Astro March Update #1

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

This week our 4th grade classes had engineers from Intel come to visit and share about engineers. This event was in celebration of National Engineers's Week.

We had supply pick-up for grades K, 1, 2, 3 and 6. There are still some supplies that need to be picked up. They are outside the school each day from 7:30 - 6:00 pm. Supply pick up for grades 4 and 5 will be on Wednesday, March 3rd. The Right Brain Initiative kits are included in the supplies. These kits have activities that students can do during their off-screen time.

Progress continues on all of our construction projects. The frame for the gym will be going up soon!

Thank you to all of our families who completed the return to school survey! We will be using this information to continue planning for hybrid learning. Here are our dates by grade for hybrid return:

  • Kinder - 2nd Grade, March 29th
  • 3rd - 4th Grade, April 5th
  • 5th - 6th Grade, April 12th

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

In partnership,

Jennifer Robbins

Kindergarten Registration

Dear Families,

It is the time of year when we begin to identify children who qualify to attend kindergarten in September 2021 In order to attend public school kindergarten in the state of Oregon, children must turn five years on or before September 1st.

On March 1st our on-line registration process opens for the 2020-21 kindergarten enrollments. If you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten in September 2021, to register you will need access to a desktop, laptop or tablet and an email account. Please follow the directions below.

Go to

Click on For Families menu

Click on Enrollment process.

Select Online Registration to create an account and begin enrollment.

If you need help with on-line registration, you can come by the school anytime.

There are two exceptions to on line registration.

If your child has been in Early Intervention

If your child has attended a HSD preschool.

If either of these apply please stop by the office to pick up a registration packet any time after March 1st.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call the office at 503-844-1300.

If you know of a family who may have a child who should start kindergarten in September 2021, please pass this information along. Please return the bottom portion to let us know about any possible students that will be attending Ladd Acres.

Thank you for your assistance, and we look forward to meeting the graduating class of 2034!

Also, 1st grade – 6th grade families that will be new to Ladd Acres they can also register. Call 503-844-1300 to get that started.

There will be more information on the Kindergarten Orientation coming soon.

Meal Distribution Changes

Meal distribution changes begin Monday, Mar. 1, and will remain in place through Friday, Mar. 19. All walk zone meal deliveries will be made by vans or other designated vehicles, not school buses. School buses will continue to deliver meals outside of walk zones. Many pick-up times will be different, so families are encouraged to review the walk zone and bus delivery stop lists for the schedule in their See for more information. On Mar. 29, meal delivery will cease. Students attending hybrid can pick up meals when they are on campus and students participating in CDL only can request weekly meals.

Parenting Tools Workshop

We are offering a free, on-line parent training and behavior management resource; Paxtools. Paxtools is designed to reduce conflict, help kids manage their own behaviors, and improve relationships, all while building self-regulation skills and improving cooperation.

This evidence-based, trauma-informed training is based on decades of research.

This program comes with a free kit of materials, and the free app, Pax Tools, is a great resource as well.

Our next training is on March 10, 2021 from 5:30-7:30 pm, virtually

Quote from previous participants:

“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.”

Please click on the appropriate link below to register:



Girls on the Run - Running Club

Founded locally in 2007, Girls on the Run of Portland Metro is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a subsidiary council of Girls on the Run International. Since their start, they have partnered with more than 100 elementary schools and served over 5,500 girls in Portland.

Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind through their after-school running program. The only program of its kind, it focuses on the important connection between mind and body. The research-based lessons and accessible physical activity instill confidence and nurture care and compassion in every girl!

Girls on the Run is looking for enthusiastic, dedicated, and positive volunteers to join their coaching community for their spring 2021 season.

Volunteers will co-coach teams of 6-10 girls from April 12th to June 5th for 90 minutes twice a week. Coaches do not need to have previous experience coaching, and all GOTR Coaches will receive the training, supplies and support needed to create an unforgettable experience for participants. Girls on the Run has also modified its program curriculum and policies to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions. Visit to learn more and sign up

Ladd Acres Library

Books can be checked out from the Ladd Acres library. See the attached fliers for more information or watch the videos to find out how to check out books.

Upcoming Dates

March is Women's History Month

3/4 API Family Engagement meeting, 6:30pm

3/14 Pi Day; Daylight Saving Time begins, 2am

3/22-3/26 No School for spring break

3/29 K-2 Hybrid instruction begins

4/5 Grades 3-4 Hybrid instruction begins

4/12 Grades 5-6 Hybrid instruction begins

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.

Community Events & Information

Crystal Apple Award Nominations. The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 16th Annual Crystal Apple Awards, recognizing excellence in education in the greater Hillsboro community. Nominations can be made of any K-12 staff member - licensed, classified, or administrator - who you feel goes above and beyond to support students and promotes lifelong learning as a key to their future success. Learn more on their website and submit nominations by Friday, Mar. 12

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!

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

Easy ways to support Ladd Acres

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:


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.