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From Principal Lisa Newlyn


Dear Parents and Families,

Wow!  And just like that the end of the first half of the school year is upon us.   Friday marked the end of the second quarter.  Teachers have been making sure their year long plans are on pace, and that assessment information for report cards are in place.  Your kiddos have been busy and working hard!

Report cards for Q2 and Q3 are send home via backpacks, with your children.  Families needing two report cards sent home will have one sent home with their child and another mailed to a different home address separately.  It's important to us that each household gets the same information in a timely manner.  You will see your child's report card come home Tuesday, January 29th. 

Monday all schools are closed in honor of the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  It's important to me that all of you know how much our staff works to uplift the memory of Dr. King in support of our black students.  The most important thing all FPE students need to know is that Dr. King's life influenced our lives through political activism, opening eyes and changing lives no matter our race or religion.  Monday is concerned by many to be a Day of Service, a chance for us to give back to our community.  Please consider the ways you can honor the life of Dr. King.  Oregon Live is a great resource for events going on all over the city.  And, if you're curious about our approach at FPE, take a moment and read the article
 “Black is Beautiful”, written by PPS 1st grade teacher Kara Hinderlie (Irvington Elementary).

There's much more going on in the land of Forest Park.  Read on below for all the latest from our community.

Lisa Newlyn, 

Fantastic Foxes!

FPE TAG Update

Greetings FPE Families,

Thank you TAG students and parents who have participated in TAG testing so far.  We are NOT finished testing!  Not all students have been tested. Please see below for details...  

  • TAG Testing resumes: 
    • Monday, February 25th 
    • Tuesday February 26th
  • Make-up dates for those who missed testing schedules TBD (after February)
  • I will keep you updated on matters related to TAG Testing
Upcoming events to keep in mind:
  • PPS is hosting a visioning meeting for PPS TAG families: 
    • Tuesday, January 22
      • 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
        • BESC, 501 N. Dixon Street
  • PPS TAG Spelling Contest (participation is voluntary):
    • "Classroom-Level Contest" occurs between now and March 1st, 2019
      • the student(s) in each grade level with highest score(s) participate in "Building-Level Contest"
    • "Building-Level Contest" occurs between March 4th and 15th
      • administered under the supervision of Dr.M.
    • Name(s)/i.d.(s) of highest scoring student(s) sent on to PPS TAG Dept.
      • Invitations to participate in "District-Wide" Contest will be sent out by the TAG Dept.
  • Learning EXPO/Science Fair slated to occur Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
    • Registration Forms to be distributed mid-February
      • Return to Dr.M.'s mailbox at school
    • Sci. Fair/Learn. EXPO packets to be distributed upon receipt of Registration Form
      • 9-week planning guide will be included
  • REPEAT INFO.:  ACCESS Academy application process:Opens Friday, February 8th, 2019
    • Closes Thursday, April 25th 2019
  • If you are interested, Please visit the ACCESS Academy website (
    • Please contact Dr. Martini for details regarding the required "team-meeting"
      • the application process requires a "team-meeting" involving an applicant's teacher, the TAG Facilitator, and/or an administrator.

Happy New Year, Dr. Martini
Aaron V. Martini, Ed.D., NBCT
Forest Park Elementary School
Portland Public Schools

From Our School Counselor

Hello Forest Park families! I hope you all had a wonderful Winter break. At Forest Park we kicked off the New Year with an assembly where we acknowledged our December Fantastic Foxes who showed us what it meant to be INCLUSIVE at school. We also introduced our January word of the month, EMPATHY, by reading “The Golden Rule” by Ilene Cooper and watching a short video titled “What is Empathy”. We wrapped up with a Mindful Moment where our whole school sat silently and focused just on our breathing. The Mindful Moment is my favorite part of our assemblies and I am always impressed with everyone’s participation. See below for some other updates from the school counseling world!

Classroom Guidance

All of the guidance classes that I teach start with a similar Mindful practice with the intention of calming our brains and bodies in order to be present in the room as learners. Currently, K-5 guidance lessons are focused on the topic of bullying.  Students are learning the difference between rude, mean, and bullying behaviors, the differences between tattling and reporting, and what it means to be an upstander. These lessons will continue through the next couple of months.

Small Group for Changing Families
As Forest Park School Counselor I often work with students in small groups as needed. One group that is offered is a “Changing Families” group, which is intended to be a safe space to discuss and manage feelings around family change (parents’ divorce or separation) and connect with other students who are experiencing a similar situation. This group will encourage star students like yours to express their feelings in a positive way so they can be successful at school, both academically and socially. If you feel that your student would benefit from this kind of support, or if you feel that your student is coping just fine but would still like to connect with or support other students, please email me at to have your student included.

This year, 5th grade students have the opportunity to participate in a student leadership group. Those interested completed an application and we will start meeting weekly starting at the end of this month. The leadership group will focus on service learning projects selected by the student group. I can’t wait to hear their thoughts and I can’t wait to share with you what their projects will be. Stay tuned!

Thank you for reading these updates and please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to support your student. I truly consider myself a bridge between school departments and am happy to help any way that I can.

Have a great weekend!

Lizzie O'Leary, School Counselor

Upcoming Events

Martin Luther King Day
School is closed

Teacher Planning Day
No School for Students

Skype with our Sister School
6pm, FPE Library

Connect to Kindergarten
6:30pm, FPE Library

Deadline to order
t-shirts / sweatshirts

Morning Mug with Lisa
8:00 - 9:00AM

Hearing / Vision Screenings
Grades K, 1st, 3rd

Friends of Forest Park Elementary
Monthly Meeting
6:30 - 9:00PM

President's Day
No School

FPE Online Calendar
Three Great Ways to Keep our Campus Safe for Kids:

1.  Come in and Sign In to get a Visitor's Badge whenever you're on campus.  Never walk directly to a classroom or school space without a Visitor Badge.  See someone without a Visitor Badge?  Welcome them to the office for help.

2.  Keep our track and field for students only during the school day.  No neighbors and no dogs between 8am - 2:15pm.

3.  Late to school?  Park and walk to sign your child in for the day.  Absent?  Call our attendance line: (503) 916-5400.

PPS Text Alerts

Get text alerts about school closures, delays, emergencies and school events:

Text YES to 68453

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Family Info Night 1/17/19
Bridge 13 Community Education
Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resources Center's (SMYRC) Bridge 13 community education is designed to address root causes of discrimination impacting the LGBTQ community and to create safer spaces for queer and trans* people of all ages. The Bridge 13 curriculum is broad in scope and covers topics related to sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, and gender expression but can be adjusted to respond to specific needs.Carrie Fuentes from New Avenues for Youth will be at Forest Park Elementary to present on:
  • The difference between gender expression, anatomy and sexual orientation
  •  What is a binary? –discussion on various binaries and how we impose them on each other
  •  What type of support does your child need? Discuss what parents have already talked to their child about and information from our SMYRC youth regarding what they have told us they are looking for from their parents
  •  What does supporting your child look like? Discussion on how to uplift your child’s narrative in difficult family moments with grandparents/aunts/uncles/etc

All parents and students are welcome to participate in this learning and discussion!

Parent Volunteers Needed for FPE Committees

Dear Forest Park Parents

We are currently looking for volunteers to join several new parent / teacher committees. Being part of these committees is a great way to get involved with some key initiatives that really benefit our students, support the school and provide opportunities to work closely with the FPE faculty.

We have openings in the following:


Plan events that celebrate literacy i.e. reading day; and provide parents with information around core curriculum.


Support FPE’s Green School status, Outdoor Learning Space, composting initiatives, etc.

Arts Instruction:

Planning and support of artists in residence activities and school-wide residencies.  Committee decides how Fun Run for the Arts money should be spent 


Responsible for the oversight, support, communication, and PD development of Talented and Gifted Instruction, working directly with the school's TAG Facilitator.

Climate Team:

Meets monthly for one hour with Principal and Climate TOSA to review implementation of Tiered Fidelity Inventory including the support of discipline management, and Student Intervention Team.

Equity Team:

Works with Principal to plan for Equity PD for staff and parents, facilitates book groups, creates year long plan for Equity PD.

The amount of volunteer time required will vary by committee but there will be roles open to suit most people's availability. 

If you are interested in being part of one of these great initiatives please email Forest Park parent Claire Tyler ( with your details. 

Carnival Committee Members Needed!!!
Join the team to plan one of FPE’s most exiting annual events!  Email for opportunities.

Thank you for your continued support in Forest Park a great school!
The auction is one of the most fun adults-only events of the year! So how about making it a mini-getaway by staying overnight at the Hilton? 

Go to and enter FPE into the Group/Convention Code box to secure the negotiated group rate. Or you can call 1-800-HILTONS to book. Reservations must be made by February 7. 

Wine Cellar Collection – We Need Your Support!

Auction committee is looking to collect a minimum of 50 bottles of good quality wine to be used for the Winer Cellar, a live auction item. This popular item typically earns thousands of dollars, and we need your help!


•     Any variety of wine or cash/check donations

•     Ideal value of $20-$75 per bottle

•     Donations accepted until February 15th


1.     Drop Off Labeled Wine - with your full name(s) as you would like it to appear on the placard at one of these 3 convenient locations:

•     Lee Residence – 8740 NW Hazeltine ST.

•     Bevan Residence – 9724 NW Henry CT.

•     Zhang Residence – 2719 NW Preston CT.


2.     Drop Off Cash/Check Donation - in the FoFPE treasurer drawer in the school office, in a sealed envelope labeled as a donation for the Wine Cellar.




Contact Susan Lee for more information at or at (503) 998-8688.


Order your auction tickets to the auction today! at: 

Personal Electronic Device Use at FPE

At FPE, we seek to partner with parents to limit students' recreational screen time. Our philosophy is that personal electronic device use is entertaining and even educational.  As partners in teaching safe and appropriate use, we have guidelines we actively enforce. During class time, Ready to Learn guidelines determine their use, which is only academic. Our school guidelines follow district policy and can be found at this website:  FPE is not responsible for the loss, theft or damage to students’ personal electronic device/s.

Have questions?  Contact Principal Newlyn

During Class Time

  1. Use devices only for academic purposes with teacher permission

  2. Stay completely off social media, texting and other personal uses

  3. Keep device off and out of sight unless on for academic purposes

  4. Leave device in class or other assigned area if leaving the classroom

  5. Use only school computers during teacher, library or office assistant class time

  6. Go to the office with permission to text or call a parent/guardian

  7. Give device to school staff when requested

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