CSS Community Updates
Upcoming Event Dates
- SAVE THE DATES
- November 1st Native American Heritage Month Begins
- November 1st Spirit Day - Cozy Day!
- November 4th - Last Day of the Quarter
- November 5th - No School, Planning Day
- November 11th & 12th - No School
- November 19th - Principal Coffee Chat 9 am
- November 22nd & 23rd Conferences
- November 22-26 No School
As many of you may be learning, the scenarios proposed by the Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC), involve Creative Science moving to a new building next year. This news will likely bring a range of emotions for our CSS community.
I am one of many principals in the Southeast working with a community facing significant changes to their schools. In many ways I am learning along with you all and have many questions too. However, I can share that in my time at Creative Science, I have grown to care about our students, staff and community. I believe in the mission and vision of the Creative Science School and will continue to be an advocate for our community and our program. I may not have all the answers, but I will do my best to share your concerns with district leadership.
I will work to ensure our community stays informed throughout the process, and share information as I receive it. PPS District leadership are working to set up formal community engagement sessions, where the community can provide feedback and ask questions about the proposals.
I will continue to offer coffee chats to the community every other week, but they will likely shift to a virtual format as the weather changes.
Dr. Kristy Mize
Principal Coffee Chat
Friday, Nov. 19th, 9-9:30am
9004 Southeast Taylor Street
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
CSS Holiday Gift Card Drive
Donate Gift Cards
Purchase gift cards in amounts no larger than $25
But multiple donations are welcome! Cards in amounts of $25 or less will allow CSS staff to distribute donations more evenly. Your generous gift will be delivered to families in the CSS community before Fall Break in time for multiple holidays and seasonal sales.
Deliver gift cards to CSS
Drop them in the office or the mail slot in the front door of school.
Mail them to 1231 SE 92nd Ave. Portland, OR 97216
Email them to yourself & forward to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Make sure they will arrive by Nov 19th
**Remember to label each card with the amount!
Fred Meyer - can purchase online and have mailed to CSS
Target - can buy online, email to yourself, & forward to email@example.com
Local shops and businesses that sell gifts, clothing, and/or groceries
Request Gift Cards
Fill out the
in Chinese here,
in Spanish here,
or in English here.
Takes 3-5 mins.
Oregon Battle of the Books 3rd Grade thru 8th Grade and Other Reading Engagement Programs
Hello Creative Science School Community,
Upcoming this school year in the library there are four ways we will be engaging with reading literacy. In all programs, I will be teaching students how to vote, civics, and the importance of citizenship and its duties.
Reading Engagement Programs from Creative Science School Library
Oregon Battle of the Books
Oregon Reader's Choice Award
Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award
Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award
Oregon Battle of the Books
Now is the time for students to begin forming teams. There will be sign-up forms and permission slips in the library after Thanksgiving Break.
The Grade Level Books list are found below and the library has multiple copies of each book. This is a competitive all volunteer run reading program. Regional Battles will be online this year. Each team will have four members. Teams can meet in the library until 3:45 on Wednesdays. Teams can meet in the library Wednesday after school in the library until 3:45 or virtually.
Battles will take place in February.
Regional Competition will be virtual as will State Final if it is possible.
3rd to 5th Grade Division
Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr
The Book Wanderers by Anna James
The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper & Raúl the Third
Sarah Journeys West by Nikki Shannon Smith
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson
Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet
Stay by Bobbie Pyron
The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle
6th to 8th Grade Division
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
Archimancy by J.A. White
Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August
The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy
Deep Water by Watt Key
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Note: This is the Young Reader’s Edition
My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver
Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed
CSS Spirit Wear Store Back Open!
Order Due Date: November 19th, 2021
The Spirit Wear Store is currently OPEN. Order now until November 19th, 2021. Deliveries will be made to your student's homeroom teacher in December before Winter Break.
Inclement Arrival Reminder
Fall weather is upon us and this is a good time to review the inclement weather procedures. Please look for the orange flags on the playground and sign in front of the school to signal inclement arrival. Please use the link below to review your inclement arrival location.
Mid-level Forecasting for Q2: Information and Timeline
We're getting ready to start forecasting for mid-level students for Quarter 2. Listed below is some important information.
Quarter 2 required classes:
- 6th grade- Health (for all 6th grade students)
- 7th grade- Movement
- 8th Grade- Health
Electives for Quarter 2:
- Yearbook - Ms. Golden
- Electronic Music Production - Matt
- Leadership - Ms. Skybak/Year-long
- Health - 6th and 8th Grade
- Spanish - Mr. Ventura
- Art - Ms. Mica
- Rock the Doc - Ms. Axon
- Movement - 7th Grade
- Spanish - 8th Grade/Year-long
Students have four core classes: Humanities (Social Sciences & Language Arts), Math, & Science. All students will be required to take one quarter of PE and Health during the year. Spanish is year-long and only available to 8th Grade students. Spanish will take up 4 of your electives throughout the year. Leadership is also a year-long class, and will also take up 4 of your electives throughout the year.
Elective classes are subject to change depending on the level of interest and district requirements. Students will rank elective choices starting with "1st" as their first choice and "4th" as their last choice. All mid-level students will complete the electronic forecasting document on either 10/25 or 10/26 in their advisory class. We will also email mid-level families a copy of the forecasting sheet on Monday 10/25.
After you receive your final schedule and would like to be considered for a different elective, first please talk directly to the teacher about your concern. If you would like your request to be considered after speaking with the teacher, please email Andrew Dauch, Assistant Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
10/25 & 10/26 - All mid-level students will complete their electronic forecasting sheet during Advisory
10/27 - Counselor Casey will meet with students who did not complete the document
11/5 - Individual Quarter 2 schedules will be available in Synergy
11/8 - Hard copies of individual student schedules will be available before school on the south playground
If you have questions about forecasting, please contact Andrew Dauch, Assistant Principal at email@example.com
CSS AMAZON WISHLIST
If you do not receive results from the screening testing, you should verify that your primary email and phone number are up to date via PVUE. OHSU is only emailing the primary email provided to the school.
If that doesn't work, please call OHSU: 833-376-1027
Families can also visit: https://www.ohsu.edu/health/k-12-covid-19-screening-program.
Creative Science School Weekly Screening Schedule
We have begun to receive OHSU labels. We have also been notified that due to the volume of schools/students signing up for the screening OHSU is behind on creating labels. Thank you for your patience. Please note: Not all students who signed up have received labels yet from OHSU. When these are delivered they will go home on Fridays.
Please keep these labels at home to attach to your student's sample. There are detailed directions linked here and attached to your labels. You will not get a test kit until you get labels.
If you get a test kit on Monday. Perform the spit test on Tuesday morning and then bring the sample to school that morning.
On Tuesday mornings, a district representative will be in the front of the school with a sign and a cooler for families to collect the samples during drop-off from 8:30-9am.
Test kits go home on Mondays.
Please do the spit test on Tuesday morning and bring it to school for drop off on Tuesdays between 8:30 am and 9 am. We cannot take test kits after this time.
Keep your labels and please label your own student’s tube. Thank you.
OHSU expects to provide families with results within 48 hours of the specimen being dropped off at the school. You will receive a secure email with your child's results. Please be sure the primary email addresses are updated and you have the correct email address noted that you wish results to go to.
If it is a positive result, you will need to call the CSS nurse’s office and inform them immediately and follow the guidance provided to you. You will be asked to keep your child home from school. 503-916-6431 ext. 73339
TAG Nomination Process for the 2021-2022 School Year
- If you are interested in nominating your child for TAG for this year, please email Andrew Dauch, Assistant principal, and he will email you an electronic TAG nomination form. Family nomination forms must be completed by December 1, 2021. Andrew's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org We will have more information soon for families that nominated their students last year. Please email Andrew if you have any questions.