DOLPHIN DIGEST 9/21/20
Community Newsletter for Arleta School
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- Sept. 15-Oct. 15: Latinx Heritage Month
- Sept. 28: Yom Kippur
- Oct. 1: Back to School Night, 6pm (online)
- Oct. 9: In-Service Day - NO SCHOOL
- Oct. 13: Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Meeting, 6pm via Zoom
WELCOME TO ARLETA'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER!
We’re so glad to have you as part of our school community!
This is a weekly newsletter sent in partnership between school administration and the PTA with information about events, school news and updates. Please scroll down for the latest.
I hope you all have remained safe through the fires in Oregon. The clearing of the air has been a big relief for all of us but clearer air does not relieve the trauma so many families have experienced in our larger community. Please let us know if you are in need of support due to the fires and we will do our best to connect you to resources that can help. Calling the school number, (503) 916-6330, would be the best way to reach us at this point.
I have several topics to touch on today.
Latinx Heritage Month
September 15-October 15 is Latinx Heritage month. We will be sharing activities, books and other resources with you between now and October 15 to help you celebrate Latinx people and culture during this month. We encourage you to join us in extending this appreciation and celebration throughout the year.
Back to School Night
Our virtual Back to School Night will be Thursday, October 1, beginning at 6:00pm. We’re finalizing plans this week and will share them with you by Friday. This event will be all online. We want to address outstanding questions you still have about Distance Learning, or any topic, so you will be given the opportunity to submit questions by Google Form starting Friday. We will make sure these questions are addressed during the Back to School Night presentations.
Chromebooks and Hot Spots
We have distributed more than 160 Chromebooks since August and a number of Hot Spots to help with internet connections. We know there are still families waiting for Hot Spots and are hopeful that more will arrive today. We will get them out to you as soon as they arrive. If you still need a Chromebook for your child or need help connecting to the internet, please email Nicole Francois at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at (503) 916-6330 and we will add you to our list.
It appears that the earlier promise of a district link to a vendor able to provide school supplies specific to individual grade levels will not happen. We are working as a school to provide lists and supplies in the absence of that assistance. You will have the information by the end of this week. We apologize for the delay.
Have a great week and expect another Dolphin Digest this Friday.
RESCHEDULED MIDDLE SCHOOL TEXTBOOK DISTRIBUTION
Round Two!!! Middle School families will pick up textbooks & return library books this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please review the schedule below and directions here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b6eVRTzeG3eJEykXcsL5h4qiqJ9yAopcf0LO4kb7W-I/edit
Daily Pick-up Times from 11 AM - 3 PM
Tuesday - 6th Grade/7th Grade
Wednesday - 7th Grade/8th Grade
Thursday - 8th Grade/6th Grade
MEET ARLETA'S NEW COUNSELORS
Arleta's new counselors Ms. Aud and Ms. Greenberg created a video to introduce themselves to students and families. Check it out! Arleta Counseling Welcome Video
You can reach them anytime with questions, concerns or to request help for your student:
Aud Manansala (she/her)
Kelly Greenberg (she/her)
On September 10, PPS released the PPS Menu of Student and Family Supports, a document that details academic, family, social and cultural supports, resources and services listed by school. It is currently being translated and will be available soon in all PPS-supported languages.
FREE BREAKFAST/LUNCH FOR STUDENTS THROUGH NOV. 5
The Nutrition Services department is serving meals will offer seven days’ worth of meals every week for not just PPS students, but all Portland children ages 1-18. Food will be distributed at Arleta, and 37 other school sites from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesday. Get more information here: https://www.pps.net/Page/15846. Urban Gleaners is also distributing food from 12-2pm on Tuesdays at Mt. Scott and Thursdays at Lent through October. http://urbangleaners.org/need-food/
TWO SCREENS FOR TEACHERS
TEACHER APPRECIATION - BACK TO SCHOOL BINGO
SAVE THE DATE - NEXT PTA MEETING IS OCT. 13
Join the next Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting on October 13th at 6pm via Zoom. A link to join online will be sent out closer to the date.
JOIN THE PTA TODAY!
The Arleta PTA membership drive is underway! Memberships for the 2020-2021 school year are $10. Join today: http://www.arletapta.org/ways-to-help---join.html
Why should I join the Arleta PTA?
PTA membership and dues support our school community by funding educational needs, advocating on behalf of students and educators at the local, state, and national levels, and building an inclusive school community for all families. With the support of Arleta PTA members, we have provided grants to allow teachers to choose classroom tools that benefit the needs of their students, hosted parent/family social and educational events, celebrated middle school honor roll students, and last spring made a donation to our partner organization, Urban Gleaners, to support food insecure families during the pandemic.
There are lots of reasons to join the PTA! Everyone is welcome - parents, caregivers, grandparents, teachers/staff, community members. Join today for just $10 by clicking the button below. There are lots of scholarships available too! On the fence about joining?...just request a scholarship to try it out for a year - email ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com to sign up with a scholarship.
PTA INCLUSION COMMITTEE NEWS + RESOURCES
Each of these short works, written to be read across the multi-generational spectrum, offer different insights about disconnects in racial conversation and the Black experience in America, to serve as a catalyst for action.
Attendees are encouraged to attend with their school-aged children to start a conversation on systemic racism and equity in America. A panel discussion with the playwright and mental health experts will follow the play readings.
Voices of Change: a Reading of Anti-Racist Plays by Idris Goodwin
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 4:00PM PT
THANK YOU ATLAS PIZZA & DUTCH BROS!
MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE!
Election Day is six weeks away!
Ballots will be mailed to all registered Multnomah County voters beginning Wednesday, October 14. It is important to make sure you are registered to vote and keep your registration up to date so that you can receive your ballot as soon as possible.
The voter registration deadline for this election is Tuesday, October 13. Register to vote online at oregonvotes.gov/register. Make sure to update your voter registration anytime you move, change your name, or want to change your party affiliation. Now is the time to check that your voter registration has your current residence and mailing address. For more information, visit the Multnomah County Elections website.
FREE SHIPPING ON ARLETA SPIRIT WEAR THROUGH 9/25
Now is a great time to buy your Arleta spirit wear with FREE SHIPPING through Sept. 25 on orders over $45. Shop online 24/7 and have your items shipped to your home. There are t-shirts, hoodies, tanks, mugs and more! Check out the selection here: https://arletaschool.threadless.com/ and use code FREESHIP920ef7609
PTA IS COLLECTING CANS & BOTTLES
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!)