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  • Capitol Hill Reunification Drill

    Save the Date

    November 14th 1:15-3:15 pm

      WHAT: A Reunification Drill practices reconnecting families and students in the event of an emergency such as an earthquake, or lock down or other emergency. Each month during school hours, Capitol Hill Elementary practices emergency response drills (fire drills, lock down, lockout, earthquake). A Reunification Drill builds on in-school drills by involving families.

     WHEN: Tuesday, November 14th, 1:15-3:15 pm (pick up will take longer than usual).  At 3:15 the drill will be stopped, whether completed or not.

     HOW: For the Reunification Drill, parents/guardians will go to check-in stations. Those picking up students MUST show a photo ID and be on the student’s Reunification Drill Form pick up list (attached) to pick up a student.


    •       Return the attached Reunification Drill Form by OCTOBER 30.

    •       Find the check-in table corresponding to the first letter of student’s last name

    •       Fill out the PPS Reunification Form

    •       Hand form and your PHOTO ID to the person at the table

    •       Take your verified copy of the PPS Reunification Form to the pick-up station

    •       Turn in your copy of the PPS Reunification Form and leave with your student(s)

      OPTING OUT: This is an important drill which will inform us all on how best to reunite families and students in case of an emergency.  We hope that everyone will participate so we can all learn and improve.  That said, we understand that taking time off work is not an option for many people.  If this is the case, please consider designating someone to pick-up your child so that they can participate.  


    If you would like to opt-out of the Reunification Drill, please check “OPT-OUT” on the Reunification Drill Form and indicate how your student will get home at 2:15 dismissal (walk, bus, Vermont Hills, normal pickup). 


    We will be using the attached form for the drill only.  The names listed will be the people to whom we will release students.  We will NOT add these names to your student’s PPS registration, Synergy, or emergency contact list.


    VERMONT HILLS:  We are working with Vermont Hills to ensure a smooth transition. If your child will not be in Vermont Hills that day because you plan on participating in the drill, please let Vermont Hills know

    Reunification Pick Up Form
  • Reunification Drill at Capitol Hill November 14

    Capitol Hill will hold a reunification drill at school on November 14th.  The event is still being organized and details will be shared as soon as the plan is in place.  All families are invited to participate.  All families will be able to opt out of the drill.  Families will be receiving a form home in the next couple of weeks to fill out and let us know what  their plan for the afternoon is (participate in drill, ride bus home, go to Vermont Hills, be picked up by parent at 2:15).


    We anticipate beginning the drill at 1:30  and ending no later than 4:00.  The drill will be time intensive, but so much will be learned by all.  We would like to make this a yearly practice so we are very well prepared for a real event.  If at all possible, please participate.  If you are not able to pick up your students, there is an option on the form for you to list others to pick up for you and still participate in our drill.


    Again, thank you for your patience.  More detailed information to follow as it is available.  Please see below for a general description of a reunification and what is expected to happen.


    Standard Reunification Method

  • From your School Nurse: Lori Elder BSN, RN

  • Library fines can now be paid with School Pay

    School Pay is the District’s new online system for students and families to pay for fines.  Library fines for lost or damaged materials will be synchronized with Destiny, the library circulation system, nightly. If your student has a library fine, it will show up in School Pay the next day. Paying through School Pay will automatically clear your student’s library fine in Destiny. It is recommended that you use School Pay for all library fines.  If you are unable to use School Pay, library fines may be paid in the Main Office.  School Pay can be found at https://www.pps.net/Page/3528 .


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  • 10/6/17

    I hope you are all enjoying the fall weather as much as we are here at school. It's great for the students to be able to get out and enjoy the fresh, crisp air each morning. Students generally wear a jacket outside, but then drop it to the side. Guess what? It then ends up in the Lost and Found. I've decided o leave the table up in the entryway for a few more days. Please have your student check for missing items. The Lost and Found will be bagged and sent to the PTA Closet. (The PTA Closet is available for those needing assistance with clothing.) I try to keep out items that are labeled. It would be so helpful if you made sure to write your student's name on their jackets, etc. Thank you. 

    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

    Finally, please talk with your student about our expectations: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. They should be able to tell you about Bee Tickets and the behaviors we're trying to encourage school wide. Our awards/recognitions this past Monday focused on these expectations, along with their scholarly endeavors. They're doing a great job? Congratulations to all who received an award this month. 

    Enjoy your weekend! Principal Williams

    A few reminders: 

    • Volunteer training 6:00 before October PTA mtg. October 11th
    • Statewide inservice - no school / no day care - October 13th
    • Fall Book Fair - week of October 16th - in library
    • Grandparents/sSpecial Friends Day - October 20th 
    • The Big Boo! - October 27th
    • Emergency Reunification Drill - November 14th 
    • 9/27/17


    Greetings Parents,


    I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful weather!


    I want to let you know that today, Wednesday, we had a LockDown drill. A LockDown is activated when there is a threat inside the school building. The language we use is Locks, Lights, Out of Sight. Teachers lock doors, pull blinds, and have students move away from sight. Students are asked to maintain silence. Students and teachers stay in position until Principal or designee unlocks the door. The drill is activated over the Voip system (phone intercom) using a recording within the system.


    The students did well and school went on as usual.


    Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.


    Sincerely, Principal Williams







    Happy first day of fall!


    With the advent of rain this week, I’m compelled to let everyone know that as Oregonians, we go outside in the rain. All kidding aside, we take the children out as much as possible. Please be sure that your student has an appropriate jacket, etc. They may even change into boots if you would like and they can do it independently. However, they may NOT take an umbrella on the playground.


    With jackets, comes the ever-growing Lost and Found. Please be sure to check for missing items frequently. It is located by the exit door to the parking lot.


    It was wonderful to see everyone at Back to School Night! Despite the rain, I think it was a fun evening for all. Thank you, we so appreciate your attendance and getting to meet you!


    It was also great to see several parents at “a Cup of Joe with Joy” this morning. This little gathering happens the third Friday of the month. It is an opportunity for you to talk with me and other parents informally, about whatever is coming up for you.


    This morning we talked about lunch time. All students have at least 20 minutes in the cafeteria and can stay longer if needed. That said, those going through the hot lunch line, sometimes have a bit of a wait. As time passes, the students will get quicker. It will help if they know their 6 digit student numbers and focus on the task at hand. However, they are children so we can only get them through so fast. It’s actually going pretty well for September.


    Finally, I just want to remind you of a few upcoming calendar items.

    • Volunteer training 6:00pm before October PTA mtg. October 11th
    • Statewide inservice - no school / no day care - October 13th
    • Fall Book Fair - week of October 16th in the library
    • Grandparents/Special Friends Day - October 20th
    • The Big Boo! - October 27th
    • Emergency Reunification Drill - November 14th


    Have a great weekend!

    Principal Williams






    What a great week it has been! Our kindergarteners in three classrooms and doing wonderfully! Across the school, students seem to be settled in and ready to focus in on learning.


    It was also great to see so many of you at the first PTA meeting! There is much to be done and parental involvement is essential to student success. Thank you PTA for the work you do!


    Please be sure to join us for Back to School night which will be this coming Tuesday, September 19th beginning at 5:30 with a family picnic. You will visit your child’s classroom at 6:30.  If you have a second student there is a second presentation at 7:00.  It will be a good time to meet your student’s teacher and hear about classroom routines, etc. It’s also a time to meet other parents.


    Next week we will also have our first Late Opening on Wednesday, the 20th. School will open at 10:00. Buses will run their normal route, just two hours later.


    Traffic: With many new families, I like to review traffic concerns. Please see below for the suggested traffic patterns.


    Additionally, parents have asked that we work together to keep the entrance/exit to the parking lot free, so that people waiting wanting to park can enter/exit rather than waiting in the drop-off line. Thank you for your patience and understanding in working together around our arrival and dismissal.


    Finally, you may have noticed the plywood on the play structure. Our bridge was in need of repair. Please keep students off the blue railings that are for the bridge as we await the repair. Thank you.


    • 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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