The Bear Bulletin!



January 21st - Material's Pick Up! 2:00 - 5:00 @ IHES

January 26th - PAX Tools Parent Workshop 2:00-4:00 (more info below)

January 28th - Last Day of 1st Semester

January 29th - Teacher Grade Prep Day - No School

February 1st - Teacher Report Card Day - No School

Materials Pick Up--- This Thursday!

Our next materials pick up is Thursday, January 21st!

ALL students will have materials to pick up! ***class materials, and a special treat!***

  • Curb side pick up by first letter of last name:
  • 2:00 - 3:30 A-M
  • 3:30 - 5:00 N-Z

Chromebook Updates: Action Required

Many of our Chromebooks are in need of an update. No worries, it's simple. Click on the short video tutorials and/or one pagers below for detailed information.

Winter Testing Window

Winter Testing Window

January 4-February 5 is the HSD Winter Assessment window. Students will be completing mid-year assessments in the areas of math and reading in order to inform teachers of progress. Your teacher can let you know of their plans for assessments. It is important to remember that it is just one measure.


School playgrounds and open fields are now available for community use. Families are welcome to use playgrounds and open fields during* and after school hours and do so at their own risk. (*Once schools resume in-person learning for students, playgrounds and open fields will be off-limits to the community during school hours.)

Turf fields and stadiums remain closed for any community use. ​

Tennis courts are open for use by Hillsboro Parks and Recreation and in accordance with existing agreements.

Playground equipment will not be sanitized by school staff, so visitors are encouraged to take health and safety precautions.

  • Follow state guidelines on outdoor recreation activities and face coverings.
  • Wash hands before and after visiting the playground.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from people outside your immediate household.
  • Bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes for use on surfaces that you touch.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath.

FREE Family Workshops! --- COMING SOON!

Help Your Kids Engage Virtual Learning - Spanish

Help Your kids Engage Virtual Learning - English

Tuesday January 19th

  • The Brain - Guiding the brain from "fight/flight" to "happy/focused/ready to learn"
  • Routines That Work - Daily wellness routines to promote school success

Tuesday January 26th

  • "Everyone is Home!" - Handling the uncertainty of COVID with grace and flexibility
  • Daily Wellness - Balancing social time, family time, school time, and physical and mental health

Spanish sessions:

January 19th Session

January 26th Session

English sessions:

January 19th Session

January 26th Session

PAX Tools Parent Workshop! COMING SOON!!!

Do you want to reduce conflict? Have better relationships? Help your children manage their own behavior? You need PAX Tools!

Join us for a FREE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP (click for more info)

  • WHO: Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers in Washington County
  • WHEN: January 26th, 2021
  • WHERE: VIRTUAL – Google Meet (once registered you will receive a meeting code)
  • TIME: 2:00pm-4:00pm

PAX TOOLS KITS provided!

Attendance Reminders

Attendance in CDL looks a bit different than it does when we're attending IHES in person. However, our process for calling the attendance line when your child is sick or going to be absent for another reason remains the same. If your child does not or will not attend any synchronous (live) or asynchronous (google classroom) on a school day, please call our attendance line at: 503-844-1353. This ensures your child's attendance is reported accurately.

We're on Facebook!

Indian Hills Elementary Official Facebook Page (link in title)

Please like this page in order to see updates, school information, and links to the Bear Bulletin! The page will be a useful tool as we continue to communicate via a digital platform.

IHES Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry is OPEN

Drive up through the bus loop

We'll bring a bag of groceries out to your car

Delivery available upon request

Open Every Thursday!

1:00 -2:00

Don't have a need, but want to help out and donate? Thank you!

We're open for donations on Wednesdays from 10:00 - 11:00 through the bus loop!

Tech support during the school day

Are you having computer, google meet, or google classroom issues during the student learning day? If so, we can help! Here's how:

1. HSD Tech Support 503-886-8956 line. They are here to help from 7:30 to 8:00 Mondays through Thursdays and 7:30 - 4:00 on Fridays.

2. Mrs. Ballanti also provides Tech Support for our IHES students. She can be reached between 8:00 - 9:00 and 10:00 - 11:45 every day. You're welcome to email or call her.

Google Voice number is (971) 236-1066.

3. Teacher: Feel free to reach out to your child's teacher to share tech concerns or for help with troubleshooting too AFTER the student day. Teachers are busy teaching throughout the day and will not be available until the afternoon.

In-District Transfer Priority Window

HSD students wishing to renew or request a new in-district transfer for the 2021-22 school year are urged to submit their request in January to take advantage of the priority window. While it is not guaranteed that requests submitted during the priority window will be approved, the chances are best at this time as staffing has not yet been finalized. Most applications will come through our online system, which provides the requester immediate confirmation of their submission and the option of uploading supplementary paperwork as needed. Families of students currently on a transfer will receive a letter via email or U.S. Mail alerting them to the January transfer window. Please see the Boundaries and Transfers section of our website for more information or contact Marleen Zytniowski or Katie Russell-Willis at or 503-844-1771 with questions.

Yearbook Update

As you know, due to the pandemic Lifetouch has not been able to take in-person student pictures for the school this year. This limits our ability to produce a traditional yearbook that includes student, class, and activity photos. But the Indian Hills PTO is working around this! In lieu of using traditional photos, we are asking parents and guardians to submit photos of their students taken during the 2020-2021 school year. In order for your child to be represented in this year's yearbook you must upload a photo of EACH of your students. Please click on the following link to submit your photos, no later than Feb 28th, 2021:

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PTO's Dine Out @ Panda Express!

Our amazing PTO has organized another dine out event at Panda Express! Please join us for a Dine out fundraiser on Friday January 22nd at Panda Express on185th & Evergreen from 10:30am to 10:00 pm. 20% will go back to the School!!! Plus, it's a no hassle meal! Safely order online for pickup or drop in for a to go order!
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PTO's Valentine Love Project

Hello Bears Families!

We would like to continue to show our elderly community some love and kindness this Valentine's day. The PTO would like you to join us in sending them some extra love! Have your child write a letter, draw a picture, tell a joke or share a story or poem and we will drop them at a local memory care facility. Please drop at the Indian Hills bus loop during the food pantry drop off on Wednesday, February 10th from 10am-11am. Kids can sign their first name or simply put "From your Friend". If you choose to use an envelope, please leave unsealed. They loved all the Christmas cards and we know they would truly appreciate the extra love!

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