• Family Newsletter September 22nd

    September 22, 2023 - Kelly Family Newsletter

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


    Dear Families,

    It was wonderful seeing so many families at our Back to School Night on Thursday! Thank you to our staff and community partners for making this a successful event. Here is a link to our Title I school presentation. We will also hold a Title I, TAG and ESL Family Night in October.


    We are required to practice a “lockdown” drill twice a year. Our first practice will be on Wednesday, September 27 at 10 a.m. During a lockdown, students and staff hear an announcement that says, “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight.” When this is activated, staff lock interior doors to classrooms and offices, turn off lights and gather students in an area of the room where they are out of sight from the windows and doors. This announcement would be activated in the event of a threat located on campus. When this emergency response is activated, it automatically notifies the police and the school district. We recognize the importance of practicing these drills so students and staff are prepared but we also recognize these can be scary events to students. We encourage families to discuss this drill with students at home so they understand the importance of practicing these at school. 


    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 and please do not park in the Head Start loop or parking lot located on Rural. Please refer to this PDF for some helpful visuals and reminders.

    School Climate

    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




    We are working this year to improve our attendance and tardy rates. Currently, 31% of our students have chronic, severe or acute tardiness. Most of the students arriving late are arriving between 8:45 and 9:10 a.m. Our tardy bell rings at 8:45 a.m. and instruction begins right at 8:45. It is important that students are here on time and can have a calm start to their instructional day. We’ve also noticed that many of our students arriving late are at Kelly as part of an out-of-district transfer. Please remember that students must meet certain attendance and behavior expectations to remain at Kelly on an out-of-district transfer.

    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.” 

    Lessons for the Week of September 18:

    Kindergarten - Starting Class Jobs

    1st Grade - Practice Being a Partner

    2nd-5th Grades - Preparing for a Guest Teacher

    Important Dates: 

    September 24-25: Yom Kippur

    September 27: Lockdown Drill Practice, 10am

    September 29: PTA Popcorn Friday, 3pm

    September 30: Fall in Love with Lents, 12-4pm at the Lents Masonic Lodge

    October 2: National Custodian Day

    October 4: Walk and Roll to School Day, 8am, Glenwood Park


    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 front doors! 

    NEW!  The first bell will ring at 8:37. If your student arrives after 8:37 and does not want breakfast, they may go directly to class. The late bell rings at 8:45! If your child arrives after 8:45, please walk them into the office to sign in. 


    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


    PTA Meeting Our next meeting is on November 16. We will meet at 3:30pm in the Kelly Library. Everyone is welcome to attend!
    Popcorn Friday Our first Popcorn Friday is September 29th. Come find us by the front entrance @ 3PM to purchase a bag of popcorn for $1 per bag. Bus riders are welcome to bring their dollars to school and will be called down before dismissal for an opportunity to purchase popcorn. These popcorn events are not possible without parent volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to pop or sell popcorn, please sign up here: popcorn volunteer sign up form
    Fall in Love with Lents Fest & PTA Popcorn Fundraiser East Portland Collective is hosting a family friendly arts festival on Saturday, September 30th for 12-4pm at the Lents Masonic Lodge. Come out to enjoy music, performances, art vendors and support your neighborhood PTAs at the popcorn and hydration station. We would love to see you there!

    Keep saving your cans and bottles for Kelly! Just fill your blue collection bag and drop it off at any BottleDrop location. Come see us at Back to School Night for a new bag.

    PTA important dates:

    9/29: Popcorn Friday, 3pm, Main Entrance

    9/30: PTA Popcorn Fundraiser @ Fall In Love with Lents Fest, 12-4pm, Lents Masonic Lodge
    10/4: WALK + ROLL to school, 8am, Glenwood Park
    Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for our latest info. Contact us at clintonkellypta@gmail.com

    Growing Gardens

    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.

    Latino Network

    SUN Afterschool Program

    Fall SUN session: October 2nd - November 17th.  Registration is online and paper information sheets were sent home this past Wednesday. You will need your child’s student number, which is on a label on the information sheet sent home. 

    If you’re interested in leading one of our SUN activities, please reach out to Ms. Cristina: cristina@latnet.org or (503)780-9813    

    Family Resources:

    Weatherization Workshop on October 18, 6-8 p.m. and  Lead Poisoning Prevention Workshop on November 29, 6-8 p.m.- sign up at Back to School Night.

    If you need help with utilities, rent or other things, please contact Ms. Cristina: cristina@latnet.org or (503)780-9813  

    Food Pantry 

    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

    Champions before- and after-school programs offer learning activities, homework help, healthy snacks, and a whole lot of fun – all within the safety and convenience of your child’s school. We’ve been meeting the needs of busy families by providing a fun and safe space where children can foster their love of learning and develop the skills necessary to succeed in school and life since the 1990’s.

    Champions starts as early as 6:30am and runs as late as 6pm. We offer flexible scheduling and foster the love of learning by creating engaging experiences for children to unlock their own potential. Plus, we can direct you to subsidy programs in the area that will cover most, if not all, of your tuition. Curious about Champions? You can visit discoverchampions.com to learn more or even sign up to attend a “try it out” day free of charge. Reach out to your Kelly Elementary Champions site director, Sarah, at (503) 705-9654.