Noticias de Palisades

January 27 2022

Esta Semana miramos:

  1. Un Mensaje de Directora Sarlos
  2. Spanish Family Resource Guide
  3. STEM This Week
  4. Student Based District Report Cards
  5. Counselor Corner
  6. Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out
  7. Book Fair Update
  8. Winter Theme Art
  9. 22-23 Registration
  10. Attendance Reminder
  11. Dates to Remember
  12. A Message From Our PTO

Un Mensaje de Directora Sarlos

Dear Palisades Parents,

Thanks to so many of you for coming to the PTO and SAC meetings online Tuesday evening. It was great to hear from Tony Vandenberg about the bond plans for the future of our building. Abbey Haffner has these meetings recorded in case you missed them and are interested. Our Kinder Counts video is now up on the website. It is already the time of year to register your child's sibling or remind your friends or neighbors to apply!

Our Green team is up and running and doing a tour of some other school gardens this weekend. It will be fun to see what they decide to do here at Palisades.

As you can see below students are making some beautiful winter art this month.

During STEM This Week

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Jodi Pope Counselor

She is a new addition to our team! As our second counselor, between her Tracy, she will help support our students.
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Counselor Corner:

Perseverance and Growth Mindset

This month we explored the concept of perseverance as part of our Character Strong social-emotional learning program. We discussed the difference between having a fixed or growth mindset. In a fixed mindset people believe that intelligence is static, hard work is painful, and mistakes are unbearable. This can result in negative feelings about learning and shut down behaviors. In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication, hard work and support—brains and talent are just the starting points. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments.

So how can you foster a Growth Mindset with your children?

1. Targeted Growth Mindset Praise: Not all praise is effective at promoting a growth mindset. Positive examples include:

"Great effort. You must have worked really hard."

"You practiced a lot and your improvement shows it."

"You didn't give up when it was hard!"

"You stayed at your desk and kept working even when you felt stuck!"

“I love how you went back and fixed that mistake!”

2. Helping kids work through perfectionism:

- Encourage high standards, not perfection.

- Teach your child "The Power of Yet," add "yet" to your child's "I can't” statements.

- Be an example of someone who is not perfect. Model imperfection by sharing when you make mistakes, and how you work through them.

- Emphasize the fun. Highlight enjoyment in learning when you question and praise your child. "When did you have fun today?"

3. Practice motivational self-talk: Often students with a fixed mindset have self-talk that is defeating and self-critical, and which produce negative emotions. Help your child become mindful of their inner dialogue and practice more positive self-talk through Growth Mindset Affirmations. These can include:

"I can do hard things!"

"I get better with practice"

"I ask for help when I need it"

"Mistakes are part of learning"

"I won't give up no matter what."

Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Every year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. The purpose of these assessments is to provide data that schools can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals.

State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the State Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the current school year. Should you wish to opt out your child, fill out the form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. Please note the submission deadlines listed on the form. Meeting the deadline will help the school with planning and preparation. If you wish your child not to participate in the science assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11, submit this request in writing to the principal of your child's school.

If you would like to opt out your child from state testing, have questions or want more information about state assessments, please click on the form below or contact your child’s principal or teacher(s).

Standards-Based District Report Card

The Lake Oswego School District uses a standards-based report card for students in elementary schools. This report card measures a child’s progress toward proficiency or mastery of the priority standards in Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking, and Math.

This approach provides the means for communicating a child’s learning in more specific terms. Standards-based reporting articulates clear end-of-year grade-level standards for each subject. Using the scale below, teachers will communicate where a child resides on a learning continuum by indicating the student’s progress toward mastery of each identified grade-level standard.

The standards-based reporting scale:

4: The student works consistently at an in-depth and complex level within or beyond the end of year standard*

3: The student meets the grade-level expectation of the standard

2: The student nearly meets the end of year standard

1: The student demonstrates limited proficiency on the end of year standard

Important notes about the scale:

● Reporting is based on the end-of-year grade-level expectation. Therefore, proficiency would not be expected in the middle of the school year.

● A “2” represents the expected target for the majority of the school year as this indicates the child is progressing with the standard as expected. A “3” will be given when the student completely meets the grade-level standard.

● Details of what is expected at mastery level can be found on the report card or on the list of assessed grade-level standards.

● A “1” may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher so parents will better understand their child’s learning journey.

*It is rare that a child will receive a “4” especially at the end of the first semester. A “4” score may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher to discuss ways he/she is meeting the child’s unique learning needs.

Behavior Learning Targets are approached differently than end-of-year standards. For more information about your child’s progress, please contact the classroom teacher.

Book Fair Update

Due to the COVID situation the book fair dates have been shifted.

The NEW DATES are 2/28-3-4.

We are still hoping to have a hybrid Book Fair (in-person and online) and will monitor the dynamic COVID environment as we look towards our new dates.

Winter Theme Class Art

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2022-23 Registration

Registration for the 2022-23 school year (all grade levels) will begin January 19, 2022. This is for new students who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and for returning students who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year. Registration is online through ParentVUE. Parents do not need to register students for 2022-23 who are currently attending during the 2021- 22 school year. Information about registration, including Spanish Immersion, can be found here.

Attendance Reminders & Early Pick-ups

If your child will be absent, please email your student's teacher and copy the office at . Please list the date your child will be absent and any illness symptoms. You may also call us at 503-534-2345, or leave a voicemail.

Dates to Keep In Mind

  • Friday Jan 28 No School- Grade Prep Day
  • Friday Feb 11 Reports Cards fo Live in ParentVue
  • Monday Feb 14 Dia del Amor y Amistad
  • Monday Feb 21 No School- Presidents Day
  • Feb 28- Mar 4 Book Fair
  • March 21-25 No School- Spring Break

A Message From Our PTO

Volunteer Sign Ups

Below is the new volunteer registration form with options for committees and ways to be part of the community all year long. We appreciate all of our volunteers!

Volunteer Registration Form

Art Literacy

Art Literacy is planned to come back to our classrooms in mid/late February.

This is a great chance to volunteer IN THE CLASSROOM. No experience is needed, but we are still asking for proof of vaccination.

Our first training is Feb 3 via Zoom (6:30pm for new volunteer orientation, 7:30pm for all volunteers). Please go to the link below for more information and to register as a volunteer.

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Pacer Baseball

Today's weather should have reminded us all to get registered for the SPRING 22 season! CLICK HERE to get your kiddo registered! Registration for 7/8 opens 1/18.

Directory Spot

We are live! We would love to have you join us in making your information available for the community to access by clicking share on the option in your family entry. We have sent directions to each email on file with instructions for confirming your family in our school directory. Directory access is free and allows you to connect with others in your classes. If you choose to hide information you will still receive emails from the school and PTO, but your school community will be limited in how they are able to connect with your family unit.

We have had many of you reach out asking how to delete certain information from your profile. Here is the fastest way to do that:

  • Click on your profile

  • Select/highlight the information you don’t want to have published

  • Delete it

  • Scroll down and click save

Please reach out to us at with any questions!

Palisades World Language School


1500 Greentree Ave

Lake Oswego OR 97201