Tomorrow, August 28th, is the Portland Public Schools (PPS) Community Care Day for 2021 from 9AM-12PM! Support our three Brentwood-Darlington Schools by joining of the events happening. Neighbors of all ages and abilities are welcome! Please see below for notes from each of our local schools.Continue reading
This post was originally published by school staff member Teresa P. on the Woodmere Elementary Parents Group Facebook Group. It has been reposted here with permission.
Dear Woodmere Families,
We hope you all are having an amazing summer. As you know, Portland Public Schools (PPS) will be holding classes virtually through at least November 5. We want to make sure kids have everything they need as we get ready for the first day of school for our 1st thru 5th grade students, September 2 and our kindergarten students on September 8.
From Portland Public Schools: The 2020 School Bond Renewal virtual town hall at 6PM this Thursday, June 25. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are holding the meeting online only, but it will feature breakout sessions and virtual rooms. To participate, please RSVP.Continue reading
From Portland Public Schools regarding school closure and food resources:
Dear PPS Families,
As we shared Thursday night, Portland Public Schools will extend spring break, beginning Monday, March 16 with a plan for students to return to schools on Wednesday, April 1 (staff will be expected to return on Monday, March 30, two days earlier). During this time, all school activities, including athletic events and practices, are canceled. We know that many families depend on schools not only for their students’ education, but also for meals, child care, access to health services and other supports. We are working quickly to identify ways to provide services to students and families during the extended break:
Interested in encouraging, empowering and helping the next generation succeed?! Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) at Woodmere Elementary School is looking for volunteers to join them in bringing fun enrichment classes for this new school. Program runs Monday through Thursday, 3:00-5:00PM. Contact Katie for more info.
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.
- Mandarin/Clementine oranges
- Grapes (seedless)
- Individually boxed raisins/craisins
- Cereal and/or oatmeal bars (avoid nuts when possible)
- 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.
Congratulations to Stephanie Murdock, new principal at Whitman Elementary School. We’re excited to welcome Stephanie to the Brentwood-Darlington community!
Congratulations to Mike Rowell, new principal of Lane Middle School. Previously, Mike was an assistant principal at Lane. He was also instrumental in securing our Safe Routes to School sidewalk infill grant in 2017.
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)
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:
Oscar Moreno Gilson
Area Assistant Superintendent
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.
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