Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Eagle LogoGrout Elementary School


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

October 2014

October 24th:

  • Halloween parade at Odd Fellows 12:45

October 28th:

  • Parent conferences evening 4pm - 7pm
  • Book Fair 2:15 pm - 6:00 pm

October 29th:

  • No classes
  • Parent conferences 8am - 7pm
  • Book Fair 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

October 30th:

  • No classes
  • Parent conferences 8am - 7pm
  • Book Fair 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

October 31st:

  • No School!
  • Boys and Girls Club will be closed.

Click HERE to find the "Tips for a successful parent-teacher conference publication."

PTA ANNUAL HARVEST PARTY:  All Grout students and families are invited to attend the PTA Annual Harvest Party, Garden and Halloween Bash on October 23, 2014 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.! We'll have a SCARY room, a Costume Parade, Pumpkin Decorating/Carving, crafts, apple tasting and a dance. Be sure to bring your freakiest costumes and glowing artistic imagination for pumpkins! Concessions will also be available. We hope to see everyone there! If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email harvestparty@grouppta.com or sign up in the office. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Halloween Parade Information Reminder:  On October 24, students who wish to participate in the Halloween Parade may bring costumes to school and put their costumes on after lunch. At approximately 12:30 the parade will take us through our auditorium and then across the street to the Odd Fellows Retirement Residence. A classroom with some quiet games, and the computer lab will be available for those students who do not wish to dress up or participate in Halloween events.

Please keep a few things in mind when planning your child's costume. It is never appropriate to have any kind of weapon. We also do not want gory or grotesque costumes. Please keep in mind the regular dress code, which does not allow for any reference in clothing to gangs or inappropriate language, or otherwise inappropriate items for school such as very short skirts and shorts, spaghetti straps, or a bare midriff. If you have any questions, please call the school. We want this to be a fun day.

Please consider donating your child's Halloween costume to the drama program at Grout Elementary after the holiday! We are always looking for new costumes, particularly fantasy and animal ones. But we'll take most any costume as long as it is in good shape. We are also looking for kid-sized blouses, dress shirts, slacks, and skirts. For more information, please e-mail the drama teacher at nmptheatre@comcast.net.


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. 


Getting ready for the New School Year 2014

Will your child be five years old by September 1?  Then get ready for kindergarten.  There is general information about kindergarten at http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/kindergarten/index.htm

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Race Talks tackles police shootings

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Race Talks returns Nov. 18 with a localized discussion stemming from the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. 


Students get to be makers for a day

October 25, 2014

Career coordinators, school counselors, WorkSystems Inc. and industry partners are to thank for helping get PPS students to graduation prepared for college and career with such events as Oregon Manufacturing Day Oct. 3 


Second annual Children's Book Harvest to begin in November

October 23, 2014
James John students enjoy books they chose during last year's Children's Book Harvest distribution. Portland Public Schools, the Children's Book Bank and the Portland Council PTA are teaming up again this year to encourage Portlanders citywide to recycle children's book and get them to children in need.


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