Whitman Family Newsletter

September 16, 2022


Hello Families!

Things are moving right along here in our Whitman classrooms! Students have started the first module of our new ELA curriculum, and have taken their beginning of year math tests. Our student safety patrol and recess leaders had their training this week and are ready to get to work supporting their community!

I would love to hear from all of you about what you’d like to see here at Whitman this year! Next week we’ll have our first “Coffee with the Principal.” Please come join me on Thursday, September 22, from either 8:45 - 9:15 or from 2:30 - 3:00, whichever works better in your schedule! Topics for this week include:

  • Creating our new School Site Council and how you can be involved

  • Hearing from families about what your hopes and dreams are for this school year!

I hope to see many of you there! If you can’t make it, feel free to connect with me before or after school or via phone, text, or email.


Ms. Thompson


(503) 916-6370 (school)

(971) 500-1832 (mobile)

It’s Latinx Heritage Month! Here are some resources to explore with your family!

Announcements about School Procedures

1. If you need to pick up your child early for an appointment, we ask that you please do so before 2:45. Pick-ups between 2:45-3:00 will not be allowed except in case of emergency, as students and staff are busy closing out the day at that time.

2. We do not have staff available to supervise the playground after school, so we cannot allow unsupervised students to play on the playground after dismissal. Unsupervised students will be asked to head home. If you are with your child you are more than welcome to bring them to the playground!

Important Dates

We are working to keep the calendar on our website up to date, so please check https://www.pps.net/whitman for a full list of upcoming events!

Here are some dates to keep in mind:

  • Friday, September 23: No School

  • September 28 is Back to School Night! We hope to see you all from 5:30 - 6:30 to visit your child’s classroom. We will also have several community organizations with resources to share, including the Woodstock Library and Growing Gardens!

  • October 3rd

    • First day of our after school SUN programming! Applications for classes will be sent home on Friday, September 23rd.

    • First day of community Zumba classes! Zumba classes will be every Monday from 6:30 - 7:30.

  • October 12: SUN Resource Fair at Woodmere Elementary, 3:30 - 5:00

  • October 13

    • School Site Council Meeting, 5:00 - 6:00

    • PTA meeting, 6:00 - 7:00


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SE PDX Family Night

Thursday, Sep. 29th, 5:30-7:30pm

7900 Southeast Duke Street

Portland, OR

We will have a panel of folks from our community who are passionate about reducing the Gun and Gang Violence all over Portland. This panel will include PPS, Impact NW, the Mayor's Violence Prevention Organization, and community members with personal stories.

They want to share their experiences, tactics and insight, as well as hear from the community.

Childcare and dinner provided, so bring the whole family!

Questions? Contact Kayla Wells at kwells@impactnw.org or 503-734-5423.

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Monday, Oct. 3rd, 6:30-7:30pm

7326 Southeast Flavel Street

Portland, OR

Starting October 3rd, ZUMBA is BACK at Whitman! Classes will be every Monday from 6:30-7:30 - free for parents and only $5 for the public!

For more information contact Tami at 360-953-9051.


Join the PTA today!

1. Families Benefit — We use our funds for

events for students and families to take part

in shared experiences together.

2. The School Benefits — We also provide

Teacher Grants and donate to SUN.

3. Make Connections — Let your voice be

heard as we decide how to best provide

resources for the Whitman Community!

You can find this information and more about the

organization at http://facebook.com/ftwpta or email

us at: president@ptawhitman.org