This Week at Grout: November 13-17th

Here’s what’s on tap this week:

Wednesday, Nov. 15

  • 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades field trip to the Hip Hop Nutcracker

Friday, Nov. 17 

Friday, Nov. 17 

  • Cookie Dough Pick Up

Friday, Nov. 17 

  • Grout Shirt Day
Note: There was a Coffee with Principal Annie originally planned for this day, but that might need to be cancelled this month. I will send out an email later this week if it IS happening, or you can check in with the office.

Friday, Nov. 17 

  • SCRIP Orders available for pick up

Looking Ahead:

Nov. 22-44 – No School
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you to everyone that came by the Book Fair and Clothing Swap during conferences! And to everyone that volunteered that made them a success!

Did you know?

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, superintendent@pps.net, 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:

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 the District should show up to the bargaining table ready to settle.  That means bringing a consistent bargaining team, coming prepared to discuss issues of importance to the students, families, and teachers, and staying at the table until issues are resolved.  Superintendent Guerrero should pick a team and ensure they attend each bargaining session!  

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.

 
Sincerely,
Xxxxxx
 
We are working on putting together an informational handout with more information about what PAT is asking for (example – music, art and PE for ALL students, not just for the schools with foundations that can pay for them) and what is happening with the negotiations. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.
That’s it for now.
-Sue