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Capitol Hill School

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8401 SW 17th AvePortland, OR 97219Ph 503-916-6303Fx 503-916-2616

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    Greetings and Happy New Year!


    I hope you all enjoyed the winter break spending time together that is not always available. As we begin the new year, I’m reminded of the snow-shortened month of December. I want to be sure to thank you for your many well wishes to me and the staff, your support of our Holiday drive, and for your patience and understanding with our weather difficulties.


    I’m also reminded of the many exciting events we have ahead as we continue with our school year. January 26th closes out the first semester. Thank you for your support in having your student here everyday and on-time. There is much work to be done and our teachers work hard to make use of every minute.


    This month we begin our OMSI classroom visits generously provided by your support of science at last year’s auction. The students will have special learning opportunities to enhance their science learning. Grade levels will study: K: Weather; 1st: Imagineering; 2nd: Prehistoric Dinosaurs; 3rd: Galactic Address; 4th: Nano-The Science of Small; 5th: School of Rock.


    Please join me at 8:00 on the 20th for A Cup of Joe with Joy. I enjoy being able to meet with you and discuss current issues and the like. I believe the PTA is also planning a Family Fun night for that evening.


    On January 26th, students will participate in our annual Decathlon, this year once again being presented by OMSI. We will set up in the gym as we did last year. It promises to be a great day.


    Finally, I want to thank you for your support of our arrival and dismissal plan. The way in which we drop off and pick up students is specially designed to ensure student safety and an organized start to our day. With inclement and cold weather, remember we are all in this together. It’s easy to get distracted, easy to not see a child, and easy to become frustrated with traffic lines, but your awareness, patience, and understanding are so important. Please follow all traffic and safety rules, as well as being courteous to other drivers and our neighbors.



    • No U turns & park the correct direction
    • Cross only at Crosswalks
    • Drop students school curbside
    • Do not drop or park at a yellow curb
    • Make use of the parking lot to park
    • Reserve Carson for Walkers
    • Keep 17th ONE WAY (south) in front of school (as much as possible), during morning drop off.
    • Do not drop at the bus lanes or park in St. Clare’s


    Thank you! And Welcome Back! Principal Joy Williams


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  • School conditions update

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    We want to update you on the status of our work to prepare our schools for the safe return of staff and students. Since Wednesday, our dedicated custodians and maintenance staff have been working very long hours to clear pathways, manage building power, plumbing and heat to ensure all of our utilities are operational given the freezing conditions that can impact pipes and electricity.

  • Friday, January 13: All schools and offices closed

    Schools will be closed tomorrow Friday, January 13.  Our teams have been out today clearing school sidewalks and parking lots and putting the chains on buses, however it is still unsafe on the streets and sidewalks for all of our students and staff to get to school.   All weekend activities including athletics are also canceled.

  • End of semester date change

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    Tuesday, January 10: The Board of Education made the decision to:

    Extend the semester by one week so that the last day of the semester will be Thursday, February 2nd (instead of the original schedule of Thursday, January 26th); AND

    Move the teacher planning day to Friday, February 3rd (from the original schedule of Friday, January 27).

  • Thursday, January 12: All schools and offices closed

    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a local emergency as a result of the near-record snowfall last night and through today. Temperatures are expected to remain low overnight leaving significant amounts of snow on city roads and sidewalks. Power is also a concern in certain parts of the city and some of our schools. Because of the continued weather impacts, all PPS schools and district offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 12.

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