Markham School

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  • Markham School Tours

    Tours for prospective families – Please call the office to schedule

    Wednesdays 9:00 to 10:00 except for March 7th 10:00 to 11:00

    February 28th

    March 7th

    March 14th

    March 21st

  • Connect to Kindergarten Events

    Winter - Thursday, February 8th 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the auditorium (Parents Only)

    Spring - Thursday, May 24th 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the library (Parents Only)

  • Literacy Adoption

    Follow this link to explore information on our new literacy adoption- Equity Based Balanced Literacy, EBBL
  • Food Services Positions

    Do you want to help inspire culinary curiosity and nourish the health of the community through school meals? Portland Public Schools Nutrition Services is recruiting for Roving Food Service Assistants to provide students delicious, high quality, nutrient rich, and safe meals. Our kitchens and cafeterias provide a vibrant and inviting atmosphere for enjoying and sharing meal time. We want you to be a part of our team! Training provided. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, call Anya Friday or Charles Hardin at 503-916-3399 or apply at – Roving Food Service Asst. - 15742 


  • November 2, 2017

    Welcome to the Month of November Markham Families!

    It was a pleasure having Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran from District 1 and her assistant Kyle Schwab as our guests on Thursday, October 12th.  Commissioner Meieran took part in Principal for Almost a Day. She had wonderful things to say about Markham. Our students excitedly greeted her and happily posed for a picture or two.  Thank you, Commissioner Meieran, for taking the time to visit Markham and learn about our school program.    

    Lamb’s Garden Home Marketplace presented us with a check for $1,860.75 through their school bottle donation program.  There are bins set up at the front of the check stands for each of our local schools.  Customers can drop their 10 bottle and can returns in the school of their choice.  Bottle return receipts from their automated bottle machines can also be turned into the service center for their favorite school.  A big thanks to Lamb’s Garden Home Marketplace and all who have participated; every little bit helps!  It is amazing as to what a big difference the 5₵ increase on cans and bottle returns makes.  The proceeds support our instructional program.

    Hip hip hooray for the Markham Carnival! Thank you once again Markham PTA for putting on such a fun and exciting event.  It is a delight to see how much our students enjoy the evening.  It is also gratifying to see so many of our former students who are now in middle school or high school come and volunteer to help out.  

    A shout of thanks to Kim and Brian Sage and John Kern for the purchasing, designing and printing of the new Markham Field Trip Stickers.  During field trips each student will wear a sticker in order to be more easily recognized as a Markham student by parent volunteers and field trip site employees.

    Angela Lamb, our former School Secretary, has made the decision to make a career change.

    I want to thank Ms. Lamb for her service to our students, families and staff.  Her warm and welcoming demeanor will be missed along with her attentiveness to offering great customer service.  I wish her well in her future endeavors.  It is my hope to have the position filled soon. I want to also thank Ms. Janet Heckaman for filling in and assisting us in keeping the office running smoothly.  

    The next Sharing with Shawn is Friday, November 17th from 9:00 to 10:00 in the Neighborhood House Head Start classroom, Rm. 113.  This is an informal get together where school information is shared, questions answered, as well as suggested ways to get involved at school.  Come and get important information about your school while meeting other Markham parents.  Childcare and refreshments are sponsored by Neighborhood House for this monthly event.

    At the end of the last school year I met with three representatives from three entities:  Dig In Community (Steve Kennett, Director), Green Schoolhouse (Lauren Rosenstein, founder and creator), and Learning Landscapes.  After they surveyed a number of schools Markham was selected for implementing a project – Markham Greening Schoolyard Project.  The survey was funded by West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.  Dig In Community writes grants to support these school projects. Lauren Rosenstein met with the staff this week to share the purpose of the project and all it has to offer our students.  The project will allow our students to experience environmental and ecological student learning garden lessons throughout the year.  The lessons will be tailored to and integrated with grade level concepts. The subject concepts will be provided by the classroom teachers.  The next steps are to get soil samples and our raised bed boxes repaired.  This is such an exciting learning opportunity for our students, and I am so pleased Markham was selected to be a part of this project.  Thank you Dig In Community, Green Schoolhouse and Learning Landscapes.    

    The attached sheet is from Nurse Mary regarding flu season.


    • There is no school on Friday, November 3rd because it’s a Teacher’s Planning Day.
    • Conferences are scheduled to run from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday and Thursday of November 8th and 9th.   Report cards are not filled out for 1st quarter grading period.  You will receive a PPS Parent –Teacher Conference Form.  These forms are filled out by your child’s classroom teacher and are discussed and presented at the parent/teacher conferences.
    • There is no school on Friday, November 10th in honor of Veterans’ Day.
    • There is also no school on November 22nd, 23rd and 24th in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday.   
    • The Scholastic Book Fair will run from November 27th through December 1st.  It will be held in the library. Grandparents and Special Friends Day will also take place on the last day of the Book Fair, Friday, December 1st from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.

    Important:  Applications for meal benefits are accepted at any time during the school year.  Families who find that their financial situation has changed due to household size or income, can apply now for the first time or reapply at any time during the school year. It is confidential to apply online at: or call the Meal Benefits Center at 503.916.3247 for more information. Please do not hesitate to fill out the application even if your child brings their lunch most of the time.  Our Title 1 funding is determined primarily by qualifying applications.


    I can never say enough about how thankful I am for each of our families and how our school community works so joyously hard for the children.  I am wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, peace and happiness.  


    Many thanks,

    Shawn Garnett


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