News From The Abernethy Office
November 28, 2022
From The Desk Of Mrs. Dunn
I hope you all had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving Break! As much as it was nice seeing all the adults in the building for conferences, it sure made for some very quiet hallways. It was so great to have all the students back in the building today! Transitions may have been hard for some, but it was really nice to have the hustle and bustle of the students back.
As much as I am still trying to believe that it is already the end of November, I am having a harder time wrapping my head around the fact that we only have 3 weeks until Winter Break! Our next 3 weeks are going to be busy!
In this newsletter you will see all the exciting things that we are going to be doing as well as all that we have been doing!
I can only imagine that your schedules are going to be busy as well, but if anyone has some extra time and wants to stop by and be part of the Abernethy School for a half hour or so, we have some small volunteer needs that would be greatly appreciated!
1) Do you like to make photo copies? Well, we have a number of teachers who are looking for anyone who wants to come and just make some photo copies of our Math and Literacy Curriculum.
2) Want to spend 30 minutes floating around the cafeteria during Lunch? We can accommodate that!
3) Do you like organizing books? Well.. I have the best thing for you! We have recently made one of our empty classrooms into our curriculum room and now the only thing that we need is just to organize the books by the teaching Modules! Everything is already unpacked and halfway organized!
If you ever find yourself with a little free time and want to help out, just send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and I can totally get you set with something small that will have a big impact on our teachers and school!
Native American Heritage Month
If you were able to come into the building last week for conferences, you may have been able to see some of the art work done by some of our 3rd grade students for Native American Heritage Month. There are also some beautiful leaf art as well! If you did not have the chance to catch it, here are some pictures.
Tuesday, November 29th is National Giving Day (#givingtuesday).
Around the world, millions of people will be giving their time and money to support the betterment of their communities. Take this opportunity to make a charitable donation via Abernethy’s Annual Appeal and help ensure valuable resources and programs for our students and teachers, both at Abernethy and other schools around the district via the PPS Fund. Community fundraising is critical for many of the school resources our students and teachers depend on, including literacy and instructional support, classroom resources including books for every classroom, field trips and assemblies, opportunities for families in need, and so much more. Every donation - small and large - is important.
ANNUAL APPEAL IS LIVE FOR ONE MORE WEEK!
THANK YOU to those who have already participated in the Annual Appeal! Every donation - small and large - is important and helps to ensure many of the school resources our students and teachers depend on can continue. We have raised nearly $12,000 so far, or about 20% of the Annual Appeal fundraising goal. If you haven’t donated yet, we ask that you don’t delay further and make your donation via Konstella, or by cash or a check made out to “Abernethy PTA.”
We’ll be doing the last of three prize drawings this Friday. Get your donation in today for a chance to win a $33 gift card to 3 Doors Down Cafe. Congratulations to our first two drawing winners, Cynthia & John and David & Chloe!
Thank you for your participation and showing your support for the Abernethy community!
Sincerely, 2022 Annual Appeal Co-chairs
Julie Humsi (Ramzi - 5th, Hutchison; Augustus - 2nd, Lannigan)
Emily Moore (Davis - 5th, Hartmann; Lila - Abernethy alum)
Beth Schuenemann (Owen - 3rd, Gerlach)
Help for the Holidays/Winter Break
Along the lines of Tuesday the 29th being "National Giving Day", we are still looking for anyone who wants to help our Abernethy families in need this winter. We are looking for anything from new jackets, hats, gloves to gift cards to Fred Myers, Target and other grocery stores. Please fill out the google form below and Jenny Morgan will be in touch with specific items that have been said are in need.
If you would like to donate and have additional questions about needed items, please fill out this Google Form and Jenny Morgan will follow up with you. If you have any questions please feel free to email Jenny at email@example.com 503-679-4799.
If you need assistance, please complete this google form
Scholastic Book Fair
Scholastic Book Fair
Thank you for your support of Abernethy’s Scholastic Book Fair.
It was a roaring success! And so much fun for the students!
Funds will be used by Ms Quinn to purchase many new titles for the Abernethy Library. Awesome!
Any funds remaining in your shopper’s eWallets will roll over to next year, or you can use them to shop scholastic-online anytime.
And a heartfelt thank you goes out to our patient teachers and supportive volunteers
Mina Rowe Brown
Holiday Shoppe Help
Craft nights are in full swing! If you’d like to help out, sign up using the link below and come anytime from 5 to 8pm to craft up some fun gift items! If you've already signed up, double check you’re still available for the shift you selected.
Craft nights take place at 2664 SE 33rd Place.
Reusable bags: We are hoping to provide reusable bags for the kids to take their purchases home. If you have extra, send one or two in and leave them in the office for the bazaar.
Mason jars: We are crafting up some sweet memory jars and in need of mason jars with lids. If you have some to donate please let us know.
Holiday items: If you have a special craft you can make multiple of, or have a business that has fun gifts and would like to donate to the bazaar to sell, let us know.
We kindly request that all donations be dropped off by Tuesday December 6th at the school. Can't drop off items on the 6th? You can do a porch drop off at 2730 SE 20th Avenue anytime.
The Holiday Bazaar will be on December 7th and 8th. Kids will come to shop for gifts with their class and have items priced $0.25 - $2.50 to choose from. Please send in $10 to your child's teacher by December 7th and, as always, reach out to Mrs. Morgan if financial aid is needed.
Contact Mary Bruno at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or have items to donate.
December Calendar of Events
November 29, 2022 - School Lock Out Secure The Perimeter Drill. - 11:00
December 1st - 2nd Grade Field Trip to OMSI
December 6th - Equity Committee Meeting 4:00 - 4:50
December 6th - School Climate Committee 4:00 - 5:00
December 7th - Safety Committee Meeting 7:45am
December 7th and 8th - Holliday Shoppe
December 19 - January 3rd - No School for Students - Winter Break
With the cold weather upon us and the school year in full swing, we are seeing an uptick in our students with colds, runny noses, fevers, stomachaches, and much more. Given the past couple of years of wearing masks and distancing, it is not surprising that we all need to build back our immunities. We are also seeing a few more Covid cases pop up.
The guidance from the district as well as MESD does not have us contact trace or notify of exposure as we did last year. The recommendation is to use the self screening tool and, when not feeling good or showing signs of any symptoms, to stay home or test for Covid if possible.
Here are some helpful tips to how we can all help each other stay healthy!
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often, rubbing for at least 20 seconds.
Do not share food, drinks, or personal items.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or by completely covering your nose and mouth with the inside of your elbow.
Here are some ways to protect your family and community:
Stay up-to-date on all vaccines, including COVID-19 boosters and influenza.
Limit close contact with anyone who is sick or has a new rash.
Disinfect high-touch surfaces daily.
Wear a well-fitting, multi-layered mask indoors and on public transit if local COVID-19 cases are high or you were around someone with a respiratory illness.
Check for symptoms of illness before leaving your home each day:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath
New loss of taste or smell
New rash or sores
Red eyes with drainage
Anyone who has symptoms of illness OR tests positive for COVID-19 should:
Stay home and notify their school or direct supervisor.
Wear a well-fitting, multi-layered mask around other people.
If symptoms last longer than 24 hours, consider testing for COVID-19 or visit a healthcare provider. Students may get care at a Student Health Center.
Oregon Battle of the Books
Oregon Battle of the Books season has officially started!
In the Library classes, 3rd-5th graders are learning about the fundamentals of our Abernethy OBOB program and being introduced to the books.
All parent and coach information can be found on the Abernethy Library OBOB website ,including registration, rules, FAQs and this year's titles.
For questions please email email@example.com