Astor School

School Grade Levels: K-8

5601 N. Yale St.Portland, OR 97203Ph 503-916-6244Fx 503-916-2605

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The Astor Connection

School Announcements

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  • Astor Welcome Back Letter

    Hello Astor Families, 

    Classroom/homeroom teacher notifications will go out Friday, August 11 for all 1st through 8th graders. If you did not receive this information or you have multiple children in the same grade level, then please reach out to the office starting Monday, August 14th at 503-916-6244. The office hours are from 7:30 to 4 daily.

    Kindergarten families will receive a phone call over the next two weeks regarding your child's teacher, school start date, and parent-teacher meeting time/day.

    All families can find our welcome back letter for the 22-23 school year here.

    We have so many exciting events coming up this month! You can find information on them in the last Astor Connection here.

    Have a wonderful rest of the summer and we hope to see you at our first school-wide event, Project Community Care Day on August 19th from 9am to 12pm. 

    Warmly,

    Blake Robertson
    Principal @ Astor

  • Astor Before-School-Year Community Events

    Hello Astor Families!

    There are a couple of great events coming up prior to the start of the 23-24 school year that we want you to know about.

    Connect to Kindergarten

    August 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 - Link with information is here 

    Join Astor Staff and other Astor Kindergarten students and families as we visit together prior to the start of the school year. You'll be able to see the kinder classrooms and our Astor PTSO will be there with Portland Goat Parties! Hope to see you there!

    Project Community Care Day

    August 19th from 9am to 12pm - Link with information is here 

    Please join us for Project Community Care Day, an annual tradition and a wonderful opportunity to help beautify our school grounds to be held on Saturday, August 19th, from 9am to 12pm.  We encourage you to bring your gardening gloves and tools and refillable water bottle. Students are welcome to join you and we’ll just ask that you supervise. We look forward to seeing you Saturday, August 19th, 9 am to 12 pm!

    Astor’s 3rd Annual Warm Welcome!

    August 28th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm - Link with information is here

    This event on campus will allow for our students and families to meet, see the entrance that they should come to at the start of each day, and pick up their back to school packets and Middle School schedules and supply lists. Additionally, many of our teachers will be at this event and it's a great time to connect with them prior to the start of the school year. Families may arrive at the school at a time that works for them between 4:30pm and 5:30pm on August 29th.

  • COBM DREAM BIGGER Mentoring Program

    Our community partner, the Coalition of Black Men, invites boys in grades 6-8 to join their DREAM BIGGER Mentoring Program.

    What: This program provides academic support, mentoring, cultural enrichment and personal development to our young men!

    When: Begins September 28th 

               Every Tuesday from 1:45 - 2:30 pm 

    Where: Room 63 (portable 3)

    How do I join?: Scan the QR code on the flyer below or visit https://forms.gle/F3RA3/1Q8ePn2aGV97

    Questions?: Contact mentoring@cobmportland.org

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Principal's Message

  • Dear Astor Families and University Park Community,

    I'm excited to join you all for a fourth year at Astor. I’m a school leader focused on racial equity, and I’m committed to creating welcoming spaces for students and families. You'll find this emphasis in our school goals and in our day-to-day operations at Astor. Whether it's a focus on eliminating the racial achievement and opportunity gap or culturally specific events, I'm constantly pushing our community towards our school and district vision. I strongly believe that all children deserve an exceptional education that is personalized to their individual needs while preparing them to graduate from college. For many of our students, Astor is the first step in this journey of realizing their potential.

    I have worked for the last 17 years in Portland Public Schools, first as a paraeducator, then as a teacher, and now as a school leader for the past 8 years. I’ve taught throughout the district, including at SEI, Beverly Cleary, Astor, and Ockley Green. For the last four years, I was the Assistant Principal at Jason Lee. Prior to moving to Portland, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Fiji Islands with my spouse, Miranda. I’m also an Astor parent and have one daughter who attends our school and another at Roosevelt High School. They have found joy in their experiences as PPS students, and I'm confident all our children at Astor will, too.

    Finally, I have an open-door policy; please bring concerns and feedback to me at any time. I know that I will approach every situation striving to do what is best for students and putting them first. 

    Warmly,

    Principal Robertson
    brobertson@pps.net

    Robertson

     

     

District News

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  • McDaniel Junior Takes Top Honors in State Solo Music Contest

    When Beckham Weatherby picks up his tuba, the rest of the world falls away. 

    “I don’t get that nervous and I don’t get stage fright at all,” he said. “I guess I got lucky with how my body reacts to performing in front of crowds.”

    Which is something the McDaniel High School junior has done quite a bit of lately. Not only is he a member of the prestigious Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) and the PYP conservatory orchestra, but he recently earned first prize in the tuba solo performance category at the Oregon State Solo Music Championships.

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  • Bon Voyage, Miss Ellie: Teacher Retires After 50 Years at PPS

    Miss Ellie helps students hold a chick.

    The first things you notice when you walk into Ellie Jensen’s classroom at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School are peace and warmth. Then you hear the laughter of children. Then you just might see two posters hanging on the walls that tell you a great deal about the kind of teacher she has been for the past 50 years. The posters simply say, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and “Be a friend.”

    Jensen, known as “Miss Ellie” to the hundreds of students she has taught in her half a century as a Portland Public Schools educator, can’t help but light up a room. And she is a friend to all children. 

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  • Food Pantry Gets a Makeover, Courtesy of McDaniel’s CTE Art Students

    We dare you to drive by the Mainspring Food Pantry on the corner of 82nd Avenue and Fremont and not do a double take. Or a triple take. 

    Students from McDaniel High School’s art-focused Career Technical Education (CTE) class have spent the last four weeks turning the exterior walls of the pantry into one, huge, joyful mural as part of the course’s exploration of climate justice and community engagement.

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  • Earthstock Brings the Joy to the Crystal Ballroom

     Two students dance at Earthstock 2024.

    A little over 30 years ago, a Madison High School student named Joseph Janson had a simple wish. He wanted to go to a dance. But nothing was simple for Joseph, who was born with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and was confined to a wheelchair. 

    He confided his wish to Tony Nitz, who at that time was an educational assistant at Madison (now Leodis V. McDaniel High School). Tony had been working one-on-one with Joseph for months and he immediately went about making the young man’s dream come true.

    “The truth is, I would have done anything for Joseph,” Nitz said. “He was a unique person, and we had a very special bond.”

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Astor Vision, Mission, and Community Equity Statement

  • Vision:

    Astor students will learn to be compassionate critical thinkers, able to collaborate and solve problems, and be prepared to lead a more socially just world.

    Mission Statement:

    The Mission of Astor K-8 School is to educate, inspire, challenge and empower our students to reach their highest potential. In partnership with our families and community members, we are committed to daily excellence in a kind, inclusive, and supportive environment that values equity, individuality, collaboration, and creativity. Our students strive to be compassionate, responsible, critical thinkers who bring positive changes to our world throughout their lifetimes.

    Community Equity Statement:

    We all belong at Astor. We honor diversity, celebrate differences, and seek to understand all perspectives. We strive to be an inclusive, safe, and respectful school community.

    We all belong at Astor, and together we are stronger.

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