Patterson Elementary

Parent Blast - January 4, 2021

Welcome Back

I hope this newsletter finds your family rested after a well-deserved break! Our family enjoyed time away from computer screens and lots of family games. As we head into the new year we have several updates to share so please take a moment or two to scroll through so you're up to date and reach out if you have any questions. Have a wonderful first week back!

Important Dates:

  • 1/7 - Asian & Pacific Islander (API) HSD family engagement meeting, 6:30 pm

  • 1/7 - Principal Read Aloud, 7-7:30 pm (link below)

  • 1/18 - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • 1/25 - Principal Read Aloud, 7:15-7:45 pm (link below)

  • 1/28 - Last Day of Semester 1

  • 1/29 - No School, Teacher Grade Prep

  • 2/1 - No School, Teacher Prep Day

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out:

Here to serve,

Jamie Lentz

Principal, Patterson Elementary

Return to School Planning

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued a letter to the directors of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) stating that as of Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, the health metrics guiding schools’ return to in-person learning should be considered advisory rather than mandatory. Our school district leadership has worked diligently over break, determining what this means for our students in HSD. District communication went out earlier today and will continue at least biweekly, if not more frequently, based on available information and the health situation at the time.

Playgrounds and Fields Are Now Open

School playgrounds and open fields are now available for community use. Families are welcome to use playgrounds and open fields during* and after school hours and do so at their own risk. (*Once schools resume in-person learning for students, playgrounds and open fields will be off-limits to the community during school hours.)

Turf fields and stadiums remain closed for any community use. ​

Tennis courts are open for use by Hillsboro Parks and Recreation and in accordance with existing agreements.

Playground equipment will not be sanitized by school staff, so visitors are encouraged to take health and safety precautions.

  • Follow state guidelines on outdoor recreation activities and face coverings.
  • Wash hands before and after visiting the playground.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from people outside your immediate household.
  • Bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes for use on surfaces that you touch.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath.
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Principal Read Alouds

In December we had a lot of fun coming together for some bed-time read-alouds! I hope your kids can join me this month for a few more stories before bed.

Thursday - January 7th from 7-7:30 pm

Or dial: +​1​ ​4​1​5​-​9​9​3​-​3​1​8​3 PIN: 9​9​1​ ​8​5​6​ ​5​5​7​#

Monday - January 25th from 7:15-7:45 pm

Or dial: +​1​ ​5​3​0​-​3​9​5​-​0​6​3​8 PIN: 2​2​7​ ​1​1​5​ ​3​0​9​#

Food Pantry

Our food pantry continues to be available to serve our families in need. Please reach out to Mrs. Awad if you need assistance:
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Math Tournament Winners!

Congrats to our Math Tournament grade level winners! Our morning announcement crew would like to have an online party to celebrate with our winners. Prizes will be delivered on Friday along with an invitation to this event.

Congratulations to ....

  • Kindergartener Connor
  • Second Graders Fiona, Dylan, Evan, Peter and Mason
  • Third Graders Eleanor and Emelia
  • Fourth Graders Hayden and Buster
  • Fifth Graders Kaimalia, Gage and Evelyn
  • Sixth Grader Brody

Shout out to all of our participants, we hope you enjoyed solving math problems with us!

In-District Transfer Priority Window

HSD students wishing to renew or request a new in-district transfer for the 2021-22 school year are urged to submit their request in January to take advantage of the priority window. While it is not guaranteed that requests submitted during the priority window will be approved, the chances are best at this time as staffing has not yet been finalized. Most applications will come through our online system, which provides the requester immediate confirmation of their submission and the option of uploading supplementary paperwork as needed. Families of students currently on a transfer will receive a letter via email or U.S. Mail alerting them to the January transfer window. Please see the Boundaries and Transfers section of our website for more information or contact Marleen Zytniowski or Katie Russell-Willis at or 503-844-1771 with questions.

School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Appreciation Month! And while COVID has certainly made things different, our Board is still working hard on behalf of students, staff, and families. If you would like to extend your thanks and/or appreciation, you can mail cards to our district office: 3083 NE 49th Place Hillsboro, OR 97124

Thank you to our HSD school board for their hard work and dedication to our students!

YALA Delayed

We apologize for the delay - at this point we are waiting for a new launch date for YALA (Youth Access Library Accounts). You can still utilize our Sora online library in the meantime.
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Student Success Process

The Hillsboro School District Student Support Process (SSP) is a multi-tiered system of support designed to help students who are struggling in the areas of academics and/or behavior. Interventions that match the need are provided upon the initial signs of struggle and progress is monitored to determine efficacy and guide future decisions. The SSP is not special education, nor is it the path to special education, although there are times that special education evaluation results from the process. Please see the diagram below and reach out if you have any questions.

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Printing From Your Chromebook

Please use these instructions to print from a chromebook at home.