Weekly Update

Week of Oct 18-22

Happy Sunny Friday!

Hello Cascade Locks families,

It is so great to be back! I was able to come back a day early and surprise the staff and students today. I want to say thank you to all the students, staff, and families for all of their hard work, flexible thinking, and problem solving, and teamwork that was shown during my absence.

I am so proud of our little school community. I appreciate all of our families and your support and understanding while we navigated quarantine and livestream sessions for some of our kiddos. It's not easy, but working together and having open communication helps to make things run smoothly. We appreciate you all.

The kids have been hard at work. There is so much evidence of learning everywhere you look in our hallway and classrooms. ExCEL has been in session and the kids have created so many projects and are enjoying all the enrichment and academic offerings that Ms. Holloway and her team have created. Please see below for next weeks ExCEL schedule!

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Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • No School October 29th. This is an inservice day for the teachers. Enjoy the time off with your family.

  • Monday November 1st is Picture Day! Start planning those snazzy outfits now. Order forms will be coming home this week and next week so keep an eye in your kiddos backpack!

Guidance For Playdates and Get-togethers

With infection rates still high in Hood River County, it’s a good idea to

minimize playdates, or to limit them to a couple of children or families with

whom you have been socializing during the pandemic. According to Harvard

Health, outdoor play dates, where you can create more physical distance, is a

better option than indoor playdates. Something like going for a bike ride, or a

hike, allows you to be together while sharing fewer germs (bringing and using

hand sanitizer is still a good idea).

Here are some tips from the CDC:

  • Wear a mask and keep your distance when in public and around people you don’t live

with who may not be fully vaccinated- this means when you have friends over!

  • If you’re sick, stay home
  • Wash hands often, for at least 20 seconds
  • Get together outside whenever possible
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue
  • Avoid touching your face or mask
  • Wipe down surfaces


  • The COVID-19 data dashboard is a weekly reporting of the number of students and staff who have told us they've tested positive for COVID-19. The dashboard also includes the number of students and staff asked to remain off campus following a COVID-19 exposure. Data, covering information received the previous Monday through Sunday, is shared each Monday afternoon when school is in session.

  • If there is a positive COVID-19 case in a student’s classroom, only families that are impacted by a required quarantine due to close contact exposure will be contacted.

  • Students who have to quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 case will be offered Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL).

  • Please note, specific names and personally identifiable information will NOT be shared in the messages related to a positive COVID-19 case

Communication for changes in dismissal routine

Please do reach out to Danielle Herndon with any changes to your child’s bus schedule

and with any changes related to EXCEL. Danielle can be reached at

Danielle.herndon@hoodriver.k12.or.us or at 541-374-8467. It is also greatly appreciated when you call in if your child will be absent.

Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe & healthy. It great to be back with my school family!


Adrienne Acosta


541-374-8467 x 3790

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