Parklane Community Newsletter

March 16, 2023

Panther Message

Dear Parklane Families,

We would like to share our gratitude for your support during our STEAM Night last Thursday. We had a great turnout with close to 250 individuals attending this very special event. There was lots of excitement and positive energy as students and their families explored science and technology activities. It was nice to see various community partners coming out to support our student's exploration of science and technology. A big shout out to our teachers and SUN site manager for their hard work and planning in making this event an amazing success.

Next week will be our last week of school before Spring Break. During this wonderful time of year, the days are getting longer, and the nights are getting shorter. We are looking forward to more opportunities for students to go outside and have fun while learning. Please help us have a wonderful last week of school before Spring Break by ensuring students are well-rested and attending every day on time, and ready to learn.


Empathy is the quality of being in tune with the emotions of others. Sometimes the term empathy refers to the ability to imagine and understand how other people might be thinking or feeling (what researchers call cognitive empathy or perspective-taking); other times it indicates the capacity to sense others’ emotions and experience feelings that mirror theirs (referred to as emotional or affective empathy).

Though empathy alone does not guarantee positive behavior—in fact, if other social-emotional skills are lacking, empathy can be overwhelming and counterproductive—it is often considered a vital foundation of morality and prosocial (kind and helpful) action. Empathy is what enables us to extend beyond our own point of view and truly care for each other.

Health Curriculum

THE GREAT BODY SHOP is a comprehensive health education curriculum that is sequential, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive and medically accurate. THE GREAT BODY SHOP is aligned to state and national standards for health education, as well as the Healthy People 2020 initiative. It is aligned to the National Education Standards, the National Sexuality Education Standards, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricular, and the core concepts recommended by the CDC’s HECAT. If you would like more information about our health curriculum, you can visit our district website: Here you will also find an opt-out form if necessary.

*Spring Break March 27-31, No School

Free Tax Help with CASH Oregon

Metropolitan Family Service's CASH Oregon program is providing free, high-quality tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers to families and individuals earning under $60,000 a year. Sign up for an in-person or virtual appointment at:

*March is Women's History Month

*Equity Audit April 5th & 6th

*Please do not double park in front of the school during dismissal. Please park and walk up to pick up your students. Please use crosswalks to cross the street in front of our school, do not walk through traffic, and obey the speed limit.

*Please make sure to pick up your student at 2:27 PM; everyday students can not be left unattended. Teachers are not able to watch students after school is dismissed

*Please retrieve your student's coats or other lost items (hats, gloves, glasses, etc.) from the lost and found.

*State testing is around the corner for grades 3rd-5th. We would like to have all students participate. But if you choose to opt-out your student, please visit our district website to access this OSAS opt-out form.

*Student's Right & Responsibility Handbook

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Portland Area Spring Break Activities

See a waterfall. Spring is the best time for a waterfall hike! We love Hardy Falls and Wahclella Falls, and both are easy to access with kids. Feeling more ambitious? Go on a day trip to the Trail of Ten Falls, the “crown jewel” of Oregon trails.

Volunteer with the kids. During the busy school year it can feel impossible to make time to volunteer with your kids. Spring break is the perfect opportunity to give back. We’ve rounded up family-friendly spots where kids are welcome to contribute.

Snap photos in the tulips. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival begins March 24! The week of spring break will be on the early side for blooms, but that means no lines at the festival rides and if you get lucky with the weather you might see hot air balloons sans crowds.

Go whale watching. In late March, gray whales begin traveling past the Oregon coast on their way to Alaska. Find some of the best spots to look for whales.

Visit a museum. Spring break is a great time to drive to Astoria for a visit to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Or check out one of our other featured favorites!

Skate around town. Check out one of these indoor rinks or strap on those skates and head to one of our kid-friendly bike paths.

Find spring blooms. These are some of our favorite spots to catch spring in action in the Portland area.

Visit a farm and feed the animals. At Triskelee Farm’s weekday public tours, you will see alpacas, goats, ostriches, rabbits, and more. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance on weekends, along with a special egg hunt, bounce house, and crafts. Can’t get enough animal fun? Check out our roundup of other places to find farm favorites.

Go snow tubing. Although flowers are blooming here, there’s still snow on the mountain, so don’t miss Mt. Hood Skibowl‘s snow tubing fun.

Treat yourself. It’s definitely warm enough for ice cream. Or pack a picnic and head to one of these drool-worthy spots to dine alfresco.

Explore a new neighborhood. In our Neighborhood Guide, we highlight family-friendly spots to eat and play in neighborhoods across the quadrants.

Stay dry. It’s not summer yet, and you may still get some rain. But we’ve got you covered (literally). Visit one of these local Indoor Gyms and Pools, Rock Climbing Gyms, Art Studios or Bowling Alleys.

Escape. A spring break staycation is the perfect excuse to splurge on an escape room experience.

Check off a bucket list item. We’ve listed 101 ultimate Portland activities, and spring break is the perfect time to check a few off the list!

Looking for more ideas? Don’t forget to check our popular Kids Calendar for the daily happenings!

The Power of Expectations

Children pick up on what parents expect from them, and they’re likely to rise to the occasion. Try these suggestions for setting and communicating high but reasonable expectations for your youngster.

State your expectations. You can be direct (“I expect you to finish homework before you get screen time”) or indirect (“When you graduate from high school and go to college..”) Communicate your expectations regularly so your child knows them. Be realistic. Your youngster will be more apt to meet expectations if they’re within her reach. Say several of her report card grades dropped. It may be more reasonable to expect her to bring them up by one letter grade rather than two. Make attendance a priority. Let your child know that you expect her to attend school every day unless she’s sick or there’s a family emergency. Show her that you value attendance by scheduling vacations and, when possible, medical appointments outside of school hours.

(Home School Connect)

Womens' History Month

Women’s History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. From Abigail Adams to Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth to Rosa Parks, the timeline of women’s history milestones stretches back to the founding of the United States.

The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa.

A few years later, the idea caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.

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SUN School

Registration for Spring SUN afterschool classes is now open at: Register online by March 15. The Winter SUN term will be April 10 - June 1, Monday-Thursday from 2:30-4:45pm. Afterschool SUN is free and includes one hour of enrichment classes, 30 minutes of homework time, recess, and an afterschool meal.

Cook healthy recipes with the whole family! Sign up for Parklane SUN's cooking workshop series to get two free ingredient kits and video recipes delivered on March 13 and April 10. Sign up by March 8 at:

Wednesday April 12, 5:30-7:00pm
This workshop by MFS Economic Empowerment will share budgeting and saving tips and financial resources for your family. RSVP at:

MFS's CASH Oregon program is providing free, high-quality tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers to families and individuals earning under $60,000 a year. Sign up for an in-person or virtual appointment at:

Contact Andrew Neal at 503-593-5222 or if you have any questions.

Snacks & Wellness Policy

At Parklane, we have several students with food allergies. For this reason, and other issues tied to bringing food into school, we ask that any treats be dropped off in the office and that the teacher is aware that they are being brought to school. Treats for classroom parties and birthdays, therefore, need to be purchased from a bakery or grocery store and must be individually wrapped. In addition, we would like treats to be healthy. No cupcakes, candy, or cookies will be allowed. This is in accordance with our district’s wellness policy.

Food allergies are growing food safety and public health concerns that affect an estimated 8% of children in the United States.

That’s 1 in 13 children or about two students per classroom. A food allergy occurs when the body has a specific and reproducible immune response to certain foods. The body’s immune response can be severe and life-threatening, such as anaphylaxis. Although the immune system normally protects people from germs, in people with food allergies, the immune system mistakenly responds to food as if it were harmful.

DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICY Our Wellness Policy has been updated to address the changing health needs and concerns of our students, and to add choices by making sure that healthier options are available for everyone who wants them. Research shows that students are more academically successful when they have access to nutritious foods and physical activity. New additions to the policy include: * Fundraisers – schools can earn money without compromising the health of students, staff, and families, with projects that sell popular foods like fresh fruits, with traditional fundraisers that are activity based such as “Run For the Arts,” or by selling valuable items like wrapping paper or magazines. * Meal times – schools will work to make the healthier option the easier option for students by offering and promoting more choices in the cafeteria and reducing competition from less nutritious foods like chips and sports drinks. * In the classroom – choices will be available when food is provided at a classroom celebration. For example, if there are cupcakes for a party, a healthy option like fresh-cut fruit will be offered as well. Also, food will not be used as a reward or motivation (such as a bribe or for good behavior). * Physical Activity – research shows that students who move, stretch, or engage in learning activities in the classroom also have better academic and behavioral outcomes. Physical activity will be promoted throughout the school day to encourage students to enjoy movement and exercise. * Drinking water – because water is an essential nutrient and one of the healthiest beverage options, the new policy states that students and staff will have access to fresh drinking water throughout the school day, including in the cafeteria. The new Wellness Policy will be reviewed every year by the Superintendent and the District Wellness Committee and will be communicated for the benefit of students and staff. For more information or resources, please contact the District Wellness Committee: