Weekly Update

Week of September 20-24

Happy Friday!

This week went really fast! The kids are doing great. We had our first fire drill Friday and the students performed perfectly. We exited the building quietly and orderly, rendezvoused at our meeting spot and made sure all students and staff were accounted for. Great job! This week we began our math diagnostic tests. These are benchmark assessments that show where kids are in relation to the state standards. These will be given three times per year to measure growth towards grade level standards. Our reading intervention groups and ELD groups began this week as well. All academic programming is in full swing! Brains are growing and its great to see!

Healthy Snacks

Our students are provided a free breakfast and lunch but they still get a little hungry in between. They are allowed to have a snack during the day. This should be brought from home (we have a handful of extras for just in case but cannot provide daily snacks to all kids). When sending snacks for your child please try to send a healthy snack. Candy bars, gummy candy, high sugar "snack bars" etc do not provide the energy they need. The students tend to "crash" after eating these and have difficulty focusing... Think about what you would need to fuel yourself to focus for 6 hours. Protein and natural fruits/carbs are great choices. Apples & PB, cheese sticks, yogurt, cut up fruits & veggies, hummus dip, jerky, protein bars etc. What would you pack for a hike or soccer practice? Let's work together to set our students up for success.


  • Parents/guardians are to send healthy students to school & keep students home when ill.
  • Parents/guardians will screen students for primary COVID symptoms prior to sending students to school. Students must not come to school if showing any symptoms related to COVID-19 and/or if they have a fever. Primary COVID-19 symptoms include the following:

    • Fever of 100.4 F or higher

    • Chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath

    • Difficulty breathing

    • New loss of taste or loss of smell

  • Students and staff will need to adhere to daily use of masks, maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students to the greatest extent possible in all indoor settings and buses and engage in frequent hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer.

  • When students are at least three feet apart and everyone is wearing a face covering, students who are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 don’t need to quarantine unless they have symptoms.

    If ANYONE in your household tests positive for COVID your student MUST isolate and stay home. Please contact the school and we will set up livestream for any student quarantining.

    It is extremely important to be open and honest during this time, If we have students sent to school who are close contacts or household members they risk spreading the virus. The safer we can be, the longer we can keep our kids in person. Two weeks home quarantining with live stream instruction is much better than a year with everyone at home.

    Please be mindful of playdates and gatherings. Our kiddos are masked while at school but if they are getting together unmasked after hours it negates our safety measures in place during the day.

    Thank you for helping keep our community safe and our kids in school.

Covid 19 Positive Case Communication

HRCSD is focused on communicating clearly and quickly to families who may be impacted by positive COVID-19 cases.

  • If there is a positive COVID-19 case in a student’s classroom, that class (cohort) will receive a message directly from HRCSD, notifying the families of the positive case and identifying any necessary action items and/or next steps.

  • If there is a positive COVID-19 case in a student’s school, all school families will receive a message directly from HRCSD, notifying the families of the positive case and letting them know any impact it has on school operations.

  • Students who have to quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 case will be offered Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL).

  • Please note, specific names and personally identifiable information will NOT be shared in the messages related to a positive COVID-19 case.

Free Dental Sealants

Parents, teachers, and students at Cascade Locks School! We are excited about the upcoming FREE school-based dental sealant program taking place this school year. Parents save time in your busy schedules and sign your child up for this FREE program held during school hours at Cascade Locks School. Dental sealants on molars are proven to help prevent tooth decay by 80%! Helping to keep students in class learning and their smiles healthy for a lifetime.

Westside parents the permission form was sent home in your child’s backpack. Permission forms are also available at the Cascade Locks School front office. Please return those permission slips to the school indicating “yes” or “no” as soon as possible! One Community Health will be providing the dental sealants later in the fall.

Away from the office

I will be away from the office from Sept 21-Oct 15. During my absence Mara Lynaugh will be subbing from Sept 21-Oct 1st. You can contact her at mara.lynaugh@hoodriver.k12.or.us

Karen Neitzel will be subbing from Oct 4-15. Her contact is Karen.neitzel@hoodriver.k12.or.us

Take care and have a safe restful weekend.

Adrienne Acosta


ExCEL Schedule- Starts Monday!

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1st & 2nd Grade Soccer Team

Jaime Rivera is reaching out to recruit for the Cascade Locks 1st & 2nd Grade soccer team. They need 6-8 players to make the team happen. If your child is interested in playing please contact him at jaime.rivera@hoodriver.k12.or.us The team also needs a volunteer coach.