• Student and Family News, November 8


    Dear Ida B. Wells Families,
    Congratulations on wrapping up the first quarter of this remarkable school year.  Thank you for all that you do every single day to support our young people to be their best selves.  Thank you also for all that you do to support our teachers and staff.    I appreciate you nourishing our staff this morning with coffee and   treats.  Thank you for your generosity.
    Teachers will finish uploading Q1 grades by the end of the day today.  You can expect to see finalized grades in ParentVue by tomorrow morning, if not sooner.  Later this week I will send a congratulatory voice message to our students who made Honor Roll, too!  
    With Gratitude,

    November Schedule

    Please note these calendar items for the month of November:
    November 11 - No School for all, Veteran's Day Holiday
    November 12 - No School for Students, Staff Development
    November 22, 23, No School for Students, Parent-Teacher Conferences
    November 24-26, No School for all, Thanksgiving Holiday
    Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences 2021
    This year’s parent-student-teacher conferences will take place Monday and Tuesday, November 22nd and 23rd. All conferences will be done virtually over Zoom. We ask that students attend conferences along with their parents or guardians.  Each conference will be up to 8 minutes. Please know that you may contact our teachers at any time throughout the year and are not limited to these conference times. 
    • Staff Scheduled Conferences - Students struggling in multiple classes are our priority for conferences.  If your student is identified by staff, we are trying to contact you between now and Nov 12 to schedule.  

    • Parent Scheduled Conferences - Parents can schedule Individual Conferences online from 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 12th  until 10:00 p.m. on November 18th in the times that remain.  We are again using the myconferencetime.com/ibw program to schedule.  A link to the sign-up will be available on the IBWHS website and will be emailed out before November 12th.  You can view sign up instructionshereso you are ready to go.

    If you have issues to discuss with your child’s teachers that are more involved than can be covered in 8 minutes, please reach out to the teacher for a separate time to speak to them. Counselors are a great resource to include in the conversation. 

    • Special Ed conferences -  will include both the teacher and case manager whenever possible.

    •  Interpreters - If language interpretation is needed, notify Abby at amenashe@pps.net or at 503-916-5280 x 75205 as soon as possible.  PPS will do their best to secure interpreters.

    Dates & Times:

    Mon, Nov. 22nd

    8:30 - 11:58a.m. 

    1:00 - 4:58p.m.

    6:00 – 7:38 p.m. 

    Tues, Nov. 23rd

    8:30 - 11:58 a.m. 

    1:00 - 4:58 p.m.

    6:00 – 7:38 p.m. 

    Winter Gift Baskets
    Last year, just before we left for winter break, we were able to put together some pretty amazing winter gift baskets for around 50 families. This was only able to happen with the help from you all -- our amazing IBW families and community members. I am here again to ask for your support. We are asking for donations of gift cards, which can be done a few different ways. 

    One suggestion of how to do this is through the PAT scrip program.Here is the link for that formandhere is the link for more information about the scrip program

    Another option is to contribute a money donation through school pay and our PAT will then purchase gift cards using those funds. To contribute in this way, simplyclick here. Or, you can log into school payhere, click “non profits” on the left hand side and then select the option that says “Ida B. Wells Winter Gift Card Drive.”

    Lastly, if you would like to purchase gift cards yourself some suggested stores are Fred Meyer, Target, Walmart, Adidas and Nike. If you would like to drop off gift cards, please email me (blocke@pps.net) and we can coordinate a time for drop off at IBW and/or your student can drop them off at my office (room 146B) or in my box in the front office. 

    If you are a family in need of support during the holiday season, please submit your information viathis form. If you need additional support, please email our Social Worker, Britni Locke at blocke@pps.net or call/text me at (971) 712-3621. 
    Grad Night 2022 - Tickets on sale now!
    PTA Grad Night 2022 is a safe all-night celebration free of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and weapons, for the graduates of Ida B. Wells High School. Grad Night 2022 will begin after the Commencement Ceremony on June 9th, 2022. This traditional event is a wonderful night filled with fun activities, prizes, great food, and memories our students will keep for years to come. The graduates will leave on buses from IBWHS at 10ish pm (more details to follow) to a secret location. Graduates will be returned to Ida B. Wells High School no later than 6 am on June 10th.

    Save Money, Register Early! All students need to sign up for the event to attend.
    *Sign Up by March 15th, 2022 tickets for the event are $99
    *Beginning March 16, 2022 tickets for the event are $125
    *Full and Partial Scholarships are available- students must fill out a registration forms to apply

    Questions? Please email ibwhsgradnight@gmail.com|
    School Photos - please pick up purchased photos ASAP 
    We STILL have several already-purchased Lifetouch photo packages in the Main Office.  If you still have not picked up your photos, please come to the Main Office before or after school or during lunch and get your photos!

    See Website For More Information, pps.net/ibw
    COVID-19 Updates
    Lost and Found
    For more topics, see Our School Directory

    Yearbook Information 
    For more information on purchasing yearbooks and for Senior Photos and Ads, please see the website 
    Yearbook Information.  
    If you would like a name listed in the yearbook that is different from what is currently listed in StudentVue/Synergy, please email khigbee@pps.net directly from your school email with the request. If you would not like your school photo included in the student section of the yearbook, please email khigbee@pps.net directly from your school email with the request. IMPORTANT: The deadline for these changes is no later than November 20th.

    IBW Band heading to Performing Arts Workshop in Disneyland!
    Buy a pie from Willamette Valley Pie Company and support band students going to Disneyland for a performing arts workshop this spring! Purchase your pies from a band student with a check or money order OR online by November 18: https://pps.schoolpay.com/.../Band-Trip-2022-Pie.../Seab1gE 
    If you do not want a pie but just want to donate there is a link for direct donations. Also, these pies can be given to a special teacher at Ida B. Wells as a gift - email Erica Caldwell at ecaldwell@pps.net if you would like your pie to be given to a teacher at our school or if you would like this to go to one of our families that our social worker is helping. 🙂 We can deliver this to them with their holiday gifts.
    College and Career Center
    TU November 9, 6pm-7pm: ACE Mentor of Oregon Program Information Session
    The ACE program is open to juniors and seniors (and sophomores as space is available) who are interested in architecture, construction and engineering. 2022 program options: all virtual or a hybrid option (in-person meetings as conditions permit & virtual meetings)  The program runs from January 11 to May 12, 2022. More info & application - http://acementoroforegon.com/students

    Please join ACE representatives for upcoming information sessions. Click the date to register: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6:00-7:00pm

    W November 10, 11:45am-12:30pm-PCC Automotive Technology Program Presentation with Stedman Bailey
    The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), an arm of the industry certifying body, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), accredits both our degree and certificate. Connected Careers-Automotive Technology, Mechanic

    W November 10, 2:05pm-2:50pm: Career Presentation-Zach Franko, Portland Winterhawks-Manager, Ticket Sales & Service  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a professional athlete? Meet Zach Franko, former professional hockey player. When Zach was in high school, he was working hard towards a career in professional hockey. Zach was able to reach his goal and play hockey professionally, but he also knew that he would need a Plan B for when he would no longer be playing hockey. Check in and hear how he was able to transition from his career as a player to working within the hockey industry's business side. Connected Careers-Sports Athlete, Sports Marketing, Sports Management, Business.

    Ida B. Wells Career Happenings Newsletter https://www.pps.net/Page/16186 for all of the latest job, internship, and career learning opportunities or via our College & Career Slide Deck updated weekly.  Please contact Jessica Wade for more information. Thank you!
    From our Social Worker, Brittni Locke
    Our social worker maintains a pantry for supplemental student support, please help us restock now that school is back in session.  This link tells you what we need and how to help:https://volunteersignup.org/X7J3W  If your student or family needs support, please message Britni Locke at blocke@pps.net.
    Rental Assistance
    The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program will cover up to 12 months of past due rent and three months of forward rent, once all past due rent is paid. The program will also cover past due utility costs including electricity, gas, home energy services, water, sewer, trash removal, internet and bulk fuels.
    1. To apply directly for rental and utility assistance online visit: oregonrentalassistance.org (application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian).
    2. Provide proof that you applied to your landlord to avoid eviction for 90 days while you wait for the rental assistance (Multnomah County). Renters have until February 28, 2022 to pay overdue rent (for April 2020 to June 2021). If you receive an eviction notice, call the Eviction Defense Project at 888-585-9638 to understand your rights and receive free legal assistance.

    Direct Utility Assistance
    Utility companies are also offering their own assistance programs, regardless of household income or other requirements to qualify.

    For questions or other referrals, please call 2-1-1 or visit 211info.org. You may also contact your school counselor or social worker if you need more information or resources.

    If you or your family are in need of food assistance, Neighborhood House continues to do bi-weekly deliveries from their food pantry. This is a free service. Here is the link to the online form. Please note, clients need to fill out a new order form for every delivery, up to twice per month. As of July 2021, the Neighborhood House Food Pantry has begun allowing limited inside shopping. Click here to find out more about in person shopping, including hours and address.
    I am also excited to share that Meals4Kids is now delivering on the west side in Portland! The Meals 4 Kids program serves qualified children and families within the City of Portland experiencing food insecurity who are also experiencing any of the following: 
    • Chronic condition or illness of caregiver or child
    • Lack of facility to prepare meals
    • Lack of ability and/or transportation to access food resources such as foo pantries
    • Other barriers impacting access to food resources and/or ability to prepare meals
    The Meals 4 Kids home delivery program delivers nutritious meals, milk, bread and fresh fruit directly to the homes of families in need each week on weekdays between 9AM and 2PM. 
    To request service, complete the form at the bottom of this linked pageMeals on Wheels People staff will call you to review your eligibility in the program. If you had additional questions, please call 503-953-8115 or email meals4kids@mowp.org.  
    Additional resources available: 
    One of the greatest attributes of Ida B. Wells HS is our parent involvement.  For descriptions about each of our 3 parent organizations - Boosters Club, Foundation and PTA and their role at Ida B. Wells and how you can get involved, please click here: Ida B. Wells HS Parent Organizations
    Booster Club
    Next, a reminder that our next meeting is Monday, November 8th at 6:30pm via Zoom.  Here are the credentials:
    Meeting ID: 816 8318 0228
    We have grant requests to consider, a preview of the Tree Sale and a recap of the year so far.
    The Booster Club holds an annual Christmas tree sale and it raises over $30,000. All proceeds are returned to IBW clubs, sports and activities. The sale runs Friday-Sunday for 3 weeks starting November 26. 

    This effort takes many volunteers and is a great way to give back to the community.  We ask the individual clubs/teams to take shifts to staff, so you if you are associated with a specific club/team, look for them on the schedule. Otherwise, please look for a shift that says “Anyone”.  https://signup.com/go/FTDoZtg

    Tree Sale

    All the latest IBW gear is available to order online www.schoolpay.com/link/IBWgear and you will be able to pick up orders or shop the racks at their "store" at the IBW Field House on Wednesdays from 3:30pm-6:00pm.  The Wednesdays they will be open are 11/10 and 11/17.   Ida B. Wells Gear makes great holiday gifts and the Boosters will also have merchandise for sale at their annual Tree Sale at A-Boy which opens on Friday, November 26.
    BRICK SALES Makes a great holiday gift!  Buy a Brick Program! Leave your legacy with the purchase of a personalized, engraved brick installed by the Ida B. Wells Boosters in the Stadium Plaza. Proceeds will be used to benefit students in sports and clubs. Bricks are LIMITED! ! Makes a great graduation gift, memorial, or tribute! Please be sure you complete a Buy a Brick form. Order here! https://www.bricksrus.com/donorsite/ibwboosterclub
    Our “Giving Guardians” Fall Campaign is still underway.  As a reminder, the mission of the foundation is to enhance the classroom experience for our students and the foundation is the only way to raise money to increase staffing at IBW.  We ask families to donate what they are able to help fund additional teachers and staff at IBW.
    IBW Foundation Direct Donations: Donate to IBW Foundation 
    We have begun planning for our spring auction event.  While we do not yet know exactly what that will entail, we are looking for parents and community members able to contribute.  We are specifically look for:

    -Graphic Designers—to help coordinate and develop school related content

    -Procurement coordinators/assistants

    We look forward to sharing more information about the spring auction event in the coming weeks.

    Questions? Email Brad Nelson, IBW Foundation Chair, bknelson@cascadeautoglass.com

    Fall Sports Recap
    The Fall Season has now concluded.  Read Athletic Director, Mike Nolan's, Athletic Weekly for a full recap of the season Athletic Weekly, November 8

    Winter Sports Registration - Basketball, Swimming and Wrestling begins November 15! Register Now!!
    The Winter sports season officially begins Monday, November 15.  You must have a registration completed in FamilyID and a valid physical on file before you may participate in Basketball, Wrestling and Swimming. This is especially important for basketball which conducts try-outs. Wrestling and Swimming are both non-cut sports.  https://www.familyid.com/organizations/ida-b-wells-high-school  SchoolPay is also open to pay the PIL Pay to Play Fee for Winter sports.  However, you should not pay the fee for basketball until teams are announced. 
    Pre-season opportunities for Winter Sports
    Our Winter coaching staffs are looking forward to connecting with our IBW student-athletes.  Here are some pre-season opportunities:
    Open Gym every Tuesday and Thursday 6:00-8:30pm at Jackson Middle School 

    Open gym every Tuesday and Thursday 7:15-9:00pm at Jackson Middle School (CHANGE IN LOCATION WHILE IBW GYM FLOOR IS BEING REBRANDED)
    Open Mat Hour on Mondays at 6:30pm in the IBW Wrestling Room.   

    IBW Snowboard Club and Team - Register Now!
    Please see the brand new website for our IBW Snowboard Club for more information and how to register: https://www.ibwsnowboarding.org/.  You can also find their website on their page on the IBW Athletic Website https://www.ibwathletics.com/snowboarding.  Registration forms can be turned into the main office. 
    IBW Ski Team - Register Now!
    Please see the Ski Team page on the Athletics Website for registration information https://www.ibwathletics.com/skiclub

    Women's Tennis Coach Receives Grant!
    Congratulations to Women's Tennis Coach, Barry Daigle for applying and receiving a $2500 2021 USTA PNW DE&I Grant to grow the  Women's Tennis Program.  From Coach Daigle: "We’ll be targeting a younger and more diverse group of beginning players in the community so they may be more ready to continue the sport in high school. Completing some needed work on the “junior courts” at Ida B. Wells is on the todo list. So is purchasing low-compression balls and tennis racquets to loan to players who cannot afford to purchase their own."  Congratulations!


    IBW 2021-2022 Clubs
    There is still time to get involved in a club (or two, three or more!).  Here is the current list of 2021-2022 Clubs  This list is still being completed so check the website often under Student Activities/Clubs and Activites for updates.

    2022 Spain Cultural Journey
    I am so excited to share this incredible opportunity with Ida B. Wells Spanish students* for the summer of 2022.  In collaboration with Walking Tree Travel, I am planning to chaperone a student trip to tour the north of Spain for twelve days in June, 2022.  

    The itinerary includes hiking on the Camino de Santiago, visiting the Basque country, kayaking in the Bay of Biscay, visiting some of Spain's most renowned museums and experiencing the unique art and architecture of Barcelona.  This adventure will be packed with culturally rich and memorable activities!   The following link has detailed information about costs, dates, itinerary, accommodations, safety and support.  https://walkingtree.org/programs/2022-ibw-spain-cultural-journey/
    IBW Spain Cultural Journey Informational Meeting
    All interested students and families are invited to attend an informational meeting that will be facilitated by Gabriel Duncan from Walking Tree Travel.  The meeting will take place via Zoom and will be recorded.  Here are the meeting details:  

    Where:  https://zoom.us/join  enter room number 396673459. 

    When:  Thursday, November 18th, 2021  at 7:00 p.m. 

    This meeting will last 30-45 minutes and there will be time at the end for questions.  


    ¡Viva España!

    Amy Durham, Spanish Teacher

    *This trip is not sponsored by Portland Public Schools.

    Ida B. Wells senior Elle Smith is a published illustrator
    Elle has been an art student since her freshmen year, and has her first children’s book “The Piano” coming out February 3, 2022. “The friendly piano is thrilled when a young musician named Katie first presses its keys. As Katie and the piano become daily companions, her musical skills grow and grow. Together they play beautiful music to match her every mood. But when Katie moves away for college, the piano is left behind, untouched and silent. What happens next helps the piano—and young readers—see learning as a never-ending cycle and music as a life-long source of joy.” Learn more here - https://www.blackrosewriting.com/childrensmg/thepiano
    The Piano