DOLPHIN DIGEST 6/8/20
Community Newsletter for Arleta School
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- May 11-Sept 4: Online Book Fair
- Jun 3: PCC Teen Program Registration Opens
- Jun 9: 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony & Parade
- Jun 9-11: Student Belongings Pick Up/Material Drop Off (SEE BELOW FOR YOUR DAY)
- Jun 10: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
- Jun 16: Racial Justice Advocacy Call with School Counselors - 6pm (link below)
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL HORN
Dear Arleta Families;
The final week of school has finally arrived and with it the final edition of the Dolphin Digest for 2019-2020. I would like to thank Melissa Sircy, our PTA co-president, for her dedication and hard work with the Dolphin Digest. She has been amazing and taken the lead on this. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I have 4 topics today and 2 of them are repeats from last week.
Student material pick up and drop off will be this week. You will be able to pick up personal items from lockers and classrooms this week according to the schedule on this link. Materials Pick Up and Drop Off Schedule Registration will be in the back of the school at the parking lot.
Please Note: The schedule may have confused a few people with regard to Wednesday and Thursday. The alphabet listing is for all students in the school. In addition, any student from Dar Rosteck’s class may come anytime Wednesday or Thursday. If in doubt, just show up. We’ll fit you in.
Our staff parade will be this Tuesday (tomorrow) starting at 6:15. We’ll leave from Arleta and return to Arleta using the route on this link Promotion Parade Route
We will progress along the printed route alphabetically. Point A to Point B to Point C…. eventually ending at Point H, which is Arleta. This parade is for all students and is a chance for us to celebrate the completion of the school year. It is also a chance for us to celebrate the current 8th graders moving on to High School. I hope you can join in the celebration by standing on the sidewalk as we drive past.
Weather issues…IF for reasons of significant rainfall we need to cancel the parade, you will receive an email or text by 4:30 and we will reschedule the parade for the following evening (Wednesday) starting at 6:15
Support From our Counselors > Join discussion on racial justice advocacy
All Arleta families are invited to join the school counselors for a resource sharing and action planning meeting for racial justice advocacy work at Arleta School. The meeting will be held via google meetup on Tuesday, June, 16th from 6-7pm. Please click on this link https://meet.google.com/zsi-tbuy-gdd?authuser=0 to join the meeting.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Allison List and Samantha Lannom
Staffing for next year. Due to expected shortfalls in state funding for school districts in 2020-21, there is still uncertainty about the PPS budget for next year. This uncertainty has pushed our staffing process months later than typical years.
This much is certain though. Sadly, our teachers hired on a temporary contract will have their job end at the end of the school year. I cannot say what will happen for them regarding next year but please join me in wishing all the best to Karin Hedlund, Maijah Rasmussen, Caprial Sides and Nick Bergantine. They have all done an excellent job this year and I hope we see them at Arleta next year. It was also previously announced that Liz Nordstrom is transferring to Abernethy for next year. Please join me in thanking Karin, Maijah, Caprial, Liz and Nick for their work and dedication to the Arleta community.
There are a few changes for next year that have not been previously announced. Laura Bullard is transferring to Creative Science and Dar Rosteck is transferring to Faubion next year. Both have been at Arleta for many years and both have been an important part of the fabric at Arleta. They are both excellent teachers and will be great additions to their new staffs. Please join me in thanking them for their service and dedication to the Arleta community. We wish them well.
Allison List, one of our counselors, has only been at Arleta since January but she has certainly made a mark! Allison has accepted an Assistant Professor position with Oregon State University (Go Beavs) and will be leaving at the end of this year. I'm so happy to see her achieving something that has taken years to accomplish. She deserves this honor and we will miss her.
Finally, Pam Nagashima, educational assistant, is retiring after working with our most precious cargo, kindergarteners. Speaking from experience, you are going to like retirement. Thank you so much for your dedication and enjoy yourself. Be well.
There may be other staffing changes over the summer and our hiring process will not be completed until early August, at best.
MESSAGE FROM SHAWN BIRD, PPS CHIEF OF SCHOOLS
Dear PPS Community,
As summer is quickly approaching, we want to provide an update on summer programming for our students. A key priority for PPS is to re-engage students over the summer with robust learning opportunities and afford students, particularly in underserved communities, the opportunity to reconnect with school in a meaningful way while providing opportunities for students to catch up on core academic skills such as literacy and math.
The Division of Instruction and School Communities is focusing summer programming efforts in the following areas:
School Improvement Summer School in eight high-needs schools (Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Cesar Chavez, Lent, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton, Dr. MLK Jr.) (in-person & virtual)
Summer Scholars for high school students (virtual)
PPS Alternative Schools summer programs
Extended School Year for qualifying students receiving Special Education services (virtual)
Migrant Education Program (virtual)
Head Start summer program that focuses on students transitioning into kindergarten, including students with disabilities (in-person)
Arts Academy for middle school students in underserved communities (in-person & virtual)
Math & athletic camp for males of color (in-person)
Climate justice workshop for high school students (virtual)
Our teams are also creating additional learning opportunities for all students and families throughout the summer. Students and families will continue to have access to online learning modules featuring activities in language arts, math, and other enrichment areas. The PPS Learning Modules can be found at pps.net/student. In addition, our Humanities department is hosting a Summer Literacy Challenge where students in grades K-8 can participate in weekly learning challenges for the chance to receive books, gift cards, and passes to local attractions like OMSI. More information about participating can be found at https://www.pps.net/Page/15500.
Following guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority, these programs will be offered virtually or in some cases, with limited in-person classroom instruction. The Oregon Department of Education released operational guidance for summer school programs to guide planning that minimizes safety and public health risks while maximizing connection and learning. For our limited in-person programs, we will create a safety plan based on ODE guidance. We will continue to work with ODE to ensure PPS programs comply with health and safety requirements and ensure students have maximum access to opportunities.
The Nutrition Services department will also be extending current meal services into the summer, from June 11 through August 21 at 13 of the 15 locations we have used since March, with a new location added. Please see here for meal services at PPS sites and through our partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation.
Thank you for your support in ensuring our students have access to robust summer programming.
STUDENT VIRTUAL ART GALLERY
MESSAGE FROM OUR COUNSELORS
Dear Arleta Families,
While working through a pandemic together, we also must stand together and support one another through the tragic acts of racism that we witnessed last week. These tragic events are not isolated. While we care deeply about all of our students, as a counseling department, we have not adequately supported our students of color. We should have communicated our care and concern sooner. We need to do better. As we move forward, we will be visiting classrooms and providing support to students. Additionally, Treasa Street has created a resource list of books and questions to help you as parents have conversations with your children about race and violence.
As always, please feel free to reach out (via email) if you would like to schedule a student check-in with the school counselor or your family is in need of mental health services, food or other community resources.
KINDER REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Click here to access this information translated into the 5 supported languages
Paper registration packets are available in multiple languages at meal sites
MESSAGE FROM SUN
The Arleta SUN program wants to help you! If you are in need of any support during these times please reach out to Sadie Atwell - SUN Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 971-803-8986.
Summer Camps: The SUN program at Arleta is run by Portland Parks & Recreation, which has cancelled summer camps due to the covid-19, including those at Arleta. Like so many other cancellations and impacts from the pandemic, this is disappointing, but for the long-term safety of our community's most vulnerable people. For information about PP&R Free Lunch & Play program this summer, please go to - https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61921. Additionally, families can access the latest information about available child care slots by contacting 211info or visiting the PPS COVID resources page, and selecting the child care tab. There are also some summer camps listed on the PDX Parent website: https://pdxparent.com/portland-summer-camps-guide/
You can find future SUN updates on the Arleta School website here - https://www.pps.net/domain/1250
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AVAILABLE
The PPS website has a TON information and resources to support families during the covid-19 pandemic and beyond - visit this website https://www.pps.net/Page/15080
FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH FOR STUDENTS THROUGH SUMMER
The Nutrition Services department will be extending meal services into the summer, June 11th through August 21st. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any PPS student and any children in the community ages 1-18, Monday through Thursday. Meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are provided on Thursdays. Children do not need to be present to pickup the meals. Meals will be available for pickup from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at these locations: https://www.pps.net/Page/15080
HELP TO PAY FOR FOOD
As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services. The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: email@example.com or 503-916-3402. For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.
The Parkrose Student Health Center is open during school closures and summer break for health care needs. Phone, video, and in-person appointments are available to all Multnomah County youth ages 5-18. Call 503-988-3392 for an appointment. Translation services are also available. For more information, visit us at https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.
Bookmark these websites to keep up to date on distance learning resources:
https://www.pps.net/arleta: The Arleta School website is continually updated with news from PPS and will be your go-to resource for distance learning.
pps.net/hd: This is the main page for all Home-based Distance learning.
https://sites.google.com/pps.net/counselor-corner/home: This is the page set up by our awesome counselors, Allison List and Samantha Lannom, to address the emotional and support needs of students and parents.
STOCK UP FOR SUMMER READING - ONLINE BOOK FAIR THROUGH SEPT 4
In order to bring affordable books to our community during this time, Arleta has partnered with Scholastic Books to hold an online book fair now through Sept. 4.
Orders are delivered right to your doorstep. You can take advantage of FREE SHIPPING with at least $25 or more of books in your order. There are tons of books, games, toys and more! Check out the online store, share this link with friends and family! - https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=arletaelementaryschool
If you wish to make a donation to buy books for students, please click this link -
**ALL DONATIONS WILL BE USED TO PURCHASE BOOKS FOR STUDENTS DURING THE COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURE**
PCC TEEN PROGRAM - ONLINE SUMMER COURSES FOR AGES 12-17
PCC offers online summer courses for teens ages 12-17. The schedule goes live Monday, May 18 and registration opens June 3. You can complete the required registration form ahead of time. More info and a preview of classes available here: https://www.pcc.edu/community/teen/
MS. MAGGIE HAS A DONORS CHOOSE PROJECT TO FUND
Let's help Ms. Maggie get her classroom set up with flexible seating options for her students. Check out her Donor's Choose project and consider making a donation. All donations made through May 29th will be matched by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES
Fried Egg I'm in Love
Hammer & Jacks
Bread & Roses
An Xuyen Bakery
5 & Dime (weekend sales)
What businesses are we missing? Send them our way so we can add them to our list - ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com
BOTTLE DROP IS STILL OPEN
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. Grab a blue bag from the school office and FILL it up then take it to a Bottle Drop site, OR email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will come pick it up. (Arleta pays a fee for the bags, so let's fill them to the top!)