• Family Newsletter March 12th

    March 12, 2021 - Kelly Family Newsletter

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


    PPS Reopen

    The district has created a site to help address questions and share information related to schools reopening this Spring. The site is www.pps.net/reopen2021 . Please visit this site for more information.

    Information regarding Hybrid Instruction at Kelly

    We know families have a lot of questions about hybrid instruction. I want to ensure that I am only communicating information that is factual. I hope this will help reduce some confusion. Here is what we know about hybrid instruction:

    • Hybrid instruction will be a combination of in-person instruction for 2 hours and 15 minutes and a combo of asynchronous and synchronous instruction at home. In person instruction will focus on reading, math, and social emotional learning with opportunities for movement breaks and outside time. 
    • Hybrid instruction will occur on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will be asynchronous learning days for all students and a planning day for teachers.
    • We will have 2 cohorts: an AM Cohort and a PM Cohort. The times for the AM cohort are 8:00-10:15 a.m. and the times for the PM cohort are 12:15-2:30 p.m. If you are eligible for PPS bus transportation to Kelly and attend hybrid, bus transportation will be provided. 
    • Without the required use of simulcast, we cannot guarantee that your child will continue with the same teacher whether they are in hybrid instruction or comprehensive distance learning (CDL).
    • We are waiting for the final bargaining agreement between the district and the teacher’s union before we can communicate the start date  and who your student’s teacher will be. 
    • If you want to change your survey response for your student(s), please call the Kelly office at 503-916-6350. Damien and Yelena will need the following information when you call: your name, student name, grade level, teacher name and if you are opting for hybrid instruction or comprehensive distance learning. 

    Please reach out to Kelly admin if you have any questions: Ms. Fish, sfish@pps.net and Mrs. Marchyok, tmarchyok@pps.net


    Limited In Person Instruction (LIPI)

    Because students are returning to school after Spring Break, we are ending our Limited In Person Instruction. The last day for LIPI will be Friday, March 19. LIPI will not resume after Spring Break.  

    Apply Now for our Russian Immersion Program

    We are lucky to have a choice program here at Kelly: a Russian Immersion program that is open to all students (non-Russian speaking and Russian speaking). We are aiming for a balanced enrollment between native Russian speaking students and non-native Russian speaking students. Here is information about our Russian Immersion program at Kelly Elementary. English    Russian

    Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) Update

    The start of Phase 2 of the Enrollment Balancing process has been delayed until at least after April 15th.


    The Board of Education met on February 22 to discuss phase 2 of PPS’ enrollment and program balancing. Here is the “February 22, 2021 Work Session Agenda.” The focus of the 3-hour work session was to:

    • Identify the most critical issue(s) the School Board believes are the most important to address in the next 12-months on Enrollment and Program Balancing.
    • Identify the policies that require clarification, so that the PPS school district staff (and the Coalition) can effectively and clearly complete Phase 2 of its work.
    • Clarify what PPS believes to be the most important focus areas in the next 12-months.
    • Articulate the successes and opportunities they look to see executed as we plan student, family, school and community engagement on Enrollment and Program Balancing.

    District staff are continuing to engage with the Board to finalize the Phase 2 scope of work with a commitment to center the lived experiences of our students and their families, especially our communities of color.


    An update of the Phase 2 scope and schedule will be shared in April.


    A full archive of Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) meeting notes, presentations, meeting videos and links are available on the PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing website.


    Successful Schools Survey for Students and Families

    Families: There is also a survey for families to share their perspective on Kelly school climate.   Go to surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily and select Kelly to share your input.  Our leadership team is looking forward to hearing from as many Kelly families as possible to inform our school improvement work.   We hope to get 50% family participation for this survey.

    Schoolwide SEL Theme: Friendship


      • 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. This occurs when students are in school and not during breaks. 
      • Chromebooks and Hot Spots - if you need to exchange or pick up a device, please call the school to arrange a time to do this or come on Wednesdays, between 9a.m. and 12p.m. to do so.
      • Let’s Get Reading Schedule:  See website for which last name group has LGT next week
      • Grades 4-5 Storytime with Ms. Emily: Any 4th and 5th grade student can join Ms. Emily on Fridays, 11:40am-12pm for storytime. Students can join the Google Meet, ‘kellystorytime’


    • 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. Please wear a mask and follow all COVID guidelines and procedures. 


    • 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. 


    Let’s Get Reading Program and Library Notes

      • Looking for more books to read? Ms. Emily has created a video on how to use SORA for online book check out.  



    • 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!

    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


    SUN/P3 Outreach

    Baseball anyone? SUN is organizing a virtual group with Friends of Baseball for this Spring. We have 20 spots available!  If you are interested contact Cristina at (503)780-9813 or cristina@latnet.org.


    Learn about free Oregon Health Care coverage here


    As of Feb 8,2021 The Oregon Workers  Relief Fund  (OWRF) is again receiving financial aid applications (up to $ 1720).  For more information about this program follow the link: 



    A partir de febrero 8, 2021 el Programa de Alivio Laboral de Oregon (OWRF) esta recibiendo nuevamente solicitudes de apoyo económico (hasta $1720).  Para mayor información sobre este programa consulte: 



    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 -Friday

    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


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    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.