Issue 3, September 2, 2020

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In This Issue

From the Principal

Important Dates

Introducing our New Staff Members

Attendance - Flexibility

Instructional Delivery - Important Terms to Know

Astor Meal Site

Free/Reduced Meals

Astor Teacher Parade

School Supplies Pick Up Date

Communication Tools for Parents & Students

From The Principal

Astor- Welcome Back

Important Dates

Sept 2 - First day of school Grades 1 - 6 (Soft Start Schedule)

Grades 1-5 meet with their individual teachers on their Google Meets.

Google Live Stream for 6th Grade ONLY: (PPS logins only)

Sept 3 - First day of school Grades 7 & 8 (Soft Start Schedule)

Sept 4 - Astor Middle School Welcome Back Assembly | 9:30 am

Google Live Stream: (PPS Logins only)

Sept 7 - No School | Labor Day Holiday

Sept 8 - First Day of Kindergarten!!

Sept 10 - Supplies Kit Pick Up - all grades | 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Sept 14 - First day of content delivery

Sept 17 - Back to School Night | 6:00 pm Google Live Stream:

(Teachers will provide individual breakout room info and schedule prior to the 17th.)

Sept 18 - K-5 Principal Coffee Chat- Meet the Astor Counselor and Social Worker | 8:00 am - Google Meet Link:

Middle School Principal Coffee Chat- Meet the Astor Counselor and Social Worker | 9:00 am - Google Meet Link:

Sept 24 - Astor PTSO Meeting | 6:00 pm - Google Meet link

Sept 25 - Character Awards Assembly | 9:00 am

Introducing Two of Our New Staff Members

We are happy to introduce Phyllis Harris our Media Specialist. Phyllis will be working in our Library, helping our students checkout library books and textbooks and offering an elective to our middle school students. Phyllis has worked at Lent, POIC, Rosa Parks and Bridger in the PPS district.

Phyllis' campaign is "Let's Get Reading" and she models that campaign because reading is one of her hobbies! She also loves to travel, especially to other countries.

She's enjoys her 13 god-children and her chihuahua named Panchito, who was given to her by a student for Mother's Day.

Fun Fact: Phyllis has met over four U.S. Presidents, before, during, or after their terms of office.

We welcome Bianca Cohen, our new C/B SpEd teacher. Bianca has been with PPS for 5 years and was a para educator at Bridger and Atkinson and a teacher at Jason Lee and Lewis.

Bianca says "I am super excited to be at Astor!" She enjoys drinking tea and hanging out with her dog.

Fun Fact: Bianca plays the harp!

Attendance - Flexibility with Parent Home Schedules

Attendance is important throughout distance learning. K-5 students will be marked present by demonstrating one piece of evidence below in the day. Middle School students will need to demonstrate evidence each period to be present for the day in that period. Teachers take attendance each morning for the previous day based on evidence of synchronous or asynchronous learning...

Evidence of attendance will be measured in at least one of the following ways within a 24 hour period:

  1. Participating in a video class

  2. Communication from the student to the teacher via chat, text message, communication app, or email

  3. A phone call between the teacher or EA/Paraprofessional with the student, or, for younger students, with the parent

  4. Posting completed coursework to a learning management system or web-based platform or via email

  5. Turning in complete coursework on a given day.

Instructional Delivery - Important Terms to Know

What is the difference between Aynchronous and Synchronous?

Asynchronous - student works independently on teacher created/directed lessons

Synchronous - live and happening together through online classes and video conferencing

See more information in the guide below.

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Comprehensive Distance Learning Platforms & Tools

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Please visit for more information and updates for Comprehensive Distance Learning.

Grades PK-5Grades 6-12Computers & WiFiTools for School

Clever: Log-in Portal

Using Clever Portal

Using Clever Badge

Video Tutorial

Seesaw: Primary Learning Platform

(log in via Clever

Logging in

FAQ for Families

Google Meet

Meetings between teachers and students

Signing in

Remind App

Communication between families and staff

Getting Started Video

Portland Public Schools Family & Community Curriculum Site
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Meals served at Astor beginning September 2nd

Starting September 2nd, Astor will be operate a grab and go meal service. What this means for our families:

  1. Anyone can visit the 38 Grab & Go sites to receive free meals. You won't be asked which school your child attends.
  2. All children ages 1-18 years old can receive meals. This is no longer restricted to just PPS students.
  3. Meals will be served for all days of the week:

Mondays: serve 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches per child

Wednesday: serve 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches per child

Fridays: serve 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches per child

You may sign up for home meal delivery, if you are unable to make it to a site. To sign up for home meal delivery, please click on the link here:

Free and Reduced Meal Benefits

Families must reapply for meal benefits (free and reduced eligibility) every year. Meal applications are not needed if students attend a CEP school.

New this year! Eligibility for free meals has been expanded through the state of Oregon - please check to see if you may be eligible!

If you need a paper copy of the Free/Reduced Meals application, please contact the school office at (503) 916-6244.

Eligibility for free/reduced price school meals may also help families with other fee reductions or waivers such as -

  • Science lab fees
  • College application fees
  • Summer school fees
  • Comcast or other cable/internet services
  • Field trips
  • Supplemental food and nutrition benefits (when available)

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Benefits Update and Q&A

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting our families with information about the Pandemic EBT benefits that were extended and offered back in the Spring to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school.

The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education are still in the process of disbursing Pandemic EBT to qualifying families. This is a critical program to families. According to a DHS press release, the deadline to disperse P-EBT benefits have been pushed back to September 15th. For further information, please see the Pandemic EBT Q&A which can be found on the Nutrition Services website.

Astor Parade "Welcome Back To School!" AND "Welcome Kindergarteners!"

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 2:30-3:30pm

5601 North Yale Street

Portland, OR

Come out and see our Astor teachers and staff for our "Welcome Back To School" parade. We'll start at Astor and make our way through our neighborhood. Note that we will go by McKenna, Hodge, Columbia, and Columbia Annex parks.

We have a special surprise for our new Kindergarteners so we hope to see our new families along the parade route.

Please practice social distancing, wear your masks and enjoy our parade as we greet you from our bikes and cars.

Please see the map of our route below.

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School Supplies Kit Pick Up

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 4-6pm

5601 North Yale Street

Portland, OR

We're here to support your student's distance learning by providing the supplies they need to learn at home. Pick up your student's supplies on September 10th. Simply drive or walk to the front of the school and staff will distribute your student's basic supplies kit.

The kit will contain:

  • Astor Face Mask
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Crayons or colored pencils, markers
  • Highlighters
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Eraser
  • Dry erase board and markers
  • Spiral notebook or notebook paper
  • Sheet protectors
  • Pencil box
  • Desk carrel (cardboard divider to create an individual study space)
We welcome Bianca Cohen, our new focus classroom teacher in the C/B Special Education classroom. Bianca has been in PPS for five years and was a para educator at Bridger and Atkinson, then a teacher at Jason Lee and Lewis.

Bianca enjoys drinking tea and hanging out with her dog. She says, "I am super excited to be at Astor!"

Fun Fact: Bianca plays the harp!

Communication Tools for Parents and Students

Astor School Website

Visit Astor's website for school news and announcements, an up-to-date school calendar, teacher information and websites, and other important school and district information. The website also provides links to Astor's Facebook and Twitter pages.

School Directory

School Directory

In order for both Astor and families to stay connected during distance learning and beyond, we are creating a School Directory. This will assist families in making and maintaining friendships, support networks and family connections and help with deliveries of items by our PTSO and staff. The School Directory will include parents, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. NO student information will be shared, e.g., student names, grade levels or any identifying information about students.

Participation in the school directory is voluntary. If you do not wish to have your information in the directory, contact the school office for the opt out form. Please read the statements below regarding permissions/authorizations for your student and family. A link below is provided to the Opt Out form if you DO NOT wish to share information.


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