• Principal's Newsletter 9.4.20

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 4, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    What a week!  This has been a huge learning experience for me, and I’m sure many of you feel the same.  I feel like this is the 100th newsletter I have sent this week.  Sorry for the many emails, but with so many moving pieces it seemed necessary.  I now have the capability to mass email students directly, which should improve things 100%.  I can send them any links or information so they can access them with their PPS emails.

    I want to make sure that everyone knows that step number 1 for distance learning is having a PPS email and knowing how to log-in with your password.  No links to Livestream or GoogleMeet classes will work without a PPS email.  If your student is having trouble logging in to their email account, please contact Melissa Whiteside at mwhitesi@pps.net.

    Finally, I would like to share the new Sellwood Staff Video Welcome, and also give a shout out to our counselor and new video wizard, Katie Francis, for producing and editing the new video.  There will be more to come!



    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal



    Important Dates to Remember

    September 7: No school – Labor Day

    September 8, 1-4PM – 6th-grade Special Materials & Chromebook/HotSpot Distribution

    September 9, 1-4PM – 7th grade Special Materials & Chromebook/Hotspot Distribution

    September 10 – 8th-grade: 1-4PM – Special Materials & Chromebook/Hotspot Distribution

    September 14: Regular distance learning schedule begins

    September 23: Virtual Back-to-School Meeting 6:30 to 8:00 (new date)

    October 9: No school

    November 6: End of 1st quarter

    November 11: No school – Veterans Day

    November 23 &24: Parent/Teacher conferences

    December 21-January 1: Winter Break

    Soft Start – Schedule for next week:

    Tuesday, Sept 8

    • 9:30 - 10:30 SEL Lessons (Social Emotional Learning) with 3rd period Teacher

    • 10:40 - 11:10 - Period 1

    • 11:20 - 11:50 - Period 2

    Wednesday, Sept 9

    • 9:30 - 10:30 SEL Lessons (Social Emotional Learning) with 3rd period Teacher

    • 10:40 - 11:10 - Period 3

    • 11:20 - 11:50 - Period 4

    Thursday, Sept 10

    • 9:30 - 10:30 SEL Lessons (Social Emotional Learning) with 3rd period Teacher

    • 10:40 - 11:10 - Period 5

    • 11:20 - 11:50 - Period 6

    Friday, Sept 11

    • 9:30 - 10:30 SEL Lessons (Social Emotional Learning) with 3rd period Teacher

    • 10:40 - 11:10 - Advanced Band - ZP

    Information on Sellwood Web Page

    The Sellwoood web page is also a great place to get information about the school start up.  Just look for the banner at the top where it says, “Here is all the information you need to start the school year!

    PPS Middle School Bell Schedule – Starting September 14th

    Last week, the PPS School Board approved a common middle school bell schedule for all middle schools to use during distance learning.  A team consisting of district educational leaders, principals, assistant principals, and teachers created the schedule using the Oregon Department of Education’s guidelines on distance learning.  I will share a link to the schedule here.  In order to explain more about how the schedule works, I made a short screencast video, which is linked here.  The distance learning common schedule will begin September 14th.

    Special Material Distribution

    We will be holding some special materials distribution events at Sellwood for a few essential and hard to find materials. Your optional donations to the SchoolPay math account and art account will help offset the cost of these materials to the school.  Finally, below the information about materials distribution, I have posted a general back-to-school supply shopping list.

    Materials & Secong Chromebook/Hotspot Distribution Dates

    6th-grade – September 8, 1-4PM

    7th-grade – September 9, 1-4PM

    8th-grade – September 10, 1-4PM

    Materials that will be distributed

    For all students:

    • Quad rule spirals – graph paper for math

    • One mini-whiteboard

    • Two whiteboard markers


    For all students taking art

    • One art kit with essential materials to be used for art during distance learning


    A planner for those who still need one

    A Chromebook or Hotspot for those who still need one or both (make sure you let me know so that we have enough)

    Books from the Let’s Get Reading program described below

    Textbooks for classes where used.


    Back-to-School Supply Shopping List


    1. 3-4 inch 3 ring binder

    2.  6 tab binder dividers

    3.  3-ring pencil pouch

    4.  Pencils

    5.  Highlighters

    6.  Ballpoint pens: black, blue, red

    7.  Small pencil sharpener

    8.  Big eraser

    9.  College-ruled notebook paper

    10.  Scissors

    11.  3 glue sticks

    12.  Colored pencils

    13.  100 sheet college-ruled composition book

    14.  Scotch tape

    15.  3X5 index cards

    16. Ruler


    Let’s Get Reading


    Q:  What is the “Let’s Get Reading!” program? 

    A:  A PPS ELA supported program to make sure students have access to physical books during distance learning. 


    Q: How will we get books?

    A: Pick up a bag of books from Ms. Beverly, SMS Library Assistant, at the side door by bus shelters on Thursday afternoons 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  


    Q:  How do we return books?  We still have some from last year! 

    A:  You may return books at the same time as book bag pick-up on Thursday afternoons 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  


    Q:  How many books will we get?

    A:  About 5 books at a time.


    Q:  What kind of books will be in the book bag?

    A:  The books will be grouped by genres, such as Fiction, Graphic Novels, Book Series, Non-Fiction, etc.  


    Q:  Should we wait to return all the books at the same time? 

    A:  That would be great.  However, if you want to get a new bag of books but have one you want to finish, it’s okay to keep that book and bring back the others to trade for another bag.


    Q.  What should we do with the bag the books came in?

    A:  Please save the book bag to return your books so we can reuse the book bag!


    Q:  Can I request a specific title?

    A:  We are not taking holds, or requests, on books at this time.  We will let you know if that changes.  

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    Q:  How will I know if there are any changes or new information?

    A:  For changes or new information, please watch for school-wide announcements - or - check on SMS Library webpage which can be accessed through the SMS main website.  It’s right next to the Teachers/Staff. 


    Q:  We lost a book, can we still get new books?

    A:  Yes. There will be no penalties or fees during distance learning. If you find it later, bringit back!  We love putting lost books back into circulation!


    Q:  Does this mean the building will be open on pick-up/drop-off days?

    A:  No. The building is still closed. 


    Q:  What is this program doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19? 

    A:  We will be using the following guidelines to prevent spreading COVID-19:

    1. Everyone in the pick-up/drop-off area must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose. 

    2. Only one family at a time may approach the pick-up area. Waiting families should maintain at minimum of 6 feet of distance from other families. 

    3. Returned books and book bags will be isolated for a full 4 day “rest” period between circulations. 

    4. Increasing the number of books students can take home limits trips to school. 


    Q:  I have more questions or need more information...

    A:  Visit Ms. Beverly on pick-up/drop-off day:  Thursdays 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM 

    Or, email either one of the SMS Library team:

    Ms. Beverly at Bmangold@pps.net - or - Ms. Laura at Laxon@pps.net


    Main Office: Just a friendly reminder the office is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us. mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .While phone messages are being checked periodically, there will be a delayed response.

    I hope everyone had a smooth "soft start". I want to thank parents for your patience while getting your students set up with email and passwords.  If by chance your student is having trouble logging in, please let me know so I can take care of it.

    Parents if you are having trouble logging into ParentVue or you don't know your login credentials, please email me Melissa Whiteside. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    The best way to enroll your student is by going to the PPS website: https://www.pps.net/Domain/182 .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    Re: Student Activity Fee

    Re: Student Activity Fee: These fees are collected yearly to provide necessary support to all Sellwood students

    $20.00 Suggested Donation. 


    Go on-line to School Pay, Select: School Activity Fee

    How to get to School pay?  Go to Sellwood Middle School website, under "Quick Links" select School Pay.  Follow the directions.  


    School pay accepts credit/debit cards or electronic checks.  No cash at this time please.   


    In School Pay, you'll also notice that you can donate to additional school funds such as:

    Math account: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.

    Art account:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributued.

    Principal's Discretionary Account:  To help students as the principal sees fit.

    Chrome Books - Technology:  We can also use more!

    Marimba:  Great program.  Help keep with tuning or repair of instruments and more!

    Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 

    Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Browse the list... there's more ways to help!  

    Race, Racism, and Racial Equity Resources

    Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/kivel3.pdf

    Resources to Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being Amid Anti-Black Racism, Racial Violence, and Trauma, Published by ChildTrends, June 23, 2020 https://www.childtrends.org/publications/resources-to-support-childrens-emotional-well-being-amid-anti-black-racism-racial-violence-and-trauma