Orenco Community Newsletter

November 1, 2021

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News and Updates

Hello Orenco Families!

We are nearing the end of the first quarter of school! There have been changes to how we normally do things, but students are still at the heart of what we do. It is wonderful seeing them all in person, teaching them, hearing their stories, and building community together. Please be on the watch for teacher communication about conferences this month!

In service to you,

Allison Combs, Principal



Remote number: 971-231-5383

Office phone: 503-844-1370

Special Dates

Wed, Nov 10--End of 1st Quarter

Thurs, Nov 11--No School--Veterans' Day

Fri, Nov 12--No School for Students; Teacher Work Day

Fri, Nov 19--Spirit Day: Favorite Team! (UO Ducks/OSU Beavers and all favorite team gear!)

Nov 22-Nov 26--No School for K-6 students

Nov 22--Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-8 pm

Nov 23--Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8-8 pm

Current News


Boosters are hosting a virtual book fair November 1-14. Orders will ship directly to students and shipping is free for book only orders over $25. Orders can be placed at www.scholastic.com/BF/OrencoES

Rainy and Cold Weather

Students have two recess periods a day and will continue to go outside. We have two covered areas and we do close the field. Names in jackets are great! We have extra jackets to help out, too.

What's Happening at Orenco?

Booster News (Pictures below)


Parents can sign up to help with the fall Art Literacy Project, City on Water, here--a colorful cityscape. We will contact volunteers with more details once volunteers are allowed in the school. All materials have been purchased...We plan to create a video training to share with volunteers rather than an in person event this year. Volunteers needed: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4aa8ac22ab9-artlit2

(a picture of the project is below)


We are looking for volunteers to help stock the staff lounge for our amazing Orenco staff. Sign up here to help out. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4aa8ac22ab9-teacher


We will be hosting a virtual book fair November 1-14. Orders will ship directly to students and shipping is free for book only orders over $25. Orders can be placed at www.scholastic.com/BF/OrencoES


There will be a virtual holiday shop where students can purchase holiday gifts for their family and friends. It is open currently and will run through

December 1st. We will provide flyers to send home with students in the next few weeks. The shop can be accessed at https://myholidayshop.org/pages/441370

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School to Home Support Resources

For questions, concerns, support, food assistance (breakfast/lunch) and additional resources, please contact our main office. We are here to support our families:

Orenco Car and Bus Drop-Off and Pick-Up Map

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Ongoing/Repeat Information Below

Repeat News and Notes

  • Picking up your child at school during the day? Here's what to do:

  • You may use the Birch St Main Entrance and park on the curb for short-term parking.
  • Walk to the front door. The doors will be locked.
  • Use QR code to check out student.
  • Push the "doorbell" to get the attention of office staff.

  • Overseas or Extended Travel: We are not offering CDL like last year as an option. Teachers will use their Google Classrooms to post assignments for all, including students who are quarantined and must be absent from school due to illness. If you have extended travel plans (beyond 10 days), please reach out to your teacher or our office if you have questions.

  • Chromebooks: Because students can quarantine at a drop of a hat as well as a whole class, the expectation is that students are taking their chromebooks home daily K-6. Parents can decline to have them brought home in K-2. Please reach out to your child's teacher.
  • Our regular school hours are 8:00-2:20 pm. Wednesday dismissal is at 1:50 pm. Please note that our tardy bell rings at 8 am and Morning Meetings begin in classrooms at this time. We request that you plan on arriving at school between 7:35-7:55 am.
  • We will purchase extra, but students should bring a water bottle to school. Community water fountains are turned off but water is available in classrooms and bathrooms.
  • It is helpful if you can label items that belong to your child, such as water bottles, lunch boxes, and hoodies & jackets.
  • HSD has many open job positions with great benefits! Please take a look on our district site and see if there is a position waiting for you! ESS West is also accepting substitute teachers and classified staff through ESS substitute services.

    Please be sure to S L O W D O W N when you are driving through the Orenco neighborhood. Let's keep our neighborhood safe! I am getting complaints about speedy drivers. The speed limit is 25 mph and 20 mph in our school zone.

    Tardy Schedule: 8 is late!
    Students will need to check-in at the office before heading to class, If you are dropping your student off past 8, please do so at the Birch St. Main Entrance and park at the curb for short-term parking. Students can walk up to the Main Entrance doors and ring the doorbell on the intercom to notify the office of arrival. Please assist your student as needed.

    Goodie Bags from home (ex: celebrating a student's birthday with the class)--Please check with your teacher first.

    • no candy or things that would involve removing a mask (No balloons, kazoos, candy, gum, lollipops, etc.)
    • Since adults cannot be in our building, the child would need to be able to walk them into the building themselves.
    • No deliveries

    Required Absences (RA)--If a student is required to be away from school due to a positive covid test, a close contact, primary symptoms awaiting a test result or quarantine, students may be a part of a teacher's LIVE Broadcast or Record/Post in Google Classroom. The teacher does not have to interact with the child (like in CDL/hybrid), but make the direct instruction available for students. I know--it is not perfect, but is the option that we are using across our district. Please reach out if you have questions.

    **If a student is home/excused absence, they can access assignments through Google Classroom, but there is not an expectation of the teacher for the Live Broadcast or Posting of direct instruction videos.

    Request for Immunization Status
    Oregon state law requires that students have received appropriate vaccinations for school entry. To view the State of Oregon’s complete list of Immunization and Dosage Requirements, click here (en español). If your student(s) is missing one or more immunization, please download and fill out the Certificate of Immunization Status form and turn in to the school office or email it to our secretary Maria Bartolome Sop at bartolom@hsd.k12.or.us at your earliest convenience.

    COVID-19 Dashboard

    In our effort to be transparent, the Hillsboro School District is publishing data on reported positive or presumptive COVID-19 cases (isolations) and quarantines for students and staff. This data is collected by our contact tracing team and school nurses with help from the Washington County Public Health Department. To protect the privacy of those involved, no names or grade level information will be displayed. Please note that this data may differ from data reported by the Oregon Health Authority because isolations and quarantines will no longer show up in our active data set once the person has returned to school/work and/or the classroom quarantine has ended.

    Please click on this link to access the dashboard.

Online Verification: ParentVUE

Online verification is open and ready for parents and families to update their information. This is one of our best methods for making sure our student and parent/family data is accurate across HSD. In addition, we have added Covid vaccine status into the immunization portion of the verification process. This enables families to indicate if their student has received the vaccine, which can help us better control the virus in schools and make contact tracing more effective.

Since parents must create a ParentVUE account (if they don’t already have one) to complete the verification process, this also gives schools and teachers a better ability to communicate with them.

Here is a link to the information on the HSD website for parents.

Ready Schools, Safe Learners

Principal Combs is available to answer any questions or concerns you have. Please don't hesitate to reach out! Email: combsa@hsd.k12.or.us