Artist Joe Sneed, working on a partnership between da Vinci School and King School students, connected with the Dill Pickle Club as a way to orient students to the history of the neighborhood. The Dill Pickle Club led a tour and workshop based on the Oregon History Comics series. The tour was a way for the kids to experience the neighborhood, while comics were a medium for class to create art documenting what they had learned.
Check out the story on the Dill Pickle Club’s website.
Second and third grade students from the King School SUN afterschool program are participating in a partnership with the Emerson Street Garden to learn gardening while working with neighborhood elders to help transform a vacant neighborhood lot into a community asset.
Sixth through eighth graders are partnering with artist Joe Sneed and students from da Vinci Middle school in a five day-a-week class on N/NE History, Art and Culture. They are collecting stories of local neighborhood history from local residents and incorporating these stories into a design for an archway entrance to the garden.
Eight grade students in the King School Technology and Design course will be working with engineers from the Portland Water Bureau to develop a learning center to be built at the garden to be used for educational opportunities and workshops into the future. The Technology and Design course is part of the International Baccalaureate program at King School.
A remarkable group of individuals have come together over two meetings at Reflections Coffee and Talking Drum Bookstore to plan an inter-generational exchange between community elders and King School students. Students in the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods program on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the next 5 weeks will learn from community members about their experiences growing food, living in N/NE, neighborhood changes overtime, and what it means to have a community garden in King Neighborhood today.
Students will be taking the stories and lessons they learn and creating art that will then go at the Emerson Garden site.
There are only three remaining coffee chats scheduled this year for incoming, current, and prospective parents of King School. Principal Patterson will host in the school library at 4906 NE 6th Avenue just south of Alberta Street. Those new to the school can visit, learn more about the upcoming partnership with OMSI, International Baccalaureate certification, afterschool and summer school programs and anything else that comes to mind.
This week, parents, including yours truly, will be on hand to talk about the parent experience and community. There is no substitute for seeing the school first-hand. The King School community is committed to taking the anxiety out of the transition to school for the little ones. The school entrance is at the intersection of Humboldt and NE 6th by the playground. I hope to see you there.
The remaining dates are the Fridays of April 22nd, May 13th, and May 27th at 9:00 am.
Tonight, March 10th, come down to Papa Murphy’s by Whole Foods at 15th and Fremont and support King’s afterschool programs. Twenty percent of proceeds from full price sales go to the King SUN program. The fundraiser runs from 4:00 to 9:00.
Effective this fall, students who want to attend out-of-neighborhood comprehensive high schools will be able to take the place of students who transfer from those schools. The King Neighborhood comprehensive school is now Grant High School. King residents in the King School attendance boundary also have priority to enroll in the new Jefferson Middle College. Continue reading →
King Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten round-ups will take place this year on Thursday, February 17th at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. Mark your calendar! Come and learn about the International Baccalaureate curriculum, meet the teachers, the new principal, Kim Patterson, parents and members of the PTA.
Learn how King applies creative approaches to meet every child’s needs. Bring your questions and see what is going on in your local school.
Support your local school, local business and get some pizza in the process. The King School PTA is partnering with Old Town Pizza to put on a profit share night on Tuesday, February 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Come meet the PTA and new King Principal, Kim Patterson.
Old Town Pizza is located in Vanport Square at 5201 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. To support King you will need to bring a voucher. All purchases by customers with vouchers will benefit the PTA enrichment and literacy programs.
It’s never too early to start planning for the little ones’ enrollment in kindergarten and pre-kindergarten. Portland Public Schools’ schedule of Kindergarten Round-Up events has been released. At these events, you can meet principals, teachers and school staff, learn how to prepare for kindergarten, and register your student for school. For information about fun readiness activities, go to www.pps.k12.or.us, then click on “Departments” and “Kindergarten.” If you aren’t able to attend a Round-Up event, you can visit your neighborhood school and register before buildings close in late June. Dates and times are subject to change.
It was good seeing many of you at the Barnes and Noble in-store bookfair last Saturday. If you couldn’t make it or if you are shopping for gifts to ship to friends and relatives this season, Barnes and Noble will continue contributing to the King PTA for every purchase online until midnight Wednesday, December 1st. Go to http://www.bn.com/bookfair and enter the bookfair ID # of 10252807 at checkout.
The purpose and goal of this fundraiser is to raise a significant amount of money, at least over $1200 in book purchases, which would benefit teachers at King to buy material that will support upcoming classroom projects and give the PTA the ability to support King School in other needed areas as well.