Principal's Message—Jan. 8

Dear Rieke Families,

Happy New Year and I hope 2018 has gotten off to a good start for all of you.

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We are excited to welcome our Right Brain artist Nikki Flinn starting this week.  She will be working with each class, doing five sessions of a drama experience that will help the students learn a topic their teacher has been focusing on.  For example, second graders will be working on becoming strong allies and advocates for others, while our 5th graders will strengthen their community values while focusing on the theme of Impact on Environment and Conservation: Cause and effect.  Nikki will be meeting with each class starting this week and going through February 16th.  These residencies are funded through a partnership between Portland Public Schools and the Regional Arts and Culture Council and do not cost Rieke anything.

A reminder about toys and electronic devices at school: toys shouldn’t come unless an arrangement has been made with your child’s teacher around a show and tell type situation. Otherwise they should remain at home. If your child wants to bring a Kindle device for reading that should be pre-approved with the classroom teacher and then be used solely for reading in the classroom. We worry about electronic toys and devices as they can become damaged, lost, or even stolen and since they are usually fairly expensive, they are best left at home as well.

At Rieke we take a whole child approach and care about our students’ physical as well as their emotional well being.  In that vein I wanted to share some potentially helpful links and information about local community mental health resources.  Sometimes there may be a stigma with either asking for such resources trying to figure out how to access them. My purpose is to pass along what might be valuable information.

A key resource for youth is the YouthLine, which is a free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. It's available 24/7 365. Teens are available to help daily from 4-10pm Pacific Time (adults are available by phone at all other times). See their website for call, text, chat and email options.  http://oregonyouthline.org    Parents and pre-teens can also call this # if needed.

A great comprehensive listing of community mental health resources was put together by the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit: 

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/530541

It's a 12 page document by category of local community mental health resources in the tri-county area. It is a useful document that covers a lot of categories-- from crisis lines and crisis services to outpatient, from addictions to suicide, from youth to Veterans, from culturally appropriate to family support. It provides a very brief description of each resource.

Also useful is this page:

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/414864

This page has a lot of hotline #s and websites specifically for youth.

Please take a moment to complete this confidential online childcare survey:  2017-18 PPS Before After Care Survey Link or go to pps.net, Departments, Child Care.  Your input is valuable. Survey results will be used as part of an annual program evaluation. Please complete the survey by January 19, 2018. 

If you need a paper survey, please let your child care site director know. 

Questions? Contact Nancy Hauth at 503-916-3230 or nhauth@pps.net.

Hope the rest of your week goes well and remember, Monday there is no school for the Martin Luther King Holiday.

Sincerely,

Sarah
Principal