Patterson Elementary

Parent Blast - March 14, 2022

Opportunities to Connect

Thank you to all of the students and families that joined us last week for our first writing and storytelling night and for joining us on our first virtual event journey. While we prefer to interact in-person, we received some positive feedback in how we structured the event to make it work! We will be announcing raffle winners tomorrow morning and getting several students new books! If you were unable to come to the event, you should still be able to celebrate your child's hard work in writing and participate in some of the activities linked in their Google Classroom.


Wednesday night we have our monthly Booster Club Meeting and we encourage all community members to join us in-person in the library or online using this Google Meet Link. It takes our whole community working together to support our students' learning and growth and we are grateful for this ongoing support!


Below please check out these other exciting opportunities to connect:

  • Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament
  • Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)
  • Noodles & Co. Family Restaurant Night
  • Spring Out Hillsboro Community Event
  • District Kindergarten Fair
  • Talent Show


Here to serve,

Jamie Lentz

Principal, Patterson Elementary

Important Dates

  • February 28 - March 18th - Patterson's A-MAZ-ING Reading Competition (last week)!
  • March 1 - Kindergarten Registration Opens for 2022-2023
  • March 10-18 - ELPA (English Language Proficiency Assessment)
  • March 16 - Classroom Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournaments
  • March 16 - Booster Club Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • March 17-18 - School-Wide Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament Begins!
  • March 19 - Spring Out Event, 9-12 pm (see below)
  • March 31 - Noodles & Co. Family Restaurant Night, 4-8 pm
  • April 1 - Talent Show Submissions due to Mrs. Crackel
  • April 14 - District Kindergarten Fair at Lincoln Street, 6-8 pm
  • April 19 - Band Concert at GHS
  • April 29 - OMSI Day at Patterson
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Masking Optional - March 14th

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

We understand that some families want their children to consistently mask at school. Due to the option to mask or unmask, our staff will not be reminding students throughout the day to mask. Please make sure you talk with your child and share expectations prior to coming to school.


**For the time being we will not be opening up drinking fountains, as we have several that need to be replaced/repaired. We will continue to use faucets to fill up water bottles and have some bottled water available if needed in the office.


REPEATED INFORMATION:

Oregon’s mask mandate for K-12 schools lifted just before midnight on Friday, March 11. Starting today, mask wearing will be optional with the following exceptions:

  • Masks may be required in other specialized settings, based on the needs of students.
  • Masks are required in school health and isolation rooms.
  • Masks are required of all visitors in our schools during the normal school day.
  • Masks are required for unvaccinated staff members


Masking will be optional on school buses as well.


With indoor masking becoming optional for most people, we want to emphasize that it truly is a choice for students and vaccinated staff. At Patterson we will be using the phrasing "it's your family's choice." Some classes have already had discussions about this upcoming change and staff are emphasizing that we continue to be respectful towards both choices at school.


Other changes starting March 14th include:

  • We will discontinue contact tracing at school
  • We will return to Too Sick for School Guidance and students with primary symptoms or positive test for COVID-19 will need to stay home for 5 days and may return on day 6 with reduced symptoms and 24 hour fever-free.
  • We will return to cohort notification if there is a positive case
  • We will discontinue Test to Stay and shift to enhanced exposure testing


Volunteers will continue to have a vaccination requirement and fingerprints will be added on March 28th. Volunteers will have the option to mask or unmask due to the vaccination requirement.

Adi's Act Lessons - 6th Grade

Our sixth grade students will soon be receiving Adi's Act lessons from our counselor, Mrs. Orion. Please take a moment to read this informational letter regarding these lessons and reach out if you have any questions.
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Oregon Battle of the Books

If you are in 3rd - 6th grade and interested in reading or trivia, then Oregon Battle of the Books is for you! Each OBOB member joins a team of students to read and answer questions about their books. If you are interested, join Mrs. Godsey for an informational meeting on Wednesday at 2:30 PM.


Our Google Classroom can be accessed here: https://classroom.google.com/c/NDc2NTcxMzA1MDAy?cjc=ossvhg2 . We will be using the meeting link in that classroom this Wednesday and for some of our group meetings. You can also email questions to godseyz@hsd.k12.or.us and I'll answer them as soon as I'm able.

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Groner Middle School Option

Did you know that Groner has a middle school option for our HSD students? Groner is currently accepting middle school transfers. If you have a current 6th grader and would like more information, please check out this video link and this informational pamphlet.

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Booster Club News

Volunteers Needed:

Please check out this volunteer opportunities around Patterson and sign up! Thank you to our Booster Club for organizing this.


Papa Murphy's Pizza Night Fundraiser

Join us at Papa Murphy's on the second Friday of each month this school year and help us fundraise for Patterson!

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Kindergarten Registration Open

Please help us spread the word to family, friends and neighbors. Kindergarten registration is officially open for families to register for the 2022-2023 school year. Early registration helps us accurately staff our kindergarten classes.
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Talent Show

Can your Patterson student sing, dance, juggle, do magic tricks, play an instrument, tell funny jokes, or has another talent? Then it is time for him/her/them to start preparing an act for this year’s virtual talent show. Kids can perform alone, with a partner or even in a group, as long as the students are current Patterson students. Video submissions are being accepted now through April 1. Videos should be sent to Mrs. Crackel, the talent show coordinator, at her email crackeld@hsd.k12.or.us along with the full name of all performers, their grade levels and the name of their homeroom teacher. The Talent Show will be spread over several days in mid-April, shown during the Morning Meeting in their homerooms. Please reach out to Mrs. Crackel with any questions you have at the above email.

QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) Community Training (Suicide Prevention)

FREE QPR training is open to our Hillsboro community on March 16th from 6:00-8:00pm. Registration is needed and that can be done by having interested participants email Angie Jimenez, jimenmar@hsd.k12.or.us.

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Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Dates

Here is our schedule for CSE lesson this school year:


  • Kinder: May 16-27
  • 1st Grade: March 28-April 11
  • 2nd Grade: May 16-27
  • 3rd Grade: March 7-18
  • 4th Grade: May 31-June 13
  • 5th Grade: May 31-June 13
  • 6th Grade: March 7-18

Food Pantry

At Patterson we have a small food pantry designed to help our families throughout the school year. If you would like to donate and/or are in need of some items, please reach out to our food pantry coordinator: Adriana Awad, awada@hsd.k12.or.us.

Attendance Line

Thank you to our families for calling students in sick on our attendance line and sharing symptoms. This has helped us to communicate with families regarding timelines for return and kept our building safe and healthy. If you have not done so already, we encourage you to save our attendance line number in your phone: 503.844.1385