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Week of September 19, 2022

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Dear Oak Hills Staff,

It's always a milestone when we close out a week after Back to School Night! We will continue to dig deeper and get to know our students better every day. It is exciting to observe you all launching Reading, Writing, Math workshop, Kindness in the Classroom, Social Sciences, and Science curriculum.

There is a lot of sentiment shared about how different teaching and learning feel this year. Engagement is high with students gathering together, student learning and voices are being captured on anchor charts and through journaling, and communities are being built in every classroom. Bravo!

Reminders this week:

*Please distribute picture day envelopes to students on Monday. PTO will be ordering Jog-A-Thon shirts soon. There is a class roster in your box. Please note the sizes that your students need. The list is due on Friday, 9/23. Please submit the list to the office.

*Tuesday, September 20; Staff meeting in the Gym (2:50-3:30pm)

*Wednesday, September 21; PTO meeting in Gym (7-8pm); Zoom option available
Meeting ID: 833 6434 3917
Passcode: otters

*Spend some time to review resources and expand your knowledge about National Hispanic Heritage Month. Share with your students. See below.

Have a wonderful week!



Oak Hills Staff--Updates and New Staff Bios

Meet Jean Paul Botto (Bilingual Faciliator)

Hi everyone, my name is Jean Paul Botto (please call me JP) and I am a Bilingual Facilitator. I am a native Spanish speaker from Lima, Peru. Moved to Portland 6 years ago with my wife and last year we had our first baby. I worked in the David Douglas School District for the Multnomah Early Childhood Program for 3 years supporting my Latino community. I love cooking, hiking, and soccer, super fan of soccer. Look forward to working and connecting with you all!

JP's contact info:

JP supports Stoller, Tumwater, and Oak Hills. He has office spaces at the middle schools. If you need JP's support for students and families, please email him with your request or set up a quick call. JP floats to all the schools on Wednesdays and can come to OH for in-person meetings and connections when arranged.

Social Worker Position Update

We are excited to welcome Briana Correa to Oak Hills and Terra Linda on Monday, 9/26. Stay tuned for photo and bio next week.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! September 15- October 15

“Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation” is the theme for this year’s observation and celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. (from The National Archives).

The Library of Congress offers information including resources and events to use and engage with throughout the month, and the folks at Good Good Good offer information and ideas for how you can observe and engage with the month.

If you work with students, consider using some of the many resources available in Newsela to work with students and their families around learning and engagement with the month.


Latinx Youth Activism in the Willamette Valley (Five Oaks Museum)

Oregon Historical Society


Library of Congress

US Department of Education

Learning for Justice

History Channel


Facing History and Ourselves

Bus Evacuation Schedule; Monday, 9/29

When: Monday, September 26th from 9:30-10:30

Where: Oak Hills Bus Lane

**Please be mindful of time as there are not passing windows built into the schedule from transportation.

Gen. Ed. Bus #1:

  • 9:30- 9:45 Burnett/Grover
  • 9:45- 10:00 Porter
  • 10:00-10:15 Brock/Guerra
  • 10:15-10:30 Clarkson

Gen. Ed. Bus #2:

  • 9:30- 9:45 Donnelly
  • 9:45- 10:00 Yamada
  • 10:00-10:15 Selby/Caplan
  • 10:15-10:30 Lester

Gen. Ed. Bus #3:

  • 9:30- 9:45 Rennie/Rios
  • 9:45- 10:00 Thompson
  • 10:00-10:15 Gelling
  • 10:15-10:30 Manning

Gen. Ed. Bus #4:

  • 9:30- 9:45 Perrigan/Evans
  • 9:45- 10:00
  • 10:00-10:15 Willis
  • 10:15-10:30 Nice

SPED Bus: Times are more flexible for SPED bus. Please let me know if you would like to adjust.

  • 9:15- 9:30 Seitz
  • 9:45- 10:00 Therrien

Library News from Ms. Larsen

Hello Wonderful Teachers,

Library classes started off so smoothly! What wonderful classes you all have!

please show your class where your red library tub is located for library book returns.

Open Library Schedule - you may send responsible students two or three at a time, with books to return in hand if they have them, to the library during these times:

Days 1-4 , 1:15 - 2:15

Days 5-8, 9:00 - 10:00

I have added the Library Schedule to the Master Schedule Spreadsheet for your reference.


(Feel free to include any of the information below in your grade level newsletters.)

Library Rotation- We have an eight day Specials rotation this year. This means that your child’s library day changes. Students have been taught to return their library books as soon as they are finished with them and before their library day. We are checking in books daily.

Open Library - students will have access to the Library daily if they would like to return and check out more library books before their next library class. Your child will need to ask their teacher for permission to go to Open Library.

Check out the Library Website for more Library News!

News from Nurse Team

8 B’s and the 20 Minute Rule

Borrowed/Modified from @Gail Trano, BSN, RN, CSN

Any of the “8 B’s” should go to the health room. All other complaints should wait 20 minutes to see if the complaint resolves. It usually will.

  1. Blood: Any significant bleeding - not paper cuts or old picked scabs. When possible, try to “contain/control” bleeding before coming. Band aids can be administered on the playground or in the classroom.

  2. Bones & Breaks: Any immediate injury that could be a broken bone or significant bumps or bruises, chipped or traumatic loss of a tooth. Minor injuries or old bruises that happened days ago or at home can wait.

  3. Burns: Any burn from a heat source that blisters. Any burns to face, ears, neck or ‘privates’. Immediately run cold water on the burn for 15 minutes.

  4. Brain: Any injury or impact to the head, face or neck. Headaches should follow the 20 minute rule (drinking water will often help).

  5. Burning Up: Feeling overly warm or ill. This does not include feeling warm due to running and playing at recess, PE, or in the classroom.

  6. Barf / Bowels: “Verping” (burping up food, swallowing or spitting it out) is not vomiting. Feeling “nauseous or queasy” with no other symptoms can “wait & see." Stomachaches can be caused by hunger or feeling anxious. One trip to the bathroom isn’t diarrhea - multiple trips is likely.

  7. Breathing: Any difficulty with airway, breathing, changes in color, or choking. Anyone with asthma that feels asthmatic symptoms.

  8. Bonafide: Any health concerns such as needing medication, migraine headache, diabetic issue, allergic reactions, pain management, seizures, etc.

REMEMBER: Minor scrapes and bumps DO NOT require ice. Offer student a wet paper towel. Most stomach ailments can be resolved with a trip to the bathroom, a drink, a snack, or understanding if the student is upset or nervous about anything.

Office of Equity and Inclusion Newsletter

Resources for the new school year from the Office of Equity and Inclusion Resources to share: Learning for Justice ; My Name, My Identity; Equity Literacy Institute; BSD Affinity Groups; Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15

2022-23 Oak Hills Staff Resources Digital Notebook

Important documents are organized in this notebook

2022-23 Staff Room Duty Sign Up

Please sign up for a month (by team)!

Evening Events and Supervision Sign-Up

Updated spreadsheet of evening events and supervision needs in 22-23. Certified staff need to sign up for 3 events, contractually. BTSN is one required event. Classified staff, you are welcome to join any of these events.

BSD Elementary Website

Landing page with information about curriculum, instruction, and assessment at each grade level. Please bookmark.

Two Weeks at a Glance


*Care Team Meeting 8:20-10am (SEL portable)

Reminder: Please distribute picture day envelopes to students. Shirt sizes due to PTO by Friday, 9/23.


*2:45-3:30pm Staff Meeting in Gym


*7pm PTO meeting in person and zoom option available


*8am-4pm Thao and Erika out of building for Principals Meeting

(Karen, Shelly, Toni will be available to support students and staff)

*Wear rainbow and/or Otter Pride apparel

*Student September birthday announcements during lunches


Happy birthday Karen!

*Bus Evacuation Drill
*Care Team Meeting 8:20-10am (SEL portable)


*Committees/Learning Teams meeting 2:50-3:30

*Leadership Team meeting 2:50-4:15pm SEL Portable


*Picture Day


*8am-12pm Principals PLC Meeting--Thao out of building

*Wear rainbow and/or Otter Pride apparel

*Live School Assembly in Gym (Grades K-2) and (Grades 3-5)


Emergency Drills

October 3 Secure Drill #1

October 18 Great Shakeout (district-wide); Earthquake and Fire Drill

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Important Dates

Tuesday, September 20 Staff Meeting 2:50-3:30pm- Gym (Moving forward, staff meetings will be first Tuesday of each month)

Wednesday, September 21 PTO meeting 7pm (in-person and zoom option)

Monday, September 26 Bus Evacuation Drill

Tuesday, September 27 Committee/Leadership Meetings

Thursday, September 28 Picture Day

Friday, September 30 Assembly in Gym (1st session: K-2; 2nd session: 3-5)

Monday, October 3 Secure Drill

Friday, October 14 NO SCHOOL--Staff Development Workday

Friday, October 21 Jog-A-Thon (One-day event)

Monday, October 31 Spirit Day (TBD: Theme)

Wednesday, November 2 Parent Teacher Conferences (3:30-7:30pm)

Thursday, November 3 No School for students/Parent-Teacher Conferences (7:30am-7:30pm)

Friday, November 4 No School for students/Comp day for Teachers due to conferences

September Birthdays!

Kirsten Yamada 9/4

Ryan Herd 9/14

Brenday Glenn 9/14

Karen McCarty 9/26

Oak Hills Emergency Drills (Repeat)

Important Future Dates

October 3 Secure Drill #1

October 18 Great Shakeout (district-wide); Earthquake and Fire Evac

Fire Drill Protocols

Please see the attached document with information regarding Fire Drill Protocols.

Lockdown Drill Guidance from BSD Public Safety/Standard Response Protocol

"Locks, Lights, Out of Sight"


  • Move away from sight
  • Maintain silence
  • Do not open the door


  • Pull in students from hallway if possible
  • Lock the classroom door
  • Turn out the lights
  • Move away from signt
  • Maintain silence
  • Do not open the door
  • Prepare to evade or defend

LockdownDrill Guidance.pdf

Do The Drill!- Oregon School Resource Guide for Safety Planning

Why Are We Having a Lockdown Drill? (pre-teach tool for primary grades)

Items to add to your backpack:

  • Class List (printed by teacher)
  • Emergency Closure List (from Synergy; printed by office)
  • Emergency Contact Directory (from Synergy; printed by office)

If you are missing your red/green card, emergency backpack, or emergency bucket, please let me know so we can assemble one for you.

District Emergency Protocols

Beaverton School District Intranet offers descriptions of district protocols for emergency situations. We will send out links to these documents prior to each drill.

Thao Do-Gwilliam and Erika Hansen

We welcome you to call or text us.

Thao's cell: 503.481.9356

Erika's cell: 503.750.3542