What is the first day of school?
The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept 8th. We are looking forward to beginning this memorable school year!
Does information announced by PPS apply to PVS?
As a public charter school, PVS has flexibility in how we deliver education to students. While we must follow state regulations and teach common core state standards, there will be differences in how PVS operates. To ensure you have the correct information, it is very important for families to read PVS communications consistently and carefully. If you are not receiving PVS’ All-School emails through Constant Contact, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected.
You can also stay informed by continuing to visit our website.
Where do we find the student supply list for fall?
PVS provides materials and supplies for all students. Rather than ask parents to shop individually for school supplies, PVS distributes high quality materials, such as beeswax crayons, pencils, main lesson books, watercolor paper, paints, and brushes in addition to other supplies necessary for all students to do their daily classwork.
PVS will continue to provide materials to each student for distance learning and we will provide a schedule for families to pick up materials during the first week back in school (Sept 8th - 11th). Much like conferences, teachers will have sign-ups for a quick drive-by and pick up time for students to get materials and say hello. We will be setting these appointments up online, and sign-ups will go out to parents by August 25th. Each teacher will have 2 sessions, one afternoon session, and one morning session on two different days during the week of September 8th. We will have one upper school and one lower school teacher out on the parking lot for drive by pick-up and check-in. We will create a contract checkout system for larger items or things to be returned, such as musical instruments.
Families who need Chromebooks will be able to pick them up from PVS on loan from Portland Public School District. More information on this loan program will follow.
*The cost of materials and supplies to each student is covered in the yearly fall donations provided by PVS families. This year, we will be promoting a school fee that each family has the option of paying, as well as a monthly rate if that works better for your family. Please stay tuned for more information about our optional PVS School Fee as we get closer to the 2020-21 school year.*
How will lunches be provided?
PVS is exploring options for home delivery of boxed breakfasts and lunches for our students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
In the meantime, breakfast and lunch are available for any children in the community ages 1-18, Monday through Thursday at PPS pick up sites. Meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are provided on Thursdays. Meals will be available for pickup outside designated schools from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the locations below.
Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary - 620 N Fremont Ave
César Chávez Elementary - 5103 N Willis Blvd
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary - 4906 NE 6th Ave
Faubion School - 2930 NE Dekum St. (NEW)
Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St
George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave
Grout Elementary - 3119 SE Holgate Blvd
Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave
Madison at Marshall - 3905 SE 91st Ave
Markham Elementary - 10531 SW Capitol Hwy
Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave
Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St
Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St
Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St
Households financially impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may be able to qualify for The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits by clicking here
What does special education support look like with distance learning?
Special education services are provided by Portland Public School District.
Regarding distance learning and special education support, the PPS website says:
"As we know, special education services are best provided through in-person support and guidance. We will provide specially designed instruction for students through a virtual learning model. We are working on an online curriculum to support families to support their student’s learning. We will continue to provide speech and language services, small group instruction, occupational and physical therapy, and access to general education online learning opportunities, based on students’ IEPs.
There will be some services that we will not be able to provide in a virtual environment, such as 1:1 paraeducator supports. We will review IEPs with families as needed to make appropriate amendments for a virtual setting. As always, please contact your case manager with questions regarding your student’s services and if you have additional special education questions, please contact our special education department."
What will IEP supports and accommodations look like?
For students with an IEP or 504 plan, we are required to meet accommodations and modifications as they apply to distance learning.
What counseling support is available? What can the PVS counselor do to help my student and/or my family?
Our school counselor, Sean O’Leary, is here to help students and families - email@example.com
Mr O provides social and emotional support in a variety of ways including:
- One-on-one sessions for students in need
- Monthly lessons in each class
- Social emotional curriculum support
- Small group support to students with similar needs
- Supplemental support to teachers
- PBIS and Restorative Justice support
- Supporting 504 plans and ensures compliance with regulations
- Providing resources following McKenney Vinto act guidelines for houseless children
- Special Education support as needed
- Connects families with resources and wrap-around support as needed
Will PVS be using the same distance learning curriculum as other PPS schools?
PVS teachers are crafting their own curriculum that aligns with principals of public Waldorf education and Common Core standards.
Students will be participating in Main Lesson blocks, circle activities, daily mindful verse, and the use of art to enrich and enliven learning. Students will experience integrated science, social studies, language arts, math, and special subjects such as handwork, music, Spanish, and movement.
How do we get Chromebooks? How do we exchange Chromebooks?
An email will be sent out soon with details about how to order a Chromebook for your student, if you need a device. Each student will have access to their own Chromebook from PPS. PVS will have Chromebooks for students to check out and take home.
If your student has a Chromebook and it has not been given charter school access, or you are experiencing login problems, you may exchange your student’s device. An email will instructions for that exchange will be sent soon.
Where do we get help with setting up Google Classroom?
Your teacher will help with Google Classroom access and set-up. Our Faculty Online Learning Committee will be discussing ways to support parents access and familiarity with Google Classroom. We will have links to instructional videos to support parent learning about that process.
Who will help with technical support questions and problems?
If you have a question about your device or need technical support, please talk to your classroom teacher first. Your teacher may have the answer. If not, we will make every effort to answer your question through our school technical support resources, which may be our school tech representative, our Online Learning Committee, or possibly through parent volunteers who would like to assist.
If you would like to volunteer to help with technical support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How much screen time will be expected?
We want to stay true to what is appropriate at each age and developmental level with regard to screen time and also recognize that this is a unique time in education. We will be sure to connect students with our Waldorf curriculum and with their teachers in creative and effective ways while meeting the requirements of distance learning.
What do we do if our family wants to minimize screen time?
Parents can individually support their child to access distance learning in ways that work best for them.
Some families may choose to observe a lesson and reteach it themselves. Other families may choose to read assignments out loud to their child. Other families might select certain lessons for their child to engage with offline. For those with concerns, one suggestion has been made to ask children to imagine the daily work in their mind first, enlivening the content for the student, before they engage on the screen.
We encourage families to stay in communication with their classroom teachers with regard to screen time concerns and expectations.
How will printed materials be distributed?
When necessary, we will have a pick-up or drop-off process for families who need printed materials.
How much teacher interaction will there be with distance learning?
There will be daily opportunities for interaction with teachers in real time. Examples of the ways teachers will be interacting with students include zoom meetings, office hours, phone calls, synchronous and asynchronous lessons, small and whole group discussions, and online social events.
What are attendance expectations?
PVS will be providing instruction 5-days a week with one day (possibly Wednesday) being a little shorter. We will have a weekly rhythm.
Attendance will be taken daily. The state requires an exchange between teachers and a student/parent each day in order for that student to be counted as present. That connection could look like a sign-in google form. More information on how attendance will look will be available soon.
We recognize not all families will be able to interact with the materials at the same time of day. Families are asked to mark their child present for the day, even if it occurs after traditional school hours.