Marysville Message

Friday March 5th 2021

Dear Marysville Families

Portland Public Schools celebrated Classified and Non-Represented Employee Appreciation Week this week, March 1- 5. At Marysville we are incredibly fortunate to have an amazing group of employees supporting our school community.


Please join me in honoring and thanking these valued members of the Marysville School staff.

Diana Christensen - Principal Secretary

Amy Delp - Kindergarten Educational Assistant

Melinda Leong- School Secretary

Sarah Vuylsteke - Kindergarten Educational Assistant

Mai Quan - Bilingual Educational Assistant

Cathy Huck - Para Educator

Julian Kane- Para Educator

Terie Keller - Para Educator

Beka Meresman - Para Educator

Joshua O'Connor - Para Educator

Leah Perkins - Para Educator

Jessica Preston - Para Educator

Bobbi Westendorf - Para Educator

Candie Sparks - Nutrition Services

Nena Quall - Nutrition Services

Kelly Cen - Nutrition Services

DeeDee Ned -Nutrition Services

Jada Maes - Head Custodian

Masaki Parks - Custodian

Ricardo Nakapaahu- Custodian

Hybrid Instruction Update

Thank you to all of the families that have shared their 4th Quarter Learning preferences with us. If you haven't yet had an opportunity to let us know your plans, you can still use the survey link that was sent to you or connect the office if you need help.


The district is still finalizing negotiations with teachers to ensure we are able to offer the safest and most beneficial plan for students, staff and families.


New hybrid models are being discussed that include options such as:

  • Up to two full day in person instruction days, with three asynchronous instructional days
  • Possible staffing changes depending on the numbers of students requesting in person instruction or continued distance learning at different grade levels.


The challenge for Hybrid is to provide ways to maintain the strong, coherent distance learning options that are currently in place and add the option for in person instruction that provides social emotional and core academics instruction.


Below I have include pictures of the building set up for small group in person instruction. In order to maintain health and safety, there will be new protocols for everything that is done in the building to maintain student 6 ft distances and limit any viral exposure.


Each room also has an air purifier and window ventilation.


Please contact me with any questions or thoughts.

I will continue to keep you updated as the plans progress.

Thank you,

Cathy Murray

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Mindful Movement

It’s as easy as ABC. Mindful action, breathing, and centering helps shift our response to stress: we move with full attention on the present experience while using the breath to calm our nervous system.

Chronic stress places us in a persistent state of fight, flight, or freeze. Our ability to make decisions, pay attention, regulate emotions, adaptively cope, and experience empathy is disrupted. And, over time, our bodies and our mental health begin to feel the toll.

With trauma-informed Dynamic Mindfulness, or DMind, we are able to shift our response from fight, flight, or freeze to rest and restore. (Or, in more scientific terms, we can downshift from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system.)

The result? Increased focus, stronger stress resilience, and an improved sense of wellbeing.

Check out more at Niroga Dymanic Mindfulness. Another way at Marysville we are learning how to clear tension, stress, develop attentiveness and awareness.

March Meal Service

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. Thank you for sharing updates with your school community.

District Family Support Resources

A new department, the PPS Substance Use Supports Team is starting drop-in hours for families that will be offered bilingually in Spanish and English. This is a space for parents, families and caregivers K-12 to drop-in and ask questions, get support, find out about resources and brainstorm with staff and other parents ideas for helping their students who struggle with substance use. The space will always be staffed with a minimum of one Spanish speaking clinician. English Flyer Spanish Flyer


Six Week Family Support Group - Student Success & Health is working with Vital Space Counseling to co-facilitate a group for parents and families who are concerned about their teen's (6th-12th grade) substance use. Starting THIS THURSDAY 3/4!! Families can gain support, understanding, and tools to help them interact with their child in a way that increases connection and encourages change. The Invitation To Change Group is a 6-week mini course using evidence-based approaches, including CRAFT, that teaches parents and guardians how to understand and invite the process of change and communicate better with their child. Currently, this group is only being offered in English, but we are completing training and updating the curriculum so we can offer the same group in Spanish to families after Spring Break. We are continuing to work on being able to offer these services in other languages and if you have a specific need for your school community, please reach out.

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