Patterson Elementary

Parent Blast - November 1, 2021

November News

Wow, I can't believe we are already in November! Things are rocking at Patterson - kids are connecting with each other and learning, staff are learning the best ways to connect and support your child and some of our "typical" year events have returned. Doesn't it feel good? Please make sure you read all the way through this Parent Blast so you know what to expect in the coming weeks.


November is Native American Heritage Month

If your family is Native American and would like to share more about your culture and traditions, we would love to learn! Please reach out to your child's teacher and/or myself so we can set this up. In past years we have also been able to share with our whole school through our daily morning announcements videos.


Dia de los Muertos

Today is Dia de los Muertos, a celebration of those who have passed (day of the dead). Many classes read articles about this holiday, celebrated primarily in Mexico and among those with Mexican heritage. If your family celebrates and you would like to share more, we would love to learn! Please reach out to your child's teacher and/or myself so we can set this up.


Daylight Savings

Don't forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night/Sunday.


No School next Thursday and Friday

This year we have moved some of our regular November no school days so that they are paired/grouped for better for instruction. Instead of a day or two off nearly every week, we will have next Thursday and Friday off for Veteran's day and a teacher workday. Conferences, conference prep and professional development have all been placed the week of Thanksgiving.


Conference Sign-Up

This year our fall conferences will take place November 22nd in the evening and all day November 23rd. These conferences will be virtual, utilizing the Google Meet platform. Please use this link to sign up for a conference if you haven't already.


Empathy Interviews

This year our staff will continue to conduct empathy interviews with students as a way of gathering student voice, input, and feedback regarding their sense of belonging, feeling safe and feeling represented in our school community. We are learning so much about our students through these and are excited to integrate this into our spaces and lessons for strong engagement.


Picture Re-Take Day

Our picture re-take day is scheduled for December 3rd. If your child missed picture day, you can plan to take pictures that day.


Volunteers and Visitors

We continue to be on pause as our district works through the staff piece of the vaccination mandate. We are hoping to be able to bring volunteers back into the building in mid-November.


Here to serve,

Jamie Lentz

Principal, Patterson Elementary

Important Dates

  • November is Native American Heritage Month
  • November 1st - Dia de los Muertos
  • November 6th - Hillsboro Police Department (HPD) and Hillsboro Schools Foundation (HSF) Shred Event, HSD Administration Center parking lot, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • November 7th - Daylight Savings Ends
  • November 11th - No School, Veteran's Day
  • November 12th - No School, Elementary Work Day
  • November 15-19 - American Education Week

    November 16 - School Board regular session, 7pm
  • November 18th - Family Restaurant Night Fundraiser @ MOD Pizza
  • November 20 - HSF Fiesta de Tamales

  • November 22-26 - No School: Conferences, Professional Development, Thanksgiving
  • November 30 - Turkey Trot, Hare Field, 8am

M.A.G.I.C Update

We were so excited that students earned their first spirit day last week - pajama day! We are now working to fill our large A and earn our next spirit day - Art Day. This day will be filled with art connections, projects and of course, wearing our favorite color to school. We fill these large letters by showing M.A.G.I.C behavior as a class or large group (recess, cafeteria).


We also recognize individual efforts and great behavior through Wildcard tickets. These are small tickets that are given out with positive verbal recognition. This week we will begin school-wide drawings for prizes using earned Wildcard tickets.


On Fridays we do positive phone call Friday. Staff select students who are working hard and/or have met a goal to come down to the office. Students get to sign the Patterson Great Wall in Mrs. Lentz' office, call home to share the good news, and take a selfie with Mrs. Lentz for our website and social media.


In case you missed it earlier this year, here is what we are working on and you can help reinforce at home:


  • M - make eye contact or give your full attention
  • A - accept failure and learn from your mistakes
  • G - get up and go for it
  • I - there is no I in team
  • C - celebrate and empower others

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Booster Club News

Thank you to all of our families and friends that attended Chipotle night last week. Our Booster Club was able to earn over $400 for our school!


If your child was not able to walk in the Panther Dash event, they can walk this week during recess to complete their laps.

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Safe Routes to School

Let’s Get Visible! One way bicyclists and pedestrians can improve their safety is by being more visible. Here are some tips for making yourself and your student more visible: Wear bright, reflective clothing and shoes; add reflective tape or reflective stickers to your backpack and other gear; attach a front and back light to your bike; and carry a light while walking during darker times of the day. Remember, while drivers need to be extra alert during low-light hours, it is also important that walkers and cyclists do all they can to be visible.


¡Vamos a Ser Visibles!
Una forma en que los ciclistas y peatones pueden mejorar su seguridad es siendo más visibles. Aquí hay algunos consejos para que usted y su estudiante sean más visibles: Use ropa y zapatos brillantes y reflectantes; agregue cinta reflectante o pegatinas reflectantes a su mochila y otros equipos; coloque una luz delantera y trasera a su bicicleta; lleve una luz mientras camina durante las horas más oscuras del día. Recuerde, mientras que los conductores deben estar más alerta durante las horas de poca luz, también es importante que los caminantes y ciclistas hagan todo lo posible para ser visibles.

Language Services

Does your child speak a second or third language? Is there anyone in the home or a care-giver that speaks multiple languages? If so, your child may be eligible for language support services through our English Learner program. Please reach out to Mrs. Turner-Baxter for more information: turnerbm@hsd.k12.or.us.

Food Pantry

At Patterson we have a small food pantry designed to help our families throughout the school year. If you would like to donate and/or are in need of some items, please reach out to our food pantry coordinator: Adriana Awad, awada@hsd.k12.or.us.

Attendance Line

Thank you to our families for calling students in sick on our attendance line and sharing symptoms. This has helped us to communicate with families regarding timelines for return and kept our building safe and healthy. If you have not done so already, we encourage you to save our attendance line number in your phone: 503.844.1385

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