Astro April Update #1

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

For students who will be coming to school for in-person (Hybrid) learning, there are some new routines and procedures to learn. For Hybrid students school will start at 7:45 am. Students should arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 in the morning. Students will need to bring their Chromebook and charger and an empty water bottle but no additional supplies. We have enough school supplies here for every student. There is a video linked in the section below titled, What to Expect During Hybrid In-person Instruction for you to watch with your student(s) to help with this transition. We have made many plans but there will still be adjustments as we go. This is a new format for school for everyone. We appreciate your patience during this transition time.

We have put into place many safety precautions so that we can be together for instruction. As a part of this, we cannot have parent volunteers and parents cannot come to visit or walk students to their class. I know this may be challenging for some but we need to limit the number of people on campus to ensure the health and safety of all.

If your child is worried or if you are worried about this transition, this slide presentation may be helpful to review. It is also attached to this newsletter as a pdf if that is easier for you to open.

Understanding Anxiety

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

In partnership,

Jennifer Robbins

Supply Pick-up for CDL Students

Your teacher will let you know if you have items to pick up.

Health and Safety Reminders

  • Everyone must wear a mask
  • Only students and staff are permitted on campus
  • Arrival is between 7:30 and 7:45. We need everyone to be on time.
  • Dismissal is at 12:00
  • Parents can meet students who are walking at the back gate that leads to the playground area near pods 100 and 200.

Upcoming Dates

4/5 Grades 3-6 Hybrid instruction begins

4/7 CDL Supply Pick-up 7:45 - 6. Your teacher will let you know if you have items to pick-up.

4/9 No School - Teacher Work Day

4/12 4th Quarter starts

4/15 PTA Meeting 7 PM

4/21 CDL Supply Pick-up 7:45 - 6. Your teacher will let you know if you have items to pick-up.

4/24 Inukai Boys & Girls Club free drive-through COVID-19 testing, 11am-2pm

Meals for CDL Students

The plan is for students participating in comprehensive distance learning to receive meals at school, and for students in CDL only to use the Nutrition Services order form to request 5-day meal bags no later than the Friday prior to the following week’s pick-up. Meals can be picked up on Thursday and Friday from 1:30 to 2:00 pm. If you can't make it during these times, please contact the office.

Order Form

Meals for Hybrid Students

School breakfast and lunch are free for all students. Students can also bring a lunch from home. For students in K-2, they can also receive an additional set of meals on Tuesday for Wednesday. If you would like a Wednesday meal, let your teacher know.

For students in grades 3-6 who are Monday and Thursday, they can receive meals for the days are not in school. They will receive a 3-day pack of meals on Thursday. Please let your teacher know if you want the 3-day pack of meals.

For students in grades 3-6 who are Tuesday and Friday, they can receive meals for the days are not in school. They will receive a 3-day pack of meals on Friday. Please let your teacher know if you want the 3-day pack of meals.

Calling All Future Panthers!

RA Brown Middle School is hosting an event for all current 6th graders who will be attending our school next year. Join virtually to meet your Principal, Teachers, and specialists; and learn all about the classes you will be taking. There will be a welcome message from Principal Roger Will, and then you will have a chance to choose three breakout sessions to attend. Click the link below to view materials ahead of time and access the virtual sessions.

Date: Thursday, April 8th

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Access: Click HERE to access all presentation materials and links to the virtual sessions.

Bussing information for In-person Hybrid Instruction

K-6th grade routing “goes live” through the “mybus” app on the HSD website on Monday, March 15th. We will also be sending “mailers” to all Kinder and 1st grade families as we have in years past. Families should receive those mailers during the first part of spring break. The mailers to kinder families will include the yellow wrist bands for families to write their kinders route number and stop location on. This yellow wristband needs to be attached to the kinders wrist, or on their backpack.

If your student is a bus rider and is riding the bus to and/ or from a location that is not your home you MUST fill out this form. If you did a form last year it expires every year. These can be sent to Transportation as usual. They will be the last requests routed, after the exception/mind changer category is routed. If your request is denied, you will receive a letter from Transportation stating that. If your request can be accommodated, Transportation will call the you with the information they need.

Please complete the form included in this link. You can fax directly to transportation, or bring to the school. There will be a delay in routing.

What to Expect During Hybrid In-person Instruction

Please watch this video to see what to expect if you are returning to school for instruction this spring. There is a lot of information included in the video that will help with this transition.



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.

Our Kindergarten Question and Answer sessions will be on May 4th.

English - 3:00-4:00 pm

English/Spanish - 4:00-5:00 pm

Google Meet joining info

Or dial: +​1​ ​4​2​3​-​7​1​2​-​0​2​4​1 PIN: 4​2​6​ ​0​2​0​ ​8​1​9​#

More phone numbers

First time using Meet? Learn more

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.

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.

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


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.