• Coronavirus update: Schools will be closed through April 28

    Under an executive order from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Portland Public Schools and other districts in Oregon will be closed through April 28 More information and updates

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Abernethy Elementary School

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

District News

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  • Reminder: Meal distribution at PPS sites starts again March 30

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    Dear PPS Families,

    As we go into the third week of our schools being closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are pleased to be able to offer meals to our students again, starting Monday, March 30. As we did during the first week of school suspension, we are making sacks of breakfast and lunch available for pickup outside of 15 of our schools. In addition, seven of these sites will now include once-a-week food pantry services for families that need groceries and other items that we previously offered at PPS school SUN sites.

  • PPS: Planning for Home-based Learning

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    Dear PPS Families and Staff,

    After much urgent collaboration and planning, today leadership from Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers shared with all of our PPS educators the outline for how teachers will begin working online next week. This outline represents our upcoming efforts to most effectively phase in supports for our students and teachers during the extended closure of our schools. We appreciate your patience while we, like other school districts, adapt our instructional delivery model virtually overnight. Next week we will share with you a detailed, multi-week plan for home-based learning for your students. Please stay tuned for that.

  • PPS Coronavirus Update: March 18

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    Dear PPS Families and Staff,

    We want to continue to provide you with the latest updates and information. Work continues around the clock to provide academic and social emotional supports as well as meals to students during the statewide school closure, which per Governor Brown’s Executive Order, will extend through April 28.  

  • Need to borrow a computer for your PPS student? Fill out this form!

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    Families of PPS,

    As the coronavirus situation continues to develop, we are looking at a number of ways to deliver the best possible experiences for students during the extended break, and we want to make sure all of our students can remain connected to their peers, teachers, and schools and have regular access to learning opportunities and curriculum materials.