Rascal News

February 2022

Salem Heights Elementary

Message from Principal Theis

Greetings everyone!

We've had some questions about whether students would be allowed to pass out Valentines- this year we are a go! It's been wonderful to resume some of our favorite traditions as we inch our way back toward a normal school year.

Staff, students, and families have done a fantastic job following our safety protocols, and our school is reaping the benefits. As many schools are dealing with high numbers of staff and student absences, Salem Heights has been able to remain functional. Great job and thank you for your perserverance! I'm proud to be a part of this school!

Go Rascals!


Important Dates

  • January 31 - February 1: No School - Winter Conferences
  • February 1-28: Black and African American History Month
  • February 1: Chinese New Year
  • February 2-4: K-2 Chromebooks Sent Home
  • February 7-11: National School Counseling Week
  • February 8: School Board Meeting - Learn more
  • February 10: 6:00pm, Virtual PTC Meeting (see link below)
  • February 14: Valentine's Day
  • February 14: Oregon's Birthday
  • February 17: National PTA Founders Day
  • February 18: No School - Staff Development Day
  • February 21: No School - President's Day
  • February 22: School Board Meeting - Learn more
  • March 1-31: In-District Transfer Application Window
  • March 1: Kindergarten Registration Opens
  • March 3: State Testing Begins
  • March 11: No School - Grading Day
  • March 21-25: No School - Spring Break


Winter Parent Teacher Conferences

January 31st and February 1st will be our Winter Parent Teacher Conferences (these will be no school days). You should have recieved an invitation from your child's teacher to sign up via ParentSquare. If you have not and would like to schedule, or if you are having difficulty signing up, please contact the office at 503-399-3187.


Chromebooks for Kinder - 2nd Grade Students

Earlier this year our district received a grant to provide Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade students with Chromebooks for home use, free of charge. This program specifically targets the younger grades because, unlike grades 3-12, we don't allow these students to bring the chromebooks back and forth to school. This grant provides Chromebooks this year only, and does not include funding for repairs or replacements.

Back in October our staff called all K-2 families to ask who would be interested in receiving one of these Chromebooks. We have finally received that stock of Chromebooks, and will be sending them home with your student the first week of February! If your K-2 student wasn't here when we made those calls in October and you would like to recieve one of these Chromebooks, please reach out to our office as soon as possible.

Check out the forms below for tips and tricks in getting your child's Chromebook up and running.


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30-day notice for statewide tests 2021-22

Each year the Oregon Department of Education releases an Annual Notice for Statewide Tests to inform parents about this important topic.

Why the tests are important

Statewide tests help provide educators and administrators with information about what educational approaches are working and where additional resources are needed.

Testing dates 2021-22

English language arts & math tests

  • Grades 3-8: March 8—June 3, 2022
  • Grades 9-12: January 11—June 3, 2022

30-day notice for statewide tests 2021-22

Parents are encouraged to read the 2021-22 Annual Notice for Statewide Tests (see below) to learn details and to stay informed.

Oregon law (ORS 329.479) permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. Schools will provide parents with the 2021-22 form at least 30 days prior to the start of testing.

Below please find forms for opting out or exempting your student(s) from state assessments. If parents/guardians wish to opt-out or exempt their student(s) from state testing, they must download, print, complete, and sign the form(s) and submit the form(s) to the school that their student(s) attends for the appropriate tests.

Facts to consider

Before submitting a form, please consider these facts:

  • State assessments are a measure of student academic achievement related to state academic standards.
  • State testing does not in any way negatively impact students regarding their regular academic achievement and/or work at school.
  • Results from state assessment help teachers at your student(s) school improve their teaching practices.
  • Results are used by school administrators to help teachers adjust instruction to better focus on student academic needs.
  • Students do not “pass” or “fail” these assessments. They are simply a measure of academic achievement at specific grade levels to help inform instructional decision-making.


Get to know your PTC!

The PTC organizes and funds a wide variety of programs to support the school and its students. One of the main programs we fund are school field trips. We also encourage community through our family nights, supplement academics with an art literacy program and make sure teachers have the supplies they need in the classroom.

Every project, event and program the PTC does, only happens because of volunteers. We need your help to make these things happen. Until December volunteer opportunities are limited, but we would love to hear from you if you are willing to volunteer when things open back up.

Volunteering can be as much or as little as you want, in whatever you are interested in. You can come a little early and help set-up an event, or you could lead a whole new program, there is something for everyone.

If you are interested feel free to email us admin@salemheightsptc.org, visit our website for more info, find us on Facebook, or join our next virtual meeting February 10th 6:00pm:


Lost and Found

Our lost and found is getting full! Parents are welcome to stop in and search for their student's item, we will just need you to sign in at the front office and wear a mask.

Alternatively, you are welcome to call and let us know what your child is missing, and the office can check for you. We will need to know color, type of clothing, and size of missing garment.


Menstrual Dignity Program

Dear SKPS Families,

We’re glad to share that Salem-Keizer Public Schools is now providing menstrual products for students at no cost. These products will be available in school bathrooms as part of the Menstrual Dignity for Students Program.

We understand that this may be new for some students in some grades. This is why it’s especially important to share the details of this program with you.

This year, the Oregon Legislature passed The Menstrual Dignity Act (HB 3294, 2021) in order to address an unmet need identified by students, school leaders, and medical and public health professionals over many years. The program asserts that all menstruating students have the opportunity for safe, dignified self-care.

Beyond providing products, this program also reminds us that schools must provide age-appropriate education on growth, development, and puberty that includes menstrual health (OAR 581-22-2050). This education is always positive, taught without shame, and is accessible for all students. Instructions for how to use tampons and pads will also be available in all bathrooms.

The Oregon Department of Education has gathered some resources to help families engage in conversations at home about menstruation, menstrual products, sexuality, and health. This program will be implemented best if we work in a partnership to reduce shame and stigma around menstruation and help all students access their education with their basic needs met. Here are some resources to start the conversation:

Menstruation: What to Expect, Amaze, Video on menstruation as part of puberty

Period Hygiene: Tampons, Pads and Menstrual Cups, Amaze, Video on menstrual products

You got your First Period… Now What?, PERIOD, A overview flyer on menstruation and products

Tampon Myths, Playtex, A web page with information on misconceptions

Ep 18 - Let's talk about periods - Level One, Six Minute Sex Ed, Podcast Episode for caregivers and kids on menstruation basics

Thank you for your partnership this year. If you have any questions, please reach out to your school office.



Salem-Keizer Public Schools is partnering with members in the community to provide a series of learning sessions throughout the 2021-22 school year. These sessions are currently held online and are open to the public.

The second Community Learning Session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, January 31 and will be hosted by Salem-Keizer School Board Chair Osvaldo Avila and SKPS Director of Student Equity, Access and Advancement, Cynthia Richardson.

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As we begin to see cooler temperatures throughout our community, it’s important to know how SKPS will communicate in the event of a school closure or delay. In the event of bad weather, district officials will make the decision by 5:15 a.m. that day to close schools or to delay the start of school.



MARCH 1-31, 2022

Transfers for the 2022-2023 school year. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation. Please talk to school office staff if you have any questions.



Current fifth grade students (entering sixth grade in September) who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next fall (2022-2023 school year) must apply for in-district transfer (IDT) between March 1 and March 31, 2022.

IDT applications received after March 31, 2022 will not be considered.

IDT request forms can be picked up at any middle school office, and must be completed and returned to the student’s assigned middle school during the application date window. There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation.



Salem-Keizer Public Schools currently sponsors four local charter schools:

  • Optimum Learning Environments: Grades K-5
  • Valley Inquiry Charter School: Grades K-5
  • Howard Street Charter School: Grades 6-8
  • Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School: Grades 6-8

Charter Schools are independently operated, publicly funded schools. The charter school establishes a contract (a charter) with a sponsor, often a school district (such as SKPS), university, or public educational institution depending on the state, to which they are academically and financially accountable.




Students must be five years old on or before September 10

Register at your neighborhood school

What you need to bring with you:

  • Proof of age (birth certificate)
  • Proof of residence (utility bill, lease agreement)
  • Immunization records


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Recently, schools across the Salem-Keizer School District have experienced an increase in school threats, rumors of threats, and the spread of false information, which has been disrupting our learning environments and creating fear in the community.


Register for Spring Soccer

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