DOLPHIN DIGEST 9/24/2021

Community Newsletter for Arleta School & Arleta PTA

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  • Sept 15-Oct 15: Latinx Heritage Month
  • Now - Oct 29: Corn Maze ticket sales
  • Sept 30: Picture Day
  • Sept 30: Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Info Session, 2:30-3pm in front of school
  • Sept 30: CHAR Pizza Dine-Out, 4-9pm
  • Sept 30: Virtual Back to School Night - Pre-recorded videos available at 6pm
  • Oct. 1: Raffle for PTA Membership Signups in Sept. - sign up by Sept 30!
  • Oct. 6: Walk & Roll to School Day
  • Oct. 8: NO SCHOOL


*You can also bookmark the PPS District Calendar here: https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/265/PPS_Calendar_2021-22_English.pdf

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. If you have information you'd like shared in the newsletter, please email it to ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com. Keep scrolling for the latest.

PRINCIPAL MESSAGE

Dear Families,


We are expecting it to rain on Monday and Tuesday, which means lunch will have to shift inside. This is happening as the state has issued new guidance for students to maintain a 6 foot distance when eating (both inside and outside) rather than the previous 3 foot distance. Our new plan will assure a 6 foot distance when eating but it will mean students are eating on the stage and in the annex hallway, as well as using all of the cafeteria tables. Before COVID we were able to fit 16 students at a cafeteria table but only 3 students fit when we maintain a 6 foot distance between students.The students and staff have done a great job with safety and being flexible during these unusual times. I think this will be a challenge but we’ll make it work.


Our virtual Back to School Night will be Thursday (9/30) at 6:00. All presentations are recorded and the link will be sent later this week. You will be able to watch any of the presentations anytime after Thursday at 6:00 and we’ll keep the links open for several days.


It is also picture day on Thursday morning and students will be having their photos taken. We missed this opportunity last year and are excited to be able to do it this year. Of course we will follow all the safety guidelines for distancing as we move through the schedule.


The Southeast Guiding Coalition has begun meeting again in Phase 2 of it’s work. We’ll be including reports after each of the meetings in the Dolphin digest and you are able to watch the meetings virtually if you choose. Here is the School Board’s charge to the Coalition for Phase 2:

Phase 2 will complete the middle grades transformations begun in Phase 1, centered on the conversion of Harrison Park from K-8 to middle school and increasing enrollment at Lane Middle School. The process will also address as many K-5 issues as feasible, in order to make a new K-5 home for Harrison Park students and align other elementary school boundaries and special programs with middle school changes.


Finally, thank you to everyone for your support as we have brought students back to live instruction this year. It hasn’t been easy but it has been worth it. Watching the students engage with teachers and friends is wonderful. We continue to work hard to meet the safety guidelines and appreciate all of your work too.



John Horn

Arleta Principal

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LAST DAY TO COMPLETE THE FAMILY SURVEY!

Hello Arleta families! We would like to hear from you on how we can better support your families this year. Please complete the confidential survey below for our school counselors and SUN program manager by September 24th. If you currently do not have any specific needs that we could support you with, please fill out the survey and select the option 'I don't need anything right now.' This will help us make sure we are hearing from as much of our community as possible. Your voice is important to us, thank you!


English Survey

Spanish Survey

Vietnamese Survey

Khmer Survey

Tagalog Survey

Burmese Survey

Farsi Survey

Russian Survey

Cantonese Survey


Thank you,

Aud Manansala, school counselor (aumanansala@pps.net)

Jessica Blei, school counselor (jeblei@pps.net)

Sean Bascom, SUN support staff (sbascom@pps.net)

HAPPY LATINX HERITAGE MONTH! / ¡FELIZ MES DE LA HERENCIA HISPANA!

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CHECK OUT THESE LATINX BUSINESSES


In support of Latinx Heritage Month, a business directory was created to highlight Latinx-owned businesses. Check them out! https://mercatuspdx.com/somos-latinx/?utm_source=Mercatus+Members&utm_campaign=1646fb7a47-member+exclusive_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_68ea0435a8-1646fb7a47-225529725#!directory


"Mercatus is a business directory and story archive that elevates the unique and universal narratives of entrepreneurs of color in Portland and connects the city and region with local talents, businesses, services and products that come from diverse entrepreneurs."

LATINX COMMUNITY EVENT AT PORTLAND MERCADO - OCT. 2

For Latinx Heritage Month, the Portland Mercado is hosting a celebration on Oct. 2 from 4 to 8 pm, "El Carnaval del Barrio." 10% of the Barrio sales will benefit the David Douglas Latino Student Union. There will be performances, food and community for the whole family.
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MEET ARLETA'S MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST, ANNA LARSON

Anna Larson, LPC Associate

Hello Arleta Families! My name is Anna , and I am your school’s assigned Mental Health Therapist this year. This is my 3rd year working for Morrison Child and Family Services, and considering all the current challenging world circumstances, I feel grateful to be back in the schools this fall.


I completed my graduate studies at Lewis and Clark College, where I received my masters in Mental Health Counseling. My therapeutic approach draws from Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Based Practices, Strategic Family Therapy, Play therapy, and Expressive Arts. I see therapy through a lens of anti-oppression, and consider a trauma-informed framework, multi-cultural sensitivity, social and environmental activism, as important tenets of my work as a therapist. I believe kids do well if they can, and that everyone has the right to re-author their life in a way that feels empowering. I offer individual therapy, family therapy, case management, and parenting support counseling services.


When I am not enjoying my passion for the healing arts, I am engaged in my love of visual arts, am immersed in nature spaces, fighting for social and environmental justice, playing an instrument, or curled up with my cat reading about mythology.


Anna will be providing in-person counseling services to Arleta students on Thursdays and Fridays this year. To schedule an intake appointment or to obtain resource or referral information, you can connect with Arleta school counselors (Ms. Aud or Ms. Blei) or contact Morrison Child and Family Services Central Intake Center at (503) 258-4381 or intake@morrisonkids.org. Accepts: OHP, Kaiser, and MODA insurance plans. If you do not have any of these insurance plans and are searching for a therapist, please contact the school counselors.


"How is a school-based therapist different from my child's school counselor?"

School-based therapists provide 50-min therapeutic sessions within schools that are consistent and focus on the child's mental health needs. They often work with the whole family to determine a holistic approach that will support the whole child (socially, psychologically, at home and in their community). School counselors are trained mental health professionals whose roles are to support the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students. While school counselors provide individual and group counseling, these sessions are often brief and limited to meet the needs of the entire school. If a school counselor deems that a child needs more mental health services than they are able to provide, they would then refer the child to an outside therapist in the community. School-based therapists function in this role within the school to provide more focused support, and often work with school staff to holistically support their clients

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INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING AT ARLETA? APPLY NOW AND PROVIDE YOUR VAX CARD

Many parents and other family members have asked about volunteering this year. Volunteer options will be limited for now due to the pandemic and all volunteers will need to provide proof of vaccination. Here is a link to the PPS School Volunteer Application Process

BECOME A PTA MEMBER FOR FREE

New this year, the PTA is offering one free membership per family!


What the Arleta PTA is:

● a group of Arleta parents, trying to bring our community together for the benefit of all students

● a volunteer run, non-profit organization


What the Arleta PTA is NOT:

● an exclusive club. ALL ARLETA FAMILIES are welcome at meetings!


We are excited for Arleta parents and guardians to meet one another. We want to hear your concerns about our school and community. Please accept one free membership per family, sponsored by Arleta PTA. Joining just takes a couple minutes - sign up here: https://arletapta.memberhub.com/store. Additional memberships are just $10.

EAT PIZZA, SUPPORT ARLETA - SEPT 30

CHAR Pizza will generously host "dine-outs" every other month to benefit Arleta, starting on Sept. 30. A "dine-out" is when a local restaurant offers to give a portion of their daily proceeds back to Arleta PTA, and we promote the event and their business. You get good food, CHAR gets a boost in business, and Arleta PTA gets a donation to support our programs and activities - it's a win-win-win! The virtual back to school night is tentatively scheduled the same night, so plan to grab some grub from CHAR and sit back and enjoy the presentations by Arleta's teachers, staff, and PTA members.
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OBOB INFORMATION SESSION - SEPT 30, 2:30-3:00

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide reading and trivia competition program, in which Arleta has participated for four years now.


Due to continuing concerns about COVID-19, the Arleta OBOB program is adjusting its plans for an Information Session next week. Instead of a more structured indoor event, we will host an Arleta OBOB Information Table


Thursday, September 30, 2:30-3:00 pm, outside near main office entrance. Arleta OBOB Co-Chairs Lita and Denise will be available to answer questions and distribute information in person before registration opens October 1.


Please respect social distancing guidelines of 3 feet. Thank you!


You can also read more about Arleta OBOB on our website.

PICTURE DAY IS SEPT 30

Order your school pictures here: https://www.dorianstudio.com/

VISIT THE NEW ARLETA COMMUNITY HYGIENE STATION!

The Hygiene Station is an Arleta community resource that provides free toiletries for all students and families. Take a look at the informational flyer to see a few of the toiletries available in Room 17A (Ms. Aud's Counseling Office). Thank you to the PTA Inclusion Committee & Family Engagement Coordinator for organizing and maintaining this new resource!
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JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP FOR ARLETA BIPOC FAMILIES

A new & private Facebook group has been created by members of the Inclusion Committee and the Family Engagement Coordinator as a way to build a safe and authentic community of Arleta BIPOC parents and guardians, "to mirror the collectivist values within our own families and cultures. We see one another in passing and want to connect with those who likely share similar experiences as racial minorities. This is a space for us to meet, build relationships, just be, have some fun, and let our constant guards down." https://www.facebook.com/groups/arletabipoc

JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP FOR 2021/22 KINDER FAMILIES

Do you have a kindergartner who started this Fall? There is a Facebook group called Arleta Kinder Class 2021/22 for families to connect. - https://www.facebook.com/groups/260219415765711/

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REMINDER TO LABEL YOUR CHILD'S ITEMS

Friendly reminder to label your child's clothing, coats and lunch boxes with their name so lost items can be reunited with them. If your child lost an item at school, you can check with the office to look in the Lost & Found.

CALL TO OUR ARLETA COMMUNITY FOR DONATIONS OF FIDGETS & SENSORIMOTOR ITEMS

The PTA Inclusion Committee is collecting donations of gently used and relatively quiet fidgets and sensorimotor items for student use at school which will be accessible to all staff. We welcome both fine and gross motor fidgets such as monkey noodles, pop bubbles, miniature Slinky, marble & mesh, stress balls, wobble stools & cushions, chair leg bouncy bands, and flexible seating. Sensorimotor items such as noise-​reduction earmuffs and weighted vests & lap pads are gladly accepted. Please contact Stephanie Selinger at ssselinger@gmail.com. Thank you!

HELP FUND MS. LITTRELL'S & MS. DOYLE'S "DONORS CHOOSE" PROJECTS!

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WEEKLY COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS

The Multnomah County Student Health Center based at Franklin High School will be hosting a weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinic beginning September 8th. Appointments can be scheduled from 2:40-4:40pm on Wednesdays. These clinics are open to all Multnomah County youth, ages 12-19. Youth aged 12-14 must have a parent or guardian with them. There is no out of pocket cost and no insurance is needed. You don't need identification or a social security number. You do not need to attend the school where the center is located. See image below for other locations and more details.

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FREE MEDICAL CARE

If your child is currently in need of medical services or shots and you aren't sure where to go, Multnomah County Student Health Centers are open. School based health center resources and fliers IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES are found here: https://www.multnomahesd.org/shs-student-health-centers.html


Frequently Asked Questions for Parents about Oregon School and Child Care Immunization Requirements

Immunization flyer in Spanish

Immunization flyer in Russian

Immunization flyer in Vietnamese

LIBRARY CONNECT

Library Connect provides free Multnomah County Library accounts for students using their student ID number as their library card. Library Connect accounts give access to physical and digital materials, including movies, online tutoring, learning a language, National Geographic Kids, and more! All content is free and there are never any late fees/charges.

PPS MULTILINGUAL FAMILY SUPPORT WEBSITE

English | Español | Tiếng Viet |中文| Soomaali | Русский


Dear PPS Community,


Welcome our students back to full-time in-person learning and introduce online learning academy, ReImagine a Digital Experience hosts an experience that is easy to navigate, multilingual, user-friendly and welcoming for ALL.


We are building a stronger and more welcoming PPS. In this multilingual PPS Resources website you will find and learn more about all of the internal and external resources currently available at each school to support your learning experience at PPS.

PPS students, families, and staff can find information under these categories:

  • academic supports,
  • belonging and connection services for students,
  • family supports and resources, and
  • culturally specific supports – woven throughout all other categories


We expect this website to be a work in progress as content and offerings change. This also gives us the opportunity to continue improving it for you.

* SUPPORT ARLETA PTA *

ORDER ARLETA SPIRIT WEAR ANYTIME / ANYWHERE

Did you know there are Arleta logo face masks available in the online spirit wear store? Shop online 24/7 and have your items shipped to your home. There are t-shirts, hoodies, tanks, mugs and more. Check out the new store here: https://arletaschool.threadless.com/

PTA IS COLLECTING BOTTLES & CANS

The Arleta PTA collects redeemable cans and bottles to raise money for our school. If you'd like to participate, just email ArletaBottleDrop@gmail.com to arrange for a no-contact drop off of blue Bottle Drop bags and/or pick up your full bags. This is a simple way to support our school and have someone pick up your redeemables!
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AMAZON SMILE IS EASIER THAN EVER

If you shop Amazon, then AmazonSmile makes your online shopping charitable. Once you link your Amazon account with Arleta School PTA, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of every eligible purchase - same products, same prices, no cost to you. And recently, Amazon updated their app to connect with AmazonSmile, making shopping + giving even easier.


You can get full instructions here

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

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 arletabottledrop@gmail.com to request some blue bags. (Arleta pays a fee for the bags, so let's fill them to the top!)

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STAY CONNECTED!

Like and follow the Arleta School and Families United Facebook page, check out the arletapta.org website for news and updates or email us anytime arletaschoolpta@gmail.com

PPS District policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. BP 1.801.020. Not all outside groups comply with the District’s non-discrimination policy. Families are strongly encouraged to review all materials closely.