October 2021

Friday, Oct. 22nd

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Sato Elementary School

Our mission is to provide active, relevant, educational experiences that foster globally minded innovative citizens in and out of the classroom. Our students will think creatively and take risks as they apply knowledge and skills to future endeavors.

Important Dates:


  • 10/13-10/26 - Book Fair
  • 10/25-10/29- Construction on Ridgeline- See info below
  • 10/25- Last day for TAG Parent nomination form, late forms will not be accepted
  • 10/27-11/5 - CogAT Full Version
  • 10/29- Weekly Covid Testing packets come home to already enrolled families


  • Monday, November 1- Weekly Covid Testing collection day
  • Thursday, November 11 - No School, Veterans Day
  • Friday, November 12 - No School, Grading Day
  • Wednesday, November 24 - Friday, November 26 - No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Monday, November 29 - No School, Staff Development Day

Other important dates to add to your calendars:


  • April 28-29, 2022 - No School, Spring Parent Conferences


  • BSD added Juneteenth as an observed holiday, so there will be no school on Monday, June 20th. The last day of school is Tuesday, June 21 and teachers will checkout on Wednesday, June 22.

New Breakfast and Lunch Routine

With the change in weather, we will be bringing PE back inside. With this change, we are making a change to our lunch plan. In order to maintain the 6 feet distance between students with their masks off, generally speaking, students who eat hot lunch will be eating inside the cafeteria and cold lunch eaters will be eating upstairs in their instructional wings.

Breakfast: A new line has been created for students who eat breakfast in the morning at school. If your child will be eating breakfast in the morning, please have them walk on the white line that leads to the gym doors where they will be allowed to enter and get their breakfast.

Rainy Day Recess Reminders

Reminder! We go out to recess rain or shine! Please be sure to dress your students appropriately for the changing weather!

On days where there is a significant amount of rainfall, we will be enacting our Rainy Day Recess Plan! PE will now be brought back inside with our lunch change, therefore, we can utilize our undercover area once again for rainy day recess. Depending on which zone students are assigned to for the day, they will either be brought to the undercover area, or the covered courtyard area for rainy day recess.

Remember, no umbrellas!

Morning Drop Off Reminders

The volume of traffic for morning car drop-off is immense and we want to prioritize safety for students as well as cars in the drop off line.

Please remember to have patience, be alert and respectful of the fellow families dropping their students off. Please do not stop your vehicle to drop off students on the roundabout crosswalk, remember to use your turn signal when exiting the drop off lane and maintain less than 5mph in our parking lot. Please only allow students to exit the vehicle when you are in the drop off lane near the sidewalk, not the through lane.

If you are dropping off a kindergarten student and the side gates are closed, you will need to have your student go through the front doors. There will be plenty of staff out front to assist students in getting to where they need to be!

Additionally, if you are walking your child to school, please remember to always use the marked crosswalks and do not cross across the parking lot or street.

Thank you for prioritizing the safety of our students!

Construction on Ridgeline 10/25-10/29

Next week, there will be construction on the sidewalk that fronts Sato along Ridgeline St in the area shown in the red boxes on the aerial map below.

They will demolish the concrete ramps on either side of the staff parking entrance and then pour new ramps to face the new street to the north, and install a “bridge” through the bioswale at the intersection of the new road to the east.

The sidewalk in the red boxed areas will not be passable during construction 10/25 - 10/29. They will install traffic cones around the area and do the work outside of pickup/dropoff times to minimize the impact to the school.

The concrete pour is scheduled for next Friday, Oct 29. The sidewalk will be open to pedestrians by Monday Nov 1 but they will keep the traffic cones up for about a week after the pour to deter cars from cutting the corner and risk vehicles driving over the new concrete.

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Weekly Covid Testing

At this time we have over 380 families who have signed up for the Weekly Covid Testing program, which is a partnership between BSD and OHSU. OHSU assigned the distribution and collections days. Sato's assigned days are as follows:

Fridays - Distribution of Test Kits

Mondays - Collection of Test Kits

It is important to note that weeks where there isn't school on either a Monday or a Friday, there will not be distribution or collection of kits.

Because of conferences, our first distribution will be Friday, October 29th with collection on Monday, November 1st.

The first time the kits come home, you will have an instruction sheet on how to use the testing kit and a sheet of labels with your child's information on them. Only kits collected at the start of the Monday collection day will be able to be accepted. If you forget your kit at home on the Monday collection day, we will not be able to accept it for that week.

HERE is a link to the OHSU Weekly testing site for more information.

See below for videos on how to complete the weekly screening test.

Rolling enrollment:

Families may enroll their student at any time. Please contact the office to sign up.

Please know that it is about a two week turn around. This means that when a you sign up, you don't immediately get the Kit sent home the very next distribution Friday. We upload the forms and OHSU has to process them.

How to collect spit for Oregon's K-12 COVID-19 testing program
Cómo recolectar la saliva para el Programa de pruebas de COVID-19 para K-12 en Oregón

Digital Citizenship Week

This week was digital citizenship week and during technology classes, students were taught lessons in topics such as: media balance and wellbeing, safety and security, and digital footprint and identity. We live in a technology driven world and it is important to be monitoring your children's consumption of media. For more resources on this, please visit commonsensemedia.org

Walk and Roll Winners!

Congratulations to all of our International Walk & Roll to School Day winners!

Winners can collect their prizes in the main office!

  • Fidel Torres- Scooter & Helmet

  • Elissa Kuo- drawstring bag
  • Mason Somadi- drawstring bag
  • Luca Yoakam- drawstring bag
  • Pujan Patel- drawstring bag
  • Lauren Canney- drawstring bag

TAG Parent Nomination Forms Due October 25th

All TAG parent nomination forms for Kindergarten-3rd grade students are due on October 25th. We will not be accepting any forms after the October 25th deadline.

4th and 5th grade students will all be taking the test this year, so they do not need to have a parent nomination turned in.


In an effort to be more inclusive of families who do not celebrate Halloween or who find purchasing a costume a hardship for their families, this is a reminder that we do not allow Halloween costumes at school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Reminder: Treats at school

The District has a wellness policy that prohibits distributing treats at school as well as the fact we need to be mindful of students with varying dietary restrictions.

Holiday Help

If your family is in need of assistance this Holiday season, please contact our Counseling and Social Work Team:

Laurie White- School Counselor: Laurie_White@beaverton.k.12.or.us

Mike Lamber- School Counselor: Michael_Lambert@beaverton.k12.or.us

Lesley Conway- School Social Worker: Lesley_Conway@beaverton.k12.or.us

This information is confidential. While we cannot guarantee that your family will receive help, we will work to connect you to resources that can support you during this season.

Beaverton School District is Hiring!

Come work for the Beaverton School District and get a $500 hiring bonus! We’re hiring immediately for these classified positions:

  • Bus drivers
  • Nutrition services workers
  • Custodians
  • Para-educators
  • School office assistants
  • Classified substitutes

In addition to the bonus, you’ll receive competitive wages, an excellent benefits package, and a rewarding position supporting our community’s kids. Just head to our website: www.beaverton.k12.or.us and click on jobs.

BSD Hiring Bonus

October is National Filipino American History Month

October is National Filipino American History Month. It’s all about celebrating the history, heritage, culture and achievements of Filipino Americans.

The celebration of Filipino American History Month in October each year is significant. It commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States.

Each year, Filipino American History Month is recognized with a special theme. The 2021 theme is “50 Years Since the First Young Filipino People's Far West Convention.”

To learn more about Filipino American History Month or to find other ways to celebrate Filipino American people, history and culture year-round, visit the FANHS website.
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Celebrating the Sato Community!!

Hi Sato Families, What an amazing and diverse community we have at Sato and we would love to celebrate it with a whole school art project. Your student will be bringing home a paper with an outline of a person. Please watch the video to see the directions.
Sato Paper Person Project Directions

Book Fair

Thank you for your support during our in-person book fair! Remember, the book fair continues virtually through October 26th! Shop any time October 13-26 by visiting our online fair!

A reminder from Transportation

A reminder that due to COVID 19, we cannot have unauthorized riders on buses. Specifically, we cannot allow students to ride home with a friend or use their non-assigned bus. Drives will turn away students not assigned to their route in the afternoons. For the time being, we need to be strict about ridership.

When should I keep my child home from school?

We would like to remind you about our guidelines for determining whether or not your student should come to school if they are ill.

If your student shows primary symptoms of COVID 19, we ask you to keep your child home and contact your health care provider to get a COVID test. You may also find THIS website helpful for covid testing locations. Primary symptoms of covid are defined as fever, cough, chills, loss of taste or smell and/or shortness of breath.

  • If the covid test is positive, please notify the school and quarantine your child at home for 10 days or as directed by Washington County Public Health.
  • If the test is negative, please follow the Keep Ill Children Out of School guidelines
  • If you do not want to test your student for covid and they are showing primary symptoms, they should quarantine at home for 10 days.
  • If your child has any other communicable disease symptoms, please follow the Keep Ill Children Out of School guidelines.

If you have a child who has a diagnosed chronic health condition that may present as primary symptoms of covid, such as asthma or another lung condition and the school is unaware of this condition, please contact our school nurse, Sydney Garl at sydney_garl@beaverton.k12.or.us or via parent square. She may need to implement a school health management plan to help prevent your child from being inappropriately sent home from school.

Please notify the office if your child will be out sick. We appreciate your help keeping our school community safe. Remember to use the attendance link on our main webpage

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Back to School FAQ

Remember that if you have questions about Covid Protocols or quarantining, please be sure to continually check out the BSD FAQ page as it is continually updated. Linked for you below.

Safety Drills at Sato

Helpful Tips & Reminders:

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Lost and Found

Please use a sharpie to write your child's name in/on items such as lunch boxes, coats, sweaters, water bottles, etc. Items with names will be returned directly to your child.

As we currently have restrictions for visitors on campus, please check out our digital lost and found below. If you want to claim an item, please fill out the claim form and the front office will be in touch with you about picking up the item or simply sending it home with your child.

Rain Or Shine - reminder

As you know Sato is a large and thriving school community. We are currently using every available space to allow for the distancing safety protocols. That means that PE is outside in the undercover area and all classes go outside to recess as cohorts in different zones. With PE under the covered area, there is not a covered area option for recesses.

Please dress your children appropriately for outdoor recess every day: Rain or Shine!!

For safety reasons on the bus and hallways please keep umbrellas at home!

Meet the Administration

We missed having an in-person Back To School Night where we typically have an opportunity to introduce ourselves!

If you'd like to know a little more about the Administration at Sato please check out the Meet the Principal Page on our website, linked below!