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The Woodlawn PTA would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you to the 2013-2014 school year! We are looking forward to a year of partnership and community! There will be plenty of great opportunities to work together as staff, teachers, parents, and students, in order to foster a great educational environment for our terrific students!

Please sign up to be part of Woodlawn PTA! We would like to see our PTA continue to grow this year! The cost of a membership is $10. You can register and pay online at: Or you can fill out a registration form which can be found in the front office. Support the PTA in any way that you can and please feel free to contact us with any questions, suggestions, or concerns! Cheryl Russell at

Join Us at these Upcoming Opportunities!

8/29Welcome Back Potluck at 6:00 p.m. Woodlawn School Playground. Bring a dish to share! Bring old uniforms to exchange!

9/9 – BooHoo/Yahoo Breakfast for Pre-K and Kindergarten Parents. 9:30 a.m. Woodlawn Auditorium.

9/17 – First PTA Meeting of the 2013-2014 School Year! 5:45 p.m. in the auditorium. Childcare, dinner, and a Spanish interpreter provided.

9/19 – Cookie Dough Sale Begins! Students will bring packets home to begin to sell. Proceeds will go towards programs and enrichment for Woodlawn students/classes. Return packets with money on 10/8.

9/20 – PTA Coffee with the Principal 8:50 a.m. in the Woodlawn Auditorium.

9/27 – Back to School Night! 5:00 p.m. Welcome Back Dinner and Hospitality Tour!

Let’s make a difference together!
<3 The Woodlawn PTA Board

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Portland civil rights leaders will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 24. The 1963 march, which attracted an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people, is known as the event where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

The Portland march will begin at 10 a.m. at Terry Schrunk Plaza downtown. It’s sponsored by the Albina Ministerial Coalition for Justice and Police Reform, the Urban League and numerous other civil rights, labor, minority rights, and labor groups.
Two prominent black ministers, LeRoy Haynes of Allen Temple CME Church and T. A. Bethel of Maranatha Church, will announce the program and schedule of the Portland event on Thursday, Aug. 22.   –from the  Portland Tribune article.

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NNO-logo-2013Join your neighbors and stand with our community on “America’s night out against crime” on Tuesday, August 6th, from 5:30pm to dusk, right here at Woodlawn Park.

  • BBQ and tasty treats
  • Live music from Blazer DJ OG One and Musikhaus
  • Children’s crafts with Woodlawn Swap and Play
  • Demonstration by NE Portland Academy of Kung Fu
  • And more – don’t miss out!

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From the Sierra Club announcement: Last week the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a draft permit for Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific project, which would send 8 million metric tons of coal down the Columbia River every year.  If this final permit gets approved, Governor Kitzhaber and the DEQ will have allowed the first coal export project in the Northwest to begin construction. Despite the avalanche of public opposition against this coal export project, the DEQ has taken the next step on this permit without the cumulative impacts analysis that thousands of Northwesterners–including public officials–have requested.

Attend this hearing and tell Governor Kitzhaber and the DEQ to protect us from dirty coal exports by denying a final permit. 

Want to testify? You must sign up online in advance; click here. For questions, or if would you like to help out, even for an hour or two, call  Laura Stevens at 503-238-0442,  extension 305, or email

Tuesday, July 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Rally at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Convention Center.
Oregon Convention Center Rooms C120 and C125, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland [MAP]

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Woodlawn’s Neighborhood Clean Up Fundraiser is happening this Saturday, May 25, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at  Henry V Parking Lot, 6360 NE MLK (@ Holman), Portland, OR 97211.

Check out this cool Photo Show from the 2008 Clean Up: Clean Up 2008 copy

Thanks to Jan for the great pictures! So, clean out those closets and garage and help raise funds for your neighborhood! Remember:

WE DO ACCEPT Household junk, BAGGED trash, glass, wood, metal, furniture, small appliances,  electronics ($5-$10 each), tires ($3 each), mattresses, reusable & fixable items

DO NOT BRING Yard debris, concrete, hazardous materials (paint, oil), large appliances (washer/dryer/fridge), UN-bagged garbage

FEES are based on vehicle and load size ($10 and up). See you there!

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Screen shot 2013-04-28 at 3.34.12 PMRACE TALKS 2, a free series presented by the Office of Equity & Diversity and Donna Maxey, Founder/Director of RACE TALKS has moved to Jefferson High School’s Cafeteria, 5210 N. Kerby Ave. between Killingsworth & Alberta in the Cafeteria, 6:30-8:30 pm. The series provides an opportunity for the community to hear speakers from a wide variety of ethnic, gender, religious and political ideologies, while maintaining a safe environment to discuss the topics under the guidance of small group dialogue facilitators who are provided by Uniting to Understand Racism, the City of Portland’s Intergroup Dialogue Program and Resolutions Northwest.


Jefferson High School
5210 N. Kerby Ave.; Portland, OR 97217
between N Killingsworth & Alberta

1st Tuesday every month
6:30-8:30 PM in the CAFETERIA
*Light snacks available for purchase

MAY 7th The African American Experience in Oregon Speakers: Lolenzo Poe, Portland Public Schools Chief Equity & Diversity Officer; Carl Talton, Executive Chair, Portland Family of Funds; and Lavert Robertson, Principal, Cesar Chavez

JUNE 4th The Muslim & Middle Eastern Experience in Oregon

JULY 2nd Perspectives from Lesbian & Gay People of Color in Oregon

AUGUST 6th Socialization Timeline

(Teachers and substitutes can receive
2 hours PDU’s)

Sponsored by:
Portland Public Schools Office of Equity:
Family Involvement


McMenamins Kennedy School
Brewery and Pub
5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland,OR 97211
1 block north of NE Killingsworth Street

2nd Tuesday every month
7 – 9 PM in the GYM
*Food & beverages available for purchase

MAY 14th The Law & Racial/Ethnic Profiling Speakers: Portland Police Chief Mike Reese; Dan Handelman, CopWatch; & Jayce Kama, Center for Intercultural Understanding

JUNE 11th Interracial Couples

JULY 9th Cross-Cultural Communication

AUGUST 13th Micro-aggressions: Small Things Can Hurt

Donna Maxey, Founder/Director
P.O. Box 28011; Portland, OR 97228-8011
Ph: 971-222-8254
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RACE TALKS step out of the box of the typical lecture series and welcome all ages, from 9-90, into a more interactive realm of audience participation. Through facilitated discussion groups, the participants leave with a tangible task toward dismantling racism in our own communities. The Tuesday, May 7, 2013 RACE TALKS 2 features “The African American Experience in Oregon”. The panel includes Lolenzo Poe, Portland Public Schools Chief Equity and Diversity Officer; Carl Talton, Executive Chair, Portland Family of Funds; and Lavert Robertson, Principal, Cesar Chavez School: all Jefferson High graduates.

RACE TALKS 2 is an off-shoot of the highly acclaimed RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism, An Opportunity for Dialogue series in its third year held at McMenamins Kennedy School which has provided diverse and engaging topics free of charge to over capacity audiences on topics ranging from the genesis of RACE in America to “Bicycle Lanes on Williams Avenue” and “Race and the Effects of Fluoride.”

Due to the growing needs of the community and public demand, RACE TALKS 2 was developed and will feature the same program topics as held in year one of RACE TALKS: an introduction to the diverse Communities of Color in Portland. Please join us for both! Come as strangers, leave as friends. We’re looking forward to you joining our RACE TALKS family!

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When: April 30th (Tuesday) 4:30-6:30pm
Where: EAT Oyster Bar, 3808 N. Williams Suite 122 PDX 97227

Senator Shields is inviting small business owners from Senate District 22 to attend a happy hour at Eat Oyster Bar to share success stories and any issues you want Senator Shields to address. Snacks will be provided.

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kidscookReturning season sponsor The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Portland is teaming up with Portland Farmers Market again this year to offer Kids Cook at the Market, the Market’s deliciously fun cooking program for young chefs-in-training. This year, the classes will be offered almost every Saturday throughout the summer, so there will be many more little cooks in the kitchen.

“We’ll be cooking up a storm just about every Saturday this summer with the Kids Cook program,” said Mat Kline, Culinary Director of The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Portland. “The team from AI is passionate about teaching kids how to cook local food, and the Kids Cook program is a great way to train and inspire young chefs to appreciate our local bounty! It gives them a taste of what it’s like to cook a meal at home.”

Returning for its 11th season, Kids Cook at the Market lets junior chefs age seven to eleven cultivate their culinary skills and experience a cornucopia of farm-fresh foods. At these classes, kids learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers and gain first-hand experience preparing ingredients purchased fresh at the market.

New this year, Portland Farmers Market is offering a free preview Kids Cook class on Saturday, May 18. Led by Portland Farmers Market staff, this class is a great way to taste test the program free of charge and kick-off a summer of cooking fun for children. All other classes will be taught by instructors and alumni of The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Portland and include a guided market tour, hands-on instruction and recipes to take home so students can share the fruits (and veggies) of their labor with family and friends.

All classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 10:00 a.m. and take place near the music stage at the Portland Farmers Market at PSU, located at SW Park between Hall and Montgomery. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as class size is limited. Each class costs $5 per child. For more information and to register for classes, contact Anna Curtin at or 503.241.0032.

Kids Cook Schedule:

May 18, 2013 (free preview class)– Fresh asparagus ribbon salad
June 1, 2013
June 8, 2013
June 15, 2013
June 22, 2013
June 29, 2013
No class on July 6
July 13, 2013
July 20, 2013
July 27, 2013
August 3, 2013
August 10, 2013
August 17, 2013
August 24, 2013

Market Play Zone at Buckman and King Markets

The crew at Portland Farmers Market is also offering activities for kids of all ages every week at Buckman Portland Farmers Market on Thursdays from 3 pm to 7 pm, and King Portland Farmers Market on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, from May through September. The Market Play Zone will offer little shoppers new things to do every week. The activity schedule includes mini music workshops, make your own Mr. Potato Head, food-themed art projects, drop-in cooking activities, fruit and veggie bingo, and recess-style games to get kids moving.

“We know it’s a little easier to shop when the little ones are engaged in some fun, wholesome activities,” said Anna Curtin, Program Manager of Portland Farmers Market. “We’re glad to expand our offering to make it even easier for young families to visit the market regularly.”

Portland Farmers Market is generously supported by community partners the Art Institute of Portland, COUNTRY Financial and Dave’s Killer Bread.

About Portland Farmers Market:
Founded in 1992, Portland Farmers Market operates world-class farmers markets that contribute to the success of local food growers and producers, and create vibrant community gatherings. The independently-run local 501(c)6 nonprofit, which receives no ongoing support from government agencies, employs five full-time and four part-time employees who manage eight weekly farmers’ markets in the Portland area year round. More than 650,000 shoppers purchased farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, seafood, baked goods and other specialty foods from more than 190 vendors generating more than $8 million in sales in 2012. In addition to operating markets, Portland Farmers Market also serves as an incubator for emerging businesses, a leader of the local food movement, a source of education, a culinary focal point in the community, a cultural destination complete with musical entertainment, and a beacon for Portland’s sustainability movement. To learn more about how Portland Farmers Market aims to grow, nourish and inspire the community, become a Twitter follower, Facebook fan, blog reader and visit

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Riley, 8th grade, West Sylvan M.S., Sequoia, 11th grade, De La Salle North Catholic H.S.,  Kelsey, 8th grade, Lake Oswego J.H.S., Rylee, 7th grade, Woodlawn E.S., and Jenna, 6th grade, Gordon Russell M.S.

Riley, 8th grade, West Sylvan M.S., Sequoia, 11th grade, De La Salle North Catholic H.S., Kelsey, 8th grade, Lake Oswego J.H.S., Rylee, 7th grade, Woodlawn E.S., and Jenna, 6th grade, Gordon Russell M.S.

Rylee and four other local students are working together to host a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser/Silent Auction/Bake Sale. The local Oddfellows Lodge is donating their space and Classic Foods is donating the dinner.

The girls will be traveling to seven countries in Europe this summer. During part of their trip, they will stay in the home of a family from a different country, participating in their activities and meals. Besides visiting sites they have only read about in school, this will enable them to look at the world, its people, and international events differently.

Location: PENINSULA ODDFELLOWS LODGE, 4834 N. Lombard St, Portland OR 97203
When: April 27, 2013. Dinner begins at 5 PM
Tickets: $25/ Couple; $15 Single; $10 Student; $5 Child (5 and under)

Limited number of tickets available: To support Rylee directly, please contact her (or her parents) by 04/18/13 to purchase tickets.

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GuildhallWhat: Guildhall Fundraiser for Community Supported Everything
When: March 30th at 5:00 pm until midnight
Where: 1626 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR

Community Supported Everything is a volunteer-run community platform for social evolution. CSE is creating systems where people can thrive together by doing the things that they love! They operate in the gift economy, through partnership and resource sharing, and kickstart a huge variety of projects….

– Permaculture projects
– Green Building initiatives
– Free School (collaborative-design education initiative)
– Implementing Public Spaces
– Community Supported Brewing
– Bee Hive Making and Education
– Community Work Space
– City Wide Silent Discos
– City Wide Scavenger Hunts
– Cupcake Trains

Together, we are co-designing a model where we can live richer, more meaningful lives with the freedom to engage in processes and projects that inspire and support community engagement and collaboration. The whole is greater than the sum of our parts.

Join us on March 30th at the Guildhall on NE Alberta and 16th to celebrate, support and learn how you can get involved!

There will be musical performances, fire, community supported brews and inspiring conversation.

Suggested Donation $5-$15 dollars.

For more information visit:


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