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*
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
June 5, 2015
Dear Markham Families,
Welcome to June! It seemed like yesterday greeting everyone with, “Welcome Back!” This has been a tremendous year of learning and growing together.
Our 5th graders have several events coming up:
Monday, June 8th is the 5th Grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game at 1:30 in the big gym.
Wednesday, June 10th is the BBQ -1:00 at Holly Farm Park.
Thursday, June 11th is the promotion at 1:00 in the auditorium with a reception afterwards in the cafeteria followed by the Clap Out at 2:45.
I am sending a note of thanks to one of our parents, Mr. Senn, for donating a very nice propane grill to our school. It will be initiated at the 5th Grade BBQ.
We had a successful Walk + Bike + Roll month in May. Students got to ‘Sit Where You Want’ in the cafeteria today because of their strong participation.
The Community Event Night was a huge success! We kicked the evening off with our spring concert. Our 3rd Graders showcased their recorder skills. Our 4th and 5th Grade Choir sang a variety of songs that were jazzy, fun and patriotic. The 4th and 5th Grade Beginning Band did a terrific job playing several songs proving mastery of reading notes.
Afterwards the Gallery Walk began. Families were able to walk around the school and see the different sculptures made by each grade level. Right Brain artist, Nicole Penoncello, worked with each grade level team to assist students in creating their masterpieces.
The Used Book Sale was bustling with people all evening. The World’s Fair displayed booths representing some of our families from six countries. Food, candy and trinkets were handed out along with passports being stamped to record your travels.
The evening culminated with a performance by the Kukatonon Children’s African Dancers.
We now have district-level results for the Successful Schools Survey, the school climate survey conducted in February/March that drew more than 6,000 participants across the district. Parents and guardians rated our schools high in creating a safe, welcoming and success-oriented environment. They identified issues of bullying and food/nutrition at school, as well as access to information about/involvement in our equity work among areas of concern.
Here is a link to the district survey web page. http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/10281.htm
Look in the right column on this web page to see the results’ summaries posted in all supported languages.
The Big Thank You celebrating retiring staff and volunteers was last Friday after school. The weather was perfect for this occasion. This year Ms. Dugan, our Technology teacher is the only staff member retiring. Again, we want to wish her happiness and health in her future endeavors.
I want to thank the PTA for all they do in planning, organizing and carrying out successful events, activities and projects that support our children, staff and community. You are the best!
Our Pennies for Nepal Drive was thoughtfully brought about by one of our 3rd graders, Blake M. Once the idea was out, it caught fire and Ms. Fairley, Ms. Miller’s student teacher, allowed the students to take the ball and run with it. Their efforts collected a grand total of $573.62.
All the proceeds were taken to Medical Teams International.
Congratulations to our teachers and students for their diligence in using GoNoodle. This is an online health resource sponsored by PPS, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Legacy Health. GoNoodle is a program that allows students to remain in the classroom and take brain breaks through exercising and calming techniques that help to preserve instructional time by not having to leave the room.
A district wide contest in the elementary schools was recently held to see which school utilized this resource the most. It was a close race but Markham won out and received a free concert with Koo Koo Kangaroo. Koo Koo Kangaroo is two guys who create fun, energetic moves using engaging rhythms and lyrics. They are one, of the most popular exercise routines on GoNoodle across the country. Our assembly was on the morning of Monday, May 18th and we all enjoyed being energized to start the week.
With much contemplation and consideration for the large class sizes for 3rd grades next year, the decision was made to cut Technology and use the fte to make the half-time 3rd grade position full-time. This will give us three 3rd grade classrooms helping to alleviate the large numbers.
The district has supported us with a half-time Media Specialist. This position emphasizes helping our students using technology. I will be working with our Media Specialist that is soon to be hired to purposefully plan for students use of our computer lab in conjunction with library projects.
The IXL accounts that our 3rd through 5th graders and TAG students have this year will not expire until November 11th. All other students can still access the limited version through our Kindness Portaportal that Ms. Dugan has set up. Please continue to utilize this important resource to keep your child’s math skills sharp through the summer.
If you are in the school next week, please check the lost and found for missing items. Any items left, after school finishes, will be packed and sent to our district clothing closet.
Reminder: The first day back for grades 1-5 is Thursday, August 27th. Kindergarteners’ first day back is Tuesday, September 1st. On August 27th, 28th and 31st kindergarten teachers will be conducting their individual student and parent interviews and assessments.
It is with warmest regards and respect for the Markham Community that I wish you all a safe and fun summer.