February 29, 2016
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We sold over HALF of the available tickets in the first week! Get your's now before they're sold out! 

Classroom Art Project Display

Come and admire all of the hard work of your kiddos! A large variety of the classroom projects will be on display today, from 3 - 4pm in the Gazebo if the weather is nice or across from the auditorium if it's raining.

Introducing Mobile Bidding!

Speaking of Classroom Projects - Everyone will have the opportunity to bid on Classroom projects this year thanks to the new Mobile Bidding feature on our auction software! How it works:
  • Purchasing a standard ticket to the auction or a special 'mobile only' ticket (only $5.00!) on our website. 
  • You'll receive an invite for Mobile Bidding, beginning a week PRIOR to the auction! Bidding will continue through the week and continue through the Auction.
  • Before and during the event, once you bid on a project, you will receive a notification if you've been outbid! 
  • Bidding will close at the Auction - 7:30pm - March 11th.

See Classroom Projects here: and 'LIKE' our facebook page for daily updates on fabulous auction items.

Win This Bike

Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike with a value of $1500 built by Clever Cycles!

Tickets are 1 for $5 and 5 for $20.
Enter to win:

Inside This Week's Mailer



December - January
2/29-3/4   Project Second Wind Food Drive
3/2 2:30 INFORMAL 4th Grade Recorder performance
6:30 PM
Community Meeting with Hosford Principal
3/9 3:45-4:15  Site Council

Music Program
2nd Grade
3rd Grade

3/11   Auction!

        LUNCH MENU

Get the full month's calender: March Lunch Menu (988 KB .PDF)

Tuesday -  Chicken Enchilada with Spanish Rice
Wednesday - Hamburger on a Whole Wheat Bun
Thursday - Pizzaria Day, Deli Sandwich
Friday - Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Tomato Soup
Monday- Three Bean Chili with Whole Grain Tortilla Chips
Yogurt and Granola on Mon. Hummus and pita bread Mon-Tues. PB&J and yogurt Tues-Fri. Lunch includes one entrée, milk, unlimited fruits & vegetables.

A Message from Melissa Dragich, Assistant Principal

Dear Families,
The past few weeks have been busy around Abernethy.  First grade classes are studying about penguins in math, kindergarten students are figuring out the strategies to use to become readers, and just today I watched some smart fourth grade students writing and solving algebraic expressions. I also understand that Mrs. Parente’s students did a wonderful job performing at the Blazer game last week. We have so much to appreciate in this community!

This week will also kick-off the Project Second Wind Food Drive.  Classes will begin collecting food starting on Monday, Feb 29th.  Our student council will be assisting Mr. Goodrich with the drive, so please help if your family is able.  Donations of canned food and money will be accepted.  Every dollar raised counts as 4 pounds of food, so that is an easy way to help your child’s class. 

State testing also begins in March with the 5th grade science test on March 10th.  All other state testing will begin after spring break. Please be sure to send your student to school well rested and fed on testing days.

Finally, the office has received several concerns about bicyclists moving through the neighborhood at fast speeds and not abiding by traffic signs. There appears to be a problem at Ladd Circle and Harrison. We have contacted security services and they have contacted the Portland Police’s Traffic Division for support.  This week I have noticed increased patrols in the neighborhood surrounding our school.  Hopefully that presence will help slow all vehicles and ensure that our students can walk or bike to school safely.
Cheers, Melissa Dragich

Abernethy Food Drive - Project Second Wind

By Mr. Goodrich  

Over the past FORTY years, Project Second Wind has collected approximately 6,800,000 pounds of food.  That translates into 136,000 emergency food boxes.  Founded by high school students in 1971 who recognized a serious need for a “second wind” of hunger relief after the holidays, their goal was simple and compelling: to feed hungry children.  Children account for 33% of those who rely on emergency food from The Oregon Food Bank Network.
The shelves at The Oregon Food Bank are at an all time low and the demand for emergency food has never been greater.  Your family can help by bringing in nonperishable foods or donated money ( Each dollar = 4 pounds of food ). The drive will be held during the week of February 29th through March 4th.
The Student Council, along with Mr. Goodrich, will be promoting the Project Second Wind Food Drive next week.

Oregon Food Bank needs these nutritious foods:

  • Canned meats ( i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon)
  • Canned and boxed meals ( i.e., soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
  • Peanut butter and other nut butters
  • Canned or dried beans and peas ( i.e., black, pinto, lentils)
  • Pasta, rice, cereal
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice ( canned, plastic or boxed)
  • Cooking oil
  • Shelf-stable milk
Consider donating healthy, low-fat and low-sugar products
Recognition will be given to individual schools collecting the most based on per capita giving and total pounds collected.  Within the school, the first-place class will have an extra hour of PE with Mr. GoodrichThe second place class will have an extra half hour of PE with Mr. Goodrich!
This is a great community service and one in which Abernethy has been proud to participate.
Also, if you’d like to volunteer at the food Bank, please contact Tom Goodrich Or Mary Ellen Glynn (503)239-8729.
Raffle drawing will take place at the Abernethy Auction Friday, March 11th. Need not be present to win! Proceeds from this raffle support the many unique programs that make Abernetthy a special place for our children and community.

A Message from our Councelor, Jenny Morgan

Here is an update about the guidance lessons in your child’s class:
Kindergarten:  We are talking about problem solving and fair ways to play.  You should have received (or will be receiving) more detailed information about these lessons through your child’s teacher.
1st Grade:  Amy Ellingson is teaching problem solving strategies.  She is using Kelso’s Choice Wheel which provides students with a number of ways to solve little problems:  Share and take turns, ignore it, wait and cool off, say stop, walk away, talk it out, apologize, make a deal.  We also teach students the difference between a big and a little problems.
2nd through 5th Grades:  We are continuing with the MindUp curriculum.  The first 5 or 6 lessons teach students about the areas of the brain involved in attention and focus.  We have started our “Core Practice”, I start and stop each lesson with a chime and focused listening, then focused breathing, and then play the chime to signal students to focus and start the lesson.  Some students have really loved adding this practice to our lessons.  We have had opportunities to learn about mindful listening, breathing, and seeing over the past few weeks. 
*If your child is in Arthurs’ 4th grade class, please note that we have not started the MindUp curriculum yet – we took a little novel study detour (we read There’s A Boy In the Girls Bathroom and discussed respect, friendship, and bullying) and we will be starting MindUp March 8th
Student Council update and a request for volunteer(s):  Student Council spent fall term discussing ideas to improve our school and/or projects they are interested in.  They overwhelmingly decided that having a student newspaper would be a great thing for Abernethy.  We are working on this project currently and hope to have our first issue out before Spring Break.  I am hoping for a parent volunteer that can assist me with formatting the paper, probably on a word document.  If you are interested, please contact me this week.
Jenny Morgan, School Counselor

Music Notes

A group of 63 kids stormed the Blazer court last Tuesday at 6:30PM and put on an awesome dance performance. The DVD and some pictures should be posted soon on either the school's facebook page or the website.

The 4th graders will be putting on an INFORMAL recorder performance on Weds, March 2nd at 2:25 for parents/family that would like to attend.

The 2nd and 3rd grade performances are NEXT WEEK, Weds, March 9th. 2nd grade at 5:00 PM and 3rd grade at approximately 6:00 PM.

Coming Soon: 
Kinder and 4th Grade Programs, May 5th, 5:00/6:00
Band at Oaks Park, Sunday, May 15th2:30-3:30.

The Garden Dirt

We have had some pretty crazy times here in the garden room.  We’ve been planting seedlings, planning our spring plots, learning about the blues and Maori culture in New Zealand.  It has been a whirlwind of cooking, planting and planning!
I wanted to get out a recipe edition to catch us up on all of the delicious foods we have made here in the garden.

We made Chinese dumplings for Chinese New Year

Chinese Dumplings:
1/4 Napa Cabbage, shredded in food processor
1/2 onion diced
½ tbspn. Grated ginger
2 tbspn Soy sauce or Coconut Aminos (for the soy intolerant)
1 tbspn Sesame Seed Oil
Gyoza skins
Combine cabbage, onion, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil.
Put a small dollop of the cabbage mixture in the center of each Gyoza wrapper and fold it over like a half moon or taco. Press the edges together (sometimes water will be needed to wet the dough to make it stick)
Fry or steam them in a large pan until brown.

We cooked up some Collard Greens and Black-eyed Peas as part of our look at African American History Month.

Collard Greens and Black Eyed Peas:

3 Cups fresh Collard Greens
1 ½ cups Cooked Black Eyed Peas
½ Onion Chopped
1 garlic clove minced
½ lemon, juiced
Olive Oil
Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil in a large pan. 
Add collard greens and lemon juice and steam until greens are soft.
Mix in black eyed peas and sauté for a few minutes and serve.

And, we cooked up some Kumara (Sweet Potato) Soup

This is part of our look at New Zealand, just one of the places that Penguins live.

Kumara Soup:
•2 teaspoons canola oil
•1/2 cup chopped shallots
•3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato
•1 1/2 cups (1/4-inch) sliced peeled carrots
•1 tablespoon grated ginger
•2 teaspoons curry powder
•3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
•1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots; saute 3 minutes or until tender. Add potato, carrots, ginger, and curry; cook 2 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender; stir in salt.
Pour half of soup in a food processor; pulse until smooth. Repeat procedure with remaining soup.
In addition to all of this cooking madness, we will be adding a new addition to our Garden Classroom--- CHICKENS!! I received the eggs on Friday.  As part of the Kindergarten curriculum, we will be hatching chickens from eggs and raising the baby chicks in class.  Stay tuned for more pictures as the cuteness unfolds.

Super-Fantastic Garden and Grounds Thank You

Thank you to all who came out to tidy up the garden and grounds this weekend! Thanks to all the builders and weeders, rakers and haulers, pruners and diggers. It looks great out there! We are ready for some spring planting.

You're the best.

Meet and Greet with Hosford Principal Westphal

By Jim Kohler, PTA President

Please join us, come see what makes the Hosford Huskies Run!
A short presentation by Principal Kristyn Westphal followed by your questions. All parents and students (esp. 5th graders) welcome!

March 2nd at 6:30 pm
Abernethy Auditorium.

Please consider dropping your younger child in the PTA sponsored childcare, available in the cafeteria with a $5/child suggested donation.

Volunteers Needed to help During the JA BizTown

On April 27, Abernethy will visit the Junior Achievement of the Oregon & SW Washington BizTown experiential education program. The visit will include activities that incorporate important elements of the community and economy, work readiness, financial literacy, and business management.

If you would like to assist, JA could use from 23-40 volunteers to help facilitate the activities. 

Check out this form for more information and complete it if you are interested in volunteering.

Contact Jim wolf with questions at

Testing Q & A: For Those Who Have Opted In and Out

by Ms. Dragich

When will 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students be testing? 

OAKS Science

5th graders will take the science test on Thursday, March 10th.  Anyone who does not pass is required to take it a second time, which will happen at the end of May.
There are four sections of Smarter Balanced:  Computer Adaptive English/Language Arts, Computer Adaptive Math, Performance Task English/Language Arts, and Performance Task Math.

Computer Adaptive English/Language Arts

April 5 & 7
        3rd will test from 10:00-11:30
April 12 &13
        5th will test from 8:45-10:00
        4th will test from 10:15-11:30

Performance Task English/Language Arts

April 13 & 14
       3rd will test from 1:00-2:15
April 18 &19
       5th will test from 8:45-10:00
       4th will test from 10:15-11:30

Computer Adaptive Math

April 26 & 27
      3rd will test from 10:00-11:15
May 3 & 4
      5th will test from 8:45-10:00
      4th will test from 10:15-11:30

Performance Task Math

May 3
       3rd grade will test from 1:00-2:15
May 17                 
       5th will test from 8:45-10:00
       4th will test from 10:15-11:30
** Times allow for set up, logging on and shutting down of computers.
** This is an untimed test, so we have allotted a little more time for testing than we think will be necessary for most students.  Students who finish will join the students who have opted out.  Ms. Dragich will have opportunities for students who do not finish to complete their tests, and also to retake the science test if they did not pass it during their first attempt.
All testing must be complete by June 7.  Also, all performance tasks must be completed within 20 calendar days of starting them, so we have purposefully scheduled them during weeks when there are few interruptions and when we can finish them the following week, if necessary.

What will students do if they have opted out?

Students will be regrouped by grade level during testing.  For example, all third graders who are testing will be together, and all third graders who have opted out will be together.  Teachers have worked hard to plan math lessons during the math testing, and reading/writing lessons during the reading/language arts testing. 
Below are examples of what grade levels will be doing with students who have opted out:
Reading/Writing:  book report, book project, national geographic texts, narrative or expository activities
Math: puzzles, story problems, review pages, practice with time, fractions

Can my student practice at home to get ready for the tests?
You may access the practice tests at

What is the ABSOLUTE LAST and FINAL deadline to opt out?

You cannot opt out once your child has started testing.  The deadline for fifth graders is March 7th, the deadline for 3rd and 4th graders is March 30th, but the sooner the better so that we can plan for the correct number of students.
Opt-out forms can be found on our school website and in the main office.
If you need an opt-out form, or have questions, please email, call, or stop by and talk to Ms. Dragich(
I have other questions, who can I ask? Email, call, or stop by and talk to Ms. Dragich.
503 916 6190

March Lunch Menu

Here's the updated lunch menu for March. Enjoy!
Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to help Abernethy earn a donation!  (non-profit number 94049).
GET YOUR PASS! All 4th graders and their families get a year long pass to National Parks for FREE!
Support Abernethy

Lost and Found

The Lost & Found is located outside of the officeAll clearly labeled items will be returned. Items not collected by the end of the month will be donated to the PPS Closet. PLEASE check over the LARGE number of items as they will donated at the end of the month!

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