Alameda Elementary School

Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful

2732 NE Fremont St.Portland, OR 97212Ph (503) 916-6036 Fx (503) 916-2602

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Welcome to Alameda

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  • Kindergarten Events

    March 1, 2024 - Online Portal Open for Registration

    May 30, 2024 - 4:30-5:30 Connect to Kindergarten Popsicle Social

    August 22, 2024 - 2024 - 4:30-5:30 Connect to Kindergarten Popsicle Social


  • Strengthen education for your child and all children by joining the Alameda PTA!

    Joining the PTA is a great way to get involved in your child or children’s education at Alameda and education issues generally. Your tax-deductible $25 membership helps sustain PTA programs at Alameda and supports child-first lobbying efforts in Oregon and Washington, DC. Membership offers access to the Alameda PTA online school-wide directory, enrollment in the Oregon PTA, a vote on decisions affecting PTA activities and policies, and the opportunity to serve on the PTA board.

    Joining the PTA is quick, convenient, and secure. To sign up:

    We look forward to working with all of our families this year and are confident that with the help of our community this year will be yet another fantastic year at Alameda School! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at





Summer Staff Photos

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Administrators' Message

  • August 18, 2023       

    Dear Alameda Community,

    Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year!  Britt and I are thrilled to be back at Alameda to begin our 3rd year as your administrative team.  Whether you have been around a part of the Alameda community for years, or are joining us for the very first time, we are excited for you to be a member of our school community. 

    This will be our first full year where we lean into our newly adopted school values - Safety, Kindness, Inclusion, and Joy.  We know these are aspirational and our conversations and learning will be focused around these core values:

    • How do we ensure a Safe learning environment for all, where we foster individual and collective well-being?

    • What does it mean to kind and how can our actions be caring and supportive?

    • How do we ensure that all students and families are included and feel welcomed?

    • How do we bring joy, creativity and friendship into everything we do at Alameda?

    At the core of our work is a truly outstanding staff.  Our teachers and support staff not only have decades of experience, but they are committed to learn and grow. Teachers first official day back is on Wednesday, August 23rd.  If you have not already heard from your child’s teacher, I am sure you soon will.  They are already working hard to prepare for the year ahead.  Please be patient as they begin to ramp up for the new year.

    We know that establishing and nurturing deep connections and relationships with students and families must be at the center of our daily efforts.  We look forward to working together, staying connected, and remaining focused as we strive to best serve the needs of all our students and families.  

    One of the many ways we hope to stay connected is through this Friday Update Email.  I know our inboxes fill up rapidly these days and perhaps email is a bit antiquated, but I hope you take a few minutes out of your Friday afternoons to read through the information - we hope you find it interesting, informative, and that it provides you with at least a glimpse of the week.  Another excellent place to find information is both the Alameda School Website and the Alameda PTA website.  

    There is plenty of information to share in the coming weeks. Thanks for reviewing all of this week's details:

    Beginning of the Day/Arrival: The first day of school for students in grades 1-5 is Tuesday, August 29th.  Kindergarten specific schedules will be communicated by classroom teachers.  If you have a child in kindergarten and have any questions about schedules, please reach out directly to your child's teacher.


    Arrival/Dismissal and Building Safety

    The school day begins at 8:45 AM.  The first bell is at 8:40 AM.  Please make sure your child does not arrive early.  There will be NO SUPERVISION on the playground prior to school day beginning.  Like last year, students will come into the building through grade level specific entrances (SEE ATTACHMENT).  Parents may enter the building with their child during the first couple weeks of school.  We are hoping that as the year progresses students (and parents 🙂) will be comfortable saying a goodbye outside.  Reducing the number of adults (who have not checked in) in the building helps ensure a safer space for our students and staff.  All doors will be closed and locked by 8:45.  If your child arrives and the exterior door is locked, they must enter through the front entrance and check in at the office.

    All adults who are in the building after drop off or at any other time during the day must always check-in at the main office and wear a volunteer badge/sticker. If you have not already done so (they are good for three years), please take a few minutes to complete the PPS Volunteer Background Check.  It will take several weeks to process and is necessary if you plan to volunteer, attend a field trip, or provide any support to our students.  

    End of the Day/Dismissal:  The school day ends at 3:00 PM. Teachers will walk their students to an outside designated location for dismissal.  The end of the day is a busy time.  Please make sure your child is fully aware of their after school plan.  If you have to make a change during the day, please contact your child’s teacher via email and call the office.

    Staffing Update: We are excited to welcome several new staff members:

    • Matt Goosen: Grade 3-5 CB

    • Sarah Tretter:  Special Education/Learning Center

    • Christine Boyd: ELL (English Language Learners)

    • Justin Sooper:  Not really new..Grade 5

    • Music TBD:  Tom Cheek has retired!

    • 2 new Educational Assistants TBD

    Counseling:  We are fortunate to have both Anna Tofel and Molly Clark returning to Alameda for the 2023-2024 School Year.  Please feel free to reach out to Anna or Molly with any questions you have about counseling.  They both provide a wide range of support to all Alameda students and families.  Please note that Anna’s case load is students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade, while Molly’s focus is students in Grades K, 4, and 5.  This is a correction from previously sent out information.

    District Calendar:  Here is a link to the 2023-2024 Calendar

    School Supplies:  Your Alameda PTA is providing teacher-specified school supplies for each classroom. We suggest a contribution of $45 per Alameda student; the cost covers school supplies for your child and ensures that all students are provided the same supplies. Click here  and make your school supplies contribution today.

    Alameda PTA:  The beginning of the school year is a great time to re-up your PTA membership! PTA contributions sustain a variety of programs and activities within our community. Click here and join (or re-join!) the Alameda PTA.

    Lunch in the Cafeteria:   For more information on purchasing school meals please visit PPS Nutrition Services. Breakfast will be available for students beginning at 8:35 AM.  If your child is eating breakfast (and not riding the bus) they need to enter through the front door.

    Transportation:  Bus schedules and other information can be found on the PPS Transportation Service website.  You can also reach out to School Secretary Beth Minch with any questions.

    Songbirds Choir is Back:  We are excited to welcome back Mr. Ralph Nelson who will be directing our Choir again this year.  Choir is open to all 4th and 5th grade students.  Thanks to our arts fundraising success, choir is FREE for all who wish to participate.  Sign up information will be sent out to 4th and 5th grade families in the coming weeks.

    Before/After School Classes:   Due to PPS policy, the school is unable to directly provide information about classes taught by most third party organizations.  To learn more about before or after school classes you can visit THIS SITE maintained by Alameda volunteers. If you are interested in information about before and after school care run by the YMCA, please visit their website.

    Site Council:  This fall we will continue our Site-Council.  This group is made up of community members, administration, and staff and will be charged with continuing ongoing efforts to improve the work we are doing at Alameda.  We will discuss a wide range of topics including; budgeting/staffing, Instruction, Equity and Inclusion, and other ongoing efforts taking place.  We will meet 4-5 times during the school year.  Meetings will be in the evening and virtual.  If you are interested, please email Matt Goldstein.  


    School Clean Up Day-TOMORROW:  Saturday, August 19th 9:00 AM - 11 AM.  Come on down to Alameda and have fun, meet some new people, and help clean up the grounds.  Please bring gloves, garden tools (especially weeders, loppers and small saws), leaf/garbage bags, and anything else that might help with our work! 

    Welcome Back Picnic Extravaganza; Thursday, 9/14; 5:30 - 7:30 PMWelcome back Picnic Extravaganza.  The back to school picnic has been reimagined and elevated! Alameda, the PTA and the Foundation are coming together to host a welcome back Extravaganza picnic. There will be a band, food trucks, fun games and prizes for kids and parents, and of course cake!  We hope to see you all there! 

    Back to School Night is Thursday, September 21st.  More information will be coming soon.

    Fall Conferences:  Conferences will again take place during the week of Thanksgiving (11/20 and 11/21).  More details will be coming out, including on-line sign-ups.  

    We are getting very excited to see your children in less than two weeks.  As always, please feel free to reach out to the school office, your child’s teacher, Britt, or me if you have any questions or need additional information.  We look forward to working together and kicking off the 2023-2024 School Year.


    Matt Goldstein

    Britt Kuether
    Assistant Principal


District News

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    When Beckham Weatherby picks up his tuba, the rest of the world falls away. 

    “I don’t get that nervous and I don’t get stage fright at all,” he said. “I guess I got lucky with how my body reacts to performing in front of crowds.”

    Which is something the McDaniel High School junior has done quite a bit of lately. Not only is he a member of the prestigious Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) and the PYP conservatory orchestra, but he recently earned first prize in the tuba solo performance category at the Oregon State Solo Music Championships.

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  • Bon Voyage, Miss Ellie: Teacher Retires After 50 Years at PPS

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    The first things you notice when you walk into Ellie Jensen’s classroom at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School are peace and warmth. Then you hear the laughter of children. Then you just might see two posters hanging on the walls that tell you a great deal about the kind of teacher she has been for the past 50 years. The posters simply say, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and “Be a friend.”

    Jensen, known as “Miss Ellie” to the hundreds of students she has taught in her half a century as a Portland Public Schools educator, can’t help but light up a room. And she is a friend to all children. 

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    We dare you to drive by the Mainspring Food Pantry on the corner of 82nd Avenue and Fremont and not do a double take. Or a triple take. 

    Students from McDaniel High School’s art-focused Career Technical Education (CTE) class have spent the last four weeks turning the exterior walls of the pantry into one, huge, joyful mural as part of the course’s exploration of climate justice and community engagement.

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  • Earthstock Brings the Joy to the Crystal Ballroom

     Two students dance at Earthstock 2024.

    A little over 30 years ago, a Madison High School student named Joseph Janson had a simple wish. He wanted to go to a dance. But nothing was simple for Joseph, who was born with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and was confined to a wheelchair. 

    He confided his wish to Tony Nitz, who at that time was an educational assistant at Madison (now Leodis V. McDaniel High School). Tony had been working one-on-one with Joseph for months and he immediately went about making the young man’s dream come true.

    “The truth is, I would have done anything for Joseph,” Nitz said. “He was a unique person, and we had a very special bond.”

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