Rascal News

August 2022

Salem Heights Elementary

Message from Principal James

Greetings everyone!

Happy August to you! As this month continues, I hope you focus on enjoying the summer days, your family and friends, and focus on what’s important to you as we gear up for another school year soon. I look forward to hearing about our students' summer breaks when they return!

Last year brought some challenges and changes to our Salem Heights family. I’m proud of the way our staff, students, and families navigated those hard times. It is an awesome privilege to educate your children and comes with great responsibility. I know we will rise above any and all challenges again this year, regardless of the twists and unexpected turns that may lie ahead.

Go Rascals!


Important Dates

  • Aug 3 - School Office Opens at Leslie Middle School (7:00am-3:30pm)
  • Aug 29 - School Office Closed for Moving
  • Aug 30 - School Office Opens at Salem Heights Elementary
  • Sept 2 - 4:00pm Class Lists Posted
  • Sept 5 - Labor Day
  • Sept 6 - 4:30-5:00pm Kindergarten Orientation
  • Sept 6 - 5:30-6:00pm Back to School Night
  • Sept 7 - First Day of School Grades 1-5 (Late Start Wednesdays 8:50)
  • Sept 12 - Smooth Start Kinders A-L
  • Sept 13 - Smooth Start Kinders M-Z
  • Sept 14 - First Day for all Kinders (Late Start Wednesdays 8:50)
  • Oct 12 - Fall Photo Day
  • Oct 14 - No School
  • Oct 26/27 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, No School
  • Oct 28 - No School


School Hours

School will be from 7:50am-2:20pm, with students allowed in for breakfast starting at 7:20am.

We will have a late start every Wednesday, 8:50am-2:20pm. This is a district-wide schedule that allows for weekly staff meetings.

Our first day of school, Wednesday September 7, is a late start day.

Office hours are 7:00am-3:30pm.


Class Lists

Class lists will be posted on front windows at Salem Heights Friday, September 2 at 4:00pm.

We will also reveal your child's teacher on ParentVue at that time, but we can only include teacher names online, not who their classmates will be.

ParentVue also gives you access to your student's grades, ID number, and updating your contact information without calling the school. You can download the ParentVue App below:


Kinder Orientation & Start-Up Info

Incoming kinder families, please join us at this special meeting for parents and kindergarten students. We will talk about what a typical day is like, tour the school and share some ways you can help prepare your child to be ready for kindergarten.

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Time: 4:30- 5:00pm

Place: Salem Heights Elementary Gym

Address: 3495 Liberty Rd S Salem, OR 97302

Your older Salem Heights students are welcome to attend, as our all school Back to School Night is the same evening at 5:30. We will need from 5:00 to 5:30 to continue preparation for our Back to School night. Please wait until 5:30 to visit your older childrens' classrooms. The office will be open for questions and to recieve paperwork during this time.

In the next few days kinder families should be receiving a letter from our teachers with information about how to schedule their kinder assessments, kinder start dates, and a few additional info forms their teacher will need.

You can also view the letter and forms below:


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Join us Tuesday, September 6th for back to school night!


Meet your child's teacher, see their classroom, and drop off school supplies so your student will have a smooth first day of school on September 7th.


Bondwork Construction

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You have probably noticed that our school is undergoing the first phase of bond-work constrution this summer! It may look a mess, but our team has assured us that all work needed to start the school year will be completed on time! There will be some continued work on the new driveway/parking area, but it will not hinder our ability to start the year.

This summer's work includes adding a new bus lane and parking lots (in yellow above), changing out our currect portable classrooms for a new modular building (in green above), seizmic improvements (in pink above), and some front entry renovations.

Our hope was that all phases would be completed this summer and into the fall, but due to the unavailablity of contractors the second phase has been delayed until summer of 2023. Next summer, the interior work in blue, purple and orange above will take place.

During renovations our campus has been closed to staff and public from June 18- August 30th. The Salem Heights Office staff will be relocating to Leslie Middle School during that time. We will still be able to recieve phone calls at our normal number (503-399-3187), but visits from our families will need to take place at:

Leslie Middle School

3850 Pringle Rd SE, Salem, OR 97302


School Supply List

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View our list here or download a printable version below.

If your family is in need of help with school supplies please contact our office by phone, email, or through ParentSquare.

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Bus Rider Registration

If you live in the area that qualifies for bussing (further than one mile from the school), please register your student now to guarantee them a spot.

You can do this when you update your student's registration information in ParentVue. Toward the end of the registration process you will be able to select whether your student will ride the bus. You can either use the App, or login through our district website: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/parentvue-studentvue/

If you have any questions please call our office at 503-399-3187.


Free School Meals for All Students!

At Salem Heights breakfast and lunch are free for all students through the end of the school year.


After School Care

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Last Years' Yearbooks (21-22 School Year)

We were able to purchase a yearbook for every student who was attending the school last year. Thank you to all the families who donated to make this happen!

Our school handles yearbooks a little differently- because we have so many fun events during the last month of school we print during the summer to ensure photos of those memories are included. We plan to distribute yearbooks for returning students during the first week of school.


Please Update Your Registration

It is very important that parents keep their information current.

Even if your contact information hasn't changed, it is important to review your child's registration. Many items, like emergency contacts and their info, change from year to year. The district also makes updates to required information as our systems change. Please take a few minutes to make sure your child's information is up to date.

You can update your registration through our district's online portal: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/parentvue-studentvue/

Parents using this portal for the first time may need an access code. Please call the office at 503-399-3187 and we can provide that informtion to you

You can also do so though the ParentVue app:




Students must be five years old on or before September 10

Register at your neighborhood school

What you need to bring with you:

Proof of age (birth certificate)

Proof of residence (utility bill, lease agreement)

Immunization records



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Follow us on our school website: https://salemheights.salkeiz.k12.or.us/

Check your email inbox. Update your email in Parent Vue if it's not accurate.


Thanks for checking out Rascal News!

See you in September!