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

June 10, 2019

High school yearbooks for 2018-2019 will be distributed on Wednesday! This year’s staff spent endless hours creating an expanded book to capture memories of each class. Beat the rush and pay in advance! Books are $20 each. Bring cash or check payable to PWS to the HS Office.

Grades 9, 10 and 11 this week:  Students will be cleaning out their lockers on Tuesday afternoon and should take home as much as possible (they’re free to leave the essentials in their lockers through Friday).  On Wednesday, June 12, we will celebrate Sports Day, when students and faculty meet on the fields for a day of games after main lesson, dressed in team colors (or at least the provided headbands), with a barbecue lunch provided.  They will be excused by 3 pm.  On Friday, they will have one hour of main lesson, then spend some time with the faculty, including shaking hands and saying goodbye for the summer.  At 10:30 they’ll help out with the school Walkathon, then at noon on Friday students are dismissed to attend the All-School Picnic, to which you are also cordially invited! Bring your basket of lunch and a blanket to the front lawn.  Students finish the week with the graduation ceremony!

Five days till Graduation!  Dress and Reporting Times for Grades 9, 10 and 11 this Saturday, June 15

Musicians (all students): 

Orchestra members, report at 1 pm to Mr. Averill in the gym for final rehearsal.

Choir members, report at 1:45 to Mrs. Averill in the gym.

Students should dress nicely in school-appropriate clothing (for example, no strapless dresses).

 Class Responsibilities:

Students in Grade 10, report to Ms. Churchill and Mr. Wasko on the gym steps this Saturday, June 15 by 10 am – you’ll be finished by noon.

Students in Grade 11, report to Ms. McGill in the aftercare room immediately after the ceremony ends.  You’ll be finished by 5:45.

Students in Grade 9, report to Ms. Blanchard and Mr. Warnock in the gym at 4 pm.  You’ll be finished at 6 pm.

Students in Grades 9 and 10 may want to bring different clothes for setup/cleanup duties.

Yes, we’re looking for a few parents to help with their students!  Please reply if you can participate. Thank you to those who have volunteered!

Summer job opportunity:  Marla Resnick, a reading specialist and also a PWHS alum parent, is looking for an assistant for her summer camp.  Please see the attachment for more information!

Calendar

Wednesday, June 12 Sports Day, 10:30  to 3 following main lesson.
Thursday, June 13 Farewell Assembly, 11 am
Friday, June 14 Main Lesson, Walkathon, dismissal at noon
Saturday, June 15 Graduation Ceremony and Reception – all students participate in the ceremony and reception and in set-up, service or clean-up as noted above
Friday, June 28 Report cards will be mailed on approximately this date

May 27, 2019

Senior Play Opens Next Week!  The Class of 2019 proudly presents The Curious Savage, a light-hearted and hilarious farce involving a stalwart heroine, greedy relatives, and the triumph of those old-fashioned virtues, kindness and affection!  Thursday through Saturday, June 6 , 7 and 8  at 7 pm in The Chapel Theatre, 4107 SE Harrison Street (one mile east of PWS on Harrison).  Tickets are $10 adults, $2 students, available in the school store! Suitable for age 11 and up.

Reminder:  All students are preparing music to perform in the graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 15, and will also help that day with set-up (Grade 10), clean-up (Grade 9) or reception service (Grade 11).  Please be sure to reply to notify the office if your student cannot participate!  Parent volunteers are also welcome.

 HS Yearbook Order Forms will be coming out soon.  We are grateful to Stephanie Baartz-Bowman, who not only serves as Yearbook Adviser, but also dedicates a cash donation, which her employer makes to PWS in honor of her volunteer hours, to partially subsidize the cost of the yearbook. She estimates the cost will be $25, but please watch for more information. Thanks also to the yearbook staff:  Kai Givens, Maia Lanoff-Smith, Erin Silverman, and Phuong Tran.

Please join us for the HS Eurythmy Assembly, this Friday at 11 am in the gym.  Grades 9, 10 and 11 will perform.

Questions of Courage: a North American Youth Conference focuses on facing questions and finding voices within issues of social and economic justice, technology and identity, health and wellness, climate change and other challenges of our times, through workshops, art, singing, theater, storytelling, biography, conversation and contemplation.  Presented August 8 – 11 in Spring Valley, NY by the Anthroposophical Society in America and the Youth Section North America.  Please visit the website, nayouthsection.org/springvalley, for more information.

The Spring/Summer issue of Renewal , A Journal for Waldorf Education, includes several articles about the high school curriculum.  Copies are now available outside the HS Office.

Summer job:  We are still taking applications for PWHS students to run outreach tables at farmer’s markets and festivals during summer vacation.  Successful applicants will set up and break down the table, speak with interested families about PWS, display marketing materials and host a craft project for children. The job pays $12 per hour, increasing to $12.50 per hour on July 1. Please see the attached flier for more information!

 Best wishes to Grade 11 for their backpacking trip on the Rogue River this week!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

May 27 – 31 Grade 11 Backpacking Trip, depart on Memorial Day
June 6 – 8 Senior Play, The Curious Savage, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm at the Chapel Theatre
Friday, June 7 HS Eurythmy Assembly, 11 am in the gym
Wednesday, June 12 Sports Day, 10:30  to 3 following main lesson.  Please watch for early dismissal information.
Thursday, June 13 Farewell Assembly, 11 am, parents warmly invited!
Friday, June 14 Main Lesson, Walkathon, dismissal at noon
Saturday, June 15 Graduation Ceremony and Reception – all students participate in the ceremony and reception and in set-up, service or clean-up

May 20, 2019

No school next Monday, for the Memorial Day holiday.

Get your tickets now for The Curious Savage by John Patrick, 7 pm Thursday through Saturday, June 6 through 8 at The Chapel Theatre, 4107 SE Harrison Street (one mile east of PWS). It’s a light-hearted and farcical comedy that hasn’t forgotten the neglected virtues of kindness and affection.  Suitable for ages 11 and up. Tickets are $10 adults, $2 students, available in the school store!

We the Wild Youth:  Attendees and volunteers both must register at the We the Wild Youth website.  The event provides speakers, a free dinner, music, information tables, raffles and more. Please see the website for complete information! And if your student has an extension for their service project in order to volunteer at this event, please be sure they’re registered. Organized by senior Francesca Bas with the support of City Repair.

Wednesday night’s benefit showing of Queen of the Sun:  What are the Bees telling us? supports Portland area Waldorf schools’ pollinator programs and honors 100 years of Waldorf education. The filmmaker and local beekeepers will hold a Q & A session following the screening.  Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 pm screening at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, Portland this Wednesday, May 22. Suggested donation $5 to $20; suitable for ages 12 and up.

Summer job:  We’re looking for PWHS students to run outreach tables at farmers’ markets and festivals during summer vacation.  Students would be responsible for setting up and breaking down the table, speaking with interested families about PWS, displaying marketing materials and hosting a craft project for children.  The job pays $12 per hour, increasing to $12.50 per hour on July 1.  Please see the attached flier for more information!

Congratulations to Jeremiah, Grace (Cromie), Ke’ali, Joey, Nico, and Alex, who together make up about one-third of the members of the Franklin Ultimate team that won the Portland City League championship last Monday night!  At home and in the community, go, Wolfpack!

Best wishes to Grade 9, who have embarked on their farm curriculum at partner farms around the region!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

May 20 – 24 Grade 9 Farm Curriculum, week-long placements at area farms
May 27 – 31 Grade 11 Backpacking Trip, depart on Memorial Day
June 6 – 8 Senior Play, The Curious Savage, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm at the Chapel Theatre
Friday, June 7 HS Eurythmy Assembly, 11 am in the gym
Wednesday, June 12 Sports Day, 10:30  to 3 following main lesson.  Please watch for early dismissal information.
Thursday, June 13 Farewell Assembly, 11 am
Friday, June 14 Main Lesson, HS Assembly, Walkathon, dismissal at noon
Saturday, June 15 Graduation Ceremony and Reception – all students participate in the ceremony and reception and in set-up, service or clean-up

May 13, 2019

Senior Play Coming Up!

The Class of 2019 proudly presents The Curious Savage by John Patrick, a light-hearted and farcical comedy that hasn’t forgotten the neglected virtues of kindness and affection.   The show runs Thursday through Saturday, Jun 6, 7 and 8 at 7 pm at The Chapel Theatre, 4107 SE Harrison.  More information and tickets available next week!

Senior self-portraits go on display tomorrow, May 14, with an opening reception at 5:30 in the Wildflower Gallery, upstairs in the main building next to the business office. Students will be on hand to talk about their work, and Ms. Churchill will provide refreshments.  The self-portraits will be on display through June 15.

HS Prom tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door, and guest passes for attendees who are not enrolled at PWHS are due by Friday at 4 pm.  The prom is open to PWHS students of all grades, and will be held this year at the Ecotrust building from 8 to 11 pm this Saturday, May 18.

Many hands make light work on graduation day, Saturday, June 15!  All students perform music at graduation and also help that day with set-up, reception service, and clean-up.  Grade 10 will set up from 10 to noon on Saturday, Grade 11 will serve at the reception from 3:45 to 5:45, and Grade 9 will break down and clean up from 4:30 to 6:30.  Parent volunteers are welcome! Please let us know if you can help, and please let us know if your student needs a different shift or cannot participate for any reason.

Summer Job Opportunity with PWS:  We’re looking for high school students to run outreach tables at Farmers’ Markets and festivals during the summer vacation.  Please see the attached job description for information and application instructions.

Visit the We the Wild Youth website for information, schedules, or to volunteer or support this youth empowerment evening organized by PWS Senior Francesca Bas, Friday, May 31st from 4:30 to 8:30 pm.  It includes a free dinner, music, information tables for various organizations that support youth, and five diverse speakers sharing their stories and engaging in conversations around the challenges and celebrations of youth today. Supported by City Repair’s 2019 Village Building Convergence and Friends of Noise.

Best wishes to Grade 10, who have embarked on their Outdoor curriculum week at Oxbow Park!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

May 13 through 17 Grade 10 Outdoor trip
Tuesday, May 14 Senior Portrait Opening Reception, 5:30 pm in the Wildflower Gallery
Friday, May 18 HS Prom, 8 to 11 PM at the EcoTrust Building
May 20 – 24 Grade 9 Farm Curriculum, week-long placements at area farms
May 27 – 31 Grade 11 Backpacking Trip, depart on Memorial Day
June 6 – 8 Senior Play, The Curious Savage, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm at the Chapel Theatre
Wednesday, June 12 Sports Day, 10:30  to 3 following main lesson.  Please watch for early dismissal information.
Thursday, June 13 Farewell Assembly, 11 am
Friday, June 14 Main Lesson, HS Assembly, Walkathon, dismissal at noon
Saturday, June 15 Graduation ceremony and reception – all students participate in the ceremony and reception and in set-up, service or clean-up

May 6, 2019

This week’s parent meeting on Wednesday will focus primarily on individual class meetings, to make up for the time taken by the main topic at the last meeting, but Shanti McCarter will have a number of announcements on several topics, including the following:

  • Gender neutral bathrooms
  • Gender neutral sleeping arrangements on overnight trips
  • Condom proposal

We’re looking forward to seeing you this Wednesday, May 7, at 7 pm in the Music Room!

You’re cordially invited to view the self-portraits of the Class of 2019 and talk with the artists at the opening reception in the Wildflower Gallery next week on Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30 pm.  The selfportrait addresses the theme of Grade 12: self-reflection. Students in Grade 12 are asked to ponder deeply the question of identity:  “Who am I?  What is my place in the world?” The selfportrait emerges in response to these questions.  Their work reflects their creativity, thoughtfulness and sense of self as some students reflect their own faces, while others represent themselves through different images; some return to a known medium to deepen their skill, while others explore new materials. The self-portraits will remain on display through June 15.  The Wildflower Gallery is located upstairs in the main school building.
Parzival and Night Strike: Over the past few years, Frau Fretz has directly exposed the juniors to the situation of the unhoused in Portland, with a focus on unhoused students. The class spends an afternoon directly after school in downtown Portland where the students learn about services that the city provides, and eat (not serve) at a soup kitchen, before spending a school night outside on school grounds. This year, they will also participate in Night Strike, meeting and building relationships with unhoused neighbors.  Night Strike is a non-profit organization and all services are provided through volunteer work, but the running costs amount to about $800 every Thursday. Frau Fretz would like to invite the Waldorf community to donate to this extremely meaningful cause, so that PWS can sponsor the night of May 9th when the juniors will be participating. If you would like to donate money, or join the group that evening, please write to wibke.fretz@portlandwaldorf.org.
Visit the We the Wild Youth website for information, schedules, or to volunteer or support this youth empowerment evening organized by PWS Senior Francesca Bas, Friday, May 31st from 4:30 to 8:30 pm.  There’ll be a free dinner, music, information tables for various organizations that support youth, and five diverse speakers sharing their stories and engaging in conversations around the challenges and celebrations of youth today. Supported by City Repair’s 2019 Village Building Convergence and Friends of Noise.
 
May Is Bike Month! Sign up for the Portland Waldorf School team here.
Lice:  We have an isolated report of a student in the high school experiencing lice.  If you suspect this may be an issue in your household, you may wish to consult the North Clackamas School District’s Head Lice Checklist and Guidelines.
Opportunity:  Lisa Weiner, PWS parent, nurse practitioner and parent consultant, will present “Staying Connected to Your Teen” at Wilson High School tomorrow night, Tuesday May 7th from 7 to 8:30pm in the library. The event is free and open to the public.

Congratulations to our students and music faculty on a wonderful spring music concert!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

May 5 through 11

Senior trip

Wednesday, May 8

HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music room, Class Meeting at 8 pm

May 13 through 17

Grade 10 Outdoor trip

Tuesday, May 14

Senior Portrait Opening Reception, 5:30 pm in the Wildflower Gallery

Friday, May 18

HS Prom, 8 to 11 PM at the EcoTrust Building

May 20 – 24

Grade 9 Farm Curriculum, week-long placements at area farms

May 27 – 31

Grade 11 Backpacking Trip, depart on Memorial Day

June 6 – 8

Senior Play, The Curious Savage, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm at the Chapel Theatre. Ticket go on sale next week.

Wednesday, June 12

Sports Day, 10:30  to 3 following main lesson.  Please watch for early dismissal information.

Thursday, June 13

Farewell Assembly, 11 am

Friday, June 14

Main Lesson, HS Assembly, Walkathon, dismissal at noon

Saturday, June 15

Graduation Ceremony and Reception – all students participate in the ceremony and reception and in set-up, service or clean-up

April 29, 2019

A reminder that students are due between 6:15 and 6:30 this Friday at the Milwaukie Performing Arts Center for the spring Music Concert which begins at 7 pm.  Students should bring their instrument and music as appropriate and dress as instructed by their music teachers. Performance in the concert is an important component of the music curriculum and grade.  For those new to PWHS, the Performing Arts Center is the square modern building located in the parking lot of Milwaukie HS, off SE Lake Road at 23rd. Please let us know if you need directions!
Learning DIfferences Advocacy Group Open Forum Tomorrow Night:  LDAG is sponsoring an open forum tomorrow evening, Tuesday, at 6 pm in the Music Room to speak with Jamie Quirk and Shanti McCarter about plans for supporting our LD students.  What are the limits to what the high school can currently provide?  How can PWS improve its support for our LD students?  Parents of LD students in particular are invited to share their experience, suggestions and vision with each other and our School and HS Chairs as we consider how we can move forward into the next few years together.
German Fairy Tales Wednesday: You’re invited to join the students of our Grades 9 – 11 German classes for an evening of fractured fairy tales and a short play based on a Kafka story, beginning at 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 1, in the Music Room.  Please note that the Kafka piece is not suitable for young children, and so has been scheduled at the end of the evening to allow those families to leave after the (badly fractured) fairy tales.
Please join us for the HS Parent Meeting next week on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 pm in the Music Room.
 
We the Wild Youth, a Night of Empowerment organized by PWS Senior Francesca Bas, is scheduled for Friday, May 31st from 4:30 to 8:30 pm.  It includes a free dinner, music, information tables for various organizations that support youth, and five diverse speakers sharing their stories and engaging in conversations around the challenges and celebrations of youth today. Visit cityrepair.org/youth for complete information and schedules. Supported by City Repair’s 2019 Village Building Convergence and Friends of Noise.
A reminder that Grade 10 students are once again travelling each Thursday with Ms. Shupack or Ms. Hogan to Jean’s Urban Farm at SE 37th and Johnson Creek Blvd, leaving school at about 1:30 and returning at 3 pm. They’ll need to bring lunch and a water bottle. Please let us know if you must pick your student up earlier! Permission slips for these trips were collected in the fall.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at May Faire this Saturday!

 

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, May 1

German play, 7:30 pm in the Music Room

Friday, May 3

HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie Arts Academy Performing Arts Center auditorium

Saturday, May 4

May Faire, 11 to 3 pm at on the PWS grounds

May 5 through 11

Senior trip

Wednesday, May 8

HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music room, Class Meeting at 8 pm

May 13 through 17

Grade 10 Outdoor trip

Tuesday, May 14

Senior Portrait Opening Reception, 5:30 pm in the Wildflower Gallery

Friday, May 18

HS Prom, 8 to 11 PM at the EcoTrust Building

May 20 – 24

Grade 9 Farm Curriculum, week-long placements at area farms

May 27 – 31

Grade 11 Backpacking Trip, depart on Memorial Day

June 6 – 8

Senior Play, The Curious Savage, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm at the Chapel Theatre

Saturday, June 15

Graduation Ceremony and Reception – all students participate in the ceremony and reception and in set-up, service or clean-up

April 9, 2019

Spring Service Day tomorrow! Students and faculty will walk to Kronberg Park, Kellogg Lake, and Johnson Creek after main lesson tomorrow to participate in service projects. They’re primarily habitat restoration projects that we have engaged in for many years, so we can see the effects of our work over time. Students should bring lunch, a water bottle, work clothes, boots or shoes that can get dirty, and rain gear.  They’ll be dismissed by 3 pm.

Early dismissal Thursday and Friday, Spring Break begins Monday: Students are dismissed at 1:15 on Thursday and Friday for follow-up conferences, and school will be closed from Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 26, for spring break.

Mark your calendar for the HS Music Concert, Friday, May 3, at 7 pm at Milwaukie Arts Academy Performing Arts Center.  Students should arrive at 6:30 with their instruments and music, wearing concert dress – (all black, except for African drummers, who should check with their teacher) – feel free to borrow from the the extra clothes in the Music closet. All students are expected to participate both as performers and as respectful audience members! Watch for directions and parking information.

Congratulations to Francesca Bas, who has been selected as a 2019 Mental Health Hero by Trillium Family Services, in recognition of her work organizing We the Wild Youth, a youth empowerment conference on May 31 that’s part of City Repair’s Village Building Convergence  Click here for more information about the award, and please watch for more information about the conference!.  

Ask First! Consent Education Event with Mike Domitrz.is coming up Saturday, April 27 from 1 to 3 at the PCC Sylvania campus. Mike Domritz spoke to our students on this topic last year, presenting a humorous but serious look at intimacy and relationships, and was very well received. Click here for complete event information. Admission and parking is free, but seating is limited to 1,000 and pre-registration will get you in a shorter line with priority entry!

Earth Day event: To honor the Waldorf 100 initiative, Portland Waldorf School is engaging in community projects and educational opportunities with a local non-profit called the Confluence Project. We invite you to join volunteers spreading mulch and caring for native plants at an Earth Day Mulch Party at the Confluence Land Bridge. RSVP here for Saturday, April 20 from 9 am to noon at Old Apple Tree Park in Vancouver

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, April 9 Spring Service Day, local service projects after main lesson, dismissal approximately 3 pm
Thursday and Friday,

April 11 and 12

Early Dismissal at 1:15 for parent-teacher-student follow-up conferences.
April 15 – 26 Spring Break
Wednesday, May 1 German play, 7:30 pm in the Music Room
Friday, May 3 HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie Arts Academy Performing Arts Center auditorium
Saturday, May 4 May Faire, 11 to 3 pm at PWS
May 5 through 11 Senior trip
Wednesday, May 8 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music room, Class Meeting at 8 pm
May 13 through 17 Grade 10 Outdoor trip
Tuesday, May 14 Senior Portrait Opening Reception, 5:30 pm in the Wildflower Gallery
Friday, May 18 HS Prom, 8 to 11 PM at the EcoTrust Building
May 20 – 24 Grade 9 Farm Curriculum, week-long placements at area farms
May 27 – 31 Grade 11 Backpacking Trip, depart on Memorial Day
June 6 – 8 Senior Play, The Curious Savage, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm at the Chapel Theatre
Saturday, June 15 Graduation Ceremony and Reception – all students participate in the ceremony and reception and in set-up, service or clean-up

April 1, 2019

Spring Service Day: Students and faculty will walk to sites in the Milwaukie area next week on Tuesday, April 9, to participate in service projects with our partners at Johnson Creek Watershed Council, North Clackamas Parks, and Milwaukie Presbyterian Church (for habitat restoration on Kellogg Lake). Students should bring lunch, a water bottle, work clothes and boots or shoes that can get dirty, and sunscreen or rain gear as the weather suggests.  They’ll be dismissed by 3 pm.

Ask First! Consent Education Event with Mike Domitrz.is coming up Saturday, April 27 from 1 to 3 at the PCC Sylvania campus. Mike Domritz spoke to our students on this topic last year, presenting a humorous but serious look at creating a culture of respect and consent around intimacy and relationships, and was very well received. Click here for complete event information. Admission and parking are free, but seating is limited to 1,000 and preregistration will put you in a shorter line with priority entry.

Earth Day Event: To honor the Waldorf 100 initiative, Portland Waldorf School is engaging in community projects and educational opportunities with a local non-profit called the Confluence Project. We invite you to join volunteers spreading mulch and caring for native plants at an Earth Day Mulch Party at the Confluence Land Bridge. RSVP here for Saturday, April 20 from 9 am to noon at Old Apple Tree Park in Vancouver

A reminder that school closes early next week at 1:15 on Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12..

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Bloom this Saturday!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Saturday, April 6 Spring Benefit Gala, Bloom: From Roots to Blossom, 6 to 10 pm
Tuesday, April 9 Spring Service Day, local service projects after main lesson, dismissal approximately 3 pm
Thursday and Friday,

April 11 and 12

Early Dismissal at 1:15 for parent-teacher-student follow-up conferences.
April 15 – 26 Spring Break
Wednesday, May 1 German play, 7:30 pm in the Music Room
Friday, May 3 HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center auditorium
May 5 through 11 Senior trip
Wednesday, May 8 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music room, Class Meeting at 8 pm
May 13 through 17 Grade 10 Outdoor trip
Tuesday, May 14 Senior Portrait Opening Reception, 5:30 pm in the Wildflower Gallery
Friday, May 18 HS Prom, 8 to 11 PM at the EcoTrust Building
May 20 through 24 Grade 9 Farm Curriculum, week-long placements at area farms
May 27 through 31 Grade 11 Backpacking trip, depart on Memorial Day

March 25, 2019

Please join us at 6:30 in the gym this Friday for the Senior Eurythmy Concert! This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to share this culmination of their work in Eurythmy with our community.  We encourage and invite all who would like to come!  The program includes pieces choreographed by the students to music or poetry, and the tale of the Starbellied Sneeches by Dr. Seuss, choreographed by PWS eurythmist Carrie Mass.

Early Dismissal on Thursday:  Classes are dismissed at 10:15 am this Thursday, March 28 for a grading day.  This early dismissal does not affect the lower school. Please watch for HS report cards on or about April 12

Spring Conferences:  We’ll also dismiss early at 1:15 on Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12, to provide a second conference opportunity for students who would benefit from a spring check-in. Faculty advisers will be in touch with those families.  However, if you don’t hear from your student’s adviser but feel the need of a spring conference, please reply!

Tickets are on sale through Friday for Bloomour spring benefit gala and online auction, less than two weeks away on Saturday, April 6 from 6 to 10 pm at The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison downtown. View the online auction catalog, purchase your tickets, and learn more about our spring celebration of community at the Bloom website!

Opportunity:  Please click here for information about paid student internships at OHSU!

Thursday, March 28 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15, HS only, for teacher grading day
Friday, March 29 Senior Eurythmy Concert, 6:30 pm in the gym
Saturday, April 6 Spring Benefit Gala, Bloom: From Roots to Blossom, 6 to 10 pm
Tuesday, April 9 Spring Service Day, local service projects after main lesson, dismissal at 2:30.  Please watch for more information next week.
Thursday and Friday,

April 11 and 12

Early Dismissal at 1:15 for parent-teacher-student follow-up conferences.
April 15 – 26 Spring Break
Wednesday, May 1 German play, 7:30 pm in the Music Room
Friday, May 3 HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts
May 6 through 10 Senior trip (dates approximate)
Wednesday, May 8 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music room, Class Meeting at 8 pm
May 13 through 17 Grade 10 Outdoor trip
Tuesday, May 14 Senior Portrait Opening Reception, 5:30 pm in the Wildflower Gallery
Friday, May 18 HS Prom, 8 to 11 PM at the EcoTrust Building

 

May 4, 2019


Athletics fundraiser tomorrow at Pizzicato: 
Head to Pizzicato tomorrow to help raise funds for PWS sports!  Pick up a pizza, buy a gift card, or eat in at the Westmoreland Pizzicato (SE 16th and Bybee) all day tomorrow,Tuesday, and PWS athletics will receive 20% of the day’s total sales.  Bring your friends and support our athletic programs! It’s open 11 am to 9 pm.March 4, 2011

A reminder that our next HS Parent Meeting is this Wednesday, March 6.  Michael Johnson will lead the presentation and discussion of Relationships, Sex and Consent from 7 to 8:30 in the Music Room, with individual class meetings to follow at 8:30 pm.

Join us for Senior Project Presentations, Saturday, March 16 from 10 am to 1 pm.  Seniors will describe their independent research and project activity in areas that uniquely intrigue each one of them, from social justice activism, to exploring the lives of first responders, to restoring a motorcycle and much more.  These capstone projects strengthen skills of independent thought and study that last a lifetime – watch for a program with more information next week.

Mark your calendar for the last day of school on Saturday, June 15:  All students participate in the High School Graduation ceremony and reception, performing music and helping with set-up, serving, or clean-up.  Please watch for class assignments in May!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, March 6 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings at 8:15 pm
Saturday, March 16 Senior Project Presentations, 10 am to 1 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, March 20 PWS Community Meeting, 6 pm to 7:30 in the Music Room
Friday, March 22 Talent Show! Watch for information.
Thursday, March 28 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15, HS only, for teacher grading day
Friday, March 29 Senior Eurythmy Concert, 6:30 pm in the gym
Saturday, April 6 Spring Benefit Gala, Bloom: From Roots to Blossom, tickets on sale next week
Tuesday, April 9 Spring Service Day, local service projects after main lesson, dismissal at 2:30
Thursday and Friday,

April 11 and 12

Early Dismissal at 1:15 for parent-teacher-student follow-up conferences.
April 15 – 26 Spring Break
Wednesday, May 1 German play, 7:30 pm in the Music Room
Friday, May 3 HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center

February 25, 2019

CORRECTION!  Bloom, our spring benefit gala, is taking place Saturday, April 6 at The Nines Hotel at 525 SW Morrison Street in downtown Portland (with a 15% discount if you’d like to stay there that weekend – click here to book your room).  February is our month to line up items for online auction – please help!  Take the attached donation form to your favorite café, restaurant, gym or other vendor for a gift certificate or other donation.  Email mary.beaton@portlandwaldorf.org with your questions!  Tickets for the gala go on sale next week.

A reminder that our next HS Parent Meeting is on Wednesday next week, March 6 – Michael Johnson will lead the presentation and discussion on Relationships, Sex and Consent

 Our Guitar teacher, Daniel Reyes, will co-lead a workshop in Seattle next month with Nik Bartsch, Trey Gunn and Steve Ball.  Click here for more information!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, March 6 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings at 8:15 pm
Saturday, March 16 Senior Project Presentations, 10 am to 1 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, March 20 PWS Community Meeting, 6 pm to 7:30 in the Music Room
Friday, March 22 Talent Show! Watch for information.
Thursday, March 28 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15, HS only, for teacher grading day
Friday, March 29 Senior Eurythmy Concert, 6:30 pm in the gym
Saturday, April 6 Spring Benefit Gala, Bloom: From Roots to Blossom, tickets on sale next week
Tuesday, April 9 Spring Service Day, local service projects after main lesson, dismissal at 2:30
Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12 Early Dismissal at 1:15 for parent-teacher-student follow-up conferences.
April 15 – 26 Spring Break
Wednesday, May 1 German play, 7:30 pm in the Music Room
Friday, May 3 HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center

February 11, 2019

Basketball Update:  Join us tonight for the final Boys‘ home game vs. Valor Christian at 5 pm, and tomorrow at 6 pm for Girls’ district playoffs at Multnomah University, NE 84th and Glisan in Portland. If they win tomorrow, they’ll play again on Thursday for a chance at state competition.  Come on out to support our teams!  Go, Wolfpack!

 NO CLASSES next week!  School is closed February 18 through 22 for teacher education and in-service.

Is your student interested in Foreign Exchange? Join Frau Fretz and Profesora Umanzor tomorrow evening, Tuesday, at 6:30 pm in Sor Juana to learn about how students are placed, your role as a host, applications procedures and much more!

 Orland Bishop, author and lecturer, will visit PWS this Friday.  He’ll speak to the HS student body, and he’ll also speak to our Twelfth Grade Global Economy class. Orland is the founder and director of Shade Tree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers and advocates for the healthy development of children and youth, and is currently focused on understanding the deeper meaning of money as a pathway to designing new economic forms that support healthy community life.  He’s also lecturing at Cedarwood this Friday evening, followed by a workshop this weekend – please see the attachment for information.

 Relationships, Sex and Consent is the topic at our next HS Parent Evening, Wednesday, March 6.  Michael Johnson, our Life Skills teacher, will lead the discussion.  We’re planning extra time for this important topic, so class meetings will start a little later than usual.

Save the Date:  Our PWS Spring Benefit Gala, “Bloom: From Roots to Blossom,” will be held Saturday, April 6 at the Ecotrust Building downtown at 721 NW 9th Avenue. Can you help?  Bring the Online Donation Form to your favorite neighborhood vendor, sign up to volunteer, or host a sign-up party.  Please see the PWS Weekly Bulletin or the attachment for more information!

Opportunity: Inspirations Theater has offered summer camps at PWS for several years and will offer their first PWS HS camp this summer.  In the words of our own drama teacher, Jeannie Rogers, “Drama class is an opportunity for direct, vital, human experience in an age where it has been all but supplanted by electronic stimulation.” Please see the attached flier and website for more information.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Monday, February 11 Basketball at home vs Valor Christian, Boys only at 5 pm
Tuesday, February 12 Girls’ playoff game at Multnomah University, 6 pm
Tuesday, February 12 Foreign Exchange information evening, 6:30 pm in Sor Juana
February 18 to 22 NO CLASSES, school closed for February In-service and teacher education
Wednesday, March 6 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings at 8 pm
Saturday, March 16 Senior Project Presentations, 10 am to 1 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, March 20 PWS Community Meeting, 6 pm to 7:30 in the Music Room
Friday, March 22 Talent Show! Watch for information!
Thursday, March 28 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15, HS only, for teacher grading day
Friday, March 29 Senior Eurythmy Concert, 6:30 pm in the gym

February 4, 2019

Evening events at PWS are canceled tonight! After considering the weather forecast and the variable road conditions around our area, we’ve decided to cancel tonight’s events.  Please watch for rescheduling information. The Red Cross blood drive will continue until 6 pm.

Weather Closure Reminder:  We’ll notify you of school closures for weather or other emergencies by text and email.  We’ll also put an alert on our web page (http://portlandwaldorf.org) and in our phone message (503-654-2200), all by 6:30 am in most cases. However, road conditions often vary widely in a weather event, and we ask you always to put safety first in determining whether your student can get to and from school on a given day.

 Students interested in Foreign Exchange and their parents are invited to an information evening with Frau Fretz and Profesora Umanzor next Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm in Sor Juana. PWS students typically spend 8 to 12 weeks abroad in a country whose language they have studied, and host their exchange partner here in return.  There is no additional tuition charge for this program.

 The PWHS Parent Association invites you to WINE:30 this Friday from 8:30 to 10 pm, for a HS parent get-together after the basketball game and during the HS Dance! Meet in the back room at WINE:30, 10835 SE Main St, Milwaukie. They’re looking forward to seeing you!

Revised High School Handbook Online: The High School Handbook has been revised to reflect policy changes that were made in the summer and fall.  To find it, visit http://portlandwaldorf.org/high-school-resources/ and click the red link that says “Click here to download the HS Handbook,” located directly below the three pictures at the top of the page. The biggest changes include the Aggressive Behavior section (announced at the fall parent evening), Cell Phones and Other Electronics (announced via email earlier this year), Restorative Work (announced via email on November 5), and Alcohol, Drug and Tobacco Policy (this is the first publication).  Our approach to substance use has not changed, we have simply found what we hope is a clearer way to spell out what behaviors will result in what consequences. The two most emotional behaviors that happen in school are Aggressive Behaviors (sexting, bullying, etc.) and Alcohol, Drug and Tobacco infractions, so we ask that all parents read these sections carefully with their student and discuss the topic at home.  Students are held to all policies regardless of whether they’ve read the handbook. Questions and comments are welcome at shanti.mccarter@portlandwaldorf.org.

SAVE THE DATE! Senior Project presentations will be held Saturday, March 16 from 10 to 1 in the Music Room.  Seniors will describe their independent research and project activity in areas that uniquely intrigue each one of them.  These capstone projects strengthen skills of independent thought and study that last a lifetime – watch for more information in a few weeks.

OPPORTUNITIES: Experience a day as an Engineer in Portland on February 20, 2019. Register by February 8 for fieldtrips, workshops and presentations.  For more information, visit http://www.oregonengineersweek.org/

 Thank you to all who are donating blood today!

 Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Monday, February 4 Blood Drive at PWS, 1 to 6 pm
Tuesday, February 5 Basketball at Open Door, Boys only 7:30
Thursday, February 7 Basketball at home vs Grandview, Girls 6 pm, Boys 7:30
Friday, February 8 Basketball at home vs Life Christian, Boys only at 7:30
Friday, February 8 HS Dance, 9 to 11 pm after Basketball game
Saturday, February 9 Basketball at home vs Valor Christian, Boys only at 7:30
February 18 to 22 NO CLASSES, School closed for February In-service and teacher education
Wednesday, March 6 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings at 8 pm
Saturday, March 16 Senior Project Presentations, 10 am to 1 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, March 20 PWS Community Meeting, 6 pm to 7:30 in the Music Room
Friday, March 22 Talent Show! Watch for information!
Thursday, March 28 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15, HS only, for teacher grading day
Friday, March 29 Senior Eurythmy Concert, 6:30 pm in the gym

January 28, 2019

Early dismissal on Wednesday:  Classes are dismissed at 10:15 on Wednesday this week as teachers write grades and comments for fall semester report cards.

Senior Night This Thursday! Please join us on Thursday evening in the gym to celebrate the seniors of our varsity basketball teams and to cheer them on in their games!  Girls’ game begins at 5:30, Boys at 7, with the ceremony to follow the girls’ game.  Congratulations to Grace, Seda, Jeremiah, Jevon, Leo and Bowei.  Go, Wolfpack!

 Parents, you are invited to donate blood at PWS next Monday!  Red Cross reports that every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood product, and less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets.  Blood products can’t be manufactured. Adults and students age 16 and over can donate blood at PWS next Monday, February 4 from 1 to 6 pm. Red Cross personnel will take a health history first to be sure that your donation is safe both for you and for the recipients – because blood can be separated into its component parts, your fifteen-minute donation offers the gift of life to as many as three patients, or your whole blood donation will likely go to a trauma patient or someone undergoing surgery.

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 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.

Living Lab Seed Fundraiser:  Order forms for Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seeds are due by this Thursday, January 31 – please find forms attached or outside the HS Office. Your purchase supports the PWS LivingLAB program, biodynamic agriculture, and the Camphill Initiative (farm-based residential community living for people with disabilities).  Thank you!

Foreign Exchange Information Evening: Please join us on Tuesday, February 12 in Sor Juana to learn about PWS’ foreign exchange program with Waldorf schools around the world!  Profesora Umanzor and Frau Fretz will host.

Visit Waldorf Chronicles Storycorps Archive to hear the stories of community members who’ve been part of PWS during our 36 years, uploaded by Kelly Hogan and Mimi Greco in honor of the hundredth anniversary of Waldorf education.

 Thanks to all who donated to the Activism Club’s very successful clothing drive, and thanks to our high school students and music teachers for an awesome concert!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Monday, January 28 International Movie Night, Cinema Paradiso, 6:30 pm in Herodotus
Tuesday, January 29 Basketball at Damascus Christian, Girls at 6 pm, Boys at 7:30
Wednesday, January 30 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15, HS only, for teacher grading day
Thursday, January 31 Senior Night!  Girls at 5:30, ceremony to follow, Boys at 7 pm
Friday, February 1 Basketball at North Clackamas Christian, Girls at 6 pm, Boys at 7:30
Monday, February 4 Blood Drive at PWS, 1 to 6 pm, see information above
February 18 to 22 NO CLASSES, School closed for February In-service and teacher education
Wednesday, March 6 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings at 8 pm
Saturday, March 16 Senior Project Presentations, 10 am to 1 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, March 20 PWS Community Meeting, 6 pm to 7:30 in the Music Room
Friday, March 22 Talent Show! Watch for information!
Thursday, March 28 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15, HS only, for teacher grading day
Friday, March 29 Senior Eurythmy Concert, 6:30 pm in the gym

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 22 Basketball at Valor Christian, Boys only at 7:30
Thursday, January 24 Basketball at Country Christian, Girls at 6 pm, Boys at 7:30
Friday, January 25 HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – all students participate
Saturday, January 26 Basketball at home vs Grand View, Boys at 4 pm, Girls at 5:30
Monday, January 28 International Movie Night, Cinema Paradiso, 6:30 pm in Herodotus
Wednesday, January 30 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15, HS only, for teacher grading day
Monday, February 4 Blood Drive at PWS, 1 to 6 pm, see information above
February 18 to 22 NO 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 8 Basketball at home vs. Open Door Christian, Boys only at 7:30
Wednesday, January 9 Restorative Work, 4 pm
Wednesday, January 9 HS Parent Evening at 7 pm in the Music Room, Class Meetings at 8
Wednesday, January 9 SAT prep class begins with Stumptown Prep, 6 to 8 pm
Thursday, January 10 Basketball at CS Lewis possibly subject to cancellation, please reply for info
Friday, January 11 Basketball at Life Christian, Girls at 6 pm, Boys at 7:30
Thursday, January 17 Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18 Semester ends, grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21 MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25 HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – all students participate
Wednesday, January 30 Early 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 18 Basketball at home vs. Country Christian, Girls at 6 pm, at  Boys 7:30
Friday, December 21 Winter Assembly, 11 am in the gym
Friday, December 21 Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal at 12:30
Sunday, December 23 Alumni basketball game and social, 2 pm in the gym
December 24 – January 4 Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9 Restorative Work, 4 pm
Wednesday, January 9 HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Wednesday, January 9 Grade 11 SAT prep class begins with Stumptown Prep
Thursday, January 17 Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18 Semester ends, grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21 MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25 HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Arts Center – all students participate
Wednesday, January 30 Early 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 11 Basketball at home vs. St. Stephens Academy, Boys at 6 pm, at  Girls 7:30
Thursday, December 13 Basketball at Three Rivers HS, Boys only at 7 pm
Friday, December 14 Basketball at home vs. Valor Christian, Boys only at 7:30
Friday, December 21 Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal by 12:45
Sunday, December 23 Alumni basketball game and social, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4 Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9 HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17 Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18 Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21 MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25 HS 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 4 Basketball at SW Christian, Girls at 6 pm, at  Boys 7:30
Friday, December 21 Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal at 12:45
Sunday, December 23 Alumni basketball game and social, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4 Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9 HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17 Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18 Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21 MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25 HS 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 28 Basketball at home vs. Crosshill Christian, Boys at 5:30, Girls at 7 pm
Friday, December 21 Solstice Assembly and Banquet, Early Dismissal at 12:45 – please watch for

Information in December!

Sunday, December 23 Alumni basketball game, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4 Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9 HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17 Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18 Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21 MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25 HS 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 – 20 NO CLASSES, Parent-student-teacher Conferences,

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

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

Information in December!

Sunday, December 23 Alumni basketball game, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4 Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9 HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17 Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18 Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21 MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25 HS 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 – 16 Project Week – a week of cross-grade, interdisciplinary projects
Sunday, November 18 Winter Market, 10 to 3 – scroll down at

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

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

Information in December!

Sunday, December 23 Alumni basketball game, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4 Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9 HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17 Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18 Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21 MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25 HS 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 – 16 Project Week – a week of cross-grade, interdisciplinary projects
Sunday, November 18 Winter Market, 10 to 3 – scroll down at

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

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

Information!

Sunday, December 23 Alumni basketball game, 2 pm
December 24 – January 4 Winter Break
Wednesday, January 9 HS Parent Evening at 7, Class Meetings at 8
Thursday, January 17 Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm
Friday, January 18 Semester ends; grades mailed mid-February
Monday, January 21 MLK Service Day, HS service projects with faculty – watch for information
Friday, January 25 HS 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 30 PWS Community Meeting, 6 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, October 31 Whitman College, 1:15 pm
Thursday, November 1 In-service and grading day, NO CLASSES
Sunday, November 4 HS and All-school Open House, 1 to 3:30 pm
Monday, November 5 University of Puget Sound, 1:15 pm
November 12 – 16 Project Week – a week of cross-grade, interdisciplinary projects.  Watch for more information next week!
November 19 and 20 Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, NO CLASSES
November 21 – 23 Thanksgiving 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