Atkinson Cheetah News

Friday, February 25th, 2022


Dear Families,

This week: online registration for kindergarten for next year has opened up. If you know of any families in our neighborhood with incoming kindergarteners, please spread the word and encourage them to register!

If families are interested in applying for the Spanish Dual Language program, that is a separate application through Enrollment and Transfer.

All neighborhood families should register for kindergarten, separate from the lottery application.

Currently, we are only staffed to have one neighborhood kindergarten class for the upcoming year due to declining enrollment and I’m hoping if we have enough kinder students registered in the next couple of months, we can advocate to staff for two classes.

On a positive note, Atkinson will be adding music to our special programming through funding provided by the state and a PPS initiative to create comprehensive arts pathways for students to include visual arts and music. We are excited to offer students this new opportunity to develop their musical foundations K-5.

Last week: Our staff lounge was showered with treats on Monday the 14th, thanks to our amazing class reps through the PTA. Throughout the week, students had so much fun sharing kindness with one another. On Friday the 18th, we celebrated the 100th day of school! Students were amazed at how quickly some of our primary teachers transformed into 100 year-olds! Additionally, Kindergarten classes closed the week with presentations supporting Black History and Excellence by accentuating contemporary individuals in the Black Community, and representing their art on our stage, including Celia Cruz, Willie Ninja and Kahinde Wiley.

I feel so fortunate to be part of this incredible school community. Despite the uncertainties throughout the year thus far, our teachers, students and families have remained inspired and encouraging!

With care,

Jennifer Fontana


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Spanish Connect to Kinder

In our efforts to make DLI enrollment more transparent and accessible, we are hosting several community meetings in partnership with Latino Network, Albina Head Start, and PPS Early Childhood.

Above is the flyer for the March event.


We are excited to be planning and building enthusiasm for our annual Run for Atkinson. All proceeds go directly to supporting Atkinson students and staff with additional artist in residency experiences, assemblies and teacher professional development. All students will receive a t-shirt for the run and we need you to complete this FORM to indicate your child’s t-shirt size. We’ll be running on the Franklin High School track! Thank you to Peggy for securing us this venue for an amazing experience for students. As we get closer to the date, we’ll share more details about the Run. For now, it’s a Save the Date!!

Kindergarten- Black History and Excellence

Friday Feb. 18th: 100th day of school

GSA Newsletter #6

Good afternoon GSA Fams!

Follow the link to read the newest newsletter!

GSA Newsletter #6


Madilyn Bourdon

Yearbook request for photos!

The Yearbook committee needs your photos - kindergarten meet ups, school clean up, first day of school, Halloween, Lunar New Year, OBOB, community sports, fun with friends... We are also looking for scanned images of cards or kind words for a teacher tribute page. Send to

We are also seeking photos of 5th graders as kindergarteners and current photos of your 5th grade student. If you have a favorite photo from another year at Atkinson you can send that too, but please include - "Current 5th grader when in ___ grade" in the subject header.


The yearbook is currently put together by two dedicated parent volunteers. Any help you can offer is wonderful - no specific skills or experience are needed. Help us document this year for our school community!

To learn more, email:

Library News


Here is the the schedule for the Semi Final Battle

3/1- Book Bandits (Mrs. McArthur) VS. Potatoes (Mr. Garrard) at 2:15 PM

3/3- Bilingual Book Dragons (Ms. Vega) VS. Sugar Mushrooms (Mrs. McArthur) at 2:15 PM

3/8- Final battle

Congratulations to all the participants of this year's OBOB Challenge. They all did a great job!

Contact me at if you have any questions.


Kim Hilton

Teacher Librarian

Atkinson Elementary School

SEGC Resources

Attached is a meeting summary from Thursday, February 17th. Translations to come ASAP.

Thank you all for your continued support through out this process!


Kayla Henderson-Wood

Detailed Information on the boundary process and current scenarios can be found on the enrollment and program balancing site.

Watch Live and Archived Guiding Coalition Meetings

Updates are posted at

Atkinson PTA

Ways to support the PTA

***We are seeking some volunteers to join the PTA board. In particular, we are looking for an assistant treasurer to start ASAP before becoming treasurer next year! A reminder that our whole PTA board will turn over next year. This year is a good option to get an introduction and see how you want to get involved. If you are interested, reach out to

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Connect with Jennifer Fontana

Principal at Atkinson Elementary School in Portland, Oregon

Work Cell #: 971-801-3141

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