Middleton Update

Middleton Elementary | August 26, 2022

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Middleton Families

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself if we haven't already met. My name is Mili Wilkinson and I am the new principal of Middleton Elementary. I started my career in education 16 years ago as a teacher at Middleton. Since then, I have served as an elementary Instructional Coach at Edy Ridge Elementary, Dean of Students at Laurel Ridge Middle School, and Associate Principal at Laurel Ridge Middle School and Sherwood Middle School. I feel lucky to work in such a supportive community and am honored to rejoin the Middleton family.

There is so much to look forward to this year, including meeting new teachers and seeing old friends, the return of many of our community events and volunteer opportunities, and, of course, a lot of wonderful learning. Many thanks goes out to our custodial and district facilities team for preparing our building and grounds, as well as our staff who took part in summer learning opportunities.

I'd like to also welcome our new staff:

  • Shelby Boyd, ELD Teacher

  • Caryn Bussanich, Library Coordinator (new role)

  • Lesley Cazares, Learning Specialist

  • Susie Cottle, Long Term Kindergarten Sub

  • Susanna Hale, School Psychologist

  • Jordan Lau, Life Skills Learning Specialist

  • Morgan Luccio, General Education Instructional Assistant

  • Briana Medow, 4th Grade Teacher

  • Angela Porter, Pre-K Instructional Assistant

  • Jennifer Rumbaugh, Kindergarten Teacher

  • Hannah Schacht, Music Teacher

  • Lisa Scrivner, SPED Instructional Assistant

  • Molly Strutz, Pre-K Teacher

This weekly newsletter includes information you need to stay up to date on what is happening in our school. It's a great way to stay connected to all of the important events at Middleton. We are looking forward to welcoming students back very soon and are excited for a fantastic school year!

Upcoming Dates

September 1st, 2nd and 6th | Kindergarten Orientation

  • Kinder students attend one of the three days (please see below for items to bring)

September 7th-8th | Kindergarten Ramp Up

  • All K students attend starting September 7th

September 9th | No School for Kindergarten

September 12th | Kinder Students Attend with Assigned Teacher

September 14th | Early Release at 1:15 PM

September 21st | Early Release at 1:15 PM

September 22nd | Back to School Night 5:00PM - 6:30 PM

September 23rd | Middleton Fun Run

September 28th | Early Release at 1:15 PM

School Schedule

The first day of school for grades 1st - 5th is Thursday, September 1st. Kindergarteners will follow a different beginning of the year schedule. More information about the Kindergarten schedule can be found later in the newsletter. The school day begins at 7:55 a.m. with doors opening at 7:45 for general arrival. Students eating breakfast at school may arrive as early as 7:30 A.M. The regular school day ends at 2:15 P.M. On Wednesdays school dismisses at 1:15 P.M. with the exception of September 7 when school will release at 2:15 PM.

Arrival and Dismissal

As a part of our annual safety and security review, our district elementary team has been thoughtfully considering how to make our elementary arrival and dismissal times as safe as possible. One major safety concern for our buildings is the entry of parents into the building for drop off in the mornings. Allowing parents to enter the building without background checks or scheduled volunteer times, creates a large breach in our building security measures. As such, we are going to continue to keep our arrival (and dismissal) procedures the same as last year. Parents will be allowed to drop off their students at the main entrance doors in the morning and all teachers will walk students out of the building at the end of the day. This will still provide parents with the opportunity to check in with teachers at pick up if needed, and will also help us to very closely monitor who is in our buildings at all times. For more details regarding drop off and pick up locations please see the slide deck linked here.

Volunteers and parent helpers will still be welcome in our schools during pre-scheduled volunteer times with our PAC or our classroom teachers. Additionally, parents are encouraged to attend our Supply Night open house on August 30th from 4-6 pm to visit classrooms and see the building. We will also host an in-person Back to School Night on Thursday, September 22nd from 6:00-7:30 pm, and in-person conferences in late October and early May. It is important to us that we balance both student safety and parent involvement in our school community, and we believe this plan will allow us to do both. Additional information about volunteering can be found below.

School Calendar

The Sherwood School Board has approved our school calendars for the 22-23 and 23-24 school years. These calendars can be found on the district calendar webpage linked here.

Supply Night

On August 30, Middleton will be hosting a Supply Night for grades K-5 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Families are invited to attend anytime within the window to visit their student's classroom, meet the teacher, and drop off their school supplies. Kindergarteners will not yet have an assigned teacher and can visit all three of the Kinder classrooms. Check the Middleton School Supply List to make sure you have everything you need for the start of school. If you ordered a Supply Kit thought EPI, the materials will be delivered to your students' classroom for Supply Night. Kinder Supply Kits will be located in the Kindergarten Pod for families to pick up since those students will not yet be assigned to specific classes. Please note that PreK students will bring their supplies with them to their orientation days and will not attend Supply Night. Please contact our front office or call the SHARE Center at 503-825-5087 if you need assistance with supplies.

Health and Wellness Information

  • If you need translation assistance with this slide deck and its information, please reach out to Maria Quinones at (503)825-5085 or mquinones@sherwood.k12.or.us


If your home address is more than one mile radius from our school, or you live on the opposite side of Hwy 99W, you may be eligible for transportation. To view transportation maps, routes, and pick-up/drop-off times please visit the transportation web page linked here.

Class Lists

Class lists are finalized! Be on the lookout for an email from your child's teacher this afternoon at 3:00 pm.

School Meals

  • Free Meals Application- Meal pricing returns this year. Information about lunch and breakfast prices and menus can be found on our Nutrition Department web page linked here. You can also make payments in person via the drop box outside located in the Middleton lobby. If you would like to apply for our free lunch program please complete the application linked here.

Get Involved

Volunteering- There are many opportunities to volunteer at Middleton. All volunteers will need to a) complete a background check and b) submit a proof of vaccination or receive approval for a vaccination exception.

Site Council-
The Middleton Site Council has open positions for the 22-23 school year and we hope you will consider joining the team. Site Council Meetings are held bimonthly from 2:30-3:30. The purpose of the team is to provide feedback around school improvement goals and guide the school toward achieving these goals. If you are interested, please email Michelle Wunnicke at mwunnicke@sherwood.k12.or.us.

PAC- Our parent volunteer group is a very important part of our school. We are in need of several volunteers to get our PAC positions filled. Get connected with the Middleton PAC today! Visit the link here to see upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to get involved and be connected. In addition, feel free to reach out to middletonpacboard@gmail.com to learn more about how to get involved.


The Sherwood School District is excited to continue to offer Pre-Kindergarten in the Fall of 2022. We have spots still available at Middleton. Our inclusive Pre-Kindergarten programs have the goal of offering high-quality early learning education that promotes social-emotional learning and academic skills students need to be successful in school and beyond. Our current programs are inclusive, providing rich early learning opportunities for typically developing children and children with developmental delays and disabilities. This will be a tuition-based program, with financial assistance available for families who qualify.

More more information and to register please visit our website or contact Alyssa Thompson at athompson@sherwood.k12.or.us

Kinder Orientation and Ramp Up

“Kindergarten Orientation Days” September 1, 2, & 6

Kindergarten Orientation Days: Your child will be invited to one of the three orientation days. They will spend this day doing fun activities with all Kindergarten teachers in a small group setting.

Students’ assigned day for Kindergarten Orientation is determined by the first letter of their last name:

  • Student Last Name A – G: Thursday, September 1 (8:05am – 2:15pm)

  • Student Last Name H – P: Friday, September 2 (8:05am – 2:15pm)

  • Student Last Name R – Z: Tuesday, September 6 (8:05am – 2:15pm)

Parents will drop students off at the front of the building. Students will enter via the front entrance of the school. We will have plenty of staff on hand to guide students to classrooms.

  • 8:05 - Meet at the front entrance of the building. A staff member will greet you and walk your child to the Kindergarten Pod.

  • 8:35 - Parents meet under the Middleton covered play area for a Welcome and Q & A with staff.

“Ramp-Up Days” September 7-9

  • Tuesday, September 7 & Wednesday, September 8 - all children attend the full school day (7:55am - 2:15pm). During these two days, students will spend time in each kindergarten classroom with a variety of students and staff.

  • Friday, September 9 - No school for kindergarten students - teachers thoughtfully create balanced classes and prepare classrooms. Kindergarten class lists will be emailed by noon.

  • Monday, September 12 – Kindergarten students begin in assigned classes (7:55 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.).

Additional Important Information

  • Please send a healthy, nut-free snack, with your child each day.

  • Cold lunch is strongly recommended for the first days of school; however, hot lunch may be purchased. Lunch money should be sent with your child in a sealed envelope or zip-lock bag with your child's first and last name clearly marked on the front. If you are interested in seeing prices, lunch menus or applying for free meals, please see the section below.

  • School supplies will be brought to school on your child's orientation day. A list of supplies for kindergarten can be found linked here.

  • Please fill out this “Go-Home Survey” to let us know your child’s end-of-day transportation plans for the Orientation and Ramp-Up days.

Sherwood School District Newsletter

The start of the 2022-23 school year is just a few days away, and we are excited to welcome back students, staff, and families at all of our SSD schools for another great school year! Please click here for the District Back-to-School Update

Superintendent Meet & Greet/Listening Session

Our new Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon will be hosting an opportunity on Thursday, September 8th to meet members of the community, answer questions about the upcoming school year, and discuss the proposed social science curriculum for grades K-5. This will be the first of several community engagement opportunities with Dr. Lyon in the coming school year.

Please join us at Ridges Elementary in the Laurel Side Cafeteria on Thursday, September 8th, 6:00-7:30pm.

SHARE Center -- Back-to-School Supplies and Resources

The SHARE Center is here for all of your back-to-school needs! We have lots of clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies -- all ages and sizes!!

For an appointment at the SHARE Center, please contact:

Alyssa Thompson at athompson@sherwood.k12.or.us or 503-825-5087

Maria Quinones at mquinones@sherwood.k12.or.us or 503-825-5085

Back-to-School Park Play Day with Kona Ice

Let's celebrate the start of the new school year after school at Woodhaven Park on Wednesday, September 7th! Kona Ice will be available for purchase from 2:30-4:30 with part of the proceeds going to Middleton PAC.

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