• Family Newsletter December 11th

    December 11, 2020 - Kelly Family Newsletter

    Together, we will - Together, we grow and thrive - Вместе мы растём и развиваемся.

    Dear Families,

    As a school, we track attendance and engagement data. Engagement is tracked on a 5-level scale, with levels 1 and 2 being the highest engagement. We’ve had fairly strong engagement during Comprehensive Distance Learning and want to thank our families for all of the support and time you’ve given to your students. This has certainly had a positive impact on student learning! We have 1 more week of learning before we break for Winter Break and we hope to continue to see high levels of student engagement. Please continue to support your student with their schedule and learning activities and reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions. 

    Join us next Monday from 6-8PM for Schools, COVID & Shared Understandings, a two-hour virtual panel discussion where our Board & community will hear from public health experts & PPS leadership on the district’s planning & decision-making for school re-entry.  PPS Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ppscomms/featured


    • Non-Student Days: Monday, December 21 - Friday, January 1

    • Material distribution every Wednesday, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm on student days. Remember to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet.

    • Grades 3-5 Counselor office hours, lunch bunches and Changemakers group are cancelled the week of 12/14/20

    • Food Pantry is open at Kelly - every Monday, 3-4:30 p.m. The food pantry will be open on Mondays when there is school for students. The pantry will be located in the covered area between Kelly Elementary and Kelly Head Start Center. Please wear a mask and follow all COVID guidelines and procedures. 

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    • ParentVue Verification: please make sure to visit this website to verify your student’s information in ParentVue. This allows you access to attendance, schedule, etc. It also ensures that we have accurate contact information for you.

    • Chess for Success: please take a look at this flyer (Russian) if you are interested in signing your student up for an online chess program through our community partner, Chess for Success. 

    • Grab and Go meal distribution will be here at Kelly Elementary from 3-4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meal distribution will be a drive-thru or walk-up service and families can access this through the staff parking lot. Meals are provided FREE for all children, ages 1-18. Please wear a mask and follow all COVID guidelines and procedures. 

    • APANO Food Security Program: Now accepting applications here: https://www.jotform.com/form/203011370423033. The purpose of this program is to support households experiencing food insecurity by providing a gift certificate that can be used at a local BIPOC owned and operated restaurant in the Portland/Metro area. A Google Map of participating restaurants can be found here: bit.ly/APANOFoodSecurityRestaurants

    • Thanks to our generous friends at Lyft, The Fund for Portland Public Schools is making available $20-25 in Lyft ride credits to PPS families. In keeping with the guidance set out by the Oregon Governor, we kindly ask that these rides credits are used only to address critical and essential needs. Lyft Code Request Form.


    Let’s Get Reading Program and Library Notes

    • Multnomah County Library - Resources for students in Russian Dual Language program

    Bilingual Russian Library Assistant

    Midland Library

    My schedule: Sun-Thur.

    503-988-5734 ext 85734


    Я говорю по-русски!

    • We are super excited to offer a book bag program to our students! Please watch this video to learn more about our ‘Let’s Get Reading’ program. You can also view this slideshow for more information:

    • Let’s Get Reading will occur on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m.  Check our website for which half of the alphabet comes this week. Please come through the parking lot to pick up your book bag and observe masking and social distancing measures. 

    Counselor Office Hours for Families and Lunch Bunches for Students

    • Need to meet with one of our amazing counselors? Visit their ‘Office Hours’

    Counselor Kuzmickas (K-2nd grade)

    Counselor Kangas (3rd-5th grade)

    Family Office Hours

    Monday-Wednesday and Friday

    2:30-3:30 p.m.

    Google Meet: dainak-2

    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

    2:30-3:30 p.m.

    Google Meet: molly3-5

    Lunch Bunches


    11:15 - 11:35 

    kellybrookslunch for Ms. Brooks

    11:40 - 12:00 

    kellyvolskylunch  for Ms. Volsky


    11:35 - 11:55 

    kellygothardlunch  for Ms. Gothard

    11:55 - 12:15 

    kellykundalunch  for Ms. Kunda


    11:10 - 11:30 

    kellysosalunch  for Ms. Sosa

    11:40 - 12:00 

    kellyduffylunch  for  Ms. Duffy


    11:30 - 11:50 

    kellysheckelslunch for Ms. Sheckels

    12:00 - 12:20 

    kellyfernandezlunch   for Ms. Fernandez

    Google Meeting Nickname: kellykangas105

    Mondays (3rd Grade): 11:30-12 

    Wednesdays (4th Grade): 11:15-11:45

    Thursdays (5th Grade): 11:15-11:45

    Instructional Materials and Devices and Support

    • Every Wednesday, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. 

    • If you need a device or a hotspot, please call the Kelly Office at 503-916-6350 and speak with Damien or reach out to Charlie Smith, csmith10@pps.net  

    • Live Phone Support in Multiple Languages for technical support

      • Somali 503-916-3586

      • Chinese 503-916-3585

      • Vietnamese 503-916-3584

      • Russian 503-916-3583

      • English 503-916-3375

    • Need a video tutorial to support your child in comprehensive distance learning? Go to https://www.pps.net/familyresources and scroll down to see language specific videos on Clever, Seesaw and more. 

    SUN/P3 Outreach

    Learn about free Oregon Health Care coverage here

    Do you need a COVID test? 

    • COVID Testing -  In partnership with Multnomah County Health Department, Latino Network is hosting a COVID testing every Saturday from now until June 2021. People must have symptoms or been in close contact with a diagnosed COVID patient. The phone number for scheduling is 503-988-9093 and is run by Multnomah County.

    Need help with rent and mortgage? 


    Cristina Helvie

    SUN Site Manager

    cristina@latnet.org or (503)780-9813.  

    Working hours: 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m., Monday -Thursday

    Kelly SUN School Facebook Link

    Latino Network

    Emma Mauermman

    P3 Coordinator

    emma@latnet.org or 503-847-6742.  

    Working hours: 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m., Monday -Thursday

    Karley Schlaht

    Extended Day Coordinator


    Working Hours: Monday, 12:30pm - 5:00pm (Food Pantry)

                                 Tuesday -Thursday, 9:00am - 2:00pm, Tuesday -Thursday

    Stay in Touch

    • Kelly Elementary School - please ‘like’ our page!

    • Kelly SUN School

    • Kelly Elementary PTA

    • Instagram Account

    • Growing Gardens: @growinggardenspdx 

    Helpful Links

    Fall 2020: Visit this site for information about how to access the various digital platforms and resources

    Digital Learning: Visit this site for information and videos related to some of our digital tools and platforms (Seesaw, Google Meet, Remind)

    COVID-19 Family Resources: check out this page for resources regarding childcare, health care, mental health and food/nutrition.