CSS Community Updates

November 5th, 2021

Upcoming Event Dates

  • November 11th & 12th - No School
  • November 17th - Creative Science Middle School Info Night, Virtual 6:30 pm
  • November 19th - Principal Coffee Chat 9 am
  • November 22nd & 23rd Conferences
  • November 22-26 No School

Principal's Update


It is nice to have a break in the rain on the planning day, and I hope you all have an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fall weather. We enjoyed our spirit day this Monday and seeing so many of our students dressed in their “cozy” clothes at school.

This Monday November 8th, teachers will be sharing their conference sign up link with families. Please keep an eye out for communication from your student’s teacher on Monday.

The Southeast Guiding Coalition met on Thursday evening to continue reviewing draft proposals to address enrollment and program challenges across SE schools. In response to coalition concerns and suggestions, a third draft proposal will be developed to consider other ways to improve equity of access and opportunity at schools that serve both dual language immersion and standard neighborhood programs. They are postponing the scheduled community engagement sessions next week in order to develop this third scenario. As soon as they release the new community engagement sessions, I will share that information with you.

District leadership is asking for your feedback on the phase 2 planning process. Please use the survey link below to provide feedback on the Phase 2 process.

Have a restful weekend.


Dr. Kristy Mize

SEGC Phase 2 Feedback Survey

Send your feedback to the Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWxpegJYeNhHpxDADaC_17uG0bCyyzb1IVpvoQvAAEtf_ZhQ/viewform
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Principal Coffee Chat

Friday, Nov. 19th, 9-9:30am

9004 Southeast Taylor Street

Portland, OR

Bring your morning tea and coffee to Berrydale park. This will be a time to connect with other families and Principal Kristy. Please plan to wear a mask and maintain social distance while meeting. Please stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-10 symptoms. If the weather does not allow for an outdoor meeting we will switch to a virtual setting and share the link here and on our website pps.net/creativescience

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

CSS Holiday Gift Card Drive

Monday, November 1st - Friday, November 19th

Donate Gift Cards

Purchase gift cards in amounts no larger than $25
But multiple donations are welcome! Cards in amounts of $25 or less will allow CSS staff to distribute donations more evenly. Your generous gift will be delivered to families in the CSS community before Fall Break in time for multiple holidays and seasonal sales.

Deliver gift cards to CSS

  • Drop them in the office or the mail slot in the front door of school.

  • Mail them to 1231 SE 92nd Ave. Portland, OR 97216

  • Email them to yourself & forward to kbennett@pps.net

*Make sure they will arrive by Nov 19th
**Remember to label each card with the amount!

Suggested Retailers
Fred Meyer - can purchase online and have mailed to CSS
Target - can buy online, email to yourself, & forward to kbennett@pps.net
Local shops and businesses that sell gifts, clothing, and/or groceries

Request Gift Cards

Fill out the
request form

in Chinese here,

in Spanish here,

or in English here.

Takes 3-5 mins.

CSS Virtual Info Night - MidLevel

Share the date! CSS will hold its yearly Info Session for interested 6th - 8th grade families to apply to the lottery for the 2022-23 school year virtually on November 17th at 6:30 pm. K-5 sessions will happen in 2022. Families who currently attend CSS do not need to re-apply for MidLevel or need to attend the Info Session. This Info Session is specifically for new families interested in CSS. A link to the meeting will be shared here and on the website closer to the event.

CSS MidLevel 6th Grade Class of 2022/23 Survey (current 5th graders)

Every year we send out a survey to the current CSS 5th grade class to get a general idea of how many students will remain at CSS for 6th grade. This helps the CSS office when the lottery opens for middle schools on November 29th, 2021. *Families who currently attend CSS do not need to re-apply for MidLevel.*

If you have a current 5th grade student, please fill out this survey here: https://forms.gle/emD6VY681ZhbidXK9

Thank you!

Conference Update

Conferences will be held virtually this year. All teachers will be using a tool called Calendly this year for conference sign ups. You can learn more about Calendly at the link below. Teachers will send their sign up link to their families by Monday November 8th. Specialists will email their conference plans to families by November 8th. Conferences will be held November 22nd and November 23rd. Morning, afternoon and evening slots will be made available for families.

Oregon Battle of the Books 3rd Grade thru 8th Grade (OBOB)

What is Oregon Battle of the Books?

The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a voluntary statewide program promoting reading motivation and comprehension, sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. The goals are to encourage reading for enjoyment, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, and promote cooperative learning. 16 books are selected by the committee. Students should form teams of 4 and read between 4 and 16 books. In February teams will compete in a trivia style competition.

Who is eligible to participate?

All 3rd-8th graders.

Who forms the teams?

Students should form their own teams of four (4). Team members should be in the same grade but not necessarily in the same class.

How does my child participate?

Fill out and return the registration form that is attached to this letter. Please ensure that all team members names are listed and that a parent/guardian has signed the permission slip.

Helpful Resources:

Important Dates:

  • Return permission slip by Nov 19, 2021

  • Battles in FEB 2022

Want to Volunteer? It takes parent support to complete all the battles! No experience necessary! Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us in the library!

Laura Axon, Media Specialist laxon@pps.net

Link to Permission Form

CSS Spirit Wear Store Back Open!

Click Here to place your order!!

Order Due Date: November 19th, 2021

The Spirit Wear Store is currently OPEN. Order now until November 19th, 2021. Deliveries will be made to your student's homeroom teacher in December before Winter Break.

Inclement Arrival Reminder

Fall weather is upon us and this is a good time to review the inclement weather procedures. Please look for the orange flags on the playground and sign in front of the school to signal inclement arrival. Please use the link below to review your inclement arrival location.

Mid-level Schedule Information for Quarter 2

  • Mid-level Quarter 2 electives start on Monday, November 8. Finalized student schedules are now available in ParentVue. Andrew Dauch, assistant principal, will be on the south playground before school on Monday, November 8 with hardcopies of schedules for students.

Important Information for Students Taking Spanish

  • Spanish will now occur during Period 2. We are dealing with a technical issue with the PPS Synergy system in making this change. Currently, Spanish mistakenly appears on student schedules as occurring during both Periods 1 & 2, but this is an error. Spanish will occur for all students only during Period 2. Thank you for your patience as we work to correct this error.

Please contact assistant principal, Andrew Dauch, adauch@pps.net regarding any questions you have about mid-level scheduling


Here is the link to our CSS Amazon Wishlist. https://a.co/fnJsV1k We have updated some items like trash grabbers for outdoor lunches and sweatpants for students who need a change of clothes unexpectedly. There are descriptions for each item. If you do not want to purchase via Amazon but already have one of these items gently used that you would like to donate we will take that as well! The sizes and quantities are listed in the wishlist. Thank you!

OHSU Screening

If you do not receive results from the screening testing, you should verify that your primary email and phone number are up to date via PVUE. OHSU is only emailing the primary email provided to the school.

If that doesn't work, please call OHSU: 833-376-1027

Families can also visit: https://www.ohsu.edu/health/k-12-covid-19-screening-program.

Creative Science School Weekly Screening Schedule

We have begun to receive OHSU labels. We have also been notified that due to the volume of schools/students signing up for the screening OHSU is behind on creating labels. Thank you for your patience. Please note: Not all students who signed up have received labels yet from OHSU. When these are delivered they will go home on Fridays.

Please keep these labels at home to attach to your student's sample. There are detailed directions linked here and attached to your labels. You will not get a test kit until you get labels.

If you get a test kit on Monday. Perform the spit test on Tuesday morning and then bring the sample to school that morning.

On Tuesday mornings, a district representative will be in the front of the school with a sign and a cooler for families to collect the samples during drop-off from 8:30-9am.

You can find sample collection instructions here.

Test kits go home on Mondays.

Please do the spit test on Tuesday morning and bring it to school for drop off on Tuesdays between 8:30 am and 9 am. We cannot take test kits after this time.

Keep your labels and please label your own student’s tube. Thank you.

OHSU expects to provide families with results within 48 hours of the specimen being dropped off at the school. You will receive a secure email with your child's results. Please be sure the primary email addresses are updated and you have the correct email address noted that you wish results to go to.

  1. If it is a positive result, you will need to call the CSS nurse’s office and inform them immediately and follow the guidance provided to you. You will be asked to keep your child home from school. 503-916-6431 ext. 73339

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We are beginning to put out requests for volunteers to the CSS community. We will only utilize essential volunteers at this time to carry out school functions. All volunteers are background checked, required to show proof of vaccination, and must comply with all safety protocols while in the school. You will need to be currently approved through PPS. Sign up to be an approved volunteer here. Approval only lasts three years so if it has been a while please re-submit.


TAG Nomination Process for the 2021-2022 School Year

  • If you are interested in nominating your child for TAG for this year, please email Andrew Dauch, assistant principal, and he will email you an electronic TAG nomination form. The due date for TAG family nomination forms has been extended to January 7, 2022. Andrew's email address is adauch@pps.net
Students Nominated in 2020-2021
  • If you nominated your child during the 2020-2021 school year, you will need to renominate them. This year's electronic nomination form must be completed to have your child identified. Please email Andrew Dauch, Assistant principal adauch@pps.net and he will email you an electronic TAG nomination form. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

Disease Guidance

Please see the linked document from the Oregon Health Authority. It contains guidelines on students who are ill. Pages 8-12 are especially helpful for parents to determine when they should or shouldn't send a child to school. HERE