• Forest Park News 09/09/19

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    Forest Park News

    From Principal Lisa Newlyn

    09/09/2019
     

    We are officially had a full house starting Tuesday when our Kinders began their first day of school.  Welcome Kinders and Kinder Families!  You and our newly enrolled FPE families got a special invitation to the Kinder and New Family Social - an annual FPE event with a new twist this year.  Thank you FOFPE for hosting new families on Friday, 9/20 @ 5:30pm in the FPE Library!

    3rd graders gave the Kinders a round of applause at lunch as they entered the cafeteria.  

    As I visit classrooms and see teaching and learning in action, I see evidences of best practice.  FPE teachers are super strong, and know that before we dive into core academic standards, we have to have safety and community.  Teachers want to know their students and for their classrooms to be a place where students feel safe to explore and take risks in their learning.  Routines, procedures, and classroom norms are all being set.  Homework has been purposefully light as we start the year.  

    We've had two excellent fire drills so far this year: swift exit with students in line, following teacher directions without talking.  Let's keep this up!  During our first month of school we must practice once each week.  Interested in other aspects of safety at FPE?  Join me Friday at the first Morning Mug with Lisa 09/13 @ 8am.

    You got a lot of homework last week.  Don't forget to review and return Student Verification Forms and Walking Permission Slips and take time to read through all the material, including my Welcome Back 2019 letter.  You'll also find our updated FPE Parent Handbook and School Climate Handbook helpful reads.  

    Mark your calendars for Back to School Night on 9/12/2019 @ 6:30pm.  We'll start in the gym with introductions and brief announcements before we open the doors to classrooms.  Children are welcome to join.  This is meant to be an informal evening of meeting your child's teacher, seeing classrooms, getting curriculum information and signing up for Parent/Teacher Conferences.  

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

    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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