Chief Joseph Elementary

A strong, diverse and respectful community
where we make learning creative and fun

2409 N. Saratoga St.Portland, OR 97217Ph (503) 916-6255Fx (503) 916-2618

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  • Chief Joseph School Supply List

    Chief Joseph School Supply List

    Thank you in advance for supporting our programs.  We understand that supplying all the items on the list may cause hardship for some families.  If that is the case, we will find alternative funding sources for the materials.

    Your child will not need a backpack- you will be given a canvas bag with your child’s name on it at the Popsicle Social on September 2nd at 5 pm.
    Bring supplies on your child’s first day, if possible. There is no need to label.

    If you prefer, you can bring us a check for $40 made out to Chief Joseph Elementary School instead of supplies.  You can also pay online, using School Pay; there is a link from the Chief Joseph Elementary School webpage.

    • 4 boxes of Crayola crayons, 24 count
    • 6 large glue sticks
    • 24 count Ticonderoga brand pencils
    • 1 set of Crayola watercolors, 16 colors
    • 1 box colored pencils
    • 1 box of washable Crayola markers (jumbo size)
    • 5 pen-style colored highlighters (variety pack)
    • 1 pack fine tip pen-style, low odor, black Expo dry erase markers
    • 2 regular black Sharpies
    • 2 containers of disinfecting wipes
    • 2 boxes of tissues
    • 1 pair of headphones (no earbuds), labeled, for computer use. These will be returned to you in June for use next year.
    • 1 water bottle, labeled, 16 oz. max, with a tight lid so it is hard to spill.
    • $7.00 for Weekly Reader Magazine  (Please make checks payable to Chief Joseph Elementary School.)

    Please remember-- no backpacks. We will all be using the supplied canvas bags. 

    Ms. Cooper 

    Ms. Larsen 

    Ms. Pearson


    First Grade Supply List

    Individual supplies:  Please Label with your child’s name

    1 three-pack of glue sticks

    1 box Crayola colored pencils, 12 count

    1 box Crayola crayons, 16 or 32 count

    1 box of 10 colored markers

    1 or 2 pencil sharpeners with container for shavings

    2 pink erasers

    4 black Expo markers- large size

    1 wide ruled spiral notebook

    1 composition book, wide-ruled if possible

    1 pair of small scissors

    1 Large (8.5 x 5.5) plastic pencil/supply box      

    1  highlighter pen-any color

    1 black sharpie

    5 two-pocket folders (no prongs) 1 red, 1 green, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 purple

    *Please provide a backpack to carry from home to school each day

    *Please provide a water bottle to keep at school-They will be sent home on Fridays for washing

    Wish List

    hand sanitizer 

    Disposable masks

    Flair pens any color but especially black

    Water color paper

    2nd Grade Supply List

    Individual Supplies Not Sharing with class:  please label these supplies below

    1 Large (8.5 x 5.5) plastic pencil/supply box                       

    2 Undecorated BLACK composition books (for science/health and math)      

    1 Pair of scissors                                 

    2 The BIG Pink eraser                             

    2 Pocket folders

    1 Package of 12 or 24 Ticonderoga pencils (keep half at home)

    1 Box of 8 or 10 Crayola Markers

    1 Box 18 or 24 Crayola Crayons

    1 box Crayola colored pencils, 12 count

    4 Highlighters  

    1 package of glue sticks 4 pack

    1 personal Pencil sharpeners with container for shavings

    1 Black sharpie

    1 wide ruled spiral notebook

    Community Supplies:SHARING:  please do not label

    1 Container of disinfectant wipes

    1 Box of tissues

    1 bottle of hand sanitizer 

    1 pack colored low-odor Expo dry erase markers (4 total)

    1 Sharpie

    Please don’t forget a water bottle to keep at school

    3rd Grade Supply List

    If you prefer, you can bring us a check for $40 made out to Chief Joseph Elementary School instead of supplies. You can also pay online, using School Pay.

    Please do not label supplies with student names. 

    We will use some supplies communally and label others in class.

    16 oz. or larger hand sanitizer

    24 Ticonderoga or Dixon brand #2 pencils

    2 packs large post-its (3x3”)

    1 pack popsicle sticks (regular size, not jumbo)

    1 pack Crayola crayons (24 count)

    1 pack Crayola colored pencils (12 count)

    1 pack of Sharpie permanent markers

    1 pack low heat glue sticks for glue guns (skinny sticks)

    2 packs college ruled notebook paper

    4 spiral notebooks: red, yellow, blue, green (1 subject)

    4 pocket folders: red, yellow, blue, green

    8 Elmer’s Glue sticks 

    1 bottle Elmer’s glue sticks

    1 pack colored low-odor Expo dry erase markers (4 total)

    1 pack pink or white erasers

    1 pack washable markers (any size)

    Small pencil box or pouch 

    3 boxes tissue

    Ziploc Bags:

    Last Name A-G: 1 box of gallon-sized Ziploc bags

    Last Name H-O: 1 box of quart-sized Ziploc bags

    Last Name P-Z: 1 box of sandwich sized Ziploc

    2 boxes or large bags of healthy snack (low sugar & fat: ex. popcorn, baby carrots, pretzels, Goldfish, Cheez-its, granola bars, bags of fruit, string cheese)  

    Last Name A-G: Please bring snacks on first day of school

    Last Name H-O: Please bring snacks on first day of school following winter break

    Last Name P-Z: Please bring snacks on the first day of school following spring break

    1 Reusable water bottle, sealable, 16 oz maximum size (Very Important!)

    • If you prefer, you can bring us a check for $40 made out to Chief Joseph Elementary School instead of supplies.  You can also pay online, using School Pay.

    Ms. Michels

    Mr. Wolfe 

    4th Grade Supply List

    #2 Ticonderoga Pencils (At least 24) 

    1 pack Colored pencils

    1 Sharpie

    1-2 Highlighters


    4 packages of small post-it notes (2x2)

    5 pocket folders

    3 Wide Ruled Spiral Notebooks

    1 Graph Paper Composition Book (or spiral)

    4 Glue sticks 

    1 box of tissues

    Big eraser OR pencil-top erasers (whatever they prefer) 

    4 dry erase markers-black

    Pencil box/pouch (optional- but HELPFUL)

    1 Package Index Cards- lined

    Reusable water bottle! 

    Wish List:

    Extra Dry Erase Markers

    Disinfectant wipes

    Watercolor Paints

    Watercolor Paper



    Hand Sanitizer

    5th Grade Supply List

    Personal Supplies

    Lots of Ticonderoga pencils (at least 24)

    4 spiral notebooks 

    5 folders


    Personal pencil sharpener with lid

    Supply box, pencil pouch, etc.--whatever your child prefers

    Either a pink eraser or a few pencil top erasers--whatever your child prefers



    Colored Pencils

    Wish List of Classroom Supplies

    Black Sharpies

    Bottles of  glue

    Glue sticks

    Boxes of tissue



    Extra Ticonderoga pencils

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Principal's Message

  • Dear Families,

    Welcome to the 2020-21 school year. As a staff, we are extremely excited to reconnect with our community and build new relationships. It is our hope that through these turbulent times, you were able to both strengthen your ties with loved ones and work to heal the inequities that exist in our society.

    Many people are curious about staffing. We have a number of new staff members joining our team this year. I am excited to welcome Suzanne Cooper, who will be teaching kindergarten. Alec Brown is returning to join the second grade team. Anna Cornett is joining the 1st grade team. Jane Strugatsky is the newest member of our Support Team, serving as .5 Social Worker. Jenica Castillo-Harden is the newest addition to our specialist team; she will be teaching .5 art. Brandi Hall will be with us full time this year. In addition to teaching library half time, she will be teaching math intervention groups. Currently, one 4th grade position and 2nd grade Educational Assistant positions are vacant; I will let you know as soon as the positions are filled.

    We have had a few shifts in positions; staffing for the 2020-21 school year is as follows:

    Kindergarten: Ms. Cooper, Ms. Larsen, Ms. Pearson
    1st Grade: Ms. Cornett, Ms. Peake, Ms. Pinder
    2nd Grade: Mr. Brown, Ms. Ferguson
    3rd Grade: Ms. Michels, Mr. Wolfe
    4th Grade: Ms. Shutt, TBD
    5th Grade: Ms. Brislin, Ms. Martinez
    PE: Ms. Nguyen
    Music: Ms. Schrepping
    Media: Ms. Hall
    Art: Ms. Castillo-Harding
    Counselor: Ms. Spiers
    Social Worker: Ms. Strugatsky
    School Climate Coach: Ms. Whitaker
    Learning Center: Ms. Lopez
    Speech Pathologist: Ms. LeMeune
    ELL: Ms. Routtenberg
    Reading Intervention: Ms. Bush
    Math Intervention: Ms. Hall
    Paraeducator: Ms. DeRuiter, Ms. Wilson
    Educational Assistant: Ms. Newton, TBD
    Library Assistant: Ms. Woodward
    School Secretary: Ms. Holm
    Principal’s Secretary: Ms. Pettit
    Custodian: Ms. DeWeese, Mr. Herring

    Distance Learning - This year we are beginning with distance learning. This year will be much different from distance learning in the spring. All K-5 classrooms will be using the SeeSaw platform to organize assignments, activities, and information. All students will be meeting as a whole group every morning, followed by small group instruction and independent practice opportunities. Students will have a consistent schedule, including regular meetings with their teacher. In our continued effort to better prepare our 5th grade students for middle school, we will be departmentalizing. Students will be assigned a homeroom teacher, however, will have both teachers for academic content. Ms. Brislin will be teaching math, science and health. Ms. Martinez will be teaching reading, writing, and social studies. You will receive specific information about your students schedule, academic expectations, and how to communicate with the teachers as we approach the first day of school. The first day of school for grades 1-5 is Wednesday, September 2nd. The first day of kindergarten will be Tuesday, September 8th. The first two weeks will be focused on building classroom community and helping students and families understand the learning platforms and expectations. I highly recommend a device for each student in your home. If you would like to check out a Chromebook from the district, please email or text me., 971.284.7108

    School Supplies - The supply lists for in person learning are available on our website. However for distance learning, the basic supplies are all that is necessary:

    ● Writing Journal (K-2: pages have space for drawing and lined to support handwriting) ● Pencil ● Paper ● Colored Pencils ● Crayons ● Post-Its ● Scissors ● Glue Sticks ● 4 Folders

    If you are able, some items that are nice to have include: watercolor paints and paper, small white board and markers, highlighters, and markers. If you need support in getting supplies, please contact Ms. Spiers at

    Free and Reduced Lunch - Families that were on free and reduced meals last year should have received information from Nutrition Services about necessary steps to renew. If you did not receive this information, please contact Nutrition Services. If interested in applying for free or reduced meals, you can apply online by going to: If you’re having difficulty with the process don’t hesitate to call nutrition services at (503) 916-3399, or call us.

    I am extremely excited for the upcoming year and look forward to continuing to build community, advance social justice issues, and improve learning.

    Amber Gerber
    Principal, Chief Joseph Elementary School

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