Falcon News

Forest Hills Elementary

August 22, 2020

Upcoming Dates

August 25 | Class placements finalized

September 1 | Pick up for student devices and learning kits

September 2 - 4 | Virtual Meet & Greet

September 8 | 1st Day of School (virtual for all students)

September 18 | Last day to verify student information in ParentVUE*

Virtual Meet & Greet

Student / Teacher Meet & Greet will now be virtual. These virtual meetings will still be held on September 2 - 4. The latest ODE guidance does not allow us to host in-person meet and greet events at our schools, unfortunately. In particular, the requirement of no more than 250 people (students, parents, staff, etc) on campus in a week is a deal breaker. This guidance applies to events held inside and outside. More information to come about signing up for the virtual Meet & Greet.

If you do not have internet access at home, you can request a hotspot by contacting John Parke parkej@loswego.k12.or.us.

Class Placement and Cohorts

Class Placement: You will receive teacher and cohort notification from your student's teacher in the afternoon of Tuesday, August 25.

We have received over 150 requests for cohort placement. Our priority is to create balanced classrooms. Our placement teams consider many factors including, but not limited to: number of students, gender identity, TAG, students with IEPs/504s, program placement and siblings. This year, we are also considering cohort sizes based on ODE and OHA guidance as we maintain an even number of students in the AM/PM cohorts. As per School Board decision on July 27, students with last names starting with A-K will be in the AM cohort, and last names starting with L-Z will be in the PM cohort. Because we must maintain balanced classes, for some grade levels, the A-K and L-Z division may be heavier on one side vs the other, thus requiring a shift from one cohort to the next based on the number of students. In addition, advanced math is another variable we must factor in when revising all classroom rosters. No new placement requests can be considered at this time.

Student Services FAQ

In addition to the Student Services Plan for the 2020-2021 school year, LOSD has now posted an accompanying Frequently Asked Questions document. Both the plan and the FAQ can be accessed on the district website under Roadmap to Reopening/Student Services and Departments/Student Services.

This information is specifically for students with 504 Plans and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as students in our ACCESS, Delta, Pathways, and Community Transition programs.

If after reading the Student Services FAQ you have specific questions, please email the Executive Director of Student Services, Patrick Tomblin, at tomblinp@loswego.k12.or.us.

School Supplies

If you ordered school supplies through 1st Day School Supplies, supplies will be ready for pick up at the Meet & Greet. If you have not ordered supplies, you can find the supply lists here: 2020-21 Supply Lists

Annual Notice of Statewide Tests

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Please review the Annual Notice for Statewide Tests for information regarding why participation matters, an explanation of the right to opt out, testing windows, and other resources.

Verify Student Info by September 18

If you haven't already, take a few moments to verify your student's information for the 2020-21 school year. This is required. Login to ParentVUE and review/update your student's information through the Register/Verify tab.

This benefits both families and schools by:

  • Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.

  • Allowing parents to review the health conditions on file at your student’s school.

  • Enabling distribution of electronic devices covered by the district's Technology Agreement.

The verification window closes September 18, 2020.

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click “I am a Parent,” then click “Forgot Password.” If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact the school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact the school.

For help, email Wende Milner (wende.milner@loswego.or.us) or Nicole Merino (nicole.merino@loswego.k12.or.us)

Roadmap to Reopening

There is so much information! Check out the latest from LOSD about the coming school year: Roadmap to Reopening