High School Resources

This page serves as a resource for both parents and students to find helpful forms, information, and guides to various activities.

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High School News

Our weekly High School Bulletin offers a important dates and information on upcoming events, field trips, parent resources etc.  Check back weekly for updates.

January 21, 2019

Music Concert This Friday!  Students should arrive with their instruments at the Milwaukie HS/Arts Academy Performing Arts Center at 6:30 pm on Friday and report to their music teachers.  Directions and parking information are attached.  All students wear concert dress – black tops and bottoms (black dress shirts, black dress pants or skirt, black socks or tights, black dress shoes), no bare midriffs or hats, and the optional accent color chosen by the class. Students are expected to sit in the audience to support their classmates by watching the performance of other students in High School and Middle School without benefit of cell phone, and not to leave the auditorium before the concert is over.  Students are graded on the appropriateness of their participation as performers and audience members.  The concert begins at 7 pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 International Movie Night next Monday! Cinema Paradiso, next Monday, January 28 at 6:30 pm in Herodotus, offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy who grows up in and around the title village movie theater, in this Italian comedy drama that is based on the life and times of screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore. Here are links to the trailer and to the Rotten Tomatoes site where you can find a synopsis, reviews, and ratings.

 Visit Waldorf Chronicles Storycorps Archive to hear the stories of community members who’ve been part of PWS during our 36 years.  Thank you, Kelly Hogan, for coordinating this as part of the Waldorf 100 initiative, and thanks to Mimi Greco for her editing work.

 Final Week for the Clothing Drive:  Bring your gently used, clean clothing, shoes and outerwear, sized for students in kindergarten through Grade 12, to the barrels next to the HS Office by Friday.  HS Activism Club members will take them to Closet to Closet, a youth clothing closet serving low income students and immigrant and refugee youth in the Centennial School District, and they’ll also bring some of the socks to folks living on the streets.

Living Lab Seed Fundraiser:  Order forms for Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seeds are attached and also available outside the HS Office. Purchasing seeds from Turtle Tree supports the PWS LivingLAB program, biodynamic agriculture, and the Camphill Initiative (farm-based residential community living for people with disabilities).  Orders are due January 31 – the order form is attached and also available outside the HS Office.

PWS Blood Drive! Adults and students age 16 and over can donate blood at PWS on Monday, February 4 from 1 to 6 pm. Your fifteen-minute donation offers the gift of life to as many as three patients.  Sign up at the HS or Main Office, or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code PortlandWaldorf to schedule an appointment.  Invite friends and family!  Please check out the information for prospective student donors here, including the parental consent form for sixteen-year-olds.  This blood drive is part of Helena Pearson’s senior project, and also earns her credit toward a scholarship.

Early dismissal next week:  Please note that we’ll dismiss at 10:15 on Wednesday, January 30, for a grading day.

 Thank you to all our students, faculty and community members who participated in service projects during this MLK Weekend of Service.

 Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, January 22Basketball at Valor Christian, Boys only at 7:30
Thursday, January 24Basketball at Country Christian, Girls at 6 pm, Boys at 7:30
Friday, January 25HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – all students participate
Saturday, January 26Basketball at home vs Grand View, Boys at 4 pm, Girls at 5:30
Monday, January 28International Movie Night, Cinema Paradiso, 6:30 pm in Herodotus
Wednesday, January 30EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15, HS only, for teacher grading day
Monday, February 4Blood Drive at PWS, 1 to 6 pm, see information above
February 18 to 22NO CLASSES, School closed for February In-service and teacher education

January 7, 2019

MLK Day sign-up this week!  Students will sign up on Wednesday for one of six projects to attend with classmates and teachers on Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King Day of Service.  Because families are asked to arrange their students’ transportation, we encourage you to check in with your student if there are any locations which are not feasible.  Carpooling is encouraged! Project descriptions are attached. Project locations:

IRCO Sun School Community Garden Clean-up, 10 am to 1 pm at Gilbert Park Elementary at 13132 SE Ramona (No. 10 bus to 136th and SE Ramona)

MLK Blvd Clean-up with SOLV, 1 to 4 pm, meet at Irving Park, 700 NE Fremont in Portland (No. 24 or 6 bus, others nearby)

Cutting and sewing blankets with Blanket Brigade, 9 am to 2 pm, Village Baptist Church, 330 SW Murray in Beaverton (No. 62 bus)

Weatherize homes with Community Energy Project, 9 am to 12 pm, 2900 SE Stark St A (No. 75 to Cesar Chavez and Stark)

Audubon Society clean-up and trail maintenance, 10 am to 2 pm, 5151 NW Cornell Rd, no bus service

SerVOZ cleanup and canvassing, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, 240 NE MK Blvd, various bus and light rail options

Parents will receive detailed information about the organization and project their student signs up for.  All students are expected to participate – please call to excuse your student if s/he cannot attend, as you would for any absence, so that our service partners can make the slots available to other volunteers. Please let us know if you have questions!

Parent Meeting this Wednesday!  Join us this Wednesday at 7 in the Music Room for faculty-led small group discussions addressing the role or impact of the following in our school, our community, and our society:

  • Technology
  • Substance Use
  • Consent
  • Diversity
  • Building Parent Community

Class meetings follow at 8 pm as usual.  Please take a moment to check out the new study carrels Mr. Myers has built by the HS kitchenette, and the new water fountain, a gift of HS Parent Council, which Brendan installed for us last week.  Please note also that eleventh grade students who have signed up for SAT test prep will be finishing their first session in the Herodotus Room at 8 pm, so the class meeting normally held there may be moved to the Music Room.

Dance canceled: Student Council had planned a dance for this weekend but it’s been cancelled due to an away basketball game.  They hope to reschedule soon.

Clothing Drive: The HS Activism Club has organized a clothing drive from January 8th through 25th. All items collected will be donated to Closet to Closet, a youth clothing closet that benefits low income students as well as immigrant and refugee youth that are enrolled in the Centennial School District.  Clothing should be sized for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12, clean and gently used. Shoes and outerwear such as coats, hats, scarves and boots are also welcome. Some of the socks that are donated may be taken by Activism club members on their Night Strike volunteer shifts and handed out to people living on the streets. Donation bins are located near the HS and Main Offices.  Many thanks from the PWS Activism Club!

SAVE THE DATE for the first PWS Blood Drive! Senior Helena Pearson is organizing this Red Cross visit on Monday, February 4 from 1 to 6 pm. Your fifteen-minute donation can mean the gift of life for up to three patients.  Find sign-up sheets outside the HS and Main Offices, or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code PortlandWaldorf to schedule an appointment.  Invite friends and family!  Students must be at least 16 years old to donate blood. This blood drive forms part of Helena’s senior project, and also earns her credit toward a scholarship. Please watch for more information next week!

Living Lab Seed Fundraiser: Happy 2019 to all from the LivingLAB! To continue honoring the element of EARTH, we will once again host a biodynamic seed fundraiser. Many thanks to Turtle Tree Seed Initiative, a project of the Copake Camphill Community in New York State. As stated on their website, turtletreeseed.org, At Turtle Tree we have a diverse team made up of people with many different abilities, some of whom have made seed work their long term vocation. This team includes volunteers who come for a year or two from all over the world, long term volunteers, residents of Camphill Village, and employees. By purchasing and planting these seeds, you are supporting biodynamic agriculture, local food production, Camphill Village and the LivingLAB! Order forms are available outside of some classrooms, in the HS and Main Offices, and as attachments that can be either printed or emailed to kelly.hogan@portlandwaldorf.org. PLEASE RETURN ALL FORMS TO THE MAIN OFFICE NO LATER THAN THURS. JAN. 31ST! On this timeline (and weather permitting), we hope the seeds will arrive before February break.

Popcorn!  As basketball season revs up, the Booster Club is offering FREE POPCORN to students at our High School and Middle School home basketball games whenever concessions are offered.  Come on out and support all our teams!  Go, Wolfpack!

 Restorative Work sessions are held after school on the second Wednesday of each month for students who have exceeded a certain number of behavioral infractions in categories such as tardies, phone confiscations, and other surprisingly routine aspects of high school daily life.  The January session is this Wednesday, January 9.  Shanti will have let you know by now if your student has been asked to participate.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, January 8Basketball at home vs. Open Door Christian, Boys only at 7:30
Wednesday, January 9Restorative Work, 4 pm
Wednesday, January 9HS Parent Evening at 7 pm in the Music Room, Class Meetings at 8
Wednesday, January 9SAT prep class begins with Stumptown Prep, 6 to 8 pm
Thursday, January 10Basketball at CS Lewis possibly subject to cancellation, please reply for info
Friday, January 11Basketball at Life Christian, Girls at 6 pm, Boys at 7:30
Thursday, January 17Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18Semester ends, grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – all students participate
Wednesday, January 30Early dismissal at 10:15, HS only, for teacher grading day

December 17, 2018

NO SCHOOL! Winter break begins next Monday, December 24 and ends January 4.  School resumes on Monday, January 7.  The HS Office will be open January 2 through 4.

 Reminder:  HS Solstice Banquet Assignments!  Our annual HS Solstice Banquet is this Friday, December 21.  Faculty will bring soup (including vegan soup) and veggies, and students should bring the item noted below.  Please note that the Winter Assembly is expected to run no more than 30 minutes this year, so all students will be dismissed by 12:30.

Grade 9:  Tadan, Grace and Matthew, one pound of butter each; everyone else one loaf of bread each (does not need to be sliced) – one family is contributing gluten-free bread

Grade 10:  Two cups of finger fruit (for example sliced apples, grapes, berries, orange sections, tangerines) – sliced fruit can be dipped in lemon juice, or we can slice it here

Grade 11:  Approximately 8 ounces of cheese each

Grade 12:  Three bottles each of sparkling cider (Martinelli’s or similar)

Please send a spoon with your student for soup, since we’re trying to cut back on our use of plastic.  We’ll be providing mugs and bowls for soup and plates from the kitchen, but your student is also welcome to bring his or her own dishes as well.  Students who forget their spoons should be able to drink their soup from a mug.  We’re planning on paper cups for the sparkling cider.

You are warmly invited to attend our Winter Assembly this Friday at 11 am in the gym.  The faculty will present The Star Child, a short fable.

Annual Support Campaign:  We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed to our Annual Support Campaign thus far. The Parent Community is currently over 50%! A generous donor has committed $1,000 for every percentage point of participation, up to $100,000, meaning that gifts of all sizes will have an extraordinary impact together. As each class reaches 100%, we’ll add a new wolf to our painting; If you have not yet found a chance to donate, we invite you to click here to Join the Pack”!

Don’t miss the Alumni Basketball Game and Social on Sunday, December 23 starting at 2 pm in the gym. Come cheer our alumni, then meet and mingle over holiday treats. RSVPs are helpful – please reply or write to connie.vera@portlandwaldorf.org so we can save some snacks for you!

Making Sense of Adolescence: Join Lisa Weiner, MSN, for an eight-week deep dive into the world of adolescence. Rooted in the concept that all action must be guided by insight, this course goes deep into developmental theory, neuroscience and cultural anthropology, to help parents and teachers better understand and support the teens in their life. The class begins January 16.  For more information, curriculum details and to register, see the attached flier and visit handmadeparenting.com or email Lisa: lisa@handmadeparenting.com. Lisa Weiner is a nurse practitioner and certified Neufeld Facilitator, and has been a PWS parent for the past twelve years.

Restorative Work sessions will be available after school on the second Wednesday of each month for students who have exceeded the normal number of behavioral infractions in certain categories, such as tardies, phone confiscations, and other surprisingly routine aspects of high school daily life.  We’ll let you know ahead of time if your student has been asked to participate.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, December 18Basketball at home vs. Country Christian, Girls at 6 pm, at  Boys 7:30
Friday, December 21Winter Assembly, 11 am in the gym
Friday, December 21Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal at 12:30
Sunday, December 23Alumni basketball game and social, 2 pm in the gym
December 24 – January 4Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9Restorative Work, 4 pm
Wednesday, January 9HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Wednesday, January 9Grade 11 SAT prep class begins with Stumptown Prep
Thursday, January 17Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18Semester ends, grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – all students participate
Wednesday, January 30Early dismissal at 10:15, HS only, for teacher grading day

 

December 10, 2018

HS Solstice Banquet Assignments:  Our annual HS Solstice Banquet will be held next week on Friday, December 21, the last day of school this month.  Students will attend Main Lesson, a HS assembly, and the all-school Winter Assembly, followed by the banquet, with dismissal for winter break after clean-up, probably 12:30.  Our menu is changing this year!  Faculty will bring soup (including vegan soup) and veggies, and students should bring the following items on Friday, December 21:

Grade 9:  Tadan, Grace and Matthew, one pound of butter each; everyone else one loaf of bread each (does not need to be sliced) – we’ll recruit one or two students to bring gluten-free bread

Grade 10:  Two cups of finger fruit (for example sliced apples, grapes, berries, orange sections) – treat sliced fruit with lemon juice, or we can slice it here

Grade 11:  Approximately 8 ounces of cheese each

Grade 12:  Three bottles each of sparkling cider (Martinelli’s or similar)

Please send a spoon with your student for soup, since we’re trying to cut back on our use of plastic.

Grades 9, 11 and 12 will help set up, and Grade 10 will clean up after the banquet – they’ll be dismissed no later than 12:45.

Please help us earn a $100,000 donation! Your contribution makes an even bigger difference this year: we have a pledge of $1,000 for each percent of participation in our Annual Support campaign, up to $100,000 if all of our community participates! By donating any amount you increase the percentage of parent participation. Major donors and organizations are more likely to fund our grants in the future when they see that our community fully participates in the annual support campaign, regardless of the amount. The Board and College have reached full participation, faculty and staff are working towards that goal too, but we can’t reach 100% alone!    Please show your support (any amount) for our fabulous school right now (so you don’t forget).  Click on this link or drop off an envelope with your name and donation at the office:  http://portlandwaldorf.org/giving/. Thank you!

 Weather and other emergency closures: We’ll notify you of school closures by text and email and will also put an alert on our web page (http://portlandwaldorf.org), in our phone message (503-654-2200), and on FlashAlert (www.flashalert.net), all by 6:30 am in most cases.  HOWEVER, if you didn’t get the test text message that went out on November 30 around 9:10 am, please reply with your cell phone carrier and number so that we can include you in our text system.

International film screenings: As we wrote earlier today, Frau Fretz has organized the showing of the film “Das Leben der Anderen” (“The Life of Others”) tonight, at the request of students in the junior class who asked that it be shown before some of our exchange students depart.  This film comes highly recommended by some of our parents, as well!  We’re planning on a monthly film evening, and will have additional information about future titles in this email a week before each screening.

 You’re invited to the Alumni Basketball Game and Social on Sunday, December 23 starting at 2 pm in the gym.  Only alumni can play, but any and all are welcome to attend, cheer and visit, and yes, there will be food!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, December 11Basketball at home vs. St. Stephens Academy, Boys at 6 pm, at  Girls 7:30
Thursday, December 13Basketball at Three Rivers HS, Boys only at 7 pm
Friday, December 14Basketball at home vs. Valor Christian, Boys only at 7:30
Friday, December 21Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal by 12:45
Sunday, December 23Alumni basketball game and social, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – all students participate

December 3, 2018

Head to Pizzicato tomorrow to help raise funds for PWS sports!  Take out a pizza, buy a gift card, or eat in at Westmoreland Pizzicato at SE 16th and Bybee all day tomorrow (Tuesday) and the PWS Booster Club will receive 20% of the day’s total sales to use in support of our athletic programs.  Join PWS Athletic Director Justice Morales for dinner! Bring your friends and support the Wolfpack! It’s open till 9 pm.

 Did you get your K-12 Alerts test message last week? Messages were sent by text and email.  It’s the system we use to notify you of any kind of emergency or weather closure.  If you don’t think you received the messages, please reply.

 HS Students will celebrate the season on the last day of school before winter break – Friday, December 21 – with a candlelight ceremony for students and faculty following main lesson. Then they’ll join the lower school for the Winter Assembly at 11 and finish the day with the traditional HS Solstice Banquet. Grades 9 through 12 will each be assigned an item to bring for the feast – please watch for more information in next Monday’s email.  Students will be dismissed from the HS by 12:45 that day. Parents are warmly welcome to join us for the Winter Assembly in the gym, where the PWS faculty will present the tale of The Star Child.

Congratulations to Grade 10 US History class on completing their canoe trek last week down the Willamette from Oregon City, the first incorporated settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.  Students experienced the river as the nineteenth century settlers did, learning about the spiritual importance of the river for native tribes as well as the role it played in trade and transportation for the pioneers that followed the Oregon Trail.

Wreath Pick-up is this Thursday from 8 to 4 in the Monroe parking lot.  A few additional wreaths, swags and garlands are available for sale – stop by the main office if you’d like to reserve one.

 Handmade for the Holidays: Learn a new craft or practice an old one at this annual evening of crafting. No experience necessary!  This year’s crafts include candle making, felting, window stars, silhouettes, leather bracelets, and more.  The event is adults-only, no childcare provided, with a $12 materials fee. For more information, please see the flier here.

 You’re invited to the Alumni Basketball Game and Social on Sunday, December 23 starting at 2 pm in the gym.  Only alumni can play, but any and all are welcome to attend, cheer and visit, and yes, there will be food!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, December 4Basketball at SW Christian, Girls at 6 pm, at  Boys 7:30
Friday, December 21Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal at 12:45
Sunday, December 23Alumni basketball game and social, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – all students participate

November 26, 2018

CORRECTION:  At our basketball home opener this Wednesday, boys will play at 5:30, girls at 7 in the PWS gym.  (The times were reversed in last week’s announcement.)  Come cheer our teams on to a great season!  Go, Wolfpack!

Congratulations to Tadan Baartz-Bowman on being accepted to this year’s All-Northwest Honor Orchestra of the National Association for Music Education! They’re scheduled to perform at the Association’s conference at the Convention Center on Sunday, February 17.

Handmade for the Holidays: You’re warmly invited to learn a new craft or practice an old one at this annual evening of crafting led by community members. No experience necessary!  This year’s crafts include candle making, felting, window stars, silhouettes, leather bracelets, and more.  It’s an adults-only event (childcare is not provided) and there’s a $12 materials fee. For more information, please see the flier here.

In case you missed it last week – learn one of the many ways in which Waldorf Education supports future scientists. Research shows that cutting back on creative subjects at school had a negative impact on the tactile skills necessary for a career in medicine or science. Learn more in this article: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/30/medical-students-raised-on-screens-lack-skills-for-surgery.

 Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, November 28Basketball at home vs. Crosshill Christian, Boys at 5:30, Girls at 7 pm
Friday, December 21Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal at 12:45 – please watch for

Information in December!

Sunday, December 23Alumni basketball game, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – participation required!

November 19, 2018

How Waldorf Education Supports Future Scientists: Research shows that “Cutting back on creative subjects at school had a negative impact on the tactile skills necessary for a career in medicine or science.” Learn more in this article: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/30/medical-students-raised-on-screens-lack-skills-for-surgery.

PWS Alum Orion Langdon brings his micaceous clay cookware from Northern New Mexico for a show, sale and tasting, this Friday, November 23 from 10 to 4 at Patricia Lynch’s studio, 3359 NE 72nd Avenue in Portland.  His hand coiled cooking vessels are one of many iterations of the evolving, centuries old pottery tradition of New Mexico. Micaceous clay cooking pots are beautiful, durable, hold heat well, and can be used in the oven or directly on the stove-top. For more information, visit handtomountain.com  or email handtomountain@gmail.com.

Congratulations to our Ultimate team, the 2018 Portland Ultimate HS Flick-or-Treat Tournament Champions! And don’t miss our basketball home opener on Wednesday next week:  Girls 5:30, Boys at 7.  Go, Wolfpack!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

November 19 – 20NO CLASSES, Parent-student-teacher Conferences,

8:30 to 4:30 Monday, 10 to 6 Tuesday

November 21 – 23Thanksgiving holiday, NO CLASSES
Friday, December 21Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal at 12:45 – please watch for

Information in December!

Sunday, December 23Alumni basketball game, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – participation required!

November 12, 2018

There’s still time to schedule a parent-student-teacher conference for next Monday or Tuesday, November 19 – 20!  To schedule, please reply to kate.mcgill@portlandwaldorf.org, or call 503-654-2200, extension 218.  You and your student will meet as a group with two to four teachers who have taught your student this fall in various disciplines, including his or her advisor whenever possible.   If there is a particular teacher you would like to have included, please let Ms. McGill know and we will do our best to arrange it.  Conferences last 25 minutes and available times begin on the hour and half-hour – slots are available from 9 am to 4 on Monday (last conference begins at 4 pm) and 11:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday (last conference begins at 5:30). Conferences are voluntary, and you are always welcome to make an appointment with any of your student’s teachers throughout the year.

Wreath Sale! It’s the final week to order wreaths, swags and garlands for your family, for gifts, or to sell to your friends and neighbors! Click here to order online or use the paper forms (attached, and available at the Main Office). Orders are due this Friday, November 16. Wreaths will be available to pick up on December 6, or you can arrange to have them delivered by UPS.  Please contact David Renzema at renzianni@aol.com or 503-380-3773 with any questions. Proceeds are used by the PWS Parent Association to benefit the school and our students and families.

Sex Education and the Spirit:  Please see the attachment for more information about this talk by Lisa Romero tomorrow evening, November 13.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

November 12 – 16Project Week – a week of cross-grade, interdisciplinary projects
Sunday, November 18Winter Market, 10 to 3 – scroll down at

http://portlandwaldorf.org/school-store/ for information

November 19 and 20Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, NO CLASSES
November 21 – 23Thanksgiving holiday, NO CLASSES
Friday, December 21Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal at 12:45 – please watch for

Information in December!

Sunday, December 23Alumni basketball game, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – participation required!

November 5, 2018

Parent-Student-Teacher conference sign-ups are open! We’re holding conferences on Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20.  To schedule, please reply to kate.mcgill@portlandwaldorf.org, or call 503-654-2200, extension 218, by Wednesday, November 15. You and your student will meet as a group with two to four teachers who have taught your student this fall in humanities, math or science, and foreign language, arts or movement, including his or her advisor whenever possible.   If there is a particular teacher you would like to have included, please let Ms. McGill know and we will do our best to arrange it.  Conferences last 25 minutes and begin on the hour and half-hour from 8:30 to 4 on Monday (last conference begins at 4 pm) and 10:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday (last conference begins at 5:30). Conferences are voluntary, and you are always welcome to make an appointment with any of your student’s teachers throughout the year.

 Project Week begins next Monday!  Students are each signed up for a cross-grade, interdisciplinary project in which they’ll engage with teachers next week instead of regular classes.  Topics include transitory art, roller derby, reading, adaptability to climate change, kettlebell skills and martial arts, and assisting Mr. Myers to install a window in the Woodworking room.  Hours will normally match regular school hours, and there will be field trips – please watch for permission forms!

School Photo orders are due November 12!  View your student’s photos and order at https://www.amythelen.com/school-photography, Please let us know if you have questions.

Grand Friends Day: Each year we are delighted to welcome grandparents and other special friends of students to visit classrooms throughout the school and attend an assembly in their honor.  The High School is again in Project Week, so there is no main lesson, but grandparents are welcome to visit and learn about the projects!  Please reply for more information. To RSVP for the event, please write to addie.buck@portlandwaldorf.org or call 503-654-2200, extension 200, by November 10. This year’s event will also feature a talk by our alumni parent, noted author and psychologist Robert Biswas-Diener, offering insights into how we improve with age and how this affects our ability to positively contribute to society.  We’ll start at 8:30 am and conclude by 11:15 am on Friday, November 16.

 Wreath Sale! Wreaths, swags and garlands are available for purchase or sale to your friends and neighbors! Proceeds benefit the Parent Association, which uses them to support our school in many important ways.  . Click here to order online or use the paper forms (attached, and available at the Main Office). Orders are due Friday, November 16. Wreaths will be available to pick up on December 6, or you can arrange to have them delivered by UPS.  Please contact David Renzema at renzianni@aol.com or 503-380-3773 with any questions.

Sex Education and the Spirit:  Please see the attachment, from last Friday’s Weekly Bulletin, for more information about this talk by Lisa Romero on November 13.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

November 12 – 16Project Week – a week of cross-grade, interdisciplinary projects
Sunday, November 18Winter Market, 10 to 3 – scroll down at

http://portlandwaldorf.org/school-store/ for information

November 19 and 20Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, NO CLASSES
November 21 – 23Thanksgiving holiday, NO CLASSES
Friday, December 21Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal at 12:45 – please watch for

Information!

Sunday, December 23Alumni basketball game, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – participation required!

October 29, 2018

NO SCHOOL ON THURSDAY! PWS is closed this Thursday, November 1 for teacher in-service.  We will resume normal classes on Friday.

 We hope to see you at the Community Meeting tomorrow night at 6 pm in the Music Room!  Join administrative, pedagogical, board, and parent leadership for an inspiring look at our school—where we are, and where we’re headed.  We’ll hear from the College of Teachers, Board of Trustees, Administration and Parent Association.  The meeting with adjourn at 7:30 for a reception.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are now open for scheduling!  Conferences will be held Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20.  Conferences last 25 minutes and will be scheduled on the hour and half-hour from 8:30 to 4 on Monday (last conference begins at 4 pm) and 10:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday (last conference begins at 5:30). You and your student will meet with two to four teachers who have taught your student in different disciplines this fall, including his or her advisor whenever possible.   Conferences are voluntary, and you are always welcome to make an appointment with any of your student’s teachers throughout the year.

To schedule, please reply to kate.mcgill@portlandwaldorf.org, or call 503-654-2200, extension 218, by Wednesday, November 14. If there is a particular teacher you would like to have included, please let Ms. McGill know and we will do our best to arrange it.  Please note that it will take a few days to confirm conference times this first week.

Open House this Sunday:  If you know families with students who would benefit from a Waldorf education, please invite them to our HS Open House this Sunday from 1 to 3:30!  We’ll have sample classes and a panel discussion to give visitors a picture of the curriculum and its importance for the developing adolescent.  Current parents are also warmly invited and encouraged to attend.

 Grand Friends Day is scheduled for Friday, November 16 from 8:30 to 11:30 am.  Each year, Portland Waldorf School welcomes our students’ grandparents and special friends to share a morning on campus. Grades 1 through 12 will open their doors to welcome visitors from 8:30-9:30 am, then Grand Friends are invited to an inspirational talk with author, speaker, and PWS alumni parent Robert Biswas-Diener, and an assembly of student performances in the gym. Grand Friends who have visited before and provided their contact information will receive an invitation directly from PWS. Invitations are also sent to parents, who in turn may invite grandparents and special friends to this event. Parent volunteers are always welcome to help as greeters, provide refreshments, and lend hallway support – please reach out to Rochelle Giametta at rochelle.giametta@portlandwaldorf.org for more information.

Classes have changed! Visit the new High School Resource website at www.portlandwaldorf.org/high-school-resources/ and scroll down the Academics page to Block Rotations to see the new main lesson and the second quarter classes in Humanities and Electives/Other Classes.  Art classes will change on December 3.  The website includes syllabi, class schedules, permission forms, Veracross instructions, the HS Handbook, News, and much more!  You can also find it through the main school website under the Current Parents tab at High School Resources.  Individual student schedules are available in the parent portal.

Veracross Training: If you missed Shanti McCarter’s Veracross training last week and would like to attend training on a future date, please email shanti.mccarter@portlandwaldorf.org.  We’ll schedule another training if there’s sufficient interest.

Pre-arranged absence forms will now be emailed to parents, in cases where missed assignments have been noted.  Students are encouraged to make a copy before turning them in to the HS Office.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, October 30PWS Community Meeting, 6 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, October 31Whitman College, 1:15 pm
Thursday, November 1In-service and grading day, NO CLASSES
Sunday, November 4HS and All-school Open House, 1 to 3:30 pm
Monday, November 5University of Puget Sound, 1:15 pm
November 12 – 16Project Week – a week of cross-grade, interdisciplinary projects.  Watch for more information next week!
November 19 and 20Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, NO CLASSES
November 21 – 23Thanksgiving holiday, NO CLASSES

OCTOBER 17, 2018

PWHS Cooking Club Starts this Month!   Ms. Shupack is starting a cooking club for the high school. The club will meet once per month on a Sunday from 3 to 7pm. The students will learn basic cooking skills, be encouraged to challenge themselves in the kitchen, and will work to hone their instincts. The fee for this club will cover all of the ingredients (which will ideally cover their Sunday night dinner plus some leftovers to take home) as well as 5 hours of Ms. Shupack’s time (4 hours of cooking and cleaning plus 1 hour of shopping/prepping). The fee is $40/session or $140 for the first semester (4 sessions). Typically fees will be due at least 6 days before each meeting, but the deadline for the Oct. 21st meeting will be Thursday Oct. 18th. The dates for the first semester are: Oct. 21, Nov. 4th, Dec. 9th and Jan. 13th. Please contact Ms. Shupack with any questions.

How to Use Veracross to Find Assignments and Grades: Shanti McCarter will offer a workshop next week on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30pm. Learn how to find your student’s assignments and grades, as well as reports, class schedule, upcoming events, handbooks, syllabi and directories for teachers and families. Bring your own laptop or borrow a school laptop.

College Visits Continue: Quest University will visit tomorrow morning (Tuesday), and University of Oregon will be here Wednesday at lunch time. Over the next three weeks we’ll also host representatives from Landmark College (for students with different learning styles), Colby, Hampshire, Agnes Scott ,and Whitman Colleges, and the University of Puget Sound. Juniors and interested Seniors will also be visiting the NACAC College Fair on October 29.

Pizza is back! Grade 8 sells slices of cheese, pepperoni, veggie, or gluten-free cheese pizza and Izze’s drinks at lunchtime on Tuesdays. They’re generally available for purchase while supplies last, or you can pre-order with a check and the attached order form by Friday at 3 for the following Tuesday. Pizza is $2.50 per slice ($3 for gluten-free) and drinks are $1. Pizza sales are a fundraiser for the Grade 8 class trip.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Monday, October 15

Volleyball at Open Door Academy, 6 pm

Tuesday, October 16

Volleyball at home vs. Country Christian, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 17

Volleyball at City Christian, 5 pm

Sunday, October 21

Ultimate Frisbee, 4:30 pm at Glenhaven Park

Friday, October 26

Quarter ends – grades will be available in mid-November

Sunday and Monday, October 28 and 29

NACAC College Fair (“the big one”) at the Oregon Convention Center
Sunday 1 to 5 pm, Monday 9 am to noon.

Tuesday, October 30

PWS Community Meeting, 6 pm in the Music Room

Thursday, November 1

In-service and grading day, NO CLASSES

Sunday, November 4

HS and All-school Open House, 1 to 3:30 pm

November 12 – 16

Project Week – a week of cross-grade, interdisciplinary projects.

November 19 and 20

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, NO CLASSES – watch for information in late October

November 21 – 23

Thanksgiving holiday, NO CLASSES

Friday, December 21

HS Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Winter Assembly, Early Dismissal at 12:45

December 24 – January 4

Winter Break

Wednesday, January 9

HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, Class Meetings at 8 pm

Thursday, January 17

Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm in the Music Room

Friday, January 18

Fall Semester Ends – grades will be available in early February