November Conferences Sign-ups: happening now contact your teacher with questions
Walk & Roll to School: Wednesday, October 4
Vestal Grounds Cleanup: Saturday, October 7
SUN Fall Term begins: Monday, October 9
No School: Friday, October 13
Picture Day! Monday, October 23
Community Dinner: Thursday, October 26
Dress Like a Character Day: Tuesday, October 31
Dear Vestal parents,
The Office of School Modernization is in the process of making accessibility (ADA) upgrades to
your school. This work includes construction on the interior of the school and outside in the
parking lot area. These upgrades will make all classrooms and common areas at the main level
of each building more accessible.
We typically do our school upgrade work in the summer months to minimize impacts on the
school community. We began the ADA work at Vestal in June of 2023. However, as we were
going through the permitting process with the City of Portland they asked us to provide some
additional plumbing requirements that were unanticipated. These new requirements forced a
significant change to the original design of the project. Our architect and engineer are now
working diligently to submit revised documents to the City so we can move forward.
We now hope to begin construction in late October with expected completion in the early part of
2024. This is a unusual situation and we apologize for the inconvenience to your school
community. We appreciate your patience as we work to make Vestal an even better school for
its students, staff and community.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
David S. Mayne
Bond Communications Manager
Portland Public Schools
Hello amazing Vestal families-
Thank you to everyone who came to Back to School Night! It was wonderful to see so many families!
If you were not able to come, please watch for an email from your teacher about signing up for Nov. conferences!
Huge thanks to our 5th grade AMBASSADORS who came up with the idea to host a climate march, planned it, shared with the school, then led the whole thing! Proud of everyone who participated in the big LOCAL ACTION!
If you are ever wandering around Target, or anywhere else, and want to donate things to our classrooms…two things we always need more of are KLEENEX and Baby Wipes!
Remember, tomorrow is Friday…SpiRiT Day!!!
Have a wonderful weekend, Ms. Sabrina
Hello again Vestal Families!
I'm Mr. Williams, the music teacher at Vestal, here with a brief insight into our music classes so far this year.
Our upper grades have started off with a review of our rhythm notes through some fun games and activities. The district has provided the Vestal music program with over 20+ new pitched percussion instruments this year! In preparation to play these, our 3rd-5th grade students started with the basics of note reading and note names this week.
So far this year in our lower grades, we have practiced steady beats, tempo, and playing and moving in different meters (i.e. 3/4, 2/4, etc.). Our kindergarten classes have even gotten to play instruments earlier than usual!
The month of September 15th-October 15th is Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month, an identity I am proud to represent here on the Vestal staff. Over the next few weeks, students will be getting mini-lessons focused on Latinx music and culture, from Mariachi and Baile Folklórico to Salsa and the music of Celia Cruz.
Lastly, I have started a new supersinger spotlight each week to highlight safe kind learners who are proudly and beautifully making music in my class. Be on the lookout for your student's award coming home with them!
I wish you all a great end to your week!
PIES! DELICIOUS PIES!!!
This week you should have found the form for the Vestal PTA Annual Pie Sale. This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, raising money for classrooms and community projects. All it takes to support Vestal is ordering some truly delicious baked goods from Willamette Valley Pie Company.
Not sure when you’d eat it? They come frozen and you can keep them in the freezer for months!
Not sure if a pie is too big? Get some mini pies!
Be sure to turn in your order form by Monday, October 9th. You can also order online at: https://vestal-elementary-23-
It’s not just Pie season! Here are two more community events happening next week:
Vestal PTA would like to invite you to participate in
International Walk + Roll to School Day
Wednesday, October 4th!
Vestal families have organized a Bike Bus which meets every Wednesday at NE 69th & Multnomah at 7:35 and at the Montavilla Minifarm (NE 78th & Oregon) at 7:40.
Vestal Grounds Cleanup:
Our Monthly Grounds Cleanup will be on Saturday, October 7th, from 10-12. We will meet in the community garden next to the shed. No need to sign up for this event, you can just show up - water & snacks provided. All are welcome!
Today, we offered compromises that would both reward our educators and further our students’ success. We were able to raise our compensation offer substantially. We are not there yet, but we are committed to the hard work of finding common ground.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM School Board- Regular Meeting
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM School Board - Policy Committee
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM School Board- Study Session with vote on a consent agenda
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM School Board - Student Success Committee
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM School Board - Facilities and Operations Committee meeting