• 5.22.17

    It is my pleasure to announce that on April 15th the Atkinson community was able to net $48,000 at the 2017 Atkinson PTA Auction.  This was an incredible achievement.  The money raised at this year’s auction funds all of the amazing offerings that are brought to Atkinson by our Parent Teacher Association this year.  Some of those offerings include our Outdoor Learning Garden, Running Club, Basketball league and the many cultural and social family events. As if this was not enough, each year, each teacher receives a donation to provide necessary supplies for the classroom as well as support for fieldtrips; this is greatly appreciated by our teachers at Atkinson.  I want to personally thank all of the parents, students, teachers and staff that volunteered, donated and attended our 2017 Atkinson Amor Auction.  Your contribution is appreciated and supports these well-loved and important programs at our school.

    We are so fortunate to have families that come together to support our community through their efforts, whether volunteering time or donating to our school.  The time and support our families provide is one of the many things that makes Atkinson special.  As you may know, we are faced with a budget outlook that doesn’t fully fund the important teaching positions at our school.  All schools within PPS are facing changes for the coming year due to budget shortfalls at the state level.  As I have outlined in previous correspondence, Atkinson will face some changes in the coming year. We are fortunate to offset the losses we might have felt by utilizing funds from the Atkinson Foundation. 

    This year, we moved away from Run for the Arts and moving to “Run for Atkinson”.  This has been in conversation for a few years.  I have worked with many stakeholders to try to establish another funding source that could continue to fund the art programs at Atkinson (e.g. artists in residence, assemblies etc.) but, could also provide another source that could contribute to keeping teaching staff.

    This is different because the Atkinson Foundation has not been actively soliciting donations in years that state funding has fully supported our school.  However, as we are facing budget shortfall that has affected the 17-18 school year and will affect the following, 18-19 school year. I strongly urge you to consider supporting our Foundation. 

    The Atkinson Foundation is a way that you can support our school.  The money raised through the Atkinson Foundation is only used to add teaching staff at our school. If you have not had the opportunity to give to Atkinson please do it today by supporting the Atkinson Foundation.  Our goal is to raise $9999 this year. 

    Checks can be made out to:  Atkinson Foundation and mailed to:


    Atkinson Foundation

    C/O All Hands Raised

    2069 NE Hoyt St

    Portland, OR 97232


    Additionally, donations can be made online by going to: https://allhandsraised.org/donate/ or by visiting our school foundation webpage:  https://www.pps.net/Page/3374  If you would like to learn more or get involved in the Atkinson Foundation, there will be a meeting on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30pm in the Library. 





    Please make a monetary donation to the Atkinson Foundation

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    Many of you have given generously to our Atkinson School Foundation. Giving means your time volunteering and/or your donations monetarily.  Both help provide extra funds for staffing at Atkinson and both are very much appreciated. Thank you! 

    With the support of our principal, Ivonne Dibblee, and Site Council, the dollars donated last year are being spent to fund our library and technology lab assistant which supports the goal of providing technology learning for our students at Atkinson.  It is our hope to continue funding additional staff to support our students educational needs here at Atkinson. 

    To continue to support the Atkinson foundation please:

    •  Go to https://allhandsraised.org/donate/

    •  Select "Donate.” 

    •  Be sure to select Atkinson Elementary School as the recipient. 

    You can also mail a check (made out to Atkinson Foundation) to Atkinson Elementary

    c/o All Hands Raised 

    2069 NE Hoyt St

    Portland, OR 97232

    You can donate monthly to the Atkinson Foundation, as well. Donating monthly can grow funds throughout the year without as much stress on your pocket book.       

    • $10 per month results in $120 annually 
    • $50 per month results in $600 annually 

     To give monthly, choose: "Recurring Monthly Gift"

     Every donation, no matter the amount, is very much appreciated.

     Please email Pia Nicastro at pianicastro@gmail.com if you have questions, ideas or want to get involved.

     The Atkinson Foundation is a local school foundation operating under the umbrella of All Hands Raised and the Portland Public Schools Foundation.