Community Newsletter for Arleta School

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  • Nov. 5: Enrollment Rebalancing SE Guiding Coalition Virtual Open House *NEW DATE*
  • Nov. 5: End of quarter
  • Nov. 6: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Planning Day
  • Nov. 10: PTA Meeting, 6 PM via Zoom
  • Nov. 11: NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day
  • Nov. 23-24: Family-Teacher Conferences
  • Nov. 25-27: NO SCHOOL


We’re so glad to have you as part of our school community!

This is a weekly newsletter sent in partnership between school administration and the PTA with information about events, school news and updates. Please scroll down for the latest.

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October is #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth, a celebration & recognition of the influence that Filipino Americans have had on the US. As leaders, laborers, scholars, scientists, artists, and activists, the Filipino American community has helped shape the America we know today.


Dear Families;

As you know, Kellogg Middle School will be opening next fall and the district is currently engaged in a process to determine the attendance boundaries for Kellogg. There is a possibility that Arleta will become a K-5 school next year and our 6-8 students will attend Kellogg starting next fall. To be clear, no decision has been made, but the process to make the decision is underway. I, as well as two of our parents, Sarah Kindcaid and Sondra Blair are on the committee responsible for making a recommendation to the superintendent for Kellogg boundaries. The committee is scheduled to make a recommendation in the middle of December. The information below is an update from PPS about the work of the committee, which is called the Southeast Guiding Coalition. I encourage you to attend the open house on November 5. You will be able to provide input on some draft scenarios as well as receive an update on the work completed up to that point.

Have a great weekend.

John Horn

Arleta Principal


We want to update you on Enrollment and Program Balancing (EPB) progress. As we’ve shared, initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School. The Southeast Guiding Coalition has held six meetings focused on creating a common understanding of the Coalition’s charge and the process for developing proposals and a final recommendation. The process is starting with a focus on grades 6-8 now, and will expand to grades PK-12 next spring.

Over the past few weeks, they have evaluated and discussed several scenarios as they worked toward developing a more refined proposal to share with the broader community. Next week they will receive results from more than 800 online and telephone surveys. The survey results will be posted at the Enrollment and Program Balancing website, as well. The District is planning an online open house on November 5 to share information about the coalition proposal(s) and gather your input. The open house will include background on the process, visuals to help illustrate the proposal(s), and opportunities to provide feedback. The online open house will include a standing Web page that you can visit for information throughout this process and a live Zoom meeting where you can hear from Southeast Guiding Coalition members and the District Advisory Team. We will share more information about the open house next week. Links to the open house Web page and Zoom meeting will be sent out just before the event.

All community members are welcome to attend the Nov 5 open house, and we especially encourage our Southeast families to attend and provide feedback. It is essential we hear from you and can provide you with detailed information during this first phase of the process.

More About the Guiding Coalition and EPB process

The Guiding Coalition is made up of parents and principals representing Southeast schools. The coalition is currently holding a series of meetings focused on the middle school grades, including the open house on November 5 and one planned for early December 2020.

Phase 1 concludes with a recommendation in mid-December. Phase 2, scheduled to begin in spring 2021, will focus on PK-5 grades.

Enrollment and Program Balancing uses both a data-driven analysis process and community input to address needs such as equity and inclusion, transportation, facilities constraints, and much more. Meeting agendas, materials, minutes, and videos are posted at the Enrollment and Program Balancing website.

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Yes, Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is happening at Arleta this year - welcome to the 2020-2021 competition!

OBOB is a statewide, volunteer-led reading program for students to come together, enjoy some great books, and develop teamwork and reading comprehension skills through competing in fun reading trivia tournaments together. This is Arleta’s fourth year participating, and with so many sports and extracurriculars canceled or changed, we are excited to have this opportunity available for students.

If this is your first time thinking about OBOB, it’s much easier to understand from seeing rather than reading about it! This short video of a mock battle gives a good overview of what to expect from a “battle of the books” - but so much of the fun of the competitions is students working together in their teams and getting excited about the material together.

Arleta participates in both the 3rd-5th grade and 6-8th grade division, and ALL students in those grades are invited to participate, regardless of reading level. There are a variety of books that appeal to many different reading preferences and abilities, and reading all of the books on the booklist is not expected or required. Students can form their own teams of 3-5 students in their division or we can help them form a team. Participation is free for everyone, though we welcome and encourage donations to the Arleta PTA whose support helps make this program possible at Arleta.

All activities will be held in strict compliance with CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants and volunteers which, for the time being, means virtual practices and battles. There will be no Regional tournaments this year, but we will have Arleta champions in each division!

Ready to get started? Welcome! Please register here!

If you have any questions, please email

Hope to have you join us!


Support Arleta and local artists, vendors and makers by shopping the Give Oregon online catalog now through Nov. 6. Give Oregon is a company run by two Arleta moms who wanted to create an engaging fundraiser that supports local artists/vendors and raises money for local schools.

When you shop their catalog, your money stays in the local economy and Arleta will earn 30%! Choose to have items shipped to your home for a small fee or select contact-less pick up. Check out this great opportunity to explore local products for holiday shopping! -


Looking for a safe way to enjoy this time of year with the community but also follow safety guidelines? Join the Harvest Hunt with your family next weekend! We're gathering addresses of fun destinations in the neighborhood and bringing you a spooky walking map to safely enjoy with your bubble of ghosts, ghouls and goblins.

Add your destination!

Do you have spooky decorations we can see? If you'd like to be a stop along the Harvest Hunt, please send your address to by 10/26. A link for the final map will be sent in next week's Dolphin Digest!

Win a prize!

For each stop you make, take a pic of your dressed up (optional) student(s), and you'll be entered in a drawing for a great prize! Look for details on the Harvest Hunt map next week!


A new Facebook group has been created called Arleta School Community Connect to facilitate connection among families. If you join the group, you'll be able to post questions, share information, arrange (socially distant) meet-ups, and get to know each other. It will be administered by the PTA, but is meant to be community led. You can still follow the Arleta School and Families United page for school/PTA news.


October 22, 2020

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Dear PPS Families,

With the announcement that Portland Public Schools is extending Comprehensive Distance Learning through at least January 28, we want to make you aware of upcoming updates to our meal service as we adjust to the coming colder weather and shorter days.

Starting November 2, our grab-and-go curbside serving locations will be open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To see the full list of meal sites, please visit the Nutrition Sites During Distance Learning website.

Finally, we are re-opening access to home meal deliveries, a service for PPS families that are not near a meal site or need assistance accessing meals. To request meal delivery service, please complete the request form. We continue to assess the capacity of both the Nutrition Services and Transportation departments and will keep you apprised of any updates we make to our services. If you have any questions about our meal service, please contact


October 19, 2020

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Hello PPS Community,

As public servants, Portland Public Schools employees cannot advocate for or against ballot measures, but we can share impartial information. Thus, we would like to share the Proposed 2020 School Bond document that has been reviewed by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office for compliance with ORS 260.432.

Thank you.

Guadalupe Guerrero


At the Oct 13th meeting, the Arleta PTA voted to endorse measure 26-215, Yes for Portland Schools, the renewal bond that supports PPS school modernizations without raising taxes.

If you’d like to show your support, send us an email at and we can deliver a yard sign to your door.

You can read more about the measure here:

And don't forget to vote!

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The Arleta PTA membership drive is underway! Memberships for the 2020-2021 school year are just $10. Join today:

Why should I join the Arleta PTA?

  • Joining the PTA means that you are part of a powerful organization that strengthen your student's education and family-school partnerships.
  • Joining the PTA is an investment in your student, our teachers and our neighborhood school.
  • Joining the PTA helps to to create a diverse and inclusive school community.

There are lots of reasons to join the PTA! Everyone is welcome - parents, caregivers, grandparents, teachers/staff, community members. Join today for just $10 by clicking the button below. There are lots of scholarships available too! On the fence about joining?...just request a scholarship to try it out for a year - email to sign up with a scholarship.


Middle school families, are you wondering what your student is learning about and how their assignments are scored? All that information is in Canvas and you can view it in a few simple steps. A teacher at Marysville School, Mr. Touney, created this helpful video on how to be an observer on Canvas. Check it out here:


The SUN program at Arleta is available to students to obtain academic and social success through enrichment based programs. We also support families with food and other social services which include but are not limited to rent assistance and health care. We are also forming virtual programs through Parks & Recreation as well as other partners. While most of the virtual programs will be prerecorded to access at your leisure we will work to secure live programs as well. We expect to begin offering programming sometime in November.

As we are learning to transition to our new roles during this pandemic, we recognize the importance of maintaining our quality of life and the need to expand the support SUN provides to Arleta families. Think of SUN as an outlet to building community in partnership with traditional and non traditional schooling roles.

Please schedule some time to meet with Sadie Atwell the SUN coordinator to say hello and learn more about ways to support your family as a whole.



This one-hour webinar will be guided by a master’s level therapist from Cascade Centers EAP is meant to support parents and families who are managing changes that have occurred due to COVID-19. Many people are juggling their professional roles, competing responsibilities, and providing support to children learning virtually. This webinar will provide support with how to create a schedule, helpful hints to navigate shifting roles, and stress reduction skills and tools for managing uncertainty. Check it out whenever works for you:


PPS is providing updates via email, text, website and social media. Click the buttons below for information and resources on child care, meals/food, financial support, and health care


Pick up meals from Arleta on Mondays & Wednesdays from 3 to 5pm at SE 65th & Mitchell St. Anyone can walk or drive up - Please wear your mask!

Urban Gleaners is also distributing food from 12-2pm on Tuesdays at Mt. Scott and Thursdays at Lent through October.


Have you ordered your Arleta spirit wear yet? Shop online 24/7 and have your items shipped to your home. There are t-shirts, hoodies, tanks, mugs and more, with other options coming soon! Check out the new store here:


The Arleta PTA is continuing to collect redeemable cans and bottles to raise money for our school. If you'd like to participate, just email to arrange for a no-contact drop off of blue Bottle Drop bags and/or pick up your full bags. This is a simple way to support our school during this crazy time. We've raised $1,000 since starting the program last Fall!
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Throughout the school year, supplies are consumed and new needs arise. That’s why Arleta now has an Amazon Wish List of items added by teachers and staff. Please consider adding an item or two when you do your regular Amazon shopping. And when you use Amazon Smile and link your Amazon account to Arleta School PTA, Amazon will also donate 0.5% of your total purchase (at no additional cost to you)! Questions – email

Link to Wish List is:

And instructions can be found here:

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The Arleta PTA participates in THREE no-cost shopping rewards programs - Fred Meyer Community Rewards, AmazonSmile and Bottle Drop.

1. 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!)

2. Amazon has a similar program, called AmazonSmile. Select "Arleta School PTA" as your charitable organization to receive donations when you shop Amazon. Once you sign up, just go to to do your usual Amazon shopping. While there is no app, you can create a shortcut on your phone by going to in your browser, tap the Share button, then tap Add to Homescreen.

3. Donate your redeemable cans and bottles to Arleta through Bottle Drop. Email to request some blue bags. (Arleta pays a fee for the bags, so let's fill them to the top!)

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If you have plastic and styrofoam stacking up, check out this event coming up on Sat. Oct. 24th in the Walgreens parking lot at 940 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. You can review what they take/don't take and other details here:
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Like and follow the Arleta School and Families United Facebook page, check out the website for news and updates or email us anytime

PPS District policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. BP 1.801.020. Not all outside groups comply with the District’s non-discrimination policy. Families are strongly encouraged to review all materials closely.