Falcon News

Forest Hills Elementary

December 12, 2020

Upcoming Dates


Wednesday 16 | Multi-synchronous Wednesday

  • 8:00 to 9:05 | AM structured review and connection
  • 12:45 to 1:50 | PM structured review and connection

Wednesday 16 - Saturday 19 @ various times | LOHS Toy Drive*

Friday 18 @ 10:45 to 12:45 | FH Library Curbside Pickup

Monday 21 - January 3 | Winter Break / No School

Principal's Message

Dear Forest Hills Families,

As we approach the end of 2020, it goes without saying that this has been a year like no other. Still in the midst of so much change, I am reminded that we are steady in our shared mission of creating an inclusive school community where each and every child feels known, loved, and that they belong.

This mission asks us to humbly examine ourselves and the stories that we intentionally or unintentionally bring into the classroom. We are asking ourselves, “Do our students see themselves reflected in our classrooms and in our curriculum?” and “Are we giving our students windows into experiences, backgrounds, and cultures that are not their own?” Through this lens of mirrors and windows, we will be integrating more stories about diverse characters and by diverse authors, stories that are authentic and affirming to the communities they represent.

I would like to invite you to join in this work by viewing a talk by author Chimamandi Ngozi Adichie called The Danger of a Single Story. In this 18 minute TED Talk, Ms. Adichie describes her own experiences seeing others and having others see her through a single, incomplete story. She offers key insights into what it means to have an authentic and affirming understanding of our world and the beautiful diversity that exists throughout it.

If you are interested in this topic, I’d like to invite you to explore two more TED Talks about windows and mirrors:

The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf | Grace Lin | TEDxNatick

Mirrors, Windows, & Sliding Doors | Akhand Dugar | TEDxMountainViewHighSchool

Thank you!

Patrick Shuckerow

Asynchronous Rotation Schedule

This Week's Asynchronous Rotation Schedule

Week of DECEMBER 14

  • Kindergarten / 1st Grade - Social Studies
  • 2nd Grade / 3rd Grade - Health
  • 4th Grade / 5th Grade - Science

1 asynchronous lesson posted per day, posted at 8 AM in Google Classroom

Yearlong Subject Rotation Schedule

Google Classroom Codes

Reporting Student Absences

If your child will not be attending school for any reason, please call the school’s attendance phone number, or email the attendance email address. If your child is ill, please indicate the illness symptoms.

Forest Hills
503-534-2350 (main office number)

Battle of the Books, OBOB - Sign up by January 8

Parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders: It's time for the Oregon Battle of the Books, a fun and engaging reading competition that is run by the Forest Hills PTO!

OBOB is expected to start mid-January and students are encouraged to form a team of 3-5 kids from school. Kids who are not able to find teammates can be matched up with a team, so if you don't have a team, don't worry! Just sign up and we can help!

What is OBOB? OBOB is meant to be a fun and enjoyable way for kids to read more books and/or different books, and the competition appeals to some kids more than others! The ONLY required practice for OBOB is reading books. There are 16 books for 4th/5th grade teams and 8 books for 3rd graders to be divided and read by team members on each team. (Some kids may want to read all of the books and do a lot of practice questions and some kids may just want to read some of the books. Either approach is great!)

OBOB veterans: There will be no regional or state competitions this year, but we still expect it to be lots of fun!

For more information or to sign up, visit the FH PTO website or click on this sign up link to register your team. Please sign up by January 8th.

Contact Lorri Wilson and Micha McNerney at ForestHillsOBOB@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

LOHS Toy Drive

The LOHS junior class officers have organized a toy drive for the charity Toy and Joy Makers. Any donations can be dropped off in the front of LOHS during one of the following times.

Wednesday 12/16 12-1 pm

Thursday 12/17 5-6 pm

Friday 12/18 5-6 pm

Saturday 12/19 11 am-12 pm; this is the last opportunity for donations

We are also accepting any monetary donations via venmo @wearelo

Suggested donation items include Legos, board games, toy cars, sports balls, craft kits, dolls, Play Doh, and books for kids ages 13 and under. All physical and monetary donations will go to Toy and Joy Makers with Portland Fire and Rescue.

Forest Hills Polar Plunge Team

Do you want to be part of a team and help a great organization? We are forming a Polar Plunge team for Special Olympics at Forest Hills. Ms. Hansen, our Learning Specialist, has lead schools teams for the last five years and is excited to form the Freezing Falcons and Friends team. The plunge will look different this year, but we are excited to support Special Olympics Oregon. Please contact Kasie Hansen if you are interested: hansenk1@loswego.k12.or.us

Scripps Spelling Bee, Grades 4-5

Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow Forest Hills to host an online School Spelling Bee for interested fourth and fifth-grade students in January.

Our school champion will then move on to represent Forest Hills in the Regional Spelling Bee which also will also include online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events. More information on how to register for the online competition will be coming soon. In the meantime, here is a list of 450 words from Scripps to practice if you are interested in competing or just for fun! Once you have carefully studied all Scripps 450 Words, you can go on to study The Scripps Word List of Champions.

Drop Off for Holiday Gift Cards

Reminder if you are participating in the gift card holiday gifts for teachers and staff, to drop off your form and check (payable to Forest Hills PTO) by Monday, December 14.

Regular Announcements

Forest Hills Library Curbside Pick Up

The Forest Hills Library is now open for curbside pick up. Fill out the Library Book Request Form to tell us what kinds of books you like. Ms. Loiacano will choose 2-3 books for you! OR Place a hold for a specific book in the Destiny Discover library catalog. Holds must be placed by Thursday.

Curbside pickups will be on Fridays between 10:45 AM and 12:45 PM. Books are checked out for two weeks. Books can be returned at this time as well.

More Information about the Forest Hills Library and curbside pick up can be found on the Forest Hills Library website.

Forest Hills Library Curbside Pick Up

More information about the Forest Hills library and curbside pick up can be found here.

Grade Level Lunch Bunches

Starting Monday, 11/30, Ms. Drimmel, our Counselor, will be providing open grade level lunch bunches. Please find the schedule below and let your students know they can log on to see friends, engage in SEL themed activities or just check in to say hello :) Students can find the link to my zoom room on my clever page, in my google classroom or here : Mrs. Drimmel's Zoom Room

Mondays @ 11:00 - 11:30 | Kindergarten Lunch Bunch

Mondays @ 11:45 - 12:15 | 1st Grade Lunch Bunch

Tuesdays @ 11:00 - 11:30 | 2nd Grade Lunch Bunch

Tuesdays @ 11:45 - 12:15 | 3rd Grade Lunch Bunch

Thursdays @ 11:00 - 11:30 | 4th Grade Lunch Bunch

Thursdays @ 11:45 - 12:15 | 5th Grade Lunch Bunch

Zoom issues? Call the Front Office

Just a reminder that you are always welcome to call the front office if you need help with Zoom. Call 503-534-2350 to speak with Nicole or Wende if there are any issues getting onto a Zoom meeting.

Mystery Science

If you are unable to purchase or have limited access, we have a limited amount of science supplies that are available to you from the Lake Oswego School District. This is based on need, not convenience: Science Materials Request Form

The bags will contain all of the materials needed for the lab work in the Mystery Science unit. Please select the school and grade level for your student. Supply bags can be picked up at your school. Office staff will help you to get your lab supplies. No names or email addresses will be collected in this request form.

Grab & Go Meal Pick Up

During Winter Break (Dec. 19-Jan. 3), LOSD is offering grab & go meals. Seven days of breakfasts and lunches will be available for pick up from the following two schools only:

Lake Oswego High School and Lakeridge High School

Monday, Dec. 21 and Monday, Dec. 28

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

On Thursday, December 10, a meal count for the above dates will be taken for accuracy at the time you pick up your grab-and-go meals. We can provide one meal bag per child.

Face coverings are required at pickups.

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