Astro February Update #2

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

This week we have a BIG supply pick-up. Every grade has items to be picked up. Supplies will be in front of the school on Wednesday, Feb. 10th from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. Each child's supplies are labeled with their name. There are PE and music kits that students will need for their lessons. Please make plans to come by the school to collect your items.

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

In partnership,

Jennifer Robbins

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.

Classroom Assessments

One of the ways teachers gather information about how students are progressing is through assessments. You may notice these assessments happening during the school day. It's important to let your child know to do their best but not to stress. It's hard as a parent to watch our children struggle especially on a test. It's ok if they struggle. The assessment is just information about their progress in learning. Please avoid the temptation to help with the assessment. Teachers cannot get an accurate assessment if you assist. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates

February is Black History Month

Feb. 10 Return-to-school Q&A with Mike Scott and team

Feb. 15 No school for President's Day

Feb. 19 HSF Gala & Auction

Feb. 22 OSAA Season 2 begins

Feb. 25 SPED Parent Partnership meeting, 5:30 pm

Information About Returning to In-Person Learning

For more information about Comprehensive Distance Learning, Washington County metrics and the HSD Board decision, please visit our 202-21 School Year website.

HSD Information

OSAA Season 2 Begins; Fees Waived for 2020-21 Only. OSAA “Season 2” fall sports officially begin on Feb. 22, including Cross Country, Football, Soccer, and Volleyball. The School Board voted unanimously to waive participation fees for the 2020-21 school year only for OSAA-sanctioned sports and activities, due to COVID impacts.

Virtual Q&A With Mike and Team. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, from noon to 1 p.m., Mike will host a virtual Q&A session, along with members of the executive team, to address questions about our return-to-school plans. A form for submitting questions will be posted to our website on Monday, Feb. 8, and the session will be shown live at We will also post a recording of the session to our website afterward. A session specifically for Spanish-speakers will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. on Google Meet.

Community Events & Information

HSF Gala & Auction. The Hillsboro Schools Foundation’s annual Gala & Auction is going virtual this year with a theme of “Baubles, Bowties, and Boxers.” It will feature an online silent auction that will run from 2/15-19, and a live auction and program on Feb. 19, which will begin with a virtual Happy Hour at 6:30 p.m. and conclude with the auction and presentation from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no admission cost, but you must register and provide a credit card to participate (no purchase necessary). VIP meals and WOW! Boxes can be ordered separately.

Crystal Apple Award Nominations. The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 16th Annual Crystal Apple Awards, recognizing excellence in education in the greater Hillsboro community. Nominations can be made of any K-12 staff member - licensed, classified, or administrator - who you feel goes above and beyond to support students and promotes lifelong learning as a key to their future success. Learn more on their website and submit nominations by Friday, Mar. 12

Ladd Acres Yearbook

Ladd Acres Families,

Please use the links below to upload pictures for our 2020-2021 yearbook. We are hoping to be able to recreate the class pages, which means we would love to have a head/shoulders shot of each student and staff member. Photos need to be from this school year. Photos should be of high resolution with at least 300 dpi. Photos taken off social media are usually reformatted with lower resolution and do not meet this requirement.

We will also be creating the extra pages in the yearbook with photos of distance learning, pets, essential workers, arts, athletics, etc. We hope that we are able to create a fun and unique yearbook for this unique year.

If you have any questions, please email Jessi at

Traditional Portrait Submission:

Other Yearbook Photos:


Jessi Mottern

Ladd Acres PTA Yearbook Co-Chair

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!

In-district Transfer Priority Window

HSD students wishing to renew or request a new in-district transfer for the 2021-22 school year are urged to submit their request in January to take advantage of the priority window. Most applications will come through our online system, which provides the requester immediate confirmation of their submission and the option of uploading supplementary paperwork as needed.

Please see the Boundaries and Transfers section of our website for more information or contact Marleen Zytniowski or Katie Russell-Willis at or 503-844-1771 with questions.

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 Yearbook.

We are doing a yearbook this year.

We are hoping to be able to get a portrait of each student and staff member for the traditional yearbook pages. We have also created a google form for submitting other pictures to the yearbook. Thanks!

Traditional Portrait Submission:

Other Yearbook Photos:

Ladd Acres PTA website

Newsletter - English

Newsletter - Spanish

Easy ways to support Ladd Acres

Use Sora to Find Books to Read

Sora, the Student Reading App is available K-12!

  • We currently have over 700 ebook titles, and 94 audiobook titles for grades K - 12, in English and Spanish

  • Sora can be accessed through desktop computers or smart devices

  • A public library card can be added to Sora to expand your options

  • Sora is available for any person with an HSD account, including staff.

  • Users log in with their HSD username and password.

Sora Resources:

Instructions in Spanish - Instructions in English - Video tutorials - Request a title!

Support for Comprehensive Distance Learning

Being Successful While Working from Home

  • Stick to a routine.
  • Set realistic expectations of what you can accomplish
  • Have a to-do list

See more tips and resources on the Wellness Newsletter that is attached.

Need some extra support? We're a team, reach out so we can help!

School Counseling Website:

Student Success Coach Website:

School Meals

School meals will be delivered by our school buses. Please use MyBus Student Route Look up to find your assigned stop and delivery time. You will use your student's school id number as the login and their birthdate (in MM/DD/YY format) as the password.


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.