Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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AN EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
AWARD-WINNING SCHOOL

3119 SE Holgate Blvd. | Portland, OR 97202
Phone: (503) 916-6209 | Fax: (503) 916-2632

DECEMBER INFORMATION

 

LATE OPENING:

December 17, 2014.

School opens at 9:45.

Bell rings at 10:00 A.M. No breakfast.

WINTER BREAK:

December 20, 2014 until January 4, 2015.

RIF Week:

December 15 - 19, 2014. All library books are due in order to receive a free book!!!

SUN:

NO SUN starting December 15, 2014 until January 12, 2015!!

Registration forms are due Friday, December 19th (return to school main office).

Your student's class schedule will be sent home on Thursday, January 8, 2015.


Thursday Announcements

Breakfast for all! Teachers know that students who start their day with breakfast at school are focused and ready to learn! That's why breakfast is available at no charge for ALL students every morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria and from the grab-and-go cart after the bell rings.

Studies show that children who eat school breakfast at the start of their school day have better concentration, memory, and comprehension leading to higher scores on reading and math tests. Eating breakfast at school also has a positive effect on attendance and behavior; and results in fewer visits to the school nurse and the principal's office.

Many students skip the most important meal of the day due to lack of time. Make sure your child is  not one of them. Breakfast is also the meal most closely linked to helping children maintain a healthy weight. To boost academic achievement and promote healthy habits encourage your chi8ld to enjoy breakfast at school every day.

  Winter Weather:  Please remember to send your children to school with warm coats (even when they don't want to). We try very hard to get Byour children outside every day for fresh air and exercise. If it is only lightly raining (sprinkling) we often go outside and it is helpful if students have a hood on their coat or a hat to wear. We do have a few extra hats to give to families that need one. Please let Principal Annie know if your child needs a hat.

You can help D.A. Grout Elementary Parent Teacher Association earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!*

If you shop at Fred Meyer, please consider linking your current Fred Meyer rewards card to our PTA to support activities and students at Grout. Ask you family and friends to do the same!

Start here: www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and look up our number *93763*.

Fred Meyer donates $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. If you or someone you know loves Grout, this is a super easy way to contribute!

The PTA uses money from our fundraisers to support the following things that are part of what make Grout great:

participation at Camp Kiwanilong, class field trips, teacher appreciation/teacher wish-list donations, support for the drama program, maintaining the outdoor rain garden and vegetable garden supplies, and a variety of school beautification projects (glass art in the entry way, tile mural on the back wall, development and installation of the garden, rain garden, and track, and a new project that will replace the current rain garden downspouts with metal sculpture pieces representing bridges on the Willamette River).

Here’s more information on how the Community rewards program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to benefit D.A. Grout Elementary PTA at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number (93763).
  • Every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping our school by earning a donation to the Grout Elementary PTA - based on a percentage of your purchases that is set by Fred Meyer.
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, and would be interested in getting one, cards are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

PPS Get the News!

 School Emergency? Bad Weather? Get the News!

Automated Phone Call: PPS calls the PRIMARY phone number on your student's registration form in case of an emergency or a weather-related closure or delay. Report any phone number changes to your school secretary. Calls are made in English and supported languages.

Other pathways (Primarily in English):  View the "alert pod" on www.pps.net and all school websites; like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pps.homepage); follow us on Twitter @ppsconnect; text @portlandschools to 23559 to sign up for Celly text messages, or tune into local news.

Ms. Wolfsong's page has some links and explanations on how to find out if the school is closed or not: "Where to Check for School Closures."

ACADEMIC PRACTICE

Students have access to a number of educational websites during the school year through Ms. Wolfsong’s Portaportal.   Go to Portaportal.com and sign in as a guest using the name “wolfsong”.  Students can use these great free sites for extra games, learning, and practice.  Ms. Wolfsong also has a blog: http://groutcomputerlab.blogspot.com/  There are pages for ebooks and other items, friendly and fun educational ideas, reminders and assignments, strategy games and puzzles. 

Creston Children's Dental Clinic

Giving Portland's Kids a Reason to Smile!

Creston Children's Dental Clinic offers free complete dental care for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade.

To qualify your child must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a Portland Public School
  • Qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch
  • Be uninsured or insured through a participating Oregon Health Plan dental care provider

Please call us today to schedule an appointment for your Child!

4701 SE Bush St. Portland, Oregon 97206

(503) 916-5808

http://www.crestondental.org

Grout Calendar

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