Oak Hills Newsletter

Week of January 23, 2023

Message from the Principal

Dear Oak Hills Families,

Happy Monday! It's a steady week of school with familiar routines.

PTO is hosting the Family Movie Night this Friday from 6-8pm. It's a free event. We loved seeing so many families and students come together and relax in the gym. A friendly reminder that students must be accompanied by an adult (parent, family member, neighbor). Please see the PTO flyer below.

Have a wonderful week!


Ms. Do

Friendship Day on 2/10; Spirit Day and Buddy Classrooms Connect on 2/14

In February, we will continue to focus on Inclusiveness, Friendship, Kindness, and Empathy.

On Friday, February 10th, classrooms will host a party and celebrate Friendship Day. Please read the message in the PTO section or contact your child's teacher for more information about volunteer opportunities.

What will take place on Friendship Day (2/10)?

* Students will deliver friendship letters and cards to their classmates. We are requesting that students include everyone in the class. Teachers will share a class roster with first names.

* We ask families to not gift any sweet treats or candy with the cards and letters. This guidance is in accordance to the District Wellness policy. We also want to be thoughtful about allergy-sensitive classrooms.

*Teachers will be keeping in mind the District Wellness policy and double checking food-related student allergies when planning snacks.

On Tuesday, 2/14, the theme for spirit day is Kind Otters. Students are encouraged to participate by wearing Otter, hearts, kindness, and friendship apparel.

All students will be engaging in a project with their Buddy Classrooms.

Library News from Ms. Larsen

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

  • School Battles for 3rd begin this week and continue for the 4th grade.

  • Please email Lindsay Sandor, OBOB Volunteer Coordinator, at candlsandor@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer for school battles. We are scheduling time slots now!

  • To prepare your child for battles, now is a good time to review the titles and authors' correct name pronunciation and review the books with your child and jot notes of trivia in a notebook. Many of the OBOB questions will ask about names, places, lists, colors, descriptions, About the Author information, numbers and more. The more details they can remember, the better! Also practice the Practice Questions that are in your child’s school email.

To keep in touch with all things Library, check out the LIBRARY WEBSITE for:

  • Helpful Library Links for students and parents

  • How to View Your Student’s Library Account (Slides 1-7), View the Library Catalog (slide 8), Put Books on Hold (Slides 9-10), Renew books (slides 11-12), Pay Library Fines (Slide 13)

  • OBOB Information

  • Ordering Books From Scholastic for your home collection

  • Donations

If you have questions please feel free to reach out to Ms. Larsen at leilani_larsen@beaverton.k12.or.us

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PTO News

Thank you to all who came out for our big January PTO meeting - it was our largest turnout yet! We had some technical difficulties initially, but we were eventually able to work them out. We discussed upcoming events in the spring. If you are interested in helping with any of those events please sign up here.

Our next PTO meeting will be Feb 15th at 7pm both in-person and zoom. All are welcome! If you have agenda items to discuss, please email pto@oakhillspto.org.

This Friday: January 27, FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT (6-8pm)

A reminder that students need to be accompanied by an adult (parent, family member, neighbor). Thank you!

We are in the process of cleaning up our website www.oakhillspto.org. If you are not yet on the PTO distribution list, you can add your email at the side bar there or contact pto@oakhillspto.org.

PTO Volunteer Opportunities

5th Grade Needs help with Movie Night

Attention 5th Grade parents, Movie Night is a funraiser but also a FUNDraiser for the 5th Grade Celebration. We need volunteers to help Friday, January 27 to help with concessions, make popcorn as well as set up and take down. Shifts start at 5:30 and bring your kiddos to watch the movie. The 5th Grade needs you, 8 of you to be exact, sign up HERE.

Friendship Parties

The requests and details for volunteers are going up on MyImpact. They are scheduled for Friday, February 10. Please sign up to spend time with your kiddo and their friends.

Seeking Crafty Paper Cricut Types

Ms. Larsen, our librarian, needs help making some bulletin board decor for Read Across America. If you are interested, please log in to MyImpact or contact Laura Hoffmann at OakHillsVC@gmail.com.

Keep an Eye Out

We are working on having some upcoming trainings for Workroom and and setting up some zoom workshops with Ms. Fischer the reading specialist to talk about the how and why you want to volunteer to help with reading in the classrooms. We will share more when we have the details.

NEW Volunteer Team (REPEAT)

We are getting reorganized post-pandemic! Action needed: if you’re not already, PLEASE take 4 minutes to register in MyImpact so you can stay up-to-date on happenings at school (even if you work during the day!). This will help a lot with communication. Totally new to volunteering? Check out our FAQs including how to register, where to go, etc. Have ideas or want to get involved?

Contact our school coordinator, Laura Hoffmann: oakhillsvc@gmail.com

Have questions about volunteering? Contact any of us:

· Kinder: Jennifer.Thornton307@gmail.com

· 1st Grade: morganjlaw@gmail.com

· 2nd Grade: cristo765@hotmail.com

· 3rd Grade: jfwuest@gmail.com

· 4th Grade: alpsting@yahoo.com

· 5th Grade: ashleerichards2@yahoo.com

Upcoming fun: Friendship Day parties on Friday, February 10th! Make sure you’re a registered volunteer now to join your child’s party.

PTO After-School Club Opportunity

New Session for Pokemon Trading Club!

PTO is hosting another 6-week session of Pokemon Trading Club open to all students! Wednesdays 2:35-3:10 from 2/15-3/22 in the gym.

This session we will be using a lottery rather than first come, first served to bring more equity and less stress to the process. Please use the form linked below or a paper form in the main office to indicate your interest by January 30. https://forms.gle/7x8Bq4HtyiUCix1w8

Any questions may be directed to OakHillsPokemon@gmail.com

Elementary Progress Reports (REPEAT)

Dear BSD Families,

We want to thank you for the work that you’re doing each and every day to support your child’s learning. We couldn’t do this without your partnership.

This year we have an updated Elementary Progress Report. Below you will find the key revisions/additions that were made:

  • Habits and Practices: This replaces the Behavior Learning Targets with a more student-centered approach that includes skills and practices that influence a child’s brain structure and the development of the brain’s executive function.

  • Language Arts/Math/Music/PE: These four sections both have Habits and Practices for their specific content area in addition to the Academic Learning Targets.

  • Science, Social Science, and Health: We are no longer using proficiency grading, but rather reporting on Habits and Practices for these specific content areas.

  • ELD: Reporting for students in English Language Development will now be included on this progress report instead of a separate document. If your student doesn’t receive ELD services, this section will remain blank.

  • Strengths and Goals: This replaces the Comment Box with a more asset-based approach to communicating student progress.

We are continuously striving to approach teaching and learning in a more inclusive and equitable way through an asset-based lens. All of our students have gifts and it is important to see them reflected in the communication with families. We hope that you find this document informative and that it provides a snapshot into your child’s progress as a student in the Beaverton School District.

Thank you for being part of an inclusive school community! We appreciate your continued support and partnership.

Beaverton School District

Immunization Exclusion Day- 2/15 (REPEAT)

State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations or have a medical or nonmedical exemption.

Parents or guardians will receive a letter in early February if their child’s immunization record shows that he or she hasn't received the required vaccinations. Children won’t be able to attend school or child care starting February 15, if their records on file show missing immunizations.

The Beaverton School-Based Health Center and the Merlo School-Based Health Center are both resources for families in the Beaverton School District to get immunizations.

Important Dates--Mark Your Calendars

Monday, January 23 PTO Chess Club

Friday, January 27 PTO Family Movie Night 6-8-pm

Thursday, February 2 Science Ambassadors Club

Friday, February 3 No School for Students--Grading Day

Friday, February 10 Friendship Day

Friday, February 10 Progress Reports will be available on ParentVUE

Tuesday, February 14 Spirit Day: Kind Otters (Wear Otter apparel, kindness shirts, hearts, rainbows, etc)

Wednesday, February 15 PTO 7pm

Monday, February 20 No School for Students and Staff--In observance of President's Day

Tuesday, February 21 No School for Students--Staff Development Work Day

Wednesday, March 15 PTO 7pm

March 27-March 31 Spring Break

Thursday, April 6 STEM Family Night

Thursday, April 13 No School for Students--Staff Development Work Day

Friday, April 14 No School for Students--Grading Day

Wednesday, April 19 PTO 7pm

Wednesday, April 26 Music Showcase (Kindergarten and 2nd grade)

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, May 3 School in session for students--Parent Teacher Conferences (PM)

Thursday, May 4 No School for Students-Parent Teacher Conferences (AM and PM)
Friday, May 5 No School for Students and Staff

Thursday, May 11 Kinder Orientation Evening event

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January 16, 2023-- Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and National Day of Service

Since its initial recognition and celebration in 1986, the third Monday in January has been observed each year as “a day on, not a day off.” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Hands On Greater Portland offers a variety of events and volunteer opportunities for folks looking to take part in community-based ways to honor the holiday.

Preparing for Inclement Weather

Beaverton School District Inclement Weather Information

When we have inclement weather, school schedules could be affected. School closure or delayed start decisions will typically be communicated to media outlets and posted on the district website, ParentSquare and social media by 5:30 a.m. The District makes decisions based on the ability to operate school buses safely, the ability of parents and students to drive safely, and the ability of students to walk safely. Decisions are made for the entire District. However, we encourage families to make transportation and attendance decisions for their children based on their own assessment of travel conditions at their locations.

For the latest inclement weather information:

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Changes to Going Home Plans (Repeat)

Absences and dismissal changes can be reported to us via the Oak Hills website. There are buttons where you can click and report an absence or changes to how your child will be going home. For dismissal, please report the changes before 1:30 PM since this is when we will be delivering the information to our teachers and students. Thank you in advance for utilizing this communication tool. It will free up our phone lines for families, staff, and community members who urgently need to get in touch with the office.

Oak Hills website:

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