Patterson Elementary

Parent Blast - March 1, 2021

Fun-Filled Week

Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Today kindergarten and new student registration begins online. Please help us spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors that we are ready to accept registrations. Accurate student counts in the Spring allow us to best plan for classes in the fall. More information is linked below.

Panther Dash Bingo

This week we are kicking off Panther Dash Bingo! This fun event created by our Patterson Booster Club, will run for the full month of March. Students are encouraged to participate via physical fitness activities and there are prizes! Please scroll down to read all the details.

Read Across America & Spirit Week

This week we are celebrating Read Across America with some good books and fun dress-up days. We hope your child/children can join in the fun! As a continuation of our School Improvement Plan equity goal, several books were purchased for this week focused on NEA's theme: Create and Celebrate a Nation of Diverse Learners.

Art Kits & Library Book Pick-Up

Right-Brain Initiative art kits have been delivered to our building and we will be handing them out on Thursday night from 5-7 pm. If your child has checked out library books, those will be available as well.

Return to School Planning

This week we continue to plan for return to school starting on March 29th. We have mapped out our arrival and cohort paths and will be filming videos to share with all of you soon. Prior to returning to campus we will share a video series that includes:

  • Arrival Procedure
  • Dismissal Procedure
  • Cohort Paths (entrance, exit, hallways)
  • Recess Plan
  • Hand-Washing, Hand-Sanitizing, Mask Wearing and Mask Breaks
  • Classrooms
  • Health Checks, Health Room and Isolation Room Procedures

We are also planning an arrival procedure practice night for families that would like to experience this process prior to the first day of school. I encourage you to continue to reach out via email if you have any questions. We are so thankful for a supportive community and we are excited to continue to expand the number of students we bring on-campus safely.

Important Dates:

  • 3/1 - Kindergarten & New Student Registration Begins

  • 3/1 - Talent Show Videos Due to Mrs. Crackel

  • 3/1 - Silly Books & Wear Something Silly

  • 3/2 - 100th Day of School, Favorite Books & Wear Your Favorite Color

  • 3/3 - Influential Athlete Books & Wear Your Favorite Sports Gear

  • 3/4 - Read About Different Cultures & Wear Something That Represents Your Family or Culture

  • 3/4 - Art Kit and Library Book Pick-up, 5-7 pm

  • 3/5 - Books About Famous Americans & Dress Like a Famous American

  • 3/22-3/26 - No School, Spring Break

  • 3/29 - K-2 Hybrid Instruction Begins

  • 4/5 - 3-4 Hybrid Instruction Begins

  • 4/12 - 5-6 Hybrid Instruction Begins

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out:

Here to serve,

Jamie Lentz

Principal, Patterson Elementary

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Panther Dash Bingo

We are excited to kick off Panther Dash Bingo, a fun community event hosted by our Patterson Booster Club! On Friday all of the materials and information were uploaded into your child's Google Classroom and is included here for you as well. Bingo cards will be printed and ready for pick-up on Thursday night from 5-7 pm.

Welcome to Panther Dash Bingo 2021! We are excited to share this fun Booster Club event and have some fun moving and grooving in the month of March!

Here's how it works:

  • Print your bingo board (linked below) or pick one up at supply pick-up
  • Get moving and mark each box on your board as you complete it
  • When your board is filled, upload it in the google form (linked below)
  • We are using Pledgestar for donations (directions linked below)


Weekly Participation Drawing:

  • Each bingo gets your name in the hopper for a weekly drawing
  • Any level of participation = Prize Table Pick (stickers, t-shirts, books, toys)
  • 3 Blackout bingo cards = $5 gift card to Jim’s Ice Cream (limit 3)
Fundraising Prizes:
  • $5 - Pencil
  • $10 - Magnets
  • $25 - Facemask
  • $100 - Balloon bouquet delivery
  • $200 - Water bottle
  • $300 - Lunch delivered
  • Kid in each class who raises most money selects a prize

At the end of the Bingo time frame (First week of April), we will have a drive thru to pick up prizes. Classes with most money raised and highest participation from grades K-2 and 3-6 will get a nighttime read aloud from a Patterson staff member! Class with most number of total bingos will get a special workout with Mr. Twigg!

Kindergarten Registration

Please share this welcome letter with friends, family and neighbors.

Use this link to register online.

Families need to fill out and upload all documents online to be registered and enrolled at Patterson. This includes items pictured below.

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Curbside Library Check Out

Students are welcome to choose 2 books for pickup (even if they currently have books checked out) and can bring their returns to the wooden box by our front door between 7:00 am - 4:30 pm. Here's a 45-second reminder video. Here's the link to the library website (a tutorial/reminder for logging in is in the tile right at the top of the page).

Mrs. Lewis is available to answer questions via email or Google Voice at 971-251-0110.

Right Brain Art Kit Pick-Up: Thursday 5-7 pm

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Talent Show

Is your child a talented singer, dancer, musician, juggler, comedian, magician, or has a very special skill that others find entertaining? Yes, great!! We are looking for videos of Patterson kids sharing their talents for this year’s virtual talent show! Unlike the traditional talent show, there will not be any auditions, and the talent show will be broken up into 15 minute long broadcasts that will be shared with classrooms to be presented in the Morning Meetings of March. There are a few guidelines that need to be followed in video submissions:

  • The acts must be school-appropriate, and that includes the lyrics of any songs used.

  • The videos will be emailed to Mrs. Crackel at, with the full name of the student, homeroom teacher’s name, parent’s name and phone number.

  • Each video should be under three minutes in length.

  • Videos should be turned in by March 1.

Please contact Mrs. Crackel at with any questions you may have.

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Food Pantry

Our food pantry continues to be available to serve our families in need.

Please reach out to Mrs. Awad if you need assistance:

6th Grade Memory Book Update

Hi There Parents of Patterson 6th graders,

As you know I am not creating a yearbook for Patterson this year but I am working on a “6th Grade Memory Book” to be given to the kids at the end of the year. This book will be given to all 6th graders as a gift, no cost to parents. I really need your help to create this book as I can’t just run into the classroom and get photos of the kids. Please read the information below and let me know if you have any questions. THANY YOU FOR YOUR HELP! I wouldn’t be able to complete this book without it! Also, please send all photos, memories and questions to ME and not your child’s teacher. My email address is:

*Kindergarten photo of your current 6th grader. If you don’t have a “school picture” kinder photo any photo of your child around the age of 5 would be fine

*A current photo of your 6th grader. I know we don’t have school pictures to use for this but if you could send me a nice, current “head shot” that would be great.

*A parent “shout out” This should be written by a parent or guardian. This gives parents the opportunity to send congratulations to their 6th grader and best wishes for the future. This “shout out” should be no longer than 5 or 6 sentences.

*Your 6th graders memories from Patterson. The 6th grade student should write this. Perhaps they participated in the school play and would like to say how much fun they had? Maybe they want to mention a favorite teacher or Patterson activity, like the Dinner Dance or Pastries with Parents? Did they go on a field trip they really enjoyed? A favorite memory from PE or Music? This can really be any Patterson memory they would like to share. Please limit this to 5 or 6 sentences.

*Finally, please send 5 or 6 photos of your current 6th grader. If you have photos from Patterson activities, like the Panther Dash or Bingo night that would be great but if you just want to send me some great photos of your 6th grader to add to their memory book page that would be fine.

*Please get these to me no later than March 19th. This gives me all of Spring Break to work on the book and get it finished by my deadline at the beginning of April

*If you can scan your photos and email them to me that is perfect. If you don’t have a scanner or don’t know how to scan things you may drop off an envelope (clearly labeled with your 6th graders name and your phone number). I will scan the images and then call you so you can come and pick the photos up at my house. My address is: 3294 NE Crimson Place in Hillsboro. I will have a bag on my front porch so you can drop things into it.

Please let me know if you have ANY questions. Thank you again for your help!

Rachelle Durtschi

Patterson Yearbook Coordinator