Parent Blast - September 21, 2020
Here to Support You
As we launch into week two of CDL we want to remind you that your Patterson team is here to support you! In addition to the supports shared in previous Parent Blasts (see below), we have an optional school counselor check-in survey embedded as another layer of support. If your child or family would like this support please fill out the confidential survey below.
We also want to remind our community that our food pantry remains here to support families that are in need of food. Please reach out to Mrs. Awad, our coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, Mrs. Lewis is working hard to keep our website up to date with relevant information for CDL. We encourage you to spend some time checking out the resources there.
Here to serve,
Principal, Patterson Elementary
Wonders/Maravillas Tutorial Videos
National GeoBee Club - Grades 4-6
Does your child have what it takes to be the next National Geographic GeoBee Champion?
Patterson is kicking off this year’s competition team formed of students in grades 4-6 who want to learn more about the world’s geography. Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. They also examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment, and the way that locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time.
The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual geography competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from nearly 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2021 National Geographic GeoBee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion.
The team will meet virtually before school every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-8:00 am to play games, explore maps, and prepare for the qualifications that take place at the end of January. The team’s first meeting will be on Tuesday, October 13 and the last will be on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Please complete the Google Form to sign your child up for this year’s team.
Boys and Girls Join Cub Scouts! (Community Opportunity)
Pack 566 Sign-Up Form
Boys and Girls in grades K-4 are eligible to join Cub Scouts. A pandemic is not holding back the scout spirit and fun! During Phase 1 of Covid, Scout meetings will be available to meet each family's comfort level with options for outdoor/indoor gatherings in small cohort groups with masks and social distancing as well as online zoom meetings.
Supports in CDL
Ms. Maria, our bilingual secretary, and Mrs. Gearhart, our office manager will continue to answer questions and provide information via phone and email 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: email@example.com
Mrs. Gearhart Google Voice: 971-246-7829 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Technology Support (see below):
Monday - Friday, 7:45 - 11:15 am, 12:15 - 2:15 pm
Mrs. Beckstrand (English support) will be available Mon-Fri from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Google Voice: 971-246-7233
Spanish evening support, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Email or call Ms. Maria Monday-Friday from 8:30 - 1:30 pm.
- Ms. Maria Google Voice: 971-225-0257 / Email: email@example.com
Mrs. Morgan, our school counselor, is here to support your child and family during CDL.
- Google Voice: 971-220-6391 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Technology Support Links
District Tech Site for Students:
Chromebook login (from the district tech site above, also available in Spanish):
Chromebook troubleshooting (from the district tech site above, also available in Spanish):
Bus Delivery of Meals
Bus Delivery of Meals Begins Sept. 8.
During Comprehensive Distance Learning, all meals will be delivered via bus routes. Deliveries will take place Monday through Friday on school days, starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, and will include both breakfast and lunch.
Through December 2020, meals will be available at no charge. Meals will be delivered and available on expanded bus routes or may be picked up between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. at the following sites:
- Brown Middle School, 1505 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
- Century High School, 2000 SE Century Blvd.
- Evergreen Middle School, 456 NW Evergreen Rd.
- Lincoln Street Elementary School, 801 NE Lincoln St.
- Poynter Middle School, 1535 NE Grant St.
- South Meadows Middle School, 4690 SE Davis Rd
To find out the location and time of the meal delivery for a specific student, visit the MyBus Student Route Look-up tool and enter the student’s ID number and birth date.
If you need help locating your bus stop and time, please contact our office team. More information about school meals during CDL can be found on the Nutrition Services page of our district website.
September is National Attendance Awareness Month, a time for schools and districts to promote positive attendance for PK-12 students, as well as bring awareness to absenteeism and the effects attendance can have on academic performance and success. According to the Oregon Department of Education’s Comprehensive Distance Learning guidelines, “The ability to continue to monitor attendance, as a proxy for engagement, is arguably one of the most important ways schools can help ensure equitable access to student learning and account for student well being during a pandemic across any instructional model.”
The beginning of our 2020-21 school year looks different, but absences do count. Both synchronous (live/in-person) and asynchronous (not live/in-person) learning count for daily attendance during comprehensive distance learning.
In order to provide families with clear and concise descriptions of student attendance and participation, a daily attendance reminder call will go out by 5 pm through a Hillsboro School District automated robocall. This is to share that the student has not engaged during the school day. The robocall that you may receive will state the following message, “Hello this is the Hillsboro School District letting you know that your student has not yet participated in Comprehensive Distance Learning today. If at any point your student engages in online learning this evening, they will be counted as attending for today. If they do not engage in learning, they will be counted as absent for today. Contact your student’s school for questions regarding attendance.”