• Student and Family News, November 15

    Dear Ida B. Wells Students and Families,
    This is our last week before Fall Break.  Next week we have Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences on Monday and Tuesday.  We look forward to meeting with you and your student(s) to celebrate successes and make plans for a successful year ahead.  Please read below for information about how you can sign up.  If you haven't signed up already, I encourage you to do so today.
    All the best,
    November Schedule 

    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. 
    • Parent Scheduled Conferences - Parents can now schedule Individual Conferences online until 10:00 p.m. on November 18th. We are again using the myconferencetime.com/ibw program to schedule. You can view sign up instructions here so 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 form and here 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, simply click here. Or, you can log into school pay here, 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 via this 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
    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|

    These oranges and grapefruit are delicious! The deadline to order is November 23rd so order a few boxes to enjoy this holiday season and support our senior class. 20lb gift boxes of California Navel Oranges or Texas Rio Star Grapefruit are $40 per box. There is also an option to donate a box to a local food pantry. Order here: https://www.schoolpay.com/link/GradNightCitrusBox

    Ida B. Wells High School is partnering with Dairy Hill to raise funds for Grad Night 2022! Place your order for Thanksgiving by Sunday, 11/21 to pick up on Tuesday 11/23 or Wednesday 11/24 and 15% of the purchase price will be donated to support Grad Night!
    School Photos - Re-takes now available for pick up
    Lifetouch photo packages from re-take day are now in the Main Office.  If you need to pick up 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
    Future You 2 Go - Every Wednesday! No pre-registration required. Simply click on link to join and then complete your CRLE reflection after attending:

    W, November 17 from 2:05pm-2:50 pm: National Apprenticeships Week-Apprentice Panel Apprentices from the Carpenters, Electricians and Roofers/Waterproofers Unions will be sharing why they chose their specific trades, their responsibilities on the job, salary ranges, job growth and more.

    W, November 17, 4:00pm-4:45pm: Climate-Related Career Presentation, Stephen is the Founder and President of Green Hammer, a nationally recognized leader in green, living, and net zero energy buildings. He'll share the many career paths in the building industry including architecture, engineering, carpentry, construction, project management, and more. 
    CAREERS IN THE MILITARY - Monday, November 22nd, 10:00 am - 12:50 pm 
    Featuring Navy, US Army, National Guard, and US Marine Corps
    Learn how to get fully paid training, college, medical degrees and more in Healthcare, Skilled trades, Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Mechanics/Eletronics, and more.  Pre-Registration is Required. Go to this link to register: https://bit.ly/CMPanels21

    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
    The IBW Booster Club will be hosting its annual Christmas tree sale every weekend from November 26-December 18 at A-Boy on Barbur. All proceeds from the sale go directly to funding Ida. B. Wells clubs and sports. IBW Merchandise will also be available. Sale hours are November 26-December 18, Fridays, 4pm to 530pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 530pm. Get your tree with us and support the Booster Club!

    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

    Ida B. Wells gear is a great gift idea for this holiday season! You can purchase merchandise this Wednesday from 3:30-6:00pm at the Boosters last "pop up" store at the IBW Field House.  After that  they will also have merchandise for sale at their annual Tree Sale at A-Boy which opens on Friday, November 26.  Please note that until further notice, online ordering is not available.
    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

    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
    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 - info meeting this week!
    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.
    Student and Family News, November 15