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

Spring Intervention

Spring Intervention Week is March 30th-March 27th for identified Kindergarten through 2nd grade students and ALL 3rd and 4th grade students. School hours for Intervention week is 9am until 2pm. There is no breakfast, but a snack and lunch will be provided. Students are required to wear uniforms. We will return to our regular school schedule on Monday, April 6th.

Spring Pictures

The Kindergarten Cap & Gown pictures will be Wednesday, April 8th. Spring Pictures for 1st-5th graders is Thursday, April 16th.  Order forms will be sent home with students prior to picture day.

Run for the Arts - April 17th
This annual fundraiser helps fund our Art Program. Students were sent home with information and pledge sheets before Spring Break. Students should return the pledge sheets by April 6th.  After students complete Run for the Arts, their pledge sheets will be returned to collect the money pledged.

Penny Wars
Penny Wars is still going on and we're proud to say our students have raised over $1,000! The money raised has helped to provide fun incentives for winning classes, luncheons for teachers, sweatshirts for students and we're in the process of purchasing new Smart TVs for each of our four neighborhoods in the school. We still have a ways to go before we can purchase all four, but we are confident our students will help us reach our goal. Remember, the K-1, 2-3 and 4-5 classes that raise the most money by the end of April will be awarded with a Pizza Party in May! Keep up the good work Rosa Parks!


Parent Coffee

Every Friday, we invite all Rosa Parks parents, grandparents and guardians to join us for coffee and light snacks. Each week we have a different speaker and different topic discussed. Topics range from budgeting, helping your children with homework, community resources and more. There is a small play area for your young children and a Russian and Spanish translator are available most every week.

Time: 8:15am - 9:30am

Location: Parent Resource Room

Rosa Parks Parade

Measles Advisory

News of a single measles case in Oregon (Lane County) has refocused attention on communicable disease. PPS wants families to know the protocols we follow in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority to keep students well. An important first step is prevention: be sure your children’s immunizations are current and that their schools have a current immunization record. The measles vaccine is the single most effective way to shield your child from this illness.

Please stay informed of how to prevent measles and recognize signs of measles by reading the Measles Family Advisory letter distributed by PPS.

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

Camp exposes students to construction careers

March 26, 2015
Students from seven schools learned about construction careers over Spring Break. Construction careers came alive for 20 PPS students from seven high schools during a two-day Spring Break Build-It Camp led by trades professionals. 

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Schools step up so no one goes hungry

March 20, 2015
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From Sellwood Middle School to Rieke Elementary, many schools stepped up with food drives this month to support families over spring break and beyond. 

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Salt & Straw asks students for flavor ideas

March 20, 2015
Salt & Straw ice cream maker Tyler Malek, who has made ice cream flavors with everything from olive oil to beer, asked Vernon students to help him come up with a new flavor. Popular ice cream makers Salt & Straw, a great local business partner to Portland Public Schools, on Friday launched the third year of a fun fundraiser for Vernon, Chapman and Abernethy schools. 

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