School News & Announcements
Connect to Kindergarten
Jan. 21st - Late Opening
Jan. 23rd - Spirit Day "Mismatch day"
Jan. 26th - SKG Mtg. 7:00
Jan. 29th - Grading Period Ends
Jan. 29th - Lost & Found sent to Clothes Closet
Jan. 30th - NO SCHOOL
Feb. 6 - Report cards go home
Feb. 12 - Site Council 3:15 - 4:30
Feb. 16 - No School
Feb. 18 - Late Opening, Exclusion day for Immunizations
Feb. 19 - Connect to Kindergarten (formerly known as Kindergarten Round up)
Feb. 23 - SKG Mtg. 7:00 - 8:30
Feb. 27 - Spirit Day - Occupational Day
Feb, 27 - Lost & found to the PTA Clothes Closet
A Message from the Principal
It is the time of year when I begin gathering information that will help me as I address staffing for the coming year. I would like to start this season by sharing the current state of Abernethy and ask for your help in defining our priorities for the coming year and possibly beyond.
Where are we now?
Fundraising: The Abernethy PTA Board has raised close to $95,000 through Tour de Ladd and the Annual Appeal. The below breaks out our current program level and estimated cost to the community for the school year 2015-2016 including the equity fund contribution and a likely 5% benefits/ cost of living increase. If you are not familiar with PPS Foundation and the equity fund here are the basics: The school board allows schools to utilize private donations to support programming, but requires that one-third of all funds raised (after the first $10,000) be set aside in the PPSF Equity Fund that is stewarded and distributed to high-need schools by the Portland Public Schools Foundation. http://allhandsraised.org/ppsfoundation/equityfundgrants/
Classroom teachers: 22 FTE (21.59 funded through the district and .41 funded by the community ($45,688)
· 503 students
· Teach core curricular areas along with technology
· Class sizes prioritized
Counseling: 1.0 dedicated FTE funded by the district
· Classroom lessons once a week- 30 minutes
· Small group and individual student support
· Other supports for the building and parents are also provided.
Garden: .98 FTE funded by the community ($60,702)
· 3 garden units throughout the year
· Two units are aligned with the science or social curriculum and one cooking unit.
Library: 1.1 FTE total funded by the district
· Librarian (.5) meets with each classroom once a week for 30 minutes
· Library assistant (.6) offers additional book check-out and collection management
Instructional support: .49 FTE funded by the community ($18,798)
· 6 reading groups at 5 grade levels
PE: 1.0 FTE funded .5 by the district and .5 by the community ($69,891)
· Classroom lessons twice a week for 30 minutes
Music: 1.0 FTE funded by the district through the art tax
· Classroom lessons twice a week for 30 minutes in vocal and instrumental music
· Fifth grade students are offered the opportunity to take band.
Where are we going?
Current Fundraising: As mentioned above, at this time we have raised about $95,000 towards next year’s budget. This creates a situation where we will likely fall short of the $195,079 we need to fund the current program offerings. This number does not include PTA operating budget, which is approximately $30,000.
Priority: As a school our first priority lies in meeting the core academic needs (reading, writing, and math) of the children we serve. I will be working with my teacher leadership team, site council, and PTA to prepare for the staffing process. I would also like to have your voice.
Staffing: Occurs typically right after spring break. Staffing is a very complex process that happens within a very quick timeline. Through this process I need to balance the budget that we have with district requirements along with staff and community priorities to create the best possible situation for our kids.
Next Steps: Community meeting: January 14th at 6:30pm in the auditorium
Come find out more information about our current program, how staffing works, timelines, and how we will be gathering input from the community this year.
Site council will also be planning additional opportunities to gather information through focus groups and/or surveys in the near future.
Take care, Heather
SPIRIT DAY INFORMATION
Jan 23 – Mismatch day (wear stripes, polka-dots, floral, and crazy patterns and colors together in one outfit)
Feb 27 – Occupation day (wear something to represent a job or career)
Mar 20 – Elegant day (wear your finest outfit today)
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)