Chief Joseph Elementary School in Portland, Oregon

a video message for school staff!

Hello dear Chief Joseph elementary family and friends,

We hope you are doing well. We are all in this together, taking one day at a time. If you feel like we do, there may be many reasons you miss Chief Joseph Elementary School. Our kids miss their friends and the teachers and staff who they have a connection with, playing together, learning together, Fun Fridays, and more. Today, more than ever, makes us wonder how our teachers and staff do what they do?! To give them a glimpse of how much we miss and appreciate them let's give them back a "we miss you" video!?

Nova Newcomer (second grade parent) has offered to compile your pictures and notes together for a "we miss you" response to the video our staff and teachers created.

Email your photo to Nova directly at or

Another option to share an image: a link to upload your file was included in the 05/11 Family Bulletin.

Let us know if you have any issues sharing your note through the drive or email and we will reach out. We want to make sure anyone who wants to, can send through a picture. You can also email .

What to send:

  • A photo of your student (s) and/or family
  • A picture of a drawing or note made by your student for teachers or staff
  • Or another idea for a photo of support, gratitude, or appreciation for staff

Deadline to send to be included in video: Monday, May 18.

Video will go out by Friday May 22.

Hope you all are well in these challenging times,

Fernanda Menda (Kindergarten parent), Nova Newcomer (Second grade parent) and Chief Joseph PTO

Welcome to your PTO!

Our Parent Teacher Organization is for EVERYONE.

We are a volunteer-run group that works to:

  • facilitate community building
  • fundraise for our school
  • support our teachers
  • help provide educational opportunities for our children

Sign up for PTO notices on our Remind App: text "@cjpt" to 81010. Opt-out anytime.

a simple and easy way to keep up to date with PTO events and opportunities

Playground project

Have you heard about the playground project? A group of parent volunteers are working on a multi-phase project to transform the playground by adding shade, shelter and nature. Visit the project website to learn more and get involved. The big Depave event is April 25, 2020!

Follow our Facebook page for additional posts, event details, fundraisers and more!