Oak Hills Newsletter

November 6, 2020

Assistant Principal's Message

Dear Oak Hills Families,

As we head into the month of November, we bring you the latest edition of the Oak Hills Newsletter! Included in this edition is our monthly Oak Hills Assembly, produced by Mrs. Vallee! The PTO Move-a-Thon is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th. We will be hosting a school-wide virtual Zumba session from 1:00- 1:30pm on November 18th. You may see some familiar faces from Oak Hills showing off their best moves! We will send out the Zoom link to families in advance. Please keep an eye out in communication from Oak Hills!

Oak Hills Elementary School Picture Day has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 2nd from 9am- 6pm in the gym, by appointment. Photo orders may be completed online. Order envelopes will be distributed to families on Wednesday, November 18th, via the school office, or available to parents at the time of their child's appointment. Photos will be mailed to families directly and are expected before the holidays. Due to Covid and scheduling constraints, retakes are not being scheduled at this time. We are still working through the details of what classroom composites may look like for this school year. We are pleased to offer this service to families and hope to see you on Wednesday, December 2nd.

The governor put out new metrics for students to be able to return to school. While Washington County and Multnomah County do not yet meet the metrics for returning to school, the school district is surveying families about their desire to return students to the classroom in a hybrid model, should we meet the metrics in the future. Please watch for additional information in the coming weeks.

Please remember there is no school for students next Wednesday (11/11) or Friday (11/13). Wednesday is Veteran's Day and Friday is an Assessment Day. We will look forward to connecting with students on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday of the coming week.

Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead!

Erika Hansen

Assistant Principal, Oak Hills

Tentative Calendar Dates for 2020-2021 School Year


11/11 Veteran's Day-No School/Building closed

11/13 Assessment Day- No School

11/13 PTO-Fundraiser-THE MEATING PLACE- 9am-6pm in the butcher shop

11/18 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)

11/18 PTO Jog-a-thon/Move-A-Thon

11/18 PTO Meeting (7pm)

11/25-27 Thanksgiving- School Closed

11/25-12/11 Scholastic On-line Book Fair

11/30 Oak Hills OBOB Book Clubs

  • 3rd Grade 11:00 - 11:30 El Deafo - Biographies
  • 4th Grade 11:30 - 12:00 El Deafo - Biographies


12/1-15 PTO-Fundraiser-Rock Creek Corner-Gift Card Presale

12/2 Oak Hills School Photos (9am-6pm; by appointment)

12/3 Oak Hills OBOB Book Club

  • 5th Grade 11:00 - 11:30 El Deafo - Biographies

12/4 Assembly Day

12/6 PTO-Fundraiser-Bethany's Table-10AM-2PM

12/16 7:00 PTO Zoom Meeting (7pm)

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


1/8 Assembly Day

1/11Oak Hills OBOB Book Clubs

  • 3rd Grade 11:00 - 11:30 The Changling - Fantasy
  • 4th Grade 11:30 - 12:00 The Changling - Fantasy

1/14 Oak Hills OBOB Book Club

  • 5th Grade 11:00 - 11:30 The Changling - Fantasy

1/18 No School: MLK Day

1/20 Student Contact Day

1/20 PTO Meeting (7pm)


2/4 Assembly Day

2/5 Grading Day- No School

2/15 President's Day- No School

2/17 Student Contact Day

2/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)

2/24 No School: Staff Development Day


3/1 Oak Hills OBOB Book Clubs

  • 3rd Grade 11:00 - 11:30 A Boy Called Bat - Realistic Fiction
  • 4th Grade 11:30 - 12:00 A Boy Called Bat - Realistic Fiction

3/4 Oak Hills OBOB Book Club

  • 5th Grade 11:00 - 11:30 A Boy Called Bat - Realistic Fiction

3/5 Assembly Day

3/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)

3/22-26 Spring Break- No School


4/2 Assembly Day

4/16 Grading Day- No School

4/21 PTO Meeting (7pm)

4/28 Staff Development Day- No School


5/7 Assembly Day

5/19 PTO Meeting (7pm)

5/31 Memorial Day- No School


6/2 Student Contact Day

6/9 PTO Mtg (7pm)

6/18 Last Day of School

6/18 Assembly Day

Oak Hills Assembly 11/6/2020

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SAVE THE DATE: Dorian School Photography at Oak Hills (12/2)

Oak Hills Elementary School Picture Day has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 2nd from 9am- 6pm in the gym.

Dorian will provide us with a Signup Genius allowing parents to reserve a time online. Photos will be taken while standing, with the exception of our youngest students. Photo orders may be completed online. Order envelopes will be distributed to families on Wednesday, November 18th, via the school office, or available to parents at the time of your child's appointment. Photos will be mailed to families directly and are expected before the holidays.

Due to Covid and scheduling constraints, retakes are not being scheduled at this time. We are still working through the details of what classroom composites may look like for this school year.

Please look for additional information and a link to sign up for an appointment coming to you via School Messenger in the next week or two.

BSD Fall Conference Information for Families

This year the calendar adjustments to accommodate remote learning have shifted how learning time is used. The District chose to keep student-contact days instead of setting aside two non-student learning days so that parent teacher conferences could occur at the elementary level. Weekly embedded Student Family Connection time in school schedules is intended to allow for regular opportunities for educators and families to communicate. Students do best when parents can support student learning through engaging in two-way communication with educators to support learning.

BSD Report Card Information for Families (Grading Day: February 5th)

Report Cards have been developed to share information with parents, families, and students regarding the “end of year” expectations and targets in the academic areas of Reading, Speaking/Listening, Writing, Language, Mathematics, Music, and Physical Education.

Science, Health, Social Studies, and Visual Arts are based on the targets that were taught during that semester. They are not based on end-of-the-year targets.

When thinking about proficiency grading, imagine a student hiking to the top of a mountain that represents an end of year target. At the mid-way point through the school year, teachers will be sharing information with you about the distance they have traveled toward the mountaintop (or the target), as well as the rate at which they are progressing.

Academic Key

The academic mark reflects proficiency in the areas of Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking/Listening, Math, Music, and PE in relationship to the end of year target. Consider this number the proximity to or distance from the end of year target.

4 → Highly Proficient - In addition to being proficient, working consistently at an in-depth and complex level within, or beyond, the end grade level expectations for the current grade level

3 → Proficient - Meeting end of the year expectations for the current grade level

2 → Nearly Proficient - Nearly meeting end of grade level expectations for the current

grade level

1 → Working Toward/Developing Proficiency - Far from meeting end of grade level expectations for the current grade level. Please pay particular attention to the Semester Progress Indicators as well as teacher comments

Semester Progress Indicators

The Semester Progress Indicator reflects the rate of progress at which a student is traveling toward the target. These measures are noted as symbols on the Report Card.

+ → Significant Progress - Making significant progress toward the end of the year target.

= → Steady Progress - Making steady progress that would lead to proficiency by the end of

the year.

- → Minimal Progress - Not making adequate progress.

Behavior Key

Behavior marks reflect your child’s performance for this term, not end of year expectations.

C → Consistently

G → Generally

R → Rarely/Sometimes (Needs Improvement)

Below are the learning targets for behavior:

Manages responsibilities as a student

  • Uses class time appropriately

  • Prepares for class with necessary materials and is ready to learn.

  • Follows directions timely and accurately

  • Demonstrates quality work

  • Makes safe and appropriate choices

Self-directs learning

  • Develops a plan to achieve goals, with teacher support

  • Persists with a task over time

  • Utilizes a variety of sources to find help

  • Advocates for self

Communicates and works effectively within a team or group

  • Actively participates in group work.

  • Listens respectfully and acknowledges the contributions of others

  • Shares ideas clearly

  • Contributes to creating a safe learning environment

  • Adapts to changes in the group process with a positive attitude

Engages with technology in a safe and responsible manner.

  • Practices responsible care and use of technology

  • Demonstrates safety online, and follows guidelines when using the internet and while collaborating with others

  • Recognizes ownership of information, and how to respect the work of others

  • Keeps information private and respects the privacy of others

BSD TAG Information for Families

Each year students are considered for Talented and Gifted students in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form below. Completing this form gives your child's school TAG committee more information about your child. Classroom teachers also collect observational data from students each fall and make recommendations for testing.

TAG Testing--Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, CDL, the BSD TAG testing process will look different this year. Teachers will spend this Fall/Winter collecting evidence on how students respond to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. School TAG facilitators will collect nominations from teachers and parents this Fall/Winter and along with collected evidence, decisions will be made on which students will be selected to test in person after March, 2021.


  • The CogAT Screener will not be administered to all 3rd & 5th grade students this year.

  • Grade 5 students will be invited to take the CogAT Full Version at designated test sites on December 2 or December 9. Scores can be used for both TAG/Summa. Invitations for testing will be emailed from the District mid November.

  • A school TAG committee will determine which K-3 students take the CogAT, based on nominations and collected evidence. Testing for K-3 students will occur after March, 2021.

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (Reading and Math) - TBD

  • A committee will convene to look at achievement testing during CDL and recommendations will be made for the testing process.

*CogAT and ITBS scores are used for TAG identification in all grades.

*TAG Services will work with other BSD departments to provide testing access for all indicated students.

Summa Program

The Summa program provides a differentiated, challenging curriculum that meets the cognitive, emotional, and social needs of highly gifted students, while being sensitive to their developmental level.

Summa Eligibility Criteria - for current 5th, 6th, and 7th graders

99th percentile (age-based) on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CoGAT) -OR- 99th percentile on the total Reading or total Math Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)


at the 97th percentile or higher in a different area: Total ITBS Reading, total ITBS Math or CogAT full version


Summa Sites

  • Meadow Park - Cedar Park, Five Oaks, Meadow Park boundaries
  • Stoller - Stoller boundaries
  • Whitford - Conestoga, Highland Park, Mountain View, Whitford

Summa Testing and Eligibility

  • For current 5th graders, scores from the 3rd grade CogAT Full Version will be used for Summa eligibility. This is a change from last year.

  • For current 5th graders, scores from 4th grade ITBS Reading and Math tests will be used for Summa eligibility.

  • Students will be notified in early November of their eligibility. Students who are eligible do not require further testing.

  • All Grade 5 students will be invited to take the CogAT Full Version at a designated test site on December 2 or December 9. Invitations to all 5th graders will be emailed from the District in mid November.

  • The process for reading and math achievement is currently under review. Updates will be posted once decisions have been made.

Summa and Learning Options

  • There will be no Summa applications this year. Eligible students will be notified and asked to electronically confirm or decline a Summa position during January 27-February 3, 2021.

  • Students may apply for one Learning Option in addition to being eligible for Summa.

  • Students who are selected through the Options Lottery or from Second Consideration AND are eligible for Summa will need to make a choice by February 3, 2021.

Summa Nomination FormPDF opens in a new windowPDF download

  • ​For fifth-seventh grade students who live in the Beaverton boundary, but are not enrolled in the Beaverton School District or who attend a BSD Charter School.
  • Parents/Guardians who submit a form will be contacted in early November regarding testing dates and locations.

BSD Learning Options: Virtual Open House Opportunities

On Friday, November 6, Open House informational videos for our option schools — ACMA, BASE, ISB and Rachel Carson — will be available on their websites. Please contact the school that you are interested in for details.

For Raleigh Hills and Springville, there won’t be any open houses this year due to the phasing out of the K-8 model. If you are interested in applying as a 7th or 8th grader, please call the school for more information.

For more information and important dates, please visit the Learning Options webpage.

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Oak Hills OBOB Hall of Fame

Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders! If you read all 16 OBOB books, complete and submit this reading comprehension questionnaire, then you will be honored into the Oak Hills OBOB Hall of Fame!

2020-21 OBOB Book List- Books available from Oak Hills Library or on Sora!

3rd to 5th Grade Division

  • Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle

  • Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

  • Changeling by William Ritter

  • The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

  • El Deafo by Cece Bell

  • Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang

  • The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

  • Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

  • Power Forward by Hena Khan

  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

  • Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

  • A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

Oak Hills Book Club

Would you like to join the Oak Hills Book Club? If you are in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade, complete this registration form by November 13th. Let’s have fun reading and talking about books!

Book Club Dates and Times:

3rd Grade Mondays, 11:00 - 11:30, Nov. 30th, Jan. 11th and March 1st

4th Grade Mondays, 11:30 - 12:00, Nov. 30th, Jan. 11th and March 1st

5th Grade Thursdays, 11:00 - 11:30, Dec. 3rd, Jan. 14th, and March 4th


(Nov. 30th & Dec. 3) El Deafo - Biographies

(Jan. 11 & Jan 14) The Changling - Fantasy

(Mar. 1st & Mar. 4) A Boy Called Bat - Realistic Fiction

Library News

If a student requests Oak Hills library books by Tuesday at noon, they will be available the following Wednesday at Curbside Pick Up or Thursday Book Bus stops. Books are pulled on Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays.



Helpful Library Links

How to Request Library Books Video

How to Request E-books Video

Oak Hills Book Bus Times and Locations Map

Beaverton School District Book Bus Routes Map

Visit the Book Bus on Thursdays!!

The Oak Hills Library Book Bus comes to the stops listed below on Thursdays! Come and check out some selected-for-you books or pick up your library book requests! Check out this map of the book bus route. We are at each stop for about 20-25 minutes. Please wear a mask and stand 6’ apart. Here are the approximate times and locations:

Approx. Time and Locations:

  1. 1:35 pm STOP NW AUDREY DR @ Powerlines Walkpath
  2. 2:00 pm STOP NW 167TH AVE & NW SHADOW HILLS LN (Across from Sir Charles Apts)

Here is a map of all the book bus routes in the district.

Honk Honk, Beep Beep! See you soon!

Smiles, Ms. Larsen


Scholastic Online Book Fair: Nov. 28th - Dec. 11th (midnight)

Mark your calendars! Over 6000 items for sale. Books for your home library and gifts, learning items and more!

Orders over $25 will ship for free. All orders will be shipped directly to your home.

Look for more information next month!

New Books!

We have many new books! Each week, I will highlight a few. Look these up in your Destiny Library account and check them out!

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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.
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Family Toolkit

Visit the BSD Family Toolkit at: https://oakhills.beaverton.k12.or.us/ **Connect--Family Toolkit

Kindergarten-specific Information: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/early-learning/kindergarten

Community Resource Page

Click here for food, internet, transportation and utilities resources

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