Oak Hills Newsletter

December 11, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Oak Hills Families,

It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my retirement at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. It has been an absolute honor to serve at Oak Hills Elementary School for the last five years. This is the kindest and most supportive school community I know. My teachers are warm, relationship oriented and extremely strong instructional leaders. My instructional assistants, custodians, secretaries, and kitchen crew are all about supporting our students and staff so they can focus on teaching and learning. Our students are loving little human beings who are also dedicated learners with a growth mindset. This school has been a dream come true. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing place.

I have worked for the Beaverton School District for 32 years. I have always believed that change is good and I have looked for opportunities and positions to help me grow as an educator. During my tenure, I have been both an elementary teacher and a high school Japanese teacher. I have also served as a District Mentor for beginning teachers, University Supervisor for student teachers, Assistant Principal and Principal. As an administrator, I have served at Five Oaks, International School of Beaverton, Scholls Heights and Oak Hills. Although, it was a true honor to open the International School of Beaverton, my favorite school has been Oak Hills. I have absolutely loved being a part of this community.

Sometime in the spring, our Human Resources Department will ask for both community and staff input in selecting the next Principal for Oak Hills. Parents and staff will also be included in the Principal interviews. I am anticipating that we will have many qualified and phenomenal applicants looking to join the Oak Hills community. I will keep you posted on the process. Once the Principal is selected, you will have an opportunity to meet him/her and I will be available through the end of June to assist with the transition process.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve at Oak Hills. I will continue working hard to support all of you for the remainder of my assignment.


Sheila Baumgardner


Thank You to All Caregivers From Oak Hills Staff

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Oak Hills PTO Move-A-Thon Prizes and Silly String on December 16th

Silly String Time for Ms. Baumgardner and Ms. Hansen:

10am-noon (at school) AND at the Book Bus stops during the afternoon


1st Place: Second Grade--Ms. Perrigan--Denzil Roberts receives Kindle Fire

Golden Ticket Winner (Over $100 pledged) Kindergarten--Ms. Donnelly--Kylie Haynes receives Family Movie Night Dinner Basket

PRIZES--will be available on December 16th from 7:30-1pm (front of building)

Quinntton Blomberg--Top Spin

Nora Fishbaugher--Squishamal

Westley Gordon--Lego #1

Maeve Kelsay--Mermaid Sequin Pillow

Iris Matz--Team Up

Kate McClain--Mermaid Tails

Leon Miner--5 Second Rule

Gemma Nishimoto--Fold It

Devin Patterson--Scooter

Alex Rogero--Jishaku

Eli Scroggins--Star Wars Squishamal

Kenshin Shiba--Lego #2

Alejandra Velasco--American Girl Doll

Kelsey Welbourn--Roller Deluxe

Teachers will hand out a Lunch vouchers to the student who earned the highest amount for their class! Teachers will connect with student families for a specific time for a pick-up. (front of building) on Wednesday(12-16), Thursday(12-17) or Friday(12-18).


Ms. Burnett--Victoria Flores

Ms. Caplan--Sammie Hirata

Ms. Donnelly--Emerie Roberts

Ms. Yamada--Kenadie Conners

First Grade

Ms. Bui--Kaden Patterson

Ms. Brock/Grover--Rylan Lee

Ms. Guerra--Shirley Turek

Ms. Selby--Mia Perrigan

Second Grade

Ms. Manning--Tyler Hirata

Ms. Perrigan--Denzil Roberts

Ms. Rennie--Elizabeth Zahler

Ms. Rios--Liberty Carpenter

Third Grade

Mr. Porter--Alex Lang

Ms. Standridge--Coen Cardinal

Ms. Willis--Alex Rogero

Fourth Grade

Ms. Evans--Bridger Cooper

Mr. Gelling--Emma Mullenburg

Ms. Nice--Ella Nauert

Fifth Grade

Ms. Clarkson--Kyle Chin

Mr. Lester--Eleanor Kraft

Ms. McCarty--Ben Ellerbrook

Ms. Therrien--Naomi Reeves

Oak Hills Food Drive- last day is the 16th

During the month of December, Oak Hills will host an annual Food Drive for the Sunshine Pantry! The Sunshine Pantry is a local organization, supporting Washington County families (500+ monthly) with food, toiletries, and clothing.

We will be accepting donations on Wednesdays (12/9 & 12/16) during Oak Hills School Supply/Book Pick Up (via the Oak Hills bus lane) and at the Oak Hills Book Bus stops.

PLEASE CHECK EXPIRATION DATES: Oregon Agriculture Department requires all food collected to be within the labeled expiration date. Approximately 30-40% of foods collected by local food pantries previously had to be disposed of because it was expired. During inspections, if food pantries are found to have 10 or more outdated items, they must close for a complete inventory. We ask that expiration dates are checked carefully. Thank you fo your help in keeping Sunshine Pantry open to serve the local community!

Most needed items include canned tuna, dried pasta or beans, and peanut butter. In addition to non-perishable food items, we can accept hams or turkeys for the holidays.

We will be hosting a friendly competition between our primary grade levels (grades K-2/Primary ALC) and our intermediate grade levels (grades 3-5/Intermediate ALC). When dropping off items, please indicate which grade levels you would like your donation to support!

Canned Food Tally so far: K/1/2 = 264 cans 3/4/5 = 236 cans

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How to Open and Translate Our Oak Hills Newsletter

Click here for a video tutorial using the translation feature in S'more

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Tentative Calendar Dates for 2020-2021 School Year


12/16 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

12/16 Silly String on Principals & Food Drive during Pick Up Day and Book Bus

12/21 - 1/1 Winter Break- No School


1/6 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

1/8 Assembly Day

1/11 Oak Hills OBOB Book Clubs

  • 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades 11:00 - 11:30 The Changeling - Fantasy

1/13 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

1/18 No School: MLK Day

1/20 Student Contact Day

1/20 PTO Meeting (7pm)

1/27 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)


2/3 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

2/4 Assembly Day

2/5 Grading Day- No School

2/10 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

2/15 President's Day- No School

2/17 Student Contact Day

2/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)

2/24 No School: Staff Development Day


3/3 Oak Hills School Photos (9am-6pm; by appointment)

3/3 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

3/1 Oak Hills OBOB Book Clubs

  • 3rd Grade 11:00 - 11:30 A Boy Called Bat - Realistic Fiction

  • 4th Grade 11:30 - 12:00 A Boy Called Bat - Realistic Fiction

3/4 Oak Hills OBOB Book Club

  • 5th Grade 11:00 - 11:30 A Boy Called Bat - Realistic Fiction

3/5 Assembly Day

3/10 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

3/17 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

3/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)

3/22-26 Spring Break- No School

3/31 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)


4/2 Assembly Day

4/7 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

4/14 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

4/16 Grading Day- No School

4/21 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

4/21 PTO Meeting (7pm)

4/28 Staff Development Day- No School


5/5 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

5/7 Assembly Day

5/12 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

5/19 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

5/19 PTO Meeting (7pm)

5/26 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)

5/31 Memorial Day- No School


6/2 Student Contact Day

6/9 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

6/9 PTO Mtg (7pm)

6/18 Last Day of School

6/18 Assembly Day

Oak Hills Staff Favorites

Each year, we receive a number of requests from families wanting to know personal preferences of Oak Hills staff members, if they are choosing to share their appreciation with small gifts. Please know that your gratitude (in the form of an email, a card, or a short note) is enough to brighten the day of our amazing staff!

We have assembled a slide deck of Oak Hills Staff Favorites that we keep on hand in the school office (for our use) during Teacher Appreciation and other celebrations throughout the school year.

Oak Hills Favorite Things: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nLFiazpRJFlvL0cM820hE86rzLCwOctd/view?usp=sharing

Thank you for your desire to share your thanks and appreciation! Likewise, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to YOU for partnering with us this year under challenging circumstances. YOU are going above and beyond, as parents, grandparents, neighbors, and care providers, in order to ensure our students at Oak HIlls are engaged in learning each day to the greatest extent possible. We can't thank you enough for your time, your care for our students, and the support for our work as educators!

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A Message from SRO Deputy Yoshimura

Immunization Exclusion Day Information

The Immunization Exclusion Day for 2020-21 is scheduled for February 17, 2021.

All children who are not up to date with their immunizations will be excluded from being physically in the building.

We know that with the COVID-19 protocols in place, getting your child/children up to date with their immunizations may require some advanced planning. You may even be hesitant to go to a doctor's office. We, also, know that with the current distant learning your student is not physically in the building. We do want you to know that when public schools return to in school learning at any capacity and if your child/children are not current with their immunizations they will not be able to be physically in the building.

When this happens, you would have several options available to you:

  1. become current with immunizations.
  2. remain in CDL.
  3. notify us if you are exempt from the immunization schedule with an official document.

We'd like to make you aware that between now and exclusion day you will be receiving several communications from either us in the office, from the District, or from Washington County. If you are current and you still receive a notification, then please let us know so we can align our communication to better match your child's immunization records.

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Snowflake Hunt

This month Beaverton Safe Routes to School invites your school community to go on a Snowflake Hunt! To participate make a snowflake and place it in a window facing the street and then go for a walk and count how many snowflakes you find. We hope this provides your family with a fun activity and a little encouragement to get outside for a walk or roll. Use the link below for a snowflake making tutorial and make sure your trip is counted in the following ways:

1. Send an email to bsdsaferoutes@gmail.com with the number of snowflakes you found. BSD students (or parents) please include how many students participated and what school they are from.

2. BSD elementary students can also log their miles on their Marathon Kids account. If you need information on how to set up a Marathon Kids account, contact your PE teacher.

3. Post a photo to social media with the following hashtags #BSDsaferoutes #BSDtogether #BSDmarathonkids


Thank you for your understanding!

Leah Biado-Luis
Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Oak Hills Library Webpage

Click here to learn more about reserving books & e-books, Wednesday Book Bus information, O.B.O.B. book list & upcoming book clubs, Scholastic Book Fair information

Book Club Dates and Times:

3rd-5th Grade Mondays


(Jan. 11) The Changeling - Fantasy

(Mar. 1st ) A Boy Called Bat - Realistic Fiction

Helpful Library Links

Oak Hills Library Webpage

How to Request Library Books Video

How to Request E-books and Add Your Public Library Video

Oak Hills Book Bus Times and Locations Map

Beaverton School District Book Bus Routes Map

OBOB Book List

OBOB Hall of Fame Questionnaire

OBOB Trivia Group at Cedar Mill Library

Book Club Registration

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Technical Issues?

You may reach out to Mrs. Vallee directly via email at Anna_Vallee@beaverton.k12.or.us If she is unable to resolve the issue, support will be requested from the Beaverton School District HelpDesk.
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Family Toolkit

Visit the BSD Family Toolkit at: https://oakhills.beaverton.k12.or.us/ **Connect--Family Toolkit

Kindergarten-specific Information: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/early-learning/kindergarten

Community Resource Page

Click here for food, internet, transportation and utilities resources