• Principal's Message 02/02/2024

    Dear Arleta Community,


    Happy February! It’s hard to believe it’s time to begin planning for our incoming kindergartners for next year. This week Ms. Hedlund, Ms. Arias and I had fun making our “Welcome to Arleta” video for the Kindergarten page on our website. If you know any families with children who will turn 5 by September 1st, please let them know to check our website or give our office a call for information about our incoming kindergarten events beginning later this month. Hurrah for kindergartners!


    Our district is also beginning to prepare for next school year and that includes a draft school year calendar (next paragraph) and a process called “staffing”. This is the number of staff the district allocates to each school, and is based on school enrollment. The #1 thing you can do to support Arleta is to spread the word to all families in our boundary to enroll their children at Arleta! I’ll share specific staffing information with you as soon as I have it. What I can tell you for sure right now is we’d love to have some new 2nd graders enroll (who would be 3rd graders next year) because our overall 2nd grade, which is currently two classes, is right at the PPS class size threshold for 2nd grade (32). If you know current 2nd graders who might love Arleta, please tell them all about us, and/or have their family call our office: 503.916.6330.


    At the January 9th school board meeting, PPS leadership presented the proposed draft for the 2024-2025 school year calendar: 24-25 School Calendar. The new contract with PAT led to several shifts between this year's and next year's calendars that are important to be aware of. If you have questions or comments regarding the proposed calendar, you can share them by visiting https://www.pps.net/contact



    Our Dolphin Drive fundraiser has officially begun! Your children can decorate then return their dolphins from the coloring sheet they received to the office, and as we get donation cars full of dolphins, children’s dolphins will get to ride our goal-a-coaster! We need riders, so please participate! You’ll be helping our school reach our goal of $7500 to support crucial programming serving students, teachers, and our broader Arleta community. Every dollar counts-- CLICK HERE to donate today! Please see the additional important information included further below.


    Thank you for being such awesome dolphins everyone, and have a great weekend!