April 23, 2020
Hello Grout Families,The educators, Mrs. Self and I thoroughly enjoyed driving through the Grout neighborhood last Thursday. It was such a joy to see students, parents, grandparents and neighbors. We all miss you so much!The most recent, exciting news to me came late on Friday afternoon when Mrs. Self was named as the new principal for Grout Elementary. She has done an amazing job as our assistant principal this year and is more than ready to step into the principalship. Congratulations Mrs. Self!!!I have had the opportunity to sit in on many class meetings and small group meetings and am so amazed at how well students are doing with distance learning. I know our educators are working and planning to give your children social emotional support as well as providing academic instruction. Much of the instruction is through many of our online programs including Zearn Math, ST Math, Dream Box Math, Lexia CORE 5, Epic Books, MyOn, Newsela, SeeSaw and other online platforms. This is the best way for educators to support your children from a distance. Speaking on behalf of the Grout staff, I want to thank all of the families that are supporting their children with their learning at home. We cannot do this without you and your support. As the saying goes, “It takes a village.”I know many families are wondering when we can let you back into the school to get your children’s items left in lockers and desks. PPS is taking direction from Governor Brown and is working on a plan for when we are given the go ahead to let families retrieve items. I’m guessing that the restrictions will stay in place until the Stay Home, Stay Safe requirements are lifted.If you need any support, please don’t hesitate to reach out.Most sincerely,
Annie Tabshy, Principal 971.712.6144
Denise Self, Assistant Principal 503.867.3289
GROUT GARDEN SCHOOL AT HOME
Hello Grout Families!
This is Miss Madeline, the Grow Portland School Garden Educator at Grout.
It's been my pleasure to teach your students in our garden classroom, and now I would like to support you as you guide their learning at home.
I'm excited to share with you the Grow Portland Google Classroom, where you will find garden-themed lessons and activities you can do with your child at home -- no garden required. I will be adding video updates of what's happening in the garden, and possibly some live meets in May!
All you need to access the classroom is a Google/Gmail account:
Click the plus sign (+) to join a class
Enter the class code: asibzjm
The theme for April is Insects and Pollinators . We will be adding more lessons through the end of May.
You can also find more fun garden content on our website at: https://www.growportland.org/lessons-educational-resources -or-
Madeline Miller, M.S.Ed.
School Garden Educator
Chromebooks are still available at the BESC, 501 N. Dixon, from 9am to 1pm. If you have one that is not working properly (broken keys etc.), you can exchange for a working chromebook.
Meal pickup locations:
Breakfast and lunch are still being served at Grout from 11 – 1 daily.
PPS Student page: pps.net/student
Corona Virus: pps.net/coronavirus
Food Finder: oregonfoodfinder.org
If you need assistance with food, please reach out to Chelsea Kimura with SUN Chelsea.firstname.lastname@example.org, Mr. Frankunas email@example.com, Principal Annie firstname.lastname@example.org, Ms. Self email@example.com. Grout PTA is also supporting assistance with food and has been in contact with us and Chelsea.
This Thursday, April 16, at 4 PM our Grout teachers and staff will be driving through our school’s neighborhoods to wave to our students that we miss so much. Teachers and staff will be in their vehicles driving slowly past houses, parks, and apartment buildings. We’d love to see you and your family on our parade route! We want you to stay safe around our vehicles by remaining on sidewalks and remembering to keep a distance of 6 feet between you and other families. Teachers will leave Grout at 4pm and follow the map. We hope to see you.
April 2, 2020
Hello Grout Families,
I wanted to let you know that Mrs. Self and I have been meeting with our teaching staff and specialists this entire week helping support them as they gear up to start distance learning next week. This week educators have been taking online classes to learn and enhance their knowledge of online platforms they will be using to work with your children. As you can imagine, we are all at different levels of understanding technology and need to practice all of this new learning.
On Monday, March 30, 2020, a letter was sent to school districts stating the change in guidance from the Oregon Department of Education around expectations for student learning. Our focus going in to the week was around social emotional learning and enrichment of curriculum already taught. The focus has shifted to distance learning with Covid-19 putting the country at nearly a stand still. Educators will be reinforcing what has already been taught and will also be introducing new learning.
As we navigate online learning, students, families and educators are likely to hit some bumps along the way. Many families have access to internet and technology while a large segment of Grout families do not. The first wave of loaner Chromebooks are going out today to families who signed up for one. The district is starting by getting Chromebooks into 4th grade through high school student’s hands with high school being the first priority due to graduation requirements including credit recovery. I also want you to be aware that the district is only offering one Chromebook per family which means your children will be sharing a device. There will be a second wave of Chromebooks loaned out and a survey will be out soon. The survey will be found online or at the Grout’s food distribution hub Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Educators have been emailing information to their families and will be able to make phone calls using a program called Remind. When information about this is available, we will share it with you. Staff will also be utilizing “Google Chat” to set up video conferencing with students and families. Please check emails for correspondence from your child’s educator.
We also want you to know that breakfast and lunch will continue to be served, Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Grout on the SE 32nd side of the building. For families that do not have internet access, there are a limited number of work packets for students available at the food hub. Please ask for them when your child is picking up meals.
As information becomes available, Mrs. Self and I will work diligently to get it to you. One of the hardest things I am finding at this time is the unknown. I like to have answers and, in some cases, right now there are no answers.
Please know that we appreciate all of the outpouring of support the Grout Community has shown and know we are all thinking of you. If you need anything, please email us or call. My district phone is not working at this time so I’m providing you with an alternate number:
Annie Tabshy, Prinicpal: 503.701.2792
Mrs. Self, Assistant Principal: 503.8673289
Annie Tabshy, Principal and Denise Self, Assistant PrincipalRESOURCES:
Corona Virus: pps.net/coronavirus
Food finder: oregonfoodfinder.org
If you need assistance with food, please reach out to Chelsea Kimura with SUN Chelsea.firstname.lastname@example.org, Mr. Frankunas email@example.com, Principal Annie firstname.lastname@example.org, Ms. Self email@example.com. Grout PTA is also supporting assistance with food and has been in contact with us and Chelsea.Meal pickup locations:
Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary - 620 N Fremont Ave
César Chávez Elementary - 5103 N Willis Blvd
George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave
Grout Elementary – 3119 SE Holgate Blvd
Harrison Park School - 2225 SE 87th Ave
Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary - 4906 NE 6th Ave
Rigler Elementary - 5401 NE Prescott St
Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave
Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St
Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St
Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St
Markham Elementary - 10531 SW Capitol Hwy
Madison at Marshall - 3905 SE 91st Ave
Multnomah County will keep some Student Health Center locations open during the break. You can find more information by visiting this website.
Health services are available for all K-12 students in Multnomah County over spring break (March 23-27) at:
Parkrose Student Health Center
12003 NE Shaver St
This is an unprecedented time in our community, and we hope that some of the services and supports described above will be helpful to families over the unexpectedly long break. During the break, we encourage everyone to follow recommended practices by avoiding large gatherings, washing hands frequently and covering mouths when coughing or sneezing. Those experiencing symptoms of a cold or flu should stay at home until symptom-free for 72 hours. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with a doctor. You can find much more information and additional resources by clicking pps.net/coronavirus.
We wish everyone a safe and healthy extended break.