Astro Message - January

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January Joy

Dear Astro Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the long winter break and took time to enjoy your family and friends. We are ALL very excited to have our students back in the magical place we call Ladd Acres.

As we head into 2019, it is full steam ahead with learning. Teachers and staff a prepared for a wonderful month of engaging and creating, growing and collaborating. We will review A.S.T.R.O. (Accountable - Safe - Teamwork- Respect-Open minded) expectations in class and in other areas around our school. Included during this time will be a reminder of dismissal expectations. Parents, please remember to pull forward in the pick-up line and to utilize both lanes. As a general reminder, school doors do not open until 7:15 am. Students arriving before then are unsupervised. Your help in ensuring our Astros are safe is greatly appreciated.Thank you for your support and for partnering with us as we work to guarantee safety in our school.

Have a wonderful January!

With warm regards,

Francesca Sinapi

Principal, Ladd Acres Elementary

DREAM big... REACH for the stars...TOGETHER we ACHIEVE success!

January Dates to Remember

January Character Trait: Teamwork

1/1-1/4 No School-Winter Break

1/7 Return to School

1/14 New After-School Clubs begin

1/17 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

1/21 No School (MLK Day)

1/25 Spirit & Family Day

  • Twins Day!
  • Family Groups
  • Popcorn with the Principal
  • PBIS Assembly
1/25 Fundraiser at Baja Fresh on TV Hwy, all day (Flyer coming home soon)

1/25 2nd S.T.E.A.M. Night partners with Family Fun Night, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

1/29 5th/6th Grade Music Program

  • 6:00 - 5th Grade
  • 7:00 - 6th Grade

1/31 No School (Teacher Prep)

Wear College & Career gear every Wednesday!

Wear ASTRO gear every Friday!

Hillsboro School District Safety Information

The end of 2018 brought several safety incidents to Hillsboro and Beaverton School Districts that involved social media threats. These types of “threats” are almost always found to have no credible basis; however, they are extremely disruptive and upsetting to students, staff, parents, and the broader community. The one-page pdf attached below should help provide information and understanding regarding our process, key terms and communication between school and home.

Update on Wacky W.A.G. Wednesday

Wellness - Art - Garden: Our approach to S.T.E.A.M. at Ladd Acres

Because of the large donations we have received over the last year, we have been able to provide a rich, unique experience for our Astros'. We have worked to incorporate Wellness and STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math) activities into our Astros' school day. The main way that we do this is through our W.A.G. schedule which takes place on Wednesday's. Using an alternate teaching schedule, our students experience wellness, art and science through garden classes. These classes offer engineering, technology and math aspects within various creative activities. Check out our students in action!

Getting Ready for State Testing

Tips for Families

It is never too early to start getting your student ready for upcoming state testing. As a reminder, students in grades 3-6 test using the Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA, formerly known as SBAC) and all English Language Learners test using the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA 21).

There are a number of resources on the HSD State Assessment website that you can be helpful for use at home. Please note that parent letters will be coming home soon with more information.

A good idea to help prepare your student is to access the Standards and Assessment section of the HSD public website and/or your school public websites. The link to that section is under the "For Families" tab. The Assessment section contains detailed information about state tests and includes a very useful Smarter Balanced FAQ for parents.

In the months to come, teachers will begin practicing with students by using the practice tests (now named Sample Tests.) If you have questions, please contact your student's teacher or the front office.

After School Enrichment Clubs Update

Session 2 Starts Soon

Our next after-school rotation will run from Jan 14th - March 22nd. Information letters we be sent home this week. Please keep in mind that we do our best to provide students with their top choice for FREE after-school enrichment clubs but we aren't always able to accommodate all requests. If you have any questions, please call the front office.

Family Day - December 2018

We started Family Days over a year ago and have found that it is a great success for our Astros. Students work with one staff member, once a month and build relationships with varied grade-level students. If you ever want to volunteer to help during this activity, please contact your students teacher or the front office. We can always use the extra help moving 550 students around the school.

Early Learning Fair

HSD is hosting an Early Learning Fair on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brookwood Public Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy. Come learn more about early learning options, receive registration assistance with Head Start and Preschool Promise, participate in activities, win raffle prizes, and more! This event is free and open to the community. See the flyer attached for more information.

S.T.E.A.M. Night #2 Partners with PTA Game Night - Coming on January 25th

Our 2nd S.T.E.A.M. Night of the school year will take place on January 25th from 6:00-8:00 pm in the gym. The event is in partnership with the Ladd Acres Leadership Team AND our PTA Fun Night. The event is free so be sure to bring the family and attend the fun evening. We had a great turnout in the Fall at our 1st STEAM night and are hoping to expand it even more this Winter with our various partnerships. Students will have a chance to engage in various, hands-on games during the event and even catch up with a teacher.


There's still time to nominate a staff member for the Crystal Apple Award!

In conjunction with American Education Week, the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce has opened the nomination process for its 14th Annual Crystal Apple Excellence in Education Awards. Crystal Apple Awards recognize outstanding staff members who go above and beyond to make education a great experience in Hillsboro. Nominations are reviewed in three categories: licensed staff, support staff, and administrators. Award recipients will be announced at the Crystal Apple Awards Celebration Dinner on Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019. Nominations are due by Wednesday, Jan. 30.

K-2 Literacy Day with Brown MS Leaders (and former Astros)

A big THANK YOU to Mr. Striplin and the Brown Middle School leadership team that came to Ladd to work with our littlest Astros during our first-ever K-2 Literacy Day. Astro alums were a part of the group. We were excited to have them back as leaders for Literacy. Students were partnered with older leaders and read, interacted and even played with our K-2 students.There are plans in the works to bring them back in the Winter/Spring of 2019.

In-District Transfer Priority Window

Resident students wishing to renew an existing in-district transfer or request a new one for the 2019-20 school year are encouraged to submit a completed in-district transfer request form to the Communications department by Thursday, Jan. 31, to take advantage of the priority window. Principals will review requests in early/mid-February (new this year: releases will not be required for students continuing an existing transfer or wishing to attend HOA) and parents will receive letters by the end of February/early March. These students will be counted for staffing purposes.

HSD Bond in Action

We have lights and landscaping! Thank you Hillsboro voters. The HSD Bond is the source of funding for these items. Much needed and appreciated.


Newsletters from Staff

In an effort to improve our communication between home and school you will notice below grade level or specialty newsletters below. Click on the buttons to find your student's grade level newsletter. These are updated as needed. Please reach out to teachers or the office if you have specific questions.