Oak Hills Newsletter

October 21, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Oak Hills Families,

I hope you are enjoying these beautiful Autumn days. Since Comprehensive Distance Learning is now confirmed until early February, my teachers and I brainstormed some tips you or a caregiver could use to help your student have a successful online school experience. Please be aware that teachers are teaching to these guidelines and expectations. However, whatever you can do to reinforce these expectations will help.


  • Create an organized learning space, with necessary supplies for learning.

  • Post a daily/weekly schedule that is visually accessible.

  • A fidget tool can help a student remain focused during a lesson. Learning spaces should be free of all other distractions, such as toys and food, that may shift attention away from learning.

  • For students working in shared/group learning environments, establishing an organized, independent learning space becomes even more critical in order to access learning. Adults: Please spread students out, whenever possible, and remain nearby for support as needs arise.


  • Students should attend only their own classroom Zoom meetings, optimally on their own device.

  • Show students how to use important Zoom functions, such as mute and unmute, independently.

  • Remain ‘muted’ to minimize background noise and classroom disruption for all.

  • Encourage the use of headphones, especially when sharing a learning/work space.

  • Use a plain background, such as a wall, to minimize visual distractions.

  • As much as possible, keep the camera on during live Zoom sessions. Teachers will work directly with individual students to make agreements around camera use.

  • A Zoom session is a classroom space during virtual learning. Please attend only your assigned Zoom classroom meetings. Do not join other Zoom sessions, or invite other students to join your Zoom session.

  • Please monitor technology use during instructional times. Students should be regularly accessing Zoom, Seesaw, or Dreambox, with occasional videos pushed out by the teacher via YouTube.


  • Encourage your student to do their own learning.

  • Learners may need a few moments to think and sometimes will need a couple of attempts.

  • Notice-- Is your student looking at you before speaking or responding? This may indicate that your presence is getting in the way and your child is ready to take on more ownership of the learning.

  • If your student is stuck and asks for help, here are a few questions you could ask:

  • What might you try now?

  • How might you start this?

  • Exactly what part are you having trouble with?

  • What could be another way to approach this?

  • Please notify the teacher if your student is struggling with a concept.

  • Maintain a growth mindset. Reinforce effort and persistence. Reflect on strategies used during the learning process.

Here is an easy document for you to print that you can hand to your student's caregiver(s). We know that you are doing so much to support your student. Please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Ray, our Counselor, Ms. Rawland, our Student Success Coach, Mrs. Hansen, our Assistant Principal and/or myself if there is anything we could do to assist you.

I look forward to seeing you at 7pm tonight for the PTO meeting.

Warm regards,

Sheila Baumgardner


Library News

Would you like some books to read at home! Parents and students can check out Oak Hills library books! Please follow this video to choose and check out library books. You may also check out e-books! Once books are pulled and ready, an email will be sent confirming that the books are ready. Library books requested by Tuesday at noon will be available the following Wednesday at Curbside Pick Up or Thursday Book Bus stops. Books are pulled on Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
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Visit the Book Bus on Thursdays!!

It was wonderful seeing so many students and parents at our inaugural Book Book Stops on Oct 15th! We hope to see more of you at the Book Bus! The Oak Hills Library Book Bus comes to the stops listed below on Thursdays! Come and check out some selected-for-you books or pick up your library book requests! Check out this map of the book bus route. We are at each stop for about 20-25 minutes. Please wear a mask and stand 6’ apart. Here are the approximate times and locations:

Approx. Time and Locations:

1. 1:35 pm STOP NW AUDREY DR @ Powerlines Walkpath

2. 2:00 pm STOP NW 167TH AVE & NW SHADOW HILLS LN (Across from Sir Charles Apts)




Honk Honk, Beep Beep! See you soon!

Smiles, Ms. Larsen


Scholastic Online Book Fair - COMING!

Nov. 28 - Dec. 11th (midnight)

Mark your calendars now!

Over 6000 items for sale

Books for your home collection and gifts, learning items and more!

Orders over $25 will ship for free

All orders shipped directly to your home

Look for more information next month!

New Books!

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Tentative Calendar Dates for 2020-2021 School Year


10/21 PTO Meeting (7pm)

10/25 PTO Lunch/Dinner Night Out- MOD Pizza Tanasbourne (10:30am- 10:00pm)

  • Bring the flyer (image below) or use code GR164513O for online orders
  • 20% of proceeds will go to Oak Hills 5th grade Celebration

10/28 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)


11/4 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

11/6 Assembly Day

11/11 Veteran's Day-No School/Buildings closed

11/13 Grading Day/School Closed

11/18 PTO Jog-a-thon

11/18 PTO Meeting (7pm)

11/25-27 Thanksgiving- School Closed

11/25-12/11 Scholastic On-line Book Fair


12/4 Assembly Day

12/16 7:00 PTO Meeting (7pm)

12/21 - 1/1 Winter Break- No School


1/8 Assembly Day

1/18 No School: MLK Day

1/20 Student Contact Day

1/20 PTO Meeting (7pm)


2/4 Assembly Day

2/5 Grading Day- No School

2/15 President's Day- No School

2/17 Student Contact Day

2/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)

2/24 No School: Staff Development Day


3/5 Assembly Day

3/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)

3/22-26 Spring Break- No School


4/2 Assembly Day

4/16 Grading Day- No School

4/21 PTO Meeting (7pm)

4/28 Staff Development Day- No School


5/7 Assembly Day

5/19 PTO Meeting (7pm)

5/31 Memorial Day- No School


6/2 Student Contact Day

6/9 PTO Mtg (7pm)

6/18 Last Day of School

6/18 Assembly Day

Oak Hills PTO Lunch/Dinner Night Out- MOD Pizza Tanasbourne (Sunday 10/25 10:30am-10:00pm)

Our first Lunch/Dinner Night Out will be on Sunday, October 25th from 10:30am-10:00pm at the Tanasbourne MOD Pizza! 20% of the days proceeds will go towards the 5th Grade Celebration Party! Please make sure that you bring the flyer, so the proceeds will go to Oak Hills! Dine in or use this code to order online: GR164513O

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BSD Learning Options School Information

It's the time of year when Options Schools applications open up. Please see the timeline below. In order to apply, please visit the BSD Learning Options Webpage or call the office for a paper application. You can also find information about Open Houses at the district's Options Schools.

Learning Options Webpage

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Technical Issues?

You may reach out to Mrs. Vallee directly via email at Anna_Vallee@beaverton.k12.or.us If she is unable to resolve the issue, support will be requested from the Beaverton School District HelpDesk.
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Family Toolkit

Visit the BSD Family Toolkit at: https://oakhills.beaverton.k12.or.us/ **Connect--Family Toolkit

Kindergarten-specific Information: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/early-learning/kindergarten

Community Resource Page

Click here for food, internet, transportation and utilities resources

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