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8401 SW 17th AvePortland, OR 97219Ph 503-916-6303Fx 503-916-2616

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  • Greetings,


    We have a few more things going on this week as we approach Spring Break. Tomorrow we will have our OMSI assemblies entitled “Altered States”, courtesy of your support at the auction last year. Students will be grouped K - 2 and 3 - 5 for two separate assemblies. It is also possible that students will earn their “dance party” which will happen on Friday during lunch recess. They have been busy earning “Bee tickets” for Safe, Responsible, and Respectful behavior and are rewarded with a special privilege when they collectively earn a certain number of tickets.


    We will also run a “Lock-Down” drill either Thursday or Friday. A Lock-Down drill is one in which students follow teacher’s directions to be quiet and out of sight. The mantra for the drill is “locks, lights, out of sight.” The drill is announced over the Voip system. If you happen to be in the school, just follow teacher/office directions. Please be sure to contact me with any questions or concerns.


    On a lighter note, congratulations to all who participated in the Oregon Battle of the Books. Our winning school time participated in the finals last weekend. They represented themselves and our school very nicely, and had fun doing so. I want to thank all the parents who supported students in this venture, but especially thank Christine Sarkisian for her work in organizing and running the program. She took on a huge job and we so appreciate her time and efforts! Thank you, Christine!


    Participants in the OBOB final were: Maija Enestvedt, Hadley Millerman, Addison Feld-Gore, Lucy Steingrebe, and Anna Stiffler.


    Please check the Lost and Found for misplaced items. It will soon be bagged and sent off to the district PTA closet.


    As we move into April, we will begin the process of State Testing. Like we have in the past, we maintain a schedule so that you are aware of when your student’s class is testing. Each classroom is given a block of time for each test, math or language arts. The class will test a reasonable amount of time within the block. Please see me with questions or concerns. The schedule is attached.


    The week we come back will be a full week of school with the Annual Art Show on Thursday evening, April 6th, from 6:30 - 8:30. Please join us for this amazing event!


    I’m sure you have heard news about the budget woes and the possible reductions in staffing across the district for next year. I am happy to report that Capitol Hill is in good shape and will maintain a full program of classes with 3 teachers at every grade level except 5th, which will have two. At this time, I do not see a blended classroom as part of the line-up. We are also in the position to retain a viable PE and Art program. As we go through the spring and wait upon the state for their budget, please know that there could be changes, but at this time I don’t expect our situation to change. If you know families with prospective Kindergartners, please encourage them to register early.


    Finally, please remember to mark your calendars for our special Earthquake Preparedness meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30. The program is being presented by Mercy Corp. You can find more information on our website.


    I hope you all have a great Spring Break!


    Sincerely, Principal Williams

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