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Capitol Hill School

A Great Place to Grow

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

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Capitol Hill
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    We have a busy week ahead of us as we get ready to close out the month of February.


    This week we will welcome author Patricia Pollaco. She has written many children’s books including The Keeping Quilt, The Bee Tree, and Babushka’s Doll and many others. She will present two assemblies, K - 2 and 3 - 5. We are very excited and thank you for your support, as the visit is possible due to Dash Dollars.


    Students will also participate this week in a drumming workshop with Taiko Drummers. The drummers will be here on Wednesday and Thursday presenting individual class workshops. Again, thank you for your support of Dash Dollars, as we bring this music enrichment opportunity to our students.


    On Friday, students have an opportunity to participate in a “Spirit Day” by wearing CRAZY SOCKS! They might be wild, mismatched, or whatever it might mean to them. This school wide event was earned by students as they work to Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible.




    Please plan to join us at our annual Capitol Hill Auction put on by the PTA. The theme this year, Tailgating for Tomorrow, promises to be lots of fun! The date is March 4th and it begins at 5:30 at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. This auction is the PTA’s primary fundraising event for our school. We greatly appreciate your support and I look forward to seeing you there!


    Mark your calendars now for a special Emergency Preparedness Presentation put on by Mercy Corp, Wednesday, May 3rd, 6:30 - 8:00 here in our cafeteria. This event is planned to help us be better prepared for a minor/major disaster. In the fall, we will host a reunification drill with the help of Mercy Corp, the NET, and PPS emergency response. I hope you will be able to join us as we work to be able to positively respond to an emergency.




    Please be sure to consider the weather for the day as you send your child to school. Students should come prepared to go outside, even when it is raining. They are welcome to bring boots, etc., however, umbrellas are not allowed on the playground.


    Speaking of coats, mittens, hats, etc. ...Please be sure to check the Lost and Found for run-away items. It is located by the parking lot door. Students are encouraged to look for lost items regularly, as it becomes messy very quickly!


    PPS and MESD policy prevents us from doing classroom lice checks. It is a good practice for you to frequently check your student’s hair.  Students with live bugs should not be in school.


    Please remember to communicate a change in after-school plans to both us and Vermont Hills so that we can keep your student safe and facilitate a timely departure of the buses.


    Finally, I appreciate everyone’s effort to help the morning drop-off run safely and smoothly.


    Please remember:

    • Drop off students on 17th in designated areas
    • Drop students curbside only - NOT by Yellow Curbs near Safety Patrol
    • Observe and use the Safety Patrol / Crosswalks
    • Pull-up in the drop off area as far as possible to alleviate congestion behind you
    • Please follow established one-way traffic pattern 7:40 - 8:10
    • Please leave Carson for walkers
    • Please park legally, correct direction
    • Please no U Turns
    • Please do not park in St. Clare’s


    Thank you, again, for all you do to make this such a great community and Capitol Hill Elementary School a Great Place to Grow!


    Sincerely, Principal Williams

District News

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  • School Board approves boundary changes for Peninsula and Chief Joseph

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    The Portland Public Schools Board of Directors voted unanimously last night to approve boundary changes to Peninsula and Chief Joseph schools, both feeder schools for Ockley Green Middle School. The 7-0 vote endorses one of two proposals from the District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC), which was formed in 2014 to help with enrollment balancing across Portland Public Schools.
  • Nine of our schools earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR rating

    At a ceremony on February 10 at Wilson High School in SW Portland, nine PPS schools were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achieving ENERGY STAR certification. To receive this certification, a building must perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. ENERGY STAR schools use an average of 35% less energy, and also release 35% less carbon dioxide.

    Read the full press release here.

  • From the factory to the toy; Mechanisms for triggering new educational behaviors

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    Giancarlo Mozzanti, prominent Colombian architect will speak:

    Friday February 24, 5:30PM
    At the University of Oregon Portland Center
    70 NW Couch Street
    Admission Free

  • Enrollment balancing for Peninsula, Chief Joseph and Ockley Green

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    The District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC) was formed in 2014 to help with enrollment balancing across Portland Public Schools. The committee’s most recent work led them to propose two options to help relieve crowding at Chief Joseph and to create more robust enrollment at Peninsula starting in the 2017-18 school year. On January 30, 2017, Interim Superintendent Bob McKean endorsed one of two DBRAC proposals.

    The proposal, which still requires the approval of the Board of Education, may be reviewed at,

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