Portola Parent Newsletter

September, 2022

Welcome to the Portola Parent Newsletter!

Welcome to Portola's Parent Newsletter! Read on for upcoming events and recent student news. Please check back often for new content.

- Farnaz Simantob, Ph.D.

Parent & Community Engagement and Intervention Coordinator

Coffee With Portola's Administrators

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September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Awareness Month. According to the American Foundation
for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the United
States. Many of us have been impacted by suicide, and many of us (children
included) may struggle with suicidal or depressive thoughts. The good news is
that death by suicide is preventable. As parents, caregivers, and school staff, we
must understand that not all emotional pain is obvious, and there are important
steps we can take to support our children and families’ mental wellness. First, we
must recognize the warning signs. Pay attention to the things your child or family
member may be saying, such as talking about death or suicide or making
statements about not wanting to live. Notice changes in behavior such as the
child or family member seeking methods of self-harm, feeling hopeless or not
wanting to live, changes in sleep, sudden mood changes, reckless behavior,
substance abuse, giving away belongings, or increased anxiety or agitation. Next,
we must talk about it. Many people would rather avoid the topic, but talking
about suicide is an important step in prevention! Click here to read more!

Coffee With Portola's Administrators Slides

SSC, Charter Governance & ELAC Election

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Free Tutoring Available!

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Portola's Got Talent 2022

Congratulations to all of the amazing performers of Portola's Got Talent 2022! We are so proud of your hard work. 3rd place (tie) - Siena Volpe & Savannah Skorupski (Dance), 2nd place - David Lutsenko (Pirates of the Caribbean on the piano), Grand prize - Lucas Lee (Cello Concerto). A special shout out to our Emcees - Noya Arbel, Sofia Cheever, and Dilan Patton! You can watch the entire show on YouTube.
Portola's Got Talent 2022

WASC Accreditation

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On-Campus Volunteers!

We are thrilled to welcome parent volunteers back on campus! Volunteers are needed to help at school in various capacities. Interested parents and community members must complete the online volunteer application on LAUSD's School Volunteer Management System. You can access the online registration process and application at HERE. All on-campus volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated.

Community Events

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