Family Newsletter September 1st9/1/2023
September 1, 2023 - Kelly Family Newsletter
Together, we grow and thrive - Вместе мы растём и развиваемся.
What an amazing first week of school! It was wonderful seeing so many returning students and to welcome a few new faces as well. Students are doing great with the new arrival and breakfast procedures - thank you families for assisting with that.
Student safety is our #1 priority. We have many vehicles during arrival and dismissal. Please follow all traffic signals including the stop signs on Cooper and at the intersection of 91st Avenue and Rural. Vehicles should not stop in the middle of the road for students to run across. Please pull up to a curb and cross the street to pick up your child. Be sure to not block our neighbors’ driveways when you are parking. Please refer to this PDF for some helpful visuals and reminders.
The September/October Activity Calendar is available here and went home in 1st Day Packets.
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
Caring School Community
We use Caring School Community as our Social Emotional Learning curriculum, which “promotes positive behavior through direct teaching of responsibility, empathy, and cooperation, creating settings where students feel heard, known, and cared for. Students become intrinsically motivated to contribute productively to a community they feel invested in, and where they know they matter.” This week students in 2nd through 5th grade focused on “Getting to Know Each Other” and 1st graders focused on “Starting the School Year”. Every morning, students gather in a circle and participate in a greeting and activity. This week, students started learning one another’s names and identifying things they have in common as well as ways they are different from one another.
Important Dates -
September 4: Labor Day, No School
September 5: First Day of School for all Kindergartners
September 15: Hispanic Heritage Month Begins
September 20: PTA Meeting, 3:30
September 21: Back to School Night, 5-7pm
Our new arrival procedures are working well and helping to get students to class ready to learn on time! All students enter through our main doors beginning at 8:30am. Students in grades 3-5 should enter through the far left door while students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade should enter through the far right door. They then follow a similar pattern with the cafeteria doors and this helps with the traffic pattern so students can quickly get their breakfast and get seated. 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.
How to Keep In Touch
Remind - we use this app to communicate school-wide, classroom and individual messages to families. Please visit this webpage for more information on how to sign up.
Follow our school Facebook page as well at https://www.facebook.com/PPS.KellyElementarySchool
Kelly Growing Garden Instagram Link or username: @kellyschoolgarden
Keep saving your cans and bottles for Kelly! Just fill your blue collection bag and drop it off at any BottleDrop location. Stop by the office when you are ready for a new bag.
PTA important dates:
9/20: Meeting, 3:30pm, Library
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Cat will resume garden lessons at all grade levels by the end of September. Students will learn about nutrition as well as about plants and good gardening techniques.
SUN Afterschool Program
SUN programming will start at the beginning of October. Registration forms will go home September 15 with a registration night on September 20. Please contact Ms. Cristina with any questions: email@example.com or (503)780-9813
P3 Play and Learn:
These will resume in the Fall!
AGES: 0-5 year-olds AND a parent/caregiver
LOCATION: Room #29 in Kelly Center HeadStart (9015 SE Rural St.)
This is a facilitated play group for parents to come play and learn alongside their children and connect with other parents in a supportive environment. At least one adult must participate with each child. Snacks are provided. Feel free to register beforehand, or just show up! For more information, please call/text/email Emma Mauermann: 503-847-6742; firstname.lastname@example.org
Our food pantry is open on Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm. Please do not line up until 12pm.
If you need assistance with food follow the link https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/ or call 211.
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. They are accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year.