September 2018 Newsletter

A Message from Mr. Milburn

Patrons of Perrydale,

We’ve had a great kickoff to the new school year and are excited for the year to come. The students have been motivated to learn and to get back into an educational routine. It is such a joy to see the enthusiasm of the students as they enter the school to start a new school year.

I would like to introduce a few new staff members this year. Amy Lieuallen has been hired as the business manager, Denise Dickey as one of the school secretaries, Trina Liven-good as a special education Instructional Aide, and Laura Kohlmeyer as the after school program Instructional Aide. Cassie Esch will be subbing as an Instructional Aide in the Kindergarten classroom while we have a staff member out on maternity leave. Please welcome the new staff members to our wonderful school.

The school’s Open House will be Thursday September 20th from 5:00-7:00 PM. Come on out and visit with the staff, especially your child’s teacher(s).

I would like to thank the PPC for putting on the back to school BBQ. There were plenty of our school community patrons that enjoyed some good food and conversations. This pro-vided time to get reacquainted with families we may have not seen over the summer or to welcome new families to the district.

We are always seeking volunteers to work in the classrooms or to supervise events. Volun-teers are an important part to the success of Perrydale School. All volunteers must partic-ipate in a yearly training in order to work di-rectly with the students or to go with the stu-dents on field trips. This year’s initial train-ing will be on Wednesday, September 19th at 6:30 PM. Volunteers must pass a background check before being allowed to volunteer. Please contact the school office for further in-formation for volunteering at the school.

Perrydale School District has a new website. The new website is We also have an official Facebook page for the district. The page can be found at Please use these sites to keep informed of what is happening at Per-rydale School District.

Thank you for making this the best school district in Oregon.

Eric Milburn


Meeting Notice/Back To School Night

By: Tammy Ruegsegger, Title I Coordinator

Perrydale School will be holding its annual Title I meeting and Open House on Thurs-day, September 20th from 5-7 pm. Parents are welcome to meet in Mrs. Ruegsegger’s room. Information will be provided on our Title I Program, the Homeless Program and parental involvement. Welcome back stu-dents and parents.

Early Pick Up

It is important for all students to be in school. We are asking for parent support to making sure your student(s) get the most out of each day they are here, as well as the other students in their classes. Getting students out of class early is a disruptive process for them, the teacher, instructional assistants, and other students. The end of the day is a busy time in the class-room, and when a student leaves early, they miss out on vital information. If at all, please make appointments and activities after school hours. If you have any questions, please call the school office.

As per the student handbook, excused absences include the following:

  • Days when a student is ill.

  • Serious family illness.

  • Medical appointment which cannot be scheduled Fridays or after school.

  • Authorized religious holidays.

  • Approved pre-arranged absences if the absence meets the requirements for an excused absence.

  • Other absences approved by the superintendent on a case-by-case basis.

As per the student handbook, unexcused absences include the following;

  • Those not falling in the excused category.

  • Approved pre-arranged absences if the absences do not meet the requirements for an excused absence. Pre-arranged absences show a high level of responsibility when accompanied by completion of all work missed.

  • Skipping school.

  • Failure to bring a proper excuse.

  • Baby-sitting younger brothers or sisters.

  • Appointments that could be taken care of on Friday or after school.

Check In and Check Out Procedures

Visitors, volunteers, parents, and guests are all required to sign in at the office. You will be given a badge to be easily identified by school staff. Any person, 18 and older, will need a completed background check on file before being al-lowed to help in the school and needs to be done yearly. With new faces around the school, it is helpful that parents let us know who they are and who their students are. We like to put faces with names.

Parents who request a new person to do pick up, should have them be prepared to show ID at the office. This ensures that kids are going home with the correct adult. Thank you for your cooperation with this important detail.

Scholarship/College/SAT Information


October 6, 2018 test registration deadline by mail (late) 9/18/18 or online/phone registration (late) 9/26/18 (late fee assessed).

November 3, 2018 test registration deadline 10/5/18 (early), mail registration (late) 10/16/18, online/phone registration (late) 10/24/18 (late fee assessed).

College Information

Wells Fargo online resources for students and families preparing for college. Postcards available in the office or visit

Western Oregon University Making WOU Happen Friday, September 28, 2018. Online registration available at, due by September 25th. There will be a scholar-ship drawing for students who are present at the event and who are admitted for Fall term 2019. For more information, call the school office, call the Office of Admissions at 503-838-8211, or email

FIDM is a national scholarship competition for students interested in the global industry of fashion, visual arts, graphics, interior design, social media, and entertainment. More information is available in the office.


The Pirates are in mid-season form on the court and fields. While our middle school teams be-gan practice at the beginning of school, our high school teams have been busy at work from the beginning of August. Our volleyball team is off to a terrific start with a 13-2 overall record and are currently ranked #3. They have important league matches against St. Paul and Crosshill Christian over the next few games.

Our high school football team recently changed leagues this year and will have games which are much closer than the past few years. Our players, family, and fans are excited to be play-ing games on this side of the Cascades once again. Our team recently dropped a tough battle against Siletz Valley and have games looming with St. Paul and a much-improved Falls City squad. They will have their hands full with many of the competitive teams in our new league.

Our high school soccer teams (shared teams with Western Christian School) have jumped out to quick starts with the boys' team currently undefeated in league play and the girls are cur-rently ranked fifth overall. Our soccer players compete against 2A and 3A competition from throughout the Willamette Valley and traditionally finish in the top three in league play. We anticipate much of the same again this year.

Lastly, we encourage you to come out and support the Pirates this season. Whether you enjoy watching volleyball, football, or soccer, we have you covered. Thank you in advance for sup-porting our teams and players and GO PIRATES!!

PPC News

The year is off to a great start. The PPC hosted a Back-to-School BBQ on September 7th. We were happy to see so many new and returning families. Part of the mission of the PPC is to foster positive school & community relationships and the BBQ is part of that. Thank you to Stoller Farms for donating produce, Mr. Ford for arranging the use of the BBQ, the leadership students for helping set up, and the Service Integration Team for a donation towards purchasing the food. You can find information about their work at

Another mission is to enhance the educational and extracurricular facilities and opportunities for the students of Perrydale School District that are not otherwise provided for in the school budget. We met over the summer to prioritize our spending for the year. As a result, we have already made significant investments in the school. We paid for larger A/C units for the high school, and from what we’ve heard, they are appreciated. We’ve also bought 20 new Chrome-books for the school. This is in addition to the 60 we got last year. We are again providing fund-ing for field trips. As part of that, the Middle School is off to Camp Dakota this morning. We have also bought books for the Spanish class. Stay tuned for more funding information throughout the year.

A new program for us this year is a Book Fund. We raised $2,050 at the auction specifically for this purpose. Teachers and high school students (with parent’s permission) will be able to re-quest specific books which we will then purchase for them. Please encourage your students to utilize this funding. Students in lower grades can request books through their teachers. Forms will be in the PPC box in the office.

Your officer team for this year remains unchanged. President is Helle Ruddenklau; Vice Presi-dent, Kathryn Jackson; Treasurer, Brooke Jenkins; Secretary, Amy Kroeker and Hospitality Chair, Dawn Dorst. We encourage all of you to get involved. Fresh faces and new ideas are needed for any organization, and the PPC is no different. Meetings are generally held at 7:50 am on the second Thursday of the month. If available, we like to use the science lab, but other-wise you can find us at a round table in the Old Gym. You are welcome to bring along younger children. To get on our email list, please send an email to: You can also “like” our Facebook page or check out our website: We hope to see you at our next meeting, Thursday, October 11th!

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