Sellwood School News

  • Principal's Newsletter 03-05-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – March 5, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    What a difference a week makes!  Last Saturday, PPS communications sent out an announcement that middle schools would begin hybrid instructions 4th quarter, on March 12th.  You can read the PPS communication here.  Today, Governor Brown announced that all K-5 schools must begin in-person or hybrid instruction in late March, and all 6-12 schools by April 19th.  You can read Governor Brown’s letter here.  We are excited about the return to in-person instruction while recognizing the many challenges we need to navigate.  As you probably know, there are stringent safety requirements that are very necessary, but present logistical challenges.  One of these requirements is 35 sq. foot per person, which results in many of Sellwood’s smaller classrooms being limited to 7 or 8 occupants, including the teacher.  With class sizes of around 30 or more, this requirement limits the number of days we can offer.  However, you can see that Governor Brown’s letter states that the state is conducting “a review of requirements that can better facilitate the return of in-person instruction while also reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19”.  We hope to see the results of that review soon.  As you can see, things are happening fast.  I have mentioned several times previously in my newsletter that a PPS parent survey was forthcoming.  To my knowledge, there has been a survey for k-5 parents, but we are still waiting for the 6-12 survey.  Sorry for the wait. That information will be very helpful in planning!  Another challenge will be finding solutions to support our teachers with child care responsibilities.  I know many of you have experienced the work and child care balancing act first-hand and it has been very difficult.  In the end, we are going to make it work.  Yesterday, we began Limited In-Person Instruction with 17 students, and it was truly a joy to see children in the building.  I am very much looking forward to seeing ALL students back at school :-)

    Please sign up for Picture Day on March 12th.  We had planned to do 1PM to 7PM, but the earlier slots filled up quickly, so we added 20 more time slots between 12:40 and 1PM.  There are still plenty of time slots in the early evening between 6-7PM.  The link for picture day is below.

    Also, 6th and 7th-graders, it is already time to forecast for next year’s classes!  On Tuesday morning, I will be sending you a forecasting Google form, an instructional screencast video, and an elective class course guide so that you and your child will be able to make your elective selections.  We will have some afternoon question & answer extra help sessions scheduled as well. Look for my communication about forecasting Tuesday morning.

    Finally, we want your feedback.  Please take the Successful School Survey today :-)

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

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  • Principal's Newsletter 02-26-2021

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – February 26, 2021

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We are excited to announce that we will be holding our first picture day on March 12th between 1PM and 7PM.  You should have received an email yesterday about Picture Day with a link to SignUp Genius, but I will post the details again below. Slots are filling up quickly, so sign up today! The photos will be used in the yearbook, plus students will get their 2020-21 student ID (finally) and families will have the opportunity to purchase a package.   We will be using a drive through model, where families will pull up on 16th Avenue, students will walk up to the entrance next to the gym on the outdoor basketball court, get their picture card and some hand sanitizer, walk to into the gym, get their picture taken, pick up their ID and walk out the gym exit door.  Only the photographer and two or three Sellwood staff will be inside the gym, and students will only spend about two minutes inside.  All will wear masks, social distance, and use sanitizer.  Only the students will remove their masks for a few seconds to have their picture taken.

    If you are unable to make picture day, you may submit your own yearbook picture.  Please submit them through the Pictavo site at https://commpe.pictavo.com/ Search and find Sellwood OR just use our code: 94743.  The deadline for submitting your own yearbook photo is April 2nd.

    Speaking of the yearbook, please help us out by sending us any candid or fun photos you have, also to the Pictavo site.  We need pictures, as we don’t have the opportunity to take candid photos at school!

    I know that there has been some conflicting information regarding hybrid instruction at middle schools, as well as a lot of speculation.  Unfortunately, I do not have any specific or concrete information to share, except that the survey for middle school parents regarding their interest in hybrid vs. continuing distance learning should be coming to you soon.  You will be receiving information regarding any school opening from PPS Communications, and I don’t want to speak for the district as this is a matter of high importance for students, families, and staff.  Thank you for your patience and I am sorry I can’t say more.

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

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