Marysville Message

Friday 1/8/2021

Dear Families,

Happy Friday.

I have some new information and announcements for you this week. Unfortunately, I do not yet have any solid information about how and when we will be offering some form of in person instruction. The district and state continue to be deeply involved in planning and discussions over ways for this to happen in a safe and effective manner. As soon as I know any actual plans and dates, I will let you know.

I always appreciate hearing your thoughts and concerns, so please continue to reach out to me with those. We are all in this together and I want to be as responsive to you as possible.


Cathy Murray

(971) 413-1090

New Marysville Help Ticket

We are pleased to announce a more streamlined process for families to request tech and learning assistance.

Kenneth Hamilton has joined the Marysville staff as a school based technology assistant to provide device troubleshooting and repair support.

We have created a help ticket form for Marysville students and parents that need support with chromebooks, internet access, passwords, and digital learning tools. Please fill out the linked form below and we will contact you as soon as possible. For any other issues not listed in the form Email or call (503)916-3375 for assistance.

Marysville Help Ticket

This form will also be posted on the Marysville website.

Marysville Help Meet

There will no longer be a daily Marysville help meet open. Please use the Marysville Help Ticket for any questions or email Melinda for support and someone will contact you to schedule an appointment.

For academic questions please contact your classroom teacher and make an appointment or join their office hours.

Last Call for Student Belongings from last year

If you have not yet picked up belongings that were left at the school last year, and you would still like them:

Please ask for them when you come to the school during distribution times - Monday, Wednesday or Fridays 3:00 pm to 4:30pm.

If we do not hear from you or items are not picked up by January 28th, 2021 they will be discarded.

Books and t-shirts for Marysville students

During the month of January, in addition to our Library Book Bag and Meal Pickup on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons between 3:00 and 4:30 pm , students may pickup a Marysville T-shirt and the equity anchor text for their grade level.

  • T-shirts - sizes available from Youth: small to x-large and Adult: small to x-large
  • Just let the staff know the size you need when you come to the school during distribution times.
  • Equity Anchor Texts - Marysville Equity lessons will transition from Identity lessons to reading equity books and having classroom activities related to the books beginning in February.
  • Each student will receive a personal copy of the book that will be used in their classroom
  • Anchor Text Book List:

    • K-2: Where are You From by Yamile Saied Méndez, Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez Neal, The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

    • 3rd: The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

    • 4th: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

    • 5th: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

    • 6th: Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

    • 7th: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

    • 8th: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Virtual 6th Grade Outdoor School

This year 6th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual Outdoor School, Anywhere! program during their science classes between the dates of -2/15 - 3/5.

The new online curriculum is paired with the Outdoor School, Anywhere! science kits for your 6th grade students.

These Science Kit backpacks will be available for pick up at Marysville beginning Monday January 11th during the regular material distribution times Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 3:00 - 4:30 pm.

Parent/guardian letters will be included in the science kit backpack.

All of this is funded through Measure 99 funds and is provided free for your students.

Verizon Chromebook Distribution for Middle School Students

VILS Chromebooks have now arrived for 7th and 8th graders! All 7th and 8th-grade students that have not yet received a VILS Samsung Chromebook with a stylus and 30 gig data plan will be able to pick up their device in the coming weeks. Please make sure to bring in your old PPS device, charging cord and hot spots in exchange for the new VILS Chromebook.

What: Drive Thru / Walk Thru Pick Up for VILS Chromebook

Where: Marysville K-8 in the back playground area loop (here is a map)

When: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 3pm-4:30pm, the week of January 11th and 18th.

How: Enter the playground loop on 77th and stop at the pick up sign for the exchange. Someone will be there to collect old devices and present you with the new VILS device.

In order to pick up your student's VILS Chromebook, please bring the old PPS device, charging cord and hot spot if you have one checked out.

We will be practicing safety protocols during the chromebook exchange.

  • Families will not need to leave their car when driving through the playground loop

  • Please wear a face covering during all interactions with staff.

  • Stay home if you have cold or flu symptoms

  • Please maintain six feet between yourselves, staff, and other families if walking up to the pick up station

  • Students will also be able to pick up their Marysville t-shirts, equity books and 6th grade back packs at the same time.

For more information about VILS, please visit the new VILS@PPS site or contact Justin Johnson at

Middle School Parents

Dear Families,

Prior to Winter Break you should have received a message from a middle school teacher asking you to participate in a survey for our one-to-one Chromebook program. I wanted to also invite you to the survey and encourage you to please take a moment to participate. The survey is completely anonymous and the data will be very important for us as we measure the implementation of the program and our success with students.

Link to complete the survey.

Thank you so very much,

Cathy Murray

Immunization Update

Hi everyone! Just a reminder about immunizations! They are due by February 16th! The State exclusion day is February 17th, and even if we are in distance learning, the state rules apply and your child will not be able to participate until the immunizations are up to date. We will have info in the school newsletter but here is some information if you don't get the newsletter:

School Based Health Centers:

Pharmacies that offer immunizations:

Locations include: Walgreens, Fred Meyers, Safeway, Wal-Mart and Bi-Mart

If you have concerns about getting immunizations, and want to be excluded from a particular series, please follow these links to complete the state requirements for each child


Exemption Module:

If you have any questions please email me and I will be able to help!

Vicky G,

school health assistant

District Announcements

Southeast Guiding Coalition

Recommendations from the coalition will be presented by Deputy Superintendent Claire Hertz to the Board of Education at its January 12 meeting. The recommendations include an attendance boundary and dual immersion program assignment for Kellogg Middle School, which is set to re-open in fall 2021. Among the key points:

  • The neighborhood programs at Arleta, Marysville and Lent will convert from their current kindergarten-to-8th grade (K-8) structure to a kindergarten-to-5th grade (K-5) structure. Students in grades 6-8 in those schools will move to Kellogg Middle School starting in the 2021-22 school year. The K-5 programs at these schools will become feeder elementary schools to Kellogg.
  • The Spanish dual language immersion (DLI) programs at Lent and Bridger will convert from K-8 to K-5. Students in grades 6-8 in those programs will transfer to the Kellogg DLI program starting in 2021-22. The K-5 programs will feed into Kellogg.
  • The Spanish DLI program at Mt. Tabor Middle School will move to Kellogg in 2021-22.

After the Board of Education is presented with these recommendations, the SEGC will meet, if needed, on January 14 to respond to any Board requests. The Board will then vote on whether to approve the recommendations at its January 26 meeting.

A full archive of SEGC meeting notes, presentations, meeting videos and links to give feedback are available on the PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing website. You may also give feedback via the SEGC Community Feedback form.


Dear parents,

Portland Public Schools is entering into a partnership with Securly to provide parents with the ability to monitor and restrict their children’s activities while logged in with their District Google account. This service will be available on top of the filters and restrictions PPS already uses to block inappropriate content.

Securly will be available to parents of students at Marysville and Harrison Park schools on a pilot basis starting January 20. These services will be accessible via Android and iPhone/iPad apps or at Please note that Securly is only available in English, but the content at can be translated using the Translate tool in the Chrome browser. PPS will follow up with additional instructions when Securly goes live at Marysville and Harrison Park on January 20.

As a fundamental part of our partnership, Securly is bound to strict student data privacy restrictions, including FERPA and COPPA. Our agreement ensures that student data will not be shared, leaked, or sold to advertisers or any other entities.

For additional information please visit

For questions, please email

Thank you!

The PPS Securly Project Team