CSS News

February 2020

This month's newsletter will focus mostly on safety.

Thank you to those who were able to join me at this month's community meeting that focused on school safety. I appreciate the feedback on my communication and will be more specific while adhering to the privacy of students. Here is the slide deck from the presentation.

There are a few safety concerns that have arisen this year. I want our community to know, I would never put your student in danger. If there is any question that the school would not be a safe place, I will take the appropriate measures. I want your kids to come home to you at night. I want my staff to be with their people at the end of the day, and I want to go home to my family.

As always, please email me with questions that you may have, I am here to help. I want to ensure that you and your student(s) feel safe.

We only had 140 adults respond to the family survey! We have 467 students at CSS!

Successful Schools Survey Shape the future of your student's education!

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” I believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But I want to hear your thoughts. Our commitment is to continue listening about the experiences, needs, and perceptions of our students, families, and personnel to be better equipped to support our school communities. Please be honest and thoughtful, I value your feedback!


Campus Safety

Reminder about Dogs on Campus

PPS school grounds are public property and are used for many different kinds of play, from soccer to jogging during non-school hours. Dogs on leash are welcome visitors as long as owners scoop the poops. EXCEPT during school hours, 7:00 am-6:00 pm.

Dogs off-leash are not allowed on PPS school grounds at any time. We are hopeful that the school communities will help to inform visitors of these rules as we continue to work toward keeping our schools clean and safe for our students and the community.

Before and After School Play

Students are not allowed in the garden before or after school unless there is an adult present. Lately, we have had students not using the space appropriately.

Pick up and Drop Off

Curbside Pick-up and Drop-off

Please pull forward along the sidewalk when you are waiting for your student(s) to arrive. Over the past 6 years, I have watched people unsuccessfully parallel park (sometimes even running up over the curb towards students). If everyone pulls forward we will stop the need to parallel park.

Blocking the Driveway

The driveway must remain unblocked for visibility purposes and to allow people to exit the parking lot.

Friendly Reminders:

  • No parking along the curb in front of the school during the hours of 8:00 am-9:10 am and from 2:45-3:45.
  • Use the crosswalk when crossing the street. Jaywalking is illegal, unsafe and a bad example for our students.

Did You Know? Internet Safety.

DANGEROUS Social Media Trend – Electrical Outlet Coin Challenge

If you have not heard or experienced the newest trend in social media, we would like to alert you to a new and dangerous “challenge”. If imitated it can be extremely dangerous, as it can spark an electrical fire and create electrical shock danger.

The popular trend encourages youth to slide a penny or other metal object behind a partially plugged in charger cube so that it contacts the metal prongs. This then completes the circuit causing sparks, electrical system damage, and in some cases fire (on the wall covering or behind the wall itself.

- Reported by Oregon School Safety Officers Association

APP Hiders

A popular app called the Calculator Vault hides other apps or pictures. People can use this app to cover an app that they may not want others to see.

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Social Media and Internet Safety

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a lot of Cyber Tips for staying safe online. Click here to visit their website.

The StaySafeOnline.org website is powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance and has a lot of great resources for parents, students, and teachers.


Did you know that teachers can monitor student's Chromebooks usage in their class from their computer? VISION Software allows staff to view each student's screen from their computer. We want to help ensure that students are making good decisions when using technologies

Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum Overview

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Common Sense Media includes reviews (apps, games, movies, etc.), videos, online training, K-12 curriculum, and much more.

These are excellent resources from Common Sense Media that are designed to help provide cyberbullying and online relationships guidance to parents. Use them to empower yourselves with the knowledge and tools you need to guide your kids toward making safe and smart choices in their digital lives. Trend Micro runs Internet Safety video contests every year. Click here for the home page and to view the winning entries from 2010 onward—really great resources for video.

Cyberbullying resource for parents:

What's Your Story? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdC7iBpD8Sk
Digital Harassment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41FwxLZYkbE
Cyber Bullying PSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFGQ-uEwb18

Internet Safety Resources for parents:


OnGuard Online | Your Safety Net
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. All resources are available in English and Spanish as well.

PTA Announcements

FunRaiser at The Goodfoot on March 13, 2020

I look forward to seeing you all at The Goodfoot on Friday, March 13th, at 6:00 pm. This fundraiser will support many programs at our school that include music and garden for K-5, Fieldtrips for Midlevel, and much much much more!!!

Please come if you are able. If you can't attend, you can also donate gift cards or money toward the event. Every contribution will make a difference for CSS students.