Capitol Hill Community News

September 2022

Principal's Message

Capitol Hill Community,

Tomorrow will mark the start of fall 2022! Happy Fall! Fall is my favorite season by far. I enjoy the cooler weather, beautiful colors, school routines kicking in, and family traditions. It is hard to believe we are already near the end of September already. Students are mastering school routines, completing initial assessments, making friends, and engaging in rigorous academics. I have enjoyed learning new names everyday and making parent connections before and after school.

Thank you for the opportunity to communicate important information via this Community Newsletter. As always, feel free to reach out if you would like to connect or have questions.

- Mike

PPS Celebrates Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

Message from our Superintendent, Guadalupe Guerrero:

"We begin celebrating Hispanic/Latino Heritage this month, which offers an opportunity to honor, recognize, and celebrate Latino contributions to our community, state, and country. Over the next month, you’ll see social media posts, and information on events occurring across the district, to educate and inform our community about this cultural celebration, and to highlight the unique history and contributions of Latinos in Portland and across our country. Please join me in this celebration!"

Important Dates

9/21 (Tonight) - Back to School Night. Starts @ 6pm. Click Here

9/23 - No School for students or teachers

10/12 - Walk or Roll to School/PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

10/14 - No school for students

10/17 - 10/21 - Scholastic Book Fair @ Capitol Hill

10/17 - Grandfriends Day Kindergarten 7:45 am

10/ 18 - Grandfriends Day 1st Grade 7:45 am

10/19 - Grandfriends Day 2nd Grade 7:45 am

10/20 - Grandfriends Day 3rd Grade 7:45 am

10/ 21 - Grandfriends Day 4th and 5th Grade 7:45 am

10/28 - The Big BOO

Meet Kristin King

Kristin King is our new Administrative Assistant in the office. Her responsibilities will include attendance, enrollment, our school website and back up for our health room. She is new to PPS and is learning all things Capitol Hill. She lives in SW Portland with her family. In her spare time Kristin enjoys art and gardening. Welcome Kristin!


Attendance Announcement

If your student is going to miss school please email the teacher and copy Heidi ( ) and Kristin (

New Curriculum!

Portland Public Schools has adopted a new ELA Curriculum this year called Wit and Wisdom. If you would like to learn more about it please click here.

Free + Reduced Price Meals Eligibility and Payment

All PPS families are being notified of the opportunity to apply for free and reduced price meal benefits. Already, the Nutrition Services team has determined that over 9,000 students directly certified for free meals (through SNAP, Foster, etc) and have processed over 1100 applications. Please encourage families to use the online application for secure, confidential and quicker processing. Paper applications with translated copies are available for download on the Nutrition Services website as well. For questions or inquiries, please contact

Meal Payments:

Families have the following options to pay for school meals:

  1. Pay as you go: Bring cash or check (payable to Portland Public Schools) directly to the cafeteria*

  2. Prepay for meals with cash or check (payable to Portland Public Schools) in the cafeteria*. Funds will be deposited into the student meal account. Purchases will be deducted from the account balance.

  3. Pay with a debit/credit card using SchoolCafe, a secure online meal payment system. NOTE: There is a minimum payment of $15 and a 5% fee per online transaction.

*Payments can be dropped off at the school office. Please put the payment in an envelope labeled 'cafeteria'. Checks can also be mailed to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N Dixon St, Portland, OR 97227.

Talented and Gifted Information

Please click on the PDF below to learn more information about TAG. Capitol Hill will be scheduling a TAG informational night in October. More info to come.

Reading Results!

We are excited to parter with this organization again this year. This opportunity is made available to us through generous financial donations our Parent Teacher Association partnership.

What is Reading Results?

Reading Results is a nonprofit that partners with schools to provide a proven reading intervention program in the Portland metro area. Working through our equity lens, Reading Results is committed to helping struggling learners get on the path toward academic success and a brighter future.

New Mascot and Colors!

Thank you for all of your input! If you have not taken this survey yet, please do!

We are in the final stages of making decisions based on community and staff surveys. An announcement will come soon.

Parent Teacher Association

Please check out our wonderful PTA Website - CLICK HERE


We are so excited to bring volunteers into the building soon!

Please visit our Capitol Hill PTA website for more information and to sign up. I've included a few of the volunteer positions we are looking for below!

We are especially looking for volunteers who can help supervised student at lunch and recess!

  • Lunch Room & Recess Supervision (10:30-12:10)

Volunteers will need an approved background check and be fully vaccinated.

PPS Volunteer Process HERE

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Connect with the Principal

Mike Sauers

Email -

Phone - 971-425-5415

Core Values

Student First Decision Making

Honesty and Transparency

Listen to Understand

Realize we are All Humans