• Family Newsletter November 18th

    November 18, 2022 - Kelly Family Newsletter

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


    Dear Families,

    At Kelly Elementary, we show C.A.R.E. towards one another and our community. Please ask your child what the acronym stands for and what that means to them. You can also specifically ask them what C.A.R.E. looks like in the cafeteria or during recess.


    Always Safe and Respectful



    Growing Gardens Job Opportunity:

    Do you love gardening and working with kids? Growing Gardens is seeking to hire School Garden Coordinators to cultivate the beautiful and productive school gardens, donate produce to the cafeteria and school-based pantry and teach a weekly Garden Club to students.


    We have positions open for School Garden Coordinators at Powell Butte, Whitman and Kelly schools. In the past, we have combined with smaller Whitman and Kelly positions to create a .5FTE position (18.75hrs/week). The Powell Butte garden is larger, and thus the position is 12 hours a week. If someone is interested in a full-time position, the positions at the 3 schools can be combined. You can find all of the details on the job descriptions linked to the Growing Gardens Employment Page (link). Application deadline is November 27th.

    Important Dates

    Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22: Family-Teacher Conference Days

    November 21-25: No School for Students (Fall Break)

    November 28: 2nd Grade TAG Testing (Make-Up Testing)

    November 30: Bottle Drop Collection

    December 2: Franz Bakery Visit (Fedorenko, Brooks and Volsky Classes)

    December 3: PTA Clean Up Day, 10-11:30 a.m.

    December 5: Picture Retake Day


    Students should wait outside of the East gate, outside of the gate by the Head Start building or at the end of the walking path from SE 87th to the school (closest to the futsal court). Our first bell is at 8:35 and that’s when students will be allowed on campus to enter the building. Families, please say “goodbye” to your child at the gate. Families are not allowed inside the school during arrival.


    Dismissal is at 3pm. Kindergarten through 2nd grade students are dismissed under the covered area. Third through fifth grade students dismiss out of the parking lot doors. The older students often meet up with families and siblings at a designated location. After 3:07pm, any remaining student is brought to the front of the school outside of the main entrance. The office closes at 3:30pm so all students MUST be picked up no later than 3:30. If you have an emergency and are going to be late, please call our office to notify them.

    Student safety is our #1 priority. We ask that parents model safe behavior for our students during pick-up and drop-off times! Our diligent Safety Patrol students have noticed that many parents are driving through stop signs without stopping or slowing down! Please come to a complete stop at the stop signs. It is also  important to pull over to a curb when picking up or dropping off your child and refrain from making u-turns. In addition, students should not cross the street except at designated crosswalks.  Please see this link for additional traffic safety reminders.


    Family Communication


    Dear Lane Feeder School Parent Group,

    As the teacher organizer of Lane's Parent-Teacher Organization, I wanted to reach out to introduce myself and invite families from our feeder elementary schools to participate in PTO conversations at Lane.

    This year we are beginning the process to rename Lane. Joseph E. Lane anti-indigenous and a defender of slavery. Our community deserves a school name that represents our values. We will be discussing the name change process at our next PTO meeting on Thursday, December 1st, from 4:00 to 5:00 at Lane. We would love for Whitman, Woodmere, Kelly and Woodstock families to attend!

    Let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to working together to improve the middle school experience for our students and their families.

    Save your empty cans and bottles! We partnered with BottleDrop Give to fundraise for Kelly Elementary and we are participating in their 6th Annual Holiday Give.  Between November 15- December 1, Bottle Drop will be matching 20% of all recyclables returned for Kelly School PTA. Check your student's backpack for a collection bag.  Here’s how it works:

    1. Fill your blue bags: Fill your bag with OR deposit containers. Plastic, aluminum, and glass go in the same bag. No crushed cans please.

    2. Return your blue bags: Drop off your filled bag at any BottleDrop location.  We encourage drop off during the Holiday Give program (11/15-12/1) so we receive an additional 20%, but bags can also be dropped off at any point during the year. To find a location, head to www.bottledropcenters.com/locations. The sticker label on the blue bags will open the secure drop door outside of the BottleDrop building.  Deposit your bag! You can also drop off your full bags (or any loose cans you would like to donate) at Kelly on November 18 & November 30 from 8:30-9:00am or 2:45-3:15pm.

    3. BottleDrop does the rest: The bags are counted and credited directly to our Kelly School PTA BottleDrop account.  Our holiday match will be calculated and donated by BottleDrop in December. 

    *We are required to purchase these blue bags. Please return them to school if you will not be using them. Thank you!

    PTA important dates:

    11/30/22 - Bottle and can collection. Drop off your blue bags or any other quantity of recyclables before or after school.

    12/3/22- Fall leaf clean up at Kelly 10am-12pm

    SUN Afterschool Program

    If you need assistance during the winter break follow the link below starting on 11/5 2022 Winter SUN Support or you can contact Cristina and Karley at cell (503)780-9813 or office (503)916-5715. 

    The deadline for completing our community feedback survey about the SUN-RFP is almost here.  If you have not submitted a survey follow the links bellow:

    SUN Manager message:

    PUZZLES !!! As winter approaches my family and I spend more time inside.  Cristina, our SUN manager, is a huge puzzle fan.  Together with her family she works on puzzles and keeps them as wall decorations.  Do you like puzzles?  Have a young one that likes to put together puzzles and not take them apart?  Tired of buying new puzzles?   She found a website that keeps her love of puzzles alive without spending any money.  Check it out https://www.jigsawplanet.com/

    Let her know if you liked it. Email her at cristina@latnet.org

    Food Pantry 

    Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm. Please do not line up until 12pm. There is also a food pantry at Lane Middle School on Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm. 

    Kelly Food Pantry closures coming up:

    🚫 November 23, 2022 🚫

    🚫 December 21, 2022 🚫

    🚫 December 28, 2022 🚫

    Champions Before and After School Care

    We have before and after school childcare available at our school through Champions! Please check out their website for more information and the application.