Rascal News

November 2021

Salem Heights Elementary

Message from Principal Theis

Greetings everyone!

Thank you to everyone who signed up for school conferences, we had an amazing turn-out! I know our teachers really appreciate the chance to connect with parents early to help establish great parent-teacher partnerships.

We have a lot going on in November, including our photo retake day and a Chipotle fundraiser! Read on for more info, and as always...

Go Rascals!


Important Dates

  • Nov 1-30 - In-District Student Transfer Application Window
  • Nov 10 - 6:00pm PTC Meeting
  • Nov 11 - No School, Veteran's Day
  • Nov 12 - No School, Staff Development Day
  • Nov 17 - 4:00-8:00pm Chipotle Fundraiser
  • Nov 19 - Picture Retakes
  • Nov 24-26 - No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 3 - No school, Grading Day
  • Dec 9 - 6:00pm PTC Meeting
  • Dec 21-31 - No school, Winter Break


Chipotle Fundraiser! November 17th

Support our school by enjoying Chipotle on November 17th from 4:00pm-8:00pm.

Our parent teacher club will earn 33% of all sales during that time!

They will use this money to provide field trips, famlies nights, and more for our school.

Flyers will go home with students soon in Friday folders, or you can download a printable form below.

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Picture Retake Day - November 19

If your student did not have the opportunity to have their photo taken on October 1st, or if you were not satisfied with how their school photo turned out, this is your chance for a retake.

For those not satisfied with their originial photos:

Simply send your child's photo packet back to school. We will hold it for you until photo day and then send them for retakes.

For those who have not had their photo taken:

You can either: pick up a photo packet from the school office, or

  1. Use the button below to go to Dorianstudio.com.
  2. Search for your school
  3. Select the order button from the appropriate photo day
  4. Complete your transaction

Please notify your child's teacher through ParentSquare if you want your child photographed for retakes. Unlike our regular photo day, your child will only be photographed if we know you want them to.

You can visit/sign up for ParentSquare here: https://www.parentsquare.com/signin



Students who want to attend a school other than their assigned school may apply for an in-district transfer (IDT) between November 1–30, 2021. This includes elementary, middle, high school and students who would like to transfer to the EDGE online program.

If your student already has an approved IDT, you do not need to fill out the application.

There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation. IDT applications received after November 30, 2021, will not be considered.

In-district transfer request forms can be picked up at your student’s assigned school. They will also be posted on the Student Transfers page on November 1. The webpage will also include instructions on how to turn in the forms via email, snail mail.

It is preferred that families fill out the forms and drop them off at their assigned schools.


Annual Rascal Run

We generally hold our annual Jog-a-thon, or Rascal Run, every fall. This year, in light of current COVID restrictions, we are looking to move it to the Spring in hopes that our parent volunteers and attendees will be able to come and cheer their rascals on!

The Rascal Run is the biggest and most important fundraiser of the year, contributing to more than half the annual PTC budget. This money goes toward supporting teacher classroom needs, contributing to school spirit and building community with field trips, families engagement nights, and much more!


Get to know your PTC!

The PTC organizes and funds a wide variety of programs to support the school and its students. One of the main programs we fund are school field trips. We also encourage community through our family nights, supplement academics with an art literacy program and make sure teachers have the supplies they need in the classroom.

Every project, event and program the PTC does, only happens because of volunteers. We need your help to make these things happen. Until December volunteer opportunities are limited, but we would love to hear from you if you are willing to volunteer when things open back up.

Volunteering can be as much or as little as you want, in whatever you are interested in. You can come a little early and help set-up an event, or you could lead a whole new program, there is something for everyone.

If you are interested feel free to email us admin@salemheightsptc.org, visit our website for more info, find us on Facebook, or join our next virtual meeting November 10th 6:00pm:


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In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. Because we raised the bar for what we expect students to know and be able to do, we have also changed the way we measure student progress through our state tests.


Welcome to ParentSquare!

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ParentSquare replaces SchoolMessenger

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is now using the ParentSquare platform for district, school and teacher communications, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent/guardian, using their preferred email address and phone number.

Download the app or log into the ParentSquare web portal using the contact email used for your child’s school.

What is ParentSquare?

ParentSquare is a simple-to-use platform that provides a safe way for everyone to connect. With ParentSquare, you’ll be able to:

  • Receive messages from the district and school via email, text or app notification
  • Choose to receive information as it comes or all at once at 6 p.m. daily
  • Communicate in your preferred language
  • Comment on school postings to engage in your school community
  • Direct message teachers and staff
  • Sign up for parent-teacher conferences
  • And more all from your phone or web portal!
ParentSquare Overview for Parents
ParentSquare Overview for Parents - Spanish


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The first resolution of its kind was developed through collaboration with district staff, leadership, community feedback and engagement.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Salem-Keizer Public Schools Board of Directors voted 4-2 to approve a resolution recognizing the board and district’s commitment to equity and anti-racism. One board director was absent. It is the first time a resolution of its kind was introduced in SKPS.


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Thanks to the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option, we will be able to feed all students breakfast and lunch at school for free this year.

See below for menus, but please keep in mind that entree's are subject to change based on availability.

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Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get pandemic food benefits. This includes students that attend a school where all students eat meals at school for free, children in foster care, children of migrant workers and youth experiencing homelessness.


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Join us in celebrating American Indian Alaskan Native Month in November at the American Indian Alaskan Native Celebration 2021.


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With nearly 41,000 students in our schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, safety and well-being of our students, families and staff is, without question, our highest priority. Open communication and transparency play critical roles in safety and we want to ensure you have accurate and timely information on how COVID-19 is impacting our schools.

Covid-19 Data Dashboard

We have officially launched our COVID-19 data dashboard for the 2021-22 school year. Please know that this dashboard is still ongoing further development and may continue to have minor tweaks and improvements over the coming weeks.

You can learn more about our COVID-19 investigation and communication process, on our new online dashboard webpage.

Remember, COVID-19 impacts us all daily. It is critical that we follow all recommended health and safety protocols such as vaccination, wearing a face covering, hand-washing and maintaining physical distance both while in school, and out in the community.

Thank you for all of your ongoing support as we continue to improve our processes and work together to keep our students, staff, families and community safe.


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Through the Oregon Health Plan, youth 19 years of age and younger have access to free health coverage, regardless of immigration status if they meet the income requirements.

More information, including income requirements and how to apply for coverage, is available online.



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See you in December!