Oak Hills Newsletter

Week of January 16, 2023

Message from the Principal

Dear Oak Hills Families,

There are a few weeks of school left of the 2nd quarter (1st semester). Teachers are working hard to support your students. We can't emphasize enough--if you have any wonderings about your child's progress, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Friday, February 3rd is Grading Day. Teachers will work on finalizing progress marks and comments that day. Progress Reports will be posted on ParentVUE beginning February 10th. Please see information below about some key updates that have been made for the Elementary Progress Reports.

Have a good week!


Ms. Do

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January 16, 2023-- Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and National Day of Service

Since its initial recognition and celebration in 1986, the third Monday in January has been observed each year as “a day on, not a day off.” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Hands On Greater Portland offers a variety of events and volunteer opportunities for folks looking to take part in community-based ways to honor the holiday.

Elementary Progress Reports

Dear BSD Families,

We want to thank you for the work that you’re doing each and every day to support your child’s learning. We couldn’t do this without your partnership.

This year we have an updated Elementary Progress Report. Below you will find the key revisions/additions that were made:

  • Habits and Practices: This replaces the Behavior Learning Targets with a more student-centered approach that includes skills and practices that influence a child’s brain structure and the development of the brain’s executive function.

  • Language Arts/Math/Music/PE: These four sections both have Habits and Practices for their specific content area in addition to the Academic Learning Targets.

  • Science, Social Science, and Health: We are no longer using proficiency grading, but rather reporting on Habits and Practices for these specific content areas.

  • ELD: Reporting for students in English Language Development will now be included on this progress report instead of a separate document. If your student doesn’t receive ELD services, this section will remain blank.

  • Strengths and Goals: This replaces the Comment Box with a more asset-based approach to communicating student progress.

We are continuously striving to approach teaching and learning in a more inclusive and equitable way through an asset-based lens. All of our students have gifts and it is important to see them reflected in the communication with families. We hope that you find this document informative and that it provides a snapshot into your child’s progress as a student in the Beaverton School District.

Thank you for being part of an inclusive school community! We appreciate your continued support and partnership.

Beaverton School District

Immunization Exclusion Day- 2/15

State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations or have a medical or nonmedical exemption.

Parents or guardians will receive a letter in early February if their child’s immunization record shows that he or she hasn't received the required vaccinations. Children won’t be able to attend school or child care starting February 15, if their records on file show missing immunizations.

The Beaverton School-Based Health Center and the Merlo School-Based Health Center are both resources for families in the Beaverton School District to get immunizations.

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PTO News

5th Grade Celebration Planning Meeting is TONIGHT

Tuesday, January 17 at 7pm @ Oak Hills Rec Center

January PTO Meeting

BIG PTO MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY JAN 18th! Please come check it out!

If you can't make the meeting, you can sign up to learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities here or email pto@oakhillspto.org

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 833 6434 3917
Passcode: otters

As with all our meetings, the principal will present some school and district updates and then we’ll be talking about some exciting events coming up this spring. We would love your ideas and involvement. We'll even have light refreshments :)

We'll be looking for volunteers to help with:

Family Bingo Night


Staff Appreciation Week

Art Night

Crayon Recycling

Jogathon 2023

Please click on the link for sign-ups and more info (separate sheets for each event)

2023 Volunteer spreadsheet

NEW Volunteer Team

We are getting reorganized post-pandemic! Action needed: if you’re not already, PLEASE take 4 minutes to register in MyImpact so you can stay up-to-date on happenings at school (even if you work during the day!). This will help a lot with communication. Totally new to volunteering? Check out our FAQs including how to register, where to go, etc. Have ideas or want to get involved?

Contact our school coordinator, Laura Hoffmann: oakhillsvc@gmail.com

Have questions about volunteering? Contact any of us:

· Kinder: Jennifer.Thornton307@gmail.com

· 1st Grade: morganjlaw@gmail.com

· 2nd Grade: cristo765@hotmail.com

· 3rd Grade: jfwuest@gmail.com

· 4th Grade: alpsting@yahoo.com

· 5th Grade: ashleerichards2@yahoo.com

Upcoming fun: Friendship Day parties in February! Make sure you’re a registered volunteer now to join your child’s party.

We are in the process of cleaning up our website www.oakhillspto.org. If you are not yet on the PTO distribution list, you can add your email at the side bar there or contact pto@oakhillspto.org.


January 20th is Popcorn Friday! We still have a few classes that need popcorn fairies: Popcorn Fairies Fri Jan 20th.


Save the date: Movie Night Friday January 27th 6-8pm. More info coming out soon!

Library News from Ms. Larsen

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

  • School Battles will begin the week of January 17th.

  • Please email Lindsay Sandor, OBOB Volunteer Coordinator, at candlsandor@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer for school battles. We are scheduling time slots now!

  • To prepare your child for battles, now is a good time to review the titles and authors names and review the books with your child and jot notes of trivia in a notebook. Many of the OBOB questions will ask about names, places, lists, colors, descriptions, About the Author information, numbers and more. The more details they can remember, the better! Also practice the Practice Questions that are in your child’s school email.

To keep in touch with all things Library, check out the LIBRARY WEBSITE for:

  • Helpful Library Links for students and parents

  • How to View Your Student’s Library Account (Slides 1-7), View the Library Catalog (slide 8), Put Books on Hold (Slides 9-10), Renew books (slides 11-12), Pay Library Fines (Slide 13)

  • OBOB Information

  • Ordering Books From Scholastic for your home collection

  • Donations

If you have questions please feel free to reach out to Ms. Larsen at leilani_larsen@beaverton.k12.or.us

Important Dates--Mark Your Calendars

Tuesday, January 17 Vision Screening

Wednesday, January 18 PTO meeting 7pm; Zoom listening-in option available; PTO Story Club; PTO Pokemon Club

Friday, January 20 Popcorn Friday

Monday, January 23 PTO Chess Club

Friday, January 27 PTO Family Movie Night 6-8-pm

Thursday, February 2 Science Ambassadors Club

Friday, February 3 No School for Students--Grading Day

Friday, February 10 Friendship Day

Friday, February 10 Progress Reports will be available on ParentVUE

Wednesday, February 15 PTO 7pm

Monday, February 20 No School for Students and Staff--In observance of President's Day

Tuesday, February 21 No School for Students--Staff Development Work Day

Wednesday, March 15 PTO 7pm

March 27-March 31 Spring Break

Thursday, April 6 STEM Family Night

Thursday, April 13 No School for Students--Staff Development Work Day

Friday, April 14 No School for Students--Grading Day

Wednesday, April 19 PTO 7pm

Wednesday, April 26 Music Showcase (Kindergarten and 2nd grade)

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, May 3 School in session for students--Parent Teacher Conferences (PM)

Thursday, May 4 No School for Students-Parent Teacher Conferences (AM and PM)
Friday, May 5 No School for Students and Staff

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Change of Clothes in Backpacks (REPEAT)

As January brings rainy, wet days, students still love to play outside for recess. It's a bit muddy in the soccer field and surrounding grass. And you never know where the random mud puddle will spring up just needing a student to enjoy a good splash through it!

Our supply of extra clothing is very low. We send a lot home, and we thank those of you who do return the items clean and ready for the next student. We would ask you to send your student with a full set of extra clothing in their own backpack. Please include undergarments and socks too. Mud has a way of soaking through layers very quickly.

And if you have extra clothing you can donate to us to have on hand for all Oak Hills students in need, please drop those items off at the front office. We especially need 4-6. 7-8, 8-10 pants/leggings for boys and girls.

Preparing for Inclement Weather

Beaverton School District Inclement Weather Information

When we have inclement weather, school schedules could be affected. School closure or delayed start decisions will typically be communicated to media outlets and posted on the district website, ParentSquare and social media by 5:30 a.m. The District makes decisions based on the ability to operate school buses safely, the ability of parents and students to drive safely, and the ability of students to walk safely. Decisions are made for the entire District. However, we encourage families to make transportation and attendance decisions for their children based on their own assessment of travel conditions at their locations.

For the latest inclement weather information:

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Changes to Going Home Plans (Repeat)

Absences and dismissal changes can be reported to us via the Oak Hills website. There are buttons where you can click and report an absence or changes to how your child will be going home. For dismissal, please report the changes before 1:30 PM since this is when we will be delivering the information to our teachers and students. Thank you in advance for utilizing this communication tool. It will free up our phone lines for families, staff, and community members who urgently need to get in touch with the office.

Oak Hills website:

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