Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

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4906 NE 6thPortland, OR 97211Ph 503-916-6456Fx 503-916-2647

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  • Construction Update

    A message from Portland Public Schools
     

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    Dear MLK Jr. community members,

    We’d like to update you on our construction progress and provide some helpful testing data for hazardous materials at Martin Luther King Jr. School.
     
    The health and safety of students and staff is always our top priority and responsibility. We have taken great care to clean classrooms and surroundings so that our students and staff are comfortable and safe as we start the new school year. PPS requires construction contractors follow all standards and guidelines set forth in Hazard Emergency Response regulations for schools, and by EPA, HUD, OSHA and DEQ when performing post-construction clean-up work. PPS also contracts with third party testing firms, like Apex Environment Consulting, to provide final testing to make sure everything is safe before we open the site to students and staff.

    The MLK Jr. campus has received a seismically strengthened roof, new fire sprinklers and an upgraded fire alarm system along with ADA upgrades including an elevator to help ensure a safe and more accessible environment for the community. 

    Testing results are now available
    All testing for asbestos and lead have been completed, and we are pleased that all the tests were negative. For more details, you can view the official results from APEX Environmental on asbestos and on lead here.

    Continued construction at MLK Jr.
    PPS crews will remain on site a little while longer to continue construction of a new elevator for the school. The time needed to install a new elevator takes longer than the summer break construction window. The good news is that elevator construction is ahead of schedule and it is expected to be completed by spring of 2019. 

    The continuing construction should cause minimal disruption to the school. The elevator construction areas are not accessible by students and are completely enclosed behind sealed walls. Work that needs to take place in the school hallways will occur after school hours. 

    School grounds access and fencing 
    The remaining fenced in areas are located on the eastside of the school along 7th Ave. and in the south enclosed courtyard between the school and Annex.

  • Donors Choose for 5th Grade

    Business Savvy at BizTown

    My students need to attend Junior Achievement's BizTown simulation field trip.

    My Students

    I teach fifth grade at a culturally diverse PK-8 school in the center of Portland. Our school is built on a strong history of community. We are an international baccalaureate (IB) school with a Mandarin dual-language immersion program. We also have a unique partnership with local artists and Portland State University that houses a contemporary art museum within our school with an unusual pairing between early education and internationally renowned artists and their work.

    Fifth grade is such a pivotal year for students, and I am honored to be their teacher.

    We are establishing a solid, inclusive classroom community of learners. It is amazing to see my students' growth (as learners and people in general) as they navigate their last elementary school year.

    My Project

    Participating in Junior Achievement's BizTown is a life-changing, real world experience for students. Aligned to social studies standards, 5th graders will learn about financial literacy, economics and community, and work readiness skills. Students participate in in-class lessons, including applying to and interviewing for jobs and practicing writing checks and balancing a checkbook. Then students will spend an entire day in a simulation city where they are in charge of the daily operations of all of their businesses, including managing their time for cashing their paychecks, taking their breaks (including lunch), and making personal purchases.

    BizTown is a realistic, hands-on experience that is like no other.

    As amazing as it is, it also is pretty spendy for each individual student (AND TOTALLY WORTH IT). I would like to take that financial burden off of my students' families, so they can focus on learning these life skills and enjoying this opportunity.

    https://www.donorschoose.org/project/business-savvy-at-biztown/3326762/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=page&utm_campaign=project&utm_term=teacher_3072308&rf=page-dc-2018-09-project-teacher_3072308&challengeid=20632218
  • Welcome Back to Martin Luther King Jr. School 2018-2019!

    Greetings MLK Community!

    I am so excited that we are getting close to welcoming our students and families back to MLK Jr.!  As you have seen the school has been undergoing a huge face lift while students have been gone.  The building has a new roof with seismic improvements, a school wide sprinkler system, a fully updated fire alarm system and the beginnings of an elevator.  There is also sewer upgrade work happening right by the school currently.  While we are very excited to have all of these things in place, it has made the opening of school complex.  The construction will continue until the day before students return and will continue after school and on weekends until completed.  Our school office will open August 20th.  We will continue to communicate with folks through email and phone calls but we cannot open the doors to families until then.  Those wishing to turn in registration materials before that day are welcome to drop them off in the Enrollment and Transfer office at the BESC 501 N. Dixon or wait until the 20th.  The construction also means that we cannot hold our Community Care Day at the same time as most of the rest of the district on August 18th.  Don't worry, you will get your chance to show the love to MLK in September.  We are working with community partners to finalize that date and will have it to you soon.  We will be holding a back to school ice cream social and backpack hand out on August 23rd at 4:30 in the cafeteria.  Depending on the state of the construction students may be able to visit their new classroom.  We do have a list of supplies that are needed throughout the year if you would like to contribute.  Our partners at School House Supplies provide supplies to get us started! 

    Here is the list:

    Kleenex

    Hand Sanitizer

    Disinfectant Wipes (high need)

    Expo Markers for white boards (high need)

    White Copy Paper 8.5 by 11

    Ticonderoga Pencils 

    Crayola Crayons

    Crayola Markers

    Crayola Colored Pencils

    Elmer's Glue sticks & liquid glue

    The first day of school for our 1st-5th grade students will be Monday August 27th with doors opening at 8:30 and classes released at 3:00.  Our Pre-K and Kindergarten students will be scheduled for an assessment appointment sometime between August 27 and August 29th and classes for them begin on August 30th. 

    We will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students without the need for a meal application. 

    We will miss our middle school students but we know they are in great hands at Harriet Tubman Middle School!

    I am so excited to welcome back our brilliant students and continue our journey together.  We have an incredible staff returning to pick up from where we left off.  I will be sharing more details with you soon but I wanted to let you know about the upcoming events.

    With gratitude,

    Jill Sage

    Principal 


    Saludos Comunidad MLK!

    ¡Estoy tan emocionado de que nos estamos acercando para darles la bienvenida a MLK Jr. a nuestros estudiantes y familias! Como ha visto, la escuela ha sufrido un enorme estiramiento facial mientras los alumnos se habían ido. El edificio tiene un techo nuevo con mejoras sísmicas, un sistema de riego en toda la escuela, un sistema de alarma contra incendios totalmente actualizado y los comienzos de un ascensor. También hay trabajos de mejora de alcantarillado que están llevando a cabo actualmente la escuela. Si bien estamos muy contentos de tener todas estas cosas en su lugar, ha hecho la apertura del complejo escolar. La construcción continuará hasta el día antes de que los estudiantes regresen y continuará después de la escuela y los fines de semana hasta que se complete. Nuestra oficina de la escuela abrirá el 20 de junio . Seguiremos comunicándonos con la gente a través de correos electrónicos y llamadas telefónicas, pero no podremos abrirles las puertas a las familias hasta entonces. Aquellos que deseen entregar los materiales de inscripción antes de ese día, pueden dejarlos en la oficina de Inscripción y Transferencia en BESC 501 N. Dixon o esperar hasta el día 20. La construcción también significa que no podemos celebrar nuestro Día de Atención Comunitaria al mismo tiempo que la mayoría del resto del distrito el 18 de agosto. No te preocupes, tendrás la oportunidad de demostrarle el amor a MLK en septiembre. Estamos trabajando con socios de la comunidad para finalizar esa fecha y pronto se la enviaremos. Vamos a tener una Heladería de regreso a la escuela y mochila escolar el 23 de agosto a las 4:30 en la cafetería . Dependiendo del estado de la construcción, los estudiantes pueden visitar su nueva clase. Tenemos una lista de suministros que se necesitan durante todo el año si desea contribuir. ¡Nuestros socios en School House Supplies proporcionan suministros para que podamos comenzar!

    Aquí está la lista:

    kleenex

    Desinfectante de manos

    Toallitas desinfectantes (alta necesidad)

    Marcadores Expo para pizarras blancas (alta necesidad)

    Papel de copia blanco 8.5 por 11

    Ticonderoga lápices

    Crayola Crayons

    Marcadores Crayola

    Lápices de colores Crayola

    Pegamento de cola de Elmer y pegamento líquido

    El primer día de clases para nuestros estudiantes de 1. ° a 5. ° grado será el lunes 27 de agosto con las puertas abiertas a las 8:30 y las clases impartidas a las 3:00Nuestros estudiantes de Pre-K y Kindergarten se programarán para una cita de evaluación en algún momento entre el 27 de agosto y el 29 de agosto y las clases para ellos comienzan el 30 de agosto.

    Continuaremos brindando desayuno y almuerzo gratis a todos los estudiantes sin la necesidad de una solicitud de comida.

    Extrañaremos a nuestros estudiantes de secundaria, ¡pero sabemos que están en buenas manos en Harriet Tubman Middle School!

    Estoy muy emocionado de dar la bienvenida a nuestros estudiantes brillantes y continuar nuestro viaje juntos. Tenemos un personal increíble que regresa a recoger desde donde lo dejamos. Estaré compartiendo más detalles contigo pronto, pero quería informarte sobre los próximos eventos.

    Con gratitud,

    Jill Sage

    Director de escuela


  • Martin Luther King Jr. School Supply List

    Each student will be receiving a backpack with some school supplies from our donors at School House Supplies.
     
    Below is a general list of items that we use all year round. 
     
    Kleenex
    Hand Sanitizer
    Disinfectant Wipes (high need)
    Expo Markers for white boards (high need)
    White Copy Paper 8.5 by 11
    Ticonderoga Pencils 
    Crayola Crayons
    Crayola Markers
    Crayola Colored Pencils
    Elmer's Glue sticks & liquid glue
     
    There may be additional specific items depending on the grade level and teacher. Please check with the classroom teacher when school begins.
     
     
     
     

Principal's
Message

  • Welcome to Martin Luther King Jr. School!  We are a school with a strong history and a bright future.  Our PK-5th grade students represent the future of this great city and we are proud to have many local partners supporting us.  As an International Baccalaureate authorized school, we seek to provide inquiry based, conceptual learning for our students.  Integrated arts is also at the heart of our work. These experiences serve to bring the content alive!  Please visit the Integrated Arts page for more information about our partners.  Finally, we are a Mandarin Immersion school, providing Mandarin language instruction in a 50/50 model.  We are partnered with the Albina Head Start program where many of our students receive Mandarin instruction during their Pre-K experience.

     

    Our Mission:

    Martin Luther King, Jr. School believes in the unlimited potential of everyone in our diverse community.  We believe that a caring well-balanced student will be motivated to become a global citizen who is inspired to take action.

     

    Warmly,

     

    Jill Sage

    Principal

     

     

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