4/2/20 Grout Announcements4/2/2020
April 2, 2020
Hello Grout Families,
I wanted to let you know that Mrs. Self and I have been meeting with our teaching staff and specialists this entire week helping support them as they gear up to start distance learning next week. This week educators have been taking online classes to learn and enhance their knowledge of online platforms they will be using to work with your children. As you can imagine, we are all at different levels of understanding technology and need to practice all of this new learning.
On Monday, March 30, 2020, a letter was sent to school districts stating the change in guidance from the Oregon Department of Education around expectations for student learning. Our focus going in to the week was around social emotional learning and enrichment of curriculum already taught. The focus has shifted to distance learning with Covid-19 putting the country at nearly a stand still. Educators will be reinforcing what has already been taught and will also be introducing new learning.
As we navigate online learning, students, families and educators are likely to hit some bumps along the way. Many families have access to internet and technology while a large segment of Grout families do not. The first wave of loaner Chromebooks are going out today to families who signed up for one. The district is starting by getting Chromebooks into 4th grade through high school student’s hands with high school being the first priority due to graduation requirements including credit recovery. I also want you to be aware that the district is only offering one Chromebook per family which means your children will be sharing a device. There will be a second wave of Chromebooks loaned out and a survey will be out soon. The survey will be found online or at the Grout’s food distribution hub Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Educators have been emailing information to their families and will be able to make phone calls using a program called Remind. When information about this is available, we will share it with you. Staff will also be utilizing “Google Chat” to set up video conferencing with students and families. Please check emails for correspondence from your child’s educator.
We also want you to know that breakfast and lunch will continue to be served, Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Grout on the SE 32nd side of the building. For families that do not have internet access, there are a limited number of work packets for students available at the food hub. Please ask for them when your child is picking up meals.
As information becomes available, Mrs. Self and I will work diligently to get it to you. One of the hardest things I am finding at this time is the unknown. I like to have answers and, in some cases, right now there are no answers.
Please know that we appreciate all of the outpouring of support the Grout Community has shown and know we are all thinking of you. If you need anything, please email us or call. My district phone is not working at this time so I’m providing you with an alternate number:
Annie Tabshy, Prinicpal: 503.701.2792
Mrs. Self, Assistant Principal: 503.8673289
Annie Tabshy, Principal and Denise Self, Assistant PrincipalRESOURCES:
Corona Virus: pps.net/coronavirus
Food finder: oregonfoodfinder.org
If you need assistance with food, please reach out to Chelsea Kimura with SUN Chelsea.firstname.lastname@example.org, Mr. Frankunas email@example.com, Principal Annie firstname.lastname@example.org, Ms. Self email@example.com. Grout PTA is also supporting assistance with food and has been in contact with us and Chelsea.Meal pickup locations:
Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary - 620 N Fremont Ave
César Chávez Elementary - 5103 N Willis Blvd
George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave
Grout Elementary – 3119 SE Holgate Blvd
Harrison Park School - 2225 SE 87th Ave
Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary - 4906 NE 6th Ave
Rigler Elementary - 5401 NE Prescott St
Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave
Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St
Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St
Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St
Markham Elementary - 10531 SW Capitol Hwy
Madison at Marshall - 3905 SE 91st Ave
Multnomah County will keep some Student Health Center locations open during the break. You can find more information by visiting this website.
Health services are available for all K-12 students in Multnomah County over spring break (March 23-27) at:
Parkrose Student Health Center
12003 NE Shaver St
This is an unprecedented time in our community, and we hope that some of the services and supports described above will be helpful to families over the unexpectedly long break. During the break, we encourage everyone to follow recommended practices by avoiding large gatherings, washing hands frequently and covering mouths when coughing or sneezing. Those experiencing symptoms of a cold or flu should stay at home until symptom-free for 72 hours. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with a doctor. You can find much more information and additional resources by clicking pps.net/coronavirus.
We wish everyone a safe and healthy extended break.