The Guardian Gazette
Family Edition, November 30, 2023
Message from Principal Coning
Hello IBW Families,
We are so happy to have our students back in school along with our teaching staff. We know it is taking a bit of time to adjust and for all of us to get back into the routines of school.
Many of you have questions about the week of Dec. 18th. Please know that we are aware that families have pre-arranged travel plans, appointments, and more. We do not expect anyone to cancel their pre-arranged travel and we, as an IBW staff, are aware that students may not be in school as a result.
If your student will not be at IBW the week of Dec. 18th, please encourage them to communicate with their teachers. Teachers are prepared to support students the best they can. Primarily, they will tell their students to check canvas while they are away, if they are able to, and to do what they can to stay caught up using canvas. And, upon their return to school on Jan. 2nd, there will be time to catch up before the end of the semester. In January, we have Flex Time schedule for Jan. 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th before semester exams the week of Jan. 22nd. We are also looking closely at rescheduling parent-teacher conferences in January, so, there will be ample opportunity for you, as parents, to communicate directly with your student’s teachers. There will be more specific information about parent-teacher conferences in next week’s Family News.
I am hosting coffee on Friday, Dec. 8th in the auditorium foyer from 8:30-9:00am. I hope you can join me if you have more questions and want to chit chat in person.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Mark your calendar for these upcoming dates:
December 1 - 3 - Booster Club Tree Sale
December 4 - Community Equity Council Meeting
December 5 - Guardian Showcase
December 8 - Coffee with Principal Coning
December 8 - 10 - Booster Club Tree Sale
December 11 - Booster Club Meeting
December 12 & 14 - Senior Photo Opportunity
December 13 - Ida B Flea Market (new date!)
December 13 - Deadline to order Citrus for Grad Night Fundraiser (new date)
December 23 - January 1 - Winter Break
NEWS FROM OUR PARENT GROUPS
Ida B Wells Booster Club
Thank you all for coming out to support the tree sale last weekend! We still have some upcoming needs!
The annual tree sale is the IBW Booster Club’s largest profit fundraiser. Most of the clubs and sports have already reserved a block for volunteering. Please take the time to find a spot within your club’s reservation or just help support the IBW Booster Club by signing up for any shift you may have time to help with! Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/FTDoZtg
Sunday 12/03 (Football/Men's Tennis)
9:45am to 12:45pm - need 1 adult to run chainsaw
12:30pm to 3:30pm - need 1 adult to run chainsaw
Thursday 12/07 (Women's Tennis)
4pm to 6:00pm - need 8 students or adults
Saturday 12/09 (Men's Golf/Band/Volleyball)
3:15pm to 6:00pm - need 1 student or adult and 1 adult helper
Sunday 12/10 (XC/Swim Team)
9:45am to 12:45pm - need 1 students or adult
12:30pm to 3:30pm - need1 student or adult
3:15pm-6:00pm - Need 3 adults (1 tree cutter and 2 adult helpers)
3:30pm - 6:00pm - Need trucks for move out
ALSO we could use some help for basketball concessions. This is a much smaller number of folks than we need for football. Here is the link if you are able to help!
You can join IBW Booster Club using school pay - http://www.schoolpay.com/link/JoinIBW
Boosters needs a Treasurer!
We need a smart, detail-oriented parent to learn this role. It takes about 10-15 hours per month. You will have training and support from current board members. If you're interested in learning more, please message JessicaC@ibwboosterclub.org or KathyJ@ibwboosterclub.org
Bookmark this to easily find all our links: @Ibwboosterclub | Linktree
The mission of the Ida B. Wells PTA is to keep parents informed, support teachers, advocate for the Ida B. Wells community, and fund teacher grants and academic programs.
DONATION REQUEST FOR Winter Gift Card Drive:
The PTA works with our school social worker to provide gift cards to families in need for the winter break and holidays. Gift cards are useful for food/household supplies and Visas help families pay for utilities. You can donate directly to the Gift Card Drive through SchoolPay at this link: https://schoolpay.com/link/WinterGiftCardDrive
If you’re having trouble getting the link to work, log into SchoolPay and go to the “Nonprofit Groups” tab on the left, then select “Ida B. Wells High School Gift Card Drive” from the options. The Ida B. Wells High School PTA is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID #93-6039418, so donations are tax deductible. Please use a copy of your SchoolPay receipt for your tax records. Your donations to our local families in need are greatly appreciated. Donations need to be placed by noon on December 8th in order to give us time to get the cards back to the school for distribution prior to winter break.
Alternatively, you can purchase gift cards yourself and drop them off at the school office directly (please label them donation for social worker).
Community Equity Council (CEC)
The next monthly Community Equity Council (CEC) meeting will be on MONDAY, December 4th, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Room 120 in the high school. Please use doors at the back of the school near the tennis courts. New members encouraged and welcomed.
The Community Equity Council (CEC) is a parent group focusing on inclusivity at Ida B. Wells. The members of the group have supported events and activities which lift up historically underserved students and their families, the student leaders of No Place For Hate, and culturally specific and Affinity clubs at Ida B. Wells. The CEC welcomes all parents, guardians, and community members who are interested in participating in these school based missions and learning more.
The agenda will be handed out when the meeting begins
Save the Date!
NEWS FROM AROUND THE SCHOOL
Now that we are back in school, just a couple of reminders:
1) use the Attendance Reporting Form whenever possible https://www.pps.net/Domain/6916
2) please do not park in Handicap or Staff assigned parking. By using the above form, you can avoid having to find parking when picking up your students!
The Ida B. Wells High School Guardian Showcase is on December 5, 2023 6:00-8:00pm. This is a great opportunity to walk through the halls of Ida B. Wells High School, step into classrooms and talk to teachers from many of our programs. Tours of the school will be led by our high school student leaders. Clubs and athletic programs will be available to answer any questions you may have. If you know 8th grade or other families in your neighborhood considering IBWHS, please encourage them to attend.
Ida B. Flea Market - Get your holiday gift shopping done!
The students at Ida B Wells High School will be hosting the Ida B. Flea Market on December 6th. This is a student-organized fundraising event designed for students to sell and showcase their art, crafts, and curated goods (clothing, jewelry, etc.).
When: Wednesday, December 13th from 4- 6:30 pm.
Where: Ida B. Wells Highschool Cafeteria and lower hallways (indoors); entrance is at the courtyard
Why: The Ida B. Wells Student Leadership wanted to develop an event that engaged the community, provided an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to sell their products, and support their school.
What: With collaboration from over 50 student vendors and multiple in-school programs, we've planned an experience that gives back to our supportive community. You will be able to shop students’ goods and work towards positive change as all booth payments fundraised will help fund Ida B. Wells Student Leadership, which is working towards increasing community engagement.
Our mission within this market is to promote inclusivity and welcome ALL people to enjoy the creativity and passions of our students. Collaboration has been our primary focus as we work towards a more inclusive future in our school systems and the communities around us.
Visit the Ida B Flea market and show your support for our community and our young entrepreneurs, and leave with a bag full of finds and good vibes for supporting your neighbors at Ida B. Wells High School.
Flyer created by IBWHS student Lyra Roska
Ida B Flea - Parent Assistance STILL Needed
To put on this successful event, we need your support! In order to offer this event to our students we need parents who can chaperone at the Ida B. Flea Market on December 13th. We have two shifts available, 3pm - 5pm and 5pm - 7pm with duties including set up, monitoring, and clean up. Please fill out this form if you are interested.
Additionally, we are sourcing racks vendors can use for the event, if you or anyone you know has clothing racks that could be lent for the day of the market please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . We will keep the racks in perfect condition and will provide pick up on December 10th and drop off on the 14th for the use of the rack. There are no requirements on size or height.
Let's work together to bring spirit and engagement back to our student body, please fill out the form above and let us know if you are able to help, we greatly appreciate it.
News for Parents of Seniors
On Thursday October 26, we had our first of 3 Senior Meetings of this year. We want Seniors and families to have a copy of the Senior Meeting slides as a reference and reminder of all that is ahead!
By now you should have received your Jostens order packet for caps, gowns, etc. You are still able to order online. Use this link to see the full catalog of items that are available www.jostens.com/ibwcatalog
Want just the cap, gown, tassel unit? Order here Just $38 for early orders. Order by December 8. Prices for all items will increase after this date!
Not ordering online? Jostens will return to pick up paper orders on December 7th
Citrus Fundraiser to raise money for 2024 Grad Night Event - New Dates!
Support our 2024 Senior Class and help them have a fun, safe and sober Grad Night! We are raising money for the 2024 Grad Night Party by selling fresh picked, delicious California Navel Oranges and California Grapefruit at $40 per 20lb box.
Two ways to help:
Order fruit boxes for yourself - or to share!
Select the option to donate to a local food pantry, Neighborhood House, and we’ll deliver it. Great option for out-of-town folks who want to contribute!
3 easy steps to order:
- Place your order at: SchoolPay at https://schoolpay.com/parent/mip/MeK0 or use the QR code.
- Deadline for order*: Wednesday, December 13
- Pickup your fruit*: Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7 from 9am - noon at the IBW Track Snack Shack
*New Dates!! We were just notified by the supplier of an updated order deadline and pickup dates.
Seeking 2021 Graduates
Parents, do you know any 2021 Grads? Please pass this on!
Hello Ida B. Wells Alumni! We are putting together our favorite event of the year - the Alumni Panel.
The Alumni panel will be on Wednesday Jan. 3th from 6:30-8pm at Ida B. Wells in the choir room.
We recruit students who are 2 years out of high school so that we can get some seasoned perspectives on transition and life after high school. We are looking for 5-7 panelists from a wide variety of paths - 2 and 4 college, private and public schools, gap year, career training, out of state, and/or out of country.
We would love for you to consider being a panelist this year! It is a casual experience where we have some predetermined questions to ask and it will be open for the audience to ask questions as well. You have come a long way since you left Ida B. Wells - our students and families love to hear about the roads you've taken, what your experience has been so far, how you felt you were prepared, and so on. Panelists from past events have really enjoyed this event as they can reconnect with friends and give back by sharing their valuable experiences!
If you are interested, please reply to this email by Dec 15th. We will review everyone interested and get back to you with a confirmation based on finding a well-rounded group.
Thank you so much!
Counseling, College & Career Center
Seeking Winter Formal Chaperones
Hello Guardian Families,
We are so excited about our Winter Formal dance this year! Our leadership class has been working very hard these past few months to put together an Ida B Wells High School Winter Formal that is fun for everyone!
In order to involve our community more, we are looking for parents/guardians/community members who are interested in chaperoning our dances. This year, our Winter Formal Dance will be on Saturday, January 13th from 7-10 p.m. at Leftbank Annex (101 N Weidler St, Portland, OR 97227). Chaperones will have to arrive 30 minutes early.
There are many chaperoning options for Winter Formal night including coat check, refreshments, game management, restroom attendant, and dance floor monitor. We would love to have you help make the night a success! We are hoping to have 10-15 community chaperones.
To volunteer as a Winter Formal Chaperone, please fill out the form linked here: Google Form Link Here
If you have questions, feel free to email email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
COVID-19 and Flu Vaccines
Children can receive the 2023-2024 COVID-19 and flu vaccines ahead of the respiratory virus season, but where they get vaccinated may depend on which health care coverage they have.
Student Health Centers offer both COVID-19 and flu vaccines for students in grades K-12 at no cost. Call your nearest Multnomah County Student Health Center or OHSU’s Benson Wellness Center for an appointment.
2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccines are fully covered by all Marketplace plans and most other private insurance plans at no cost to the patient anywhere the vaccine is offered. It’s best to go to an in-network provider or pharmacy*, but if you can’t find one, call your insurer in advance to arrange full coverage at an out-of-network location.
Flu vaccines are fully covered by all Marketplace plans and most other private insurance plans at in-network providers and pharmacies*. Call your insurer in advance to confirm.
Children age 18 and under who are enrolled in OHP/Medicaid, or those who are uninsured, underinsured or American Indian/Alaska Native, can receive the 2023-2024 COVID-19 and flu vaccines at no cost from providers that participate in the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. VFC providers can include private doctors and clinics, schools, hospitals, public health clinics, retail pharmacies, community health clinics and Tribal health departments. Search for VFC providers or pharmacies here.
Flu and COVID-19 vaccines are fully covered for those 18 and under who are enrolled in OHP/Medicaid anywhere those vaccines are offered that also accepts OHP, which includes most retail pharmacies.
* Oregon pharmacies can administer COVID-19 and flu vaccines (but not other routine childhood vaccines) to children as young as 3 through Dec. 2024. After that, the minimum age for children to receive any vaccines at a pharmacy returns to 7 years old.
Enroll your Family for 2024 Health Coverage by January 15, 2024
Individuals and families will have the opportunity to enroll in, renew, or change their health insurance plan for 2024 during the upcoming Marketplace health insurance open enrollment period, which is Nov. 1, 2023 through Jan. 15, 2024. Open enrollment is the only time when anyone who is not offered coverage from a job or a public program like the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare can enroll in health coverage through OregonHealthCare.gov, often with financial help.
Health insurance covers essential health benefits critical to maintaining individual health and treating illness and accidents. Health insurance helps to reduce medical and prescription drug costs, making health care more affordable and thus more accessible.
Health coverage also is important for students because:
Having health insurance is linked to better health (study here).
Health insurance coverage helps boost test scores among children from low-income households (study here).
Expanded health insurance coverage has led to historic reductions in racial disparities in access to health care (study here).
Trained community groups, Tribal health organizations and insurance agents are available to help Oregonians enroll in coverage through the Marketplace during open enrollment. There is no cost for their services. Many of them offer services in multiple languages. These “Enrollment Assisters” also can help people transition to private health coverage if they have experienced a qualifying life event. This includes people who are losing Oregon Health Plan benefits as the state works to renew each of its current members. Click this link to find an Enrollment Assister near you and who speaks your preferred language.
Multnomah County Services
Start with 311 as your single point of access to help with any questions or local government service needs within Multnomah County.
7 days a week - 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. (excluding federal holidays)
Call: 311 / 503-823-4000
Translation services available