The Owl Newsletter


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  • May 29th: No School, Memorial Day
  • May 31st: Career Day
  • June 1-5th: Scholastic Book Fair
  • June (date TBD): 4th grade Pioneer Day
  • June 2nd: 6th grade Oaks Park class trip
  • June 7th: Field Day
  • June 6th: 6th Grade Talent Showcase (6th graders perform for the school)
  • June 9th: 4th Grade Fly-up Day
  • June 9th: 5th Grade Field Trip to Tillamook Forest Center
  • June (TBD): 5th-grade walking field trip (details are still be worked out)
  • June 12th: 6th Grade Fly-up Day
  • June (TBD - but one of the last days): 6th-grade annual Kickball game
  • June 16th: Last Day of School (half-day)

OPE Calendar of Events

District Calendar

OPE families,

All year the wonderful parents running the Otto Petersen Parent Organization (OPPO) have supported the school in a multitude of ways. Buying Chromebooks, providing support for SBAC testing, purchasing equipment, financing stipends for classrooms and SO much more.

I am immensely grateful for their support and recognize how much they give to the school. As a past PTA parent, I also recognize the struggle in attracting new members. Sometimes people worry that there is too much time commitment. Worry that they will be asked to head up committees or become a board member. Worry that they can only attend some of the meetings.

And yes, those things MIGHT happen.

But there are so many more reasons that attending meetings is beneficial to you and your child(ren).

First, you get to help decide where funds are spent.

You get to hang out with some great people.

You get a behind-the-scenes look at school operations.

Don’t want to chair a committee or commit to being a board member - besides saying “no” you can always co-chair these assignments. Having a partner can lighten the load and make it a little more enjoyable!

Here are some other reasons to consider joining the OPPO …

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OPE Sixth Graders had fun Tie Dying today.

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Attention OPE Families,

Interested in getting more involved with OPPO?! We’re looking to fill board positions and some leadership opportunities! Do you LOVE the book fair? Santa’s Workshop? Mom’s Clam Chowder? We need you!

Contact Chelsea or come to our next meeting June 8th at 4:00 pm!

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Career Day is Wednesday, May 31st, during lunch.

Families, do you or someone you know have an interesting job you would like to share with our students? Please follow this link: Career Day Information and Sign-up to learn more and volunteer for this opportunity. Thanks!
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Natalie Howard was our only OPE 6th grader to participate in the Middle School Meet of Champions, one of Oregon's biggest, most competitive meets. She competed in the 3000-meter run, and not only did she place well, but more importantly, she improved her time by 20 seconds. Great job, Natalie!
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This week's morning slides talked about:

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This Is Our Last Check Out!

5/29-6/2 is our last week for checking out books, it is all RETURNS after that! Thanks!

SPRING READING CHALLENGE ENDS JUNE 2: Thank you to all the families who are participating in our Spring Reading Challenge. The Challenge ends Friday, June 2! Please make sure you turn in your bookmarks or reading logs during your library classes the following week, and prizes will be awarded the last week of school!

RETURN YOUR BOOKS ON TIME, AND YOUR CLASS CAN WIN A PRIZE!: Here are the leaders of week three:

4th Grade: ROOMS 101, 105, 107 - 6 students with overdue books in each classroom

5th Grade: ROOM 223 - 4 students with overdue books

6th Grade: ROOM 206 - 3 students with overdue books

LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION?: you can always find more library information on our District Librarian Website, and you can also explore all the books we have available in our libraries by going to Destiny Discover and typing in our location (Oregon) and then putting in the school library you want to search. If you ever have any questions, please reach out–I am here to help and be your partner in providing the best library experience for your children. Thank you!

Happy Reading! ~ Mrs. Nudo

Student Bio Form

If you would like to provide your input and perceptions of your child for the school to consider in forming next year’s classes, please complete this data form.

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Attendance Matters

Oh boy, yes, it does …

Cold and Flu season is nearly over, and as we emerge from this challenging season, we will look at attendance. Please review the infographic below to see our current attendance stats.

Studies of attendance show “that just two days a month puts a child's success in jeopardy because students fall behind and disconnect. By third grade, it gets much more difficult to catch up. Students who regularly miss school can quickly feel hopeless, and returning becomes harder and harder.” (ODE Chronic Absenteeism page)

We will be renewing our efforts to connect with families to determine what is influencing poor attendance and problem-solving how to remove those barriers.

Your children matter to us; we know that good attendance helps with school success and success after students graduate.

Every day does matter!

Scappoose Families,

We have tested and can share the Firstview bus tracking app with you. Please see the attached configuration guide.

Your district code is MQ7B

So that you are aware, one limitation of the system is that each bus can only have one route assigned. That means that on early release Wednesday, the app will not show the bus. This is a known issue, and the developers are working to resolve the issue.

Firstview has a great customer service team, and they are the ones to contact for support. The district cannot help with any issues during the installation or use of the app.

Contact FirstView Monday – Friday (Support provided in English only):

o Calling the toll-free phone number 888-889-8920 from 7:00 a.m. EST to 5:00 p.m. EST
o Emailing Customer Support at
o Using the in-app “” button to provide feedback

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

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

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

(Fridays are always Scappoose Gear Days)

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!

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

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 Youth Dance Auditions

The Scappoose Dance Program is holding tryouts for our youth dance teams on Tuesday, May 30th, at the Scappoose Middle School. The dance team is open to boys or girls in grades 1st through 6th. Please fill out the registration below and bring it to auditions. Questions? Contact Pam Didier or Hattie Schrotzberger, Program Coordinators: or

Scappoose School District Volunteer Application

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

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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 our OPE Counselor at or 971-290-8095

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.

Here is the testing schedule for the rest of May.