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Forest Park News

Forest Park News
From Principal Lisa Newlyn

Hello Parents and Family Partners - my view from Friday night was fantastic. Watching the Lion Dance and Parade come through the gym while watching you welcome them was The Best.

Our first Lunar New Year celebration was a success thanks to ALL of you for planning, supporting, and participating in this special celebration of our Forest Park Community. Check out FPE on Twitter (@PPSForestPark) and Facebook (PPSForestPark) for more event pix and video. Monday is the official start to The Year of the Monkey. Our Kinder students will be continuing the New Year's celebrations with their annual Lunar New Year Luncheon Monday afternoon. We welcome opportunities to celebration our vibrant and diverse FPE Community, whether that be in school wide events or within classroom communities.

Our next school-wide student event is the Science Fair, March 8th. If you haven't already considered participating, it's not too late to sign up. We look forward to a night of scientific inquiry projects from a student perspective.

But, that's not our next Big event. FPE Foundation's Black and White Auction is February 20th @ Pure Space. Ticket information is in our office and on the Foundation website. March 8th I will receive the PPS budget and staffing allocation for the 2016-2017 school year. The formula used to forecast classroom configurations based on student population and student:teacher ratio will not include augmentation of our enrichment classes, namely Technology. Neither will it include staffing to support the academic intervention and differentiation required for our students. It is because of the financial support you provide the Forest Park Elementary Foundation that PPS core programming is complimented with the instructional professionals that you, my staff, and I work with everyday. If you are unable to attend the auction, please consider beginning today your electronic, direct giving donation from the Foundation website.

Our School Climate Team has spearheaded a great new monthly event, Word of the Month Assemblies. This past Wednesday was the second assembly - our word is Perseverance. Perseverance has many applications. It's come to my mind watching our OBOB teams compete. It's come to my mind watching Kinders in the lab. Last month our word was Empathy. Focusing on a single word and coming together as a community has been a great way to building school-wide social and emotional intelligence. I've enjoyed reading to the school and talking about how each of us contributes to a positive and supportive school community. Thanks to Ms. Chaffin and Ms. Whitney for the book of the month: The Most Magnificent Thing.

I wish you Happiness, Prosperity, and Longevity 福禄寿 this Lunar New Year!

Auction Tickets

Do you have your Auction Tickets?
Reminder – prices go up Feb 6th!
What: FPE Foundation’s Annual Auction
Where: Pure Space, 1315 NW Overton St, Portland
When: Sat, February 20, 2016 @ 5 PM
Why: raising funds to supplement FPE staff
To purchase tickets on-line, please go to: https://forestparkelementary.schoolauction.net/blackandwhitebash
Please note, tables are limited to 10 people.
Our apologies for the change from the invites.


Science Fair Volunteers

Thank you for volunteering to help with the Forest Park Elementary Science Fair! We need help on two days. Sign up for as little as you want or for everything, the choice is yours. Any and all help is appreciated! Deborah Crews

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Advisory committee forwards to superintendent recommendations for district-wide structural changes

January 29, 2016

The District-Wide Boundary Review Committee sent to the superintendent on Jan. 28 the first blueprint for structural change district-wide in many years, on the principle that balancing growing enrollment among all schools will support strong schools in every neighborhood, investing in the continued vitality of the city.


PPS grad rate up 21 points in seven years

January 28, 2016
Portland Public Schools graduation rate rose four percentage points last year to 74 percent, a 21 percentage point increase over seven years.  The PPS five-year graduation rate also improved two percentage points to 75 percent, up from 73 percent.

Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

January 26, 2016
The Portland Public Schools board voted 6-1 tonight, January 26, to start school August 29, 2016 and end June 9, 2017.


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