皇家华人

Vestal Elementary School

Our richly-diverse community nurtures life-long learning to support all students
in achieving their very highest educational and personal potential.

161 NE 82nd Avenue?皇家华人, OR 97220?Ph (503) 916-6437?Fx (503) 916-2679

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  • Hello all, happy sunny Thursday!

    This has been a full and busy week! Hopefully your child has shared some of the learning they are doing this week....ask them if they know what their class is doing for their social justice project!

    Tomorrow is Spirit Day and Spiny Wheel Day!

    Monday we have an author coming to share her book Sometimes People March with all of us!

     

    Hi everyone! 

    April is national poetry month, so we will celebrate by reading poems every week.   

    4th and 5th graders are having poetry face-offs in the library and 3rd graders choose poems to perform. We will be creating  later this month, so ask your kid what they made. 

    In 2nd grade, we have been celebrating reading choice. Each week, there are 3 books for the class to vote on for our read aloud. We share why we choose it (cover art, characters, genre). We are also exploring character traits to have a greater understanding of how to identify them in fiction texts.  At the end of the month, we are creating our own fictitious characters. 

    In Kinder and 1st grade we are making predictions, noticing patterns, and comparing and contrasting fiction and nonfiction books with the same topic or theme each week.

    Finally, we had a FREE book fair this week in the library ? , students can choose 5-7 books to take home.   

    Thanks, Alicia 

    Notes from PTA

    We have 3 Big Reminders this week:

    1. Tomorrow night, Friday April 19th, is Movie Night!!! The kids voted for a movie and chose WALL-E, which is kind of appropriate with Earth Day around the corner. Doors open at 6pm, movie starts at 6:30pm.
    2. This year, instead of a plant sale, we have teamed with a local florist to sell Hanging Flower Baskets! You should have received a flyer in your kiddo’s backpack last week that explained you can purchase a voucher that can be redeemed for any hanging flower basket at Tony’s under $39.99. For more information, and to order and support our school, go to: 

      3. With Spring well under way it’s time to think a little about next year. The PTA Board will have 3 members finishing their terms, and is looking to expand the Board to 7 positions (from 5). The great news is we’ve already heard from several interested parents! We could still use one or two more volunteers. If you might be interested, reach out to vestalelementarypta@gmail.com. Elections will be held at the May PTA Meeting.

      And one last thing! Keep a look-out on Facebook and Instagram for information about a community seed swap next week. It’ll be a great way to get your garden going!

      Thank you!

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  • West Sylvan Eighth Grader Wields a Mighty Pen

    Even as a small child, Miranda Yesser possessed a keen understanding of the mercenary nature of the publishing industry. 

    According to her one-page, tongue-in-cheek author bio, which hangs on a clothesline in English teacher Dr. Holly Graham’s colorful classroom, “Yesser began writing books at a young age, then trying to sell them to her family for 5 dollars a copy.”

    It might be time to scoop those copies up. Miranda recently received honorable mention in the annual for her short story, “.”

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  • The Arts Tax in Action: The HeART of 皇家华人 is Still Beating

    Students who took their first steps into PPS kindergarten classrooms in 2014 – the year 皇家华人’s first-ever arts education tax went into effect – are now thriving sophomores.

    Evan Sampson is one of those sophomores, and he will have a chance to share his story at this year’s HeART of 皇家华人, a showcase spotlighting the artistic accomplishments of some PPS’s most talented students.

    The two-week celebration of creativity will take place from April 16-28 at the 皇家华人 Art Museum. All exhibits and performances are free and open to the public.

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  • Lincoln & Grant Constitution Teams to Compete Nationally

    This weekend, the Lincoln and Grant high school constitution teams will compete in the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

    Now in its fifth decade, the event brings together students from all 50 states for a series of mock congressional hearings on everything from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the separation of powers and the future of democracy. 

    The Lincoln and Grant constitution teams, under the instruction of Patrick Magee-Jenks and Angela DiPasquale respectively, have long histories of taking home trophies on both the state and national level. 

    Good luck to all!

  • First, the end of this school year will still be June 14 for K-11 students, and it will be May 31 for seniors.
    Second, next year’s bell schedules will change for many students.
    Beginning next school year, we added 15 instructional minutes for elementary and middle school students and provided all middle school students with a seven-period day. Accommodating these changes while supporting 410 minutes per week of teacher planning time and aligning our transportation systems requires us to adopt common start and stop times.
    Third, next year’s school calendars are available.

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