Principal's Newsletter 9.15.2023

Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 17, 2023

Greetings Sellwood Community,

I apologize that you did not receive my newsletter last Friday.  I sent it late in the afternoon, but unfortunately I accidently sent it only to myself and just realized that today.  I guess I am still getting back in the swing of things.

It was wonderful to see all of you at our Ice Cream Social Tuesday night.  It was an enjoyable, relaxed opportunity to connect with fellow parents and Sellwood staff.

On Tuesday, September 26th, we will welcome families to our annual Back-to-School Night.  We will start at 5:30PM in the gym, followed by a shortened bell schedule where parents will follow their children’s schedules and get to meet their teachers and hear about their classes.  I will send more details later, but here is the schedule for the evening.

  • 5:30-5:50 - Presentation in Gym
  • 5:55-6:02 - Period 1
  • 6:06-6:13 - Period 2  
  • 6:17-6:24 - Period 3 or 4 
  • 6:28-6:35 - Period 5 
  • 6:39-6:46 - Period 6
  • 6:50-6:57 - Period 7

We hope to see you there!

Enjoy the weekend :-)


Jeandré Carbone

Sellwood MS Principal



  1. Volunteers needed for PPS Clothing Closet

Thursday 9/28

We need 3 more volunteers to help on Sellwood’s assigned day at the PPS Clothing Closet.  Please help us with this important cause.  Sign ups are in Konstella.

  1. Don’t forget to sign up for 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. Are you on 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!  Already on Konstella?  Please update your student’s grade.

  1. First PTA Meeting Tuesday, 9/26 7pm

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!  Principal Carbone will be giving school updates and talking about the new staff positions.

  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.

  1. Find us on social media!

Instagram: @sellwoodmiddlePTA



Who wants a yearbook at the end of the year?  It turns out, pretty much everybody wants one!  Each year, we set aside some time for students to commemorate the end of the school year with a yearbook signing ritual.  However, not everyone orders a yearbook, often because they are busy and don’t realize until after the ordering deadline.  Sometimes students don’t think they want a yearbook, but when they see them, they realize they really do want one.  The truth is, there are many reasons why families don’t order yearbooks, and we never have enough yearbooks for everyone who wants one.  We do not like to disappoint students and families.  So, what if we ordered yearbooks for every student?    In fact, if we order more yearbooks, the price per book will go down.  We envision the last day of school when every student has a yearbook to sign!  However, we will need your support in order to make this sustainable.  We are requesting a suggested $20 donation to our Sellwood Yearbook Donation account in School Pay (the price for a yearbook was $25 last year).  You can donate more, especially if you have more than one child at Sellwood.  We hope that our “Yearbooks for All” plan will make for a more enjoyable and equitable end of the year experience for all.  Thank you for your support.

Here's the link:  Sellwood Yearbook Donation


Please check out the flyer for our Bottle Drop Fundraiser.


Jaco is so excited to be back at work and in honor of September being National Service Dog Month we wanted to share more about Jaco's life before joining the Sellwood staff. 

Jaco was raised by a volunteer puppy raiser for 18 months before going to "Doggie College" in Santa Rosa, CA to finish his professional training and getting matched with his handler Ms. Katie!  His puppy raiser is now raising her 5th puppy for Canine Companions, Jaco's cousin, Jib to become a working dog just like Jaco!  You can follow his journey on instagram @jibccpuppy you can also see Jaco in action at Sellwood @jacothecounselingdog

The human-canine bond is powerful, and Canine Companions is leading the way to provide more service dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities.  If you are interested in learning more about the organization or are interested in volunteering to raise a future service dog like Jaco. Click here!


The Lincoln Dance Team is hosting our annual youth clinic on October 14th and 15th with the opportunity for participating students to perform at halftime during a Lincoln football game. We are reaching out to our local middle schools in hopes that you will share our event with your parents and students. If you could help us advertise by including the Google doc I have attached below in your next newsletter, email, or announcements, etc that would be amazing! We have attached our flyer and registration link below. 



Thank you for helping us spread the word, 

Coach Breaunna, Lincoln High School


Parents, if you would like to support your student by logging into Canvas, here is a link and a step-by-step guide.


  • You will need to create a Canvas account using a student pairing code. 
  • Accounts can be created by going to
  • Review this guide to learn more.


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

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


We’re going to Ecuador in Summer 2025, and your student is invited! 

My name is Ronda Hall-Ramírez and I am the Spanish teacher at Sellwood MS.  I'm excited to tell you more about this trip to Ecuador during an in-person informational meeting on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30pm in the Sellwood MS cafeteria.  Please enter through the courtyard and I hope to see you there!

Please note this is a non-school sponsored trip.


The best way to reach us is by email.  

  • Melissa Whiteside ( is our school secretary and registrar.  
  • Claire Howard ( is our principal’s secretary and bookkeeper.
  • Our Sellwood website ( has many “Quick Links” to help you immediately.   

The Office Phone Number

The office phone number is 503-916-5656.  

When prompted:

  • press 4 for Melissa;
  • press 3 for Claire 
  • press 2 for all Attendance matters. 
  • press 5 for Records, Registration.
  • press 0 for the front counter; however, students may answer this line.  Do not discuss anything confidential or leave any confidential messages.  

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 or if you must get a message to a student.  For student pickup, advance notice is strongly recommended to minimize classroom interruptions. No pickups/dismissals will be allowed after 3:30 pm.

Guides to Help you:

To access your student’s attendance in Synergy: Log into ParentVue. 

To make changes to your student’s registration in Synergy:  ParentVue/StudentVue

Please email Melissa Whiteside ( for:

  • Passwords:  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials
  • ParentVue (if your account has been disabled).   


Please email Claire Howard ( for:

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



  • September 4: Labor Day – No School
  • September 12: Ice Cream Social 5 – 6:30 PM
  • September 26: Back to School Night 5:30-7:00 PM
  • September 26: PTA Meeting 7PM


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