• Incoming Kindergarteners for 2020-2021

    Hello Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners, 

    UPDATE:  On April 8, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered that all in-person classes will be canceled for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. Find more information and updates here: https://www.pps.net/coronavirus. While it is disappointing to hear we will be unable to return this school year, as stated below, we are confident that registration can continue via the online format. Please see below for details. 

    You are receiving this email because you attended Abernethy's Connect to Kindergarten in February or submitted an online or paper registration form for your child. As you are aware, in March, Portland Public Schools and other districts announced school closures through April 28th, following an executive order from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. While these closures include Abernethy's office, lots of work continues to happen behind the scenes, from our homes, in a different capacity. Being in charge of enrollment, I am able to complete many of my tasks from home and will continue to work on registering your incoming students during this time. The districts move to online registration this year, could not have come at a better time - as I'll be relying on this tool significantly during this school closure. 

    As you know, we are asking parents to complete the online registration (https://www.pps.net/Page/14787) as well as physically turn in up-to-date Immunization Records and a copy of your child's Birth Certificate/Current Passport. However, during this time, in order to move forward with online registration, IF YOU HAVE NOT already submitted Immunization Records & Birth Certificate, I will ask that you email these two proofs to colsen1@pps.net. (Here are instructions on how to convert photos to a PDF from your phone/ipad: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TP2IyO4wACbPS4s8tL-HeI4FC8lbfeyS68A0AOddRx4/edit?usp=sharing

    While PPS will still require a hard-copy of these documents once school re-opens, by receiving valid proofs via email, I will be able to complete your students online registration. See my Q & A below to hopefully answer other questions you may have. 

    Q. I have completed all of the steps required for registration, but I have not received a confirmation that my child's registration has been accepted/complete. Is there something else I need to do at this point?

     A. At this point, I have a number of registrations pending. If you have submitted Immunization Records/Birth Certificate prior to school's closure, look for a confirmation email later this week. There was a significant delay due to employee's being unable to access school files until late last week. 

    Q. We have missed the online registration deadline of March 20th, can we still register our child?

    A. Yes, please complete the online registration as soon as possible (https://www.pps.net/Page/14787). 

    Q. I filled out my child's paperwork by hand and delivered it directly to the office prior to school's closure. Is there something else I need to do at this point?

    A. At this point, sit tight. If you are missing documentation, I will reach out individually to let you know what is still needed and ask you to email those documents still needed.

    Q. My child did not complete the Pre-Kindergarten Screening that was due by March 20th. What should we do?

    A. Once school re-opens, we will resume the screening's. The Pre-Screening is a 5-10 minute meeting that is very low pressure and fun. Also, look for Kindergarten Assessments that will be scheduled in mid-August. These Assessments are with your child's teacher and run 30 minutes in length.

    Q. What if School does not not re-open this school year? Does this impact my Kindergartener's enrollment? 

    A.  Assuming we have all of your child's documentation in order, there is no reason their enrollment will be impacted. At this point, PPS has received no indication from the Governor that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the year. If anything changes with regards to this, we will reach out to you to talk about next steps. Be sure to continue to monitor pps.net for all updates regarding the Covid-19 situation and how it relates to school information.

    Q. When do we find out who my child's Teacher is?

    A. Teacher assignments are mailed to families mid-August.

    Q. What is the best way to reach the school if I have questions?

    A. You can email myself at, colsen1@pps.net or our Principal Secretary, Elise Darling at edarling@pps.net. If you are on Facebook, find us here for school updates and news:   https://www.facebook.com/PPS-Abernethy-ES-341408246019365 

    Thank you so much for your patience as we navigate through these uncharted waters. Feel free to email me with any further questions you may have.


    Christine Olsen

    Secretary, Abernethy Elementary