Capitol Hill School

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8401 SW 17th AvePortland, OR 97219Ph 503-916-6303Fx 503-916-2616

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  • 1/12/18


    It's so good to be back in school after the break. It's already been a busy two weeks. This week we had our Recognition Assemblies as well as an OMSI assembly for k-2/3-4 on weather. The fifth grade went to the Planetarium and the third grade had a fieldtrip to the RICE Museum in support of their study of Rocks and Minerals.

    We have several things coming up of which I need to make you aware. 

    • We have NO School or Daycare on Monday, January 15th, as it is a National Holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the work that he did. Please see the PPS website for events happening on that day. 
    • We have a LATE OPENING on Wednesday, January 17th. School begins at 10:00. (There is a reduced breakfast on Late Opening days.)
    • The PTA will sponsor Family Fun Night, Friday, January 19th. It will be a game night and starts at 6:30 - 8:00.
    • There will be No "Cup of Joe with Joy" Friday, the 19th, as I will be at a conference. (There will be a guest principal.)
    • Thursday, January 25th, the students will participate in the Decathlon. Please considering volunteering through the PTA. 
    • Monday, January 29th is a teacher planning day - no school for students. Vermont Hills will be open. 

    Coming in February: Kindergarten Connect

    Please help get the news out about the Kindergarten Connect, Thursday, February 15th - 6:30 - 7:30

    In planning for next year, it is helpful to have kindergarten registrations completed in the spring so that we can staff accordingly. Please encourage anyone you know with a kindergarten child for next year, to attend Kindergarten Connect and/or to register early. Thank you for your support. 

    Upcoming Report Cards: 

    Friday, January 26th, is the end of the 2nd quarter/1st semester. We would like to share report cards via Parent Vue in Synergy to reduce paper waste. We are working with PPS tech to determine what date that will be and to ensure you will all have access. Please know that we will gladly print a student's report card, if requested. Also, if you need assistance with parent vue access, please contact Mike or Heidi in the office. 

    TAG testing:

    Students who were recommended in the fall for TAG identification will participate in testing January 30th and 31st. Please be sure to have them well rested and in attendance on those days. There are no make-ups on-site. 

    Site Council: 

    Capitol Hill Site Council generally meets the third Wednesday of the month at 2:40 in the Library. Please feel free to attend. 


    Have a great 3-day weekend!

    Principal Joy Williams








    I just want to take a moment to wish everyone Happy Holidays! I hope your Winter Break goes well and that you have a great two weeks! Thank you all for your good wishes. You are all appreciated for all you do for our students and staff here at Capitol Hill.


    I also want to thank you for your generosity for Holiday Sharing. Through your gifts many of our families have been served and we appreciate being able to deliver your generous support. Thank you with sincere gratitude.


    A Few Notes:

    • School resumes on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. (There’s been some misinformation out there, but January 2nd we will welcome our students back.)
    • We will also resume our 3rd Wednesday 2 hour Late Openings in January. Here are the dates for the remainder of the year:
      • 1/17
      • 2/21
      • 3/21
      • 4/18
      • 5/16
    • The last day of school is June 8th according to the District Calendar. The Capitol Hill calendar incorrectly says June 12th. This is due to contract negotiations during which the date changed. It could possibly change again, back to the 12th. Of course we could also get delayed with snow days. Stay tuned. We will keep you informed as soon as we know anything definite.


    Happy Holidays, Principal Williams




    It’s hard to believe we have one week until Winter Break! We’re trying to contain the excitement, but it’s definitely in the air! We will do our best to keep things in check as we enter this last week of school for 2017.

    Today we had our “lunch-time movie” which was an incentive for students earning their 3Bee tickets (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible). Students enjoyed the Dr. Seuss shorts, though the 4th and 5th graders thought they were “too old” for Dr. Seuss. Is one ever too old for Dr. Seuss? At any rate, they laughed at the antics. We will have more lunch-time fun next week.

    This coming week:

    • Site Council meeting in the library 2:40 - 3:30 on Wednesday, 8/13. You are welcome to join us as we discuss workings of the school.
    • The PTA meeting will be held Wednesday evening at 6:30. Please consider joining us. The PTA works hard to support the school and we couldn’t enjoy what we do without them! It’s a great way to get involved.


    You’ve often see me talk about our traffic patterns, especially on Carson, etc. (scroll down for a refresher) but another concern has been brought to my attention. The concern is across Spring Garden on 17th, especially in the morning. Parents using the westside of the road adjacent to St. Clare’s, have noted that when vehicles are parked on the gravel section, it makes it very difficult to safely walk to the crosswalk. If possible, please avoid parking on the gravel section to allow for walkers. We are trying to work with PBOT to find solutions to safe school access.

    Lost and Found:

    I want to thank parent volunteer, Lacy Roberts, who has spent much time organizing the Lost and Found items (which are many).  She has offered to manage the ever-growing run-away items. The Lost and Found will be sent to the District PTA closet next week. It is currently in the front entry. Please be sure to check for any missing items. If items are labeled they are returned to the owner.

    June end date for school: 

    I want to make you aware that as we are still in contract negotiations with the teacher's union, the end date could change. The last day of school is currently June 8th. Two more days could be added. That said, we don't know what the winter will bring us this year, so stay tuned. :)


    Finally, I want to wish you all a wonderful winter break. I hope you are all able to have time for togetherness, relaxation, and fun! Happy Holidays to you all!

    Sincerely, Principal Williams





    It’s hard to believe it’s nearly December with only three weeks of school left until Winter Break. The last day of school will be December 15th, but there’s lots to happen before then! We return to school Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.


    • This afternoon we had a Lock-Out Drill. In this drill we practice having the perimeter secured and stay extra aware. During this drill no one is allowed in or out. Business happens as usual in the school. The drill is announced via our phone/intercom system.


    • Our Holiday Sharing is in full swing. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi in the office.


    • Tomorrow the Holiday Greenery will be delivered. You will be able to pick it up in the front entryway.


    • Thursday, November 30th, we will have a meeting for parents of students identified to be in the Talented and Gifted Program. We will share information regarding the PPS TAG program and what we do here at Capitol Hill. Additionally, we want to find out whether parents are interested in forming a Capitol Hill TAG parent group. We will meet in the library at 6:30 until 7:30 pm.


    • On Wednesday, December 13th we will have our Site Council meeting at 2:40 in the Library. Interested parents are welcome to attend as we discuss workings of the school.


    • PTA also meets on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:30. Please join us.


    • There is no Late Start until January. We have three weeks of school and students will be busy with their academics.


    • Please be sure to check the Lost and Found for any missing items. The Lost and Found will be sent to the PTA closet before Winter Break.


    It feels good to have a routine back to our day after the many interruptions to our schedule in November. I wish you well as we enter the busy month of December!


    Principal Williams




    Another note concerning safety, is that of our traffic pattern. As a school community we are trying to keep Carson free of cars so that walkers can have a safe avenue to school. Between 7:50 - 8:05, it would be really helpful if drivers could use a different route. I understand it is frustrating to wait in the line for a turn onto Spring Garden, but the safety of our students is our main concern. Students may wait in the entryway beginning at 7:40.

    Please read and observe the following: 

    • make 17th one-way heading south during drop-off
    • leave Carson for walkers
    • park only the correct direction
    • NO Uturns
    • observe yellow curbs/crosswalk (they are a NO Drop zone)
    • drop students curbside, school side
    • ALL students should use the Crosswalk
    • Keep the parking lot entrance clear
    • Bus Zone is for buses only
    • No parking in St. Clare's parking lot


           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


    Have a great weekend! Principal Williams








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  • Buddy Bench is in!!!

    Thank you so much to Scott Sarkisian and David McAllister for spending part of their Sunday installing our new buddy bench. 
    Thank you to last year's 5th grade class for their gift of the buddy bench to Capitol Hill.
    Buddy Benches foster friendships on playgrounds. If a student wants someone to play with they can sit on the bench and other will come to offer to play.Buddy Bench Our kiddos trying out the bench their dad's installed
  • Connect to Kindergarten

    Please join us in the Capitol Hill cafeteria to learn about the kindergarten program at Capitol Hill. The event begins at 6:30 and ends at 7:30 pm.   The hour will be full of information from our kindergarten teachers, principal, PTA and Vermont Hills.  There will be time for questions at the end of the meeting.  
    Completed kindergarten registration paperwork will be accepted after Connect to Kindergarten and will be available on this site at that time.  The forms are electronic this year and you are able to type directly on to the forms.  If you need a hard copy of the registration form please let us know in the office.
    A completed registration packet includes:
    Registration form
    Oregon Immunization form
    2 current (30 days or newer) proofs of residence
    Birth certificate, passport, or hospital record of birth 
    The evening of the 15th is geared to adults and there will be no childcare.  An opportunity to visit the kindergarten classrooms will be given to  enrolled  kindergarten students in the spring.
  • A change to after school plans . . . .

    As many of you know, we are trying very hard to get our buses out on time at the end of the day.  After school plans change often for students.  You can help us when your students have a change by:


    1. If your student has a change to their Vermont Hills plan, please notify Amy or the main number (both listed below).  Steven is not always at our site, so you must contact numbers below. The school and Vermont Hills are separate and both school and Vermont Hills need to be contacted.


    Please report any Vermont Hills absences to their main office at (503)-452-8631. 
    For questions, comments, concerns, requests, or last minute absences, you can contact the Site Director,Steven Dobrinski, at

    1. If your student’s change in plan includes an after school enrichment course, the enrichment course instructor needs to be added to the after school plan for your student with the classroom teacher. Those courses are not a part of Capitol Hill Elementary and  rent our classrooms to offer the classes.  We are not allowed to release your students to the enrichment course without having your permission to do so.         


    1. If your student is riding a bus home with a friend please send a note with your student with the following information:


    1. Who your student is
    2. Who your student is going home with
    3. The date
    4. The bus number
    5. The stop they will be getting off at


    These notes will come to the office for approval and signature and become their pass to ride the bus.  Per the student handbook, bus passes should not be used for birthday parties etc.  This becomes a supervision issue for bus drivers.


    Thank you so much for helping us keep our students safe and in the correct place.  If there is an emergency/last minute change in plan that cannot be communicated at the beginning of the day, please email the classroom teacher, Heidi ( and Mike (  You can also call 503.916.6303 but the phones sometimes get very busy.



  • From your School Nurse:

    News reports are it’s a bad flu season.  The County Health Department provides the following information about the flu.

    The flu is a contagious disease caused by influenza germs.  Flu can lead to mild to serious illness, and can sometimes lead to hospitalization and death. 

    The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.  I certainly got mine.

    Flu is spread from person to person by coughing, sneezing, talking or singing.

    Everyone over 6 months of age should get a flu shot each year.  It’s never too early or too late to get one.  Flu vaccine is very safe. 

    You should also stay home if you are sick.  Cover coughs and sneezes, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer to avoid getting sick. 


    Dear Capitol Hill   families,

    Exclusion day for state required vaccinations is Wednesday, February 21, 2018.  Letters will be mailed to parents whose children are not up to date or whose records are incomplete.  Should you receive a letter, please provide updated information to the school as soon as possible.  Children who are not current for vaccinations by February 21th will not be able to attend school until records are complete.  If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact me at Stephenson School.


    Thank you and Happy New Year!


    Lori Elder RN BSN



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