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2044 NE Killingsworth | Portland, OR 97211
Phone: (503) 916-6415 | Fax: (503) 916-2678

Thursday, Friday no school

Nov. 26-27: No school in recognition of holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks to the more than 3,000 people who attended meetings on enrollment balancing. Slideshow.  Growing Great Schools.

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A big Owl Thank You to John Moen and family, who delivered 9 boxes of books from Vernon to the Children's Book Harvest.

Thanks, also, to everyone who donated the wonderful books! 


Vernon's Pledge of Nonviolence

Vernon's Pledge of Nonviolence

Making peace must start within ourselves and in our school. Each of us, members of Vernon School, on this day, commit ourselves as best as we can to become nonviolent and peaceable people.

To Respect Self and Others

To respect ourselves, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism, hateful words, physical attacks and self-destructive behavior.

To Communicate Better

To share our feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express our anger, and to work at solving problems peacefully.

To Listen

To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with us, and to consider others' feelings and needs rather than insist on having our own way.

To Forgive

To apologize and make amends when we have hurt another, to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.

To Respect Nature

To treat the environment and all living things, including our pets, with respect and care.

To Play Creatively

To select activites and toys that support our school's values and to avoid activities that make violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.

To Be Courageous

To challenge violence in all its forms whenever we encounter it, whether at home, at school, or in the community, and to stand with others who are treated unfairly.

This is our pledge. These are our goals. We will check ourselves on what we have pledged once a month so that we can help each other become more peaceable people.

Eliminating violence, one school at a time, starting with our own.


Vernon Communication Commitment

Parents and teachers collaborating is very important to us here at Vernon. We wanted to make you aware of the guidelines we are committed to complying with as a staff:

  • If a parent has a question or concern about class, we encourage you to contact your classroom teacher first.
  • Teachers will respond to your email, note or phone call within 24-48 hours.
  • Please check with teachers as to which method might be quicker for them to answer your communication and please make sure we have your updated information.
  • If you have a question or concern for the administration, we encourage you to call, email, or send a note and we will responsed within 48-72 hours, unless it is a matter of urgency.

Vernon School has adopted the Rotary's Guide to Relationships.

We use the 4 Way Test when making decisions.

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Vernon Calendar

PPS District News

Language immersion students excel in reading

November 24, 2015
Fourth grade students in Chinese immersion at Woodstock School.

Students enrolled in PPS dual-language immersion programs – whether English speakers or English learners - significantly outpace their peers in reading, a big, new study released this fall found. 


Bond progress update, Fall 2015

November 24, 2015
A group of Roosevelt students receive an up close view of the construction process in early November.

The first new high school buildings in nearly 50 years are starting to rise out of the ground at both Roosevelt and Franklin high schools and master planning is progressing for Grant and about to launch for Benson, Lincoln and Madison high schools.


Get urgent news: Weather. Emergencies. Disasters.

November 24, 2015

Do you know how PPS responds to emergencies and winter weather - and how and when we communicate with you? Check out the PPS Get Urgent News page.

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