Raleigh Hills Newsletter

January 17, 2019

Weekly Message

Dear Raleigh Hills Families and Community,

Regular, on-time attendance is extremely important to the academic success of students. Successful students routinely maintain an attendance rate of 95% or more. Students whose attendance falls below 90% are often at risk. I know there have been some questions about our attendance reporting and practices. We monitor attendance at Raleigh Hills in line with the Oregon State regulations regarding regular attendance and enter the attendance into our school attendance reporting system by 9am. Then, if the absence is unexcused, batch phone calls home go out from our IT department later in the day. We have no local control over what time those calls go out and we cannot stop the calls from being made.

According to Oregon Revised Statute 339.020, the following are accepted reasons for excused absences:

● Student illness, health condition, or medical appointment including but not limited to medical, counseling, dental, or optometry. Administrators may ask for documentation from a medical provider regarding an appointment, illness, or health condition.

● Family emergency, including but not limited to a death or illness in the family

● Court proceeding

When we notice that students are falling below the 90% attendance, we have a system in place for notifying parents that their child's attendance is entering the at-risk category. It can include a letter mailed to your home. While we are very concerned that your child attend school regularly and on time, the letters do not go into a student's permanent file. The absences are listed on the report cards as information for you as well.

Often our teachers begin the day with circle time or a group activity for class cohesion and bonding. When a student misses this time, they miss out on the important social skills and community building that happens in the morning. It also causes most students anxiety when they have to enter a class while it's already in progress. That's why we encourage students getting to school on time.

I hope this information has helped familiarize you with the absence reporting and the state requirements for school attendance. Thank you so much for partnering with us in your child's education.

Warm regards,


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Celebrating Student Learning

The Joy of Dance

The best part about today's assembly was watching the students and staff dance with pure joy. The kids couldn't contain themselves and broke into dance without prompting. The Rhythm and Dance of Accra troupe performed traditional Ghanian dances and music for us today. This wonderful performance was brought to us by Young Audiences' Far West Recycling Grant which promotes the arts in schools. Your children thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Report Cards

As you know, report cards will be paperless beginning with this term. Report cards will go live in ParentVue beginning February 3rd. Use the link below to find instructions for viewing your student's report card online. If you do not have internet access at home and need help viewing your child's report card, please call the main office.

Accessing Your Child's Report Card

Math Learning

This week, all the elementary teachers got to observe one of our district math experts teaching a lesson in one of the classrooms. Then teachers practiced conferring with individual students. They were working on giving feedback that would give each student an academic "nudge". This is an in the moment teaching point that would be a key idea or strategy to help students unlock the math concepts. It went really well. The students really enjoyed showing what they know in math! It was fun and a great learning opportunity for students and teachers.

Middle School Anxiety Lessons

Mrs. Hong and Mrs. Orchard have been talking to middle school students about managing anxiety. It seems to be a national trend that students are experiencing more anxiety now than in the past. It may have to do with increased academic demands or it could be the constant need to be connected to tech and comparing themselves to the world via social media. Whatever the cause, we want our students to have the skills they need to cope when they are feeling anxious. Talk to your middle schooler about the lessons and see what they learned. One of the things we think helps students is open communication with their first teachers, you!


We Love Our Volunteers!!!

Happy New Year Raleigh Hills community!

This month’s Lucky Volunteer is…..Betty Frank! Volunteers who log 10 or more hours a month will be put into a drawing for a $5 gift card to Starbucks or Jamba Juice. Congratulations Betty!

Brittney Clark. Probably the most valuable volunteer is one who is willing to help out in a pinch. Brittney (who is on my speed dial) is exactly that and more. Brittney has been volunteering at Raleigh Hills for 7 years as the “jack of all trades.” She has logged many hours as classroom helper, room parent, art literacy teacher, special events and field trips, library help, general production projects, auction, carnival, Bingo, Lapathon, Panther Pacers, Field day, MS harvest party, MS yearbook, and FIVE years service as Volunteer Coordinator. Brittney’s dedication to our school and community is unmatched. Let’s give Brittney Clark a Shout Out!

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Classroom helper- teachers always welcome help reading to students or doing class projects.

  • Parties- room parents will send out notices when they need help. Friendship parties for K-5 is February 14. MS Winter Dance is February 7.

  • Art literacy- a parent team teaches art literacy once a month for K-5 and once a quarter for MS. Lead parent teachers always need help with the lesson.

  • Field trips and special events- teachers planning field trips and special events need chaperones.

If you are interested in volunteering at Raleigh Hills, please feel free to contact me for opportunities that interest you. lisamarquoit@gmail.com

Lisa Marquoit

Volunteer Coordinator, Raleigh Hills K-8

PTO Meeting

Our PTO Meeting is Tuesday, January 21st in the library. We'd love it if you would join us. We will have Spanish and Arabic translators available as well as child care.

Year Books

MS Families! It's time to order your RHS yearbook. Download the ReplayIt app (available for ios or android). You can buy your yearbook, create an ad/shout-out, and upload photos to be used in the yearbook! Questions? email Brittney Clark britmclark@msn.com

Immunization Exclusion Day

State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations, or have a medical or nonmedical exemption.

Parents or guardians will receive a letter in early February if their child’s immunization record shows that he or she has not received the required vaccinations. Children will not be able to attend school or childcare starting February 19, 2020, if their records on file show missing immunizations.