Patterson Elementary

Parent Blast - October 11, 2021

Panther Dash

Panther Dash is this Friday the 15th! Please follow the link below to sign up for Pledgestar and start the fundraising:

We’re so excited to announce school-wide prizes this year for meeting fundraising goals, in addition to individual prizes. We have some amazing Patterson staff members who have volunteered to take part in the fun and allow themselves to be silly prizes for the school. Think: pie in the face, costume for a day, and so on…

This year we will be doing a walk-a-thon instead of our usual jog-a-thon. This way we can keep kids spaced out a little easier. We recognize this may mean fewer laps accumulated by the students, and to make up for this we will be counting laps at each corner of the track for grades K-2 and at the half points for grades 3-6.

If you’re interested in volunteering for Panther Dash, please reach out to Stephanie Shimp-Taylor at or sign up at our first booster club meeting of the school year tomorrow, Tuesday October 12 at 6pm. The meeting will take place under the covered area in the back of Patterson.

All volunteers will still need to sign in under the covered area and attest to vaccination. We will not be able to accommodate spectators this year.

Mrs. Brock's class will be doing this event on Monday.

Here to serve,

Jamie Lentz

Principal, Patterson Elementary

Important Dates

  • October 12th - Booster Club Meeting, 6 pm under the covered area at Patterson
  • October 15th - Panther Dash 8:30 - 1:00 pm
  • October 18th - Brock's Class Panther Dash
  • October 22nd - Picture Day
  • November 11th - No School, Veteran's Day
  • November 12th - No School, Elementary Work Day
  • November 22-26 - No School: Conferences, Professional Development & Thanksgiving

PE Newsletter From Mr. Twigg

National School Bus Safety Week: Oct 18-22

National School Bus Safety Week is held each year during the third full week of October and focuses on the importance of school bus safety. Here are a few safety tips for your student from the Hillsboro Safe Routes to School Program:
  • While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street.
  • Once off the bus, take 10 giant steps away from the bus.
  • Walk in front of the bus to cross the street, and make sure that the bus driver sees you before you step off the curb.
Interested in learning more? The Oregon Safe Routes to School Program has created this animated video for basic school bus safety tips. Also, visit to learn more about the Hillsboro Safe Routes to School Program.

La semana nacional de la seguridad en el autobús escolar se guarda cada año durante la tercera semana de octubre y se enfoca en la importancia de la seguridad en el autobús escolar. Aquí tenemos unos consejos de seguridad para su estudiante, de parte del programa de Hillboro de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela:

  • Mientras espera el autobús, quédese en un lugar seguro alejado de la calle.
  • Una vez baje del autobús, tome 10 enormes pasos alejándose del autobús.
  • Camine delante del autobús para cruzar la calle, y asegúrese de que el conductor del autobús lo ve antes de bajar de la acera.
¿Quiere aprender más? El programa de Oregón de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela ha creado este video animado con consejos básicos de seguridad en el autobús escolar. Visite también para aprender más sobre el programa de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela de Hillsboro.

Picture Day is Coming!

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Booster Club

Picture day is coming!!

This year's picture day is October 22. If we are able to have volunteers in the building, we will need 3 to help with this event. Volunteers receive a coupon for free pictures, because of this we would like to offer the volunteer positions to families who otherwise would not be able to purchase or are in need.

If you’re interested please email Stephanie Shimp-Taylor at

Positions will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. If we don’t receive interest from families who are in need, it will be opened up to all volunteers under the same process.

Due to the governor's orders, all volunteers must be vaccinated to help inside the building. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

Chess Club

Calling all Skilled Chess Players!

If volunteers are able to return to the building this Fall, we would like to hold Chess Club! We are in need of a volunteer who is skilled in chess and able to lead our advanced room. Chess club would be held on Tuesdays, after school 2:35-3:15, until Christmas break.

If you are interested or have additional questions please outreach to

Mask Guidance

Recently we have seen a few gaiters used at school. Gaiters are discouraged but permitted if double layers. Attached below is our mask guidance.

Food Pantry

At Patterson we have a small food pantry designed to help our families throughout the school year. If you would like to donate and/or are in need of some items, please reach out to our food pantry coordinator: Adriana Awad,

Attendance Line

Thank you to our families for calling students in sick on our attendance line and sharing symptoms. This has helped us to communicate with families regarding timelines for return and kept our building safe and healthy. If you have not done so already, we encourage you to save our attendance line number in your phone: 503.844.1385

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REVIEW: Quarantine Instruction

If your child is required to quarantine we will be providing some learning opportunities via Google Classroom. All of your children will be loaded into and have access to Google Classroom by the end of this week.

When your child is required to quarantine, they will have access to the following:

  • Links to our adaptive online programs in their Google Classroom - Wonders for reading/writing, Freckle for math
  • Access to recorded or broadcast lessons.
  • Access to essential activities in Google Classroom. You can expect a minimum of one math and one language arts activity to be posted each week.
  • Recorded lessons are core content lessons (math, content and language arts) that the teacher will record and post in Google Classroom at the end of the day.
  • Broadcasted lessons are core content lessons (math, content and language arts) that students can access in real time. Broadcast lessons are not livestream. Students will be able to log in to Google Meet and listen/watch the lesson but will not be interacting with the teacher.
  • Each teacher will chose which method (recorded or broadcast) will work best for their students, classroom, and themselves and will communicate their method via the Quarantine Schedule posted on their Google Classroom. Please see below for an example of both schedules.
  • Mrs. Lentz will be coordinating quarantine instruction, so if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.

Students that are absent but not quarantined may access the materials posted on GC. We will not be broadcasting or recording for excused or unexcused absences beyond quarantine.