Rascal Shirt Sale!

...and other December Rascal News

Rascal Shirt Sale!

This year we have a special new addition -

Rascal Sweatshirts as well as T-Shirts*!

Each shirt shows our Rascal Mascot (Jerry the Racoon) holding a Salem Heights Elementary sign on a dark grey background (not white as pictured).

*Please note that because of supply chain disruptions, some sizes may take longer to become available. We hope to avoid this issue, but will keep you informed if we encounter it.

Orders and payment are due by Thursday, December 16th. Use the button below to order online. If you prefer to pay using cash or check, watch for paper order forms to come home with your students tomorrow (Friday).

At this time we are not shipping shirts to individual addresses, all shirt orders will be delivered to the school and sent home with students.

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Greetings everyone!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Break! I was reminded this past week how thankful I am to have our staff and students back in building. We are not out of the "pandemic woods" yet, but this school year is light-years from where we were last November.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed toward making this year possible, and as always...

Go Rascals!



  • Dec 3 - No school, Grading Day

  • Dec 9 - 6:00pm PTC Meeting
  • Dec 16 - Last day to order a rascal shirt
  • Dec 20-31 - No school, Winter Break
  • January 3: Back to School
  • January 17: No school - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 31 - February 1: No School - Winter Conferences


Progress Reports

This Friday, Dec.3, we will have no school for students as our teachers complete grading. Following this grading day you will receive a progress report for your child. Ahead of progress reports, we wanted to take a moment to share a little more information about our grading practices.

Along with schools across the state, Salem-Keizer elementary schools use “proficiency-based” grading. Proficiency-based grading shows how much a student has learned in relation to an end-of-year standard. It also shows how much further they have to go before they meet the standard.

Standards are what the state has determined that students should know and be able to do by the end of the year. Students are “proficient” once they have met or exceeded the standard.

What should we expect on fall progress reports?
Proficiency grading is based on a 1-4 scale. At the beginning of the year, students are likely to be at a score of 1 or 2 because they have not yet learned the content or been exposed to all of the necessary material. As the year progresses it is expected that they will become proficient and achieve a score of 3 or 4 meaning they have met or exceeded the standard at grade-level.

If you see your student has a 1 or a 2 at this point in the year, that does not mean they are behind. This means that they are progressing as expected toward meeting that standard at the end of the year.

For more information about how your student’s progress is monitored through proficiency grading and to view example progress reports, visit the district website.

For additional questions regarding proficiency-based grading, we encourage you to connect with your child’s teacher, which can be done directly through the new ParentSqaure app or by emailing your child’s teacher.

Learn more about ParentSquare

(English) Elementary Proficiency Grading


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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.


Dental Sealant Clinic

The week of Veteran's Day we sent home dental sealant paperwork with all of our students. This is a free service offered to all of our students by Capitol Dental Care. If you would like your child to take part in the clinic, please return your student's paperwork as soon as possible.

The clinic is the week of December 6, but for only as many days as it takes for the dental sealant team to serve all the students who returned consent forms. Generally it takes them about 20 minutes per student.



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 December 9th 6:00pm:


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The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, has launched the 2023 Oregon Teacher of the Year program and 2022 Education Support Professional of the Year to honor exemplary educators in Oregon.



If you haven't already, our school invites you to join ParentSquare, our new communication platform to connect families to the district, school and teachers. It has replaced SchoolMessenger, Remind and any other texting/messaging apps that our school or teachers may have used in the past. It’s important to note that ParentSquare will not replace ParentVUE, StudentVUE, Canvas or Seesaw.

After registering, please take a moment and update your notification settings: select your name in the upper right corner, then "My Account", and then "Notification Settings". We would love for our families to sign up for text messaging, as this will reduce the number of voice calls we send to our families.

ParentSquare provides a safe way for administrators, teachers, staff and parents to:

  • Receive emergency notifications
  • Send and receive district, school and class information in your preferred language
  • Share pictures and files
  • Sign up for conferences
  • And much more… all in one place!


Thanks for checking out this Rascal News Update!