Thanks to a change in certification requirements for the Community Eligibility Provision Incentive (CEPI) of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program, St. Helens High School students are now eligible to receive school breakfast and lunch at NO COST.
Prior to this change, St. Helens High School was the only school in our district that did not qualify for free meals for students. Now, all St. Helens School District students qualify for free breakfast and lunch, regardless of whether they fill out a free/reduced meal application.
Please note that each meal comes with milk. If your child only wants milk and not a meal or would like additional milk, those may be purchased for $0.50 Payments can be made by cash or check to the school or online at TouchBase Payments.
In addition, any outstanding balances accrued prior to January 1, 2024, are still owed. Information about negative balances will be mailed directly to families from our Student Nutrition Department.
Families who have positive balances in their meal accounts may contact Misty Crawford, Nutrition Services Director, at either 503-366-7234 or email@example.com for a full refund.
We are excited about this change and the opportunity it provides to ensure all St. Helens School District students have access to free nutritious meals during the school day.
In an effort to streamline attendance and make it more convenient for families to excuse their student(s) absence, the St. Helens School District is rolling out a new, more efficient way for families to notify the attendance office when their student(s) will be absent from school.
Starting on January 2, 2024, families will have three avenues to notify their student(s) school of an absence. No more phone calls or waiting on hold! This will cut down on wait time and increase important safety measures while providing written confirmation of each transaction.
WHEN EXCUSING YOUR STUDENT(S) FROM SCHOOL, PLEASE USE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE OPTIONS TO REPORT ATTENDANCE.
This can be used to excuse your student(s) the day of (before 7:45 am) and for future days. This applies to excused and full-day absences ONLY.
Parents have the option to select attendance emails for absence notification.
3. EMAIL NOTIFICATION:
To excuse an absence, parents/guardians can contact each school's individual attendance email.
Columbia City Elementary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lewis & Clark Elementary - email@example.com
McBride Elementary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Plymouth High School - email@example.com
St. Helens High School - firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Helens Middle School - email@example.com
St. Helens Virtual Academy - firstname.lastname@example.org
Partial day absences or absences that occurred in the past cannot be reported through ParentVUE they can be updated by sending a message through ParentSquare or emailed directly to your school's attendance email.
FOR STUDENT SAFETY, ALL ATTENDANCE REQUESTS WILL NEED TO BE IN WRITING.
This process will be consistent throughout the District, so as students move or change schools, the directions for contacting the schools regarding attendance will be the same!
PROCESS FOR EXCUSING A STUDENT TO LEAVE EARLY FROM A CLASS FOR AN APPOINTMENT.
To get your student out early for an appointment, please send a Parent Square Message to the school's attendance email and include the student's teacher during the period in which they need to be excused.
Your student must sign out in the attendance office before leaving campus according to your instructions.
If you think that your student's absence was entered by mistake, please contact the teacher of the class your student was marked absent from by ParentSquare or email.
PLEASE NOTE - Absences entered by parents are automatically accepted by the system but may be updated by your school office staff. A student with an absence of 10 days or more will be inactivated on the start of the absence date and reenrolled upon return.
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Joint Partnership Between the St. Helens School District and the City of St. Helens Recreation Program Brings in a $1,178,590 Grant to St. Helens!
St. Helens, OR. - In a remarkable display of collaboration and dedication to the community's youth, the St. Helens School District and the City of St. Helens Recreation Program are thrilled to announce the allocation of $1,178,590 in funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Afterschool Program. These funds, from the U.S. Department of Education, will support the program for the next five years, ensuring its continued growth and impact.
Since its inception in 2018, this remarkable partnership between the St. Helens School District and the City of St. Helens Recreation Program has witnessed phenomenal growth. This success is attributed to the unwavering trust and support of parents and the community, who recognize the program's vital role in nurturing our youth.
At the heart of the St. Helens 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Afterschool Program lies a commitment to fostering a sense of connectedness and providing safe spaces for our children. The program is purposefully designed to develop the whole child, catering to their academic, physical, and socio-emotional needs.
The St. Helens 21st CCLC Enrichment Program serves as an accessible, welcoming hub for students in grades K-5. Here, they can congregate for nutritious snacks, engage in physical activities, receive valuable life skills training, and find assistance with homework. Additionally, students can explore a wide range of enriching activities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), entrepreneurship, drug-free education, internet safety, and more.
One of the program's unique features is its reliance on the expertise of local community arts organizations, musicians, and librarians. Through collaborative efforts, students will embark on experiential learning journeys in math and science. Moreover, they will have the opportunity to participate in arts and music activities meticulously designed to enhance engagement, boost standardized performance, and nurture social-emotional health and self-esteem.
The St. Helens 21st Century Community Learning Center Afterschool Program is set to kick off in January 2024, starting at Lewis & Clark Elementary School. Building upon its successes, the program will expand to additional elementary sites, reaching even more students in our district.
This monumental achievement would not have been possible without the vision and dedication of key individuals. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Shanna Duggan from the City of St. Helens Recreation Program and former Director Matt Doyle from the St. Helens School District, who spearheaded the grant-writing process. Their tireless efforts, supported by the Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD), have brought this invaluable resource to our community.
Stay tuned for more details and updates as we embark on this exciting journey to empower and inspire the youth of St. Helens.
More details will be released and posted on both the School District’s and the City’s websites in December 2023.