DOLPHIN DIGEST 3/17/2023
Community Newsletter for Arleta School & Arleta PTA
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- Mar 13-19: Neurodiversity Celebration Week
- Mar 20-23: SPIRIT WEEK - more details will be added here!
- Mar 23: Litter Clean Up, 8am, meet at the picnic tables
- Mar 23: SUN Showcase, 4-5pm in the Auditorium
- Mar 24: Dolphin Dash - a jog-a-thon to support Arleta School!
- Mar 27-31: Spring Break!
- Apr 11: PTA Meeting & Community Dinner, 6pm, Library & zoom
- Apr 13: Litter Clean Up, 8am, meet at the picnic tables
- Apr 13: Literacy & Art Night, 5:30-7pm - Dinner Provided. ALL NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILIES WELCOME!
- Apr 14: Neurodivergent Parent & Family Group, 5:30 in the Library
- Apr 24: Dine Out at Pizzeria Otto
- Fridays in April: Tours for new students/families hosted by Arleta parents
- Jun 14: *UPDATED* Last Day of School
*Every Wednesday, Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) for Grades 3-5, 11:15-11:40 in Room 34
*Every Thursday, BIPOC Affinity Group for Grades 3-5, 11:15-11:40 in Room 21
*You can also bookmark the PPS District Calendar: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LOxxA8OXKmsUxo0v2yiO_Lqn_6BKKNq_/view
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.
INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
We acknowledge Portland rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. -PDX Women in Tech
NEW! NEURODIVERSITY CELEBRATION WEEK - MAR 14-19
Dear Arleta Families & Caregivers,
Have you noticed a few additions to our playground? They are small(ish) but meaningful! Our Arleta Kindergarten Teachers are part of a district-supported team called Kindergarten Innovation Cohort that has the goal of exploring how to integrate culturally sustaining and developmentally appropriate practices, guided play, and rigorous academic learning standards within the Kindergarten day. Each school’s team chose their own question, and ours is “How can we incorporate nature, build resiliency, and connect play to rigorous learning throughout the day?” So far, Ms. Annie and Ms. Hedlund have brought some innovation to students’ experiences by adding pebbles to the rock ring just north of the play structure, and they’re in process acquiring and placing tree trunk rounds between the trees on the north end of the field. (Thank you so much to all the awesome parents who came to help rake the pebbles into place in the rain last Friday afternoon!)
Here are some slides Ms. Annie’s students created to introduce the purpose and expectations for the pebbles to the other grades. And, photos Ms. Hedlund and Ms. Annie brought to their Kindergarten Cohort meeting this week where the district teams were all exploring the question “How are students engaging in developmentally appropriate, academically rigorous thinking and learning?” I hope you’re as inspired as we were by the amount of development and learning while a child is at play… unstructured play such as recess play (the recess photo) as well as play that has been intentionally designed and scaffolded (the classroom photo). The Kindergarten literacy unit right now is "Once Upon A Farm" and Three Billy Goats Gruff is one of the stories. In the second picture, students were sequencing story events and retelling the story using simple but intentionally chosen objects.
Hope you have a play-filled weekend!
NEW! SUN SHOWCASE - MAR. 23
NEW! ARLETA PTA WEBSITE IMPROVEMENTS
NEW! MORE GARDEN BOX IMPROVEMENTS
And if you have any hardware or lumber needs, check out 52nd Ave Hardware and Building Supply! They were a great business partner on this project.
NEW! THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ARLETA'S PI(E) DAY
Thank you to everyone that supported the Pi(e) Day fundraiser for Arleta!
Whether you purchased raffle tickets or donated a pie, your participation is appreciated.
Together, we raised over $800 for PTA activities that directly benefit our school!
NEW! PICNIC PLANNERS NEEDED
We'd love some fresh energy to help plan the picnic! Can you offer some support? Please!?! Many hands make like work, as they say... Email us: ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com
NEW! LANE MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION
Lane Middle School recently hosted an open house for new families to tour the school and ask questions. This link includes many of the questions and answers:
Also, Lane MS Counselor, Jordan, will be visiting Arleta on Monday, March 20th to help rising 6th graders who will be attending Lane with forecasting.
NEW! GOOD LUCK ARLETA AT THE CHESS TOURNAMENT
NEW! PROSPECTIVE STUDENT TOURS - FRIDAYS IN APRIL
It's the time of year incoming kindergarten families start touring schools. And next year we may have families with older children who'll be joining Arleta because of boundary changes. Please help spread the word to your friends and neighbors that Arleta parents will be offering tours every Friday in April at 8:05 am. No RSVP needed, just show up, take a tour and get your questions answered.
Current Arleta parents, we'd love your help to show prospective Arleta families around the school. This is a quick gig and a great way to welcome a new family into the Arleta community. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4cafab22a2f58-help#/
NEW! JOIN THE PTA BOARD NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
NEW! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE DOLPHIN DASH!
We need some grown-ups to help cheer on our runners, track laps, and hand out treats at the Dolphin Dash! The run is happening Friday, March 24th 12:30-1pm for K-2 runners, and 1:30-2:00 for 3-5 runners. This is a quick shift and a super fun way to support students. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4ba5a92fa2f58-dolphin#/
Any questions? Email ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com
UPDATED! HELP US HIT $10,000 FOR DOLPHIN DASH
Thank you Dolphin Dash supporters! Can we make it to $10,000?!? Let's keep the momentum going and raise even more for our beloved school!
Haven't heard about the Dolphin Dash? Read more about it below, and check out the website: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/arletaschool
We are excited to introduce the Dolphin Dash to our school community! The Dolphin Dash is going to be our school’s major fundraiser this year, so we need caregivers & friends of our school to get involved and support our students!
What is the Dolphin Dash? The Dolphin Dash is a new event this year, similar to a Fun Run or Jog-a-thon, and students will participate on Friday, March 24th. We’re asking families, friends, and neighbors to support students with a donation and encouragement to do their best in the event. Each lap will be tallied as students jog, walk, skip, run, etc. during their set time period, and we are challenging students to complete 1,200 laps for the whole school. All students will have a chance to participate and all students will celebrate the success of the event with a treat and a prize.
Why are we having a Dolphin Dash? School funding doesn’t cover much for art or PE, so our PTA is hoping this fundraiser can make up some of that gap. Fundraising for this event will focus on enriching experiences in art and PE. Our goal is to raise at least $5,000, and ANY donation is welcome!
How do we raise money? We’re asking for students and their caregivers to request one-time donations from family and friends in support of giving it their all on the day of the Dolphin Dash. We have an easy-to-use website that accepts credit cards, or we can accept cash or checks. Please help your student(s) collect pledges through their webpage. You can email or text the link to family, relatives, friends, co-workers, etc. for support. Posting on social media is another great option! One way we can meet our school goal of $5,000 is if each student raises $20. Fundraising is completely optional!
Online pledges with 99Pledges. Your student already has a page set up to collect pledges. Simply go to https://app.99pledges.com/fund/arletaschool and enter your student’s first name in the ‘search for participant’ field. You do not need to login or change anything. Simply make a donation for whatever you can, and share your student's link with friends and family. We are shooting for 100% participation, so no amount is too small.
Our school link is https://app.99pledges.com/fund/arletaschool
Search for your student’s first name in the ‘search for participant’ field
If you have any questions, please contact ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com
WALKING SCHOOL BUS INTEREST FORM
Do you live within walking distance of Arleta? Please fill out this google form if you would be interested in participating in a ‘Walking School Bus’ to give our kiddos a safe way to get to school that will also build community relationships! https://forms.gle/SjUDURAGh16PwzKq8
This will take a lot of hands to get running so any help is appreciated
Please email Kendall.Smith@PortlandOregon.gov with questions or concerns.
UPDATED! VOLUNTEER CORNER
Dolphin Dash, Friday, March 24 12:00-2:15 pm
We need some grown-ups to help cheer on our runners, track laps, and hand out treats at the Dolphin Dash. Run times are 12:30-1pm for K-2 runners, and 1:30-2:00 for 3-5 runners. This is a super fun way to support students. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4ba5a92fa2f58-dolphin#/
School Tours for Prospective Families, Fridays in April, 8:05-8:40 am
We'd love current Arleta parents to give tours for prospective kindergarteners and older students considering enrolling for next year. This is a quick gig and a great way to welcome a new family into the Arleta community. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4cafab22a2f58-help#/
Arleta Family Picnic, Saturday, May 20, 11 am-2 pm
We'd love some fresh energy to help plan the end-of-year community picnic! Email ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com to get involved in some fun party planning!
Litter Clean Up, 2nd & 4th Thursday, 8-8:30 am - Join at the picnic tables after drop off and we'll provide all the supplies. Hosted by Green Team.
Lunch & Recess Support, everyday - Volunteers monitor the lunch room and playground and help students as needed. This is a fun way to get to know other students and staff!
Volunteers need to have passed a PPS background check and be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Visit the PPS website to start your application and screening process. (Once approved, your application is good for three years).
Bookmark https://arletapta.org/volunteer-corner to stay up-to-date on volunteer opportunities
GREEN TEAM LITTER CLEAN UP - 2ND & 4TH THURSDAY EACH MONTH
ARLETA YARD SIGNS AVAILABLE!
JOIN THE PTA FOR FREE
We'd love to invite everyone in the Arleta community to become a PTA member for free! Joining the PTA is a great way to connect with others, support projects and programs that support our students, and amplifies your voice in issues that impact our school.
Signing up only takes a couple minutes - https://arletapta.memberhub.com/store (one free membership per household, additional memberships are $10)
- City of Portland 311 Non-Emergency Hotline
- Oregon State University Summer Reading Program 2023
- Multnomah Early Childhood Program Preschool Classes
- Kaiser Permanente CASCADIA COVID-19 screening study (English) (Spanish) (Russian) (Amharic) (Chinese) (Vietnamese)
- Multnomah County Student Health Centers: Catch up on School Vaccines Now!
Portland Parks & Recreation Preschool 2023-2024
Portland Metro Fire Camp (for young women ages 16-22)
Vibe of Portland 2022-23 Art Camps & Classes & East Winds Summer Band Camp
NEW! FOCUS GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS WITH LGBTQ+ CHILDREN
SELF-SCREENING TOOL WHEN YOUR STUDENT IS ILL
PPS LANGUAGE SERVICES & COMMUNITY AGENTS AVAILABLE
Are you or someone you know passionate about serving our community? PPS is hiring Community Agents for Somali and Spanish. Apply online at pps.net/jobs using keywords "Somali Community Agent" or "Spanish Community Agent", or email a resume and cover letter to email@example.com
STUDENT HEALTH CENTER APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE
* ONGOING WAYS TO SUPPORT ARLETA PTA *
PTA IS COLLECTING BOTTLES & CANS
Woodstock Safeway & Woodstock New Seasons are now accepting Bottle Drop bags! These are convenient locations to drop off full bags anytime. At Safeway, just go to the outdoor kiosk on the northwest end of the building, left of the entrance by Starbucks. At New Seasons, the outdoor kiosk is on 45th/the west side of the building.
LINK YOUR FRED MEYER REWARDS CARD TO SUPPORT ARLETA
Arleta PTA participates in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards
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!)
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