As Winter Break approaches, PPS has compiled resources for families. See the information below:
We are also reaching out to our SUN partners to understand what other resources they have available over the next few months.
I hope this note finds everyone well!
A few things...
* Conferences are next Monday and Tuesday! We look forward to seeing all of you for visits regarding your student. If you have not yet made a scheduled time with your child's teacher, please reach out to them tomorrow (Friday) to schedule. We would LOVE to have 100% of students accounted for at a conference!
* Food Pantry OPEN today..it will take place RIGHT outside of the studio tomorrow so bundle up and get some great food!
* Remember, due to conferences and Thanksgiving, there is no school for kids next week. I hope the week is wonderful for you and your family!
November Art Spotlight
Hello Vestal Community,
We have been doing some new things in Art these past few weeks.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade are working on simple landscapes with trees. We discussed tints (adding white to a color), as well as perspective and line.
3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades have been doing observational sketches to sharpen their “artists' eyes”: artists notice shapes, shadows and light, textures, and many details that aren’t obvious unless they activate those artists' eyes! We are extending our observational drawing skills by practicing simple still lifes, which brings the extra challenge of noticing the relationships between objects in space. I am reminding all students that practice makes progress; it’s hard to do these things at first, but we are practicing to improve our skills.
I hope everyone has a restful break next week, and I look forward to seeing everyone afterward!
November 17, 2022
Dear PPS families and students,
Every week, I am filled with joy and gratitude when I visit our school communities. We have a community that continues to demonstrate a commitment to the success of our children and youth. We have adults who care deeply for our students, and who work hard to ensure each child thrives.
Dear PPS Community,
I want to recognize, on this Veterans Day, all those individuals who have served our country, especially those members of our families and local community who have previously worn a uniform. I want to take this moment to also thank the many veterans who continue their public service by choosing to work in the Portland Public Schools.
Dear PPS Families,
There has been a surge in pediatric respiratory illnesses other than COVID-19 such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rhinovirus/enterovirus, and influenza around the country this fall. Health departments in other states have seen children presenting with multiple respiratory illnesses. According to the Oregon Health Authority, rates of respiratory disease are currently relatively low in our state, but that could change based on the arrival of winter weather, and any increase in rates has the potential to overwhelm our hospital system.
PPS takes these steps to ensure healthy school environments so that in-person learning can continue. In accordance with CDC guidance, we are also urging families to take steps to protect themselves and minimize the spread of communicable diseases in our schools.
Dear PPS Families,
Every special education student deserves a high-quality and equitable learning experience. This belief is born from my lived experiences as an educator, and from my relationships with students receiving special education services and their families. Students that receive special education services are our community’s children, and the reason why many of us became educators.
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