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:
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.
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.
ZUMBA is coming back to Woodmere Elementary School!!! Kristen is so excited to be back in her Community and Woodmere is more than excited to have her amazing energy back!! Please take the poll below to help choose a time on Wednesdays for this great class. Enter your email address if you’d like to join the class or know more!
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.