Rascal News

January 2022

Salem Heights Elementary

Message from Principal Theis

Greetings everyone and Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a fun and relaxing winter break. It's the new year, and we are ready to tackle all the ups and downs it may hold! We look forward to seeing your students back this coming week, see below for some important info before we jump back in.

Go Rascals!


Important Dates

  • Dec 20-31 - No school, Winter Break
  • January 3: Back to School
  • January 7: Lockdown Drill
  • January 11: School Board Meeting - Learn more
  • January 13: 6:00pm, Virtual PTC Meeting - Click here to join the meeting

  • January 17: No school - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 20: Parent Listening Session - Special Education Advisory Team
  • January 25: 6:15pm, Choir Concert @ Salem Heights Gym
  • January 25: School Board Meeting - Learn more
  • January 31 - February 1: No School - Winter Conferences
  • February 21: No School - President's Day


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 January 13th 6:00pm:


Parent-Teacher Conferences Coming Soon!

January 31st and February 1st will be our Winter Parent Teacher Conferences. We will be signingup via ParentSquare, watch for an invite coming soon!


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Effective Monday, Dec. 6 all students, staff, volunteers and visitors are no longer required to wear face coverings while outdoors. Includes but is not limited to: athletic events, outdoor PE, outdoor music, recess, and arrival and dismissal.

Until additional updates are provided, all physical distancing and other related safety protocols still apply. People who feel more comfortable wearing a face covering while outdoors may continue to do so.


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.



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.


Elementary School Health Curriculum

The comprehensive elementary health education curriculum includes a variety of topics such as personal health, the human body, nutrition, personal safety, human growth and development. The goal of the health curriculum is not only to increase a student's health knowledge and to create positive attitudes toward their own well-being, but to also promote health behavior.
Elementary Health Curriculum


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Nominate Your Teacher or Your Support Professional

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.


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As we enter the winter months, it's important to check-in and ensure we are taking care of ourselves. SKPS has collected a few important resources to support mental health and self-care strategies. Remember, self-care is not selfish, it is self respect.


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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.


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SafeOregon – Report confidential safety concerns

Salem-Keizer Public Schools partners with SafeOregon, a confidential tip line that gives students, parents, schools and communities a confidential way to report safety threats or potential acts of violence.


Welcome to ParentSquare!

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ParentSquare replaces SchoolMessenger

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is now using the ParentSquare platform for district, school and teacher communications, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent/guardian, using their preferred email address and phone number.

Download the app or log into the ParentSquare web portal using the contact email used for your child’s school.

What is ParentSquare?

ParentSquare is a simple-to-use platform that provides a safe way for everyone to connect. With ParentSquare, you’ll be able to:

  • Receive messages from the district and school via email, text or app notification
  • Choose to receive information as it comes or all at once at 6 p.m. daily
  • Communicate in your preferred language
  • Comment on school postings to engage in your school community
  • Direct message teachers and staff
  • Sign up for parent-teacher conferences
  • And more all from your phone or web portal!
ParentSquare Overview for Parents
ParentSquare Overview for Parents - Spanish


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Thanks to the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option, we will be able to feed all students breakfast and lunch at school for free this year.

See below for menus, but please keep in mind that entree's are subject to change based on availability.

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Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get pandemic food benefits. This includes students that attend a school where all students eat meals at school for free, children in foster care, children of migrant workers and youth experiencing homelessness.


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With nearly 41,000 students in our schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, safety and well-being of our students, families and staff is, without question, our highest priority. Open communication and transparency play critical roles in safety and we want to ensure you have accurate and timely information on how COVID-19 is impacting our schools.

Covid-19 Data Dashboard

We have officially launched our COVID-19 data dashboard for the 2021-22 school year. Please know that this dashboard is still ongoing further development and may continue to have minor tweaks and improvements over the coming weeks.

You can learn more about our COVID-19 investigation and communication process, on our new online dashboard webpage.

Remember, COVID-19 impacts us all daily. It is critical that we follow all recommended health and safety protocols such as vaccination, wearing a face covering, hand-washing and maintaining physical distance both while in school, and out in the community.

Thank you for all of your ongoing support as we continue to improve our processes and work together to keep our students, staff, families and community safe.


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Through the Oregon Health Plan, youth 19 years of age and younger have access to free health coverage, regardless of immigration status if they meet the income requirements.

More information, including income requirements and how to apply for coverage, is available online.



Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Salem-Heights-Rascals-109823547351844

Follow us on our school website: https://salemheights.salkeiz.k12.or.us/

Download the free ParentSquare App on your phone. ParentSquare - Apps on Google Play

Check your email inbox. Update your email in ParentVUE if it's not accurate.


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See you in February!