Indian Hills Elementary Updates

2021-2022 Parent Newsletter

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

It was great to connect with so many families last week at our Back to School Night. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or call the office. As we navigate being in school 5 days a week in a pandemic, we have answered many questions from parents. This newsletter goes through many of our COVID protocols as we work with Washington County and our contract tracing team.


Mrs. Thomas

Upcoming Dates

September 30-Picture Day

  • There will be a picture make up day for those who are not able to attend school on the 30th. Please do not come to the school for picture day if you have been instructed to quarantine.

October 8- No School

COVID and Quarantine Information for Families

Notification of a Positive COVID Class

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID and they were at school during their infectious period (48 hours prior to symptom onset) a COVID-19 Case Alert letter will be emailed to you. We will also send a notification through Remind letting you know to check your email. The Hillsboro School District Contact Tracing Team and Washington County Public Health officials work closely with school staff to review cohort logs and identify individuals who may have been in close contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19. If a student or staff member is determined to be a close contact, they will be contacted by the HSD Contact Tracing Team separately with further instructions. The length of the quarantine time period is 10 days from the date of last exposure with the infected person. Day 1 is the day after last exposure. This means they can return to school on the 11th day provided they do not have any symptoms of illness.

It’s important to notify us if your student tests positive for COVID-19 or experiences any of these primary COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fever of 100.4°F or higher

  • Chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • New loss of taste or smell

We know this is a difficult time for everyone, and our hearts go out to those who are ill. More information about COVID-19, guidance for schools, and our response plans can be found on the Oregon Department of Education’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners page; the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page; and HSD’s 2021-22 School Year,and Coronavirus web pages.


If your student is ill or has been exposed, please contact the office to let us know. See the COVID Flow Chart and Too Sick for School documents. We have to work together to keep our students safe and healthy. We appreciate all of the communication that families have provided about what’s going on with their situations at home. This communication helps us all to stay as healthy and safe as possible.

Learning From Home

We're really excited about having students back in school five days a week full-time but unfortunately there are instances when a student cannot attend school. This may be because there has been a Covid exposure in the household or a student has COVID-19 or COVID like symptoms. These are what we call a required absence. We have a specific code for that in our attendance system.

If your student is required to be absent from school they will be able to access online learning through their Google classroom. This online learning does not look like CDL from last year. There will be assignments that are posted in the classroom that can be done at a time that is convenient for the student and your family.

Every student has a Chromebook assigned to them that can go home for them to use to access assignments. If you are in need of resources or help accessing or logging in please see the links below that can answer many of your questions. Additionally if you need more support please contact the office and someone will call back at a time that works, to walk you through this.

Video Links:

How to for Families:

How to for Students:

How to for Families and Students:

Resource Guides:

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

The front of our school is a very busy place at arrival and dismissal. Please do not arrive before 7:50 in the morning as we do not have staff coverage before that time. If you are dropping your child off in the parking lot, please ONLY use the designated drop off area. I had a student almost hit by a car last week when she was exiting her parents car by the gate and ran behind a car pulling out of a parking spot.

Counselor Corner with Mrs. Flores

Hello, Indian Hills Families!

Below is a list of resources available now for families in need. Please note, these resources are limited. Please reach out to our School Counselor, Michelle Flores, if you are in need or have any questions.

Operation School Bell K-6

Operation School Bell is sponsored by the Assistance League of Greater Portland. They provide a total of 777 Hillsboro School District students in grades K - 6 the opportunity to shop at a designated Fred Meyer with $70 for new clothes.

Indian Hills has 10 slots for our K-6 students. All allotments must be claimed by October 19th.

If you are in need, please contact our School Counselor, Michelle Flores, at the contact information below or fill out the linked Google Form.

Elks Holiday Baskets

The Hillsboro Elks provide 500 HSD families with a food donation box that includes non-perishable foods and fresh meat and diary (it is not a holiday meal). They also provide a gift for each child in the family aged 18 and under. The Elks plan to deliver food and gifts to families' homes on December 18th. Referrals are open now, through early November, or until 500 entries have been reached.

If you are in need, please contact our School Counselor, Michelle Flores, at the contact information below or fill out the linked Google Form.

Elks Coat Giveaway

The Hillsboro Elks have two coat giveaway events - one in October, and one in November. These events provide up to 400 HSD students in grades K-12 with a new or gently used coat that the student/family picks up at the Elks lodge on the event date (to be determined).

If you are in need, please contact our School Counselor, Michelle Flores, at the contact information below or fill out the linked Google Form.

Care Referral

If your student is in need of mental health supports outside of school, HSD School Counselors can submit a Care Referral. Our HSD Care Coordinators help connect families with mental health services in Washington County. Care Coordinators are confidential, knowledgeable, and supportive in their connections with families and their suggestions and referrals for appropriate care.

If you are in need, please contact our School Counselor, Michelle Flores, at the contact information below or fill out the linked Google Form.

Michelle Flores

Indian Hills Family Resource Form (Google Form)

Text: 971-231-5237

503-844-1350 x 2020

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Talented and Gifted

Parents are welcome to refer their child for services designed for students identified as talented and gifted. Students who score at or above the 97th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test of overall reading or math or on a mental abilities test, and have other confirming evidence that they learn at a rapid rate and advanced level, are identified as TAG students. With parent input, individual plans are made to adjust the rate and level of the student’s instruction to meet his or her specific needs.

If you think your child may qualify for TAG services, and want information about the referral and identification process, please contact your school’s TAG Coordinator.

Servicios para Estudiantes Talentosos y Dotados (TAG) Los padres son bienvenidos a recomendar a su hijo/a a los servicios diseñados para estudiantes identificados como TAG. Estudiantes cuales sacan más del 97 porciento en una prueba de logro nacionalmente Regularizada, o en habilidades mentales prueban y tienen otra evidencia confirmando que ellos aprenden a una proporción rápida, se identifica como TAG. Con las sugerencias del padre, se hacen planes individuales para ajustar la proporción y nivelar dela instrucción del estudiantes para satisfacer sus necesidades específicas.

Si usted piensa que su niño puede calificar para los servicios del TAG, y quiere información sobre la referencia y el proceso del resguardo, por favor en contacto a TAG Coordinator de la escuela.