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Forest Park News

Forest Park News
From Principal Lisa Newlyn

Dear Parents and Families,

May has been one action packed month, thus far, and it promises to continue as we look ahead to great year end events coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Class rooms have been busy, in and out of FPE.  1st grade completed their BodyVox residency this week.  And, in true "physical art" fashion, each students in Dr. Martini's class gave their thank you to the artists with a unique pose.  3rd grade went on a Portland City Tour.  4th grade took a tree walk, and Safety Patrol celebrated gravity at Oaks Park at their year end party.  Thank you, Jon Rhodes for the flipped photo.  That's a fabulous shot!  

Between school day events and auction party celebrations (Forest Park After Dark) our students and teachers are busy!  There's more to come, so hang on tight.

Mark Your Calendars: Tuesday, 5/17 we celebrate 5th graders at our annual FPE Art Walk.  Each 5th grader has created their own personalized poem.  Thanks to Kirsten Crombie for PhotoShop magic.  Jon Rhode's student portrait with the poem makes for an amazing 5th grade time capsule.  Whether you have a 5th grader or not, come by school Tuesday evening, starting at 6pm.  We have a fine class of 5th graders to celebrate!

Friday night, 5/20 is the annual Spring Carnival.  Read on below for details - thank you PTA for sponsoring a fun filled evening!  Tickets are on sale now - come to the foyer before or after school any day this week.

Thursday, 5/27 will be our first annual Art and Curriculum Night, 6:30-8:30pm.  Come see your child's classroom filled with the year's art, and curriculum samples.  Come listen to your child perform with Dr. Bob.  Art and Curriculum Night is sponsored by our Site Council as a part of our Comprehensive Achievement Plan.  We want to provide as many opportunities as possible for parents to celebrate their child's work by bringing parents into our classrooms.  This is a great time for a sneak peek into your child's upcoming grade, too.  Feel free to visit all our classrooms, meet teachers, and enjoy a continuum of learning from Kinder to 5th grade.

End of year excitement and behavior expectations  As we bring the year to a close, there's a lot of happy excitement.  As educators, we find ourselves having to "keep a lid on it", so to speak.  While we want to celebrate a little sunny day freedom, we also have work to do - all the way until 2:15pm June 9th.  Please take a moment to check in with your child and remind them of our school rules: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.  Listening to adult directions, keeping hands and body to ourselves, and making sure we are taking care of our job as learners are all things important to remember.  Thank you for your support of your child's best behavior and academic experience at FPE.

Have a great week!


Lost and Found
Sweaters, Coats, Sweatshirts, Jackets, Hats,

Gloves, Lunch Boxes...

What are you missing?

 We have accumulated quite an assortment of clothing items, etc. over

the past few months in our Lost and Found. Please take a minute to

check out the racks in the main hallway!

The PTA Needs YOU!! 
Volunteers Needed for 2016-2017 School Year

Have you been thinking about a way to get involved with some of the fabulous events that take place at Forest Park?  The PTA is looking for volunteers to fill vacant positions for next year to make sure these important events still happen!  Some positions only require a few hours of your time a few times per year. 
• Social Chairs (2 people) ~ Plan Back to School Picnic, New Family/Kinder Social (Sept.), Harvest Festival (Oct.), Kinder Connect (Spring) and 1-2 other events
• Holiday Food Drive Coordinators (2 people) ~ Coordinate food drive in December for 100 - 150 Families in PPS 
• Clothes Closet Coordinator ~ Coordinate volunteers to work at PTA Clothes Closet 2X/year
• Recess Monitor Coordinator
• Cafeteria Helpers Coordinator
• Starbucks Art Gallery Coordinator
• Fall Gift Wrap Fundraiser Coordinator
• Treasurer in Training ~ Shadow for 2016-2017 school year, assume treasurer position in 2017-2018

Contact Michelle Dinsmoor at dinsmoors@comast.net to learn more or to express your interest.

Student-Inspired School Garden Renovation
Sunday, June 5th (New Date)

Stay for an hour...Stay for the Day!
Any contribution of time and sweat is appreciated!

Renovation has started on our new student-inspired garden plan to implement winning ideas that were submitted for the garden design contest in March.

We need bodies to help on Sunday, June 5th! 

*Create a wheel-chair accessible path to the outdoor classroom benches
*Remove & repurpose existing planter bed wood
*Create a raised butterfly-shaped planter bed
*Add gravel & soil, and transplant succulents along P4-P6
*Add layer of mulch over existing barkdust

Families are encouraged to attend, as there are projects for all school ages to participate.

If you have them, please bring shovels, buckets, & wheelbarrows. Please label your items with your last name.

We’ve got the gloves for everyone!

Special thanks to the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District for providing grant monies for gloves & supplies for this garden renovation.

Forest Park Field Day
Tuesday, June 7th

We need volunteers to help with this annual event!

Parent volunteers will help set-up and run the field day activity stations.

Please sign up on Signup Genius


Thank you for the help!

Forest Park Community Email List



Lisa Newlyn

Heather Whitney

Special Education Teacher
Christina Mosteller

504 Coordinator
Lisa Newlyn

School Nurse
Nicky Zimmerman

Pamela Ward

Donna Sanders

Attendance Reporting

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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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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