DOLPHIN DIGEST 11/13/20
Community Newsletter for Arleta School
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- November: Native American Heritage Month
- Nov. 19: Treats for Teachers
- Nov. 19: SE Guiding Coalition Virtual Open House *EVEN NEWER DATE*
- Nov. 23-24: Family-Teacher Conferences
- Nov. 23-24: Storybook Walk activity
- Nov. 25-27: NO SCHOOL
WELCOME TO ARLETA'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER!
We’re so glad to have you as part of our school community!
This weekly newsletter is developed and sent in partnership between school administration and the PTA with information about events, school news and updates. Keep scrolling for the latest.
Conferences are scheduled for November 23 and 24, and like everything else this year, they will be done virtually. Teachers are sending out invitations to parents beginning tonight through Remind. You will be able to use the link in the invitation to sign up for conferences. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of each page so you see all of the options. Many people have found the Remind link to be helpful and here is a link for that. Remind App
Similar to years past, K-5 conferences will last for 20 minutes and be scheduled every half hour. Middle school conferences will last for 10 minutes and be scheduled every 15 minutes. Please be on time for your conferences since there will likely be another family scheduled right after your conference.
If you do not receive a message from Remind by the end of the day Monday contact your child’s teacher. Middle school parents will receive invitations to sign up from the Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies and Spanish teachers. If you would like to have a conference with one of the other teachers please contact them directly.
Parents needing an interpreter for conferences have already been contacted and conferences are already scheduled.
Having conferences virtually will undoubtedly be more cumbersome and we have tried to anticipate potential problems. We will have a help desk option during conference times to support parents if you run into difficulties. In the end, everyone will be able to have the conferences you desire.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Have a great weekend.
KELLOGG MS | SE BOUNDARY OPEN HOUSE NOV. 19
November 10 Update, Save the Date: Open House and Focus Group Virtual Meetings Next Week
Dear PPS Families,
As we recently shared, we will be hosting a virtual Enrollment and Program Balancing (EPB) District-wide Open House and Focus Group Meetings next week. We want to make sure you mark your calendars for the upcoming events. These meetings will specifically focus on schools in Southeast Portland in anticipation of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School, and are designed to share information and gather your input.
District-wide Open House
Thursday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m.
We want to ensure we are hearing from the different communities we support and to that extent, we will be leading community-specific meetings as follows:
Chinese (Cantonese-language) Focus Group Meeting
Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Chinese (Mandarin-language) Focus Group Meeting
Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Somali-language Focus Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Spanish-language Focus Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Vietnamese-language Focus Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Black, Indigenous, People of Color Focus Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m.
We will share additional details, including links to the virtual meetings and the EPB District-wide Open House website, next week. To learn more about PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing, please visit the PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing website.
TREATS FOR TEACHERS - SEEKING DONATIONS
On Thursday, November 19th the community is hosting a no-contact treats table for our beloved Arleta teachers. We need your help! We're asking for community contributions of individually packed sweet and savory snacks.
For everyone's safety, store-bought wrapped options are best — popcorn packs, individually wrapped cookie packs, single-serving chips, drinks, etc. Please donate if you can!
Arleta parent Erin Frank is coordinating the event and accepting porch drop-offs of donated snacks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the address or with any questions.
SIGN UP TO BE A STORYBOOK WALK STOP
Announcing Arleta's first ever Story Walk!
Join us during Conferences on November 23rd-24th for a neighborhood walk to read a beloved story. All directions will be provided, as well as activities along the way from our amazing specials teachers, Mrs. Noakes and Mr. Misha. After your conference, please come to the school to start your walk and drop off any canned or dry goods you are able to donate to families in need this holiday season.
If you would like your home to be a stop in the story walk, please fill out this Google Form. You will be contacted by our Teacher-Librarian, Treasa Street to confirm.
PRESENTATION ON SOCIAL ISOLATION
NEXT LIBRARY BOOK CHECK-OUT IS NOV. 18
Let's Get Reading!!! The next library book check out is November 18th. This is also the last date in November to get your library books, due to the school closed for conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday the week of Nov. 23.
When: Wednesdays 2pm - 5pm
Where: Red Room - near the basketball courts
Who: K-3rd come for a bag of books that are all ready to go!
4th-8th put books on hold in Destiny Discover by Tuesday at Noon
4th and 5th graders can check their Library Seesaw classes for instructions on putting books on hold, or use the link above. Students can come every week, or as often as they want to exchange book bags or get new books on hold. No check out limits or fines.
Book Return: If you have been taking care of library books for us since last year, now is the time to return them. Bring your old books on Wednesdays and drop them off. They will be quarantined before being added to book bags or made available to put on hold.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Email our teacher-librarian, Treasa Street, at email@example.com.
3RD - 8TH GRADERS: OBOB REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Yes, Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is happening at Arleta this year - welcome to the 2020-2021 competition!
OBOB is a statewide, volunteer-led reading program for students to come together, enjoy some great books, and develop teamwork and reading comprehension skills through competing in fun reading trivia tournaments together. This is Arleta’s fourth year participating, and with so many sports and extracurriculars canceled or changed, we are excited to have this opportunity available for students.
If this is your first time thinking about OBOB, it’s much easier to understand from seeing rather than reading about it! This short video of a mock battle gives a good overview of what to expect from a “battle of the books” - but so much of the fun of the competitions is students working together in their teams and getting excited about the material together.
Arleta participates in both the 3rd-5th grade and 6-8th grade division, and ALL students in those grades are invited to participate, regardless of reading level. There are a variety of books that appeal to many different reading preferences and abilities, and reading all of the books on the booklist is not expected or required. Students can form their own teams of 3-5 students in their division or we can help them form a team. Participation is free for everyone, though we welcome and encourage donations to the Arleta PTA whose support helps make this program possible at Arleta.
All activities will be held in strict compliance with CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants and volunteers which, for the time being, means virtual practices and battles. There will be no Regional tournaments this year, but we will have Arleta champions in each division!
Ready to get started? Welcome! Please register here!
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to have you join us!
PTA INCLUSION COMMITTEE NEWS & RESOURCES
November is Native American Heritage Month
"Native American Heritage Month has evolved from its beginnings as a week-long celebration in 1986, when President Reagan proclaimed the week of November 23-30, 1986 as "American Indian Week." Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November as the time to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of people who were the first inhabitants of the United States.
Through dance, family traditions, and music, these stories show the diversity and long history of Indigenous people across the United States. Celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories, and resources from Public Television."
SUPPORT ARLETA DONOR'S CHOOSE PROJECT
GIVE OREGON FUNDRAISER RESULTS
TEEN NATURE TEAM PROGRAM
WHAT IS TNT?
Teen Nature Team (TNT) is a FREE program for middle school students. TNT is: in-person, outdoors, science / nature based, and social. For more information:
WHEN DOES TNT MEET? Saturdays, school holidays, summer, 11am – 3pm during the winter months; 10am – 4pm during the summer.
WHERE? Meet in local parks, bus tickets provided
HOW TO APPLY
Apply any time online at https://forms.gle/eurkvxKnP8ccPP1E8.
We have a few open spots for youth wanting to begin in November. Priority for youth who qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch.
FREE PROGRAM There is no cost to participate. Lunches and outdoor gear provided
VIRTUAL ARTS & CULTURE CLASSES AVAILABLE THROUGH PP&R
The Portland Parks & Rec Multnomah Arts Center is leading several virtual arts classes in the afternoon and evening beginning the week of November 16. You can check out a complete listing of virtual classes (along with instructions for registering) here.
In order to be responsive to the financial hardships many community members are facing because of the pandemic, classes with a fee are currently no more than $15 and are being offered on a "Pay What You Can" basis. The MAC team will continue to introduce more activities into the winter term and beyond until they are able to safely reopen the arts center again.
TURN IN YOUR BLUE BOTTLE DROP BAGS NOV. 15 - DEC. 1
Need more bags? Want to arrange a no-contact pick up of your full bags? Email ArletaBottleDrop@gmail.com
AMAZON SMILE IS EASIER THAN EVER
You can get full instructions here
Check out PPS updates and resources by clicking PPS 2020 Updates button below or the link here: https://www.pps.net/Page/15680
Revised Criteria for Opening Schools
JOIN THE PTA TODAY! IT'S 'NEW MEMBER NOVEMBER'
It's 'New Member November!' If you've never joined the PTA, or are new to Arleta, we'd love to welcome you as a new member! Memberships for the 2020-2021 school year are just $10 and there are a lot of benefits for you and your family -
Why should I join the Arleta PTA?
- Joining the PTA means that you are part of a powerful organization that strengthen your student's education and family-school partnerships.
- Joining the PTA is an investment in your student, our teachers and our neighborhood school.
- Joining the PTA helps to to create a diverse and inclusive school community.
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.
ARLETA ONLINE SPIRIT WEAR STORE IS OPEN!
Have you ordered your Arleta spirit wear yet? Shop online 24/7 and have your items shipped to your home. There are t-shirts, hoodies, tanks, mugs and more, with other options coming soon! Check out the new store here: https://arletaschool.threadless.com/
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
JOIN FACEBOOK GROUP TO CONNECT FAMILIES
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!)