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Markham School

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Building Tomorrow!

10531 SW Capitol HwyPortland, OR 97219Ph 503-916-5681Fx 503-916-2655

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Markham School

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  • Literacy Night

    Literacy Night
  • School Tours

    School Tours are the following dates

    starting February 1st through March 1st from 9:00 to 10:00 AM:

    2/1, 2/8, 2/16, 2/22 and 3/1.

    Please call the office to schedule the tour at (503) 916-5681.

  • Connect to Kindergarten

    There are two Connect to Kindergarten events this year
    Thursday February 9th 6:30-7:30 PM
    Thursday Math 25th 6:30-7:30 PM 
    **This is for parents only please**
  • Sharing with Shawn

    11/18, 12/16, 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, and 5/19 

    We meet 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the MCCA room. Childcare and refreshments are provided by Neighborhood House. 



  • January 6, 2017


    Dear Markham Families,

    Happy 2017 and welcome back!   Everyone has been so excited to return to school.  We had an unknowingly early start to winter break due to weather.  Parents, please know that you make the decision as to whether or not your child attends or stays at school when weather conditions are dicey.

    We returned to school in the new year to some rather cold conditions.  Every effort is made for students to go outside for recess.  This week the big gym was open during lunch recesses for students to stay inside or to come in and warm up


    Though the weather outside has been frigid, students have kept warm and invigorated by jumping into their learning.  A large majority of our students participated in the Winter Break Reading and Writing Challenge Packet and were acknowledged for their efforts at our Writing Awards Assemblies today and given a Markham pencil.  Thank you parents for your continued support of students participating in our Winter and Spring Break Challenges.  


    The cold weather has also impacted the school calendar.  School closures due to weather conditions has led to two additional days being added and now the last day of school for students is Tuesday, June 13th.   5th grade parents please make note that this impacts promotion and clap out.  Promotion and clap-out are now Tuesday, June 13th.  You will be receiving information on additional end of the year 5th grade events.


    Speaking our 5th graders, we will be celebrating them with our traditional rites of passage Chinese New Year Dragon Parade.  All Markham families and encouraged to come as we line the halls starting at 2:30 on January 20th to cheer on and honor our outgoing 5th graders as they are transitioning to middle school.   This is a wonderful group of students that are holding up the Markham High Five and being exemplary role models for the rest of our student body.  We will miss them greatly!


    Important Date Change:  There is also another district date change due to the weather.  The Friday, January 27th Planning Day has been changed to Friday, February 3rd.  The end of the grading period is now Thursday, February 2nd.   No school for students on Friday, February 3rd.  


    It’s that time of year again when I ask you to please spread the news about Markham’s Connect to Kindergarten.  There will be two opportunities this year for parents to attend a Connect to Kindergarten. The first one is Thursday, February 9th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the auditorium.  The second event is Thursday, May 25th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the library. These are both parent only events.   During our time together parents gain insight into our kindergarten program and other offerings as to how we support and nurture students’ learning. PTA representatives are available to answer questions and sponsor refreshments.

    Mark your calendars for Family Literacy Night Thursday, January 26th from 6:00 to 7:30.  We have planned lots of great interactive and engaging activities for the entire family to enjoy. Don’t miss out! Informational flyers will be coming home shortly.

    Yay! Our second mobile cart finally arrived right before winter break with 30 tablets with touch screen capabilities. The tablets are already being used by our students.  I want to thank our PTA again for their generous gift in supplying Markham with the two mobile carts each with 30 devices this year.  As our digital resources increase so does the staff and students’ technological prowess.

    Please join me in welcoming Todd Deutch to the Markham Team.  Mr. Deutch took Siobhon Hicks place as one of our evening custodians. Ms. Hicks is now fulltime at Capitol Hill Elementary.  We wish Ms. Hicks a successful school year and appreciate her service to Markham.

    Reminder:  We are now in our second year with the First Move Chess Program.  Our 2nd and 3rd graders successfully participate in the online program.  Our First Move students can take part in online chess by logging on to

    Pennies for Peace will be starting on Wednesday, January 11th through the 26th.  PTA helps to orchestrate this endeavor.  All proceeds support Green Village Schools, a Portland based non-profit that builds and supports schools for boys and girls in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in order to promote peace and prosperity.  To help out, just send in your spare change to your child's classroom.


    Everyone get ready and make plans to attend the Markham Denim and Diamonds Auction!  You will not be disappointed.  This is a very fun-filled evening that is all for Markham students.  
    When:  Saturday, February 25th at 5:30 PM

    Where:  Providence Park 909 SW 18t Avenue in Portland

    The venue is outstanding and the company is grand. Come support our PTA in their biggest fundraiser for the year.  Don’t miss out!

    It is hard to believe we are in the month of January of 2017.  Time really does fly.  Remember to stop and smell the roses, or remember to stop and take in the wintry scape and cool crisp air before welcoming spring.


    Warmest appreciation,

    Shawn Garnett



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  • Tuesday, January 17: All schools and offices closed

    This was a difficult decision. We know that school closures impact families in many ways, disrupting work schedules, childcare, in addition to classroom instruction for the nearly 49,000 students we serve.

  • School conditions update for Tuesday, January 17

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      Facilities staff have been clearing parking lots and pathways, like here at West Sylvan.

    We continue to work to get schools ready to open tomorrow. Ice is our biggest barrier and concern, and the safety of students and staff is our priority.

    The vast majority of our schools have been cleared of snow yet, there are still a significant number that have walkways and other paths covered in ice, which we are working to clear today.

  • 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.

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