Raleigh Hills Newsletter

November 22, 2019

Weekly Message

Dear Raleigh Hills Families and Community,

We have so much to celebrate and for which to be thankful! One of our newsletter goals is to give families a window into all of the amazing school wide learning opportunities that are happening at all grade levels. The interconnectedness amongst our students at different grade levels is so apparent.

There are a number of announcements this week. From early closure information to grants to Smarter Balance Testing updates, we are working to keep you all up to date! Please let us know if you have any questions.

In the beginning of the year, we were sending out the newsletter weekly, and now we will be transitioning to sending it out every other week. The next newsletter will be sent on December 6th. In the meantime, please let us know if you have any questions.

Warm regards,

Jennifer and Lindsay


November 13 Options Program Open House

Thank you so much to these students for participating in the Student Panel break out session of our Options Program Open House. They were so inspiring and thoughtful in their responses to questions.

Alumni: Ellie Lowenberg and Mar Ubiergo

8th Grade: Wailana Palakiko, Simon Heinsch, and Luka Weierman

7th Grade: Quinn Baker and Will Erickson

6th Grade: Dylan McGrain, Katelyn Monsere , Jumalai Calderon

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1st Grade Thankfulness Turkeys

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Book Fair

A big thank you to friends and families for supporting the book fair. It is a fundraiser for our library. We raised almost $3000 in Scholastic dollars to purchase books with Scholastic for our library. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped set up and run the book fair. We couldn't do this without you. Erica Moore

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Books We Are Thankful For

4th and 5th grade classes are so thankful for these books!

Percy Jackson Series

Nate the Great

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Boxcar Children

Harry Potter

Notebook of Doom Series

Ivy and Bean Series


Dork Diaries

Land of Stories

Dr Seuss

Elephant and Piggie

Peppa Pig


Celebrating Student Learning

4th Grade's Field Trip

The 4th Grade went to the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. One thing we saw was a big tree stump covered with white fungi with one bright orange mushroom sticking out. We learned a dead tree still standing is called a snag and a fallen tree is called a nurse log.

A scientist told us how soil is made. We saw different types of trees. Deciduous trees lose their leaves. Conifer trees don't lose their leaves. We also got to go on a self-guided tour of the forest. We got to use binoculars and a magnifying glass. On one trail you could barely see a wasp's nest! We also got to see what a log that a beaver was chewing on looked like!

We hope everybody can go on such a great adventure!

By, DeElan and Claire

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Celebrating Kindergarten Readers!

On November 26, kindergarteners celebrated their reading skills with a "We Are Readers Parade!" Just like a sports team that wins a championship wants to show the world their trophies, kinders wanted to show the school their trophies: favorite books that they can love and can read! Students wore special crowns and carried books on their "school" parade route. Middle School students lined the walls to give them high fives. It was magical!

Middle School Monday Announcements

We are so grateful that our middle schoolers create weekly video announcements that all students see in their classrooms. In the announcements, classes are led through the pledge, birthdays are celebrated, teachers' classrooms are featured, and other fun interviews are done. Check out this week's announcement.
Mrs. Al-Rashidi's class watching the Announcements

Assembly November 15

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Early Closure Emergency Information

Winter weather conditions can often be unpredictable. In the case of an early closure from school, parents/guardians have indicated on enrollment paperwork what the plan is for their children should a situation arise. If an early closure were to happen, we can release students by what was indicated on the paperwork. If you would like to verify your early release plans, please contact your teacher or our office staff. It will help us significantly to confirm plans prior to a possible early closure situation.

6th Grade Healthy Snacks Workshop

Our health class wants to host a 3 day workshop meant to inspire and inform teenagers about preparing their own snacks. They'll get to make and enjoy quick pickles, smoothies, and fancy toast with the goal of gaining the knowledge to prepare snacks that are delicious, affordable, nutritious, and informed by sustainable practices. The cost is only $999 and we have a matching grant from New Seasons Market cutting the cost in half!

Every dollar counts and gets us closer to our goal. A donation of $5, $10, or $15 will have double the impact and we only have $310 more to go! Even if you cannot give right now, please share the project on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or whatever social media you are on. The farther and wider we can spread the project, the better for our school! Won’t you please help us and consider donating what you can and sharing with all your friends, families, and networks? We appreciate all you do for our school and helping our kids learn and grow!

Click on this link: https://fundrazr.com/RHK8_Snacks_2019?ref=ab_66j6Qb

Smarter Balanced State Test Update

Last spring, students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 in the Beaverton School District and throughout Oregon took the state tests (Smarter Balanced) in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

In addition to content standards, these assessments are designed to measure critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. The test results provide you, our schools, our district and the state with information about how well we are preparing our students for their next steps including college and career readiness.

Our students will take these tests once between January and June 2020. House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. The school shall provide any student who is exempted from a state test with supervised study time while other students are testing.

Here is a link to additional information: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Opt-Out_Form_2019-20.pdf

Winter Warm Up

Holiday Giving!

It’s that time of year when we come together as a community to spread some holiday cheer! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be gathering items for holiday baskets to give families in our community a little extra boost during the winter season. Here’s how you can help:

Donate items to our Winter Warm Up Drive: From Dec. 3-13, we will be collecting NEW blankets, scarves, hats, gloves and socks (in adult and kid sizes) as well as snacks and treats to fill our holiday baskets. Donation boxes will be located on the stage in the cafeteria.

Donate a $25 WinCo or Fred Meyer gift card: Cards can be dropped off in the office or Krista Orchard’s mailbox.

Sponsor a Holiday Basket: If your family, neighborhood or workplace is interested in sponsoring a basket for a family, we can provide you with information and a list of items to shop for.

If you have questions about our holiday giving or would like to sponsor a basket, please contact Krista Orchard: (503) 356-2166 or krista_orchard@beaverton.k12.or.us

Young Audiences Grant Received for Assembly on January 17

On behalf of Young Audiences Oregon & SW Washington and Far West Recycling, Inc., RH received a grant request to be funded in the amount of $1000 for a performance by Alex Addy on January 17. We are excited for this meaningful, fun and engaging arts education experience for our school.

Rhythm and Dance of Accra: This exciting and informative performance will transport to another world! Led and directed by Alexander Addy, an experienced instructor, professional dancer and accomplished percussionist, this program enables students to participate as they travel within the culture of Ghana.

Middle School Options Applications Information

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District Resource Page "Helping Children Cope"

The District has a resource page on our website called "Helping Children Cope." It provides guidance for parents after emergencies or traumatic situations

PTO Opportunities

I know email and Facebook may not be the preferred means of communication for a lot of people. I personally prefer text messaging. For all you volunteers who also prefer texting, here is how you can get on my text messaging list:

  1. Login to myimpactpage.com
  2. Under My Profile, choose Contact Information
  3. Scroll down to Mobile Email (under the heading Email Addresses)
  4. Click on "View Mobile Email Information here"
  5. Look up your phone provider and note the email given for your provider to receive mobile email (i.e. text messages)
  6. Go back to the My Profile/Contact Information/Mobile Email option and input that email using your phone number
    1. For example: If my phone number were 503-246-0110 and my provider is Verizon, I would input 5032460110@vtext.com
  7. Save

That's it! If you use the mobile app, login and click on the drop-down menu, then choose My Profile.

Thank you volunteers and have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa Marquoit

Volunteer Coordinator, Raleigh Hills K-8