Oak Hills Newsletter

Week of September 26, 2022

Reminders This Week

*Wednesday, September 28 is Picture Day! Envelopes were sent home last week. If your child does not have one, there are extras in the front office. You can also order photo packages online up to 4 days after picture day.

Picture Retakes are on Tuesday, November 8.

*Thursday, September 29 is the Jog-A-Thon Kick Off Virtual Assembly. Jog-A-Thon packets will come home with your child on Friday, September 30th.

*Friday, September 30 is Live Assembly for Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5

Wear Otter pride colors (red, blue, white) or Otter apparel to show school spirit!

Talented and Gifted (TAG) Opportunities

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

Please remember to submit your white envelopes by this Wednesday, 9/28. Thank you for your support!

Keep an eye out for information about our upcoming Jog-a-thon this week!

*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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Library News from Ms. Larsen

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Volunteers:

Come celebrate reading with us! We are looking for volunteers to come in during the 3rd (11:45-12:10), 4th (12:10-12:35) and 5th grade (12:35-1:00) lunch recess times to help quiz teams starting later in November and to help with battles starting in January. All materials are provided. Please email Ms. Larsen or Lindsay Sandor at candlsandor@gmail.com if you are interested. All volunteers must be approved by the district before volunteering. Please complete the application found HERE.

Paying Library Fines: - if you receive an overdue notice with a library fine, you may return the item or pay the fine at this website: https://or-beaverton.intouchreceipting.com

Thank you!

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

Important Dates--Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, September 28: Picture Day (Picture packets went home on Monday, 9/19)

Thursday, September 29 Virtual Assembly--Jog-A-Thon Kick off assembly

Friday, September 30: Schoolwide assembly (K-2) and (3-5); Wear Otter pride colors (red, blue, white)

Friday, October 7: Popcorn Friday

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

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

Friday, October 21: Jog-a-Thon

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: Family Movie Night (Time: TBD)

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

Monday, November 28: NO SCHOOL-Staff Development Day

Oak Hills Agreements Among all Students and Staff (Repeat)

As we welcome students back for the 2022-23 school year, we are revisiting the ways we want our school feel each day from the perspectives of our students and staff alike. Care is the word that keeps coming up in conversations. We want students to feel cared for by our staff and their peers. We want students to practice showing care to themselves, to their classmates, to our school and the wider community. We want to celebrate all efforts in making our school community one where everyone feels cared for and connected.

We have collectively developed a set of Oak Hills Agreements to guide our work this year. These are the ways we have agreed to show care throughout the day. We hope that you will find these agreements helpful this year.

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What is an Otter Note? (Repeat)

Otter Notes are one of the many tools we use to acknowledge efforts to show care within our school community. Otter Notes can be shared with individual students or shared with an entire classroom community.

Whole Class Otter Notes will be presented when a class has clearly strived to uphold community agreements and create positive and meaningful experiences for themselves and others. These will most often be presented in specials classes, such as PE, Music, Technology, or Library.

Individual Otter Notes will be one of tools our staff use with the intention of building our students up, maintaining meaningful relationships, and attuning to what our individual students value regarding recognition and praise.

If you see an Otter Note in your child's backpack, please ask them how they went about showing care at school.
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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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Oak Hills COVID Updates (Repeat)

As we move into the coming school year, we continue to work closely with Washington County, using their guidelines and protocols to ensure the safety of our students and staff. During times of high transmission, we will communicate with our school community so you remain informed. You may choose to send your child to school with a mask or without. We will have a separate isolation room to care for students exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19, minimizing the risk of exposure to classmates who may be accessing the health room for an ice pack. In the event that we reach levels of higher transmission, we will also look closely as large-scale events to determine if an outdoor setting, mask recommendations, distancing reminders, etc. would be more appropriate.

We will need your continued partnership throughout the coming year. Please pay close attention to possible symptoms of Covid-19. Communicate with the school office if your child will remain at home due to illness with any Covid-19 related symptoms or if your child tests positive. We appreciate your shared concern for the health and well-being of our students and staff.

Apply for Free/Reduced Price Meal Benefits (Repeat)

District message: Please consider applying if you feel your family may qualify for free or reduced price meal benefits. It is confidential, school staff have no way of knowing which students receive meal benefits and which students do not. Beyond meals, there are MANY benefits to students, families, and school funding.

The household income requirements have changed: As an example, a family of four can have a total household income of up to $83,249 and qualify for meal benefits.

A meal benefits application can be completed online on our app SCHOOL CAFE, an account will need to be set up. Make sure to apply during summer since applications expire at the end of June each school year. We highly recommend that families apply! For more information on meal benefits, please visit the Meal Benefits webpage.

More information here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meal-benefits