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

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  • Principal’s Message - 4/10/2017




    I trust you all had a great spring break! I think it was well received by all and now that we’ve entered fourth quarter, we’re on the downhill slide. Of course we still have much to do.


    Congratulations to all the students who received awards during the awards assemblies last Friday. The students do a wonderful job and we’re happy to recognize each and everyone of them!


    State testing began Monday for our 3rd - 5th graders. During the month of April we will concentrate on ELA (reading/language arts) and then we will move to testing Math in May. Please support your student by ensuring that they are rested and ready to arrive at school on time. Depending on the schedule, students may begin testing first thing in the morning.


    Like we have in the past, we maintain a testing schedule so that you are aware of when your student’s class is testing. Each classroom is given a block of time for each test, math or language arts. The class will test a reasonable amount of time within the block. Please see me with questions or concerns. The schedule is attached.


    I want to thank all the students for working so hard to create the beautiful ART that decorates our halls! Thank you, Nancy Helmsworth and all the volunteers, for making the art show such a big success. It was so much fun seeing everyone here walking through the gallery. Thank you as well to the students that provided the piano and violin recital. It was such a pleasure to hear individual students present the pieces they’ve been practicing, as they pursue outside interests.


    I am happy to report that several of our students’ art will be displayed at The HEART of Portland. This pps K-12 Arts Showcase will be at the Portland Art Museum Wednesday, April 12th from 6:30 - 8:30 in the Mark Building, Fields Sunken Ballroom. It is free and open to the public. There will be student performances throughout the night. This is a thank you for your support of the Art Tax.


    A friendly reminder to please follow our drop-off / pick-up plan. We appreciate trying to have 17th one way during drop-off as much as possible. Also, please leave Carson for walkers. Finally, please drive safely: no U-Turns, wrong way parking in front of school and always use the crosswalk. Thank you.


    The following information is repeated, in event you did not see it.


    I’m sure you have heard news about the budget woes and the possible reductions in staffing across the district for next year. I am happy to report that Capitol Hill is in good shape and will maintain a full program of classes with 3 teachers at every grade level except 5th, which will have two. At this time, I do not see a blended classroom as part of the line-up. We are also in the position to retain a viable PE and Art program. As we go through the spring and wait upon the state for their budget, please know that there could be changes, but at this time I don’t expect our situation to change. If you know families with prospective Kindergartners, please encourage them to register early.

    Please remember to mark your calendars for our special Earthquake Preparedness Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30. The program is being presented by Mercy Corp. You can find more information on our website.


    Thank you, and happy April! Principal Williams

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