Oak Hills Newsletter

Week of October 24, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Oak Hills Families,

Thank you for all your support last week! The Jog-A-Thon was a huge success! Students, family members, neighbors, community members, and staff came together on Friday to show Otter Pride on the track and field. Students ran, jogged, walked to the fun beats through the bubbles, took in the cheering crowds, and laughed through the rain---it was a day to remember!

The PTO proudly announces that our community has raised $48,000 and still counting! The last day to donate through Pledgestar is tomorrow. Pledge envelopes that went home last week will still be collected through the end of this week.

Our staff and students are so grateful for your generosity. We look forward to showcasing all the exciting learning projects, events, field trips, books, clubs, and resources that will be funded by the fundraising efforts.

Most importantly, it's been amazing to see our community come together like we did on Friday!

This week is a 5-day week before the short weeks in November. Please remember to sign up for a parent-teacher conference appointment for next week. If you need support with ParentSquare, please call or stop by the main office. If you have questions about appointments, email your student's teacher(s).

We look forward to connecting with you in person or on zoom.

Have a great week!


Ms. Do

Schoolwide Reminders this Week

TUESDAY, 10/25

*OHSU Covid kit collection day


*PTO McTeacher’s Night; 5-8pm @ Tanasbourne McDonalds (more info below)

*COGAT Screener

9:00-10:00--3rd grade make-ups

10:30-11:30-- nominated 5th and new 4th graders

MONDAY, 10/31

Spirit Day: Hats and Headbands--see flyer below

Library News from Ms. Larsen

K-2 Parents

Last week I introduced the migration of monarch butterflies and nonfiction books to the classes. We also watched a really cool video about how kids can help monarch butterflies! If you are interested, check out these two websites for more information!

Miles for Monarchs

Journey North - kids can help gather data and submit their findings to researchers!

OBOB Resources

Our Cedar Mill Library has many OBOB resources. One is audiobooks and downloadable e-audeobooks. I encourage the students to reread and listen to the books to pick up details from the stories for battles. I have also encouraged the students to keep a notebook where they can write down details and study these before the battle competitions. Another resource is practice battles in December. Registration is required.

In December, we are planning to open our library during lunch for teams to come practice for battles using the practice questions from the Cedar Mill Library. We need volunteers for these practice battles. Please email Ms. Larsen if you are interested.

Cedar Mill Library Wiser Kids K-5 Newsletter

Our local public library has many resources to share in a monthly newsletter! In this issue you will find these topics:

  • Fall and Winter Reading program info

  • Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) resources

  • Curated Booklists

  • Dyslexia resources and More!

  • Student Library Cards

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

TAG and SUMMA Family Information Presentation

Here is the slide deck from the presentation on 10/12. This slide deck is available to view for 2 weeks. If you have questions, please contact our TAG coordinators, Taylor Thompson or Maggie Nice. District coordinator is Heidi Hanson.

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PTO presents After-School Club Opportunities

Hello Otter families! We are excited to start having some after school clubs back in the school! Here is some information about the steps needed to get a club rolling-- After School Club Info and Proposal Form .

Right now, we have some interest for a Pokemon Trading Club and a Chess Club. Registration forms for our first session starting November 30th will be coming out next week. These clubs are entirely parent-run so if you are interested in being involved, please reach out to pto@oakhillspto.org. Proposals for clubs for our first session need to be turned in before Nov 7th.

There will be class limits to each club. If the slots fill up quickly, we will communicate to the community about recruiting more advisors to supervise students. There will be new sessions offered every two months.

PTO supports McTeacher's Night

This Wednesday, October 26th from 5-8pm, Tanasbourne McDonalds (2435 NE Town Center Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97006) has generously offered to support Oak Hills through another McTeacher’s night. The school will receive 20% of ALL sales from the Lobby, Drive-Thru, McDelivery and Mobile Orders during the 3 hour time frame. There is no need to show the flyer to receive credit.

Oak Hills staff will be selling cookies in the lobby ($1 for 2 cookies - cash only) and the school will receive 60% of these cookie sales. This is another fun (and delicious) way to support our school!

PTO News/Jog-A-Thon Updates

Jog-A-Thon Fundraising Update

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Jog-A-Thon a success on Friday! And thank you to our community for such generous donations! As the Jog-A-Thon festivities wrap up, here are some things to be aware of:

*We have lots of photos from the event. The photographers will be uploading them to a folder for families to view. We will let you know when the folder is ready to access.

*Tickets and prize list will be distributed for take home on Nov 2nd.

*Ticket raffle will be on Nov 8th and 9th during school. Winners will be selected at the end of the day Nov 9th.

*Classroom parties for top earners and wrap up assembly (where admin get to be wrapped up and care team gets to transform into a human sundae!) will be during the week of Nov 14th. More details to follow.

*Top fundraising classes in each grade level will earn a popsicle party! Final results will be published next week.

An update on the leader board (Top Fundraising classes at each grade level):

K: Burnett

1: Caplan

2: Perrigan

3: Yamada

4: Willis

5: Clarkson

The class that fundraises the most will earn a pizza party!

An update on the leader board (Top overall fundraising class):

1st place: Perrigan

2nd place: Yamada

3rd place: Willis

Family Movie Night-Friday, November 18th (6-8pm)

Mark your calendars for Family Movie Night on November 8th! This is a free family event and concessions will be available for purchase. All proceeds from concessions will go toward the 5th Grade Celebration fund. More details to follow!

*Volunteer Opportunities

What does a Classroom Coordinator do?

Grade levels are having more volunteer opportunities and will soon be getting ready for classroom celebrations (Winter parties in December, Friendship Day in February, etc).

If you are interested in being a classroom coordinator, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Seeking Donations for Oak Hills

We appreciate your donations to the snack pantry. We always welcome more donations when you are able to contribute to this need.

Kleenex/tissue are also items that are needed in the classrooms and the office. Thank you for your generosity!

Important Dates--Mark Your Calendars

Monday, October 31: Spirit Day (Hats and Headbands)

Wednesday, November 2: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:40-7:40pm

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: PTO Popcorn Friday

Friday, November 18: PTO Family Movie Night (6-8pm)

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

Monday, November 28: NO SCHOOL-Staff Development Day

Wednesday, December 7: Winter Music Showcase (Grades 4 & 5) 4-5pm

Wednesday, December 7: Kickoff to Scholastic Book Fair; Book Fair Family Night 5:15-6:15pm

December 7-December 13: Book Fair

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Proposed Local Option Levy 2022 (REPEAT)

On November 8, 2022, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to renew a 5-year local option levy. If passed, the proposed levy renewal would fund approximately 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors. The proposed levy renewal is projected to raise approximately $39-$43 million annually; over a 5-year period, the proposed levy renewal would raise about $205 million.

If passed, the proposed levy renewal would continue the existing tax rate of $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

If the proposed levy renewal does not pass, the levy rate would not be assessed. The District would not receive about $39 million to fund 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors, starting in the 2023-2024 school year.

The current local option levy expires on June 30, 2023.

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences Updates (REPEAT)

Please sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences via ParentSquare. If you need help with this platform, please call the front office or email your student's teacher with your questions.

Oak Hills Fall Conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 3rd by appointment. Families will have the option to choose a meeting in person on site or via zoom when selecting a time slot.

Currently, our bilingual liaisons are securing interpreters for families at the middle school level and will be shortly secure interpreters for families at Oak Hills. Our goal is to open up the appointments two weeks before conferences. Please stay tuned.

Oak Hills Fall Conference Schedule:

  • Wednesday, 11/2- School is in session; Evening Conferences (3:40-7:40pm)
  • Thursday, 11/3- No School for Students; Conferences (7:40am-7:40pm; teacher time slots vary throughout the day. Please check ParentSquare for appointments).
  • Friday, 11/4- No School for Students

Attention 5th Grade Families--Option School Open Houses and Application Deadlines (Repeat)

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be available starting today, Monday, October 17.

Rachel Carson’s address was incorrect in the message sent out on 10/16, and they have added another Open House. Please do some early investigation of our option schools and programs online and plan to attend one or more of the upcoming open houses.

Please know that students may only apply to one option school or program. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes are allowed.

All applicants must reside within BSD boundaries or currently attend a BSD school on an approved inter-district transfer. (Upon acceptance to an option school or program, you may be required to provide proof of address or inter-district transfer.)

Beginning October 17, current BSD students are able to apply online using their BSD student ID. There’s also an online application for resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school. If you do not have internet access, visit your school office for a paper application.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Options Lottery & Admissions Timeline (2023-2024 School Year)

● Monday, October 17: Lottery opens.

● Friday, December 9: Lottery applications due by 4:00 p.m.

● Wednesday, December 14: Lottery is conducted.

● Thursday, December 15: E-mail notifications sent offering enrollment or notice of wait-pool status with second consideration applications; results cannot be given over the phone.

● Monday, January 9: Second consideration applications due to schools.

● Wednesday, February 1: Deadline for parents to accept by 4:00 p.m.

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Talented and Gifted (TAG) Opportunities (Repeat)

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.

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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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