CSS Community Updates

October 29th

Upcoming Event 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

Principal's Update

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

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Principal Coffee Chat

Friday, Nov. 19th, 9-9:30am

9004 Southeast Taylor Street

Portland, OR

Bring your morning tea and coffee to Berrydale park. This will be a time to connect with other families and Principal Kristy. Please plan to wear a mask and maintain social distance while meeting. Please stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-10 symptoms. If the weather does not allow for an outdoor meeting we will switch to a virtual setting and share the link here and on our website pps.net/creativescience

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

CSS Holiday Gift Card Drive

Monday, November 1st - Friday, November 19th

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 kbennett@pps.net

*Make sure they will arrive by Nov 19th
**Remember to label each card with the amount!

Suggested Retailers
Fred Meyer - can purchase online and have mailed to CSS
Target - can buy online, email to yourself, & forward to kbennett@pps.net
Local shops and businesses that sell gifts, clothing, and/or groceries

Request Gift Cards

Fill out the
request form

in Chinese here,

in Spanish here,

or in English here.

Takes 3-5 mins.

Lunches Survey

The plan to move lunch indoors is underway. With our limited staff, we cannot split our staff to supervise and clean two different spaces for each of our lunches both inside and outside. If we have a large enough number of families who want outdoor lunch to continue indefinitely, and parent volunteers to support supervision, it is possible to continue eating outdoors. Please fill out this survey HERE.

Conference Update

Conferences will be held virtually this year. All teachers will be using a tool called Calendly this year for conference sign ups. You can learn more about Calendly at the link below. Teachers will send their sign up link to their families by Monday November 8th. Specialists will email their conference plans to families by November 8th. Conferences will be held November 22nd and November 23rd. Morning, afternoon and evening slots will be made available for families.

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.

Kind regards,


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

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CSS Spirit Wear Store Back Open!

Click Here to place your order!!

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 adauch@pps.net

Forecasting Timeline

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 adauch@pps.net


Here is the link to our CSS Amazon Wishlist. https://a.co/fnJsV1k We have updated some items like trash grabbers for outdoor lunches and sweatpants for students who need a change of clothes unexpectedly. There are descriptions for each item. If you do not want to purchase via Amazon but already have one of these items gently used that you would like to donate we will take that as well! The sizes and quantities are listed in the wishlist. Thank you!

OHSU Screening

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.

You can find sample collection instructions here.

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.

  1. 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

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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.


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 adauch@pps.net We will have more information soon for families that nominated their students last year. Please email Andrew if you have any questions.

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