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

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Chief Joseph
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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: https://www.facebook.com/chiefjosephschool/
    • Chief Joseph PTA website: http://www.chiefjosephschool.org/links
    • Flower Bulb Fundraiser: http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/campaign?campaign_id=24137

    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,

    Amber

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  • Deborah and James Fallows: "Understanding China", student tickets available

    Tuesday, June 6, journalists and authors Deborah and James Fallows will speak together on "Understanding China." Author and linguist Deborah Fallows has spent many years absorbing the culture, politics, and people of China, offering readers and audiences a vivid picture of the enormity of Chinese life through language. James Fallows is an award-winning correspondent for The Atlantic and has written extensively on the economic and political transformations occurring in China, as well as the crisis facing contemporary news media.

    Click here for the registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/eVqxKJtGp37kPx323
  • Shaun King: The New Civil Rights and Global Justice, student tickets available

    Thursday, May 4, journalist and civil rights activist Shaun King will speak on "The New Civil Rights and Global Justice." The New York Daily News columnist is a rising voice for crucial conversations around social justice, race, and inequality. King has become a powerful force in social media and beyond, shaping how the world understands those most affected by racism and injustice.

    Registration link to sign your students: https://goo.gl/forms/r2RYB4a4Z9jM4I5q2

     
  • Benson Tech rocked the SkillsUSA State Competition

     Benson Tech team at the SkillsUSA State Competition, April 2017
    During the SkillsUSA State Competition, this April 20-21, the Benson team landed a bucket full of medals!  All gold medalists qualify for the National Skills USA conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 19th - 23rd.

    Please congratulate all who participated.  They all were fantastic and made Benson Tech proud!

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  • Reminder: Bond materials distribution

    Principals:

    We have mentioned to you on several occasions but wanted to remind you that you will be receiving packets of materials to share with your school community about the proposed Health, Safety and Modernization capital construction bond that will be on the May 16 ballot.

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