Stayton Elementary School

February Cheetah Newsletter


A collaborative school that strives for excellence by providing a positive and nurturing environment that allows our diverse student population to develop self worth and reach their highest potential

Principal's Message

Hello fabulous families! We are gearing up for another amazing month here at Stayton Elementary. We have already raised over $10,000 for the American Heart Association with our Jump-Rope for Heart-Kids Heart Challenge. Can you say pink tutu? Yes, that’s right Mr. Larimer is planning on wearing it during the Jump for Heart-Kids Heart Challenge event February 7 & 8, all day during school. Some students have also earned the privilege to spray silly string all over Mr. Larimer. More communication will come later on when that event will take place. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this cause in some way, whether raising money or simply supporting by signing up online. Amazing job!!!

Youth Truth Survey: Every year we ask students, staff and parents to complete a survey to help us reflect on our current practices and how we might improve. Your feedback is so incredibly important to us. One parent or guardian from each household is invited to take the survey. Please click on this link to complete the survey: It should take about 15 minutes and needs to be completed in one setting. The survey is available in multiple languages including Spanish, English, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese or French. The survey link will be live through February 24th. We would really love to hear your feedback.

Literacy Night: Back by popular demand! Plan to join us on February 2nd from 5:45-7:00. This is a chance to come visit our classrooms and engage in fun and interactive activities around literacy with your children. All are welcome. Each child that attends will receive a free book as well as lots of take home activities. This is always a popular event with our families and staff. It is a great way to get out of the house for a while and have fun with your family. I hope to see you all there.

Mrs. Moore


Kindergarten: The ability to plan and stick to a schedule is crucial for success. Kindergarten teachers start introducing this to students by using a daily schedule and a monthly reading tracker. Each teacher shares the plan for the day with students in the morning so they can be prepared and know what to expect. Students quickly learn how to read the schedule and are able to prepare for the next activity and know what to expect throughout the day. Doing this sets students up for success and introduces them to the concept of planning out one’s day. The monthly reading tracker allows students to see the big picture of their hard work. They log how long they read each day and are able to see the accumulation of minutes at the end of the month. This provides students with a sense of pride, while helping them build daily habits.

1st Grade: First graders are learning so much throughout the day. To help them focus on what that moment’s lesson is, they have been breaking down essential questions for each lesson. By doing so, they point out key words that popped out to them. As a class, we talk about what the question is really asking us. By the end of the lesson, students should be able to answer that question.

2nd grade: Story problems are tricky! 2nd grade has been using the critical reading process to better understand multi-digit story problems in math. Students have been following the 3-read protocol, paying attention to different aspects of the problem during each read and marking the text to show their thinking. This process helps students understand the question, which helps them set up an equation that matches the problem.

3rd Grade: Third grade is focusing on using academic language and discussion structures. As we begin our persuasive writing unit, the students will be working on forming and expressing opinions through language and writing.

RULER (Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, Regulate)

RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) that we have started to implement here at Stayton Elementary. It is designed to help students recognize the emotions they are feeling. To understand that we all feel lots of emotions. To teach students to identify where their emotions fall on our mood meter and how to shift from an undesired emotion to a desired one. Last month we talked more about leveraging your best self.

This month I want to talk about step 4, The Blueprint reflection worksheet. Because our students are so little, this is something students will complete with an adult. It may be their teacher, our Behavior Specialist Mrs. Alpough or our Dean of Students Ms. Cooper. The Blueprint is designed to give students the opportunity to reflect. They are asked to think about how they are feeling. What happened to make them feel that way and give students strategies to try to help them shift from an undesired feeling. If they are reflecting on an incident that happened between them and another student we ask for the student to reflect on how their actions made the other person feel and what actions they might do to make them feel better about the situation.

Our students are so young here at Stayton Elementary. Students are still learning how to interact appropriately with their peers. We spend a great deal of time teaching students the desired behaviors while here at school. Students are striving to understand and demonstrate our 3B behaviors: Being Safe, Respectful and Responsible. We believe in teaching and reteaching as many times as it takes for a student to find success and have healthy interactions with their peers. The Blueprint is just one of the many tools we use to accomplish this.

Join Us for Literacy Night on Feb. 2nd

"Once Upon A Time" is the theme for our literacy night. Families will have the opportunity to visit classrooms, participate in activities and each SES student will receive a book! The fun begins at 5:45pm and ends at 7:00pm. See you there!

Immunization Exclusion Day

All students must be up-to-date on their school required vaccines by Wednesday, February 15th. Students who are missing immunizations will not be allowed to come to school until all vaccines are completed. Please contact the Marion County Health Department at 503-566-2961 if you have questions.

Yearbooks Are On Sale!

Don't forget to purchase your SES 2022-23 yearbooks!

Order online at

Enter school code 13170323. The price is $16 per book. Orders can only be purchased online.

Orders must received by April 24th. Yearbooks will arrive in June before summer break.

2023-24 Kindergarten Enrollment is OPEN

Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1st, 2023? If so, please stop by the school office to pick up a registration packet. We will be accepting applications all through the Spring and Summer. Remember that a birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence of the legal guardian is required.

Enrollment for 1st/2nd/3rd Grades Opens March 1st

Starting March 1st, you will be able to go online and re-enroll your students for the 2023-24 school year. At this time you will go to the district's web page, log in and update all of your students' information. This is REQUIRED for every student who is returning to SES. If your student will not be returning, please contact the school office. Each parent has a designated PIV number for registration. Be looking in your child's Thursday folder for the parent letter that will be coming home. It will have your PIV number listed. Please save this for your records.

No School Days in February

February 3rd is a staff in service day

February 20th is President's Day


Important Dates for February

2nd - Literacy Night 5:45- 7:00pm

2nd - Spirit Day - Dress up in your fanciest clothes


15th - Immunization Exclusion Day

16th - NSSD Board Meeting @ SES Cafeteria 6:00pm

17th - Spirit Day - Dress up in your college gear

20th - NO SCHOOL

22nd - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Mission Statement

Providing opportunities for personal growth through shared learning experiences and meaningful interactions for our diverse student population