New Family Guide

Welcome to Skyline K-8!

We hope the following information will help to answer some of the questions you may have about the first few days and weeks of the school year.   If this will be your oldest child’s first day of kindergarten, congratulations!  You’ve made it!  If you’re transferring to Skyline from another school, welcome!  We’re so happy you’re here.
We think you’ll find Skyline K-8 to be a welcoming community.  There are many opportunities to get involved with Skyline PTA and to meet other parents and guardians.  Check out our volunteer positions, here.  Be sure to submit a Volunteer Application and Volunteer Background Check with PPS, here.  It can take up to three weeks to be approved.  Don’t delay, submit today!
*First Day of School 2020/2021
1st-8th – September 2, 2020 – 8:45 a.m.
KindergartenSeptember 8, 2020 – 8:45 a.m.
*PTA Back-to-School Welcome Breakfast
September 2, 2020
8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. (please bring a dish to share)
*PTA First Day of School Moms’ Hike 2020
September 2, 2020 – 9:30 a.m.
*Muffins, Mimosas & More! (offsite, all welcome)
September 8, 2020
Start Time
Students may enter the building as early as 8:30 a.m. and head to the gym to wait for the bell. The first bell rings at 8:37 a.m. and the late bell rings at 8:45 a.m.
The front door is locked at ~8:45 a.m.  Anyone arriving after this time will need to press the buzzer to be let in by an employee.  Your child/ren will then need to get a tardy slip from the front office before heading to class.
You may absolutely walk your child/ren to their classroom throughout the school year! This is a great way to check in with your child/ren’s teacher, meet your child/ren’s classmates, and begin to make connections with those at school.
Be sure to follow the PPS volunteer/visitor guidelines
The first time you enter the building during school hours, bring your ID so that it can be scanned by someone in the main office.  Once you’re in the system, you can sign yourself in at the volunteer/visitor computer on each successive visit, and wear the badge that is automatically printed, before heading to class with your child/ren, attending a meeting or assembly, and/or volunteering at school.
Read more about volunteering with PPS, here.
Submit a PPS Volunteer Application and Background Check, here.   It can take up to three weeks to be approved.  You’ll need to submit a new volunteer application and volunteer background check every three years.
Expect Congestion
On the first day of school and during special events (Cornfest, music concerts), it can be difficult to find a parking spot in the main parking lot.  You may park along Skyline.  Parents/guardians are no longer allowed to park beyond the metal chain, toward the back of the school.  We suggest that you arrive a little earlier or a little later on the first day of school in order to get a parking spot (and it’s okay to be late on the first day of school!).
Lunch & Snacks
If students are buying hot lunch, they will be assigned a code.  They won’t need to memorize the code if they’re in kindergarten or first grade, however.  An adult employee or older student working as a “lunch helper” will punch the code in for younger students.
You can register online for a hot lunch account at:
https://www.schoolpay.com/
You can also pay for hot lunch by way of check.  Please write your child/ren’s name(s) and code(s) on the memo line of the check, and place in Angie’s box in the main office.
If students are bringing a lunch from home, there are no specific foods to avoid as a school.  In the morning, your child/ren will place his/her/their lunch in a plastic tub located outside the classroom door.  It’s then transported to the cafeteria at the appropriate time.  If your child has an allergy be sure to let the teacher know.
Snack is a rotating schedule for kindergarten and first grade. The kindergarten and first grade teachers will provide snack the first week or so of school.  After that a snack schedule will be distributed and you will bring snack for the whole class on an assigned day.
School Supplies
School supplies are generally communal, so please don’t worry about getting your child/ren’s favorite character or color.   Supplies can be brought on the first day of school;  there will be bins labeled outside each classroom.  Here is a copy of all the grade level supply lists in case you didn’t receive one.
Alternatively, save yourself a trip to the store!  Skyline PTA runs a school supply fundraiser each spring.  You simply select your child/ren’s grade and the supplies are delivered to your child/ren’s classroom before the start of school.  The lists are tailored to our teachers’ needs.  This is one of our most convenient and popular fundraisers!  Contact Nicole Fravel for more information:  nfravel@comcast.net.
Water Bottles
Kids are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to school.  They may leave them at their desks during the week.  Please be sure to write your child/ren’s name on their water bottle. 
The school’s drinking fountains have been fixed and are safe to drink from, too.
Bathrooms
Our kindergarten and first grade classrooms have their own bathrooms.
Lost & Found
Please be sure to write your child/ren’s name on sweatshirts, jackets, lunch boxes and water bottles.  Our Lost & Found, located in the main corridor of the school, grows throughout the year.  Help us to keep the Lost & Found to a manageable size by labeling your child/ren’s stuff, and visiting the Lost & Found frequently!  Unclaimed items are donated to the PPS Clothing Center located at Marshall High School in SE Portland.
Main Office
Debbi Gubbins is our principal secretary!  If you have questions or need anything once you get to school, please check in with her.
Pickup
After school pickup is it’s own special time!  The parking lot can become full quickly, especially during the first week of school, so plan accordingly.  You may park along Skyline if need be.  Parents are no longer allowed to park beyond the chain.
Students will be released at 3:00 p.m. (K-5) with their entire class and walk from the back of the building up toward the front of the buses for those being picked up.  Middle school students are released at 3:20 p.m.
Stay Connected!
Skyline has two Facebook pages. We encourage you to join both!
  • The first is our public page where we share events within the community.  https://www.facebook.com/skylinepta/
  • The second is our closed group exclusively for parents/guardians.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SkylineSchool/  It’s a place to ask a question about homework, road conditions, an upcoming event or deadline, and much more!  Please note you will need to answer a few questions to join our closed group; it is exclusive to PARENTS & GUARDIANS of current Skyline students or students who have graduated from Skyline and attend Lincoln High School (not other family members or caregivers).
Cornfest
Be sure to save the date for our annual Cornfest family engagement event!  It is normally held on the first Friday evening of the first full week of school in September.  Please come for a delicious chicken dinner, all the roasted corn you can eat, games, crafts, live music, and more!  It’s one of our most beloved events of the school year.
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Finally…
Enjoy your last weeks of summer with your little ones (and big ones).  Spend lots of quality time together.  Your kiddos are in good hands.  We have a wonderful group of teachers at Skyline.  If you’re looking for a book to read to your child before they head off to their big kindergarten year, especially if they are nervous, try “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn.
Thank you and I hope to meet you all soon!
Skyline PTA