• 1/29/21 Family Newsletter


    January 29, 2020


    February 15 No School - Presidents Day


    Last week the district sent out an update for continuing Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) in quarter 3 with small cohorts of students returning to Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI).  We are currently creating our plan for LIPI and will be submitting it to the district early next week.  We will also be reaching out to families of identified students to invite them to participate in our LIPI program.  Our initial cohort will be focused on K-2 students, but we will explore the idea of additional cohorts as we proceed with this quarter.  Our tentative start date is February 22, 2021, but it is subject to change.


    The district also announced plans to partially reopen to hybrid learning in April.  There are many details and questions still to be answered, but the initial plan calls for alternating learning between in-person and distance learning for our youngest learners.  Shortly, families will be asked to share their interest in participating in hybrid learning.  Please look out for these communications from the district because they will help us in our planning.  We will keep you informed of our progress as we begin to plan and implement hybrid learning.  



    Dear Parents,

    This information came out in last week's newsletter, but we’ve revised the deadline.  See the changes below.

    As announced 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  We have extended the date to complete the opt-out form until Sunday, February 7.  We just need to collect the information prior to the beginning of testing.  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.




    Dear K-5 Parents, 

    We are excited to share with you the new K-5 Report Card. The report card has been revised by a committee of teachers and parents with one of the main goals being to help families more easily understand how your students are doing as they progress through the elementary grades.  Click here to see the new report in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese. A highlight of the new report card is that there is now only one marking system for grades (E/M/CM/N/NE) and the +,V,/,-- system is now only for characteristics of a successful learner

    Teachers will be using this new report card for Quarter 2 reporting. And you will receive the report card via mail in early February.



    At the end of last school year we let you know that we would be gathering your student’s belongings together and hold onto them until we were able to reunite you with them. Starting next week we will be arranging to have these bags of belongings delivered to your homes. This process may take a few weeks since we have so many belongings. If you would like to arrange to pick up your belongings instead, please call Grout Elementary at 503-916-6209 or email mcarpenter@pps.net



    Portland Public Schools is currently developing a Long-Range Facility Plan that will align the District’s educational vision with future capital planning. This work is an opportunity to institute lasting change in our schools by re-envisioning teaching and learning environments.

    If you are a PPS community member interested in participating in a dialogue session, please visit www.pps.net/lrfp to register or email longrangefacilityplan@pps.net with any questions. We look forward to talking with you soon!



    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.



    Our next library book pick up will be the week of February 1st for First, Third, and Fifth grade. 

    • On the sidewalk on 31st Avenue
    • Monday, February 1, 2:00-4:00 pm
    • Wednesday, February 3, 2:00-4:00 pm

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