Kay's Blog

Oct 17th, 2017

¡Latinx Festival!

Posted by Kay

Highlighting the importance of our Latinx and Hispanic staff, families, and neighbors in our school is not only fun, but critical to our mission as an inclusive educational space. That is why this year we are holding the First Annual Latinx Festival on Saturday, October 14, from 5-8pm. Visit latinxfestpdx.org to learn more, and buy tickets!

Oct 10th, 2017

Trillium Preschool Open House

Posted by Kay

Trillium Preschool still has spots available for the 2017-2018 school year, so they are opening their doors to your family! Trillium Preschool Open House is Thursday, October 26th, from 5-6:30pm. If your child is at least 3 years old, and potty trained, you are welcome to enroll at any time. The standard schedules are full day, 8:30am-3pm, and part day, 8:30am-12:30pm, but they are flexible.

Learn more about Enrollment at:
http://www.trilliumcharterschool.org/preschool/preschool-faq/.

If you cannot make the Open House, tours are held every Friday by appointment. Email email hidden; JavaScript is required to schedule. Upon arrival, check in at the front office of the main K-12 school. Please no drop-ins, as they may be unable to meet with you.

Trillium Preschool offers an emergent curriculum that invites children to revisit, reflect, and reinterpret their understanding of the world through play, art, and dialogue. Teachers listen closely to what is happening in the classroom, and act on their observations, to tailor the program to the specific needs and interests of current students.

Learn more about the Trillium Preschool Philosophy at:
http://www.trilliumcharterschool.org/preschool/preschool-philosophy/

Sep 24th, 2017

Back to School Night

Posted by Kay

On Thursday, September 21st, from 6-7:30pm, Trillium parents are invited to go back to school. Was your school experience anything like attending Trillium? You can’t really say until you have met our teachers, administration, and other staff; checked out the school’s facilities, and learned a little more about our mission and core values.

Each teacher will be available to give an overview of what their students are working on, and goals for the year. Please RSVP to the Facebook event.

Sep 23rd, 2017

Picture Day

Posted by Kay

Lifetouch is coming on Thursday, October 5, between 8:30am-noon. Review a detailed schedule here. We are recruiting volunteers to support Debra during this time. Volunteers receive a free picture packet!

Packets can be ordered online in advance at mylifetouch.com. Our Picture Day ID is F0737212Q0. If you need a hard copy of the online ordering instructions, please request at the front desk.

Sep 21st, 2017

Life After Trillium

Posted by Kay

Ready or not, here it comes: Life After Trillium! It’s never too early to get prepared. Because preparation looks different for everyone, we have invited diverse representatives to this 3rd annual Resource Fair for Trillium high school students. The following organizations have been confirmed: PNCA, DigiPen, Andeo, Carpe Diem, Amigos, Pivot Jobcorps, PCC, Wayfinding Academy, Beau Monde Academy of Cosmetology, Oregon College of Art and Craft, NUNM, Worksource. RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Sep 13th, 2017

Communication Preferences Survey

Posted by Kay

At the end of last year, those of you who attended the Parent Listening Session let us know that one of your top concerns was communication. You wanted to know more about what your student was doing to meet their educational goals, and what our administration was doing to meet our organizational goals. We heard you. In these first weeks of school, we have had several urgent messages to get out, from our decision to remain open during the heat advisory, to announcing our plan to keep kids safe at school, in light of changes to DACA. At the end of the day, we felt confident that everyone was on the same page, but we would have liked to get there sooner. Next time, we plan to use our understanding of where you are most often engaging with our content. Toward that goal, we need your help. Please fill out our Communication Preferences Survey, as soon as possible.

Sep 10th, 2017

Letter from the Director

Posted by Kay

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! It is hard to believe that we are already two weeks in, given that I spent most of the summer anxiously awaiting the return of students, with their small dramas, big personalities, and amazing transformations. As a former Trillium teacher and advisor, I know firsthand where they are coming from, where they want to go, and can be flexible when they change their minds. I appreciate that our students are not all the same, and have different needs and expectations.

In July 2017, I was nominated and approved to serve as your Interim Executive Director. Today, I am as thrilled and honored as ever. I love what we do in our classrooms. Across all programs, teachers are tailoring content, instruction, and assessment to their unique group of students; teachers are learning from students just as much as students are learning from them. On the administrative side, my exposure to the youth perspective is less frequent, but I am shadowing and attending student meetings whenever possible.

In addition to reinvigorating our commitment to youth voice and choice, I will prioritize the following goals:

  • Increase fundraising, to build capacity and increase retention of students and staff.
  • Streamline the parent complaint procedure and swiftly respond to past complaints.
  • Host more community events that reflect the diversity which exists within our walls.
  • Host more community conversations that don’t shy away from addressing racial equity, economic equity, and equity for students with disabilities.

 

No director is a one-woman show. I need your buy-in and support for these goals to become realities. First and foremost, this will require a cultural shift. Historically, our culture has been compartmentalized into adult, youth, and work culture. We have spoken past each other instead of collaborating, communicating in slightly different language. For example: “it’s going to be a great time!,” versus “lit,” versus *spirit fingers.* What we all really mean to say is “Trillium just wants to have fun!”

To resolve conflicts that may arise, create a healthy school climate, and process our feelings around change, we must come together in community, and have fun! Here are a few upcoming opportunities:

  • September 13th, 5:30-7:30pm Trillium Board Meeting
  • September 18th, 3:30-5pm Together for Trillium PTSA Meeting
  • September 21st, 6-7:30pm – Back to School Night
  • September 28th, 5-7pm – Life After Trillium
  • September 28th, 6-8pm – Parent Listening Session

Our Restorative Justice Discipline Policy will be available on the website by the end of the month. If you attend Back to School Night, you can engage in a Q&A session with those who wrote it, and pick up one of a limited number of print copies. The long and short is that RJ emphasizes correction and counseling over punishment, and seeks to replace strict zero-tolerance discipline policies with collaborative opportunities for restitution. Throughout the fall, we will track how RJ is working, and how it can be improved, and report back to you in the spring.

Sincerely,
Patrice Mays
Interim Executive Director

Sep 6th, 2017

Trillium & ODE Joint Statement on DACA

Posted by Kay

We are aligned with The Oregon Department of Education and The State Board of Education in their commitment to provide safe and welcoming schools for all Oregon students, regardless of national origin, immigration status or documentation status.

“All Oregon families deserve respect and should not have to live under constant worry about their future,” Deputy Superintendent Salam Noor said. “In the meantime, Oregon schools will continue to welcome all students and ODE will continue to support districts, schools and educators in making Oregon’s classrooms more safe, inclusive, welcoming and respectful.”

For our part, we would like to share the following lists of Community Resources and Immigration Counseling services, brought to us by the Latino Network. The Latino Network is an organization that aims to educate and empower Multnomah County Latinos, through community and school-based programs, events, and advocacy.

1). Catholic Charities of Portland – Immigration Legal Services
Sheridan Rueter
2740 SE Powell Blvd. #2, Portland, OR 97202.

Call the general line, 503-542-2855, between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday for an intake. Attorneys review intakes every Friday. $50 consultation fee.

2). Immigration Counseling Services
519 SW Park Avenue, Suite 610, Portland, OR 97205.

Fill out Consultation Request Form email hidden; JavaScript is required or in person. Will be contacted within 2 weeks.

3). Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
Main Office
503-234-1541
10301 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97220

IRCO focuses on removing barriers to self-sufficiency and helping individuals and families thrive, by providing more than 150 culturally and linguistically specific social services, from employment, vocational training and English classes.

4). Lutheran Community Services NW – Immigration Counseling and Advocacy Program (ICAP)
503-731-9539
605 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Portland, OR 97214.

Call between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday – Thursday, 9am to 2:30pm Friday.

5). SOAR Immigration Legal Services
503-384-2482 ext.101
7931 NE Halsey St. Suite 302, Portland, OR 97213.

To become a client, attend either the Hillsboro, Southeast Portland, or Northeast Portland Clinic. $50 consultation fee.

  • The Hillsboro Clinic takes place the first Tuesday of every month, 9am to 4pm., at Hillsboro United Methodist Church (168 NE Eighth Ave., Hillsboro, OR 97214).

  • The Southeast Portland Clinic takes place on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, 9am to 4pm, at
    Sts. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church (247 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR 97216).

  • The Northeast Portland Clinic takes place on the third Thursday of every month, 9am to 4pm, at Bridgeport Community United Church of Christ (621 NE 76th Ave, Portland, OR 97213).

Download the statement here.

Sep 4th, 2017

Trillium will end at regular time Tuesday

Posted by Kay

While Trillium typically follows PPS in instances of school cancellation, delay, and early release, the Administration is making the decision to remain open for the full day tomorrow. They are making this decision to avoid inconveniencing the working families in our community, who may not have an early pick up or childcare plan.

We do not bus students, and our aftercare program would be unable to meet the increased need. However, please note that aftercare will also remain open for its full duration tomorrow 3pm-6pm. Especially as we move into the afternoon, breaks will be taken indoors as needed. There is air conditioning throughout the building, which is kept at 71 degrees.

Families, the safety of your children is always at your own discretion. If early pick up, which would be 1:00pm for Lower School, and 1:20pm for Upper School; is a more comfortable option for you, that is okay. However, please let the front office and your student’s teachers know. Our number is 503-285-3833. Teacher emails are listed here.

 

Aug 29th, 2017

Purchasing School Lunch

Posted by Kay

What did you have for lunch today? If you prepaid for a Trillium School Lunch, we know that it was chili + rice – yum! The lunch menu will be posted to the website in advance, so that you and your student can decide how many lunch tickets to purchase. A single lunch ticket is $3.50. Visit Debra in the front office to prepay today!

If you would like to see if you qualify for free and reduced priced lunch, please complete an Application for Free and Reduced Priced Lunch by September 30th. You can download a paper application from the Forms Library or apply online at SchoolCafé. Visit the PPS – Nutrition Services webpage for more information.