Family Newsletter April 15 , 2021

Dear StepUP Families,

You might have noticed that we did not have a newsletter last week, we were busy preparing for all of our middle school and high school students to start back full time next week and wanted to make sure we had all of the details of any and all changes ready for our families in a format that is not overwhelming or confusing. And with us housing multiple programs in our building and all grade levels, it is complicated and quite the puzzle!

We hope that the information below is clear and concise, and we also want to encourage you to reach out to your student's teacher with any questions. Please remember that we are here to support you. Our office number is 541-923-4868 and if you leave a message, we will get back to you as soon as we can. You can also email you classroom teacher, or you can email me directly at

Also, as you know the cases of COVID in Deschutes County have risen dramatically over the past few weeks. We continue to be extremely grateful that our families and students for continuing to ensure that students stay home if they are sick or if they have been around someone that has been sick. We are excited that all students are now able to return to school every day, and it is only through this continued partnership that we are able to do what we do. Please continue to encourage your child to properly wear their mask. As an additional reminder, we have many mask options available at StepUP for students if they need to try something different. Please also encourage your student to socially distance and wash their hands when they are out in the community. Our continued vigilance will allow our students to stay in school full time.

Thank you for all you to do support our students and our school, we could not do what we do without you!

Karen Mitchell



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We are lifting up families, educators and students of color as we all continue to witness fatal police shootings—this time in Minneapolis, Chicago and Honolulu—and as video circulates of police violence against a Black and Latinx man in Virginia. Please take time to care for yourself as best you can.

Bell Schedules

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  • April 28 - NO EARLY RELEASE (same schedule as M, T, Th, F for all students)
  • April 29 & 30 - Middle School, High School and Transition Conferences
  • April 30 - No School Secondary & Transition - Conferences
  • May 10th - StepUP Virtual Community Resource Fair Launch!
  • May 31 --No School - Memorial Day
  • June 2 - NO EARLY RELEASE (same schedule as M, T, Th, F for all students)
  • June 9 - Last Day for Transition
  • June 16 - NO EARLY RELEASE (same schedule as M, T, Th, F for all students)
  • June 17 - Last Day Kindergarten through 11th grade



Regular School Bus Drivers are eligible for a $500 hiring bonus upon successful completion of their first 90 days (calendar) on the job.

This position is responsible for safely transporting students to and from school, athletic events and trips.


View Job Description at the following web address: School Bus Driver-TRIPS


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Summer Camps

Several summer camps have contacted us that they plan to be open for outdoor activities this summer! The ones we've heard from include: Portland Parks & Rec, Tualatin Hills Parks & Rec, Camp Yakety-Yak, Camp Odakoda and ACAP.

For a listing of more summer camps to check and see if they plan to open, please go to our "Sports & Camps" listings on the ASO Resource Directory at LINK.


Transition News

Transition students please return chromebooks, chargers and hotspots as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you full time next week!

Happy Easter!


We've had an amazing week in the 7up Classroom full of celebrations. On Tuesday we made a delicious quiche in our cooking class. On Wednesday, the whole teacher team had the opportunity to go support our 8th graders at their high school forecasting event. It was so great to see them interacting with their classmates from their home campus, and to see them get excited about the classes they'll be able to take in high school. Our students have grown so much this year, and we are excited to watch our 8th graders move forward into high school. We also said goodbye to some of our students, who have met their goals and no longer need our support. We will always be here if our exited students want to check in, and we will miss them in our classroom. We are also very happy that they can have a full schedule over at their home campuses starting next week!.

K-3 News

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Pictures in the garden

How do I sign up for text updates from Redmond School District?

You can receive text alerts about upcoming school events, attendance notifications, inclement weather delays and emergency notifications. To opt in, text “Y” or “Yes” to the number 67587 using the mobile phone number on file at your student’s school. You can opt out of these messages at any time by replying to one of our messages with “Stop”

Safe touch- child abuse prevention

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