Marysville Message

Friday August 20, 2021

Dear Marysville Families


Happy Friday,

I'm excited that we are another week closer to the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

Once again it is not exactly the conditions that I was hoping for to begin a school year, but I feel confident about the steps that are being taken to promote health safety for everyone.


The district is continuing to update Safety and Health Protocols, balancing a safe environment that still allows for students and staff to engage with each other in a way that best supports learning.

This week the district announced that we will require all employees — including classroom teachers, school-based and central office staff — to be vaccinated against COVID-19.


We will continue with the following safety precautions


  • 3 feet of physical distance at all times
  • Masks worn for all students and staff
  • Designated areas outside for mask breaks, where safe distance (6 feet) can be maintained
  • Separate entrances for grade level arrival and dismissal
  • Families wait outside during arrival and dismissal times
  • Lunch outdoor eating by classroom cohort
  • Daily symptom screening by families before students come to school
  • On site COVID-19 testing available



Health and Safety Measures

Visit Portland Public Schools’ 2021-22 School Year Health and Safety Measures webpage to find the most recent information on the district’s health and safety measures.

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Updates about August events and specific dates for the start of school!

Welcome New Staff to Marysville K-5


  • Spencer Goad - Music teacher - mornings at Marysville and afternoons at Kellogg Middle School
  • Leslie Rosenfield - School Counselor
  • Graham Turner - K-2 Social Emotional Skills Classroom Teacher


  • Toby Gollihar - SES Paraeducator
  • Asa Maris - SES Paraeducator


ParentVUE - a great way to find your child's teacher and keep your contact information up to date!


Yearly Verification

Each year parents/guardians are asked to review and update the information on file for their students. This information can be reviewed, edited and submitted online via PPS ParentVUE. Login directions can be found here. Please complete your yearly verification by September 10th.


Access to Student Information

ParentVUE is a secure website which offers parents/guardians real time access to:


  • School Messages
  • Calendar
  • Attendance
  • Grades
  • Class Schedule (includes the names of your student's teachers)
  • Course History
  • Grade Book
  • School Information

Contact Melinda Leong at mleong@pps.net or 503-916-6363 if you need further assistance to access your ParentVUE account.


Community Care Day - I’m excited to share that the Community Care Day will be returning this year. This is an opportunity to come together as a community to help beautify our school grounds and make sure it is ready for students. We’re looking forward to our volunteers to assist with weeding, mulch spreading, basic garden maintenance, and general school grounds cleaning. Please save August 28 from 9:00-11:00 AM for the Marysville Community Care Day. Everyone should wear masks and we will keep distance from those not in our households. We will have sandwiches and snacks at 11:00 AM to celebrate our hard work.


First Day(s) of School -.


2nd - 5th grade First Day of School (Wednesday September 1st)


1st Grade Ramp Up Days ( 1st grade students will be starting in small groups to help with the transition back to school, so they will come on either Wednesday 9/1 or Thursday 9/2, but not both days)


  • Students with last names beginning with A-L are scheduled to attend their “ramp up” day on Wednesday, September 1st

  • Students with last names beginning M-Z are scheduled to attend their “ramp up” day on Thursday, September 2nd

  • All 1st grade students attend school on Friday September 3rd


Kindergarten First Day of School (September 8th)

The first day of school for all kindergarten students will be on Wednesday, September 8th. The school day starts at 8:40 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. You can go to the PPS calendar to find additional dates for the school year.


Kindergarten Family Conversations (September 1st or 2nd)

Teachers will be scheduling individual family conversations by video chat, phone, or in person. Your kindergarten teacher will call to schedule an appointment with you on August 25th. Discussion questions may include the following:

  • What are your hopes and dreams for your child this year?

  • What do you most want me to know and understand about your child?

  • What questions can I answer that will help your family feel ready for Kindergarten?


Kindergarten Ramp Up Days (September 3rd or 7th - note date change)

Prior to the first day of school, your student will have a chance to come in for one full-day “warm up” on either Friday, September 3rd or Tuesday, September 7th.

  • Students with a last name beginning with A-L will come to Marysville on Friday, September 3rd, from 8:40 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Students with a last name beginning with M-Z will come to Marysville on Tuesday, September 7th, from 8:40 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Students meet at the K-1 entrance on the south side of the building.


If you have any questions or concerns in the coming weeks, please feel free to contact me at cmurray2@pps.net


Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Cathy Murray

Marysville Principal