September 2, 2016
Dear Markham Families,
Welcome back! I am excited about the school year and looking forward to all of our continued learning and growing together. We are all here now our with kindergarteners’ first day being yesterday. One of our parents, Ms. Prather, decorated our main hall showcases with an acrostic poem she received from Ms. Kandel. It speaks to this community so eloquently. It spells out WELCOME – When you enter this loving school consider yourself one of the special members of an extraordinary family. Ms. Prather also had a great showcase last year that read, “Welcome Home!”
I would like to introduce new Markham staff. Please join me in welcoming:
Erin Altz – Grades 1st and 2nd reading support; Nancy Cook – K-2 ISC teacher; David Craig – Para-educator Ms. Boyle’s classroom; Hannah Geason – Educational assistant Ms. Boyle’s classroom; Kathryn Golden – Grade 5 teacher; Andrea Hartz – ESL teacher; Ming Hom – Counselor; Faith Ramage – Grades 3-5 math support; Cody Rook – Grade 4 teacher; Micaela Sause – Speech pathologist (1 day a week); Wakako Sogo – School psychologist; Christine Stonecliffe – Grades 1st and 2nd math support; Kirsten Truman – Librarian
Ms. Harold, our former 5th grade teacher, is now the Assistant Principal at Ockley Green Middle School
Mr. Hyde, our former 4th grade teacher, and Christine O’Donovan, our former ESL teacher, made the decision to retire this summer. Ms. Schmidt, our former counselor, transitioned to be a counselor at Arleta K-8 and Abernathy K-5 schools. Ms. Mohamed, our former Educational Assistant in Ms. Boyle’s classroom, is at Rosa Parks K-5 this year working to complete her teaching license credentials. Ms. Chudd, our former K-2 ISC teacher, is working with preschoolers in the David Douglas School District. Ms. Clem, our grade 1st and 2nd reading support teacher, is on leave for this year and is looking to return next year. Join me in wishing them all a healthy, happy and successful year and future.
We will be adding an additional 4th grade classroom due to the high numbers and over crowdedness. A letter has gone home today with 4th grade students explaining the timeline for this process.
We now have three lunches instead of two. The configuration is K/1, 2/3 and 4/5. The K/1 lunch is 11:00 to 11:25 and recess 11:25 to 11:45. The 2/3 lunch is 11:30 to 11:55 and recess 11:55 to 12:15.
The 4/5 lunch is 12:00 to 12:25 and recess 12:25 to 12:45. The three lunches significantly reduces the amount of students in the cafeteria and especially on the playground. This also diminishes the amount of time student cafeteria workers are out of class. First lunch is covered by 3rd graders and the second and third lunch is covered by 4th and 5th graders.
Please make note that K-2 Friday Awards Assembly time has changed. It is now from 10:15 to 10:45 AM. The school calendar does not have the correct time. Grades 3-5 is still from 2:15 to 2:45.
Attached to this letter is information from our school nurse, Sabrina Bauer and the new district adopted dress code. The new dress code will be reflected in next year’s handbook but is in place for this year.
Thank you Ms. Plock and Mr. Kern for spearheading two important events in our community, Multnomah Days Parade and Community Care Day. I also would like to thank all of the parent volunteers, too numerous to count, who assisted us with the MANY start of school tasks that have to be done for us to ensure a great beginning to the school year. I cannot thank you enough for all that you do in making Markham an extraordinary school.
Mark your calendars for Back to School Night. It is on Thursday, September 22nd from 6:30 to 8:00. We will begin in the auditorium and dismiss for classroom visits. This is a parent only event due to limited space in the auditorium and limited time for classroom visits. Teachers will share important information specific to their classroom which you will need to know to better partner with them and support your child in having a successful school year. You will have the opportunity to sign-up for fall conferences happening in November. Please remember that this is a time for teachers to share important classroom information regarding curricula, activities and expectations. If you are needing to meet with the teacher to discuss your child’s progress or other in depth information, Back to School Night is not the appropriate event. Please contact your child’s teacher to set up an appointment.
If you only have one classroom visit I encourage you to stop by the library during the second classroom visit session to get important information from our PTA that will assist us in making our school a positive and enriching place for students to learn.
Reminder: Wednesday, September 21st is our first late opening for the year. There is a late opening every month except for November, December and June. On late opening days students come two hours late. Breakfast will begin at 10:20, first bell 10:40 and tardy bell 10:45. MCCA is on regular schedule. SUN School will still run after school if it is in session on late opening days.
Markham School is still a part of the Universal Breakfast Program for the 2016-17 school year. This program allows every student at Markham to eat breakfast at school at no charge. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria, beginning at 8:20 AM.
Last summer, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 2545 allowing school districts to provide lunch free of charge to students who are eligible for reduced price meals. This means students at Markham, who used to pay 40 cents for lunch, will receive a free lunch. If your family was eligible for reduced priced meals last year, remember you still need to fill out a lunch application this year, too. You can also fill out an online application at: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition/3984.htm.
Markham still has three initiatives: PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies), Equity, and Right Brain Initiative. The district is also supporting us by incorporating Restorative Justice Practices to our PBIS program and a Climate Plan. Several staff members will take part in the training this year. The main threads of continuity integrating these initiatives are students’ academic achievement, engagement, social and emotional growth and support. Each of these initiatives are also reflected in our CAP, Comprehensive Achievement Plan.
Again, welcome back everyone. And thank you so much for all of your support as we continue to work together in making each of our students a successful lifelong learner.
As previously communicated, PPS recently hired an independent third party to test lead paint levels in two of the classrooms at Hayhurst, #14 and #15. A copy of their final report, dated September 15, 2016, may be accessed here. The report’s Executive Summary on page 1 includes the following recommendations:
8:00 AM Walk & Bike to School
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PTA Meeting
3:15 PM Site Council
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Sharing with Shawn
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Fall Carnival
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PTA Meeting
3:15 PM Site Council