School News & Announcements
Prospective Families for Markham: Please call the main office to schedule a tour for one of the following dates.
All tours start at 9:00 from the main office:
Tuesday, February 3rd
Wednesday, February 11th
Tuesday, February 17th
Wednesday, February 25th
Wednesday, March 4th
*Connect to Kindergarten-Adults Only*
February 5th 6:30 to 7:30 PM
*Kindergarten Open Classrooms-Children and Parents*
February 26th 6:30 to 7:45 PM
*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
A Message from the Principal
February 6, 2015
Dear Markham Families,
Happy February! There has not been any significant amount of snowfall, but the creative snow scene paintings inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia that grace our halls remind us it is still winter. These snow scenes are gradually being replaced with Chinese inspired artwork. This could mean only one thing; the Chinese New Year is right around the corner. In the meantime, students at Markham continue to grow and learn.
Join us for Markham’s annual Chinese New Year’s Parade and Rites of Passage for our 5th graders transitioning to middle school that will take place on Friday, February 20th starting at 2:30 PM. This is a time when our entire school along with parents and other guests line the hallways with noise makers and celebrate the Chinese New Year and our 5th graders as they parade down the hall cloaked in two vibrantly decorated dragons. Ms. Huber, our artist in residence, plans and coordinates the entire event including assisting the students in making the dragons. It is a fun filled time that you don’t want to miss.
Coming Sunday, March 1st is our annual Art Show Open House. Ms. Huber saves students’ works of art to display at Angelfire Coffee Roasters, formerly known as Baristadors located at 11136 SW Capitol Hwy. The Open House is from 12:30 to 2:30. Ms. Huber will be present to hand out art awards. Students’ artwork will be displayed for at least two weeks. This is an enjoyable event admiring the beautiful art our students have created this year under the guidance of such an outstanding artist, Erica Huber. Come and peruse the art wall while enjoying a great cup of coffee.
All Markham families will be receiving a postcard in the mail regarding information about the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessments. A Smarter Balanced Key Fact Sheet was sent home last week with all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. 3rd through 5th grades are the students who will be taking the test at Markham just like the former standardized OAKS test. Please use the following link to take a Smarter Balanced practice in math, English Language Arts or both: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test.
Last Night’s Connect to Kindergarten-I would like to thank our kindergarten team, PTA for presenting, set-up and treats, Starbucks for donated coffee and all the fixings, Ms. Lippincott, the parent volunteers, and the student nurses for making this event a success.
Kindergarten Open Classrooms is Thursday, February 26th from 6:30 to 7:45. This is a parent and child event. During this event families participate in classroom activities, talk with teachers, meet other kindergarten families and end the evening enjoying a treat and a refreshing drink sponsored by out PTA.
Ms. Anderson, our former School Secretary resigned last month due to personal reasons. We wish her the best. Please join me in welcoming Angela Lamb as our new School Secretary. She will be starting Monday, February 9th. I would like to send out my sincere appreciation for Mr. Eyberg, one of our parents, for filling in during the interim and doing such a fantastic job.
Also joining the Markham team is Holly Ellis as a Para-Educator in Ms. Chudd’s classroom. Welcome Ms. Ellis. Ms. Way, whose position she is replacing, moved to Florida for a new job opportunity. We wish her the best as well.
Band is back for 4th and 5th graders thanks to the unwavering efforts of staff, parents and the community. Julia Marsden, a grandparent of one of our 3rd graders gave a substantial amount to make this happen. This means that our 4th and 5th graders have the option of choosing band or choir for music. Thirty-five students have chosen band and are learning to play the flute, clarinet, trombone, cornet/trumpet or percussion.
Lights, Camera, Action! Markham has gone Hollywood with this year’s auction. This fun-filled and important event is next month on Saturday, February 21st at JELD-WEN Field. Plan on attending by getting your tickets now: http://markham.tofinoauctions.com/auction2015. You will have a super rewarding and satisfying fun time because it’s all for the children. Our PTA does a OUTSTANDING job of planning and preparing to always make this a memorable and worthwhile event. You do not want to miss out!
Jackson Middle School Open House – Informational Session for Incoming 6th Grade Students-Parents and students are welcome to join Jackson Middle School on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, for an informational session. Meet in the Auditorium at 5:30 pm where Kevin Crotchett, Principal, and Greg Crabtree, Assistant Principal, will share information about the school. Discover the locations of the Main Office, Library, Cafeteria, and Gymnasium while touring Jackson. Along the way, enjoy the many student created murals designed through our Bernstein Artful Learning program. It is not necessary to RSVP – just arrive at the northern entrance near the Auditorium. The evening will conclude at 6:30 pm.
The 2015-2016 School Calendar is available on the district website. Please take note that the school year begins on Thursday, August 27th. The first three days of school will still be for kindergarten families to meet with teachers and do some assessments. Markham kindergartners first day of school will be Tuesday, September 1st. The calendar can be accessed by following this link: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/calendar/index.htm.
February is a month to heighten our awareness of how important relationships are. I admire and appreciate the Markham Community and its commitment to our children. Together our collective efforts make a world of difference in the lives of each of our students.