Oak Hills Newsletter

Week of October 10, 2022

Schoolwide Reminders this Week

TUESDAY, 10/11

*5th Grade End-of-Year Celebration Planning Committee

7pm at Oak Hills Rec Center (more info in PTO section below)


*International Walk + Roll to School Day (Info below)

*TAG and Middle School SUMMA Information Night for families 5-6pm (Gym)

*Destination Imagination Information Night for families 6:15-7:00pm (Non-fiction side of library)

FRIDAY, 10/14

*No School for Students; Staff Development Day

Attention 5th Grade Families--Option School Open Houses and Application Deadlines

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be available starting today, Monday, October 17.

Rachel Carson’s address was incorrect in the message sent out on 10/16, and they have added another Open House. Please do some early investigation of our option schools and programs online and plan to attend one or more of the upcoming open houses.

Please know that students may only apply to one option school or program. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes are allowed.

All applicants must reside within BSD boundaries or currently attend a BSD school on an approved inter-district transfer. (Upon acceptance to an option school or program, you may be required to provide proof of address or inter-district transfer.)

Beginning October 17, current BSD students are able to apply online using their BSD student ID. There’s also an online application for resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school. If you do not have internet access, visit your school office for a paper application.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Options Lottery & Admissions Timeline (2023-2024 School Year)

● Monday, October 17: Lottery opens.

● Friday, December 9: Lottery applications due by 4:00 p.m.

● Wednesday, December 14: Lottery is conducted.

● Thursday, December 15: E-mail notifications sent offering enrollment or notice of wait-pool status with second consideration applications; results cannot be given over the phone.

● Monday, January 9: Second consideration applications due to schools.

● Wednesday, February 1: Deadline for parents to accept by 4:00 p.m.

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Proposed Local Option Levy 2022

On November 8, 2022, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to renew a 5-year local option levy. If passed, the proposed levy renewal would fund approximately 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors. The proposed levy renewal is projected to raise approximately $39-$43 million annually; over a 5-year period, the proposed levy renewal would raise about $205 million.

If passed, the proposed levy renewal would continue the existing tax rate of $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

If the proposed levy renewal does not pass, the levy rate would not be assessed. The District would not receive about $39 million to fund 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors, starting in the 2023-2024 school year.

The current local option levy expires on June 30, 2023.

Dr. Karen Perez, school board member will be present at our next PTO meeting (Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm) to talk more about this.

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences Updates (underlined)

Parent Teacher Conference appointments will be available and sent to you from your child's teacher via ParentSquare next Wednesday, October 19th at 3:30pm.

Oak Hills Fall Conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 3rd by appointment. Families will have the option to choose a meeting in person on site or via zoom.

Currently, our bilingual liaisons are securing interpreters for families at the middle school level and will be shortly secure interpreters for families at Oak Hills. Our goal is to open up the appointments two weeks before conferences. Please stay tuned.

Oak Hills Fall Conference Schedule:

  • Wednesday, 11/2- School is in session; Evening Conferences (3:40-7:40pm)
  • Thursday, 11/3- No School for Students, Day time/Evening conferences
  • Friday, 11/4- No School for Students

International Walk + Roll to School Day is October 12th

International Walk + Roll to School Day is this Wednesday, October 12th.

Every elementary, middle school, and option school has received a scooter/helmet grand prize and six reflective drawstring bags with smaller prizes to raffle off to students! K-5 teachers and will receive a checklist of students to mark how they traveled to school that day. Students who walk, bike, scooter, skate, roll, bus, or carpool to school on Oct. 12th are eligible to enter the raffle.

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Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

We have been noticing students arriving earlier each day. While we are excited our students are looking forward to school, we have limited supervision in the morning aside from entrance doors and grade level Morning Mix locations inside of the building.

As a reminder, our doors are open to students at 7:45am. Students arriving between 7:45am- 8:00am may choose to eat breakfast in the cafeteria or head directly to Morning Mix. Unfortunately, we do not have playground supervision to monitor students who arrive without an adult. We ask that students please keep wall balls, basketballs, and four square balls at home. We have equipment for recess use and adult supervision to ensure safety during this timeframe. Thank you for your help.

Library News from Ms. Larsen

OBOB Team Registration

Here is the mission of OBOB:

“The mission of the Oregon Battle of the Books is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, to promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.”

Formation of teams with others from other classes in the same grade is allowed this year. If students need support forming teams, they know to ask teachers for help. Signed forms are due Oct 28th.

Here are the expectations for participants:

  • 4-5 members, can have friends from another class

  • Each participant is expected to read 4 books but can read more or all of them: books, e-books, audio books are all acceptable

  • Commitment to follow through

  • Lunch practice time, no in-class practice time expected

  • Decide on a team captain: checks in, makes sure all books are read, encourages team members

  • Team Name

Students are currently reading and enjoying the books. Parents can help support their child by reading and talking about the books with them. Here are some questions you can ask:

  • Who is the author?

  • Who are the characters?

  • What is the plot (what happens)?

  • What are the themes (the big ideas)?

  • What is your favorite part?

  • How is this book like real life or like other books you have read?

  • Does anything in the book remind you of something you have experienced?

  • Do the characters in the story show courage?

  • How do they decide what is right and wrong?

  • Do you think the story was well written? Why or why not?

  • Does the main character change because of what happens in the book? What do you think about that?

  • Why do you think the author chose that title?

  • Is this book better or worse than other books you have read? Tell me more about that.

  • Would you recommend it to others? To whom?

To keep in touch with all things Library, check out the LIBRARY WEBSITE for:

  • Helpful Library Links for students and parents

  • How to View Your Student’s Library Account (Slides 1-7), View the Library Catalog (slide 8), Put Books on Hold (Slides 9-10), Renew books (slides 11-12), Pay Library Fines (Slide 13)

  • OBOB Information

  • Ordering Books From Scholastic for your home collection

  • Donations

If you have questions please feel free to reach out to Ms. Larsen at leilani_larsen@beaverton.k12.or.us

Talented and Gifted (TAG) Opportunities (Repeat)

Nominations for TAG

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Academic, intellectual, behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office or linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.

Please complete and return the Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher.

Nomination forms are available on the TAG Website.

COGAT Assessment

In October, all 3rd grade students, new 4th graders, and nominated 5th grade students in Beaverton will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener. This 30-minute test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities through verbal/picture analogies, number analogies and figure matrices.

Currently the main purpose for administering the CogAT is to identify students for TAG in the area of intellectual ability. Students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the CogAT screener will be invited to test with the full version of the CogAT that is used for potential TAG identification. The full version of the CogAT will be given in late October. For more information about testing, please contact your school’s TAG facilitator.

5th grade families can nominate their student for the CogAT Screener by completing this link by Monday, October 16

COGAT Screener Dates

Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19

TAG Family Information Night

Please attend if you are interested in nominating your child for TAG or if your child is currently served by TAG.

Wednesday, October 12

Oak Hills Gym: 5-6pm

News from your PTO

Recruiting 5th Grade Families

If you are interested in volunteering or sharing ideas for the 5th Grade Celebration event, please join us at the Oak Hills Recreation Center!

Tuesday, October 11th at 7pm

Contact Information: Monique Hegrenes-Summann


Jog-A-Thon Update

Thank you to Otter Families!

You are all working so hard to fundraise and support the big run on October 21st!

We have raised $16,354!

Your support helps fuel family events like science fair, STEAM nights, field trips, assemblies, author visits, school festivals, clubs and more. We couldn’t do this without your support.

Families, mark your calendar to come support your students on October 21st. If you would like to volunteer please look for email sign ups this week. If you haven’t done so, please register with BSD to become an approved volunteers. Visitors are welcome to come, look for a visitor check in table.

What to look for over the next two weeks:

*Jog A Thon schedule will be posted and sent home.

*What to wear and other suggestions for your runners on Jog-A-Thon day coming home soon.

Prizes are rolling in! Kids are starting to see posters around the school of our growing prize list. Some of these include Legos, Squishmallows, family games, sports equipment, Top Golf/King Pins/Bullwinkles and so much more.

Thank you for all who have contributed and special thank you to our sponsors!

*Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to contribute in any way, big or small, please review the link below for the background check application. A reminder to volunteers who have volunteered in the past to please recheck to see if you are still active in the system.

Seeking Donations for Oak Hills

The Snack Pantry needs to be restocked. Please donate snacks to the school office throughout the school year when you can. Items such as granola bars, crackers, fruit snacks, apple sauce, fruit bars are greatly appreciated.

Kleenex/tissue are also items that are needed in the classrooms and the office. Thank you for your generosity!

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Important Dates--Mark Your Calendars

Friday, October 14: NO SCHOOL--Staff Development Workday

Wednesday, October 19: Parent Teacher Conference Appointments become available at 3:30pm

Wednesday, October 19: PTO meeting 7pm (in-person and zoom option available)

Friday, October 21: Jog-a-Thon

Monday, October 31: Spirit Day (Hats and Headbands)

Wednesday, November 2: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30pm

Thursday, November 3: NO SCHOOL- Parent Teacher Conferences AM and PM options available

Friday, November 4: NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, November 8: Picture Retakes

Thursday, November 10: NO SCHOOL-Grading Day

Friday, November 11: NO SCHOOL-In observance of Veterans Day

Friday, November 18: PTO Popcorn Friday

Friday, November 18: PTO Family Movie Night (6-8pm)

Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25: NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Monday, November 28: NO SCHOOL-Staff Development Day

Wednesday, December 7: Winter Music Showcase (Grades 4 & 5) 4-5pm

Wednesday, December 7: Kickoff to Scholastic Book Fair; Book Fair Family Night 5:15-6:15pm

December 7-December 13: Book Fair

Parking Lot Arrival and Dismissal Reminder (Repeat)

Parking lot safety is a priority. As we work to welcome students to school and connect students with their families at the end of the day, we ask for support in ensuring that car traffic runs safely and efficiently.

One way to ensure a safe and efficient arrival and dismissal is through the use of Driveline. We ask that families dropping off children in the morning and picking up children in the afternoon please remain in line rather than parking and walking up to the building. This helps reduce the pedestrian traffic walking within the lanes of traffic and between moving cars that might be pulling out.

As a reminder, the right lane (closest to the building) is for loading and unloading only. The left lane (further from the building) is for through traffic exiting the parking lot. Please use care when merging from one lane to the other.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership in helping keep our parking lot safe!

Changes to Going Home Plans (Repeat)

Absences and dismissal changes can be reported to us via the Oak Hills website. There are buttons where you can click and report an absence or changes to how your child will be going home. For dismissal, please report the changes before 1:30 PM since this is when we will be delivering the information to our teachers and students. Thank you in advance for utilizing this communication tool. It will free up our phone lines for families, staff, and community members who urgently need to get in touch with the office.

Oak Hills website:

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