Vestal Elementary School

Our richly-diverse community nurtures life-long learning to support all students
in achieving their very highest educational and personal potential.

161 NE 82nd AvenuePortland, OR 97220Ph (503) 916-6437Fx (503) 916-2679

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  • Looking ahead

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    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


  • Parking Lot Construction - From PPS Facilities

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    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
    David S. Mayne
    Bond Communications Manager
    Portland Public Schools

  • 2023 Garden News

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    Garden Welcome

Community News

  • 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!!!

    Vestal Peace, 

    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!

    Musically Yours, 

    Mr. Williams


    PTA News!


    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:

    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!

    • Please see this map to find a walk/bike/roll route near you!
    • At 7:45, students who walk and ride to school can meet us near the bike racks to grab a treat and Safe Routes to School swag! 

    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!

District News

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  • Update on the Fourth Day of Mediation

    Today, we spent our time with the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) discussing financial matters. As an Oregonian story last week made clear, we are far apart on finances – and that distance seems to be rooted, in part, in misunderstandings that we wanted to clarify.

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  • PPS "bucked the trend"

    At a time when, unfortunately, many districts are experiencing significant dips – at a time when national trends are going backwards – we’re proud to share with you that we have made notable gains. Across all grades, we outperformed other Oregon districts by more than 10% in both English Language Arts and Math. And in all grades, our students also improved from last year in both Math and English Language Arts.

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  • Update on the Third Day of Mediation

    PPS Flyer with students in background

    Today was disappointing – for us but, most importantly, for our students and families. The Portland Association of Teachers offered no counter proposals – and yet declared impasse.

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  • Update on the Second Day of Mediation

    PPS Flyer with students in background

    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.

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