CSS Community Update

Week of September 27th - October 1st

Upcoming Event Dates


Sept. 30 - Picture Day!

Sept. 30 - Oct. 8 - Book Fair

Oct 1 - Mid-Level Coffee Chat with Principal Kristy

Oct. 1 - CSS Spirit Day > Sports

Oct. 8 - Statewide Inservice (No School)

Oct. 11 - Indigenous Peoples' Day

Principal's Update on Enrollment

It was great to connect with so many CSS families during Back To School Night. I am enjoying getting to know you and your students, and am looking forward to the year ahead.

I have been getting many questions and concerns about the future location of Creative Science and potential changes on the horizon. At times, the district examines school boundaries to address enrollment concerns. This process is taking place in southeast Portland as there are schools overenrolled and many with low enrollment. The district has tasked a team called the Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) to determine a course of action. I am a member of the team as well as one of our CSS parents.

No decisions have been made about future locations of CSS, and all plans will ensure CSS continues as an option for PPS families. The decisions will be made via community input. Members of the SEGC have set up a listening session for BIPOC families in the CSS community next week on September 30th. I encourage families to attend this session and share their input, as community input will be a large driver of the decisions moving forward.

You may also share any input you have with me, so I can ensure I am advocating and representing the needs of our community in these sessions. As more information comes out, I will continue to share updates on the process.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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. The CSS Office will put volunteer sign-ups out via Konstella and our school newsletter. Click here to sign up for Konstella.

Mid-Level Coffee Chat with Principal Mize

Friday, Oct. 1st, 9-9:30am

9004 Southeast Taylor Street

Portland, OR

Bring your morning tea and coffee to Barrydale park next Friday. This will be a time to connect with other mid-level families and get any lingering questions answered. Please plan to wear a mask and maintain social distance while meeting. Please stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-10 symptoms.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Indigenous People's Day Events

NAYA Family Center

Indigenous People’s Day Celebration

Monday, October 4, 4PM – 5:30PM

Opening and Closing Drum

Reclaiming Identity Training by Shilo George

Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/IPDZoomCelebration

Art Show with artist a.c.ramírez de arellaño

Friday, October 8th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Architectural Heritage Center 701 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214


Indigenous People's Day at Friendly House of Portland 1737 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Sunday, October 10th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bison stew, wild rice, Choctaw squash, storytellers Shiloh George and Lucas Angus, kids crafts and activities. https://forms.office.com/r/iDbPCGWD7F

Indigenous People's Day at Friendly House of Portland

1737 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Monday, October 11th, 6:00 p.m.

Bison stew, wild rice, Choctaw squash, storytellers Shiloh George and Lucas Angus, kids crafts and activities. https://forms.office.com/r/iDbPCGWD7F

Inclement Weather Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Inclement weather arrival and dismissal procedures are being reviewed by our school safety committee and will be shared with our community next week.

PPS Student Vaccine Survey

On September 16, families received a brief survey (5-10 minutes) about your students and the COVID-19 vaccination.

In short, we'd like to determine how many of our students (ages 12 and older) are fully vaccinated against the virus and as we anxiously await approval for the COVID-19 vaccine for younger students (age 5 to 11), we'd like to plan for targeted outreach for families to quickly access the vaccine. The information you share will help them prioritize vaccine access and outreach to schools this fall.

Included in this brief survey is a question about your student’s home access to a computer and the internet. As we become a district that further integrates the use of technology in our teaching and learning, this information will better prepares us to equip students and families with these tools.

Please take a moment to complete your unique survey for by September 30, 2021.

Thank you for your support in taking this survey.

Portland Public Schools

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

Picture Day

CSS Picture Day is Thursday, September 30th! Please make sure you have ordered your prints online or filled out the paper order form before picture day. If you use the paper order form, your student will need to have the envelope with them on picture day. https://www.dorianstudio.com/prepayment/

We need parent volunteers to help us navigate picture day! Your role as a volunteer will be helping the students get to/from class to get pictures taken. There will be a lunch break.

After signing up to volunteer please contact the CSS Office for details by emailing Lacy lmckinney1@pps.net or calling 503-916-6431 ext. 73300

Book Fair

We are excited to welcome the Scholastic Book Fair back to CSS! Students will be able to get books during their library time, Mid-Level has time during Humanities and anytime online at the Virtual Book Fair. We will not be able to let families into the Fair in person this year. The Book Fair offers a cash-free option called eWallet. Check out our site for more information! Book Fair Flyer here.

CSS Spirit Day!

CSS is having our first spirit day of the year this week! This Friday, October 1st, is Sports Day! Students can show their school spirit by wearing a jersey, clothing, accessories, or colors of their favorite sports team. Students can also wear their own team uniforms. Let's have some fun and show some spirit together!

COVID Screening Opt In Form

Below is the link the Opt-In form for the OHSU weekly Covid Screening program. Completed forms must be turned into the school for your student to participate in the program.

Please use the link below for more information about the program:

OHSU COVID-19 Screening Testing Webpage with FAQs.

Mid-Level Chess Club

Hello CSS Families!

Chess Club will begin on Oct. 4th for all 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders and will be after school in Room 15. Ms. Senge (Amina Senge) will be the chess coach this year. Classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:20 pm – 4:00 pm. Applications were sent through advisory class (5th period) - Please fill out and turn in the attached application by Friday Oct. 1st, 2021. The first 26 to turn in applications are in and all others will be on a waiting list. You don’t need to know how to play chess to join the Chess Club - we will teach the skills!

Warm regards,

Ms. Senge