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.
*Upcoming Sharing with Shawn dates*
10/16, 11/20, 12/18, 1/15, 2/19, 3/18, 4/15, 5/20
9:00 to 10:00 AM in the MCCA classroom
A Message from the Principal
November 6, 2015
Happy November Markham Families,
It’s been conferences to carnival and all the in-between that has kept our learning engaging and exciting.
We had over 97% parent/guardian attendance at conferences. This is wonderful! If you were not able to attend your child’s conference then there is always still time. Please contact your child’s teacher to set-up an appointment.
During conferences, our staff was treated to scrumptious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We send our heartfelt thanks out to all of the volunteers who assisted the PTA in this endeavor. The delicious nourishment helped the staff in maintaining stamina throughout the two days.
When I last checked on attendance numbers for the Markham Carnival, I was told there were at least 500 with 300 being children. My eyes told me it was every bit or more of that amount. The feeling in air, exuded the fun and excitement our community has at the carnival. I was so pleased and proud at the number of Markham Alumni who attended this year. Many of our former students even helped oversee some of the games. Once again, thank you PTA for putting on such a festive event.
I announced the carnival using SchoolMessenger. I sent a reminder to our families a day before the carnival via email and text messaging. If you did not receive this reminder, please be sure to confirm your cell number is the "primary" contact number in your student's information system account, as well as having a current email address by going into ParentVue and following the link: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/ to access your account, then check under "My Account." You can also contact the school office.
Using SchoolMessenger I am able to call, email or text. Right now the system will contact families using all three devices if I choose calling as an option. In order not to inundate you with the carnival reminder I decided to just text and email for my first test run.
If you want to receive texts from our school and PPS, it's simple: Text YES to 68453.
You can opt out at any time by replying STOP or NO to any message. Reply with HELP for assistance. Check with your service provider as additional charges may apply, depending on your cell phone plan.
Will text messages replace existing communication tools? No. PPS will continue to send out auto-dialer telephone calls, emails, and posts on the PPS website, on the PPS Facebook page and on the PPS Twitter account. Texting is just one more tool to reach families and staff to keep them connected to our schools.
Since my October Newsletter we have had two additional staff join the Markham Team. Please help me welcome Samantha Rupasinghe and Cathy Brown. Both are Para-educators in Ms. Chudd’s classroom. Ms. Rupasinghe is no stranger to Markham. She was one of teachers in the Neighborhood House Head Start classroom on site. Ms. Brown is a retired PPS teacher. We are very happy to have them aboard.
I would like to also give a special thank you to the PTA for paying for a series of books needed by Ms. Clem to help advance the reading of 1st and 2nd graders.
Destination Imagination is ready to start. We will have six teams this year. I appreciate the volunteer coaches who give of their time and energy to make this program a success at Markham. I want to thank Ms. Marsden for her continued support in organizing and coaching DI.
Don’t forget about the Scholastic Book Fair. It started on this past Tuesday and is running through Friday, November 13th. The Book Fair also has a different location this year. It is in the music room. I appreciate Mr. Erickson’s flexibility in allowing us to use his space. I have perused the fair and there is lots of variety for children and adults. I would like to thank Ms. Daviso and all of the parent volunteers who have organized, set-up and supervise the Book Fair. Remember: If you can't make it in to shop during the sale, you can shop online during the dates the Book Fair is open, too! All orders will be shipped to Markham. Please use this link to shop online: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=markhamelementaryschool1
There is no school on Wednesday, November 11th in honor of Veterans’ Day.
Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day is Friday, November 13 from 1:00-2:30PM.
Sharing with Shawn is on Friday, November 20th at 9:00 in the MCCA classroom. Childcare is provided.
And lastly, let’s not forget what else this month celebrates– A time to reflect and be thankful. I am reminded each time I write a newsletter of how thankful I am for the Markham Community and all the unwavering and endless efforts and generosity that is given out on behalf of each one of our children.
For you, the Markham Community, I am thankful,