Principal's Newsletter 4/15/2022

Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – April 15, 2022

Greetings Sellwood Community,

This week has been a wild ride, with an unexpected snow day on Monday, followed by hail, thunderstorms, and very unlike spring weather.  At least the days are getting longer, and we are definitely in the fourth quarter of the school year, even though it may not feel like it!

Enjoy the weekend!

Jeandré Carbone

Sellwood MS Principal


Please help carry on the important job of the Sellwood Foundation, by volunteering to be on the board next year.  The present board has been in service for two years, and we are all retiring.  We are looking for folks to carry on these very important jobs for the 2022-2023 school year.  Please email Amy Bourne with any questions about the roles.


Earth Day Clean Up

Next Wednesday 4/20 is our final school clean-up day.  We are looking for 4 more volunteers to help between 9-10am.  Please sign up in Konstella!  

Sellwood Garden Tour 

Mark your calendars for the Garden Tour to raise money for our school.  May 22nd from 11-4; 5 homes are opening their outdoor spaces to the community for a self guided tour.  Tickets and event information can be found on our website.


In 2019, Sellwood counselor Katie Francis submitted an application to Canine Companions for a service dog to provide loving help and support to Sellwood students.  To our joy, the application was accepted, and Katie was invited to Santa Rosa to train with our new service dog.  She has spent the past two weeks in Santa Rosa training with Sellwood's new facility dog!

Jaco (pronounced Jake-O) will be Sellwood's new facility dog! 

Check out the attached flyer for more information and an awesome picture of Ms. Katie and Jaco!

Introducing Jaco! 


Dance Team tryouts at Cleveland High School are coming up! Join us on May 10th and 12th from 5:30-7:30pm to try out for our 2022-2023 Varsity Dance Team! Tryout packets available in the school office, and the main office at Cleveland High School. Interested in trying out but unable to make the dates? Email for alternative ways of trying out, or to have a tryout packet sent directly to you. All dance levels are welcome! See you there!

Ana Reiser

Cleveland Tenacity Dance Team Coach


The deadline to submit proof of required vaccinations has been extended to April 20th. If your student is incomplete with a vaccination/s, the MESD immunization department will mail you a letter that states the exact one your student is incomplete on.  You can take that letter, that also comes with a CIS form, to your doctor to fill out and sign after they receive the vaccination. 

The easiest way for parents to give us that information, is to just bring in the CIS form/vaccination form or bring in a note from the doctor's office that states the vaccination is now up to date.  One of our secretaries will give the proof of vaccination to the health office.



Use Schoolpay to purchase the yearbook now. Students are working to capture our memories of this school year, and for $20, you can make sure you get a copy in June.


The best way to schedule an appointment with us is by filling out the Counselor Check-In Request Form or emailing us directly.  Messages sent through Canvas are not always responded to promptly.  



  • Open Monday to Friday, School Hours

The best way to reach us is by email.  

The Office Phone Number

  • The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  
  • When prompted, press 4 for Melissa or “Attendance”; press 3 for Claire.  
  • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.

Secured Building 

  • Sellwood is now a locked and secure building.  
  • Please ring the doorbell to the right of the main doors to reach the office.  We will guide you accordingly.

Parent/Student Requests:  

  • Arrangements can be made with the office staff for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door. If you know of such needs in advance, please email either Melissa or Claire. 

Guides to Help you:

  • For questions about your student’s absence: Log into ParentVue. 
  • To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy: ParentVue/StudentVue

Please email Melissa ( for:

  • Attendance:  If you need to excuse your child's attendance. 
  • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials.
  • Registration, Enrollment.
  • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   

Please email Claire ( for:

  • School Pay
  • Bookkeeping/accounting issues.
  • Administrative Support:  Messages or matters of support to the principal or assistant principals.  


  • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
  • April 8 – No School for Students
  • May 12 – Ambassador Awards
  • May 17 – Spring Band Concert
  • May 18 & 19 – Outdoor School (Day Trips returning at 5:30PM)
  • May 25 – Spring Marimba Concert
  • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
  • June 2 – Showcase Night – 5:30-8:00 PM
  • June 7 – 8th-grade trip to OAKS Park
  • June 10 – Oaks Park – 6th & 7th graders 9:30 to 12:PM
  • June 10 – 8th-grade promotion 10:30 AM
  • June 10 – Last Day of School (half-day ending at 12:30)


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