December King PTA News

141_4116_r1It has been another frenetic month as usual here at King. Here’s just a few of the details from this month’s meeting:

Enrollment Balancing
Last week, Principal Patterson and Io Eltagonde presented a plan by King School staff to Enrollment and Transfer Director, Judy Brennan to achieve a sustainable student population for King School. This plan proposes changing King’s boundary to include the entire King Neighborhood boundary (part of which now feeds to Sabin) and to gain part of the former Humboldt School area furthest from Boise-Eliot. An alternative plan is to close Sabin school and divide its enrollment area between the two other International Baccalaureate schools, King and Vernon, and to have Sabin be the permanent home for the ACCESS program for gifted students which currently shares space there. This was also discussed at Site Council last week.

Latino parents expressed their concerns that PPS has been separating Spanish-speaking and English-speaking parents in their outreach on this issue and that weakens the voices of parents by keeping them divided. The PTA overall expressed the sentiment that parent perspectives and concerns can only represent the individual parents that express them, and that the district is misguided in habitually looking at the public as monolithic socio-economic and racial groups. There was agreement that parents all have very similar needs educationally and that education should be delivered equitably without regard to race or income. Therefore, parents want the district to not reorganize schools along demographic lines.

Budget/Teacher Grants
The King PTA budget was amended to fix an accounting error and to move more money into the teacher grant account to fund more projects. As a result, the budget for grants to teachers and staff was increased by $1300 to $6300 for the year.
Following adoption of the amended budget, the PTA agreed to fund all five grant requests that have been received. They are:

  • $2000 for portable, durable video cameras for digital media production, social science and art projects.
  • $1382.90 for an online literacy program that rewards reading in and out of school and engages students and their parents in reading while allowing tracking of comprehension and progress toward reading goals.
  • $1085.96 for “wiggle seats” to provide all first and second graders with a means to move while keeping focused on learning in the classroom. Research has shown these to have a positive effect especially with students with attention deficits.
  • $100 for interactive classroom supplies in the ESL classroom.
  • $150 for food costs in the three kindergarten classes for cooking projects throughout the year.

ACCESS Academy
Anna Kulgren, parent and Kristen Sheeran, PTA President of the ACCESS Academy attended our PTA meeting. They were on hand to answer King parents’ questions about what ACCESS is and to get a sense of our community’s opinion of the school district’s proposals to co-locate ACCESS in the King building. They said that ACCESS is being explicitly made an option to all qualifying families and that since this change was implemented, the diversity of the program is increasing rapidly. They feel that ACCESS, if moved to King, would be a benefit for both programs. Discussion was cut short due to the performance of “Armannie” immediately following PTA.

Enrollment Balancing, Backpack Benefit, Auction Planning: PTA Update–Week of November 13th

Hello All!

A busy week this is!

Tonight, Tuesday November 13th, is the Cross-Cluster Enrollment Balancing meeting at Jefferson High School Middle College. This is the first opportunity for parents from all schools in the Jefferson Cluster to meet and discuss the issues and how we work together for the betterment of ALL of our schools. 5:30-8:00pm. Some parents are meeting early at 5:00 outside to talk before the meeting—join us!

Cross-cluster Meeting Agenda
Jefferson Enrollment Balancing Information Packet
Feedback Form

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14th, is Noho’s Hawaiian Cafe Benefit for the Northeast Portland Backpack Lunch Program. The cafe is located on Fremont Street at 46th Avenue Northeast and is open from 11 am to 9 pm. Come for lunch or dinner and 20% of your meal’s cost will benefit our weekend food program for kids at risk of hunger on Saturdays and Sundays when their school lunch program isn’t available. We hope you can come!

NoHo’s Benefit Flyer

Thursday, November 15th, is the first King School Auction Committee meeting of the year. We are meeting at the school in the parent room at 5:00pm. If you would like to join or help in any way, either come on Thursday or email us!

Friday, November 16th is our weekly Parent Coffee at 8:40 am in the PTA office/Parent Room. Want to know what’s going on? How to get involved? Or, just meet and socialize with other parents—come on in, even if you only have a few minutes.

Also: Support King’s art program! This is a way to raise funds for creating a ceramics program in the broader art department curriculum. Only $798.90 to go! Click on the link to donate toward the purchase of materials: http://www.dickblick.com/ara/lists/2575/home

Keep up to date by checking the King School calendar at: www.kingpta.org/calendar

King PTA Update–End of October

Hello everyone!

It has been a busy month for King School as usual:

Enrollment Balancing/School Closure?

I hope you all were there at one of our meetings with PPS on last Friday or this Tuesday. PPS Enrollment Director, Judy Brennan and Executive Director of School & Operations Support, Harriet Adair, came and explained the process by which PPS hopes to change our N/NE schools so that each has at least 450-500 students. King, being far below this target, is a possible candidate for closure or consolidation with another school as Humboldt was with Boise-Eliot. Parents spoke in support of our school and of continuing our positive progress. Many parents want the boundary to be enlarged for King to meet the district’s enrollment target. Thanks to Senator Chip Shields and PPS School Board Director Greg Belisle for attending as well as supporters from Beach and Chief Joseph. The news coverage is here for Friday’s meeting and here for Tuesday’s meeting.

The PTA has held two smaller gatherings at homes without PPS to discuss our options. We will hold two more:
• Sunday, October 28th, at 4:00 pm at the home of Nick and Karen: 5255 NE Mallory Avenue. RSVP to kwerstein at yahoo.com or 503-381-1670.
• Monday, October 29th, at 6:00 pm at the home of the Hodges: 817 NE Prescott St. RSVP to mrshodges275 at gmail.com or 303-638-2337
Spanish interpretation will be provided on request.

The presentation by PPS is available on their website at: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/enrollment-transfer/7790.htm. There is a facebook group of parents among all the schools in North and Northeast Portland that are affected where we can discuss all of the information and the options at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/291158914333031/. There will be cross-cluster forum on November 13th for parents from all of the schools to come together to discuss what needs to be done collaboratively. Time and location are to be announced. We will keep you posted. PPS will release their proposed changes during the week of Thanksgiving. Information will be posted on the PPS, King School, and King PTA websites and on our King PTA Facebook group at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/kingpta/. Our best chance at staying open and with stable enrollment is for everyone to stay engaged.

Auction

Our second-annual King auction committee will hold its first meeting soon. If you can help a little or a lot, drop us a line at auction@kingpta.org. We have a budget of $8000 this year to put on the event so help us plan the party of the year—it’s for the kids!

Teacher Grant Program

Also in the adopted budget was $5000 for grants available for classroom projects that help meet the educational goals of the school. We already granted $500 for iPad software in September so we have $4500 left. An application form will be drawn up and distributed to the staff.

Upcoming Events

• Friday, Oct. 26th, 9:00 am—King PTA coffee chat in the parent room
• Friday, Oct.r 26th, 2:20 pm—School assembly
• Sunday, Oct. 28th, at 4:00 pm—Enrollment Balancing House Meeting #3
• Monday, Oct. 29th, at 6:00 pm—Enrollment Balancing House Meeting #4
• Friday Nov. 2nd, 9:00 am—Coffee with the Principal
• Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 8:40 am—Umpqua Bank Learn to Earn program returns to accept student deposits
• Thursday, November 8th, 5:00 pm—King PTA meeting
• Friday Nov. 9th, Monday Nov. 12th, No School
• Tuesday Nov. 13th, PPS-sponsored Cross Cluster Enrollment Balancing Forum (time and place to be announced)

As always, our calendar is at: www.kingpta.org/calendar

PPS Releases Enrollment Balancing Meeting Schedule

Here are the dates for individual school meetings regarding enrollment balancing/boundary changes/closures. They are listed alphabetically by school, not chronologically. The King PTA recommends that parents from each school attend meetings at other schools as well as their own to assure that information is distributed equitably by the district and that all parents are forming their opinions on complete and accurate data.

Beach PK-8
1710 N. Humboldt St. (97217)
Oct. 10, 6-7:30 pm, Auditorium
Oct. 16, 6-7:30 pm, ESL Family Night, Auditorium

Boise-Eliot-Humboldt PK-8
620 N. Fremont St. (97227)
Oct. 5, 8:45-10 am, Library

Chief Joseph PK-5
2409 N. Saratoga St. (97217)
Oct. 17, 6:30-8 pm, Library

Faubion PK-8
3039 NE Portland Blvd. (97211)
Oct. 15, 8:45-10:30 am, Cafeteria
Oct 27, 12-2 pm Cafeteria

King PK-8
4906 NE 6th Ave. (97211)
Oct. 19, Principal’s Coffee, 9:15-11, Media Center
Oct. 23, 6-7:30 pm, Media Center

Ockley Green K-8
6031 N. Montana Ave. (97217)
Oct. 15, 5:40-6:40 pm, Auditorium

Vernon PK-8
2044 NE Killingsworth St. (97211)
October 11, 6-7:30 pm, Multi-purpose room

Woodlawn PK-8
7200 NE 11th Ave. (97211)
October 8, 6:30-8 pm, Auditorium