Patterson Elementary

Parent Blast - March 7, 2022

Writing & Storytelling Night

This Thursday night we have writing & storytelling night, a virtual event for the whole family. Please log on to your child's Google Classroom and click on the Google Meet Link to check in with your child's teacher (see pictures below). They will welcome you and show you how to navigate the evening. Our students have been working EXTREMELY hard this year on their language and writing, among other things, and we are excited to showcase their hard work.

This event will include time for students to:

  • Share their language and writing growth
  • Visit Mrs. Elison, Music
  • Visit Mr. Twigg, P.E.
  • Visit Mrs. Lawler and Mrs. Phipps, Social-Emotional Learning
  • Visit our Special Education Team for an information session
  • Visit our Bilingual Programs Team for an information session
  • Enter to win a raffle prize of new books!

Here to serve,

Jamie Lentz

Principal, Patterson Elementary

Google Classroom

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Google Meet Link - Left Side of Google Classroom

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Masking Optional - March 14th

Oregon’s mask mandate for K-12 schools will lift just before midnight on Friday, March 11. Starting Monday, March 14, mask wearing will be optional with the following exceptions:

  • Masks may be required in other specialized settings, based on the needs of students.
  • Masks are required in school health and isolation rooms.
  • Masks are required of all visitors in our schools during the normal school day.
  • Masks are required for unvaccinated staff members

Masking will be optional on school buses as well.

With indoor masking becoming optional for most people, we want to emphasize that it truly is a choice for students and vaccinated staff. At Patterson we will be using the phrasing "it's your family's choice." Some classes have already had discussions about this upcoming change and staff are emphasizing that we continue to be respectful towards both choices at school.

Other changes starting March 14th include:

  • We will discontinue contact tracing at school
  • We will return to Too Sick for School Guidance and students with primary symptoms or positive test for COVID-19 will need to stay home for 5 days and may return on day 6 with reduced symptoms and 24 hour fever-free.
  • We will return to cohort notification if there is a positive case
  • We will discontinue Test to Stay and shift to enhanced exposure testing

Volunteers will continue to have a vaccination requirement and fingerprints will be added on March 28th. Volunteers will have the option to mask or unmask due to the vaccination requirement.

Important Dates

  • February 28 - March 18th - Patterson's A-MAZ-ING Reading Competition begins!
  • March 1 - Kindergarten Registration Opens for 2022-2023
  • March 10 - Writing/Storytelling Family Night, 5-7 pm (Virtual Event)
  • March 10-18 - ELPA (English Language Proficiency Assessment)
  • March 11 - Papa Murphy's Pizza Night fundraiser
  • March 13 - Daylight Savings Time
  • March 16 - Booster Club Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • March 17 - Noodles & Co. Family Restaurant Night, 4-8 pm
  • April 1 - Talent Show Submissions due to Mrs. Crackel
  • April 19 - Band Concert at GHS

A-MAZ-ING Reading Challenge Continues!

Patterson's A-MAZ-ING Reading Challenge is off and running. This morning several students won brand new books! We have two more weeks - this one and next - to read, read, read!

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Booster Club News

Volunteers Needed:

Please check out this volunteer opportunities around Patterson and sign up! Thank you to our Booster Club for organizing this.

Papa Murphy's Pizza Night Fundraiser

Join us at Papa Murphy's on the second Friday of each month this school year and help us fundraise for Patterson!

Our Booster Club is going to be trying an off-site silent auction this year for parents and teachers. Please save the date: May 13th, 8-11 pm at McMenamins.

Read below to help our Booster Club prepare:

We are looking for your help! Do you know a business or individual who would be interested in donating a product, service or gift certificate? We would love to connect with you. Ideas of what we are looking to auction off are: gift certificates, merchandise for local businesses, local beer and wine donations, memberships or partial memberships to local clubs or gyms, sporting event tickets such as Timbers/Blazers, vacation getaway packages.

In addition to specific donations, the booster club will be putting together a few donation baskets. The themes of these baskets are as follows:

  • Spa basket
  • Wine & chocolate
  • Date Night
  • Golf
  • Sunday Football
  • Movie night
  • Steak night
If you have items that you would like to donate for those baskets, please also reach out! We are hoping to make it a fun night and huge fundraising success with some awesome auction items for you to bid on! Please email if you have items or contacts for donations. Thank you!

Volunteer Sign-Up Genius:

Our Booster Club is also working to set up a volunteer sign-up genius with weekly and monthly volunteer opportunities at school and off-campus.

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Kindergarten Registration Open

Please help us spread the word to family, friends and neighbors. Kindergarten registration is officially open for families to register for the 2022-2023 school year. Early registration helps us accurately staff our kindergarten classes.
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Talent Show

Can your Patterson student sing, dance, juggle, do magic tricks, play an instrument, tell funny jokes, or has another talent? Then it is time for him/her/them to start preparing an act for this year’s virtual talent show. Kids can perform alone, with a partner or even in a group, as long as the students are current Patterson students. Video submissions are being accepted now through April 1. Videos should be sent to Mrs. Crackel, the talent show coordinator, at her email along with the full name of all performers, their grade levels and the name of their homeroom teacher. The Talent Show will be spread over several days in mid-April, shown during the Morning Meeting in their homerooms. Please reach out to Mrs. Crackel with any questions you have at the above email.

Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Dates

Here is our schedule for CSE lesson this school year:

  • Kinder: May 16-27
  • 1st Grade: March 28-April 11
  • 2nd Grade: May 16-27
  • 3rd Grade: March 7-18
  • 4th Grade: May 31-June 13
  • 5th Grade: May 31-June 13
  • 6th Grade: March 7-18

Food Pantry

At Patterson we have a small food pantry designed to help our families throughout the school year. If you would like to donate and/or are in need of some items, please reach out to our food pantry coordinator: Adriana Awad,

Attendance Line

Thank you to our families for calling students in sick on our attendance line and sharing symptoms. This has helped us to communicate with families regarding timelines for return and kept our building safe and healthy. If you have not done so already, we encourage you to save our attendance line number in your phone: 503.844.1385