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Family Newsletter - January 2nd

Principal's Message

Dear families,


Thank you for a successful first few months of school. We have definitely experienced some new challenges and opportunities in coming back to our first year of in person instruction amid a pandemic! We have been learning a lot, alongside you and your students. We have been so happy to see the progress students have made and look forward to what they will do when we return from break!


The week before break was a tough week with all the social media threats of violence going around. It truly is going to take a community of all of us to keep ahead of this and keep our students safe. One of our best ways to keep ahead of this is by hearing from you. Please continue to monitor your students' cell phones and social media. While students may not like this, we have seen so many dangerous things happen through social media over the years and you are protecting them by monitoring this. It takes all of us as a community to build a successful school.


As a reminder, students are currently scheduled to return on January 3, 2022. I will be on paternity leave the first two weeks with the arrival of a new baby. There will be somebody to fill in for me and we also have two very capable assistant principals who will keep the school going in the right direction. Please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.


Thank you again for all you do. I hope everyone enjoys some rest and relaxation!


Richard Smith

Principal

Kellogg Middle School


Midterm Progress Reports

Progress reports were delayed due to a system glitch. They have been submitted and hopefully will be seen in ParentVue.

Paper copies should be mailed from central office.


Reminder that for midterm, teachers are only asked to communicate with those who are are not quite on track.

If you have questions about any class, please feel free to contact your teacher.

Contact Us / Contact Us (pps.net)

Test to Stay and Test to Return

Ms. Roletto sent a separate email out this morning in regards to communication from the district. You should be receiving another email from the school district leadership later today.


We are aware of the new CDC changes that occurred during our time away and essentially the district leadership will be meeting with their health advisory board tomorrow and communicate any changes to what PPS is doing.


Essentially:

  • If staff or student were exposed to a positive COVID case within the school community, the protocols for Test to Stay apply.
  • If staff or student were exposed to a positive COVID case from activities OUTSIDE of school community, the Test to Return protocols apply.

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Free Dental Services

The School and Community Oral Health Team at Multnomah county are continuing to offer free dental services. We kindly ask that you please copy and paste the following information about our program and send it to students' parents/guardians. This information includes the electronic permission slip and is available in English, Spanish, and Russian.


Thank you so much for helping us to continue to offer this valuable service!


We will follow up to address any questions and feel free to contact us at 503-988-3905.


Warm Regards,


The School and Community Oral Health Team

Vaccination Clinic - Dates changed

The Kellogg vaccination clinic, in partnership with Latino Network is being rescheduled for a little later in January.


Stay tuned for updates.

Update on VILS and Parent Contract - IMPORTANT

As we continue on our Verizon Technology grant journey - VILS, we are improving on our systems to make this sustainable in the coming years.

In the coming weeks please be looking for:

  • The parent/student contract to be read and signed in regards to expectations around technology (Chromebook). At this time, about 300 families filled out the form the first part of the year. Info will be resent in separate emails.
  • Teachers emphasizing the need for students to bring their Chromebook to school everyday and fully charged. We understand that they don't use it in every class, everyday but this technology is part of our school culture.
  • By end of month we will be implementing a new central system to lend out chromebooks if students forget. At this time each class has a couple of old devices to lend out and those will be collected by the district and a new system in place.
  • We will share more data on how many students report lost/broken/stolen devices. We will also share the new process on how to report such incidents and how we will communicate with families when student needs support in keeping devices safe and part of their routine.


Important Dates

January 3 - Start with students

January 17th - Holiday, MLK Jr Day - NO SCHOOL

January 18th - Winter MAP testing at Kellogg

January 21st - School Virtual Assembly

January 27th - Last day of Quarter 2, Semester 1

January 28th - No Students - Grading day

NAEP testing - late January

Volunteers - there is still time


Please fill out the following survey to let us know what areas you would be interested to volunteer with. We will contact you to make sure security and training steps are complete before starting.


Please go to https://www.pps.net/volunteer to make sure you have filled their requirements.

An in person or virtual training will happen January 4th with Mrs. Roletto. More information to come.


Adults in our building are expected to follow the PPS Volunteer Code of Conduct while in our building during school hours.


Each opportunity is listed with some details. Please email groletto@pps.net with questions.



Volunteer Interest Survey

PBIS/CLIMATE UPDATE

Students will be spending homeroom time each morning reviewing school and community expectations through interactive lesson and reconnecting activities.


Although we have staff shortages, we want to THANK and show great appreciation to staff who have given 110% of themselves this school year every day for our families.

Counselor Corner

The new date applies for 8th graders declaring their dual assignment high school and hardship petition transfers as well. Applications are available at www.pps.net/schoolchoice. Learn more at Explore Your Options. The schools open for middle and high school lottery applications are: Benson Polytechnic HS, Jefferson Middle College, Metropolitan Learning Center.

Results will be sent to families in mid-January.

This is the PPS website for high school information nights for 8th graders.

District eighth Grade Family Nights: There will be two virtual family nights (there will be no in person events). More information/ link will be on the Enrollment/Transfer Website: https://www.pps.net/Page/2343

See below if you are interested in learning more about the three PPS focus option high schools and how to apply.

Benson Tech

  • Similar to last year, students only need to fill out the district application.

  • Benson Tech Website: Updates and the application will be on our website starting November 29. https://bensonhs.net

Jefferson Middle College High School

Metropolitan Learning Center (MLC)

Franklin High School - for most Kellogg students, Franklin is their neighborhood school. You do not need to apply to attend Franklin if you live within the Franklin boundaries.

Please email Ms. Greenberg if you have any questions at: kgreenberg@pps.net.

Resources and Opportunities for All Kellogg Families:

Please see this month’s Healthy Choices Bulletin! The Healthy Choices Bulletin is a monthly summary of substance use prevention resources for staff to use and share with students and families. This edition features several different links to important resources for parents/caregivers.

Here is SMYRC’s (Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center) December Newsletter: Check out this month's calendar of events as well as some flyers and info on new rotating programming!

Upcoming MLK Jr. Day Celebration Opportunity: Hip Hop Architecture Camp: January 17th. Free virtual learning opportunity for Middle and High School students of color and allies.

Middle School Success Over Stress Research Project

The Middle School Success Over Stress project is a research study conducted at the University of Oregon designed to support children and families across the state to reduce mental health problems. Participants will have access to a parenting App as well as individual, telehealth support from a family consultant. Services are offered in both Spanish and English. The goal of this project is to provide parents and caregivers with tools to help their middle school student manage the social stress of returning to in-person learning, get good grades, and improve behavior at home and at school. Families can earn up to $350 for participating in this research study.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your grade level counselor:

6th grade - Ruth Howard - rhoward@pps.net

7th Grade - Jeanette Scantling - jscantling@pps.net

8th Grade - Kelly Greenberg - kgreenberg@pps.net

Accepting Donations!

Hello Kellogg,


Our nurse's office is asking for donations! We are looking for gender/color neutral sweatpants and packaged underwear to have on hand for students to wear in an emergency. If you are willing to donate these items, please drop off in the office.


Thank you!

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https://www.middleschoolstudy.org/



  • Middle School Success Over Stress Research Project The Middle School Success Over Stress project is a research study conducted at the University of Oregon designed to support children and families across the state to reduce mental health problems. Participants will have access to a parenting App as well as individual, telehealth support from a family consultant. Services are offered in both Spanish and English. The goal of this project is to provide parents and caregivers with tools to help their middle school student manage the social stress of returning to in-person learning, get good grades, and improve behavior at home and at school. Families can earn up to $350 for participating in this research study.


Becca Dorn-Medeiros, Ed.S., NCSP, LPC-Associate

School Psychologist

Kellogg Middle School M-F

Ph (503) 916-5707 x79312

Pronouns: She/her

ONGOING FAMILY IMMUNIZATION CLINICS

The Multnomah County Health Department is offering twice-weekly Immunization Clinics for families and children to obtain COVID-19 and school-required vaccines. Clinics will be held on Wednesdays from 11 am - 2 pm & 3 pm - 6 pm at the Gateway WIC Building, 131 NE 102nd Ave., Portland; and on Saturdays from 9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - at the NE Health Clinic, 5329 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. #322, Portland.


Appointments are required for children aged 5 - 11. No appointment is required for family members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and flu shots.


Call 503-988-8939 to make an appointment. More info is available at: multco.us/vaccineclinics.


Betse Thielman, Manager Health Services, ethielman@pps.net

Locating A Pediatric Vaccine Clinic Near You!

  1. Log into Multnomah County Health Department’s vaccine locator website and:

    1. Enter your address or zip code under “Location.”

    2. Click “Search”

    3. Click “Filter Your Results”

    4. Click “Pfizer age 5-11” under Vaccine Type.

    5. Click “Apply Filters” under Date Range.

    6. View the list of Pediatric Vaccine Clinics under Provider Information.

    7. Contact the Pediatric Vaccine Clinic provider for appointment information.

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