This Week at Grout: Nov. 27th- Dec. 1st

Tuesday, Nov. 28 – First Grade Field Trip to Rice Rock Museum

Friday, Dec. 1 – SCRIP ORDERS DUE

This is the last Scrip gift card order before winter break. Gift cards will be available for pick up on Friday, 12/8. Think of all the holiday shopping you’ll be doing and consider ordering scrip gift cards to use for the shopping, or to give as gifts. Passes to the Columbia Employee Store will be issued to anyone that orders a $50 gift card to Columbia this month (expires in January). You can find the complete list of retailers here. Look for the green order forms being sent home today.

Tuesday, Nov. 27 – Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. As we reach the end of the year, please consider projects at Grout for your year-end giving. Below is a description of Grout PTA projects. Other projects to support at Grout can be found at Three teachers currently have projects looking for funding on there, found here.
Grout PTA Projects include:
  • -Funding a new play structure for installation the summer of 2018
  • -Our general fund supports classrooms, PE, drama, the library, SUN and the garden program. In addition, it supports our community events – Movie Nights, Harvest Festival, Ice Cream Social. Annual projects sponsored by the PTA include the gift of a t-shirt to new students and participation prize for all students for Run for Grout.

All donations to Grout PTA are tax deductible. Also, check with your employer to see if your donation may qualify for a donation matching program.

PAT/PPS Contract Negotiations

As you’ve heard previously, our teachers have been working without a contract for 2 years! The Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) is working to negotiate a new contract and need our help as parents! If they are unable to sign a contract soon, our teachers may have to strike — as early as February next year.

What can you do?

Parents should contact Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero,, and the following school board members to express our concern that PPS has not yet signed a contract with PAT and show our support for our teachers:
Julia Brim-Edwards –
Amy Kohnstamm –
Rita Moore –

What should you say?

Each week we will list a different comment to send to the Superintendent and school board members. This week, we encourage you to email the following. Please feel free to respectfully personalize it however you would like.

Dear Superintendent Guerrero and Board Members Brim-Edwards, Kohnstamm, and Moore:
I am a parent at Grout Elementary school. I support our students’ teachers and urge you to settle a fair contract with them. Among the points of contention is that All students deserve individual attention.  The best way to ensure teachers are able to provide a high quality education to all students is to cap the number of students in each class.  PAT has proposed contract language that would help ensure the District provides smaller class sizes. 

Thank you for your attention to my concern. I look forward to a speedy resolution to this situation for the sake of our teachers, our students, and our district.