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Pancake Breakfast, Friday March 4th @ 7am


Pancakes and Pajamas!

Stafford’s annual Pancake Breakfast and Pajama Day is coming soon!  You are welcome to enjoy pancakes, sausage and juice with your friends!

*** March 4th   @7:00am-8:00am   $2pp***

Volunteers are needed!  Find a friend and come flip pancakes!  Please contact Shane Fuller at


As a reminder, numbered parking spaces are for staff only.  Please park at Athey once the Stafford lot is full.

Thank you!

Celebration of Life

Dear Families,

Please join us in celebrating Ms. Holly Menoher.

February 28th at 2 pm at ATHEY CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL


Honoring Ms. Menoher



Stafford primary lost one of their dear family members, Holly Menoher, to brain cancer this last Monday.  Ms. Menoher was a special friend to many staff members and parents, but above all she was a phenomenal teacher who profoundly touched the lives of many students in our district.  Holly had a gift for connecting with and inspiring a thirst for learning in her students.  In honor of her passion, Stafford PTSA plans to help create The Holly Menoher Outdoor Classroom.  The courtyard situated between the principal’s office and the hallway that leads to the playground will undergo a major renovation to include additional hardscaping around the perimeter, large boulders for students to sit on, ornamental trees, low maintenance plants, picnic tables, a rolling white board and more.


Justin Leblanc, a former Stafford student, will be heading this renovation as his Eagle Scout service project.  Many of the materials are being donated by local business, however to help ensure costs are covered, the PTSA Community Service dine-out funds that normally go towards an international community service project in the spring will stay at Stafford this year to construct the Holly Menoher Outdoor Classroom.  The PTSA also held a special vote on Wednesday morning to release up to $1,500 in funds to cover additional costs.  If you have ideas about specific features for the courtyard that you feel would honor Holly, please let us know so we can take those into consideration during this project.  We are also happy to accept any donations to be earmarked for the Holly Menoher Outdoor Classroom as it is PTSA’s hope to make this unique learning space one that will be as inspirational as Ms. Menoher was to her students.


For questions contact Dardee Layne & Clarissa Aoyama


Open House for Willamette Children’s Academy

If you are looking for an early childhood program, then check out Willamette Children’s Academy.  They offer an early childhood program that provides for the development and growth of the whole child, ages 3 years through Pre-Kindergarten.

Open House – Tuesday, February 9th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm


Please also see the flyer:  WCA Open House


OMSI Night for Stafford Primary

OMSI night is Monday, February 8th starting at 6pm.  Stafford Primary students and their families get all of OMSI to themselves at No Charge!

All you have to do is show up and have a great time!


OMSI is located at:

1945 SE Waters Ave.  Portland


Bingo Night is Friday, January 22nd at 6pm


Doors open at 6:00 ~ Bingo starts at 6:30pm

     50¢ a game or 5 games for $2.00

     Raffle Tickets ~ 6 for $5 or $1 each                                                                

Papa Murphy’s Pizza – large (14″) pizzas or by the slice

Whole pizzas sold night of $15   –  Slice $2.50

Water, soda and candy available for sale

Stafford Country Social

Join us in planning this year’s spring social!

This fun event will happen on May 14th at a rustic barn in the Scholl’s area complete with a country-chic theme to compliment the event space!

Spring Social Planning Meeting

(All are invited!)

Tuesday, January 19th @ 7:00pm

Dardee Layne’s House

4620 SW Saum Way

(Drive down Saum Way to where the hill flattens and look for us on the left- tan house w/red shutters. 503.709.6295)

Bingo Night is Friday, January 22nd at 6pm

Friday, January 22 Doors open at 6:00 ~ Bingo starts at 6:30pm

     50¢ a game or 5 games for $2.00

     Raffle Tickets ~ 6 for $5 or $1 each                                                                

Papa Murphy’s Pizza – large (14″) pizzas or by the slice

Pre-ordered pizzas $12  –  Whole pizzas sold night of $15   –  Slice $2.50

Water, soda and candy available for sale

December PTSA Meeting/Brunch

Please join the PTSA for a morning meeting and brunch!  Wednesday, December 2nd at 9:30am in the Staff Lounge

Success for our 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat

Thank You to our Trunk or Treat Chairs, Meredith Olson and Jen Ward for a wonderful Friday night of spooky fun here at Stafford.  A big thanks also goes to our Trunk or Treat volunteers and to our trunk participants!  The creativity of the trunks is always so fun to see!  Congratulations to the Reents family for winning 1st place in the trunk decorating contest!

2nd Annual Fall Trunk-or-Treat!

PTSA’s Fall Trunk-or-Treat on October 30th from 4:00-5:30 pm
Come in costume and walk the line of decorated cars while picking up treats and vote for your favorite trunk! Then BOO-gie with our DJ!  $5 per family at the door.
Are you a creative, fun person?  Consider being one of the trunk participants!  Register your car by October 16th at the school office.  You could win prizes including a reserved parking spot for a year!   A great way to show off your love of Halloween.
Happy Trunking!

Costume Fundraiser

It’s no TRICK, but a TREAT for parents:
Save time and money for all your ghosts and goblins!

Don’t buy your costumes at the store or order online until you check out this great offer! You can purchase your costume at Costume and Party Fundraiser and benefit Stafford PTSA in the process. Visit and use the PROMO CODE: FUN3319.

You will get your costume at a guaranteed low price and Stafford PTSA will receive 15% of all sales processed with this promo code. They have all types of costumes infant through adult.  Forward this information to all of your friends and family to help our school.

Win an Apple iPod Touch!

Complete the PTSA Annual Fund/PTSA Membership Form ONLINE by Friday, September 25, 2015 and you will be entered in a raffle to win an Apple iPod Touch (8GB). Go to:

Paper forms are also due on September 25, 2015. However, entry into the iPod Touch raffle is only valid by completing the PTSA Annual Fund/PTSA Membership Form online.

PTSA funded programs and services include—Science Teacher in Residence and supplies, Art Literacy, Artist in Residence, grade level grants for special projects, health wellness programs, visiting authors, computer equipment and technology, public speaking and leadership programs. Please consider a donation today to show your support for the students and teachers at Stafford.


Online Stampede Tickets End Sept. 10th at Noon

Get your Stampede Tickets before the online cutoff. This guarantees your burger! You have until Sept. 10th at Noon.  We will have a limited number of tickets to sell at the door. 

Tickets- CLICK HERE!


Below you will find links for ticket purchases as well as volunteer opportunities.  Volunteers are very crucial to the success of this event and help make this event a very joyous and memorable experience for our children.  There are numerous shifts throughout the evening, please consider helping for 30 minutes.

Volunteer Opportunities- CLICK HERE!


We look forward to seeing you and your family at the 2015 Stampede.

Stafford Stampede Co-Chairs

Kristine Cox and Amy Reinke

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year! The PTSA has already started planning and we’re excited to continue many of the wonderful programs our students, teachers, and parents enjoy here at Stafford Primary.

On behalf of our executive committee, we would like to invite you to become a member of the Stafford PTSA. Your voice and vote are not only encouraged but important in the shaping of our children’s future in education. Please know that no matter where your talents or interests lie, there is a place for you in the Stafford PTSA. The PTSA meets once per month and all are welcome! There’s a calendar of scheduled meetings and events located in the Calendar section on our website at Board members, parents, a Teacher representative and Principal Freeborn attend these meetings to field questions and encourage new ideas and input.

The single envelope in the back-to-school packet lets you return your forms and write one check for all of the PTSA areas in which you choose to participate. While it’s not required to pay for everything at once, we hope that this will simplify the process and save you time. Again this year is the ability to donate to the PTSA Annual Fund and become a PTSA member ONLINE! Go to: . Complete the PTSA Annual Fund/PTSA Membership Form online before September 25, 2015 and you will be entered to win an Apple iPod Touch.

Please join us in positively impacting the lives of our children by supporting Stafford’s PTSA organization.


Dardee Layne and Clarissa Aoyama, Stafford PTSA Co-Presidents

Charrisse Reents, Stafford PTSA Vice Presidents

Eric Tuecke, Stafford PTSA Treasurer

Meredith Olson, Stafford PTSA Secretary

Stampede Volunteers Needed!

Hello Stafford families!

For over the past 15 years, Stafford Primary has kicked off the start of the school year with the STAFFORD STAMPEDE.  This is an incredible opportunity to meet new families, teachers and administrators. This year the Stampede is scheduled for Friday, September 11 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Each year we celebrate with food, games, pony rides, bounce house, and even a DJ.  Our kids look forward to it every year as a chance to catch up with friends and let off a little steam before the school year really gets underway.

Below you will find links for ticket purchases as well as volunteer opportunities.  Volunteers are very crucial to the success of this event and help make this event a very joyous and memorable experience for our children.  There are numerous shifts throughout the evening, please consider helping for 30 minutes.

Tickets- CLICK HERE!

Volunteer Opportunities- CLICK HERE!


We look forward to seeing you and your family at the 2015 Stampede.

Stafford Stampede Co-Chairs

Kristine Cox and Amy Reinke

Pre-ordered School Supplies are here!

We have received the pre-ordered school supplies from Educational Products, Inc.  If you ordered supplies and have not received an email from Clarissa Aoyama, please email her with questions on pick up times. If the below times do not work for you, please also email Clarissa.

We have pickup on Wednesday, August 5th from 10am to Noon

Thursday, August 6th from 10am to Noon and 4pm to 6pm.


Order School Supplies by June 12th

Stafford PTSA announces a new partnership with Educational Products, Inc. for school supplies.  Enjoy your summer without any worries about school supply shopping.  All name brand materials from our supply lists requested by our Teachers.

Order your supplies by June 12th and you will have guaranteed delivery to Stafford on August 5th.  For any orders after June 12th you can pay the shipping fee to have the supplies delivered to your home before school starts.

Stafford PTSA understands the frustration last year, and that is why we have been adamant about guaranteed delivery with EPI. Get your order in by June 12th and the school year will start off smoothly!


Order Securely Online

Starting NOW thru June 12th!

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the school ID, STA503
  3. Follow the directions to complete your order.
  4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.


For questions, please contact

Clarissa Aoyama– Stafford PTSA

503-819-0400 or


School Supply lists can be found here or on the Stafford main website, under “For Parents”, click on “Grade Level Supply Lists”


Stafford Fun Run is May 15th and everyone is invited!

Please come celebrate a wonderful school year and get into the spirit of summer by joining us Friday, May 15 after school for our first-ever School-Wide Family Fun Run!! 

It is a 1 mile loop around Athey’s property and finishes off with a party afterwards — DJ, refreshments, kickball.  Families signed up for Strider are already automatically enrolled in this fun event. 

Families not currently in Striders, please write your child a bus note on Friday, May 15 indicating “Fun Run”.  Arrive at the gym around 2:00 to meet your child, sign them out, and pay a $5 registration fee per child.  Then head out to the Stafford field to join with your child’s grade level for the start of the race!  The festivities will wind down around 3:15.


The Mad Hatter Spring Social this past Saturday was a joyous event shared by both Stafford parents and staff.  Oswego Lake Country Club was beautifully decorated, the laughs were abundant and the fundraising support was generous!  There are so many people to thank including our sponsors, committee members, volunteers, and contributors.

To begin, we would like to thank Becca Stecher, Mad Hatter Spring Social chair.  Becca’s vision and hard work brought together an event to not soon be forgotten!  Throughout the planning process, Becca was both the heart and brains of the Mad Hatter committee.

Thank you to our Sponsors & Donors:

Emcompass Health and Wellness

Oswego Lake Country Club

Betty Reynolds

The Kids’ Dentist

Sierk Orthodontics

Walsh Construction Company

Jen Freeborn – Principal for the Day

Phil Anderson – IC for the Day

Eric Tuecke – Mr. Tuecke for the Day


Party board Sponsors:

Cupcake Making– Heather Anderson/ Grill-Off-Ingle, Juster & Layne Families/ Splash Party-Orth, Brandvold & Olson Families/ Magic Class-Schreiber Family / Freeze Meals-Wendy Love / Wine Tour – Koelbel, Smith, Koch & Lenarduzzi Families / Bunco – Charrisse Reents & Rachel Stevenson / Bartending Class– Eric Tuecke & Courtney Layne / Parents’ Night Out– Jen Freeborn, Phil Anderson & Laura Barbour


Thank you to our Social Committee Members:

Amy Brandvold, Meredith Olson, Shane Fuller, Clarissa Aoyama, Amanda Curdy, Dardee Layne, Charrisse Reents, Kym Sorgenfrei

Thank you to our Evening-Of Program Coordinators:

Ryan Fuller-Emcee

Phil Anderson- Special Appeal Video and Slides

Lisa Terrall – Chinese Warrior Presentation

Dave Juster-Playlist


We want to warmly thank our parents and staff who so generously contributed to the fund raising for the night through their purchases of party board spots, golden tickets, the dessert dash, live auction items and the paddle raise.  Your support goes directly to continuing PTSA programs such as Art Literacy, Scientist in Residence, Striders, etc. that make Stafford an excellent place for academics as well as community building.