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Forest Park News

Hello Forest Park Families,

Welcome (almost) back to school!  There has been a buzz of activity and excitement as teachers returned to the building this week.  It was no small fete to get everything in place for your students to walk through the doors Tuesday, September 2nd.   If your children are like mine, then I’m sure you, too, have been keeping a lid on the Back To School excitement at home.  The Forest Park staff is excited for their return as well!

Opening Day Packets

Thank you to Pam, Donna, and our fabulous PTA for putting together all the necessary information you will need to get the ‘14-‘15 school year started.  Please take notice of the gray Opening Day Packets coming home with your child on Tuesday.  Inside you will find a variety of important information.  Please take notice of the PPS Student Verification Form and make sure it is complete and accurate. 

Forest Park PDX

“Airport Parking” has arrived at Forest Park.  When you arrive on Tuesday you will see new striping and signage in the main parking area.  We now have an “arrivals” and “departures” flow, just like at PDX.  Along the yellow curb (closest to the cafeteria) is our drop off and pick up area.  The outside lane (to the left) is for through traffic.  As you drive around the parking circle, you can move through in the “left lane” until you see an available open spot along the yellow curb.  Do not park in the cross walks or in front of the bus lane.  Please watch for our duty staff (including me) as we direct traffic.  These measures are in place to alleviate traffic congestion and improve student safety.

Welcome Seth McGinnis, our new 2nd grade teacher

TBD no more, Seth McGinnis joined our 2nd grade team on Thursday.  Mr. McGinnis comes to us highly recommended and gave an exceptional interview.  He has already begun the work of getting his instructional program together.  Please help me thank Ms. Carol Passey for supporting the TBD transition by getting Room 202 in order and ready for Mr. McGinnis. 

Forest Park PTA and Foundation

Our school wouldn’t run well without the tireless work of both our PTA and Foundation.  Please find important information about how you can support their work in the Opening Day Packet. 

Upcoming Dates

9/2 – First Day of school, 8AM sharp

9/12 – PTA Back to School Picnic, 5:30pm

9/15 (K-2) and 9/16 (3-5) – Picture Days

9/18 – Back to School Night, 6:30pm

10/10 – No School, State Inservice Day

10/29 and 10/30 – Parent Teacher Conferences

10/31 – No School

School Supply List



3 Box Crayola Crayons (24 ct)**          2 Pkg. - #2 Ticonderoga Pencils**      1 Box Crayola Fine Tip Markers**       1 Black Sharpie Fine-Tip**  

1 Box Kleenex Tissues**                       1 Box 8 Crayola Water Color Paints** 1 Pkg. Sanford Magic Rub Erasers**   1 Box Gallon Ziploc Bags

4 Lg. Elmer’s Glue Sticks (white)**(No Purple Glue Sticks, Please)                                3 Thin Black Dry Erase Markers          1 Large orange highlighter

1 Box Crayola Broad Tip Markers**     1 Lg. Backpack to be carried to & from school – NO WHEELS!                      

These supplies will be “pooled” and used by all kindergarten students. Please do not mark with names – except:  please label name on backpack.

First Grade

1 Plastic 2 Pocket Folder      2 Lg. White Glue Sticks                        1 Pink Pearl Eraser                                2 Black Thin Dry Erase Pen                

1 Pr. Scissors (Fiskars)**     1 Plastic Supply Box (small)                                1 Pkg. Sq. Post-it Notes        2 Pkg. - #2 Ticonderoga Pencils**     

1 Lg. Yellow Highlighter       1 Black Sharpie, Fine Tip                     1 Box Crayola Crayons (24 ct.)**                                        

Tissues (Kleenex Brand, Please)**                                                      2 Two Pocket Folders (red, blue)                                                       

1 Box of Thick and Thin Crayola Markers

These supplies will be “pooled” and used by all 1st grade students.

Please do not mark with names – except: please label name on supply box.

Second Grade

1 Box Crayola Crayons (24) **                             4 Pkg. - # 2 Ticonderoga Pencils**     1 Crayola Colored Pencils (24) **

6 Lg. White Glue Sticks                        1 Ruler (in/cm)                                       1 Composition Book

1 Highlighter                                          1 Fiskar Pointed Scissors                    Fine & Broad Tip Crayola Markers**

2 Magic Rub Erasers                             1 Supply Box (8” x 5”)                           Prang Watercolor Paints (classic colors)

1 Pkg. Post-it Notes                                              1 Fine Tip Sharpie Pen                         1 Plastic 2-Pocket Folder, any color

3 – Heavy Duty Plastic 2-Pocket Folders (red, blue, green)                                              Tissues (Kleenex Brand, please)**


Third Grade

1 Box Crayola Crayons (24) **                             6 Lg. White Glue Sticks                        1 Pencil Box                           1 Highlighter

4 Pkg. - #2 Ticonderoga Pencils**      2 White Erasers                                     Fine Tip Sharpies                 Hand Sanitizer      

1 Pkg. Wide Ruled Notebook Paper    Wipes (Clorox Brand, please)**          Fine & Broad Tip Crayola Markers**  

1 Box (24) Colored Pencils**                               7” Fiskars Scissors                                               1 1” Binder w/ Clear Pocket Cover

Hand Held Pencil Sharpener                               Clear Plastic Ruler (in/cm)                    Post-it Notes                          Sturdy Plastic Homework Folder               

A – L Gallon Ziploc Bags                     M – Z Quart Ziploc Bags                      


Fourth Grade

1 Clear Heavy Plastic 2-Pocket Folder                1 Fiskar 7” Scissors                                              3 Pkg. - #2 Pencils**

Wipes (Clorox Brand, please)**          2 Red Ballpoint Pens                            1 White 3-ring Binder 1 ½ in. w/ clear pocket front

3 Yellow Highlighters                           2 Black Fine-Tip Sharpie                      2 Box Crayola Colored Pencils (24 ct.)**

2 Blue Ballpoint Pens                            3 Magic Rub Erasers                             2 Lined Composition Books – Wide Ruled       

2 Black Ultra-Fine Tip Sharpie                             1 Box Water Color Paints                     1 Pkg. Post-it Notes-any color

Hand Sanitizer – Girls Only                 1 Box Band-Aids – Boys Only                            

1 Set of 8 Tabs for Binder (Do not open, please)                                                             

1 Large Pencil Box (2 sizes please – 13” x 5” and 7” x 11” – Not more than 3” tall)                                                       

Do not put names on supplies except scissors, & pencil box

Fifth Grade

1 Composition Book                                             1 Box Colored Pencils**                       2 Highlighters                        1 Pkg. - #2 Pencils**             

1 Pkg. Post-it Notes                                              3 Super/Ultra Fine Black Felt Pens      Erasers                                   1 Fiskar Scissor**                                 

1 Pencil Sharpener                                               1 Set of (100) 3X5 Index Cards (colored & white)                                             

2 Pkgs. Wide-Ruled Notebook Paper                 Red Ink Pen for Corrections                                1 Box Colored Markers                        

2 Rolls Transparent Tape w/ dispenser             2” Clear View 3-Ring Binder                 Wipes (Clorox Brand, please)**

Do not put names on supplies except scissors & binder.




**High quality brands

(Crayola, Ticonderoga Pencils, Elmer’s White Glue)

are recommended.**

State of the School - 2013-14

What Makes Forest Park Special

1) The amazing support the school receives in every category from families: homework, volunteering, financial support

2) Children arrive at school ready to learn

3) Dedicated staff

4) Strong sense of community

5) Enthusiastic, creative students that are eager to learn

Daily Schedule

7:55 a.m. First Bell
8:00 a.m. Tardy Bell - Class Begins
10:45 a.m. Half Day Kindergarten Dismissal
10:50 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. K-5 Lunch/Recess is on a rotation
2:15 p.m. Dismissal (K-5)

Forest Park Program

Forest Park's Classroom Program: 2014-2015

All children will work with the following specialists during their week:

  • Technology with a teacher specializing in technology: Mr. Poujade
  • Library with a Library Assistant: Deb Kerrigan
  • PE with a PE specialist: Mr. Huntley two times each week
  • Music with a Music Specialist: Ms. Kim

Note: Forest Park is able to provide this well rounded program because of the funds raised through the Forest Park Foundation.  Thank you to everyone that gives so generously to the Forest Park Foundation.  It's all about the kids! Without the Foundation Forest Park would lose: some or all of the following positions:  PE, Technology, Library, and Educational Assistants that work with K-5 teachers.  Thank you Forest Park Parents .

In addition Forest Park children raised substantial funds through Run for the Arts last spring.  Those funds are being used for artist in residents at each grade level and all-school assemblies that celebrate the arts, especially music.

Activity Calendar

What I Learned Today!

What I learned today!

PPS News

Year two summer work: on time, on budget

August 28, 2014

Bond-funded summer improvement work at 12 schools is being completed on time and on budget to welcome students back Sept. 2 to Arleta, Beach, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Chief Joseph K-3 Campus, Creston, Grout, Hosford, James John, King, Lane, Vernon and Woodlawn.


Help students who've left reconnect to school

August 26, 2014
Accelerating the increase in the graduation rate and getting all students to graduate prepared for college and career is a top priority for Superintendent Carole Smith. Now you can help. On Saturday Sept. 13 from 8:30 am to 1 pm, join PPS staff in visiting the homes of students who have left and help them Reconnect to Their Future. 

PPS greets more than 500 new educators

August 21, 2014

Portland Public Schools welcomed hundreds of new teachers Aug. 21 at New Teacher Orientation, where teachers met each other and district leaders and learned about everything from the Portland Association of Teachers to the student information system Synergy. 


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