Oak Hills Newsletter

Week of October 17, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Oak Hills Families,

The Jog-A-Thon is on Friday! We are so excited for this annual schoolwide event. The PTO, volunteers, and staff will be pumping up this event to promote fitness and community. It also marks our one and only fundraiser each year. We have fundraised $25,500--it is an incredible amount! Our goal is to raise $35,000 to fund special projects, enrichment opportunities, field trips, STEAM night, supplies and resources for students and staff, author visits, and much more. THANK YOU to all families and community members who have donated already; it means so much to us.

There is a lot of buzz surrounding a few traditions!

* Friday is Otter Pride day! All students will be receiving a new Jog-A-Thon shirt on Friday with some other fun participation goodies. They can wear apparel and accessorize with red, white, and blue.

*We have reached our first schoolwide goal of raising $20,000! Students are pumped to turn Ms. Ray (counselor) and Ms. McCarty (student success coach) into human sundaes!

*If our school raises our goal of $35,000, students unanimously voted for both administrators (Ms. Do and Ms. Hansen), to be wrapped and decorated with wrapping paper, bows ribbons, lots of tape AND we have to work in this decor all day!

*Finally, the fun is going outside, gathering, and running with friends, classmates, and teachers! The energy will be amazing! All us adults will be cheering them on!

We promise to take a lot of photos if you are unable to come cheer your students on! If you are able, the PTO could really use some more volunteers to make this event go even more smoothly. Thanks for your consideration! See you on the field!


Ms. Do

TUESDAY, 10/18

*COGAT screener for all 3rd Graders


*Parent Teacher Conference appointments will be available and sent to you from your child's teacher via ParentSquare this Wednesday, October 19th at 3:30pm.

*PTO meeting @ 7pm in the Gym (in-person and zoom)
Additional agenda item: Dr. Karen Perez, school board member, will be at OH to talk about the local option levy.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 833 6434 3917
Passcode: otters

FRIDAY, 10/21


A message from the PTO below!

Jog-A-Thon--A Message from the PTO!

Hello Otter Families!

It's hard to believe that this year's Jog-a-Thon is right around the corner, coming up this Friday, October 21st!

If you haven’t had the chance to set up your Pledgestar or collect those donations from family, friends and neighbors, there is still time! Every $10 is one raffle ticket to try and win one of our amazing prizes. Some include Pokemon items, Oaks Park Passes, Private Music Lessons, Kings Pins, Sports Equipment, Squishmallows, Legos and MORE! $100 raised earns a Golden Ticket and a chance to win a grand prize!

This year we are asking that you cheer for your kids from the sidelines and rest your legs for another day. Half of our students have never done this before and we want to focus on their efforts and not cause congestion on the track! With each lap they pass you they will keep their motivation high! Thank you for understanding and giving them the chance to shine. Please feel free to bring cow bells and loud cheers to help them pass each milestone. We will have music playing to really get everyone pumped up!

Our kids all look forward to this day each year and have a blast, but we need all the volunteers we can get to help make it a great day for the kids and help everything run smoothly! Come help us set up in the morning then stay to help mark laps, or come help out all day... we have so many opportunities to help that day and still make it possible for you to enjoy the time with your kids when they run! Please feel free to sign up for multiple slots for the day!

Visitors and Volunteers are asked to check in at the back of the school neat the portables. We need to make sure we keep track of all those that come on campus for the day.

Please consider signing up for open spots HERE

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More news from your PTO

Jog-A-Thon Fundraising Update

Thank you all for your support! We have raised $25,500! Our schoolwide goal is $35,000!

Top fundraising classes in each grade level will earn a popsicle party!

An update on the leader board:

K: Burnett

1: Caplan

2: Perrigan

3: Yamada

4: Willis

5: Clarkson

The class that fundraises the most will earn a pizza party!

An update on the leader board:

1st: Perrigan

2nd: Willis

3rd: Burnett

*Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to contribute in any way, big or small, please review the link below for the background check application. A reminder to volunteers who have volunteered in the past to please recheck to see if you are still active in the system.

Seeking Donations for Oak Hills

We appreciate your donations to the snack pantry. We always welcome more donations when you are able to contribute to this need.

Kleenex/tissue are also items that are needed in the classrooms and the office. Thank you for your generosity!

Library News from Ms. Larsen

OBOB Team Registration

Students are currently reading and enjoying the books. Students can read the books, e-books or listen to the audio versions. Parents can help support their child by reading and talking about the books with them. Here are some questions you can ask:

  • Who is the author?

  • Who are the characters?

  • What is the plot (what happens)?

  • What are the themes (the big ideas)?

  • What is your favorite part?

  • How is this book like real life or like other books you have read?

  • Does anything in the book remind you of something you have experienced?

  • Do the characters in the story show courage?

  • How do they decide what is right and wrong?

  • Do you think the story was well written? Why or why not?

  • Does the main character change because of what happens in the book? What do you think about that?

  • Why do you think the author chose that title?

  • Is this book better or worse than other books you have read? Tell me more about that.

  • Would you recommend it to others? To whom?

To keep in touch with all things Library, check out the LIBRARY WEBSITE for:

  • Helpful Library Links for students and parents

  • How to View Your Student’s Library Account (Slides 1-7), View the Library Catalog (slide 8), Put Books on Hold (Slides 9-10), Renew books (slides 11-12), Pay Library Fines (Slide 13)

  • OBOB Information

  • Ordering Books From Scholastic for your home collection

  • Donations

If you have questions please feel free to reach out to Ms. Larsen at leilani_larsen@beaverton.k12.or.us

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences Updates (REPEAT)

Parent Teacher Conference appointments will be available and sent to you from your child's teacher via ParentSquare this Wednesday, October 19th at 3:30pm.

Oak Hills Fall Conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 3rd by appointment. Families will have the option to choose a meeting in person on site or via zoom when selecting a time slot.

Currently, our bilingual liaisons are securing interpreters for families at the middle school level and will be shortly secure interpreters for families at Oak Hills. Our goal is to open up the appointments two weeks before conferences. Please stay tuned.

Oak Hills Fall Conference Schedule:

  • Wednesday, 11/2- School is in session; Evening Conferences (3:40-7:40pm)
  • Thursday, 11/3- No School for Students, Day time/Evening conferences
  • Friday, 11/4- No School for Students

Important Dates--Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, October 19: Parent Teacher Conference Appointments become available at 3:30pm

Wednesday, October 19: PTO meeting 7pm (in-person and zoom option available)

Friday, October 21: Jog-a-Thon

Monday, October 31: Spirit Day (Hats and Headbands)

Wednesday, November 2: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30pm

Thursday, November 3: NO SCHOOL- Parent Teacher Conferences AM and PM options available

Friday, November 4: NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, November 8: Picture Retakes

Thursday, November 10: NO SCHOOL-Grading Day

Friday, November 11: NO SCHOOL-In observance of Veterans Day

Friday, November 18: PTO Popcorn Friday

Friday, November 18: PTO Family Movie Night (6-8pm)

Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25: NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Monday, November 28: NO SCHOOL-Staff Development Day

Wednesday, December 7: Winter Music Showcase (Grades 4 & 5) 4-5pm

Wednesday, December 7: Kickoff to Scholastic Book Fair; Book Fair Family Night 5:15-6:15pm

December 7-December 13: Book Fair

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Proposed Local Option Levy 2022 (REPEAT)

On November 8, 2022, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to renew a 5-year local option levy. If passed, the proposed levy renewal would fund approximately 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors. The proposed levy renewal is projected to raise approximately $39-$43 million annually; over a 5-year period, the proposed levy renewal would raise about $205 million.

If passed, the proposed levy renewal would continue the existing tax rate of $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

If the proposed levy renewal does not pass, the levy rate would not be assessed. The District would not receive about $39 million to fund 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors, starting in the 2023-2024 school year.

The current local option levy expires on June 30, 2023.

Dr. Karen Perez, school board member will be present at our next PTO meeting (Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm) to talk more about this.

Attention 5th Grade Families--Option School Open Houses and Application Deadlines (Repeat)

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be available starting today, Monday, October 17.

Rachel Carson’s address was incorrect in the message sent out on 10/16, and they have added another Open House. Please do some early investigation of our option schools and programs online and plan to attend one or more of the upcoming open houses.

Please know that students may only apply to one option school or program. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes are allowed.

All applicants must reside within BSD boundaries or currently attend a BSD school on an approved inter-district transfer. (Upon acceptance to an option school or program, you may be required to provide proof of address or inter-district transfer.)

Beginning October 17, current BSD students are able to apply online using their BSD student ID. There’s also an online application for resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school. If you do not have internet access, visit your school office for a paper application.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Options Lottery & Admissions Timeline (2023-2024 School Year)

● Monday, October 17: Lottery opens.

● Friday, December 9: Lottery applications due by 4:00 p.m.

● Wednesday, December 14: Lottery is conducted.

● Thursday, December 15: E-mail notifications sent offering enrollment or notice of wait-pool status with second consideration applications; results cannot be given over the phone.

● Monday, January 9: Second consideration applications due to schools.

● Wednesday, February 1: Deadline for parents to accept by 4:00 p.m.

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Talented and Gifted (TAG) Opportunities (Repeat)

Nominations for TAG

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Academic, intellectual, behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office or linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.

Please complete and return the Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher.

Nomination forms are available on the TAG Website.

COGAT Assessment

In October, all 3rd grade students, new 4th graders, and nominated 5th grade students in Beaverton will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener. This 30-minute test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities through verbal/picture analogies, number analogies and figure matrices.

Currently the main purpose for administering the CogAT is to identify students for TAG in the area of intellectual ability. Students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the CogAT screener will be invited to test with the full version of the CogAT that is used for potential TAG identification. The full version of the CogAT will be given in late October. For more information about testing, please contact your school’s TAG facilitator.

COGAT Screener Dates

Wednesday, October 18th

Arrival & Dismissal Reminders (REPEAT)

We have been noticing students arriving earlier each day. While we are excited our students are looking forward to school, we have limited supervision in the morning aside from entrance doors and grade level Morning Mix locations inside of the building.

As a reminder, our doors are open to students at 7:45am. Students arriving between 7:45am- 8:00am may choose to eat breakfast in the cafeteria or head directly to Morning Mix. Unfortunately, we do not have playground supervision to monitor students who arrive without an adult. We ask that students please keep wall balls, basketballs, and four square balls at home. We have equipment for recess use and adult supervision to ensure safety during this timeframe. Thank you for your help.

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Parking Lot Arrival and Dismissal Reminder (Repeat)

Parking lot safety is a priority. As we work to welcome students to school and connect students with their families at the end of the day, we ask for support in ensuring that car traffic runs safely and efficiently.

One way to ensure a safe and efficient arrival and dismissal is through the use of Driveline. We ask that families dropping off children in the morning and picking up children in the afternoon please remain in line rather than parking and walking up to the building. This helps reduce the pedestrian traffic walking within the lanes of traffic and between moving cars that might be pulling out.

As a reminder, the right lane (closest to the building) is for loading and unloading only. The left lane (further from the building) is for through traffic exiting the parking lot. Please use care when merging from one lane to the other.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership in helping keep our parking lot safe!

Changes to Going Home Plans (Repeat)

Absences and dismissal changes can be reported to us via the Oak Hills website. There are buttons where you can click and report an absence or changes to how your child will be going home. For dismissal, please report the changes before 1:30 PM since this is when we will be delivering the information to our teachers and students. Thank you in advance for utilizing this communication tool. It will free up our phone lines for families, staff, and community members who urgently need to get in touch with the office.

Oak Hills website:

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