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.
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.
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.
If you have any questions you can contact any one of the Black History Month coordinators:
Timisha Wilson: email@example.com
Kelly Greenberg: firstname.lastname@example.org
Noah Johnson-Greenough: email@example.com
Aud Manansala: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
VALENTINE'S BRUNCH DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR
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
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!
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.
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!
SCHOOL PICTURES ARE FEB 26
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 email@example.com
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!
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
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
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
PTA IS COLLECTING BOTTLES & CANS
AMAZON SMILE IS EASIER THAN EVER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request some blue bags. (Arleta pays a fee for the bags, so let's fill them to the top!)