• Reopening Information

    Leading up to the start of in-person instruction and hybrid learning, see the latest updates and resources at pps.net/reopen2021

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Capitol Hill School

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    Mark Your Calendars 📆

    April 9

    No school 


    April 14  

    PTA Meeting, 6:30pm

    April 29

    Kindergarten Information Session, 6:00pm

    School News 🐟


    Vandalism at Capitol Hill   

    We have had several instances of vandalism as well as a recent break in at Capitol Hill. Apparently, several families were on the playground when the break in happened. If you see something unusual or concerning, we urge you to call the non-emergency police line or 911 depending on the severity. Safety is a priority for us and we need your help to make our school the safest it can be. 


    Student Pickup  

    Parents and approved people on a child’s pick up list must have their identification with them to take their child from school. We will be asking everyone for ID since it's hard to see who is who with the masks on.

    Bus Riders  

    If you requested transportation for your child to and/or from school, the Transportation Department set up your stops based on your address. If you want your child to get off at a different place or ride a different bus, you have to work with transportation to make that change. Changes are taking about 2 weeks at this point. Capitol Hill staff cannot make changes to your child’s assigned bus or assigned bus stop. Changes are between you and transportation. Please do not send a note or email to the office or teacher requesting a change because we are unable to alter the bus assignments.  Transportation’s contact information can be found here


    Avy’s Corner 


    Financial Support & Community Resources:

    Below are some community resources to support with food security, bill payment, and childcare options.  For additional information or resources, please contact Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net; (503)-729-0634 ).


    Food Assistance: 


    • Meals4Kids: Delivers a free meal box 1-2 times a month


        • Meals4Kids 503-953-8115  The Meals4Kids home delivery program delivers nutritious meals, milk, bread and fresh fruit directly to the homes of families in need. To sign up, fill out the form found here.


    • PPS Meal Distribution:


      • Hybrid instruction: you may have noticed that all students are eligible for free meals, and may take extra meals for siblings as well.  Teachers distribute meals at the end of instruction; please contact your teacher with questions.
      •  Distance-Learning Students:  If your student(s) are remaining in CDL, you may pick up meals at any of PPS meal distribution sites (Ida B. Wells, Robert Gray and Jackson are closest).  More information here

    Energy Assistance:
    PGE Matching Payment Program: PGE is offering a matching payment program and payment plans to assist with utility payments.  More information here, or call 800-542-8818.

    Rent Assistance:
    Multnomah County COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund Program: accessed through calling 211

    You may be placed on a waitlist, but they recommend checking back regularly.  If the waitlist is full, 211 will try connecting you directly to an agency who can provide rent relief.  More information here.

    There are still spaces with some of the local childcare providers, and you may qualify for financial assistance!  Whether your child is in CDL or Hybrid, there are options available.  Click here for more information, TEXT keyword "children" or "ninos" to 898211 (TXT211), or contact Avy Harris for assistance.  


    Special Thanks ❤️
    Danni McLoughlin, a former parent, landscaped our school before students returned. We are sending a huge thanks to her for all of her dedication and hardwork.  

    PTA News 📬
    Please read the latest PTA Newsletter!!
    Visit the PTA Website for PTA News = https://capitolhillpta.membershiptoolkit.com/

    Foundation News 📬

  • Hybrid information


    March 31, 2021

    Dear Capitol Hill Families,

    There is a noticeable energy at Capitol Hill this week as we prepare for about 80% of our students to return to hybrid instruction. We are so excited to welcome your child(ren) back to school. With the whirlwind of information that has been provided just over the last few days, I am sure you have quite a few questions. I hope this email helps you as your child(ren) return to hybrid or continue in our Comprehensive Distance Learning program. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.


    Aimee Alexander-Shea, Principal


    Our counselor, Mr. Z, created this welcome video for you to share with your child. We hope it helps reorient students who have been in our school and welcome those who have not been here before.

    Health Screening

    Before you bring your child to school or child care, please use this checklist to self-screen for any signs of illness or exp[osure to COVID. If your child is sick, do not send them to school. This guide will help you determine when it is safe to return your child to school.  

    This Week

    • Asynchronous: Whether your child is attending hybrid or CDL, they will be with their regular classroom teacher through the end of the week. Your child’s teacher has posted asynchronous work for them to complete. Teachers may only respond in a limited way to work posted this week. In-person or synchronous lessons will resume at the end of this week for K and 1, while it will resume on Monday for all other grades.
    • K-1 Soft Start: For students who have opted into hybrid, in-person instruction will begin this week. I apologize for the mix up in the schedule that was sent previously. The correct schedule is:

    Thursday, April 1 - Cohort A (8:00-10:15am)

    Friday, April 2 - Cohort B (12:15-2:30am)

    • Staff Training and Planning: This week, our staff is engaging in safety and health training, planning for in-person instruction, and working hard to create a warm classroom environment that is socially distanced for our students.

    Next Week - Hybrid

    • Hybrid Teachers: I am happy to announce that all of our hybrid students were able to remain with the teacher they had during CDL. Each of our teachers will be teaching two cohorts of students in hybrid on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

    • Hybrid Schedules: Hybrid instruction will take place in two cohorts that meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Cohort A will be in person from 8:00-10:15am and Cohort B will be in person from 12:15-2:30pm.

      Wednesdays will be fully online. There will be one synchronous whole class meeting from 8:00-8:45 on Wednesdays and the rest of the day will be asynchronous unless otherwise indicated by the teacher.

    Students who are participating in hybrid instruction will have half of their instructional day in person while the other half will be online. The schedules for each cohort will be:

    Cohort A


    Cohort B










    Social studies, Science, Specials, Online Programs (Dreambox/Lexia)


    Social Emotional Learning, Literacy, Math, Recess/Movement in Class


    45 minutes

    Lunch and Recess - during asynchronous time












    Social studies, Science, Specials, Online Programs (Dreambox/Lexia))




    45 minutes

    Lunch and Recess - during asynchronous time



    Social Emotional Learning, Literacy, Math, Recess/Movement in Class






    • After School Plans: Every child who attends hybrid MUST have an After School Plan. This plan lets us know what your child is doing after school. Please make sure you have them bring a paper copy of this plan with them on the first day of hybrid instruction. If you need a paper copy, they are available outside of the main entrance of the school. If you sent a photo of your child’s plan or submitted it electronically, we need you to send a paper copy as we cannot print electronic versions of the form.
    • Bus Routes (Prearranged only): School buses are available to students if they were prearranged when you signed your child up for hybrid. If you need transportation for your child but you did not sign up, please contact Student Transportation. Arranging a bus may take several weeks at this time.

      Please be sure to check the bus route As a reminder, your child should arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled pick up time. All Kindergarten students who ride the bus must be met by a parent or guardian for pick up. If no parent or guardian is present, your child will be returned to school where you will need to get them.
    • Bus Tags: Every student in grades K-3 is required to wear a bus tag when riding the bus. If your child is riding the bus, please read these instructions and send a completed bus tag with them on their first day of hybrid. You can pick up a blank copy at the main entrance of our school if needed. Kindergarten bus tags must be yellow. Other bus tags are white. If you have a child who is not in Kindergarten and who needs to be met by an adult at the bus stop for pick up, please indicate this in your after school plan.
    • Student Arrival: Parents are not allowed to enter the school building. Please be prepared to say goodbye to your child when you drop them off. Here is an arrival map to help you. In order to encourage social distancing, we now are using 4 entrances. Bus riders will enter the building through the doors in the playground area. Students who arrive at school by any means other than the bus (bike, walking, car, etc.) will enter through the front of the building.

      All Kindergarten - 2nd grade students, enter the building using the front door on the corner of Spring Garden and SW 17th.

      All 3rd - 5th grade students, enter the building using the main entrance in the front of the school.

      As children enter the building, they will be visually screened for symptoms of COVID. If a child appears ill, they will be brought to our symptom space where they will wait until an adult comes to pick them up.
    • Dismissal: Since parents are not allowed to enter the school, we have arranged dismissal in a new way. Please refer to this dismissal map as you determine where you will pick your child up.
      Adults who are picking up a child MUST have identification with them and be on the child’s after school plan. If you need to make a change to the after school, you must let the classroom teacher know as well as the front office staff.

      Most of our Kindergarten through 2nd grade students who are picked up will wait in their classroom for an adult to arrive. Doors used for pick up will have a sign with the teacher’s name on it. The adult will go to the exterior door of the classroom for pick up.

      There is not an accessible door for Mrs. Standish and Mrs. Vo’s classrooms, so parent’s who pick up from these classes will do the following:

    -Mrs. Standish: use the front door on the corner of Spring Garden and SW 17th Ave.
    -Mrs. Vo: use the middle front door on SW 17th Ave.

    Third graders who are picked up will be in the raised concrete area in the north parking lot.

    Fourth graders who are picked up will be in the coned off area in the back of the north parking lot.

    Fifth graders who are picked up will be between the kitchen and north parking lot at the front of the school.

    • Food Distribution: Breakfast and lunch will be available to all children free of charge. Food will be given to students as they leave school for the day. Students may take additional meals for siblings at home. Please let your child know whether you want them to take meals home with them or not.

      Students who are participating in hybrid are not allowed to eat in the building or on the bus. Please make sure your child has a meal prior to arrival for hybrid instruction.

    Next Week - CDL

    • Teacher Introductions: Our CDL teachers are preparing to meet their new students next Monday. Students who remained in CDL will most likely have a new teacher.

    Meghan Connelly will be teaching Kindergarten and 1st grades during CDL. Mrs. Connelly has worked in Capitol Hill as a temporary teacher this year in Mrs. J’s class as well as Mrs. Fronk’s class. She is an experienced primary teacher with a great deal of experience in CDL.

    Robert Michaud will be teaching 2nd and 3rd grades during CDL. He is an experienced teacher who taught online and in Alaska for a number of years.  Here is a welcome letter from Mr. Michaud.

    Jim Buchanan will be teaching 4th and 5th grades in CDL. He has been substitute teaching in PPS for over 20 years and is very experienced in teaching online. Here is a welcome letter from Mr. Buchanan.

    • CDL Schedule: CDL schedules will be similar to the way they currently are, with part of the day spent synchronously with their teacher and part of the day spent independently in asynchronous instruction. One day each week will be an asynchronous day in CDL just like in hybrid.
      • Kindergarten: Synchronous in am; Asynchronous in pm; Monday = Asynchronous Day
      • 1st grade: Asynchronous in am; Synchronous in pm; Monday = Asynchronous Day
      • 2nd grade: Synchronous in am; Asynchronous in pm; Wednesday = Asynchronous Day
      • 3rd grade: Asynchronous in am; Synchronous in pm; Wednesday = Asynchronous Day
      • 4th grade: Asynchronous in am; Synchronous in pm; Wednesday = Asynchronous Day
      • 5th grade: Synchronous in am; Asynchronous in pm; Wednesday = Asynchronous Day

    Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 5th grade CDL Schedule


    1st grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade CDL Schedule





    Class Meeting / SEL



    SS, Sci, Online Programs, Specials (Dreambox/Lexia)


    Language Arts

    (with whole group and small group mini lessons)



    (with whole group and small group mini lessons)



    Lunch and Recess





    Lunch and Recess



    Class Meeting / SEL

    11:15 - 2:15

    SS, Sci, Online Programs, Specials (Dreambox/Lexia)



    Language Arts

    (with whole group and small group mini lessons)



    (with whole group and small group mini lessons)

    • Food Distribution for CDL Students: For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18.

      The sites for curbside distribution:
      • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.
      • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.
      • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.
      • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.
      • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.
      • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.
      • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.
      • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.
      • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
      • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.
      • Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.
      • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.
      • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.
      • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.
      • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.


    • Face Masks: All students and staff are required to wear face masks while in the building. If there is a documented medical condition preventing a student from wearing a mask, the use of alternate personal protective equipment will be required.
    • Water Bottles: Please send a water bottle with your child’s name on it to school each day. While the water fountains are operating and are cleaned on a regular schedule, they cannot be cleaned after each use because the neutral cleaner that is used has to sit for a period of time to be effective. In order to reduce the risk of spreading illness, we encourage all students and staff to bring water with them to school.
    • Snacks: Make sure your child has a meal before they attend hybrid instruction. Students must keep their masks on while they are in the building. For this reason, they are not able to eat during hybrid classes. Please do not send food or snacks with your child to their hybrid class.

      Guidance for schools and daycare are different so students enrolled in Champions will have an opportunity to eat while they are with their Champions cohort.
    • Volunteers Needed: We need volunteers to help students at the crosswalks in front of the school and on the corner of Spring Garden and 17th during Cohort B (12:00-12:30 and 2:15-2:45) at arrival and dismissal. If you are able to help, please contact Heidi Reichelt or Mike Eskew.

    Childcare: Champions, our child care provider, will be operating during hybrid instruction. Champions is not a Capitol Hill program but a partner organization. If you have questions about enrolling your child, safety standards, or anything else, please contact Melodee Andrada or Aiko Sato. Also, the district has provided an FAQ that you might find helpful.

    Reminder: There is no school on April 9 due to teacher planning and report card preparation.

    Retention: Lately we have gotten a lot of inquiries from families about grade retention for next year. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for schools since March of 2020. We recognize that, as a result, students at all grade levels have had a wide range of learning experiences in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). Because of this, we will be emphasizing Learning Recovery and Acceleration for all grade levels in the 2021-22 school year. We believe that students, despite varied CDL experiences, will benefit from progressing to the next grade with their grade-level peers in the 2021-22 school year. Therefore, we are not supporting retention as a learning recovery strategy at any grade level. The following is research that outlines some of the detriments of retention:

    • According to research, students who are retained are at a higher risk of dropping out of high school (Bauer, Hughes, Kim & West 2017).
    • Students who are at the highest risk of retention are Black, Latinx, Indigneous Students and English Language Learners. “On average, both Hispanic and Black students across grade levels are one and one half times more likely to be retained than White students'' (U.S. Census, 2015).
    • Additionally, English learners are retained at disproportionate rates nationally. (Johnson 2018).
    • The National Association of School Psychologists discourages retention and recommends instead “promotion plus” (NASP, 2007).







  • TAG, ESL and School Board Bond Presentation 10/21/2020






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    Please review the attached drop off and dismissal procedures for the ‘19-‘20 school year. Help us make safety a priority by following these guidelines. Here are a few very important things to remember about drop off and pick up. Our building opens at 7:45am so please wait until that time to drop your child off at school. Please remember to return your After School Plan on the first day of school so we know how your child is getting home. I encourage your to visit our school website at www.pps.net/capitolhill for school supply lists, upcoming events, student/parent handbook, important reminders, and classroom updates.

    As your new Principal, I am honored to join the Capitol Hill Community. The high level of dedication, care, and support each family and staff member shows at our school has already become apparent in the short time I have been here. If you volunteer at our school, thank you! If you don’t, please consider signing up. The first step is filling out the background check at www.pps.net/Page/149. It takes a village to raise children and we would love to have you join ours. I am committed to working with each of you to create a nurturing school environment that meets your needs and expectations.

    Thank you for entrusting us with your precious child. We are committed to ensuring that Capitol Hill is a safe and loving place that truly is a great place to learn and grow. Please drop by, call or email me if you ever you have a question, concern, or would simply like to introduce yourself.



    Aimee Alexander-Shea





             I also want to encourage you to follow our Capitol Hill Traffic Plan. Remember that you are welcome to park in any available space in the parking lot and that you're welcom to come early to school. The drop-off is not busy at 7:45. Here are some general suggestions from our traffic plan:


    • Pedestrians and bikes only on Carson 7:30 - 8:15; 2:00 - 2:30
    • Cross only at crosswalks
    • Drop students off school curbside only
    • Keep 17th One Way - south during drop-off times
    • Be mindful of students crossing at 16th and Carson

    Please Don't: 

    • Make U turns in front of the school (it's unsafe and illegal)
    • Load/unload students at the crosswalk/yellow curbs
    • Block the parking lot entrance/exit
    • Park in the wrong direction


     Pick up and drop off on 17th in the designated Drop Off Only Zone in front of school

    • Drop students school curbside
    • Do NOT drop at yellow curbs
      • Limit vehicle traffic on Carson 7:45 – 8:05; 2:05 – 2:30


    • Please no U-Turns
    • Please park the correct direction

    traffic pattern









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