PASD Staff Newsletter
NEWS & NOTES January 6, 2023
Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your winter break and are ready to tackle the rest of the school year.
Looking ahead this month, I hope you can take some time and participate in the many assemblies and projects for Martin Luther King Jr. Day throughout our schools and join me in learning more about Treaty Day on Thursday, January 26th.
Thank you for your continued dedication and hard work for students in our district. The work you do matters and makes a difference every single day. Happy 2023!
Caring for Kids at Christmas
The Caring for Kids Team, in partnership with our Family Navigators (Becca Larsen, Summer Cooper, and Julie Maron) organized this year's giving, and these teams also manage our district's clothing closet throughout the year!
In an effort to raise money, the team placed donation boxes at all of the schools so visitors and staff could donate to the cause and raised $680 in total from the donation boxes. Dry Creek raised the most money ($440) and will be celebrated with coffee and goodies being delivered to the school on January 13th. Thank you to EVERYONE who donated time, money, and gifts and helped spread the word about this great giving opportunity!
Peninsula Performs! Presents: Artcycle with Marine Debris
In this class, students sorted and cleaned marine debris while discussing the environmental impact of waste items. Together, they learned about sculptures and generated ideas around creating three-dimensional collaborative pieces using wire and/or glue.
Students enjoyed thinking up different ways to create three-dimensional pieces that could be worn, hung on the wall, or placed as sculptures! Using recycled and waste items as media raised consciousness about the items we use and throw away. What a great lesson for our students!
MLK Day of Service with AmeriCorps
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Port Angeles School District AmeriCorps will host a community art project on January 16th.
Join us at Port Angeles High School anytime between 10am and 2pm to make some art and celebrate our community in the spirit of serving together.
All art supplies and snacks will be provided. Hope to see you there!
PAHS' Sports Medicine Program is Shaping up Nicely!
Taping tables are used for treatment and athletic taping in sports and the hi-lo tables are treatment tables that offer maximum flexibility and ergonomic comfort for both the patient and examiner. The Sports Whirlpool Tub will help student-athletes by applying the positive thermal effects of hydrotherapy to sports-related injuries. Sports injuries are usually accompanied by inflammation and a limited range of motion. Whirlpool therapy tubs used in sports medicine can relieve both symptoms via hot/cold therapy baths.
Thank you to the maintenance team for installing this equipment and to Shaunna Olson, the Sports Medicine Teacher, for making this possible for our students to learn real-life skills in an ever-changing world!
Welcker Reimbursement Grants for Teachers - Port Angeles Education Foundation
Thanks to a generous donor, the Port Angeles Education Foundation has funds available to reimburse teachers for out-of-pocket expenditures for essential classroom materials or equipment. Recipients of the grant will be reimbursed up to $250 for items they have purchased with personal funds.
Applications are due by email to AdminDirector@PA-EF.org by January 27, 2023.
All applicants will be notified after awards are determined. Successful applicants will need to submit receipts for purchases before reimbursement is issued.
Click here for the application and apply today!
Interact Club Clothing Drive Sucess!
The Interact Club gathered many warm items for our community members experiencing homelessness! With your help, they donated the following:
- Adults Coats – 7
- Sweatshirts – 9
- Kids Coats – 25
- Hats – 6
- Socks – 7 pairs
- Pants – 1
- Vests – 1
- Scarves – 3
Many thanks to Welly’s Ice Cream, the Lincoln Center, the Police Station, and the PAHS main office for being the donation centers and to Angie Gooding, the Interact Club Advisor!
Way to go, PAHS Interact Club!
Kaiser Permanente: Way to Wellbeing Webinar Workshop Series
These workshops are designed for teachers, staff, and administrators.
Healthy staff and teachers are our most valuable resource for creating safe and supportive learning environments. The Way to Staff Well-being in Schools workshop series explores resources and tips to strengthen staff well-being at the individual, collective, and policy levels. Free clock hours are available.
Our foundational course, The Way to Staff Well-being in schools – Creating a Culture of Well-being, will be offered 3:30-5:00pm PST on a bi-monthly basis (repeat):
• January 18, 2023 – Register on PDenroller
• March 15, 2023 – Register on PDenroller
• May 10, 2023 – Register on PDenroller
Deep Dive Way to Staff Well-being in Schools. Presented by Kaiser Permanente, subject matter experts and offered 4:00-5:00pm PST:
• January 11, 2023: Preventing Secondary Trauma for Educators – Register on PDenroller
• February 15, 2023: Mental Health for Educators – Register on PDenroller
• April 19, 2023: Stress Management for Educators – Register on PDenroller
• June 7, 2023: Healthy Habits for Educators – Register on PDenroller
Upcoming District Dates
- January 12 - Board Meeting - 6pm at Lincoln Center
- January 16 - Martin Luther Jr. Holiday
- January 26 - End of Semester and Treaty Day
- January 27 - No school