• Principal's Newsletter 5.21.2020

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 21, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I hope this newsletter finds you well.  This week’s newsletter contains information regarding the upcoming virtual Sellwood PTA meeting, a new schedule for the distribution of Chromebooks, and a few resources for families experiencing need.

    Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend!


    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    Important Dates to Remember

    May 25: No School, Memorial Day

    May 27: Virtual Sellwood PTA Meeting, 7PM

    June 9:  8th-grade Promotion Video Virtual Party, 7PM

    June 10: 8th-grade Teacher Car Parade, 1PM

    June 10: Last Day of School

    June 17: Sellwood Middle School Foundation Meeting

    PTA News:

    Save the Date: Virtual PTA Meeting on Zoom, Wednesday May 27th, 7:00pm. 

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    We will vote on 2020-2021 board members and approve the budget for next year.

    Anyone is able to run for a board position. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail.com if you are interested on being nominated.

    The nominees as of now:

    • President: Gina Biehl

    • Vice President: Maggie Vining

    • Secretary: Cyndi Redmond

    • Treasurer: Erika Morales

    • Auditor: Kristin Wise

    • PEAK Coordinator: Open

    Updated 2019-20 District Calendar

    The 2019-20 District Calendar has been updated to reflect the furlough as well as changes to the end of the school year.  It is also posted on the district website. 

    The 2020-21 District Calendar is also linked here.

    Leap into 9th Grade - Canceled for Summer 2020

    Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and budget constraints, Leap into 9th Grade will not take place this summer.

    Computer Distribution and Exchange Services Shifted To Mondays & Thursdays

    As the 2019-20 school year winds down under unprecedented circumstances, we want to make you aware that we are reducing our days for distributing and exchanging district-owned  computers used for PPS-HD, our home-based distance learning program.

    With demand slowing down, we will shift to two days of service for families with a student who still does not have an available computer at home, or those who need to exchange a computer that is not working properly.

    When: Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave.

    Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you.

    Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping at least 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    Please note that if you have a technical issue and are not sure if you should exchange a computer, you can also:

    Call: 503-916-3375

    Email: support@pps.net 

    Web: pps.net/student

    Thank you for your patience and diligence as we all navigate the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Medical Care

    For students who need medical care, the Multnomah County Student Health Center at Parkrose High School remains open:

    • Address: 12003 NE Shaver St.

    • Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m-4:45 p.m.

    Please call 503-988-3392 first for more information about appointments. The center is open to students ages 5-18 who live in Multnomah County. There is no out-of-pocket cost. (The student health centers at five PPS high schools -- Cleveland, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison at Marshall and Roosevelt -- have been closed during the coronavirus crisis.)

    Multnomah County also offers low-cost family health care to all county residents, including those who are low income and uninsured, at Primary Care Clinics. Four are open during the crisis (Portland unless noted):

    • East County Health Center, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham

    • Mid County Health Center, 12710 SE Division St.

    • Northeast Health Center, 5329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

    • Health Service Center at Gladys McCoy Building, 619 NW 6th Ave.

    Please call 503-988-5558 for an appointment.

    Telemedicine appointments also are available at 503-988-3392 (Parkrose for students) and 503-988-5538 (primary)

    Health Insurance

    Families that have had a loss of income or have lost insurance coverage could be eligible for the Oregon Health Plan.

    Go to www.oregonhealthcare.gov to apply. Certified assisters can help you apply; find one through the website or by calling 800-699-9075.

    Drive through Food Bank on Fridays from 1:30 to 3:00 PM

    Oregon Food Bank, New Seasons, Safeway, and All Saints Episcopal Church are teaming up to support families’ nutrition needs in response to the PPS Furlough.

    Fridays from 1:30 to 3:00 at All Saints Episcopal at 40th and Woodstock, 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd there is a drive through food bank. There are vegan boxes as well.  It is a family friendly service.

    Message for Sellwood 8th grade families:  

    We realize that this year is ending quite differently for all of us.  Our 8th-graders, especially, are missing out on several traditional activities that mark the end of their middle school years and the transition to high school.  We are striving to plan some safe and celebratory events to warmly recognize our 8th-graders in June.  Please let us know if you have any other ideas that we might be able to accomplish.

    Greetings 8th graders! We are preparing a special something for your Continuation and need a few things from you:

    1. A picture of you working from home.
    2. A choice photo (could be a silly pic, glamour shot, anything school-appropriate)

    Please share the photos by May 28th by either method.
    a. Email it to bnelson1@pps.net, with your first and last name.
    b. Add it as an attachment to the assignment in your "Sellwood Middle School 8th Grade" Google Classroom (This is the preferred method.)

    If you need help figuring out how to share it Mrs. Nelson know via email! We will have more information regarding the celebration of YOU soon!