Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Beach School bobcat logoBeach School

Neighborhood School and
Dual Immersion (Spanish/English) School

1710 N. Humboldt St. | Portland, OR 97217
Phone: (503) 916-6236 | Fax: (503) 916-2315

Important Dates and Times for 2014-15

School office opens: August 27

School begins 1st-8th grades: September 2

School begins Kindergarten: September 5

Daily Time Schedule:

Students may enter the building at 8:30 am
Classes for grades K-8 start at 8:45 am
Dismissal for all grades is 3:00 p.m

Beginning of School Information


If you wish to register your child, you are welcome to come to the school starting August 27, or you can register online at the following link on the PPS website: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/enrollment-transfer/6808.htm

If you have questions about the registration process you may call the school office number at (503) 916-6236.


In partnership with Schoolhouse Supplies Backpack Giveaway Program, Knowledge Universe will provide each of our students with a new backpack filled with supplies again this year! Teachers have requested some additional supplies (see below). You will also receive a copy of the lists in the Welcome Back packets that come home with your child on the first day of school.

A change of clothes to leave in back pack year round

First Grade
10 Large Glue Sticks (not Elmer’s glue)
2 Boxes of facial tissue (Example: Kleenex)
2 Boxes of Crayons
2 Pink Pearl brand erasers
1 Box of # 2 pencils
2 Boxes of dry erase markers
1 Package of refillable baby wipes
1 Box- colores pencils
1 Box color markers
1 Bottle of hand sanitizer
A change of clothes to leave in backpack- year round
Donation Request: 1 package of underwear in your child’s
size-(please bring to office for storage)
Optional: Creative craft supplies, example: Popsicle sticks,
pompoms, glitter glue, Fiskar scissors, coffee filters, eraser tops
2 package of refillable baby wipes
No colored pencils
And no change of clothes

Second Grade
3 Boxes of tissues
1 pack of 5 small glue sticks
1 box of colored pencils
2 boxes of #2 quality 12 or 24 pencils
12 folders different color
1 box dry erase markers

Third Grade
2 3inch binders 3 ring binders
1 plastic folder
1 box of tissue

Fourth Grade
1 package of  7 mm mechanical pencils
1 package of 7 mm lead
3 highlighters ( yellow,pink, and green)
1 box of Kleenex
12 high quality pencils ( ie Ticonderoga)
2 package of loose leaf wide rule
3 spiral notebooks
Colored pencils
Washable markers

4/5 Immersion and Fifth Grade English only
Turner, Macdonald, and Smith
1 basic calculator
2 boxes of facial tissue
2 packets of wide ruled paper
2 rolls of cellophane tape
2 two inch binder –plaine ( nozippers or trapper keepers) will stay at school
1 large glue stick
2 packages of #2 pencils
2 packages of post it notes any size
2 composition  notebooks
5 binder dividers
2 Highlighters
Please send one of the following: either ziplock bags or cleaning wipes
Please send one of the following colors: 1 box colored pencils, watercolor paints or markers
Recommended : water bottle with screw top lid
IMMERSION ONLY One Spanish/English dictionary ( Larousse recommended)

Middle School (Sixth-Eighth Grade)
1 Scientific calculator
2 Reams of 3-hole notebook paper (not spiral bound)
1 3 Inch 3–Ring notebook (Zipper style with front and back
pockets) REQUIRED
1 Pair of scissors – sharp point – 5”
3 Box of facial tissue (Example: Kleenex)
1 Highlighter
3 Composition Notebooks
5 packs of Quality #2 Pencils or mechanical pencils
2 Small pencil sharpeners
1 pencil zipper pouch to go inside binder
1 Ruler- Metric and English
1 Package of binder dividers
1 Box colored pencils
Technology Class- 2nd – 8th Grade
1 Blank CDR disc with students name on it
1 Pocket folder (Example: Pee-Chee)
Highly Recommended: Flash drive or CDR


The PPS School Improvement Bond work was completed in a number of areas throughout the main building, annex and portables this summer. This included seismic strengthening and improved accessibility to bathrooms and the entrance to our portables. In addition, we are excited to announce that two science labs have been built. The Installation of an elevator is still under construction. This will continue for several more months and we are working closely with contractors and district staff to develop plans, so that there will be minimal impact on instruction and access to the building. Ongoing updates will be posted here and noted in our school newsletter.

Hosted by Beach Parents and Beach PTA
Thursday, August 28, at 6:00 pm
Overlook Park: 1301 N. Fremont St., Portland, OR 97227

Come play in the park and meet your new classmates.
1st Day of Kinder is around the corner.
Bring a Dish to share: salad, main, side or desert. 
Water & Treats provided.

RSVP to: Jocelyn Bourgault (jocelyn.n.bourgault@gmail.com)

Any questions, calls us: 
Jen Minko: 503-285-6848 or Jocelyn Bourgault: 503-715-7525

Venga a jugar en el parque y conozca a sus nuevos compañeros.
1er día de Kinder esta mas cerca de lo que se imagina.
Traer un plato para compartir: ensalada, plato principal, plato para acompañar o postre. 
Agua  y regalitos serán proveídos.

RSVP a: Jocelyn Bourgault (jocelyn.n.bourgault@gmail.com)

Cualquier pregunta, nos llama:
Jen Minko: 503-285-6848 o Jocelyn Bourgault: 503-715-7525



We are always in need of school volunteers. To become a volunteer you must fill out a background check application. All Background check applications are done online. Please follow the link below to the application.

Go to: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/security-services/1106.htm, then click on the 'Click here for Volunteer Background Check'.

Public Service Announcement filmed at Beach

Univision joins PPS in promoting early literacy

The local affiliate of Univision, the Spanish language media company, is partnering with PPS in support of the school district's goal that 100 percent of current kindergarteners are reading well by the end of third grade.

PPS Lee con tus hijos
Featured in PPS Pulse

Univision created and is now airing a public service announcement talking about the importance of reading daily with children and using the school or local library as a resource.

Superintendent put what she called "a stake in the ground" this year to focus schools and the community on early literacy and the goal that all current kindergarteners are reading well by the end of third grade.

"Early literacy is a powerful predictor of future success in school and life," said Superintendent Carole Smith. "We thank Univision for helping to share this important message with families."

Walk + Bike To School

Walk + Bike to School Day was a success! Click here to see picture!

We hope you continue to walk or bike to school all year long! To learn more about Walk+Bike to School click here or email our Beach School Bike Fairy Beth

Heatlhy Kids

Your child or student can have health coverage!

Healthy Kids is Oregon’s newly expanded no-cost and low-cost health coverage program for uninsured kids and teens up to 19 years of age.  Healthy Kids is comprehensive coverage offering medical, dental, vision, prescription, and behavioral health coverage. No family makes too much money for Healthy Kids. Parent’s income will determine whether a child is eligible for the no-cost or low-cost coverage option.

Your child or student can be a Healthy Kid!

Make the call or apply online today for Oregon Healthy Kids!

www.OregonHealthyKids.gov or call 1-877-314-5678

Student Work

Click on the below link to see all of the fantastic work and fun that went into the first trimester middle school electives!

Fall Electives Movie -  Dance, Drawing, Graphic Design, Fitness/Nutrition, Study Buddy, Teacher Aide, Library Aide

Click here to read fabulous partner poetry from some of Ms. Macdonald's 3rd/4th grade students. Take a look at page 5 in the latest addition of the Overlook Views Newspaper.

Click here to read Sensory Poems written by some of our 6th grade students about their wonderful experience at Outdoor School.

Click below to see what some of our middle school math students are up to:

Click on the below link to hear the latest Beach School student podcasts with Mr. Oleson:



Beach Calendar

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PPS News

Achievement progress affirms PPS focus

October 17, 2014

Portland Public Schools exceeded attendance targets and nearly hit its graduation target, while falling short in third grade reading, ninth grade credits earned and the five-year high school completion rate, affirming the priorities Superintendent Carole Smith's set this fall.


School board declines to set achievement targets in areas measured by new state tests

October 15, 2014
The Portland School Board unanimously approved a PPS committee recommendation Oct. 14 that the district not set state Achievement Compact Targets for 2014-15 in areas that would be measured by the new Smarter Balanced tests until the reliability and validity of the new tests is established and districts have baseline data on this new assessment. [More]

PPS bond development committee recommends high schools

October 14, 2014
Benson Polytechnic High School is one of the three high schools recommended for the planned 2016 bond. The PPS Bond Development Committee (BDC) delivered its recommendations for the high schools to be included in the planned 2016 & 2020 school improvement bonds. 


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