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Beverly Cleary School Logo of a cougarBeverly Cleary School

School Grade Levels: K-8

Hollyrood Campus: 3560 NE Hollyrood Ct | Portland, OR 97212
    Phone: (503) 916-6766 | Fax: (503) 916-2635
Fernwood Campus: 1915 NE 33rd Ave | Portland, OR 97212
    Phone: (503) 916-6480 | Fax: (503) 916-2626

Two-hour late opening, Wednesday, April 16

Wednesday, April 16 is a two-hour late opening for most elementary, K-8 and middle schools; classes commence two hours later than usual.  The following schools are closed a full day: Chavez, George, King, Lane, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton, Vernon, Whitman and Woodmere. High schools are on normal schedule and not impacted by this professional development day.

Mission Statement

Beverly Cleary is a K-8 school that provides academic excellence in a caring community.

Important Information

Saturday April 19th is Spring Clean-Up Day at both campuses.

Cafeteria Accounts We have several hundred dollars in negative cafeteria balances on students’ lunch accounts.  If your child is one of them, please help Kay/Tanya in our kitchens by clearing the negative balances. You may send the money to school with your child to give directly to Kay/Tanya or bring it into the office.  Or you may pay online by going to www.mylunchmoney.comReport cards either go home (K-5) or are mailed to students (6th-8th) on April 18th. All students must have their accounts cleared before receiving their report card.   The report cards of students with negative balances will be held in the school office until the account is cleared. Office hours are 8:00-3:15 at BCH and 8:00-4:30 at BCF.

End of the year schedule revisions:  Two extra days of school were added to account for the days lost due to snow. The last day of school will be Friday June 13th.  This means the end of year activities such as Move-Up Day and 8th grade promotion will be moved to Friday June 13th.

Run for the Arts pledge period is April 7th – April 22nd   All forms with donors are due back to school no later than Tuesday April 22nd. Once the run is over and laps are posted on all forms, the forms will be returned to your student to begin donation collection. All donations (with form) are due back to school no later than May 12th.

Run Day Schedule:

K-1   9:00-9:30am

6-8   9:45-10:15am

4-5   10:30-11:00am

2-3   11:15-11:45am

A Message from the Principal

Hello Families,


Welcome back from spring break.  I hope you had a restful and sun-filled week. 


It hardly seems possible that we are a week away from ending the third quarter and beginning the last quarter of our school year.  Report cards will be sent home (K-5) and mailed home (6th-8th) on April 18th.  Please make sure your child’s cafeteria accounts are current; otherwise his/her report card will be held in the office until the account is made current.


Next Wednesday, April 9th from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. current kindergarten and second grade families are invited to tour the Rose City Park campus.  Families will be able to see the classrooms designated to house BC first and third graders for the 14-15 school year.  David Wood, administrator at ACCESS, the program with whom BC will be sharing space at Rose City Park will be in attendance, as well.  We hope to see you there.


Our seventh and eighth graders had a special opportunity on Tuesday of this week to celebrate the recognition several of Tom Streckert’s eighth grade students received from C-Span.    C-Span’s Student Cam program selected several documentaries produced by our students as award winners in a national competition, and representatives from C-Span came from Washington, DC to honor and recognize them.  Congratulations to Connor O’Dougherty, Daniel Gotkowitz, Mackie Mallison, Sylvie Fraser, Kieren Groh,   Kazimiera Nowina-Sapinski, Maggie Hekker, Madison Skye, Rebecca Zich and, of course, Tom! 


Your student will be bringing home his/her Run For the Arts sponsor sheet today for this year’s Run, which will take place later in the month.  We have been able to provide some amazing arts’ experiences for our students, thanks to the support of our families, friends and neighbors, who sponsor our runners.  We want to be able to continue to provide these experiences for our students, so we hope you will support our runners with your pledges and/or contributions. 


Our eight graders recently finished their legacy gift of art to our school.  Each of them made a mosaic tile, which we have hung in the hallway where their classrooms are located.  Their work with Barb Welty was funded by Run For the Arts.


Run For the Arts funds from last spring are also making it possible for many of our middle school students to present “Ramona Quimby” next Thursday.  Carolyn Delany Reif is their director, and we can’t wait to see them present the play next week.  We hope you will join us at 7:00pm on Thursday April 10th


Next week is D.(Drop) E.(Everything) A.(And) R.(Read) Week in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday.  We have a variety of activities to celebrate, including an all-school read in.  You can check it out by going to the library page on our website.  We thank Margie Lawler and  Laura Freeman our two media specialists for their support in this celebration.


Thanks to your contributions to our “Apple” campaign last fall, our iPads have arrived and are being inventoried for use in  classrooms.  We will have them in a mobile cart, so teachers can check them out.  In the next newsletter I will give you a further update on some additional purchases we will soon be making with your contributions.


Please make sure you read the article on next year’s class assignment process that appears in this issue.  Teachers will also be sending/posting the information in their communications with you.    Please make sure you are familiar with it


Teri Geist

Principal Beverly Cleary School

1915 NE 33rd Ave.

Portland, OR  97212

503 916 6480

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