Oak Hills Newsletter

September 25, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Oak Hills Families,

Thank you to those of you who came by to pick up books and other items on Wednesday. Since we had so much to distribute this week, we limited the books to K and 1st Grade only. However, starting next week, the time frame for pick ups will be from 7:30am to 1:00pm and the rotation will be K/1st/2nd/4th books one week followed by K/1st/2nd/5th books the next week. 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders will let their teachers know if they would like a book bag with books at their Reading Level. In order to expedite things, please write your student's name, their teacher's name and the Grade Level on a piece of paper so it is easy to see when you drive up to school. Now that students are on-line most of the school day, we want to make sure that they are reading actual books.

Additionally, our school library is on-line now in order to make books more accessible to all families. To access the school library catalog, go to the Oak Hills website. Under the heading academics, you will find the library link. The log in button is on the top right corner. Please see the video below for details on how to search for and place a hold on books. Leilani Larsen, our new Library Media Assistant, will have the books ready for the regular Wednesday pick ups.

On a different note, we thank you for your continued support of your students as they grapple with Comprehensive Distance Learning. Last week, we focused on how you can support your student become a little more independent in this virtual school world. Can they log into their zoom session? Can they log into Seasaw? Have they figured out how to mute and unmute themselves? I am sure they are starting to show that they can handle so much of it on their own.

To add to this, I would like to discuss how to help your child if they are not focused, exhibiting strong emotions and/or being reluctant to participate in learning. During regular school, we teach our students about the Zones of Regulation. Our counselor will teach to this in her virtual lessons. Please see below for a visual. It is normal for a child to lose focus every now and then. We certainly don't expect a student to be completely focused and on-task throughout the day. In order to help with this, we have students identify the zone they are in and provide them with a little time to sort out their feelings. In every classroom, we have a "Calming Corner." Any student having a hard time, is allowed to go to the "Calming Corner" to engage in an activity that calms them down. The calming activity may be a quick drawing, time to play with Playdoh, time to read a favorite book, etc. Students generally set a timer for about 5 minutes to engage in an activity that may help them regulate themselves and be ready to reengage in learning again.. This may be something you may want to try at home while your child is engaged with CDL. You may want to create a "Calming Corner" box with items that are soothing for your student such as pictures of the family, a short book that they love, and/or drawing supplies.

Please also enjoy the videos put together by our Intervention Teacher, Toni Fisher. They are very informative videos for Kindergarten and 1st Grade parents on how to support your students with beginning Reading, beginning Writing and Power Words. We will be pushing out additional videos in the future newsletters.

Have a lovely weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheila Baumgardner


Placing a Hold on a Book from Your Library

Parent Videos to Support K/1 Students with Reading and Writing

Watch our fabulous Intervention Teacher, Toni Fisher, as she walks you through how to support your Kindergarten and 1st Grade students with power words, beginning Reading and beginning Writing.
Parent Video Power Words
Parents Beginning Writing
Parents Reading A B C Books

Enjoy Our First Oak Hills Newscast!

Oak Hills Newscast Sept 25 2020

Monthly Assemblies and Video/Joke Requests by Mrs. Vallee

Otter on the Street Reporter

We will be adding a new section to our Newscast. This will be our OTSR, Otter on the Street Reporter where we focus on your child! Your student will create a video of their special pursuit that they do in their spare time. If your child is a 5th grader and has a hobby like collecting something, or if they play sports or dance, or if they volunteer somewhere, we want to hear about it. Send an email to anna_vallee@beaverton.k12.or.us or in SeeSaw and tell us what your child’s special activity that they do in their spare time.

Jokes and Riddles

Mrs. Vallee will read off clever riddles or funny jokes provided by students. If your child has one to share, please send it to her on Seesaw or on her email at anna_vallee@beaverton.k12.or.us.

October Challenge

The new challenge theme due September 29th is “Was there anything that you did over the summer that you got really good at?” An example is Ms. Baumgardner got really good at collecting four leaf clovers. Maybe your child learned how to bake, ride a bike, ride a scooter, or garden? Send photos to Anna Vallee on Seesaw or email at anna_vallee@beaverton.k12.or.us. We are so excited to see what they have done!

Vision Health

“Tips For Vision Health During Distance Learning:

  • Encourage children to take frequent screen breaks. Follow the 20:20:20 rule, take 20 second breaks every 20 minutes to look away from the screen at a distance of at least 20 feet.
  • Keep screen at least arms length distance away from eyes
  • Discourage using screens in a dark room
  • Consider printing assignments, if possible
  • Turn off screens at least one hour before bedtime to support healthy sleep
  • Children should have regular vision screenings through their doctor
  • Look for signs of vision issues, and if symptoms below are noted take a screen break and try the tips listed above
  • If you have vision concerns or need help accessing vision screening services please contact your school nurse

Signs of Vision Issues:

  • Complaints of eye discomfort or fatigue
  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Short attention span
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Covering one eye
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • Losing place when reading
  • Seeing double
  • An eye turning in or out”

--Hunter Rudd, RN, BSN

Beaverton School District Nurse

Aloha High School, Barnes, McKinley, Oak Hills

Phone: 503-356-3812

Fax: 503-356-3809

Technical Issues?

You may reach out to Mrs. Vallee directly via email at Anna_Vallee@beaverton.k12.or.us If she is unable to resolve the issue, support will be requested from the Beaverton School District HelpDesk.

Tentative Calendar Dates for 2020-2021 School Year


9/30 7:30am-1pm Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th


10/7 7:30am-1pm Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th

10/9 Staff Development Day- No School

10/14 7:30am-1pm Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th

10/21 7:30am-1pm Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th

10/21 PTO Meeting (7pm)

10/28 7:30am-1pm Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th


11/4 7:30am-1pm Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th

11/117:30am-1pm Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th

11/16 Tentative First Day of Hybrid (Additional Staff Development Days will be added before beginning Hybrid)

  • Additional in-person and/or virtual events will be added pending CDC guidelines

11/18 PTO Meeting (7pm)

11/25-27 Thanksgiving- School Closed


12/16 7:00 PTO Meeting

12/21 - 1/1 Winter Break- No School


1/18 No School: MLK Day

1/20 PTO Meeting (7pm)


2/3 Grading Day- No School

2/15 President's Day- No School

2/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)

2/24 No School: Staff Development Day


3/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)

3/22-26 Spring Break- No School


4/14 Grading Day- No School

4/21 PTO Meeting (7pm)

4/28 Staff Development Day- No School


5/19 PTO Meeting (7pm)

5/31 Memorial Day- No School


6/9 PTO Mtg (7pm)

6/18 Last Day of School

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