Highland Magnet at Kenwood School


Piper Post- March 4, 2022 *important volunteer info!

Cami Green's class characters coming to life!

Article Date: Mar 04, 2022

Tuesday, March 8- PTO General Meeting via Webex 9-10 am

Thursday, March 10- Parent Info Night (Prospective Highland Families) via WebEx

Friday, March 18 @ 3 pm- Choice School Lottery CLOSES

March 21-25- Spring Break

Principal’s Letter

Dear Highland Families,

We are excited to announce that starting the week of March 28, our school will begin to bring back a limited number of family volunteers to assist in some classrooms. I know many of you are eager to volunteer inside your child’s classroom and we appreciate your patience as we work through this process, keeping the health and safety of students and staff at the top of our minds.

We are limiting the number of volunteers at this time, with no more than one per day per classroom. Volunteers will assist classroom teachers with a specific task at a specific time. All school volunteers will be required to complete a background check and submit proof of vaccination or an Oregon Health Authority approved medical/religious exemption. Even if you completed a volunteer background form this year, a new background check that includes vaccination status will need to be completed.

Not every classroom teacher currently has a need for volunteers. If your teacher does have a need for volunteers, you will receive follow up communication from them outlining the potential duties, time slots available and the process for how to sign up.

In the coming weeks, our school may also be able to offer some school-wide volunteer opportunities to help in the main office or other Storyline incidents. We will share with our families as soon as we have additional details about any such needs.

We recognize that volunteering during the day may not be feasible for many of you. We are excited to share that volunteering will not be your only opportunity to engage with our school and staff this year. In the coming months, we will begin to host in-person school events, activities and parent-teacher conferences that will allow families to enter our buildings and experience what is happening in our school. Watch for details as they develop.

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing some of you in-person soon!


Brian Kissell

What's Cooking?!

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Note From the Attendance Office-

Please email our attendance staff at [email protected] and your teacher, to excuse an absence, or let us know your student is not at school. Thanks!


Hello Pipers! It seems early to think about yearbooks but they are ready for order! To order click here and use the Highland code of :1016243010261892

Teacher will be Ashley Chally :)

The new yearbook company we are using will plant a tree for every book ordered and offer free customized pages that you can design for your child's personalized yearbook. Books will be delivered at the end of the year. We will not have extras to buy from the office this year so be sure to order yours today!

School Wide Character Trait for March: Empathy!

“Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It's simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of 'You're not alone. '” ~ Brene Brown

Empathy! What an incredible opportunity we have to simply just listen and be with people. To TRY and understand what they are feeling, often with out trying to solve the problem. Empathy might be one of the more difficult character traits to teach our kids but it’s sure important. Modeling empathy is one way I have found to be effective.

Here is a link about empathy on Thee Greater Good (one of my most favorite resources) and if you’ve never watched this video from Brene Brown on Empathy vs. Sympathy, it’s worth a watch!

A few of my favorite children’s book on Empathy are You, Me and Empathy by Jayneen Sanders and The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld.

(The bulletin board we have up in the hallway for students and staff)

I know that we are aware of all the hard, sad and scary news that is happening in the world right now. The big question is how do we talk to our kids about it? NPR did a great job in their parenting section called Life Kit. This article/podcast is titled, What to say When the News is Scary. Thanks for reading and as always, if you have any questions or just want to chat, please reach out!

Be Well,

Heidi Thomas

[email protected]


FAN- Family Access Network

FAN - Family Access Network

If you are struggling with food, clothing, housing, medical, dental, school supplies, utilities and more, help if available. Eilean Karpstein is our amazing, confidential FAN advocate. You can reach her at (541) 355-1858.

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