Ladd Acres Astros #2

EMPOWER! Every student ... Every day!

Welcome Back Astro Families!

Dear Astro Families,

Our school year is off to a wonderful start! Students are engaged and happy. Staff is excited and thrilled to see our Astros back from the summer break. Thank you for entrusting us with the task of being an instrumental partner in your child's educational success!

It was great to see so many of you at the Meet & Greet and at the Back to School Curriculum Night.

Thank you for your extra patience and understanding last week during our states smoky episode. We kept all students inside for most of the week and our students (and staff) were flexible and all persevered. We were all so impressed with our Astros. We are looking forward to clearer days.

Warm regards,

Francesca Sinapi

Principal, Ladd Acres Elementary

DREAM big... REACH for the stars...TOGETHER we ACHIEVE success!

Upcoming Events

Wednesdays - ALL YEAR LONG - Early release at 1:35

Sept 13/14 Laps for Ladd kick off in classrooms

Sept 20 After School Club Applications Due (Does not include Play Fit Fun or STEM Clubs)

Sept 21 PTA Meeting @ 7:00pm

Sept 25 After School Clubs Begin

Sept 27 School Pictures

Sept 28 Laps for Ladd Run! Volunteers are appreciated!

Safety at Ladd Acres

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Background Checks: Parents, remember that if you want to volunteer, including attending field trips, you must complete the Background Check found on the district website. You can also click here:

End of Day Dismissal:

Parents who are getting out of the car to pick up your child, need to pick them up under the 1st – 2nd grade pod under-covered area.

Parents who are staying in their car and NOT getting out, need to pick up children in the car turn-around area. Remember, parents need to STAY IN THE CAR when they are in line in the turn around.

*If your child can not buckle themselves into their seat belt, please park in the parking lot and pick them up under the 1st - 2nd grade pod covered area.

For safety purposes, please be sure the teacher knows if you are taking your child from the teacher’s line.

Morning Arrival: Many of our parents like to drive or walk their child to school. What a wonderful way to start your day! Please remember that all of our students meet in the cafeteria in the morning. We have options for students once there. Students arriving via bus or drop off will be directed to the cafeteria by staff members.

FYI: The before school drop off area (turn around area), is only monitored from 7:20 – 7:40 so proceed with caution.

Parking Lot: Drivers, we need your help. Please remember that if you chose to drop AND walk your student into the building, use the cross walks or cross behind the buses. Our buses are large and cannot always see small students crossing out of their view.

Walkers: If you walk your student to school, please review our suggested walk paths. See the map below or click on this link:

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The BOND: Building for our Future

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This link will help you understand the upcoming school bond. Big things are in store for Ladd Acres if this passes including security upgrades, the building of a separate gym, air conditioning, flexible seating and technology enhancements. Click here for more information:

The Confucius Institute at Ladd Acres

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Ladd Acres is recognized as one of the nine sites offering Confucius Classrooms in Oregon this school year. This year will be our 4th year offering this program at Ladd Acres.

The Confucius Classrooms program is administered by PSU’s Confucius Institute and is intended to expose students in the U.S. to Chinese language and culture and develop positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors.

Students and classroom teachers spend 30 minutes each week with their visiting instructor. The Chinese teacher also spends additional time with grade levels on a rotating basis to integrate appropriate and authentic real-world connections to topics already being studied in the classroom. At Ladd Acres, our Chinese teacher will also partner with our Garden teacher to provide cross-cultural, garden based lessons on designated Wednesdays. We are thrilled to send a group of students to China this Spring too. Look for fund raising events to support our traveling students.

At this time, are still looking for a host family. Hosting a guest teacher works like an exchange student. Our visiting teacher would live with a family and participate in family functions as available. Families hosting a teacher will receive a stipend monthly. If you are interested in hosting our teacher, please contact Mrs. Sinapi.

Parent Involvement Needed for Site Council

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We are looking for 2 parent volunteers to serve as a part of our Site Council. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Sinapi ( We are seeking your input and involvement!
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Operation School Bell

The Assistance League of Portland is clothing 700 Hillsboro School District students again this year, who are in K-5thgrade, through Operation School Bell (OSB). They are generously donating; new clothing, undergarments, Payless Shoes gift card and a warm winter coat! If your child attends Ladd Acres and is in need of these items please fill out the attached form and return to the main office or to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. The program operates by the first come, first served basis.

Note: 6th grade students will be provided a separate opportunity later in the school year!

Questions? Please email our School Counselor @