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Dear Parents and Families,
It's been important to me and our FPE Site Council that we ensure multiple pathways for parent engagement within and outside of the student day. To that end, when our school committees met on Tuesday, I was so glad to know we had parents joining our TAG and Literacy Teams; when our Equity team meets next, we'll have parents joining our staff as collaborators in deepening our learning of culturally responsive teaching practices.
THANK YOU to all our parent volunteers who work with teachers, parent leaders, and me. Parent engagement is one of the most important elements of school success. Take a moment and read our Upcoming Events list and the messages from Dr Martini and Miss Lizzie, below.
And, please take a moment to read and respond to the PPS Successful Schools Survey (see links below). Your feedback is important to me, our school leaders, and our district leadership. Over the last few weeks we've given 5th graders time to participate in the student version of this survey. Soon, our school faculty and staff will participate in another iteration. As PPS works with multiple stakeholders in a visioning process, feedback from YOU is vital in our next steps together.
There's much more going on in the land of Forest Park. Read on below for all the latest from our community.
PPS Successful Schools Survey:
Thank you so much for participating in our annual Successful Schools Family Survey. Your responses will help your school understand your experience and use them to set goals and plan for next year. The survey will cover topics on school safety, school climate, barriers to family engagement, and how well your school fits your student’s needs. Please be honest and thoughtful, and take your time to read and respond to the questions.
Please visit the link below on a computer, tablet, or smartphone and select the school your child attends. If you do not have access to a computer or internet, please contact your school office so we can provide a way for you to take the survey. Thank you so much for your time and feedback!
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: email@example.com.
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.