Dolphin Digest Summer Edition

Community Newsletter for Arleta School

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Arleta Staff Summer Fun


  • Aug 24 - Project Community Care Day 9:00 to noon
  • Aug 28 - First day for 1st - 8th
  • Aug 28 - Coffee w/Principal 8:20am in Auditorium
  • Aug 29 - Middle School Student Expectations meeting (students welcome) 6pm
  • Sept 2 - Labor Day NO SCHOOL
  • Sept 3 - First day for Kinder
  • Sept 3 - Kinder Parent Coffee 8:20am in Auditorium
  • Sept 10 - 1st PTA meeting 6-7:30

Principal's Message - Welcome to Arleta!

Dear Arleta Families - I can't believe that we are just a 10 days away from starting the 2019-20 school year. This time last year I had no idea that I would become the Principal of this amazing community. I am so grateful and honored to be back and am looking forward to working with students, families and staff to continue the important work of making Arleta a school that supports the academic, social and emotional needs of all of our students.

Please don't hesitate to contact me via email, cell phone 971-347-4566 (call or text). You can always just say hi in the hall or front yard. I'm here to serve students and families.

With Gratitude, Diana

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Staff Changes 2019 - 20

Every year, there are changes to the staff in schools. It is hard to say goodbye to old friends, but exciting to say hello to new ones. I want to say thank you for all of the hard work of the staff that are leaving Arleta, you will be missed. To our new staff, I am excited for you to join the Arleta community.


Michelle Spohn, Marcy Berkowitz, Franki Dennison, Angie Dillingham, Greg Long, Nick Legambi, Grady Holt-Seavy, Dave Snyder, Jason Sutherland, Ellen Stember and Megan Grillo


Karin Hedlund (Kinder), Maijah Rassmussen (Kinder) Joanne Havran (3rd grade), Maggie Moran (2nd grade), Clif Vogl (678 SES), Jessica Doyle (345 SES), Raheem Alexzander aka Coach Alex (Therapeutic Intervention Coach), Michelle Berry-Patterson (345 SES Para educator), Willie Woods (Night Custodian), Amy Gretencort (MS Drama), Dawn Ray (ESL), Sadie Atwell (SUN Site Coordinator), Britt Kuether (Assistant Principal)

Goodbye Franki - We will miss you

Sometimes an educator becomes such a huge part of a school community, that their departure leaves a big hole. This is the case for the 2019-20 school year and the departure of Franki Dennison. Franki has been at Arleta for 17 years and was instrumental in the nurturing and growth of the mixed-age program. She has been a teacher leader, mentor to new teachers and friend to many. While I am sad for our community and will miss Franki and her part in making Arleta an amazing community, I hope you will join me in celebrating Franki and her new journey and for all the students and families she will impact at Pennisula.

Families and staff will be able to write notes to Franki and other staff members who left us during the summer. Drop by the main office between Aug 19 - Sept 6 and fill out a goodbye block.

Arleta Mixed-Age

For the 2019-20 school year, we will be embarking on community discussions about mixed-age classrooms at Arleta. We will have three teacher discussions 12/10, 2/25 & 5/5. Family discussions will occur at Site Council, PTA & Coffee w/Principal events. Dates to be determined. We will also be asking students about their experiences with mixed-aged.

Mixed-age has been a part of Arleta for the past two decades in a variety of forms. It has been a great opportunity for students & families to create strong relationships with teachers. We want to explore the pros and cons of mixed-age and make a decision about how Arleta wants to move forward into the future.

I have made the decision to allow the 4/5 to teach in blocks for the 2019-20 school year. This means that Ms. Lumbreras & Mr Cooke will partner to teach all of the students in 4th grade and Ms. Bullard & Mr. Clouse will partner to teach all of the students in 5th grade. I have also made the decision for 2nd & 3rd to teach straight grades for the 2019-20 school year. Ms. Mendels & Ms. Maron will teach students in 2nd grade and Ms. Rosteck & Ms. Havran will teach students in 3rd grade. The 4/5 and 2/3 teams will still work together to support all students.

The decision for this the 2019-20 class configurations were made in collaboration with teachers and central district staff. We will make a decision as a community of families, teachers and students about the future of mixed-age at Arleta.

Class Placement & School Supply Lists

The office staff is working on getting Class Placement Letters out by Monday 8/19 for 1st - 5th. Kinder families will be notified of the their placement on 8/31 via email or phone call and Middle School students will get their schedules on the first day.

School Supply Lists are posted on the Arleta Website


The YMCA is Arleta's before and after care on-site provider. They offer a variety of schedule options and financial assistance. Check out to get information and register.

Middle School Student Expectations Meeting - Aug 29

We're looking forward to a great year and would like to get off on the right foot by talking about expectations for our all middle school students. Please join Arleta leadership for a meeting on Thursday, August 29 at 6pm in the Auditorium. Students are welcome, however childcare won't be available.
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The simple answer is, YOU ARE!

The Arleta Parent Teacher Association is for anyone and everyone - parents, grandparents, neighbors, friends - who have an interest in supporting our school. The PTA invites the many different skills, creative talents and brave ideas you can bring to enhance Arleta. While being a voting member costs $10, there are scholarships available and there is no cost to attend meetings. Your voice and volunteerism makes Arleta a great place for our students and teachers! Join us at our first meeting on Sept. 10th at 6pm


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Stay Connected to the Arleta PTA

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