Atkinson Elementary School

Where diversity is celebrated!
¡Donde se celebra la diversidad!

5800 SE Division StreetPortland, OR 97206Ph 503-916-6333Fx 503-916-2606

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Principal's Message / Mensaje de la Directora

  • June 14, 2024


    Dear Atkinson Community,

    Thank you for sharing your children with us this year. It has been a great year of learning. I've so enjoyed returning to this community!

    The office staff will be in the office through Thursday, June 20th, except June 19th is a holiday so we will be closed that day. I will be available at school and via email for most of the summer. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything.

    I hope you have a great summer. I encourage you to help your children find lots of unstructured play time away from screens.

    I look forward to seeing you and your children in the new school year.

    Debbie Armendáriz
    Atkinson Elementary School

    ATK Parent News #37

    14 de junio de 2024


    Querida comunidad Atkinson,

    Gracias por compartir a sus hijos con nosotros este año. Ha sido un gran año de aprendizaje. ¡He disfrutado mucho regresar a esta comunidad!

    El personal de la oficina estará en la oficina hasta el jueves 20 de junio, excepto que el 19 de junio es feriado, por lo que estaremos cerrados ese día. Estaré disponible en la escuela y por correo electrónico durante la mayor parte del verano. No dudes en comunicarte con nosotros si necesitas algo.

    Espero que tengas un gran verano. Le animo a que ayude a sus hijos a encontrar mucho tiempo de juego no estructurado lejos de las pantallas.

    Espero verlos a usted y a sus hijos en el nuevo año escolar.

    Debbie Armendáriz
    Escuela primaria Atkinson

    Noticias para padres #37

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