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  • From Principal Williams

    Dear Sabin Families,

    On Monday, we will be welcoming your child(ren) and family to another wonderful school year at Sabin! Our teachers, custodial, maintenance, and administrative staff have been working tirelessly to prepare our school. This has involved preparing classrooms, shampooing carpets, cleaning walls, moving furniture, registering new students, and hiring new staff.

    This letter is an update to the July letter that went home. In that letter, I shared that we are welcoming a

    K-2 Social Emotional Skills (SES) Classroom and a 3-5 SES Classroom as well as a Multnomah County Pre-School Program. The pre-school program is open to the general public for children ages 3-5! Fees are on a sliding scale basis but there are no income restrictions. Attached, you will find a link to additional information and application.

    MECP Peer Preschool Application Form and Information


    Start and End Times.  All Sabin students will start at 8:45 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria beginning at 8:20 a.m. At dismissal, teachers will walk students out to meet their families and will notify you of the location. If your child’s teacher, has a different process for dismissal, they will communicate that with you.


    First Day of School. On the first day of school (August 27th for grades 1-5 and August 30th for Kindergarten), students should go directly to their assigned classrooms. If your child has not received a classroom assignment, please go to the main office.


    Weekly Words of Wisdom. On the first school day of each week at 8:40 a.m., we will meet under the covered area (18th street basketball court) for our weekly morning message. The building will be open near the cafeteria (adjacent to the basketball courts) at 8:20 a.m. Students will be supervised by staff in the cafeteria beginning at 8:20 a.m. The main entrance of Sabin will open at 8:30 a.m. As staff and teachers are preparing for their arrival, we kindly ask that before school, students enter the building near the cafeteria. This ensures that there are adult staff members available to supervise them before school.

    New Staff. Below is an updated list of staff we are welcoming to our Sabin family:


    Chanell Hopson, 2nd Grade Teacher

    William Chou, 2nd Grade Job Share Teacher (with Ms. McKinney)

    Dan Wilson, K-2 Social Emotional Skills Teacher

    Johnice Masker, Para-Educator, K Social Emotional Skills Classroom

    Michael Updike, Para-Educator, K-2 Social Emotional Skills classroom

    Sara Derrickson, School Psychologist

    Theresa Demma, 3-5 Social Emotional Skills Teacher

    TBA, Para-Educator, 3-5 Social Emotional Skills Classroom

    Michelle Brazile, Para-Educator, 3-5 Social Emotional Skills Classroom

    Amy Mooney, QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional)

    Dawn Ray, ESL/ELL Teacher

    Cam Lam-Huckaba, School Nurse

    Tony Ramirez, School Health Assistant

    Karen Wutzke, Half-time Media Specialist

    Jay Ready, Full-Time School Secretary 

    Classroom Assignments. This year, we will have three classroom teachers at each grade level. Teachers collaborate weekly in professional learning communities to plan units of study, share ideas, and develop strategies for meeting student needs. I have confidence in the capacity of Sabin teachers to achieve our vision: “We are an inclusive community who, with love and respect, empower compassionate lifelong learners.”

    Calendar. We will maintain an online calendar this school year which you will be able to find on the Sabin webpage. See the link; 2018-19 PPS Calendar.

    Technology Update. We received the wonderful news that we received a grant from the Irvington Community Association in the amount of $12,500 which will allow us to purchase two chromebook carts. We will work to secure these new chromebook carts. With this addition, we will have 2 iPad carts and 5 chromebook carts in addition to the classroom allocation of 4-5 chromebook carts or 3 iPads.

    Specials. This year, Sabin students will receive Music, PE, Library and Dance. We will share dance teachers with four other PPS schools. 3rd through 5th grade students will receive Spanish instruction once weekly.

    Restorative Justice. Thanks to a generous contribution from our Sabin families, we will continue our restorative justice work with support from Amber Boydston, our RJ coach!

    Peninsula Before and After Care. Peninsula offers on-site before and after-care to Sabin students from kindergarten through 5th grade. Attached is a link to the application form.

    Peninsula Before and After School Care

    SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods). SUN is an after-school program for Sabin students. Please make a note of the scheduled SUN dates for this fall. Be sure to pick up an application in the office.

    §  Fall SUN: October 1st - December 6th

    §  Winter SUN: January 7th-March 7th

    §  Spring SUN: April 1st - May 23rd


    SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods)



    Office Hours. Our front-office staff are here to help with any of your questions, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    I wanted to leave you with some important and exciting updates for the 2018-19 school year:


    Aug. 27th                    First Day of School

    Aug. 30th                    Official First Day of Kindergarten

    Sept. 3rd                     Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)

    Sept. 26th                  The Back to School Bash initially scheduled for September 19th has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 26th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. We want to honor our families who are recognizing Yom Kippur on the 19th. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.  


    See you very soon!



    Principal Williams 

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