DOLPHIN DIGEST 12/18/20
Community Newsletter for Arleta School
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- Dec. 10-18: Hanukkah
- Dec. 21: Winter Solstice
- Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL **NO MEAL SERVICE**
- Dec. 26-Jan. 1: Kwanzaa
- Jan. 6: Library book distribution and returns (please bring extra clean/reusable bags)
- Jan. 11: 3rd-5th grade Genders & Sexualities Alliance (every Monday 2-2:30)
- Jan. 12: Theater Program Live Show
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.
I hope the coming weeks provide you the opportunity to get the rest, relaxation and rejuvenation you need and deserve. It has been a challenging year for many people and most of what has been challenging will still be with us in 2021 but I’m ready to turn the calendar on 2020.
Last night the Southeast Guiding Coalition settled on a recommendation to Superintendent Guerrero for the Kellogg Middle School feeder pattern. Sometime soon you will be receiving information from PPS about the recommendation and what the next steps in the process will be, but in the meantime I can share some information. The recommendation includes Arleta School becoming a K-5 school starting in the fall of 2021-2022 (next fall) with our 6-8th graders going to the new Kellogg Middle School. For more details about the recommendation you can go to this link. SEGC Recommendation to Superintendent Please join me in thanking Sarah Kincaid and Sondra Blair for superbly representing Arleta families on the Southeast Guiding Coalition. They participated in MANY hours of meetings and document review.
Finally, thanks to Phillip Pennington, one of our PE teachers, and the local Les Schwab Tire Centers for securing yoga mats for all of our 6-8 grade students. Les Schwab donated and delivered 200 yoga mats to us because of Phillip’s advocacy. It’s a wonderful donation and we are very thankful to Les Schwab.
Have a wonderful Winter Break.
MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT GUERRERO
Dear PPS Families and Colleagues,
I hope that you, your students and those around you, find opportunities to restore, laugh, and find joy during this winter break. The year 2020 has been a challenge for all of us, both individually and as a community.
Thank you to our educators, counselors, social workers, administrators, secretaries, nutrition workers, bus drivers, custodians, and many other colleagues, including volunteers and community partners, for their dedication during this unprecedented time to support the children, youth, and families of PPS.
And thank you to our families for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the challenges in front of us. We are grateful for the support and encouragement you provide your children every day.
Everywhere there are examples of resilience and perseverance in our community. I invite you to listen to a special song (below), recorded by our students from Cleveland High School. It reminds us of the importance of compassion and caring for one another during this difficult time.
With gratitude, hope and optimism, I look forward to seeing our students and educators soon.
Wishing you and your family a warm, safe, and happy holiday.
PTA INCLUSION COMMITTEE NEWS & RESOURCES
Did you know?
Kwanzaa is a winter holiday that honors African heritage and is celebrated between December 26 and January 1. It is a celebration inspired by traditional African harvest festival customs and focuses on building family tradition, culture, and community. It's all about family togetherness, learning about family roots, and celebrating cultural history.
The word Kwanzaa (sometimes spelled "Kwanza") comes from Swahili and means "harvest" or "first fruits."
LIBRARY BOOK DISTRIBUTION RESUMES JAN. 6TH
Ms. Street will resume library book distribution after Winter Break, on Jan. 6, 2 to 5pm. Enjoy reading during the break!
WHEN RETURNING YOUR BOOKS, PLEASE DROP OFF EXTRA CLEAN, REUSABLE/CLOTH GROCERY BAGS SO WE CAN SAVE MONEY FROM PURCHASING NEW BAGS.
CONFIRM YOUR CONTACT INFO IN PARENTVUE
At the beginning of each year we give families the chance to update their contact information with our Yearly Verification forms. This year that process moved online and was available on ParentVUE. However, the deadline for making updates via ParentVUE has passed. If you updated your information on ParentVUE or if you are new to Arleta this year, you are all set. If families have not already verified student information on ParentVUE, ParentVUE will not allow you to log on until we confirm contact information for your student and family. If you can log on to ParentVUE you’re all good.
If you need to update or confirm your contact information and/or if you need assistance to login to ParentVUE, please reach out to School Secretary Nicole Francois at email@example.com or call Arleta school at 503-916-6330 and leave a call back number. Nicole will get back to you quickly. It will only take a moment to confirm that we have accurate contact and emergency numbers for your student and to get you logged on to ParentVUE.
ParentVUE is a secure website and mobile app which offers parents, guardians real time access to:
More information about ParentVUE is found here https://www.pps.net/Page/2341
3RD - 8TH GRADERS: LAST CALL FOR OBOB REGISTRATION!
If you haven't yet registered for OBOB but would like to, now is the time! We'll be finalizing teams at the end of winter break and practices will start Thursday, January 7.
Please see the Arleta OBOB website for more information, including the slides and recording of this week's information session.
Other important dates:
Thursdays, January 7-March 18, Practice Sessions and/or battles
Thursday, January 28 Practice Battles 2:45-4
Thursday, March 11 & Thursday March 18 Final Battles
As a reminder, ALL students in 3rd-8th grade 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 2-5 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.
Ready to get started? Welcome! Please register here!
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIVE THE GIFT OF BENEFIT GIFT CARDS...AND SUPPORT ARLETA
Do you have a person that's hard to shop for on your holiday list? Or need something last minute for someone out of state? Order a gift card through the BENEFIT app and you can email it with a special message. Benefit gift cards also make great gifts for our hard-working teachers!
When you purchase gift cards through Benefit, Arleta will receive a rebate - and there's no extra charge to you! Here's how:
2. Select Arleta Elementary School as the beneficiary
3. Buy gift cards to hundreds of your favorite stores and restaurants through the app
4. Shop/redeem your gift cards online or in-store OR give them as gifts
Retailers include Target, Apple, Columbia, DoorDash, GrubHub, Starbucks, Jiffy Lube, Joann, and so many more! Funds raised through the program go toward the PTA general fund that supports Teacher Grants, the OBOB program, school beautification, enrichment opportunities and more!
PPS & COMMUNITY RESOURCES
RESOURCE FOR COPING DURING COVID-19
With COVID-19 continuing to ravage our county, and schools continuing to engage in comprehensive distance learning, a new toolkit was created by Multnomah County students, parents and public health communicators to empower youth and families to cope during the pandemic: Taking Care of Ourselves and Others: A COVID-19 Guide for Youth and Families.
It includes tips on dealing with peer pressure, conversation starters for family members who may not be following COVID-19 precautions, information on where and how to get tested, mental and physical health resources as well as strategies for safer socializing
and general prevention guidelines.
FREE MEDICAL CARE
If your child is currently in need of medical services or shots and you aren't sure where to go, Multnomah County Student Health Centers are open at Benson (for PPS students aged 7-21), as well as at David Douglas, Parkrose, and Roosevelt high schools (for all K-12 Multnomah county students) for in-person health services like immunizations as well as mental health counseling, while schools are engaged in distance learning. Phone and video appointments are also available. Any qualifying youth can access care and there are no out of pocket costs.
School based health center resources and fliers IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES are found here: https://www.multnomahesd.org/shs-student-health-centers.html
STUDENT SUCCESS AT HOME - FREE PROGRAM FROM FRIENDLY HOUSE
Distance learning is still relatively new for many of us, and tt times, it can feel confusing, overwhelming, and even out of reach for some. That's why Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.
You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269.
TOOLS FOR NOTICING MY EMOTIONS
AMAZON SMILE IS EASIER THAN EVER
You can get full instructions here
SHOP THE ADIDAS EMPLOYEE STORE AS A PTA MEMBER
PTA members have special access to the adidas employee store through January 14, giving you up to 50% off.
You can reserve an appointment for a safe shopping experience at this link. Then just bring your PTA membership card (printed or on your phone) which you can access on the MemberHub site, your picture ID, and this flyer (printed or on your phone)
Not a member yet, join today! - http://www.arletapta.org/ways-to-help---join.html
INVITE "GRANDS" TO JOIN PTA!
December is Grand Month! Anyone is welcome to join the PTA, and grandparents make great advocates, volunteers, and supporters for our kids. Consider inviting the grandparents in your life to join the Arleta PTA and attend our meetings & events. Memberships are $10 and signing up is quick and easy: http://www.arletapta.org/ways-to-help---join.html
Scholarships are also available! PLEASE, if you or anyone you'd like to invite would like to join for FREE, just email us to request a scholarship and we'll take care of the dues - ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com
Why join the Arleta PTA?
- Joining the PTA means that you are part of a powerful organization that strengthen our 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.
ARLETA SPIRIT WEAR STORE OPEN ONLINE 24/7
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. Check out the new store here: https://arletaschool.threadless.com/
(image is just a sample of the available items)
AMAZON WISH LIST FOR TEACHERS & STAFF
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 ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com
Link to Wish List is: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3S713LRBVHEI6
And instructions can be found here: http://www.arletapta.org/ways-to-help---join.html
NO COST WAYS TO SUPPORT ARLETA
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 smile.amazon.com to do your usual Amazon shopping. While there is no app, you can create a shortcut on your phone by going to smile.amazon.com 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 email@example.com to request some blue bags. (Arleta pays a fee for the bags, so let's fill them to the top!)