• Forest Park News 09/09/19

    Find the latest about FPE in our latest newsletter:  FPE Week Nine Newsletter 10/21/19


    From Principal Lisa Newlyn

    It's been such a stormy weekend!  I hope the weather didn't dampen your spirits or your time with family and friends.  We've entered that time of year when we take a close look at the weather around 10:30am to make sure that it's not too rainy for students to play outside.  We really want kids to have as much time outside as possible - kids need their exercise and space to play and relax together.  To be honest, we let kiddos tolerate drizzle.  But, when it's too wet we call for inside recess.  We had a couple of those this week.  On inside recess days we give students three options: undercover area for outside play including basketball, hula hoops and tether ball; library for quiet reading; and room P3 for an engaging, short video.

    I want to take a moment and thank Deputy Superintendent Dr. Kregg Cuellar for spending his morning at FPE on Friday.  Dr. Cuellar loves FPE - staff, students, and parents - and in his role enjoys staying connected to schools.  He hosted Morning Mug on Friday for an hour.  Come back anytime, Dr. Cuellar!

    At Morning Mug, Dr. Cuellar made a big announcement: FOFPE has approved funds for the installation of five new cameras.  This safety upgrade is huge for our campus safety.  Thank you to our Safety Committee Parent Leads Mara, Heidi, and Cheri for giving time to plan and advocate for this safety upgrade.  

    I want to thank everyone who was able to join me for the Fall State of the School Address.  We had a great turnout!  If you missed my presentation, please feel free to review the slide deck.  And,  take a look at FPE Mission, Vision, and Goals for 2019-2020. 

    We had a lot of excited students this past week as the FOFPE sponsored our annual Scholastic Book Fair.  Thanks so Stephanie and her team of volunteers for giving our community access to great titles!  Book fair proceeds go towards our upcoming author visits from Trudy Ludwig and Eric Kimmel.  Thank you for your support!! 

    This month is Dyslexia Awareness Month.  Please take a moment and read about a great opportunity offered on 11/07/19 that will increase your knowledge of dyslexia's impact on students, below. 

    Lice has made it's way to FPE recently.  Please take a moment and make sure you know how we address head pets (lice) so that you can keep our school community itch free: 

    In honor of Pronoun Day last week, I have updated to email signature to include my preferred pronouns: she/hers.  It's important to me that all people who enter Forest Park Elementary know they are in an inclusive environment.  

    There's lots more to know about life in the land of Forest Park; read on below.

    Lisa Newlyn, Principal

    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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