PASD Staff Newsletter
NEWS & NOTES November 23, 2022
The best part about this holiday season is that we can honor one of the most critical parts of this district: you. Thank you for putting your heart, soul, and time into your job. We appreciate everything you bring to the table to help our students succeed! May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and time off with your friends, family, and loved ones!
For many, Thanksgiving is a holiday spent sharing time with loved ones and giving thanks for all we have.
This holiday allows us to bring history to life and acknowledge that Thanksgiving isn't a celebration for everyone. In particular, some Native Americans honor this day as a National Day of Mourning, and others celebrate by gathering with families and friends.
Carmen Watson-Charles, PASD's Native American Liaison shares, "As a Native American Indigenous Indian, my family looks forward to gathering and cooking our favorite dishes in celebration of each other. Traditionally, Tribal Nations gathered around this time of year to feast, celebrate the end-of-year harvest, and welcome the winter season."
We honor that not all students, staff, and families celebrate Thanksgiving and recognize the importance of teaching and learning about Indigenous experiences and heritage. However your family honors or celebrates this day, we invite you to take some time to learn more about the tribes local to the area where you live. For Port Angeles, we are on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Klallam tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here since Time Immemorial.
We are grateful for our school community, government-to-government partnership with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and our district's bright future for all students.
PAHS DECA Delivers Thanksgiving Meals
Each year, PAHS DECA students fundraise, collect donations and assemble the items for Thanksgiving Baskets for families across our district. This year, they put together 35 total baskets and delivered them to all elementary schools, Seaview, and a family at Stevens.
Below are some incredible students who dropped off 10 Thanksgiving turkey dinner baskets for Roosevelt families!
Students from left to right are Isabelle Pecoraro, Josie Wood, Colton Romero, Andrew Halberg, and Josiah Gooding.
JFFA Community Survey
They aim to create greater access to the arts and make this community even more vibrant.
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey so that they can better serve your needs. Let’s create something beautiful together: https://jffa.org/survey/
I want to give Kudos to Stevens Middle Schools' attendance secretary Allie Schroeder. She is one of the first faces people see when they walk into our building, and everyone is welcomed with a smile. Attendance is an extremely challenging job and is often VERY hectic. Allie has the ability to remain calm under pressure and treat everyone with kindness and empathy. Her superb organization helps our school run extremely smoothly! Stevens Middle School appreciates Allie!
-Casey McDonald, Business Office Secretary
Operation Candy Cane 2022!
The Fire District, along with Santa and helper elves, will be collecting food for the Port Angeles Food Bank and handing out candy canes. The Port Angeles School District is graciously helping the Fire District by allowing us to set up collection points at Roosevelt School and Dry Creek Schools.
Friday, December 2nd from 6-8 PM at Roosevelt School, 106 Monroe Road
Saturday, December 3rd from 6-8 PM at Dry Creek School, 25 Rife Road
Santa, along with helper firefighters and EMTs, will be there with their decorated fire engine to say hello and hand out candy canes. We hope to see you there!!
Port Angeles - Small Business Weekend
Celebrate and support our local merchants on Small Business Weekend. Receive exclusive offers at over 30 of our small businesses & restaurants by purchasing a limited edition #supportangeles tote bag. Be sure to hang onto your bag for future promotions and show your support all year long!
Here’s how it works:
1. Purchase a #supportangeles bag for $10 here or at the Winter Ice Village daily 9 am - 8:30 pm until 11/27th. Each bag is filled with exclusive coupons and hundreds of dollars in savings! All proceeds benefit the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce Winter Ice Village.
2. Show your bag & coupons to participating merchants during the event weekend for exclusive offers to these local businesses! Small Business Weekend is sponsored by the Red Lion Hotel and the City of Port Angeles. All proceeds will benefit the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce Winter Ice Village.
Teacher Grants for the 2022-23 School Year
Clallam County School Retirees Association - Due December 1st
- CTE Science Equipment Grant
- Teacher/Classroom Mini-Grants
Upcoming District Dates
- November 23: 1/2 day for students - NO LATE START. Regular work day for all staff.
- November 24 & 25: Thanksgiving Holiday
- December 1: CCRS Grant Due
- December 8: School Board Meeting - 6pm at Lincoln Center
- December 19 - January 2: Winter Break