This Week at Grout: Oct. 30-Nov. 3rd

Hi there folks,

First off, a huge THANK YOU to everyone that came out to the Harvest Festival and everyone that volunteered! It was a great evening thanks to all of you! What a fantastic turn out and it was so fun! It could not have happened without all of our wonderful volunteers. Now, onto the new week…

Tuesday, Oct. 31 – Costume Parade at OddFellows

If you are interested in helping out, talk to your childs’ teacher.

Thursday, Nov. 2 – PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30

Did you know PPS teachers have been working without a contract for two years? Come learn about Portland Association of Teachers (PAT)/PPS bargaining.  Teachers are working without a contract after two years of bargaining.  Learn what the sticking points are and what might happen next. We’ll be learning about what the negotiations mean for our teachers, school and students.

Friday, Nov. 3 – No School

Looking ahead:

Nov. 7 – Pint Night at Double Mountain

Double Mountain will be donating $1 from each pint sold between 5-9pm. Cheers!

Nov. 7-9 – Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming next week!  

Book Fair Opens: Tuesday, Nov 7th, 2-6PM

Parent-Teacher Conference Shopping Hours: Wednesday, Nov 8th and Thursday Nov 9th 8AM – 7PM

You can help decorate and set up, help kids select books or help pack up. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here.  After clicking on the link, please go to the tab named, “11.6-11.9 BookFair” to see open shifts and sign-up. Thank you!  Contact Angela Gillette at if you have any questions about volunteer roles.

Nov. 8-9 – Conferences

Sign up with your teacher.

Nov. 8-9 – Clothing Swap, 9am-3pm

See below for more information.

Thursday, Nov. 9 – November SCRIP gift card orders due

Friday, Nov. 10 – No School

Love to make soup? Help feed the staff during conferences dinner by donating soup on Nov. 8Please email Lucy at if you are interested and let her know what kind of soup you’ll be providing (and if it’s vegan/vegetarian/gluten free, etc.) Soups need to be in crockpots with a serving utensil and delivered around 4pm if warm or 1pm if they need to warm up.

2nd Annual Grout Clothing Swap is less than 2 weeks away! Volunteers needed!

This is a FREE exchange of gently used clothing, toys, books, school supplies and sporting gear for all in our Grout Community!

How it works…while cleaning out your closets save any items that are still in good shape and drop them off at school!  Those jeans that don’t fit any more, all the clothes your fast growing child has outgrown, baby to adult clothing! Toys, games, books that are sitting around not being used.  On the days of the swap you can come and “shop!”  If you prefer, you can just drop off items or you can shop even if you have nothing to swap! Please no kitchen items, electrical items, furniture or knickknacks.


Date(s) Time(s) Volunteer Need(s) No. of Volunteers Still Needed
Nov. 7 6:00-8:00 PM Set-up 4+
Nov. 8-9 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Event 1-2 per hour
Nov. 9 3:00-4:00 PM Wrap-up 1-2 per hour


If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here: After clicking on the link, please go to the tab named, “11.7-11.9 ClothingSwap” to see open shifts and sign-up. Thank you! Contact Samantha Fisher at for more event info and Julie Bolstad at if you have any questions about volunteer roles.

The Spare Change Challenge is a huge success! Thank you to all who have brought money to donate! I don’t have the final results from October yet, but hopefully will have an update next week. It’s so successful, we’re thinking of expanding it to local businesses. We could use some help bringing more community involvement into our project – either distributing information to local businesses about the Playground and seeing if they are interested in sponsorships, or even just putting a jar out to collect change for the playground. If you are available to help reach out to businesses, talk to Natasia after the PTA meeting on Thursday or email her at

Book Harvest has been extended one week. Make sure you bring your gently used books and drop them in the boxes in the front hall. They go to PPS families, including all Head Start families, that need books of their own. Next week, we’ll need to do something with all those books we collected. If you are interested in helping, please email Hours are flexible, but books need to be processed and delivered to PPS once the Harvest ends.