Forest Park News
From Principal Lisa Newlyn
It's all about The Kids. And, how fortunate they are. What a site to see so many of us out in our finest last Saturday night, gathered together to invest what's best for our students: quality teachers and an instructional program that shines bright in the PPS community.
I want to give a thank you first to our FPE staff. Your dedication in the day to day business of teaching and learning is amazing, and to see so many of you out last Saturday night was wonderful. The time you'll take to fulfill those excellent auction experiences is not only about raising money, it makes memories and builds community.
To our FPE Parents, THANK YOU for your financial support. As I said in my message to incoming Kinder parents this past week, it is because of the exceptional involvement of our community that Forest Park is able to provide the instructional program we have in place. As Suzanne Taylor Adams said in her speech last Saturday, I take seriously the fiduciary role I play in allocating funds and spending Foundation dollars. Very soon, in the two weeks, I'll have my my staffing allocations for the 2015/2016 school year. Once I have the pieces in place, I will let you know what our classroom configurations and enrichment programs will look like.
Taking a look at the bigger picture, PPS is looking for your input in the budget process. Read on for more information on how you be involved and informed.
Michelle Dinsmoor has an auction update for you as well. There are still many ways you can spend your money and support FPE kids.
Have a great week,
Thank you to everyone who attended the auction this past Saturday night! It was a great night and our community showed strong support for our school. Information about how much was raised by the auction will be available soon; stay tuned.
There are still items for sale online at our auction website until Monday, March 9 at 5pm.
Randall and Doernbecher Children's Hospital Fundraiser
When Forest Park Elementary students put their mind to it, they get the job done.
In January and February of this year, Forest Park students raised nearly $5,000 for the children in both Randall and Doernbecher Children's Hospitals here in Portland.
Through the generous donations of Forest Park students, parents, relatives, teachers and staff, in addition to anonymous donors, the students at Forest Park were able to provide a surprise Valentine's Day Gift Bag for every single child in Randall and Doernbecher Children's Hospitals.
Chance Summers, a student in Mrs. Robbins 5th-grade class, came up with the idea late last year. He told his parents that instead of the chocolate gift box program at Forest Park for Valentine's Day, "Why wouldn't the school offer a Valentine's Day Gift to the children at Randall and Doernbecher Children's Hospitals?" Through the help and support of his grandmother and grandfather, his parents, the Forest Park PTA, Principal Lisa Newlyn and all the students at Forest Park Elementary, the event caught on and was well underway.
Many 5th-grade students worked hard the week before Valentine's Day stuffing bags and organizing games, toys and treats for all 200 of the gift bags which were later delivered to the hospitals during Valentine's Day week by the kids of Forest Park. Koin 6 news showed up by surprise at Forest Park during one of the bag stuffing parties to capture the event. Many of the students were interviewed and the story aired on Thursday of Valentine's Day week by news reporter Anne State. It was part of her "Pay It Forward" series about everyday people doing extraordinary things for others in their community. Needless to say, the news coverage was a special treat and the kids were pretty excited to be on TV.
A small portion of the funds raised ($500) will also help contribute to the 2015 5th Grade Legacy Program.
Forest Park School would like to say thank you to all of the generous donors who helped make this event possible both for the kids in the hospitals as well as the students of Forest Park. Though it is the first year Forest Park embarked on this kind of venture, the contributions exceeded all expectations, and everyone experienced the gift of giving in the special school effort. We look forward to doing it again next year!