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Forest Park News

Forest Park News
From Principal Lisa Newlyn

Dear Parents and Families,

It was a pleasure to see so many of you last night at both my State of the School Address and our Author night event. Thank you for joining us in celebrating authorship and school-wide planning! And, thank you Ms. Chaffin and Ms. Kerrigan for bringing not one but two great authors to us. What a wonderful experience to spend the day for our students to consider themselves as writers and authors. Brilliant!

For those interested, you may view my State of the School Prezi by following the imbedded link. In it you will see our staffing configuration for next year, and some future planning I am considering as we move into the upcoming school year.

I also spoke about the recent changes to our school boundaries. I want to welcome our new neighbors to Forest Park Elementary! Portland Public is in the thick of planning the implementation phase of these changes. Growing Great Schools II: Implementation has all the information you may need to understand the immediate impact of our larger catchment area. For the time being know that: 1) we have room to grow, and 2) the most immediate enrollment increase will be seen in Kindergarten.

We are one week away from Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing. Thank you Beth Gardner for coordinating all the details in technology and time involved in this (nearly) three week event. It's important to me that you know how much time we are taking to prepare your 3rd - 5th grade children for these tests. Ms. Gardner has led us through a number of trainings, including ways to support students in accommodations so that students can do their very best. If you are curious about what the test looks like, feel free to visit the practice test site. We are very pleased with last year's student performances, and are setting your children up for another year of success.

Know a neighbor with a young one ready for Kindergarten this fall?! Tell them to join us this coming Thursday for our last Connect to Kindergarten event: 4/28 @ 9:45-10:45am. We welcome children to this hour of reading, play, and a snack. Parents will get to know each other and students will get to know their peers and potential teachers. Thank you PTA for hosting the parent social!

Read on below for more school news.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Connect to Kindergarten
Forest Park School
Thursday, April 28th, 9:45 - 10:45AM

Please join us to learn about our Kindergarten program, meet the
Kindergarten Team and register your child for next September. Registration packets will be available for pick-up.

Bring your Kinder student!

School Gardens Community Spring Cleaning!
Saturday, May 7th

We’ll be gathering in the back garden area behind Portables 3 & 4
(near the outdoor classroom benches)

Our goal is to do a little Spring cleaning to make the area inviting & beautiful.

If we have a lot of volunteers, we may start moving some plants, according to our new student-inspired garden design.

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

Great news! We secured some funding for kid-sized gloves!
We will break them in this Saturday.

If you have favorite tools, please bring them with you for your use.
Otherwise, all are welcome to use our tools.

Hope to see you there!

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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