Forest Park News
Forest Park News
From Principal Lisa Newlyn
Happy Fall, Forest Park Families!
With cooler temps, falling leaves, and a fabulous Harvest Moon Lunar Eclipse to prove it, Fall is here and we are celebrating with a number of fun fall events planned in the weeks ahead. We want to make sure you all are connected to what's happening at FPE, so make sure you: like us on FaceBook "PPSForestPark", follow us on Twitter "@PPSForestPark", and text "yes" to 68453 and join School Messenger. Look for links to these and more under "Parent Link" on our FPE website.
Forest Park Elementary is THE hub in Forest Heights. Our school is the center of learning, sports, celestial viewing, socializing, and playing. It's the network parents and residents have created together that make FPE a very special place in Portland Public Schools. As Principal, I want to honor and provide space for information that our community needs to stay connected on a variety of issues. To that end, join me October 13th, at 6:30pm in the FPE library for our PTA's monthly meeting. On the agenda is an update on the Districtwide Boundary Review and Advisory Committee. Parent advocates will be sharing information and discussing ways parents can be informed and active on the latest from PPS DBRAC meetings. Also on the agenda is Dr. Barry Newman, head of the NW Heights Neighborhood Emergency Team. He will discuss ways our FPE Facility may be used in case of Earthquake or other natural disaster, as well as ways we can work together in disaster planning specific to our neighborhood.
It's time to celebrate a fabulous, new outdoor learning space. Please join me in giving a round of digital applause to 1st and 3rd grade parent, Stef Stavrakas, and Kindergarten teacher, Jaclyn Ford. Together they have raised thousands of dollars for the planning, excavation, construction, and implementation of this:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Pacific Region Office partnered with Forest Park Elementary School (FPES) to coordinate and develop an outdoor classroom. There are three planned phases for the Outdoor Classroom. Phase 1 was completed Monday, September 21, 2015: installation of benches/seating area for an outdoor space to congregate. Phase 2 will be designing and executing the garden area with native plants and trees – creating a natural habitat area. Phase 3 will be adding shade/rain structure to the seating area for year-around and all weather use. I am thrilled we are able to partner our school with agencies willing to support our students and teachers in this way. Stay tuned as we move into Phase 2 and 3 very soon!
Have a great weekend!