• Chief Joseph Elementary is a CEP school, so all our students, regardless of income, receive free breakfast and lunch for the 22-23 school year!

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Chief Joseph Elementary

A strong, diverse and respectful community
where we make learning creative and fun

2409 N. Saratoga St.Portland, OR 97217Ph (503) 916-6255Fx (503) 916-2618

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  • Chief Joseph School Supply List

    Chief Joseph School Supply List

     

    Thank you in advance for supporting our programs.  Please provide what you are able.

     

    Kindergarten 

     

    Please bring supplies on your child’s first day, if possible. We share all supplies so please do not label.

     

    • 4 boxes of Crayola crayons, 24 count

    • 6 large glue sticks

    • 24 count Ticonderoga brand pencils

    • 1 set of Crayola watercolors, 16 colors

    • 1 box colored pencils

    • 1 box of washable Crayola markers (jumbo size)

    • 5 pen-style colored highlighters (variety pack)

    • 2 pack fine tip pen-style, low odor, black Expo dry erase markers

    • 1 fine tip black Sharpie marker

    • 2 pink erasers

    • 2 packs of sticky notes (any color or size)

    • 1 container of disinfecting wipes

     

    If you prefer, you can send a check for $40 made out to Chief Joseph Elementary School instead of these supplies.  (This does not include the $7 for the weekly reader.) You can also pay online, using School Pay.

     

    Mrs. Cooper School Pay Link                                Ms. Penny School Pay Link 

     

    In addition, please provide:

     

    • a backpack (large enough to carry a binder)

    • a water bottle to keep at school

    • 1 pair of headphones (no earbuds), labeled, for computer use. (These will be returned to you in June for use next year.)

    • $7.00 for Weekly Reader Magazine  (This is in addition to the $40 for supplies.)








    Chief Joseph School Supply List

     

    Thank you in advance for supporting our programs.  We understand that supplying all the items on the list may cause hardship for some families.  If that is the case, we will find alternative funding sources for the materials.

     

    First Grade Supply List



    Community supplies:  Please do not label with your child’s name

     

    2  three-pack of glue sticks 

    1 box Crayola colored pencils, 12 count

    1 box Crayola crayons, 16 or 32 count

    1 box of 10 colored markers

    1 or 2 pencil sharpeners with container for shavings

    2 pink erasers

    4 black Expo markers- large size

    2  wide ruled spiral notebook

    2 wide ruled composition notebook

    3 pads of post-it notes (any size or color)

    1 pack of index cards (3x5 or 4x6)

    1 pair of small scissors

    1 Large (8.5 x 5.5) plastic pencil/supply box      

    1  highlighter pen-any color

    2 black sharpies

    2-4 Black flair pens 

    5 two-pocket folders (no prongs) 1 red, 1 green, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 purple

    1 or 2 containers of disinfectant wipes

    1 box of tissues

    1 Water color paint set

     

    *Please provide a backpack to carry from home to school each day

    *Please provide a water bottle to keep at school-They will be sent home on Fridays for washing

     

    Wish List

    hand sanitizer (approx. 12 oz size)

    Watercolor paper








    Chief Joseph School Supply List

     

    Thank you in advance for supporting our programs.  We understand that supplying all the items on the list may cause hardship for some families.  If that is the case, we will find alternative funding sources for the materials.

     

    2nd Grade Supply List

     

    Individual Supplies:  Please label these supplies below.

     

    1 Large (8.5 x 5.5) plastic pencil/supply box                       

    8 Undecorated WIDE ruled BLACK composition books    

    1 Pair of scissors                                 

    2 Pink eraser                             

    2 Pocket folders

    1 Package of 12 or 24 Ticonderoga pencils (keep half at home)

    1 Box Crayola Markers, 8-10 count

    1 Box Crayola Crayons, 18-24 count

    1 Box Crayola colored pencils, 12 count

    2 Highlighters  

    4 Glue sticks

    1 Pencil sharpeners with container for shavings

    4 WIDE ruled spiral notebook

    Water bottle

    Community Supplies:  Please do not label.

     

    1 Container of disinfectant wipes

    1 Box of tissues

     4 Dry erase markers 

    1 Sharpie

    1 Pack small index cards (3” x 5”)

    1 Pack large index cards (4” x 6”)

    2 Sticky flags

    4 Sticky notes (assorted sizes/colors)

     

     




    Chief Joseph School Supply List

     

    Thank you in advance for supporting our programs.  We understand that supplying all the items on the list may cause hardship for some families.  If that is the case, we will find alternative funding sources for the materials. We use supplies communally, so please ensure they are what is on the list. 

     

    If you prefer, you can bring us a check for $40 made out to Chief Joseph Elementary School instead of supplies.  You can also pay online, using School Pay; there is a link from the Chief Joseph Elementary School webpage.

    3rd Grade Supply List

    Please do not label supplies with student names. 

    We will use some supplies communally and label others in class.

    16 oz. or larger hand sanitizer

    24 Ticonderoga or Dixon brand #2 pencils

    2 packs large post-its (3x3”)

    1 pack popsicle sticks (regular size, not jumbo)

    1 pack Crayola colored pencils (12 count)

    1 pack of Sharpie permanent markers

    1 pack low heat glue sticks for glue guns (skinny sticks)

    4 spiral notebooks: red, yellow, blue, green (1 subject)

    4 pocket folders: red, yellow, blue, green

    8 Elmer’s Glue sticks 

    1 pack colored low-odor Expo dry erase markers (4 total)

    1 pack pink or white erasers

    1 pack washable markers (any size)

    Small pencil box or pouch 

    4 boxes tissue

    2 boxes or large bags of healthy snack (low sugar & fat: ex. popcorn, baby carrots, pretzels, Goldfish, Cheez-its, granola bars, bags of fruit, string cheese)  

     

    1 Reusable water bottle, sealable, 16 oz maximum size (Very Important!)
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    • If you prefer, you can bring us a check for $40 made out to Chief Joseph Elementary School instead of supplies.  You can also pay online, using School Pay; there is a link from the Chief Joseph Elementary School webpage.

    • We will purchase high quality markers for the class.  If you can send in any donations for this, we can have the entire class have a nice set of markers for the year.

     

    Ms. Michels

    https://pps.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Ms-Michels-School-Supplies/SeswnRa

    Mr. Wolfe

    https://pps.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Mr-Wolfe-Classroom/SGhL1m 

     

    Chief Joseph School Supply List

     

    Thank you in advance for supporting our programs.  We understand that supplying all the items on the list may cause hardship for some families.  If that is the case, we will find alternative funding sources for the materials.



    4th Grade Supply List

     

    #2 Ticonderoga Pencils (At least 24!) 

    1 Sharpie

    2 Highlighters (Different Colors)

    1 pair Scissors

    4 packages of small post-it notes (2x2)

    4 pocket folders

    3 Wide Ruled Spiral Notebooks

    5 Glue sticks 

    1 box of tissues

    Big eraser OR pencil-top erasers (whatever they prefer) 

    Composition Books (6)

    1 package Disinfectant Wipes 

    Dry erase markers (4)



     

    Wish List:

    Extra Dry Erase Markers

    Crayons

    Markers

    Colored pencils

    Hand Sanitizer 

    Index Cards

    Sticky Flags

    Sticky-Notes, variety of colors

    Pencil box/pouch (optional- but HELPFUL)

    Reusable water bottle! (To bring back and forth from school each day)








    Chief Joseph School Supply List

     

    Thank you in advance for supporting our programs.  We understand that supplying all the items on the list may cause hardship for some families.  If that is the case, we will find alternative funding sources for the materials. 

     

    5th Grade Supply List

     

    Personal Supplies

    Ticonderoga pencils (at least 24)

    1 spiral notebook

    Personal pencil sharpener with lid

    Supply box or pencil pouch (whatever your child prefers)

    Thin markers

    Binder (2-3 Inch)

    Dividers

    Colored Pencils (12 pack)

    Highlighters (2 different colors)

    College ruled notebook paper–a few packs

     

    Wish List of Classroom Supplies

    Black Sharpies

    Glue sticks

    Dry erase markers

    Sticky notes (assorted colors and sizes)

    Sticky flags

    Index cards

    Boxes of tissue

    Wipes

    Extra Ticonderoga pencils

Principal's Message

  • Dear Families,

     

    Welcome to the 2022-23 school year. As a staff, we are excited for the upcoming school year and are anticipating the relationships, memories, and learning that we will build over the next nine months. 

    The first day of school for grades 1-5 is Tuesday, August 30th. School doors will open at 8:37, and school will begin at 8:45, dismissing at 3:00 pm.   Students wanting to eat breakfast, should enter through the cafeteria doors, beginning at 8:15.  Please give your students enough time to eat breakfast and be in class by 8:45.  Students in grades 1-2 will enter through the doors near the library.  Students in grades 3-4 will enter the doors near the gym.  Fifth grade students will go directly to the classroom on the first day of school.  Following that, they will drop off items in the classroom, and proceed to their 1st period specials class.

    The school day begins with a community circle, and we are making it our goal to start the school day when the bell rings at 8:45.  Please try to arrive in time for students to get to class and put away belongings, so they are ready to join the community circle at 8:45.

    Many people are curious about staffing. We have the most changes in our office staff.  Michelle Rowley is joining us as School Secretary.  Ms. Pettit is approved for a leave through the end of October, so we are currently working on filling that position.  Please direct all office questions to mirowley@pps.net.  Unfortunately, the School Secretary position has been reduced to .75.  

    Over the summer, the school board voted to add an educational assistant to all TSI schools.  I am in the process of filling this position, and will make this announcement when finalized.  We are also in the process of hiring a new .5 School Social Worker, and I hope to make this announcement soon.  Our PE position has also been reduced to .8, and is being filled by Julia Stevens.

    Again this year, both 4th and 5th grades will be departmentalizing, with one teacher focusing on the math, science and health portions of the content and the other teacher focusing on reading, writing and social studies. This change allows teachers to strengthen their expertise by narrowing the content bands they are required to teach. It will also allow students diversity in their teachers and begin preparing them for middle school.  

    We have had a few shifts in positions; staffing for the 2022-23 school year is as follows:

    Kindergarten:  Ms. Cooper, Ms. Larsen

    1st Grade:  Ms. Peake, Ms. Pinder

    2nd Grade:  Ms. Ferguson, Ms. Pearson

    3rd Grade:  Ms. Michels, Mr. Wolfe

    4th Grade:  Mr. Ibrahim, Ms. Shutt

    5th Grade:  Ms. Brislin, Mr. Brown

    PE: Ms. Stevens

    Music: Ms. Schrepping 

    Media: Ms. Hall (½ time)

    Art: Ms. Duncan

    Counselor: Ms. Spiers

    Reading Intervention: (½ time)

    Ms. Bush, Ms. Lopez 

    Math Intervention: Ms. Hall (½ time)

    ELL: Ms. Routtenberg

    Social Worker: TBD

    School Climate Coach: Ms. Whitaker

    Learning Center: Ms. Lopez (½ time)

    Speech Pathologist: Ms. LeMeune

    Paraeducator: Ms. DeRuiter

    Paraeducator: Ms. Thompson

    Educational Assistant: Ms. Newton, TBD

    Library Assistant: Ms. Woodward

    School Secretary: Ms. Rowley

    Principal’s Secretary: Ms. Pettit

    Custodian: Ms. DeWeese, Marc Jefferson

     

    School Supplies

    The supply lists for in person learning are available on our website. If you need support in getting supplies, please contact Ms. Spiers at espiers@pps.net.

     

    School Breakfast & Lunch:

    Chief Joseph is a CEP school for the 2022-2023 school year, breakfast and lunch will be free for all students.

     

    After School Plan:  Please be sure to complete the attached “First Week of School After School Plan” and send it with your student on the first day of school.

     

    Community Care Day:

    I am extremely excited for the upcoming year and look forward to continuing to build a community, advance social justice issues and improve learning.

     

    Sincerely,

    Amber Gerber

    Principal, Chief Joseph Elementary School

    agerber@pps.net

    971.284.7108

     

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