Rascal News

October 2021

Salem Heights Elementary

Message from Principal Theis

Greetings everyone!

We have made it through the first month, and despite many hurdles it has been amazing to have our students back in classrooms. Our building is filled with a sense of life and joy that have been missing for over a year.

The district as a whole has seen an uptick in the number of students needing to quarantine, so please remember to keep your student home and notify the office if they are sick. We have a distance learning program in place for temporary quarantines, so students will be able to keep up with their classwork and be ready to rejoin as soon as possible.

We serve an amazing community of students and families; as a whole you have dealt with the many changes and challenges of this strange span with kindness and endurance. Although we all look forward to a time when our current struggles are over, we are so thankful to you for partnering with us. We will get through it together.

Go Rascals!


Important Dates

  • Oct 1 - Fall Photo Day
  • Oct 8 - No School
  • Oct 14 - 6:00pm, PTC Meeting
  • Oct 20/21 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, No School
  • Oct 22 - No School
  • Nov 11 - No School, Veteran's Day
  • Nov 19 - Picture Retakes
  • Nov 24-26 - No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 3 - No school, Grading Day
  • Dec 21-31 - No school, Winter Break


Mystery Sales are Back!

Each Friday your students will have the opportunity to participate in our $1 Mystery Sale!

The items for sale change every week, but they are always only $1.

Every Thursday before dismissal we will announce what that week's mystery item will be.

Possibilities include:

  • Color changing pencils
  • Rascal Wristbands
  • Putty Erasers
  • Scented pencils

...and many other exciting items!

All proceeds from these weekly sales go to the kids; supporting our maker space STEM lab, field trips, educational assemblies, and special school celebrations.


Restroom Vandalism

Since the school year began we have had issues with students vandalizing our restrooms in various ways, including:

  • Locking all stall doors
  • Stuffing paper towels down drains (this has broken several urinals beyond our custodian's ability to repair)
  • Throwing various items into toilets and urinals
  • Wasting large amounts of restroom supplies and leaving on the floor
  • Repeatedly, intentionally missing when using the toilet or urinal

Our school has implemented a restroom accountability system that we hope will solve this problem. In the coming weeks if you hear about your student needing to sign out or wait a short time to use the restroom, this is probably what they are referring to. We would appreciate your partnership in discussing the seriousness of property destruction and of putting others at risk with unsanitary behavior in the restroom.


Annual Rascal Run

We generally hold our annual Jog-a-thon, or Rascal Run, every fall. This year, in light of current COVID restrictions, we are looking to move it to the Spring in hopes that our parent volunteers and attendees will be able to come and cheer their rascals on!

The Rascal Run is the biggest and most important fundraiser of the year, contributing to more than half the annual PTC budget. This money goes toward supporting teacher classroom needs, contributing to school spirit and building community with field trips, families engagement nights, and much more!


Get to know your PTC!

The PTC organizes and funds a wide variety of programs to support the school and its students. One of the main programs we fund are school field trips. We also encourage community through our family nights, supplement academics with an art literacy program and make sure teachers have the supplies they need in the classroom.

Every project, event and program the PTC does, only happens because of volunteers. We need your help to make these things happen. Until December volunteer opportunities are limited, but we would love to hear from you if you are willing to volunteer when things open back up.

Volunteering can be as much or as little as you want, in whatever you are interested in. You can come a little early and help set-up an event, or you could lead a whole new program, there is something for everyone.

If you are interested feel free to email us admin@salemheightsptc.org, visit our website for more info, or find us on Facebook.


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Salem-Keizer Public Schools is working to develop plans despite rapidly evolving data and shifting circumstances. We understand these plans will impact all of you, and we are committed to a thoughtful approach that is inclusive of students, parents, staff and the community.


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Reminders About Traffic Around Our School

It’s a new school year and a good time to share a few reminders about traffic around the school.

Students, parents, buses, staff and school neighbors all share the same travel routes through the neighborhood to and from the school. Peak travel times can create congestion and increase the need for safe and courteous travel practices.

Here are a few ways parents can help us create a safe, respectful and positive environment when driving near the school:

  • Please drive slowly. Remember, the speed limit in a school zone when lights are flashing is 20 miles per hour.
  • Please don’t park in neighbors’ driveways at any time, even if the driveway is open.
  • Don’t block streets, stop in intersections or crosswalks, and please obey crossing guards’ instructions.
  • Remind children to stop and look both ways before crossing streets, and to respect neighbors’ property – for example, don’t make shortcuts through neighbors’ yards.


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Welcome to ParentSquare!

Our school invites you to join ParentSquare, our new communication platform to connect families to the district, school and teachers. It will replace SchoolMessenger, Remind and any other texting/messaging apps that our school or teachers may have used in the past. It’s important to note that ParentSquare will not replace ParentVUE, StudentVUE, Canvas or Seesaw.

After registering, please take a moment and update your notification settings: select your name in the upper right corner, then "My Account", and then "Notification Settings". We would love for our families to sign up for text messaging, as this will reduce the number of voice calls we send to our families.

ParentSquare provides a safe way for administrators, teachers, staff and parents to:

  • Receive emergency notifications
  • Send and receive district, school and class information in your preferred language
  • Share pictures and files
  • Sign up for conferences
  • And much more… all in one place!

District, school, grade level and classroom information will be sent to your computer and/or phone via email and/or text. Or you can download the free iOS or Android app.

For more information, including user tutorials, please visit:


We look forward to hearing from you this year!


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Thanks to the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option, we will be able to feed all students breakfast and lunch at school for free this year.

See below for menus, but please keep in mind that entree's are subject to change based on availability.

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Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get pandemic food benefits. This includes students that attend a school where all students eat meals at school for free, children in foster care, children of migrant workers and youth experiencing homelessness.


After School Care

Y-Care will be providing after school care at our building this year from 2:20pm-6:00pm. You can find details, including pricing options, on the flyers below or on their website at theYonline.org.

Space is limited, so be sure to register your student soon to reserve their place in the program.


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School board proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 - Oct. 15



As more students and staff return to in-person learning, face coverings are required when in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools building, with situational exceptions. All employees, students and visitors must continue to wear a face covering indoors, this includes sporting events.

All students, staff, volunteers and visitors are not required to wear face coverings outdoors. This includes, but is not limited to: athletic events, outdoor PE, outdoor music, recess and arrival & dismissal. Until additional updates are provided, all physical distancing and other related requirements still apply.

If a student needs a face covering, the school has them available for students.

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For more information on face covering, please visit our site for more guidelines


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Through the Oregon Health Plan, youth 19 years of age and younger have access to free health coverage, regardless of immigration status if they meet the income requirements.

More information, including income requirements and how to apply for coverage, is available online.



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See you in November!