• FPE Newsletter for the week ending 5/17/19

    Find the latest about FPE in our latest newsletter, FPE Newsletter 5/17/19.

    From Principal Lisa Newlyn


    What a fun filled night Friday night!  Even the rain (a first in my memory) didn't damper our spirits.  Friends of Forest Park Elementary is our annual organizer, and I want to give a special thank you to Steph, Kimie, Mike, Chris, and a host of volunteers for putting everything together.  

    An extra special part of our annual Spring Carnival is the 5th grade Obstacle Course.  Thank you Robin and Mike for making this year's version so much fun.  Kiddie pool?  Why not?!  Parents may or may not have contributed to cheating in the end . . . =)

    If you're interested in knowing how you can help in FPE's planning, volunteering, and the like, please join us this coming Thursday, 5/23 @ 6:30pm in the FPE library.

    This is a busy time of year for our students and staff.  There's lots to take time and celebrate and lots of work to do before the year comes to an end.  Transitions can be tricky for some students.  Saying good bye to friends and teachers is hard, even if you are returning to FPE in August.  If your child is showing signs of anxiety (extra hyper, unusually sad or tired) please don't hesitate to let Miss Lizzie or me know.  We are happy to help!

    For your reference, as we prepare for the upcoming school year, we welcome parent input, but please read the guidance and information from me at this link: Parent Input for Building Class Lists 2019-2020 Thank you!  Deadline for input has been extended to May 24th.

    Read on below for more news from our school and community partners.  

    Lisa Newlyn, Principal

    5th Grade Leadership Service Project  May 20- May 24

    Dear Forest Park Community,

    As a group, we have decided that we would like to help people that are less fortunate than us. We are asking for donations of the items listed below, so that we can create care kits for the homeless. We will be collecting the items in the lobby area of the school starting Monday, May 20- Friday, May 24, 2019. Please let our School Counselor, Ms. Lizzie, know if you have any questions, and thank you for helping us with our project!

    5th grade Leadership

    Donation Items include:

    • Toothpaste

    • Toothbrush

    • Socks

    • Wet Wipes

    • Travel size toiletries (all ethnicities)

    • Socks

    • Nonperishable food

    • Bottles of water

    • Band-aids

    • Combs

    • Sunscreen

    Ms. LaTocha's class took a visit to our Outdoor Learning Space on Friday to examine their radish plants.  They are also studying worms.  Have you noticed the footings for our new bench installation?  Thank you 5th grade class of 2018 for a great new addition to our garden!

    Trinchero and Crews's classes came together Friday for buddy reading.  

    Paws for Applause Celebration Monday (and Friday for 3rd grade).  Kiddos voted - and the sun cooperated - so we ate outside!

    Dear Parents and Families,

    What a beautiful day for our annual Fun Run!  Lots of sun, cool breezes, and kids ready for some fun on the track - all for the support of art programming at Forest Park.  Thank you for your support, whether you were able to volunteer or cheer, your pledge of support for each lap run helps bring local artists to our school.  Kinder's have a residency with NW Children's Theater and saw a performance at the Oregon Children's Theater.  The 1st Graders will learn their own special moves with BodyVox.  2nd Graders created dreamy watercolors with Lisa Manning.  3rd, 4th, and 5th graders visited the Portland Art Museum.  2nd and 5th graders viewed Flora and Ulysses play.  Bus transportation is provided to off-site arts events.  We are still booking activities into the spring and look forward to more next year.  Thanks Stef and Sarah for making Fun Run '17 a success!

    Thank you to all of you who attended Thursday night's Spring State of the School Presentation.  My presentation is available online with active links to referenced information.  Full video (1:04min) is available here.  Whether you came Thursday night or not, I encourage your feedback and questions: lnewlyn@pps.net.

    Parent Input for Building Class Lists 2017-2018

    Teachers will be bringing to your attention next year’s class assignment process. To reinforce what you will hear from them, I want to let you know how teachers will be formulating class lists for next year, together with my administrative oversight and approval.  The class assignment process is a long and involved one.
    K-4 teachers and I spend a great deal of time looking at each student to determine what type of classroom environment is going to best suit his/her needs.  After deliberating as individual teachers they meet as a grade level team to form sections that are balanced by gender, racial affinity, skill levels and individual needs.  We realize there are occasions when we feel some students should not be placed in the same classroom.
    Your teachers will not be assigning students to specific teachers for next year, they will only be making the appropriate number of heterogeneous class groups. I will make the final decision about teachers for each of those groups. If you would like to bring something to my attention to assist me/teams in placing your child, please put it in writing without naming a teacher, requesting a student not be placed with a certain teacher, specifying the gender or describing his/her physical characteristics.
    A majority of families do not submit input, but if you feel you would like to do so, I need to receive that input by May 15th.  If I receive written input with a request for a specific teacher, the input will not be considered. I review the lists several times before they are finalized. We all work exceedingly hard at balancing all of the aforementioned factors, and by the time we have finished we feel very strongly we have come up with classroom compositions which will make for a successful year.  Unless we have overlooked something in a student’s placement that we feel merits a change, all class assignments are final.

    After our feedback window has closed, I'll share classroom assignments and details to our end of year routines, particularly Move Up Day on 6/2/17. 
    Please let the office know if your child(ren) will not be returning to Forest Park in the fall. This is particularly helpful information to have as we work to balance classes and build program for next year.


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