DOLPHIN DIGEST 1/22/21
Community Newsletter for Arleta School
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
MEAL DISTRIBUTION AT ARLETA MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS - 3:00-4:30pm
- Jan. 25: GSA for grade 3-5 - 2-2:30pm (every Monday)
- Jan. 25: Franklin HS class selection window opens (due Feb. 5)
- Jan. 27: Black History Month Planning - 3-4pm
- Jan. 27: PPS Workshop: Racism in Oregon History - 4-5pm
- Jan. 29: Teacher Development Day - NO SCHOOL
- Feb. 1-28: Black History Month
- Feb. 01: GSA for grade 3-5 - 2-2:30pm (every Monday)
- Feb. 02: Atlas Pizza Dine-out or Take-out - 4-10pm
- Feb. 05: Franklin HS class selections due
- Feb. 08: GSA for grade 3-5 - 2-2:30pm (every Monday)
- Feb. 09: PTA General Meeting - 6-7:30pm
- Feb. 17: Guest Speaker Rashelle Chase presents on Microaggressions - 6pm
- Feb. 26: School Pictures (more info to come)
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. If you have information you'd like shared in the newsletter, please email it to ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com. Keep scrolling for the latest.
Next week will be the last week of the second quarter and students will not have classes on Friday, January 29. Teachers will be completing report cards that day. Report cards for all grades will be mailed home after they have been completed.
This means we will be halfway through the school year! Some days I think the year is going quickly and other days I think it’s going slowly. I know we all look forward to a time when we can safely gather in schools.
Toward that end, last week I wrote about Limited In Person Instruction (LIPI) and I have a little more information to share. Arleta will be in the final phase of implementation for LIPI so the few students invited to participate in LIPI will not start before March 1. I have surveyed staff to see who would be willing to volunteer to participate and we are beginning to plan with our Instructional Leadership Team. I want to emphasize that we are looking at very few students to begin with (less than 20) and they would not be at school more than 2 hours a day. It is possible a cohort could meet for more than 1 day per week but our planning is just getting underway.
Limited in Person Instruction (LIPI) is not the Hybrid model that was discussed at the start of this school year. Until a decision is made about the Hybrid model students will remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning. The few students participating in LIPI will be doing so in addition to Comprehensive Distance Learning.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH - VOTE & PARTICIPATE
From the Arleta counselors - Ms. Aud & Ms. Greenberg -“Hello Arleta Families, please take a moment to fill out this survey to indicate what learning/activities you would like to see for Black History Month at Arleta this year! rmd.me/yeLFQtALVF7
Hola familias de Arleta, tómese un momento para completar esta encuesta para indicar qué oportunidades de aprendizaje y actividades les gustaría ver para el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana en Arleta este año.
Xin chào Gia đình Arleta, vui lòng dành chút thời gian điền vào bản khảo sát này để cho biết những cơ hội học tập và hoạt động nào bạn muốn xem trong Tháng Lịch sử Đen tại Arleta năm nay!”
Next planning meeting is Wednesday, January 27th at 3-4pm
Link to join:
PTA INCLUSION COMMITTEE NEWS & RESOURCES
Mark your calendars for Feb. 17th at 6pm for the next PTA Inclusion Committee event. We'll be welcoming back Rashelle Chase for a presentation and discussion on microagressions; indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group. Rashelle is a local mom, early-childhood development expert, advocate and activist for racial equity. We look forward to seeing you Feb. 17! Zoom details will be sent closer to the event date.
FRANKLIN HS CLASS SELECTION
Hello 8th Grade Students and Families,
Next week Ms. Greenberg will be holding virtual office hours for your 8th grade student to ask questions and get help with forecasting for high school next year. If your student will be attending Franklin High School, the forecasting window will open on January 25th. Your student must sign up for their classes by Friday, February 5th. Your student(s) can do this on their own (click here for more information), or they can attend any of the following office hours with me to get help.
Office hours will be:
Tuesday, January 26th at 1:00-2:00pm
Wednesday, January 27th and Thursday, January 28th at 9:00-10:00am
Here is the Zoom Link for all of these sessions
GIRL STRENGTH WORKSHOPS FOR 4-10 GRADES
Girl Strength has a few upcoming workshops for students in 4th to 10th grades. Review the dates and descriptions below and register by filling out this form or emailing email@example.com
Saturday, January 23rd (9:30 - 11): Intro to Self-Defense
Friday, January 29th (11-12): Physical Skills Refresher - for students who have already taken GirlStrength
Monday, February 15th (1-2:30): Self-Defense for Queer Students!
A class just for LGBTQ+ students! We will talk about intuition, assertive communication and learn some basic self-defense moves and strategies.
Saturday, February 20th (9:30 - 11): All About Gender
In this workshop we will explore gender norms, talk about the gender spectrum and do some fun activities that make us feel great about our own gender expression!
LIBRARY BOOK PICK UP ON WEDNESDAYS
Library books are available for pick up every Wednesday from 2 to 5pm out of the Red Room.
Grades K-3 - just show up to pick up a book bag. Grades 4-8 - reserve books with Destiny Discover here: https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/20750. Here is a tutorial on Destiny Discover: https://youtu.be/qydK3LXi2Xc
WHEN RETURNING YOUR BOOKS, PLEASE DROP OFF EXTRA CLEAN, REUSABLE/CLOTH GROCERY BAGS SO WE CAN SAVE MONEY FROM PURCHASING NEW BAGS.
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS FOR THE YEARBOOK!
PPS FACILITY PLANNING WITH RACE IN MIND
PPS PARENT WORKSHOP - RACISM IN OREGON HISTORY
The PPS Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with the Oregon Historical Society on Jan. 27, 2021 designed to help parents understand how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history and are crucial to our ability to build a better future. Here's the flyer with the registration link:
SAFE ROUTES FOR SCHOOLS ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES
Safe Routes to School is a partnership between the City of Portland, schools, neighbors, community organizations and agencies, continuing to increase safety and improve health for students and their families. Check out the activities and resources they have to share this month -
RESOURCE FOR COPING DURING COVID-19
A new toolkit was created by Multnomah County students, parents and public health communicators to empower youth and families to cope during the pandemic: Taking Care of Ourselves and Others: A COVID-19 Guide for Youth and Families.
The guide is available in both English and Spanish at this time, and is accessible and continually updated on the Multnomah County webpage.
FREE MEDICAL CARE
If your child is currently in need of medical services or shots and you aren't sure where to go, Multnomah County Student Health Centers are open.
School based health center resources and fliers IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES are found here: https://www.multnomahesd.org/shs-student-health-centers.html
TOOLS FOR NOTICING MY EMOTIONS
FREE SHIPPING ON ARLETA SPIRIT WEAR THRU 1/31
Have you ordered your Arleta spirit wear yet? Now is a great time to stock up with free shipping Jan 11-31 with code FREESHIP121ef7609. Shop online 24/7 and have your items shipped to your home. There are t-shirts, hoodies, tanks, mugs and more. Check out the new store here: https://arletaschool.threadless.com/
(image is just a sample of the available items)
BUY GIFT CARDS AND BENEFIT ARLETA
Benefit mobile users don't spend a penny more than they generally would and get to support Arleta with every transaction. Next time you are shopping online or in-store, use the Benefit app to check out and #paywithpurpose! Check out the video to see how easy it is! https://vimeo.com/248248278
PTA IS COLLECTING BOTTLES & CANS
AMAZON SMILE IS EASIER THAN EVER
You can get full instructions here
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request some blue bags. (Arleta pays a fee for the bags, so let's fill them to the top!)