Falco Newsletter Dec. 13th - 17th

2021-22 Newsletter for Five Oaks Middle School

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Falcon Families,

It was a great week last week! We are happy that Friday was uneventful! I want to say thank you to everyone who helped out with speaking to your students about social media and the importance of being discerning about information they share and who they follow on social media. The threat of a “riot” turned into threats of a more severe nature as misinformation was spread like an old school game of telephone. I also appreciate your patience as we sort through the reported information and get to the bottom of everything. Five Oaks is safe and our staff are vigilant.

As we head into Winter Break, I am so excited for the spirit week our students have planned! Our 8th grade leadership students have worked hard to create an inclusive, fun week for their peers! Make sure to check parentsquare for fun pictures of our dress up days.

Our character trait for the month is gratitude. I am truly thankful for this community of educators, learners, and all the people that help our students be successful. We are so lucky to get to do what we do every day! I hope all of you have a restful break and a time of celebration, in whatever way your family celebrates, with those that are special to you. After our fun spirit week we will see you all in the New Year!

Familias de Falcon, ¡

Fue una gran semana la semana pasada! ¡Estamos felices de que el viernes transcurriera sin incidentes! Quiero agradecerles a todos los que ayudaron a hablar con sus estudiantes sobre las redes sociales y la importancia de discernir la información que comparten y a quienes siguen en las redes sociales. La amenaza de un “motín” se convirtió en amenazas de naturaleza más severa a medida que se difundía información errónea como un juego telefónico de la vieja escuela. También agradezco su paciencia mientras revisamos la información reportada y llegamos al fondo de todo. Five Oaks es seguro y nuestro personal está atento.

Mientras nos dirigimos a las vacaciones de invierno, ¡estoy muy emocionado por la semana espiritual que nuestros estudiantes han planeado! ¡Nuestros estudiantes de liderazgo de octavo grado han trabajado duro para crear una semana inclusiva y divertida para sus compañeros! Asegúrate de visitar la plaza de los padres para ver fotos divertidas de nuestros días de disfraces.

Nuestro rasgo de carácter para el mes es la gratitud. Estoy realmente agradecido por esta comunidad de educadores, estudiantes y todas las personas que ayudan a nuestros estudiantes a tener éxito. ¡Somos muy afortunados de poder hacer lo que hacemos todos los días! Espero que todos tengan un descanso reparador y un momento de celebración, de cualquier manera que celebre su familia, con aquellos que son especiales para ustedes. ¡Después de nuestra semana de espíritu divertido, los veremos a todos en el Año Nuevo!

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7 - Sealants

16 - PTO Meeting @ 7:00pm

20-31 Winter Break-No School


7 - deSelladores

16 - Reunión del PTO a las 7:00 pm

20-31 Vacaciones de invierno-No hay clases


1-2 Winter Break

3 First day back after break

17 MLK day - no school


1-2 deVacaciones de invierno

3 Primer día de regreso después de las vacaciones

17 Día de MLK - no hay clases


4 Grading Day - no school

9 8th Grade Forecasting

16-17 Conferences

21 Presidents Day - No /School

22 Staff Development Day - no school


4 deDía de calificaciones: no hay clases

9 Pronóstico del octavo grado

16-17 Conferencias

21 Día de los presidentes: no hay clases

22 Día de desarrollo del personal: no hay clases

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Words From FIve Oaks Library

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DECEMBER 6-10, 2021!

Winter Reading at Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries

Join us for an all-ages Winter Reading challenge December 13-January 16 and help us Read for a Better World. Every hour you read donates 10¢ to the Oregon Food Bank, up to $1,000. Read a little and help us give A LOT!

Participate one of THREE ways:

  • Download the Beanstack app and track your reading on your phone or tablet.

  • Track your reading on a paper log from the library. Play BINGO and connect the dots as you read! Return forms to either library by January 16.

  • Log online using Beanstack at Library.CedarMill.org/read-now

Our winter book fair went so well! Thank you for supporting your student’s reading and supporting fundraising efforts to buy more books for our school library. If you want even more books, shop the website at www.scholastic.com/bf/foms until December 19th.

Did you miss this year’s selection? Be on the lookout for our next Scholastic Book Fair in March!

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30-Day Notice and Opt-Out Information for the Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS)

In 2010, Oregon adopted enhanced K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. The state tests challenge students to think critically, going beyond multiple choice and asking them to explain their answers. These tests provide a snapshot of your student’s progress and help us identify schools that need additional supports to ensure more students meet the higher standards.

If you do NOT want your student to take the English Language Arts or Math assessment test, please complete the opt-out form at the bottom of this page. Please submit this form to your student’s school by January 3 (for students in Grades 9-12) or February 4 (for students in Grades 3-8). This form is only valid for the 2021-22 school year.

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What is AVID? (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

Collaboration: Collaborative learning involves intentionally designed student groups engaged in “co-laboring” toward meaningful learning outcomes, using active engagement activities planned to maximize learning, and facilitating the sharing of the workload (Barkley, Cross, & Major, 2005). AVID’s high-engagement learning strategies involve collaborative activities through which individual students help each other learn and thereby strengthen their own learning. In these activities, students are responsible for their own learning; educators serve as facilitators in a learning community working together for the success of the group.

At Five Oaks teachers and students use the following collaboration strategies:

  • Group Tasks

  • Think-Pair-Share

  • Collaborative Study Groups

  • Socratic Seminar

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PTO Meeting – December 16th @ 7pm

Happy Holidays from Your Five Oaks PTO! ⛄️

PTO Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, December 16th at 7:00 for our last meeting of the year. Check out the agenda at fiveoakspto.org. Zoom link for the meeting:


Meeting ID: 886 4274 7195
Passcode: 099145


Enjoy frozen treats at Menchie’s in Tanasbourne all day on Friday, December 17th - mention Five Oaks and 20% of sales go to the PTO!

Why cook when you can go to Panda Express in Tanasbourne on Monday, January 3rd - 20% of sales all day will be donated to FOPTO when you mention Five Oaks!


All volunteers must pass a background check, be approved by the district and provide proof of a Covid vaccine. Go here to start the process! Approved already but new to Five Oaks? Email here to ask to have Five Oaks added to your My Better Impact account.

  • Help out in the cafeteria any day and earn $10 per shift for the PTO from the district.
  • The librarian would love some assistance with shelving books any day of the week.
  • Field Trip in January! Mr. Morrison’s 8th grade science classes will be releasing salmon in Hillsboro on Friday, January 7th from 9:00-12:15. We need nine volunteers to chaperone for them to be able to take this field trip.

Check out these opportunities and available shifts at myimpactpage.com.

❄️ Have a wonderful Winter Break and thanks for your support! ❄️

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