Principal's Newsletter 11.18.2022

Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – November 18, 2022

Greetings Sellwood Community,

We look forward to seeing families during Parent/Teacher Conferences next Monday and Tuesday, whether in person or virtual.  If you have not yet signed up, please use the following information to make appointments with your child’s teachers.  Please make sure to let them know if you plan to attend in-person.

Parent-Teacher Conference Schedule for each day is:

  •  8:30AM-12:30PM
  • 1:00-5:00PM
  • 6:00-7:30PM

Please use the master document linked below for sign-ups.  There are both written instructions and video instructions to help you sign-up quickly and easily.

IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE YOUR APP-BASED CALENDAR ON YOUR PHONE OR TABLET TO SIGN UP; IT MUST BE A WEB-BASED CALENDAR.  USE A DESKTOP COMPUTER OR LAPTOP FOR BEST RESULTS.

Conference Sign-up Master Document

We hope to see you there.

Enjoy the Fall Break!

Jeandré Carbone

Sellwood MS Principal

jcarbone@pps.net

WINTER ART SHOW MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 6-7:30 PM, CAFETERIA

This year we will be showcasing artwork from 1st semester students before the band concert on December 12th. Come see what students have been creating in art class! All are welcome. 

OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

Oregon Battle of the Books is coming back to Sellwood Middle School and will be organized by parent volunteers for the 2022/23 school year.   OBOB is a program where teams of students read an amazing selection of books and then compete with other teams in Battles to recall details from the stories.  Battles will be organized at the school, regional, and state level this spring.  

More information about next steps will be provided in this newsletter as we have more information but encourage your kids to start organizing teams and start reading!  Teams are usually made up of two to four members, with one optional alternate, for a total of no more than five members. In the meantime, send an email to OBOBatSellwood@gmail.com if you're interested in being added to the mailing list or would like more information.  

READ THE WORLD, FROM SELLWOOD’S LIBRARIAN - MS. TINI

Travel the world through reading! 

Sellwood students are invited, each and every one, to a grand field trip tour of the world, through the magic of books, with the Sellwood school library acting as travel agent! 

We have passports, stickers for each page completed, and lists of books to get you started. 

At the end of the school year, those with completed passports will be invited to an exclusive celebratory party and perhaps a walking field trip nearby.  Students are helping us decide exactly what kind of rewards they’d like to see for their well-earned travels and adventures. There may even be in-class incentives along the way.

Books read for class will count! Audiobooks count! You have plenty of choices. The lists of suggested books we provide are only a place to start. Many books can give you a sense of place and culture and offer you a chance to “travel” to that region. 

Students will need adult “travel hosts” to sign off on their reading. This could be family, friends, or school staff. Passports will be kept in the school library and brought out when it is time to fill in the title and author, and to choose a sticker for that page. 

Here are the pages to fill: 

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Middle East, India+
  • North America
  • Central & South America
  • Europe
  • Immigrant Journeys World-wide
  • Flights of the Imagination! Optional Add-on: Outer Space & Magical Lands

Students will learn all about it in the library, when their Language Arts class comes to visit Ms. Tini during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. Send any questions with your students please, so the whole class can benefit from the question and answer.

Sellwood is the first to pilot this brand new program!! We have a different passport for every grade level, so students can participate anew each year and collect the whole trio. 

Community members can even participate! Staff, family, siblings, cousins, neighbors…

Last thoughts… Does your student enjoy working in a group more? Our passport offers the opportunity to “travel together” (read the same books) or “Split up & meet back” (read different books) in groups of 2 or 3. Students will choose an individual or team traveling plan the first time they fill in a page on their passport. This first passport set-up will happen when their whole class comes in to record the reading of a class novel. Or students can come in individually before that. Books should be ones they’ve read from now going forward though. No books you read before. The adventure begins today!

For suggested book lists, go to the Sellwood website, library tab, (or click the Destiny icon on a student Chromebook) and scroll down to COLLECTIONS.

FROM THE SELLWOOD COUNSELORS

This week during Advisory your student received a blue booklet with information on how and where to access resources in our community including the Youth Resources AppSafeOregon tip lineOregon Youth Line, and the Sellwood school counselor check-in request form. A PDF copy of this booklet is attached to this newsletter so you have access to the resources as well.

 

PTA NEWS 

Wallace Books SMS Book Fundraiser; 12/2-12/4

December 2-4th Wallace Books will donate 15% of sales to SMS.   Please help us support this local business and our school!  Great time to pick up holiday gifts! 

Winter PEAK Classes Sign Up Early December

Chess Club, French, Speech and Debate, Sewing, Choir, Coding for Kids, Marimba are planned options at this time.  Registration to open early December.

Red Cross Babysitting Classes

There has been a lot of interest in this PEAK class.  The PEAK team is close to opening up several more class dates with the goal to provide enough options to everyone who is interested.  

SELLWOOD GSA

A shout out to Sellwood’s GSA (Gay Straight Alliance).  Each Wednesday, our GSA groups meet during lunch.  All are welcome to join.  6th-graders meet in Ms. Walker’s classroom, and 7th/8th-graders meet in Ms. Hall’s (Maestra’s) classroom.  See you there.

SUPPORT GUIDE FOR FAMILIES OF LGBTQ+ STUDENTS

Middle school is a time for exploration of gender and when our young people start to form the foundations of their independent identities. Our young people and families learn a lot during this time. Here is an interactive support guide for parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ young people that may support you in this process.

CLEVELAND OPEN HOUSE FOR 8TH-GRADERS, DECEMBER 8

Save the date, families of 8th-graders.  Cleveland High School’s Open House “Bridging the Gap” event will be in-person the evening of Thursday. Dec. 8, 2022, beginning at 6:30pm.  Cleveland looks forward to greeting the members of our class of 2027 next fall!

See the linked FLYER for more information.

FROM OUR TAG FACILITATOR

TAG Referral Forms available now

If your student already qualifies for TAG, you do not need to refer again. That TAG designation will stay with them throughout their time in PPS. If you wish to refer your student for TAG (in a new area or for the first time), please follow these directions: 

  • Go to https://www.pps.net/sellwood 
  • Use the Academics tab, then select Talented and Gifted
  • Links to referral forms are at the bottom of the page by language
  • The deadline for this form is November 29

If you have questions, please contact our TAG Facilitator, Lisa Souther (lsouther@pps.net).

FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE AND HEALTH ASSISTANT

Free Community Vaccination Clinic

Flyer in English

Flyer in Spanish

JEDI PARENT GROUP (JUSTICE, EQUITY, DIVERSITY and INCLUSION)

November is a time when many of us celebrate a tradition known in the U.S. and Canada as Thanksgiving.   While many of us associate this holiday with family, togetherness, gratitude and connection, many of us associate it with a painful legacy of systematic betrayal and misunderstanding of Native American Cultures.  

You might want to, but you don’t have to choose to be either pro or against Thanksgiving, when as human beings we have the ability to feel both sadness and joy around the same day.  It is so important that as we learn to create just spaces, we hold space for all of our experiences to matter and be meaningful.  Especially when they seem to be so different. 

Native American cultures are diverse and rich and have been stewards of this land we all enjoy for thousands of years.  There are many clear and actionable ways you can be respectful of Native cultures.  This article will give you 21 things you can do. 

For those of us who celebrate Thanksgiving, we can act in ways that create a more just experience of living on this land together.  Here is an idea:  Print out this list and take turns reading them around your Thanksgiving table.  

I bet you’ll feel grateful for the experience.

Bridget Geraghty Barnicle

she/her/hers

RACIAL EQUITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPMENT:

The Importance of Talking About Race 

“Our humanity is worth a little discomfort, it's actually worth a lot of discomfort.”

― Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

  • Watch:  Color Blind or Color Brave?: This TED talk features finance executive Mellody Hobson who explains talking about race is like a "conversational third rail." And that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring -- makes for a better society.
  • Read: So You Want To Talk About Race?  Author Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to the model minority myth in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race, and about how racism infects every aspect of American life.

MAIN OFFICE:

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 (“Records/Registration”) or press 3 for Claire (Principal’s Secretary)
  • When prompted, press 2 for any “Attendance” matters.  It’s a designated line just for attendance. 
  • You can also press 0 for the front counter where often students help us answer the phone and direct communication.  This is not a private line and confidential messages should not be left in this voice box. 

Secured Building 

  • Sellwood is 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:  

  • Please email both Melissa and Claire for student pick up, a student arriving late, or any other matter that may require meeting a parent/guardian at the front door or getting a message to a student.   Advance notice is strongly recommended since the office is very busy throughout the day. 

Guides to Help you:

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

Please email Melissa (mwhitesi@pps.net) 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 (choward1@pps.net) for:

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

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

  • November 21 & 22: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 23-25: Fall Break
  • December 12: Winter Band Concert 7:00 PM
  • December 12: Art Show
  • December 19 – January 2: Winter Break
  • January 16: No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 26 – End of 1st semester
  • January 27 – No school for students - Teacher planning day
  • February 17 – No school for students – Teacher planning day
  • February 20 – No school – President’s Day (potential snow day make-up day)
  • March 27 – 31 – Spring Break
  • April 7 – End of 3rd Quarter
  • April 10th – No school for students – Teacher planning day
  • May 16: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
  • May 29: No school – Memorial Day
  • June 13 – Last day of school
  • June 14, 15, 16 – Potential snow day make-up days
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