Lenox Elementary

Family Newsletter-February 2019

Greetings Families,

We have just wrapped up the first half of the school year! It's hard to believe that the second semester starts on Monday. We have a lot of fun activities and events coming our way, as well as our continued focus on providing daily, engaging instruction for our students. As I visit classrooms I have noticed so many wonderful things going on, such as comparing and contrasting different versions of a story, expanding our mathematical thinking with strategies like Which One Doesn't Belong, learning scientific inquiry, and the use of Google Classroom for writing projects, just to name a few. As we look at the forecast for next week, please review the information below regarding inclement weather info. It's best to be prepared, just in case.


Mrs. Gina McLain

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Mon., Feb. 4th--Booster Club Mtg., 7:00 PM in the library
  • Tues., Feb. 5th--Booster Dining Night Out @ Rock Creek Corner, 5:00-9:00 PM. More info here
  • Thurs., Feb. 7th--College Wear Day!
  • Mon., Feb 18th--NO SCHOOL, Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Feb. 22nd---BINGO Night! 5:30-8:00 PM in the gym. Click on the fliers to learn more English Spanish
  • Fri., March 1st--Read Across America Day! More info below.
  • Thurs., March 7th--Family STEAM/Science Night, 5:30-7:30 PM

Read Across America Day--Friday, March 1st

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2nd), we celebrate the joy and love of reading by participating in these activities on Friday, March 1st:

  • Students and staff are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book character
  • Students from Liberty High School will be coming to read to some of our classes
  • Special student readers in our lobby living room, set up especially for this day
  • A school wide "Drop Everything and Read!" two times during the school day
  • Intermediate classes reading to primary classes
  • Guest readers coming to classes to read

Morning Drop Off Reminders

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Please see above picture and reminders below for a smooth and safe morning drop off situation.

  • Yellow line (far left in picture)= Bus Lane Only
  • Green line (far right in picture)= Through Traffic Only
  • Red lines (middle lane)= Drop Off Only. Please pull as far forward as possible in this lane. Do not leave major gaps in between cars. Once your children have exited the car, turn on your blinker and merge safely into the green through lane (far right lane in picture). Do not park, even temporarily in this lane. If you want to walk your children in, please park in the lot or on the street to do that. Your children need to use the crosswalk that is located in front of the buses. Your children may use the other crosswalk that is behind the buses, but only if buses are not parked over it at that time.
  • Do not drop your child off before the striped safety zone.
  • Drop off should be as quick as possible. Please make sure your child has their backpack, coat, and all belongings ready for a quick exit out of the car.
  • Please make sure that you drive slowly and cautiously in both lanes, and be patient with other drivers. We all have the same goal of getting students to school safely and on time. Safety first!
  • Please review the complete list of Drop off Procedures here


Our school goal is to have a less than 10% chronic absenteeism rate. As of 1/25/19, our chronic attendance rate is at 10.10%. It has increased almost 2% since December. We want this percentage to decrease. HSD defines excessive absence and/or tardies at 10 or more days for the year. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure our students are at school every day!

Help your child succeed at school. Please visit this link to learn information regarding your child's success in school and how attendance plays a major role in that.

Please remember to call in to the attendance line when your child will be absent. You need to call each day they are gone and give a reason for absence. The attendance line is 503-844-1363. Please click on the following links for information to know if your child is too sick for school, English, Spanish

HSD Inclement Weather Info

In the case of a school closure or delay due to inclement weather, the Hillsboro School District will be initiating an automated call and e-mail to all families in addition to posting the information on District and school websites, Facebook, Twitter, and to our District App. We will also send the information out through FlashAlert. Please make sure your contact information is up to date in our system to ensure you receive a call and email. Please click on this link for more information.

Booster Club Information

Have you visited the Lenox Booster Club Website? Here is the link. This is the place to go for info regarding all Booster events, activities, and news. Make sure to register so that you receive updates and emails for all things Booster Club!

For more information about Booster Events, please click on the links below:


Don't forget that if you would like to volunteer in the classroom, for school events, field trips, etc. you need to fill out the district volunteer application. Please do this as soon as possible so you are cleared to volunteer.