Principal's Message

February 12, 2014

Hello Mill Park,

Can you believe we are more than mid-way through the school year? Wow! Time does fly when you are having fun! Because our little elementary school has many, many moving parts, I thought I would take this opportunity to give a few updates.

Mill Park's Parent Teacher Connection- The Mill Park Boosters have changed names! The new moniker: The Parent Teacher Connection (PTC). We are a (small) group of parents and teachers who look to improve Mill Park in a variety of ways that include morale building, supporting classroom endeavors and raising funds.

Coffee Talk- Every month, on the second Friday of the month, parents and guardians are welcomed to join the PTC and Principal for conversation, coffee and something sweet. We begin at 9:00 in the Teacher's Lounge.

New Reader Board- Another accomplishment of the PTC is Mill's new Reader Board! Not only does it look great, it's a tried and true way of communication with the community.

Savage Presbyterian Church Adopts Mill Park- In the Spring of 2013, I was approached by the generous souls of local church. Knowing that Mill Park Neighborhood is home to many families in need, the congregation started to donate 20 "backpacks" full of nonperishable food to 20 different students. As of last week, we are up to 50 "backpacks"!

OAKS Testing Begins- Students in grade 3, 4 and 5 have begun taking Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS). These tests are very important, as they dictate Mill's official standing on the state Report Card. I ask that parents make sure that their children get a full night's sleep, every night, but especially the night before they take the exam. I also ask that parents go out of their way to encourage students to try their best.

Readers Needed- Mill Park is a SMART School; SMART stands for Start Making a Reader Today. We are need of adults who would like to spend some time reading with students in Grades K, 1, 2, and 3. For more info, please call 971-634-1616.

Warmly,

Rolando Florez

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