Astro January Update #3

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

This past week you received more information about our possible return to school plans. I'm sure you have lots of questions. It is challenging because some of the answers will take time and cannot be predicted. Here is what we do know. We are making plans to bring small groups of students from grades K-2 to school in about 2 weeks to school for Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI). If your child will be one of those students you will receive a phone call from us. This will be our first step to returning students to on-campus learning. The letter that was sent on January 13th details the process we are following towards the goal of full-time or hybrid learning.

Each week I make phone calls to the students who received a Super Star Student Award. I am always impressed by the support and appreciation of the families that share with me. Thank you so much for your teamwork this year. We are getting closer to a time when we can see each other. Every day is one step closer!

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help.

In partnership,

Jennifer Robbins

Classroom Assessments

One of the ways teachers gather information about how students are progressing is through assessments. You may notice these assessments happening during the school day. It's important to let your child know to do their best but not to stress. It's hard as a parent to watch our children struggle especially on a test. It's ok if they struggle. The assessment is just information about their progress in learning. Please avoid the temptation to help with the assessment. Teachers cannot get an accurate assessment if you assist. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates

Jan. 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (No school)

Jan. 19 Return-to-school planning update

Jan. 21 SPED Parent Partnership Meeting, 5:30pm

Jan. 21 PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm

Jan. 28 End of Semester 1

Jan. 29 No school, grade prep day

Feb. 1 No school, teacher prep day

Feb. 2 Return-to-school planning update

Information About Returning to In-Person Learning

For more information about Comprehensive Distance Learning, Washington County metrics and the HSD Board decision, please visit our 202-21 School Year website.

The next update will be on January 19th.

I didn't sign up for This! Free Parent Support Series

This workshop is provided by the Prevent Child Abuse Oregon:

We have launched a partnership with Dr. Amy Stoeber, Licensed Psychologist and Trauma Informed Consultant to conduct a series of large and small-group parent support virtual sessions. Caregivers who participate in our opening session on February 4th from 5:30pm-7:00pm will have the opportunity to enroll in a 6-week small-group with Dr. Amy and a parent mentor. Registration is FREE. Please share through your networks. Parents and caregivers of all ages and abilities are welcome. For questions or any issues during registration, please email

Parenting Tools Workshop

Our Pax Tools Parent Workshop is a parenting resource to reduce conflict and help kids manage their own behaviors. The demands being placed on our families right now is extreme. Needing to fill multiple roles in the midst of pandemic stressors, plus the demands for on-line education, is a tremendous amount of work and stress for families. Pax is a program used in our primary grades, so most students are familiar with the concepts and terms.

The families that attended the first training had very positive feedback. They found the information very practical with usable strategies. Here is a quote from one family member:

“I've been a mom for 17 years, and have spent that whole time trying to come up with tools like these. Mine are always too complicated and too hard to follow through on, and I would always put all my energy into creating them. The PAX tools are simple enough that I can actually use them, and the presentation and materials made it so I don't have to put much thought or energy into implementation. I also really loved hearing the science behind each tool.”

This program is very simple to use and it is free! It comes with a free kit of materials and the free app, Pax Tools, is a great resource as well. Pax Tools app and training is all based on extensive research and practical experience.

After the training, we will hold office hours for drop in questions and follow up, for anyone who is interested.



Ladd Acres Yearbook

Ladd Acres Families,

Please use the links below to upload pictures for our 2020-2021 yearbook. We are hoping to be able to recreate the class pages, which means we would love to have a head/shoulders shot of each student and staff member. Photos need to be from this school year. Photos should be of high resolution with at least 300 dpi. Photos taken off social media are usually reformatted with lower resolution and do not meet this requirement.

We will also be creating the extra pages in the yearbook with photos of distance learning, pets, essential workers, arts, athletics, etc. We hope that we are able to create a fun and unique yearbook for this unique year.

If you have any questions, please email Jessi at

Traditional Portrait Submission:

Other Yearbook Photos:


Jessi Mottern

Ladd Acres PTA Yearbook Co-Chair

Construction Update

Construction is underway on our new gym and other projects. You can check out the progress on the gym construction site by clicking on the link to the webcam.

Webcam Link

Our Astro Stars Website

Have you had the chance to check out our new community ASTRO website? If not, check it out here:! This website is a fun space designed to help connect us all during comprehensive distance learning. Students can send a photo or video to share a new scientific discovery, short film, creative writing, art project, Covid- friendly adventures, book or game reviews, cooking/baking recipe, funny jokes, Lego creations, musical talents, pets, athletic talent, or something else that comes to mind. Submissions to the website must be sent to Teri Dunlop at

Note: the website is only accessible through an HSD student account. Winter break is a great time to create something to share and don’t forget to check back frequently for new submissions! We can’t wait to see what you have to share!

In-district Transfer Priority Window

HSD students wishing to renew or request a new in-district transfer for the 2021-22 school year are urged to submit their request in January to take advantage of the priority window. Most applications will come through our online system, which provides the requester immediate confirmation of their submission and the option of uploading supplementary paperwork as needed.

Please see the Boundaries and Transfers section of our website for more information or contact Marleen Zytniowski or Katie Russell-Willis at or 503-844-1771 with questions.

Information about COVID Testing and Flu Shots

Please see the flyers that are attached about free COVID testing and flu shots.

Ladd Acres PTA

If you haven't yet joined the PTA, there is still time. Membership information can be found on the website.

Ladd Acres Yearbook.

We are doing a yearbook this year.

We are hoping to be able to get a portrait of each student and staff member for the traditional yearbook pages. We have also created a google form for submitting other pictures to the yearbook. Thanks!

Traditional Portrait Submission:

Other Yearbook Photos:

Ladd Acres PTA website

Newsletter - English

Newsletter - Spanish

Easy ways to support Ladd Acres

Use Sora to Find Books to Read

Sora, the Student Reading App is available K-12!

  • We currently have over 700 ebook titles, and 94 audiobook titles for grades K - 12, in English and Spanish

  • Sora can be accessed through desktop computers or smart devices

  • A public library card can be added to Sora to expand your options

  • Sora is available for any person with an HSD account, including staff.

  • Users log in with their HSD username and password.

Sora Resources:

Instructions in Spanish - Instructions in English - Video tutorials - Request a title!

Support for Comprehensive Distance Learning

Being Successful While Working from Home

  • Stick to a routine.
  • Set realistic expectations of what you can accomplish
  • Have a to-do list

See more tips and resources on the Wellness Newsletter that is attached.

Need some extra support? We're a team, reach out so we can help!

School Counseling Website:

Student Success Coach Website:

School Meals

School meals will be delivered by our school buses. Please use MyBus Student Route Look up to find your assigned stop and delivery time. You will use your student's school id number as the login and their birthdate (in MM/DD/YY format) as the password.


Resources for Families

This is a list of a range of resources that are available in our community to support families.

Nurturing Hope - an online class focused on parenting strategies and child-centered activities. See registration information below.