Principal Newsletter 6.11.206/15/2020
Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – June 11, 2020
Dear Sellwood Community,
Summer break has finally arrived, after probably the most challenging school year any of us have experienced and one that none of us could have imagined in September 2019. Even though at the end it felt like we were limping across the finish line, we tried to do it with some grace.
Everyone has questions, of course, about what the fall holds for us. Yesterday, the Oregon Department of Education released its guidelines for the reopening of schools. You probably read the article in the Oregonian, or you may have read ODE’s document entitled Ready Schools, Safe Learners. In any case, there are still many questions left unanswered, and specific plans are still being formulated. Each district will create its own blueprint by August 15th, which will then be shared with families. As always, I will do my best to communicate with you as soon as I have news.
The pandemic has put our regular planning duties way behind our planned timeline. In a normal year, I would be sending student schedules home in June. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, in June, we are having to rework the staffing that we did in March. In early July, PPS will begin our hiring process. This new timeline means that I will likely not be able to send home schedules until late August. Please be patient and bear with us.
In some positive news, our security upgrades are finally being installed. A video and buzzer system will allow us to keep all of our doors locked at all times. A PA system connected to our emergency announcement system, with speakers both indoors and outdoors, has been installed. This means that areas of the school that previously had trouble hearing announcements can now hear them clearly. Still no elevator, though…
Also, below my letter, please find a few resources for white students and families who are seeking to be better white allies and others that support students and families of color who are impacted by racism.
Sellwood community, I would like to thank you all for your kindness and support, and for supporting students through distance learning, while juggling your many other responsibilities. I hope you find some joy and relaxation this summer, and the first day of school, however it comes, will be here soon.
SUMMER MEALS FOR PPS STUDENTS
The Nutrition Services department will be extending current meal services into the summer, June 11th through August 21st at all locations except Rigler and Harrison Park due to extensive construction projects. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any PPS student and any children in the community ages 1-18, Monday through Thursday. Meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are provided on Thursdays. Children do not need to be present to pickup the meals.
Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the locations below.
- Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary - 620 N Fremont Ave
- César Chávez Elementary - 5103 N Willis Blvd
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary - 4906 NE 6th Ave
- Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St
- George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave
- Grout Elementary - 3119 SE Holgate Blvd
- Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave
- Madison at Marshall - 3905 SE 91st Ave
- Markham Elementary - 10531 SW Capitol Hwy
- Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave
- Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St
- Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St
- Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St
As in years past, the Nutrition Services department will partner with Portland Parks and Recreation to provide meals at 13 additional parks throughout the city starting June 22. More information will be provided later about services times.
The park locations are listed below:
N Delaware Avenue and N Kilpatrick Street
700 N Rosa Parks Way
St Johns Park
8427 N Central Street
N Woolsey Avenue and N Winchell Street
NE 19th Avenue and NE Jarrett Street
5810 NE 72nd Avenue
875 NE Fremont Street
5200 NE Alberta Street
NE 82nd Avenue and Glisan Street
SE 76th Avenue and Center Street
SE 84th Avenue and Harrison Street
SE 92nd Avenue and SE Steele Street
Mt Scott Park
SE 72nd Avenue and SE Ramona Street