Orenco Community Newsletter

September 2, 2021

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News and Updates

Hello Orenco Families!

Our 21-22 school year is coming up and we look forward to seeing everyone. As new information comes out, I will be sure to share it with you. Please be looking for Monday Smore newsletters.

**Please scroll down to see the news about after-school daycare at Orenco.**

We are interested in two main questions for you--What are your hopes for your child this school year? And, what can we do as a school community to make that happen?

In service to you,

Allison Combs, Principal



Remote number: 971-231-5383

Office phone: 503-844-1370

Latest News

Teachers are beginning to reach out to schedule welcome back conferences with you using Sign-Up Genius. Check your email and sign up for a time!

We sent out an email last week letting families know it is okay to "hold off" on purchasing supplies. Your teacher will reach out and let you know what is needed. Students will not be sharing their school supplies (crayons, scissors, pencils) at school.

Parent letter

Our plan for morning arrival includes assigned breakfast seating outside and spaced apart in the cafeteria. Non-eaters will be socially distanced, sitting in the gym by cohort with masks while they wait to go to their classroom at 7:47 am.

Our plan for lunches includes inside and outside seating and students sitting at least 3 feet apart in assigned spots. We will open the garage door for more air flow. Our tentative plan includes letting children go outside to recess when they are finished eating.

CAR/walker Pick-Up at Dismissal: will be based on a number system and using a vinyl car sticker for the inside of your vehicle window. Family members will have the same number and grouped together at the end of the day outside. More details to come.

**Please know that this will take time on the first few days of school. Be prepared for delays and it will get faster over time.

Parents will not be allowed to walk students into the building to their classrooms this year. Please plan on dropping your student at the sidewalk and letting them walk up to the doors. Students on buses arrive on N Birch St. See map below.

For Kinders, our plan includes nametags and sorting them by class in the music room. Staff will help all students into the building

We will adjust our plans as needed, but this is to start!

News and Notes

  • Our regular school hours are 8:00-2:20 pm. Wednesday dismissal is at 1:50 pm. Please note that our tardy bell rings at 8 am and Morning Meetings begin in classrooms at this time. We request that you plan on arriving at school between 7:35-7:55 am.
  • We will offer tours of the school on Friday, September 3rd. Please call us to schedule. We have group times available at 9:00 am, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, and 4:00 pm, 4:30, 5:00, and 5:30 pm
  • New Enrollments to Orenco!!- Please contact the school to coordinate the delivery of any of the documents listed below that were not uploaded during the online registration process. You can request blank copies of the forms from the school. Please contact Maria Bartolome Sop at 503-844-1370 ext 2877 or email at bartolom@hsd.k12.or.us
  • We will purchase extra, but students should bring a water bottle to school. Community water fountains are turned off but water is available in classrooms and bathrooms.
  • It is helpful if you can label items that belong to your child, such as water bottles, lunch boxes, and hoodies & jackets.
  • 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.
  • We are pausing on volunteers for now. Any visitor will need to come to the main entrance on Birch Street and ring the bell. Office staff will be able to assist you.

Orenco Car and Bus Drop-Off and Pick-Up Map

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Community news

Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept 15-Oct 15. We acknowledge that cultures and identities should be celebrated each day, every day, 24/7. And, we acknowledge that we can provide special programming, histories, and awareness to underrepresented communities in our educational spaces. We also acknowledge that "Hispanic heritage" can be considered limiting; there is much more diversity and depth to identities. Please reach out if you have ideas so we can hear from you!

Multilingual online Story times at Multnomah county libraries (Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish)--see events linked here

Hispanic-LatinX events here for Hispanic Heritage Month

Thank you to the Volunteers from Sonrise Church who came by and did some beautiful landscaping and refreshing of our garden beds last Saturday. It really made a big difference!

Ongoing/Repeat Information Below

After School Daycare Options--Repeat Info

We are saying Bye to "Blast" and saying Hello to "Champions!" Please see the attached flyer for details, cost, and info on how to register. Champions will be an after-school provider from 2:30-5:30 pm daily for Orenco students K-6 starting September 20th.

Registration opens 8/16 at discoverchampions.com, and space is limited. Our school office doesn’t handle registration, so please contact the Champions Family Support team at 800-246-2154 or email them at ChampionsHelp@kc-education.com with any questions. I hope many of you will take advantage of this new partnership that supports your whole family!

Champions also has employment opportunities--call them with questions.

Free Lunch and Breakfast Offered

  • Daily Breakfast and Lunch will be FREE and offered to all students this school year. Students will use their cafeteria cards to access the meals.
  • Student cards are color-coded by grade-level. All students will have a card.
  • Milk is $0.75 if purchasing ala carte.
  • Our seating plan includes having tables outside as well as inside the cafeteria, with the garage door open for more air flow.
  • Students sanitize before and after eating lunch and going to recess.


All students enrolled at Orenco will be receiving a new device! (You may return your old ones or keep--they just won't get any new updates after a certain amount of time).

  • K-6 students will take their devices home and bring back to school (including chargers), unless parent tells us otherwise

Thank you to the School Bond for this purchase!

General Dress Code Reminders

With our return to school coming up, this is a good time to revisit some safe and appropriate dress options for Orenco students:

  • No flip-flops. Please wear a shoe with a strap to stay on your foot safely.
  • Undergarments like bra straps and underwear from shorts should not be showing.
  • No spaghetti straps. Tank-tops should be about three finger-widths wide.
  • All shirts should have sleeves or straps holding it up.
  • Cover midriffs/no bellies showing.

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