Orenco Community Newsletter

December 2019

Happy Winter!

It is so hard to believe that the year 2019 is almost over! Only 4 weeks left until the new year. Although we have had many days off the past month and we have a long winter break ahead, we here at Orenco are continuing to work hard to help our students achieve success. We like this quote by an unknown author, "I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday." We are working hard everyday to improve our skills both socially and academically. Remember to remind your children to read, read, read over the long break! We look forward to seeing everyone again on January 6th back at school.

Cold Weather - Dress Warm!

We will go outside for recess rain or shine. Please make sure that on these cold winter days your children are dressed very warm. Make sure they have coats, hats and gloves, with there names on them.

Bloomz App

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We are now using the free Bloomz App as a communication tool at Orenco. It is like a text message on your phone and translates to over 80 languages. Teachers use it to communicate what is happening in the classroom, and the Boosters and Office Staff are using it to communicate whole school events and important announcements. If you have not signed up yet please ask your teacher about their class code for access. Here is the access code for the Orenco School community page: U263AW. We will continue to also use email to send out announcements and school information.


Our Character Trait of the month is: Cooperation. Ask you children what it means to cooperate and why that would be important as a life-long skill. We had a fun morning assembly to celebrate this trait and it was amazing to see all 600 kids cooperating together to sing our school song and cheer on our teachers versus students during our Minute-to-Win-It game!

Booster Club Activities:

Need Gift Help?

Would you like help buying holiday gifts for your children? Sonrise church does a toy event on December 21st from 9-1. Call 503-640-2449 before December 10th to get your name on the list. You must sign up! The sooner the better!

Parking Problems

We have been having many parents parking their cars in the front of the building and walking in their students. There are many signs along the front curb that say 'No Parking" and "Buses Only". We have buses coming and going all day long for many of our students, including after school and we cannot have this sidewalk blocked. This is also an area for 911 emergency vehicles.

If you need to park and walk your child in to school you can park along the side (71st St) or in the back of the school. If you get to school after 8:15 the back doors will be locked so you will need to walk your child around to the front door. If you are not getting out of your car, you may quickly pull up the curb and watch your child walk through the front door. We really appreciate your help with this matter.

FYI: Language Arts Adoption for School District

On Monday, December 16, the District will host an open house where families can preview materials from our Language Arts Adoption. This will be an opportunity to look at bilingual materials from two major publishers as well as the technology and SPED supports they provide in the classroom. The open house will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Event Room at the Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy. We encourage families to take advantage of the open house and provide input on how to best serve and support our students in literacy.

Counselor Corner:

If you would like to be made aware of resources in our community, ways to help families in need, and keep updated on lessons Mrs. Hanson is teaching in your child's classroom join her Bloomz class. Log into your Bloomz account. Click "+Add Class/Group" on the left navigation. In the text box, enter 72ZQ8T. Or join via text @ 72ZQ8T to 1-858-BLOOMZ1 (1-858-256-6691).

Attendance Matters

This holiday season, the best gift you can give your child is a good education. And the best place to get an education is in school. It’s tempting to extend your vacation by a few days, but remember, those days count as absences. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time. So make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning.

Upcoming School Events:

Current until December 13th - Elk's Canned Food Drive

12/12 - 5th/6th Grade Music Performance @ 6:45 PM (Performers should arrive by 6:30 pm)

12/13 - Parent's Night Out hosted by Boosters ($)

12/20 - All School Limbo Assembly

12/20 - Spirit Day - HATS!

12/23-1/3 - Winter Break! See you on January 6th.