Noticias de Palisades

February 11 2022

This Week we Look Over:

  1. Un Mensaje de la Director Sarlos
  2. Una nota de nuestra Consejera
  3. Black History Month Resources
  4. Dia del Amor y Amistad
  5. Standards-Based District Report Card
  6. Book Fair
  7. Spelling Bee
  8. Un Mensaje de Nuestro PTO

Un Mensaje de la Directora Sarlos

Dear Parents,

Thanks so much for all the hard work you are doing to slowly bring volunteers and Art Literacy and the Bookfairs and OBOB back to school. We appreciate very much both the patience and enthusiasm you all have shown for being involved in enriching your children's education. We are proud to partner with you!


Lilian Sarlos


Palisades Elementary

Una Nota de Nuestra nueva Consejera Jodi

Hello Palisades Community,

I am so grateful to join Tracy Vitellaro as another school counselor at Palisades! I have always loved being a part of elementary schools – ever since I was a student in one in the 80s.

During my 14 years working in schools, I have collaborated with many students, staff and families to support students. I was a special education teacher for eight years and have been an elementary school counselor for six. I am grateful to be able to do what I love – supporting and celebrating kids.

At Palisades, I will be teaching classroom SEL lessons, facilitating small student groups, guiding restorative justice conversations, providing short-term counseling support to individual students as needed, and collaborating with staff, students and families to support student success, among other things.

On a personal note, some of my favorite things are being cozy with a book and having adventures in nature. The biggest adventure I am currently on is mothering my 2.5 and 9-year-old sons!

I look forward to connecting with you and your student(s) this year! Feel free to reach out anytime.

Warmly and Gratefully,

Jodi Pope (she, her)

Black History Month Resources

February is Black History Month. Numerous classroom discussions and activities this month connect to Black history across grades and curriculum. Attention to Black history is not limited to this month as we continue affirming that Black lives matter, and that we will keep growing as a community of learners committed to being anti-bias and anti-racist in all that we do. Read about district-wide efforts focused on Diversity Equity and Inclusion here and make a point to have some conversations with your child about the importance of celebrating Black History Month. Not sure where to start? Here's a resource that may be helpful.

Ask your child about which books they read and discussed in their library time this week.

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 Starts Feb 28

Our book fair is scheduled for Feb 28-March 4. Students and staff can visit the book fair in person. Each class will have an opportunity to visit the book fair during their weekly library time and during the lunch recess each day.

You can provide funds for your student to shop at the book fair by setting up an eWallet. Click here to get started:

We have financial aid available for the book fair. Please contact our school counselor, Tracy Vitellaro ( to learn more.

Parents & guardians can shop at our online book fair from Feb 28 – March 13 here:

Please volunteer to help at the book fair by signing up here:

National Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Palisades Spelling and Vocabulary Bee Champion, 5th grader Harris Sturges! Harris will move on to represent Palisades World Language School in the Regional Bee. Leuca Wanford took second place, and Bennett Barney was our third-place winner. The Bee lasted for 14 rounds including a tie breaker for second place. In spite of the strong competition, students demonstrated positive sportsmanship and shared encouraging words.

Competing in multiple rounds of the Spelling/Vocabulary Bee were spellers:

Left to Right: Olympia Carr Thompson, Maverick Allen, Leuca Wanford, Declan Haffner, Harris Sturges, Bennett Barney, Madison Mitsui, Ian Keulks

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Dates to Keep in Mind

2/11-Today Report cards go live in ParentVue

2/14- Dia del Amor y Amistad

2/14-2/18 OBOB Mock Battles

2/17-Thursday Early Release 2:00 pm

2/21- No School-Presidents Day

2/22-2/24 Book Fair

3/2 Final OBOB Battle

3/21-3/25 -No School Spring Break

4/20- Immunization Exclusion Day (please make sure all students immunizations' are up to date)

Un Mensaje de Nuestro PTO

Art Literacy:

Art Literacy at Palisades is set to start today. This is your chance to help in your student’s classroom with arts education and art projects. No experience required. Use this link to register for classroom shifts and view all of the training materials.


We will have our practice heats this coming week: February 14-18. The actual battles will happen the following week: February 22-24 and the Final Battle will occur March 2nd. We are excited for our students to be able to battle in person during lunch on those days.

Lake Oswego Softball:

Lake Oswego Girls Softball registration is open for the Spring 2022 Little League season (for players ages 4-14). Visit for more information - register by January 2nd to take advantage of the league's "Winter Special" fee and save $25 per player. Final registration deadline is February 13th.

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!

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

Palisades World Language School


1500 Greentree Ave

Lake Oswego OR 97034