Corbett School Newsletter

February 2023

Corbett SD Calendar Dates to Remember

  • February 7 – Bond Oversight Committee Meeting
  • February 9 – PTA Meeting
  • February 15 – Regular School Board Meeting
  • February 20 – President's Day - No School
  • February 22– Cardinal Booster Club Meeting
  • February 24 – Friday School

Multicultural Calendar

Black History Month

Congress designated February as Black History Month in February 1986 because it holds the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. Both these men held to eliminate slavery.

February 15: Nirvana Day

Nirvana Day is the annual multicultural festival that commemorates the death of the Buddha once he reached Nirvana. You may also hear this festival called Parinirvana. Buddhists will celebrate Nirvana Day by visiting temples or monasteries and meditating.

February 15: Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday

Susan B. Anthony is one of the most famous women involved in the suffrage movement. She was also an advocate for temperance, labor rights, equal pay for equal work, and abolition.

February 22: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and prayer that kicks off the season of Lent in Christianity. Catholics celebrate Ash Wednesday by heading to mass and having ashes drawn in the shape of a cross upon their forehead. However, not all denominations practice this day the same way. Others may just have a day of reflection or fasting.

Video Message from Superintendent Dr. Derek Fialkiewicz

Feb2023 Newsletter

~Public Meetings~

CSD Bond Oversight Committee

Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 7pm

Grade School Longhouse & on Zoom

In November 2020, the Corbett School District passed a Capital Projects Bond. As part of the promise to the community, the Corbett School District has a Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) that works with the district in monitoring the bond funds. With the desire for public transparency and accountability for the District’s effective use of bond funds, the Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) shall monitor the progress of the bond program relative to voter-approved scope of work, schedule and budget objectives. The BOC will monitor schedules and spending, and report quarterly to the Board of Directors regarding progress.

Click here to view the agenda with meeting link (3 business days prior to the meeting).

Email Cindy Duley for more information.

Regular School Board Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 15th, 7pm


  • At this time it is assumed the meeting will be offered hybrid: in person and via Zoom.
  • The meeting agenda including the Zoom link will be posted here 3 days prior to the meeting:
  • Everyone is welcome, and each meeting includes time for public comment. The agenda will provide instructions for public comment.
  • 2022-23 School Board Members: Michelle Vo - Board Chair; Todd Mickalson- Board Vice Chair, Bob Buttke, Katey Kinnear, Todd Redfern, Rebecca Bratton, David Granberg. Co-Student Representatives - Anneliese Loveland and Elizabeth Loveland.

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The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, is pleased to announce the continuation of Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year to honor exemplary educators in every region of the state!

• Nominations are open statewide through February 28, 2023.

• Teachers will submit their applications by March 31, 2023.

• Oregon Education Service Districts will select a winner from their region.

• Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored across the state in September 2023!

• In October 2023 one of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2023-24 Oregon Teacher of the Year and will be eligible to apply for the honor of the National Teacher of the Year!

Regional Teachers of the Year will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and will be celebrated across the state. The 2023-24 Oregon Teacher of the Year will receive a $10,000 cash prize (with a matching $5,000 going to their school) and serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers.

Anyone can nominate a teacher! All Oregonians are encouraged to nominate their favorite teacher today at:

In District Kindergarten Enrollement

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Do you know a out of district family that wants to attend Corbett School District next year?!?!?

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Corbett School District will get nearly $5 million from a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to hire more mental health staff!

~Grade School News~

Corbett has Heart!

Join us in learning about heart health and raising funds to protect all hearts – especially other kids’! Through fun activities we’ll discover ways to take care of our hearts and brains while practicing kindness, gratitude and learning ways to de-stress. Plus, we have the chance to earn PE equipment for our school!

1) Students that register early online will get a special shout out at the Kick Off Assembly.
2) Any student that raises $150 will get to Silly String Ms. Young and others!!
3) The class with the most participation will earn a class party with Popsicles!
4) Students that complete Finn’s Mission will earn a certificate on the wall!!

Event Details

Our event is kicking off on 02/13/2023 and will conclude on 03/10/2023.

Our donation due date is 03/10/2023.

Here is the link for our school if you want more info.

Corbett Kids Heart Challenge

~CAPS School News~

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~High School News~

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To Join the Meeting:

Forecasting Info Night
Wednesday, February 8 · 6:30 – 7:30pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 931-488-8992‬ PIN: ‪730 361 921‬#

January Students of the Month

8th Grade: Reagan Clark-Dhone

  • Reagan is such a lovely part of homeroom! She can follow directions, help her peers, and has often made me smile with a photo or email. I'm so glad I get to have her in homeroom! --Ms. Lizio-Katzen

  • Reagan is a focused and dedicated student and a joy to teach. Her classmates appreciate her support and encouragement and I appreciate her diligence and responsibility. I’m so glad she’s in my classes. -Mr. Rondema

  • Reagan is truly an amazing student. Her goal is to learn, so she asks questions and works until she gets it. I would love to clone Reagan and have lots of Reagans in 3rd period English Language Arts. --Ms. Spanjer

9th Grade: Rachel Gomez

  • Rachel is a joyful learner and a hard worker. She is consistently positive in her interactions and generous with her time. I especially appreciate the joy with which she embraces life.--Mr. Rondema

  • Rachel always brings a cheerful attitude to class. I appreciate her engagement and participation. --Ms. Thole

  • Rachel has been a wonderful English Language Arts student so far this year. Her writing is strong but more importantly she has a good work ethic and is interested in learning. 7th period appreciates you endlessly! --Ms. Spanjer

10th Grade: Allison Arnold

  • Allison is one of my hardest working sophomores. She is quiet in class, and then I read her journals or other writing and I get a look at her creativity and thoughtfulness. I appreciate how she patiently opened the door all term for folks locked out of the fun. --Ms. Lizio-Katzen

  • Allison is always listening intently and participating. She consistently does what's asked of her in Spanish class and goes above and beyond with the stop signal. She's a great student! --Ms. Thole

  • Allison always does things the right way, through hard work! She is a great leader, by example, and she makes the class better. --Mr. Blaeuer

11th Grade: Liam Colbeck

  • Liam is dependably hard-working and easy-going. He is helpful, thoughtful, and a lovely part of our class. --Ms. Lizio-Katzen

  • Liam is a dedicated and conscientious student. I always appreciate his calm demeanor in class.--Ms. Spanjer

12th grade: Hailey Pinjagic

  • Hailey is thoughtful, calm, good-humored, and always willing to help. Even in the Zoom year, she was a calming presence for me. I appreciate how on-task and kind she always is. --Ms. Lizio-Katzen

  • Hailey was a joy to teach in Spanish class last year and so helpful in Leadership this year. She helps get things done, volunteers her time, and knows how to make work fun. --Ms. Thole

  • I loved having Hailey in my 1st period APUSH class last year. She always brightened my morning with her pleasant thoughts and conversation and still does when I see her!--Ms. Spanjer

  • I appreciate your positive attitude and leadership in the clarinet section. Continue to play out and share your beautiful tone. Thanks for making the band room a better place to be! --Mr. Budge

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~Athletic News~

Want to support Athletics, join the Corbett Booster Club!

Purpose and Function of The Corbett Booster Club

An organization that is formed by volunteers to help support the efforts of sports teams or organization. Support is shown in many ways, including volunteering time, raising money and contributing funds to better enhance the team or organization’s performance. Often, they cover items that may not be covered in the school budget.

For questions please contact Christie Dillard at or come to the next meeting!

Future Booster (Google Meets) Meeting Dates (4th Wednesday of each month)

  • February 22
  • March 22
  • April 26
  • May 24

Google Meet joining info:

Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 321-465-5107‬ PIN: ‪623 901 407‬#

~District Wide News~

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Can and bottle donations: The collection bins have been relocated to the old Corbett Grade School, across from Corbett Water District. PLEASE only drop off OR 10 cent beverage containers. No wine bottles, pickle jars, or hard liquor bottles.

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Corbett PTA

Happy Valentine's Day from PTA!

  • We will be having our February general meeting Thursday, February 9th at 6:30PM at Pelines' in Troutdale.
  • The Landscaping Committee will start back up in March!
  • Please keep scanning those Box Tops!
  • Support the Corbett PTA when you shop at: and select "Corbett Elem PTA". Every little bit helps and the PTA loves giving back to our schools and teachers
  • Follow us on Facebook: Corbett PTA | Facebook

Increased Substitute Licensed Teacher Daily Rate

Effective February 1st the rates will be:

  • $269.12 per day for short term assignments
  • $299.02 per day for long term assignments
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From the Health Room

Your health team at Corbett has been busy with many tasks to make sure the students and staff are staying healthy.

One important task is to check on immunization records and help families know which ones students still need. According to Multnomah County (2023), “Children who are not up-to-date on their immunizations by February 15, 2023 will be excluded from their school until their immunizations are up-to-date.”

Debbie Baker, School Health Assistant, is happy to answer any

questions regarding your specific student’s immunizations that are not

current. You can reach her at (503-261-4258).

Multnomah County Student Health Centers are a good resource for

immunizations. The closest Health Center to Corbett is at Reynolds High

School. You can call 503-988-3340 for an appointment.

Wishing all our students, staff, and families a strong and healthy 2023!

Julie Nakamura, RN

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Corbett School Counseling Services

● Corbet SD has partnered with Care Solace to offer free mental and emotional health services to our students and families.

● Corbett SD has a website provided by the School Intervention Team (SIT) at:

● Visit the Student Services web page at:

● Visit the Corbett Mental Health & Behavior Support website at:

● If you know of a Spanish Speaking family who may need an interpreter, you can email Melissa Davis, our ELD teacher, at If you have a family who needs an interpreter, not in Spanish, email Melissa Davis as well.

For questions about access to resources at Corbett School District, please call Student Services at (503) 261-4235.