School News & Announcements
A Message from the Principal
April 4, 2015
Welcome to April Markham Families,
The Food Drive was a big success. Collectively we brought in over 3,000 lbs. of food. The students’ efforts were rewarded with a Crazy Hair, Hat and Dress Day. I want to thank our parents who volunteered to do all the weighing, counting and packing.
5th Grade Parent Information:
This is Kevin Crotchett’s first year at Jackson Middle School as principal. He will be coming to visit our school to meet the staff and get a tour on Tuesday, April 8th. Greg Crabtree, Jackson’s Assistant Principal, will be coming and talking with each of our 5th grade classrooms regarding forecasting on Tuesday, April 22nd. On Tuesday, April 29th the 5th graders will be going to Jackson to see their spring play, “A High School Musical.” Students will also take a tour of the school and have lunch there.
Important School Calendar Information:
The Portland School Board approved calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years on March 31st and added two days to the current school year to make up for snow days. School will end this year on Friday, June 13.
PPS closed all schools three full days this school year due to inclement weather: Dec. 11, Feb. 7 and Feb. 10. To make up time, June 12 and 13, originally scheduled as teacher planning days, will now be full school days. School will let out for students for summer break Friday, June 13 and planning days will move to Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17.
For more information please follow this link to the school calendars: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/calendar/index.htm.
Family Math Night
Please mark your calendars to plan on attending Family Math Night on Thursday, April 24th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. There are new games this year at each grade level. This is always a fun family event!
Tears of Joy
This spring, our 4th and 5th graders were to take part in a spring play sponsored by Tears of Joy and SUN through our partnership. Unfortunately, due to budget shortfalls with Tears of Joy, they are not able to render this service.
Parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students – After School Course Offering
EG Robotics –What is it?
EG Robotics is a hands on experience that is both fun and educational. Classes are held once a week for 2 hours right when school lets out. Students work with electronics and robotics to build various projects and robots while working their way up through the levels! Students learn concepts in electricity, engineering and design to programing, microprocessors, and autonomous robots.
We bring advanced electronics and robotics to elementary school students! We provide a challenging, fun, and club-like program that brings students from the basics of electricity and magnetism to programing robots with the Arduino development board! Students have a blast building all kinds of projects and doing homework for AMP dollars.
The week before spring break, the founders of EG Robotics came and gave a demonstration to our students. Several schools in PPS take part in the program already. The feedback I have gotten has been all positive. Some of our 3rd-5th graders have already registered. Another information packet will be coming home with students soon. There is a $100 fee for the five weeks/2 hr. a week sessions. The class begins Friday, April 18th and will meet from 3:00 to 5:00 for the following four Fridays with the last class being Friday, May 16th. Room location has not yet been determined. Here is a link to their website if you need more information: http://www.egrobotics.com/.
The OAKS testing is getting started for grades 3rd through 5th. Please make sure your child is getting the right amount of sleep in order to do their best on the assessments.
Please join me in congratulating our very own Markham student, Aslan N. Aslan has been taking America Scores classes through SUN School and competed with 300 other PPS students in a poetry slam and won first place. She will be representing Portland in the 8th Annual America Scores National Poetry Slam in New York City. Aslan will participate in writing and performance workshops with renowned poets and spoken word artists and even perform her poetry at the New York Stock Exchange. We are proud of you Aslan and we wish you all the best on your trip. We know you will represent all of us well.
Enjoy and appreciate the blooming of the season-Happy Spring Everyone!