Parklane Community Newsletter

September 22nd, 2022

Panther Message

Dear Panthers,

It is still Hispanic Heritage Month and we will continue to be working on the Panther Value of positivity. It is the fall equinox today, and Autumn has arrived. I hope you are having a pleasant week and that your students are back into the rhythm of school and their daily school routines. We have been pleasantly surprised by all the positive praise and support Parklane has received from our parents and school community. We want all students to be successful and have fun while learning at Parklane. To help build a positive school culture and appreciate our students and community, we want everyone to come out to our Parklane School Carnival this Friday at our neighbor school, Oliver. We will have catered food and many fun activities and prizes for the whole family. We look forward to seeing you all at the carnival tomorrow night starting at 4:30 PM-7:00 PM!

Congratulations, your child has been selected to represent Parklane by marching in the Centennial High School Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 30th! Here are some additional details you will need in order to ensure a safe, orderly, and fun parade for you and your child!

  • Please arrive at the Powell Butte (Formerly Lynch Wood) Elementary parking lot by 5:00 pm.

  • Powell Butte Elementary Address: 3615 SE 174th Ave, Portland, OR 97236 (Between Powell & Division)

  • We will be organizing students promptly at 5:00 pm.

  • There will not be parking at the School (it will be used for staging the parade)

  • Leave plenty of time to find parking.

  • Parking suggestions: Centennial High School, Centennial Middle School, Meadows, the Centennial School District Office, and the side streets around Wood.

(There is a charge to park in the Centennial High School Stadium Lot)

  • Please check in at the Parklane Sign when you arrive at Powell Butte Elementary.

  • The event organizers require you to watch your child during the parade along 172nd or Haig Street. You may also walk with your child.

  • After the parade, you will meet your child by the track shed at the Southwest side of the football stadium (approximately 6:00 pm).

  • You are welcome to march in the parade with your child, if you would like. Parents of Kindergarten through second-grade students should stay and march to supervise your child.

  • We will participate in the parade, rain or shine!

  • Other expectations:

    • You need to provide transportation for your child to & from the parade

    • You need to supervise your child before & after the parade march

    • You need to meet your child at approximately 6:00 pm, after the parade ends

    • Your child will remember to wear their Panther attire or a Dodger blue T-shirt

If you have any questions, please email Jorge Meza at, Principal at Parklane Elementary.

Thanks, we are looking forward to a fun event!

Attendance, Did You Know?

-Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

-Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.

-Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

-Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

-Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about a school—and themselves. Start building this habit in kindergarten so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work. (

Cell Phones:

At Parklane, we understand that cell phones are necessary for some parents to communicate with their children. At school, we would like students to please keep their phones in their backpacks and turn them off. If students are concerned about leaving cell phones in backpacks, they can give phones to their teachers to lock away until the end of the day. We don’t want students using cell phones during school hours on campus. If a student has to make a phone call, they can ask permission to use the office telephone. If students are caught using their cell phones, they will be given a warning and asked to put them away. Then if it happens again, we’ll ask for the phone to be kept until the end of the day. Finally, if this happens again, the cell phone will be taken to the office, and parents will be asked to come to pick up their student’s phone.

*Please make sure and review the Centennial students' rights and responsibility handbook.

*Drive Slowly in front of the school and use the crosswalks to cross Main Street


-Friday, September 23rd, Parklane Family Carnival @ Oliver Middle School Track 4:30 pm-7:00 pm. (We will have a lot of fun events and food catered by Tamale Factory)

-Friday, September 30th, Homecoming Parade 5:30 at Powell Butte.

SUN School


Sign-up now for Metropolitan Family Service's SUN afterschool classes. The fall SUN term will be Oct 10-Dec 8, from 2:30-5:00pm Monday through Thursday.

Afterschool SUN is open to 1st-5th graders and includes one hour of enrichment classes, 30 minutes of homework time, an afterschool meal, and bus transportation for eligible students. MFS SUN will be following all Centennial School District COVID-19 safety policies.

Register online by Sept 23 at

Paper forms are also available in the front office. Contact Andrew Neal at (503) 593-5222 or for more info.


The Parklane Food Pantry will re-open for the school year on September 23, and will be open every Friday from 12:00-1:30pm. Come grab groceries for the whole family!


Need help with bills, groceries, clothing, COVID resources, taxes, or navigating social services? Our SUN Family Resource Navigator Daisy Carr can help! Contact her at (971) 396-9389 or

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