Orenco Community Newsletter
October 11, 2022
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Hello! xin chào! Halō! Bienvenidos! nyob zoo! 'ahlan! Namaskāra! Kon'nichiwa!
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
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!
🤷🏾♂️ 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!
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.
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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 seguridadNo 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.
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.
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!
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
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 email@example.com 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org – 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
Champions After School Program (Childcare)
Student & Guardian Tech Support Sites
Student support website https://sites.google.com/hsd.k12.or.us/student-tech-help/
Student help desk
English and Spanish
Call backs Monday through Friday
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:
- Community Resources/Reccursos Comunitarios
- Need community resources and support?: This flier outlines 211 and Safety Contacts: Where to Find Support
Orenco Elementary School
We all belong,
We all learn, and
We all Succeed, because
We all get what we need.
Location: 7050 Northeast Birch Street, Hillsboro, OR, USA