Abernethy Elementary School

The little school
under the elms.

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

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  • Abernethy Kindergarten Registration Updates

    Welcome Families of incoming Abernethy Kindergarten students! 

     If you have not registered your child who is eligible to attend Kindergarten this fall, please do so today. Our office is open from 8-4 through the end of the week. Please feel free to call our office team at 503-916-6190 for any needs. We are happy to help with enrollment and excited to welcome you into our school family. Please be advised that it is incredibly helpful for us to have all potential incoming students registered by Friday, 8/23/19.


    Parents who have students enrolled, please understand that we are holding off on sending out class placement letters until Monday, August 26, 2019. You will also have an opportunity to learn your student’s class placement at the Popsicle Social on Monday, 8/26/19 at 6:30pm, located at Abernethy's Playground. 


    Abernethy Office 

  • Principal Welcome Letter for the 2019-2020 School Year

    Dear Parents and Guardians,


    June was a treat getting to meet many of the Abernethy families out on the playground and watch our kiddos having a blast making Kona Ice Snow Cones. Thank you to everyone who has welcomed me so warmly this past week into the Abernethy Family. It truly is a gift to me and my family to have been selected as your principal and I look forward to continuing to get to know all of the families. It is very obvious this is an exceptional community of parents, students, teachers, staff, and others invested in our students. 


    The teachers, staff, and I all have a desire to serve our community well by providing the best lessons daily to help your child grow academically, socially, and emotionally. My heart is to spend many years leading this excellent team of extremely dedicated veteran educators as they lead your students to the best learning experiences possible. We all are fortunate to partner together to make sure all our students are soaring as 1st grade readers who in turn become excellent 4th grade readers, writers, mathematicians, and critical thinkers.  This learning trajectory ensures each of our Eagles will graduate high school with every opportunity available as they embark down their chosen career path or onto college studies. 


    Communication with our families is very important to us. Every Monday an electronic newsletter called the Monday Mailer will be sent out. In the Monday Mailer you will find important information about school events and happenings. We may also send out periodic emails reminding people of upcoming deadlines and important notifications. Please make sure you have updated email information on your registration form as the office will pull the email list from our student information system.


    School starts at 8:40am, with the tardy bell ringing at 8:45am. There is no supervision on the playground before school. Please ensure there is supervision for your child until they are able to go to the classroom at 8:40am. If your child arrives after the tardy bell rings at 8:45 they need to sign in at the office before going to class.  The front door will be the only entry to the building after the tardy bell rings at 8:45am for anyone not requiring ADA accessibility. The school day ends at 3:00pm. There is no supervision on the playground after school. Students not with an adult are asked to go directly home.


    We love to have you visit and volunteer in the school. If you are interested in volunteering, please make sure you have a current volunteer background check on file. The process is online and information was sent home in the opening day packet. Background checks are good for three years. If you have any questions feel free to ask our office staff. As always, when visiting or volunteering, please make sure you sign in at the office and get your sticker. Thank you for all your support.


    Partnering in preparing every student for their next learning experience,

    Dr. Christie M. Petersen

    Principal/ La Directora

  • Introducing new principal at Abernethy, Christie Petersen

    Christie Petersen

    Dear Abernethy Community,

    I am pleased to announce that Christie Petersen will become the new principal at Abernethy Elementary School. Christie is a veteran educator who will bring what she calls her “servant’s heart” and instructional leadership to Abernethy.

  • School Supplies

    It's that time of year again...Let's get those school supplies ordered for next year and checked off you list!!  

    To help reduce costs by buying in bulk and reduce waste by allowing teachers to purchase only the supplies they need as they need them.  We are asking for a contribution of $50.00 per student for school supplies.  If $50 for supplies is a challenge, please let Jenny Morgan know, and we are happy to help.  If you would like to give more to help support other students, please feel free to add that donation to your child's account.  If you have more than one child you will have a school supply item for each student in School Pay.  Here is the link.  

    If you have any questions, please contact Christine in the office. 

    Thanks so much!



Principal's Message

  • Dear Families,
    I am absolutely stunned that I am writing the final Monday Mailer of the year.  Time has truly moved quickly, especially this last month of school. 

    I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for the tremendous generosity and support you have given me over the last six years.  We have worked together to do some amazing things for our kids.  Abernethy is a special place and will always hold part of my heart. Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to reach out the last several weeks.  Your kind words mean the world to me.  I look forward to working with the new principal and staff to make the transition as smooth as possible.  I know there are great things to come for everyone. 
    Before the school year ends we have a few special events and reminders:

    • 5th grade promotion- Monday 6/10 at 2pm
    • Field Day: Tuesday 6/11
    • Students last day: Wednesday 6/12
    • Don’t forget to check the lost and found for any missing items prior to leaving
    • Please also remember to pick up any medication that you might have in the health room  

    After students leave for the summer, teachers will be preparing report cards for mailing home.  If you have recently moved, please make sure you let Christine in the office know of any address changes. 

    Report cards will likely be mailed home the week of June 24th.  Inside the envelope you will receive your class placement for the coming year.  Instead of sending home school supply lists, we will again be asking for a $50 school supply donation.  This worked well last year and was certainly easier.  Information will be coming home shortly on how you can submit payment on line.  You will need your child’s student ID number to submit payment.  That information can be found on their report cards. 
    Thank you all again for a wonderful school year.  I hope you have a wonderful summer with your family.  I am hopeful that you will hear information on your new principal prior to school ending so that question will be settled as well.
    All the best,

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