Kindergarten: Bus Riders and after-school care (Champions) will be walked to Bus Dismissal area or picked up by Champions Staff. For students not riding a bus or attending afterschool care a parent or individual verified by student registration will pick up their student(s) from their classroom teacher after the bell rings at 2:15pm. We politely ask families to wait until after 2:15pm to pick up their students from the classrooms.
1st-2nd Grade: Bus riders and afterschool care will be released from their classrooms to the bus pick up area (under the covered area on our blacktop) or to Champions (in the cafeteria) after the bell rings. Students are expected to go straight to these designated areas after the bell rings and check in with staff. For students not riding a bus or attending afterschool care a parent or individual verified by student registration will pick up their student from their classroom teacher after the bell rings at 2:15pm. We politely ask families to wait until after 2:15pm to pick up their students from the classrooms.
3-5th Grade: Bus riders and afterschool care will be released from their classrooms to the bus pick up area (under the covered area on our blacktop) or to Champions (in the cafeteria) after the bell rings. Students are expected to go straight to these designated areas after the bell rings and check in with staff. All students not riding a bus or attending afterschool care will be released after the bell rings at 2:15pm. Parents may pick their child up from the classroom or ask their child to meet them in a specific spot (other than playground due to bus dismissal) for pick up. Both the teacher and parent should know where the student is expected to be picked up at. If the teacher does not know where the designated pick up location is the student will remain in the classroom with the teacher until this information is communicated. Any individual picking up a student must be verified as having permission to do so by the parent via the student registration form.
Additional note: All students riding a bus or attending after school care will receive a tag for their backpack and a colored carabineer. The color of the carabineer corresponds to the bus they will be riding or to the afterschool care program (Champions) they will be attending.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to the school office if you have any questions, or concerns. Thank you for helping us continue to make Capitol Hill a great place to grow!
Vision: The vision of Capitol Hill Elementary is to provide an inclusive community for students, families and staff where everyone is safe supported and respected. Together we will foster a love for life-long learning.
Mission: Our collective mission at Capital Hill is to foster a growth mindset that supports both academic and social-emotional growth. Through rigorous instruction and building meaningful relationships we will instill confidence in our students to take risks and overcome challenges.
Mark Your Calendars 📆
October 8 - 2:30 First Site Council Meeting
October 9 - 5:30 Volunteer Training
6:00 State of the School Presentation (free child care available)
6:30 PTA Meeting
7:30 Foundation Meeting
October 11 - No School: State-wide Inservice
October 15 - Picture makeup day
October 17 - Great American Shake Out (Earthquake and Fire Drill)
October 18 - Grand Friend Day - Reception in the cafeteria ends at 10:30. The Book Fair and the Garden will be open throughout the event.
October 25 - 6:00 The Big Boo
Week of October 28 - Spirit Week
Monday: Backwards Day
Tuesday: Sports Day
Wednesday: Crazy Sock Day
Thursday: Wear your grade color (Either Capitol Hill or anything in your color)
Friday: NO SCHOOL
November 1 - No School: Teacher Planning Day
November 11 - No School: Veteran’s Day
Equity Team Invitation 🌎
The focus of the Equity Team is to address issues of equity and inclusion at Capitol Hill by providing a space for families with diverse perspectives and backgrounds to connect as we work toward an inclusive community for all of our students. If you have not already done so, please complete this short form if you are interested so I can schedule these meetings when it is most convenient for those who are interested. I will be in touch soon with a meeting date and time.
Site Council Election 📩
Site Council is an Advisory Team that includes staff and families. We meet one Tuesday a month from 2:30-3:30. The Site Council helps develop the School Improvement Plan which guides the school's work each year. They also make recommendations about the professional development needs of staff that make it possible for the School Improvement Plan to be carried out. Anyone is welcome to attend but only three parents can be elected by other parents to be voting members of Site Council.
Please vote for parents interested in being on Site Council by clicking this link. The ballot will be open until 3:00 pm on Monday, October 7. The first Site Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at 2:30 pm.
School News 🐟
Traffic in Front of School 🚗
If you drop your child off in the morning, you probably have noticed that we have signs and cones out that require cars to move forward for drop off. We started doing this because cars stopping far back on 17th was creating a backup. As a result, some cars started pulling around others and created two lanes. Children getting out of cars in the outside lane began walking to the sidewalk while the cars in the inside lanes were still moving forward. This created a serious safety issue where some of our children were were nearly hit. Moving cars forward has helped the line move quicker and has stopped the double line of traffic in front of the school so each of our children have a safe way to get to the front of the school..
We have asked the city for a 4-way stop light on Spring Garden to help move traffic out quicker. Since the city has said no to our request, we now have a staff member who is pushing the crosswalk button regularly in order to safely cross our students AND to stop traffic so our cars can more efficiently get across Spring Garden.
We know traffic is tough to deal with but we urge you NOT to make illegal u-turns on 17th. If you must come down 17th from Spring Garden, you can let you child out near a crosswalk so our crossing guards can help them safely across the street. U-turns in front of the school are especially dangerous. Otherwise, turning on 14th and coming up Hume to the front of the school will help you avoid a need to make a U-turn. Please work with us to ensure all of our children are safe as the arrive and leave school.
Special Thanks ❤️
Thank you to all of our parents who are volunteering in our school! We are lucky to have so many of you coming into classrooms to work with children, supervising in the lunchroom and on the playground, and doing things (like making copies and laminating materials) to free up teachers time.
Also, a special thanks to all of our hard working teachers for all of the time they are collaborating together as they plan lessons, look at assessments scores, and make sure they are meeting students' needs every day.
I also want to thank Reading Results for providing an extra reading tutor to our school for the first half of the year. Reading Results is a non-profit organization that brings retired teachers and adults trained to tutor in reading into the building to work with students who need a little extra help to meet grade level expectations. A Capitol Hill alumnus has funded one tutor from the program for Capitol Hill for several years. This year, Reading Results is also offering an extra tutor temporarily to work with our children. We are very grateful for the extra support!!!
EBBL Newsletter 📚
Do you want to learn more about the district literacy program and ways you can help your child? Please click on this link for more information.
PTA News 📬
Foundation News 📬
September 20, 2019
Greetings, Capitol Hill Families!
Please help me welcome Ms. Keira Havner to Capitol Hill Elementary. Ms. Havner will be teaching art to our Kindergarten and first grade students one day each week for the rest of this year. Ms. Havner comes highly recommended by the other school that she currently teaches at, Sitton Elementary. She joins us having a wealth of experience and we hope to make her transition seamless.
We ran into a critical need to hire an art teacher for one additional day because our art schedule ended up being 25 minutes two days per week and 40 minutes 3 days per week in order to accommodate adding professional collaboration to the teachers’ week. The shortened days made teaching art unmanageable. Bringing Ms. Havner aboard allows the art schedule to mimic the PE schedule so students will get to do art 2 times per week for 40 minutes each.
As we make this change, I want to thank Ms. Helmsworth for all of her dedication and hard work to serve each of your children despite a challenging schedule she had while we searched for a solution. Her deep commitment to the school and to each of our students was very apparent and appreciated.
I also want to thank the Foundation for providing the funds that allowed us to hire Ms. Havner and PTA for making a contribution to the Foundation so that we had adequate funding for the positions we have been able to hire this year. While Foundation funding is dedicated to staffing needs and PTA funds are dedicated to providing curriculum extensions and supplies for classrooms, both of these organizations provide vital supports to our school that we would not otherwise be able to afford. If you have not become involved in these organizations, I encourage you to join. They offer great ways to get involved in our school and meet other families.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions, and thank you for your patience while we made these adjustments.
Dear Capitol Hill Families,
I am very excited to welcome you back to the ‘19-‘20 school year. I hope that you have had an amazing summer. At Capitol Hill, we have been hard at work finishing construction, getting classrooms ready, and planning for our first days back with students. Please help me in thanking Ms. Reichelt and Mr. Eskew for setting up materials, Mr. McCauley and his custodial team for preparing the building and grounds, and our teachers for planning and attending trainings about our new reading curriculum during these last summer days.
Here are a few important dates to add to your calendar:
August 24: Community Care Day (9:00-1:00) t-shirts, snacks, and water provided
August 28: First Day of School for 1st – 5th grades
September 3: First Day of School for Kindergarten
September 5: Ice Cream Social (5:30 – 6:30)
September 12: Picture Day
September 26: Back to School Night (5:30 – 7:00)
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.
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:
Pick up and drop off on 17th in the designated Drop Off Only Zone in front of school
When Lent teacher Chris Meade took his middle school choral students to the recent Franklin Fall Festival, he watched in amazement as they entered the fully modernized high school’s state-of-the-art auditorium.
Families who currently have students in the fifth grade in Portland Public Schools should take note of an important date change. If your students wants to attend a focus option school in the middle school years, the window to apply for the 2020-21 lottery is:
The City of Portland’s Safe Routes to School program encourages families to use active transportation (typically walking or biking) as a safe, convenient, accessible and desirable option for getting to and from school. It needs your help.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Site Council
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM PTA Meeting
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Foundation Meeting
6:00 PM District Board Meeting