Noticias de Palisades

September 10 2021

A Message from our Principal:

Dear Palisades Parents,

Thanks for your continued flexibility as we figure out the logistics of the new space and rhythms of this system.

We recognize that this return to school has involved challenges for parents. Covid protocols keep you from coming inside the building and the transportation problems are frustrating. We know so many of you are counting on busses. As you likely know, this is related to our nationwide job vacancy problem. LOSD and STA are working hard to recruit new drivers and to contract existing drivers from elsewhere. We really appreciate how quickly you all responded to our call to come to pick the children up today. It was impressive. Thank you. Thank you.

The last few weeks have been an incredibly huge lift for staff and families alike. I appreciate all the hard work all of you did to support us to open our new school. We are welcoming our kids with kindness and routine to help them get back into the groove of 5 days of in-person school. For the teachers, this is hard physical and intellectual work as well as emotional work. They are working hard to keep themselves strong and grounded and helping the children to get grounded and build relationships.

The children are doing well, I have been visiting the classrooms giving out class, and individual and compliments on paper like the one above to recognize all their hard work. We know it has been a big transition for them. I have seen beautiful routines of mindfulness and relationship agreements being taught and built, I hear Spanish, laughter, kind words, supportive language, chants, reviews, and songs. What a joy. And I see children playing and singing and learning. Thanks to every one of you for trusting us with them. Please keep in mind what a big shift is for your children to return to school full time, with full classrooms, with masks on, and speaking Spanish! It is to be expected that they are tired. Please try to give them time and space to rest. They will get used to our routines again soon, as will all the adult staff and parents. We are all just building up stamina together!

Our counselor Mrs. Vitalero and I are working with the PTO to plan a question and answer session for parents. It would be really important for kinder parents to attend. Then of course we will have Back to School Night on October 6th. Mrs. V. has also been visiting our youngest classrooms to remind students of how to be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible and how to communicate with one another with kindness.

We are fully staffed now and I would like to introduce you to our newest staff members. I took these adults into the kinder rooms to introduce them and remind them that they are outside at recess and can help with any little issues that arise outside and that they carry red first aid bags with bandaids!

Mr. George Somers who has a background in Math and Engineering is joining us as an Educational Assistant and is interested in becoming a math teacher.

Mrs. Hoard is a part-time extra teacher in the building who will sometimes substitute for our teachers.

Mrs. Lucy Padin is a bilingual Educational Assistant who has 30 years of experience working in schools in Miami.

Ms. Alana Kent is an Educational Assistant with a background in Education, training, and coaching who has also joined our staff.

Please watch the newsletter as we will have to switch up our dismissal procedure as the weather changes so we don't leave you all standing in the rain!

Thanks for your continued patience, flexibility, and grace,

Keep a Look Out

As a form of encouragement to our students we are handing out Palisades Compliments. We hand these out when we see a student seeing doing something with a little sparkle!


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.

Action Required - Verify Your Student Info - ASAP

LOSD needs parents-guardians of all students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab.

This ensures schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your address or contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact your student's school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact your student's school.

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.

Palisade 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