Abernethy Elementary School

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under the elms.

2421 SE OrangePortland, OR 97214Ph (503) 916-6190Fx (503) 916-2600

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  • Welcome Letter for Kinder Families

    Welcome Letter for Kinder Families

    August 19, 2021

    Dear Kindergarten Families, 

    We are so excited to welcome your child and family to the Abernethy Community! This year is going to be extra-special as we return to full-day schooling, five days per week. We are kicking things off on Thursday August 26th with a meet and greet kinder which will be closely monitored by parents/staff to ensure a safe and socially distanced event on our school playground at 6pm! We hope you can join us!!!!


    Schedule for the First Week of School
    This year, we will be hosting “Ramp Up” days for our Kindergarten (and First Grade) students and families. The goal of having ramp up days is to give teachers, students, and families time to get to know each other and become comfortable with the school day. The Ramp Up Days are described below. 

     

    Wednesday, Sept. 1

    Thursday, Sept. 2

    Friday, Sept. 3

    Tuesday, Sept. 7

    Wednesday, Sept. 8

    Kindergarten 

    1:1 Family Conversations

    Kindergarten 

    1:1 Family Conversations 

    Kindergarten 

    ½ Class Full-Day “Warm-Up”

    Kindergarten

    ½ Class Full-Day “Warm-Up”

    Kindergarten

    First Full Day of Kindergarten for all 

     

    Kindergarten
    September 1-2Your child’s teacher will send you a link to sign up for an individual conversation with them at the school. In this conversation, teachers are hoping to learn about your child. Students will not be coming to school during these days. Please think about how you will answer the following questions. 

    • What are your hopes and dreams for your child this year?
    • What do you most want me to know and understand about your child?
    • What questions can I answer that will help your family feel ready for Kindergarten?

     

    September 3 and 7: Your child will be invited to attend one of these days for a full day of learning. Only half of the class will be attending each of these two days. The purpose of these days is to allow children to learn school routines, and start developing the close relationships they are bound to create in Kindergarten. We will let you know which day they will be invited to attend soon. 

    September 8: This will be the first full day of Kindergarten. All Kindergarten students will come to school on this day.

    Teacher Assignments
    Teacher Assignments will be posted by Friday at 3 pm in ParentVueYou can view your students' Teacher assignment on ParentVue. Below are instructions on how to view the information. 

    1. Either open Browser on a Computer https://www.pps.net/Page/2341 or Download/Open the App on a mobile device 
    2. Sign-in or create an account (You may need an ACTIVATION KEY to open the APP/Website - if this is the case, email Christine Olsen - colsen1@pps.net)
    3. Once logged in, click either "CLASS SCHEDULE" or in the APP, click "GRADE BOOK", you will see your students teacher name listed here. 

    If you are having trouble logging in, please email Christine for assistance (colsen1@pps.net). 

    We know how exciting and overwhelming it is for any child to start school.This year, these feelings are likely to be even stronger than at any time in the past. One of our PPS librarians at Capitol Hill Elementary School, Mrs. Wutzke, recorded a read aloud of a cute story that we hope you will share with your child. The story is perfect for easing the fear that little ones have about their first days at school. We hope you enjoy this read aloud together. We are looking forward to seeing you this Thursday August 26th and at the start of the school year. 

    While we are excited to return to full time in-person learning, I want to take a moment to acknowledge PPS’s Safety Protocols around Covid-19 and let you know that we at Abernethy, take our safety precautions very seriously and work hard at continued enforcement of these protocols. Last Spring, during our Hybrid Model (in-person school for 2 hours a day), we had 3 students who tested positive for Covid while they were off campus, however thanks to our Parents and our Staff’s vigilance, these cases never resulted in exposure to other students or staff, and furthermore never resulted in a classroom or cohort quarantine. We will continue to follow our approved Safety Plan Protocols which AES received auditors commendations and positive feedback from OHSU staff members as well. More information to come on Monday , 8/23 regarding Arrival and Dismissal as well as lunch procedures for our school. In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with the following slides that summarize our safety protocols. 

    PPS 2021 Health and Safety Guidelines AES

    Please know that I will have more information to share with you soon, however, I hope this brief overview helps you begin planning. I will be in touch soon with more information to address your many questions like lunch for example. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. 

    It's a joy to serve our school community,

     

    Dr. Christie M. Petersen

    Principal

    503-916-6190

    cpetersen@pps.net

     

    Equipping Our Students for Success in Their Next Learning Experience!

  • Welcome Letter for 1st Grade Families

    Welcome Letter for 1st Grade Families 

    August 19, 2021

    Dear First Grade Families, 

    We are so excited to welcome your child and family back on Campus in less than 2 weeks! This year is going to be extra-special as we return to full-day schooling, five days per week.  

    Schedule for the First Week of School
    This year, we will be hosting “Ramp Up” days for our First Grade students and families. The goal of having ramp up days is to give teachers, students, and families time to get to know each other and become comfortable with the school day. The Ramp Up Days are described below. 

    Wednesday, Sept. 1

    Thursday, Sept. 2

    Friday, Sept. 3

    Monday, Sept. 6

    Tuesday, Sept. 7

    First Grade

    ½ Class Full-Day “Warm-Up”

    • Introduce and teach basic school routines
    • Begin community-building

    First Grade

    ½ Class Full-Day “Warm-Up”

    • Introduce and teach basic school routines
    • Begin community-building 

    First Grade

    First Full Day of
    1st Grade for all 

    Labor Day

    NO SCHOOL

    First - 5th Grade

    Full Day of School


    First Graders
    September 1-2: Your child will be invited to attend one of these days for a full day of learning. Only half of the class will be attending each of these two days. The purpose of these days is to allow children to learn school routines, and start developing the close relationships they are bound to create. We will let you know which day they will be invited to attend soon. 

    September 3: This will be the first full day of first grade. All first grade students will come to school on this day.

    While we are excited to return to full time in-person learning, I want to take a moment to acknowledge PPS’s Safety Protocols around Covid-19 and let you know that we at Abernethy, take our safety precautions very seriously and work hard at continued enforcement of these protocols. Last Spring, during our Hybrid Model (in-person school for 2 hours a day), we had 3 students who tested positive for Covid while they were off campus, however thanks to our Parents and our Staff’s vigilance, these cases never resulted in exposure to other students or staff, and furthermore never resulted in a classroom or cohort quarantine. 

     

    We will continue to follow our approved Safety Plan Protocols which AES received auditors commendations and positive feedback from OHSU staff members as well. More information to come on Monday , 8/23 regarding Arrival and Dismissal as well as lunch procedures for our school. In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with the following slides that summarize our safety protocols. 

    PPS 2021 Health and Safety Guidelines AES

    Please know that I will have more information to share with you soon, however, I hope this brief overview helps you begin planning. I will be in touch soon with more information to address your many questions like lunch for example. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.  

    It's a joy to serve our school community,

     

    Dr. Christie M. Petersen

    Principal

    503-916-6190

    cpetersen@pps.net

     

    Equipping Our Students for Success in Their Next Learning Experience!

     

  • Welcome Letter for 2nd-5th Grade Families

    Welcome Letter for 2nd-5th Grade Families

    August 19, 2021

    Dear Second - Fifth Grade Families, 

    We are so excited to welcome your child and family back on Campus in less than 2 weeks! This year is going to be extra-special as we return to full-day schooling, five days per week.  

    Schedule for the First Week of School

    Wednesday, Sept. 1

    Thursday, Sept. 2

    Friday, Sept. 3

    Monday, Sept. 6 

    Tuesday, Sept. 7

    Second-Fifth Graders

    First Full Day of School

    Second-Fifth Graders

    Full Day of School

    Second-Fifth Graders

    Full Day of School

    Labor Day 

    NO SCHOOL

    Second-Fifth Graders

    Full Day of School


    Second - Fifth Graders

    September 1: All second through fifth graders will have a full first day of school!! 

    If you have not accessed your ParentVue Account to learn who your child’s teacher is, please do so now. This information can be found under GRADE BOOK (in the mobile app) and CLASS SCHEDULE in the browser version. If you are having trouble with ParentVue, please contact colsen1@pps.net for assistance. 

    While we are excited to return to full time in-person learning, I want to take a moment to acknowledge PPS’s Safety Protocols around Covid-19 and let you know that we at Abernethy, take our safety precautions very seriously and work hard at continued enforcement of these protocols. Last Spring, during our Hybrid Model (in-person school for 2 hours a day), we had 3 students who tested positive for Covid while they were off campus, however thanks to our Parents and our Staff’s vigilance, these cases never resulted in exposure to other students or staff, and furthermore never resulted in a classroom or cohort quarantine. We will continue to follow our approved Safety Plan Protocols which AES received auditors commendations and positive feedback from OHSU staff members as well. More information to come on Monday , 8/23 regarding Arrival and Dismissal as well as lunch procedures for our school. 

    In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with the following slides that summarize our safety protocols. 

    PPS 2021 Health and Safety Guidelines AES

     

    Please know that I will have more information to share with you soon, however, I hope this brief overview helps you begin planning. I will be in touch soon with more information to address your many questions like lunch for example. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. 

    It's a joy to serve our school community,

     

    Dr. Christie M. Petersen

    Principal

    503-916-6190

    cpetersen@pps.net

     

    Equipping Our Students for Success in Their Next Learning Experience!

     

  • PPS Health and Safety Measures

    This year’s health and safety measures can be found on the PPS.net/BacktoSchool2021 webpage.

Principal's Message

  • Welcome Abernethy Eagles to a new school year!

    I know it is hard to believe that the beginning of the 2021-22 school year is just around the corner! We are excited to welcome back students to a full week of school in person. I also know that we are starting this school year with some questions about the Delta variant of the Coronavirus and how that might impact what school looks like this year. You can expect regular communication from me and PPS regarding COVID-19 protocols, which can be found at PPS Back to School. Currently, all students and staff are required to wear masks while in the building. Classroom furniture is being placed to allow three feet between students where possible. I would encourage students to self monitor for COVID symptoms and to stay home if they have a fever of 100.4 F or higher, shortness of breath, an unexplainable cough or a sudden loss of sense of taste or smell.

    I would like to offer my gratitude to all of you for your continuing support of public education and your neighborhood school. Last year was challenging, but we also grew and came together in new ways as a community to support our students. At Abernethy we work hard to serve all families and provide the best education possible for your children. I invite you to contact me anytime you have questions or concerns. By working together, we can accomplish the best for all students. If there is anything we can do to support you or your children please do not hesitate to let us know. I am looking forward to a year of growth, achievement, professional satisfaction, and fun as we work together. Cheers to a new year!

    Click here for important information that families and students will need as you prepare to return to school. 

    Warmly,

    Dr. Christie M. Petersen

    Principal

    503-916-6190

    cpetersen@pps.net

    Together We Will

    Equipping Our Students for Success in Their Next Learning Experience!

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