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  • 11/20/20 Family Newsletter

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    November 20, 2020


    Calendar 

    Nov. 23 - 24 No School - Conferences

    Nov. 25 - 27 No School - Thanksgiving Break

    Dec. 4 Principal Office Hours - 1-2 pm


    *Due to Parent-Teacher Conferences and Thanksgiving Break next week, we will not be doing library book distribution, Principal’s office hours, lunch with Ms. Lynn, or Counselor's office hours. These will resume after Thanksgiving.*

    CONFERENCES

    Conferences are scheduled for November 23 & 24.  This year conferences will be completed virtually through Google Meets, Zoom, or by phone.  Like other PPS schools, we will not be using the traditional conference forms that include “Exceeds, Meets, Close to Meeting, or Not Yet Meeting” language.  This year we have modified the form to meet the demands of distance learning and we will be identifying participation and growth in core academic areas.   

    We are using the Sign Up Genius app to complete this process and have been assured that it is simple and easy to use.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.  

    PE, ART, AND LIBRARY DURING CONFERENCES

     The PE, Art, and Library team are available during the conference days. You will not be receiving any marks or comments for your child in these areas, but may contact them if you have questions or want general feedback about your student. Here is their contact information.

     PE: Cameron Kreuz ckreuz@pps.net

    Art: Kendra Yao kyao@pps.net

    Library: Lynn Preble lpreble@pps.net

    NOVEMBER MEAL SERVICES

    Due to Conferences and Thanksgiving Break, we will not be serving or delivering meals on Monday, Nov 23, and Wednesday, Nov 25.  More updates about our services in December will be provided later.  Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions. 

    HOME MEAL DELIVERY REQUESTS - UPDATE

    Since the number of requests for home meal delivery have slowed, we are no longer going to be using the form we had previously used.

    For PPS families not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing meals and would like to request home meal delivery, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net with:

    • Family name
    • Address (where meals should be delivered)
    • Contact phone number
    • Number of children in the household
    • School(s) attended

    Requests submitted by end of day Monday, will begin receiving meal deliveries on the following Monday. For cancellations, changes or updates, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net.

    PARENT WORKSHOP ON EARLY READING SKILLS

    The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with Read by 4th, Drexel University School of Education, and AIM Institute designed to help parents grow their grade K-3 students into strong readers. This workshop will have ideas for making reading fun with the ultimate goal of reading by 4th grade. Parents will receive a workbook to use during and after this workshop.

    Sessions will be offered in both Spanish and English with translation available during the English session. Sessions will be recorded. 

    • Friday,  December 11, 2020 (4:00 pm-6:00 pm) - English with translation
    • Saturday,  December 12, 2020 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) - Spanish

    Registration link                 English flyer                   Spanish flyer

    Jennifer Hernandez, Assistant Director, Humanities, OTL, jhernandez1@pps.net

    LET’S GET READING!

    Because of Conferences and Thanksgiving Break, there will be no library book distribution the week of November 23rd-27th. Book distribution will resume on Monday, November 30 for Kindergarten, Second, and Fourth grade:  

    • On the sidewalk on 31st Avenue
    • Monday, November 30, 2:00-4:00 pm:  Last Name beginning with A-L
    • Wednesday, December 2, 2:00-4:00 pm:  Last Name beginning with M-Z

    Please remember to return any books that were previously checked out to you.

    A MESSAGE FROM GROUT’S GARDEN

    Hello Grout Families!

    Hope you are doing well.

    We are Grow Portland, your school’s partner for garden-based education. I am your Garden Educator, Madeline! This fall Grow Portland has donated nearly 700 pounds of school garden-grown produce to our ten partner schools. Grout received over 30 bags of garden veggies on September 9th! We also distributed 100 apple tasting kits to Grout on October 21st thanks to a generous donation from Portland Nursery. 

    Out in the gardens we have been getting ready for winter by planting cover crops, adding mulch, and planning a final fall harvest. In virtual Garden School last month we explored the signs of fall and had fun with seeds! This month teachers will be sharing our lessons on soil and worms. These lessons provide a great opportunity to get outside and maybe even get your hands dirty :)

    You can check out these lessons through our interactive and fun videos on our Grow Portland YouTube Channel.

    Thanks for supporting garden learning at your school. Let me know if you’d like more information or want to get involved.

    Take care!

    Madeline Miller

    mmiller@growportland.org

    https://www.growportland.org/

    Picture of Madeline holding a worm

     

    DISTRICT APPROVED FLIERS

    Oregon Health Plan Free Health Insurance Coverage Flier

    Saturday Academy Online STEAM Classes for High Schoolers

    Saturday Academy Online STEAM Classes for Middle Schoolers

    MetroArts Inc. Cognizart Spark Camp - November 21, 2020

    Reminders: 

    LYFT CODES AVAILABLE FOR FREE RIDES

    Thanks to our generous friends at Lyft, The Fund for Portland Public Schools is making available $20-25 in Lyft ride credits to PPS families. In keeping with the guidance set out by the Oregon Governor, we kindly ask that these rides credits are used only to address critical and essential needs. Lyft Code Request Form.

  • 11/13/20 Family Newsletter

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    November 13, 2020


    Calendar 

    Nov. 18 Principal’s Chat 4:30 pm

    Counselor's Office Hours 1-2 pm Code: groutcounselor

    Nov. 20 Principal’s Chat 9:00 am 

    Principal’s Office Hours 1-2 pm Code: meet.google.com/zoj-hyjt-rxs.

    Nov. 23 - 24 No School - Conferences

    Nov. 25 - 27 No School - Thanksgiving Break


    CONFERENCES

    Conferences are scheduled for November 23 & 24.  This year conferences will be completed virtually through Google Meets, Zoom, or by phone.  Like other PPS schools, we will not be using the traditional conference forms that include “Exceeds, Meets, Close to Meeting, or Not Yet Meeting” language.  This year we have modified the form to meet the demands of distance learning and we will be identifying participation and growth in core academic areas.   

    We will be sending out conference sign-up information today.  We are using the Sign Up Genius app to complete this process and have been assured that it is simple and easy to use.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.  

    PRINCIPAL’S CHAT

    Our next Principal’s Chat will be Thursday, November 19 at 4:30 pm and Friday, November 20 at 9:00 am.  In this week’s presentation, I will share ideas about how to prepare for the upcoming teacher conference.  The code to access the meeting will be:  meet.google.com/dgx-jkgq-iun. 

    NOVEMBER MEAL SERVICES

    Due to the upcoming fall break for conferences and Thanksgiving, the Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals each day.  Each service day through November 20, we will be providing 3 days worth of meals for each child.  We will not be serving or delivering meals on Monday, Nov 23, and Wednesday, Nov 25.  More updates about our services in December will be provided later.  Home meal delivery sign ups will remain open this week.  Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions.  

    GROCERIES4GROUT FALL CELEBRATION FOOD DRIVE

    Groceries4Grout is currently providing food for food boxes and a walk up pantry every Tuesday 11:30am-12:30pm outside of Grout Elementary.  We are currently looking for fall specific food donations to provide for our SE families.  

    What to donate:

    Canned Cranberry Sauce

    Canned Corn

    Box Stuffing Mix

    Canned Sweet Potatoes/Yams

    Canned Green Beans

    Boxed Mac and Cheese

    Instant Mashed Potatoes

    Turkey/Chicken Gravy 

    Rice

    Chicken Stock

    Sugar

    Flour

    Canned Pumpkin

    Dinner Rolls

    Canned Soups

     

    If you are interested in donating any of these items, please contact SUN Coordinator Chelsea Kimura by email: chelsea.kimura@portlandoregon.gov or leave a message at 503-278-1017 to coordinate a drop off time outside of Grout Elementary (3119 SE Holgate Blvd.)

    Thank you all for your donations and your support!

    LET’S GET READING!

    This week’s library book distribution schedule for First, Third, and Fifth grade:  

    • On the sidewalk on 31st Avenue
    • Monday, November 16, 2:00-4:00 pm:  Last Name beginning with A-L
    • Wednesday, November 18, 2:00-4:00 pm:  Last Name beginning with M-Z

    Please remember to return any books that were previously checked out to you. 

    LYFT CODES AVAILABLE FOR FREE RIDES

    Thanks to our generous friends at Lyft, The Fund for Portland Public Schools is making available $20-25 in Lyft ride credits to PPS families. In keeping with the guidance set out by the Oregon Governor, we kindly ask that these rides credits are used only to address critical and essential needs. Lyft Code Request Form.

    DISTRICT APPROVED FLIERS

    Oregon Health Plan Free Health Insurance Coverage Flier

    Saturday Academy Online STEAM Classes for High Schoolers

    Saturday Academy Online STEAM Classes for Middle Schoolers

    MetroArts Inc. Cognizart Spark Camp - November 21, 2020

    In this folder you will find flyers for Native American Youth and Families Center (NAYA) programs.

    Reminders: 

    COUNSELOR OFFICE HOURS

    Mr. Frankunas is offering Office hours for parents and students on Wednesdays between 1:00 and 2:00 pm.  Code: groutcounselor

    Also, if you need to reach Mr. Frankunas, please can call 503-916-6209 #5, or email  dfrankun@pps.net.

    LUNCH WITH MS. LYNN

    Feel free to join Ms. Lynn for a virtual lunch date each week. The Google meet code is lynnlibrary. She'll read stories, talk about book bag books, and just chat about whatever kids want to share. This is an optional meeting.

    • Tuesdays- K/1 11:30-12:15
    • Wednesdays- 2/3 11:30-12:15
    • Thursdays- 4/5 11:45-12:30

    Please email Ms. Lynn (lpreble@pps.net) if you need to renew books from bags, or to set up a personal check-in. Also, please reach out if you've been unable to come for book bag distribution and need to be added to the delivery list.

    PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE HOURS 

    I will be hosting office hours on Fridays between 1:00 and 2:00 pm.  There will not be any presentations during these office hours, but I will be available to check-in, answer any questions, or just generally chat about what is happening.  

    Because it is difficult to use a meeting nickname, while students are using their PPS accounts for school, we will use this code for all of our office hour visits: meet.google.com/zoj-hyjt-rxs.

     

     

  • 11/6/20 Family Newsletter

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    Calendar 

    Nov. 11           No School - Veterans’ Day

    Nov. 23 - 24 No School - Conferences

    Nov. 25 - 27 No School - Thanksgiving Break


    CONFERENCE SIGN-UPS

    Conferences are scheduled for November 23 & 24.  We will be sending out conference sign-up information this week.  We are planning to use the Sign Up Genius app to complete this process and have been assured that it is simple and easy to use.  Please look for this information later in the week.

      

    NUTRITION SERVICES UPDATES

    Starting Monday, November 2, our grab-and-go curbside serving locations will be open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

    The district re-opened access to home meal deliveries, a service for PPS families that are not near a meal site or need assistance accessing meals. To request meal delivery service, PPS families can complete the request form which can also be found on our Fall 2020 Meal Service webpage.

     

    GROCERIES4GROUT FALL CELEBRATION FOOD DRIVE

    Groceries4Grout is currently providing food for food boxes and a walk up pantry every Tuesday 11:30am-12:30pm outside of Grout Elementary.  We are currently looking for fall specific food donations to provide for our SE families.  

    What to donate:

    Canned Cranberry Sauce

    Canned Corn

    Box Stuffing Mix

    Canned Sweet Potatoes/Yams

    Canned Green Beans

    Boxed Mac and Cheese

    Instant Mashed Potatoes

    Turkey/Chicken Gravy 

    Rice

    Chicken Stock

    Sugar

    Flour

    Canned Pumpkin

    Dinner Rolls

    Canned Soups

     

    If you are interested in donating any of these items, please contact SUN Coordinator Chelsea Kimura by email: chelsea.kimura@portlandoregon.gov or leave a message at 503-278-1017 to coordinate a drop off time outside of Grout Elementary (3119 SE Holgate Blvd.)

    Thank you all for your donations and your support!"

     

    LET’S GET READING!

    Please note there is no school on Wednesday, so that pickup day has been moved to Thursday.

    This week’s library book distribution schedule for Kindergarten, Second, and Fourth grade:  

    • On the sidewalk on 31st Avenue
    • Monday, November 9, 2:00-4:00 pm:  Last Name beginning with A-L
    • Thursday, November 12, 2:00-4:00 pm:  Last Name beginning with M-Z

    Please remember to return any books that were previously checked out to you.  

    DISTRICT APPROVED FLIERS

     

    Reminders: 

    COUNSELOR OFFICE HOURS

    Mr. Frankunas is offering Office hours for parents and students on Wednesdays between 1:00 and 2:00 pm.  Code: groutcounselor

    Also, if you need to reach Mr. Frankunas, please can call 503-916-6209 #5, or email  dfrankun@pps.net.

     

    LUNCH WITH MS. LYNN

    Feel free to join Ms. Lynn for a virtual lunch date each week. The Google meet code is lynnlibrary. She'll read stories, talk about book bag books, and just chat about whatever kids want to share. This is an optional meeting.

    This week, with no school on Wednesday the schedule has been adjusted to:  

    Tuesdays- K/1/2 11:30-12:15

    Thursdays- 3/4/5 11:45-12:30

    Please email Ms. Lynn (lpreble@pps.net) if you need to renew books from bags, or to set up a personal check-in. Also, please reach out if you've been unable to come for book bag distribution and need to be added to the delivery list.

     

    PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE HOURS 

    I will be hosting office hours on Fridays between 1:00 and 2:00 pm.  There will not be any presentations during these office hours, but I will be available to check-in, answer any questions, or just generally chat about what is happening.  

    Because it is difficult to use a meeting nickname, while students are using their PPS accounts for school, we will use this code for all of our office hour visits::  

    meet.google.com/zoj-hyjt-rxs.