Dolphin Digest 11/1/19

Community Newsletter for Arleta School

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  • Oct 7-Nov 7 - PTA Dolphin Drive "No-Stuff" Fundraiser
  • Nov 3 - Daylight Savings
  • Nov 4 - Bread Day 2:30pm Cafeteria
  • Nov 6 - Dine-In at Ate-oh-Ate Woodstock 5pm to 9pm
  • Nov 7 - Emergency Preparedness Presentation 6-8pm
  • Nov 11 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day (no Bread Day)
  • Nov 12 - PTA Meeting 6-7:30pm
  • Nov 14 - Dine-In at Char
  • Nov 18 - Bread Day 2:30pm Cafeteria
  • Nov 19 - Principal Coffee 8:20am
  • Nov 19 - Garden Club 7pm

Principal's Message - Challenging Week at Arleta

Dear Arleta Families,

This has been a challenging and sad week at Arleta as we struggle with the knowledge that some of our youngest community members have been involved in a situation involving drugs.

How did this happen and how did the school respond?

The Portland Police Bureau and Child Protective Services are investigating this. Arleta staff followed district policies to ensure the safety of all students and contacted families directly impacted by the situation, Portland Police, Child Protective Services & PPS Central Office Leadership.

Who was the student and what has happened to them?

Portland Public Schools under FERPA law cannot reveal the names, information about or discipline action regarding any Portland Public School student. PPS guidelines regarding students and drugs are outlined in our Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline Handbook on page 28. Every family at Arleta should have received this. If you haven’t please visit the office to pick one up or email the office and they will mail one to you.

What will happen moving forward?

This is a complicated, yet impactful situation. There is an ongoing investigation that Portland Police and Child Protective Services are handling. PPS policy does not allow us to share details of discipline of any student. We will each process this in different ways, but counselors and administration are available to support you and your student as needed. Knowing when and how to talk to students about drugs is complex. Here are some resources that may help.

Talking to Kids About Drugs or SpeakNow

I will be talking with teachers in the coming weeks about how we are implementing the state required Health Standards and how this incident highlights the importance of teaching health to students and especially Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.

If you need additional resources or support, please feel free to reach out to the school counselor or talk with Mary Krogh, who coordinates substance use supports for the district.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via email, phone call or text if you have specific questions or want clarification regarding something that has been said or reported by the media. I believe with all of my heart that we will weather this situation as a community. We have amazing students, families and staff and together we are stronger.

Sincerely, Diana


Do you know what would happen at Arleta Elementary after a major event? What can you expect in the days and weeks post disaster? Find out the answers to these questions, and boost your disaster resilience with this informative workshop! Pizza and childcare will be provided.
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The Safe Routes to School program helps promote safe transportation habits through education and engineering (new crosswalks, for example). Take this quick survey to share your experiences and concerns about transportation safety in our neighborhood.


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It's the final week of our "buy nothing" Dolphin Drive fundraiser. We've raised $6,235 - can you help us reach our goal of $7,500? You can donate online or bring cash or check (made out to Arleta School PTA) to the main office. And don't forget to make your $$ go further by sharing on social media and with your family and friends!

Please join us at two events happening next week

  • Wednesday, Nov. 6 > Dine-in at Ate-oh-Ate on Woodstock 5pm-9pm. 15% of sales will go to our school
  • Thursday, Nov 7 > An Emergency Preparedness Presentation to help our community get ready for the BIG ONE. 6pm-8pm in the auditorium, with pizza dinner and childcare provided.

And finally, check out the wonderful photos from the photo booth at the Fall Dance! You can download yours here:

Thank you for supporting the Arleta PTA!


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Does your family LOVE bubbly water as much as mine? Turn those cans into cash for Arleta! Pick up a blue Bottle Drop bag from the office, fill it at home or at your office and bring it to a Bottle Drop site. No need to sort or count! If every family turned in one bag we could raise nearly $5,000!

Make it even easier on yourself and email to arrange a pick up of your full bags if you live in 97202 or 97206. We can also arrange to get you some bags if you're not regularly at the school.

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Arleta SUN in partnership with SE Portland Girls Basketball has been creating Arleta girls basketball teams. REGISTRATION ALMOST OVER! We are looking for several players in grades 1/2, 3, 4, and 7. “First Come First Serve” so remaining spots will go very quickly.

Season starts week of November 11. Club has great 1st and 2nd grade program as well as volunteer year round activities. NO TRYOUTS, All Skill Levels, and all girls can participate regardless of family economic issues – Scholarships, etc. Club currently operates 20 teams. Your daughters will play with their school friends! Coaching opportunities available. REGISTER AT or call Steve Cooper – 503-887-2928.

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Boys Goldenball at Arleta

Boys Goldenball Basketball Sign ups will be posted in the hallway starting Monday 11/4. If you are unable to get in to sign up, please email Diana at and she will add your name. Practice starts mid-November and games start in January.


Melvyn Baker used to work at Arleta and is the owner of Shorty’s Hot Dogs and Ice Cream and his mobile food cart can be seen at Arleta's Family Picnic. His cart and all his equipment was recently stolen. There is a GoFundMe set up to help get Melvyn back in business. From the GoFundMe site:

"Melvyn is a single father raising two children whose mother passed away 10 years ago. He lovingly supports these children solely by running this food cart. Shorty’s Hot Dogs is his livelihood and it has been taken from him. Any donation will help get this father and food truck back up and running. This campaign is to replace the items in the trailer that were stolen so that Melvyn can get back to work supporting his family."

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The Arleta PTA participates in two no-cost shopping rewards programs - Fred Meyer Community Rewards and AmazonSmile.

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!)

Amazon has a similar program, called AmazonSmile. Go to your Amazon account and click "Your AmazonSmile" to sign up.AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Arleta School PTA every time you shop, at no cost to you.

On your first visit to, you'll be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations when you shop, and we'd love it if you selected Arleta School PTA! 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.

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Like and follow the Arleta School and Families United Facebook page, check out the website for news and updates or email us anytime

SUN is hiring!

SUN is currently hiring several teaching and support staff positions at Arleta's after school SUN program. Work close to home and support our school!

Contact Arleta's SUN Director, Sadie Atwell at if you're interested or have questions

Learn to teach programming this fall at SUN!

Blackbird School is an online learning platform that teaches the fundamentals of computer programming. They are offering an after-school SUN class for students this fall on Thursday afternoons and are actively looking for a second instructor. No programming experience necessary, just a desire to learn to code and teach. Must be 18 or older and pass a background check. Hourly pay and training stipend.

Call or email Mike for more information.

(503) 470-3227 ext 3"

PPS Nutrition Services is Hiring

PPS Nutrition Services provides students with delicious, high quality, nutrient rich meals to support learning. Our mission is to educate palates, inspire culinary curiosity and nourish the health of the community through school meals. Our students are able to achieve their best when they are nourished throughout the day. Great reasons to join the Nutrition Services team:

  • Day shifts - no nights, weekends or holidays!
  • 2-6 hour shifts - most shifts are flexible for either dropping off and/or picking up children from school
  • Opportunity for advancement, training and professional development provided
  • Free breakfast and/or lunch for employees
  • Membership as a professional within the national School Nutrition Association
  • Benefits also include paid time off and paid holidays* (per contract)
  • Represented by SEIU 503 Local 140

All employment applications are submitted online. Please visit All applicants must be fingerprinted, pass criminal record check and obtain a Multnomah County Food Handlers Certification. Call 503-916-3399 for more information.

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.