Oak Hills Newsletter
Week of October 3, 2022
Message from the Principal
Dear Oak Hills Families,
The energy was fantastic at school last week! Students are engaging in learning, collaborative team work, and routines are definitely in place.
We kicked off the annual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser last Thursday! Please view the Kick-off Virtual Assembly. Click on link to view. 5th grade leaders did a great job promoting the assembly! Our Jog-A-Thon will be on Friday, October 21st. PTO will communicate details on volunteer and spectator opportunities.
On Friday, we gathered K-2 and 3-5 students in the gym for our first in-person assemblies! The energy and laughter was amazing! We had such a blast together. Click on the links below to view the Minute to Win It Challenges (Teachers vs. Students) and the Kindness and Respect student video.
K-2 Minute to Win It Highlights
3-5 Minute to Win It Highlights
Kindness and Respect Student Video
On behalf of Oak Hills staff, we appreciate all your contributions and donations to the Jog-A-Thon. Every dollar that is donated means so much to our community. Collectively, OH families commit so much time, care, and fiscal support to make this annual event memorable for students and staff.
Ms. Hansen and I will be ready to jog with each grade level and celebrate fitness and community! The donations will support so many enrichment opportunities for students such as field trips, virtual author visits, STEM Family Night, after-school clubs and much more. It also provides supplies for their classrooms, books, resources for staff to name a few.
Thank you again for all your support. We look forward to having fun and showing Otter Pride during the upcoming weeks and months!
Have a wonderful week!
Parking Lot Arrival and Dismissal Reminder
Parking lot safety is a priority. As we work to welcome students to school and connect students with their families at the end of the day, we ask for support in ensuring that car traffic runs safely and efficiently.
One way to ensure a safe and efficient arrival and dismissal is through the use of Driveline. We ask that families dropping off children in the morning and picking up children in the afternoon please remain in line rather than parking and walking up to the building. This helps reduce the pedestrian traffic walking within the lanes of traffic and between moving cars that might be pulling out.
As a reminder, the right lane (closest to the building) is for loading and unloading only. The left lane (further from the building) is for through traffic exiting the parking lot. Please use care when merging from one lane to the other.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership in helping keep our parking lot safe!
Fall Parent Teacher Conferences Update
Oak Hills Fall Conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 3rd by appointment. Families will have the option to choose a meeting in person on site or via zoom.
Currently, our bilingual liaisons are securing interpreters for families at the middle school level and will be shortly secure interpreters for families at Oak Hills. Our goal is to open up the appointments two weeks before conferences. Please stay tuned.
Oak Hills Fall Conference Schedule:
- Wednesday, 11/2- School is in session; Evening Conferences (3:40-7:40pm)
- Thursday, 11/3- No School for Students, Day time/Evening conferences
- Friday, 11/4- No School for Students
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Opportunities (Repeat)
Nominations for TAG
Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Academic, intellectual, behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is considered before a student is identified for TAG services.
If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office or linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.
Please complete and return the Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher.
Nomination forms are available on the TAG Website.
In October, all 3rd grade students, new 4th graders, and nominated 5th grade students in Beaverton will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener. This 30-minute test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities through verbal/picture analogies, number analogies and figure matrices.
Currently the main purpose for administering the CogAT is to identify students for TAG in the area of intellectual ability. Students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the CogAT screener will be invited to test with the full version of the CogAT that is used for potential TAG identification. The full version of the CogAT will be given in late October. For more information about testing, please contact your school’s TAG facilitator.
5th grade families can nominate their student for the CogAT Screener by completing this link by Monday, October 16
COGAT Screener Dates
Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19
TAG Family Information Night
Please attend if you are interested in nominating your child for TAG or if your child is currently served by TAG.
Wednesday, October 12
Oak Hills Gym: 5-6pm
News from your PTO
Jog-A-Thon Kicked off on September 30th!
Fundraising Goal: $35,000
*Set up your Pledgestart account. More Information on flyer was sent home on Friday.
*Ask your family, friends, and neighbors for pledges through Pledgestar.
*Jog-A-Thon event is on Friday, October 21st!
*Fundraising ends one week after the Jog-A-Thon
If you would like to contribute in any way, big or small, please review the link below for the background check application. A reminder to volunteers who have volunteered in the past to please recheck to see if you are still active in the system.
Seeking Donations for Oak Hills
The Snack Pantry needs to be restocked. Please donate snacks to the school office throughout the school year when you can. Items such as granola bars, crackers, fruit snacks, apple sauce, fruit bars are greatly appreciated.
Kleenex/tissue are also items that are needed in the classrooms and the office. Thank you for your generosity!
Library News from Ms. Larsen
OBOB Team Registration
Students may create teams with others from another classroom in the same grade. Forms are available in the library and are due Oct 28th, so there is time to create the teams. 3rd grade teachers will help students form teams. 4th and 5th may choose their own teams. When your child brings home the registration form, parents need to sign the top part of the registration form after reading the letter.
Students are currently reading the books. Lunch time practice will start in December. School Battles begin in January. Regional Battles will be in March or April on a Saturday.
To keep in touch with all things Library, check out the LIBRARY WEBSITE for:
Helpful Library Links for students and parents
How to View Your Student’s Library Account (Slides 1-7), View the Library Catalog (slide 8), Put Books on Hold (Slides 9-10), Renew books (slides 11-12), Pay Library Fines (Slide 13)
Ordering Books From Scholastic for your home collection
If you have questions please feel free to reach out to Ms. Larsen at email@example.com
International Walk + Roll to School Day is October 12th
International Walk + Roll to School Day is October 12th this year.
Every elementary, middle school, and option school has received a scooter/helmet grand prize and six reflective drawstring bags with smaller prizes to raffle off to students! K-5 teachers and will receive a checklist of students to mark how they traveled to school that day. Students who walk, bike, scooter, skate, roll, bus, or carpool to school on Oct. 12th are eligible to enter the raffle.
Important Dates--Mark Your Calendars
Friday, October 14: NO SCHOOL--Staff Development Workday
Wednesday, October 19: PTO meeting 7pm (in-person and zoom option available)
Friday, October 21: Jog-a-Thon
Monday, October 31: Spirit Day (Hats and Headbands)
Wednesday, November 2: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30pm
Thursday, November 3: NO SCHOOL- Parent Teacher Conferences AM and PM options available
Friday, November 4: NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, November 8: Picture Retakes
Thursday, November 10: NO SCHOOL-Grading Day
Friday, November 11: NO SCHOOL-In observance of Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 12: TAG Family Information Night 5-6pm
Friday, November 18: PTO Popcorn Friday
Friday, November 18: PTO Family Movie Night (6-8pm)
Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25: NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Monday, November 28: NO SCHOOL-Staff Development Day
Wednesday, December 7: Winter Music Showcase (Grades 4 & 5) 4-5pm
Wednesday, December 7: Kickoff to Scholastic Book Fair; Book Fair Family Night 5:15-6:15pm
December 7-December 13: Book Fair
Oak Hills Agreements Among all Students and Staff (Repeat)
As we welcome students back for the 2022-23 school year, we are revisiting the ways we want our school feel each day from the perspectives of our students and staff alike. Care is the word that keeps coming up in conversations. We want students to feel cared for by our staff and their peers. We want students to practice showing care to themselves, to their classmates, to our school and the wider community. We want to celebrate all efforts in making our school community one where everyone feels cared for and connected.
We have collectively developed a set of Oak Hills Agreements to guide our work this year. These are the ways we have agreed to show care throughout the day. We hope that you will find these agreements helpful this year.
What is an Otter Note? (Repeat)
Otter Notes are one of the many tools we use to acknowledge efforts to show care within our school community. Otter Notes can be shared with individual students or shared with an entire classroom community.
Whole Class Otter Notes will be presented when a class has clearly strived to uphold community agreements and create positive and meaningful experiences for themselves and others. These will most often be presented in specials classes, such as PE, Music, Technology, or Library.
Individual Otter Notes will be one of tools our staff use with the intention of building our students up, maintaining meaningful relationships, and attuning to what our individual students value regarding recognition and praise.
If you see an Otter Note in your child's backpack, please ask them how they went about showing care at school.
Changes to Going Home Plans (Repeat)
Absences and dismissal changes can be reported to us via the Oak Hills website. There are buttons where you can click and report an absence or changes to how your child will be going home. For dismissal, please report the changes before 1:30 PM since this is when we will be delivering the information to our teachers and students. Thank you in advance for utilizing this communication tool. It will free up our phone lines for families, staff, and community members who urgently need to get in touch with the office.
Oak Hills website:
Oak Hills COVID Updates (Repeat)
As we move into the coming school year, we continue to work closely with Washington County, using their guidelines and protocols to ensure the safety of our students and staff. During times of high transmission, we will communicate with our school community so you remain informed. You may choose to send your child to school with a mask or without. We will have a separate isolation room to care for students exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19, minimizing the risk of exposure to classmates who may be accessing the health room for an ice pack. In the event that we reach levels of higher transmission, we will also look closely as large-scale events to determine if an outdoor setting, mask recommendations, distancing reminders, etc. would be more appropriate.
We will need your continued partnership throughout the coming year. Please pay close attention to possible symptoms of Covid-19. Communicate with the school office if your child will remain at home due to illness with any Covid-19 related symptoms or if your child tests positive. We appreciate your shared concern for the health and well-being of our students and staff.
Apply for Free/Reduced Price Meal Benefits (Repeat)
District message: Please consider applying if you feel your family may qualify for free or reduced price meal benefits. It is confidential, school staff have no way of knowing which students receive meal benefits and which students do not. Beyond meals, there are MANY benefits to students, families, and school funding.
The household income requirements have changed: As an example, a family of four can have a total household income of up to $83,249 and qualify for meal benefits.
A meal benefits application can be completed online on our app SCHOOL CAFE, an account will need to be set up. Make sure to apply during summer since applications expire at the end of June each school year. We highly recommend that families apply! For more information on meal benefits, please visit the Meal Benefits webpage.
More information here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meal-benefits