Markham School

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  • Round-about Safety

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  • Eagle Pride

    Markham students in action, helping the community. With the generous help of Urban Forest Pros, these students helped spread chippings from their tree recycling service project!
     Cub Scouts  cub scouts
  • 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)


  • January 5, 2018

    Happy New Year Markham Families,

    Welcome back from winter break! It makes my soul joyful to hear our students say they missed school.  Many told me before the break they didn’t need a vacation and wanted to keep coming to school.  Nevertheless, it is my hope that all were able to get some rest and reboot for our next stint of learning.  

    Thank you to all who helped to make Grandparents and Special Friends Day a wonderful event.  It was well attended and our students could hardly contain their excitement.  It is such a privilege and honor to have such special guests in our school. This event closed our Book Fair on a high note. We set a record with earnings of $4,632.66. Big thanks to all the families including our grandparents and special friends that supported this worthy cause. Every dollar goes towards purchasing new books for our library.

    Congratulations to our 1st grade team.  They received a grant for a second year in a row from Target for $1,000.00 for field trips.  Thank you Target!

    Markham was also awarded a sizable, anonymous donation to support our new literacy adoption for purchasing consumable and non-consumable materials.  Our teachers continue to work diligently at mastering the new adoption with the assistance of Ms. McNutt as our Literacy Coach.  Many thanks for the generous donation which impacts students K-5.  

    It has been a long time coming and the time has finally arrived.  Please join me in welcoming, Leah Harrison, our new School Secretary.  Ms. Harrison’s first day was this past Tuesday.  She has hit the ground running and with a smile.  We are glad to have her as a part of the Markham Community.  

    Winter Weather – It has been quite cold lately.  Every effort is made for students to go outside for lunch recesses.  If the temperature becomes more frigid, the small gym will be opened during first lunch recess and the big gym during 2nd and 3rd lunch recesses for students to choose to stay inside or to come in from the cold and warm-up.  In the case of school being open during dicey weather conditions, please know that parents make the decision as to whether or not their child attends school or stays home.

    Many of our students took part in our Winter Break Reading and Writing Challenge by completing some or all of the packet sent home.  Students were acknowledged at today’s Writing and High Five Awards Assembly and each received a Markham pencil as a token of appreciation for their effort.

    Let’s get ready to honor and celebrate our 5th graders with our Chinese New Year Dragon Parade.  This signifies a rites of passage for our 5th graders as they are preparing to enter middle school next year.  This is a time honored tradition at Markham and will take place on the actual Chinese New Year this year.  It is Friday, February 16th.  All Markham families are encouraged to come as we line the halls starting at 2:30 to cheer them on.  We are very proud of each one of them!

    TAG Testing is coming up:  January 16th, 18th & 19th - If your child is testing, please make sure they get the proper amount of sleep and have eaten breakfast each day. The testing schedule is flexible, so it is uncertain as to which date and the time your child will be assessed.

    Spread the Word! Our first Connect to Kindergarten event will be Thursday, February 8th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in our auditorium.  The second Connect to Kindergarten event is Thursday, May 24th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in our library. These are both parent only events.   During our time together parents gain insight into our kindergarten program and other offerings as to how we support and nurture students’ learning. There will be light refreshments sponsored by our PTA and PTA representatives will be available to answer questions.

    Mark your calendars for Family Literacy Night Thursday, January 25th from 6:00 to 7:30.  We have planned lots of great interactive and engaging activities for the entire family to enjoy. Don’t miss out! Informational flyers will be coming home shortly.

    Reminder:  We are now in our third year with the First Move Chess Program.  Our 2nd and 3rd graders successfully participate in the online program by receiving in class instruction.  Our First Move students can take part in online chess at home by logging on to  Many of our 4th and 5th graders who participated in First Move as 2nd and 3rd graders continue to enjoy the game of Chess and improve upon their skills.  

    I shared a need in my December Newsletter regarding purchasing headphones for your child to support our online reading and math programs for the classroom.  Thank you to all who were able to provide this resource.  If you have not purchased headphones as of yet, please consider buying earbuds.  These are more affordable and should last for the remainder of the school year.  These listening devices will have students’ names on them and will be kept in individually labeled bags.  

    Pennies for Peace will be starting on Tuesday, January 16th through Friday, February 2nd.  PTA helps to orchestrate this endeavor.  All proceeds go to Green Village Schools, a Portland based non-profit that builds and supports schools for boys and girls in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in order to promote peace and prosperity.  To help out, just send in your spare change to your child's classroom during this window of time.  

    Information from our Counselor, Ms. Hom:  Beginning in late January/early February, Markham will have the exciting opportunity to welcome Communities for Safe Kids (C4SK), offered through Impact NW, to teach violence prevention workshops to all of our students, K-5. C4SK offers these workshops to schools throughout PPS and the metro area, and the workshops are designed and developed to specifically address many of the Oregon Department of Education health standards. With their dynamic and engaging presentation styles, C4SK’s team of facilitators will provide four lessons for K-1st and six lessons for 2nd-5th that will cover a range of topics from Social and Emotional Learning to Healthy Friendships/Bullying to Personal Safety. Feel free to check out their website and Facebook page or contact Ms. Hom for more information:

    Markham's NERDS RULE Auction is March 3, 2018. You do not want to miss this fun and worthwhile event! It will take place at The Foundry at Oswego Pointe.  The address is 320 Oswego Pointe Drive, Lake Oswego.   Please follow the link for more information and to purchase tickets:  https://markham.tofinoauction  “Be there and Be Square!”


    Shawn Garnett


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