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Meeting Notice: Emergency Board Meeting re: Neighborhood Schools

Portland Public Schools is considering a proposal to change programming at both Arbor Lodge neighborhood schools: Ockley Green and Chief Joseph. The ALNA Board will meet this coming Wednesday, February 6th at 7:45pm at the Historic Kenton Firehouse to develop a response to these proposed changes.

In relation to these two schools, the school board is considering the following:Merging Chief Joseph K-5 and Ockley Green PK-8 into a single neighborhood PK-8 school and close the Ockley Green focus option program.

  • Chief Joseph and Ockley Green would operate as a shared campus while a phase-out of the Ockley Green magnet program occurs. The distribution of grades between buildings during that transition period would be determined.

  • Students attending the Ockley Green focus option program may remain in the merged PK-8, return to their neighborhood school, or apply to attend King PK-8.

  • A process to determine leadership of the merged school would include staff and community input.

  • The Chief Joseph building would ultimately close and all students would attend on the Ockley campus, which would undergo a re-naming in collaboration with the Native American community.


Town Hall Announcement from Sen. Chip Shields


Town Hall

When: This Saturday, February 2nd from 10am-12pm

Where: the Classic Foods building on 817 NE Madrona St. Portland, OR 97211, near the Dekum St. Triangle in NE Portland (map)

Join me, House Speaker Tina Kotek and State Rep. Lew Frederick for a town hall this Saturday, February 2nd at Classic Foods in NE Portland. This is a great opportunity to hear what we are working on and to share your ideas and concerns for the 2013 legislative session.

Parking is very limited, so we encourage alternative modes of transportation. If traveling by bus, Tri-Met's bus lines 8 and 6 will take you to NE Dekum and NE Martin Luther King Blvd. Their trip planner can be found at The Classic Foods building is handicap accessible and there is handicap parking available in their small parking lot on the NW side of the building, off of 7th St.

If you have questions, need special assistance, or can't make it but would like to share your thoughts and concerns, please contact my office by emailing me at or calling 503-231-2564.

I hope to see you there!


Senator Chip Shields

D-22, N/NE Portland


Update: January 27th 2013

Save the date

March 9th, 9am-12pm

1st work party of 2013 for Arbor Lodge Park

and Harper's Playground


Greeting, find an activity (weeding, spreading bark mulch, etc.)

Grab a donut, some grapes, drink water or coffee


Break for information meeting, or continue your activity.

The info meeting will invite you to consider joining

a Friends Group for Arbor Lodge Park and Harper's Playground


Finish up activities in park/playground


Wrap it up, put the tools away



AHC's Library Open House Event

Have you ever been to the Architectural Heritage Center's library?  There is a rare opportunity to visit for free at an upcoming open house.  You can learn about Portland's neighborhood architecture or research your home.  Get a sneak peak into the closed archives!  Check out AHC's event page for more information.

Architectural Heritage Center

Library Open House

February 2, 2013

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

There will also be a free art reception on Friday, February 1st from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Two of the five Oregon artists are from NE Portland!


Last Friday Happy Hour

Join some of the friendliest neighbors you’ll ever meet for ALNA’s monthly happy hour at Barlow Tavern this Friday, January 25th, 5:30 to 7 pm. Barlow Tavern has a great selection of microbrews, cocktails and meals. Corner of Ainsworth & Greeley, 6008 North Greeley - see you there!

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