Middleton Update

Middleton Elementary | March 3, 2023

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Upcoming Dates


March 6 - 10 | Food Drive

March 7 | OBOB Finals @ 1:30 pm

March 7 | PreK Open House

March 7 | 3rd Grade Music Concert (rescheduled) @ 6:30 pm

March 8 | Early Release @ 1:15 pm

March 10 | Horseshoe Hop @ 6:00 - 7:30 pm

March 13 | Teacher Work Day / No School

March 15 | Early Release @ 1:15 pm

March 22 | Early Release @ 1:15 pm

March 24 | Furlough Day / No School

March 27 - 31 | Spring Break

Lockdown Drills at All Schools (February 27-March 10)

All schools in our District will be participating in lockdown drills February 27-March 10. These drills are an essential part of our emergency preparedness, and help students and staff to practice specific protocols that would occur in an emergency situation. This will be the second lockdown drill of the year and will not be announced to students or staff in advance to allow for an accurate observation of any response protocols that need improvement or additional training. Practice drills such as these are also an opportunity for our administrators and staff to collaborate with the Sherwood Police Department. You may notice increased police presence if you are on/near campus during a lockdown drill, as SPD officers do participate in these drills.

During a lockdown drill, staff and students are secured within their individual classrooms/offices, and there is no movement in the building. No one will be allowed to enter or exit the campus until the drill has been completed.

For more information on District emergency response protocols and communication, please visit the SSD website here.

Horseshoe Hop

Save the date, March 10th; 6:00-7:30, for our annual Horseshoe Hop! It will be a fun night of fun and dancing. Thanks to the overwhelming support you showed for the Fun Run, this will be a FREE event. There will be pizza available to purchase for $1 per slice. All students, regardless of age, need to be accompanied by an adult.

National School Breakfast Week Raffle Contest - March 6-10

March 6-10 is National School Breakfast Week! To celebrate, our Nutrition Services Department will be hosting a raffle contest for a Pac-Man Pocket Player (furnished by our partners at Dominos Pizza).

Each time a student receives a school breakfast, they will receive a raffle ticket. The winning raffle ticket will be announced on Friday, March 10th. Good luck Mustangs!

PreK Open House

We are excited to share that our Middleton PreK class is now open for registration! Our PreK is open to students who are age 4 on or before September 1, 2023. More information about our PreK program, and information about registration, can be found linked here.

In addition, we will be holding a PreK Open House on Tuesday, March 7th from 4:00-5:00 pm. All families are welcome to attend to meet our PreK staff, tour our PreK classroom, and learn more about our PreK program! Families will enter through the main building entrance, doors will unlock at 3:45. If you know of someone not receiving our Middleton newsletters that may be interested in attending, please pass along this information to them!

Middleton's Annual Ducks vs. Beavers Food Drive: March 6th - 10th.

Our annual food drive will be held the week of Monday, March 6th - Friday, March 10th. Students can bring non-perishable food items to school and “vote” for their favorite team (Ducks or Beavers) by placing the items in the corresponding bin. The final collection will take place at the Horseshoe Hop on Friday, March 10th. The team with the most items at the end of the week will win! All goods collected will be donated to the Sherwood Helping Hands Pantry to support families in need.

Food Drive Donation Suggestions:

  • Monday - Canned Food, Meats/ Proteins and Soups

  • Tuesday - Grains / Pasta

  • Wednesday - Pantry Staples, Baking Mixes

  • Thursday - Personal Hygiene, Baby Items

  • Friday - Kid Food, Granola Bars, Cereal, Mac & Cheese

Middleton Carnival

We are excited to bring back our annual Middleton Carnival this spring on May 19th! If you are interested in serving on the carnival planning committee, please join up at the PAC Meeting/Open House on Thursday, March 9th at 6:00 pm in the Middleton Cafeteria.

2023-2024 PAC Volunteers

Are you interested in getting more involved at Middleton? Joining the Middleton PAC board is an excellent way to stay connected to the school and give back to our students, staff and community! We are looking for several volunteers to fill open seats for next year! If you are interested or would like more information, please join us at our PAC MEETING/OPEN HOUSE on Thursday March 9th at 6:00 pm in the Middleton Cafeteria. You can also email Monica at middletonpacpres@gmail.com.

Open Positions Include:

President: Supervises and coordinates all PAC activities.

Secretary: Takes and distributes monthly meeting minutes.

Treasurer: Handles all money associated with PAC. Balances books, handles reimbursements, and taxes.

Activities: Finds coordinators for all activities throughout the year and follows up to ensure activities are completed.

Fundraising: Coordinates small fundraising efforts such as Fun Run apparel, apparel sales, dining out events, etc.

Hospitality: Coordinates Staff Appreciation as well as organizing catering and support for other activities throughout the school year.

Volunteers: Recruits and organizes volunteers for various activities throughout the school year in addition to managing all of the volunteers and activities via the Help Counter computer program.

Co-chairing is possible in all of the positions. PAC Board Meetings are held once a month and are very informal- feel free to arrive late or leave early. Younger siblings are always welcome to tag along, too!

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Kindergarten Registration

Registration for our incoming Kindergarten class is available online using the link below. Incoming Kindergarten students must turn 5 prior to September 1. Registering early helps the school and district start planning for the fall.

Online Kindergarten Registration

During online registration, new families will create a Sherwood ParentVUE account. Parents of current and former Sherwood students will log in with their existing ParentVUE account. Please call the Middleton front office at 503-825-5300 if you have any questions.

Paper Registration

Families are also welcome to register using paper registration. Paper registration packets can be picked up from the Middleton front office.

Welcome Kindergarten Newsletter

The Welcome New Kindergarten Families newsletter is a special edition newsletter for any families with an incoming Kindergarten student that will be joining us next year. This newsletter provides the information and links needed to successfully register, make plans, and start getting involved with the school. Please feel free to share the Kinder newsletter with any families with a Kindergarten age child who may not have heard about Kindergarten registration.

Character Trait of the Month: Courage

March's Character Trait of the Month is courage. Courage is being afraid and doing it anyway. It takes a lot of courage these days for students to learn to be bold and be brave. Let’s find ways to teach our kids to be Courageous, they learn by example. If you need resources please reach out to PAC Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Horton at gmpschorton@gmail.com.

State Testing

Oregon's Statewide Assessments in science, mathematics, and English language arts will begin in April for students in grades 3-8. Scheduled testing will take place during the school day. For additional information on the State Assessments from the Oregon Department of Education, please review the following link.

While no single test can give a complete picture of your child’s progress, statewide tests provide information to students and families, as well as to educators and administrators about what educational approaches are working and where additional resources are needed. Your child’s participation is important to ensure schools and districts receive the targeted resources they need to help all students succeed. Districts are rated on their participation levels as well as student performance on this exam.

Oregon law (ORS 329.479) permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. If you decide to opt your child out of the math and/or ELA state assessments, please submit the following form to your child’s teacher or the front office by April 7, 2023 to best support our school with planning.


There are many opportunities to volunteer at Middleton. All volunteers will need to a) complete a background check and b) submit a proof of vaccination or receive approval for a vaccination exception.

Community-Based Events and Announcements

The Sherwood School District has a Community-Based webpage on the Sherwood School District website with information and links for all Sherwood area sports and events. Please click on Community for a direct link to the webpage.