Orenco Community Newsletter

October 11, 2022

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Hello! xin chào! Halō! Bienvenidos! nyob zoo! 'ahlan! Namaskāra! Kon'nichiwa!

Hello Orenco Families!

We are entering the 6th week of school! I hope you have had a chance to make a positive connection with your teacher and feel supported. We are a team!

We have a variety of communication methods so please be sure you are connected: Remind text messages, Google voice numbers, Smore newsletters, Email, Home to School communication folders (blue folders), and ParentVue. Please reach out to our office or to your teacher if you need assistance with communication and getting connected.

Allison Combs, Principal



Office: 503-844-1370

Mobile: 971-231-5383

Special Dates

Sept 15-Oct 15 National Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month

October is Filipino American Heritage Month!

Oct 10-14: Scholastic Book Fair Week

Oct 10-14: Warm Clothing Drive (sponsored by Grade 5 Kindness Crew)

Oct 11: Booster Meeting, 7 pm (budget)

Oct 12: School Picture Day

Oct 14: Evening Event: School/Family Dance, 6:30-8:30 pm

Oct 19: Wear Orange for Bullying Awareness

Oct 18-21: 6th grade at Outdoor School

Oct 20: Earthquake Drill

Oct 31: Monday-Spirit Day celebrated (Orange/Black Day)

Future Saturday-Nov 5 or 12: Campus Clean-up and Bulb Planting!

FYI: Cultural Observances

October 10: Indigenous People's Day, Día de la Raza

October 10-16: Sukkot (Jewish)

October 11: Coming Out Day

October 13: MAWLID AL-NABI (Muslim)

October 24: Diwali (Hindu)

October 31: Halloween

November 1: Dia de los Muertos --All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day

🤷🏾‍♂️ What's UP at Orenco? 🤷🏻‍♀️

School News 📰

Safety Drills: Our safety drill this month aligns with the international Great Shakeout--October 20. We will practice our earthquake drill. Stop, Drop, and Cover!

Do we dress up for Halloween at school? Not really. We would like families who celebrate Halloween to keep the dress up for home. We know there are many holidays for many folks all year long! See the graphic below for more info.

Monthly Spirit Days: Thank you to our Boosters! This year they are bringing back the tradition of serving popsicles to students on Spirit Days.

Reminder: Do not send students to school with medication. This should be brought to the office by a caregiver.

Please see the bottom of this newsletter for a pdf on HSD School Board committee information. Interested individuals for Community Curriculum Advisory and Budget Committee can view the information at the bottom or view our website for more info or Here

Do you need more tools in your Parenting Tool Box? Align with our school moves with PAX!

PAX Tools Training - The following are the flyers for upcoming VIRTUAL training for parents. Spanish English

Digital Citizenship Lessons: Oct 17-21; lessons delivered by classroom teachers

Bullying Awareness Week/Month: October; we will be sharing lessons and participating in activities to highlight being an upstander and good friend.

Community News

HOLI Senior Living Center shared a flyer with us. From 4-5 pm on October 31st, they are inviting kids 12 and under with an adult to join for pre-trick or treating.

188 NE 77th Ave, Hillsboro, OR

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Health and Safety Reminder

Don’t let the lingering summer sunshine fool you - cold and flu season is here! Many symptoms of colds and flu are shared with COVID, and sometimes it takes two or more home tests for COVID to register. The best course of action is to stay home if you are not feeling well and do not return until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of medication (if applicable) and other symptoms are improving. Free COVID test kits are available from your school’s front office. Have questions? Contact our COVID Resource team at 503-844-1784.

Recordatorio sobre salud y seguridad

No se deje engañar por los días cálidos y soleados, ¡la temporada de gripa y resfriados ya está aquí! Muchos síntomas de la gripa o el resfrío son comunes también para COVID y, algunas veces, se necesitan dos o más pruebas de COVID para el hogar para detectarlo. La mejor decisión es quedarse en su hogar si no se siente bien y no regresar a la escuela hasta que haya estado sin fiebre durante al menos 24 horas sin la ayuda de medicamentos (si corresponde) y los otros síntomas estén mejorando. Los kits de prueba de COVID gratuitos están disponibles en la oficina de la escuela. Si tiene preguntas, por favor comuníquese con nuestro equipo de recursos de COVID al 503-844-1784.
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Jobs at HSD & Orenco 🚸

Jobs at Orenco: We have one open position at Orenco: 6 hours Special Education Assistant. This is a temporary position for the 22-23 school year. (10/11/22). Job #1787

Hours are 8:00-2:30 pm daily.

Bus Drivers: Driver packages are up to 7 hour positions and all new hires with no previous experience will be placed on step 5 of the pay scale which is $23.58. Apply today!

ESS West is open for folks interested in substitute teaching in licensed positions or classified positions. You could sub at Orenco!

Art Literacy 🎨

Do art with your student(s)! We will be completing Lego style self portraits in every classroom between now and 10/18 (dates/times are dependent on teacher). Please sign up here if you would like to participate. Volunteers must have completed the volunteer application process through HSD prior to project date.


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HSD Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning Community Forums

We are currently developing our Strategic Plan for 2023-2027 and we want your input. Please mark your calendars for two opportunities to learn more and share your feedback: Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Brookwood Public Library; and Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Zoom. The event at the library will feature interpretation in Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, and Arabic. If you need support in a different language, please contact our Language Liaison team at least 24 hours in advance at 503-844-1429.

Foros comunitarios para el proceso de planificación estratégica

Actualmente estamos desarrollando nuestro proceso de planificación estratégica para el periodo 2023-2027 y queremos escuchar su opinión. Por favor, marque su calendario en las siguientes fechas para aprender más y compartir sus comentarios: miércoles, 12 de octubre, de 6:00 p.m. a 7:30 p.m. en la Biblioteca Pública de Brookwood; y jueves, 27 de octubre, de 5:30 p.m. a 7:00 p.m. a través de Zoom. El evento en la biblioteca contará con interpretación al español, vietnamita, somalí y árabe. Si necesita apoyo en otro idioma, por favor comuníquese con nuestro equipo de facilitadores de servicios lingüísticos al 503-844-1429 con al menos 24 horas de anticipación.

😀 Ongoing--Repeat Information 😀

School Meals--Nutrition Services info

USDA Program Waivers Expired

Pre-pandemic rules are back in place beginning 2022-23, including meal pricing for non-eligible students. Meals are free for student at Orenco if a family applies for free meals (now expanded eligibility through Oregon's Student Success Act) or through notice from the Dept of Human Services. Please call us at Orenco and we are happy to help you!

Applications can also be submitted online and be downloaded from the Nutrition page of the HSD website www.hsd.k12.or.us/nutrition.

Meal Prices at HSD/Orenco:

Lunch: $3.00 child/ $4.50 adult

Breakfast: $2.00 child/$3.25

Milk, a la carte: $0.75

Volunteering and Getting Involved!

  • Campus Beautification--help keep our campus beautiful, can organize work parties, pull weeds or plant flowers from time to time; come up with new ideas to add to our campus
  • Classroom/office helper--lots of options--help with bulletin boards, sort mail, copies, file papers
  • Lunch helper--help students at lunch; monitor for safety and build positive relationships
  • Recess helper--play games with students, model positive attitude and problem-solving skills (like Rock-Paper-Scissors); let students in/out of building

Volunteer Updates

Here are steps to get your Volunteer information completed and updated! Please read this reminder regarding volunteering and fingerprinting:

  • Volunteers have a fingerprint requirement.
  • There is no out-of-pocket expense for this requirement. If you no longer wish to volunteer, please send an email to receptionist@hsd.k12.or.us and request that your volunteer application be removed. Remember to include your full name.
  • Please begin by following this link to schedule your fingerprint appointment https://www.fieldprintoregon.com
  • Click “SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT” - Complete all required fields; you will be asked to sign up before you are allowed to continue
  • When requested, you will need to enter the Fieldprint code FPHillsboroSD1JVol (this code is for Hillsboro SD volunteers only)
  • The actual appointment will take approximately 10 minutes; you will schedule at the location of your choice
  • The total fee for fingerprinting will be billed to the Hillsboro School District
  • Fingerprint processing can take up to eight weeks
  • Call the office if you have any questions

If you have had fingerprints processed through the Oregon Department of Education in the past, please contact Kristina Gantt - ganttk@hsd.k12.or.us – and let me know which school district, ESD or substitute entity has your fingerprints or if you have a current teaching license (if your license is expired you will need to follow the process above)

Library Amazon Wish List

We have an Amazon Wish List for some well-loved books in the library. These are the books that are often checked-out and wear out rapidly. Help us re-stock our library shelves!


Champions After School Program (Childcare)

Champions is an after-care option for grades K-6 at Orenco. Please go to the Champions website for more information, contact info, and to sign up. This is an organization that uses our facility but staff are not hired by Orenco or HSD.


Student & Guardian Tech Support Sites


Mental Health Information and Resources

Washington County community members who need help should call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111. The line is answered every day of the year, 24 hours a day, by trained professionals who can help decide the best option for care.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

For immediate help with a mental health crisis or for consultation about a mental health issue.

Para ayuda inmediata en caso de una crisis mental, o para consultas sobre salud mental.

o Text: teen2teen to 839863

o Call: 877.968.8491

o Chat: oregonyouthline.org

School to Home Support Resources

For questions, concerns, support, food assistance (breakfast/lunch) and additional resources, please contact our main office. We are here to support our families:

Ready Schools, Safe Learners

Principal Combs is available to answer any questions or concerns you have. Please don't hesitate to reach out! Email: combsa@hsd.k12.or.us