Orenco Community Newsletter

March 14, 2022

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News and Updates

Hello Orenco Families!

With masking changes taking place currently, I want to thank everyone in our community for their support once again. We all set aside any personal opinions and differences and create a safe and respectful space for students and families. I'm excited to welcome more community members back into our building. Many continue to choose to wear their masks and have different levels of comfort, and we will continue to be a safe place where that decision is respected.

In service to you,

Allison Combs, Principal



Remote number: 971-231-5383

Office phone: 503-844-1370

Special Dates

Friday, March 18--Spirit Day: "Dazzle Crayon and Glitter Rainbow Day"--4th graders chose this day as a color explosion. Students are encouraged to wear items that are bright, colorful, and will light up our hallways!

Friday, March 18--Schoolwide Bingo! 1-2 pm

March 21-25 --Spring Break

Wednesday, March 30--Panda Express fundraiser (see info below)

Monday, April 4--Hearing Screenings (grades 1,3,5)

4/4-4/8--Grade 6-Outdoor School

Thursday, April 7--End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, April 8--No School for Students

Thursday, April 14--District Kinder Fair (info below)

Thursday, April 28--STEAM Night @ Orenco

Tuesday, May 3--Orenco Kinder Info Night

What's UP at Orenco?

Current News--

  • Please help us out by contacting the school when your child is absent. Thank you for your phone call!

  • Lost and Found: Items have been out in our lobby for over two weeks. Items not claimed after spring break will be donated.

  • Families: to keep your child, other children, and our staff safe--please follow our car directions at arrival and pick-up. Please wait for students in designated pick-up areas.

21-22 Yearbooks

Full color and hard-back yearbooks are for sale! Order forms are going home with students soon.The cost is $10. You may also include a donation for a yearbook.

This year families can purchase yearbooks two ways:

  1. Online (no need to return the form, just follow the instructions for online ordering), OR
  2. At school by turning in the order form with cash or check made payable to Orenco Elementary.

If any 6th grade families would like to purchase 6th grade ads, the ads MUST be purchased using the order form (and pay with cash or check) but the yearbook can be purchased either online or at school.

Masking Video

From HSD:

The highlighted link is a 90 second optional mask overview video for students and families. Click gear in the link to select subtitles in English or Spanish to change the closed-captioning language.

Here is the link: http://bit.ly/HSDMaskUpdate_March14

It is also on our district website:


Groner Middle School Option

Grade 6 Families: Did you know that Groner has a middle school option for our HSD students? If this is news to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Groner K-8 is currently accepting middle school transfers. Please see the youtube video link and pamphlet (attached) if you have interest.


Groner Pamphlet

Students would need transportation and there is a hub option from HilHi or Century High Schools


Please reach out if you have a broken, lost, or stolen device! We do not want students to go without the tech that they need. Some items are replaced totally free of charge! Plan on keeping your chromebook over the summer (if you want) unless you are a 6th grader.

Kinder Registration

Kindergarten Registration Opens March 1

Beginning Tuesday, March 1, HSD elementary schools are enrolling incoming kindergartners for the 2022-23 school year. Please visit our website for information on the enrollment process and orientation session for your school. There will be two in-person Kinder Fairs - one on Thursday, April 14, the other on Thursday, April 28 - and a virtual Kinder Fair beginning on March 1. The in-person fairs will have free food, raffle prizes, and resources. If you have an incoming kindergartener, please plan to join us for one of these events!

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Registrar Maria

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!



Fundraiser: Panda Express

  • Wednesday, March 30th
  • Virtual Fundraiser Online Orders Only
  • Apply code 907984 in the Fundraiser Code box during online checkout at order.pandaexpress.com or via App
  • Link to the flyer:


Staff Appreciation Week is May 2-5

We are seeking donations to help us show our amazing teachers and staff how much they are loved and appreciated. If you are able to provide items, experiences, services, gift cards, or anything you think they would like to receive during our annual prize drawing, please contact us at info@orencoboosterclub.org


We are looking for volunteers to help stock the staff lounge for our amazing Orenco staff. Sign up here to help out. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4aa8ac22ab9-teacher

Amazon Wish List for your shopping convenience:


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:

Ongoing/Repeat News and Notes

  • HSD has many open job positions with great benefits! Please take a look on our district site and see if there is a position waiting for you! ESS West is also accepting substitute teachers and classified staff through ESS substitute services.

    Tardy Schedule: 8 is late!
    Students will need to check-in at the office. Drop off at the Birch St. Main Entrance and park at the curb for short-term parking.

    Goodie Bags from home (ex: celebrating a student's birthday with the class or class parties)--Please check with your teacher first. We support non-food items only.

  • COVID-19 Dashboard

    Hillsboro School District is publishing data on reported positive or presumptive COVID-19 cases (isolations) and quarantines for students and staff. This data is collected by our contact tracing team and school nurses with help from the Washington County Public Health Department. Please click on this link to access the dashboard.

HSD Chromebooks Filtering Info

General information about how filtering works and recommendations or suggestions for home use and possible restrictions that some families use:



  • Google chat is turned off at elementary level
  • YouTube is in a restricted mode and teachers can approve or restrict
  • Safe Search is enforced on Google and YouTube
  • The system will not stop everything, especially if the student is finding ways around it.

Online Verification: ParentVUE

Online verification is open and ready for parents and families to update their information. This is one of our best methods for making sure our student and parent/family data is accurate across HSD. In addition, we have added Covid vaccine status into the immunization portion of the verification process. This enables families to indicate if their student has received the vaccine, which can help us better control the virus in schools and make contact tracing more effective.

Since parents must create a ParentVUE account (if they don’t already have one) to complete the verification process, this also gives schools and teachers a better ability to communicate with them.

Here is a link to the information on the HSD website for parents.

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