Patterson Elementary

Parent Blast - October 19, 2020

Free Meals

Did you know that free meals are available for ALL children ages 1-18. Meals are available at no cost to all students through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Children to do not have to be present for pick up!

I encourage you to go on the HSD website and enter your child's student ID number in the mapping tool to find out where the bus is in relation to your family/home. If you are struggling to find a close meal stop, please don’t hesitate to reach out and call Transportation at 503-844-1123. They will help you locate a stop closest to your home.

For families living in the “walk zone”, there are meal stops available. You do not need to walk out of your neighborhood or to the schools to pick up meals.

We have meal stops in the furthest regions of our district. If you are not accessing meals because you live in the country, please call Transportation. They will make sure they are going as close to you as they possibly can.

We want to make sure all our students have enough food to eat so they can engage with their teachers and peers!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out:

Here to serve,

Jamie Lentz

Principal, Patterson Elementary

6th Grade Leaders

This week we have sixth grader Annabelle leading us in morning announcements. We are still looking for sixth graders for upcoming weeks. If you child is interested, please have them email Mrs. Lentz:

Great job Annabelle!

6th Grade Band Opportunity

Dear 6th Grade Families,

This year is a special year in education while students learn at home. Some of you are looking for ways to challenge your kids, and others are looking for a break from the screen to explore other areas of the curriculum. If your student is in 6th grader, here is your chance to jump back into learning an instrument. Seriously, is there any better time while we’re all at home? If you were in band, and didn’t finish the year or feel like you’re behind, don’t worry, Mr. Carr is an expert and will lead you from wherever you’re at. If you’re interested, it’s not too late to sign up. Fill out this form and Mr. Carr will contact you to help you on your next steps and answer your questions about band. Watch this video for more information. We want YOU in band!

Mr. Carr

HSD 6th grade band director

Mrs. Pratt

Elementary Music TOSA

321 Insight - Resource for Parents

Parents and caregivers can now access some key resource videos for free. See image below for topics.

Go To:

Click Log In

Username: hillsboro

Password: parent

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Home Language Survey

If you have a kindergarten student or are new to Patterson, it is important that you fill out this home language survey as a part of your registration and email it to our office team. We use this form to identify which students may need academic language supports and/or Spanish Literacy instruction. Once we have the form our Language Specialist, Mrs. Turner-Baxter reaches out to share more about our language programs and determine eligibility.

Superintendent Coffee Chat

Superintendent Scott will hold three Coffee Chats this month - two for a general audience and one for a Spanish-speaking audience:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. - general audience
  • Friday, Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - general audience
  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Spanish-speaking audience

The general audience Coffee Chats will be livestreamed at If you’d like to submit a question, comment, or feedback either in advance or during the event, there are two ways to do so:

  • Complete the Superintendent Coffee Chat Question Submission form; or
  • Join the HSD Coffee Chat Remind group and submit your question via the app or text.
    1. If you have a smartphone, open your web browser and go to Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app.
    2. If you don’t have a smartphone, get text notifications by texting @hsdcoffee to the number 81010 (or 404-236-6585 if you’re having trouble with 81010).
    3. If you already have a Remind account, join the HSD Coffee Chat “class” @hsdcoffee.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Chief Communications Officer Beth Graser at

If you would like to participate in the Spanish-language chat, please join the Google Meet: or dial +1 470-655-0305 PIN: 462 795 800#.

Fall Conferences

Our fall conference schedule will be sent out via this parent blast next Monday. We will once again be using an online sign-up platform to schedule conferences.

Return to School Planning

The Hillsboro School District continues to plan and prepare for the return of students to the classroom in anticipation of eventually meeting required health metrics. Last week, the District’s Blueprint Planning teams reconvened to start talking about what will be needed for that to occur - everything from instruction to facilities to safety protocols, and more.

All students will remain in the Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) model through at least the end of Quarter 1 on Nov. 5, 2020. But what happens after that? According to current guidance, students in grades PreK through 3 cannot return to in-person learning until the following metrics have been met:

  • Washington County case rate of less than 30 per 100,000 of population in the preceding seven days for three weeks in a row

  • Washington County test positivity rate of 5% or less in the preceding seven days for three weeks in a row

  • COVID-19 is not actively spreading in the community

  • District is complying with sections 1-3 of Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance

To add back students in grades 4-12 to in-person learning, the threshold is higher:

  • Washington County case rate of less than 10 per 100,000 of population in the preceding seven days for three weeks in a row

  • Washington County test positivity rate of 5% or less in the preceding seven days for three weeks in a row

  • State test positivity rate of 5% or less in the preceding seven days for three weeks in a row

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Governor announced she would be revisiting the health metrics required for a return to in-person learning, but as of Oct. 9 new guidance had not yet been released.

It will likely require approximately five weeks to transition from CDL to in-person learning for students in grades PreK through 3 - three weeks to meet the required health metrics and up to two weeks of transition time. Other factors will certainly be considered in the decision and ultimate timeline, but this should provide families with a sense of how far out we may be looking. All students will likely be continuing in the CDL model for the beginning of Quarter 2, which starts on Nov. 9.

We will update you on our planning efforts as well as the health metrics each week from here forward. To see the full health metrics report, go to this dashboard and select Washington County from the drop-down menu.

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Campuses Still Closed

Recently we have received a few questions about the signage on our playground. Currently our campuses are still closed to the public. New district signs have been placed to replace previous ones.

Immunization Rates

Click here to view Patterson 2020-2021 immunization rates.

Food Pantry

Our food pantry continues to be available to serve our families in need. Please reach out to Mrs. Awad if you need assistance:
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Supports in CDL

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 3:00.

  • Office Phone: 503-844-1380
  • Attendance Line: 503-844-1385
  • Fax Number: 503-844-1025

Ms. Maria Google Voice: 971-225-0257 / Email:

Mrs. Gearhart Google Voice: 971-246-7829 / Email:

Technology Support (see below):

Monday - Friday, 7:45 - 11:15 am, 12:15 - 2:15 pm

Spanish Support:

Email or call Ms. Maria Monday-Friday from 8:30 - 1:30 pm.

Counseling Support:

Mrs. Morgan, our school counselor, is here to support your child and family during CDL.