Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Letter from the Director

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In two short months of the school year, Trillium has addressed several longstanding challenges, and initiated as many positive changes. I am writing from a place of deep gratitude for the students, parents, teachers, and outside community members who have brought their questions, concerns, and ideas to the table. In addition to parent listening sessions, TFT and Trillium Board meetings, I am excited to announce a new way for you to become a leader in our community. Committees.

Historically, committee work at Trillium has been performed by staff, on projects that fall outside any one person’s scope of work and/or especially benefit from the perspective of diverse staff members. If Trillium believes that “many hands make light work,” and that “diversity makes us stronger,” we ought to stand by our convictions, by inviting students and parents to co-create and join committees. Designations that are under consideration include: Equity, Curriculum, Events, Restorative Justice, Fundraising, Enrollment, and Outreach. If you have feedback, questions, or are interested in committee membership, please email me, email hidden; JavaScript is required. The time commitment for committee membership is two hours per month.

Another positive change that I am proud to announce is the return of afterschool programming at Trillium. This is something that our community has been asking for, for a while now. A handful of tuition-based programs have reached out to me, with interest in establishing a branch a Trillium. These include Girl Scouts (trans-friendly), Circus in Motion, Chess Wizards, and a lacrosse organization. It is now on you to show that Trillium is a worthwhile partner, by completing the Afterschool Program Interest Survey. A certain number of students must be interested for a program to run. Additionally, we have scheduled several free opportunities for students and families to connect afterschool, such as the upcoming Movie Night, presented by TFT, on Friday, December 1st.

Speaking of upcoming events, we are proud to present Trillium Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 15th, from 12:30-5pm, and 6-8pm. We want to create an opportunity to support each others’ work and support our school at the same time. If you, or someone you know, is a crafter or vendor, or simply has a flair for art, craft, or cooking, please inquire to me and Kay, email hidden; JavaScript is required, about selling with us. You do not need to be an established business! We will accept anyone with family-friendly goods or services to display, and are especially interested in featuring youth. Tell your kids!

Note: Trillium Holiday Bazaar is the culminating event of our end-of-year giving campaign, during which we hope you set up a recurring donation of $10 per month or more. You can either do so by mail (letters are coming soon) or online. To learn more about how your contributions will be used, visit the campaign page here.

If you would rather keep your holiday purchases under wraps from the kids, or just have a night of alone time, consider dropping them off with us on Parents Night Out. For a nominal fee, we will entertain, drain, and feed your kids, providing games, activities, and a movie. They can even come in their pajamas, and bring a sleeping bag. Friday, December 8th, 6-10PM.  So, there is something fun scheduled for every Friday in December, and most importantly, something fun for everyone.

On a heavier note, in the time since I last wrote, some staff members have decided to move on to other opportunities. After the Thanksgiving Break, Chris Scott, Upper School Student Support Specialist, will be working for Portland Public Schools. Dekin Hom, our beloved School Chef, will leave for a position elsewhere. Alfred Ada, Head of Upper School, resigned last month. I will share their personalized communication detailing their reasons for leaving. Trillium can have a summer camp feel. People come, create memories, and eventually move on. Such is the reality for schools. While we had hoped these staff members would stay with us longer, we are proud to have been a part of their journey, and excited to see what they do next.

Looking forward, if you, or someone you know, is interested in working at Trillium, please refer them to the website, where positions will soon be posted. Our mostly recently posted position, Bookkeeper, has been filled! Ty will start at Trillium on Monday, November 13th, and work 4 days per week. They bring years of experience and are thrilled to work with our community.

Patrice Mays
Interim Executive Director

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Holiday Bazaar 2017

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Support local and Trillium-owned businesses at the 1st Annual Trillium Holiday Bazaar, hosted at our school, and benefiting our school! We will have a variety of vendors, including artists, artisans, and authors; selling art, art prints, handcrafted mugs, books, baby clothes and blankets, and wellness products.

RSVP on Facebook!

Meet the Vendors:



Apparel & Accessories

  • GirlBand Headware// up-cycled fabric headbands
  • Baby Wit // onesies, youth & adult tees
  • Ingrid Parmeter Jewelry // ceramic pendants
  • Kokopelli Jewelry Designs // wood-turned pendants
  • Natalie Rulmyr // knit scarves & beanies


Home Goods




Vendor Registration is still open!

We are currently accepting any vendor with family-friendly goods or services to display, on a first come, first serve basis. However, please note that we are particularly interested in featuring youth and other underrepresented vendors. This is your opportunity to take your secret recipe or craft instructable to the next level. Inquire to: Kay Kennett, email hidden; JavaScript is required, or jump right in, by completing the Vendor Registration Form.

Support local businesses year-round!

Visit the Community Business Directory to see the full range of local businesses that we endorse for your holiday shopping! If you are a Trillium student or family member, we will list your business here, whether you are participating in the Holiday Bazaar or not. Please follow the instructions listed on the CBD page (linked above).

Bring Cash or In-Kind Donations.

Shoppers are invited to bring a toy, food, clothing or supplies donation for homeless families. This drive is coordinated by our 2nd and 3rd grade students! Sales of soy candles by Portland Assembly Piedmont NAC also benefit this cause. And, of course, Trillium welcomes any cash or in-kind donation. Trillium Holiday Bazaar is both a community event and a fundraiser, the culmination of our Twelve Days of Trillium giving campaign.


Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Trillium Preschool Open House

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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 Pre K Enrollment.

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.

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

¡Latinx Festival!

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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!

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Back to School Night

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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.

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Picture Day

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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.

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Life After Trillium

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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.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Communication Preferences Survey

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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.

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Letter from the Director

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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 Student Behavior & Discipline Policy, which is grounded in principles of Restorative Justice, 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.

Patrice Mays
Interim Executive Director

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Trillium & ODE Joint Statement on DACA

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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
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)
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.