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

2016-2017 School Supply List

The current Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook can be found at bottom of the following page:http://www.pps.net/Page/1065

 The District is collaborating with the Portland Association of Teachers to update this document to align with recent changes in State Law (SB 553). 

 All schools are concurrently engaged in a process of creating school specific School Climate Handbooks in collaboration with staff, students, families, and community partners to meet the unique needs of each school community.  

Enrollment Balancing Activities

View two scenarios and detailed maps for balancing enrollment on Growing Great Schools website. Learn how scenarios were developed.


Draft Technology Matrix

    A Message from the Principal

    From the Desk of Heather Hull

    Dear Families,
    I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing spring break. To start off, I wanted to thank everyone for all of your generous support throughout the year and at the auction. It is always amazing to see the community come together to support out kids. I received our staffing for the 2016-17 school year.
    What does our staffing for 2016-17 look like?
    • Our projected enrollment for next year is sitting at 517 (90 students in kindergarten and 427 students in 1st-5th grades).
    • 20 FTE were put into classroom positions
    • This is 4 sections of kindergarten and third grade and 3 sections at every other grade level.
    • In addition we received FTE for 1.0 music, 1.5 counseling, .75 library, and .5 PE.
    In addition to the funding provided by the district, we have been fortunate to be able to utilize foundation funding to support the programs we all love and value. In an ideal world we would need an additional 2.75 FTE to impact the large class size numbers in the incoming first grade (31+ new), hold instructional support for literacy, and bring PE up to full time. This is a very tall order, as it will cost $332,000 with the salaries and All Hands Raised contribution to make this happen.
    Baring any additional support from the district we will be prioritizing the following adds as we get clarity around the total amount of money raised:
    • Reducing class size at 1st grade
    • Staffing library with a media specialist full time rather than a library assistant
    • Instructional support for literacy
    • PE
    I am sure many of you are wondering where this leaves our beloved garden program. Fortunately due to the amazing effort of several parents it looks like the Garden Afterschool Program generated enough to fund the contract for the garden program during the school day.
    Thank you again for all of your hard work and support. Although my message here doesn’t include everything that we want at this time, we have done amazing work for our kids.
    Thank you so much to all of the parents that joined us for the PTA meeting on March 17th. We had a great conversation around unintended bias and microaggressions. There was a strong desire to continue the conversation. Please keep an eye for more information in the near future. If you would like more information on microaggressions you can check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_lQNI9T6vs or any of the work by Professor Drald Wing Sue from Columbia University's Teacher College. Thank you again to everyone for the start of what I know will be a great dialogue.
    Take care,


    April 29 - Sports Day

    May 27 - Abernethy Day


    Daily Schedule

    08:30 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 











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    PPS News

    Advisory committee forwards to superintendent recommendations for district-wide structural changes

    January 29, 2016

    The District-Wide Boundary Review Committee sent to the superintendent on Jan. 28 the first blueprint for structural change district-wide in many years, on the principle that balancing growing enrollment among all schools will support strong schools in every neighborhood, investing in the continued vitality of the city.


    PPS grad rate up 21 points in seven years

    January 28, 2016
    Portland Public Schools graduation rate rose four percentage points last year to 74 percent, a 21 percentage point increase over seven years.  The PPS five-year graduation rate also improved two percentage points to 75 percent, up from 73 percent.

    Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

    January 26, 2016
    The Portland Public Schools board voted 6-1 tonight, January 26, to start school August 29, 2016 and end June 9, 2017.


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