Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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"the little school under the elms"

2421 SE Orange | Portland, OR 97214
Phone: (503) 916-6190 | Fax: (503) 916-2600

School News & Announcements

2015 - 2016 PPS School Calendar



Apr. 8 Fund Run

Apr. 9 Grading Period Ends

Apr. 9 Site Council


Apr. 13 - 17 Volunteer Appreciation Week

Apr. 13 Alternative Fund Run Date

Apr. 15 Late Opening

Apr. 16 Community Mtg.

Apr. 24 Spirit Day - Sports Day

Apr. 24 Auction

Apr. 27 SKG Mtg.

Apr. 30 Lost & Found to Clothes Closet

Draft Technology Matrix

    A Message from the Principal

    Dear Families,

     I hope that all of you had a relaxing and rejuvenating spring break. We are excited to welcome your child(ren) back to school today! 

     In the next couple of weeks we will begin Smarter Balanced testing in third, fourth and fifth grades.  I wanted to remind you of a few dates and important considerations.


     When will 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students be testing?

     There are four sections of Smarter Balanced:  Computer adaptive English/Language Arts, Computer adaptive Math, Performance task English/Language Arts, and Performance task Math.

     Computer adaptive English/Language Arts

                    April 7 & 9                               

     3rd & 4th grade will test from 8:45-10                                

    5th grade will test from 10:15-11:45

    Performance task English/Language Arts

                    Classroom activity – April 20

                    Performance task – April 21-24

                                    3rd & 4th grade will test from 8:45-10

                                    5th grade will test from 10:15-11:45


    Computer adaptive Math

                    April 28 & 30                               

     3rd & 4th grade will test from 8:45-10                                

    5th grade will test from 10:15-11:45


    Performance task Math

                    Classroom activity – May 4

                    Performance task – May 5-8 (4th gr will not test on May 5, and 3rd gr will not test on May 6)

                                    3rd & 4th grade will test from 8:45-10

                                    5th grade will test from 10:15-11:45


    ** Times allow for set up, logging on and shutting down of computers.

    ** This is an untimed test, so we have allotted a little more time for testing than we think will be necessary for most students.  Students who finish will join the students who have opted out.  Ms. Jones will have opportunities for students who do not finish to complete their tests after May 11, and also to retake the science test if they did not pass it during their first attempt.

     When is the end of the testing?

     All testing must be complete by Friday, June 5.  We have left almost 4 weeks to complete tests.  Also, all performance tasks must be completed within 10 calendar days of starting them, so we have purposefully scheduled them during weeks when there are few interruptions and when we can finish them the following week, if necessary.

     What will students do if they have opted out?

     Students will be regrouped by grade level during testing.  For example, all third graders who are testing will be together, and all third graders who have opted out will be together. Teachers have worked hard to plan math lessons during the math testing, and reading/writing lessons during the reading/language arts testing.

     Below are examples of what grade levels will be doing with students who have opted out:

     Reading/Writing:  book report, book project, national geographic texts, narrative or expository activities

    Math: puzzles, story problems, review pages, practice with time, fractions

     What is the ABSOLUTE LAST and FINAL deadline to opt out?

     You cannot opt out once your child has started testing.  The deadline for all students is April 7th, but the sooner the better so that we can plan for the correct number of students.  We have clarified that even if fifth graders have taken the science test, they can still opt out of Smarter Balanced testing.

     If you need an opt-out form, or have questions, please email, call, or stop by and talk to Ms. Jones (sjones@pps.net).

     I have other questions, who can I ask?

    Email, call, or stop by and talk to Ms. Jones at sjones@pps.net  or 503 916 6190.

     Take care,

    Sarah and Heather




    April 24 – Sports day (wear something sporty – from a team or sport, be creative)


    May 29 – Abernethy day (wear something to represent Abernethy – SKG t-shirt, tech trek, basketball…or make your own)

    Daily Schedule

    08:25 a.m. Breakfast Begins
    08:40 a.m. Breakfast Ends
    08:40 a.m. First Bell
    08:45 a.m. Tardy Bell
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. K-5 Lunch is on a rotation
    11:45 p.m. 1/2 Day Kindergarten dismissal
    03:00 p.m. Dismissal (K-5)

    School Menu

    School Menu Prices for the 2014-2015 school year

    Breakfast: $1.35

    Lunch: $2.70

    Adult: $4.20

    Milk: $0.50

    Abernethy Lunch Menu 2014-15-Menu-Calendar-Abernethy.pdf

    PPS News

    Seattle trip exposes students to college

    March 30, 2015

    Franklin, Madison and Roosevelt high school sophomores got an early exposure to college when they toured four in the Seattle area during spring break through the Portland Public Schools GEAR UP College Ahead Program. 


    Camp exposes students to construction careers

    March 26, 2015
    Students from seven schools learned about construction careers over Spring Break. Construction careers came alive for 20 PPS students from seven high schools during a two-day Spring Break Build-It Camp led by trades professionals. 


    Salt & Straw asks students for flavor ideas

    March 20, 2015
    Salt & Straw ice cream maker Tyler Malek, who has made ice cream flavors with everything from olive oil to beer, asked Vernon students to help him come up with a new flavor. Popular ice cream makers Salt & Straw, a great local business partner to Portland Public Schools, on Friday launched the third year of a fun fundraiser for Vernon, Chapman and Abernethy schools. 


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