Ladd Acres Astros #7

EMPOWER! Every student ... Every day!

Fantastic February at Ladd Acres

Dear Astro Families,

It is hard to believe that with the blink of our eyes, we are welcoming in the month February. Our students are working hard, playing and making a difference in our world. We are proud of them.

In the month of February, our second language learners will complete ELPA 21 assessments which will test language proficiency in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Good luck to all our students.

A special shout out to our wonderful PTA. Last month they voted to purchase headphone sets and mice. This will allow our students easier access to the 120 new Chromebooks provided by our community when they voted yes on the bond in November. We are grateful and appreciative.

We are excited to welcome back Chinese classes to Ladd Acres. Students will receive weekly 30 minute classes with our new teacher Kecai Ma. Classes are focused on language and culture and afford our students with an opportunity to learn about a culture that expands our borders of Hillsboro.

A quick reminder - report cards will be sent home on Thursday, Feb. 8th.

Looking forward to a fabulous month of learning.

With warm regards,

Francesca Sinapi

Principal, Ladd Acres Elementary

DREAM big... REACH for the stars...TOGETHER we ACHIEVE success!

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Feb. 1 No School - Grade Prep

Feb. 2 No School - Grade Prep

Feb. 5 Chinese classes return to Ladd Acres

Feb. 7 Community Bond Meeting @ the Ladd Acres library 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Feb. 8 Last day to bring new toys for the Toy Brigade

Feb. 12 Fundraiser - Chipotle on Cornell Road, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Feb. 15 PTA Meeting, in the library 7:00 p.m.

Feb. 19 No School - Presidents’ Day

Feb. 21 Fundraiser - MOD Pizza, all day

Feb. 22 Hearing Screening

Feb. 23 PTA Family Fun Night - showing the movie WONDER @ 6:00 p.m.

PBIS Trait: Respectful

Wear College & Career gear every Wednesday!
Wear ASTRO gear every Friday!

If you get the chance, ask your student about the following:

1. What has he/she been working on in Garden classes? (Special to Ladd)

2. How do they feel they did on the mid-year Interim assessments? (Academics - ELA/Math)

3. What does zones of regulation mean? (Social/Emotional Learning)

4. Name one person in their Family Group and describe the balloon activity we did in Jan.

All of our students have been working on the above items and should be able to give you some insight into our school-wide efforts.

Mid Year Survey

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We would like your help in providing our staff with feedback via our Parent Survey.

PARENT: Thank you in advance for helping us collect this valuable feedback. We will use this information to help make Ladd Acres better than ever!

Upcoming School-Wide Events

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What are Zones of Regulation?

Throughout the school year we are learning about the Zones of Regulation. If you hear your student talk about being in the “blue”, “green”, “yellow”, or “red” zone they are sharing their current emotional state and how that relates to their body movements and brain functioning. The Zones of Regulation helps children understand the concept and skill of self regulation. If you find your child taking deep breaths, getting a drink of water, counting to 10 or asking for a break, they might be using one of the tools they’ve learned to help regulate their brain and body! Below is a brief explanation of each zone.

  1. The Red Zone​ is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger or rage.

  2. The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; however, one has some control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles or nervousness.

  3. The Green Zone​ is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.

  4. The Blue Zone​ is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings, such as when one feels sad, sick, tired or bored.

Self-regulation is something everyone continually works on, whether we are aware of it or not. We all encounter difficult circumstances that test our limits from time to time. If we are able to recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it and respond in a way that reflects our best selves. This comes naturally for some, but for others it is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced. This is the goal of The Zones of Regulation.

Henry's 5th Annual Red Tricycle Toy Drive

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Congratulations to our students that have collected over 430 toys so far to support Henry's Red Tricycle Toy Drive. The drive ends on Feb. 7th. Thank you for your support!


Stop by and see the new Astro Academy rocket! Jennifer, our wellness instructor, was able to work with various community and staff members to obtain the resources for a new rocket ship. Even Century High students, with guidance from Matt Loun and Tim Morley, were involved and able to construct the ship. On Friday, Jan 26th, it arrived. We are all super excited for the collaborative effort and beautiful result.
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A Message from Ms. Harding...Tech Safety

Online relationships are part of typical adolescent development. Social media can support teens as they explore and discover more about themselves and their place in the world. Supporting your child in behaving safely and appropriately in both the real and online worlds can be particularly challenging in this digital age. Many teens need to be reminded that a platform's privacy settings do not make things actually "private" and that images, thoughts, and behaviors shared online will instantly become a part of their digital footprint indefinitely. Once content is shared, it can be copied, reshared, and posted anywhere online.

As your navigating, here are some Social Networking apps to be aware of:

  1. WiBeeTalk: is a messaging app that features video and live streaming. Users can easily send inappropriate videos to unsuspecting users or send their own video out live. It also features “whisper” messaging where messages are designed to disappear.

  2. Whisper: this app was designed to be an anonymous app where you can divulge your deepest secrets to an audience of unknown people. When you want to share something, you type your message and then the app chooses an image that matches the content of your message. The app also has a chat feature with disappearing messages. There are no user accounts or profiles and posts are shared by your current geographical location and shared among all users.


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Ladd Take 2nd Place in the District Attendance Competition!

Every moment your student is in school is an opportunity for success. Strive for less than 9 absences per year to ensure college readiness and preparation for success! Please note that vacations are unexcused absence. If possible, please try to do vacations on non-school days.


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We are committed to providing families with accurate and prompt information in the event of inclement-weather and other urgent matters impacting our schools and community. The District uses the following methods of communication to relay urgent information to District families and the broader community.