DOLPHIN DIGEST 2/26/2021
Community Newsletter for Arleta School
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
MEAL DISTRIBUTION AT ARLETA MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS - 3:00-4:30pm
LIBRARY BOOK DISTRIBUTION AT ARLETA ON WEDNESDAYS - 2:00-5:00PM
Check out the Black History Month website for extra great events this month: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/arletabhm2021/events?authuser=0
- Now-Mar. 12: Enter Raffle to Win a Pie for National Pi Day!
- Mar. 1-4: Classified & Non-Represented Staff Appreciation Week
- Mar. 9: PTA Meeting at 6pm, with special guest Kellogg MS principal Richard Smith
- Mar. 16: Streaming Showcase "Big Ears" 7pm
- Mar. 22-26: SPRING BREAK - No School
- Apr. 8: End of Quarter
- Apr. 9: Teaching Planning Day - No School
WELCOME TO ARLETA'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER!
We’re so glad to have you as part of our school community!
This weekly newsletter is developed and sent in partnership between school administration and the PTA. If you have information you'd like shared in the newsletter, please email it to ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com. Keep scrolling for the latest.
I’m very excited to let you know that starting Monday, March 1, our Limited In Person Instruction (LIPI) program will begin at Arleta. We will have a total of 16 students at school two days a week for a total of 4 hours. While it is a far cry from what we think of as normal, I’m very excited to have some students in the building and I know the teachers working with them are too. Our LIPI plan includes extensive safety protocols that have been approved by PPS and the State of Oregon.
We have begun planning for the return of more students in a Hybrid model, currently expected to begin by April 12. Bargaining between the district and our employee groups is underway and we will let you know more about the model and your options as we learn the details.
On February 12 Portland Public Schools sent all of our families a survey about the Hybrid model and whether or not you would want your child to participate in Hybrid instruction. As of today we have had 54% of you respond to the survey but we would like to see at least 80% of you respond. If you still have the link from February 12 please take a few minutes to reply. If you do not have the link you may contact email@example.com to receive a new link. It would be very helpful to hear from all families. You are not committing yourself to any particular path but the information is very helpful for our planning.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS
"Dear Arleta families,
We want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to all of our celebrations all month long for Black History Month! It has been so amazing to see our community come together to uplift and celebrate Black history and Black excellence, especially during these unprecedented times. We express our deepest appreciation to our speakers Aidan Carter, Asukulu Songolo, and Arieanna Morehead for inspiring us to take action and push for racial justice not just this month, but every day! Thank you to all of our students, families, and community members who've submitted artwork, videos, and resources that we've shared on our website. If you missed our virtual assembly on Tuesday, here is the link to watch.
You have all made this month very special and one we'll never forget.
Timisha Wilson, Aud Manansala, Kelly Greenberg, and Noah Johnson-Greenough
Black History Month Coordinators"
SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES
PTA NOMINATING COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU
**CALL TO ACTION** The PTA is looking for three or more community members to join a Nominating Committee to help recruit board members for next year. Parents, Teachers, Staff, Community Members, can you give 3-4 hours of your time between now and the end of April for a couple virtual meetings and outreach? No experience necessary, and this would be a HUGE help! Please email if you are interested or want to learn more - ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com
NEXT WEEK SAY THANKS TO OUR CLASSIFIED AND NON-REPRESENTED STAFF!
(pictured are Candice and Sumika doing meal distribution)
SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL SURVEY WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU
Greetings Arleta families!
It is that time of year again for our school community to share their experiences here at Arleta by completing the Successful Schools Survey. Your student(s) may have already taken part in the student portion of the survey, and now we are also inviting parents to provide their feedback as well. This survey helps inform us of how to be a more inclusive, caring, and equitable learning community and we truly appreciate your feedback.
To complete this survey, please visit this link: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily and select Arleta from the list of schools to choose from. Please note that the survey must be completed in one sitting. Once you have finished, please press the blue ‘submit’ button to complete the survey.
The survey is available in all 5 PPS major languages and will be available for families until March 19th. Click the Successful Schools Survey Flyers link below to view in other languages. If you have any questions, please reach out to Aud Manansala (Arleta school counselor) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we can be a more awesome Arleta!
ENTER RAFFLE TO WIN PIE FOR PI DAY (3.14)
Win a pie for National π Day!!
$2 per entry, or $10 for 6 entries / $3 per entry for pizza gift cards
Raffle ends March 12th at Midnight with winners drawn March 13th at Noon and notified via email and/or phone.
Pies will be delivered March 14th (SE Portland city limits, outside addresses by arrangement).
Check out the options and enter to win here: https://app.memberhub.gives/nationalpiday2021
Your supports helps the PTA raise funds for Faculty Grants, teacher appreciation, future events, student recognition, end of year celebrations, and more!
STREAMING SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE "BIG EARS" ON MARCH 16
Webinar ID: 898 2619 7970, Passcode: 800564
Or iPhone one-tap: US: +12532158782,,89826197970#,,,,*800564# or +13462487799,,89826197970#,,,,*800564#
Or Telephone: (253) 215-8782
Streaming Showcase was developed in 2020 as a SUN program in order to give students the opportunity to learn the craft of acting and to perform for a live audience in a manner that complies with social distancing guidelines. For more information, visit us online at https://generic15.wixsite.com/streamingshowcase.
PTA MEETING MAR. 9 WITH SPECIAL GUEST, PRINCIPAL OF KELLOGG MS
Zoom link to the meeting will be shared next week
UPDATE ON KELLOGG MIDDLE SCHOOL
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS FOR THE YEARBOOK!
2021 CONNECT TO KINDERGARTEN
If your child or a child you know will be five before September 1st, this message is for you! PPS is kicking off a Reimagined Connect to Kindergarten campaign. Our goal is for every Kindergarten 2021 family to feel connected to their school community and confident about starting school in the fall. To learn more about our Connect to Kindergarten resources, supports and events, please watch our Welcome to Kindergarten video. And, on behalf of the Early Learners Department, welcome to PPS!
To submit Kindergarten questions and join our PPS Kindergarten mailing list, please complete this short survey: Kindergarten Interest Survey
Register online for PPS Kindergarten at this link.
LIBRARY BOOK PICK UP ON WEDNESDAYS
Library books are available for pick up every Wednesday from 2-5pm out of the Red Room.
Grades K-3 - just show up to pick up a book bag. Grades 4-8 - reserve books with Destiny Discover here: https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/20750. Here is a tutorial on Destiny Discover: https://youtu.be/qydK3LXi2Xc
WHEN RETURNING YOUR BOOKS, PLEASE DROP OFF EXTRA CLEAN, REUSABLE/CLOTH GROCERY BAGS SO WE CAN SAVE MONEY FROM PURCHASING NEW BAGS.
FREE MEDICAL CARE
If your child is currently in need of medical services or shots and you aren't sure where to go, Multnomah County Student Health Centers are open. School based health center resources and fliers IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES are found here: https://www.multnomahesd.org/shs-student-health-centers.html
RESOURCE FOR COPING DURING COVID-19
A new toolkit was created by Multnomah County students, parents and public health communicators to empower youth and families to cope during the pandemic: Taking Care of Ourselves and Others: A COVID-19 Guide for Youth and Families.
The guide is available in both English and Spanish at this time, and is accessible and continually updated on the Multnomah County webpage.
TOOLS FOR NOTICING MY EMOTIONS
ORDER ARLETA SPIRIT WEAR ONLINE
Have you ordered your Arleta spirit wear yet? Shop online 24/7 and have your items shipped to your home. There are t-shirts, hoodies, tanks, mugs and more. Check out the new store here: https://arletaschool.threadless.com/
(image is just a sample of the available items)
PTA IS COLLECTING BOTTLES & CANS
AMAZON SMILE IS EASIER THAN EVER
You can get full instructions here
AMAZON WISH LIST FOR TEACHERS & STAFF
Throughout the school year, supplies are consumed and new needs arise. That’s why Arleta now has an Amazon Wish List of items added by teachers and staff. Please consider adding an item or two when you do your regular Amazon shopping. And when you use Amazon Smile and link your Amazon account to Arleta School PTA, Amazon will also donate 0.5% of your total purchase (at no additional cost to you)! Questions – email ArletaSchoolPTA@gmail.com
Link to Wish List is: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3S713LRBVHEI6
NO COST WAYS TO SUPPORT ARLETA
The Arleta PTA participates in THREE no-cost shopping rewards programs - Fred Meyer Community Rewards, AmazonSmile and Bottle Drop.
1. By linking your Fred Meyer Rewards card to the Arleta PTA and scanning your rewards card when you shop, a percentage of your purchase goes to the PTA. Sign up here. (And you'll still get your cash back rewards!)
2. Amazon has a similar program, called AmazonSmile. Select "Arleta School PTA" as your charitable organization to receive donations when you shop Amazon. Once you sign up, just go to smile.amazon.com to do your usual Amazon shopping. While there is no app, you can create a shortcut on your phone by going to smile.amazon.com in your browser, tap the Share button, then tap Add to Homescreen.
3. Donate your redeemable cans and bottles to Arleta through Bottle Drop. Email email@example.com to request some blue bags. (Arleta pays a fee for the bags, so let's fill them to the top!)