Oak Hills Newsletter
January 8, 2021
Dear Oak Hills Families,
Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope you had a restful break with family time away from devices and Zoom meetings. It certainly was an odd winter break but I was grateful to be able to slow down without the harried preparations for large gatherings and/or parties although I still missed them. Anyway, it has been lovely to see how your children are reconnecting with each other and reengaging with their learning.
In light of the happenings at the Capitol building yesterday, teachers held space for our students so that they could have an open and safe dialogue, if needed. Teachers acted as facilitators while steering clear of partisan or political pronouncements. Of course, these dialogues were developmentally appropriate and centered on our students in making sure they felt heard and supported.
On another note, this past fall the Oak Hills staff have engaged in professional development around equity, specifically looking at anti-bias and anti-racism as factors in our professional practice. I know that many would agree that this work is important in the world that we live in, and in terms of preparing our children for the future. I think it is important to point out, when we talk about anti-bias, or anti-racism as factors in our decision making, we’re making sure that we are inclusive of ALL students in our decision making process. By focusing on equity, how we do alter our practices to ensure equitable outcomes for students, we cannot help but impact every child, even if we are talking about select groups. Creating equitable classrooms, learning environments that are providing access for every child, especially those that historically have felt maligned, or less able to benefit from the learning, means that we’re creating space where every child can feel successful, comforted, included and valued. When we refine our thinking and focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) students, or gender as a focal point, or students impacted by poverty, for example, the lessons we learn transfer to all children. At Oak Hills we feel strongly about making sure that every child’s voice is important, that allies stand up for peers feeling defeated, and that each student has access to the learning. We value partnering with our parents/guardians to ensure this happens. Yes, this is a tricky prospect in the current distance learning reality, however, it is an effort that we believe is worthwhile.
Here is to a wonderful 2021! Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff.
Tentative Calendar Dates for 2020-2021 School Year
1/11 Oak Hills OBOB Book Clubs
3rd & 4th Grade 11:00 - 11:30 The Changeling - Fantasy
5th Grade 11:30- noon The Changeling - Fantasy
1/13 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
1/18 No School: MLK Day
1/20 Student Contact Day-No Item Pick Ups
1/20 PTO Meeting (7pm)
1/27 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
2/3 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
2/4 Assembly Day
2/5 Grading Day- No School
2/10 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
2/15 President's Day- No School
2/17 Student Contact Day
2/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)
2/24 No School: Staff Development Day
3/3 Oak Hills School Photos (9am-6pm; by appointment)
3/3 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
3/1 Oak Hills OBOB Book Clubs
3rd & 4th Grade 11:00 - 11:30 A Boy Called Bat - Realistic Fiction
5th Grade 11:30- noon A Boy Called Bat - Realistic Fiction
3/5 Assembly Day
3/10 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
3/17 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
3/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)
3/22-26 Spring Break- No School
3/31 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
4/2 Assembly Day
4/7 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
4/14 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
4/16 Grading Day- No School
4/21 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
4/21 PTO Meeting (7pm)
4/28 Staff Development Day- No School
5/5 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
5/7 Assembly Day
5/12 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
5/19 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
5/19 PTO Meeting (7pm)
5/26 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
5/31 Memorial Day- No School
6/2 Student Contact Day
6/9 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
6/9 PTO Mtg (7pm)
6/18 Last Day of School
6/18 Assembly Day
Immunization Exclusion Day Information
The Immunization Exclusion Day for 2020-21 is scheduled for February 17, 2021.
All children who are not up to date with their immunizations will be excluded from being physically in the building.
We know that with the COVID-19 protocols in place, getting your child/children up to date with their immunizations may require some advanced planning. You may even be hesitant to go to a doctor's office. We, also, know that with the current distant learning your student is not physically in the building. We do want you to know that when public schools return to in school learning at any capacity and if your child/children are not current with their immunizations they will not be able to be physically in the building.
When this happens, you would have several options available to you:
- become current with immunizations.
- remain in CDL.
- notify us if you are exempt from the immunization schedule with an official document.
We'd like to make you aware that between now and exclusion day you will be receiving several communications from either us in the office, from the District, or from Washington County. If you are current and you still receive a notification, then please let us know so we can align our communication to better match your child's immunization records.
Signal to Noise Festival 2021!
The Signal to Noise Festival is on for 2021!
Film Entries are due Monday, March 29, 2021
Online Awards Ceremony/Festival - Thursday, May 20, 2021
Please review the guidelines and check out the website for resources to help you create your master piece!
Guidelines & Website Link: https://www.smore.com/hacb3
Lost Library Books
Please go on a “library book hunt” and return your library books from last spring. Library books may be returned on Wednesdays during morning Curbside Pick Up or in the afternoon at a Book Bus Stop.
Storytime with Ms. Larsen
Come and enjoy Storytime with Ms. Larsen on Friday’s from 11:30-12:00 starting January 15th while you enjoy your lunch!
Helpful Library Links
Oak Hills Library Webpage
How to Request Library Books Video
How to Request E-books and Add Your Public Library Video
Oak Hills Book Bus Times and Locations Map
Beaverton School District Book Bus Routes Map
OBOB Book List
OBOB Hall of Fame Questionnaire
OBOB Trivia Group at Cedar Mill Library
Book Club Registration
Visit the BSD Family Toolkit at: https://oakhills.beaverton.k12.or.us/ **Connect--Family Toolkit
Kindergarten-specific Information: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/early-learning/kindergarten
Click here for a video tutorial using the translation feature in S'more