October 5, 2018
Dear Beach Families,
Thank you for attending Back to School Night if you were able to. I hope your family enjoyed time with your child’s teacher, that you feel informed about the main learning goals for your child’s grade level, and about classroom routines and procedures. We have heard it was hard to hear, and we truly apologize. Two wonderful parents worked hard to acquire our new sound system and one of them (thank you Jordan Stanton) was running it that evening, but we are learning from experience. Next year we will move the all school presentation portion of the evening to the auditorium and offer something for children in the gym (such as listening to a special storyteller).
We do hope you enjoyed seeing so much of our staff all gathered together up front-- we have so many caring, knowledgeable, committed and joyful staff! New names since I last announced staffing: Heather Stellpflug is our Site Support Instructor, Ian Connelly our Educational Assistant for English Language Development, and Zach Williams joins us to support calm and fulfilling lunch and recess experiences. Anjene and I are still in process hiring one more full time Educational Assistant to support our school K-5, thanks to funding from our Beach Foundation and All Hands Raised grant.
If you weren’t able to attend Back to School Night, we hope you’ll connect with your child’s teacher for resources they shared, to sign up for November conferences, and to see your child’s “En Mi Familia” project: each child has a special project on the wall connected to our goal of ensuring we are teaching in ways that celebrate the “funds of knowledge” each student and famiy brings to our school community. Teachers read one of two school-wide reads (En Mi Familia or Pelitos) and led discussions about all the different gifts individual people bring to their families, then supported each child to create a piece of art that represents something unique about themselves or their families.
Fall conferences are coming up November 19 and 20. Please call or email your child’s teacher, or call Esther or Toni at 503-916-6236, if you are not yet signed up. We very much want to meet with every family to discuss learning strengths and next steps, and to set just right goals and actions for a powerful and joyful year of learning and growth for each and every child.
Two important upcoming, separate evenings for parents are our Parent Equity Group and a Black Family Listening Session. Please see the newsletter for descriptions and details. Other upcoming events: we have again booked a fun assembly for our students the afternoon of Halloween. Mad Science will perform separate, 30 minute “Spin Pop Boom” assemblies (K-2 and 3-5) students. While children enjoy watching cool stuff (changes of color, erupting liquids and solids, etc.), they will simultaneously learn how to know chemical reactions have occurred. Parents are welcome to join us for either assembly. (Children should not wear costumes to school on Wednesday.) Two evenings later, we hope your family will attend our PTA-sponsored Dia de los Muertos. (Thank you Ana Alizalde Spain; please call her at 997.9221 if you’d like to help that evening!). Finally, another fun program for families coming up soon is “Milk & Bookies” with fantastic and engaging storyteller Rick Huddle. Again, please be sure to see details about these events in our newsletter or separate flyers.
Each day I am grateful for the opportunity to support learning, safety, empowerment and engagement for each of your wonderful children! I welcome your questions or feedback, always.
Portland Public Schools launched an initiative aimed at providing a full spectrum of care for students who are experiencing addiction and mental health issues. The initiative, announced at a news conference at the district office Thursday, comes in response to the increasing numbers of our students and families affected by the national opioid crisis, as well as other drug and mental health crises.
For high school students, access to the internet can play a crucial role in a multitude of crucial tasks, including homework and researching and applying to colleges and careers. High school students in Portland Public Schools who need it can get free internet access at home, thanks to a program that started this year.
The School Choice Lottery will be open from Nov. 8 to 30. Students interested in attending a school other than their neighborhood high school must apply to attend a focus option or alternative school. Those schools include Benson Polytechnic High School, Jefferson High School-Middle College for Advanced Studies, and the Metropolitan Learning Center.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PTA Mtg
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Parent Equity Mtg
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:00 PM Board Work Session
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Spanish Dance Assembly