Helman News and Events

November 2019

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

Thank you for taking the time to attend your child's conference this past week. The home-school partnership is a substantial factor in your child's success. We value the time together and believe in giving you an accurate account of your child's academic and behavioral progress. I hope you found the meeting time with your child’s teacher valuable.

Bear Creek Restoration

We enjoyed a very successful three days of restoration work with Lomakatsi during our annual stewardship project. Thank you to the PTA for supporting this on-going effort and to all of the parent volunteers and teachers who help make this a successful school-wide project.

Erin's Law and Sexual Abuse Prevention Lessons

In July of 2015, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 856 (Sexual Abuse Prevention Instruction) which requires schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention instruction kindergarten through grade 12. The elementary schools in the Ashland School District are working with the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team (JC SART) to provide lessons to students. JC SART is a local organization that provides services to sexual assault survivors and brings prevention education classes into our local schools.

The lesson plans are age appropriate and in line with state and national sexual health standards and Erin’s Law recommendations. All students will have the first lessons November 12 and 13. The second lesson will be taught in February. Lesson objectives can be accessed below. Additionally, the curriculum is available for parents to review in the front office. Please feel free to Michelle Cuddeback if you have any questions or concerns.




taught by AHS Thespian Troupe #4630 at Ashland High School

and supervised by three adults

Monday Nov. 11, 2019 Veteran’s Day

a “no school” day

Come play theatre games, learn improvisation,

Create characters, dance, play act and have fun

Morning: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Theatre Workshops: Musical Theatre, Tech, and Acting!

Afternoon: 12:30 -3 p.m.

Create and Perform Group Skits!

Bring your lunch if you stay the whole day!

2 healthy snacks and juice/milk provided.

Only the First 30 to register are guaranteed a spot

Attach check for $37 for full day; $19 for 1/2 day & return to

Betsy Bishop @ AHS office

By Nov 4

Waiting List will be contacted.

Location: AHS Mountain Avenue Theatre

210 S. Mountain in front of theatre

Oregon Department of Education Report Card

Each year, the Oregon Department of Education compiles information about each school's academic progress as measured by Smarter Balanced Assessments for Grades 3-5. While Helman students overall percentages of student meeting and exceeding grade level expectations, we saw great growth in closing the achievement gap for economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities. You can access Helman's Report Cards at the link below.

Harvest Lunch

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 11am

Helman Cafeteria

We are planning our annual Harvest Lunch for the Helman School Community on Friday, November 22, 2019. You are invited to join your student and other families for this festive lunch. In order to plan accordingly, please RSVP to malinda.wood@ashland.k12.or.us with the number of guests by Friday, November 15. See below for lunch times.
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Giving Snowflake Project

The holidays are upon us, and Helman Elementary School would like to do its part for the Helman community. The PTA will once again be sponsoring the Giving Snowflake Project.

There are three ways to participate:

Request a gift:

If you are a family in need of a little help this holiday season, please let us know. Your Helman community is here to help! Everyone in the family is welcome to receive a gift. Please choose a gift (new shoes, a book, a game, etc.); fill out the bottom of this form and return it to the office. Your information is private and will not be shared. All gift requests are due to the office or your child’s teacher no later than Nov. 26th.

Give a gift:

If you would like to give a gift, please pick up a snowflake from inside the office window between Dec. 2nd and Dec. 10th, and let Malinda Wood know which snowflake you selected. Return your wrapped gifts, with the numbered snowflake affixed to the top, no later than Friday December 13th.

Food Baskets:

We will also be gifting food baskets this year. Included will be a ham or turkey and a grocery bag of fixins. You can also let Malinda know if you are interested in gifting or receiving a food basket.

Fliers coming home in Friday Folders.

Upcoming Important Dates and Events

Monday, November 11 NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 12 PTA Meeting - Helman Dorr Family Library, 6:30-8:00pm

Monday, November 18 Giving Snowflake Begins

Friday, November 22 Harvest Lunch

Tuesday, November 26 Site Council Meeting - Helman Conference Room, 3:00-4:00pm

November 27-29 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

December 4-6 Book Swap - Helman Stage, before school and during lunch

Tuesday, December 10 PTA Meeting - Helman Dorr Family Library, 6:30-8:00pm

Friday, December 13 Talent Show - Helman Cafeteria, 6:00-8:00pm

Friday, December 20 Pajama Day (all day) and Movie in the Cafeteria (1:00pm)

December 23-January 3 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Monday, January 6 Classes Resume