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

Please Take the Successful Schools Survey Jan. 20 - Feb. 28

Successful Schools Survey: Online at www.oregonskitchentable.org or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more. Survey for staff and 5th, 7th and 10th grade students launches Feb. 2.

School News & Announcements

Connect to Kindergarten

February 19th

6:30 PM



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

Draft Technology Matrix

    A Message from the Principal

    Dear Families,

    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/


    Current Program:


    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





    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)

    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

    Marysville MindUP program transforms school

    January 27, 2015
    Every student at Marysville, including these kindergarteners, participate in mindfulness exercises to improve focus. A school-wide mindfulness program, MindUP, has helped Marsyville K-8 School reduce referrals, create a kind, happy, healthy school climate, and teach students of all grades be better focused to learn.


    Lincoln Coding Club creates ticket app

    January 26, 2015
    Congrats to the Lincoln Coding Club for creating its first app. The Lincoln High School Coding Club recently creating a ticket app for the school to ease the time students spend in line. 


    Franklin students tour temporary home, forecast for classes

    January 25, 2015
    Franklin High School counselors gave incoming students a tour of their temporary home at the Marshall Building. Eighth graders who will attend Franklin High School got a chance earlier this week to tour Franklin's temporary home at the Marshall Building. Franklin students and staff will move to Marshall while 101-year-old Franklin undergoes a modernization, thanks to Portland voters who passed the $482 million School Improvement Bond


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