Cherry Park Elementary
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Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  I am incredibly honored and excited to be the new Cherry Park principal. For the past eight years, I have developed a deep love, respect, and commitment to our Cherry Park community. The opportunity to lead our school community is a dream come true for me. I am extremely excited to welcome back all of our students this fall. My excitement also comes with worry and uncertainty. There is no ignoring the current situation of Covid and how heavily it is impacting and affecting all of our lives. The past year has brought an unprecedented amount of trauma to our community.  I anticipate that we will need to remain flexible this year with the understanding that we may need to pivot our instructional model at any given time. We remain committed to our students and community and will do everything we can to help every student reach their full potential. We will do all that we can to address the collective trauma we have experienced and provide adequate support to every student in order to ensure success.

The past year, we relied heavily on your partnership in your child’s education and we are so grateful for that gift. We are always open to suggestions on how best to fit the needs of your child and pride ourselves on having an “open door” policy so please feel free to reach out during the year. I truly believe that the more connected a child (and family) is to their school the greater they will achieve. Another crucial element to our success is that we believe that ALL our students are capable of high achievement and, therefore, we have extremely high academic and behavioral expectations.  Another contributor is the effort that families make to get their children to school consistently. We appreciate your commitment.  Overall we make an excellent team!

Below are our welcome back letters for preschool and Kindergarten-5th Grade. A hard copy will be mailed to your home this week. It will include who your child’s teacher is for the 2021-2022 school year. Your child’s teacher will reach out to your family the week of August 30th to confirm your staggered start date and discuss our virtual open house. Please contact our school if you have any questions. Thank you again for your support as we begin our 2021-2022 school year.


Matt Soule

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Matt Soule, Principal

Hello Cherry Park Families,

I am so incredibly honored and excited to be the new Cherry Park principal. For the past eight years, I have developed a deep love, respect, and commitment to our Cherry Park community. The opportunity to lead our school community is truly a dream come true for me. 

I’ve had the privilege of being an educator for eighteen years, the past eight at Cherry Park. I have taught every elementary grade except for 1st and have worked at four elementary schools in the David Douglas School District. Additionally, I have many years of leadership experience, having served as a School Improvement Coordinator and Student Behavior Specialist in multiple schools. Positive school climate,  behavior, and student growth is my background and passion. I am eager and excited to further develop and implement these concepts as the principal of Cherry Park. Through our partnership together, I’m confident that we can ensure that your child reaches their full potential. 

We continue to live in unprecedented times. The past year has shown us just how important our partnerships are in order to create a positive, successful path for our students. I am so incredibly proud of how resilient, strong, and flexible our students and families have become. Please know that we are working hard to provide as typical a learning environment as possible, focusing on access and equity for all. I ask for your continued patience and grace as we navigate this together.

The entire Cherry Park staff is very excited to welcome our families back in September. Please be on the lookout for future communication regarding fall reopening and opportunities to connect. In addition, please know that I am always available to connect with you prior to the start of the year. I value and welcome your feedback as I adjust to my new role. 

I sincerely look forward to working as a team with all of our talented educators and families to help each student reach their fullest potential. I truly believe that all of our students have an unlimited capacity for success! 


Matt Soule


Office Contacts


1930 SE 104th Ave
Portland, OR 97216

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Fax: 503-261-8428

Matt Soule

Head Secretary, Principal’s Secretary
Kathé Lauderback

Records Secretary
Sarah Anderson

School Counselor
Blaise Hammer

Student Behavior Specialist
Kathleen Lower

Student Achievement Specialist
Miki Johnson

School Calendar

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  • 22 Sep

    Late Start

  • 29 Sep

    Late Start

  • 01 Oct

    No School

District Calendar

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  • 01 Oct

    Grades K-5: No School

  • 07 Oct

    Grades Early Release

  • 08 Oct

    Grades 8-12 and Community Transition Program: No School