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  • "MyStop" School Bus App Coming Soon!

    Dear Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School Parents, Guardians, and Students, 

    If your child rides a Portland Public Schools (PPS) bus to school, this message is for you.  We at the PPS Transportation Department are very excited to announce that we are releasing a new "MyStop" app. Toward the end of February or early March 2020, we are piloting the app with your school and several others.  You will be one of the first to receive and use this app before it is released to all of the other PPS schools.

    So what is MyStop?

    MyStop is an app you can use on your smartphone (Apple or Android), iPad or Tablet, or your laptop or desktop computer.

    What does MyStop do?

    With MyStop, parents, guardians and students know approximately what time your school bus will arrive at your home stop — all from a smart phone, mobile device or computer. The school bus location updates automatically and the estimated time of arrival (ETA) recalculates to accommodate any delays due to traffic while in route.  It can be used by both the parent/guardian and the student. You will only be able to see your student's bus information but not that of other students.

    Thank you!

    PPS Transportation Services

    Further details will be sent to you upon the release of the MyStop app.

    For questions or comments, please contact the PPS Transportation Services department directly by emailing Transportation@pps.net (please indicate “My Stop” in the subject line). Alternatively, you can call Transportation Services at 503-916-6901 and choose option 4.


     
    Estimados padres, tutores y estudiantes de la escuela primaria Boise-Eliot / Humboldt:

    Si su hijo viaja en un autobús de las Escuelas Públicas de Portland (PPS) a la escuela, este mensaje es para usted. En el Departamento de Transporte de PPS nos complace anunciar que estamos lanzando una nueva aplicación "MyStop". Hacia fines de febrero o principios de marzo de 2020, estamos probando la aplicación con su escuela y varias otras. Serás uno de los primeros en recibir y usar esta aplicación antes de que se lance a todas las otras escuelas de PPS.

    Entonces, ¿qué es MyStop?

    MyStop es una aplicación que puede usar en su teléfono inteligente (Apple o Android), iPad o tableta, o en su computadora portátil o de escritorio.

    ¿Qué hace MyStop?

    Con MyStop, los padres, tutores y estudiantes saben aproximadamente a qué hora llegará el autobús escolar a la parada de su hogar, todo desde un teléfono inteligente, dispositivo móvil o computadora. La ubicación del autobús escolar se actualiza automáticamente y el tiempo estimado de llegada (ETA) se recalcula para acomodar cualquier demora debido al tráfico mientras se encuentra en la ruta. Puede ser utilizado tanto por el padre / tutor como por el alumno. Solo podrá ver la información del autobús de su estudiante, pero no la de otros estudiantes.

    ¡Gracias!

    Servicios de transporte de PPS

    Se le enviarán más detalles sobre el lanzamiento de la aplicación MyStop.

    Para preguntas o comentarios, comuníquese directamente con el departamento de Servicios de transporte de PPS enviando un correo electrónico Transportation@pps.net ( indique "Mi parada" en la línea de asunto). Alternativamente, puede llamar a Servicios de Transporte al 503-916-6901 y elegir la opción 4.

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Principal's Message

  • May 26, 2020

     

    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    It is officially the last week of May and somehow it has felt like an excruciatingly long journey while also flying by. We have less than three weeks left in the 19/20 school year and they are going to be gone before we know it.
     
    I hope you are all staying healthy, happy, and finding ways to keep connected to BEH staff and get what support you need as we navigate the end of this school year. Though we only have a few weeks left, please still continue to reach out or let us know how we can best support you and your student's engagement in academic work for the remainder of this year and into the summer.
     
    Here are a few quick updates:
     
    PK for next year: Next year we will have a second PK classroom at BEH and both classrooms will be open to both 3 and 4 year old students. Similar to Head Start classrooms these rooms will prioritize serving our lower income families. We will be getting more guidance on how this will be structured in the coming weeks. I did want to get the word out now, as I know that we have families that could benefit from these classrooms next year.
     
    Kindergarten Registration: We were unable to have our Connect to Kindergarten events this year due to the shift to distance learning since the pandemic. As a result we are significantly behind our registration numbers compared to last year. These projections can shift the staffing calculations for next year, so if you or someone you know needs to register for kindergarten for next year, the site is: pps.net/kinderenroll. The sooner you register the earlier we can confirm accurate projection numbers and as a result appropriate staffing. If you have any questions or need support feel free to reach out to me or either of our secretaries for guidance.
     
    Summer Programming: There will be summer programming for BEH this summer, though I anticipate it will be through an online platform. Mr. Robert and I will be reaching out soon as we work out some of the details and work to get all of the resources and opportunities consolidated to share with all of you. I am excited about some of the opportunities that our students and families will get access to, I hope to have more complete details in the coming weeks, as we are completing some steps to get things confirmed.
     
    Talent Show Update: We have been working on getting the talent show finalized and posted. Mr. Robert, Ms. Turner and I worked to get all of the segments of the show recorded. Now Mr. Robert will be working to get all of them put together for a complete show. Expect to see it posted to the YouTube Channel in the next day or two.
     
    In addition to all of this, we are still working on coordinating 5th grade promotion, PK promotion, and Ms. Smith will be launching a virtual field day for BEH. 
     
    Thank you for reading and take care,
    Mr. Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     


     

    May 18, 2020 

     

    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    It was amazing to see more students last week through class meetings, support meetings, office hours, and through a few home material drop-offs. I wanted to take a minute and remind you that if students or you are looking for some additional support from school staff or just want to find a time to connect with a staff member we have many "office hour" opportunities to connect with us throughout the week. All office hours have to be accessed through the student account, just like class meetings using the nickname provided at the top of each office hour.
     
    Topic review for this week:
     
    Last Day of School - I realized when we had a couple parents ask us about the last day of school that I did not review the District's shift around the end of this school year. The last day of instruction for students will be Wednesday, June 10th.
     
    Harriet Tubman Middle School New Leadership Discussion - This Tuesday, district administration will be conducting 30-minute meetings with the communities at each of the Harriet Tubman Middle School feeders to hear what you are all looking for in a new administrative team at Tubman. BEH is scheduled for 1:20 this Tuesday, May 19th. This meeting is for all families of current 5th graders that plan to attend Harriet Tubman next school year. Click here around 1:20 on Tuesday. I will likely try to get to this meeting room early if anyone would like to connect before the meeting to clarify anything, as 30 minutes will likely go pretty quickly. If you cannot make the meeting, but want some questions asked or input given, please let me know and I will be sure to voice it for you.
     
    Final PTA Meeting - Our final PTA meeting of the year will be this Wednesday at 5:30. We had a pretty good turnout last month and hope to see even more of you there this month. We generally provide updates around school activities, PTA work, and talk about plans for closing out the school year, as well as planning for summer and next year. Here is the link to join on Wednesday evening.
     
    5th Grade Promotion - We have been working on trying to get our 5th grade promotion planned this year, since it will look different than any other year. I wanted to get the word out that we plan on hosting this promotion on Tuesday, June 9th at 6:00 pm. Of course, this will have to be virtual meeting and I will be getting out the link when we get a little closer. Teachers have already been reaching out trying to get photos from families for a slide show for the promotion. If you have not already shared them, please feel free to send them to the teachers, Ms. Turner or myself. We will also be connecting with families soon regarding a day in the week prior to come and pick up some items for your 5th grader and we will be scheduling a practice promotion for students in the days building up to the actual promotion. Let us know if you have any questions or would like to help out in some way.
     
    Summer School - At this point it is not looking very promising that there will be any in-person summer school program. The State has put out some pretty restrictive guidance that would likely be difficult to structure at this point and the funding does not seem to be there either. At the same time, this does not mean that there will be no programming. I am attending a meeting on Monday of this week to hear more about what the planning has been so far for the district and hope to hear what the options are. I will provide an update in PTA meeting and will continue to provide information as I learn more in this weekly email as well.
     
    This Weekend - Don't forget that there is no "school" on Monday in honor of Memorial Day. This means no teacher led instruction Friday or Monday this weekend. I would call it a four day weekend, if this at all felt "normal." To me everyday seems to blend together and at times it is difficult to separate the weekend from weekdays, but I wanted to make sure you all know and students don't go looking for their class meetings on Monday.
     
    Talent Show - Mr. Robert has been working to get the videos that have been submitted formatted and put together into one long show. He will be back this week and we will work with him to get the full show recorded and posted on the YouTube Channel by the end of this week.
     
    Thank you all for your continued support and as always let me know if there is anything that we can do as a school team to support you or your students through this. 
     
    Take Care,
    Mr. Kaveh
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     

     


     

    May 11, 2020

     

    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    I hope you are all staying healthy and continuing to find ways to productively pass the time with your loved ones. It was amazing to get to see a few of you last week while I was at BEH to give teachers access to retrieve some of their teaching materials. I also want to say thank you to all of you that helped your students submit a talent for the talent show. I am working with Mr. Robert and Ms. Turner to start putting the whole show together and am hoping to get it finished and posted to the YouTube Channel in the next week.
     
    As you have heard by now, we have officially gone to a 4 day week as a district. This means that most staff (there are a few exceptions) will be unable to work on Fridays for the remainder of the school year. This does not mean that your student cannot still do some work on Fridays. All online programs (Lexia, ClassHero, Dreambox, Zearn, etc.) are available to help keep a routine going with students. Also, students can still work on submitting work on Fridays, they will just not be getting any teacher feedback or lessons until the following week.
     
    A couple quick reminders:
     
    PTA has stocked and is staffing a food pantry for any BEH families that need help with food for the entire family. This is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. If you cannot make that time, let me or someone on the PTA know and they can find another time to open it for you. They are operating out of our "motor lab" which is the big block building near the basketball courts.
     
    We are still taking kindergarten registration. If you know families in the neighborhood or your family has an incoming kindergartener for next year please help direct them to register for the 20-21 school year. This can be done by going to the district website or they can reach out to our secretary, Garnet Lester by leaving a message on the school phone or emailing her at glester@pps.net. This week I will be hearing more about early kindergarten transition programming, which usually runs in the summer before students begin kindergarten. I should know more about what it will look like this summer by the end of this week.
     
    Thank you all for your continued support and especially for helping your students to access the learning that our teachers are providing. As always, please reach out if there is anything I can do to support you or if you have questions that I can help answer.
     
    Take care,
    Mr. Kaveh
     
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     


     

    May 4, 2020

     

    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    I hope you are all continuing to find ways to cope in these challenging times. If there is anything we can do to help during this time, please don't hesitate to reach out.
     
    There are a few quick things I want to review this week:
     
    District Furlough: By this time, I am sure most of you have heard about the District's proposal to furlough staff one day a week. I just wanted to take a minute to explain this and what it might look like for BEH. The district is going this route because they believe they can guarantee that staff do not lose any income through the utilization of state unemployment and the federal CARES Act. What this will mean is that the District will essentially "shutdown" on Fridays for the remainder of the school year. This would mean that staff will be unavailable on Fridays to provide direct teacher led instruction. At BEH our priority is to ensure that routines are able to continue as much as possible even with this shift. We are working to help develop schedules for students to still be engaged with work on Fridays through online programming and projects, even if we are not able to be available on those days. The District's motivation for doing this is to try to save some money as we close out this year so that we can try to mitigate some of the financial shortfall we will likely be experiencing for next year. Currently the forecast looks like there will need to be some cuts for next year and the hope is to try and reduce that now if we can without impacting our employees financial well-being.
     
    Teacher Appreciation Week: This is a very odd time and the challenges we are facing are going to make it more difficult than usual to acknowledge our teachers for all that they do for our students. If you get a chance this week, take a moment and send your child's teacher a message of thanks or have your children share some appreciation in their virtual classrooms this week.
     
    Talent Show: I am hopeful that your children have been thinking about entering a video into the BEH talent show. It would be much appreciated if you could help them record and get it sent to me at kpaksere@pps.net. I have received a few so far, but would like to get a good level of participation (20+ would be amazing!). These kinds of events can help to boost the spirits of students, teachers and families. Tina, Robert and I hope to make a whole production out of it, if we can get enough submissions. Our student council posted a video last week on our youtube channel to try to get students to participate as well.
     
    National Field Day: Ms. Smith has signed us up for National Field Day, in the hopes of giving our students another opportunity to get active and connect with each other and compete nationally. Here is some info around it. She will be getting more info out this week as well.
     
    BEH Staff Office Hours: In the hopes of creating more available times to connect with staff we are working to provide more check-in times for students or parents to connect with our staff face to face. The BEH Office Hours are structured where they have to be accessed through Google Meet with the provided nickname/password. Many of our students benefited from being able to connect with support staff and this is an opportunity for them to connect and/or get some support with their work. If a parent would like to connect, they will just need to access the office hours through their child's account as well.
     
    Student Supply Distribution: This week we will have some specific resources for students available at BEH in the parking lot, where the curriculum is handed out. This will be from 11:00-1:00 pm Monday-Thursday and we will have specific supplies for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades as well as whiteboards with a marker for lower grade families that are interested. In addition to this, we will have spirals/composition books available to families that are interested. If there are specific supplies your family would benefit from, please reach out and let us know and we will do our best to get them out to you as well.
     
    Thank you all for your collaboration with all of this.

    Take care,
    Mr. Kaveh
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     


     

    April 27, 2020

     

    Hello BEH Families, 

    Last week was a good step forward with our BEH digital community. We were able to have our first virtual meetings for Student Council, PTA, and Site Council. It was great to start bringing more of our regular meetings back in a virtual venue and I look forward to continuing to find ways to expand what we are able to offer in this current time.

    One more opportunity we will be adding for families to connect is to bring you our Family Friday and Coffee Chat starting at the usual 8:00 AM this Friday. Ms. Morgan will kick it off, hosting a BEH trivia game for families complete with prizes for the winning team(s). I will stay on the link with families that want to "chat" after the trivia game.

    Another community event we are trying to get going for BEH is our Talent Show. I mentioned it last week and teachers sent out messages to students and families around it last week. Originally we set the deadline for this Wednesday. After meeting with student council this week and tracking the current submissions, we are going to add a week to our time for students to submit their talents to me at kpaksere@pps.net. The new submission deadline will be Wednesday, May 6th. Thank you to those that have already helped their child complete and submit these.

    In the meetings we had with families last week the question we had come up in both was whether students would advance to the next grade after all of this missed school time and if so what was going to happen to catch them up. The answer to this is not totally spelled out, but I still wanted to take a moment to give what info I have to the entire group: All students will be moving to the next grade level next year. Every student in the state will have missed the same amount of school time as we prepare to return. Our work will be to find ways to gain detailed and accurate assessment information around where students are when we return and finding strategies to close the gaps that exist. The details of what that looks like is not fully clear yet. I will continue to provide you updates as I learn more.

    I appreciate all that you are doing as families to support your child's education as we continue to navigate these odd times. I am hopeful that you are all feeling supported by BEH staff in this journey and want to make sure that you are all aware and connected to the educational resources.

    Families:

    ClassDojo - This is a free app that allows you to communicate regularly between families and school. Teachers use this for regular individual updates, post resources, and allows families to ask questions of staff as needed. Ask the teacher for a class code if you do not have it yet, or send me an email and we can get it to you. Every grade level is using this now.

    BEH YouTube Channel - This has resources, messages, and some fun videos from the BEH community. This is also where we will be posting the talent show once it is completed.

    PK Resource Site - Many educational resources for PK students and families.

    Students:

    Clever - In the hopes of making things simple for our students; all of their learning resources can be accessed through their Clever account. Directions on how to access if you haven't yet are here

    Here are a few of the resources our teachers are hoping students are aware of and utilizing:

    Google Classroom or SeeSaw - Virtual classrooms are hosted here for all students. This is the opportunity to access resources and instruction from our teachers and get feedback.

    Lexia - Literacy resource for students to access daily. Our students are used to accessing this daily for 15 minutes.

    Zearn - Online math resource that follows our Engage NY math curriculum.

    ClassHero - Math resource that many classes utilize for students to practice specific math standards. This is meant for about 15 minutes per day as well.

    Dreambox - Another math resource for students to independently practice skills they are working on.

    Epic - Reading resource where students can read various leveled texts.

     

    This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I wanted to make sure that families were aware of some of the resources. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you are needing any help getting connected to any of these.

    Take care, 

    Mr. Kaveh


    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     

     
     
    April 20, 2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    As we are now entering our sixth week away from BEH and shifting into our new reality of distance learning, I wanted to make sure and spell out supports that are available for our families. I know that as this drags on many families are being stretched further and jobs are continuing to be cut and incomes reduced.
     
    Food:
    • Meals are available at BEH every weekday for any children from 11-1.
    • PTA is working with Ms. Dawson and Dave with Hopscotch to create a food pantry at BEH to provide food to families Tuesdays and Fridays from 11-1.
    • Jefferson also has a large pantry supported by Hopscotch that is open Tuesdays and Fridays as well, but from 1-3.
    Technology:
    • Devices are available at the BESC (501 N. Dixon) from 9am-1pm. This is also an opportunity to exchange devices if there is an issue with a previously checked out district Chromebook.
    • Internet support is available through completing this sheet and/or communicating with your child's teacher to make sure they know that you need support with getting connected.
    Curriculum:
    • Make sure that you are connected with your student's teacher through ClassDojo. If you are not already connected let any of us at BEH know and we can help get you another invite to connect.
    • Curriculum resources are available at BEH daily between 11-1 Monday-Friday in the parking lot. 
    In addition to these resources, feel free to reach out to our counselor, Ms. Dawson or our SUN coordinator, Mr. Robert to see if they can help connect to other available resources.
     
    This week we will be working on taking the next steps in working towards getting our planned events moved online.
     
    Here are two upcoming opportunities to connect with the BEH community:
    • The PTA will be moving to a virtual world and will be hosting an off-schedule PTA meeting this week. If you click on this link Wednesday, April 22nd  at 5:30, Ali and the rest of the PTA will be there to update us on where they are with their work and to connect on what the next steps are.
    • We will be working to launch a virtual Talent Show. I will be sending a communication for teachers to send out to students and families this week. The goal will be to get students to think about and be creative in sharing their talents with the BEH community. Some specifics to review with your students will just be to ensure that we continue to practice social distancing and if they were hoping to collaborate with peers, they need to work on how to make this work virtually. This week was supposed to be the original talent show assembly. In this new reality we will give students until Wednesday, April 29th to submit their video to me at kpaksere@pps.net. I will review submissions with staff and student council and provide feedback to students before putting them together and posting the full talent show on our newly launched BEH YouTube Channel. Thanks to Robert for launching and coordinating this new venue for us.
    Please reach out if there is anything that we can do to be more supportive as we work through this time as a community. I am confident that we will all come out of this stronger and more united. First however, we have to get through this and my belief is that strengthening our connections to each other and communicating consistently will help us get to the other side.
     
    Thank you for your continued support,
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     

     
    April 13, 2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    Well it is official. We will not be back in our building this school year. As the governor announced it, I couldn't help but reflect back on the last PTA meeting that we had before this all escalated in Oregon and one parent asked me if I thought we would finish out the school year. At the time I could not fathom this current reality. I thought at worst we would miss a few weeks, in no way did I see the scale of what was to come or the impact it would have on not just us, but the world. I am hopeful that we will look back at this time as a unique time in history.

    During this time my hope and goal is to find ways to create some sort of normalcy for our students in a very abnormal time. In working to achieve this, you will notice that all teachers will be finding times to connect live with students through Google Hangouts at least on a weekly basis and often much more frequently. You will get a notice later this week about Robert (our SUN coordinator) getting a BEH YouTube Channel up and running that will have frequent posts from our staff both to build community and provide some connection to students that miss them, as well as to provide information to families that may be helpful. I am going to be working to coordinate opportunities for families to connect with us on-line as well to find out what we can do to better support and meet your needs. Lastly, we will be working to try and coordinate events that were planned to happen later this year (like the talent show) to an online format for all to have access to. 
     
    With all of these plans, the most important factor is access. I know that there were some serious issues with getting devices last week, as I experienced them at Jefferson with many of you. If you still do not have a device and need one, please make sure and pick one up this week. They will be distributing them again this week at BESC (501 N. Dixon), Jefferson, Franklin, and Roosevelt. Monday will be for all families with last names from A-M, Tuesday N-Z and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are for anyone who has not received theirs yet.
     
    If you need internet, make sure that you have indicated that in your device request form and the district will be working to solve those issues in the next week or so.
     
    I am hopeful that this week, as we get more devices in our students' hands that we will begin to see our virtual class sites fill up further and teachers will have regular connections with all of their students again.
     
    If you are feeling like you need further support or information, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
     
    Take Care, 
    Mr. Kaveh
     
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     
    April 6, 2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    I hope you are all staying healthy and finding ways to make the best of this unusual and unexpected time. Last week I was able to connect with nearly every one of our staff and ensure that they were all healthy. We spent last week working our way through several online training sessions and virtual meetings to prepare for this weeks launch of PPS HD.
     
    Many of our teachers have already been communicating and providing opportunities for students to engage in learning over the past week, but this week they will be working to establish some more routines and formalize the use of consistent resources. Our teachers will be continuing to utilize ClassDojo to communicate and provide resources to parents, but they will also be connecting K-2 students to SeeSaw and 3-5 students to their Google Classrooms. PK students will be getting communication around resources and virtual lessons through ClassDojo as well.
     
    This new goal of carrying out our education virtually can only be achieved if we can ensure that all families have a device for students to use and reliable internet access. Our staff is continuing to work diligently to reach out and ensure that we get all families on the request list as soon as possible. So far the district has started distributing devices to students in grades 4-12, and is working to structure distribution for PK-3 grades soon. Our goal is to get all of our families that need devices on this list by the end of this week. Here is the link if you have not already requested a device and need one. If you have trouble accessing or completing this, just let your teacher know or respond to this email. There is no need to complete it again if you have already done so.
     
    In addition to classroom teachers providing their instruction, we are also working on adding resources, lessons, and engagement opportunities from our specialist teachers and support staff as well. With each week, we are working to improve our practice and offer more resources to families.
     
    Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns. I am excited to see how all of our teachers are growing in their comfort and capabilities with technology and look forward to seeing all that is possible as we continue to improve our practice.
     
    Take Care, 
    Mr. Kaveh
    --
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     

     
     
    March 30, 2020
     
    Hello BEH Families, 
     
    These are some interesting times we are all living through. I hope you are all staying healthy and sane despite the current state. I wanted to take a minute to try to get some semblance of normal back and start my weekly communications with you again. I cannot tell you how much I miss being at school and seeing all of your children everyday. I was not built for social isolation. I hope you are all doing like me and finding ways to cope and keep somewhat connected with family and friends.
     
    Our teachers officially came back today following their "Spring Break" and are now back (virtually) at work preparing to support you and your children as best they can with maintaining their education through this extended period away from the building. This week they will be participating in several online trainings to learn systems for delivering instruction virtually. When those sessions will officially begin is yet to be determined. Despite this, all of our teachers have ensured me that they have set-up and are utilizing their ClassDojo to communicate with all of you around supporting your children and finding ways to maintain some sort of sense of community. If you are not set-up with ClassDojo yet, please email your teacher and ask them to resend the invitation to you. If you have not used it yet, it is pretty simple and can just be downloaded as a free app.
     
    Here are teacher emails if you need them:
     
    Pre-K Teacher
    Malaika Askari-Tamu:  maskaritamu@pps.net
     
    Kindergarten Teachers
    Kellie Danzer:  kdanzer@pps.net
    Ellie Jensen:  ejensen@pps.net
    John Meskimen:  jdmeski@pps.net
     
    1st Grade Teachers
    Stacey Golden:  sharoldg@pps.net
    Lauren Kimlinger:  lkimlinger@pps.net
     
    2nd Grade Teachers
    Heather Casciato:  hcasciat@pps.net
    Diana Peters:  dpeters@pps.net
     
    3rd Grade Teachers
    Kennedy Hutsell:  khutsell@pps.net
    Patrisha Porter:  pporter@pps.net
     
    4th Grade Teachers
    Kristina Blanton:  kblanton@pps.net
    Jenny Miles-Gonzales:  jgonzale@pps.net
     
    5th Grade Teachers
    Sky Peterka:  speterka@pps.net
    Craig Switalla  cswitalla@pps.net
     
    K-2 CB Teacher
    Jason Smith:  jsmith3@pps.net
     
    3-5 CB Teacher
    Brittany Wilson:  bwilson@pps.net
     
    We will be working this week to try and get 100% of families connected through ClassDojo and will be reaching out to families that are not connected to see if they need support around getting reliable internet and/or a device to access. The district already sent out messaging about requesting technology and will be distributing it to 4-12th grades this week. If you missed signing up they will be sending out another opportunity in the coming weeks and will be moving to distribute to grades K-3 as well.
     
    I will do my best to communicate with you at least weekly moving forward and will provide updates as I get them around what direction we are going. These are unprecedented times and as a result, it seems like the guidance and next steps are evolving constantly. 
     
    In case you were not already aware, our school is a meal site and a curriculum pick-up site. Stop by between 11:00-1:00 by driving through the parking lot to access either of those.
     
    Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
     
    Take Care,  
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
     
     
     
     
     

     
    March 9, 2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    I want to start this week by acknowledging and addressing our approach in addressing the spread of the Corona Virus. I avoided it last week, due to the fact that the district had sent out multiple messages and I didn't want to further escalate the alarm that already seemed to be taking hold everywhere. I was unable to attend Coffee Chat last Friday and I heard this topic came up as it has with students on many occasions this past week.
     
    As a school, our custodial staff is taking extra precaution in disinfecting door handles, desks, and any other frequently touched areas. Teachers are all encouraging frequent hand washing/disinfecting throughout the day, but particularly before eating and after transitions. In addition to the health component of our response, we are also working to help ensure that students have an accurate understanding about the virus and what they can do help prevent the spread of it.
     
    We are encouraging students not to panic or stress about it, while also working to ensure that they do not make light of the impact this is having in the world around us. Please reach out if there are questions or ideas around how we are addressing this concern. Our goal is to protect all of our students and ensure that they are feeling informed and empowered in how they can combat this. 
     
    We can use your help through ensuring that you keep your child home if they show any signs of illness (fever, persistent cough, etc.) as we move through the next few weeks.
     
    Here is what to expect this week:
     
    Tuesday:
    PK-2 Artist In Residency - Half of our PK-2 classrooms meet with our artist in residence on Tuesday and the other half meet with him on Thursday.
     
    Wednesday:

    Academic Assembly - 2:15 - This month we will be recognizing students based on their performance on unit post assessments.
     
    PTA Meeting - 5:30-7:00 - Monthly Meeting to connect with PTA and find opportunities for collaboration and support.

    Thursday:
    PK-2 Artist In Residency - Half of our PK-2 classrooms meet with our artist in residence on Tuesday and the other half meet with him on Thursday.
     
    BEH Music Night - 5:30-7:00 - An amazing opportunity to gather as a community around music. Mr. Todd has organized some BEH alum and their music group to come and join in our musical celebration. Hopefully you can join us for some food and fun centered around enjoying music together.
     
    Reminder:  No SUN School until April 7th.
     
    Upcoming Fundraising Opportunities:
    Pastini Fundraiser - March 16th & 17th - Pastini on 15th and Broadway, eat there either day and mention the BEH PTA to have 20% of your bill donated to our PTA.
     
    BEH Blue and Gold Fundraiser - April 17th - Gonna be an amazing event put on by the PTA just blocks from our school. Check out the website and buy your tickets before they sellout. https://behblueandgold2020.squarespace.com/
     
    As we move closer to spring break, we will be working to ensure we stay focused on the positive in the coming weeks. We are working on organizing a "badger" party this week for our students who have earned their badges through demonstrating our three core values across all school setting. We typically have a midyear party and an end of the year field trip to reinforce these students and their work as role models throughout our building. This focus on the positive will also be reinforced through our academic assembly, new badger assembly, and golden awards in the next two weeks.
     
    Looking forward to another amazing week and continuing our work together,
     
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    Portland Public Schools
    503-916-6171

     


     

    March 2, 2020

    Hello BEH Families,
     
    This week we will be kicking off our PK-2 Artist Residence. Aaron Nigel-Smith will be working with our PK-2 classrooms weekly to provide opportunities to learn and be exposed to music and movement through drumming. Our 3-5 students will begin their residency with Alex Addy following spring break. I am working on organizing a school-wide drumming showcase the evening of April 16th. I will keep you posted as I solidify plans. These residencies were made possible through our Right Brain Funding and the money that was raised through our Run for the Arts fundraiser earlier this year.
     
    Here are a few things to keep in mind this week:
     
    Thursday:
    Last Day of SUN - Winter SUN session ends. Spring session begins Tuesday, April 7th.
     
    Math Tutoring - 3:30-5:30 - This is the last tutoring session until after SUN begins again in April.
     
    Friday:
    Family Friday - 8:00-8:40 - Opportunity for families to come and engage in games and fun in the gym with students and staff.
     
    Coffee Chat - 8:45 - Monthly check-in around what we have been working on, what is coming up, and an opportunity to get any questions answered.
     
    As we move into March, our teachers are continuing to expand their expertise around best practices for teaching reading and math. Half of our teachers are enrolled and attending a math specialist program in partnership with Portland State University. This month, the other half of our teachers will be joining the first cohort in the district to become certified in Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) Science of Reading. I am continually impressed with the willingness and dedication of our teachers to push themselves to improve their practice for our students. 
     
    I am looking forward to another productive week,

    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    Portland Public Schools
    503-916-6171

     

    February 24, 2020

    Hello BEH Families,

    This week is shaping up to be a beautiful week weather wise. In addition to the weather I am looking forward to a full five day week that I get to actually be in the building with our students and staff for the entire week. This is the first of four consecutive five day weeks of school, leading us to spring break. I am looking forward to the rhythm that is often achieved during this stretch of the year. With our increased focus on building wide expectations, this stretch could not have come at a better time. I am looking forward to being in the building more frequently in these full weeks to help us reinforce our core values as a building and reinforce the positive community we continue to work on building.

    Coming up this week -

    Wednesday:

    STEAM Assembly - 2:15 - Mr. Todd has been working on putting together a showcase of all the STEAM work that has been focused on so far this year so that each grade level is able to see what others are working on.

    Thursday:

    Math Tutoring Night - 3:30-5:30 - If your child could use some additional support in math, this is the day to have them stop by and get some additional guidance and support from some of our amazing teachers.

    Site Council Meeting - 3:30-5:00 - Monthly meeting with parents and staff to review our progress towards our improvement goals and make decisions around what shifts need to happen in order to achieve those goals.

    Black Inventors STEAM Night - 5:30-7:00 - PTA and Mr. Todd have been working to put together a night of STEAM activities and examples of Black inventors in STEAM. 

    We will be wrapping up our current literacy units this week. This means a natural time for reflection and progress monitoring for our teachers and students. We will be working to complete our unit post assessments in the next week and getting them scored and reviewed with students. As we complete this cycle, the goal will be to send these assessments home for families to be able to review with students as well and get a picture of what skills students have mastered and which they are still developing.

    Looking forward to our continued collaboration,


    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal

    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School

    Portland Public Schools

    503-916-6171


     
     
    February 18, 2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,
    This week we are tightening our expectations a bit around cell phones. We were able to speak with 4th and 5th grade last week to let them know of the change, but I wanted to make sure and communicate it with families as well. We are expecting students to check in their cell phone with teachers if it comes to school with them every day starting this week. This means that they will check in their phone with the teacher to be locked up when they arrive each morning and will get it back upon the end of the school day. We ensured students that we have many phones for families to contact them if it is important and that cell phones will not be the main form of communication during the school day. This clarification is coming due to some concerns with the use of social media with some of our upper grade students. It is also, just a good habit to start building. We are overly reliant on our cell phones, being able to disconnect is crucial.
     
    Monday:
    Presidents Day - Blink and you missed it. Three day weekend over. Hope it was fun and productive.
     
    Tuesday:
    IntegratED Training - 7:30-4:00 - Ms. Lauren and I will be out of the building with other TechSmart Schools for PD around how to best integrate tech in our building.
     
    Jazz in the Schools Gallery - 11:00 -7:30 - We had 15 students chosen to have their work displayed at the Portland Art Museum in the PDX Jazz Education gallery. It is free to attend during this time. 
     
    Wednesday:
    IntegratED Training - 7:30-4:00 - Ms. Lauren and I will be out of the building with other TechSmart Schools for PD around how to best integrate tech in our building.
     
    Badger Assembly - 2:15 - Tina will be facilitating this assembly, she will be meeting with students who have completed their applications before the assembly to review their goals, our core values, and ensure that applicants are demonstrating our core values in all settings and throughout their school day.
     
    Saturday:
    PTA Pancake Breakfast - 8:00-10:00 - $15 per person covers an all you can eat full breakfast at the Gateway Applebee's. A large portion of this money goes directly to our PTA and you get a full breakfast.  You can pay via Cashapp to BEHPTA or email them at behpta620@gmail.com to arrange payment. Hope to see you there.
     
    This past week, we concluded our first attempt this year to improve attendance as a building. We have approximately 30% of students who are considered to be "chronically absent" (below 90% attendance).  I want to take a minute to remind everyone that student success in high school and college is hugely impacted by attendance at the elementary level.  Data shows that outcomes are hugely impacted when a student’s attendance drops below 90% consistently. We appreciate the work you do to ensure that your children are at school everyday on-time. 
     
    Thanks for all that you do to prepare your amazing students.
     
    Kaveh Pakseresht
    Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     

     
     
    February 10, 2020 
     
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    Last week we had our monthly academic growth assembly and focused on student growth on the MAP assessment in reading and math. We had many students showing growth from fall to winter, but we held the standard of recognizing students who were in the 90th percentile or higher for this assembly. This means the students recognized grew at a rate that was better than over 90% of their PPS peers. Even with this high standard for growth, we had 53 students who were recognized for this level of growth. 
     
    While it was exciting to see this many students making progress at such a level, we still have a lot of work to do as a school to close the academic gap that exists at our school. As a result we are continuing to innovate and push ourselves to extend our learning as educators. We are lucky to have a staff that is not just experienced, but also always willing to push themselves to improve their outcomes with students.
     
    Here is some of what we have coming up this week:
     
    Monday:
    OBOB Week - Connect with Ms. Cardenas or refer to her previous emails to look at the schedule for the week.
     
    Valogram Orders Due - Get your orders in to PTA today to guarantee delivery by Friday.
     
    Tuesday:
    MTSS Training - All-Day - I will be out with 4 teachers to attend the 5th day of MTSS training this year. We will continue to plan how we can bring back what we learn to everyone and improve our practice as a building.
     
    Wednesday:
    MTSS Training - All-Day - I will be out with 4 teachers to attend the 5th day of MTSS training this year. We will continue to plan how we can bring back what we learn to everyone and improve our practice as a building.
     
    Black History Assembly - 2:00 - Students and staff have various presentations and performances planned to celebrate Black History Month. Ms. Turner is coordinating this assembly if you have any questions.
     
    PTA Meeting - 5:30 - Monthly PTA meeting to connect with parents and school staff around updates on what has been happening, what is coming up, and how we can continue to work to support our students most effectively.
     
    Thursday:
    Math Tutoring - 3:30-5:30 - If you have a child who could benefit from some additional math support time, please connect with their teacher and let them know to send them. This is an amazing opportunity for students to work on their math skills and get direct support from our teachers.
     
    Friday:
    Valentines Day - Valograms will be delivered by PTA.
     
    Don't forget that we have a three day weekend following this week. Presidents Day is Monday, February 17th. As a result, we will begin our week on Tuesday, February 18th next week.
    Looking forward to an amazing week and continuing our work to improve the academic outcomes with our students.
     
    Thank you for your ongoing support and collaboration in this effort.
     
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     

     
    February 3, 2020     
     
    Hello BEH Families,

    As we transition back to school for our first full week in a while, we will be stepping into our Black History Spirit Week. Though it was a little bit of a journey to get to our final themes, I am hopeful that this can be an opportunity for community building and perspective taking. Thank you all in advance for your guidance and thoughtful processing of each theme with our students before they come to school. Each day should provide an opportunity for some discussion and reflection in the classroom as well.
     
    Monday:
    Vintage School Gear - Students were their Boise, Eliot, Humboldt, Boise-Eliot, or Boise-Eliot/Humboldt gear. I know many of you have connections to our school well before Humboldt merged and some of you even to the original Boise and Eliot Schools. If you can find some old gear that is still in one piece, share it with your children and have them wear it and share the story. This is also an opportunity to share the history of the neighborhood and why our school now has three names.  
     
    Report Cards - Coming home in backpacks with your child's MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) family report. Take a minute and review these two documents and hopefully they lead to discussion with your child and their teacher.  Pre-K report cards will come home on Friday, February 14th.
     
    Tuesday:
    BLM Gear - Students are invited to wear a Black Lives Matter shirt if they have one. If not, wear any combination of black, red, and/or green to show your support of Black History Month.
     
    Staffing Release -7:30-10:00 - I will be at the BESC with all the other principals in the district to find out what our building will be allotted for staffing for next school year. 
     
    Wednesday:
    H.B.C.U Day - Students are invited to wear Historically Black College/University gear if they have it. If not, then wear gear from any college or dress as they think a college student would.
     
    School Board Member Visit - I will be walking district senior leadership and a school board member around the building to share the work we are doing.
     
     Academic Growth Assembly - 2:15 - We will be recognizing our students that showed 90th+ percentile growth in reading or math.

    Artist In Residence Planning Meeting - I will be meeting with Alex Addy to see if we can plan out a residency for him to teach drumming with our 3-5th grade students this spring. We already have our artist scheduled for our K-2 classrooms. These residencies and music opportunities are possible thanks to your support with Run For The Arts this year.
     
    Thursday:
    Idol Day - Students dress as a favorite African American role model, past or present. I challenge you to help them research and think of historical figures and especially those in the STEAM fields. 
     
    New Chief of Schools Visit - Kregg Cuellar (Deputy Superintendent) and Shawn Bird (Chief of Schools) will be joining me to walk around the school and work to get to know what we do at BEH.
     
    Math Tutoring Day - 3:30-5:30 - Don't forget this amazing opportunity for your child to get some additional support with building their math skills. As you review report cards and assessment performance keep this opportunity in mind. It is offered during SUN so that those students in SUN can attend without disrupting family routines, but it is also open to any other students interested as well. The only requirement is that someone is able to pick them up by 5:30. Reach out to your child's teacher if you would like to take advantage of this free opportunity.
     
    Friday:
    Come as You Are - Students dress to represent their own unique style or culture. This can be an opportunity to discuss what your family heritage or culture is as well as an opportunity for students to express their own perspective and unique style.
     
    Family Friday Morning - 8:00-8:40 - Monthly opportunity for families to play games and socialize together with other families and staff.
     
    Coffee Chat - 8:45 - Discussion with families around the work we have been doing and what our school is planning in the near future. I will likely review the recent assessment results and what I learn from the staffing meeting on Tuesday.
     
    Thank you all for your continued support of our students and staff. The more we work together and communicate the more we are able to positively impact our students academically and socially.
     
    Looking forward to another amazing week with all of our incredible students.
     
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    Portland Public Schools
     
     

     
             January 27, 2020
    Hello BEH Families,
     
    We are officially at the halfway point of our school year. The place where we are both reflecting on the effectiveness of what we have accomplished so far this year and planning for how we can improve in the second half of our school year. We will be pulling our building assessment data at the end of this week as the testing window closes and finding where we need to shift our approach and what strategies have been the most effective. This is one of my favorite times of the year, as it helps us to verify what is working, what is not, and we can all get on the same page around where we need to make adjustments. 
     
    Monday:
    Teacher Planning/Grading Day - No students, teachers will be working on completing student report cards. 
     
    Report cards will all be completed and sent home in backpacks by Monday, February 3rd.
     
    MAP family reports will also be printed and come home with report cards.
     
    Tuesday:
    We will be working to finish up MAP testing with the few students that still have testing to be completed.
     
    ODE TAG Visit - 12:30-3:00 - This is an audit year for PPS. ODE representatives will be circulating the building to interview students and staff, look for evidence of TAG planning, and provide feedback around strategies.
     
    Thursday:
    CSI Cohort Meeting - 8:30-3:30 - Tina, Jonalee, and I will be out of the building to attend a PD around our literacy curriculum. We will bring back what we learn to share with staff at a future staff meeting. We will have a substitute administrator in the building for support in our absence.
     
    Math Tutoring - 3:30-5:30 - If your student could use some support in the area of math, feel free to have them stay after school to work with our teachers around building the math skills and strategies they may be struggling with. If you are planning on having your student attend, please communicate with their teacher, so that they know to send them. This also allows the classroom teacher to connect with our math support teachers around what skills are currently being worked on in class. Also, remember to arrange pick-up before 5:30.
     
    Site Council Meeting - 3:30-5:00 - Monthly meeting with parents and staff to review progress towards our school improvement plan goals.
     
    PTA PJ Movie Night - 5:30 - PTA will have movies and snacks for students and families in the gym and library.
     
    Looking ahead:
    As we get ready to kick-off Black History Month, there are a couple of things I wanted to make sure you were all aware of.
     
    Next week will be a Black History themed spirit week that our student council will be announcing the themes for each day later this week. The assembly schedule however will be shifting. Many of the participants and planners for the Black History Assembly have asked that I move the assembly back one week to allow for more planning/prep time. As a result, we will move up our academic Assembly to recognize students based on their MAP growth so far this school year to next week.
     
    Academic Assembly: Will now be on 2/5 at 2:15
    Black History Assembly: Will now be on 2/12 at 2:00
    Looking forward to moving into the second half of the school year and making the necessary shifts in our academic strategies to move our students forward academically.
     
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611
     
     

     
    January, 20, 2020

    Hello BEH Families,

    Last week we had an assembly in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, where several staff and students paid respects and demonstrated how his lessons impacted their lives. This week we will be having our monthly badger/self manager assembly, honoring those students who demonstrate our three core values across all settings. Bringing attention to the positive people in our lives and to the positive acts we see everyday is an important lesson for us to model for our students. Too much of our society is focused on the many negative acts that happen everyday. We see this everyday if you turn on the news or look at social media. I am a believer that we will get more of what we give attention to. Let's all join together in recognizing the many good things that occur with our children everyday. I believe with this, we will see more of what it is we want to see in the world.

    Monday: No School

    Take a minute and reflect on all that Dr. King stood for and what we can do to ensure that his legacy and lessons live on through the work that we all do.
     

    Garden Bed Reconstruction - There will be a group of volunteers from NWEA on the playground working to take apart and rebuild the garden beds by the motor lab. We will be removing the old beds and attempting to rebuild them with the existing hardware and new, untreated cedar.

    Wednesday:

    Tech Training - 8:30-10:00 - I will be at the BESC for a TechSmart Schools professional development around learning first and technology second. We are joining the growing cohort, TechSmart Schools. This means an influx of newer tech for our building and increased support to maintain it.
     

    Badge Assembly - 2:15 - We will recognize our newest badgers and remind students of what it means to earn and maintain a badge. I will conference with each new applicant before the assembly this week.

    Thursday:

    First Math Support Drop-in Session - we will have two staff available from 3:30-5:30 to support any students that could use additional math support. Please communicate with your child's teacher if you would like your child to attend. Children can be picked up anytime before 5:30, but must be picked up by 5:30 each Thursday.

    Friday:

    Last day of the grading period - This is the official halfway point of the school year. This also means no school again on Monday, so that teachers can complete report cards.

    This week we will be working to complete any unfinished MAP assessments with our students and plan to send home student results with report cards next week. We will be utilizing these scores to guide our future intervention and adjusting our strategies based on the trends we see with these results.

    Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions regarding the results or your child's report card as you get the chance to review them.

    Thank you for your ongoing support,

    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal

    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School

    Portland Public Schools

    503-916-6171

     

    An invitation from our PTA:

    The BEH PTA invites you to Save the Date, and spread the word, for our 3rd Annual Community Fundraising Event. In addition, the PTA is actively seeking community donations for the Silent Auction portion of the evening. Please contact the PTA at behpta620@gmail.com if you or your business would like information on contributing, or if you have any questions! Further details to follow.

    Save The Date

     
    January 13, 2020
     
    BEH Families,
     
    With all the premature weather excitement, it can be hard to focus on school and the reality of still having to go to sleep on time and get up for school. I am in the camp of "I'll believe it when I see it." As a result, I expect us to be at school on time everyday this week, running our usual routines and continuing our daily progress academically and social/emotionally. If however, you wake up one morning and see snow, please make sure and check district and news sites to track district weather based decisions.
    This week we will be working to complete our winter MAP assessments. These are district wide assessments in math and reading that help our teachers to guide instructional decisions and ensure adequate academic progress for students. Please use this opportunity to remind your child about the importance of doing your best work and working through challenges. We discussed this in our assembly last week and will continue to have teachers review with students throughout the week.
     
    Monday:
    SUN School Starts - First day back for SUN School. Make sure your child and their teacher know what their after school plans are.
     
    Tuesday:
    Dough for Dollars - The Pizzicato on NE 42nd and Fremont (near Beaumont Middle School) will be donating a portion of their profits to our PTA.

    Pizzicato Fundraiser

    Wednesday:
    MLK Assembly - 2:15 - Assembly to honor Dr. King and remind our students what lessons he continues to teach us.
    PTA Meeting - 5:30 - Monthly opportunity to connect with PTA and hear what they are currently working on.
     
    Thursday:
    District Leadership Meeting - Tina and I will be out of the building all day for a mandatory meeting with district leadership.
    Math Night - 5:30-7:00 - Opportunity to come and hear what your students are learning in math and how we can help reinforce successful strategies. We will also make connections to real world opportunities to reinforce math lessons and teach some fun games that can be played as a family.
     
    Three Day Weekend - Don't forget that there is no school on Monday for Martin Luther King day. This is often a day of service for many people and organizations. We will have volunteers from NWEA at BEH to work on removing and rebuilding the garden beds on the playground. If you are looking to do some volunteering in the morning on this day, we will be on the playground working from 9-12.
     
    After last week, 2020 is off to a great start at BEH. We have been working on reviewing and reteaching expectations and ensuring our systems are in place to set up students for success. As a school we are working to be more data driven and responsive in our practice across the building. To kickoff 2020 we made some intentional shifts to those recess and lunch times that were not meeting expectations in 2019. On the instructional side, we have also made some shifts around how our teachers are planning and reflecting on their instruction. This includes shifts in our weekly grade level meetings and an increased focus on math and literacy across the building.
     
    I feel privileged to have such an amazing staff, that is willing to continually think creatively about how we can improve our practice and better prepare our students academically and socially. We have come a long way already this school year and I expect us to only improve our systems as 2020 progresses.
     
    Kaveh Pakseresht, Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     
    January 6, 2020
     
    Hello BEH Families,

    Welcome back and happy new year! I hope you were all able to spend some positive time with family and enjoy the additional time with your amazing children. I know we are all looking forward to getting back to school, seeing and hearing from our students, and getting back into our routines.

    No SUN School this week.

    Monday:First day back from winter break - Teachers will be reviewing expectations and reestablishing academic routines. You can help by getting back in to routines at home around sleep time and before/after school.

    Tuesday:

    Wednesday:Academic Focus Assembly - 2:15 - We will use this meeting to review the academic expectations and importance of assessments. We will also touch on building-wide expectations.

    Thursday:

    Friday:
    Family Friday - 8:00-8:40 - The gym will be open for families and students to play board games or Bingo and enjoy some light snacks and beverages.

    Coffee Chat - 8:45 - Parents, community members, really anyone interested, please join me in the staff lounge for a conversation about all the work we are doing and future plans for the school year.

    We will be coming back ready to jump into our routines and establish positive academic habits. Many of our grades will be getting ready to start new units on new concepts in literacy and math in January. As a result, we will be assessing students to see what they learned in their previous units and what they already know before beginning the upcoming unit. One area we will be working on in the new year is improving our communication of where your student(s) are at academically outside of just the report card. Additionally, we will be working on making sure that students know where they are and what they are working on. 

    So, as we move into 2020, expect to see more communication coming home around some of the assessments we use to guide our instruction. Hopefully this helps us all to better understand what our students are working on and how we can all work together to move them forward academically.

    Looking forward to a productive and positive second half of the school year,

    Kaveh Pakseresht
    Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     


     
    December 9, 2019
     

    BEH Families, 

    As we begin our second week of December, we will be working on maintaining a focus on academics and reminding students to make the most of these next two weeks. This will happen as an entire school at our assembly this week, where we will be recognizing those students that have been showing academic growth on IRLA, phonics, and curriculum based assessments this month.

    What to expect this week:

    Monday:

    First Day with no SUN School. Don't forget to arrange for after school pick-up for the remainder of December. If your child will be riding the bus, please remind their teacher and make sure they remember their stop. 

    Tuesday:

    MTSS Coaching Academy - I will be out of the building  for two days with our instructional coach and 3 classroom teachers to attend a district training around how to best meet the academic needs of all of our students effectively. This is the second of three sessions this year.

    Wednesday:

    MTSS Coaching Academy - I will be out of the building for two days with our instructional coach and 3 classroom teachers to attend a district training around how to best meet the academic needs of all of our students effectively. This is the second of three sessions this year.

    Academic Assembly - 2:00 - Adidas will be joining us to recognize students for their academic achievements over the past month and address our students. We will be recognizing students at each grade level that have shown significant growth or achievement on curriculum assessments over the past month.

    PTA Meeting - 5:30 - Monthly meeting to connect with other involved families, community members, and school staff. Hear what the PTA is currently working on and find ways to support the work we are doing as a school community.

    We will be continuing our focus on academics with our staff moving into the break with continued classroom walkthroughs and feedback, teachers beginning their planning for the unit following the winter break, and meeting weekly with every grade level to review student data and make decisions around possible educational shifts.

    As we work to go into these last two weeks of 2019, you can reinforce our work by asking your children what they are learning and by finding ways to meaningfully connect home experiences to school.

    As always, I look forward to collaborating with all of you on another productive week and continuing to push all of our students to reaching their full academic potential.

    Kaveh Pakseresht
    Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     


     
    December 3, 2019
     
    Hello BEH Families,
    Starting with this e-mail, I will be sending a weekly update about the comings and goings at BEH. Starting next week, this e-mail will come out on the first school day of each school week and will typically feature updates about the week that passed and what is planned in the week to come. I am always looking for feedback and ideas about how to improve our communication, so feel free to reach out with any thoughts or ideas.
     
    As we return from a week off after having just recognized our newest set of Badgers and finalizing the election of our new student council, we will be working on carrying the positive momentum into the winter break. Recognizing positive leaders in our school community is crucial to the success of our building climate. Our goal is to have every student working towards earning their badge this year and the first step in this is for students to set goals with their teachers based on academic performance, social interactions, and how they can help the community in common spaces. Additionally we work with every student to learn and embody our core values at BEH. These values are Perseverance, Integrity, and Community. If you have not quizzed your child on these yet, ask them if they can identify what these are and what they each mean to them. Our next badger assembly will be on Wednesday, December 18th.
     
    Here is what to expect this week:
     
    Monday 12/2 -
    PTA Food Drive Starts - Classrooms will be competing to collect the most food for our PTA winter family food boxes. The last day for donations is Friday, December 20th. PTA will be delivering food boxes to the sponsored families the following day.
     
    Wednesday 12/4 -
    Run for the Arts Assembly - 2:15 - We will be recognizing students and classes that raised the most money and ran the most laps at our Run for the Arts event earlier this fall. It was an amazing run, we were able to raise $6,815.10 plus we will receive an Arts Community Match of $1,000.00 this year. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered and attended the event this year. Your support and encouragement is essential to the success of the run.
     
    Thursday 12/5 -
    Last Day of SUN School - Remember that there is no SUN School for the  two weeks before winter break. If your student usually attends SUN School, make sure and review the plan with them for the next two weeks. If they will be riding the bus, please make sure their teacher knows as well, so that we can ensure that they get there in time and the bus does not leave without them.
     
    Friday 12/6 -
    Family Friday - 8:00 - This is our monthly opportunity for families to come in to school early and engage in some fun activities as a family. There are pastries, beverages, and various games in the gym. 
    Coffee Chat - 8:45-ish - This is our monthly meeting to typically connect with me, hear what we are up to, ask questions, and engage in conversation around what we are doing to move our work forward. This week however, I will be at a meeting off-site. As a result, Ms. Turner will be meeting with families and facilitating the conversation.
     
    I hope this was helpful, and I look forward to continuing the updates weekly moving forward. In addition to this added communication, I will be working with our support staff, PTA and our Site Council to develop a parent academic resource page and to update our school website later this school year as well.
     
    Thank you all for trusting us with your amazing students. We are continuously working to improve our instructional practice and ensure we are leveraging all resources and most of all ensuring that all of you are informed on what we are doing and how you can support the work we are doing.
     
    As always, I look forward to continued conversations and feedback around how we can improve our instructional practices.
     
    Kaveh Pakseresht
    Principal
    Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
    620 N Fremont St.
    Portland, OR 97227
    Ph. (503)916-6171
    Fx. (503)916-2611

     


    August 28, 2019

    Dear BEH Students and Families,

    Happy first day of school for the 2019/20 school year! I can’t believe the summer is nearly over and we are back into the school year. I am excited to work with everyone and take our next step together as a PK-5 community this year. We made a lot of progress last year reestablishing our identity as an elementary school and building a supportive academic culture at BEH. This year we will be focusing with even more intensity on our academic growth and establishing a community where students see themselves as scholars and driving their education and curiosities. Our goal as a STEAM school will be to continue our work in preparing an integrated educational experience for our students that adds relevance and purpose to the learning that they will be doing with us. I am excited to have an increased support team this school year that will allow for me to dig deeper into the academic work with our teachers and the academic support team. 

    Last year we rolled out the newly adopted reading curriculum for the district; Units of Study and worked to align our academics to align with the district’s scope and sequence. This year we will be continuing the new reading curriculum and adding the corresponding writing component from Units of Study as well. We will continue to follow the district scope and sequence for literacy, math, and health for the coming year as well. This year we have built our schedule around ensuring that all grade levels have scheduled times for all tiers of academic instruction with supports pushing in during intervention blocks (tier 3). In addition, we have built the schedule to allow for grade level teams to meet weekly during the school day to review academic data, plan instruction, and adjust approaches to maximize academic progress. You will notice additional adults pushing into all classrooms this year to support academic growth and supports for students at all levels.

    This year we will be joining several of the pilot schools in the district in launching a school wide social/emotional curriculum. The curriculum our school will be utilizing is Toolbox. You will see information and resources coming home with your child throughout the school year and will likely hear your child using the language from Toolbox to reference which “tool” they will be utilizing to overcome a challenging circumstance. Our goal as a school is to prepare well rounded individuals that are prepared to overcome all challenges and have strategies to persevere through setbacks. This is the next step in us ensuring that all of our students are leaving BEH as not only academically prepared students, but also prepared to work with others, manage their emotions in a healthy way, develop a sense of empathy and community, and embody our three core values. For those who may be new to BEH or just forgot over their summer break; our three core values at BEH are Community, Integrity, and Perseverance.

    I am excited for the coming school year, we are continuing to build strong partnerships with the community and look forward to working together with families and community members to continue to produce well rounded and positive students that are prepared for middle school, high school, college and career. I look forward to seeing you all at the many PTA and school events throughout the year and if you have ideas around how we could continue to improve, don’t hesitate to call or stop by the office. Thank you for being an integral part of our school community, I look forward to another amazing year.

    Sincerely,

    Kaveh Pakseresht

    (Mr. Kaveh)

     

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    August 8, 2019

    Dear BEH Students and Families,

    Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! I am extremely excited to jump into my second year as principal here at BEH with all of you. I feel like we took some positive steps last year and I look forward to continuing our progress into this school year. I spent the summer planning some very intentional work around our academic focus for the coming school year. I look forward to us moving ahead in building a positive academic identity as a school and for each of our students. In addition to this I have spent some time working on our staffing to try and ensure that we have the right people in our building to do this work. You will notice some changes below and some of them, you will notice I am still working on. We will keep you posted as we learn more. The purpose of this letter is to highlight events and information needed to prepare for the first week of school. You will be getting more detailed information regarding our plans and vision for the coming school year on the first day of school when your child brings home their Opening Day Packets. Should any questions or concerns arise before then that cannot be answered by this letter don’t hesitate to call the school.

     Sincerely,

    Kaveh Pakseresht

    (Mr. Kaveh)

     

    Help us say goodbye and thank you to the following outstanding educators:

    Michelle Berry-Patterson - Unassigned*

    Kristina Blanton - Assigned to Hayhurst*

    Terri Jo Bonbright - Retirement

    Eileen Dineen - Retirement

    Ronnie Lawton - Unassigned*

    Carolyn May - Retirement

    Doug Miles - Retirement

    Karen Moon - Retirement

    Nicole Thomas - Temporary Assignment*

     

    Welcome to BEH an outstanding group of educators:                          

    Ian Gustafson - Therapeutic Intervention Coach

    Jacob Lewis - Educational Assistant

    Shamsa Mohamed - Community Agent

    Jason Sloan - Student Success Advocate

    Angelina Soto-Dairy - ESL Teacher

    Lottie Wilson - Paraeducator

     

    Welcome the following staff members to different positions at BEH:

    Malaika Askari-Tamu - 4th Grade Teacher*

    Kennedy Hutsell - 3rd Grade Teacher

    John Meskimen - PK Teacher*

    Bridget Smith - PE Teacher

    Tina Turner - Assistant Principal

    Jerry Wahl-Stephens - 5th Grade Academic Support

    * There is still potential these shifts could change.

     

    Important Upcoming Events - Mark your calendar

    Thursday 8/22/19

    3:00 - 3:30 Popsicle Social - Find out the name of your Grade 1 - 5 teacher. Please come say hello and stop by for a popsicle served on the playground. See “Teacher Assignments” below for more info.

     

    Saturday 8/24/19

    9:00 - Noon Community Care Day - Please join us to spruce up the campus.  Bring garden tools if you have them!

    Noon - 4:00 - PTA Back to School BBQ Come join us at our 6th annual celebration, there will be games and fun for the whole family and food will be served compliments of our PTA. 

     

    Wednesday 8/28/19 - First Day of School

    8:40 All Students grade 1-5

    PreK/Kinder Assessments – all parents will be contacted for appointments - no school for PK/Kinder students

     

    Thursday 8/29/19 and Friday 8/30/19

    8:40 All Students grade 1-5

    PreK/Kinder Assessments – all parents will be contacted for appointments - no school for PK/Kinder students

     

    Monday 9/2/19

    No School - Labor Day

     

    Tuesday 9/3/19

    8:40 All Students grade PK-5 (First day for PK & K)

     

    Teacher Assignments

    Teacher assignments for Grades 1–5 will be available at the Popsicle Social beginning at  2:30, Wednesday, 8/22. If you are unable to make it to the school, you may call 503-916-6171 from 8:30-noon on Thursday, 8/23 to inquire about class placement.  Class lists will also be posted on the first day of school in the main hallway. Our PK teacher is currently John Meskimen. Kindergarten teachers are assigned after assessments are completed and will be posted in the Kindergarten "wing" on Tuesday morning, 9/3. Currently the district has forecasted us for two strands of Kindergarten. Our numbers are very close to what we need to get the third strand added back. I anticipate this happening and having Mr. John back in Kindergarten and Mama Malaika back in PK when that happens. I cannot guarantee this yet, but I hope to be able to before the school year officially begins.

     

    School Supplies 

    In addition to the supply list, “Tools for Schools,” a program through Schoolhouse Supplies is once again providing backpacks and basics for all students. Students will receive their backpacks at an all school assembly on Wednesday, 8/28. PK and Kinder students will receive their backpacks directly from their teachers on their first day of school, Tuesday, 9/3.  Look at "Supply Lists" under the Our School tab at the top of this page to view.

     

    School Hours/Dismissal

    The building opens for students at 8:40 am and students are tardy at 8:45. Please do not drop off students earlier than 8:30 as there is no adult supervision at that time. Students enter their designated doors by grade level.  PK-2nd grade students will be dismissed from their classrooms at 3:00 pm. Details to come home in Opening Day Packet. 3rd-5th grade students will be picked up by parents on the playground at 3:00 pm each day. Please pick up your child promptly if they do not ride the bus. Bus riders will be escorted to the bus and supervised by school staff until the buses depart the school.

     

    Student Body Fund

    We are requesting a donation of $10.00 to cover the cost of  student planners, field trips, guest speakers and other student activities. Please go to https://pps.schoolpay.com/link/BEH-SBF-Donation at any time to donate.  This request will also be in the opening day packet that comes home the first day of school. 

     

    Student Drop-off/ Pick-up/Parking/School Bus Zones

    Please note that the parking lot on the east side of the school is for school buses and staff parking only. It is a “one way” route for buses and staff vehicles only. The west side of the school on N Borthwick is the zone for student drop-off and pick up. N Borthwick is a “one way” north traffic zone. Please obey all the street and parking signs posted around the school.  Please note: Do not use the Grand Central Bakery parking lot at any time of the day for drop-off/pick-up of students.

     

    Opening Day Packets

    Packets will be sent home with students the first day of school and will contain the forms that need to be signed and returned immediately as well as the school calendar/handbook and other important information. Please take time to look through all this information carefully. The Student Verification Report is especially important. Please update the information as needed, sign and date the form and return it to the teacher. PK and Kinder students will receive this information at their child’s assessment appointment.

     

    Uniforms

    At the BBQ on August 24th our PTA will have uniforms from the Clothes Closet, used and new, available to families. Please bring in old uniforms that no longer fit to donate to the Clothes Closet. See website for more information.

     

    Breakfast/Lunch

    Breakfast and lunch are free to all students every day. Students may pick up breakfast in the morning as they enter their designated entrance. Breakfast is served until 9:00 am. If your child will be arriving to school after 9:00 am please make alternative breakfast arrangements for them.

     

    School Messenger

    We want to keep in touch with you.  Get text alerts about school closures, delays, emergencies and Boise-Eliot/Humboldt events.  Text YES to 68453 (and be sure to do this if you get a new cell phone number). 

     

     Principal Sneetch Kaveh Pakseresht

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