THE LIBRARY

    Here is a virtual library tour for you to enjoy.

    Happy Friday,

    Laura Axon, Sellwood Librarian

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    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    Movie Group: Do you love movies?  Let's get together and talk about some!

    Here's how it will work...

    • Every month the counseling team will select a movie to watch.
    • If you are interested in participating you will watch the selected movie on your own time.  You can coordinate with other students to have simultaneous watch parties if you want.  
    • At the end of the month we will come together as a group to talk about the movie, share our thoughts, and vote on a movie for the next month. 

    If this is something you want to do fill out this