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.
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.
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!
Aud Manansala, school counselor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jessica Blei, school counselor (email@example.com)
Sean Bascom, SUN support staff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HAPPY LATINX HERITAGE MONTH! / ¡FELIZ MES DE LA HERENCIA HISPANA!
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
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 email@example.com. 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
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
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.
VISIT THE NEW ARLETA COMMUNITY HYGIENE STATION!
JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP FOR ARLETA BIPOC FAMILIES
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/
CALL TO OUR ARLETA COMMUNITY FOR DONATIONS OF FIDGETS & SENSORIMOTOR ITEMS
HELP FUND MS. LITTRELL'S & MS. DOYLE'S "DONORS CHOOSE" PROJECTS!
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.
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
PPS MULTILINGUAL FAMILY SUPPORT WEBSITE
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
AMAZON SMILE IS EASIER THAN EVER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request some blue bags. (Arleta pays a fee for the bags, so let's fill them to the top!)