Astro June Update #2
Dream big. Reach for the stars. Together we achieve success!
Thank you for all of your support this year. It was a unique year! We have learned and grown a lot. I truly have truly appreciated everything you have done to support your students and us.
I would like to remind you of the importance of continuing to have your student read to avoid the summer slide. This year, that will be more important than ever. The most important thing you can do to help your student achieve academic success is to read to them and have them read to you. Research shows that reading just six books can help your child avoid regression in the summer. Here's the link to a great article about this research and the link to Hillsboro Public Library's summer reading program is included in this newsletter.
On a different note, the Oregon Department of Education sent out their guidance on how schools should operate in the Fall. Here is the guidance document. Our district will make a plan and share that with you later this summer. I will then follow district guidance with information specific to Ladd Acres.
Our office will be closed starting on June 18th and will reopen on August 17th. I look forward to seeing you this fall. Thank you again for your commitment to Ladd Acres.
Hillsboro Public Library Summer Reading Program
Summer Reading will look a bit different this year, but kids and teens will still get a reading record and a free book to “Grab and Go” and lots of activities to enjoy throughout the summer. Get ready to “Imagine Your Story.”
Keep Your Brain Safe
- Brain 101: What’s a concussion? A four-minute animated video that teaches safety while participating in sports or physical activity. The focus is on concussions, including symptoms, the dangers, and how to avoid them. Most appropriate for 3rd-5th graders (and older siblings).
- Helmet-fitting. A one-minute video showing how to properly fit your helmet. Appropriate for all ages (and parents).
- Street Smart and ThinkFirst Adventure. A 10-minute animated video in which a Safety Superhero joins his new classmates on the playground, around the school bus, swimming, bike riding, playing near the street, and finding a firearm. Safety Superhero teaches his friends the importance of and how to protect the brain and spinal cord. Includes a catchy safety song at the end of the adventure to review the presented concepts. Appropriate for K-5th graders (and older siblings).
- Tito the Puppy and Mr. Yuk. This is a three-minute animated video narrated by children’s voices that teaches young children to identify and not to touch dangerous cleaning and other products, as well as medicines found in the home. Appropriate for K-2nd graders.
- ThinkFirst for Teens. This video is for upper middle school to high school students. It provides first-hand accounts of teens who made choices that resulted in dangerous circumstances and the outcomes of those choices.
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 https://www.hsd.k12.or.us/coronavirus 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.