Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Eagle LogoGrout Elementary School


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

November 2014


School Closures:

  • November 27, Thursday (Thanksgiving)
  • November 28, Friday (Holiday)

School Picture Retakes, Rescheduled: November 21, 2014 Friday, starting at 8:00 A.M.

Cookie Dough Order Pick-Up, Rescheduled: November 21, 2014 Friday, 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. in the Office.


Set aside November 22, 2014 (Saturday) to come and explore the PTA Holiday Bazaar !!

At Grout Elementary!

Pancake Breakfast 8 A.M. - 10 A.M.

Holiday Bazaar 9 A.M. - 3 P.M.



Box Tops and Campbell's Labels for Education:       

Every year collecting these two items brings $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. 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.

  Missing a jacket or sweatshirt? Please check the Lost and Found table in the hall.  Friday, November 21st is the last day to find your lost item on the Lost and Found Table. We will bag up the clothes and send them to the PPS Clothing Closet after Friday.

Thursday Announcements

Picture retake Day:  Is rescheduled for Friday, November 21, 2014 beginning at 8 A.M.

After school changes:  To avoid confusion, please send a note to school with your child when after school pick-up plans change. Last minute changes need to be phoned in by noon. Always check in at the office when picking your child up before 2:15 P.M. As a courtesy to others, please no dogs in the building.

Cookie Dough Pick-up is rescheduled for Friday, November 21. Pick-up 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. in the office.

The 2014 D.A. Grout Elementary School Holiday Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, November 22nd. The Pancake Breakfast starts at 8 A.M. The Bazaar is from 9 A.M. - 3 P.M. 100% of the proceeds from this event benefit our 5th Graders' trip to Science Camp!! Buy Local from our Artists. Have some lunch, have some dessert, listen to some great singers and musicians, and make something!!!

If you can't volunteer at the Holiday Bazaar, you can still help support our kids by attending this wonderful event!

You don't have to have a Facebook account to see the products that will be featured by our Artists. Visit our Facebook page.

If you would like to volunteer, or have questions, please contact: groutbazaar@gmail.com.

D.A. Grout Holiday Bazaar PTA is looking for an entertainment act for the Grout Holiday Bazaar. We have a time open slot. If you are interested, please contact Virna Darling at 503-777-4038 or virna@ori.net.

  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 your 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.

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."

October 2014

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. 

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

PPS What I Say: Mustaf Mohamed, Madison

November 23, 2014

Madison senior Mustaf Mohamed, Somalian by birth, grew up in Kenyan refugee camps. His story is an inspiring look at what's possible when all students are given the opportunity to meet their full potential. 


Board holds last in town hall series

November 23, 2014
Portland School Board members are wrapping up a series of town halls with the final session at Jefferson High School-Middle College for Advanced Studies, on Dec. 1.


Boise-Eliot/Humboldt food drive

November 23, 2014

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt is among schools collecting nonperishable food to assist families in need at the school. 


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