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Abernethy Elementary School

The little school
under the elms.

2421 SE OrangePortland, OR 97214Ph (503) 916-6190Fx (503) 916-2600


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  • Welcome Back Abernethy Families!!!

     2016-2017 School Supply List

    Announcements, Announcement, Announcements...
    Welcome back...There is a lot of important news/information for families regarding the 2016-17 start of year, please read to the end.
    • Community Care Day is scheduled on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 9:00-12:00.  Please come help us make our grounds beautiful for the start of the new year. 
    • Changes to the transportation of students:  Please go to the following bus link and determine if your child is eligible to ride the bus.  The school will provide bus tags for students eligible to receive transportation per the Transportation Department.  If you have questions regarding your student's transportation please contact Lee Clapp - Transportation scheduler at
    • At the end of the school year, information was communicated via the district regarding how lunches will be charged to student accounts.  Students will be entering in their PPS Student ID number into a 10 key pad instead of swiping cards when purchasing lunch.  Information was sent home with report cards and mailed home in August.  To reduce the time waiting in the lunch line, please help your child learn his or her ID number prior to the start of school. 
    • This year we decided to change our Open House.  It will now be a Curriculum Night for parents.  Staff will be sharing information on curriculum and classroom procedures.  This will be an adult only event.  Please arrange childcare for the evening of Thursday, September 22nd 6:00-7:30 PM.
    • Construction is heading into the homestretch.  The district is telling us it will be substantially completed for us to return to school on time!!!  You may have noticed a rather large sink hole in the asphalt of the playground.  This should also be taken care of prior to students arriving the first day of school. 
    • We have a new website...and it should be live on Wednesday August 8-17-2016.  Please take the time to look at the site.  We would love feedback; you like it, you wish it had ?, you can't find something.  Please send your feedback to Julie Wood.
    • New Student Popsicle Social, Monday August 29th 6:30 on the Playground
    • New Family Coffee Hour, September 1st at 8:40, after drop off, meeting in the Gazebo


  • Welcome to the 2016-17 school year at Abernethy. I am so thrilled to be starting another school year with all of you.

    I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of important things for us all to remember at the beginning of the year. The front door is the main entry for the school. The doors to the playground in back and the breezeway will be opened for student entry beginning at 8:30 for breakfast. After the tardy bell rings at 8:45, all doors but the front door will be locked. At that point the only door available for entry for anyone not requiring ADA accessibility is the front door.

    We welcome volunteers. Anyone remaining in the building after the tardy bell rings at 8:45am needs to sign in at the office and wear a name badge. If you plan on volunteering regularly, please make sure you have a current background check on file.

    Just a reminder, school starts at 8:40am with the tardy bell ringing at 8:45am. There is no supervision on the playground before school. If your child arrives after the tardy bell at 8:45 he or she needs to sign in at the office and get a green slip before going to class. The school day ends at 3:00pm. There is no supervision on the playground after school. Students not with an adult are asked to go directly home.

    The final reminder that I would like to draw your attention to is food. We have several rooms designated at peanut or nut free, depending on student allergy. Please be mindful as you bring snacks/lunch of the safety concerns. You will know if this impacts your child’s classroom through a note in your child’s first day packet.

    On the topic of food, there is a school wide agreement that birthdays will be recognized without food of any kind. Classroom celebrations will be arranged through the teacher and must offer a mixture of healthy options and treats if food is provided. Thank you in advance for all your support. If you have questions please contact our office at (503) 916-6190.

    I am looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year at Abernethy.

    Take care,

    Heather Hull



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  • Healthy Schools Update: Week of August 15

    This week, the Portland Public School Board announced that Bob McKean, former Centennial School District Superintendent, will be Interim Superintendent until a permanent superintendent is hired. Learn more about Bob here.

    Please click below for this week’s health and safety update.

  • Portland School Board Announces Interim Superintendent Finalist

    Today the Portland Public Schools Board of Education announced that it will vote tonight on the final candidate, Bob McKean, to serve as the Interim Superintendent of PPS for the 2016-17 school year while the board conducts a nationwide search for a permanent Superintendent to be in place before the following school year.
  • School Bus Schedules

    Portland Public Schools provides yellow bus service to students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade, depending on the distance from school and other safety considerations. (High school students receive a TriMet bus pass from their school.) Because bus schedules are prone to changes, PPS is no longer mailing printed copies to students’ homes.
    View bus schedules
  • Project Community Care

     Volunteers help clean up Cesar Chavez School.
    Mark your calendars! Project Community Care, our  city-wide school volunteer event, will be 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Aug. 27th
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