DOLPHIN DIGEST 10/2/20
Community Newsletter for Arleta School
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- Sept. 15-Oct. 15: Latinx Heritage Month
- Oct. 9: In-Service Day - NO SCHOOL
- Oct. 13: Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Meeting, 6pm via Zoom
- Oct. 22: Enrollment Rebalancing SE Guiding Coalition Virtual Open House
WELCOME TO ARLETA'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER!
We’re so glad to have you as part of our school community!
This is a weekly newsletter sent in partnership between school administration and the PTA with information about events, school news and updates. Please scroll down for the latest.
I hope you had an opportunity to watch our Back to School Night video last night but in case you missed it, here is the link Arleta Back to School Night 2020. Just as we were about to make it live last night we discovered a technical problem but thanks to some great work by Treasa Street and Alexis Tanner we were able to get it out anyway...just a little late. I haven’t made it through all of the presentations but what I’ve seen is very informative so I hope you enjoy what you watch. Thank you to all of the teachers.
Many people had difficulty accessing the Google Form I made available in last week’s Dolphin Digest to directly ask me questions about this school year. This link should be more reliable. Questions for Mr. Horn I’ll include answers in the next Dolphin Digest.
The highlight of my week was joining Ms. Kuether in visiting 7 classrooms today!! It was so wonderful to see the students and be reminded of how much fun it’s going to be when we all get back together.
Thank you all and have a great weekend.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL VIDEO FROM THE PTA
SAVE THE DATE - NEXT PTA MEETING IS OCT. 13
Join the next Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting on October 13th at 6pm via Zoom. A link to join online will be sent out closer to the date.
JOIN THE PTA TODAY!
The Arleta PTA membership drive is underway! Memberships for the 2020-2021 school year are $10. Join today: http://www.arletapta.org/ways-to-help---join.html
Why should I join the Arleta PTA?
PTA membership and dues support our school community by funding educational needs, advocating on behalf of students and educators at the local, state, and national levels, and building an inclusive school community for all families. With the support of Arleta PTA members, we have provided grants to allow teachers to choose classroom tools that benefit the needs of their students, hosted parent/family social and educational events, celebrated middle school honor roll students, and last spring made a donation to our partner organization, Urban Gleaners, to support food insecure families during the pandemic.
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.
PPS UPDATE ON ENROLLMENT & PROGRAM BALANCING/ KELLOGG REOPENING
September 29, 2020
Dear PPS Families,
We want to update you on our progress on the Enrollment and Program Balancing project we have undertaken. The initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.
The Southeast Guiding Coalition has held three meetings this month that focused on orientation to the material and data. They concluded last week with the introduction of a first draft, also called a springboard, proposal. Key highlights of the proposal:
- Kellogg Middle School would reopen, with the Spanish Dual Language Immersion program that is currently at Mt. Tabor Middle School moving there.
- Harrison Park, which is currently a K-8 school, would become a middle school.
- Other K-8 schools (Arleta, Bridger, Creston, Lent and Marysville) will be converted into K-5 schools.
Feeder patterns, boundaries and shifts to DLI programs were also proposed. Details can be seen in the first draft document. This is a starting point of possible options for the Southeast Guiding Coalition to think about, and they will continue to work together in October to ask questions and develop additional versions of a possible plan.
There are virtual open houses on October 22 and December 3 that will be open to all, a community survey, and will conclude with a final Phase 1 recommendation on December 17.
Read more and get meeting agendas, materials, minutes and videos at the Enrollment and Program Balancing website.
PPS UPDATE ON MAPS TEST INFO
September 28, 2020
Dear PPS Families,
One of the tools PPS uses to help teachers understand students' learning needs is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. We had planned to conduct MAP assessments over the next four weeks. However, given the numerous challenges all of us are navigating right now, and considering the feedback we have heard from families and educators, we have suspended MAP assessments for all students this fall. We will re-evaluate the opportunity for assessments later in the school year.
PPS UPDATES & CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES
FREE BREAKFAST/LUNCH FOR ALL PORTLAND CHILDREN AGES 1-18
Pick up meals from Arleta on Mondays & Wednesdays from 3 to 5pm at SE 65th & Mitchell St. Anyone can walk or drive up - Please wear your mask!
Urban Gleaners is also distributing food from 12-2pm on Tuesdays at Mt. Scott and Thursdays at Lent through October. http://urbangleaners.org/need-food/
TWO SCREENS FOR TEACHERS
PTA INCLUSION COMMITTEE NEWS + RESOURCES
It's been 66 years since Brown v. Board of Education, but the percentage of racially segregated schools in the United States has been growing steadily. This video features 5th graders from the Bronx who were asked what segregation looks like today.
Kids Talk About Segregation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sff2N8rez_8
As neighborhoods in Portland gentrify, how do our schools look today in terms of segregation?
ARLETA ONLINE SPIRIT WEAR STORE IS OPEN!
Have you ordered your Arleta spirit wear yet? Shop online 24/7 and have your items shipped to your home. There are t-shirts, hoodies, tanks, mugs and more, with other options coming soon! Check out the new store here: https://arletaschool.threadless.com/
PTA IS COLLECTING CANS & BOTTLES
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
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!)
MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE!
Election Day is six weeks away!
Ballots will be mailed to all registered Multnomah County voters beginning Wednesday, October 14. It is important to make sure you are registered to vote and keep your registration up to date so that you can receive your ballot as soon as possible.
The voter registration deadline for this election is Tuesday, October 13. Register to vote online at oregonvotes.gov/register. Make sure to update your voter registration anytime you move, change your name, or want to change your party affiliation. Now is the time to check that your voter registration has your current residence and mailing address. For more information, visit the Multnomah County Elections website.