Middleton Update

Middleton Elementary | September 15, 2023

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It was another wonderful week filled with lots of learning and fun. This week, some of our 5th graders participated in Camp Middleton. Students worked together to build tents and used them as learning spaces. This is just one example of all of the fun-filled activities of this week. We hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine.

With appreciation,

Mili Wilkinson

Upcoming Dates

September 20 | Early Release at 1:15 PM

September 21 | Back to School Night, 6:00-7:30 PM

September 26 | Choir Practice, 2:30-3:00 PM

September 27 | Early Release at 1:15 PM

October 3 | Picture Day

October 6 | Fun Run

Back to School Night

On Thursday, September 21, will host Middleton's Back To School Night from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. We will begin with a presentation from the principal in the cafeteria. Following this, each classroom will offer two, 25 minute sessions. These sessions are identical so families may attend a classroom session for each child in their family. This is a time for parents to visit the classroom and learn about the curriculum that will be covered in their child's class this year.

  • Principal's Presentation: 6:00 - 6:30 pm

  • Session #1: 6:35 - 7:00 pm

  • Session #2: 7:05 - 7:30 pm

Early Release

Reminder: Each Wednesday, school will release at 1:15 pm. See the District Calendar for a complete list of early release dates and other important dates.

Upcoming 1/2 Days

This school year there will be three half days for all elementary students in the district. After students are dismissed, staff will engage in Professional Development.

The release time on these half days will be at 11 am and lunch will not be served on those days. The 11:00 release time is a change from the information that was originally shared from the district. The dates of the three 1/2 days are:

November 1st

April 10th

June 12th

This information will be updated on the district calendar soon, and reminders will be sent to families as each day gets closer.


Attendance is very important to the success of our students! Attending school regularly, and on time, is a key component to learning growth. Linked here is a flyer with great information and tips about attendance for elementary students. Some of those tips include...

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Keep your child healthy and make sure your child has the required shots
  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.
  • Try to schedule medical appointments and extended trips when school isn't in session.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors and other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • If your child must stay home due to illness or quarantine, ask the teacher for resources and ideas to continue learning at home.

We are excited to partner with you in the education of your child(ren). If we can ever help with attendance or on time arrival to school, please just let us know.

Volunteer Background Checks

Every volunteer in Sherwood School District must have a criminal background check completed each school year (July 1-June 30). Background checks take 7-10 business days to process. Background checks are required for each school year, so background checks completed prior to July 1, 2023 are not valid for the 23-24 school year.

Once your background checks clear, names are added to the approved volunteer list for all SSD schools. Please note: no approval notice goes out to cleared volunteers, so if you have questions about your submission or want to confirm your background check has been processed and approved, please contact the office of the school you would like to volunteer

To complete the volunteer approval process for 2023-24, please complete the form below:

Fun Run

The Middleton Fun Run will take place on Friday, October 6 and includes our PreK-5th grade students. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and we appreciate your support! We've moved the Fun Run to the main parking lot so it's accessible and safe for all of our students to participate. Families are invited to attend and cheer for their student or even run alongside them. We will have several check in tables at the main entrance parking lot. Parents should visit one of the tables to sign in and receive a visitor sticker.

Volunteers Needed for the Fun Run

Please take a look at the Signup Genius and help fill up these spots to help make a fun event for our kids. We also are looking for as many volunteers as possible to help with the bib pinning on Oct. 5th at 10:30am, Room 5 (conference room). We have 450 shirts to pin running bibs on so the more hands the faster it will be! Thank you for your help!

Picture Day

Picture Day will take place on October 3. Picture packets will be sent home in Friday Folders next Friday, September 22. You can also order online at mydorian.com/order

Arrival and Dismissal

As a part of our annual safety and security review, our district elementary team has been thoughtfully considering how to make our elementary arrival and dismissal times as safe as possible. One major safety concern for our buildings is the entry of parents into the building for drop off in the mornings. Allowing parents to enter the building without background checks or scheduled volunteer times, creates a large breach in our building security measures. As such, we are going to continue to keep our arrival (and dismissal) procedures the same as last year. Parents will be allowed to drop off their students at the main entrance doors in the morning and all teachers will walk students out of the building at the end of the day. This will still provide parents with the opportunity to check in with teachers at pick up if needed, and will also help us to very closely monitor who is in our buildings at all times. For more details regarding drop off and pick up locations please see the slide deck linked here.

Volunteers and parent helpers will still be welcome in our schools during pre-scheduled volunteer times with our PAC or our classroom teachers. We will also host an in-person Back to School Night on Thursday, September 21 from 6:00-7:30 pm, and in-person conferences in late October and early May. It is important to us that we balance both student safety and parent involvement in our school community, and we believe this plan will allow us to do both. Additional information about volunteering can be found below.

If you drop off/pick up by car, please be sure to pull all the way forward in the car line. In addition, be sure to keep crosswalks and intersections clear and comply with crossing guard requests. Thank you for your help in keeping everyone safe.


If your home address is more than one mile radius from our school you may be eligible for transportation. To view transportation maps, routes, and pick-up/drop-off times please visit the transportation web page linked here.

School Meals

School meals can be purchased through ParentVue. Information about breakfast and lunch prices and menus can be found on the Nutrition Department webpage.

Families may be eligible for the Free and Reduced Meals program: Apply for Free or Reduced Meals Program.

Funds can be added to your child's school account online by credit/debit card or ACH transfer, or in-person at your child's school. For online payment, parents/guardians can now add funds to their child's account using ParentVUE, please click here for more information.

For information or assistance with Nutrition Services, please contact the Nutrition Services Department at 503-825-5009.

Share Center

The SHARE Center is here for all of your back-to-school needs! We have lots of clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies -- all ages and sizes!!

For an appointment at the SHARE Center, please contact:

Amy Gillett at agillett@sherwood.k12.or.us or 503-825-5087

Ursula Pinto at upinto@sherwood.k12.or.us or 503-825-5085

Get Involved

Volunteering- There are many opportunities to volunteer at Middleton. All volunteers will need to a) complete a background check and b) submit a proof of vaccination or receive approval for a vaccination exception. A new background check must be completed for each school year.
  • Background checks are completed online: Background Check Forms. Background checks may take up to 10 days to process.
  • The state of Oregon no longer requires COVID vaccinations for PK-12 school volunteers.

PAC- Our parent volunteer group is a very important part of our school. We are in need of several volunteers to support upcoming events. If you are interested, reach out to middletonpacboard@gmail.com to learn more about how to get involved.


The Sherwood School District is excited to continue to offer Pre-Kindergarten in the Fall of 2023. We have spots still available at Middleton. Our inclusive Pre-Kindergarten programs have the goal of offering high-quality early learning education that promotes social-emotional learning and academic skills students need to be successful in school and beyond. Our current programs are inclusive, providing rich early learning opportunities for typically developing children and children with developmental delays and disabilities. This will be a tuition-based program, with financial assistance available for families who qualify.

Please visit our District PreK Program webpage for specific details. If you are interested in having your child attend please complete the interest form linked here and we will follow up soon.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Gillett, our district Early Learning Coordinator for assistance: agillett@sherwood.k12.or.us 503-825-5087.

Student Services Parent Partnership Meeting - September 27

SAVE THE DATE! The Student Services Department will be hosting their first Parent Partnership meeting of the academic year on Wednesday, September 27th from 7:00-8:30pm at the District Office. The goal of the Student Services Parent Partnership meetings are to build positive connections and relationships with parents of students with disabilities. These meetings provide an opportunity to learn more about special education and Section 504, and build community with professionals and parents who have a passion for supporting students with disabilities. If you would like more information please reach out to Angela Thiemann at 503-825-5035 or athiemann@sherwood.k12.or.us.

2023-2024 Student Services Parent Partnership Dates:

  • Wednesday, September 27th - 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 25th - 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Friday, November 17th- 9:00am-10:30am
  • Wednesday, January 31st - 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 28th 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Friday, March 22nd- 9:00am-10:30am
  • Wednesday, April 24th 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 29th 4:30pm-6:00pm
Infographic for parent partnership meetings

Annual Notice for Statewide Testing

The Annual Notice for Statewide Tests is published by the Oregon Department of Education at the beginning of each school year. This notice informs parents and families of state testing requirements, why participation matters, and parent and adult student rights regarding state testing.

Please take a moment to review the annual notice for statewide tests.

For questions about the annual notice of statewide tests, please contact psalm@sherwood.k12.or.us

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