The Service Corps book drive for Bienestar was a great success. Executive director Karen Shawcross writes, "Thank you for the awesome donation of 50 boxes of books to the children of Bienestar! These are going to our community rooms where children of farmworkers and working poor families will enjoy them in four homework clubs and our Summer Reading Safari and Born to Learn programs. We are touched by this generous outpouring of gifts from Catlin Gabel families, and want you to know how much they will be enjoyed by children who have no books at home!"
Thank you to everyone who has participated in the 2010-11 Annual Fund so far this year. To date, we have raised 72% of our $935,000 goal.
We are grateful to community members for their committed support and invaluable investment. One-hundred percent of the Alumni Board has participated in the Annual Fund as well as 72% of faculty-staff and 48% of parents.
Early gifts to the Annual Fund are important for planning purposes. However, it is not too late for you to give or pledge to the 2010-11 Annual Fund. We have a ways to go to reach our goal! Make your gift online, by telephone – 503-297-1894 ext 310, or by mail – 8825 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225.
Many thanks for your support!
Great schools don’t just happen. We make them so.
Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Annual Fund so far this year.
Early gifts to the Annual Fund are important for planning purposes. However, it is not too late for you to give or pledge to the Annual Fund. We have a ways to go to reach our goal!
Make your gift online,
by telephone – 503-297-1894 ext 374,
or by mail – 8825 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225.
Many thanks for your support!
Fourteen students and two teachers from the Gifu Kita School visit Catlin Gabel and stay with school families from January 3 through 10. This is the 20th anniversary year of our exchange program with our sister school in Japan. Be sure to say hello, or, rather, konichiwa!
January 15 sorting party canceled
Please collect children's and youth books to contribute
We are excited to announce the next CG Service Corps activity: a book drive benefiting Bienestar, a nonprofit housing and service organization serving Washington County’s Hispanic community.
Upper School students have been volunteering at the Bienestar homework club for three years. Our book drive will further cement a wonderful partnership and boost Bienestar’s mission to educate the migrant labor population they serve.
Cross-divisional teams of Catlin Gabel students and faculty-staff will collect and presort donated books between January 10 and 21.
Parents, students, faculty-staff, and alumni are invited to two sorting parties in the barn on Saturday, January 22.
We will load books onto the retired Rummage truck for delivery to Bienestar.
Details about book drop locations to follow.
“If there’s one thing Catlin Gabel families have in abundance, it’s books!”
—Service Corps Core Steering Committee
Catlin Gabel’s diversity committee is pleased to launch cross-divisional parent affinity groups in January. We start modestly this year with three affinity groups for adoptive families, families of color, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people and their families. In addition to parents, participants may include school leaders, diversity committee members, and interested faculty and staff members.
Your children’s emotional safety and your comfort in our community are vitally important to us. Catlin Gabel is a place where every student should thrive and every family should feel connected. We seek your input and involvement to ensure that those core values are realized.
Affinity groups can play a variety of roles in a school like Catlin Gabel, and they have been effective on our campus in the past. At the outset, the meetings will be social events for parents to meet and talk about common interests or concerns. Later, each affinity group will schedule monthly or bi-monthly meetings that will include specific agenda items determined by the group or suggested by the school. Ultimately, we will ask the affinity groups to identify what Catlin Gabel might do differently or better. Your thoughts, especially specific recommendations, are an important source of feedback that will help inform how we can improve inclusivity and further develop our cultural competency as a community.
In the spring we will form a diversity committee that includes parents from each of the affinity groups as well as other interested community members. Paul Andrichuk, chair of the faculty-staff diversity committee, will facilitate this parent diversity committee, which will regularly update the administrative leadership and the PFA.
We seek affiliated parents to attend the affinity group meetings. Follow-up meetings will be scheduled by the people attending the initial meetings.
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Families Affinity Group
Families of Color Affinity Group
Tuesday, January 11, at 7 p.m.
Beginning School Well
Facilitator: Zalika Gardner, 2nd grade teacher and alumna
Adoptive Families Affinity Group
Thursday, January 13, at 7 p.m.
Beginning School Well
Facilitators: Astrid Dabbeni, executive director of AdoptionMosaic, and Nance Leonhardt, US art teacher
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Paul Andrichuk. Questions about the specific affinity groups can be directed to individual facilitators.
When school does not open in the morning or opens late due to inclement weather, we notify the media before 6:45 a.m. and the school website is updated.
We do not notify the media when school runs on a normal schedule. However, we will post a news flash on the Catlin Gabel website alerting families that we are open when conditions are uncertain. The school avoids mid-day weather closures whenever possible.
Catlin Gabel does not necessarily follow the decisions made by Portland Public or Beaverton Public schools because our students come from a wide geographic area.
Catlin Gabel bus service may be suspended even when school is open. We will post a news flash as soon as the decision about buses is made. If the buses are canceled in the morning, they are canceled in the afternoon regardless of weather improvements.
Lark Palma and facilities director Eric Shawn make the decision to close school or delay opening based on conditions on campus and throughout the Metro area. The safety of students is our primary concern. Parents should make personal weather-related safety decisions for their families. If it does not seem safe where you are, keep your children at home. If conditions deteriorate in your neighborhood during the day, you may pick up your children early (making sure to notify the division administrative assistant).
More than 75 Catlin Gabel community members worked together to pack food at the Oregon Food Bank.
By Hannah Whitehead
From the Fall 2010 Caller
A faculty member since 1982, Hannah Whitehead is the head of Catlin Gabel’s beginning school and formerly taught kindergarten, 1st grade, and 6th grade. She has two alumni children: David ’90 and Katie ’94.
Thanks to the following sources. We encourage further reading:
By Mimi Tang
From the Fall 2010 Caller
How do young children learn to read?
Reading instruction primarily comprises two components: decoding and comprehension.
If decoding is the how of reading, then comprehension is the why.
Parents often come to me with the same anxiety about reading that their children have: my child can’t read.
Mimi Tang teaches 1st grade at Catlin Gabel.
By Lark P. Palma, PhD, Head of School
From the Autumn 2010 Caller