Community Newsletter for Arleta School

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  • May 1-31: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • May 1-31: Jewish American Heritage Month
  • May 24-28: SPIRIT WEEK
  • May 25: FREE Streaming Showcase Performance, 7pm, via YouTube
  • May 25: PPS Middle School Redesign Focus Group, 6:30-7:30pm (see info below)
  • May 26: PPS Middle School Redesign Focus Group, 10:00 am (see info below)
  • May 26: AAPI Affinity Group, 1-2pm via zoom
  • May 26: LAST PTA Meeting & Elections, 6pm via zoom
  • May 31: No School - Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 2: Final day to return library books
  • June 10: 8th Grade Drive-Thru Ceremony (in the evening) - more details to come!

Every Wednesday:

2nd Grade Lunch Bunch 11-11:30 - Zoom link

3rd Grade Lunch Bunch 11:45-12:15 - Zoom link

4/5 Grade Lunch Bunch 12:30-1:00 - Zoom link

6-8 Grade Lunch Social 11:30-12:15pm - Zoom Link

GSA for grades 3-5 - 2-2:30pm - Zoom link

GSA for grades 6-8 - 1:30-2:15pm - Google Meet


We’re so glad to have you as part of our school community!

This weekly newsletter is developed and sent in partnership between school administration and the PTA. If you have information you'd like shared in the newsletter, please email it to Keep scrolling for the latest.


Dear Families,

Memorial Day is Monday, May 31 and of course there is no school that day. For grades K-5 the rest of the week will follow the schedule as it typically would.

But Grades 6, 7, and 8 in most PPS schools will have a change to the schedule for that week, and only for that week. It’s a little confusing but here goes…. Typically, middle school has live classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Typically, Wednesday is a day for office hours and teacher meetings without any live classes.

But the week of 5/31, Wednesday will have the schedule that would have happened on Monday, including live Hybrid classes in the afternoon for Cohort A students. This gives both Cohorts a full week of live CDL and live Hybrid classes

Students have heard about this change and they seem to understand it well. Remember this is only for grades 6-8, and only for the week of 5/31. Grades K-5’s schedule will not change other than Monday being a holiday.

Call the school if you have questions but know that this is a district decision and not an Arleta decision.

Enjoy the weekend!

John Horn,


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SPIRIT WEEK - 5/24-5/28

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Please join the Streaming Showcase Players of Arleta and Sunnyside Schools for our newest original musical production on May 25. The live, one-night-only performance is at 7:00 PM. It is called "Starleta, a Space Fable." Can others help us when we can't help ourselves? And what can we offer to those in need? Watch via Youtube at this address:

Please consider supporting this free, all-volunteer run program with a donation, or contact us to make an in-kind donation of materials.

For more information about our performing arts program, visit


Join the AAPI Affinity Group on May 26th from 1:00-2:00PM. This affinity group is for all K-8 AAPI identifying students where we will talk about our Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, what we celebrate and honor, as well as hold space for anyone who would like to discuss the current hate crimes. Ms. Aud, school counselor, who also identifies as AAPI, will be facilitating this space and has some activities planned so please encourage your students who are interested to attend! Please see the flyer below with the link to join.


Please mark your calendar for the FINAL PTA meeting of the school year on May 26 at 6pm.

What's in it for you?

  • Hear About Happenings and Events for Year-End
  • VOTE for PTA Board positions for the 2021-22 School Year. Learn about the nominees below.
  • Q&A with Mr. Horn & Ms. Kuether
  • Meet others in our school community!

Join on zoom here:

Meeting ID: 835 4991 8381, Passcode: 847946

The meeting materials will be posted here for review in the next couple days:


CARRIE BOWERS, Co-president: My name is Carrie Bowers. I am current Co-President of the PTA and served last year as VP. I have one child at Arleta, who is currently in 1st grade. I am currently a stay at home mom caring for my daughter and am primary caregiver for my mother as well. I have lived in SE since I moved to Portland in 2009. We moved into the Arleta neighborhood in 2017 and have been thrilled with all the wonderful people we have met since then.

HEATHER ROSE PEARSON, Co-President: I’m Heather Rose Pearson (she/her). I am a parent/guardian of three Arleta students, grades 3, 4, and 8. I have served on the Arleta PTA board since 2018. I have a history of working with non-profit organizations, including an urban management organization, a public park operator, and a performance theater. I volunteer with Arleta School Theater Club and run the Streaming Showcase after school drama program. I have lived in southeast Portland since 2003, where I am a block ambassador with Adopt One Block. "Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party than being there." (Franklin P. Jones)

JAROD JACOBS, Vice President: My name is Jarod Jacobs and my spouse, Alma Gugushi, and I are the parents of two wonderful Arleta students, Damian (K) and Nicolas (2nd). My professional life has mostly been in higher education. I earned a PhD from the University of Manchester in Religions and Theology and taught at Warner Pacific University for ten years. Recently, I changed career paths and now work for Providence Health and Services as a Clinical Data Analyst for the Oregon Region Emergency Departments. I’m excited for the opportunity to join the PTA board at Arleta as I’m passionate about our community and would like to find new ways to serve.

MELISSA RINEHIMER, Treasurer: About me, I have a second grader - Atom- and have lived in the neighborhood for two years. We love the great teachers, friends, and supportive community experience we've had. I have a BS in economics and a masters in public administration. I have worked in the affordable housing industry for 20-ish years as an asset manager and real estate financial analyst and so have extensive experience with financial analysis and reporting. I previously served (~10 years ago) on the board of the Rose City Rollers as a team representative, was on the finance committee and served terms as my team's treasurer and captain.

TRACY HULLEMAN, Secretary: I’m Tracy Hulleman and I have a 5th grader, 2nd grader and an incoming kindergartner. I moved to Portland in 2004 from Indianapolis. I met my husband Dan running Hood to Coast and now with 3 kids, a dog and a house we are here to stay! I’m looking forward to being more involved at Arleta and getting to know even more families in this awesome community!

DENISE CASTAÑON, Member-at-large & Inclusion Committee member: I'm Denise Castañon. My daughter, Adela, is in third grade and my son, Cruz, is in kindergarten. I've lived in Portland for 16 years. I've been involved with the Arleta PTA since Adela was in kindergarten. Last year I was vice president and head of the Inclusion Committee. I'm looking forward to helping out wherever I can as the member-at-large and plan to continue to be a part of the Inclusion Committee.

SHERYL MOREN, Inclusion Committee Lead: I'm Sheryl Moren (she/her). My daughters, mixed Filipina & white, are in the 1st & 3rd grades. I was born and raised in East Portland. My husband and I have lived in the Arleta catchment area since 2006. I am currently a PTA member who has helped the newly-formed Inclusivity Committee provide diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) education via the Dolphin Digest and secure four PTA-hosted community discussions facilitated by a local Early Child Educator activist this academic year.

NICOLE IRISH, Family Engagement Coordinator: My name is Nicole Irish, I have a 3rd grade student in Ms. Horner’s class named Prince. My time is consumed by being a mother of 4, a real estate broker & in addition I volunteer with organizations such as NAYA (Native American Youth Association) helping first time home buyers gain access to grants for their home purchase. I am very passionate about helping my community and getting others engaged. I enjoy being apart of our community in many ways, I often support locally owned businesses, you will find my family and I strolling Woodstock neighborhood, farmers markets and hiking Mt. Tabor. I look forward to bringing families together at Arleta!

SONDRA BLAIR, Garden Club Lead: Sondra Blair has two children at Arleta and has been involved with Garden Cub since 2014. When not gardening she enjoys talking about gardening, reading about gardening, and garden planning.

ERIN FRANK, Teacher Appreciation & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator: I'm Erin Frank. I've lived in SE Portland with my husband Adam for 6 years. Our son Max is a rising 3rd grader. This will be my third year as Teacher Appreciation Chair, and I am looking forward to getting to support our teachers in person again this fall!

MELISSA OLIN, Fundraising Coordinator: My name is Melissa Olin. I'm a second year PTA member and the current Fundraising Coordinator. I'm a stay-at-home-mom to an Arleta 1st grader, Sebastian. I'm also currently a Paralegal student at PCC. I'm originally from North Carolina where I met my now husband, a Portland native. We're excited to see things get back to normal this summer and fall (in the safest way possible) and in the meantime are missing all of our friends!

ALYSON KRAUS, Communication/Social Media: Alyson Kraus works for Portland State University as their state lobbyist. She is the mother of 3 kids Elliot (2nd), Theo (Kinder) and Corinne (Arleta kinder 2023). She's really excited to continue Social Media for the school which has been her creative outlet the last few years!

MELISSA SIRCY, Communications/Newsletter + Inclusion Committee Support: I'm Melissa Sircy (she/her) and I have an 8th grader and 1st grader. I'm an Oregon native and have lived in SE with my husband, Matt, for 21 years. I've been the PTA co-president for the last two years and am looking forward to helping with the newsletter, Inclusion Committee and other projects next year. I like doing puzzles, walking around the neighborhood with our dog Jazz, and Oregon summers


Greetings Kellogg families!

I am in the process of putting together a parent advisory group. This group will represent a diverse cross section of Kellogg Middle School and consist of both DLI and non-DLI students. We will meet once a month in June, July and August and work towards the opening of our brand new school. Time commitment is about an hour a month in the evening time. We will talk about the upcoming structures for Kellogg and hear your feedback and ideas around this. If you are interested, please fill out this form here. Please email me at with any questions. Thank you!

Richard Smith

Kellogg Middle School Principal


Attention Families of current 8th grade students!

Your students have the opportunity to participate in LEAP over the summer. LEAP is a 15 day FREE program from August 2nd - 20th to help prepare students for 9th grade! There will be fun activities and your student will have the opportunity to meet and get to know some of their fellow high school peers!

Click the link below for the school your student will be attending and look for the flyer in your home language to register!

Franklin High School - registration forms and flyers in PPS languages

Benson High School - registration forms and flyers in PPS languages

Online registration for LEAP is available below:

Franklin High School Registration Form

Benson High School Registration Form

(Click the link on the bottom of the flyer to register!)

If you have any questions, please contact our middle school counselor, Ms. Greenberg.

email:, phone: 971-231-7206


May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and a time to celebrate the vibrant and diverse traditions and contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders on American history. APANO is presenting 9 virtual, anti-racism workshops throughout the month. Check out the schedule and register here:

And you can read more about this significant month of recognition and celebration of our Asian and Pacific Islander communities here:


Learn to make Lumpia! Ms. Aud's favorite way to share her Filipinx culture is through food! Learn how to make her mom's lumpia recipe in this video and refer to the written recipe here. If you decide to make this with your family, feel free to take pics and share with Ms. Aud at Her mom would love to see the Arleta community enjoy lumpia!


Attention, Students!! (Families, please share with your students 8 years old and up): BIPOC Wellness Student Groups started last week and will continue every Thursday ages 8-12, and Friday ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually.

The organizers are Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Check out the Q & A flyer -, a student flyer - and signup sheet link -


Jewish American Heritage Month is celebrated in May to recognize the contributions American Jews have made, and continue to make, to our nation’s history, culture, and society. Check out some of the great resources to learn more about Jewish culture and history -


Our Faculty Grant Program puts thousands of dollars directly into classrooms. Check out all the great books and art supplies that were purchased with a PTA grant & Run for the Arts funds in 2021! Thank you to our community for your donations that support the Faculty Grant Program!



Do you have a kindergartner who will be starting in Fall of 2021, or know another soon-to-be kinder family? There is a new Facebook group called Arleta Kinder Class 2021/22 for families to connect before starting school next year. -


Please remember to return your library books by June 2nd. You can bring them to the Red Room on Wednesdays from 2pm-5pm, send them to school with your student during their hybrid cohort, or return them to the main office at the end of the school day M-F.


AKA Science's first-ever Summer Camp is OPEN for registration!

Below is the link for adults to fill out.

Camp will be held from June 14th-June 18th from 9am-3pm at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center in the Woodstock neighborhood.

STEM topics that will be explored at camp are biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, outdoor/environmental education & nature play!

We may offer more than one camp this summer, but for now this is it. We have 8 slots open.

Pricing is $300/child, however we are offering sliding scale.

Please follow up with Sadie Atwell, SUN Coordinator, 971-803-8986 if you have questions!

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Do you want to have an impact on the middle school redesign process?

Join the Middle School Redesign Focus Group!

Portland Public Schools is redesigning the middle grades experience for our students. We don’t know what the redesign will look like because we haven’t heard from our students or caretakers on their hopes, dreams, and needs for middle school. It is important that we hear and learn from as many people as possible to help inform the redesign process.

Caretaker Focus Group

There will be two opportunities for caretakers to provide feedback on PPS’s middle school redesign. May 25th from 6:30-7:30 pm and May 26th at @10:00 am. Participating in this focus group will be an excellent opportunity to rethink our middle grades experience for your students.

We deeply value your feedback and look forward to learning from your experience.

Click HERE for Caregiver Focus Group Interest Form

I look forward to partnering with you.

Meisha Plotzke, Director of Middle School Innovation & Redesign


Southeast Guiding Coalition Update for Phase 2 of the Enrollment Balancing Process

The Board approved the staff recommendation and is endorsing the charge for Phase 2 to focus on three areas:

  • Converting Harrison Park (currently a K-8) into a 6-8 middle school

  • Re-locating Harrison Park K-5 students

  • Increasing enrollment at Lane Middle School

The first meeting for Phase 2 work will begin at 6 pm on May 27. If you would like to watch the meeting, please go to To request interpretation for this meeting, please contact Gail Warren

For more information about the Enrollment and Balancing process, please visit


Library Connect provides free Multnomah County Library accounts for students using their student ID number as their library card. Library Connect accounts give access to physical and digital materials, including movies, online tutoring, learning a language, National Geographic Kids, and more! All content is free and there are never any late fees/charges.


Hello Families, below is a virtual trauma informed resource guide our counselors created that includes some things to keep in mind, tips/strategies, and online resources to help you know what to expect and how you can support your student(s) during yet another transition (i.e. hybrid or CDL changes). The guide has been translated into the following languages: English, Burmese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Khmer, and Farsi.


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If your child or a child you know will be five before September 1st, this message is for you! PPS is kicking off a Reimagined Connect to Kindergarten campaign. Our goal is for every Kindergarten 2021 family to feel connected to their school community and confident about starting school in the fall. To learn more about our Connect to Kindergarten resources, supports and events, please watch our Welcome to Kindergarten video. And, on behalf of the Early Learners Department, welcome to PPS!

Register online for PPS Kindergarten at this link.

The PPS Early Learners Department is excited to welcome your family to PPS Kindergarten! For more information about Kindergarten programming, registration, and frequently asked questions, please visit our Kindergarten webpage.

Between now and fall, the Early Learners Department will send out regular updates to incoming Kindergarten families. To join our mailing list, please complete the short survey linked below.


Please note the PPS board approved the 2021-22 school year calendar on 4/27, and it is posted here:


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Dear PPS Community,

As we continue welcoming our students to hybrid in-person learning, today we want to share a new resource that is available to you.

For this project, we ReImagine a Digital Experience – an experience that is easy to navigate, multilingual, user-friendly and welcoming for ALL.

We are building a stronger and more welcoming PPS. In this multilingual PPS Resources website you will find and learn more about all of the internal and external resources currently available at each school to support your learning experience at PPS.

PPS students, families, and staff can find information under these categories:

  • academic supports,
  • belonging and connection services for students,
  • family supports and resources, and
  • culturally specific supports – woven throughout all other categories

We expect this website to be a work in progress as content and offerings change. This also gives us the opportunity to continue improving it for you.


If your child is currently in need of medical services or shots and you aren't sure where to go, Multnomah County Student Health Centers are open. School based health center resources and fliers IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES are found here:

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents about Oregon School and Child Care Immunization Requirements

Immunization flyer in Spanish

Immunization flyer in Russian

Immunization flyer in Vietnamese


A new toolkit was created by Multnomah County students, parents and public health communicators to empower youth and families to cope during the pandemic: Taking Care of Ourselves and Others: A COVID-19 Guide for Youth and Families.

The guide is available in both English and Spanish at this time, and is accessible and continually updated on the Multnomah County webpage.


PPS has created "Tools for Noticing My Emotions" for you and your family to help support your students across the home-school continuum. Click on the link below where there are translated versions as well -


Did you know there are Arleta logo face masks available in the online spirit wear store? Shop online 24/7 and have your items shipped to your home. There are t-shirts, hoodies, tanks, mugs and more. Check out the new store here:


The Arleta PTA is continuing to collect redeemable cans and bottles to raise money for our school. If you'd like to participate, just email to arrange for a no-contact drop off of blue Bottle Drop bags and/or pick up your full bags. This is a simple way to support our school and have someone pick up your redeemables! We've raised $1,500 since starting the program last Fall!
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If you shop Amazon, then AmazonSmile makes your online shopping charitable. Once you link your Amazon account with Arleta School PTA, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of every eligible purchase - same products, same prices, no cost to you. And recently, Amazon updated their app to connect with AmazonSmile, making shopping + giving even easier.

You can get full instructions here


Throughout the school year, supplies are consumed and new needs arise. That’s why Arleta now has an Amazon Wish List of items added by teachers and staff. Please consider adding an item or two when you do your regular Amazon shopping. And when you use Amazon Smile and link your Amazon account to Arleta School PTA, Amazon will also donate 0.5% of your total purchase (at no additional cost to you)! Questions – email

Link to Wish List is:


The Arleta PTA participates in THREE no-cost shopping rewards programs - Fred Meyer Community Rewards, AmazonSmile and Bottle Drop.

1. By linking your Fred Meyer Rewards card to the Arleta PTA and scanning your rewards card when you shop, a percentage of your purchase goes to the PTA. Sign up here. (And you'll still get your cash back rewards!)

2. Amazon has a similar program, called AmazonSmile. Select "Arleta School PTA" as your charitable organization to receive donations when you shop Amazon. Once you sign up, just go to to do your usual Amazon shopping. While there is no app, you can create a shortcut on your phone by going to in your browser, tap the Share button, then tap Add to Homescreen.

3. Donate your redeemable cans and bottles to Arleta through Bottle Drop. Email to request some blue bags. (Arleta pays a fee for the bags, so let's fill them to the top!)

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PPS District policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. BP 1.801.020. Not all outside groups comply with the District’s non-discrimination policy. Families are strongly encouraged to review all materials closely.