Astro October Update #4

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Our days are getting chilly. If you are looking around for a coat and wonder where it is, it may be in our Lost and Found. Please contact the office (503-844-1300) with a description of the item you are missing and we will check for it. If we have it you can come to the school and pick it up.

I know many of you have questions about how long we will continue with Comprehensive Distance Learning. Hillsboro School District Leadership is using the metrics that were set by Governor Brown to decide when it is safe to return to school. While we are waiting for the number of cases to be low enough to return, we are gathering the information to make plans for in-person instruction. We need information from you, please make sure to complete the survey your students teacher will send this week.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help.

In partnership,

Jennifer Robbins

On-line Verification

The district would like all parents to go in and do online verification to make changes to their student’s information, or just to verify that no changes are needed. Here is a link to information on what to do. If there are any questions give the office a call at 503-844-1300. The verification window closes at the end of November. Thank you.

Ladd Read-A-Thon

The PTA is holding a virtual Read-A-Thon in place of the Laps for Ladd. The promo video explains everything. Below is the link for that and everything else your student(s) need. Happy Reading!

Key Dates

Oct. 12-16: Start collecting sponsors. Join Ladd Acres Read-A-Thon Facebook group.

Oct. 16-30: READ and continue to collect sponsors.

Oct. 30: Dress up as your favorite book character.

Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Turn in reading log.

Nov. 2-5: Turn in any cash or check donations to the school.

Promo video:

Letter to Parents:

Information Sheet:

Bingo Sheet - Assignment in google classrooms with no due date:

Reading Log - Each student will have this as an assignment in google classrooms due November 2nd:

Use Sora to Find Books to Read

Sora, the Student Reading App is available K-12!

  • We currently have over 700 ebook titles, and 94 audiobook titles for grades K - 12, in English and Spanish

  • Sora can be accessed through desktop computers or smart devices

  • A public library card can be added to Sora to expand your options

  • Sora is available for any person with an HSD account, including staff.

  • Users log in with their HSD username and password.

Sora Resources:

Instructions in Spanish - Instructions in English - Video tutorials - Request a title!

Parent Resources

321 Insight for Parents

Parents can now access some of the key 321 Insight videos for free. These videos are on a range of topics that you may find helpful.

Parent access to 321 Insight Key Videos

Go To:

Click Log In

Username: hillsboro

Password: parent

Support for Comprehensive Distance Learning

Learning right now has its own unique set of challenges (to say the least). Your child may be exhibiting extra challenges focusing, experiencing strong emotions, or may even be reluctant to participate in learning. Things may go from being totally awesome to full on tears in a matter of seconds. You may even be experiencing something similar yourself. Now that school is at home, it can be hard to separate the role of parent from the role of supportive at-home teacher. This is all normal and it is all hard! To help support you and your students during comprehensive distance learning, we've created a website full of resources, tips, and ideas to help, especially for the times when staying positive can feel impossible. Just like in our brick and mortar classrooms, students can access a calm corner to help them self-regulate, look through options to develop their own self-care or coping skills kit for managing large emotions, and explore our tips for family collaboration to make distance learning successful. Need some extra support? We're a team, reach out so we can help!

School Counseling Website:

Student Success Coach Website:

School Meals

School meals will be delivered by our school buses. Please use MyBus Student Route Look up to find your assigned stop and delivery time. You will use your student's school id number as the login and their birthdate (in MM/DD/YY format) as the password.

Upcoming Dates

Oct 16-30 Read-A-Thon Read Every Day!

Nov. 6 No School- Conference Prep

Nov 11 No School - Veterans Day

Nov 12-13 No school - Conferences

Nov. 11-24 Scholastic Book Fair Online

Nov. 26-27 No School - Thanksgiving and Non-Contract Day

Hillsboro School District Website for the 20-21 School Year

This link will take you to the page on the HSD website that has the up to date information about this school year.

20-21 School Year

Ladd Acres PTA News

Our school-wide Read-A-Thon starts on Friday. Please see the linked letter for details. This fundraiser will support virtual activities for students and provides funds to support teachers. This event is open to everyone. You do not have to fundraise in order to participate. It's a great chance to motivate students to read a story or listen to a story.

Ladd Acres PTA website


Easy ways to support Ladd Acres


Resources for Families

This is a list of a range of resources that are available in our community to support families.

Nurturing Hope - an online class focused on parenting strategies and child-centered activities. See registration information below.

The safety and well being of our students is our number one priority and we are here to help, as well as our community partners. We know that the global pandemic has been challenging in many ways, including mental health of those in our community. Therefore we want to acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as "Mental Health Month"), which has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. Many national organizations such as NAMI, Mental Health America, and other affiliates spotlight Mental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to stop the stigma associated with mental health. The Hillsboro School District also wants to spotlight and thank our local resources and organizations that continue to be available for support during COVID-19. Please go to for more information or for immediate access please call the agencies listed. (Admin: See above Support Sticker to post with this message). Our school staff are available Monday-Thursday for any assistance or questions that you or your student may have and we appreciate your partnership during these unprecedented times.