• Student and Family News, November 22


    Dear Ida B. Wells Families,
    Thank you for participating in conferences this week.  We are glad to celebrate your students' accomplishments and plan for how to have a positive school year ahead.  I hope that you are also able to spend time with your loved ones this week and I hope that you find some time for yourselves, too.  Being a parent has never been easy and this has been especially true over the last two years.  Have a wonderful Fall Break!

    Conferences are today and tomorrow, 11/22 and 11/23. 
    Other Reminders/Suggestions:
    - A conference reminder, with the zoom links, should have been emailed to you 2 days before your conference.  The email came from myconferencetime.com so if you don't see it, check your spam/junk mail folder OR Here is a link to all teacher's Zoom Conferences Zoom links
    -  We encourage the student to join the conference along with the parent(s)/guardian(s).  Student involvement makes it more effective 
    -  Be on time to your zoom room. You will be in the waiting room until the teacher is done with their prior conference and can admit you. 
    -  Monitor your time.  You only have 8 minutes with each teacher. 
    -  If 8 minutes is not enough, you can always email with a teacher with your questions or set another time to continue 
    - If you will not be able to access using the zoom link and need to connect by phone number, email Abby Menashe amenashe@pps.net or call 503-916-5280 in advance of conferences.  
    - Have any issues in advance of conferences? Email Abby Menashe  amenashe@pps.net or call 503-916-5280 x 75205 or 971-231-6378  
    - Have any issues during conference hours? You can also go to the zoom help room during any conference hours
    https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/88526218127  or email/call Abby Menashe
    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. 
    COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics 
    Multnomah County Student Health Centers are holding weekly vaccine clinics for students 5 and older and their families.  Please see this flyer (English and Spanish) for more dates/times and how to make an appointment: Vaccine Clinics

    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|

    GRAD NIGHT 2022 CITRUS FRUIT FUNDRAISER - Deadline to order 11/23!
    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
    Hello Winter Sports Teams and Clubs! Its time for Photo buttons. As a fundraiser for the Grad Night Party, we will be selling buttons – 2 for $10

    If you would like a photo buttons of your student, please email the following:
    · Photo of the student in their uniform.  It works best to take from the waist up and further back. 
    · Number of buttons you would like. (minimum 2)
    Photos can be emailed no later than Friday, December 3rd to jillmartini@ymail.com
    If you are a parent willing to help take photos for your team and help collect the money, please reach out to me. Please email with any questions.  Thanks, Jill Martini
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    Tutor.com - Personal homework help for AP Students
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    -Work through a confusing point in your homework
    -Revise a quizscore you aren't happy with
    Go into your AP course on Canvas and click on the tutor.com to get started!  More information here.  Soomaali      Tiếng Việt      Español       中文         日本         русский
    College and Career Center
    ACE MENTORING PROGRAM - Architecture, Construction, and Engineering DEADLINE 11/23!
    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

    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!
    Black United Fund ACCESS Scholarships - APPLY NOW!
    The deadline for Early Action Scholarships to Reed College, Willamette University, and Lewis & Clark college are fast approaching. All Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2021 by 11:59. NO EXCEPTIONS! Visit www.bufor.org/scholarships to apply today.
    From our School Psychologist, Emilee Refvem
    Monday 11/29, IBWHS will have an adolescent substance use counselor on campus one day a week. For more information, please see this FLYER
    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!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

    Fall PIL All-League Athletes
    Davis Dufort, SR, First Team, Tight End
    Tom White, SR, First Team, Utility
    Jesse Litwin, SR, Honorable Mention, Offensive Lineman
    Dawson Lindner, SR Honorable Mention, Defensive Lineman
    Carter Kroenke, JR, First Team
    Jacob Berg, SR, Second Team
    Nico Lomanto, JR, Second Team
    Harry Watson, SR, Honorable Mention
    Daphne Reid, SR, First Team
    Elle Unflat, JR, First Team
    Finley Crabtree, SR, First Team
    Hannah Bradley, JR, Second Team
    Devera Graham, JR, Honorable Mention
    Ada Strecker, SO, Honorable Mention
    Calla Cheah, SO, Honorable Mention
    Avery Fraser - PIL Player of the Year
    Avery Fraser, SR, First Team
    Aly Wright, SR, First Team
    Carly Straub, SO, Second Team
    Congratulations for these achievements and to all our Fall athletes for a successful season!  All Fall results can still be found HERE
    Practices are now underway for the Winter season.  Contests begin December 1st. 
    Men's Basketball - December 1
    Women's Basketball - December 2
    Wrestling - December 3
    Swimming - December 10
    Complete schedules can be found on team pages https://www.ibwathletics.com/
    WINTER SPEED TRAINING- begins Monday, November 29
    Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:50-5:00pm.  See Coach Olsen in Room 18B for more information
    SouthWest StageWorks - Auditions for Midsummer/Jersey
    Hi there, IBWHS community!  Your IBWHS theatre company, SouthWest StageWorks is going to be approaching its first auditions for a live, in-person stage play coming up right after the Thanksgiving break!  If your student (or you, if you are an IBWHS student-artist) have waited and waited to get involved with a live show again, here’s the opportunity:

    When: November 29-December 2, from 400pm-630pm

    Where: IBWHS Auditorium

    What: Monolgue and Cold Reading auditions

    Who: YOU!

    There’s a bunch more information about this fun romp through Jersey Shore Shakespeare (?!) on our show site: http://ibwhsdramamidsummer.blogspot.com, including perusal scripts and audition information packets with tons of specific information about getting into show work again.

    You in, IBW?

    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/

    ¡Viva España!

    Amy Durham, Spanish Teacher

    *This trip is not sponsored by Portland Public Schools.
    Student and Family News, November 22