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School Grade Levels: K-5

7326 SE Flavel St. | Portland, OR 97206
Phone: (503) 916-6370 | Fax: (503) 916-2684

Two-hour late opening, Wednesday, April 16

Wednesday, April 16 is a two-hour late opening for most elementary, K-8 and middle schools; classes commence two hours later than usual.  The following schools are closed a full day: Chavez, George, King, Lane, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton, Vernon, Whitman and Woodmere. High schools are on normal schedule and not impacted by this professional development day.

Events

APRIL

1 Spring Pictures

2     Parent Tea

7     Spring SUN begins

8      Parent Teacher Group Meeting

11    Teacher Planning Day- NO SCHOOL

14    State Reading Tests begin

16    Professional Development Day- NO SCHOOL

21    Report Cards go home

28    5th Grade Science Testing

30    Recognition Assemblies

 

MAY

1      Cinco de Mayo Celebration              5:30 PM

5      State Reading Testing

5-9   Teacher Appreciation Week

12     State Math Tests begin

13      Parent Teacher Group Meeting      6:00PM

14      Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast   8:00 AM

14       KIndergarten Readiness                5:30 PM

21       Professional Development - Late Opening

26      Memorial Day- NO SCHOOL

27      Kindergarten to the Zoo

29      Spring SUN Ends

30      Field Day

31      Rummage Sale

   

School News and Announcements

Come Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Whitman. We are having food, dancers, and fun on May 1st at 5:30 PM. Please join us and help us celebrate.

A Message from the Principal

Dear Whitman Families,

The week before Spring Break the School Board approved the budget for the 2014-15 school year.  Schools received their staffing allocations for this coming school year and we began planning our program for the 2014-15 school year.  Whitman’s staffing allotment remains about the same as this current school year, which means we should be able to maintain very similar classroom and program offerings as this year.  One of my goals throughout the process is to maintain class sizes below 30 with an average of 25 in the K-2 classrooms and offer PE, music, library and counseling at least once a week for students.  I must submit our programming by April 4th and will communicate that information to you shortly thereafter.

On our first day back from Spring Break we taught our school-wide expectations for all common areas of the school which includes: bathrooms, hallways, front entry way, cafeteria and the playground.  Our school-wide expectations are for students to act in a Safe, Responsible and Respectful manner.  Reviewing our school-wide expectations with all students after a long break is an effective practice that helps everyone start back to school on the right foot. 

Our kindergarten through third graders will participate in a performing arts residency with the Oregon Ballet Theater in the month of April. Each class will have four 30-40 minutes sessions (with the exception of kindergarteners who will have three sessions) with an artist from the Oregon Ballet Theater.   Kindergarten and 2nd grade will start with the artist the week of April 7th.  First and 3rd grades will start their residency the week of April 21st.  I would recommend students wear clothes similar to what they would wear on a day they have PE. 

All 3rd – 5th grade students will take the Oregon State Reading and Math Tests (OAKS) beginning the week of April 7th.   Any student who does not meet the score required for their grade level will have a second testing opportunity in early May.  These tests are a significant way schools and a student’s progress is rated in each state and on a national level.  If your child is in the 3rd -5th grades you will receive notification of your child’s score after the first round of testing.  If you have any questions about the testing process or the measure itself, feel free to contact your child’s teacher, Stephanie Schiada our testing coordinator, or me.

Much is happening in the month of April.  Please check the calendar section in this newsletter for our upcoming events.

Sincerely,

Lori Clark, Principal

 

Daily Schedule

8:35 a.m. Supervised Drop-off
8:40 a.m. Breakfast Begins
8:50 a.m. Breakfast Ends
8:50 a.m. Tardy Bell
11:55 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. K-5 Lunch / Recess Rotation
3:00 p.m. Dismissal (K-5)

Whitman Calendar

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