School News & Announcements
A Message from the Principal
June 6, 2014
Dear Markham Families,
It is quite hard to believe that there is only one week of school left. This has been a tremendous year of all of us working together to support our students academically, socially and emotionally. We have accomplished much together!
Five of our 5th graders’ artwork was chosen for the Oregon Nursery Association Calendar. This project was in conjunction with Ms. Harold’s science classes and the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District which assisted them in obtaining and planting the native gardens in the front of the school. Congratulations 5th graders and nice work!
YEAR END CAFETERIA ACCOUNT BALANCES
Any remaining cafeteria account balances (positive or negative) on students’ meal accounts at the end of the year will be automatically held for students at their current school or transferred to students’ new schools within the district. If your student is leaving the district, then you may call the Cafeteria Lead to arrange for a refund. Donations to the district’s Pay It Forward Fund to help families who are not eligible for free meals are also welcome. Contact Patti Shafer at 503.916.3398 to make donations.
Our “Big Thank You” sponsored by our PTA in the courtyard celebrating this year’s retirees was wonderful. I would like to thank the PTA and all who attended and contributed to making this event memorable. A special thank you to Erica Huber for the beautiful cards made adorning a portrait of each retiree (Gene Casqueiro, Laurie Ross, Anne Keebaugh and Jackie Leipzig).
Synonymous with retiring is the word vacancy. I have been busy with our staffing for the next school year. To date three positions have been filled. Please join me in welcoming to the Markham Team Magdalene Savage at kindergarten, Anh Nguyen-Johnson at 2nd grade and Dylan Stafford at 3rd grade.
Unfortunate for Markham, Ms. Baker will not be with us next year but somewhat close by. When I hired Ms. Baker two years ago I was aware of her passion for teaching middle school and was so happy that she chose to come to Markham and teach 5th grade. Next year, Ms. Baker is following that passion and will be teaching 6th grade at East Sylvan. Please join me in thanking Ms. Baker for two wonderful years of sharing her love of teaching with us and wishing her the very best next year.
Currently, classroom assignments for next year are as follows:
K - Ms. Johnson, Ms. Savage and Mr. Reynolds
1st – Ms. Naganuma, Mr.John Miller and Ms. McNutt
2nd – Ms. Jolinda Miller, Mr. Fraught and Ms. Nguyen-Johnson
3rd – Ms. Lynn Miller and Mr. Stafford
4th – Ms. Weidner, Mr. Hyde
5th – Ms. Harold and Mr. Morley
K-2nd self-contained – Vacant
3rd -5th self-contained – Ms. Rossitto
Also, it is unfortunate to have to announce that Ms. Paxton and Ms. Mohamed will not be at Markham next year. Ms. Paxton will be teaching ESL fulltime at Kelly Elementary. Ms. Mohamed will remain halftime at Chapman Elementary but her other assignment has not be determined as of yet. These loses are due to projected declining ELL (English Language Learners). They have both been instrumental in making our Language Program and school work effectively for students and families. Please join me in wishing them the very best.
Parks and Recreation will again offer their summer lunch program at Markham. It will run June 23rd through August 22nd. Lunch will be served Monday through Friday starting at 12:00 noon.
Once again, for their Community Service Project, we have West Hills Christian School to thank for bringing their classes of 7th and 8th graders over on May 16th to assist in beautifying our grounds. Not only did they do some sprucing up but presented us with a brand new power washer. It is with deep appreciation that I send out a thank you to the students and staff of West Hills for partnering with us.
All of the planned security measures have been completed. We will not initiate the total plan for securing of our school until the fall. More information will be available at that time.
If you are in the school next week, please check the lost and found for missing items. Any items left after school is out will be packed and sent to our district clothing closet.
Mark your calendars: 5th grade promotion is Friday, June 13th at 1:00 in the auditorium with a reception to follow in the cafeteria.
I am so proud of our 5th graders. Throughout this school year I have witnessed their growth academically and in maturity; this is affirmation that they are prepared and ready for the next level, middle school. I will miss them dearly and hope they will find time to come visit. Congratulations class of 2021 for completing your elementary years. Markham remembers you!
I am wishing all a safe and fun filled summer and thank you for an outstanding year.