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2409 N. Saratoga St.Portland, OR 97217Ph (503) 916-6255Fx (503) 916-2618

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  • We had a very productive PTA/PTO meeting last week. Thank you Elizabeth, and the board, for taking on this important leadership responsibility, and thank you to all who were able to attend. One point of discussion was how to elicit all voices when making decisions for the community, and improving our communication to ensure everybody has access to what’s happening in the school and with the PTA. To that end, I’d like to share some important links for accessing PTA information:

    • Chief Joseph PTA Facebook page:
    • Chief Joseph PTA website:
    • Flower Bulb Fundraiser:

    This is going to be a busy week, with many opportunities for community involvement. Thursday night is Open House. Our students and teachers have been working hard to get ready, and they are excited to share their classrooms with you. Doors will open at 6:00; classrooms will close at 7:30. This is a great opportunity to meet the teacher, have your student show you how their classroom works, and sign up for conferences. We will also be having a TAG informational meeting from 7:30 ­8:00, in the library, for parents who are considering nominating their students for TAG, or want clarification on TAG programming.

    Friday is the Principal Coffee. We will meet at 9:00 am in the library. I will be sharing information about our partnerships and Continuous Achievement Plan. We’ll also have time for you to share your ideas with me. We will have donuts and coffee. I look forward to seeing you there!

    I would like to clarify a few issues around pick up and drop off. The cafeteria doors open for breakfast at 8:15. If your student is eating breakfast, please make sure they have time to eat. We dismiss students to classrooms at 8:38. Buses no longer use the entire bus loading zone on Saratoga St. If you would like to drop your student off, without parking your car, you may do so near the front entrance. It is important that you do not park in the bus zone.

    In the afternoon, students are picked up either at the classroom doors for K­1, or outside on the blacktop for 2­3. For student safety, we ask that you follow these procedures. Please do not pick up your student from inside the building.

    Another safety concern is parking on the North side of Delaware St. This is a “No Parking” area. There is minimal visibility when backing out of this area and we do not want an accident. Please obey all parking signs.

    Thank you,



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  • PPS Nutrition Services: Menu change next week

    Due to this week’s school closures the breakfast and lunch menus for Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 12-14 will need to change. The regularly published menu will resume on Thursday Dec. 15, 2016. Please check with your school office or cafeteria if you have questions.
  • K-12 Quality Assessment Framework Committee - Invitation to Participate

    Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment (ICA) and System Planning and Performance (SPP) are assembling a committee to draft the PPS K-12 Quality Assessment Framework. They are targeting 25-30 people for the Committee with broad District membership representation and at least half being school-based educators.  

    Click "More" below for additional information.  
  • "Fractions, Fractions, Fractions" Math Professional Development Opportunity

    "Fractions, Fractions, Fraction" will be offered to classroom math teachers (grades 2-6) on January 11, January 26, February 15, March 2 and March 15, from 4:00pm-5:30pm at the Holladay Annex. 
  • Abernethy Lead Paint Update

    Dear Abernethy Families and Staff,

    We recently contracted with an independent third party, PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc., to conduct a visual condition assessment of all district school interior and exterior painted and varnished surfaces. The work is being done to compile a comprehensive, accurate and independently verified detail of outstanding paint needs. Once developed, the list should help guide us in determining annual budget and workload needs. It’s likely that every school in the district will have identified needs and that the resulting list will be extensive and require many years to fully manage.  A copy of the Atkinson visual condition assessment report is located on our website and may be viewed here.

    Thank you,
    Courtney Wilton
    Interim Chief Operating Officer 

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