• The Successful Schools Survey is an opportunity for students, staff, and families to provide important feedback on their school environments, learning experiences, and sense of well-being and safety at school. The survey will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete and is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese and Chinese.


    For more information about the Successful Schools Survey, please go to pps.net/sss2024.

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Arleta K-5

A kindergarten - 5th grade school
Home of the Dolphins

5109 SE 66th AvePortland, OR 97206Ph 503-916-6330Fx 503-916-2604

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  • Principal's Message 03/15/2024

    Dear Arleta Community,

    Happy Spring! What a wonderful difference the sunshine makes.

    Students are working hard and keeping us charmed as we work hard on their behalf. A few of our staff learning highlights this week were:

    • Our Instructional Leadership Team facilitated our staff meeting, leading us through a process to share student growth so far in “conventions” (capitalization, spelling, punctuation, grammar, handwriting) as we continue our process of encouraging students to improve in their fluency with the writing process, which will in turn help them communicate their wonderful ideas more easily and with more joy and confidence. This also helps their audience easily read and appreciate their ideas. We are seeing some exciting growth! One teacher was remarking how much giving their students immediate positive feedback on a sentence dictation was motivating students to try to improve. We’ll be displaying student work from each class at our Literacy & Art Night coming up Thursday 4/11.

    • Yesterday, many of our staff observed in the classrooms of four teachers who hosted 3-5 of their colleagues for “Learning Labs”. Our Instructional Coach, Ms. Horner organized a schedule and we prioritized some school funds for three guest teachers who covered the classrooms of teachers while they were observing. After the observations, we discussed all the ways we had observed the host teachers engaging their students in the cognitive work of the lesson, and thought about implications for our work with students in our own contexts. It was a generative experience that we plan to keep growing.

    A reminder that we’re hopeful for your perspectives in our process of selecting a new teaching tool for teaching Social Emotional Learning (SEL) starting next year. Please see the Remind message I sent yesterday evening, and/or last week’s Dolphin Digest article for more explanation of Social Emotional Learning including examples of SEL lessons.

    Areta Family/Caregiver Engagement SEL Program Selection Process

    • open the form for details and links to the videos for each program.

    • Staff and guardian one-page flier with information about each program.

    • Recording of CSC info session (vendor presentation recording)

    • Wayfinder vendor presentation recording: Video Link

    • PPS TSEL Website is a good place to learn more about the programs.

    • This page of the website talks about the selection process.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  • Principal's Message 03/08/2024

    Dear Arleta Community,

    Every day, students and teachers experience 20 minutes of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) together. This is a time and place where we focus on strengthening Identity, Agency and Belonging. Starting next year, our school will have a new resource for this important time of the day as well as integrated into all parts of the day (and even into all our functions and efforts together as a larger school community). Our goal is actually “Transformative” Social Emotional Learning, or TSEL, which means advancing educational equity and excellence, in the process of social emotional learning, through collaborative and trusting school-family-community partnerships. The idea is that TSEL can help address inequity and empower all in our community to contribute to Arleta as a thriving school.

    Please help us decide which resource is the best choice for our school and community! These are the two resources we will choose between: Caring School Community (K-5), and Wayfinder (K-8). You can learn more about each by exploring the links and opportunities below. Then, you can share your perspectives about which resource you think best meets our community’s strengths and needs via a google form I’ll send out next week.

    Here is a staff and guardian one-page flier that leads you into information about each program.

    This coming Monday the 11th at 4:30, there is a virtual presentation from the vendor for Caring School Community that I hope any of our parents and caregivers might be able to attend. Here is the LINK for joining that presentation.

    This past week there was a vendor presentation from Wayfinder. Here is the recording of that presentation: Video Link. Thank you to our Arleta parents who attended!

    Our office has printed fliers on the counter, and next week I’ll share a google form for you to share your voice about each of the resources and what you think will best support our school goals.

    Have a wonderful weekend!



  • Principal's Message 03/01/2024

    Dear Arleta Community,

    Black History and Culture Assembly

    Our K-2 and 3-5 Celebrations of Black History were amazing! Each class or grade level represented their learning through a presentation for the audience. Presentations were engaging, meaningful and joyful, representing the learning experiences teachers and support staff facilitated. Thank you to our fantastic planning team Ms. Blei, Ms. Maggie, Ms. Aud, Teacher Noah, Ms. Gault, Ms. Angie, Ms. Arias and Ms. Vidmar! And, a special thank you to Sheryl Moren who was able to come record each assembly for us-- you can soon find the recordings on our PTA Inclusion Committee webpage. In the meantime, here are our Assembly Slides that show what each class either performed or shared. Several of our classes are in process with longer term learning projects, such as graphic novels in Mr. Cooke’s class and a group movie project Ms. Doyle’s class is making with help from a local videographer and friend of Ms. Doyle’s, Ms. Angelique. The assembly reflected our staff and community commitment to elevating and celebrating the many meaningful, joyful and important contributions Black people among us bring to our daily lives, community and world.

    Staffing for 2024-2025

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    Have a wonderful weekend!


  • Principal's Message 02/23/2024

    Dear Arleta Community,

    Our staff is constantly learning and growing. In our professional learning time we are working towards building a coherent program across classrooms and across grade levels. This month we have a schoolwide focus on conventions. We are teaching lessons on grammar, spelling and punctuation. This is because we analyzed student writing samples and noticed that where students struggle with these skills it makes it harder for them to communicate their fabulous ideas. We want students to be able to showcase their thinking and we recognize that fluency with conventional writing will support that. We will be displaying students writing at our Arts and Literacy Night. Come and celebrate your young writers with us: our All School community Arts and Literacy Night will include dinner just like last year and it takes place on Thursday evening, April 11.

    Today, 3rd grade teachers hosted a wonderful celebration for students to share their essays with family or caregivers as a culmination of their literacy module about the “Opinion” writing genre and the topic of Outer Space. Students have grown so much in their abilities to state an opinion clearly and group relevant information together. It was delightful to get to hear some of their fantastic writing today and also hear them talking about what they feel proud of (a few examples: writing more than they did for their last essay, adding a conclusion, elaborating on their idea!)

    As part of their studies, 3rd graders have also been reading and learning about other historic icons such as Mae Jemison, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Katherine Johnson. Some of this learning even shone through some student essays. And, it will be part of the 3rd grade’s contribution to our All School Black History Month Assembly coming up next week.

    Have a wonderful weekend!


Kindergarten Enrollment

  • Register for kindergarten Who
    Children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 and plan to attend their neighborhood school

    Go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer

    Other Options
    With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon

    Email enrollment-office@pps.net

    You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program, you’re already pre-registered for kindergarten

    Connect To Kindergarten at Arleta!!!

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