Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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School Grade Levels: K-5

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

Events

February

3      Parent Tea (Library) 8:40 a.m.

6      3rd Grade Field Trip to Rice Museum

10     Parent Teacher Group Meeting 6 p.m.

16    NO SCHOOL - President’s Day (School and Office Closed)

18    LATE OPEN - School begins at 10:40 a.m.

21    Rummage Sale (Cafeteria) 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

25    Kinder Connection (Library) 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

26    Black History Month Celebration (Cafeteria) 5:30-7:30 p.m.

 

March

4     Parent Tea (Library) 8:40 a.m.

6     Drum Circle Assembly (Cafeteria) 1:30 p.m.

7     Garden Work Party

10    Parent Teacher Group Meeting 6 p.m.

12    Last day of SUN and tutoring

18    LATE OPEN - School begins at 10:40 a.m.

20    Talent Show (Cafeteria) 1:15 p.m.

        Last day of School before Spring Break

SPRING BREAK – March 23-27

(School and Office Closed)

30     First day of School after Spring Break

         SUN Registration begins

School News and Announcements

Will your child be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2015?

Please join us for Whitman Kindergarten Connections!

Wednesday, February 25

We will be holding 2 sessions: Morning at 10 a.m. and Evening at 6 p.m.  

Families will have a chance to meet the kindergarten teachers, ask questions about Whitman’s programs & our overall school community and have a school tour. Families will also receive a registration packet.  Attendance at one of these Kindergarten Connection meetings is not required but strongly encouraged. 

 

Share your budget priorities for schools

English (below), Español, Tiếng Việt, Русский, 中文 

Superintendent Carole Smith will propose a 2015-16 budget for Portland Public Schools on March 31. In May, the Portland School Board will vote on the budget.

Come learn about how PPS is funded and how the money is spent. Come share your views with PPS leaders about the programs and offerings that you believe should be invested in.

You are invited:

Budget Workshops: Learn where PPS gets its funding and how the money is spent.

•  Feb. 23, 6pm – 7:30pm, Benson HS, 546 NE 12th Ave.

  Feb. 26, 6pm – 7:30pm, Chavez K-8 School, 5103 N. Willis Blvd. (in Spanish)

Town Hall Meeting with Portland School Board & Superintendent Carole Smith:

  March 4, 6pm – 7:30pm, Jefferson HS, 5210 N. Kerby Ave.

Town Hall Meetings with Superintendent Smith:

  March 11, 6pm – 7:30pm, Cleveland HS, 3400 SE 26th Ave.

  March 12, 6pm – 7:30pm, Madison HS, 2735 NE 82nd Ave.

  March 16, 6pm – 7:30pm, Lincoln HS, 1600 SW Salmon St.

Town Hall Meetings with Portland School Board:

  April 13 , 6pm – 7:30pm, Wilson HS, 1151 SW Vermont St.

  April 21, 6pm – 7:30pm, Franklin HS, 5405 SE Woodward St.

  April 27, 6pm – 7:30pm, Roosevelt HS, 6941 N. Central St. (in Spanish)

Child care provided. Interpretation in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali, except at Spanish-language meetings, where English interpretation provided.

A Message from the Principal

February/March 2015

Dear Whitman Families,

Exciting News – Whitman is being awarded $5,000 from the Blazer’s Foundation thanks to a grant Mrs. Bennett wrote.  The funds will be used to expand our number of books at Whitman. 

Speaking of reading, Whitman students read over 100,000 minutes in the months of November, December and January.  Ms. Clark challenged the students to double the number of minutes they read through November and December in the last month of the challenge.  The students had read 35,000 minutes before winter break.  They met the challenge and will get to vote on the theme for a “Crazy day” at Whitman such as crazy hair day, pajama day, etc.

Whitman’s PTG (Parent and Teacher group) is hosting their second annual rummage sale on Saturday, February 21st.  There are many great items that will be for sale.  If you have other wonderful items you would like to donate to Whitman please bring them to the office.  We will be accepting donations until Friday, February 20th. 

We are hosting an evening of celebrations for Black History on Thursday, February 26th from 5:30—7:30. I want to thank the group of parents who came together to plan the night.  I am hoping you can join us for the event.  We will also have a representative from the district here that evening asking families to complete a school climate survey. These surveys were created by the district in hopes to gather information from families about their perspective on the climate and services offered at their school and at the district level.  Our goal is to get at least 50% of our families to complete the survey. 

The grading period ended and teachers completed report cards which go home on Monday, February 9th. There are three main components of your child’s report card:  academic progress toward grade level benchmarks (expectations), social skills development and your child’s attendance record. We do not have conferences with this grading period.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible. 

We are hoping to have at least two full-day Kindergarten classes again next year.  If you know of anyone who has a child turning 5 years old on or before September 1, 2015, he or she can attend Kindergarten next year. We are holding two Kindergarten Connection sessions this month.  Families with soon-to-be kindergarteners can choose to attend a morning session on February 25th at 10:00 am or an evening session which is at 6:00 pm the same day. Families will have a chance to meet the kindergarten teachers, ask questions about Whitman’s programs & our overall school community and have a school tour.  Families will also receive a registration packet. Attendance at one of these Kindergarten Connection meetings is not required but strongly encouraged. 

For families wishing to transfer in or out of their neighborhood school for the 2015-16 school year, please take note that the district’s enrollment and transfer policy has changed.  Students will be expected to attend their neighborhood school and transfer applications are no longer available.  If you want to apply to a focus school (one with a special focus or immersion program) or you have an extenuating circumstance and you are needing your child to attend a school other than the one in the neighborhood you can complete a petition through PPS Enrollment and Transfer Center.  Petitions can be found on line at http://www.pps.k12.or.us in the Enrollment Transfer Department.

Sincerely,

Lori Clark

Whitman 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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