Astor Connection

Issue 7 | March 2021

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In This Issue

Principal's Message

Important Dates

Astor PTSO Virtual Movie Night

March Meal Service

Connect To Kindergarten

Portland Parks Preschool Registration

Astor PTSO Breaks Ground on Playground

Join in Mr. Nagle's Egg Drop Challenge!

A Message from Principal Robertson

Dear Astor Families,

This week was classified staff appreciation week! This week we celebrated our secretaries, custodians, para- educators, bus drivers, nutrition services staff, and health assistants. Thank you for joining me in thanking our incredible team for the great work they do to support our students and families.

Chris Hochstatter- Principal's Secretary

Debra Gellar - School Secretary

Cord Anderson - Para

Sharla Blevins - Para

Ruth Ponce - Para

Shari Bruno - Para

Amira El Cherbini - Para

Cheyanne Ingwood - School Health Assistant

Susan Minich - Nutrition Services

Angie Gardner - Nutrition Services

Shiwaye Gared - Head Custodian

Jesus Flores - Custodian

Jason Branscum - Custodian

Rob Siefken - Custodian

This past month, our students were engaged in learning during Black History Month that included the creation of art, research projects, poetry, book studies, read alouds, and more. If you didn't catch the Assembly then you can find it here.

Thanks to all those K-5 parents that submitted a hybrid survey. It's given our district helpful data to consider with the planning of what in-person school will look like in the spring. PPS is working towards a quarter four opening and I'll share with you what that will look like once I have concrete information. PPS and PAT (the teachers' union) are continuing to bargain these details.

I do want to share with you that we welcomed a small group of students back into our school this past month through a small and targeted program called Limited In-Person Instruction. This was an important first start to opening our school, and I appreciate all the families and team members that have worked so hard to welcome back our incredible Astor students.

Finally, a huge, huge shout out to our PTSO playground committee led by Carrie Nelson for the official groundbreaking of the new green space on the Astor playground. Carrie and the team have worked relentlessly and overcome countless obstacles to make this happen. Thank You!!!

As soon as I learn more about our fourth quarter, I'll share that information with you right away. Thank you for your patience and commitment to our school and community. Please reach out to us if your family needs anything.


Principal Robertson

Important Dates


5th - Astor PTSO Movie Night

19th - Principal Coffee Chat | 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

22nd - 26th - No School | Spring Break

31st - Character Award Assembly | 8:00 a.m.

2nd Astor Virtual Movie Night!

The second virtual Astor Movie Night is right around the corner! On March 5th, Astor PTSO will be showing Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. This movie was filmed in Portland with a huge part done in St. Johns. Put on your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffies and settle in to watch with your friends via Google Meet.

When: Friday, March 5th, 6 pm-8 pm

Where: Sign into a computer with your child's pps account, go to Google Meets and use the code: astormovienight

Principal Coffee Chat

Join us on Friday, March 19th for the Principal Coffee Chat

Time: 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Join with Google Meet

Join by phone

‪(US) +1 413-497-2467‬ PIN: ‪339 312 389‬#

Meal Service for March

On Friday, March 19, all grab and go, curbside services and home meal deliveries will include 7 days worth of meals. Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29.

Video: 5th grade student leaders interview Mr. Nagle!

A few of our 5th grade students interviewed Mr. Nagle to find out more about him and JJ Smaug, his bearded dragon!

Look for more video interviews in the future!

5th Grade Interview

Connect to Kindergarten!

Do you have a child who will be ready to start Kindergarten in the fall?

The 2021-22 Connect to Kindergarten season is now! At that time, this website will contain updated information about:

  • how to locate your neighborhood school,
  • how to register on-line for kindergarten,
  • how to learn more about the lottery process for dual language and focus option schools,
  • and how to start connecting with your neighborhood school community.

SAVE THE DATES for Astor's Connect To Kindergarten events!

Thursday, April 22nd from 5:30-6:00 pm.

Friday, May 21st from 8:00-8:45 am.

Between now and fall, the Early Learners Department will send out regular updates to incoming Kindergarten families. To join our mailing list, please complete the short survey linked below.

Connect to Kindergarten at Astor
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Portland Parks Preschool Registration Information

Portland Parks offers several preschool programs throughout Portland. Click here to learn more about the 2021-22 programs and how to register.

Playground Update: Astor PTSO Breaks Ground!

We broke ground this week on the Astor Playground Green Space! On February 26th, we cut into the pavement with Depave, and on March 4th the excavators arrived to haul away the asphalt.

In the following two weeks we will continue excavating the space, install brand new soil, and begin installing the pathways and borders. In the beginning of April, Friends of Trees will deliver 20 trees to be planted, and by the end of April, the futsal court will be moved in closer to the school and will repainted as soon as weather permits (late April or early May). We hope to get some early spring shrubs and ground cover installed, but most of the planting will be done in the Fall.

It is still unknown whether we will be able to host any volunteer events for the planting and landscaping, but stay tuned in the following weeks for opportunities.

Most importantly, a warm thank you to the Astor families who have donated $7,000 towards our $10,000 goal. Your donations helped create a beautiful space for our Astor kids to return to after a long year away. We still need funding to purchase the plants and some of the trees.

If you are interested in donating, please visit the PTSO playground page to learn how to donate by check or PayPal. Astor Playground Project (

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Egg Drop Challenge!

This week we are launching the Astor Egg-Drop Challenge. Students will get instructions via STEAM & SeeSaw. Wouldn’t it be fun and egg-gaging if students' families and Astor staff participate too?

This Padlet link has all of the relevant information in green columns, including a live FAQ column. Please post questions there so all can see. Photos, videos, comments, etc. can be submitted now through April 2nd. Students have already begun posting.

Happy Landing!

Mr. Nagle

Astor Egg-Drop Basics

Who: Anyone in the Astor community
What: Build a landing capsule for an egg and drop it onto concrete from a height of about 5 feet.
When: Please submit your videos and pictures before April 2nd.
Where: Anywhere!
How: With imagination, help from friends and family, scraps from home, and a few eggs
Why: We can learn engineering by working to solve problems. Engineering is building things to solve problems.

Watch, like, comment on other posts, and revisit often!

Watch the video below to learn more.

Capsule Landing: Egg Drop Challenge