Astor School

School Grade Levels: K-8

5601 N. Yale St.Portland, OR 97203Ph 503-916-6244Fx 503-916-2605

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The Astor Connection

School Announcements

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  • Astor Welcome Back Letter

    Hello Astor Families, 

    Classroom/homeroom teacher notifications will go out Friday, August 11 for all 1st through 8th graders. If you did not receive this information or you have multiple children in the same grade level, then please reach out to the office starting Monday, August 14th at 503-916-6244. The office hours are from 7:30 to 4 daily.

    Kindergarten families will receive a phone call over the next two weeks regarding your child's teacher, school start date, and parent-teacher meeting time/day.

    All families can find our welcome back letter for the 22-23 school year here.

    We have so many exciting events coming up this month! You can find information on them in the last Astor Connection here.

    Have a wonderful rest of the summer and we hope to see you at our first school-wide event, Project Community Care Day on August 19th from 9am to 12pm. 

    Warmly,

    Blake Robertson
    Principal @ Astor

  • Astor Before-School-Year Community Events

    Hello Astor Families!

    There are a couple of great events coming up prior to the start of the 23-24 school year that we want you to know about.

    Connect to Kindergarten

    August 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 - Link with information is here 

    Join Astor Staff and other Astor Kindergarten students and families as we visit together prior to the start of the school year. You'll be able to see the kinder classrooms and our Astor PTSO will be there with Portland Goat Parties! Hope to see you there!

    Project Community Care Day

    August 19th from 9am to 12pm - Link with information is here 

    Please join us for Project Community Care Day, an annual tradition and a wonderful opportunity to help beautify our school grounds to be held on Saturday, August 19th, from 9am to 12pm.  We encourage you to bring your gardening gloves and tools and refillable water bottle. Students are welcome to join you and we’ll just ask that you supervise. We look forward to seeing you Saturday, August 19th, 9 am to 12 pm!

    Astor’s 3rd Annual Warm Welcome!

    August 28th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm - Link with information is here

    This event on campus will allow for our students and families to meet, see the entrance that they should come to at the start of each day, and pick up their back to school packets and Middle School schedules and supply lists. Additionally, many of our teachers will be at this event and it's a great time to connect with them prior to the start of the school year. Families may arrive at the school at a time that works for them between 4:30pm and 5:30pm on August 29th.

  • COBM DREAM BIGGER Mentoring Program

    Our community partner, the Coalition of Black Men, invites boys in grades 6-8 to join their DREAM BIGGER Mentoring Program.

    What: This program provides academic support, mentoring, cultural enrichment and personal development to our young men!

    When: Begins September 28th 

               Every Tuesday from 1:45 - 2:30 pm 

    Where: Room 63 (portable 3)

    How do I join?: Scan the QR code on the flyer below or visit https://forms.gle/F3RA3/1Q8ePn2aGV97

    Questions?: Contact mentoring@cobmportland.org

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Principal's Message

  • Dear Astor Families and University Park Community,

    I'm excited to join you all for a fourth year at Astor. I’m a school leader focused on racial equity, and I’m committed to creating welcoming spaces for students and families. You'll find this emphasis in our school goals and in our day-to-day operations at Astor. Whether it's a focus on eliminating the racial achievement and opportunity gap or culturally specific events, I'm constantly pushing our community towards our school and district vision. 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 of realizing their potential.

    I have worked for the last 17 years in Portland Public Schools, first as a paraeducator, then as a teacher, and now as a school leader for the past 8 years. 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 spouse, Miranda. I’m also an Astor parent and have one daughter who attends our school and another at Roosevelt High School. They have found joy in their experiences as PPS students, and I'm confident all our children at Astor will, too.

    Finally, I have an open-door policy; please bring concerns and feedback to me at any time. I know that I will approach every situation striving to do what is best for students and putting them first. 

    Warmly,

    Principal Robertson
    brobertson@pps.net

    Robertson

     

     

District News

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  • How Do You Measure a Year: The Annual District Calendar

    At first glance, the annual Portland Public Schools district calendar might seem to fulfill one crucial function: to alert students, staff, and families to the days when school is in session and when it is not. 

    If that were the case, crafting the calendar would be the work of days, if not hours. In fact, the calendar is a multipurpose living document that involves meticulous planning and careful forethought to ensure the best possible outcomes for students and staff. It also reflects the needs and observances of the many diverse communities the district serves. 

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  • Compacted Math Changes Coming in 2024-25

    Ethan Kramer, Beaumont Middle School’s assistant principal, sees middle school math as so much more than 2x + 3y = 5. 

    “It’s helping to build the logic center – the prefrontal cortex – in analysis and processing,” he said. Given this, Kramer and others believe that middle grades instruction must lay a strong foundation to support more challenging math concepts in the future – first high school, then beyond.

    But what are the components of that foundation? And how is it best established?

    The district’s middle grades core academics team and its grades 6-8 math committee have spent the last year weighing these questions in tandem with educators and community stakeholders. Their goal: a comprehensive math curriculum that challenges students without rushing or skipping over key concepts.

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  • To Close or Not to Close? The Many Factors that Go into an Inclement Weather Decision

    In meteorological terms, Portland’s first big weather event of 2024 has been the definition of a perfect storm. Frigid temperatures and high winds combined with snow and ice to bring down tree limbs, close roads, scramble traffic, freeze pipes, and knock out power for tens of thousands of residents.

    It’s been a metaphorical perfect storm for Portland Public Schools as well. Fallen trees cut power to multiple schools and others have suffered water damage from broken pipes. Lack of heat is also a problem, and impassable roads, paired with snowed-in and icy parking lots, have made it impossible for buses to run safely. Those same conditions have limited how the district’s facilities and operations teams can even assess the scope of the issues, let alone begin working on solutions. And icy sidewalks mean walkers have no safe route to school.

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  • McDaniel Students to the Rescue

    In a dark corner of a dilapidated house, several young people work together to locate a baby in distress. A few hundred feet away, a second group uses cribbing techniques to free a man from a 2,000-pound slab of concrete. Nearby, a third learns how to use a multi-tool to turn off a leaking gas line.

    Thankfully, none of it – the ailing baby, the crushed man, the gas leak – was real. Rather, each scenario was part of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training for students from Darshanpreet Gill’s biomedical innovations class.

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Astor Vision, Mission, and Community Equity Statement

  • Vision:

    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.

    Mission Statement:

    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.

    Community Equity Statement:

    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.

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