The PTA includes members with diverse political opinions, united around the core belief that every child deserves to realize their full potential. This requires that parents, teachers and administrators ensure that all students know they are safe at school, both physically and emotionally. PTA is committed to supporting students, families, schools and communities in creating a positive school climate and we believe that every child deserves an inclusive school environment -- regardless of race, national origin, economic status, religion, immigration status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. PTA is more committed than ever to making sure that ideal is a reality in all of our schools. Thank you for the work you do in your own school buildings to ensure that all of our students are safe and reaching their full potential.
~Portland Council PTA
Student Health & Safety
February is American Heart Month:
This month is the perfcet time for the entire family to learn more about one of the most important organs in our bodies and how good heart health is essential for a healthy life. Teaching kids healthy habits when they are young can help them as they grow into adulthood and start making their own choices. Everyone can make small lifestyle changes that make a huge difference for heart health. Here are some resources for the entire family about the heart, how it works and how we can improve or safeguard heart health:
February is National Children's Dental Health Month:
A smile is one of a person's best asset and children's dental health is really important. Children without proper dental care, may miss school often, due to pain and chronic issues with their teeth. Here are some resources to promote good oral health:
What do you do if you can't afford to have your kids be seen by a dentist?
If your student is enrolled at PPS, your child has
Oregon Health Plan (OHP) insurance through ODS, Capitol Dental, or Advantage Dental, or is uninsured and receives free or reduced lunch at a PPS school, they can be seen at the Friends of Creston Dental Clinic in SE Portland. Find more information about this non-profit organization serving the dental needs of Portland students
Safe Routes to School:
Interested in Safe Routes to School? Find out what is new in the program, how you can help provide testimony to ensure that every kid has a safe route to school, why safe streets matter for all generations and more at the Safe Routes to School Town Hall in East Portland on February 7, 2017 at 6:00-7:30 pm.
Find more information on this event here.
School Wellness Resources:
Research shows that
healthy kids are better learners and
healthy staff are more engaged school and community members. A school wellness policy is a great first step towards creating a healthy, supportive school environment.
Oregon Department of Education has a School Wellness web-page with lots of tools to assist school districts, families and partners to create a culture of health in schools.
Children's Clean Water Festival:
The Children’s Clean Water Festival is a free, day-long environmental education event held on March 14, 2017 at the University of Portland. It engages about 1,400 fourth-grade students from throughout the Portland, Oregon metro area. Each year, students from 20-25 schools come to a college campus for a day of learning and fun that includes more than 40 hands-on, water-focused activities, classroom presentations, and stage shows that reinforce STEM, Common Core, and Next Generation Science concepts. They are currently looking for volunteer Class Guides.
See this information sheet for more details on volunteering. Contact
Amy Geerling for more information on volunteering. To register to take your students or for more information,
Our facilities’ needs are extensive, but funds are limited. Community feedback is needed to shape the priorities of the next round of investments. Please share your feedback on the proposed bond options with the Board of Education. The Board will vote in late February to refer a bond package to voters. Additional engagement opportunities, including a public hearing and four Town Halls, are scheduled in early February;
details on upcoming dates can be found here. Additional
information on the proposed Bond can be found here.
Take the online Bond Survey today.
Registration Fee: $185.00 per person, $295.00 Buddy Rate
Limited $100 scholarships available:
Download the application
Hotel: $119.00 per night including tax and fees
Registration is now open.
Engaging speakers, educational workshops, exciting themed meals as well as honoring Oregon’s Students for their achievements in athletics, art, community service, projects and more.
Some of the Workshops: