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.
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 email@example.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):
Finance Team: Two people--Check Writing and Deposits
Fundraising Co-Chairs: Tour de Ladd, Annual Appeal, Auction, Fun Run
New Family Connections
Event Chair: Chili Cook-Off
Event Chair: Harvest Social
Spanish Program Coordinator
Safe Routes to School Co-Chair
Student Support Coordinator
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:
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.
This week, we announced to our families and staff that all schools in Portland Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, May 8. To recover the lost instructional hours, we have decided to use our last designated makeup day as the final day of school, on Wednesday, June 12.
Two teams from Portland Public Schools won state championships at the Oregon Battle of the Books at Chemeketa Community College in Salem on April 6. James John Elementary School’s team won the title for grades 3-5, and West Sylvan Middle School’s squad prevailed in the 6-8 division.
6:00 PM Special Board Meeting
6:00 PM Board Work Session
6:00 PM Board Work Session
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Conversation About Race
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Spanish Fiesta
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM Site Council
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Community Mtg.
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Carnival