Abernethy Elementary School

The little school
under the elms.

2421 SE OrangePortland, OR 97214Ph (503) 916-6190Fx (503) 916-2600

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Abernethy News

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  • OBOB

    Bookers 2018  

    What an amazing Battle of the Books season we had here at Abernethy!

    24 teams (that’s 108 student) participated. Plus countless adults in our community.

    In the end the Bookers advanced to represent Abernethy at Regionals.

    Congratulations to the Bookers and hats off to all our teams! We’re all proud of your hard work & dedication!

    Until next year,

    Quinn, Megan, & Laura

  • Text YES to 68453

    Reminder, to receive text messages from the school you need to text "Yes" to 68453. By doing this you will receive all of the text messages we send out – usually concerning late busses.

Principal's Message

  • Dear Families,

    What a wonderful first week of school for our older kids. We are thrilled to be welcoming our kindergarteners today.  It is a pleasure to see all of the kids so excited to have a great school year.   As we get moving into the school year I wanted to highlight a calendar change.  We try so hard to stick to the calendar that was set, but in this case, we need to move the date of Curriculum Night.  Curriculum Night has been moved to Thursday, September 14th from 6:00 to 7:30.   We apologize for the inconvenience of this change, but the original date fell on Rosh Hashanah.  This event is only for adults.  There will be two sessions for each classroom (6:00-6:25 and 6:30-6:55).  Teachers will be presenting information about the curriculum, expectation, and routines.  We ask that you do your best to be present for the beginning of the presentation to minimize disruptions for the group.  At 7:00 pm there will be a short presentation to share information about Talented and Gifted (TAG) identification and testing. 

    The Auction date was inadvertently left off of the calendar. It is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Saturday, February 10th.  Mark the date so you don’t miss the fun.  

    Since we have another grade level starting in the building this week I thought it would be good to repeat the information shared last week about our morning routine:

    In order to maintain peaceful, safe hallways in the morning, students and their families are expected to be in the cafeteria, on the playground, or in the main hallway before 8:40. In the morning, teacher plan time allows them to create meaningful, engaging activities for students. Please allow teachers uninterrupted plan time before 8:40.  As in the past, there is no supervision in any area except the cafeteria for breakfast.  Here are the following changes:

    • Only the front door will be open for family business in the office, Art 4 Life, Spanish or by appointment with staff.
    • 8:25 the cafeteria will open for students purchasing breakfast
    • 8:35 the primary kids will have access to their lockers
    • 8:40 the second floor will be open for all kids to go to lockers and class.
    • Please plan your morning accordingly.
    • Older students that arrive early for school will be asked to remain outside

    We are all excited to have a truly amazing school year. I look forward to all the learning and growth that is in store for all of us. 

    Take care,


District News

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  • Reflections on March 14th

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    On Wednesday, students across the nation chose to speak out on the issue of school safety. In many school communities, students observed a moment of silence and walked out of class to give voice to their thoughts and feelings. We should all listen.The horrific mass shootings that have taken student lives in recent years have provoked an incredibly important dialogue and created a valuable “teachable moment” for all of us. 

  • PPS Pulse, Mar. 13, 2018

    In this week's PPS Pulse: Grant’s title highlights PIL dominance in basketball; advice on health, safety
  • Guidance for March 14

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    Dear PPS families and staff,

    On Wednesday, March 14, schools across the U.S. will participate in activities to honor the 17 students and educators who were killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Here in the Portland Public Schools, Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero has shared with school leaders, students and families that he supports acknowledgement of this tragedy and encourages student-centered and developmentally appropriate school-wide activities, as well as classroom lessons and resource-sharing on the topic of safe, supportive and inclusive schools. 

  • Middle schools: Progress report

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    The District is opening new middle schools at Roseway Heights and Harriet Tubman as part of an effort to offer more equitable middle grades education in those communities. This is a large and complex task that involves dozens of PPS schools, programs and departments. A look at the progress: