Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Rosa Parks School

"Children First, Learning First"

8960 N Woolsey | Portland, OR 97203
Phone: (503) 916-6250 | Fax: (503) 916-2607

Welcome to Rosa Parks Elementary School in Portland, OR!

Rosa Parks Elementary K-5 School is nestled in the New Columbia neighborhood of North Portland, Oregon. Our administration, teachers, staff and volunteers work together to achieve our goal, "to place and keep children first in all we do." We have a diverse community with over 20 different countries represented, which is closely knit together into a larger community that works hard to help our students succeed. At Rosa Parks, "failure is not an option!"

School News and Announcements

Fall Break is September 22nd-October 10th!

Believe it or not, we have almost completed two months of school. I am amazed at just how much we have accomplished during these first few weeks that school has been in session. We have completed all of our beginning of the year testing and reading groups have begun. We have had Back-to-School Night along with a family picnic, a great Reading kick off and Parent / Teacher Conferences.  With our early start it has been so exciting to see how well the students have adjusted to being back in school! 

Our Fall Break is September 22nd through October 10th and students will be out of school. However, some students will be invited back during the third week of our Fall Break for intervention support in reading or math. Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you to let you know whether or not your child will need to attend Intervention Week (10/6-10/9). School hours during Intervention Week will be 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Boys & Girls Club Hours During Intersession

The Boys & Girls Club will be open during our intersession to accomodate our students and families. Their hours during intersession week will be:

Monday - Thursday: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

**You can register your child at the Boys & Girls Club for only $5 a year.

CoreStable Fitness

The CoreStable Fitness class taught Tuesday and Thursday morning has been off to a strong start, as there have been participants from Rosa Parks staff, parents, and the students.  We will continue this CoreStable Fitness class after our Fall Break, and we hope to have even more of a turnout as people become more and more aware of what we are doing.  Feel free to spread the word as we look to improve our healthy habits both as an individual and as a community as a whole, one day at a time!  Here is a couple of video clip and a picture of what we have been doing; feel comfortable coming as you are, and at any level. See you there!

Rosa Parks Parade

Sports Teams at Rosa Parks

This is a monumental year at Rosa Parks as we will have school sports for the first time ever in the school’s history, introducing both Soccer and Basketball for this first year, with the hope of potentially adding more teams/sports in years to come. 


Our soccer team will begin practice Monday, September 22nd which is our first day on fall break, at 4:45pm. Please contact the Boys & Girls Club to sign a permission slip and get more information. 


The basketball team practice will start at the beginning of November. 

Donations Needed

Each of these teams will require funding to help supply equipment and coaching, as there will be more expenses getting teams started off the ground this year, and we are accepting any and all donations that anyone can provide. Thanks and we look forward to building our school spirit through Rosa Parks team sports!

Weekly Parent Coffee

We welcome you to the Rosa Parks' Family Resource Room on Friday mornings between 8:30 and 9:30 am to share a cup of coffee and a treat, meaningful conversations and information from our featured weekly guest speaker. Conducted by Mrs. Lovings, the “Weekly Parent Coffee” is well attended and offers information on a wide variety of topics, including:

  • How to get involved at Rosa Parks
  • Home Ownership
  • Personal Safety Awareness
  • Raising a family
  • Substance Abuse
  • Energy Conservation Tips
  • Energy Assistance

 . . . and much, much more!

If it’s Friday Morning . . . it’s Weekly Parent Coffee!

PPS News

Gov. Kitzhaber launches statewide reading campaign

September 29, 2014
Gov. John Kitzhaber, Supt. Carole Smith, State Education Chief Nancy Golden, Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis and PPS board members listened to kindergarteners sing. Gov. John Kitzhaber, State Education Chief Nancy Golden and Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis joined PPS Supt. Carole Smith and other dignitaries to launch a statewide reading campaign Monday, Sept. 29. [More]

Get Ready site helps students chart path

September 29, 2014

PPS wants to make it easier for students to navigate the path to college and career. Career coordinators and school counselors teamed up with the Parent Coalition with support from the Nike School Innovation Fund to create the Get Ready for College & Career website. 


Board invests in key learning priorities

September 29, 2014

The Portland School Board voted 6-1 Sept. 23 to hire about 40 new teachers and high school support staff, immediately spending $3.5 million of a $16.8 million budget improvement for 2014-15. 


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