Patterson Elementary

Parent Blast - January 18, 2022

End of Semester 1

We have just a few weeks left in this first semester and there is much to celebrate! Our staff is currently conducting mid-year assessments in-person and we are finally (after a long period online and then in hybrid) able to collect some solid data from our students. Our team will be working hard to plan and adjust heading into the second semester so we can accelerate our students' learning.

Last Friday, our HSD Communications Department sent out another set of updated guidelines for COVID responses and we are excited to share that this is allowing even more students to return to school sooner. There are many different scenarios in this update, and we truly appreciate your grace and patience as we work through each case. We also want to give a huge THANK YOU for answering our calls! This helps us expedite the process, test more students to stay at school and quickly stop the spread at school. As a reminder, you can email me anytime, any day, to notify us of a positive case, symptoms or close contact.

Thank you to all of you who have fundraised and to our Booster Club for these new items:

  • Air purifiers for classrooms
  • $10,000 to update and purchase new books for our library, focused on representation of our students and their interests

We are SO grateful for the support of our community!!

Here to serve,

Jamie Lentz

Principal, Patterson Elementary

Important Dates

  • January 28 - No School, Teacher Grade Day (Report Cards)
  • January 31 - No School, Teacher Work Day
  • February 1 - First day of the second semester
  • February 6 - Report cards coming home
  • February 18 - Panda Express Family Restaurant Night (purchase all day!)

Booster Club News

Auction Help Needed!

We are excited to announce that we will be having an offsite auction this school year! We will still be having our carnival but will be pushing it to the end of the school year so we can have it outside.

We could use your help. If you’re interested in helping with our offsite auction or would like more information on what that would entail please email us at


REVIEW: Smarter Balanced Assessment (State Testing)

This year we will resume annual state testing. Some assessments have been reduced in questions and length from previous "typical" years.

3rd - 6th graders will take the SBA Math and SBA Literacy assessments in May. 5th graders will also take the OAKS Science test in May.

Kindergarten - 6th grade students that are English Language Learners (ELs) and have not previously passed the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) will also take the ELPA in March.

We encourage all students to participate in these assessments. While no single test can give a complete picture of your child’s progress, statewide tests provide educators and administrators with information about what educational approaches are working and

where additional resources are needed. Your child’s participation is important to ensure schools and districts receive the targeted resources they need to help all students succeed. If you do not want your child to participate, please read and fill out the attached form and send to Mrs. Lentz -

REVIEW: Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

As part of our health education program, our district provides age appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) for all students, K-12. All instruction is based on Oregon Law and the Oregon Health Education Standards and Performance Indicators adopted by the Oregon State Board of Education in December of 2016.

Three key laws guide our sexuality education efforts:

  • Human Sexuality Education (2009),

  • Healthy Teen Relationships (2013), and

  • Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education (2015)

In communication with superintendents and principals, the Director of the Oregon Department of Education, Colt Gill, explained that “These laws provide for consistent instruction, are based on the most current evidence and best practices, and equip students with the knowledge and skills to realize their health, well-being, and educational goals. Sexuality education supports young people with skills to delay sexual initiation, prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), promote their own health, and reduce sexual violence, harassment, and bullying.” In the Hillsboro School District, we are committed to the delivery of this content by skilled, caring, and dedicated staff, in safe, inclusive environments.

HSD’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education Plan includes the right of parents/guardians to be notified of upcoming sexual health lessons, to review instructional materials, and to propose alternative learning activities for their student(s) if they choose to.

Our CSE lessons will begin mid-March at Patterson. We are currently finalizing dates and times for each class and will send them out by the end of January.

As a parent/guardian, we encourage you to learn more about our K-12 Comprehensive Sexuality Plan and teaching materials. To make this as easy as possible, we have posted documents on our Comprehensive Sexuality Education Plan website that outline the standards, curricula, and instructional materials used at each grade-level. (Note: If/when materials cannot be posted online due to copyright restrictions, you may call the school and make an appointment to view them in person.) Remember, parents/guardians have the right to utilize our opt-out process if they wish to have their student(s) participate in alternate activities during sexual health instruction (Opt-Out Form).

If you have any questions/concerns about the health curriculum, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Additional Information

HSD’s Health Education Overview

ODE’s Health Education Website

ODE’s Sexuality Education: Frequently Asked Questions

HSD’s Resources for Families

Welcome Mrs. James!

As you know we will be adding another fourth grade teacher at the end of the semester. We are excited to share that Melissa James, our current student success coach, has accepted the position. Mrs. James will be starting in this role on January 24th and begin with her class on the first day of the second semester, February 1st. Please join me in welcoming her in this new role. Our student success coach position is currently posted and we will be working to fill this as quickly as possible. Please help us spread the word!

Food Pantry

At Patterson we have a small food pantry designed to help our families throughout the school year. If you would like to donate and/or are in need of some items, please reach out to our food pantry coordinator: Adriana Awad,

Attendance Line

Thank you to our families for calling students in sick on our attendance line and sharing symptoms. This has helped us to communicate with families regarding timelines for return and kept our building safe and healthy. If you have not done so already, we encourage you to save our attendance line number in your phone: 503.844.1385