• FPE Newsletter for the week ending 11/30/18

    Find the latest about FPE our latest newsletter, FPE Newsletter 11/30/18 
     
    Dear Parents and Families, 

    The annual FPE Food Drive has begun and what a start!  Gratitude is our word for the month and at Forest Park Elementary, one annual way we work together to express this sentiment is by sharing food with schools in need.  I want to thank Friends of Forest Park Elementary parent leads Colleen and Julie for taking this project on one more time.  Make this a meaning opportunity of learning with your child.  It may be a surprise to some of our students that families across the city struggle with food security.  We are supporting this learning opportunity with a service project field trip to the Oregon Food Bank for classroom/s that raise the most money in the food drive coin collection.  

    Our hallway is full of food staples ready to box up and deliver to 150+ families in need.  Thanks to all of you who have already given your kiddos coins for classroom coin collections AND to all those who have done a little extra shopping and dropped by food staples.  It's not too late to contribute!  Read below for a short announcement from our Food Drive Team.

    Thanks to all the parents who came to the Math Team Parent Info night on Tuesday.  For those who weren't able to join, you can read more at this link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1v4MNV5Jc5dpSrrrl8oBA08oQ_Jim1CqITwxIHhw2tzc/edit?usp=sharing  It's too late to sign up for the December tournament, but if you have a last minute entry for the Math Team, return the form by Monday morning: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cgNxam-QadF0Be6tmMMs_n72cBRddqUJ/view?usp=sharing

    Join us next Thursday night for our next Friends of Forest Park meeting.  Interested to participate in auction planning? International Festival and other school-wide events?  Come hear me give a short school update and join our parent leaders Thursday, 12/13 @ 6:30pm in the FPE Library. 

    This is the time of year when parents and families do a lot of travel.  I want to call your attention to ourParent Handbook and our school/district policy regarding Homework and Attendance:
    • "Please notify the school in writing of any long-term absences. We request that every effort be made to schedule vacations during regular school breaks to avoid unexcused absences. Please provide teachers with at least 24-hour notice to assemble make up assignments. Upon request, teachers will notify students of instructional goals that will be covered during a long term absence other than illness. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide the instructional activities associated with the goals. "(pg 5)
    Read on for more updates and events going on in the land of Forest Park Elementary.  

    Warmly, 
    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.

    Warmly,
    Lisa

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