Orenco Community News

Month of October 2019

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Welcome Back to the 2019-2020 School Year!

What a fast month September has been! We have been working very hard on setting expectations for the classrooms and shared school spaces. The students have been setting goals on what they would like to see, hear, feel and do more of here at Orenco. Now it is time for us to get down to the exciting business of learning and growing!

Just a reminder now that October is approaching, we have noticed an (ever so slight) dip in our temperatures. Please remember that our students go outside year round, and now is the time to bring sweaters or light jackets for recess time. It's a great idea to include a name with their coat!

Fall Celebrations

Fall is a season of change and one that brings several traditions, customs, and celebrations. We learn about these things as part of our curriculum and celebrate them as a school community. As much as possible, we like to keep our celebrations grounded in learning objectives and behavior expectations, and we do our best to ensure that everyone feels welcomed and included. Halloween is one of the events we learn and talk about in its historical and cultural context, and something many people enjoy celebrating in their homes and communities.

Different grades may or may not be celebrating fall with a classroom harvest party. We will encourage students to wear their Orca t-shirts and/or black and orange colors. Spirit Day (Black/Orange) is Oct 25th. If your family participates in Halloween and if your student so chooses, they may wear one piece of their Halloween costume to school that day (10/31). Full costumes are strongly discouraged and no weapons, masks, props, face paint, or scary costumes will be allowed. Thank you very much for your assistance and understanding.

We are excited for October!

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Booster Club - Upcoming Activities

Meet our Dean of Students - Shannon Freudenthal!

Hello, Orenco Families! My name is Shannon Freudenthal and I am the new Dean of Students. My background includes teaching in grades third-sixth in various schools, being a principal of a private school, and a substitute principal for Hillsboro School District. I have been having so much fun getting to know your children in the last couple of weeks. I have been reading to each class and playing with the kids on the playground. My job here at Orenco is to help students when they have "big" problems. I am also supporting Mr. Cunningham with our school's TAG program and other building projects through the year. I have a great passion for helping students learn to problem solve and really enjoy their school experience.

Parents, please let me know if I can do anything to help support you, as well. Do not hesitate to contact me.

Shannon Freudenthal

Orenco Elementary - Dean of Students

503-844-1370 (X2863)

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers can really make a big difference in the educational experience for our students. From helping out in the classroom, to providing career planning assistance, to running after-school clubs, volunteers are welcome and appreciated at all of our schools. And whether you’re interested in a one-time, one-hour project or an ongoing opportunity, we can find something for you!

If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the following volunteer application:


Some of the Ways You Can Help ...

* Assist in the Library Media Center organizing, shelving, creating bulletin boards.
* Assist teachers in preparation of bulletin boards and/or duplicating instructional materials for classroom use.
* Teach a craft or hobby, talk about your occupation, share cultural and ethnic background and experiences.

*Share your science or technology experience with students in our new (coming soon) STEAM Lab.
* Assist in the lunchroom and/or on the playground.
* Complete projects at home for school use.

* Chaperone field trips

Parent Teacher Conferences

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Parent/teacher conferences are a great opportunity to meet your child's teacher, see your child's classroom and learn about how your child is doing in school. It's also a great time for you to ask questions or talk about any learning-related concerns. Creating a partnership with your child's teacher around your child's learning can make a big difference! Conferences will be held during the second week of November. We will be sending out more information within the next couple of weeks.

Attendance: 9 or Less is Best!

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Please be looking or a postcard sent home that you can post to help you keep track of your absences.

Orenco CARS: Please use 68th to Dogwood to 71st for entrance

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Orenco Elementary School Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

Coming Up:

  • October 2: National Walk to School Day
  • October 7: Picture Day
  • October 8: Booster Meeting 7 pm
  • October 10 & 11: No School
  • October 14-18: Book Fair
  • October 18: Harvest Fest 6:00-8:00pm
  • October 21-23: Outdoor School - 6th Graders
  • October 25: Spirit Day - Black and Orange
  • October 31: Vision Screening: gr K,1,3,5

Student Success Act

Student Success Act Engagement Process -

Approximately 50% of the revenue generated by the Student Success Act (SSA) will go into the Student Investment Account (SIA). Each Oregon district will apply for funds from the SIA this winter. Here is the the link to the video and survey available on our district website for you to review if you have any questions about this.

“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring."—Catherine Pulsifer

Orenco Elementary School

At Orenco

We all belong,

We all learn, and

We all Succeed, because

We all get what we need.