Falcon News

Forest Hills Elementary

January 16, 2021

Upcoming Dates


Monday 18 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day / No School

Tuesday 19 | Bus Registration Closes*

Wednesday 20 | Multi-synchronous review and connection

  • 8:00 to 9:05 | AM structured review and connection
  • 12:45 to 1:50 | PM structured review and connection

Wednesday 20 | 2021-22 Grades 1-12 Registration Opens*

Friday 22 @ 8:00 to 10:15 AM | AM Cohort Early Release*

Friday 22 @ 1:15 to 3:30 PM | PM Cohort Late Start*

Friday 22 @ 10:45 to 12:00 | FH Library Curbside Pickup*

  • NEW end time just for 1/22

Friday 29 | Grade Prep Day / No School


Wednesday 10 @ 5:00 to 9:00 PM | Polar Plunge Fundraiser at Chipotle*

Monday 15 | Presidents Day / No School

Wednesday 24 | 2021-22 Kindergarten Registration Opens*

  • Revised date. Old date was Jan 20.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Always celebrated on the third Monday in January, this federal holiday honors Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and commitment to equality and unity. The Day of Service encourages citizens to follow King's words: "Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve." Volunteers of all ages work on projects in their communities to honor King’s dedication to community service.

Schools are closed Monday, January 18 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Schedule Change for Friday, January 22

On Friday, January 22, Forest Hills Elementary has a special schedule to make time for essential meetings with Superintendent Dr. Lora de la Cruz. and our teachers and staff to discuss and answer questions about safety, health and instructional protocols. The hope is to build understanding and ease concerns as we prepare to transition to in-person learning. The AM Cohort will release 30 minutes early. The PM Cohort will start 30 minutes late.

AM Cohort | 8:00 to 10:15 AM (30 minute early release)

PM Cohort | 1:15 to 3:30 PM (30 minute late start)

Planning for Our Return

The Forest Hills team is in the midst of planning for the February return to in-person instruction. In preparation for this return, please see below for important information about Hybrid In-Person.

Overview and Schedule

  • Students will return gradually to in-person instruction. See dates below for reopening timeline.
  • Students will attend in-person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday, students will stay home and attend virtually.
  • The school schedule will remain the same: AM Cohort will attend in-person from 8:00 to 10:45 AM. PM cohort will attend in-person from 12:45 to 3:30.
  • Multi-synchronous Wednesday schedule will stay the same. AM Cohort will attend virtually from 8:00 - 9:05. PM Cohort will attend virtually from 12:45 to 1:50.
  • Specials (Innovation, Music, and PE) will remain the same. Students will continue to attend virtually on the same schedule.
  • Asynchronous instruction will remain the same. This includes Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies, Science, and Health.

Routines and Procedures

  • Students will use multiple entrances to enter and exit the building. These will be designated to maximize physical distancing.
  • Student desks will be placed 6 feet apart
  • Student are allowed to bring water bottles.
  • There will be no snack or other food service.
  • Cohorts will be assigned a designated bathroom and there will be routines to maximize physical distancing.
  • There will be no recess, although students will have physically distanced movement breaks.
  • Students and staff are required to wear face masks throughout the day, including while riding the bus and during arrival and dismissal.
  • Families are asked to follow travel guidelines for quarantining.
  • Classrooms, desks, and all items left out will be sanitized using an electrostatic disinfectant between cohorts and after school.

Reopening Timeline

Starting in February, LOSD will begin our gradual transition to in-person instruction, starting with our elementary schools. We are planning for February to give teachers, families and staff time to prepare, as well as public health time to ramp up to support in-person schools.

We anticipate returning with the timeline below. Note that just prior to returning, students will have a no school day and an asynchronous day.

Kindergarten | Returns to in-person on February 4

  • No school on 2/1
  • Asynchronous day on 2/2

1st Grade | Returns to in-person on February 11

  • No school on 2/8
  • Asynchronous day on 2/9

2nd Grade | Returns to in-person on February 16

  • No school on 2/11
  • Asynchronous day on 2/12

3rd Grade | Returns to in-person on February 19

  • No school on 2/16
  • Asynchronous day on 2/18

4th Grade | Returns to in-person on February 23

  • No school on 2/19
  • Asynchronous day on 2/22

5th Grade | Returns to in-person on February 25

  • No school on 2/22
  • Asynchronous day on 2/23

Multi-synchronous Wednesdays will continue. Students will attend virtually, from home on Wednesday.

Register for the School Bus TODAY!

We're re-opening bus registration for the next week. We are encouraging families to walk, bike or carpool, when possible. If you think your LOSD student will need to take the bus to or from school at any time during the 2020-2021 school year, please register them now.

Click here to register for bus transportation for 2020-21 school year.

Registration closes on Tuesday, January 19. Please register as soon as possible if you plan on riding the bus.

Grab & Go Meals

Grab & Go Meals can be picked up on Tuesday, January 19 instead of the typically Monday pickup. On Thursday, the regular Grab & Go Meals schedule will resume. More information about meal pickups can be found under the Regular Announcements section at the end of this newsletter.

YouthTruth Survey

As part of our district diversity, equity, and inclusion work, we are excited to offer the opportunity for you to give us feedback on your school experience through the YouthTruth survey. Giving parents, staff, and students the opportunity to reflect on their school experience is vital to understanding where we are and where we want to go.

The YouthTruth School Experience Survey is scheduled to be administered to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade elementary students between Monday, February 1 and Friday, February 19, 2020 during the school day. The survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete. Please note that parents may opt their child out of the survey if they would like - click here for more information.

Families will receive an invitation to participate in the survey on February 1. Please look for this invitation to access the 15-minute survey from the District website. The YouthTruth survey is confidential. You and your 3rd, 4th and 5th grade child(ren) responses will be held in the strictest confidence.

We encourage everyone to participate. This will be an important piece of information for administrators to use in order to address school experience issues.


It is time for our Winter i-Ready diagnostic assessment. Students will be testing in the areas of math and reading. i-Ready is a program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform and tailor instruction to accelerate growth.

At Forest Hills, our window for iReady testing is February 1-19. Teachers will send specific testing dates and times one week prior to assessments. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning. We appreciate your support and encouragement for your student to ensure that we gather accurate information about what they already know and what we can help them learn.

Forest Hills Polar Plunge Team Fundraiser

Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 8 Centerpointe Dr Ste B in Lake Oswego for our fundraiser on Wednesday, February 10 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. We're raising money to support Forest Hills Elementary, so just download a flyer from the link or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they'll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!

The Forest Hills Polar Plunge team, the Freezing Falcons and Friends, is up and running. Ms. Hanse, our Learning Specialist, is the team leader. You can find more information on the team page or by emailing Ms. Hansen: hansenk1@loswego.k12.or.us

Freezing Falcons Team Page

Scripps Spelling Bee, Grades 4-5

Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow Forest Hills to host an online School Spelling Bee for interested fourth and fifth-grade students in January. If your 4th or 5th grader would like to participate in the Zoom Forest Hills Spelling Bee, please make sure they have filled out and submitted this enrollment form by Monday, January 11, 2021. 4th and 5th Grader Enrollment in FH Spelling Bee

Our school champion will then move on to represent Forest Hills in the Regional Spelling Bee which also will also include online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events. Here is a list of 450 words from Scripps to practice if you are interested in competing or just for fun! Once you have carefully studied all Scripps 450 Words, you can go on to study The Scripps Word List of Champions.

If you have questions, please contact our TAG coordinator, Jane Lierman at liermanj@loswego.k12.or.us

New Elementary Standards-Based Report Cards

This year, the Lake Oswego School District shifts to a standards-based report card for students in elementary schools. This new report card measures a child’s progress toward proficiency or mastery of the priority standards in Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking, and Math.

This approach provides the means for communicating a child’s learning in more specific terms. Standards-based reporting articulates clear end-of-year grade-level standards for each subject. Using the scale below, teachers will communicate where a child resides on a learning continuum by indicating the student’s progress toward mastery of each identified grade-level standard.

The standards-based reporting scale:

4 = The student is highly proficient and works consistently at an in-depth and complex level within or beyond the end of year standard*

3 = The student is proficient and meets the grade-level expectation of the standard
2 = The student is nearly proficient and nearly meets the end of year standard
1 = The student is developing and demonstrates limited proficiency on the end of year standard

Important notes about the scale:

  • Reporting is based on the end-of-year grade-level expectation. Therefore, proficiency would not be expected in the middle of the school year.
  • A “2” represents the expected target for the majority of the school year as this indicates the child is progressing with the standard as expected. A “3” will be given when the student completely meets the grade-level standard.
  • Details of what is expected at mastery level can be found on the report card or on the list of assessed grade-level standards.
  • A “1” may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher so parents will better understand their child’s learning journey.

*It is rare that a child will receive a “4” especially at the end of the first semester. A “4” score may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher to discuss ways he/she is meeting the child’s unique learning needs.

Behavior Learning Targets are approached differently than end-of-year standards. For more information about your child’s progress, contact the classroom teacher.

Wednesday Workshops Survey

LOSD is exploring the possibility of offering enrichment classes on Wednesdays to create more connection experiences for our LOSD elementary students only and offered free of charge.

The goal of Wednesday Workshops is for each elementary student to take one, 60-minute enrichment class virtually that will run 4 to 6 weeks, from approximately February 10 to March 17, 2021. Classes will be scheduled from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. and can accommodate both the AM and PM cohort schedules. Experience will determine if the program extends for a second session in the spring.

Wednesday Workshops will be offered through LOSD Community Schools, partnering with approved third-party instructors in art, science and engineering, as well as possibly world language.

Before the Wednesday Workshop is finalized, we are asking parents and guardians of elementary students to tell us your interest in participating in the program and letting us know what kinds of enrichment opportunities are most appealing to your family.

Please click here to complete an interest form. Thank in advance for your input.

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Registration for the 2021-22 school year will begin soon.

  • January 20, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into grades 1–12 who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and returning students enrolling into grades 1–12 who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year.
  • February 24, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Students who are currently attending LOSD during the 2020-21 school year do not need to register for the 2021-22 school year.

LOSD is pleased to offer online registration through its parent portal, ParentVUE (contact your resident school for help with logging in). See the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website for guidance.

Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Registration & Lottery

Spanish Immersion Program - Kindergarten Applications- Important dates for the 2021-2022 school year*

Application available on the District website: February 24, 2021
Application Deadline: March 12, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
Lottery Date: March 17, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
Lottery Notification: March 19, 2021

*Should the district receive more applications than spaces available, a lottery will be held. Those wishing to participate in the lottery must submit their application to the District Administration Office no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.

*Younger siblings of students currently in kindergarten through 4th grade of the Spanish Immersion program have priority for enrollment only at the kindergarten level. Sibling priority does not apply to current siblings on the waitlist. If you currently have a child enrolled in the District’s kindergarten through 4th grade Spanish immersion program, you will have the first choice for enrollment in the kindergarten program. You will not be entered into the lottery, but you must submit an application to the program prior to the March 12, 2021 (3:30 p.m.) lottery deadline to be assured a slot. Slots not filled from sibling applications will be available in the general lottery.

Visit the LOSD Spanish Immersion Website for more details.

Introducing LOSD CARES: Connection and Resilience in Education Series

These are challenging times and almost everything about our daily lives looks different. LOSD strives to support our community and mental health continues to be a top family concern. In partnership with the LOSD Wellness Team (school counselors, social workers and district psychologist) and community mental health partners, LOSD is developing a workshop series for parents and guardians to support, inform, and empower families on issues surrounding mental health.

Workshops will be held virtually via Zoom and will include focused discussions and question and answer opportunities. Please mark your calendar for the first workshop Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, 5-6 p.m.: Resilience Panel” with Shannon O’Dell, PsyD & Pediatric Associates of the Northwest.

In the meantime, please complete this family interest survey: LOSD CARES Survey . Your input will help shape future workshops.

Resource of the week: A video about the importance of resilience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm6Bf7JwK4g&feature=youtu.be

Please contact your school counselor or social worker with any questions.

Regular Announcements

Asynchronous Rotation Schedule

This Week's Asynchronous Rotation Schedule

Week of January 15

  • Kindergarten / 1st Grade - Social Studies
  • 2nd Grade / 3rd Grade - Health
  • 4th Grade / 5th Grade - Science

1 asynchronous lesson posted per day, posted at 8 AM in Google Classroom

Yearlong Subject Rotation Schedule

Google Classroom Codes

Forest Hills Library Curbside Pick Up

The Forest Hills Library is now open for curbside pick up. Fill out the Library Book Request Form to tell us what kinds of books you like. Ms. Loiacano will choose 2-3 books for you! OR Place a hold for a specific book in the Destiny Discover library catalog. Holds must be placed by Thursday.

Curbside pickups will be on Fridays between 10:45 AM and 12:45 PM. Books are checked out for two weeks. Books can be returned at this time as well.

More Information about the Forest Hills Library and curbside pick up can be found on the Forest Hills Library website.

Forest Hills Library Curbside Pick Up

More information about the Forest Hills library and curbside pick up can be found here.

Grade Level Lunch Bunches

Ms. Drimmel, our Counselor, will be providing open grade level lunch bunches. Please find the schedule below and let your students know they can log on to see friends, engage in SEL themed activities or just check in to say hello :) Students can find the link to my zoom room on my clever page, in my google classroom or here : Mrs. Drimmel's Zoom Room

Mondays @ 11:00 - 11:30 | Kindergarten Lunch Bunch

Mondays @ 11:45 - 12:15 | 1st Grade Lunch Bunch

Tuesdays @ 11:00 - 11:30 | 2nd Grade Lunch Bunch

Tuesdays @ 11:45 - 12:15 | 3rd Grade Lunch Bunch

Thursdays @ 11:00 - 11:30 | 4th Grade Lunch Bunch

Thursdays @ 11:45 - 12:15 | 5th Grade Lunch Bunch

iLab Office Hours

Every Monday from 11:00 to 11:30, Ms. Jordan has iLab office hours. Anyone can join her Zoom room during that time to ask questions or get help with iLab. Ms. Jordan's Zoom link can be found in Clever.

Zoom issues? Call the Front Office

Just a reminder that you are always welcome to call the front office if you need help with Zoom. Call 503-534-2350 to speak with Nicole or Wende if there are any issues getting onto a Zoom meeting.

Reporting Student Absences

If your child will not be attending school for any reason, please call the school’s attendance phone number, or email the attendance email address. If your child is ill, please indicate the illness symptoms.

Forest Hills
503-534-2350 (main office number)

Mystery Science

If you are unable to purchase or have limited access, we have a limited amount of science supplies that are available to you from the Lake Oswego School District. This is based on need, not convenience: Science Materials Request Form

The bags will contain all of the materials needed for the lab work in the Mystery Science unit. Please select the school and grade level for your student. Supply bags can be picked up at your school. Office staff will help you to get your lab supplies. No names or email addresses will be collected in this request form.

Grab & Go Meal Pick Up

Due to new flexibility from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), LOSD is able to provide free packaged breakfasts and lunches for all children who wish to participate in the Grab & Go meal service.

Free meals have been extended from December 2020 through June 2021 to all children ages 1 to 18, even if they are not enrolled in LOSD. One meal kit per child. Face covering required at pick up.

Meal pickups are every Monday (three days of meals) and Thursday (four days of meals) at the following schools:

  • Lake Grove, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • River Grove, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Lake Oswego High School, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Lakeridge High School, 11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

While it is not currently essential to complete either the USDA or Oregon Expanded Income application, we encourage families that might be eligible to do so at your earliest opportunity. You can fill out the application online. Go to: https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp

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