Snacks Needed for Woodmere Elementary School

Due to a federal funding shortage, Portland Public School elementary schools will not be receiving snacks until October 1st.  At Woodmere Elementary School, some students will go four hours between meals.  Woodmere is a Title 1 school, receiving free breakfast and lunch for all students. The food pantry at Woodmere is already straining to provide enough food assistance for families and the school year has only begun.  The lack of snacks is detrimental to the education of these 300 students.  If a child is hungry, they can’t focus on learning.

You can help with snack donations!  See the list below for snacks that are easy for teachers and staff to offer without preparation.

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Mandarin/Clementine oranges
  • Grapes (seedless)
  • Individually boxed raisins/craisins
  • Cereal and/or oatmeal bars (avoid nuts when possible)
  • Crackers
  • String or stick cheese

Donations are being coordinated by BDNA volunteers.  To arrange drop-off or pick-up, please send us an email with “Snack Donation” in the subject line.  Any extra donations will be sent to Whitman Elementary School or used in local food pantries.

 

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Project Community Care Day is August 24th!

Join Brentwood-Darlington schools Whitman Elementary School, Woodmere Elementary School, and Lane Middle School/ACCESS MS for Project Community Care Day! Saturday, August 24, 9AM-12PM! This is a family-friendly event with jobs at all levels of ability. Bring water, gloves, and tools, if you can. (Be sure to label your items for easy retrieval!)

TODAY: Lane Middle School Principal Selection Community Meeting

Please read below for a change in principal at Lane Middle School and community meeting happening today, July 1st, 2019, 4:00-5:30PM.

Dear Lane Staff and Community,

As you now know, Lane Middle School will have a new principal next year. We want to invite staff, parents, and students to attend this meeting to understand the process for selection of next year’s principal and to get your ideas and input. The meetings will be led by Area Assistant Superintendent Oscar Moreno Gilson. The purpose of the meeting is to hear what you think is special about Lane and the characteristics and skills you would like to have in your new principal. The full hiring process will also be explained at the meeting. Interpreters in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Russian will be available.

Community and Staff Meeting for Principal Hiring Input

Date: Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: Lane Middle School Library

See link below for School Community Feedback Survey 2019-2020:
School Community Feedback Survey 2019-2020 (English)
Encuesta de la Comunidad Escolar sobre la posición Vacante de Director 2019-2020 (Spanish)
Bản Thăm Dò ý kiến của Cộng Đồng Trường Học về tuyển dụng Hiệu Trưởng 2019-2020 (Vietnamese)
學校社區反饋調查2019-2020年在校長空缺 (Chinese)
Опрос общественности по поводу вакансии на должность директора школы 2019-2020 гг. (Russian)

Portland Public schools is seeking interested and available volunteers to serve on the Community Based Interview Panel for our Principal Hiring Process. Selected members will be expected to be present for the entirety of the interview session, which includes a training session and debrief at the end. Interviews of Principal candidates for Lane Middle School will be held at the Lane Middle School Library on Wednesday, July 3 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Expect about a five hour commitment.

If you do not have access to a computer in order to complete the Self Nomination Form, please contact Debbie Mabe at 503-916-3051. She will enter and submit for you by gathering your information via phone.

Please use the following link to access the Nomination Form if you are interested in applying to be a part of the Community Interview Panel:

Nomination Form

Thank you,

Oscar Moreno Gilson
Area Assistant Superintendent

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BDNA Letter of Complaint to PPS

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) voted on June 7th, 2018 to send a formal letter of complaint regarding the disrespectful and unprofessional behavior of Portland Public Schools (PPS) during the recent decision to co-locate ACCESS to Lane Middle School and Vestal Elementary School.  Please view the full letter below, sent to PPS and the Board of Education via email on June 25, 2018.  For a PDF version, click here.

June 25, 2018

Dear Portland Public Schools and Board of Education,

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) voted on June 7th, 2018 to send a formal letter of complaint regarding the disrespectful and unprofessional  behavior of Portland Public Schools (PPS) during the recent decision to co-locate ACCESS to Lane Middle School and Vestal Elementary School. As a community partner, the Neighborhood Association works closely with its neighborhood schools to advocate for our families and students. The BDNA is extremely concerned about the alarming  lack of communication with parents and staff before, during, and after this decision was voted on by the Board of Education. The blatant disregard with which the Board of Education treated the parties in question must be addressed.

The Board vote to co-locate ACCESS to Lane and Vestal occured on May 30th, 2018.  Less than twenty-four hours before the meeting on May 29th, an email was sent out to parents and staff stating that there would be a “work session,” but that no vote or testimony would be taken. The following day, less than six hours before the meeting, a second email went out, stating that there would be a secondary “brief regular meeting” immediately following the work session and that select testimony would be taken, and a vote would in fact be held.  This recklessly insufficient notice effectively prevented parents, staff, students, and community members from attending the meeting to voice their concerns.  By holding the vote on improperly short notice, and at a time of day (afternoon, rather than evening) when stakeholders were in school, working, or simply unaware of what was transpiring, the Board demonstrated deep disrespect to multiple communities.  

By leaving all of us out of the conversation, PPS is actively damaging the future education of children across Portland.  This decision has created an early education vacuum in Brentwood-Darlington. The co-location of ACCESS removes four classes of Head Start from the heart of our neighborhood.  This is the only Head Start program in our area with a dedicated and age appropriate play structure. This 50% reduction of free or reduced-cost early education will cause many families in our diverse neighborhood to self-select out of this vital service.  The offer of priority enrollment for displaced families at neighboring Head Start programs only intensifies the problem, straining an already underserved region and negatively impacting the most vulnerable populations.

This letter constitutes a request by the BDNA for a formal written apology within five (5) business days from PPS and the Board of Education to each of the involved entities.  We call upon PPS and the Board of Education to reach out to the communities they have wounded and have a meaningful dialogue to address the concerns and needs of all affected parties.  We expect better than this from our education system and will be holding PPS and the Board of Education accountable for making vast improvements in a timely manner.

Sincerely,

Chelsea Powers, Board Chair

Meg Van Buren,  Equity & Inclusion Chair

Shannon Kane, Member at Large

Tina Biornstad-Szafranski, Member at Large

Lynn Reck, Treasurer

Jean Blackmore,  Vice Treasurer

Stephenie Frederick, Transportation Chair

Esther Crowell-Duncan, Member at Large and Lane Middle School PTA President

Rob Hanifin, Vice Chair

Paul Willey, SE Uplift Liaison and SE Uplift Secretary

Lane Middle School 3rd Annual Beautification Event THIS WEEKEND

April 21, 8:30AM-1:30PM
Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave

Put on your work clothes and show up to beautify the center gem of our neighborhood, Lane Middle School!  At nearly 100 years old, Lane MS is still standing tall, but could use a little tidying up.  Help shake off those winter blues by pruning, weeding, raking, and cleaning.  (Then enjoy some fun down the street at the Learning Gardens Lab Earth Day Festival.)