DOLPHIN DIGEST 11/20/20
Community Newsletter for Arleta School
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- November: Native American Heritage Month
- Nov. 23-24: Family-Teacher Conferences
- Nov. 23-24: Storybook Walk activity
- Nov. 25-27: NO SCHOOL
- Dec. 1: Middle School Theater Info Night (see below)
- Dec. 4: Middle School Theater application due (see below)
- Dec. 4: TAG Nominations Due
- Dec. 11: Middle & High School Transfer Applications Due
- Dec. 15: OBOB Info Session
- Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
- Jan. 12: Theater Program Live Show
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 with information about events, school news and updates. Keep scrolling for the latest.
As a reminder, Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for this coming Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24. They are being done by video conference of course and you should already have received the opportunity to schedule a conference. If you still need to schedule a conference, please contact the teacher directly.
Some reminders about conferences for this year….
Elementary conferences will last 20 minutes
Middle School conferences will last 10 minutes
When you arrive at your conference you will automatically be placed in a waiting room. The teacher will let you in when your conference begins.
If you do not remember your conference time, please contact the teacher directly
In case you can’t find the link to the video conference, here is a list of all teachers and the links for their conferences Teacher Conference Zoom Links
If you run into difficulties on Monday or Tuesday, there are two ways to get help. There is a video conference help desk available Help Desk for Conferences and you may need the pass code to enter it (Meeting ID: 858 9644 9258 Passcode: 991957). You can also call the school at (503) 916-6330. We will do our best to solve your problem.
I believe we’ve done everything we can to make the technical side of this work and I know your teachers have worked very hard to prepare for your conferences. As always this year, thank you in advance for your patience!
TAG NOMINATIONS DUE DEC. 4
https://forms.gle/t4eZkcdoQ9UxRye5A - Chinese
https://forms.gle/gqRLqhmcKu9SphXY8 - Russian
https://forms.gle/VtfYKEKanmVfhpTb7 - Somali
https://forms.gle/gw8WzSeMxWB2Myra9 - Spanish
https://forms.gle/8GS7Wrq5bzA68yTy7 - Vietnamese
KELLOGG MS | SE BOUNDARY UPDATES
PPS has a new website set up with the Nov. 19th presentation slides, past meeting materials and tons of information about the enrollment rebalancing program, with more continually added: https://www.ppsenrollmentbalancing.com/
AFTER SCHOOL THEATER PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS
If you are interested in participating in Live 45 or want to learn more, visit https://generic15.wixsite.com/streamingshowcase to sign up. Or you may contact the director, Heather Rose, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. To hear more about SUN Community Schools programming, you may contact Sadie Atwell, SUN School Coordinator, at 971-803-8986 or email@example.com.
TREATS FOR TEACHERS - THANK YOU!
And many thanks to our PTA Teacher Appreciation Chair, Erin Frank, for organizing!
SIGN UP TO BE A STORYBOOK WALK STOP
Thanks to all that have signed up to be a stop on Arleta's first ever Storybook Walk! We still need some more volunteers. If you can add your home to our list of (no-contact) stops in the storybook walk, please fill out this Google Form. https://forms.gle/qu23YZjKQhwMeQQ28
Here's a little more info on what to expect: Join us during Conferences on November 23rd-24th for a neighborhood walk to read a beloved story. All directions will be provided, as well as activities along the way from our amazing specials teachers, Mrs. Noakes and Mr. Misha. After your conference, please come to the school to start your walk and drop off any canned or dry goods you are able to donate to families in need this holiday season.
LIBRARY BOOK DISTRIBUTION RESUMES DEC. 2
Ms. Street will continue library book distribution again on Dec. 2, and each Wednesday the school is open from 2-5pm out of the Red Room. Grades K-3 can just show up to pick up a book bag, and grades 4-8 can reserve books by using Destiny Discover from this link.
https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/20750. Here is a tutorial on Destiny Discover: https://youtu.be/qydK3LXi2Xc
While picking up your books you can also grab a meal from our wonderful cafeteria! Meal distribution is on Mitchell Ct. between 65th & 66th between 3-4:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
OBOB UPDATE & INFO SESSION
Already registered for OBOB or thinking about trying it out this year? Please join us for a virtual information session on Tuesday, December 15 at 4:30pm. We'll be sharing more details about the program and how virtual practices and battles will happen this year. Everyone is welcome! We'll be sharing a participation link in the coming weeks. Please join us if you can! We will also record the session so you can watch it later.
We'll officially kick off the season after winter break, with practices being held over Zoom on Thursdays from 2:45-3:30.
Other important dates:
Thursday, January 28 Practice Battles 2:45-4
Thursday, March 11 & Thursday March 18 Final Battles
As a reminder, ALL students in 3rd-8th grade are invited to participate, regardless of reading level. There are a variety of books that appeal to many different reading preferences and abilities, and reading all of the books on the booklist is not expected or required. Students can form their own teams of 3-5 students in their division or we can help them form a team. Participation is free for everyone, though we welcome and encourage donations to the Arleta PTA whose support helps make this program possible at Arleta.
Ready to get started? Welcome! Please register here!
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you on December 15!
DOWNLOAD THE BENEFIT APP - ARLETA'S NEW GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER
It's super easy!
1. Download the Benefit app on your iPhone or Android phone
2. Select Arleta Elementary School as the beneficiary
3. Buy gift cards to hundreds of your favorite stores and restaurants through the app
4. Shop and redeem your gift cards online or in-store OR give them as gifts
Retailers include Target, Apple, Columbia, DoorDash, GrubHub, Starbucks, Jiffy Lube, Joann, and so many more!
Funds raised through the program go toward the PTA general fund that supports Teacher Grants, the OBOB program, school beautification, enrichment opportunities and more!
PPS WORKSHOP ON EARLY READING SKILLS
The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with Read by 4th, Drexel University School of Education, and AIM Institute designed to help parents grow their grade K-3 students into strong readers. This workshop will have ideas for making reading fun with the ultimate goal of reading by 4th grade. Parents will receive a workbook to use during and after this workshop.
Sessions will be offered in both Spanish and English with translation available during the English session. Sessions will be recorded.
- Friday, December 11, 2020 (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.) - English with translation
- Saturday, December 12, 2020 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) - Spanish
PRESENTATION ON SOCIAL ISOLATION
PTA INCLUSION COMMITTEE NEWS & RESOURCES
November is Native American Heritage Month
"Native American Heritage Month has evolved from its beginnings as a week-long celebration in 1986, when President Reagan proclaimed the week of November 23-30, 1986 as "American Indian Week." Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November as the time to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of people who were the first inhabitants of the United States.
Through dance, family traditions, and music, these stories show the diversity and long history of Indigenous people across the United States. Celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories, and resources from Public Television."
SUPPORT ARLETA DONOR'S CHOOSE PROJECT
TEEN NATURE TEAM PROGRAM
WHAT IS TNT?
Teen Nature Team (TNT) is a FREE program for middle school students. TNT is: in-person, outdoors, science / nature based, and social. For more information:
WHEN DOES TNT MEET? Saturdays, school holidays, summer, 11am – 3pm during the winter months; 10am – 4pm during the summer.
WHERE? Meet in local parks, bus tickets provided
HOW TO APPLY
Apply any time online at https://forms.gle/eurkvxKnP8ccPP1E8.
We have a few open spots for youth wanting to begin in November. Priority for youth who qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch.
FREE PROGRAM There is no cost to participate. Lunches and outdoor gear provided
Check out PPS updates and resources by clicking PPS 2020 Updates button below or the link here: https://www.pps.net/Page/15680
Revised Criteria for Opening Schools
TURN IN YOUR BLUE BOTTLE DROP BAGS NOV. 15 - DEC. 1
Need more bags? Want to arrange a no-contact pick up of your full bags? Email ArletaBottleDrop@gmail.com
AMAZON SMILE IS EASIER THAN EVER
You can get full instructions here
JOIN THE PTA TODAY! IT'S 'NEW MEMBER NOVEMBER'
It's 'New Member November!' If you've never joined the PTA, or are new to Arleta, we'd love to welcome you as a new member! Memberships for the 2020-2021 school year are just $10 and there are a lot of benefits for you and your family -
Why should I join the Arleta PTA?
- Joining the PTA means that you are part of a powerful organization that strengthen your student's education and family-school partnerships.
- Joining the PTA is an investment in your student, our teachers and our neighborhood school.
- Joining the PTA helps to to create a diverse and inclusive school community.
There are lots of reasons to join the PTA! Everyone is welcome - parents, caregivers, grandparents, teachers/staff, community members. Join today for just $10 by clicking the button below. There are lots of scholarships available too! On the fence about joining?...just request a scholarship to try it out for a year - email ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com to sign up with a scholarship.
ORDER YOUR ARLETA SPIRIT WEAR IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Arleta spirit wear makes great holiday gifts! Place your order ASAP and have it shipped directly to your home to receive in time for the holidays. Check out everything available on the online store: https://arletaschool.threadless.com/
(below image is just a sample of the available items)
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
And instructions can be found here: http://www.arletapta.org/ways-to-help---join.html
JOIN FACEBOOK GROUP TO CONNECT FAMILIES
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 email@example.com to request some blue bags. (Arleta pays a fee for the bags, so let's fill them to the top!)