Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

We’re Hiring!

Posted by Kay

Is your New Year’s resolution to explore other Employment opportunities? If so, you will be glad to know that Trillium has several openings coming up in the next term. Both teaching and staff positions available. We highly recommend that you review our Trillium FAQs before applying, and volunteer or sub if possible. The majority of our current staff and teachers were volunteers or substitute teachers before arriving in their current positions. Like their students, they work hard, but they love this place that they get to create, and are dedicated to its success. Learn more about Employment at Trillium.

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Prepare Out Loud! Presentation

Posted by Kay

Interested in improving earthquake safety in schools? We recommend that you attend Prepare Out Loud! at Trillium, on Wednesday, February 2nd, from 6-7:30pm, presented by Trillium parent and Red Cross staff member, Steven Eberlein. Learn practical steps you can take to protect your kids at school, and at home, in the event of “The Really Big One.” Brought to us by Together for Trillium PTSA and Parents4Preparedness.

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Still Enrolling for 2017-18

Posted by Kay

We currently have openings in the 1st, 3rd, and all Middle and High School grades, for the 2017-18 school year, and will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year in January. Please download and print an application from tinyurl.com/TrilliumApplication. Once you complete the application, you may submit by US Mail or in person.

Trillium Charter School
Attn: Debra Lazzaretti
5420 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97217

Debra (email hidden; JavaScript is required) is also your contact person for scheduling an alternate school tour, and for questions regarding the application.

Applicants are highly encouraged to review our website and attend an Open House before applying.

The Middle and High School programs at Trillium provide students with a framework for understanding the larger community in which they live, centering on people, culture, identity, and politics. Through engagement with and service to “the real world,” they develop a skill set that can be used throughout their lives, to solve problems at work, in their personal relationships, and in their communities. From 6th-12th grade, the scope of community studies broadens from a focus on the local and regional, to a focus on national and international; as skills-based learning narrows to writing, research methods, and computer literacy.

The K-5th program at Trillium Public Charter School provides a platform for safe exploration of the three core study areas, and a variety of enrichment areas, such as art, music, movement, and drama. Our mission is to promote students’ discovery of the ways their experience is interconnected with others in their community and their world.

Learn more about our school on the About Us page.


Monday, November 20th, 2017

Giving Season is Here!

Posted by Kay

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, when many start to focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Please visit our campaign page, by clicking the Donate button on our website or here. We encourage sustaining support, in the form of a recurring donation. These can be set from bi-weekly to annually, for as little as $10. Every dollar counts!

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Letter from the Director

Posted by Kay

In two short months of the school year, Trillium has addressed several longstanding challenges, and initiated as many positive changes. I am writing from a place of deep gratitude for the students, parents, teachers, and outside community members who have brought their questions, concerns, and ideas to the table. In addition to parent listening sessions, TFT and Trillium Board meetings, I am excited to announce a new way for you to become a leader in our community. Committees.

Historically, committee work at Trillium has been performed by staff, on projects that fall outside any one person’s scope of work and/or especially benefit from the perspective of diverse staff members. If Trillium believes that “many hands make light work,” and that “diversity makes us stronger,” we ought to stand by our convictions, by inviting students and parents to co-create and join committees. Designations that are under consideration include: Equity, Curriculum, Events, Restorative Justice, Fundraising, Enrollment, and Outreach. If you have feedback, questions, or are interested in committee membership, please email me, email hidden; JavaScript is required. The time commitment for committee membership is two hours per month.

Another positive change that I am proud to announce is the return of afterschool programming at Trillium. This is something that our community has been asking for, for a while now. A handful of tuition-based programs have reached out to me, with interest in establishing a branch a Trillium. These include Girl Scouts (trans-friendly), Circus in Motion, Chess Wizards, and a lacrosse organization. It is now on you to show that Trillium is a worthwhile partner, by completing the Afterschool Program Interest Survey. A certain number of students must be interested for a program to run. Additionally, we have scheduled several free opportunities for students and families to connect afterschool, such as the upcoming Movie Night, presented by TFT, on Friday, December 1st.

Speaking of upcoming events, we are proud to present Trillium Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 15th, from 12:30-5pm, and 6-8pm. We want to create an opportunity to support each others’ work and support our school at the same time. If you, or someone you know, is a crafter or vendor, or simply has a flair for art, craft, or cooking, please inquire to me and Kay, email hidden; JavaScript is required, about selling with us. You do not need to be an established business! We will accept anyone with family-friendly goods or services to display, and are especially interested in featuring youth. Tell your kids!

Note: Trillium Holiday Bazaar is the culminating event of our end-of-year giving campaign, during which we hope you set up a recurring donation of $10 per month or more. You can either do so by mail (letters are coming soon) or online. To learn more about how your contributions will be used, visit the campaign page here.

If you would rather keep your holiday purchases under wraps from the kids, or just have a night of alone time, consider dropping them off with us on Parents Night Out. For a nominal fee, we will entertain, drain, and feed your kids, providing games, activities, and a movie. They can even come in their pajamas, and bring a sleeping bag. Friday, December 8th, 6-10PM.  So, there is something fun scheduled for every Friday in December, and most importantly, something fun for everyone.

On a heavier note, in the time since I last wrote, some staff members have decided to move on to other opportunities. After the Thanksgiving Break, Chris Scott, Upper School Student Support Specialist, will be working for Portland Public Schools. Dekin Hom, our beloved School Chef, will leave for a position elsewhere. Alfred Ada, Head of Upper School, resigned last month. I will share their personalized communication detailing their reasons for leaving. Trillium can have a summer camp feel. People come, create memories, and eventually move on. Such is the reality for schools. While we had hoped these staff members would stay with us longer, we are proud to have been a part of their journey, and excited to see what they do next.

Looking forward, if you, or someone you know, is interested in working at Trillium, please refer them to the website, where positions will soon be posted. Our mostly recently posted position, Bookkeeper, has been filled! Ty will start at Trillium on Monday, November 13th, and work 4 days per week. They bring years of experience and are thrilled to work with our community.

Patrice Mays
Interim Executive Director

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Holiday Bazaar 2017

Posted by Kay

Support local and Trillium-owned businesses at the 1st Annual Trillium Holiday Bazaar, hosted at our school, and benefiting our school! We will have a variety of vendors, including artists, artisans, and authors; selling art, art prints, handcrafted mugs, books, baby clothes and blankets, and wellness products.

RSVP on Facebook!

Meet the Vendors:



Apparel & Accessories

  • GirlBand Headware// up-cycled fabric headbands
  • Baby Wit // onesies, youth & adult tees
  • Ingrid Parmeter Jewelry // ceramic pendants
  • Kokopelli Jewelry Designs // wood-turned pendants
  • Natalie Rulmyr // knit scarves & beanies


Home Goods




Vendor Registration is still open!

We are currently accepting any vendor with family-friendly goods or services to display, on a first come, first serve basis. However, please note that we are particularly interested in featuring youth and other underrepresented vendors. This is your opportunity to take your secret recipe or craft instructable to the next level. Inquire to: Kay Kennett, email hidden; JavaScript is required, or jump right in, by completing the Vendor Registration Form.

Support local businesses year-round!

Visit the Community Business Directory to see the full range of local businesses that we endorse for your holiday shopping! If you are a Trillium student or family member, we will list your business here, whether you are participating in the Holiday Bazaar or not. Please follow the instructions listed on the CBD page (linked above).

Bring Cash or In-Kind Donations.

Shoppers are invited to bring a toy, food, clothing or supplies donation for homeless families. This drive is coordinated by our 2nd and 3rd grade students! Sales of soy candles by Portland Assembly Piedmont NAC also benefit this cause. And, of course, Trillium welcomes any cash or in-kind donation. The Holiday Bazaar is both a community event and fundraiser, the culmination of our Twelve Days of Trillium giving campaign.


Friday, October 20th, 2017

Spaces for 2017-18 Available

Posted by kieran

UPDATED November 14th, 2017.

Currently we have openings  in the 1st, 3rd and 6th-12th grades, for the 2017-18 school year.

Please download and print an application from tinyurl.com/TrilliumApplication. Once you complete the application, you may submit by US Mail or in person.

Trillium Charter School
Attn: Debra Lazzaretti
5420 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97217

Debra (email hidden; JavaScript is required) is also your contact person for scheduling an alternate school tour, and for questions regarding the application.

Applicants are highly encouraged to review our website and attend an Open House before applying.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Trillium Preschool Open House

Posted by Kay

Trillium Preschool still has spots available for the 2017-2018 school year, so they are opening their doors to your family! Trillium Preschool Open House is Thursday, October 26th, from 5-6:30pm. If your child is at least 3 years old, and potty trained, you are welcome to enroll at any time. The standard schedules are full day, 8:30am-3pm, and part day, 8:30am-12:30pm, but they are flexible.

Learn more about Pre K Enrollment.

If you cannot make the Open House, tours are held every Friday by appointment. Email email hidden; JavaScript is required to schedule. Upon arrival, check in at the front office of the main K-12 school. Please no drop-ins, as they may be unable to meet with you.

Trillium Preschool offers an emergent curriculum that invites children to revisit, reflect, and reinterpret their understanding of the world through play, art, and dialogue. Teachers listen closely to what is happening in the classroom, and act on their observations, to tailor the program to the specific needs and interests of current students.

Learn more about the Trillium Preschool Philosophy.

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

¡Latinx Festival!

Posted by Kay

Highlighting the importance of our Latinx and Hispanic staff, families, and neighbors in our school is not only fun, but critical to our mission as an inclusive educational space. That is why this year we are holding the First Annual Latinx Festival on Saturday, October 14, from 5-8pm. Visit latinxfestpdx.org to learn more, and buy tickets!

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Back to School Night

Posted by Kay

On Thursday, September 21st, from 6-7:30pm, Trillium parents are invited to go back to school. Was your school experience anything like attending Trillium? You can’t really say until you have met our teachers, administration, and other staff; checked out the school’s facilities, and learned a little more about our mission and core values.

Each teacher will be available to give an overview of what their students are working on, and goals for the year. Please RSVP to the Facebook event.