Middleton Update

Middleton Elementary | September 1, 2023

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First Days of School

What an amazing start to the 23-24 school year! We are so excited to have students back in the building. The hallways have been filled with laughter, joy, and excitement. I've been looking forward to August 30 all summer and it did not disappoint! This week our students reviewed expectations, connected with old friends, and began developing relationships with new classmates. Thanks to the Sherwood voters, our district passed a Local Option Levy last spring allowing us to retain four Middleton teachers and three Instructional Assistants. These positions would have otherwise been cut for the 23-24 school year. I can't begin to express our gratitude for your committment to education in Sherwood. We really do have the best students and families at Middleton. It's going to be an awesome year!

With appreciation,


Upcoming Dates

September 4 | No School / Labor Day

September 5 & 6 | All Kindergarten students attend

September 6 | Full day no Early Release, Dismissal @ 2:15

September 7 | No School for Kindergarten

September 8 | Kinder Students Attend with Assigned Teacher

September 13 | Early Release at 1:15 PM

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 6 | Fun Run

Early Release

Reminder: The first early release of the school year is next Wednesday, September 13. Students will be dismissed one hour early @ 1:15 PM. Every Wednesday will be an early release. See the District Calendar for a complete list of early release dates and other important dates.

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:

Back to School Night

On Thursday, September 21, we will host 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. 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

Picture Day

Picture Day will take place on October 3. More information will be sent home soon.

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 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. More information will be sent home soon in your student's Friday Folder. We are looking forward to this fun event!

School Schedule

The first day of school for grades 1st - 5th is Wednesday, August 30. Kindergarteners will follow a different beginning of the year schedule. More information about the Kindergarten schedule can be found later in the newsletter. The school day begins at 7:55 AM with the doors opening at 7:30 AM for general arrival. Students eating breakfast at school may arrive as early as 7:30 AM. The regular school day ends at 2:15 PM. On Wednesdays school dismisses at 1:15 PM with the exception of August 30 and September 6 when school will release at 2:15 PM.

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. Additionally, parents are encouraged to attend our Teacher Meet and Greet Night on August 28 from 4:00-6:00 PM to visit classrooms and see the building. 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.

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.

Kinder Orientation and Ramp Up

“Kindergarten Orientation Days” August 30, August 31, and September 1 Your child will be invited to one of the three orientation days. They will spend this day doing fun activities with all Kindergarten teachers in a small group setting.

Students’ assigned day for Kindergarten Orientation is determined by the first letter of their last name:

  • Student Last Name A – G: Wednesday, August 30 (7:55 am – 2:15pm)

  • Student Last Name H – M: Thursday, August 31 (7:55 am – 2:15pm)

  • Student Last Name N – Z: Friday, September 1 (7:55 am – 2:15pm)

Families will drop their students off at the main entrance and staff will be present to take students to the classrooms.

  • 7:55 am - Kindergarten drop off

  • 8:00 am - Parents meet under the Middleton covered play area for a Welcome and Q & A with staff.

“Ramp-Up Days” September 5-7

  • Tuesday, September 5 & Wednesday, September 6 - all children attend the full school day (7:55am - 2:15pm). During these two days, students will spend time in each kindergarten classroom with a variety of students and staff.

  • Thursday, September 7 - No school for kindergarten students - teachers thoughtfully create balanced classes and prepare classrooms. Kindergarten class lists will be emailed by noon.

  • Friday, September 8 – Kindergarten students begin in assigned classes (7:55 am - 2:15 pm).

Additional Important Information

  • Please send a healthy, nut-free snack, with your child each day.

  • Cold lunch is strongly recommended for the first days of school; however, hot lunch may be purchased. Lunch money should be sent with your child in a sealed envelope or zip-lock bag with your child's first and last name clearly marked on the front. If you are interested in seeing prices, lunch menus or applying for free meals, please see the section below.

  • School supplies will be brought to school during our Middleton Meet and Greet Night on August 28th from 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM. A list of supplies for kindergarten can be found linked here.

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