Oak Hills Newsletter

April 23, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Oak Hills Families,

I can't tell you how wonderful it is to interact with students every day! I chuckle at their funny stories and my heart delights at their insightful comments. With our CDL students, I know that being a part of a smaller class has provided them with more opportunities to interact with their teacher and/or with their classmates. I look forward to joining our CDL classes and listening in on their conversations. Thank you for sharing your students with us. We truly have an amazing group of students at Oak Hills.

On Monday, you received information on State Testing. Here are some key pieces you would need to know:

Who is this for?

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade students

Test scores provide one piece of evidence of student attainment of state standards.

Will test results be used to identify students for TAG or Summa?

No. While these percentiles may be informative for parents, they won’t be used for identification or placement decisions.

Would my school be penalized if my child does not participate?

No. The U.S. Department of Education won’t require the Oregon Department of Education to use summative test data for accountability purposes this year.

How long is the test?

The Oregon Department of Education has decreased the number of questions in the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics tests by 40% and removed field test questions from the science test.

The estimated testing times are:

English Language Arts (ELA) 1:15 hr.

Mathematics 1 hr.

Science 1:20 hr.

Can my student opt to take one test but not another (for example, take English Language Arts (ELA) but not Mathematics)?


My student needs transportation. When will I find out when and where my student will be picked up and dropped off?

Transportation will be provided for students who currently qualify for bus service (more than 1 mile away from Oak Hills). Families who opt in and meet the distance requirements for transportation will receive an email on May 10 with their students’ routes, bus stop locations and pick-up and drop-off times.

When can I expect to receive my child’s test results?

We expect individual overall student test results will be available in ParentVue in August.

When will the test be?

Tests will be on Wednesdays. The AM session will be from 8:00am to10:15am and the PM sessions will be from 11:45am to 2:00pm.

May 12

AM will be 5th ELA

PM will be 3rd ELA

May 19

AM will be 5th Math

PM will be 3rd Math

May 26

AM will be 5th Science

PM will be 4th ELA

June 9

AM will be 4th Math

All 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade parents should fill out this form by April 30 whether your student will or will not participate. Please complete this form in English or Spanish. Thank you for filling out the form confirming your child's participation or opting out of testing (individual tests or all tests) for the 2020-21 academic year. We appreciate your response greatly.

On a final note, please come by to enjoy our Art Show/Community Appreciation from June 2 to June 9. Both CDL and Hybrid students will participate. All student artwork will be displayed on the windows of their classroom, facing out, and can be viewed from the outside of the building. Come by and take a stroll around the building to see the beautiful artwork that every grade level will do.

Warm regards,

Sheila Baumgardner

Tentative Calendar Dates for 2020-2021 School Year


4/28 Staff Development Day- No School


5/3-5/7 Teacher Appreciation Week

5/5 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

5/7 Assembly Day

5/10 Week Erin's Law (K-2nd) & Human Sexuality ( 3rd-5th)

5/12 8:00-10:15am 5th ELA; 11:45-2:00pm 3rd ELA

5/12 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

5/17 Week Erin's Law (3rd-5th) and Human Sexuality (K-2nd)

5/19 8:00-10:15am 5th Math; 11:45-2:00pm 4th ELA

5/19 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

5/19 PTO Meeting (7pm)

5/20 K Orientation (6pm)

5/26 8:00-10:15am 5th Science; 11:45-2:00pm 3rd ELA

5/26 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

5/31 Memorial Day- No School


6/2 Regular Wednesday

6/2 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

6/2-6/9 Art Show/ Community Appreciation

6/9 8:00-10:15am 4th Math

6/9 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

6/9 PTO Mtg (7pm)

6/18 Last Day of School

6/18 Assembly Day

6/18 Oak Hills Car Parade (2:30- 3:30pm)

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Support the 5th grade celebration by enjoying some frozen yogurt all day Sunday at the Tansbourne Menchies! Just mention Oak Hills at checkout or show this flyer!

Volunteers Needed for Elementary Meal Preparation

There is a need for parent/community volunteers to help with meal prep at all elementary schools. The volunteer shifts would be 1 – 2 hours in the morning to help with bagging up fruit, vegetables, or frozen entrees. Proposed hours are 8 – 10 am for early start schools or 9 – 11 am for regular start schools. Volunteers can be used every day of the week including Wednesdays. Elementary schools will coordinate for volunteers and front office staff can access a list of cleared volunteers through the district's volunteer management software Better Impact. Questions regarding Better Impact can be directed to Johanna Strout.
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Virtual Trivia Night - Benefits Oak Hills 5th Grade Celebration

Library News

Bad Kitty Book Orders

It was so wonderful to have Nick Bruel visit our school!

You may purchase Bad Kitty books at discounted prices through Jan’s Bookstore in Beaverton and you will receive autographed bookplates with a special drawing from Nick Bruel! Here is a document to complete to place your order. Bookplates will be sent home at a later date.

Requesting Library Books

Students may continue to request library books! Go to the Library Webpage and follow the steps on How to Request Library Books. Please place your requests by the following schedule:

CDL Students: Tuesday at Noon for Wednesday pick up

K, 3rd, 4th, 5th: Wednesday at Noon, books are delivered to theclassrooms on Thursdays

1st, 2nd: Thursday at Noon books are delivered to the classrooms on Fridays

No Bookmobile April 28th! We will return May 5th!

Spring Online Book Fair is COMING!

Mark your calendar for May 3-7th!

More information to come!

UPDATED! OBOB Hall of Fame

If you are reading all 16 OBOB books and would like to be entered into the OBOB Hall Of Fame, win a free book prize, be recognized in the Newscast and earn a certificate, please complete the OBOB Hall of Fame Questionnaire by May 14th. You may still enter the OBOB Hall of Fame and receive a certificate only if your questionnaire is received by June 4th. Happy Reading!

Storytime with Ms. Larsen

Storytime will start up again on April 30th! Join us during your lunch to listen to stories!

~ Chapter Book Storytime Fridays from 11:15-11:30!

~ Storytime for All Fridays from 11:30-12:00!

Topic: Storytime with Ms. Larsen

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 846 9279 7621

Passcode: storytime

Library Webpage

Check out the new library webpage for

  • Helpful Library Links for students and parents

  • How to Request Books

  • Book Bus Information

  • OBOB Information

  • Ordering Books From Scholastic for your home collection

  • Author Visits

  • And more!

Pandemic EBT Funds

  • Nutrition Services continues to offer free MEALS to all BSD children aged 1-18 with no Meal Benefits application required. This will continue until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • New Information: The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)program, through DHS, will offer MONEY to families who qualify for Meal Benefits. The money is being offered to help families purchase groceries during the pandemic.
  • Families who meet the criteria in this list for the 2020-2021 school year will receive P-EBT funds. No application or further action is needed by families who:
    Have students only at CEP schools (families who have students at CEP and non-CEP schools need to apply for the non-CEP students to receive funds)
    Have children who qualify for SNAP or TANF benefits
    Have children with Homeless, Foster, Migrant, or Runaway status
    Have applied and been approved for Meal Benefits at any time during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Families who do not meet any of the above criteria need to apply right away for Meal Benefits if they wish to be considered for P-EBT funds. Online applications are strongly encouraged, using www.schoolcafe.com. The SchoolCafe website supports English and Spanish applicants.
  • Paper Meal Benefits applications, in both English and Spanish, are available at all meal pickup sites and all school offices.
  • For more information, follow this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services.
  • If you have questions, please call Meal Benefits at 503-356-3957 or email to NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.
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Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair

The Special Education Department and Special Education Parent Advisory Council are hosting our Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair on April 27th from 6:00-8:00pm via zoom.

Parents will have a chance to listen to presentations from different non-profit organizations, businesses and more that serve children with disabilities and their families! Parents will also have a chance to ask questions of presenters after their formal presentations.

The fair will include presentations from:

  • International Dyslexia Association- Oregon Branch
  • Camp Yakety Yak
  • Family to Family Resource Center through OHSU
  • Paladio Planning-Financial trusts and planning for students
  • Specialty Athletics
  • Swindell’s Resource Center, and more!
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Technical Issues?

You may reach out to Mrs. Vallee directly via email at Anna_Vallee@beaverton.k12.or.us If she is unable to resolve the issue, support will be requested from the Beaverton School District HelpDesk.
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Family Toolkit

Visit the BSD Family Toolkit at: https://oakhills.beaverton.k12.or.us/ **Connect--Family Toolkit

Kindergarten-specific Information: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/early-learning/kindergarten

Community Resource Page

Click here for food, internet, transportation and utilities resources

How to Open and Translate Our Oak Hills Newsletter

Click here for a video tutorial using the translation feature in S'more

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Our 2nd Graders in Action!!