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
October 2, 2015
Welcome to Fall Markham Families,
Our momentum is positively moving forward as we enter October.
Back to School Night was well attended and thank you to the PTA for their assistance in making this important event successful. If you were not able to attend Back to School Night and sign up for a parent/teacher conference, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher to secure a date and time that will work for your family. Conferences are scheduled to run from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday and Thursday of October 21st and 22nd. There is no school on Friday, October 23rd.
Please join me in welcoming two new members to the Markham Team. Jacob Schwimmer is a Para-educator in Ms. Rossitto’s classroom. Joseph Swake is a student teacher from Portland State University in Ms. Weidner’s classroom. We are happy to have them aboard.
IXL is an online adaptive math program that allows students to practice grade level content that is aligned with the common core math standards. All students this year will receive an IXL account. Students have been given a username and password to access IXL from any online computer at school or outside of school. If your child had an IXL account last year with Markham then their username is the same. The password is likely to change due to it being a new school year and classroom. Your child’s teacher will communicate logging on information to you if they have not already. Please contact your child’s teacher or me if you have any questions about IXL.
I am elated to announce that the collective efforts of the Markham Community to obtain a mobile cart with Chromebooks, has paid off. Thirty two Chromebooks and a mobile cart have already been ordered and should arrive within the next three weeks. I would like to thank Southwest Neighborhoods Inc., West Portland Parks Neighborhood Association, AKT Accounting Firm, our Wilson Cluster Senior Director, Paula McCullough, and several Markham families for their contributions in bringing this endeavor to fruition. With the purchase of the Chromebooks our teachers and students will gain more opportunities to grow and enhance their learning experiences.
Don’t forget about the Markham Kindness Portaportal that Ms. Dugan, our former Technology teacher, created for us. Ms. Dugan has graciously continued to manage this site and allow us access.
Directions on how to access the Markham Kindness Portaportal:
The Kindness Portaportal is a web page Ms. Dugan organized and manages that is a safe way for students to utilize academic links.
There are three ways to access the portaportal-
Direct link: http://guest.portaportal.com/kindness
Google Kindness Portaportal
Go to www.portaportal.com and then type Kindness in the Guest Box.
It is best to view the portaportal on Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.
The TAG nomination window is open and teachers and parents are able to nominate students by filling out an Identification Process Form. These forms are located on our TAG bulletin board in the main hall across from the office. The deadline to turn forms in is November 2nd . Completed forms can be given to the classroom teacher or our 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Miller, our TAG Coordinator. The TAG Office will assess our nominated students on a date still to be determined.
Our Parent TAG Information Meeting will be Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 PM in our school library.
Our first Sharing with Shawn is Friday, October 16th from 9:00 to 10:00 in the MCCA classroom. This is an informal get together where school information is shared, questions answered, as well as ways to get involved at the school. Neighborhood House offers coffee, tea and a light snack along with free childcare in their office space adjacent to where we meet. Come and gather important information about your school while meeting other Markham parents.
The Markham Carnival is this month! Mark your calendar for Friday, October 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM! This is one of our top attended PTA sponsored events. Each year is filled with memorable fun. Students and adults are able to wear costumes to the night of the carnival. Please no weapons, masks or gore.
Please see attached important information from our School Nurse, Sabrina Bauer, regarding changes to Non-Medical Immunization Exemption.
Happy fall everyone and continued learning,