Patterson Elementary

Parent Blast - January 18, 2021

Awesome Attendance!

We are so excited to share that our attendance during CDL has been just as awesome as our in-person instruction and that is because of the great partnership with all of you and your hard work - thank you parents!! This week our EAT (Engagement, Access and Attendance Team) is sending out post-cards to students to recognize their hard work and also improvements to attendance.

Next month we are going to be focused building-wide on active engagement. Active engagement includes:

  • Listening - joining live meetings, watching recorded lessons
  • Joining the conversation - turning on the camera to give visual feedback to peers/teachers, verbally sharing ideas and asking questions, typing ideas and questions into the chat feature, sharing ideas in breakout rooms with peers
  • Completing work in Google Classroom - carefully reading directions and learning targets and turning in completed work, asking questions using the comment feature, emailing or asking the teacher for help, joining the teacher for small groups and/or office hours to continue learning

We would love your support at home in reviewing these active engagement actions and joining us in positively recognizing your child/children when you see them doing these.

Curbside Library Book Pick-Up is Coming Soon!

In preparation, you can return your child's books to our cart just outside the main doors Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Important Dates:

  • 1/19 - Positive T-Shirt Tuesday

  • 1/19 - Freckle Competition Begins

  • 1/19 - Booster Club Meeting, 6:30 pm (see below)

  • 1/19 - Black Village Family Engagement Meeting, 7:00-8:30 pm (see below)

  • 1/21 - SPED Parent Partnership Meeting, 5:30-6:30 pm (see below)

  • 1/25 - Virtual Assembly during Morning Meeting

  • 1/25 - Principal Read Aloud, 7:15-7:45 pm (link below)

  • 1/27 - Latino Parent Advisory Meeting, 6:30-8:00 pm (see below)

  • 1/28 - Last Day of Semester 1

  • 1/29 - No School, Teacher Grade Prep (report cards)

  • 2/1 - No School, Teacher Prep Day

  • 2/8 - Chipotle Restaurant Night

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out:

Here to serve,

Jamie Lentz

Principal, Patterson Elementary

Return to School Planning

Our next set of updates from HSD are expected on Wednesday, January 18th. We are expecting updates from the Governor and ODE on Tuesday. Please reach out directly if you have any concerns or questions:

Positive T-Shirt Tuesday

We invite you and your family to join our staff in proudly wearing positive t-shirts on Tuesdays. This might be a shirt with a positive message or image, a shirt that shows your Panther Pride or another team/school/college shirt. You can join in our website and social media fun by posting your picture. Check out some of our staff from last week!

Freckle Math Class Competition Begins Tuesday

We hope all our students can join us for a fun class vs. class competition in our math practice platform, Freckle. This program is new to Patterson this year, taking the place of iReady. We are excited that this adaptive math practice program is linked to our STAR math assessment and also allows our teachers to push specific lessons students need, as well as fact fluency games. Students have an opportunity to earn coins for completing math problems and build out an avatar.

We encourage students to engage in this platform during extra asynchronous times, on Wednesdays and also as a part of some math assignments posted in Google Classroom.

Our competition is focused on the number of math problems solved, encouraging our students to engage in the platform and get needed practice in mathematics.

Booster Club News

The first Booster Club meeting will be tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19th at 6:30 pm. This will be an online meeting (link will be sent Tuesday morning). Mrs. Lentz will be answering return to school questions during this meeting as well.

Our Booster Club is planning several fun family events:

  • 2/8 - Chipotle Restaurant Night
  • 5/5 - MOD Pizza Restaurant Night

And so much more! Come to the meeting to hear what's in store!


The Black Village Family Advisory Committee will host a family engagement meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. Families of students identifying as Black/African American/African are invited to join the monthly meetings to learn more about what is happening in the District and to share thoughts, concerns, and ideas for how best to support students in their education. At this month’s meeting, we will be discussing mental and emotional health.

Please contact Jonathan Sanchez at for the link to participate in the meeting.


The next Special Education Parent Partnership meeting takes place on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Topics will include the Special Education entry and exit process, and the latest guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority. Spanish interpretation is available.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 991 1974 4726

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HSD’s Latino Virtual Parent Meeting takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. via Google Meet (dial +1470-655-0305 PIN: 462795800#). All families of students identifying as Latino and/or Mesoamerican Indigenous are welcome to attend these monthly meetings to learn more about what is happening in the District and to share thoughts and concerns for how to best support students in their education. Join us and learn about new ways to get involved in the school system. For more information, call 503-844-1475.The meeting will be held in Spanish. Interpretation available in other languages is available upon prior request.

La próxima reunión de Padres Latinos de HSD, se llevará a cabo el miércoles, 27 de enero de las 6:30 p.m. a las 8:00 p.m. en Google Meet (llamar al +1470-655-0305 PIN: 462795800#). Todas las familias de estudiantes que se identifiquen como Latinos y estudiantes indígenas mesoamericanos están invitados a asistir a estas reuniones mensuales para aprender más sobre lo que está sucediendo en el Distrito y compartir sus ideas, preocupaciones sobre la mejor manera de apoyar a los estudiantes en su educación. Unase a nosotros y aprenda de formas para involucrarse en la educación de sus hijos. Para más información llame al 503-844-1475. Las reuniones se llevaran a cabo en español. Servicios de interpretación disponible con previo aviso.


Procrastination, perfectionism, and anxiety - do these sound familiar? Do they cross your mind and give you pause? You are not alone! Sometimes the best way to work through something is to know more about it. Knowledge is power!

High school students identified as Talented and Gifted (TAG) are invited to watch five 10-minute videos linked below (and posted in the high school TAG Google Classrooms) and use this handout to help them process the information:

Students are also invited to join Google Meet (or dial: +​1​ ​2​3​4​-​8​0​5​-​1​0​9​5 PIN: 8​8​8​ ​6​8​2​ ​8​6​0​#) sessions on these topics, which are hosted by Lydia Laurance, TAG Coordinator at Century High School, at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Feel free to attend any or all of them; although the material is connected, attending one is not a prerequisite for the others. The sessions are open to HSD students at all of our high schools, including Hillsboro Online Academy.

For more information, please contact Lydia Laurance or District TAG TOSA Deb Luther.

Principal Read Alouds

I hope you can join me for our next read aloud on January 25th!

Monday - January 25th from 7:15-7:45 pm

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

Food Pantry

Our food pantry continues to be available to serve our families in need. Please reach out to Mrs. Awad if you need assistance:
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Nominate an outstanding teacher today for 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year! Regional winners will receive a $500 award in May 2021 and move a step closer to being named the 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year!

The Teacher of the Year program was created to recognize exemplary public school educators who inspire students and make a positive impact in the communities where they live. The award celebrates knowledge, dedication, innovation and leadership. For 2022, exceptional teachers will be honored in up to 19 regions across the state, with Oregon’s Teacher of the Year selected from among the regional finalists.

Nominations are due by Sunday, Jan. 31. Learn more at

Free Parent Workshop

One of our community partners is holding a FREE family workshop series every Tuesday in January. The topics all relate to mental health and are titled "How to help your kids engage in virtual learning". Families must sign up for each session on EventBrite. Spanish sessions are 5-6 pm and English sessions are 6-7 pm. Zoom links to join and other information in the following links.

Help Your Kids Engage Virtual Learning - Spanish

Help Your kids Engage Virtual Learning - English

Spanish sessions:

First Session

Second Session

Third Session

English sessions:

First Session

Second Session

Third Session

In-District Transfer Priority Window

HSD students wishing to renew or request a new in-district transfer for the 2021-22 school year are urged to submit their request in January to take advantage of the priority window. While it is not guaranteed that requests submitted during the priority window will be approved, the chances are best at this time as staffing has not yet been finalized. Most applications will come through our online system, which provides the requester immediate confirmation of their submission and the option of uploading supplementary paperwork as needed. Families of students currently on a transfer will receive a letter via email or U.S. Mail alerting them to the January transfer window. Please see the Boundaries and Transfers section of our website for more information or contact Marleen Zytniowski or Katie Russell-Willis at or 503-844-1771 with questions.

School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Appreciation Month! And while COVID has certainly made things different, our Board is still working hard on behalf of students, staff, and families. If you would like to extend your thanks and/or appreciation, you can mail cards to our district office: 3083 NE 49th Place Hillsboro, OR 97124

Thank you to our HSD school board for their hard work and dedication to our students!

YALA Delayed

We apologize for the delay - at this point we are waiting for a new launch date for YALA (Youth Access Library Accounts). You can still utilize our Sora online library in the meantime.

Printing From Your Chromebook

Please use these instructions to print from a chromebook at home.