Oak Hills Newsletter

Week of September 19, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Oak Hills Families,

Thank you for visiting staff and the classrooms at Back to School Night last week. It was so wonderful to see so many families in our school. A reminder to all of you that if you need anything, please reach out to your student's classroom teacher or a support staff member on the Care Team.

Who is on the Care Team?

Thao Do-Gwilliam (Principal), Erika Hansen (Assistant Principal), Shelly Ray (Counselor), Karen McCarty (Student Success Coach), Andrew Sickler (School Psychologist), Heather O'Leary (School Nurse), Briana Correa (Social Worker--joins Oak Hills on 9/26.

This week at Oak Hills:

*PTO meeting; Wednesday, September 21, 7-8pm

Doors open at 6:50pm for the in-person meeting in the gym OR listen in via zoom.

Meeting ID: 833 6434 3917
Passcode: otters

*Picture Day envelopes went home today.

Picture Day is next Wednesday, September 28th.

Have a great week!


Ms. Do

Thao Do-Gwilliam

Oak Hills Agreements Among all Students and Staff

As we welcome students back for the 2022-23 school year, we are revisiting the ways we want our school feel each day from the perspectives of our students and staff alike. Care is the word that keeps coming up in conversations. We want students to feel cared for by our staff and their peers. We want students to practice showing care to themselves, to their classmates, to our school and the wider community. We want to celebrate all efforts in making our school community one where everyone feels cared for and connected.

We have collectively developed a set of Oak Hills Agreements to guide our work this year. These are the ways we have agreed to show care throughout the day. We hope that you will find these agreements helpful this year.

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What is an Otter Note?

Otter Notes are one of the many tools we use to acknowledge efforts to show care within our school community. Otter Notes can be shared with individual students or shared with an entire classroom community.

Whole Class Otter Notes will be presented when a class has clearly strived to uphold community agreements and create positive and meaningful experiences for themselves and others. These will most often be presented in specials classes, such as PE, Music, Technology, or Library.

Individual Otter Notes will be one of tools our staff use with the intention of building our students up, maintaining meaningful relationships, and attuning to what our individual students value regarding recognition and praise.

If you see an Otter Note in your child's backpack, please ask them how they went about showing care at school.

Important Dates--Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, September 21: PTO meeting 7pm (in-person and zoom option available)

Wednesday, September 28: Picture Day (Picture packets will go home on Monday, 9/19)

Friday, September 30: Schoolwide assembly (K-2) and (3-5); Wear Otter pride colors (red, blue, white)

Friday, October 7: Popcorn Friday

Friday, October 14: NO SCHOOL--Staff Development Workday

Wednesday, October 19: PTO meeting 7pm( (in-person and zoom option available)

Friday, October 21: Jog-a-Thon

Wednesday, November 2: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30pm

Thursday, November 3: NO SCHOOL- Parent Teacher Conferences 11:30am-7:30pm

Friday, November 4: NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 10: NO SCHOOL-Grading Day

Friday, November 11: NO SCHOOL-In observance of Veterans Day

Friday, November 18: Family Movie Night (Time: TBD)

Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25: NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Monday, November 28: NO SCHOOL-Staff Development Day

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Library News from Ms. Larsen

It was a delight to see all the students and meet our new students in library class! 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

Paying Library Fines - if you receive an overdue notice with a library fine, you may return the item or pay the fine at this website: https://or-beaverton.intouchreceipting.com

Thank you!

Volunteering: if you are interested in volunteering in the library to help with shelving books, Book Fair or OBOB, please email Ms. Larsen!

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

News from your PTO

Don't forget our first PTO meeting is on September 21st at 7pm! An in-person meeting will be held inside the school and we will stream it via zoom for those who would like to listen remotely.

Meeting ID: 833 6434 3917
Passcode: otters

*Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to contribute in any way, big or small, please review the link below for the background check application. A reminder to volunteers who have volunteered in the past to please recheck to see if you are still active in the system.

Seeking Donations for Oak Hills

The Snack Pantry needs to be restocked. Please donate snacks to the school office throughout the school year when you can. Items such as granola bars, crackers, fruit snacks, apple sauce, fruit bars are greatly appreciated.

Kleenex/tissue are also items that are needed in the classrooms and the office. Thank you for your generosity!

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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Meet our Oak Hills 2022-2023 Staff (Repeat)

K : Leslie Burnett, Ruann Donnelly, Korina Grover

1: Rachel Brock, Ann Marie Caplan, Krisi Guerra, Polly Selby

2 : Wendy Evans, BrieAnne Perrigan, Brie Rennie, Keely Rios

3 : Ben Porter, Taylor Thompson, Kirsten Yamada,

4: Maggie Nice, Michael Gelling, Margaret Willis

5 : Jim Clarkson, Rylan Lester, Laura Manning,

ALC: Colleen Seitz, Lori Therrien

Music: Evelyn Boling, Sally Wall

PE: Ryan Herd, Mike Vanoudenhaegen

Resource: Emily Dignan, Ashley Smith

ELD: Alicia Bermudez

Assistant Principal: Erika Hansen

Counselor: Shelly Ray

Student Success Coach: Karen McCarty

Academic Coaches: Toni Fisher, Pamela Venable

Speech/Language: Ashley Purser

School Psychologist: Andrew Sickler

Social Worker: Kaylin Noblin

Front office: Marylou Hosack, Dawn Marie Powers, Rhonda Michael (Health Assistant)

School nurse: Heather O'Leary, Kris Cribbins (Nurse Assistant)

Custodians: Diane Persuad, Eric Snider

Nutrition Services: Char Foss, Brenda Glenn

Para Educators: Jill Erickson, Heather Kahnert, Chris Kirnak, Teresa Laakso, Andrea Miller,

Kathy Moshinsky, Kris Nicholson, Julie Roach, Ingalill Shead, Nicole Smith

Library/Media: Leilani Larsen

Tech Support: Pete Sinclair

Tech IA: Anna Vallee

Please give a warm welcome to our new staff:

Kris Cribbins (Nurse Assistant), Emily Dignan (Resource), Korina Grover (Kindergarten), Heather O'Leary (Nurse), Kaylin Noblin (Social Worker), Ashley Smith (Resource),

Dawn Marie Powers (Principal's Secretary/Office Manager), Sally Wall (Music)

Oak Hills COVID Updates (Repeat)

As we move into the coming school year, we continue to work closely with Washington County, using their guidelines and protocols to ensure the safety of our students and staff. During times of high transmission, we will communicate with our school community so you remain informed. You may choose to send your child to school with a mask or without. We will have a separate isolation room to care for students exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19, minimizing the risk of exposure to classmates who may be accessing the health room for an ice pack. In the event that we reach levels of higher transmission, we will also look closely as large-scale events to determine if an outdoor setting, mask recommendations, distancing reminders, etc. would be more appropriate.

We will need your continued partnership throughout the coming year. Please pay close attention to possible symptoms of Covid-19. Communicate with the school office if your child will remain at home due to illness with any Covid-19 related symptoms or if your child tests positive. We appreciate your shared concern for the health and well-being of our students and staff.

Apply for Free/Reduced Price Meal Benefits (Repeat)

District message: Please consider applying if you feel your family may qualify for free or reduced price meal benefits. It is confidential, school staff have no way of knowing which students receive meal benefits and which students do not. Beyond meals, there are MANY benefits to students, families, and school funding.

The household income requirements have changed: As an example, a family of four can have a total household income of up to $83,249 and qualify for meal benefits.

A meal benefits application can be completed online on our app SCHOOL CAFE, an account will need to be set up. Make sure to apply during summer since applications expire at the end of June each school year. We highly recommend that families apply! For more information on meal benefits, please visit the Meal Benefits webpage.

More information here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meal-benefits