Orenco Community Newsletter

January 25, 2021

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News and Updates

Hello Orenco Families!

We are at the finish line for Semester 1 and I appreciate all the ways families at home have collaborated with us to make Distance Learning as good as we can make it. We do see growth taking place with students and we are doing our best to foster connections and support emotional health. News is rapidly changing, so I invite you to contact me with questions you may have. I am hosting a K-2 Google Meets call this week and will add other grade levels. Continue to reach out if you have questions, notice changes, or need help or support. Stay safe!

In service to you,

Allison Combs, Principal


Remote number: 971-231-5383

Messages are checked several times a day: Office phone: 503-844-1370; Please leave a message. Our office is not staffed full-time.

Principal Coffee Chat, K-2 Families in English and Spanish

K-2 Families: Tuesday, January 26th, 2:00-2:30 pm (in English)


Or dial: +​1​ ​3​2​0​-​3​2​1​-​5​7​8​1 PIN: 6​7​6​ ​7​9​9​ ​6​6​1​#

Hello ORCA Families:

Join Principal Combs for a “Chat with the Principal".This is an informal time to drop-in and find out about the latest news about Orenco. Parents are welcome to ask questions on anything that goes on in the school. Also, come meet our new office staff Noemi Cardenas and Maria Bartolome. We are very open to suggestions and ideas in how to better serve you and your student(s). We look forward to seeing you.

Familias de K-2 grado: Martes 26 de enero, 2:30-3:00 PM (en Espanol)


Or dial: +​1​ ​3​2​0​-​3​2​1​-​5​7​8​1 PIN: 6​7​6​ ​7​9​9​ ​6​6​1​#

Hola familias de ORCA:

Únase, con la Directora Combs para “Una charla con la Directora”. Este es un momento informal para conocer las últimas noticias sobre la escuela Orenco. Los padres pueden hacer preguntas sobre cualquier cosa que suceda en la escuela. Además, vengan a conocer a nuestro nuevo personal de la oficina Noemi Cardenas y Maria Bartolome. Estamos muy abiertos a sugerencias e ideas sobre cómo servirles mejor a usted y a su estudiante(s). ¡Esperamos verlos! (Nosotros aseguramos que habrá traducción al español).

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Save the Date! Family ART Literacy Event--Friday, February 26

Join us for a night of family fun while we make patterned hearts colored with bleeding heart tissue paper. The project is based on Brazilian artist, Romero Britto, who combines elements of cubism, pop art, and graffiti painting in his work, using vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual expression of hope, dreams, and happiness. The event is free and virtual and for all family members!

Students will be able to submit their artwork to Art to Remember where their artwork can be made into treasures to cherish for years to come. A portion of the profits supports the school. There is no obligation to participate in Art to Remember.

All Materials are provided. Please Sign up/RSVP and indicate how many individuals will be completing a project. 1 KIT=1 individual

Families will PICK-UP materials at Orenco in time for the event. If you cannot join, you can view the recording so you won't miss out!!

Signup here, which is also linked in the PDF https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4AA8AC22AB9-artliteracy3

Contact info@orencoboosterclub.org if you have any questions.

News Around the Community

New Office Support: Maria Bartolome Sop

Welcome to Maria Bartolome as our new Admin Support/ERC Secretary. I am excited that so many of our students, staff, and families will be able to get to know Mrs. Bartolome. She loves working with families and children and connecting them to the school. She is bilingual in Spanish and brings her warm and welcoming demeanor and efficiency to our office.

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School Counselor "Remind" Code

Mrs. Hanson, our school counselor, has a Remind code for parents who are interested in receiving up-to-date resources. As soon as she hears about a community resource (food, mental health, housing, parenting classes...) she sends it along to parents. If you would like to receive these messages text b38dg3d to 81010. You can stop the messages at any time.

Absences and Attendance

Please contact your child's teacher or our school office if your child is ILL and will not be present for distance learning. This also applies for Family Illness (missing school due to a family illness). Phone messages are checked several times a day, 503-844-1370.

Email: bartolom@hsd.k12.or.us

Student attendance is marked daily as: Synchronous or Asynchronous or blank if we cannot verify attendance. District calls go out by 6 pm if your child's attendance is not verified.

Self-Serve Materials Pick-up

If you have an item to drop-off, there is a bin available each day from 12pm to 6 pm. Items can be dropped here like books, broken chromebooks, etc. It is helpful if you include a note with a name on it. We ask that if you have papers with identifying information, then call and we can arrange a pick-up with you.

Your teacher may have arranged a pick-up, too. Carts will roll out between 12 pm-6 pm daily if there are items to pick up. Walk to the South entrance--by the play structure and cafeteria entrance doors, not Birch Ave.

Free meals for all students

HSD is providing free meals to all students, Mondays through Fridays, when school is in session, through June 2021. Meals are being delivered via buses (Call transportation or check http://www.hsd.k12.or.us/mybus for stop locations and times). They are also available in a drive-through/walk-up between 11:45 am to 12:45 pm at six schools: Century High, Brown Middle, Evergreen Middle, Poynter Middle, South Meadows Middle, and Lincoln St Elementary. Any student or parent can go to any bus stop or hub location to get food.

  • If you are struggling to find a close meal stop, please don’t hesitate to reach out and call Transportation at 503-844-1123.

  • For families living in the “walk zone”, there are meal stops available to them. They do not need to walk out of their neighborhood or to the schools to pick up meals.

TAG--Talented and Gifted

Child Find Notice

TAG Referrals are accepted any time.

Orenco TAG Coordinators: Joe Wilson and Mandi Bailey, wilsonjo@hsd.k12.or.us and baileya@hsd.k12.or.us

Booster News:

  • JOIN Orenco Boosters through Remind: @orencobo
  • Update your contact information here for Booster info! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NPZN7BW

  • Did you know that you can support Orenco Elementary every time you shop at Fred Meyer? Just link your rewards card, or sign up for one if you don't have one. You still receive all the benefits as normal and IN ADDITION, Fred Meyer donates to the school. Follow the link below and search for Orenco Booster Club (Code BQ854)

  • https://www.fredmeyer.com/account/communityrewards

  • Orenco participates in Box Tops 4 Education! No more scissors and cutting boxes! Use a downloadable app and scan receipts! https://www.boxtops4education.com/ Register and Select Orenco Elementary.

Ready Schools, Safe Learners

Principal Combs is available to answer any questions or concerns you have. Please don't hesitate to reach out! Email: combsa@hsd.k12.or.us

English Family/Caregiver guide for CDL: https://bit.ly/2CLmFNX

Spanish Family/Caregiver guide for CDL: https://bit.ly/3ghoWOw