Whitman Family Newsletter

November 10, 2022


Hello Families!

We are looking forward to seeing all of you at family conferences on November 21 and 22! Your child will be bringing home their first quarter report card on Monday November 14, so that you can review it and ask any questions you may have during the family conference. Please let your child’s teacher know if you do not receive their report card on Monday! And please reach out to your child’s teacher or to the office team if you have not yet scheduled a conference so that we can find a time that works for you!


Ms. Thompson

Report Card Updates

Dear K-5 Parents,

For the past several years, PPS K-5 educators have used conference forms instead of the K-5 report card to communicate with families about student progress in the first quarter of school.

This year, however, we are returning to the use of first quarter report cards for all grades. This means that K-5 families will receive a first quarter report card for their children in mid-November. K-5 families will not also receive a separate conference form when they meet with their teachers for conferences later in November. Instead, conference conversations will use student work, fall assessment data, and the report card to discuss and share student progress.

Please look for communications from your child’s teacher about how to sign-up for a conference on November 21-22

Emily Glasgow, Senior Director, K-5 Academics, eglasgow@pps.net

PBOT would like your input to improve 82nd Avenue!

Safety and maintenance improvements are coming to 82nd Avenue! We want to hear from you! Learn more by visiting the online open house, taking the survey, and you could win a gift card to a local 82nd Avenue business!
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HealthCare Insurance Open Enrollment for Families is Coming

The open enrollment period for individual and family health coverage runs from November 1 to January 15 in Oregon. Health insurance covers essential health benefits critical to maintaining individual health and treating illness and accidents. Health insurance helps to reduce medical and prescription drug costs, making health care more affordable and thus more accessible. Without insurance, people face considerable barriers in receiving health services. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers information, including types of coverage and links to free application assistance.


See the links for an interactive support guide for parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ young people, available in English and Spanish.

Lyss Linares, SAY Wellness LGBTQIA2S+ Program Coordinator, alinares@pps.net

OHSU Covid-19 Testing Program

Parents/guardians can start enrolling their students through OHSU’s NEW Online Portal. If you are unable to enroll for any reason, please call OHSU Support at (503) 418-8500.

Whitman's collection day is on Thursdays - please send your child to school with their kit on Thursdays.

Important Dates

We are working to keep the calendar on our website up to date, so please check https://www.pps.net/whitman for a full list of upcoming events!

Here are some dates to keep in mind:

  • November 11th - No School

  • November 14th - Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

  • November 21st & 22nd - Family Conferences


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Ruby Bridges Walk To School Day

Monday, Nov. 14th, 8:15am

7326 Southeast Flavel Street

Portland, OR

To celebrate Ruby Bridges' bravery almost 40 years ago on her walk to her first day of 1st grade, Whitman Elementary is participating in Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on November 14th. We will be holding walking school buses (accompanied by staff) on this Monday morning and walk to school as a community. If you cannot meet at a starting spot or along the route, please meet at the blacktop to walk until the buses meet and everyone can walk into the doors together. Email Coach Katie at ksherida@pps.net for more information.


SE 73rd and SE Ogden

SE 73rd and SE Harney

SE 60th and Flavel

Questions? Contact Coach Katie at ksherida@pps.net



Families, if you would like any assistance from our SUN Family Resource Navigator, please follow this link!

Join the PTA today!

Please join us for our PTA Party Planning Potluck Wednesday, November 16 from 6-7!

You can find this information and more about the

organization at http://facebook.com/ftwpta or email

us at: president@ptawhitman.org

1. Families Benefit — We use our funds for

events for students and families to take part

in shared experiences together.

2. The School Benefits — We also provide

Teacher Grants and donate to SUN.

3. Make Connections — Let your voice be

heard as we decide how to best provide

resources for the Whitman Community!

You can find this information and more about the

organization at http://facebook.com/ftwpta or email

us at: president@ptawhitman.org

School Procedures

Do you have a child in both the Whitman K-5 program and Head Start? If so, we ask that you wait to pick up your K-5 child until the K-5 dismissal time at 3:00. We recognize that the slightly different dismissal times can be a challenge and are working to get this changed for the 23-24 school year. Thank you for your help!