Online Learning Academy - PPS

December 2022 Newsletter

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Message from the Principal

Dear OLA Families,

Many of us in OLA are shaking our heads because FALL 2022 ended so quickly. Here we are getting close to the official start of Winter and for some of us, we have already seen snow! As we head into this colder weather, it is important to review the “SNOW DAY” and “LATE START” procedures. While we are indeed online, PPS staff follow a contract that requires OLA to close when PPS closes. While some families have all of their students in OLA, other families do not. In anticipation of potential snow days or late starts, please check local radio stations and television stations for school closure/schedule information. You can also find more detailed information on the PPS website here.

  • During weeks with cold weather, district office staff monitor the road conditions carefully, starting very early in the morning.

  • The district office team determines if there needs to be a closure, late start or buses on snow routes.

  • A message will be sent out district wide with the information you will need for the day.

  • A follow-up message will come out on the OLA.PPS.NET website (front page) from the OLA admin team with specific information for the day.

Our Fall Conferences were lightly attended so we want to extend an invitation to all families to reach out to the OLA teachers if you have any questions about your student’s progress. At this time all 6-12 students are considered “on pace” if they are at about 50% complete with each course by December 16. While we do want students to relax and recharge during the Winter break, it is also a good time to catch up if they are not at 50% by that date.

We hope that families enjoy the Winter Season. Thank you for all your support of OLA this year!

Mrs. H

Principal, OLA and VS

College and Career Readiness - Character Trait of the Month: Compassion

Compassion - the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another's suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.

Celebrate OLA!!

Second Graders showing off their art and writing skills

Candy Houses

Second Grade has been exploring changes and properties of materials. One of our many experiments asked students to explore objects that have properties that are important for making a candy house. They had to identify the properties of their materials and make a record of their candy house. This was a perfect way to use up some of the holiday candy!

Academic Skills class playing Jeopardy and learning language skills

School Pictures - Update

We are happy to announce that all student pictures and ID cards have been received, for those who were photographed in October. They are ready for pick up at the Holladay Annex building. Stop in at your convenience (Mon-Fri 8a-4p).

Address: 7100 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206 (Please park on SE 71st St; do not use the parking lot since that is reserved for the other program in this building). Follow the stairs to the OLA entrance on the corner of 71st and SE Division.

High School Students: Your student ID cards are attached to a Trimet HOP Card, so you can use public transportation services. We need you to fill out this OLA HOP Card Form before you pick up your ID. The HOP Cards are now available for those who were photographed in October. If you did not attend picture day in October, make sure you attend make-up day next week.

Picture Make-Up Day: We will have our picture make-up day on Wednesday, December 7th, from 2:00p-5:30p. Please use the OLA Myconferencetime Schedule to book your appointment.

If you have questions or need help, contact our secretary Karris at 971-284-6969 or

December Days

  • 12/8 - Mid Term Progress Reports
  • 12/19- 1/2 - NO School - Winter Break

Coming Up:

  • 1/3 - School Starts again
  • 1/16 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. day
  • 1/26 - End of Semester 1
  • 1/27 - No School for students - Teacher work day

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From the Achievement Team:

HS Students have begun working on course completion through OMG (Owning My Grades) with Jeannie Redrejo. Students who previously earned an Incomplete (I) are eligible for this program. If you feel like your student has been overlooked or has questions about their eligibility, they can reach out to Jeannie at!

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

The holiday season can be a joyous time, but also a difficult one for many. Please remember to take care of yourself and reach out if you are needing support. Here is a great article on maintaining your mental health during the holidays.

Here is also a list of agencies that provide holiday assistance (toys and food):

The PPS website also has many resources if you are needing support:

Your OLA Counselors are also here for you! &

High School Specific Information

Hello high school families, here's the link to my Updated Counselor Slides: They are updated each week with Career-Related Learning Experiences and other opportunities as they arise. Seniors: Make sure to take a look at the Senior Corner on our homepage. There's excellent information on the slides shown, including information on financial aid, CRLEs, and more. In addition, please ensure you have been in contact with your neighborhood school about graduation. Some school are already requesting information about diplomas, cap & gown info, and more. Here's a handy slide with graduation information from each of our neighborhood schools:

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.

❄️Winter Break Reading Challenge!❄️

This Winter Break, challenge yourself to read every day. To add some extra excitement to your reading time, try to complete every obstacle in this challenge. When you have completed one, you can post a picture on our padlet to share with others (school appropriate posts, of course)! The padlet will be made available to you once Winter Break begins. Can you complete all 10 before Winter Break is over?
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Kindergarten-Fifth Grade Families - Workbooks are in!

You can come pick up your students' Semester 2 workbooks from the OLA offices now. We are open 8am-4pm. Office located at: 7100 SE Division St. (Please park on the corner of 71st and Division, and walk up the stairs to the OLA entrance).

Bonus: There are free novels to choose from, available for students K-12!

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



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.

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:

🌼Know any families interested in OLA? Mark your Calendar! Next live info session is 1/10/23 - more info on our website:

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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