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!

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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

Woodmere Library Wish List 2018-19

Heads Up, Community Members!  School may be out for the summer, but September is closer than we think!  Woodmere Elementary students have a library wish list for next year and you can help!  See the list below and then check your bookshelves or pick a book or two up from your favorite source. Let’s fill those empty shelves!
Books are listed with author then title(s).  Want to send your gift to the school?  Direct ship to Woodmere Elementary, Attn: Librarian, 7900 SE Duke St, Portland, OR 97206.  Ordering from Amazon? Go to smile.amazon.com and choose “Woodmere Parents Group” to make your gift twice as nice!

Woodmere Elementary 2018-19 Library Wish List

  • John Greene – The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, Turtles All the Way Down
  • Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Getaway
  • Rachel Renee Russell – Dork Diaries – Dear Dork: Tales From a Not So Happy Heartbreaker, Tales From a Not So Secret Crush Catastrophe, Tales From a Not So Perfect Pet Sitter
  • Bob Buya – Saving Mr. Terupt, The Perfect Score, The perfect Secret
  • Dav Pillkey – Dog Man series
  • Ann M. Martin – California Diaries, Babysitters Club Graphix (Collection)
  • Lana Telgemeier – Smile, Drama, Sister, Ghosts, Comics Squad Recess
  • Victoria Jamieson – Roller Girl
  • Betsy Bird – Funny Girl
  • Ernest Cline – Ready Player One
  • Scott Roentgen – Nyxia
  • Andy Weir – Artemis, The Martian
  • Orson Scott Card – Ender’s Game
  • Wendy Mass – The Candymakers, The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase, Pi in the Sky, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall
  • Chris Grabenstein – Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (series), The Island of Dr. Libris, The Hanging Hill, Whack a Mole
  • Kwame Alexandro – Solo
  • Alex Gino – George, You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!
  • Scott Caution – Five Nights at Freddy’s (series), The Freddy Files
  • Jillian Dodd – Spy Girl (series)
  • Corinna Luyken – The Book of Mistakes
  • Sheree Fitch – If I Had a Million Onions
  • Simon Rose – The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Emerald Curse
  • James Heneghan and Bruce McBay – Nannycatch Chronicles
  • Silvana Goldenberg – Victoria
  • Glen Huser – Time for Flowers Time for Snow
  • Allie Condie – Matched (series)
  • Kanu Kibushi – Amulet 8 (series)
  • Jane Goldman – Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Katy Kay – The Confidence Code for Girls
  • Becky Albertalli – Love, Simon, Simon vs. The Homosapiens, Leah on the Offbeat, The Upside of Unrequited
  • Max Brooks – Minecraft: The Island, The Complete Handbook Collection
  • Mavashi Kishimoto – Naruto (series)
  • Mo Willems – Should I Share My Ice Cream, Waiting is Not Easy, The Thank You Book, I Broke My Trunk
  • Chloe Perkins – Living in China
  • Barbara Dee – Star Crossed
  • Kelly Barnhill – The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  • Dustin Brady – Trapped in a Video Game
  • Tim Federle – Five, Six, Seen, Nate! (Better Nate Than Ever)
  • Michael Gerhart – Love is Love
  • Justin Sayre – Husky

August Wilson Monologue Competition

From The Red Door Project:

August Wilson Monologue Competition, Portland Regional Finals on February 26!

GET READY TO EMERGE!

A diverse group of high school students performing August Wilson, the foremost chronicler of the African-American experience in dramatic literature; world-class musicians Darrell Grant, Bobby Torres, Redray Frazier, DJ David van Overeem, Mic Crenshaw, and Oluyinka Akinjiola and Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater!

We welcome photography throughout the evening from press sources including, but not limited to, behind-the-scenes access to watch student participants warming up and witness the powerful interactions between students and teaching artists before the show.

This event is tailor-made for photographic journalism and provides a compelling story about what can happen when we mix it up and see what emerges.

WHO: Portland-area high school students, world class musicians. Kevin Jones, founder of the August Wilson Red Door Project, award winning actor and director. Popular Portland actress, Chantal DeGroat emcees.

WHAT:  The August Wilson Monologue Competition Portland Regional Finals

WHEN: February 26, 2018, Doors open at 6:30pm, Show begins at 7:00pm.

WHERE: Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Support the celebration and elevation of the African-American culture in Portland. For more information about the AWMC and the August Wilson Red Door Project, visit http://www.reddoorproject.org/awmc. Contact Jory Bowers, Operations Coordinator, at jory@reddoorproject.org to coordinate your participation in our Regional Finals event.

For more information, media inquiries and press access:

Contact: Jory Bowers, Operations Coordinator, (612) 239-4449 or jory@reddoorproject.org

Dough for Dollars for Lane Middle School

Who doesn’t love pizza AND supporting our kids?  Westmoreland Pizzicato is teaming up with the Lane Middle School PTA for a delicious fundraiser.  On November 28th, 20% of the Westmoreland Pizzicato store’s sales will go back to Lane Middle School!  Call 503-736-0174 to order (or pre-order) your pizza!

Lane Middle School Canned Food Drive

November 6th – December 7th, 2017, students at Lane Middle School will compete for a pizza party while helping gather food and personal items for the Oregon Food Bank and Lane Middle School’s Food Pantry.  To donate items, drop by Lane Middle School, check out their Facebook page, or email them.