Noticias de Palisades

December 10, 2021

In This Noticias

  • Un Mensaje de Directora Sarlos - New!
  • Lost and Found Clean Out- New!
  • Volunteer Updates
  • Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form
  • Picture Retake Day
  • Spirit Week
  • LMS Pura Vida Festival
  • Canned Food Drive
  • Notes from the PTO - New!
  • Important Dates

Unas Palabras de Directora Sarlos

Dear Palisades Families,

Thanks so much for participating in our Food Drive this week! It is so moving to see the generosity of our community and so beautiful that we are teaching children early to give to others. Thanks again to Mrs. Krekorian for leading this effort, and to all of you for sending in so much food!

It was so lovely to watch Miss Hill's class play the Marimba's today! They were doing a great job.

We look forward to seeing you for our general PTO meeting on Tuesday the 14th, and we really appreciate how many of you are stepping up to make our outdoor classroom holiday parties happen next week.

I remember how exciting and sometimes stressful this time of year can be for families of young children. We are beginning to feel the energy rise here at school. Please do what is possible to keep your kids to their at-home routines in the next week so that we can squeeze in another week of high-quality learning and fun here at Palisades next week!


Lilian Sarlos


Palisades Elementary

Lost and Found Clean Out

Please take a minute and come by the lost and found area at the front of the school to see if your child has anything there. We will be donating all items over the break to start out fresh in January. The PTO Meeting will be another great time to go by the lost and found to double check for lost items.

Volunteer Guidelines Update

Attention Parents-Guardians and Special Guests!

We are excited to welcome back volunteers into our classrooms beginning in January! Volunteers and special guests are an integral part of our learning community and we look forward to reconnecting through service and support.

To make sure we are able to continue successful in-person instruction, we plan to introduce volunteers gradually to allow us to monitor possible transmission, adjust practices, and provide time to verify district volunteer requirements.

We will start with kindergarten class volunteers and add more groups and grade levels in the coming weeks. The Art Literacy committee is organizing materials to launch in February.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers need to verify the following requirements before volunteering in schools:

Let’s get prepared for January by coming in during the December month and getting your proof of vaccination verified and on the record. Please bring in your vaccination card to the office and we will get you verified in the system.

Additionally the school will host volunteer training times to help acquaint you with the school spaces and possible ways to help in a volunteer capacity. Volunteer opportunities will be dependent on the need and schedule of each individual teacher and will vary. We know you mirror our desire to be helpful to the teachers and school community and we are excited to partner with you to make this the best experience for all!

Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Every year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. The purpose of these assessments is to provide data that schools can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals.

State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the State Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the current school year. Should you wish to opt out your child, fill out the form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. Please note the submission deadlines listed on the form. Meeting the deadline will help the school with planning and preparation. If you wish your child not to participate in the science assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11, submit this request in writing to the principal of your child's school.

If you have questions or want more information about state assessments, please contact your child’s principal or teacher(s).

Click here for opt-out form for Math and English Language Arts.

Picture Retake Day:

December 14th

Mark your calendars for Picture Retake Day! To order your retakes please visit this link for up to 4 days after to order your images:

Mask Policy Changes

Per district policy “ For the next three weeks, all people on elementary school grounds during the school day will need to continue wearing face coverings. Come January 3, when we lift our outdoor face-covering requirement, face-coverings will be optional when outdoors on school grounds during the school day, including for parents-guardians during drop off and pick up.”

Thank you for your partnership in this!

Spirit Week

Spirit Week! Palisades will celebrate together during December 13th-17th.

Monday: School Spirit Day - Wear your Palisades T-Shirt or school color.

Tuesday: Family Tradition Sharing Day - Share your family winter/holiday traditions on our Flip Grid.

Wednesday: Random Acts of Kindness Day - Today we will sprinkle kindness like confetti at Palisades. You can help your child brainstorm acts of kindness by reviewing the Random Acts of Kindness newsletter as a family (forthcoming).

Thursday: Rainbow Day - Wear your favorite color today.

Friday: Pajama Day - Let's get cozy in our favorite school appropriate pajamas.


We hope you will join us for a festival to celebrate Pura Vida and the culture of Costa Rica! On Thursday 12/16 from 4-6pm at Lakeridge Middle School, come to our LMS Pura Vida Festival to support our Spanish Immersion 8th graders as they prepare for the Spanish Capstone trip to Costa Rica in June 2022. Special activities for young ones will be available including door prizes. We have set up a needs-based scholarship fund, so that all students who wish to participate can go. This event is free for little ones, but it also is a fundraiser so attendees ages 15 and up are asked to purchase a ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or you can pre purchase and

register to the attend the event here.

PTO Updates

Cookie and Treat Bar:

Join us in sending our teachers and staff on holiday break with a break from cooking. We will be hosting a cookie and treat bar and you can sign up below. Drop off is in the morning on December 16th, please contact us if you need to drop it off at a different time.

Treat Sign Up

Parent Survey:

We want to hear from you about what you would like to see from the PTO this year. Please help us by filling out the following form by December 13th.

PTO Parent Survey

Classroom Parties:

We are so excited to partner and help host winter parties this year. Your classroom Parent Liaison will be in touch with your class shortly with signup opportunities to help if you would like to help at the party. We will still be limited on the number of people who can help and it will be outside in the undercover area. The parties will be on either 12/13, 12/14, 12/15.

PTO Meeting - In Person!

We are excited to meet in person in the gym this coming Tuesday December 14th at 7 pm.

If you can't be with us in person we will have it live on zoom and record it as well! Below is the link:



Here is the link to the OBOB official site with the list of books the kids will compete on and read throughout the next few months. The competition is planned for February and will be all on zoom this year.

OBOB Books

If you would like to help us buy some of these great books for the classrooms we have arranged for bundles to be available for purchase for a class from an independently owned bookstore for $125 a bundle. The link to help us get books in the classrooms is below!

OBOB Book Bundle Purchase

Directory Spot

Join us in communicating with each other by selecting to make your information visible! Currently only a handful of our community has made this choice, we would love to have you join us. Please reach out to us at with any questions!

Minted Fundraiser:

Using our unique code FUNDRAISEPALISADES, you can get 20% OFF all your Minted holiday card & gift purchases—and for every order placed, Minted will donate 15% back to our organization. With high-quality products designed by independent artists, like custom photo gifts, holiday cards, tote bags, stationery, and more, Minted has meaningful gifts for every special occasion.

To participate, simply visit to start your holiday shopping. Apply code FUNDRAISEPALISADES at checkout to claim your 20% discount. It’s that easy! Minted will track every purchase made using our code, and we’ll get 15% of the proceeds donated back to Palisades

Please feel free to forward this to friends and family—the more people shop Minted using our code, the more our organization earns!

STEM Needs:

Thank you for your donations! If you would like to purchase something additional here is Ms. Freeman's list of additional items to use for STEM: wishlist

Volunteer Sign Ups

Below is the new volunteer registration form with options for committees and ways to be part of the community all year long. We appreciate all of our volunteers!

Volunteer Registration Form


12/14 PTO Meeting 7 pm at Palisades and on zoom!

12/14 SAC Meeting 6 pm Palisades and on zoom

12/13-12/17 Spirit Week

12/14 Picture Retake Day

12/16 LMS Pura Vida Festival- Lakeridge Middle School

12/20-01/02 Winter Break

01/03 Classes resume