Noticias de Palisades

February 4 2022

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This Week we Look Over

  1. Un Mensaje de la Directora
  2. Tribal Nations Inspiring Voices
  3. Lunar Year
  4. Black History Month
  5. Kids Storytime
  6. Dia de la Amistad
  7. Volunteer Requirements
  8. Kindergarten Registration
  9. Outdoor Mask Requirement
  10. Standard Based Report Card
  11. Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Un Mensaje de Directora Sarlos

Dear Parents,

Good Afternoon! This week flew by! We have so much going on right now! We are celebrating Black History Month, Lunar New Year, Dia de Amor y Amistad, and Sharing a presentation some of our 5th graders created about Lessons from Native American traditions. Please take a moment to view them below. In addition to Tribal leaders, the students interviewed some families here at Palisades who have Native American heritage. Meanwhile, we are doing a lot of assessments in both languages and teachers are prepping for Report Cards. We have been so happy to have all the kids outside a lot to play too! Have a lovely weekend.


Lilian Sarlos

Tribal Nations Inspiring Voices

For the last few months, some 5th grade students have been studying the culture and history of the local Indigenous Tribal Nations: The Clackamas Chinook,

Tualatin Kalapuya, Ahantchuyuk.

Our goal was to begin to gain an understanding of people who were here before us, to learn about their history, and to hear their voice.

For their stories and voices see the compiled slides below.

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^^^^Lunar Year Lanterns^^^^

Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Numerous classroom discussions and activities this month will connect to Black history across grades and curriculum. Attention to Black history is not limited to this month as we continue affirming that Black lives matter and that we will keep growing as a community of learners committed to being anti-bias and anti-racist in all that we do. Read about districtwide efforts focused on Diversity Equity and Inclusion here and make a point to have some conversations with your child about the importance of celebrating Black History Month. Not sure where to start? Here's a resource that may be helpful.

Black History Month Display

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Kids' Storytime

The next Kids' Storytime hosted by Katharine Phelps will be honoring Black History Month. It will be on Monday, February 7th at 5:00 pm. Register at
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Dia de la Amistad

Palisades will be celebrating Dia de la Amistad on February 14th with an afternoon classroom activity that includes a Valentine card exchange.

Students may bring their cards to exchange on Monday, February 14th. These cards should NOT contain any edible items, but may include small pencils, stickers, erasers etc.

Please remember that students should bring in enough cards for each classmate. Look for any more specific guidance and list of student names from your classroom teachers.

Volunteer Requirements

Please review the Volunteer Form and sign it: 2022 Volunteer Form detailed information below.

All volunteers must agree to follow District policies, the most important of which are summarized or referenced below.

1. No smoking or other uses of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances on District property, including parking lots and fields.

2. No firearms, fire pits, indoor barbecues, candles, fog machines, balloons or fireworks may be used on School District property.

3. Park in designated parking areas only. Violators will be towed at the owner's expense.

4. Check in and check out at the school's front desk is required every time when on campus during school hours.

5. Wear the name badge provided by the front desk the entire time while on campus during school hours.

6. No drop in volunteering or visits. All volunteers must have registered in advance for a specific volunteer shift. The front desk will verify you are registered each time you arrive for a shift.

7. No loitering or wandering around campus during school hours. After checking in proceed to your assigned area. When your shift is done please check out and exit the campus promptly.

8. Show/Send Proof of Vaccination. LOSD will not be granting exemptions for volunteers due to requirements of weekly testing and distancing.

Kindergarten Spanish Immersion Registration

Registration is now open for students who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2022. Families interested in the LOSD Spanish Immersion (SI) program, now hosted at Palisades World Language School, must register your kindergartener at your resident elementary school and submit an application for the SI program. More information about the SI program can be found on the district site, either under New Enrollment and/or Palisades school website. Following are important steps and deadlines:

Important dates for the 2022-2023 school year

  • SI Kindergarten Application available: Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Click HERE for the SI Application.
  • SI Kindergarten Application Deadline: Friday, Mar. 11, 3:30 p.m.
  • SI Kindergarten Lottery Date: Wednesday, Mar. 16, 10:00 a.m.
  • SI Kindergarten Lottery Notification: Friday, Mar. 18

Should the district receive more applications than spaces available in our two classes of SI kindergarten, a lottery will be held.

Lifting the Elementary Outdoor Mask Requirement

LOSD is lifting the elementary outdoor mask requirement, per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance, effective Monday, Feb. 7.

This will allow elementary students to take a mask break during outdoor activities such as recess and outdoor PE. This also means adults are not required to wear masks outdoors when on school campus. Students may opt to keep on their masks while outdoors, and that choice will be supported.

*Please continue to send your child to school with a mask for indoor activities (we are running low on extras in the office). Thank you.

Standards Based Report Card

The Lake Oswego School District uses a standards-based report card for students in elementary schools. This report card measures a child’s progress toward proficiency or mastery of the priority standards in Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking, and Math.

This approach provides the means for communicating a child’s learning in more specific terms. Standards-based reporting articulates clear end-of-year grade-level standards for each subject. Using the scale below, teachers will communicate where a child resides on a learning continuum by indicating the student’s progress toward mastery of each identified grade-level standard.

The standards-based reporting scale:

4: The student works consistently at an in-depth and complex level within or beyond the end of year standard*

3: The student meets the grade-level expectation of the standard

2: The student nearly meets the end of year standard

1: The student demonstrates limited proficiency on the end of year standard

Important notes about the scale:

● Reporting is based on the end-of-year grade-level expectation. Therefore, proficiency would not be expected in the middle of the school year.

● A “2” represents the expected target for the majority of the school year as this indicates the child is progressing with the standard as expected. A “3” will be given when the student completely meets the grade-level standard.

● Details of what is expected at mastery level can be found on the report card or on the list of assessed grade-level standards.

● A “1” may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher so parents will better understand their child’s learning journey.

*It is rare that a child will receive a “4” especially at the end of the first semester. A “4” score may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher to discuss ways he/she is meeting the child’s unique learning needs.

Behavior Learning Targets are approached differently than end-of-year standards. For more information about your child’s progress, please contact the classroom teacher.

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 would like to opt out your child from state testing, have questions or want more information about state assessments, please click on the form below or contact your child’s principal or teacher(s).

Volunteer Training & Registration

We are hopeful that the schools will re-open to volunteers soon. In the meantime, if you want to be able to volunteer, please get started on the training and registration tasks so you will be set to start as soon as volunteer opportunities open up. All the information to get started is here:

Art Literacy

Classroom volunteer spots coming soon for the Art Literacy program. Volunteers are needed to help with the craft projects and many more roles. No experience required. For more information and to sign up please visit this page:

Remember the Date

2/10 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/14 - Dia de la Amistad

2/17 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/21 - No School - Presidents Day

2/24 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm