Annual Events

Black History Theatrical Play

Irvington has a many year tradition of celebrating Black History Month. In February join our students as they honor and celebrate the rich traditions of African Americans past and present through song, dance, and theater. Volunteers are needed to plan and promote the production. For more information contact Kamelah Adams ( or Layna Lewis (

Bugs, Bytes & Beakers

Join us for an afternoon of fun and exploration. Our annual S.T.E.A.M. event welcomes all Irvington students and their families. This event will be taking place April 22th, 2017 from 1pm to 3:30pm at Irvington School.

1 to 2pm – Doug “The Macaw Guy”  will present his exotic feathered friends in the library

2 to 3pm – The Reptile Man will let you hold his cold-blooded friends in the library

1 to 3:30pm – Activity stations in the hallways and gym– covering a wide variety of topics

1 to  3:30pm– OMSI “Science Festival” will be set up in the gym

Share your passion for the arts and sciences by hosting an activity.  Fill out this short application and drop it in the envelope in the front office.
We need volunteers to help make this happen.  Sign up for a short shift here* *

Fall Festival

Join other Irvington families for an October afternoon of fall fun with food, carnival games, costumes, a bouncy house, and even whipped cream “pies” to throw at teachers! Volunteers are needed to bake, run the games, and help on the day of the festival. For more information contact Keli Cook, (

Family Gym Nights

Wednesday is Family Gym Night! During the rainy winter months the gym is opened up to the Irvington community once a week to encourage families to get active and play together. A great community builder! For more information contact Constance Plager (

Grade Level Socials

Fall grade level socials and barbecues give families a chance to meet, eat, and play. Some curriculum information is available too. Look for dates in the In Touch or Friday Folders.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Students invite a grandparent or special adult to visit their classroom and join in fun activities, usually around the time of the fall parent-teacher conferences. Students often prepare a performance, snack, gifts, and/or a presentation for their guests. Look for information in your child’s Friday folder.

Ice Cream Social

At the beginning of the school year, families get to know each other at the Ice Cream Social. Teachers provide ice cream treats for $0.25. A fun filled evening of socializing and play! For more information contact your child’s teacher.

IRF (Irvington Reads for Fun)

Twice a year Irvington students get a chance to pick a book to take home and keep through our own reading program, IRF. Volunteers are needed to help organize the event and help kids choose their books. For more information, contact Jen Maas (

Jelly Bean Field Day

One June day kids get to participate in fun outdoor games to earn credits toward jelly beans. Teachers, parents, and older students supervise the activities and check lists. For more information contact Derek Barnes (

Jump Rope for Heart

Mr. Barnes coordinates an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association, Jump Rope for Heart, where participating students jump rope, and learn about their hearts and how to keep them healthy. Look for forms and more information in Friday Folders or contact Derek Barnes (

Makers Fair

The Irvington Makers Fair is an annual fundraiser held at the Irvington School. The Makers Fair supports local artists and businesses while raising funds for our local public school. We have quality makers’ work and build a supportive and beneficial show for our vendors. Registration fee will be used to market the show & support Irvington School. We look forward to an amazing show!

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017    /     10 AM – 4 PM 
Irvington k-8 School  1320 NE Brazee, Portland, Oregon 97212

Local Artist & Irvington Kids are selling their hand made goods,
just in time for the Holidays

Maker’s Fair Page / Application & Details

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

During his lifetime, Dr. King sought to forge the common ground on which people from all walks of life could join together to address important community issues. Irvington commemorates his life  by participating in service projects in our communities. Volunteers are needed to help identify and select suitable community service projects, promote and encourage participation and coordinate volunteer crews. For more information, contact Kathleen Ellwood (

Multicultural Celebration

Irvington’s Multicultural Celebration is an annual event culminating from a year of student work in the middle level elective “Music and Social Justice” featuring original student songwriting and recording with local blues legend Norman Sylvester, and master Ghanaian drummer Chata Ady. (Students from the group also have performed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration and other celebrations across the city.) You might also see the Belly Dance Club, and other student performances. Volunteers are needed to organize the event and expand it to include additional cultural groups. For more information, contact teacher Darren Zook ( or parent volunteer Jason Blumklotz (

Neighborhood Yard Sale

Irvington parents coordinate a neighborhood full of single- and multi-family garage sales each summer. Participants pay a fee to receive advertising and signage for their sale and to be included on the map. Volunteers are needed to promote the sale, process registrations, solicit advertising, distribute signage and create the map. For more information, contact .

New Family Tea

Welcome to Irvington, new families! At the start of the year our principal and the PTA host an informal, informational welcome tea in the library for all new families. It’s usually held on the first full day of kindergarten after drop-off but it’s not just for kindergarten families. All are welcome.

Fourth Grade Overnight

A tradition at Irvington, this overnight learning experience held at a regional camp space has focused on the Oregon Trail.  This year, Irvington parents, teachers, students and the program provider MESD (Multnomah Education Services District) are working collaboratively to improve the program by creating a holistic engagement with Oregon history that is culturally representative and responsive.  Contact 4th grade teachers Eric Lofquist (, Jennifer de Boer (, or Katie Wich ( about chaperoning the trip.

Run for the Arts

Run for the Arts is a regional spring jogathon/walkathon conducted by schools to raise money for educational arts programs like theater trips, concerts, and artists in residence. At Irvington students collect sponsors and run or walk around the school grounds while parent volunteers help count laps and cheer for the participants. For more information, contact Derek Barnes (

Scholastic Book Fair

This book sale, usually held the week of fall parent-teacher conferences, provides funding for library books and the IRF program. Volunteers are needed to staff the book fair. For more information, contact Caitlyn Krause (

Science Fair

The annual spring showcase of the hypotheses and experiments of all of Irvington’s 6th-8th graders. In 2016 it is on March 31st. For more information contact the middle school science teachers, Mr. Crosman ( & Ms. Jones (

Spaghetti Dinner

A long-standing tradition at Irvington, the spaghetti dinner is more than just good food. Held in April, it is an opportunity to relax and socialize with others in the school community while supporting our school. Delicious food is donated by restaurants and served by volunteers. Volunteers are also needed to organize and set-up the dinner. For more information contact Judy Becher ( & Jeff Wallace (

Spirit Days

One Friday per month students are encourage to show their school spirit by dressing up. Each spirit day has a theme, such as hat day. Teachers are encouraged to participate as well! Notices are sent out in Friday folders.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Many of us strive to find ways to show our appreciation for jobs well done throughout the year but sometimes even the best intentions get lost in the hustle and bustle of busy lives. As a community, we make a concerted effort to show our appreciation for the wonderful work of teachers during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week each May. Volunteers are needed to promote and coordinate the activities. For more information, contact Mary Kay Cunningham (

TV Turnoff Week

Irvington participates in the national TV Turnoff Week (in April) to encourage children (and adults) to watch much less TV in order to promote healthier lives and communities. The kids enjoy the challenge of making it through a week without any screen time and a surprising number are successful! Volunteers are needed to promote the event, organize alternate activities, and to provide recognition for participation. For more information or to help, contact the volunteer coordinator (

Walk + Bike to School

Join friends and neighbors on biking and walking trains to school. Record your trips and earn treats and prizes while you start your day off right. Celebrate International Walk + Bike to School Day in October and Walk + Bike to School month in May. Cosponsored by the Portland Department of Transportation/Safe Routes to School and Irvington’s Green Team. For more information contact Sasha Rose (

Welcome Breakfast & Volunteer Fair

A back-to-school volunteer fair and breakfast gives the Irvington community a snapshot of many of the events and groups that make our school great. Come see which volunteer activities fit your schedule. For more information contact Jennifer Fortmann (