Oak Hills Newsletter

April 16, 2021

Assistant Principal's Message

Dear Oak Hills Families,

I hope this letter finds you enjoying some time outside in the beautiful sunshine! As a reminder, Friday, April 16th will be a grading day for teachers. Schools will be closed for students and we will look forward to connecting with your child in person or via Zoom on Monday, April 19th.

Our students have been hard at work in their classrooms, on Zoom, and via Seesaw. Last week, we featured some photos from our kindergarten classrooms. This week, we will move on to our first grade and ALC classrooms! ...Yes, Barry Manilow even made an appearance in Mrs. Therrien's classroom! Thank you to Mrs. Selby, Mrs. Guerra, Ms. Brock, Ms. Palmer, Mrs. Seitz, and Mrs. Therrien for welcoming our Oak Hills community into your learning spaces!

Mrs. Baumgardner and I would like to extend an invitation to our PTO meeting next week on Wednesday, April 21st at 7pm. This will be your first opportunity to meet our incoming Principal, Mrs. Thao Do-Gwilliam. We hope that you will be able to connect with us via Zoom and look forward to welcoming Mrs. Do to the Oak Hills Elementary School community!

If you know of family moving into the neighborhood with children who would attend Oak Hills Elementary School for the 2021-2022 academic year, please encourage them to register online or connect with Mrs. Hosack in our school office. Our office is open from 7:30am to 4:00pm daily. We look forward to welcoming in the newest members of our Oak Hills School community!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

Erika Hansen

Assistant Principal

Tentative Calendar Dates for 2020-2021 School Year


4/16 Grading Day- No School

4/21 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

4/21 PTO Meeting (7pm) Mrs. Do, our new Principal joins!!

4/28 Staff Development Day- No School


5/5 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

5/7 Assembly Day

5/10 Week Erin's Law (K-2nd) & Human Sexuality ( 3rd-5th)

5/12 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

5/17 Week Erin's Law (3rd-5th) and Human Sexuality (K-2nd)

5/19 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

5/19 PTO Meeting (7pm)

5/20 K Orientation (6pm)

5/26 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

5/31 Memorial Day- No School


6/2 Regular Wednesday

6/2 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

6/9 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

6/9 PTO Mtg (7pm)

6/18 Last Day of School

6/18 Assembly Day

6/18 Oak Hills Car Parade (2:30- 3:30pm)

Message to Families from Superintendent Grotting: Academic Year 2021-2022

Dear BSD Community,

A week ago today, we welcomed our youngest learners into our schools — some for the very first time. On Thursday, we continued to see students in grades 3 through 5 happily walk through our doors. Both our students and staff did an excellent job of adhering to our safety protocols while still focusing on the main objective — reconnecting and teaching kids. It was a week of smiles, laughter and pure joy. And we can’t wait to welcome the remainder of our students in middle, high and option schools back next week.

While most of our attention has been focused on successfully implementing In-Person Hybrid Instruction, we are looking ahead to the 2021-2022 school year. Many of you have asked what direction the district will take. As I have indicated previously, we try to do as much planning as possible, but ultimately, we have to react to changing COVID-19 case counts and changing Ready School Safe Learners guidance from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

That being said and with the expanding distribution of vaccines, it is the intention of the Beaverton School District to welcome back all children at all grade levels for a full day of in-person instruction in the fall. Those families who do not wish to send their students back for in-person instruction should apply to our permanent distance learning option, FLEX Online School.

I want to acknowledge what a trying 13 months it has been. There’s been much discussion — and yes, sometimes disagreement — about the best course of action; this has truly been uncharted terrority. But one thing that I have never doubted is the passionate commitment of the staff and parents in the Beaverton School District. We all want what’s best for our children. We all care deeply about their social and emotional health, in addition to their academic process. And together, we are all part of the work moving forward.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your steadfast support of your students and the Beaverton School District.


Don Grotting


Emergency Drills

Tuesday morning, students and staff from Oak Hills successfully completed our first fire drill of the school year with students on campus! Our procedures have been modified during hybrid in order to meet the social distancing requirements in place. Students and staff exited the building quickly and safely.

We are required to hold monthly emergency drills in order to practice the ways we handle unexpected emergency situations. We have another fire drill planned for the month of May. Great job to our students for being flexible, adapting to new ways of keeping safe here at school!

Lockout Tuesday, April 13th

Oak Hills Elementary School was one of three schools placed into lockout by the Washington County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, April 13th at 11:00am as a safety precaution due to police activity in the area.

Students attending Club K immediately returned to the cafeteria from the playground and all external doors to the building were locked. The lockout was lifted at 11:54am by Washington County Sheriff's Office and our Beaverton School District Public Safety Officer.

Our schools routinely conduct emergency drills to prepare for unexpected emergency situations. While our hybrid students had already dismissed for the day, we want to share our appreciation to our Oak Hills staff and the staff of Club K for following district emergency procedures and jumping into action when necessary in order to ensure the safety of all!

Volunteers Needed for Elementary Meal Preparation

There is a need for parent/community volunteers to help with meal prep at all elementary schools. The volunteer shifts would be 1 – 2 hours in the morning to help with bagging up fruit, vegetables, or frozen entrees. Proposed hours are 8 – 10 am for early start schools or 9 – 11 am for regular start schools. Volunteers can be used every day of the week including Wednesdays. Elementary schools will coordinate for volunteers and front office staff can access a list of cleared volunteers through the district's volunteer management software Better Impact. Questions regarding Better Impact can be directed to Johanna Strout.
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Virtual Trivia Night - Benefits Oak Hills 5th Grade Celebration

Movie Night Buckets are Back! Support our school and pick one for only $15

The Movie Night Buckets will include 4 candy bars, 1 microwavable popcorn, a reusable popcorn container, and a $10 brew bucks voucher to Golden Valley Brewery. Order one for your family or for an Oak Hills Staff member. Advance purchases can be made here<https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XaLxrWhxTcPJzxg7d2z5YueAJVUS5YbwkVQsZzf4yuA/edit#gid=1975731388>

The buckets will also be available during Wednesday supply pick up on April 21st from 9:00am to 1:30pm. Please have exact change or a check.

Thank you!

No Dogs on School Property

Please refrain from bringing your dog onto school property during arrival or dismissal. We have students who have allergies and/or are afraid of dogs.

Below is the district guideline on this:

All Other Animals on District Property

The District recognizes that under proper conditions animals can be an effective teaching aid. At the same time, the presence of animals can result in problems with allergies, indoor air quality, noise, sanitation and hygiene. Therefore, domesticated animals are not allowed on District property and will not be brought on District grounds, into schools or transported on District buses. This includes but is not limited to horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and other encaged, aquatic, or farm animals.


Beaverton School District Outdoor Space (Playground) Restrictions

Please know that during our in-person Hybrid Instruction time, our outdoor school facilities — playgrounds, fields, tracks and paths — will be closed to the general public for the safety of our students and staff. For schools with daycare programs, their outdoor facilities will be closed to the general public until at least 6 pm every school day. This would mean that since Oak Hills has Club K, our playground will be closed until 6pm.

Turf fields and stadiums remain closed for any community use. Tennis courts are open for use by THPRD and in accordance with existing agreements.

After school and day care hours, families are welcome to use playgrounds, fields, tracks, and paths after in-person instruction and do so at their own risk. Please be mindful and respectful to staff that continue to work in the buildings after in-person instruction.

Please note that playground equipment will not be sanitized by school staff. Playground visitors are recommended to take precautions for health and safety.

  • Follow state guidelines on outdoor recreation activities and face coverings.
  • Wash hands before and after visiting the playground.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from people outside your immediate household.
  • Bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes for use on surfaces you touch.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath.

Library News

Bad Kitty Author Nick Bruel Visit

On Friday, April 23rd we will welcome Bad Kitty Author Nick Bruel! He will present to the whole school at 11:00am. Zoom information will be sent to teachers to post for students to join.

Would you like to receive autographed bookplates with the purchase of his books?

Mr. Bruel supports local bookstores with the sale of his books. If you are interested in buying his books, Jan’s Bookstore in Beaverton will be helping us with the purchasing of his books at discounted prices. Here is a document to complete to place your order. Bookplates will be sent home at a later date.

OBOB Hall of Fame

If you are reading all 16 OBOB books and would like to be entered into the OBOB Hall Of Fame and win a free book prize and be recognized in the Newscast, please complete the OBOB Hall of Fame Questionnaires by April 28th.

Storytime with Ms. Larsen

No Storytime on April 16th and April 23rd (Nick Bruel Author Visit instead!)

Please join us again on April 30th for Storytime!

Library Webpage

Check out the new library webpage for

  • Helpful Library Links for students and parents

  • How to Request Books

  • Book Bus Information

  • OBOB Information

  • Ordering Books from Scholastic for your home collection

  • New Books

  • And more!

Pandemic EBT Funds

  • Nutrition Services continues to offer free MEALS to all BSD children aged 1-18 with no Meal Benefits application required. This will continue until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • New Information: The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)program, through DHS, will offer MONEY to families who qualify for Meal Benefits. The money is being offered to help families purchase groceries during the pandemic.
  • Families who meet the criteria in this list for the 2020-2021 school year will receive P-EBT funds. No application or further action is needed by families who:
    Have students only at CEP schools (families who have students at CEP and non-CEP schools need to apply for the non-CEP students to receive funds)
    Have children who qualify for SNAP or TANF benefits
    Have children with Homeless, Foster, Migrant, or Runaway status
    Have applied and been approved for Meal Benefits at any time during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Families who do not meet any of the above criteria need to apply right away for Meal Benefits if they wish to be considered for P-EBT funds. Online applications are strongly encouraged, using www.schoolcafe.com. The SchoolCafe website supports English and Spanish applicants.
  • Paper Meal Benefits applications, in both English and Spanish, are available at all meal pickup sites and all school offices.
  • For more information, follow this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services.
  • If you have questions, please call Meal Benefits at 503-356-3957 or email to NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.
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Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair

The Special Education Department and Special Education Parent Advisory Council are hosting our Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair on April 27th from 6:00-8:00pm via zoom.

Parents will have a chance to listen to presentations from different non-profit organizations, businesses and more that serve children with disabilities and their families! Parents will also have a chance to ask questions of presenters after their formal presentations.

The fair will include presentations from:

  • International Dyslexia Association- Oregon Branch
  • Camp Yakety Yak
  • Family to Family Resource Center through OHSU
  • Paladio Planning-Financial trusts and planning for students
  • Specialty Athletics
  • Swindell’s Resource Center, and more!
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Technical Issues?

You may reach out to Mrs. Vallee directly via email at Anna_Vallee@beaverton.k12.or.us If she is unable to resolve the issue, support will be requested from the Beaverton School District HelpDesk.
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Family Toolkit

Visit the BSD Family Toolkit at: https://oakhills.beaverton.k12.or.us/ **Connect--Family Toolkit

Kindergarten-specific Information: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/early-learning/kindergarten

Community Resource Page

Click here for food, internet, transportation and utilities resources

How to Open and Translate Our Oak Hills Newsletter

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