The Owl Newsletter


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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Junior

No School Monday, January 16h, 2023

OPE Sixth graders have the opportunity to participate in Intramurals this year.

Our first intramural league, “Spike Ball,” assembly was a huge success. Students participated in tournament brackets during recess. Today was our first championship game.

“The Twin Turbo Croissants” took the title.

In between matches, there was a halftime show, “Staff vs. Students” Dance Off.

Spike Ball
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Monday, January 16th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, January 27th … Grading Day (No School)

Thursday, February 9th - The next OPPO Meeting 4:00 pm

OPE Calendar of Events

District Calendar

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OPE Families,

Hoop-a-Thon is coming!!! February 14 & 15th…more details are coming! There will be volunteer opportunities for making posters, counting hoops, and limo ride chaperones!

To keep costs down, we’d like to ask if any families have Trailblazer tickets that they’d like to donate as prizes; we’d greatly appreciate it! Please send info to or call Chelsea Murphy at (503)680-9329

The next Meeting is Thursday, February 9th 4:00!

If anyone is interested in creating yearbooks for the school year, we’d love to hear from you!

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Congratulations 6th Grade boys Basketball Team.

A very exciting day for some of our 6th-grade boys. Aiden Frank, Asher Grogg, Austin Nelson,

Coleton Kuhn, Easton Hoag, Eli Treat, Ender Looney, Ryder Thawley, Samir Boskovic.

Coaches BJ Grogg & Kevin Frank

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It’s Word Nerd Week!

WORDS HAVE POWER!: This week we are reading the book The Word Collector by Peter Reynolds–I love his books! It really is Word Nerd Week (there is a celebration for everything these days), so we are talking about how words can help and words can hurt–words can encourage and words can beat you down; but we need words to communicate. We need words to read, write and speak–we need to think about the power words have in the world. All students grades 2-6 are choosing a word to focus on for 2023 because words can also focus and ground us–ask your child what their word is!

OVERDUE SLIPS WILL BE SENT HOME NEXT WEEK: This week we talked about overdue books–we also talked about how many books are missing from the library without being checked out! The trouble with only being in the library 2 days a week, is that books walk out of the library when I am not there, but they are not officially checked out in the system. Please take a look around and see if you have any books laying around that have an OPE barcode on the back and please send them back to school so other students can enjoy them. Thanks for your help!

Also, please note that books that are 2 months overdue are considered lost in the library system and students will be asked to pay to replace these books. PLEASE look on home bookshelves for books wearing Book Camoflauge if you get one of those little white slips–they really like to hide and blend in on bookshelves!

PLEASE RETURN YOUR BOOKS EACH WEEK!–We have a lot of overdue books out there! Remember, there are book return bins in the hallways that kids can drop their books in ANY day! If you forget your books on Library day, bring them the next day and drop them in the bins and you will be ready to roll the following week. Please make sure your books are in the bins by 8:15 am on your library day, or even better the day before your library day. Thanks for helping your child develop a return routine for their books–thanks!

DISTRICT LIBRARIAN WEBSITE: Please check out our District Librarian Website. Enjoy!

Sauvie Island Middle School Info Night

Our Middle School Information Night is coming up soon! This event is for students and families who want to learn more about what SIS offers in grades 6, 7, and 8. It is open to everyone, whether or not you are a current SIS student or a family!

Learn more about our Place-based educational philosophy, the benefits of experiential community-based learning, and how those teaching styles relate to those all-important middle school years! Our teachers, students, and even some of our alums and their families will be there to share their experiences and to answer questions. Pizza will be provided.

When: February 9, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:15 pm

Where: Sauvie Island School

Who: Students and families who are approaching (or even thinking about!) the middle school years. Open to both current SIS families and those who are not yet enrolled.

Please RSVP Here

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Community Resources

Programs to help families meet their needs

Scappoose School District has a Food for Kids program where students receive food packages they take home for the weekend. If you would like to sign up your student for Food for Kids, please contact district social worker Aaron Brown at or 971-290-8095

"Spirit Days" are dress-up days but other days …

Just a gentle reminder about costumes at OPE

There are days that exceptional activities are encouraged - that includes our Spirit Days, some holidays, and the occasional individual or grade-level activity sponsored by teachers.

The bulk of our school days are not filled with costumes or dress-up.

This is a gentle reminder that students should not wear costumes, or parts of costumes, on regular school days. They might get dirty, damaged, or be too distracting for a classroom.

We appreciate your support in this area, and we hope you and your family look forward to those special days that help infuse joy into our school year.

Here is a list of all the Spirit Days for the rest of the year!

Friday, January 20th - Backwards Day

Friday, February 24th - Crazy Hair Day

Friday, March 24th - College & Career Day

Friday, April 28th - Decades Day

Friday, May 26th - Beach Day

Friday, June 7th - Field Day/Tie Dye Day

(Fridays are always Scappoose Gear Days)

Covid Updates

We have multiple cases of Covid, Influenza A, and RSV reported throughout the district. There is no mandatory quarantine at this time for being exposed to any of these viruses. However, if your student starts to have symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, sore throat, or nasal congestion, it is recommended they stay home from school until they are feeling well enough to attend to help curb the spread of illness to others. If your child has a positive Covid test, we ask that they isolate for five days from the onset of symptoms or positive test with the first day of symptoms/test being day 0. If you want your child tested for COVID, you can schedule a test with our district nursing staff by calling the OPE front office at 971-200-8003. Also, we have home covid tests available. We would happily send one home with your student at your request.

All Scappoose schools have testing available for COVID19, both for rapid on-site testing and home testing. If you have any need for your child to test at school, we will need a signed consent in place. Here are the current consent forms for COVID19 testing in English and Spanish.

COVID Consent Form

COVID Consent Form Spanish

Feeling Sick? You are not alone.

A message from our nursing staff

Here is a message from the Oregon Health Authority.

We are in the middle of cold and flu season, and below are the recommendations from state health officials to help reduce the spread of infection.

  • Stay home when sick.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or with a tissue that you immediately throw away after use.

  • Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces, including doorknobs, faucets, chairs, countertops, and tables.

  • Regularly wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing into a tissue.

  • Get a flu shot and stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including new bivalent boosters. There is no vaccine for RSV.

  • Consider wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces.

Sign up for Free and Reduced Meals Here


If you have not completed a free and reduced application, please complete it here
Oregon has expanded the free and reduced rules, and many families are eligible who may believe they are not.
Oregon EIG and Federal Income Guidelines can be found here:

My MealTime Breakfast and Lunch Accounts

To add funds to your child's school meal account, please send a check or cash to the office in a sealed, labeled envelope. Funds can also be added online by clicking the image to the right. You will need your child's student ID number to create an account. *Mymealtime charges a 4.9% fee for depositing online. Mealtime parent helpline: 1-800-755-0904

Attendance Reminders & After School Change of Plans

If your child is going to be absent or you have other attendance changes to communicate, we ask that you please call the office at (971)200-8003 or email all of the following people to let us know. This ensures that if one of us is absent, the message is received.

Also, if you have to change your students' after-school plans, please try to do this one hour before students are released so that we have enough time to communicate with teachers and staff.

We appreciate your support in making sure we know where your students are during the school day. Thank you!

Title 1 Information

If you are a parent of a Title 1 student and are wanting more information about our program, please see the attached parent/student compact. Title 1 is a federally supported program to help support students who need additional help in reading and math. This compact explains the responsibilities of the school and the family. Please click HERE to view and sign the compact.

ParentVue Help

Video explanation of this great tool that can help you understand how your student is doing.

ParentVUE is a web portal that allows parents/caregivers to access real-time information related to their student's education progress. Parents can view their student's attendance, grades, assignments, and more. Look for access links on the school and/or district websites. Here is a link to a video explanation of ParentVue developed by a teacher at OPE: ParentVue video

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Scappoose School District Volunteer Application

This form will help us to verify your potential eligibility to serve as a volunteer in Scappoose School District.

Have you thought of working for the school?

We are looking for some great people to work at OPE

Currently, OPE and other schools have openings for some special people who think supporting kids as they navigate the challenges of school is an exciting/interesting/rewarding job. No experience is needed, however, a kind heart is a plus! Interested? Please go to the district website and click on the “For Staff” tab. Under “Human Resources” you will find a list of open positions just waiting for you!

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After School Enrichment Program

OPE is excited to welcome the YMCA to campus this year. Through a partnership with the City of Scappoose, the YMCA is establishing an after-school program at OPE designed to serve K-6 students from all of the schools. This is a first-come-first-serve program so if you are interested apply right away!

More information

Personal Electronic Device Policy

(Cell phones, Smart watches, Earbuds)

As an upper elementary school, O.P.E. will align with the Middle School policy concerning electronic devices. A personal electronic device is defined by the district as any “device capable of electronically communicating, sending, receiving, storing, recording, reproducing and/or displaying information and data.” The new policy will ask that students have their devices “off and away” while on campus. A private warning will be given if a student uses the device while at school. A second infraction will lead to the device being turned into the office for pick-up at the end of the day. Parents will be asked to pick up the device after a third infraction. The school is asking for parent support with this policy as we focus on building a positive learning environment.