Astro November Update #1

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Our days are getting chilly. If you are looking around for a coat and wonder where it is, it may be in our Lost and Found. Please contact the office (503-844-1300) with a description of the item you are missing and we will check for it. If we have it you can come to the school and pick it up. After November 13th all the items in the Lost and Found will be donated.

On November 10th and 12th we will be having conferences. This is an important time to talk about your student's engagement in learning. Teachers will be sending out an email with sign-up information. The graphic below is a continuum of engagement. We know that distance learning is challenging and feels different than regular school. This is also an opportunity for students to build skills of independence. As students grow in their participation, they become drivers of their learning. This is what we want for all students!

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

In partnership,

Jennifer Robbins

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Information About Returning to In-Person Learning

Governor Brown released updated health metrics and guidance for students returning to in-person learning on Friday, Oct. 30. HSD is reviewing this new information, evaluating what it will mean for our district, and putting together a plan for the coming weeks. On Monday, Nov. 9, the School Board will take action on the District’s proposal, and plan details will be shared with families on Nov. 10. For additional information, please see the 2020-21 School Year page of the HSD website.

La gobernadora Brown publicó métricas de salud actualizadas y directrices para el regreso de los estudiantes al aprendizaje en persona el viernes, 30 de octubre. HSD aún está revisando esta nueva información y evaluando lo que implicará para nuestro Distrito, y elaborando un plan para las próximas semanas. El lunes, 9 de noviembre, la Mesa Directiva Escolar tomará acción en la propuesta del Distrito, y los detalles del plan serán compartidos el 10 de noviembre. Para información adicional, por favor, vea la página del año escolar 2020-21 en el sitio web de HSD.

Try this Activity with your Students

This fun and engaging activity can help you to teach your child how to be the best learner they can be. Inside you will find some of our most common pitfalls during comprehensive distance learning and strategies to solve these problems. Some of the topic covered include:

  • How to set up an efficient and distraction free learning environment

  • Focus and organization strategies

  • What to do when technology is does not work

  • Flexible thinking skills for when the work is hard

  • Coping and wellness strategies

Click below to open your own, interactive copy:

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 6 No School- Conference Prep

Nov 11 No School - Veterans Day

Nov 10 and 12 Conferences

Nov 12-13 No school

Nov. 11-24 Scholastic Book Fair Online

Nov. 26-27 No School - Thanksgiving and Non-Contract Day

Would having a holiday meal help your family?

What-holiday meal to be cooked and/or heated at your home

When-delivered 11/23 or 11/24

How-contact Mrs.Owens

Via email-

Via text-971-220-6846

(please indicate student name, parent contact with phone number and number in family)

There are a limited number of meals. Please contact Mrs. Owens as soon as possible.

On-line Verification

The district would like all parents to go in and do online verification to make changes to their student’s information, or just to verify that no changes are needed. Here is a link to information on what to do. If there are any questions give the office a call at 503-844-1300. The verification window closes at the end of November. Thank you.

Ladd Read-A-Thon

Please turn in your donations this week!

School-Wide Assembly on Tuesday, November 10th at 1:00 PM to announce the raffle winners.

Use Sora to Find Books to Read

Sora, the Student Reading App is available K-12!

  • We currently have over 700 ebook titles, and 94 audiobook titles for grades K - 12, in English and Spanish

  • Sora can be accessed through desktop computers or smart devices

  • A public library card can be added to Sora to expand your options

  • Sora is available for any person with an HSD account, including staff.

  • Users log in with their HSD username and password.

Sora Resources:

Instructions in Spanish - Instructions in English - Video tutorials - Request a title!

Parent Resources

321 Insight for Parents

Parents can now access some of the key 321 Insight videos for free. These videos are on a range of topics that you may find helpful.

Parent access to 321 Insight Key Videos

Go To:

Click Log In

Username: hillsboro

Password: parent

Support for Comprehensive Distance Learning

Learning right now has its own unique set of challenges (to say the least). Your child may be exhibiting extra challenges focusing, experiencing strong emotions, or may even be reluctant to participate in learning. Things may go from being totally awesome to full on tears in a matter of seconds. You may even be experiencing something similar yourself. Now that school is at home, it can be hard to separate the role of parent from the role of supportive at-home teacher. This is all normal and it is all hard! To help support you and your students during comprehensive distance learning, we've created a website full of resources, tips, and ideas to help, especially for the times when staying positive can feel impossible. Just like in our brick and mortar classrooms, students can access a calm corner to help them self-regulate, look through options to develop their own self-care or coping skills kit for managing large emotions, and explore our tips for family collaboration to make distance learning successful. Need some extra support? We're a team, reach out so we can help!

School Counseling Website:

Student Success Coach Website:

School Meals

School meals will be delivered by our school buses. Please use MyBus Student Route Look up to find your assigned stop and delivery time. You will use your student's school id number as the login and their birthdate (in MM/DD/YY format) as the password.

Hillsboro School District Website for the 20-21 School Year

This link will take you to the page on the HSD website that has the up to date information about this school year.

20-21 School Year

Ladd Acres PTA News

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.

The safety and well being of our students is our number one priority and we are here to help, as well as our community partners. We know that the global pandemic has been challenging in many ways, including mental health of those in our community. Therefore we want to acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as "Mental Health Month"), which has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. Many national organizations such as NAMI, Mental Health America, and other affiliates spotlight Mental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to stop the stigma associated with mental health. The Hillsboro School District also wants to spotlight and thank our local resources and organizations that continue to be available for support during COVID-19. Please go to for more information or for immediate access please call the agencies listed. (Admin: See above Support Sticker to post with this message). Our school staff are available Monday-Thursday for any assistance or questions that you or your student may have and we appreciate your partnership during these unprecedented times.