The Llewellyn "Friday" Flyer
October 12, 2023
At Llewellyn we believe in Building Community and this means supporting our community in both the good times and in times of strife. The recent attack on Israel has us all reeling, but we know that many of our community members are affected by this violence at an even greater scale as harm and fear for the lives of loved ones is palpable. Please know that our staff, counselor, Miss Brittany, and our mental health professional, Miss Cassie can offer sensitive trauma informed care for your child if needed.
I also want to pass along a few resources from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland that may help you to support your child during this time:
SUPPORT SUGGESTIONS AND RESOURCES:
Responding to antisemitism in the schools: Who to contact in Portland
ADL’s guide on having family conversations about difficult topics: https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/table-talk
For Jewish parents struggling with how to talk to their children about what is happening in Israel, here is a guide broken down by ages: https://www.kveller.com/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-whats-happening-in-israel-right-now/
Meet Our New Staff
What I like about Llewellyn
My name is Julia and I am one of the 2nd grade teachers at Llewellyn this year. I have been teaching for 8 years and spent most of those years at Atkinson Elementary before coming here to Llewellyn. I have really enjoyed being part of the Llewellyn community and am looking forward to learning more about the community, students, families, and sharing my love of old music and ukulele with my students. Outside of work I live at home with my husband and 2 and a half year old daughter (and a 3 year old black lab, named Georgia). I like to spend time baking, swing dancing, playing music, and traveling abroad. I am also an avid reader and will finish a new book every week. I am excited to be part of the Llewellyn team!
Lunch Menu for October 16th-October 20th
Hispanic Heritage Month
"The Masked Villain of Sellwood"- Movie Premiere
Local (and former Llewellyn parent) Randy Sean Schulman, is a writer, actor and director from the Sellwood area. He has written and directed a silent movie for the nonprofit Rogue Pack, which serves at-risk youth throughout Oregon. This short silent film was shot entirely in Sellwood and was inspired by poems and stories told from teens in Oregon Youth Authority custody.
There will be a screening of the movie at Moreland Theater on Sunday, October 15th at 12PM.
From The Office
Didn't get a chance to order your child's school photo? It's not too late!
It’s not too late to order school photos! Visit https://mydorian.com/order/ to order.
Four days after picture day, Dorian loads images into their galleries and parents must have a personalized access key to order. This is for the privacy and security of the students. For those who have not ordered, the personalized key will be delivered on a second chance card in the box with your finished pictures or via email. If a parent needs the code sooner they can contact customer support at 800-826-3535 or visit dorianstudio.com and click on the "How do I get my Access Key?" button. All orders placed online after the 4-day grace period will be shipped directly to the parent's home.
Photo Make-up & Retakes will be on November 7th!
School Spirit Days
News from the PTA
Welcome back everyone!
What a lovely weekend it was! It felt like summer for a few days and we hope you all took advantage as much as possible. There were so many soccer games and pumpkin patch visits from what we heard. And on Saturday several Llewellyn families showed up for our Harvest Festival. A HUGE thank you for the many hands that made light work assembling 15 raised garden beds; it was a monumental undertaking. A dozen volunteers made the day a success with crafts, pumpkins, activities, refreshments, and community cheer. The biggest garden lift is done, but there are smaller work parties in the garden over the next few months to finish the space. Email Renee at Reneecbwilkinson@gmail.com if you want to stay in the loop.
Our annual PTA Charleston Wrap fundraiser is still going strong! Don’t forget to stock up on wrapping paper for all your holiday gift giving, and get some really nice gifts for all those people on your list. We’ve earned just $2,000 and we still have over a week left! If you haven’t already, register your participant online by going to registercw.com and enter our Organization ID 11592. Our top three sellers will win a gift wrap bundle and students will accumulate prizes based on the amount of sales they bring in. The deadline for the sale is October 20. If you have questions about registration or are having site issues. please contact parent volunteer Kili Fern at email@example.com
Gear has been ordered! We are hoping to get it to you the week of October 23. Once we receive the order we will inventory and then bag them up for each family and send them home with your student.
Volunteer Opportunity!! We have two wonderful opportunities for you to get involved in our amazing Llewellyn PTA. We are in immediate need of a volunteer to head up the volunteer committee chair on our board. This person would be in charge of overseeing all committees and making sure they have volunteers to head up events and to navigate Konstella in order to communicate with committee chairs, create signups and post announcements. The second is the lead committee chair for our Read-a-thon fundraiser in January. We are still building this new committee and look forward to sharing the details soon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a part of either of these positions. You would have full guidance and support from our board and we look forward to working with you to help our students to continue to get the resources and support that they need in the classroom.
We have a PTA meeting coming up on October 17 at 7 p.m. in our Llewellyn library. We are hosting a speaker from Moms Demand Action, a gun safety organization and Ms. Caroline Coholan, 3rd grade teacher, will give us an update on the teacher negotiations. We will also be discussing our budget and some projections we have for programs going forward. We will have a raffle for vintage Llewellyn gear for Llewellyn families and community members who join us. Please join so we can hear from our community. We love to hear your feedback and ideas on how to make PTA even better.
Any room leads or parent volunteers that want to learn about how to use all the machines and resources available to PTA around the school can come early at 6:30 and we will have someone here to give you a quick tour and show you how to utilize them.
October 17—PTA meeting @ 7pm in the Llewellyn Library.
October 20—Gift Wrap sales wrap up!
October 29—Monster March at Llewellyn! Do you have your costumes ready?
October 31—Pumpkin Carving Contest! Bring your creations to display at school.
From The Foundation
Llewellyn Run a Great Success!
We had an incredible day on Friday! The students ran like crazy, and we are well on our way to meeting our fundraising goal. The fundraising event officially closes this Friday, October 13th, so you still have time to get those last-minute donations in.
Update as of Wednesday morning, October 11th:
We had 276 students register, and we have currently raised $36,207!
Top 3 Classes: See pictures!
Top Individual Earners: See pictures!
Llewellyn Dines Out at Reverend's BBQ on Wednesday, October 25th!
Need a break from cooking? Want to support the Llewellyn Foundation? Head over to Reverend's BBQ on Wednesday, October 25th to order lunch, happy hour, or dinner. They will be donating 10% of the day's sales back to the Llewellyn Foundation. Dine in, get takeout via their website, or pick up gift cards to use for a later date. [Please note: orders made via 3rd party apps are not included.]
Thank you for all you do to support our school. Go Stars!
Next meeting: Wednesday, November 8.
Empoderando Familias (Empowering Families)
Upcoming Event - Empoderando Familias (Empowering Families)
This free Spanish language event represents a collaboration between all three counties in the metro area and Portland Public Schools. Empoderando Familias is focused on giving Spanish speaking families access to information about parenting for prevention of substance use. Strategies that are going to be highlighted include how to advocate for yourself in English speaking systems, setting boundaries for your kids that help them to grow up healthy, and how to maintain relationships and connections through the teen years. The event will also cover information about commonly used substances among youth. The Multnomah County event location is McDaniel High School. See this FLIER for more details!
Cleveland BOYS Basketball Team
Cleveland BOYS Basketball Team registration for grades 3rd-5th is now open!
Cleveland Boys Recreational teams are organized through the community youth program, Cleveland Basketball. Registration is first come, first serve and space is limited. Volunteer coaches are needed.
From the Llewellyn Cafeteria
Just a heads up that Tuesday 10/10/2023 was the last day of the 30-day grace period for meal applications. Families can submit a meal application online any time via SchoolCafe (www.schoolcafe.com/pps or download the mobile app) or use a paper application (available from the office). However, online is the quickest way to apply. Applications will be processed using the date received so the sooner we get them, the better. I encourage all Households to submit a meal application as income guidelines for Oregon are much higher than the Federal income guidelines.
What happens if a meal application is not submitted or is denied?
If students on the grace period purchase a meal, meal charges would begin Wednesday 10/11/2023 and onward.
Families can prepay for school meals via cash, check, or online via SchoolCafe (5% fee).
Families can bring meals from home or purchase meals elsewhere.
If circumstances change where they meet the income guidelines, they can submit a meal application any time during the school year.
How does the Oregon EIG Reimbursement Program work?
Oregon Department of Education (ODE) reimburses participating schools for the reimbursable breakfasts and lunches they serve at no charge to students from households with incomes greater than 185 percent, but not more than 300 percent, of the federal poverty level.
Once again, I encourage all Households to submit a meal application. Income guidelines for Oregon are much higher than the Federal income guidelines.
AKA SuperHero Lunch Lady
Important Dates Calendar
10/13 NO SCHOOL – Inservice Day for schools
10/15 Gift Wrap Sales End
10/17 PTA Meeting 7:00-8:00PM
10/25 Llewellyn Foundation Dine Out @ Reverend's BBQ
10/29 Monster March
11/1 Wreath Sales Begin
11/2 End of First Quarter
11/3 NO SCHOOL – Teacher Planning Day
11/7 Photo Re-Take Day
11/8 Foundation Meeting 7:00PM
11/10 NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day
11/13 Quarter 1 Report Cards sent home
11/14 Pie Fundraiser
PTA Meeting 7:00-8:00PM
11/16 Wreath Sales End
11/20-21 Parent-Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL
11/22-23 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break
11/30 Wreath Sales Pick-up #1
12/2 Wreath Sales Pick-up #2
12/6 Foundation Meeting 7:00PM
12/7 Craft Night
12/16-1/1 NO SCHOOL – Winter Break
1/2 School Resumes
1/15 NO SCHOOL – MLK Jr. Day
1/16 PTA Meeting 7:00-8:00PM
1/24 Readathon Fundraiser Begins
1/25 End of Second Quarter
5th Grade Music Concert 6:30PM
1/26 NO SCHOOL – Teacher Planning Day
1/29 NO SCHOOL – Inservice Day for schools