Online Learning Academy - PPS

November 2022 Newsletter

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Message from the Principal

Celebrating the first 25% of the year!!

YEAR 2 and we are READY for conferences! In the video below, I talk a little about five topics, the first being the role of Conferences in an online setting. I also touch on grades which come out on November 9 via ParentVue. Please note that we do not send home paper documents, as electronic access is a key goal for the entire family. In the video, I also review the camera policy, our daily schedule and reminder about your observer accounts.


So join me in my video greeting and we hope to see you all on either November 21st or 22nd!

Enjoy our autumn weather and incredible colors that adorn our trees and streets!

Take care,

Mrs. H

Diane Berthoin-Hernández

Principal, OLA and VS

College and Career Readiness - Character Trait of the Month is : Cultural Awareness

Cultural Awareness- Someone's cultural awareness is their understanding of the differences between themselves and people from other countries or other backgrounds.

Celebrate OLA!!

Pictures taken in High School Photography class

Celebrating Dia de los Muertos with 1st Grade! Look at these amazing Calaveras!

Report Cards

Report cards for K-12 will be viewable in ParentVue/StudentVue on November 9th. We will not be mailing them home. If you need a paper copy please contact your teacher specifically.



IMPORTANT! Please remember to login to your ParentVue account and complete your student(s) profile verification. Only one parent/guardian needs to complete. The verification process should not take more than a few minutes. click here: Verify Online

Be sure you select the YEARLY VERIFICATION tab from the menu.

****Online Yearly Verification via ParentVUE deadline was October 28, 2022 After this date if you have not submitted the online yearly verification, you will receive the following message upon login to PVUE: ‘The Yearly Verification process must be complete to continue.' This is a hard stop to log in to PVUE. You will not be able to access your account. The only options if you want to log in to your account are to click Begin Yearly Verification or click Logout.

Study Buddies for Middle/High School Students

Tuesday afternoon Study Buddies is a peer study group and study hall. All students are welcome and many students receive direct invites from the OLA Achievement Team or their teachers. Students can expect to have 45 minutes where they either work silently on their own or get paired with a peer tutor to discuss lessons and activity instructions together. Our next meetings are Tuesday, November 9. We hope to see your students there!

HS Study Buddies: Tuesdays from 1:00 - 1:45 | HS ZOOM link

MS Study Buddies: Tuesdays from 2:00 - 2:45 | MS ZOOM link

Jeannie Redrejo

OLA 6-12 Achievement Specialist

Email - | GV - (503) 662-7952

November Days

  • 11/3 - End of Term 1
  • 11/4 - NO School -Teacher work day
  • 11/11 -NO School - Veteran's Day
  • 11/21-22 - Parent Teacher Conferences, 8:00 am- 8:00 pm.
  • 11/23-11/25 - NO School - Fall Break

Coming Up:

  • 12/8 - Mid Term Progress Reports
  • 12/19- 1/2 - NO School - Winter Break
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Just a reminder on how to request support from your Counselor. Here is a slideshow with my contact information and links to our Elementary Lunch Bunch:

Please feel free to reach out for support!

Ms. Mate

LGBTQ Community Supports

Hello OLA Families, PPS has launched its new LGBTQ supports page on their website:

This is a website for families and students with lots of great resources and information. Check it out!

Counseling Corner

If you need support from your Counselors, please contact us @ (K-8) and (9-12).

Please view the slides by Ms. Mate to see how to book appointments with her and what other services she can provide for our K-8 families.

High School Specific Information

HS Counselor Michelle will have extended drop-in hours this week from 12-2 on Tuesday and Thursday for any questions about Term 2 schedules or to make schedule change requests. Here's the link:

Freshman slides

Senior slides

HS Clubs have now begun! Check out our calendar for the clubs we are currently offering.

All Grades 9-12, please check out this Slide Show from Ms. McMillan for any updates and important days coming up. Michelle's slides include important links to access financial aid, CRLE opportunities, and any new scholarships that they come across.

Hello OLA Students and Families!

Have you thought about what school your 5th and 8th grader will be attending next year? Probably not because it is only November! However, Portland Public has options for your child outside of their current school. They are called Focus Option Schools. These schools have programs centered around specific subjects like science and the arts. They also require an application. The window for these applications start November 15th. Please click on this link below for more detailed information. If you have any questions, please reach out!

Click on the picture above for more information on Focus School Options for next year.

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PE/Health News

Welcome Coach Laura! We have a new K-5 PE teacher that started last week. She is very excited to get into classes and get the students moving.

If you have any PE related questions or concerns, email: for 6-12 Students for K-5 Students

School Pictures - Update

Thanks to those of you that came to the Holladay Annex and got your school picture taken from LifeTouch. Those photos should be available 4-6 weeks from when they were taken. We will let you know when they arrive.

If you missed this picture time, we will have Re-takes or a second chance for pictures on December 7th. More information to come.

TAG Update

The TAG referral window is now open through December 1st. Families may refer their student for TAG in either Math, Reading, Intellectual, or a combination.

PPS TAG Office Hours: Monthly on the last Wednesday of the Month

November 30, 2022: TAG Services in the classroom

Office hours are the last Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:00 PM

Zoom link for Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department

Student Engagement Coaches

OLA Student Engagement Coaches, Eathen and Sarah have been busy over the past few weeks onboarding new and returning OLA students at the Holladay Annex. They really enjoyed meeting so many students and families in person!

This year Sarah Jones will be supporting K-8 students and Eathen Swain will be supporting 9-12. You can contact Sarah at or Eathen at

They are looking forward to year two of OLA!

Sarah's Calendar Link:

Eathen's Calendar Link:

Morning Announcements!

If you have missed any of our Monday Morning Announcements from our amazing Student Engagement Coaches you can catch up on them here:

Sarah's - K-5 Announcements

6-8 Announcements

Eathen's 6-12 Announcements

Tech Help Desk/Chromebooks - Important Information

Hello. The process for picking up a PPS chromebook for your students has two methods. One is to call the OLA help desk at 503-916-3375 and press 2 ‬. Please leave your student full name, ID number, and a phone number to contact you at. Another way is fill out this form by clicking on this link:

If you have any older chromebooks and power cables from a student's previous school please bring them in when you come to get a new device.

Here are a few tips to keep your tech working.

  1. At least once a week the device should be powered down and turned back on. This will allow for updates to install and give the system a chance to refresh.

  2. If your Chrome web browser appears to be running slow, take a moment to clear the cache and history:

  3. Please bookmark or save the OLA Help Desk contact information on your personal device in addition to the student's device.

This form is for all tech issues:

This phone number is for all tech issues:

OLA help desk at 503-916-3375 and press 2 ‬

This Zoom meeting is open from 8am to 4pm every weekday for any tech issues:

Community Resources for OLA/PPS Families

Please see this link for many resources, including; Food, Utilities/Rent/Internet/Housing.

Click on Picture below for Health updates regarding Coronavirus

中文 | Chinese: 503-916-3585 Español | Spanish: 503-916-3582 Tiếng Việt | Vietnamese: 503-916-3584

Soomaaliga | Somali: 503-916-3586 Русский | Russian: 503-916-3583 Other Languages: 503-915-3589