Falcon News

Forest Hills Elementary

August 14, 2020

Upcoming Dates

August 20 @ 3:30 to 5:00 PM | Elementary Principals' Info Session*

August 25 | Class placements finalized

September 2 - 4 | Meet & Greet, supply and device pick up*

September 8 | 1st Day of School (virtual for all students)

September 18 | Last day to verify student information in ParentVUE*

Elementary Principals' Info Session

The Principals from our six elementary schools are gathering together, via Zoom, to bring you an Informational Forum on Thursday, August 20 from 3:30 to 5 pm. Please join Principals Dan Draper, Melissa Griffiths, Kari Montgomery, Lilian Sarlos, Scott Schinderle and Patrick Shuckerow online to hear answers to frequently asked questions and learn more about what school will look like this year. RSVP here if you would like a link to the zoom meeting and/or to submit a question to the Principals.

Elementary Class Placements and Cohorts

LOSD Elementary Families,

We are very excited to welcome students and families back to school on Tuesday, September 8. Between now and then, we are making detailed plans in preparation for this very unique school year. A big part of that preparation is organizing students into classes with teachers and peers, and assigning cohorts.

Students in the AM cohort will have their math and language arts classes in the morning and their science, social studies and health, music, PE, and innovation in the afternoon. That schedule is flipped for students in the PM cohort.

Our priority is to create balanced classrooms. Like past years, our placement teams consider many factors including, but not limited to: number of students, gender identity, TAG, students with IEPs/504s, program placement, siblings, etc. This year, we are also considering cohort sizes based on ODE and OHA guidance, and assigning teachers to Hybrid and LO Online models.

In addition to the considerations above, our placement teams will also consider maintaining an even number of students in the AM/PM cohorts. Cohorts will be organized alphabetically. As per School Board decision on July 27, students with last names starting with A-K will be in the AM cohort, and last names starting with L-Z will be in the PM cohort. Because we must maintain balanced classes, for some grade levels, the A-K and L-Z division may be heavier on one side vs the other, thus requiring a shift from one cohort to the next based on the number of students.

We understand families have different circumstances, and some may wish to request a specific cohort. Approved change requests will support balanced classrooms in Hybrid and LO Online. If you have a specific cohort request, please contact your principal.

Placement teams will be meeting on the first day of their teacher contract. Families will receive their class/cohort placement on the evening of Tuesday, August 25.

Thank you,

LOSD Elementary Principals

Annual Notice of Statewide Tests

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Please review the Annual Notice for Statewide Tests for information regarding why participation matters, an explanation of the right to opt out, testing windows, and other resources.

Meet & Greet

Hybrid: Mark your calendars for September 2-4 for an in-person Meet & Greet at Forest Hills. Teachers will send out class communication and Meet & Greet sign up links the week of August 25. During your individually scheduled Meet & Greet time, students will meet their teacher, check out a device, pick up curriculum materials, and supplies. Details regarding Smart Start coming soon.

LO Online: More information coming soon.

School Supplies

If you ordered school supplies through 1st Day School Supplies, supplies will be ready for pick up at the Meet & Greet. If you have not ordered supplies, you can find the supply lists here: 2020-21 Supply Lists

Verify Student Info by September 18

If you haven't already, take a few moments to verify your student's information for the 2020-21 school year. This is required. Login to ParentVUE and review/update your student's information through the Register/Verify tab.

This benefits both families and schools by:

  • Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.

  • Allowing parents to review the health conditions on file at your student’s school.

  • Enabling distribution of electronic devices covered by the district's Technology Agreement.

The verification window closes September 18, 2020.

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click “I am a Parent,” then click “Forgot Password.” If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact the school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact the school.

For help, email Wende Milner (wende.milner@loswego.or.us) or Nicole Merino (nicole.merino@loswego.k12.or.us)

Roadmap to Reopening

There is so much information! Check out the latest from LOSD about the coming school year: Roadmap to Reopening