September 2021

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Principal's Message

Hello Fir Grove Families,

We are excited to announce our Meet Your Teacher event!! It will be on Friday, September 3. This is for students in grades 1-5. PreK and Kindergarten will have an opportunity to meet their teacher at a later date.

It means a lot that we will be coming back to in-person instruction this year and a sense of normalcy. Our traditional "Meet Your Teacher Event" will be re-imagined next week.

The plan is to hold “Meet Your Teacher” outside. After weighing all our options and the current state of the pandemic, we felt it is the safest choice for our community.

We will be asking families to attend at the following times according to the first letter of your child’s last name. We have purposely created smaller groups of families so students, families, and teachers can have a smaller group to interact. Please note that you have 15 minutes to visit all of your children’s classrooms. It is meant to be quick introductions and time for students to familiarize themselves with their new teacher before the first day of school and classroom location. This is also where students will be entering and exiting the building in the morning and afternoon. We will ask that families to leave at the end of their scheduled session so the next group of families can be welcomed in.

9:00-10:00 Meet Your Teacher Event (Grades 1-5 only. PreK and K will meet their teachers later.)

9:00-9:15 Last name A-E

9:15-9:30 Last name F-L

9:30-9:45 Last name M-P

9:45-10:00 Last name Q-Z

The purpose of this event is to give families and students a chance to meet their teacher(s) and the teacher(s) to meet their students and families. Please plan to attend the Meet Your Teacher with your child. We ask that you make an appointment for a different time if you need to have a one-on-one conversation with your child’s teacher.

Since this is an in-person event, please make sure your child(ren) brings their school supplies, if you have any. Below you will find the school supply lists and a calendar for September.

This week you should have received an email “Welcome Letter” from your child’s classroom teacher for this school year. If you did not receive a welcome letter, please contact the office.

Please feel free to contact the Main Office Team if you have any questions. We appreciate your continued support and flexibility while we navigate opening school to in-person learning. We look forward to welcoming all our students and filling the classrooms of Fir Grove with the sounds and sights of students engaged in learning.


Erin Miles, Principal

Main Office Team Contact Information

Fir Grove Main Office: 503-356-2110

Karla Portillo, Principal’s Secretary:

Kris Bridges, Registrar:

Erin Miles, Principal:

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We continue to modify our back-to-school plans to reflect the most current guidance from the Governor, Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority. Please regularly check our Back-to-School Information on the district website for daily updates.

New information posted on:

  • Mandatory vaccination verification for staff and volunteers
  • Breakfast and lunch plan
  • Recess


All students will be asked to remember the Three Ws:

Wear a Mask

Wash your hands

Watch your distance 3 ft between students inside the building. 6 feet between students on the playground. 6 feet between students and staff. *to the extent possible.

All families and students are REQUIRED to wear a mask on school grounds at all times, including arrival and dismissal.

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2 New Family Chat, 6:00-6:45pm

3 Meet the Teacher, 9:00-10:00am

3 PTO Playground Meet Up, 10:00-11:00 @ Channing Heights Playground

6 Labor Day

7 No School

8 First Day Grades 1-5

9 PTO Meeting, 7:00pm

10 First Day Kinders Last Name A-L

13 First Day Kinders Last Name M-Z

20 First Day PreK

23 Back to School Night, 5:30pm on Zoom

24 Fun Run Assembly

27 Community Walk, 6:00pm

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Meet Your Teacher for Grades 1-5

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Congratulations to our PE teacher Mrs. Villegas!

Our school is a proud winner of the Kids Heart Challenge grant! Fir Grove received $3,500 to spend towards helping our community be active and promote healthy lifestyles. We are honored to be chosen. Mrs. Villegas is working using this money for a special project for the gym. The special project will be revealed later this school year.

We're Back In The Office

Fir Grove's office is back in full swing.

Please call with any questions to 503 - 356 - 2110

Monday - Friday

7:30am - 4:00pm

or email us at

Please be aware, if you visit our office in person, all business will be handled one person at a time for up to 15 minutes. Any business that takes longer than 15 minutes needs to be conducted outside, via phone or Zoom.


We are using the same dismissal procedure that we had last Spring. If your student attended in person learning, then you already know what to do. Each family will get a car rider form to place in their front window. Your teacher will give this to you. This car rider form will help dismissal move along quicker. Please be patient during dismissal the first few days. We anticipate long dismissal lines as we all practice the routine, for walkers and car riders.

***See Arrival/Dismissal Maps below.

7:45 Students can arrive.

  • Adult supervision begins around outside of Fir Grove.
  • Grab-and-Go breakfast is available.Students will eat breakfast outside their classroom doors.
  • PreK, K, 1 and siblings arrive in Office parking lot.
  • 2, 3, 4, 5 arrive in north parking lot.

7:50 Classroom doors open.

8:00 School begins. If your student arrives after 8:00 please drop them off at the office to enter the building.

2:35 Dismissal. PreK, K, 1 and siblings dismiss from the Office parking lot. Students in 2, 3, 4, 5 dismiss from north undercover area.

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We received new guidance regarding PE and Music classes. I encourage families to refer to the Back-to-School Information page for more information and the latest updates. At Fir Grove, Ms. Colett and Mrs. Villegas are hard at work planning using these new guidelines.

Will P.E. classes occur outside?

All athletic activities during the school day must be occur outdoors through at least October 12.

In case of bad weather, P.E. classes will move inside, but no strenuous activities will be allowed during that class session.

Nutrition Services

How will breakfasts and lunches be served?

Grab-and-go breakfast will be served by distributing pre-packed food. Breakfast will be eaten outside the building near their classroom as students wait for classroom doors to open.

At lunch, all items will be individually portioned, but not all items will be wrapped. For example, fruits and vegetables will either be packaged or put in a paper boat for service. The paper boats will be on the service line behind sneeze guards but not wrapped. Students will select the items that they want, touching only the paper boats that they’ll be placing on their trays. Younger students will be helped with this process.

Nutrition Services may use salad bars but only for packaged items or whole fruit. Serviceware on salad bars will be changed between lunch periods.

How will cafeterias be set up to comply with the recommended distancing?

To begin the school year, all students will be eating outside. Students will be 6 feet apart using individual seat mats on the ground. Some tables are available for use outside as well. We will eat outside depending on the weather. The indoor cafeteria plan is to use two indoor spaces, the cafeteria and the multi-purpose room for meal service during inclement weather. Students will be seated at tables or on individual seat mats on the ground. They will still be spaced 6 feet apart.

How many classes will be eating together?

All lunches will be by grade level only. Each grade level has 2 or 3 classes in it.

Will students have assigned seats in the cafeteria?

At the elementary level, students will have assigned seats to help with possible contact tracing.


Other Benefits Include:

Free Chromebook Insurance

Waived Testing Fees

Reduced or Waived Athletic Fees

THPRD Scholarships

Possible Future Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Funds

  • US Department of Agriculture required that every family be given access to a Meal Benefits Application
  • You can find the online applications at - the fastest, safest way to apply is online
  • Paper applications are always accepted for those who prefer paper. Visit the main office to pickup a paper application.

Questions? Call Laurie Bishop, Meal Benefits Program Speialist at 503-356-3957 or email at

Cell Phones @ School

We understand that Cell Phones for many of our students are “just a part of life.” That being said, we do not believe that students must be on their phones during the school day. In fact, we believe they would benefit from a break from these small screens. Once students enter the school and until they leave at the end of the day, they are expected to turn their phones off and store them safely away. If students need to connect with home or if home needs to connect with their student, we will employ the “old school” way of students calling home from the office or parents calling school and leaving a message.


Fir Grove will host Parent Teacher Conferences on the afternoon of October 27th and all day October 28th. There will be no school for students on October 28th and 29th. The format of how we do these conferences is still being determined.

Parent Square


ParentSquare is a simple-to-use platform that provides a safe way for everyone at a school to connect. With ParentSquare, you'll be able to:

  • Receive messages from the district and school via email, text or app notification
  • Choose to receive information as it comes or all at once at 6 p.m. daily
  • Communicate in your preferred language
  • Comment on school postings to engage in your school community
  • Direct message teachers, staff and other parents
  • Participate in group messages
  • Sign up for parent-teacher conferences
  • Sign forms & permission slips
  • And more all from your phone or web portal!

School Supplies

The Fir Grove PTO and our community partner Beaverton Christian Church are purchasing school supplies for each family to start the year off learning at home. We got you covered!

There are a few items per grade level that families do need to purchase. See the school supplies link.

We are asking families to provide:

  • Full size backpack labeled with name
  • Water bottle labeled with name

If you are not able to purchase a backpack, please contact our school counselor Maureen Caryl, .

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Plan Your Trip

Back to school planning includes how your student will travel to school this fall. Beaverton Safe Routes to School invites you to explore your options for safe travel on our website:

  • Suggested walk and bike routes for each school
  • Safety tips for all modes of travel (walk, bike, bus, car)
  • Arrival/Departure maps for each school (how students who travel by foot, bus and car should arrive and leave school)

The safety of our students depends on you!

To learn more visit:

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Fir Grove Spirit Wear

Do you have Fir Grove gear? Now is the time to order it. Online orders close on September 22. Orders will be shipped directly to your home the week of October 11th.

Fir Grove School Spirit Shop

Mission Statement

Our Fir Grove community believes that by working together to create meaningful relationships, honor differences, and encourage excellence, students will develop a lifelong curiosity and joy of learning.

Fir Grove Elementary

Office Hours: 7:30-4:00

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