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From Principal Lisa Newlyn


Thanks to Aaron Martini and everyone who made our Science Fair such a success!  We had a fabulous turnout, packing the gym with hundreds of exceptional projects, proud students, and their parents.  Please see Dr. Martini's blurb, below, for a complete set of Thank You's, as well as pix of the event.  Deb Crews started this Science Fair four years ago, and it's just taken off tremendously.  I can't wait to see what next year's Science Fair and EXPO will bring! 

This week we said goodbye to Ms. Zhang, our Mandarin teacher.  Our partnership with the Confucius Institute has meant that Chinese language and culture is live within our school.  Ms. Zhang made this happen for us over the past two years.  She is irreplaceable!  One great aspect to this year's Science Fair was our Skype conversation between our school and Canglang Experimental School in Suzhou, China.  Ms. Zhang made that happen.  Our next Skype opportunity will be during the International Festival in May.  It's my hope that we can see Ms. Zhang again as we connect digitally with China.  Please join me in giving Ms. Zhang a big thank you and wish her well in her next steps as a middle and high school teacher.

Calendar Alert:  We have three makeup days (June 10-12) listed on the district calendar, days available to be used when needed. PPS will use two of those days to make up two snow days on June 10 and 11. Adding these two days at the end of the academic year enables us to restore instructional hours that were lost to weather in February.  

I want to thank our Friends of Forest Park Elementary for their commitment of $175.000 that will augment the FPE program for the 2019-2020 School Year.  Join me on April 18th @ 6:30pm for my Spring State of the School Address.  My presentation will focus on staffing allocations provided by PPS for the upcoming school year based on student enrollment projections.  At that time I will also share how your donations will be used to support student learning.  

Our next FPE Parent Info Night will be 4/24 with Dr. Scott Spencer at 6:30pm in the FPE library.  Dr. Spencer is a Pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of the NW.  His presentation is titled Responsible Media Use.  Join us!

Read on below for more news from our school and community partners.

Lisa Newlyn, Principal

TAG News

A Big Science Fair Thank You To:

  • Students and parents who collaborated, created, and presented projects!

  • Parent volunteers who attended the planning meeting and served as judges:

    • Danielle Simonelli (lead judge:  created the judging criteria and provided certificates)

    • Mandana Mansouri (scientist and parent judge)

    • Ms. Mary (parent judge)

  • Kevin Wolford and Jaime Ner (helped with table set-up and tear-down/clean-up in the gym)

  • Dylan Anderson (shared KidSpace space for two mornings and one afternoon)

  • Ian Huntley (shared his work space with us for two solid days!)

  • Kelly Bannon and David Scott (solicited businesses, collected raffle items, distributed raffle tickets, and awarded raffle prizes during the drawing)

  • Jocelyn Herkert (loaned lab-coats for teachers)

  • Kathy Fink and Beth Gardener (designed and ran off banners for science discipline signs)

  • Kathy Fink, Debbie Keefer, Jocelyn Herkert (teacher-judges)

  • Student teacher judges:

    • Jaqueline Rodriguez, Sara Miller, Lindsey Oordt, Robert Pena


This event was successful due to the collaboration and contributions of our FPE Community.

Important TAG Dates & Deadlines:

  • Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) applications due Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • ACCESS Academy applications due Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Oregon Writing Festival Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Portland State University
  • TAG Testing Results to be released via USPS during the month of May, 2019

Personal note:  thank you students, parents, teachers, and teacher candidates who participated in the 2019 FPE Learning EXPO/Science Fair.  Our fun evening involved students presenting, teachers in lab coats judging, participation ribbons for all, raffle prizes for lucky #s, and certificate awards.  The individual and collaborative efforts were a testament to each student’s dedication to her/his academic and social achievements.

Aaron V. Martini, Ed.D., NBCT

Forest Park Elementary School
Portland Public Schools
 Friday, April 26
The FPE Fun Run for the Arts is coming up on Friday, 4/26!

This important fundraiser brings all forms of arts education to the students at our school.

Help your child(ren) collect donations now via the pledge form that came home in backpacks before Spring Break, or online via the Young Audiences Website — search for “Forest Park” or your student’s first name.  

Students should bring their pledge forms to school for the run so their laps can be tallied. All pledges should be returned by May 4th.  
Our goal this year is $75 per student and $25,000 for the whole school. Be sure to ask your employer if they match donations.  
We could also use a few more parent volunteers to help us mark the student's tally cards as they round each lap on the track - sign up here:
Please come and cheer the runners! 
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders run from 12:30 to 1:00. 
3rd, 4th, and 5th graders run from 1:15-1:45. 

Remember, this is a rain or shine event, so have your child(ren) wear layers and appropriate footwear. See you there!

Reprints Available

Our wonderful 5th graders are preparing to cross over the bridge from elementary to middle school.  This art piece is a wonderful way to celebrate the past and anticipate the future. From afar, the piece shows the iconic St. John’s Bridge, a Portland landmark. Up close, it reveals the faces of all 5th graders. It encapsulates the wonderful time these children have shared and will be a fabulous memory to have for years to come. 
If you loved this year's fifth grade mosaic, here's your chance to own a print of the original masterpiece that was auctioned off.  For just $200, pre-order your print now in time for the last day of school.  What a great memory for your fifth grader!  Reprint size is 24x36.  Go to and place your order before June 1st.  Once your print arrives Robin Owens will contact you to arrange delivery.  Please contact Robin Owens with any questions at
Thank you to Robin Owens and Katie Pack, co-leads on this 5th grade project.  

Upcoming Events

Morning Mug w/ Lisa Rescheduled
8:00 - 9:00AM

4/15 - 5/3
State Testing

State of the School Address
6:30 - 8:00PM

Parent Info Night: Dr. Spencer, Responsible Media Use
6:30pm - 8pm

Connect to Kindergarten
9:45 - 10:45AM

Run for the Arts

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.

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Personal 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. 

Specific prohibited devices include: Apple Watches, Gizmo Gadgets, iPhones, Cell Phones, and any other device that can make a call , text, or that can listen in to classroom instruction.

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 class time

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

  7. Give device to school staff when requested

April Parent Information Night 4/24 @ 6:30pm

Join us @ 6:30pm - 8pm in the FPE Library on 4/24 with Dr. Spencer from Pediatric Associates of the NW.  He'll be speaking on Responsible Media use.


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