Astro February Update #3

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

We are taking another step in the planning of returning to in-person school. A letter was sent to you via email on February 10th. In the letter was a link to a survey as well as more information about the return to school plans. The survey is to let us know if you wish to remain in CDL (distance learning) or come to school for in-person learning for the remainder of the year once we can return. If you have more than one child, please complete it for each of your children. I will be hosting a Google Meet to answer questions on Feb. 17th at 5:00 pm. The link for the Google Meet is below in the Upcoming Dates section. I have also linked the letter and the survey below.

Family Letter 2-10-21


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

In partnership,

Jennifer Robbins

Parenting Tools Workshop

We are offering a free, on-line parent training and behavior management resource; Paxtools. Paxtools is designed to reduce conflict, help kids manage their own behaviors, and improve relationships, all while building self-regulation skills and improving cooperation.

This evidence-based, trauma-informed training is based on decades of research.

This program comes with a free kit of materials, and the free app, Pax Tools, is a great resource as well.

Our next training is on March 10, 2021 from 5:30-7:30 pm, virtually

Quote from previous participants:

“I've been a mom for 17 years, and have spent that whole time trying to come up with tools like these. Mine are always too complicated and too hard to follow through on, and I would always put all my energy into creating them. The PAX tools are simple enough that I can actually use them, and the presentation and materials made it so I don't have to put much thought or energy into implementation. I also really loved hearing the science behind each tool.”

Please click on the appropriate link below to register:



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.

Upcoming Dates

February is Black History Month

Feb. 15 No school for President's Day

Feb. 17 Google Meet with Mrs. Robbins, 5:00 pm

Feb. 18 PTA Meeting

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.

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!

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.