Falcon News

Forest Hills Elementary

September 4, 2020

Upcoming Dates


Monday 7 | Labor Day Holiday / No School

Tuesday 8 @ 8:00 AM or 12:45 PM | 1st Day of School (virtual for all students)*

  • Includes synchronous/live reading, writing, and math via Zoom

Monday 14 | 1st Day for Specials Classes*

  • Includes synchronous/live Music, PE, and STEM via Zoom
  • Includes asynchronous Social Studies, Science, Health, STEM, and Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) posted in Google Classrooms

September 18 | Last day to verify student information in ParentVUE*

September 24 @ 6:30 PM | Forest Hills Back to School Night (virtual)

1st Day of School, Tuesday, Sept. 8

The 1st day of school for all Forest Hills and LO Online students is Tuesday, September 8. Classes will meet over Zoom using the link provided by the classroom teacher.

Students in the AM Cohort will meet at 8:00 AM.

Students in the PM cohort will meet at 12:45 PM.

Special Classes Start September 14

Starting on September 14, students will begin participating in classes in the "other half of the day." These classes will be a mix of synchronous/live and asynchronous. Synchronous/live classes will be done over Zoom. Asynchronous activities will be posted in Google Classrooms.

Music, PE, and Innovation

  • Live Music classes over Zoom 2x per week
  • Live PE classes over Zoom, 2x per week
  • Live Innovation class over Zoom, 1x per week

Innovation and Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • Asynchronous Innovation activity posted every Monday in Google Classroom
  • Asynchronous Social Emotional Learning activity posted every Monday in Google Classroom

Social Studies, Science, and Health

  • Weekly rotation of Social Studies, Science, and Health
  • 1 subject per week
  • 1 activity posted daily in Google Classroom

Zoom links and other information will be provided next week. You can find Google Classroom class codes in student learning kits. See What's in the Kit newsletter for an overview of the learning kits, including a 90-second video with instructions for adding Google Classrooms to your student's account. See Essential Logins newsletter for other important login instructions.

Message from the Counselor, Ms. Drimmel

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I’m so excited to be back connecting with students and families. As you all know, this will be a school year unlike any that has come before. This requires new ways of teaching and learning, and our Lake Oswego School Counseling Programs are no exception. My job as a school counselor is to support the social, emotional and academic success of all students in our school and online community. Please know that while there may be struggles ahead as we navigate this new platform for teaching and learning, we are truly in this together!

School counseling is a very relationship-driven endeavor, which can be very challenging in a distance learning and hybrid learning environment. To help facilitate connection, LOSD school counselors are making efforts to be as accessible as possible for students and parents. We have added Zoom to our technology tools for virtual meetings with both students and families. If you would like to request a meeting or phone call from me, please use this form to submit your request: Request to Connect with Mrs. Drimmel. I can also be reached anytime via email at drimmelh@loswego.k12.or.us.

This year, I’ll continue to provide Social Emotional Learning opportunities for our Falcons. Each month we will explore the following character traits together: Courage, Respect, Perseverance, Gratitude, Honesty, Kindness, Empathy, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Creativity.

Look out for more information on our September trait, Courage!

Thank you for your patience and perseverance during these times. Together, we can support all students at Forest Hills Elementary. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional support.

Message from our PTO

The goal of the Forest Hills volunteer Parent-Teacher-Organization is to keep everyone feeling connected and supported. This year there are NO FEES & NO DUES thanks to the strong support from our community in the past (Go Falcons!). The PTO will host virtual monthly meetings and any virtual activities where we have support from volunteers. As part of our ‘green’ initiative our annual registration has gone digital - good timing! Click the link to register for the PTO, select volunteer interests, or make a tax-deductible donation. Throughout the year, follow the PTO on Instagram (#foresthills.pto) or Facebook (@LOSDForestHillsPTO) to stay informed & connected to all the Falcon families!


Getting Started Tech Support

Tech Information Sessions

LOSD hosted two Tech Information Sessions covering the “how tos'' for getting started with distance learning. The session recordings and presentations are posted on the district site under Resources/Tech Support for Families.

Tech Support Ticket

A majority of tech concerns can be resolved by submitting a Tech Support ticket -- the link is on all school and district homepages for easy access to help with passwords, log-ins, hardware fixes, etc.

Google Classroom Guardianship

By now all parents and guardians should have received an email requesting you to accept guardianship of your student's Google Classroom. If you need assistance with this request, please submit a request through the Tech Support button. Note: accepting guardianship simply gives you the option of selecting how often you would like to receive summaries (weekly, daily, or no summary) of your student's Google Classroom activity. Only student accounts have access to Google Classroom.

New Meal Service

LOSD is providing free packaged breakfasts and lunches for all children who wish to participate in our Grab & Go meal service. New flexibility from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) enables LOSD to provide free meals to all children ages 1 to 18, even if the children are not enrolled in LOSD, now through the end of December 2020.

Children do not need to sign up for meals. However, it would be extremely helpful for our food service team to be able to plan ahead for the number of meals to serve. If children in your care are interested in participating in the Grab and Go meal service, please click here to complete a 30 second form.

The free Grab and Go meal service begins next week. Due to Labor Day holiday, next week's meal pick up will be on Tuesday, Sept. 8. After that, starting Monday, Sept. 14, breakfast and lunch meals can be picked up on Mondays and Wednesdays at the following locations:

  • Lake Grove Elementary, 11 a.m. - 12 pm.

  • River Grove Elementary, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

  • Lakeridge High School, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Meals should be picked up at the school site located closest to you. Children may participate in one or both days of the week; they may pick up 2 days of meals on Mondays and 3 days of meals on Wednesdays. Face coverings are required at pickups.

Bell Schedule for Class

AM Cohort Students

8:00 - 10:45 AM | Synchronous times for specials classes coming soon.

  • On Thursday, synchronous instruction will be from 8:00 to 10:25 AM

12:45 - 3:30 PM | Mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction in Music, PE, STEM, Social Studies, Science, and Health. Synchronous times for specials classes coming soon.

PM Cohort Students

8:00 - 10:45 AM | Mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction in Music, PE, STEM, Social Studies, Science, and Health. Synchronous times for specials classes coming soon.

12:45 - 3:30 PM | Synchronous times for specials classes coming soon.

  • On Thursday, synchronous instruction will be from 1:05 - 3:30 PM

School Supplies

If you ordered school supplies through 1st Day School Supplies, supplies will be ready for pick up at the Meet & Greet. If you have not ordered supplies, you can find the supply lists here: 2020-21 Supply Lists

Verify Student Info by September 18

If you haven't already, take a few moments to verify your student's information for the 2020-21 school year. This is required. Login to ParentVUE and review/update your student's information through the Register/Verify tab. This benefits both families and schools by:

  • Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.

  • Allowing parents to review the health conditions on file at your student’s school.

  • Enabling distribution of electronic devices covered by the district's Technology Agreement.

The verification window closes September 18, 2020.

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click “I am a Parent,” then click “Forgot Password.” If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact the school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact the school.

For help, email Wende Milner (wende.milner@loswego.or.us) or Nicole Merino (nicole.merino@loswego.k12.or.us)

Roadmap to Reopening

There is so much information! Check out the latest from LOSD about the coming school year: Roadmap to Reopening