Orenco Community Newsletter

June 1, 2020

News and Updates

Hello Orenco Families! Welcome to June and the last month of school! It sure feels different this year without seeing the faces of our students and feeling their excitement for summer coming!

Here is some new information and some old information for you to help finish out this distance learning time. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

HSD Coronavirus updates: https://www.hsd.k12.or.us/coronavirus

World Events

The current events surrounding the death of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and others has brought up a lot of strong feelings for people in our community and around the country. I encourage you to do a few things:

  • Feel your feelings. Avoid the urge to numb. Talk to someone you trust. Meditate or pray. Journal. Create something.
  • Your children are perceptive. They most likely know what’s going on. They need a safe place to process and ask questions. Be honest with them. They can handle it.
  • Take care of yourself and your family. Don’t forget to take a break from social media and hard conversations to have fun and relax.

Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.

Chromebooks - Keep for Now!

Hillsboro School District has made the decision that families will be allowed to keep their Chromebooks throughout the summer. This includes 6th graders going to HSD middle schools.

However, there may be some families that wish to return them to the school for various reasons. If you would like to bring your Chromebook back you may drop them off at the school on June 8, 9, 10 from 10-2. Just come to the front door and knock and we will pick them up. If you have any questions please email Mrs. Freudenthal, Dean of Students, at freudens@hsd.k12.or.us.

You may return your hot-spot if you have one. If you are moving out of our district, you must return the chromebook you borrowed.

Yearbook Pick Up Plan:

We will be having a drive thru style pickup for your yearbook in the back parking lot of the school on Monday, June 8th and Tuesday, June 9th (by the playground). Please remain in your car and a staff member will get your name and bring you a yearbook if you paid for and ordered one.

Monday, 6/8 @ 1-4pm

Tuesday, 6/9 @ 10am-1pm

If you have any questions or cannot make these times please email Mandi Bailey - baileya@hsd.k12.or.us

School Furlough--Fridays

HSD is initiating furlough days on Fridays beginning May 15 and continuing through July 31. The District will be closed and there will be no instruction or communication with teachers or other staff on Fridays. An email was sent to parents from HSD. Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times.

School will end for students on June 10th.

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Kindergarten Registration Information

Share the message! Now is the time to register for Kindergarten. Online registration is available for all students NEW to HSD during the current school year. Please note that all physical schools are currently closed to students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Children must be five years old by September 1, 2020, to enroll for the 2020-21 school year. Register at your home school.

HSD link for more information: https://www.hsd.k12.or.us/Page/1935

School Meal Delivery--final day is June 10

Per HSD on March 25, 2020 - On Fridays through June 5, Nutrition Services and Transportation staff will be furloughed, along with all other eligible District staff. Students will receive meals for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday on Thursdays. The furlough day for the week of June 8 will be on Thursday, June 11, which means that meals for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be distributed on Wednesday, June 10. That will be the final day of meal distribution for the 2019-20 school year.

**Remember to check out Mrs. Hanson's website for Food Resources. Consider filling out Orenco's Request Assistance Form if you need help with groceries.

Area Resources

Sonrise Church is handing out free bags of groceries and a take-out meal at the East entrance of the Main Lobby until they run out. Everyone is welcome.

Their food pantry is open 11-3 Monday - Thursdays

6701 NE Campus Way - Hillsboro

St. Matthew Church in downtown Hillsboro (475 SE 3rd Ave.) will help distribute 600 free food boxes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

These boxes are full of either fresh produce from Pacific Coast Fruit, dairy products, or a combination of both. The food boxes will be approximately 20-25 pounds and will be available to anyone. There are no income limits or program requirements. Each vehicle/family will receive one box.

The church is also recruiting volunteers. Call 503-648-1998 ext. 245, if you wish to help.

Counselor News

Struggling with your child's behavior?

All kids have times when they struggle to handle life's expectations. Those with significant behavioral challenges seem to have more of those times, and respond in ways that are more extreme. But whether your child responds in ways that are more concerning -- hitting, kicking, screaming, swearing, biting, spitting -- or in ways that are more tame -- whining, pouting, sulking, crying, withdrawing -- your goal is to identify and solve the problems that are causing those behaviors. Lives in the Balance can help.

Need help knowing how to support your child in an online world?

Common Sense Media can help! They provide reviews and information about moves, video games, and more.

Here's on an article on Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning. Need information on screen time, social media, or privacy and online safety?

Do you need help with schedules, routines, chores, and home expectations? Create a chart. There are loads of ideas on Pinterest or just by doing a Google search. Type in "daily schedule for children" or "chore charts". This would be a fun and creative activity to do with your children. All you need to start is some paper and a writing utensil. Mrs. Hanson will be adding ideas to her website and Google Classroom.

Struggling financially? Need help with food resources? Check-out the resources on Mrs. Hanson's website. Fill out Orenco's Request for Assistance form. We've been able to help out 13 families so far.

Erin R. Hanson, M.S.

Licensed School Counselor

Orenco Elementary, Hillsboro, OR

Off campus number 971-231-7328

School Counselor Website

Booster News:

  • Scrip cards are still available. Email info@orencoboosterclub.org
  • Did you know that you can support Orenco Elementary every time you shop at Fred Meyer? Just link your rewards card, or sign up for one if you don't have one. You still receive all the benefits as normal and IN ADDITION, Fred Meyer donates to the school. Follow the link below and search for Orenco Booster Club (Code BQ854)


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Support Orenco Families--GoFundMe Donation Link

Orenco is known as a generous and caring community. Our Orenco Booster Board has set up a special link for contributions to serve our neighbors and every contribution is tax-deductible. Based on information we have, families will be served in various ways based on their needs, such as rent assistance, utility payments, or food. You are all Boosters and we appreciate your support! (Every little bit helps...$3, $5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and more)

**Please continue to give if you can and SHARE the link. ***


Distance Learning Plan - Hillsboro Scho0l District

Distance Learning For All

  • bit.ly/hsddistancelearning
  • Teachers have selected core/focus standards for instruction through June.
  • Instructional, teacher-led minutes vary by grade level. Includes PE and music.
  • Teachers have office hours where students (and parents) can check in with them for help or get feedback.
  • Attendance is based on teacher monitoring of student activity and engagement with Google classroom.
  • Stay in touch! Call or email us--We can help in many different ways.