Patterson Elementary

Parent Blast - October 26, 2020


In two weeks we will be conducting fall conferences (see schedule below). This is a time to connect with your child's teacher regarding engagement and academic progress so far this school year. This year there are different conference time-frames due to the different class sizes. Our K-2 conferences will be scheduled for 30 minutes and our 3-6 grade classes will be scheduled for 15 minutes. As a reminder, all teachers have daily office hours should you need more time to connect. You will notice that there is a variety of times both during the day and in the evening to accommodate different family schedules. This schedule allows for one conference per student during the schedule below. Please prioritize this time of connection with your child's teacher so we can continue to build a strong network of support for your child.

Please use this link to sign up for a conference with your child/children's teacher.

Important Dates:

  • 11/1: "Fall Back" daylight savings time
  • 11/2: Principal Chat, 7:30-8:30 pm
  • 11/9: Fall Conferences, 4:00-8:00 pm
  • 11/10: Fall Conferences, 4:00-8:00 pm
  • 11/11: No School, Veteran's Day
  • 11/12: No School, Fall Conferences, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • 11/13: No School

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

Here to serve,

Jamie Lentz

Principal, Patterson Elementary

Morning Announcements

This week our sixth grade leaders will be introducing an upcoming school-wide spirit day and kicking off a math tournament. If your child is interested in helping run morning announcements and is in the sixth grade, please have them email Mrs. Lentz:

Principal Chat

Join us for our next Principal Chat on Monday, November 2nd, from 7:30-8:30 pm. We will be talking about the student success process (SSP) and special education process (SPED). We also want to hear what parent supports are needed for learning at home.

Google Meet joining info
Or dial: +​1​ ​2​6​2​-​6​7​4​-​7​5​1​5 PIN: 2​5​5​ ​8​0​0​ ​2​0​4​#

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Mrs. Morgan and Mrs. Cary’s (Student Success Coach) Counseling Corner: October 2020

Adult Verbal and Non-verbal Response to Virtual Learning with our Children

More than ever, many of us are living in unpredictable times right now. As we continue to settle into virtual learning, families have had to: Navigate spaces and places for their child/children to do school from home, Develop new daily schedules and/or dealing with inconsistent schedules, New caretakers, Parents/caregivers working from home, Loss of social interaction- school, sports, clubs, activities, extended family time, etc., and much more.

Negative feelings about virtual learning are normal for us as adults to have. It is very important to NOT share those feelings with your school age child or talk to someone else about your feelings/ideas with the child nearby. Please keep in mind that kids learn the most by what is modeled for them! Some of the more common frustrations parents/caregivers are having is:

  1. Keeping their children engaged with online learning

  2. The amount of screen time

  3. Lack of socialization

  4. Balancing your own work (paid or unpaid work) with child’s school

  5. The amount of work expected (too much for some and too little for others)


Please share your frustrations privately with a partner, friend, teacher, neighbor, counselor, principal, etc., but please NOT in front of the child. Use phrases such as ‘we’ll figure this out, everything will be okay’, ‘I know it’s a lot, so let’s work on 1 thing at a time,’ ‘your teachers are working hard to make sure you’re learning during CDL’, ‘let’s contact your teacher during their office hour’ etc.

Additional resource page on using mindfulness with technology glitches - see below

For more ideas or questions, always feel free to email me @ or our student success coach @
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321 Insight - Resource for Parents

Parents and caregivers can now access some key resource videos for free. See image below for topics.

Go To:

Click Log In

Username: hillsboro

Password: parent

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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:

Superintendent Coffee Chat

Superintendent Scott still has one more Coffee Chat this month - one for a Spanish-speaking audience:

  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The general audience Coffee Chats will be livestreamed at If you’d like to submit a question, comment, or feedback either in advance or during the event, there are two ways to do so:

  • Complete the Superintendent Coffee Chat Question Submission form; or
  • Join the HSD Coffee Chat Remind group and submit your question via the app or text.
    1. If you have a smartphone, open your web browser and go to Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app.
    2. If you don’t have a smartphone, get text notifications by texting @hsdcoffee to the number 81010 (or 404-236-6585 if you’re having trouble with 81010).
    3. If you already have a Remind account, join the HSD Coffee Chat “class” @hsdcoffee.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Chief Communications Officer Beth Graser at

If you would like to participate in the Spanish-language chat, please join the Google Meet: or dial +1 470-655-0305 PIN: 462 795 800#.

Return to School Planning

The Hillsboro School District continues to plan and prepare for the return of students to the classroom in anticipation of eventually meeting required health metrics. Last week, the District’s Blueprint Planning teams reconvened to start talking about what will be needed for that to occur - everything from instruction to facilities to safety protocols, and more.

All students will remain in the Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) model through at least the end of Quarter 1 on Nov. 5, 2020. But what happens after that? According to current guidance, students in grades PreK through 3 cannot return to in-person learning until the following metrics have been met:

  • Washington County case rate of less than 30 per 100,000 of population in the preceding seven days for three weeks in a row

  • Washington County test positivity rate of 5% or less in the preceding seven days for three weeks in a row

  • COVID-19 is not actively spreading in the community

  • District is complying with sections 1-3 of Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance

To add back students in grades 4-12 to in-person learning, the threshold is higher:

  • Washington County case rate of less than 10 per 100,000 of population in the preceding seven days for three weeks in a row

  • Washington County test positivity rate of 5% or less in the preceding seven days for three weeks in a row

  • State test positivity rate of 5% or less in the preceding seven days for three weeks in a row

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Governor announced she would be revisiting the health metrics required for a return to in-person learning, but as of Oct. 9 new guidance had not yet been released.

It will likely require approximately five weeks to transition from CDL to in-person learning for students in grades PreK through 3 - three weeks to meet the required health metrics and up to two weeks of transition time. Other factors will certainly be considered in the decision and ultimate timeline, but this should provide families with a sense of how far out we may be looking. All students will likely be continuing in the CDL model for the beginning of Quarter 2, which starts on Nov. 9.

We will update you on our planning efforts as well as the health metrics each week from here forward. To see the full health metrics report, go to this dashboard and select Washington County from the drop-down menu.

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Campuses Still Closed

Recently we have received a few questions about the signage on our playground. Currently our campuses are still closed to the public. New district signs have been placed to replace previous ones.
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Supports in CDL

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 3:00.

  • Office Phone: 503-844-1380
  • Attendance Line: 503-844-1385
  • Fax Number: 503-844-1025

Ms. Maria Google Voice: 971-225-0257 / Email:

Mrs. Gearhart Google Voice: 971-246-7829 / Email:

Technology Support (see below):

Monday - Friday, 7:45 - 11:15 am, 12:15 - 2:15 pm

Spanish Support:

Email or call Ms. Maria Monday-Friday from 8:30 - 1:30 pm.

Counseling Support:

Mrs. Morgan, our school counselor, is here to support your child and family during CDL.