Abernethy Elementary School

The little school
under the elms.

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

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  • PTA Board Recruitment

    Dear Abernethy families,


    Next year’s PTA Board Elections are coming soon, and we’re here to answer questions and help community members get involved. Read on for information about open positions and contact information.  


    Thank you,


    The Abernethy PTA Recruitment Team



    The Abernethy PTA Board is seeking nominations for new members!  Most PTA positions are 1 or 2 year terms, so every year is an opportunity for new people to get involved. As PTA leaders, board members help nurture a school culture that reflects community priorities, so add your voice! Elections will be held at our PTA Community Meeting on May 16th at 6:30.


    Did you know that there is a wide range of commitment levels for PTA board positions? From co-chairing an event that you love to remotely keeping tabs on statewide education advocacy efforts, coordinating the weekly Monday Mailer newsletter to taking checks to the bank, or distributing funds to mini-grant applicants, there are opportunities for participation that fit a variety of schedules and interests.


    If you and/or someone you know is interested in joining the PTA board for the 2019/2020 school year, let us know by emailing the Recruitment team at abernethyptarecruitment@gmail.com . Whether you are interested in a specific role or want to learn more about a variety of positions, we are here to help! You can also let us know if there is someone you think would be a great candidate, and we will be happy to reach out. If you’re a current PTA member interested in joining the recruitment/nominating committee, please let us know that as well. This committee is responsible for ensuring wide outreach to encourage broad representation from our community on next year’s PTA board, and is a short-term commitment (ends at the May 16th election).


    Current roles open for 2019/20 (job descriptions found here):  


    Elected Positions

    Standing Committees


    Vice President



    Finance Team: Two people--Check Writing and Deposits


    Volunteer Coordinator


    ECommerce Manager

    Fundraising Co-Chairs: Tour de Ladd, Annual Appeal, Auction, Fun Run

    New Family Connections

    Garden Education

    Event Chair: Chili Cook-Off

    Event Chair: Harvest Social

    Spanish Program Coordinator

    Advocacy Chair

    Safe Routes to School Co-Chair

    Grounds Coordinator

    Mini-Grant Coordinator

    Student Support Coordinator

    Basketball Coordinator

    The PTA welcomes you! Please contact the recruitment team at abernethyptarecruitment@gmail.com or our current co-presidents, Kirsten and Carolyn, at abernethyptapresidents@gmail.com to learn more.

  • Change in Abernethy School Calendar

    Change in school calendar for June...
    5th grade continuation will be on Friday June 7th at 2:00 PM
    Field day will be either Monday June 10th
    Last day of school is Tuesday June 11th
  • April Important Dates

    Apr. 2 - Conversation about Race
    Apr. 5 - End of the Grading Period
    Apr. 8 - NO SCHOOL
    Apr. 10 - FUN RUN
    Apr. 18 - Volunteer Appreciation 8:20; Community Mtg. 9:00
    Apr. 25 - Lost & Found Removed
    Apr. 26 - Spirit Day; Fancy Day 
  • 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,


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