Astro April Update #3

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

We want to hear from you about this year and plans for next year.

CDL Experience and Fall 2021 Surveys!

The purpose of the following surveys is to gather stakeholder feedback on the experience of Comprehensive Distance Learning and to gather feedback as we plan for Fall 2021. The Student Audience is grades 4-12. Staff and Families are PK-12. We are asking for all (staff/student/family) survey feedback by Thursday April 22. I will also place this information in Monday Notes for all K-12 admin and next week's Hot News.

Action: Please share the following surveys through your building's modes of communication starting this week, with the closing date of 4/22/21.

Survey Links and Communication: The survey will take about 10 minutes per audience group. Spanish/English bilingual directions and communication are located on page one for each survey, links are below:

Reminders for In-person Students

  • Make sure your Chromebook is fully charged each day.
  • Communicate with your teacher about how you are going home.
  • Check your Google Classroom for your afternoon schedule, school doesn't end when you go home.
  • As long as you are healthy, we want you here at school as much as possible. If you wake up late, you can still come to school.

Here's the link to the latest HSD Return to School update. This update includes answers to some frequent questions, plans for the next school year, and updates for middle school and high school students.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help.

In partnership,

Jennifer Robbins

Ladd Acres College and Career Fair

Ladd Acres College and Career Fair is going virtual this year. Please read the letter that is linked below to find out more. We are looking for members of our community to share about their careers.

Virtual Career & College Fair 2021 - English

Feria Virtual de Carreras y Universidades 2021 - Spanish

Virtual Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the Fair will be exclusively held online this year and isn’t the customary BOGO, we still plan on making it a fun experience for our kids.

Features include:

· Ladd Acres Elementary’s own online store, with a large selection of titles, at the right price points

· A Virtual Fair so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience. Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors and discover the comfort and joy of our Fair

· Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly

(25% back in rewards!)

· All orders over $25 (books ONLY) will ship directly to you for FREE!

· Set up an E-Wallet for your students to pick out their own books or share with friends and family

Save these dates and view our school’s Fair site:

Fair Dates: April 19, 2021- May 2, 2021

Online Store:

Make sure to check out our Facebook page, Ladd Acres PTA, for more updates and info!

We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair! Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Warmest regards.

Supply Pick-up for CDL Students

Your teacher will let you know if you have items to pick up.

Upcoming Dates

April 21st

May 5th

May 19th

Health and Safety Reminders

  • Everyone must wear a mask
  • Only students and staff are permitted on campus
  • Arrival is between 7:30 and 7:45. We need everyone to be on time.
  • Dismissal is at 12:00
  • Parents can meet students who are walking at the back gate that leads to the playground area near pods 100 and 200.

Upcoming Dates

4/19-5/2 Virtual Book Fair

4/21 CDL Supply Pick-up 7:45 - 6. Your teacher will let you know if you have items to pick-up.

4/24 Inukai Boys & Girls Club free drive-through COVID-19 testing, 11am-2pm

Meals for CDL Students

Please complete this form before Friday to pick up meals the following week.

Meals for Hybrid Students

School breakfast and lunch are free for all students. Students can also bring a lunch from home. For students in K-2, they can also receive an additional set of meals on Tuesday for Wednesday. If you would like a Wednesday meal, let your teacher know.

For students in grades 3-6 who are Monday and Thursday, they can receive meals for the days are not in school. They will receive a 3-day pack of meals on Thursday. Please let your teacher know if you want the 3-day pack of meals.

For students in grades 3-6 who are Tuesday and Friday, they can receive meals for the days are not in school. They will receive a 3-day pack of meals on Friday. Please let your teacher know if you want the 3-day pack of meals.

Bussing information for In-person Hybrid Instruction

K-6th grade routing “goes live” through the “mybus” app on the HSD website on Monday, March 15th. We will also be sending “mailers” to all Kinder and 1st grade families as we have in years past. Families should receive those mailers during the first part of spring break. The mailers to kinder families will include the yellow wrist bands for families to write their kinders route number and stop location on. This yellow wristband needs to be attached to the kinders wrist, or on their backpack.

If your student is a bus rider and is riding the bus to and/ or from a location that is not your home you MUST fill out this form. If you did a form last year it expires every year. These can be sent to Transportation as usual. They will be the last requests routed, after the exception/mind changer category is routed. If your request is denied, you will receive a letter from Transportation stating that. If your request can be accommodated, Transportation will call the you with the information they need.

Please complete the form included in this link. You can fax directly to transportation, or bring to the school. There will be a delay in routing.

Kindergarten Registration

Dear Families,

It is the time of year when we begin to identify children who qualify to attend kindergarten in September 2021 In order to attend public school kindergarten in the state of Oregon, children must turn five years on or before September 1st.

On March 1st our on-line registration process opens for the 2020-21 kindergarten enrollments. If you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten in September 2021, to register you will need access to a desktop, laptop or tablet and an email account. Please follow the directions below.

Go to

Click on For Families menu

Click on Enrollment process.

Select Online Registration to create an account and begin enrollment.

If you need help with on-line registration, you can come by the school anytime.

There are two exceptions to on line registration.

If your child has been in Early Intervention

If your child has attended a HSD preschool.

If either of these apply please stop by the office to pick up a registration packet any time after March 1st.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call the office at 503-844-1300.

If you know of a family who may have a child who should start kindergarten in September 2021, please pass this information along. Please return the bottom portion to let us know about any possible students that will be attending Ladd Acres.

Thank you for your assistance, and we look forward to meeting the graduating class of 2034!

Also, 1st grade – 6th grade families that will be new to Ladd Acres they can also register. Call 503-844-1300 to get that started.

Our Kindergarten Question and Answer sessions will be on May 4th.

English - 3:00-4:00 pm

English/Spanish - 4:00-5:00 pm

Google Meet joining info

Or dial: +​1​ ​4​2​3​-​7​1​2​-​0​2​4​1 PIN: 4​2​6​ ​0​2​0​ ​8​1​9​#

More phone numbers

First time using Meet? Learn more

Ladd Acres Library

Books can be checked out from the Ladd Acres library. See the attached fliers for more information or watch the videos to find out how to check out books.

Construction Update

Construction is underway on our new gym and other projects. You can check out the progress on the gym construction site by clicking on the link to the webcam.

Webcam Link

Our Astro Stars Website

Have you had the chance to check out our new community ASTRO website? If not, check it out here:! This website is a fun space designed to help connect us all during comprehensive distance learning. Students can send a photo or video to share a new scientific discovery, short film, creative writing, art project, Covid- friendly adventures, book or game reviews, cooking/baking recipe, funny jokes, Lego creations, musical talents, pets, athletic talent, or something else that comes to mind. Submissions to the website must be sent to Teri Dunlop at

Note: the website is only accessible through an HSD student account. Winter break is a great time to create something to share and don’t forget to check back frequently for new submissions! We can’t wait to see what you have to share!

Ladd Acres PTA

If you haven't yet joined the PTA, there is still time. Membership information can be found on the website.

Ladd Acres PTA website

Easy ways to support Ladd Acres


Resources for Families

This is a list of a range of resources that are available in our community to support families.

Nurturing Hope - an online class focused on parenting strategies and child-centered activities. See registration information below.