Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Eagle LogoGrout Elementary School


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

Late Start Wednesday

Oct. 14: Two-hour late start at most K-5/K-8 and middle schools. Exceptions: Rosa Parks, Beverly Cleary, MLC, alternative & charter schools.

Growth Management Activities
Oct. 14
Twitter Town Hall, noon to 12:30 pm. Follow the conversation at #AskPPS
Oct. 15
: Facebook Town Hall, noon to 12:30 pm on the PPS Facebook page.
Oct. 29:District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (D-BRAC) meeting. Details on website.

View video of Oct. 8 D-BRAC meeting.



Click here to see a copy of the Thursday Bulletin. Paper copies are sent home.


Important Dates for Grout School

October 5: SUN School begins.

October 7 - 8: 5th Grade to Camp Kiwanilong.

October 9: NO SCHOOL!

October 13: Jr. Coach Training Starts

October 14: Late Opening - School begins at 9:50 a.m.

October 15: Cookie dough fundraiser ends. Great Oregon Earthquake Drill 10:15 am.

October 20: Conferences after school 4:30 - 8:00 pm. Book Fair 2:15 - 7:00 pm.

October 21: No School, Conferences 8 am - 8 pm. Book Fair 8:00 am - 7 pm.

October 22: No School, Conferences 8 am - 8 pm. Book Fair 8:00 am - 2 pm.

October 23: No School.

October 30: No School.

November 2: TAG nominations due.

November 21: Holiday Bazaar!


REMEMBER: Breakfast is FREE for all students. We open the doors at 7:30 A.M. so that you can go through the cafeteria line, get your food, and come sit down in the cafeteria, wherever you wish, to relax and visit with your friends while you eat your breakfast. Parents are welcome, too, and we always have staff members keeping a close watch on the students.


Did you know that applying for free meals helps our school get funding?

We are encouraging all Grout families to submit a confidential application for free or reduced-price meals for the 2015-16 school year, if your family meets the eligibility guidelines based on household size and income. The confidential family application may be completed online at www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition. You will receive a notification letter if your application is approved or denied. If you have questions about the meal application process, you may call the district meal application center at 503-916-3402. Our school will receive additional Federal funding if enough eligible families apply. The additional funding helps pay for staff to keep class sizes small and support academic achievement for all students.

There are some great new choices on the menu this year. Please consider trying one of our delicious, nutrient-rich school lunches.


School Messenger: is a new service PPS is using to work closely with parents by keeping them informed. School Messenger will allow the school to do mass message phone calls, texts, and emails. For example, for the Back to School Picnic/Open House, Principal Annie could have sent a reminder test that the event was the evening of September 10th. If there is inclement weather, the district as well as schools will be able to send out mass information about the weather and any closures.

Families and staff can opt in now by texting YES to 68453. Click here to read all about it: "Mobile First."

Here is a link to the district's calendar for 2015-2016: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/files/calendar/School-Quarter-Calendar-2015-16.pdf

Don't forget to check out the Portaportal for all the latest links and games: http://guest.portaportal.com/wolfsong



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.

Box Tops and Campbell's Labels for Education
Every year collecting these two items bring $400-$500 in funds and equipment to our school. Please collect the Box Top labels on selected items and the UPC codes on Campbell's products if you use them. Bring them to the office or place them in the drop box by the library. Campbell's used to request the entire label, but now we only send in the UPC code cut from the label. If you can trim them prior to drop off, that really saves time for the volunteer who prepares them. All of those little labels really add up and help provide our PE and recess equipment (Campbell's) or provide direct funds to our school in the form of cash (Box Tops). Thank you for helping with this!


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


Grout Calendar

PPS News

School staff members garner top awards

October 09, 2015

PPS teachers, media specialists, librarian assistants and students at Grant, Lincoln and Madison high schools have won high honors. 


Children's Book Harvest seeks donations during parent/teacher conferences

September 30, 2015
This is a photograph of a child holding books.

The third annual book drive is part of the PPS Read Together initiative and aims to provide all students with books at home. 


Kids show the way to kindness

September 29, 2015

The PPS Successful Schools Survey showed parents, students and school staff are concerned about bullying, and now students from Rieke to Roseway Heights are working to bring kindness to their classrooms.


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