DOLPHIN DIGEST 2/05/2021

Community Newsletter for Arleta School

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MEAL DISTRIBUTION AT ARLETA MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS - 3:00-4:30pm

LIBRARY BOOK DISTRIBUTION AT ARLETA ON WEDNESDAYS - 2:00-5:00PM


Check out the Black History Month website for extra great events this month: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/arletabhm2021/events?authuser=0


  • Feb. 05: Franklin HS class selections due for 8th graders
  • Week of Feb 8: MAP Testing
  • Feb. 08: GSA for grades 3-5 - 2-2:30pm (every Monday) - Zoom link
  • Feb. 09: PTA General Meeting - 6-7:30pm
  • Feb. 10: Valentine's Day Brunch Fundraiser orders due (see below)
  • Feb. 11: Lunch Social for Grades 6-8 - 11:30-12:15pm (every Thursday) - Zoom Link
  • Feb. 11: GSA for grades 6-8 GSA - 1:30-2:15pm (every Thursday) - Google Meet Link
  • Feb. 12: Vietnamese Têt Holiday
  • Feb. 15: NO SCHOOL - President's Day
  • Feb. 17: Guest Speaker Rashelle Chase presents on Microaggressions - 6pm

WELCOME TO ARLETA'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER!

We’re so glad to have you as part of our school community!


This weekly newsletter is developed and sent in partnership between school administration and the PTA. If you have information you'd like shared in the newsletter, please email it to ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com. Keep scrolling for the latest.

PRINCIPAL MESSAGE

Dear Families,


As we continue through Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students in grades 3-8 will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test - this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes.


Normally, the MAP assessment is conducted in the classroom setting but, because of distance learning, students will take this assessment at home. Testing will take place between February 8-26. We are aware that the testing conditions for each student will not be the same and the validity of individual student results may vary. The aggregate data across a grade level will be very helpful though as we make plans to adjust curriculum as needed in the 2021-2022 school year.


The MAPS assessments are dynamic assessments, which means they are automatically adjusted for difficulty as the student takes the assessment. It is expected that students will not be able to answer some of the questions in order for the assessment to properly locate the skill level.


Parents have the option of excusing their child from participating in the test. If you choose to do this you only need to send your child’s teacher an email indicating that your child not be participating in the Reading MAPS assessment, the Math MAPS assessment or both MAPS assessments.


Your student’s teacher will provide further information about when the test will be given. The district will provide your student’s scores to you following the assessment window.


Thank you.


John Horn

Principal

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS

From the Arleta Black History Month coordinators -

Greetings Arleta families! We are so excited for next week because it is the start of Black History Month! Black History Month is a whole month dedicated to celebrating Black history, Black culture and Black excellence. To learn more please save our website where you will find information about resources, announcements, a calendar of events, and a showcase of all the amazing contributions our students, staff, and families have shared with us.


We sent out permission slips earlier this week, for those of you who have not signed permission slips yet, you can now fill out this form. Parent/guardian permission is required for any student who wishes to take part in one or more daily school announcements, performances, or visual arts which will be pre-recorded with video and/or audio of the student.


Translated forms are also available for: Spanish, Vietnamese, Khmer, Persian, Chinese, and Burmese.


If you have any questions you can contact any one of the Black History Month coordinators:

Timisha Wilson: twilson1@pps.net

Kelly Greenberg: kgreenberg@pps.net

Noah Johnson-Greenough: njohnsongreenou@pps.net

Aud Manansala: aumanansala@pps.net


Thank you and we look forward to celebrating with you all!

FRANKLIN HS CLASS SELECTIONS DUE TODAY

Class selection for students attending Franklin next year are due on Feb. 5. Student can do this on their own (click here for more information), or contact Ms. Greenberg for help, Cell: (971)-231-7206 (Call or Text) or Click Here to schedule a meeting


Click here for info in Vietnamese

Click here for info in Spanish

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VALENTINE'S BRUNCH DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

Enjoy a cozy Valentine's Day with your loves at home and let the PTA delivery brunch to your porch (contact-free) on February 14! Pick from 5 different packages, including a NEW vegan/gluten-free option plus some other sweet goodies.


Order by February 10 here: https://app.memberhub.gives/vdaybrunch2021.

Email ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com if you have any questions.


*Deliveries available within the boundary of SE 52nd to 82nd and Powell to Woodstock*


Many thanks to our neighbors at Henry Higgins for their generous donation to support this fundraiser!

JOIN THE NEXT PTA MEETING FEB 9

All are welcome to join the PTA meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6pm.


We'll hear from one of our counselors, Aud Manansala, who will share info about the events planned for Black History Month and have a chance to hear updates and ask questions of principal John Horn. Get the full agenda and notes from the last meeting here


Use this link to join the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87131069598?pwd=VGprM0p3T0NIaTlVT2ZTSHd4dlhOZz09

Meeting ID: 871 3106 9598, Passcode: 632449

Or dial in to (253) 215 8782

CALL FOR CANDIDATES TO JOIN 2021-2022 PTA BOARD

Believe it or not, the Arleta PTA board is planning ahead for next school year, and are looking for volunteers to join the PTA Board. We are hopeful for a safe return to in-person school and bringing back some fun, community-building events. But to make all of that happen, we need a group of dedicated volunteers to organize and plan it.


  • No experience necessary!
  • All are welcome - parents, teachers/staff, grandparents, community members
  • We want our board to reflect our students and staff, and are specifically seeking BIPOC members
  • Lots of opportunity to create a role that works for you
  • Great leadership development opportunity!
  • Help share the future of Arleta!


We'll share a list of expected board vacancies and role descriptions soon. If you are interested, please reach out to ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com.

PTA INCLUSION COMMITTEE NEWS & RESOURCES

Feb. 12 is the Vietnamese Têt holiday. Têt Nguyen Dan literally means the first morning of the first day of the new period. More simply known as "Têt," it is Vietnam's version of the Lunar New Year and is celebrated by millions of Vietnamese all around the world to celebrate the Year of the Ox (replaced with the Buffalo for Têt, the Vietnamese version of Lunar New Year), beginning February 12, 2021. There is a virtual celebration hosted by the Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion program on Feb. 11 at 6pm.


And remember to join the upcoming presentation Microagressions with Rashelle Chase on Feb. 17 at 6pm. Rashelle is a local mom, early-childhood development expert, advocate and activist for racial equity. Zoom details will be sent closer to the event date.


#ArletaPTAinclusionCommittee

LIBRARY BOOK PICK UP ON WEDNESDAYS

Library books are available for pick up every Wednesday from 2-5pm out of the Red Room.


Grades K-3 - just show up to pick up a book bag. Grades 4-8 - reserve books with Destiny Discover here: https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/20750. Here is a tutorial on Destiny Discover: https://youtu.be/qydK3LXi2Xc


WHEN RETURNING YOUR BOOKS, PLEASE DROP OFF EXTRA CLEAN, REUSABLE/CLOTH GROCERY BAGS SO WE CAN SAVE MONEY FROM PURCHASING NEW BAGS.

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS FOR THE YEARBOOK!

We want your pictures! We are planning a yearbook to commemorate this crazy year, and the final year Arleta will be a K-8 school. Please submit photos of your student during distance learning, playing at the school, student art work, science experiments, etc. using this Google Form - https://forms.gle/pmCbTFNQyTaM4W7e8. Or if you prefer, you can email them to ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com. Please include your student's name, grade and description (optional).

SCHOOL PICTURES ARE FEB 26

School pictures will be held on Friday, Feb. 26th, likely in the covered area connecting the main building and Annex. More details will come closer to the date about specific times for each student and safety protocols. We hope everyone will get their photo taken so it can go in the yearbook! Pictures don't need to be purchased to get your photo taken. If you'd like to order some, you can go to mylifetouch.com and enter our school ID - EVTKKBBDP

GIRL STRENGTH WORKSHOPS FOR 4-10 GRADES

Girl Strength has a some upcoming workshops for students in 4th to 10th grades. Review the dates and descriptions below and register by filling out this form or emailing girlstrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov


Monday, February 15th (1-2:30): Self-Defense for Queer Students!

A class just for LGBTQ+ students! We will talk about intuition, assertive communication and learn some basic self-defense moves and strategies.


Saturday, February 20th (9:30 - 11): All About Gender

In this workshop we will explore gender norms, talk about the gender spectrum and do some fun activities that make us feel great about our own gender expression!

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PPS: EXPANDING IN-PERSON AND PLANS FOR HYBRID INSTRUCTION

PPS sent an email out on January 26 with A LOT of information about their preparation for Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI), plans for expanding in-person school, including a hybrid model, student sports, and resources for families. Read the updates here: https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/4/PPS_Update-01.26.21-English.pdf

FREE MEDICAL CARE

If your child is currently in need of medical services or shots and you aren't sure where to go, Multnomah County Student Health Centers are open. School based health center resources and fliers IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES are found here: https://www.multnomahesd.org/shs-student-health-centers.html


Frequently Asked Questions for Parents about Oregon School and Child Care Immunization Requirements

Immunization flyer in Spanish

Immunization flyer in Russian

Immunization flyer in Vietnamese

RESOURCE FOR COPING DURING COVID-19

A new toolkit was created by Multnomah County students, parents and public health communicators to empower youth and families to cope during the pandemic: Taking Care of Ourselves and Others: A COVID-19 Guide for Youth and Families.


The guide is available in both English and Spanish at this time, and is accessible and continually updated on the Multnomah County webpage.

TOOLS FOR NOTICING MY EMOTIONS

PPS has created "Tools for Noticing My Emotions" for you and your family to help support your students across the home-school continuum. Click on the link below where there are translated versions as well - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14qRJ7gIUZyevT-Rd7NzDgarRTmyPHvrxr2vZgiYO77U/mobilepresent?slide=id.p

ORDER ARLETA SPIRIT WEAR ONLINE

Have you ordered your Arleta spirit wear yet? Shop online 24/7 and have your items shipped to your home. There are t-shirts, hoodies, tanks, mugs and more. Check out the new store here: https://arletaschool.threadless.com/


(image is just a sample of the available items)

GET YOUR BENEFIT E-GIFT CARD FOR 1-800-FLOWERS & SUPPORT ARLETA

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PTA IS COLLECTING BOTTLES & CANS

The Arleta PTA is continuing to collect redeemable cans and bottles to raise money for our school. If you'd like to participate, just email ArletaBottleDrop@gmail.com to arrange for a no-contact drop off of blue Bottle Drop bags and/or pick up your full bags. This is a simple way to support our school and have someone pick up your redeemables! We've raised $1,500 since starting the program last Fall!
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AMAZON SMILE IS EASIER THAN EVER

If you shop Amazon, then AmazonSmile makes your online shopping charitable. Once you link your Amazon account with Arleta School PTA, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of every eligible purchase - same products, same prices, no cost to you. And recently, Amazon updated their app to connect with AmazonSmile, making shopping + giving even easier.


You can get full instructions here

AMAZON WISH LIST FOR TEACHERS & STAFF

Throughout the school year, supplies are consumed and new needs arise. That’s why Arleta now has an Amazon Wish List of items added by teachers and staff. Please consider adding an item or two when you do your regular Amazon shopping. And when you use Amazon Smile and link your Amazon account to Arleta School PTA, Amazon will also donate 0.5% of your total purchase (at no additional cost to you)! Questions – email ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com


Link to Wish List is: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3S713LRBVHEI6

NO COST WAYS TO SUPPORT ARLETA

The Arleta PTA participates in THREE no-cost shopping rewards programs - Fred Meyer Community Rewards, AmazonSmile and Bottle Drop.


1. 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!)


2. Amazon has a similar program, called AmazonSmile. Select "Arleta School PTA" as your charitable organization to receive donations when you shop Amazon. Once you sign up, just go to smile.amazon.com to do your usual Amazon shopping. While there is no app, you can create a shortcut on your phone by going to smile.amazon.com in your browser, tap the Share button, then tap Add to Homescreen.


3. Donate your redeemable cans and bottles to Arleta through Bottle Drop. Email arletabottledrop@gmail.com to request some blue bags. (Arleta pays a fee for the bags, so let's fill them to the top!)

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STAY CONNECTED!

Like and follow the Arleta School and Families United Facebook page, check out the arletapta.org website for news and updates or email us anytime arletaschoolpta@gmail.com

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.