Atkinson Elementary School

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5800 SE Division StreetPortland, OR 97206Ph 503-916-6333Fx 503-916-2606

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Principal's Message / Mensaje de la Directora

  • February 23, 2024

    PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

    Dear Atkinson Families,

    Next Thursday from 6–7:30 p.m., we will be hosting our Specials Night. Specials at Atkinson include music, art, library, and PE. Please join us to see all the fabulous things your kids are doing in these classes. More information can be found HERE.

    In March we will be fundraising for a few projects:

    • Teacher’s Amazon Wish Lists
    • Atkinson Foundation to supplement staffing shortages (goal of $3,500)
    • PTA’s Resiliency Funds to support Atkinson families in need

    Looking ahead to May, Run for Atkinson is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 3, weather permitting. This event is a fundraiser for arts supplies and programming as well as PE and recess equipment. We will host a T-shirt design contest. Students who raise at least $10 will receive a free t-shirt.

    Be looking for more information about all of these in our upcoming Friday newsletters.

    Principal
    Atkinson Elementary School
    darmenda@pps.net

    ATK Parent News #22


    23 de febrero de 2024

    MENSAJE DE LA DIRECTORA

    Estimadas familias de Atkinson,

    El próximo jueves, de 6 a 7:30 p. m., organizaremos nuestra Noche de Especiales. Las ofertas especiales en Atkinson incluyen música, arte, biblioteca y educación física. Únase a nosotros para ver todas las cosas fabulosas que sus hijos están haciendo en estas clases. Puede encontrar más información AQUÍ .

    En marzo recaudaremos fondos para algunos proyectos:

    • Listas de deseos de Amazon para profesores
    • La Fundación Atkinson complementará la escasez de personal (meta de $3,500)
    • Los fondos de resiliencia de la PTA para apoyar a las familias necesitadas de Atkinson

    De cara a mayo, Run for Atkinson está programado tentativamente para el viernes 3 de mayo, si el clima lo permite. Este evento es para recaudar fondos para suministros y programación de artes, así como para educación física y equipos de recreo. Organizaremos un concurso de diseño de camisetas. Los estudiantes que recauden al menos $10 recibirán una camiseta gratis.

    Busque más información sobre todo esto en nuestros próximos boletines informativos de los viernes.

    Debbie Armendáriz
    Principal
    Escuela primaria Atkinson
    darmenda@pps.net

    Noticias para padres #22

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    At first glance, the annual Portland Public Schools district calendar might seem to fulfill one crucial function: to alert students, staff, and families to the days when school is in session and when it is not. 

    If that were the case, crafting the calendar would be the work of days, if not hours. In fact, the calendar is a multipurpose living document that involves meticulous planning and careful forethought to ensure the best possible outcomes for students and staff. It also reflects the needs and observances of the many diverse communities the district serves. 

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  • Compacted Math Changes Coming in 2024-25

    Ethan Kramer, Beaumont Middle School’s assistant principal, sees middle school math as so much more than 2x + 3y = 5. 

    “It’s helping to build the logic center – the prefrontal cortex – in analysis and processing,” he said. Given this, Kramer and others believe that middle grades instruction must lay a strong foundation to support more challenging math concepts in the future – first high school, then beyond.

    But what are the components of that foundation? And how is it best established?

    The district’s middle grades core academics team and its grades 6-8 math committee have spent the last year weighing these questions in tandem with educators and community stakeholders. Their goal: a comprehensive math curriculum that challenges students without rushing or skipping over key concepts.

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    In meteorological terms, Portland’s first big weather event of 2024 has been the definition of a perfect storm. Frigid temperatures and high winds combined with snow and ice to bring down tree limbs, close roads, scramble traffic, freeze pipes, and knock out power for tens of thousands of residents.

    It’s been a metaphorical perfect storm for Portland Public Schools as well. Fallen trees cut power to multiple schools and others have suffered water damage from broken pipes. Lack of heat is also a problem, and impassable roads, paired with snowed-in and icy parking lots, have made it impossible for buses to run safely. Those same conditions have limited how the district’s facilities and operations teams can even assess the scope of the issues, let alone begin working on solutions. And icy sidewalks mean walkers have no safe route to school.

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    In a dark corner of a dilapidated house, several young people work together to locate a baby in distress. A few hundred feet away, a second group uses cribbing techniques to free a man from a 2,000-pound slab of concrete. Nearby, a third learns how to use a multi-tool to turn off a leaking gas line.

    Thankfully, none of it – the ailing baby, the crushed man, the gas leak – was real. Rather, each scenario was part of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training for students from Darshanpreet Gill’s biomedical innovations class.

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