Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Irvington School

School Grade Levels: K-8

1320 NE Brazee St. | Portland, OR 97212
Phone: (503) 916-6185 | Fax: (503) 916-2639

School News & Announcements

CALENDAR

OCTOBER

15
-Late Opening, School begins at 10:30 a.m.

-Middle Level Service Learning, 10:30-2:50 p.m.
17
-In Touch
- Principal's Coffee, 8:40-9:30 a.m.

UPCOMING DATES
10/24-10/30 - Scholastic Book Fair
10/29 & 10/30 - Parent Conferences, No school for students
10/31 - School Closed

Irvington Principal Announcement

Dear Irvington Families,

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Open House last night. Parent involvement is a huge part of student success, so we appreciate your effort at strengthening your partnership with classroom teachers and staff. 

Another way to strengthen that bond with the school is by becoming actively involved in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The next PTA meeting is being held on Monday night, October the 6th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free childcare is available. 

I am working closely with the PTA to try and find a parent(s) who will chair or co-chair our school auction. In the last couple of years third grade parents have headed up the auction, so if you are at all able to help please let myself or a PTA officer know as soon as possible. The auction is crucial for funding many of the programs at Irvington, so I can't stress enough the importance of this role. "Many hands make light work", and I'm confident we can find a way to split up duties and tasks.

During Principal Coffees and other meetings I've been reviewing information about the following aspects of our work at Irvington:
  • SWIFT Grant- Involvement in this grant is challenging teachers to better differentiate instruction and meet the needs of all students. Teachers have been heavily involved in creating and revising schedules in order to meet the needs of their students based on data we've been collecting since the beginning of the year.
  •  Learning by Design- Irvington is piloting the Learning by Design (LiD) Program which has been successful in Canadian public schools. At this morning's Principal's Coffee, representatives from Corbett Charter School, a school already implementing LiD, were here to answer questions. Currently we are accepting any families interested into the program and will have our Kick-off Ceremony in November.
  • Common Core State Standards- Currently the district is working on aligning report cards and curriculum to  the Common Core State Standards. Our teachers will be meeting in grade level Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) throughout the year to plan how to implement everything. If you are interested in the handouts from that presentation, I am happy to send them home or email them.
  • Declining Enrollment- Irvington has been experiencing declining enrollment in Kindergarten and grade one over the past two years even though other PPS schools bordering us have increased their enrollment. Yet our middle level has been growing thanks to the efforts of a joint community/staff committee formed three years ago. We are currently forming a committee to address our declining enrollment, as well as other volunteer opportunities designed to help Irvington showcase all of the wonderful things that are already happening.
Last, but not least, we have four parent groups that are addressing how racism manifests in the educational system. Our Courageous Conversations Committee is using the same protocol used by the staff (developed by Pacific Educational Group) to have conversations about race. Our Families of Black and Brown Students will be meeting once again, and a Latino affinity group is being formed to address issues specific to our Latino families and being second language learners. The fourth group, Parents for Academically Successful Students (PASS), will have representatives from the other three groups and will be participating in training with the Pacific Educational Group. Meeting dates will be announced soon.

If you have any questions or would like more information about any of these things, please feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to strengthening our partnership with families and community members.
 
Kathleen Ellwood
Irvington Principal



Daily Schedule for 2014-15

8:15 a.m. Breakfast Begins
8:30 a.m. Breakfast Ends
8:30 a.m. First Bell
8:35 a.m. Tardy Bell for Middle Level
8:40 am
Tardy Bell K-5
10:50 - 1:00 p.m. Rotating Lunch/Recess
2:50 p.m. Dismissal (K-8)

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