Oak Hills Newsletter
January 15, 2021
Assistant Principal's Message
Dear Oak Hills Families,
Our first weeks back following Winter Break have offered many twists and turns as we continue planning for a return to in-person learning. Last Friday (January 8th), Beaverton School District communicated initial information to families regarding return to school plans. While specific dates would depend on many factors (e.g., implementation of safety protocols, community infection rates, vaccine access, etc.) the current model for hybrid learning would offer students at the elementary level an opportunity to attend in-person learning for 2.5 hours during either the morning or afternoon (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays). Learning would continue via Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) from home for the remaining part of the school day. This plan is different than initial communication from August, offering either a Monday/Tuesday or a Thursday/Friday option. One reason for this shift has to do with continuity of learning, establishing consistent daily routines for learning through the duration of a school week.
As part of district communication, it was also suggested as a possibility that this process may involve reassigning teacher assignments and classroom assignments for students. We recognize that these transitions may be difficult for students and teachers alike. The reasons behind these possibilities involve the distribution of students returning to in-person learning and those who will choose to remain in CDL. Until we have a better understanding of the numbers of students we will welcome back for in-person hybrid learning, we are not able to determine which teachers or how many teachers (hybrid vs. CDL) we will need at each grade level. Our teachers have carried a heavy load during CDL. It would be unrealistic to ask them to teach both CDL and hybrid without compromising quality instruction for our students. We understand that these scenarios are not optimal and will do what we can on our end to minimize the impact on students whenever possible.
We anticipate a survey will be sent to families in the coming weeks asking about your plans for returning to school (in-person hybrid or remaining in CDL). Once we have your responses, we will have a better understanding of how our return to school plan might look here at Oak Hills.
Sheila and I are committed to transparency in this process and will communicate often as our return to school plans are evolving. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we plan for a return to school within the Beaverton School District.
Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend ahead!
Monday, January 18th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)
Wednesday, January 20th will be a synchronous learning day for students. Specials classes (P.E. and Music) for Wednesday, January 20th will follow the normal Monday specials class schedule (see communication from your child's classroom teacher for details). Oak Hills Pick Up/Drop Off has been canceled for Wednesday, January 20th.
Tentative Calendar Dates for 2020-2021 School Year
1/18 No School: MLK Day
1/20 Student Contact Day-No Item Pick Ups
1/27 PTO Meeting (7pm)
1/27 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
2/3 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
2/4 Assembly Day
2/5 Grading Day- No School
2/10 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
2/15 President's Day- No School
2/17 Student Contact Day
2/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)
2/24 No School: Staff Development Day
3/3 Oak Hills School Photos (9am-6pm; by appointment)
3/3 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
3/1 Oak Hills OBOB Book Clubs
3rd & 4th Grade 11:00 - 11:30 A Boy Called Bat - Realistic Fiction
5th Grade 11:30- noon A Boy Called Bat - Realistic Fiction
3/5 Assembly Day
3/10 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
3/17 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
3/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)
3/22-26 Spring Break- No School
3/31 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
4/2 Assembly Day
4/7 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
4/14 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
4/16 Grading Day- No School
4/21 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
4/21 PTO Meeting (7pm)
4/28 Staff Development Day- No School
5/5 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
5/7 Assembly Day
5/12 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
5/19 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
5/19 PTO Meeting (7pm)
5/26 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
5/31 Memorial Day- No School
6/2 Student Contact Day
6/9 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
6/9 PTO Mtg (7pm)
6/18 Last Day of School
6/18 Assembly Day
Talented & Gifted (TAG) & the Summa Program
Thank you for your patience as we navigate TAG/Summa testing during the 2020-21 school year. The following updates have been made to our current Identification processes to reflect comprehensive distance learning and research on test score stability.
TAG testing for students nominated by parents or teachers will occur in the spring
Current 5th graders will have the opportunity to qualify for Summa by testing in late spring/summer
Outdoor testing opportunities for TAG/Summa will also be available in early summer
Current 3rd and 4th graders will take reading and math achievement tests (ITBS) in the fall
Current 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will take a cognitive ability (CogAT) screener test in fall
In addition to national norms, local norms will be explored for TAG/Summa identification
Summa Qualifying Tests and Criteria
No change in admission criteria, only tests used
Results from full version CogAT tests (composite score ) in grades K-5 can be used to qualify for Summa
Results of achievement tests in grades 3-5 can be used to qualify for Summa
Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) Language Arts and Math tests
ITBS/Logramos Reading and Math tests (total scores)
Testing opportunities will be posted on the BSD TAG page as they become available
Invitations to test will be sent via School Messenger prior to testing dates
Summa eligible students will be notified before January 15, 2021
Please direct questions to Heidi Hanson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-356-4548.
Signal to Noise Festival 2021!
The Signal to Noise Festival is on for 2021!
Film Entries are due Monday, March 29, 2021
Online Awards Ceremony/Festival - Thursday, May 20, 2021
Please review the guidelines and check out the website for resources to help you create your master piece!
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Immunization Exclusion Day Information
The Immunization Exclusion Day for 2020-21 is scheduled for February 17, 2021.
All children who are not up to date with their immunizations will be excluded from being physically in the building.
We know that with the COVID-19 protocols in place, getting your child/children up to date with their immunizations may require some advanced planning. You may even be hesitant to go to a doctor's office. We, also, know that with the current distant learning your student is not physically in the building. We do want you to know that when public schools return to in school learning at any capacity and if your child/children are not current with their immunizations they will not be able to be physically in the building.
When this happens, you would have several options available to you:
- become current with immunizations.
- remain in CDL.
- notify us if you are exempt from the immunization schedule with an official document.
We'd like to make you aware that between now and exclusion day you will be receiving several communications from either us in the office, from the District, or from Washington County. If you are current and you still receive a notification, then please let us know so we can align our communication to better match your child's immunization records.
Storytime with Ms. Larsen
Come and enjoy Storytime with Ms. Larsen on Friday’s from 11:30-12:00 while you enjoy your lunch! Ask your teacher for the Zoom link!
Come visit the Book Bus on Wednesday afternoons! Students may pick up requested library books, check out “surprise books and return library books! Here is a map of the stops! We hope to see your happy faces at the Book Bus!
Library Book Requests
Have you chosen a Library Day on your weekly calendar? Here is a friendly reminder to please put in your library book requests by Tuesday at noon for pick up on Wednesdays at Curbside Pickup or the Book Bus.
We will be reading A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
March 1st, 2021
3rd and 4th Graders 11:00-11:30
5th Graders 11:30-12:00
To join Book Club, register HERE
Helpful Library Links
Oak Hills Library Webpage
How to Request Library Books Video
How to Request E-books and Add Your Public Library Video
Oak Hills Book Bus Times and Locations Map
Beaverton School District Book Bus Routes Map
OBOB Book List
OBOB Hall of Fame Questionnaire
OBOB Trivia Group at Cedar Mill Library
Book Club Registration
Visit the BSD Family Toolkit at: https://oakhills.beaverton.k12.or.us/ **Connect--Family Toolkit
Kindergarten-specific Information: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/early-learning/kindergarten
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