Historically, Astor holds a jog-a-thon each fall and we're doing it again this year! This event is held on the playground and students jog for approximately 20 minutes.
Our Run for Astor jog-a-thon will be held on Friday, September 17th. (rain delay date is Wednesday, Sept. 22nd, if necessary)
Breaking news: Kindergarteners will run on Friday, September 24th.
The funds you raise help us provide enrichment programs for students, pay for field trips and buses, purchase school supplies and assist with other school needs.
Students collect pledges from family and friends and those raising $10 or more receive an original Run for Astor t-shirt! Look for your student's pledge sheet in their homework folders soon!
This will be a closed campus event.
Thank you for your support!
Our Fall Picture Day will be Wednesday, September 29th. Please read the following IMPORTANT information:
Please fill out this Google survey to let us know YES or NO for your student to wear their mask during their school picture.
Picture Day order forms will be sent home with our student(s) shortly. You may also order your school pictures online. Visit mylifetouch.com and enter the picture day ID for Astor: EVT4NRKKC
You can find information for enrolling at www.pps.net/kinderenroll or in the announcement below.
Dear Astor Families and University Park Community,
I am greatly honored and excited to take on the role of Astor Principal. I’m a school leader focused on racial equity, and I’m committed to creating welcoming spaces for students and families. I strongly believe that all children deserve an exceptional education that is personalized to their individual needs while preparing them to graduate from college. For many of our students, Astor is the first step in this journey.
I have worked for the last 14 years in Portland Public Schools, first as a paraeducator, then as a teacher, and now as a school leader. I’ve taught throughout the district, including at SEI, Beverly Cleary, Astor, and Ockley Green. For the last four years, I was the Assistant Principal at Jason Lee. Prior to moving to Portland, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Fiji Islands with my wife, Miranda. I’m also an Astor parent and have two daughters who attend our school and have loved their experiences so far. I am so happy to be back in North Portland and to be joining the incredible teachers, staff, Dr. K, and all of you for the 2020-2021 school year.
Finally, I have an open door policy; please bring concerns to me at any time. Know that I will approach every situation striving to do what is best for students and putting students first. This has been a difficult and uncertain time for our students, community and world at large. There will be challenges that face us in the coming months, but I’m confident that with your partnership and support we can provide our students with an excellent education.
This will be my 15th year in public education. I have taught in Portland, Estacada, and Oregon City. In Oregon City I co-created and led a successful in-house high school support program that included credit recovery, dropout prevention, and advocacy. Most recently I spent 3 years as Dean of Students at Tualatin High School, where I worked to promote restorative practices across the school and built strong partnerships with teachers and families in support of students. Over the years, my students have taught me that every student will succeed when we remove the barriers. I am passionate about culturally responsive education and building strong partnerships with students, families and community partners. I am also a long-time Portland resident, and I am so excited to be joining the wonderful Astor community!
Dear PPS Families and Students,
Thank you, again, for your patience as we work through the bus driver shortage. Please know our team is exploring every option, big and small, to provide the best possible service to our students and families during this challenging time.
Dear PPS families, students and staff,
Beginning next week, families will receive a consent form to opt-in to participate in our free COVID-19 screening testing program, which is a partnership between the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and PPS. Screening testing provides early detection of COVID-19, even when individuals have no apparent COVID-19-like symptoms.
Dear PPS Families and Students,
We share your concern about the continuing transmission of COVID-19 in our community and remain deeply committed to keeping our students, families, staff, and community healthy and safe. Portland Public Schools plays a critical role as a partner to county and state health authorities in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We take seriously our responsibility to monitor and communicate every on-site COVID case we become aware of, so that we too can do our part to limit the spread of the virus by asking students and adults to isolate and/or quarantine from others.
Tomorrow (September 16), families will receive a brief survey (5-10 minutes) about your students and the COVID-19 vaccination.
In short, we’d like to determine how many of our students (ages 12 and older) are fully vaccinated against the virus and as we anxiously await approval for the COVID-19 vaccine for younger students (age 5 to 11), we’d like to plan for targeted outreach for families to quickly access the vaccine. The information you share will help us prioritize vaccine access and outreach to schools this fall.
Astor students will learn to be compassionate critical thinkers, able to collaborate and solve problems, and be prepared to lead a more socially just world.
The Mission of Astor K-8 School is to educate, inspire, challenge and empower our students to reach their highest potential. In partnership with our families and community members, we are committed to daily excellence in a kind, inclusive, and supportive environment that values equity, individuality, collaboration, and creativity. Our students strive to be compassionate, responsible, critical thinkers who bring positive changes to our world throughout their lifetimes.
We all belong at Astor. We honor diversity, celebrate differences, and seek to understand all perspectives. We strive to be an inclusive, safe, and respectful school community.
We all belong at Astor, and together we are stronger.