School News & Announcements
Each volunteer at Abernethy needs to complete a background check. They are good for three years. Your teacher has a list of which parents in their classroom are current or you can ask the office. If you are not current please complete the volunteer background application at, volunteer.pps.net
December 3 & 4 Holiday Shoppe
December 18 Late Opening
December 23 – January 3 Winter Break, No School
A Message from the Principal
Thank you to the 238 people that chose to participate in the survey these past couple of weeks. With Halloween right around the corner, we wanted to share the results. The majority of people (57%) felt that it would be appropriate to have a mixture of healthy options and treats. Teachers and room parents will be collaborating to ensure that the parties fit the classroom needs.
Based on survey results and strong staff desire we will be sticking with non-food items to celebrate birthdays. We will also be looking into the challenges with peanut butter in the cafeteria. If you are a parent of a child with peanut allergies, interested in the conversation, or a parent of a child that will only eat peanut butter from the cafeteria, we will be looking for you to help with this work. Information will be posted in the Monday Mailer soon.
If you are interested in seeing the survey results yourself, we are posting them on the Abernethy website: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/abernethy/. We are slowly but surely working on getting current information online so it will be a useful site for you.
As we look forward to Halloween, please keep in mind that costumes need to be friendly to our youngest students. Any frightening masks, blood, gore, or weapons should be left at home. If you have questions please ask in advance; we are happy to help.
We have had a few calls from parents and neighbors requesting that we address some safety concerns. Please make sure that your child is safe when entering and exiting your car before/after school. We had a near accident when a child ran across the street a couple of weeks ago. Remind your children to use the crosswalk. Also, a neighbor reported that several children who bike alone from 21st and Clinton through the turn at Division are being quite hesitant and looking insecure. It is a very tricky area. If your child navigates either of the intersections mentioned, please check in with them to make sure they are comfortable and that you feel good about their journey.