• Virtual MLK Jr celebrations, service opportunities, and resources

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    Happy Friday ACCESS Families!

    As we move into the 3-day MLK Holiday weekend, I continue to reflect on the state of our Nation and the overwhelming Global Pandemic. Martin Luther King Jr was unrelenting in his pursuit of racial justice for Black communities across our country. The same systems of oppression that Dr. King railed against during the Civil Rights era still have a strong hold in our communities of color. There are a new generation of Freedom Fighters and one way that we are able to join them in the fight for racial justice is to learn about Dr. King’s teachings, challenge systems of oppression, racist speech, and interrupt decision-makers that serve to perpetuate the “racial divide”.

    The MLK holiday weekend has for many years, asked people to gather in ways that we are able to “serve” our communities. A day of service. This year, with COVID-19, creates challenges. Be intentional this weekend. We have much to learn!

    Virtual MLK Jr celebrations, service opportunities, and resources (to highlight just a few)

    • Portland’s own The Skanner Foundation will stream the 35th Annual  Martin Luther King Jr Breakfast on Monday, January 18th, 2021 @ 9:00am. Please register here for this free event.
    • World Arts Foundation Inc presents the 36th Annual Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from Noon-5:00pm. Free event.
    • HandsOn Greater Portland no events planned this year, but information for other organizations and events found here.
    • SOLVE: Taking Care of Oregon has a few projects listed. Pre-registration required.

    This & That….

    Our ACCESS Talent Show audition sign up deadline has been extended to January 24. Please encourage students to SIGN UP. Email dharkness@pps.net with any questions.


    High school forecasting (choosing classes) will be happening over the next 3-4 weeks.  The timing depends upon the individual school. This spreadsheet includes links to high schools and their forecasting information, if available. Contact dharkness@pps.net with any questions.

    Spelling Bee

    Congratulations to the following spellers who will advance to the school-wide “spell off” on Friday, February 5, at 9:30 am:

    4th grade:

    • Dahlia C
    • Myles D
    • Phoebe N
    • Evelyn N-G
    • Gar P
    • Cormac R

    5th grade:

    • Corey C
    • Emily D
    • Ramona S
    • Peiyi W

    6th grade:

    • Talla B
    • Eric C
    • Finley C
    • Zan O'L
    • Daniel P
    • Colin Y

    7th grade:

    • Raphael B
    • Nate C
    • Kirin C-S
    • Manu I
    • Eliot L

    8th grade:

    • Jenny C
    • Sophie J
    • Oscar J
    • Finnian R
    • Ashley R


    Semester One ends January 28th, 2021

    There are two weeks remaining for first semester. Teachers will spend the planning day, January 29th , assessing student works and finalizing grades. Please take time with your student to review CANVAS and SeeSaw, catch up with communications from teachers, and ensure assignments are completed and turned in.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Be well, Ginger