Raleigh Hills Newsletter

February 7, 2019

Weekly Message

Dear Raleigh Hills Families and Community,

I want to let you know about a couple of fantastic opportunities to get involved in your child's education. First, thank you to the parents who attended the Common Middle School Experience Listening and Learning Session at Whitford on Thursday. I have attached all of the information from that event in case you weren't able to attend. It is definitely worth it to take a look at the schedules that are being put up for your consideration. Each of them provide students the opportunity to take PE every day and to take at least one elective each day. Some of them offer critical collaboration time for teachers as well. Please do take a look at them and respond to the attached survey with your valuable input.

I also wanted to make sure you get the invitation to the visit with Mary Ehrenworth. She is one of my heroes in the world of education and I learn from her every time I hear her speak. She will give practical advice for getting students to be "on fire" for learning outside of school and how you can support them as parents. Please do join me at Springville on February 12th to hear this important presentation. The registration information is below.

Warm regards,


Celebration of Student Learning

Signal to Noise

Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Shier and our students have been working hard on their Signal to Noise contest entries. Here is a link to all of the submitted videos. Please enjoy!

Signal to Noise Submissions

PreACT Testing Results

8th graders brought home a paper copy of their results from the PreACT this week. Please ask your student about this!


Common Middle School Experience

Thanks to the Raleigh Hills families who attended the Common Middle School Listening and Learning Session at Whitford Thursday evening. I hope you found it informative and were able to ask any questions you may have had in order to feel ready to weigh in on this important topic.

As stated in the presentation, all feedback received on this survey will be used to help Superintendent Grotting make a decision about how best to move forward. If you are weren't able to attend, you can still check out the information and take the survey. Here's what you’ll need:

As always, feel free to reach out with any additional questions or if you need any more information. Your feedback in this process is greatly appreciated.

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Come Visit with a Reading Expert

Dear Beaverton Parents and Community Members,

What you do at Night, on the Weekends, and on Vacation Can Make a World of Difference to Your Child's Academic Success: Practical Advice for Families from a Leading Literacy Expert Grades K-8

Join Dr. Mary Ehrenworth on Wednesday, February 12th at Springville K-8 to find out how parents can make a tremendous difference in their children's academic success, now, and as they mature. You'll learn about what you can do to help your children become more powerful readers, which helps them be more powerful students in every class. You'll find out more about what kinds of 'work' outside of school make a tremendous difference. You'll learn about different kinds of reading aloud and reading experiences that can add to your children's language acquisition and knowledge. And you'll learn about use of time, including the kinds of commitments, trips and family projects that can help students do better not only with reading but in science and social studies.

Dr. Ehrenworth is Senior Deputy Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, a global literacy think tank at Columbia University. She has been an admissions officer at an Ivy League university. Dr. Ehrenworth is the author of dozens of books, including The Power of Grammar and the best-selling Pathways to the Common Core, and most recently, Essential Research Skills for Teens, Critical Literacy, and, forthcoming, The Civically-Engaged Classroom: Teaching in Times of Strife and Discord. Among her more recent articles in Educational Leadership are: Revisiting Reading Workshop: Autonomy, Liberation, and Love; Growing Extraordinary Writers; Why Argue? and Unlocking the Secrets of Complex Texts. She is also a parent of two children who are widely diverse learners.

Dr. Ehrenworth will be speaking at Springville K-8​ , starting at 6:30. There will be light refreshments and time to answer questions at the end.

If you are interested in attending, please register here .

If you have any questions, please call Susan Ouellette at 503-356-4431.

Ven a visitar a un experto en lectura.

Estimados padres de familia y miembros de la comunidad de Beaverton:

Lo que hagan por la tarde, los fines de semana y en las vacaciones puede marcar una gran diferencia en el éxito académico de sus hijos: consejos prácticos, para familias, de una destacada experta en alfabetización de los grados K-8

Únase a la Dra. Mary Ehrenworth el miércoles, 12 de febrero en Springville K-8 para aprender cómo los padres pueden lograr una gran diferencia en el éxito académico de sus hijos, ahora y a medida que maduran. Aprenderá sobre lo que puede hacer para ayudar a sus hijos a convertirse en grandes lectores y lo que les ayuda a ser mejores estudiantes en cada clase. Descubrirá más sobre qué tipos de 'trabajo' fuera de la escuela hace una gran diferencia. Aprenderá sobre diferentes tipos de lectura en voz alta y experiencias de lectura que pueden aumentar la adquisición y el conocimiento del idioma en sus hijos. Y aprenderá sobre el uso del tiempo, incluyendo los tipos de compromisos, viajes y proyectos familiares que pueden ayudar a los estudiantes a mejorar no solo en la lectura sino también en ciencias y estudios sociales.

La Dra. Ehrenworth es subdirectora principal del Proyecto de Lectura y Escritura de Teachers College, un grupo de expertos de alfabetización global en la Universidad de Columbia. Ha sido oficial de admisiones en una universidad de la Ivy League. La Dra. Ehrenworth es autora de decenas de libros, incluyendo The Power of Grammar, y su libro más vendido Pathways to the Common Core y más recientemente, Essential Research Skills for Teens, Critical Literacy y próximamente, The Civically-Engaged Classroom: Teaching in Times of Strife and Discord. Entre sus artículos más recientes en Liderazgo Educativo están: Revisiting Reading Workshop: Autonomy, Liberation, and Love;

  • También es madre de dos niños que son alumnos que aprenden de manera muy diversa.

La Dra. Ehrenworth hablará de este tema en Springville K-8, a partir de las
6:30 p.m. Habrá un ligero refrigerio y al final, tiempo para responder preguntas.

Si está interesado en asistir, inscríbase aquí please register here.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, llame a Susan Ouellette al 503-356-4431.


Congratulations to Karen Bridger who is this month's Lucky Volunteer! Volunteers who log 10 or more hours a month will be put into a drawing for a $5 gift card to Starbucks or Jamba Juice.

Rachel Sanchez. Rachel has been volunteering at Raleigh Hills for the past 13 years in classrooms, art literacy, auction, and now as the K-5 Art Literacy Coordinator. Besides having a special talent in art, she has a special heart for helping students with autism and ADHD. Learning on the job with her own children who also have autism and ADHD, Rachel has turned her life struggles into dedicating her time to meet the needs of our students. When asked how she gets so much done, she just smiles and says she takes it one day at a time. Let’s give Rachel Sanchez a Shout Out!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

2/14 - Friendship parties. Look for communications from Room Parents to help with parties. You may also ask your child's teacher to put you in contact with the Room Parent to offer help.

2/20 - I will be at the library at 6pm to answer volunteer questions before a speaker presentation for our Spanish speaking community.

Thank you everyone. It takes a village!

Lisa Marquoit

Volunteer Coordinator, Raleigh Hills K-8

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The Raleigh Hills Auction will be May 2nd at the Portland Golf Club!

Year Books

MS Families! It's time to order your RHS yearbook. Download the ReplayIt app (available for ios or android). You can buy your yearbook, create an ad/shout-out, and upload photos to be used in the yearbook! Questions? email Brittney Clark britmclark@msn.com

Immunization Exclusion Day

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 has not received the required vaccinations. Children will not be able to attend school or childcare starting February 19, 2020, if their records on file show missing immunizations.