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!)

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Congratulations to New Principal of Whitman Elementary School

Congratulations to Stephanie Murdock, new principal at Whitman Elementary School.  We’re excited to welcome Stephanie to the Brentwood-Darlington community!

Sponsor a Backpack for a Brentwood-Darlington Student

Brentwood-Darlington is home to five schools, including Woodmere Elementary School.  Woodmere is a diverse Title I school located in the northeast corner of the neighborhood and serves families from Brentwood-Darlington, Lents, and Mt Scott-Arleta.  In past years, Woodmere has worked with Schoolhouse Supplies and a corporate sponsor to provide a backpack full of supplies to every child attending.  This program relieves a significant burden on families and helps every student start the year on the right foot.  Unfortunately, Woodmere’s longterm sponsor is no longer participating for the 2019-20 school year.  This leaves over 300 students without the supplies they need to be successful.  But you can help!

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Errol Heights Play and Skate Discussion

Errol Heights Play & Skate Discussion hosted by Portland Parks and Recreation
Thursday, May 9th from 6:00-8:00PM at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Avenue)
.  Can’t attend? Click here for the survey! (available starting May 9th)

Attention, parents! Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association will be offering a supervised activity for kids in the adjacent room! BDNA volunteers will supervise an all-ages movie for children to enjoy while parents join the Play + Skate discussion.

Portland Parks & Recreation and the Errol Heights Park project team invites neighbors to attend an upcoming public meeting to review concepts and designs for the Play and Skate elements of the park.

This meeting is an opportunity for the design team at Mayer/Reed to share their initial concepts and designs for these two important elements of the park, and get valuable feedback and suggestions from the public to ensure that the park can best meet the needs of the Brentwood-Darlington community.

Specifically, we would like to discuss:
· Are the play features inclusive of children of all abilities?
· Does the skate feature meet the needs various users including, younger/ inexperienced skaters, those with wheelchairs, scooters and/ or BMX bikes?

Bring your friends, families, neighbors or anyone else who is interested in the future of Errol Heights park!  Agenda below.

Helmets Needed for Woodmere Unicycle Club

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Help Mr. Stultz at Woodmere Elementary give his Unicycle Club students helmets! 

Woodmere Elementary School offers unicycling to boys and girls in grades 2-5. These kids are awesome! They are hard working, committed and focused, often performing at school and neighborhood events.  This great sport was introduced to them in a physical education class.  Students gain confidence in their abilities and improve their skills. Unicycling is hard, helping students develop their perseverance, patience, and focus.

Many of the students wishing to participate in Unicycle Club do not have helmets at home and are unable to afford one.  Students will earn the responsibility of borrowing a unicycle for the entire school year.  Those who forget their helmet at home will be able to borrow one from school, ensuring that safety remains the top priority.

Students attend weekly practice and those that learn to ride earn a t-shirt and have the opportunity to ride in the Junior Rose Parade in June. They also are part of the school-wide performance in June.

Ready to support Woodmere Elementary’s Unicycle Club?

Click here and donate at DonorsChoose.org!

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