Principal's Newsletter 8.25.2023

Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – August 25, 2023

Greetings Sellwood Community,

I hope everyone has enjoyed as lovely and restful a summer as I did. Next week we start the 2023-24 school year.  At Sellwood, teachers and staff have been working hard to get everything prepared for students, and we are fired up and ready to go!

I have lots of news.  We have a few new teachers and some brand-new staff members in brand-new positions.  Please welcome the following new Sellwood staff.

  • Maria Fuhrmann – 7th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher
  • Maia Kirkelie – ESL Teacher
  • Kate Canfield – Restorative Justice Coordinator
  • Matthew Mortensen – School Climate Specialist
  • Kasey Bond – Instructional Coach (you may remember Kasey as a Sellwood math teacher)
  • Garrett Hampton – Campus Security Associate

We are thrilled and excited about our additional team members and we are confident they will have a positive impact on student well-being. 

This year, Sellwood, along with other PPS middle schools, will be implementing the Wayfinder Curriculum (SEL, or Social Emotional Learning) during advisory period.

By partnering rigorous academic learning, a more robust student support staff, and a coordinated approach to social emotional learning, we will ensure Sellwood is a school that lives up to our mission statement below.

Sellwood creates a safe and inclusive learning environment where students build their confidence, practice positive social interaction, challenge racial inequities, and explore their academic interests.

Finally, please be aware that there is some sidewalk replacement work near the gym that has been temporarily halted while the project managers create an alternative plan to complete the work without harming the tree(s) in the sidewalk's path.  The area will be cordoned off for student safety.  Please be patient while this work continues with these environmental considerations. Thank you to family and community members expressing concern for the tree's welfare.

I can’t wait to greet and welcome students and family members to Sellwood next week.  2023-24 is going to be an amazing year!

Enjoy the weekend,

Jeandré Carbone

Sellwood MS Principal


Drop offs

Please drop students off on SE Umatilla, SE 16th Avenue, or SE Sherrett (green).  Please do not drop students off or pick them up on SE 15th Avenue, which is reserved for buses (red).  Also, please do not drop students off or pick them up by driving through the staff parking lot.  This is for everyone’s safety. 

General Building entry

After the first day, students will use one of 4 entrances based on how they came to school: by bus, drop-off, walking, biking, or skating.  Please refer to the map below.

August 29th


6th-graders will have a special “jump-start” orientation on August 29th.  The “jump start” will be led by a team of friendly 8th-grade students called WEB Leaders.  WEB = Where Everyone Belongs.  6th-graders will learn how to: find their way around the school, open their lockers, and follow their schedules.  They will also meet their teachers, office and support staff, and learn about Sellwood’s policies, procedures, and ways of doing things.  Of course, they will have a chance to see old friends from elementary school, and also make new friends!

Please do not bring backpacks with school supplies to 6th-grade jumpstart (unless it is a very small backpack where you can carry your water bottle, lunch, and other personal items).  DO bring a water bottle.  Also, bring lunch, or you may purchase lunch in the cafeteria.  Plan to arrive between 8:55 and 9:10 AM, and head to the courtyard, where our team will be waiting to welcome you.  You will get a fresh hard copy of your schedule then.


7th-8th GRADERS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (All students attend)

August 30th will be a regular bell schedule day, with no advisory period.  Re-orientation to Sellwood will be built into each period of the day.  Please head to the outdoor basketball court near the gym, where we will greet you and give you a fresh hard copy of your schedule.  Welcome back!


The SMS PTA Board welcomes you and your student to the new school year!  We are excited to continue to support the SMS staff and our school community. 

  1. Join the PTA!

Please join the PTA and contribute your voice to the conversation on making this a great school year for our kids and SMS community.  Here is the link to join! 

  1. Join Konstella!

The PTA uses the Konstella app to keep the parent community up to date with scheduled events, the school calendar, volunteer sign ups and PTA announcements. Here is the link to join!

  1. First PTA Meeting 7pm 9/26 

Please join us for our first PTA meeting of the year.  We will meet from 7-8:30pm in the SMS library after Back to School Night events.  We would love to see you!

  1. Volunteers need to support PEAK program

The PTA is looking for volunteers to help coordinate our after-school clubs and programs.  We have parents who have supported this program for the last couple years and laid the groundwork for future volunteers to keep the program running.  Please reach out if you are interested in learning more. 


Please review the student created presentation demonstrating how students can check their own schedules in StudentVue.

If you need assistance logging into ParentVue or StudentVue please contact Melissa Whiteside



Below you will find prices for school meals, and instructions for using School Café to purchase meals.  Here is the link to Nutrition Services school meal page.  Here is the link to the Free and Reduced-Price Meal page where you can submit an online application.  More information about the Free-and Reduced Price Meal Program is available here.

2023-24 Menu Prices

















  • SchoolCafé is a safe, secure online payment system that can be used to fund student and adult meal accounts with a debit or credit card. You can make one-time payments, setup autopay and low balance alerts, monitor transactions and even submit/track a free and reduced meal application for students in the household. 

SchoolCafé is:

  • Easy: Staff can provide their employee ID# (or assigned PIN) or provide their name. Students provide their 6-digit student ID#.
    NOTE: Currently, SchoolCafé does not accept American Express.
  • Convenient: Once the account is established, you can check balances and add funds from your computer or mobile app.
    NOTE: SchoolCafé charges a 5% fee per online transaction with a $15 minimum payment              

NOTE: If you have issues with the mobile app on the iPhone, try uninstalling it and reinstalling it the following day. If that doesn't work, download Google Chrome. For additional support questions, please contact SchoolCafé at 1.855.PAY-2EAT (1.855.729.2328) or email Hours: M-F, 6AM-6PM CST.


Here is a link to Sellwood Bus Routes In order to find your bus, you will need to click on the various bus routes and find the bus stop nearest your house, along with the pick-up or drop-off time.


Students with last names A-L: Mr. KB –

Students with last names M-Z:  Ms. Katie –


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 ( 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.  


  • August 29: First day of the 2023-24 school year for 6th-graders
  • August 30: First day of the 2023-24 school year for 7th & 8th graders
  • September 4: Labor Day – No School
  • September 12: Ice Cream Social 5 – 6:30 PM (typo in date/time last newsletter)
  • September 26: Back to School Night 5:30-7:00 PM
  • September 26: PTA Meeting 7PM, Sellwood Library


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