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1710 N Humboldt StPortland, OR 97217Ph 503-916-6236Fx 503-916-2315

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  • December 17, 2017

    Dear Beach Families,

    The Tuesday after conferences, we began our staff meeting sharing something or someone we were grateful for.  So many people expressed gratitude for the conferences they’d just had with you. The opportunity to learn from, share, set goals, and deepen partnerships with families means so much to us and makes such a difference in our work to ensure every child learns to his or her potential.  Thank you!  We are still committed to a conference with each family.  If you haven’t had yours, please call the office (503-916-6236) or email your child’s teacher.  

    ⚘ We have a long-appreciated and highly-regarded Beach staff member to recognize and celebrate this month! Ms. Janice Pauley recently decided to retire a bit earlier than she'd originally planned, this month rather than at the end of this school year. Ms. Pauley taught at Beach for many years (I’ve met many of you who had her as your own teacher!) and her service to children, families and our community is widely and deeply known and appreciated. Her teaching, talents, and passion have been highly regarded over the years and will be remembered and appreciated for years to come. She will always be an important part of Beach's history.


    Ms. Berniker, our substitute for Ms. Pauley’s class these past eight or so weeks, continues to be such a committed, caring and resourceful teacher for our first grade children. We are in the hiring process and will be able to announce our official new staff member soon.  

    ⚘ We also want to recognize Ms. Bonhomme, who has been our long-term substitute for Ms. Lockett, a Kindergarten Teacher.  Ms. Lockett  was home with her new baby as the school year began. Ms. Bonhomme has been incredibly energetic, positive, organized, skilled and committed as she began the school year for our kindergartners. She is already highly regarded on our staff and has decided to be available as a guest teacher (substitute) for us the rest of this year.  We welcome Ms. Lockett back to Beach!  She first joined our Beach Staff as kindergarten teacher last October and brings many gifts and much commitment to our community.

    In addition to our weekly staff development work as Professional Learning Communities, focused on instructional practice and student learning, each member of our certified staff works together on one of four teams focused on school improvement and opportunities. These teams are Equity Team, School Climate Team, Planning Team and Right Brain Initiative Team.  The Planning Team has begun with planning for school assemblies. Our first assemblies will be December 15, the Friday before Winter Break.  There will be separate K/1, 2/3, and 4/5 assemblies.  Students will be presenters at these assemblies, and families are welcome to attend.  More details will come from classroom teachers soon.    

    Thank you for being a Beach Elementary School Family!  I am so grateful to be here with our staff, each of our children and with you, and I hope you feel very good about your school and our staff’s commitment to your child. If you have any questions or topics you’d like to discuss please don’t hesitate to call the office to schedule an appointment or phone call with me.  If you email me (  and don’t hear back within a few days, please call Toni or Esther and ask if they could ask me to look for your message. I am trying hard to keep up on email but I also prioritize being out in our school supporting learning and I am still working at the best way to keep my email from stacking up!


    Lisa Hawking, Principal




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