Construction at Sacramento Elementary

Sacramento Elementary has been under construction all summer. Here are some pictures of the progress thus far, including an additional covered area surrounding the covered bike rack, and the new office and hallway in the front.

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Sacramento does have an office open for registration and other needs at the Parkrose School District office, 10636 NE Prescott St.  School is scheduled to re-open on September 3, 2013, although some of the construction will not be finished until December 2013. For more information about the bond construction, visit the bond information web page.


Parkrose School Supply Giveaway, August 25, 2013

The Oregon Central Korean Seventh-Day Adventist Church is holding a school supply giveway on August 25 from (NEW TIMES) 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Portland Adventist Community Services, 11020 NE Halsey St.

According to an email from Pastor Daniel Park,

We began distributing school supplies in 2011 after seeing research done by
the New America Foundation. The research shows almost 70% of the students in the Parkrose district is on free or reduced lunch enrollment. Since then, we’ve been distributing school supplies to the school district students (close to $20,000 worth of supplies to over 400 students since 2011) and we are going even BIGGER this year. We are joining hands with the Portland Adventist Community Services to provide free medical and dental services as well as providing quality school supplies to those in need. By
working with local businesses, our goal is to provide the highest quality for our students.

Park says the free school supplies will include backpacks, calculators, binders, pens, paper and more. There will also be free medical and dental clinics (but no vaccines).


News Links for August 6th, 2013

Here’s the news from the Parkrose/Gateway area for August 6th, 2013:


National Night Out, Where Are You?

Tonight is the annual National Night Out, in which neighborhoods across the U.S. come together to celebrate, ostensibly as a way of fighting crime in the neighborhoods.

My family has attended National Night Out in Knott Park for several years. This event was previously put on by the Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors, assisted by Parkrose United Methodist Church. I know there have also been prior events at Argay Park and in the Woodland Park neighborhood. But this year, unless the events aren’t being publicized or registered with the City of Portland, nothing is happening. And I’m curious. What happened? Is it because of budget cuts in the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement? Or did everyone simultaneously lose interest?

I wish I’d remembered about National Night Out before today. We just moved recently (although we are still in Parkrose Heights), and we might have organized something for our apartment complex.

The nearest events this year are at Ventura Park (tonight) at 6:00 p.m. and at Glenfair Park on Wednesday, August 7 starting at 5:00 p.m.


News Links for February 1st, 2012 through June 4th, 2012

Here’s the news from the Parkrose/Gateway area for February 1st, 2012 through June 4th, 2012:


UPDATED Parkrose Strike Plan as of April 19, 2012

Received from the school district 4/19/12, 4:49 p.m.

* **UPDATED

April 19, 2012

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Dear Parkrose Parents, Guardians and Community,

As you may already know, the Parkrose Faculty Association notified the District that they would be conducting a strike starting on April 25th. In an effort to communicate with the parents, guardians and community of the Parkrose School District, we are sending you both an email and a letter in the mail regarding our Tentative Strike Plan for the students of the Parkrose School District.

The District and PFA have been bargaining for almost a year for many hours. On April 16, 2012 we met for another 14 hours in our fifth mediation session. While the parties seemed to agree on a majority of the workload issues, the sticking point continues to be salary and benefits. We will be having our 6th state mediated session today, April 19th at 6:00 pm to try to settle this contract in order to avoid the unfortunate occurrence of a strike. Tuesday, the Board voted unanimously to implement the final offer presented to the Association which, we also sent to you in an email last week. A full copy of the final offer is located on the District home page. We are trying hard to give you all current information so we can keep everyone informed. Our desire is to settle the contract but it takes both sides for this to occur. We are hopeful each and every time we meet that this will be accomplished and we are confident that we will get there. We also know that a strike is bad for everyone and can damage school districts and communities for many, many years to come.

Below is the Tentative Strike Plan. I need everyone to know that it may change and it will certainly be more detailed with time. Locations are to be determined. Hopefully, we will never need it.

*Week One*: April 25, 26 and 27: No students. Scheduled varsity sports only.

*Week Two*: April 30-May 4: Day Care provided for students K-5, and varsity sports. Middle school and high school students will have breakfast, lunch and dinner snack available at the high school.

*Week Three*: May 7-May 11: Regular school for grades K-2, and high school seniors. Day care continues for grades 3-5, special education all grades, and varsity sports. Middle school and high school students will have breakfast, lunch and dinner snack available at the high school.

*Week Four:* Full school all grades, all students.

We are in the process of lining up qualified substitutes and working out about a million details which will continue to flow to you mostly through email. We are sending this message to the school secretaries who will forward it to all parents. We will continue to do that. At times, we will also be mailing information home through the post office to get the best communication coverage.

I know that this tentative plan doesn’t answer everything but I wanted to share with you just what we have done so far. I know that this communication may raise more questions than answers. Please send your questions to us and we will do the best that we can to answer them. Just a final note, that strike days are NOT furlough days. Furloughs will be different days. During strike days, all other staff are required to be at work.

We will continue to keep you informed.

The hope of the Parkrose School District is that this is one plan we will never have to implement.

Sincerely,

Dr. Karen Fischer Gray

Superintendent

 


Strike Plan for Parkrose School District

NOTE: This plan has now been updated. See separate post.

As a parent of Parkrose students, I received the following email from the district at 5:22 p.m.today:

 

Dear Parkrose Parents, Guardians and Community,

In an effort to communicate with the parents, guardians and community of the Parkrose School District, we are sending you both an email and a letter in the mail regarding our Tentative Strike Plan for the students of the Parkrose School District. The Parkrose Faculty Association notified the District that they would be conducting a strike on April 25th.

As you know, the District and PFA have been bargaining for almost a year for many hours. Yesterday, we met for another 14 hours in our fifth mediation session. While the parties seemed to agree on a majority of the workload issues, the sticking point continues to be about finance. We will be having our 6th state mediated session this Thursday at 6:00 pm to try to settle this contract in order to avoid the unfortunate occurrence of a strike. This morning, the Board voted unanimously to implement the final offer presented to the Association which we also sent to you in an email last week. A full copy of the final offer will be up on our home page tonight. We are trying hard to give you all the up to date information so we can keep everyone informed. Our desire is to settle the contract but it takes both sides for this to occur. We are hopeful each and every time we meet that this will be accomplished and we are confident that we will get there. We also know that a strike is bad for everyone and can damage school districts and communities for many, many years to come.

Below is the Tentative Strike Plan. I need everyone to know that it may change and it will certainly be more detailed with time. Locations are to be determined. Hopefully, we will never need it.

Week One: April 25, 26 and 27: No students.

Week Two: April 30-May 4: Day Care provided for students K-3 plus siblings, special education for all eligible students K-12 and varsity sports. Middle school and high school students will have breakfast, lunch and dinner snack available.

Week Three: May 7-May 11: Day care continues for students K-3 plus siblings, special education all grades, regular school for grades K-2, seniors and varsity sports. Middle school and high school students will have breakfast, lunch and dinner snack available.

Week Four: Full school all grades, all students. All staff required to be at work.

We are in the process of lining up qualified substitutes and working out about a million details which will continue to flow to you mostly through email. We are sending this message to the school secretaries who will forward it to all parents. We will continue to do that. At times, we will also be mailing information home through the post office to get the best communication coverage.

I know that this tentative plan doesn’t answer everything but I wanted to share with you just what we have done so far. I know that this communication may raise more questions than answers. Please send your questions to us and we will do the best that we can to answer them.

Just a final note that strike days are NOT furlough days. Furloughs will be different days. During strike days, all other staff are required to be at work.

We will continue to keep you informed.

The hope of the Parkrose School District is that this is one plan we will never have to implement.

Sincerely,

Karen Gray

Superintendent

Parkrose Schools

Dr. Karen F. Gray

Superintendent

Parkrose School District

(503) 408 2135

Parkrose School District:

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News Links for December 14th, 2011 through January 4th, 2012

Here’s the news from the Parkrose/Gateway area for December 14th, 2011 through January 4th, 2012:


News Links for October 16th, 2011 through December 14th, 2011

Here’s the news from the Parkrose/Gateway area for October 16th, 2011 through December 14th, 2011:


News Links for September 9th, 2011 through October 8th, 2011

Here’s the news from the Parkrose/Gateway area for September 9th, 2011 through October 8th, 2011: