School News & Announcements
Reminder to please check in at the office when visiting or volunteering in your child's classroom.
A Message from the Principal
The winter holidays are almost here! There are a couple of events that I would like families to be aware of before next week. Current 4th and 5th grade parents are invited to our 6th Grade Information Night on December 11th at 6:30. Come hear about our amazing 6-8 middle level program. The 5th grade students will also have an opportunity to visit the middle level core classes early in January to meet the teachers and ask questions about next year.
On Friday, December 13th, Irvington students and staff will have an earthquake practice drill. The district recommends that schools have two earthquake drills a year. Our next drill will be in the spring.
As a reminder, please do not send students to school unsupervised before 8:15. Supervision starts at 8:30 and students are only supervised outside (back of the school) and during breakfast (in cafeteria). Safety patrol students and students who attend homework help are allowed in the building before 8:30.
Inclement weather and school-based emergencies are key times when Portland Public Schools wants to reach families quickly and effectively with information.
The school district has several ways of communicating with families.
· Automated phone calls – The district uses its Rapid Broadcast System to call student homes using the PRIMARY phone number on your student’s registration form. If you listed your home phone number, you will receive calls there. If you listed your cell number as primary, you will receive calls there. You can change the number by notifying your school secretary.
· Facebook and Twitter - The district posts emergency and weather-related delays and closures on its Facebook page and relays information via Twitter at no cost. Sign up at Twitter. Follow @PPSAlerts for weather and emergency news and @PPSConnect for all district news. If you don’t already have one, you will need to set up a Twitter account.
· Online posting – In the case of significant emergencies (involving multiple schools) and weather-related delays and closures, the district posts information at the PPS Homepage
· View a newsletter item on these communication pathways.
The district uses the methods above to communicate when a school based emergency causes dismissal time and buses to be delayed or there is other cause to communicate immediately with families.
Such emergencies would include police activity in the surrounding neighborhood and a police request for the school to go into lockdown. Students and teachers lock their classroom doors and continue instruction where possible or turn off the lights and stay clear of windows when indicated.
In the event of an earthquake, or other serious natural event, the district would also use the tools listed above.
In the event of extreme weather, Portland Public Schools will delay school start times — or not open at all — for the safety of students and employees.
PPS makes the Rapid Broadcast System and online announcements to (a) all schools, (b) east-side or west-side schools, or (c) individually affected schools. They specify:
· Regular opening – Schools begin at regular starting time.
· Two-hour late opening – Schools begin – and busses pick up students - two hours later than usual. There is no half-day kindergarten or morning child care on these days.
· Schools and offices closed – Students stay home.
It is my pleasure to formally introduce three new additions to our Irvington staff:
William Chasse –Instructional Coach. As a part-time teacher, Mr. Chasse will help assist classroom teachers with academic support in core subject areas.
Michael Harmon-Educational Assistant. Mr. Harmon’s role will be to give direct support to students and teachers in the classroom.
Let’s welcome them to our wonderful Irvington community.