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Markham School

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

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  • 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, 2/15, 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 May 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. 



  • March 3, 2017


    Dear Markham Families,

    Welcome to March!  Spring is almost here; I can feel it in my bones. I know the students are feeling it as well.  The energy has been quite high lately.  I always tell students that it is okay to be excited for spring break.  But, they have to remember to still hold up the Markham High Five even in their excitement.  Please support us by reminding your child to Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be their Best, Every day in Every way.  Have you child share with you what responsible, respectful, safe and best looks and sounds like when in class, hallway, restroom, cafeteria and the playground.  

    Our Spring Break Math Blast Packet will be coming home on Friday, March 24th. It is voluntary and is a way to keep your child’s skills sharp. The packet consists of grades K-2 and 3-5 math problems.  Your child can complete as much as they are able to understand. Students who work on the packet need to return it by Wednesday, April 5th.  Students will be acknowledged at the April Awards Assembly and given a small token of appreciation for their efforts.  This will be a different packet then last year.

    We had a nice turnout for Connect to Kindergarten.  I want to thank our kindergarten team, the PTA and Ms. Lamb for all of their work in making this event go off without a hitch.  This past Wednesday was our last day for Kindergarten Tours.  These ran every Wednesday for the past five weeks.  Each week was a full tour.  I am always overwhelmed with appreciation for our school community and extremely proud to share Markham with others.

    Thank you PTA and volunteers for another delicious Valentine Smorgasbord.  The Markham staff thanks you with all their hearts for showing us your love.  

    YAY! Ms. Cook’s class received 5 Apple iPads, 5 protection cases, and 14 in-ear headphones through Many, many thanks to the generous donors from Oregon, Washington, Texas, Georgia and Minnesota.  

    And while I am on the subject of giving, how about that Markham Auction this past Saturday.  WOW!  I don’t know the total as of yet, but I heard we did well.  I know a production such as this takes many hands to successfully see it to fruition.  I cannot share my gratitude enough for how thankful I am for our PTA’s dedication and commitment to supporting our students and all who generously contributed to this effort.  I would also like to thank the Maplewood Elementary parents who volunteered to assist us this year.  Markham will be assisting Maplewood as well at their coming auction.  I call that TEAMWORK!

    Our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders have been busy working on their Science Fair Projects.  These projects are used as their Work Samples to fulfill our required local assessment.  The science project will meet the expository writing and speaking requirement for Work Samples.  If your child is in need of assistance with their project, please do not hesitate to contact their classroom teacher.  Science Fair Projects will be on display during our Family Science Night.  Family Science Night is Thursday, March 23rd from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  

    The 3-5 grade classrooms will be open in the afternoon of the 23rd from 1:15 to 2:30 for students and parents to see the science fair projects.  The projects will stay up in the classrooms through the evening for Family Science Night.

    This past Tuesday, our 5th graders attended the Junior Achievement BizTown.  This program combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. It allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world. Two of our students received awards for Best Citizenship. They were Elizabeth L. and Kaleb W.  Way to fly EAGLES!


    Starting next week our 5th graders will be taking the state Science Assessment through the end of March.  Our 3rd through 5th graders will be taking the state Smarter Balanced Assessment in math and English Language Arts starting in April through the end of May. Test make-ups will go from the end of May to the first week in June.  We will be using our stationary computer lab opposite of scheduled technology classes, as well as our mobile carts for these assessments. If you would like to sample Smarter Balanced math and/or English Language Arts test please use the following link to take a Smarter Balanced practice test: Especially during the time of testing, please make sure your child arrives at school on time, well rested and having eaten breakfast.

    Our K-5 grade students learning English just completed the ELPA21 Assessment (English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century).  I know they worked hard to do their best.  I would like to thank Ms. Hartz and Ms. Von Ahn for completing the assessments in such an efficient manner.  I would also like to thank Ms. Roda for her work with students in the Imagine Learning Lab.  This year we had 12 students exit out of ESL.  Thank you teachers and support staff!

    Again, welcome to March, and I am hopeful our winter weather is behind us.  


    Shawn Garnett



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