Astro September Update

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

We are excited to start our school year. Lots of work has been happening inside and outside of our school. The school has new paint, the gym is ready for PE and we have a new heating and cooling system! Our new outdoor learning space has benches and will soon have plants. We are waiting for cooler temperatures to do the planting.

You may have questions about what school will look like and the health and safety protocols. Here are some key points.

  • Masks must be worn by everyone inside the school building. Masks need to be worn outside when students are within 3 feet of each other.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served in the cafeteria. Students will have assigned tables that are 3 feet apart. Once they are done eating they will put their masks on.
  • Students and staff will not be eating in the classrooms. If a class has snack time, it will be done outside.
  • In the classrooms, students will be spaced at least 3 feet apart as much as possible.
  • We will not have volunteers on campus until at least October 18th. More information to come.

More information about our return to school is available on our district website.

Hillsboro School District Back to School Information

  • Supply lists
  • School meals
  • Transportation information

In partnership,

Jennifer Robbins

Upcoming Dates

Sept 7-8 Family Connection Days

Sept 7 K-3 Ice Cream Social, 4:00 -6:00 pm

Sept 8 4-6 Ice Cream Social, 4:00-6:00 pm

Sept 9 School starts

2021-22 School Year Calendar

Ice Cream Social Details

We are excited to have our first in-person community event. Please make sure to wear masks since there will be many people in attendance. You will have an opportunity to tour our new gym. Masks will be required at all times unless you are eating your ice cream. Please socially distance yourself from other families when you eating your ice cream.

You can enter the campus through the gate to the left of the office building or through the gate behind the cafeteria.

You can drop off these supplies at the table assigned to your student’s class.

  • Copy paper

  • Kleenex

  • Loose-leaf college ruled paper (5th and 6th grades)

The remaining supplies can be brought on the first day of class.

Teachers will be under the covered area outside of the classrooms ready to meet you. Classrooms will be closed during this event. The K-3 teachers will only be here on Tuesday and 4-6 teachers will only be here on Wednesday. You can still drop off supplies on either day.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

We are excited to return to a more typical start time this year! Our doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for students who will want to eat breakfast (free for all students). Students coming for breakfast will go directly to the cafeteria, pick up breakfast and sit in an assigned seat. They must stay in the breakfast location until it is time to go to class. All students who ride the bus will be let in upon arrival and have the opportunity to have breakfast.

Students who are not eating breakfast go to the gym. They will sit in lines by class until they are dismissed to go to class.

Parents cannot enter the building or walk their students to class. You may walk them to the gate or the gym door. If you choose to do this, please park in the parking lot.

At dismissal, if you are going to park and meet your student, you can meet them at the gate between the gym and cafeteria. You can also do drive up in front of the school. We will bring the students out to your car. If you go through the drive-up lanes, do not get out of your car.


We are looking forward to having volunteers in our school this year! For the beginning of the year, we want to focus on setting our routines with the students and developing powerful relationships. Depending on current health and safety guidelines, we hope to welcome volunteers during quarter one. More information to come! This is a great time to be sure that your background check is current! Go to: to fill out the volunteer application.

School supplies & Chromebooks

Student supplies will be for individual use. Items which are typically shared (i.e. Kleenex, copy paper, etc) will be collected and stored for use when needed. Students are to bring their HSD assigned Chromebooks (fully charged) and chargers to school. With a huge thank you to the HSD Technology Bond, we will have new Chromebooks (faster and better!) for our students this fall. We will be checking out new Chromebooks to students and collecting the old ones.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are free for everyone this year. Students will be assigned a seat in the cafeteria for meals. Students will sit 3 feet apart for meals.


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: Laura Nicholas 5038441300 x 6816

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 Laura Nicholas 5038441300 x6816

Attached Flyers

Check out the information and opportunities in the flyers that are linked to this newsletter.

  • Chess Wizards

Ladd Acres PTA

If you haven't yet joined the PTA, there is still time. Membership information can be found on the website.

Ladd Acres PTA website

Easy ways to support Ladd Acres


Resources for Families

This is a list of a range of resources that are available in our community to support families.

Nurturing Hope - an online class focused on parenting strategies and child-centered activities. See registration information below.