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Volunteer on your hood – Sept 12 & Sep 19

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September 12th & September 19th, from 10 am to 1 pm

The King School PTA and Green King are organizing this community events. Get to enjoy the fun and the good feeling that comes from changing some ugly neglected areas into beautiful green areas. Don’t miss this opportunity to help out your community, meet your neighbors and give something back to our King community. Please RSVP if you can. Location is at King School 4906 NE 6th | Portland, OR 97211 Parking is available in the parking lot in NE 7th and Wygant

Join Green King and get updates of the event at https://www.facebook.com/greenkingproject
Or email diego@kingneighborhood.org from Green King if you have any questions.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”

Martin Luther King, Jr

The events are to help restore the beauty of the King School surroundings and to do maintenance of the School Garden Project.
Gardening, connecting with neighbors and having fun

Volunteer and Win: In both events, each participant gets a chance to win a pair of tickets to Timbers 2 vs Sacramento @ Providence Park

Thanks to our funder East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservartion District

Gardening, Coffee and Donuts @ King Neighborhood

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Next Saturday, April 25th, from 10 to 1 pm

A bit of rain won’t deter any good Portlander, especially when there is free good coffee and donuts. Plus you get to shovel some dirt and mulch to feel less guilty about that extra donut that you shouldn’t have eaten.

Thanks to East Multnomah Water and Soil Conservation District, North East Coalition of Neighborhoods, King Neighborhood association, King School PTA  and Groundworks, the Green King Project is organizing this awesome community event to honor our Mother Earth.

Get to enjoy the fun and the good feeling that comes from changing some ugly neglected areas into beautiful green areas. Don’t miss this opportunity to help out your community, meet your neighbors, do some healthy exercise.  Please RSVP if you can. Location is at King School 4906 NE 6th | Portland, OR 97211 Parking is available in the parking lot in NE 7th and Wygant. We will be meeting close to the playground.

Join Green King and get updates of the event at https://www.facebook.com/greenkingprojec or email diego@kingneighborhood.org from Green King if you have any questions.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”
                                            
                                                                                                                            Martin Luther King, Jr

 

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School Change Scenarios Released, Feedback Sought

scenPortland Public Schools has released six scenarios of suggested changes to schools in parts of North and Northeast Portland that have priority enrollment to Jefferson Middle College for Advanced Studies. This enrollment balancing process is tasked with resolving issues due to overcrowding at some schools and underenrollment at others.

King PreK-8, with 290 students in grades K-8 is the second smallest school in the cluster now that Humboldt was merged with Boise-Eliot and Tubman Young Women’s Academy was closed. A major consideration is whether to convert some schools back from K-8 to K-5 and add one or two middle schools. Some schools may be closed or merged, or be converted to split campuses, with different elementary grades in different buildings. While not necessarily intended as final options, the six scenarios were distributed to garner feedback from the public to help craft the final solutions. These, more refined proposals will be mailed to parents over winter break and posted to the PPS Enrollment Balancing page.

The deadline for feedback is this Wednesday, December 12th. The feedback form is available on the PPS site and can be returned to any PPS school or feedback can be emailed to enrollment-office@pps.net.

After winter break, public comment will be taken in January. Then, the Superintendent will make a recommendation to the school board who must approve the changes. If there is not a delay, the changes will take effect in fall of 2013.

A facebook group was begun to give parents, community members, and some school board members a forum to discuss the proposals and the larger issue of educational quality, programming, leadership, and transfer policy in the Jefferson Cluster. You can join in at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/291158914333031/

Community Meetings Dec.3rd, 4th, to Collect Responses to Schools Concept Plans

Proposed changes to North and Northeast Portland schools were released last week in the form of  six scenarios.  These are available here: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/files/enrollment-transfer/Jeff_PK8_Cluster_EB_Scenarios.pdf

There are two meetings this week that are important, but something everyone can do (even if you cannot attend the meeting) is to give your input. The best way to give input is by filling out the feedback form at this web link:
http://www.pps.k12.or.us/files/enrollment-transfer/Jeff_PK8_Cluster_EB_Scenario_Feedback.pdf
Please, share this with community members. They do not have to have children at the schools to have an opinion or valid ideas.   Specific points to think about were mentioned at the school board meeting last night:

  • how do you feel about the timeline being proposed (final decision by February, implementation Fall 2013)?
  • how do you feel about middle schools vs. K-8?
  • how do you feel about neighborhood schools (defined as 20 minutes walking or less)?
  • would you/do you send your child to your neighborhood school? Why? If not, why not?
  • do you believe that re-balancing efforts will solve the capture rate problem that PPS is trying to address?

The last two community input meetings will be held tonight at Beach School,  1710 North Humboldt Street 6-7:30 (in Spanish), or on Wednesday at Faubion School, 3039 Northeast Rosa Parks Way 6-7:30.  Many people of the general community, families with young kids who are not yet in school, etc., are not included in this conversation.

SMART Event at King Celebrates Giving 2 Million Books to Oregon Children

smart2MFrom SMART:

Start Making A Reader Today, SMART, is celebrating putting 2 million books in the hands of more than 152,000 children who need them most across Oregon.

SMART has operated in the Portland metro area since 1992; in that time, more than 2,000 SMART volunteers have given away nearly 475,000 books to 46,971 children.

SMART is holding a special event to celebrate this milestone on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at King Elementary School, 4906 NE 6th Ave., Portland, Ore.

At the event, small groups of policy makers, educators and donors will experience the SMART program firsthand by reading with SMART students, and participate in giving a book to a child. In addition, there will be remarks from SMART’s executive director, Chris Otis, and King principal, Kim Patterson.

The event is part of a statewide campaign, 2 Million and Still Reading, which brings attention to the importance of access to books in the home in a child’s literacy development.

For more information about the event, visit www.getSMARToregon.org or call 971-634-1605.

About SMART®
SMART, Start Making A Reader Today, is a statewide nonprofit organization that envisions an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed. We partner with schools around the state and engage community volunteers to read one-on-one with PreK through third-grade children, helping strengthen literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. Since 1992, SMART has steadily grown to become Oregon’s largest volunteer literacy program. Children in the program receive 14 new books throughout the school year to keep and read with their families. Visit www.getSMARToregon.org or call 877-598-4633 to learn more about SMART.