Noticias de Palisades

November 19 2021

Topics we are Reviewing This Week:

  1. Un Mensaje de Directora Sarlos
  2. No School Next Week
  3. Canned Food Drive
  4. Rainy Days
  5. Peacemaker Award
  6. Un Mensaje de nuestro PTO

Unas Palabras de Directora Sarlos

Dear Palisades Families,

We are so grateful for all of your support and for the opportunity to work with your children. I had the opportunity to go into Mrs. Parodi's class and teach a little yesterday and the students' Spanish was so impressive! Also, they have really internalized all the routines in the classroom and could really help me know what exactly came next in their daily routine! I was completely charmed and my heart was full of gratitude for all the learning occurring in our school.

It is so lovely to see our Gratitude Tree, in the upper-grade hall and all the sweet notes all over the building describing what our students are grateful for.

One area that is still challenging is student behavior on the bus. I went into all classrooms yesterday and reminded students of the expected behavior on the bus and explained to students that we can make the decision to suspend students from the bus if needed. I reminded them that you all, and all of us at Palisades want to be proud of our student behavior on the bus. Please talk with your students about this.



No School Next Week Nov. 22-26

Canned Food Drive

  • Date: December 6-10

  • Donations needed: Canned food, hygiene items, PAPER TOWELS!

  • Donations go to Hunger Fighters Food Pantry in Lake Oswego

Students can drop off donations by the main office. Make sure they are put in the correct bin by class.

Most Needed Items:

  • chips, salsa, enchilada sauce, taco shells, tortillas

  • Paper towels

Other food items:

granola, cereal, crackers, dried fruit, pancake mix, cake mix, coffee/tea, bread, pasta, brownie mix


mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, oil

Hygiene Items:

hand soap, body wash, floss, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant

*For more information about the Hunger Fighters Food Pantry, please click here:

Rainy Days

Please make sure your student has proper clothes for recess.

Rain Coats and water resistant shoes are essential for all students.

Recess will still happen even in the rain. Students will be sent out as a complete class. For health and safety reasons students WILL NOT be able to remain inside. Under extreme weather conditions alternative arrangements will be made. If possible, please pack an extra set of clothes for really muddy days!

Along with rainy weather is colder weather. Windows will be kept open so please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for cooler classrooms.


This weeks peacemakers are:

Pippa, Mija, Sebastian, Anabela, Aden, Lila, Eleanor, Sophia and Caroline.

Mensaje de Nuestro PTO

PTO Meeting:

Thank you to all who attended! Here is the link to our recorded meeting. Please let us know if you have any thoughts or questions.

PTO General Meeting: Audio Only

PTO General Meeting: Zoom

Dia de los Muertos Posters and Ofrenda Items

It is time for these amazing works of art to return home. We will be working to help your student take theirs with them either Thursday or Friday. Additionally if you have anything from the Ofrenda, now is the time to grab it from the front office. Thank you for your support of this wonderful celebration and your help in the cleanup end of it.

Wreath Sales

The 5th grade committee is selling wreaths to raise funds for their celebration at the end of the year. Please watch for a flier going home with details and images. Reminder, this is a great and inexpensive option for sending a piece of the PNW to someone who lives out of state. Shipping is flat regardless of distance and an easy way to send some of the wonder of our great state to family or friends living in other parts of the country. Wreaths will be available for pickup at the school on December 9th.

Order here! Greenery Order Form

Minted Fundraiser:

Using our unique code FUNDRAISEPALISADES, you can get 20% OFF all your Minted holiday card & gift purchases—and for every order placed, Minted will donate 15% back to our organization. With high-quality products designed by independent artists, like custom photo gifts, holiday cards, tote bags, stationery, and more, Minted has meaningful gifts for every special occasion.

To participate, simply visit to start your holiday shopping. Apply code FUNDRAISEPALISADES at checkout to claim your 20% discount. It’s that easy! Minted will track every purchase made using our code, and we’ll get 15% of the proceeds donated back to Palisades

Please feel free to forward this to friends and family—the more people shop Minted using our code, the more our organization earns!

Book Fair Team:

The Book Fair team is meeting Thursday, Nov 18 at 7:00-7:45pm via Zoom. Anyone can join the team, no experience required RSVP here:


We are excited to participate in OBOB this year. The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. Our school will have teams for grades 3-5th. We will start team sign-ups November 8th at school. Teams are formed in groups of 4, but can have 5 if they would like an alternate in case someone becomes ill.

Here is the link to the OBOB official site with the list of books the kids will compete on and read throughout the next few months. The competition is planned for February and will be all on zoom this year.

OBOB Books

If you would like to help us buy some of these great books for the classrooms we have arranged for bundles to be available for purchase for a class from an independently owned bookstore for $125 a bundle. If you would like to donate please indicate it is an OBOB classroom book bundle purchase and what class it is for with our donation. You can also donate for half of a bundle and we will pair your donation up with another half donation! This donation can be done via any of our donation options: Venmo, paypal or a check mailed or dropped off at the school made out to Palisades PTO and you can use this form to help us with this:

OBOB Book Bundle Purchase

STEM Needs:

We would love your partnership in gathering items for our fantastic STEM lab. We need:

  • Clean recyclables such as yogurt containers

  • Shoe boxes

  • Toilet paper and paper towel tubes

  • Egg cartons

  • Fabric scraps

  • Craft and gift wrap paper leftovers

  • Cardboard boxes of all sizes , etc.

  • Anything kids could get creative with!!

And a note from our wonderful teacher Rose Freeman:

“I am also starting a Makers Club that meets for a week during lunch. I will alternate meeting weeks for intermediate and primary grades. In order to not tap into my materials that are needed for the STEM curriculum, I'd love to share my wishlist with parents. I don't need these exact things. They are just ideas for the types of things we go through a ton of in the lab. Ideally, I'd like to make the Makers Club less reliant on screens and more about creating with their imaginations.”

We appreciate your support in this tangible way! We will have containers in the secure vestibule beginning Monday 11/08 to collect these donations.

Volunteer Sign Ups for 12/1/21

It is that time of year and we need your help to get all of our students vision screened. We will need 6-8 volunteers on December 1st from 12:00-2:45 at Palisades Elementary.

To volunteer please bring a copy of your vaccination card and mask up! We look forward to your partnership in this important event.

Vision Screening Volunteer Signup

Directory Spot

We are live! We have sent directions to each email on file with instructions for confirming your family in our school directory. Directory access is free and allows you to connect with others in your classes. If you choose to hide information you will still receive emails from the school and PTO, but your school community will be limited in how they are able to connect with your family unit.

We have had many of you reach out asking how to delete certain information from your profile. Here is the fastest way to do that:

  • Click on your profile

  • Select/highlight the information you don’t want to have published

  • Delete it

  • Scroll down and click save

Please reach out to us at with any questions!