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Lyseth Family News - Friday, March 29,2024

From Ms. Goodall and Ms. Edlund:

The solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th will begin at 2:15 and peak at 3:28 p.m. This is an exciting scientific phenomenon and we hope all students have the opportunity to experience it - and celebrate it! We are inviting students to also wear red or green to see how the colors change in the eclipse!  Please read the following information carefully to learn about Lyseth’s plan.

For Lyseth, this will be a change to our schedule on April 8th. 

  • Around 3:00, all students and staff will be going outside (weather permitting) to look at the eclipse. We have enough glasses for all students and staff and enough for families to join and if you want to volunteer, there are some classes that could use support and have volunteer spaces. (Please note, if you want to volunteer, this is not an event that we are inviting younger siblings who do not yet go to Lyseth to attend with family volunteers).  

  •  Please reach out to your classroom teacher to coordinate! to help kids wear their glasses safely. go back out before and after to see the eclipse again - this is information your classroom teacher will share directly with you.

  • Dismissal will be at 3:40 on Monday, April 8th - this is so students are not out on buses and walking during the darkest part of the eclipse. Bus drivers have been asked to take extra precautions. Students will take their glasses home with them.

Information about glasses: FPPS has ordered 7,000 pairs of solar eclipse glasses for distribution to students (and staff). The glasses meet the safety requirements of the ISO 12312-2 international standard and were purchased from the list of approved vendors from the American Astronomical Society. We ask that you remind your child about the importance of following directions from trusted adults (educators and bus drivers) and wearing proper eclipse glasses anytime that they are viewing the eclipse. 

 

It is also important to note that if you do not want your child to go outside with safety glasses to view this scientific phenomenon, you need to come pick them up by 2:00pm. We will not do any other early dismissals past 2:00pm as our entire staff will be focused on supporting kids in learning about and viewing the eclipse!

 

Thank you for your support!

Your Lyseth Team 

 

 

Event/Reminders Date & Time
Solar Eclipse

April 8th

 

April Vacation, No School

April 15-19th

 


PPS Rock Around the World

Join us for the Multilingual & Multicultural Center’s fundraising extravaganza on April 26th, 2024, from 7-11:00PM. A night of international dancing, Rock Around the World will feature dance instruction from exciting performers from Cambodia, Afghanistan, India, and Cuba, among others. Bid on items and experiences generously donated by Portland community members, including some of Southern Maine’s most beloved establishments. You’ll be able to enjoy delicious international hors d'oeuvres provided by some of Portland's finest eateries, and the dynamic musical stylings of DJ Our Latin Thing. 


Tickets to this event are limited, and are $50 in advance through EventBrite. You can also get your tickets from the Multilingual Office by calling 207-874-8135. To reserve your ticket(s) and to learn more about Rock Around the World, please visit www.portlandschools.org/rockIf your school would like to reserve a table for ten, please call the Multilingual & Multicultural Office.

If you are interested in helping out, please let us know if you would be willing to donate a themed basket for the silent auction. So far we have received an international spice basket, a beach basket, a spa basket, and a bread basket.

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting students enrolled in the Make It Happen program, our award-winning college-readiness and academic-achievement program for language minority students.