Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Eagle LogoGrout Elementary School

AN EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
AWARD-WINNING SCHOOL

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

SCHOOL NEWS


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

Click here to see a copy of the Parent/Student Handbook & Calendar for 2015-2016. 

Click here to see a copy of the Grout Student Management Program.

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Important Dates for Grout School

May 20:  PTA Family Ice Cream Social 6:00 - 7:30 PM

May 20: All Library Books Due

May 26: 2nd and 3rd Drama Performance @ 6:30 PM

May 27: LAST DAY OF SUN SCHOOL! LAST DAY OF BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

May 30: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

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Watch the video from "Out and About" of our students at Grout demonstrating Playworks: http://groutcomputerlab.blogspot.com/2016/05/play-works-at-grout.html

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Parents:  

Please do not cross the street in front of the school.  

Please be respectful of the buses on 32nd street, and DO NOT Park in the bus zone.  

Remember to submit a background check (good for 2 years) before volunteering with a classroom.

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We want your Box Tops and Campbell’s soup labels! Clip them off participating food and drink items and drop them in the collection box outside of the library. Our school receives money for each Box Top and Campbell’s soup label submitted.
 
Box Tops must include the expiration date.
 
Soup Labels must include the UPC/barcode. If you clip off or tear more than 90% of the barcode we cannot submit it.
 
Box Tops – participating products
 
Campbell’s Soup Labels – participating products


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Click here for OPB News regarding:  Portland Public Schools Creates Somali Language Program.

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You are invited to follow Grout on Social Media:

Twitter - @Grout_School

also - @PrincipalAnnie

Facebook - www.facebook.com/GroutSchool/

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Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminder: School begins at 7:50 when our first bell rings. 8:00 is the tardy bell. Please help your child be on time and come to school at 7:50. If your child eats a school breakfast, students may arrive at 7:30. We have supervision in the cafeteria beginning at 7:30. 

School is out at 2:15 and students need to be picked up at that time. We have many students who are brought to the office because parents are not on time. Please be on time for pick-up, because the secretaries have many duties, which do not include watching students after school.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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

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Announcements



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!



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

PPS News

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.

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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.
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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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