February 01, 2010
One of the great things that we have seen at Vernon is its committed and enthusiastic faculty, staff and administration. We have a newer principal, Ms. Tina Acker, who is very dedicated to creating an environment where children meet and exceed the State’s educational standards. To further that goal, the school is very excited about becoming certified as an International Baccalaureate K-8 school. The certification process is underway and the faculty and staff are working diligently to integrate IB principles in to the classroom and earn the IB certification. The IB program is one that emphasizes helping children develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Some of the key goals that the IB program emphasizes are to stimulate curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning. It strives to equip students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge individually and collaboratively.
Another thing that has really made an impact on Vernon recently is a growing PTA and active parent involvement. As I attended the Kindergarten round-up last year and entered the school, I began to imagine my daughter in the school that Vernon is, which is one that has a lot to offer. I also began to imagine what I could do for the school. Since our daughter began attending Vernon, I have joined the PTA and various committees, including one that is working on transforming our outdoor space into one that will promote more active play during the rainy days and also provide educational opportunities with an outdoor classroom. I have really enjoyed working with other parents and faculty on this project. Indeed, a school can thrive and excel and when more parents are involved. Great things are happening.
I will add one more thing: this year the school added one more Kindergarten class because it seems as though the neighborhood “baby-boom” has affected enrollment at Vernon. So, lucky for us, our daughter is an a class-room with only 19 students and a great, caring teacher.
So, if you have a little one (or even a big one) and are looking for a school for your Pre-Kindergartner or Kindergartner, I urge you to attend your neighborhood school’s Kindergarten Round-Up at Vernon, 2044 NE Killingsworth. (Pre-K and Kindergarten are both full-day, no fee)
Kindergarten and Pre-K Round-Up for the 2010-2011 school year will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 from 9:30-10:30 am.
Come and see what Vernon is all about!
For more information, Contact the office at 503-916-6415 or visit our web-site http://www.vernon.pps.k12.or.us/.docs/pg/10037