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Forest Park News
From Principal Lisa Newlyn

Dear Parents and Families,

One week and counting until the first day of school is here (for most of our school children)! We are excited to welcome you all back for the start of a fabulous 2016-2017 school year.

Farewells and Introductions
I'd also like to introduce to you other new staff who joined us over the summer. Taylor McConney is new to PPS, but not new to the profession. She is joining our Special Education as our Learning Center teacher. Jennifer Potegal left her work with the early childhood team to join us as our Speech Pathologist. Janice Harvey is not new to PPS, but is new to FPE and will be our School Psychologist. Koren LaTocha is our new Kindergarten teacher, joining us from previous years of teaching at Beverly Cleary School. Sarah Barten joins the FPE staff as our grades 3-5 Reading Support Teacher. Ms. Barten taught music and reading skills at Beverly Cleary School. Joining our library team is Andrea Woodward, coming to us from Bridlemile Elementary. Deb Kerrigan is taking on a new role as the grades 3-5 math Educational Assistant.

Sadly, we've had to say goodbye to some staff. Ron Ring and Ruth Van Hoomisen took positions in other PPS schools. And, recently we learned that Pam SwandaLoeb has made the difficult decision to retire, effective immediately. While we celebrate her career, I want to let you know of some changes to the 3rd and 4th grade teams. Dina Scottel is joining Brad Langton on the 3rd grade team. Joining the 4th grade team is Kelly Bannon. Ms. Bannon is leaving her previous position on the 5th grade team at St. Pius X in Beaverton to join Megan McGinnis and Greg Brown here at FPE.

Please join me in our farewells to fine staff moving on, and also in welcoming our new staff to FPE. We are better together!

Getting Home From School on the First Day
On the first day of school we need to know how your child is getting home. This helps us build safe routines with your child as we release them from school at the end of the day by completing this short google survey: https://goo.gl/forms/izgVAIwLa3lYkbA83

Please take a moment and talk to your child about how they will get home, memorize your street address and emergency phone number. If taking the bus, students should know the name of the cross streets the bus stops on and which bus route number they are taking.

School Supplies
We have no school supply list for parents at FPE. Instead, we use our discount at Office Depot to order ahead, passing the savings on to you. This way we can retain supplies that are needed yearly, but need not be reordered, and have all supplies here, organized and ready for students before the first day of school.

In our Back to School Packet you will find details as to how you can pay for supplies we've purchased. We will be using a new system called School Pay, an online service that allows parents to enter debit/credit card information from home, and for us to accept electronic payments at school.

The $100 donation covers the cost for three big things: $50 for all school supplies, $38 for classroom accounts (field trips, parties, consumables, etc.) and $12 for lab fees (IXL, Typing Agent).

From Transportation
Starting this fall for the 2016-17 school year, Student Transportation will no longer produce this printed schedule. We will be directing parents and schools to our webpage to find their bus information. http://www.pps.net/Page/141

Water and Radon
All school and after school activities at Forest Park will be supplied water via water service delivery, not water bottles. Facilities tested our building for lead levels, the results of which were sent to you via email in August. If you have questions about healthy water and air, visit PPS Healthy Schools page.

Kindergarten Assessment Dates and Class Assignments
Kindergarten families will get a letter from their child's teacher this month, stating a date and time the week of August 29th for a short assessment and introduction.

First Day Back for Students
First day of school for 1st - 5th graders is August 29th. Kindergarten classes begin September 1st.

Read on below for a note from Mr. Wade and announcements about upcoming special events.

Have a great, last week of summer!

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Lisa Newlyn

Heather Whitney

Special Education Teacher

School Psychologist
Janice Harvey

School Nurse
Tegan Leipzig

Pamela Ward

Donna Sanders

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If your child will be absent from school, please call the attendance hotline: 503-916-6168. 

Lincoln Cluster

Forest Park is part of the Lincoln Cluster. Our students feed into West Sylvan Middle School and Lincoln High School.

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PPS News

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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