Family Newsletter March 19 , 2021

Dear StepUP Families,

It is hard to believe we are already at the point to say, "Happy Spring Break!". It has been so wonderful to have our students in our classrooms. I hope that you have been enjoying our updates and pictures.

When we return from Spring Break, we will be back to our regular weekly schedule. I know that it can be confusing with our campus having multiple levels and different schedules, so if you are ever in doubt about your student's schedule, please reach out to us. The next time we will have schedules look a little different will be the week of April 26th, so you can be assured that until then your student will attend like we were prior to this last week. When we get closer to the week of April 26th, I will include the details and what will change for that week due to having no school Friday because of secondary conferences.

I hope that you all have a restful spring break and we cannot wait to see you on March 29th!

Karen Mitchell



We are saddened by the recent events in Atlanta in which six Asian women were murdered, and we echo Colt Gill, Director of Oregon Department of Education, in his response to Tuesday’s racist killing. His statement reads, in part:

“Though a tragedy that happens in another place can feel distant, it is all too close to home here in Oregon, including in Oregon’s schools. We hear from students, educators, administrators, and staff how much pain and fear exists when hate arises in our school communities. Silence and inaction allow racism to remain prevalent in our schools, while proactively moving forward policy, curriculum, and communication will help ensure there is no place for hatred, racism or violence in our schools or our community."
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  • March 22-26 - Spring Break - No School
  • March 29th - First day of 3rd Trimester Middle School and High School
  • April 9th - School Pictures
  • April 30 - No School Secondary & Transition - Conferences


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Summer Camps

Several summer camps have contacted us that they plan to be open for outdoor activities this summer! The ones we've heard from include: Portland Parks & Rec, Tualatin Hills Parks & Rec, Camp Yakety-Yak, Camp Odakoda and ACAP.

For a listing of more summer camps to check and see if they plan to open, please go to our "Sports & Camps" listings on the ASO Resource Directory at LINK.

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In the 7up classroom, students decorated cupcakes to celebrate all the hard work and progress they've made in school over the last term. They each got to talk about ways in which they've grown as a student, and then took turns complimenting other student's cupcake creations.


Playing Legos during choice time.

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Celebrating Women Paving The Way In Mental Health

Tina Payne Bryson

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the author of Bottom Line for Baby and co-author with Dan Siegel of The Power Of Showing Up and The Yes Brain, as well as two New York Times bestsellers, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline.

Tina is a psychotherapist and the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and of The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopment lens. A graduate of Baylor University, she earned her LCSW and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, child rearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology.

Tina’s professional life now focuses on taking research and theory from various fields of science, and offering it in a way that’s clear, realistic, humorous, and immediately helpful. As she puts it, “For parents, clinicians, and teachers, learning about how kids’ (and their own) brains work is surprisingly practical, informing how they approach discipline, how they help kids deal with everyday struggles, and ultimately how they connect with the children they care about.”

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