Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Markham School

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10531 SW Capitol Hwy | Portland, OR 97219
Phone: (503) 916-5681 | Fax: (503) 916-2655

School News & Announcements


Kindergarten will be free and full-day for ALL families next school year.  As a result, half-day kindergarten will no longer be an option.  Please follow the link below for lots of important information on preparing your child to be ready for kindergarten.

PPS Kindergarten

*Upcoming Sharing with Shawn dates*

12/19, 1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/17 and 5/15

9:00 to 10:00 AM in the MCCA classroom

Childcare provided

Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards

New Kindergarten Assessment Tool Information

A Message from the Principal

May 1, 2015

Dear Markham Families,

Happy month of May to all of you!  Always, as we near the end of a school year it gets very busy.  This year is no different.  

Our 5th graders started state testing for science this week.  Monday, May 4th through Friday the 22nd all 3rd, 4th and 5th will start the Smarter Balanced Assessment for English/Language Arts.  The week of May 25th will start the math assessment with plans to have all completed by Friday, June 5th.  This assessment is not timed and does take longer than our former OAKS assessment. Please see a few tips below from our nurse, Ms. Sabrina, to assist your child with being prepared each day for testing.

Send Your Child to School Ready for testing.

nutritious breakfast fuels up kids and gets them ready for the day. In general, kids who eat breakfast have more energy and do better with testing. Kids who eat breakfast also are less likely to be distracted and complain of stomach aches. You can help boost your child's attention span, concentration, and memory by providing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein, as well as low in added sugar. If your child is running late, send along fresh fruit, nuts, yogurt, or half a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Kids also need the right amount of sleep to be alert and ready for the day, especially during testing. Most school-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Bedtime difficulties can arise at this age for a variety of reasons. Homework, sports, after-school activities, TVs, computers, and video games, as well as hectic family schedules, can contribute to kids not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause irritable or hyper types of behavior and might make it difficult for kids to do well at school. It's important to have a consistent bedtime routine, especially on school nights. Be sure to leave enough time before bed to allow your child to unwind before lights out and limit stimulating diversions like TV, video games, and Internet access.

Smarter Balanced Assessment

I want to thank all of you for your diligence in learning about this new assessment through reading up on the literature and some of you even taking the sample tests that are offered.  This is our first year experiencing the Smarter Balanced Assessment, and we certainly will know a great deal more about it having taken it.  Your child’s results are going to be sent to you in the fall of the next school year.  

With summer coming and you may be thinking of ways to keep your child busy learning, check out Saturday Academy that offers workshops, classes and camps across all subject areas and interests.  Financial aid is also available.  The web address is:  saturdayacademy.org and phone number is:  (503)200-5858.  There are still some summer catalogs available across the hall from the school office in the information caddy.  

Markham has Mason Bees!  Thanks to the efforts of Ms. Harold, we now have two Mason Bee houses.  One has been placed in our courtyard attached to our garden shed, and the other is on the south side of our school attached to the beautiful Dogwood Tree cattycornered from Ms. Weidner’s classroom.  To learn more about these fascinating, nonstinging and nonaggressive little creatures, Ms. Harold suggests going to YouTube and search using BeeWithMe Mason Bee Facts and Mason Bees at City Farmer.  Find out why Mason Bees are so good for our Student Learning Garden and the rest of our environment.

Yellow caution tape has been put up in the front of the school left of the front entrance doors due to some storm water drain issues.  There is no immediate danger or hazard.  It has just been placed there as a precautionary measure until the district is able to resolve the drain issue.

Please join me in thanking Will Iverson for his incredible service to Markham.  He was a Para-Educator in Ms. Chudd’s classroom and is now at Duniway where his talents were needed.  We will miss him and wish him the best.

Thank you Misty Plock, and other volunteers for the work done on the garden earlier this month.  It looks fantastic!  The beds are ready for planting.

Parent input for Class Placement Forms will be available in the office starting Monday, May 4th.  Filling out this form is totally optional.  If there is information you would like our staff to consider for class placements for the next school year, please complete the form and return it to the office on or before May 22nd.  Please note:  Markham does not honor specific requests for teachers.  However, if you provide us with this information, it will assist us in the appropriate placement for your child.  All class assignments are tentative and subject to change if enrollment or other circumstances require class balancing.  Class assignments will be mailed to families the week of August 17th.  

Wonderful news-Markham was given .5 fte to hire a certified librarian for next year along with our library EA for which we were already funded.  This gives our students more learning experiences through literacy, technology and research in the library.

Mark your calendars for the evening of May 21st.  It is the Markham Community Night!  The evening will consist of our Spring Concert, Right Brain Gallery Walk, A World’s Fair and Used Book Sale.   Festivities will start at 5:30 PM in the auditorium with the Spring Concert.  A special surprise is planned at 7:30 PM and the evening ending at 8:00 PM.  You will not want to miss out.  The Used Book Sale supports our 5th Grade Promotion Reception.  So come on out and enjoy a fabulous fun filled evening.  

Our last Sharing with Shawn for this school year is Friday, May 15th at 9:00 AM in the MCCA classroom.  There will be a Somali translator.  Childcare is provided by Neighborhood House.  Please plan on attending.  

A big thank you goes to Courtney Duke and all volunteers for another successful Art Run.  Even though a few classes had to run inside due to the weather, we all had a great time.

Another big thank you to Morgan Prather for the creative display cases she designs in our main hall.  They are very eye-catching and colorfully appealing.

Get Ready! Our 5th graders are about to be promoted to middle school.  The promotion will take place on Thursday, June 11th at 1:00 PM in the auditorium with a reception to follow in the cafeteria.  This class of 5th graders has shown forth a great deal of leadership and maturity.  We will truly miss them. We are wishing them continued success as they transition to middle school.

A request:  Please remind your child to continue to hold up the Markham High Five all the way to the end of the school year.  As the school year winds down and the weather becomes warmer, summer’s call gets even stronger and students sometimes forget to Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be Your Best, Every Day in Every Way.   

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather and much appreciation to you for all you do for the CHILDREN.


Shawn Garnett


Markham Calendar

PPS News

Senior scholars shine

May 21, 2015
A young man in a blue shirt smiles.

Several stand-out PPS graduates have landed major national scholarships.


PPS and PTA cheer on volunteers

May 21, 2015
A family smiles.

PPS and the Portland Council PTA joined together at the annual Volunteer Celebration Dinner May 20 to honor the service of countless community members.


PPS congratulates new board members

May 21, 2015

Portland Public Schools will be welcoming four new school board members in July, following results of the May 19 election. 


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