Falcon News

Forest Hills Elementary

January 29, 2021

Upcoming Dates


Now Available | 2021-22 Grades 1-12 Registration Opens*

Monday 1 @ 5:00 - 5:30 PM | Kids' Storytime with Katharine Phelps*

Tuesday 2 @ 11:00 - 11:30 AM | 5th Grade Student Q&A about LOJH*

Tuesday 2 @ 5:00 - 5:30 PM | 5th Grader Parent Q&A about LOJH*

February 3 | Multi-synchronous review and connection

  • 8:00 - 9:05 | AM structured review and connection
  • 12:45 - 1:50 | PM structured review and connection

Wednesday 10 @ 5:00 - 9:00 PM | Polar Plunge Fundraiser at Chipotle*

Monday 15 | Presidents Day / No School

Tuesday 23 | Return to In-Person for Kindergarten and 1st Grade

  • February 19 | No School for K/1st
  • February 22 | Asynchronous Day for K/1st

Wednesday 24 | 2021-22 Kindergarten Registration Opens*

  • Revised date. Old date was Jan 20.


Monday 1 | Return to In-Person for 2nd and 3rd Grade

  • February 25 | No School for 2nd/3rd
  • February 26 | Asynchronous Day for 2nd/3rd

Friday 5 | Return to In-Person for 4th and 5th Grade

  • March 2 | No School for 4th/5th
  • March 4 | Asynchronous Day for 4th/5th

Reopening Timeline and Getting Ready

The timeline to returning to in-person school has been announced. We are confident this date will provide a stable, warm and welcoming transition to Hybrid in-person. Following is the timeline for all grades:

  • Kindergarten & Grade 1: Tuesday, Feb. 23

  • Grade 2 & Grade 3: Monday, March 1

  • Grade 4 & Grade 5: Friday, March 5

There are several things families can do at home to help prepare students for in-person school. On the district website under Roadmap to Reopening Health & Safety Protocols and listed below, are a number of guidelines, reminders and daily practices, including:

Preparing Your Student to Return to School

Daily Homescreening for Students During COVID-19

CDC Face Mask Guidance

Please Keep Ill Students Out of School

This information has been used by our families participating in limited in-person instruction with great success. Thank you for using it, too.

Planning for Our Return

The Forest Hills team is in the midst of planning for the February return to in-person instruction. In preparation for this return, please see below for important information about Hybrid In-Person.

Overview and Schedule

  • Students will attend in-person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday, students will stay home and attend virtually.
  • The school schedule will remain the same: AM Cohort will attend in-person from 8:00 to 10:45 AM. PM cohort will attend in-person from 12:45 to 3:30.
  • Multi-synchronous Wednesday schedule will stay the same. AM Cohort will attend virtually from 8:00 - 9:05. PM Cohort will attend virtually from 12:45 to 1:50.
  • Specials (Innovation, Music, and PE) will remain the same. Students will continue to attend virtually on the same schedule.
  • Asynchronous instruction will remain the same. This includes Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies, Science, and Health.

Routines and Procedures

  • Students will use multiple entrances to enter and exit the building. These will be designated to maximize physical distancing.
  • Student desks will be placed 6 feet apart
  • Student are allowed to bring water bottles.
  • There will be no snack or other food service.
  • Cohorts will be assigned a designated bathroom and there will be routines to maximize physical distancing.
  • There will be no recess, although students will have physically distanced movement breaks.
  • Students and staff are required to wear face masks throughout the day, including while riding the bus and during arrival and dismissal.
  • Families are asked to follow travel guidelines for quarantining.
  • Classrooms, desks, and all items left out will be sanitized using an electrostatic disinfectant between cohorts and after school.

Counselor's Corner

This February, we look forward to investing our time and hearts on the character trait of KINDNESS in our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons, classrooms, and school.

Kindness is not only a feeling, but a choice that we get to make every day to bring good things into our lives and the world. Those good things can look like more than kind words: Kindness is given through our actions, encouragement, attitude, and gifts. We will spend time thinking about how to be kind to ourselves, our environment, our school, and to one another. We will get to experience meaningful words through compliments and feel the joy that comes from showing appreciation and acts of service to others.

The definition students will be learning this month is KINDNESS: the choice to act with words, gifts, or actions to bring appreciation, positivity, and encouragement to others and yourself.

Here are links for extension activities to explore KINDNESS further as a family:

K-2 KINDNESS Family Letter (English) 3-5 KINDNESS Family Letter (English)

K-2 AMABILIDAD para Familias (En Español) 3-5 AMABILIDAD para Familias (En Español)

Asynchronous SEL lessons will be posted weekly by 8 a.m. each Monday morning on Google Classroom. Students may complete the one lesson at any time that week.

If you or your student would like to request a meeting or phone call with me, please do so here: Request to Connect with Mrs. Drimmel Form It is linked in our Google Classrooms and on my Clever page. I can also be reached via email at drimmelh@loswego.k12.or.us

To Parents/Guardians of 5th Grade Students

Greetings from Lake Oswego Junior High! My name is Molly Healy and I will be your child's 6th grade counselor next year. This is the time of year when we share information about middle school and forecasting for elective classes.

Next week, your child’s 5th grade teacher will show the foreasting video and share the google forecasting form and curriculum guide with your student. I have included the video and curriculum guide here:


I am offering “Question and Answer” times via zoom to meet as a school to answer questions your student may have about the transition to middle school and forecasting. The session is on Tuesday, February 2 from 11:00 -11:30. Link: https://loswego-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/86314275276


I am offering a parent/guardian “Question and Answer” session on Tuesday February 2 from 5-5:30. Link: https://loswego-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/89824357815

If you have an individual questions or one of a more personal nature please feel free to email me and I will get back to you: healym@loswego.k12.or.us

STEM / Innovation Update

What's happening this month in STEM/Innovation? February will be full of engineering fun with more units connected to our science and/or social studies standards. Visit our website for more details about what is happening at each grade level this month. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Jordan at jordanf@loswego.k12.or.us.

Culture Travel Week India

In preparation for Culture Travel Week 2021: India will take place March 15-19th and will be an all virtual/online experience. We are putting together a photo collage. If you have any photos to share that highlight Indian events-maybe at weddings or at a festival or Indian inspired sporting event-cricket game or yoga, we would love to include them. Please send these photos to: Kacybradshaw@icloud.com, including the name of the event and your child's name, grade, and teacher.

Kids' Storytime with Katharine Phelps

On the first Monday of each month, Respond to Racism hosts a virtual storytime with Katherine Phelps. The picture books highlight individuals and events that changed history and opened doors, explore social constructs and stereotypes, stretch the imagination, and help construct our own identities that transcend boundaries. Sign up for the storytime here.

Forest Hills Polar Plunge Team Fundraiser

Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 8 Centerpointe Dr Ste B in Lake Oswego for our fundraiser on Wednesday, February 10 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. We're raising money to support Forest Hills Elementary, so just download a flyer from the link or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they'll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!

The Forest Hills Polar Plunge team, the Freezing Falcons and Friends, is up and running. Ms. Hanse, our Learning Specialist, is the team leader. You can find more information on the team page or by emailing Ms. Hansen: hansenk1@loswego.k12.or.us

Freezing Falcons Team Page

Wednesday Workshops

Through a partnership with the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, LOSD is pleased to offer enrichment classes on Wednesdays to create more connection experiences for our LOSD elementary students only and offered free of charge.

The goal of Wednesday Workshops is for elementary students to take one, 60-minute enrichment class (online, synchronous) that will run 6 weeks from February 10 to March 17, 2021. Classes are scheduled from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. and can accommodate both the AM and PM cohort schedules. Experience will determine if the program extends for a second session in the spring.

Wednesday Workshops sign up is through LOSD Community Schools and features fun, high-quality third-party instructors in science, engineering, art, world languages as well as activity classes in leadership, movement, writing, drama and more.

Please click here to go to the Wednesday Workshops landing page on the LOSD website for more information and to register for a class. Or click here for a complete list of course offerings by time, grade, or subject.

YouthTruth Survey

As part of our district diversity, equity, and inclusion work, we are excited to offer the opportunity for you to give us feedback on your school experience through the YouthTruth survey. Giving parents, staff, and students the opportunity to reflect on their school experience is vital to understanding where we are and where we want to go.

The YouthTruth School Experience Survey is scheduled to be administered to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade elementary students between Monday, February 1 and Friday, February 19, 2020 during the school day. The survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete. Please note that parents may opt their child out of the survey if they would like - click here for more information.

Families will receive an invitation to participate in the survey on February 1. Please look for this invitation to access the 15-minute survey from the District website. The YouthTruth survey is confidential. You and your 3rd, 4th and 5th grade child(ren) responses will be held in the strictest confidence.

We encourage everyone to participate. This will be an important piece of information for administrators to use in order to address school experience issues.


It is time for our Winter i-Ready diagnostic assessment. Students will be testing in the areas of math and reading. i-Ready is a program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform and tailor instruction to accelerate growth.

At Forest Hills, our window for iReady testing is February 1-19. Teachers will send specific testing dates and times one week prior to assessments. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning. We appreciate your support and encouragement for your student to ensure that we gather accurate information about what they already know and what we can help them learn.

New Elementary Standards-Based Report Cards

This year, the Lake Oswego School District shifts to a standards-based report card for students in elementary schools. This new report card measures a child’s progress toward proficiency or mastery of the priority standards in Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking, and Math.

This approach provides the means for communicating a child’s learning in more specific terms. Standards-based reporting articulates clear end-of-year grade-level standards for each subject. Using the scale below, teachers will communicate where a child resides on a learning continuum by indicating the student’s progress toward mastery of each identified grade-level standard.

The standards-based reporting scale:

4 = The student is highly proficient and works consistently at an in-depth and complex level within or beyond the end of year standard*

3 = The student is proficient and meets the grade-level expectation of the standard
2 = The student is nearly proficient and nearly meets the end of year standard
1 = The student is developing and demonstrates limited proficiency on the end of year standard

Important notes about the scale:

  • Reporting is based on the end-of-year grade-level expectation. Therefore, proficiency would not be expected in the middle of the school year.
  • A “2” represents the expected target for the majority of the school year as this indicates the child is progressing with the standard as expected. A “3” will be given when the student completely meets the grade-level standard.
  • Details of what is expected at mastery level can be found on the report card or on the list of assessed grade-level standards.
  • A “1” may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher so parents will better understand their child’s learning journey.

*It is rare that a child will receive a “4” especially at the end of the first semester. A “4” score may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher to discuss ways he/she is meeting the child’s unique learning needs.

Behavior Learning Targets are approached differently than end-of-year standards. For more information about your child’s progress, contact the classroom teacher.

Regular Announcements

Asynchronous Rotation Schedule

This Week's Asynchronous Rotation Schedule

Week of February 1

  • Kindergarten / 1st Grade - Health
  • 2nd Grade / 3rd Grade - Science
  • 4th Grade / 5th Grade - Social Studies

1 asynchronous lesson posted per day, posted at 8 AM in Google Classroom

Yearlong Subject Rotation Schedule

Google Classroom Codes

Forest Hills Library Curbside Pick Up

The Forest Hills Library is now open for curbside pick up. Fill out the Library Book Request Form to tell us what kinds of books you like. Ms. Loiacano will choose 2-3 books for you! OR Place a hold for a specific book in the Destiny Discover library catalog. Holds must be placed by Thursday.

Curbside pickups will be on Fridays between 10:45 AM and 12:45 PM. Books are checked out for two weeks. Books can be returned at this time as well.

More Information about the Forest Hills Library and curbside pick up can be found on the Forest Hills Library website.

Forest Hills Library Curbside Pick Up

More information about the Forest Hills library and curbside pick up can be found here.

Grade Level Lunch Bunches

Ms. Drimmel, our Counselor, will be providing open grade level lunch bunches. Please find the schedule below and let your students know they can log on to see friends, engage in SEL themed activities or just check in to say hello :) Students can find the link to my zoom room on my clever page, in my google classroom or here : Mrs. Drimmel's Zoom Room

Mondays @ 11:00 - 11:30 | Kindergarten Lunch Bunch

Mondays @ 11:45 - 12:15 | 1st Grade Lunch Bunch

Tuesdays @ 11:00 - 11:30 | 2nd Grade Lunch Bunch

Tuesdays @ 11:45 - 12:15 | 3rd Grade Lunch Bunch

Thursdays @ 11:00 - 11:30 | 4th Grade Lunch Bunch

Thursdays @ 11:45 - 12:15 | 5th Grade Lunch Bunch

iLab Office Hours

Every Monday from 11:00 to 11:30, Ms. Jordan has iLab office hours. Anyone can join her Zoom room during that time to ask questions or get help with iLab. Ms. Jordan's Zoom link can be found in Clever.

Zoom issues? Call the Front Office

Just a reminder that you are always welcome to call the front office if you need help with Zoom. Call 503-534-2350 to speak with Nicole or Wende if there are any issues getting onto a Zoom meeting.

Reporting Student Absences

If your child will not be attending school for any reason, please call the school’s attendance phone number, or email the attendance email address. If your child is ill, please indicate the illness symptoms.

Forest Hills
503-534-2350 (main office number)

Mystery Science

If you are unable to purchase or have limited access, we have a limited amount of science supplies that are available to you from the Lake Oswego School District. This is based on need, not convenience: Science Materials Request Form

The bags will contain all of the materials needed for the lab work in the Mystery Science unit. Please select the school and grade level for your student. Supply bags can be picked up at your school. Office staff will help you to get your lab supplies. No names or email addresses will be collected in this request form.

Grab & Go Meal Pick Up

Due to new flexibility from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), LOSD is able to provide free packaged breakfasts and lunches for all children who wish to participate in the Grab & Go meal service.

Free meals have been extended from December 2020 through June 2021 to all children ages 1 to 18, even if they are not enrolled in LOSD. One meal kit per child. Face covering required at pick up.

Meal pickups are every Monday (three days of meals) and Thursday (four days of meals) at the following schools:

  • Lake Grove, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • River Grove, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Lake Oswego High School, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Lakeridge High School, 11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

While it is not currently essential to complete either the USDA or Oregon Expanded Income application, we encourage families that might be eligible to do so at your earliest opportunity. You can fill out the application online. Go to: https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Registration for the 2021-22 school year will begin soon.

  • January 20, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into grades 1–12 who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and returning students enrolling into grades 1–12 who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year.
  • February 24, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Students who are currently attending LOSD during the 2020-21 school year do not need to register for the 2021-22 school year.

LOSD is pleased to offer online registration through its parent portal, ParentVUE (contact your resident school for help with logging in). See the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website for guidance.

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