• 1/22/21 Family Newsletter

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    January 22, 2020


    January 26 PTA Meeting 7 pm

    January 29 No School - Teacher Planning Day


    Dear Parents,

    As announced last week by the district, we will be conducting MAP testing in Reading and Math this February.  As Dr. Bird explained, these assessments will give teachers, administrators, and the district valuable information about the progress that has been made during Comprehensive Distance Learning.  This is not intended to be a high-stakes test, but will instead give the district information to help guide the curriculum design and learning recovery as we plan for a return to school.  It will also help the district make decisions about resources and how to best support students as we enter the budget process.  

    We encourage participation, but support parent choice in this decision.  If you would like to opt-out your child from taking the MAP test, please complete the attached survey by January 31, 2021.  MAP Assessment Opt-Out Form  If you need help with this process or have any questions, please contact Katy Vawter at kvawter@pps.net or call the school at (503) 916-6209.  

    Thank you.




    The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with the Oregon Historical Society on Jan. 27, 2021 designed to help parents understand how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history and are crucial to our ability to build a better future. For more information including a flyer and the registration, click here.



    Hello! It’s Madeline here, your Garden Educator. I hope you all had a safe and happy New Year. Winter is in full swing and while our gardens are resting we are getting busy planning for spring planting! If you missed it last month, check out this garden update video to see what’s going on in the gardens this time of year.

    January’s theme is birds and our virtual garden lessons this month focus on migration, beak adaptations, and ways that birds help the garden. Did you know that birds help spread wildflower seeds in our gardens? Or that hummingbirds flap their wings in a figure-eight motion? You can learn more by checking out our lesson videos anytime on the Grow Portland YouTube channel.

    Kindergarten and 1st grade classes received bags of birdseed and bird guides to go along with this month’s lessons. Putting out birdseed is a great way to help our feathered friends in winter! Another way to get outside and help the birds is by participating in Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count on February 12-15. You can practice your bird watching skills and help bird researchers learn more about how our birds are doing!

    You can find more resources and learn how to get involved with your school garden at GrowPortland.org.





    ¡Hola! Soy Madeline, su educadora del jardín. Espero que todos hayan tenido un feliz y seguro año nuevo. El invierno todavía está aquí y mientras nuestros jardines descansan, ¡estamos planificando la siembra en primavera! Si perdiste la información el mes pasado, mira este video de actualización del jardín para ver lo que sucede en los jardines en esta época del año.

    El tema de enero, son las aves. Este mes, nuestras lecciones virtuales se centran en la migración, las adaptaciones de los picos y las formas en que las aves ayudan al jardín. ¿Sabías que las aves ayudan a esparcir semillas de flores en nuestros jardines? ¿O que los colibríes mueven sus alas en forma de ocho? Puede obtener más información al ver nuestros videos de lecciones en cualquier momento en el canal de YouTube Grow Portland YouTube channel.

    Las clases de jardín de Kinder y primer grado recibieron bolsas de semillas para los pájaros y guías de aves para acompañar las lecciones de este mes. ¡Dejando afuera semillas de pájaro es una excelente manera de ayudar a nuestros amigos emplumados en invierno! Otra forma de salir y ayudar a las aves es participando en el Great Backyard Bird Count de Audubon del 12 al 15 de febrero. ¡Puede practicar sus habilidades de observación de aves y ayudar a los investigadores de aves a aprender más sobre cómo están nuestras aves!

    Puede encontrar más recursos y aprender cómo participar en el jardín de su escuela en GrowPortland.org.






    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites this year, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • A meal application has already been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.

    Eligible families who would like to submit a meal application have the following options:

    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call (503) 916-3402.

    For meal benefits related questions, please email mealbenefits@pps.net or call (503) 916-3402.



    On Friday, January 29 (a teacher planning day), meal services will continue as scheduled.  

    For PPS families not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing meals and would like to request home meal delivery, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net with:

    • Family name
    • Address (where meals should be delivered)
    • Contact phone number
    • Number of children in the household
    • School(s) attended

    Requests submitted by end of day Monday, will begin receiving meal deliveries on the following Monday. For cancellations, changes or updates, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net.  Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions. 



    Our next library book pick up will be the week of January 25th for Kindergarten, Second, and Fourth grade. 

    • On the sidewalk on 31st Avenue
    • Monday, January 25, 2:00-4:00 pm
    • Wednesday, January 27, 2:00-4:00 pm

    Please remember to return any books that were previously checked out to you.