Noticias de Palisades

September 23 2021

We have a few topics to review:

  1. A Message from our Principal
  2. iReady
  3. Annual Notice for Statewide Tests
  4. Palisades Brief Overview
  5. Maestras Krekorian Display
  6. A Message from Our Counselor
  7. A Message from Our PTO
  8. Back to School Night Update

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Palisades Families,

We are so thrilled to have our busses back! Thanks for your cooperation and patience while we got our drop-off and pick-up routines settle down a bit.

Thanks to all of you who attended our PTO virtual meeting on Tuesday! It was a pleasure to talk with all of you about the Social-Emotional work that we are undertaking. It is so nice to be settling into a routine here at Palisades and so exciting to hear students producing so much Spanish, having fun in STEM, PE, and Music.

We are working on a project district-wide interviewing students about what makes them happy and proud at school. It is lovely for me to get a chance to interview students about this. One of the questions I ask is how they would stick to solving a difficult problem, and the littlest ones have said some sweet things,

" I would ask my mom for help and get out my colored counters."

" I would get all the things that make me, me, near me, like my stuffed bear and my two best friends."

Several children said that if they could design their own classroom it would be a Lolly Pop classroom.

It is so good to hear their thoughts!




This Fall, all students in Grades 1-8 will complete two online i-Ready assessments in class. One is for math and the other is for reading. i-Ready is a program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform and tailor instruction to accelerate growth. This is the first of three i-Ready assessments we give each year, and results will be shared with parents in October.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s skill level. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.

In Lake Oswego, the Fall i-Ready window is open from September 7 to October 8.

Annual Notice for Statewide Tests

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Please review the Annual Notice for Statewide Tests for information regarding why participation matters, an explanation of the right to opt out,

and test windows

Below is Maestra Krekorian's display in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

Big picture

Palisades Brief Schedule Overview

8:10am 1st Bell

8:20am 2nd Bell

11:10-11:40 K-2 Lunch

11:10-11:40 3-5 Recess

11:40-12:10 3-5 Lunch

11:40-12:10 K-2 Recess

2:40 End of Class

A Message from Our Counselor

"Hello Palisades Families!

It's been a pleasure to get to know your children over the past few weeks. I also enjoyed hearing from some of you during Palisade's recent PTO meeting. As Palisade's school counselor, I support the social, emotional and academic development of all students. Your children might mention my lessons and visits to the classroom as well as my time with them out during recess and lunch. Please stay tuned for more wellness activities at Palisades including lunch bunch social groups, Student Council, and Spirit Assemblies.

In the meantime, I invite you to check out my website for useful information and resources. You'll find updates about the social-emotional curriculum we teach in the classroom including "Character Strong", the district's social-emotional learning program. This month we are exploring what it means to be Courageous and Respectful at Palisades.

Check out the Student Resource page on my website for some wonderful at home resources. The Digital Calm Corner has a wealth of activities and resources that will help your child learn how to regulate their feelings and practice self-care and wellness throughout their day.

School Counselor's Website:

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have for your child and family. The best way to reach me is via email at

Yours for kids,

Tracy Vitellaro

School Counselor

A Message from our PTO

PTO Meeting- Recording

Thank you to all who attended our first meeting and a huge thank you to Ms. Vitellario and Director Sarlos for coming and sharing so openly. We are so thankful for our wonderful staff and their support as we journey on in our new year at our new school. The meeting was recorded and the link and passcode is below:

Passcode: 941tGw@K

PTO Meetings this year will be on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm, with the next one being 10/12.

Volunteer Sign Ups

We have our volunteer sign ups live at this link:

PTO Executive Team Elections

As we discussed over the summer in our meetings, our current executive team was elected on an Interim basis to get us up and running. Below is the timeline for the current year’s nomination process and a link to the form for the nominations.

  • Nomination Form closes: 9/30

  • Nominated Notified and choose to run or not: 10/1-10/3

  • Ballot form emailed out: 10/4

  • Ballot's close: 10/10

  • New Executive Members Notified: 10/11

  • Executive Team handover: 10/12

Matching Donations

Thank you to all who reached out about matching donations. We are working to get recognized in employers systems and making receipts according the business requirements. Thank you to our amazing Interim Treasurer Rafael for his work on this. And thank you for reaching out to us to partner in making this happen. We are a registered 501c3 and can work with you and your place of employment to make this an option, email us if this is something we can partner on.

Back to School Night Update

Unfortunately, Covid case rates are still too high for us to gather inside for Back to School Night so we hold ours virtually, as all the Lake Oswego Elementary Schools are doing.

Keep an eye out for this!