Astro May Update

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

I certainly hope that April showers bring May flowers, although I'm not quite sure what April snow means. Let's hope it brings some sunshine.

May is the final month for our school-wide Reading Challenge. The students in grades K-3 have already met their goal of 1,110 books. The students in grades 4th -6th are on track to meet their goal of 19,200,000 words. We use a computer program called Reading Counts to measure the reading goals. Students take quizzes on the books that they have read and if they pass the quiz it gives them a word count for the book. The students are very excited about earning a big prize, Kona Ice!

Our Astro Apprenticeship program has expanded. We now have students working as Library Assistants with Mrs. Giles and Student Tech Advisors with Mrs. Ballanti. We have also started the Ladd Acres Publishing House. The goal of the Publishing House is to illustrate and publish student-written books. The books will become a part of our school library so that other students can read them and be inspired to become authors as well.

In partnership,

Jennifer Robbins

Proud to Be HSD Festival on May 14th

School Spirit 5K Family Fun Run/Walk - we are pleased to announce the addition of a free School Spirit 5K Fun Run/Walk to kick things off. We will meet at the water fountain at 53rd Avenue Park off of 53rd Ave. and Baseline at 8 a.m. and start the run at 8:15 a.m.

Immunizations Rates

Information about our school's immunization rates is attached to this newsletter.

Upcoming Dates

May 6 No School, Staff & Student Support Day
May 10 COVID vaccine clinic at Tobias, 5:00-7:00 pm

May 10 School Board meeting, 5:00 pm

May 14 Proud to be HSD Festival

May 20 Career & College Fair, 8:00-10:30 am

May 20 Ladd Acres Carnival, 6:00-8:30 pm

May 24 School Board meeting, 5:15 pm

May 25 Latinx Virtual Parent Meeting

May 30 No School, Memorial Day

2021-22 School Year Calendar

2022-23 School Year Calendar

Supply Lists for Next Year

Just in case you like to plan and shop ahead, the school supply lists are attached to this newsletter. I will send these out again later so you can ignore them for now.

Volunteer Updates

Please read this reminder regarding volunteering and fingerprinting:

  • Volunteers who are currently “Approved” in the system will have their status changed to “Pending” if we do not have their fingerprint verification on file on or before March 28, 2022.
  • There is no out-of-pocket expense for this requirement. If you no longer wish to volunteer, please send an email to and request that your volunteer application be removed. Remember to include your full name.
  • Please begin by following this link to schedule your fingerprint appointment
  • Click “SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT” - Complete all required fields; you will be asked to sign up before you are allowed to continue
  • When requested, you will need to enter the Fieldprint code FPHillsboroSD1JVol (this code is for Hillsboro SD volunteers only)
  • The actual appointment will take approximately 10 minutes; you will schedule at the location of your choice
  • The total fee for fingerprinting will be billed to the Hillsboro School District
  • Fingerprint processing can take up to eight weeks
  • Call the office if you have any questions

If you have had fingerprints processed through the Oregon Department of Education in the past, please contact Kristina Gantt - – and let me know which school district, ESD or substitute entity has your fingerprints or if you have a current teaching license (if your license is expired you will need to follow the process above)

Ladd Acres PTA

We are currently recruiting board members for the 2022-23 school year. Our greatest need is for a PTA Treasurer. The role of the treasurer is to keep a full and accurate account of receipts and expenditures in accordance with the budget approved by the membership. Tasks include check writing, deposits, ensuring that required documentation is filed with appropriate authorities in a timely manner, and overseeing the annual audit process.

Voting for our PTA Board will occur at our April 21st meeting at 7 p.m. If you would like to learn more, please email We appreciate your willingness to invest in our Ladd Acres community!

If you haven't yet joined the PTA, there is still time. Membership information can be found on the website.

Ladd Acres PTA website

Easy ways to support Ladd Acres

Kindergarten Registration

It is the time of year when we begin to identify children who qualify to attend kindergarten in September 2022. In order to attend public school kindergarten in the state of Oregon, children must turn five years old on or before September 1st.

On March 1st our on-line registration process opens for the 2022-2023 kindergarten enrollments. If you have a child who is eligible for kindergarten in September 2022, 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.

Click on Enroll Your Student Today!

Click on Next

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.

  1. If your child has been in Early Intervention

  2. 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 2022, please pass this information along.

Thank you for your assistance, and we look forward to meeting the graduating class of 2035!

Parking in the Neighborhood

Please be considerate of our neighbors when parking during pick-up time on streets around Ladd Acres. Remember to park the correct way on the street. Here are some of the Hillsboro rules in relation to parking.

Parking: Stop Signs and Yield Signs: Parking is not allowed within 50 feet up to the approach of an official flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or traffic control device if your vehicle obstructs the view of the signal or traffic control device.

Mailboxes: Parking is prohibited within 11 feet on either side (22 feet total) of public and private curbside cluster mailboxes during the hours or 8 am and 6 pm on all days except Sundays and federal holidays.

Crosswalks or Pedestrian Lines: Do not park on or within 20 feet of the approach to marked or unmarked crosswalks at an intersection.

Driveways: Do not park in front of a public or private driveway without the permission of the property owner.

Fire Hydrants: Do not park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.

HSD is Hiring and ESS (substitutes for all jobs) is hiring

We are hiring for many positions.

Contact Tracers and LPNS

Click here for more details

Administrative Support

Bus Drivers



Driver Trainers

Education Assistants



Nutrition Staff


and more...

Click on these links for more information


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.