Starting the week of January 14, 2019, the Nutrition Services department will be utilizing School Messenger to notify families by phone and email about student meal account balances. Kitchen staff will continue to provide personal phone call reminders and/or paper letters home. If you have questions about student meal accounts or other information, please visit our webpage www.pps.net/nutrition or call our department 503-916-3399.
Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services
During the 2017 Auction the PTA raised money to acquire new equipment for the Capitol Hill playground. Over the spring and summer, they worked with PPS to source and plan for the installation of the new equipment. The equipment should be fully operational by the end of next week. Thank you, PTA, for your hard work.
This PTA program is for all graders, K-5. Read whatever you enjoy-from picture books, to chapter books, to magazines. Younger students can have a parent read aloud to them. Older students, reading for homework counts too! To participate, each day you will record you reading minutes on you Superstar calendar. At the end of the month, add up your minutes, have your parents sign the calendar and return it to your teacher. Prizes will go out early the following month. If you have questions about the program contact Sonya Horowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. OBOB individual and team permission forms will be available in the library. Both forms are due back to the library by Friday, December 7th. An OBOB timeline is listed below as well as a link to the official OBOB website. We will be looking for volunteers to help out with battles starting in February. For more information contact our school Librarian, Susan Dahinden or for opportunities to volunteer contact Meridith Gilcrest.
Wishing Our Head Custodian a Fond Farewell!
Our amazing Head Custodian, Scott Schneberger, has accepted a position at Lane Middle School. I know this was a difficult decision for him but it is certainly one that will be beneficial for his family and himself. We will greatly miss Scott and are so grateful for all the hard work and diligence he has put into our school. If you see him in the hallway please make sure to say THANK YOU Scott and you will be missed!
Join us for our next PTA Meeting of the year. The meeting starts at 6:30pm, and childcare is provided by the PTA. This is a great time to learn about what the PTA does and ways to help them support the school. If you need interpretation, please let Mr. Walker know.
Open lines of Communication
I would like to thank our families for openly communicating and building positive relationships with our staff. It is incredibly important for families to positively communicate with teachers and for teachers to communicate positively with families. Only by working together can we continue to make Capitol Hill a great place to grow.
A change to after school plans
September 12, 2018
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:
If your student has a change to their Champions plan please see information below. The school and Champions are separate and both school and Champions need to be contacted.
If you will not be attending Champions, please make sure to let us know. Below are some options:
Site email: email@example.com
Site Phone: (503) 913-2429 (text is okay and sometimes preferred as the hours have us unavailable from 9-1:30)
Aiko’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aiko’s phone: (503) 642 3991
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.
If your student is riding a bus home with a friend please send a note with your student with the following information:
Who your student is
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 (email@example.com) and Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also call 503.916.6303 but the phones sometimes get very busy.
I 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 welcome 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
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.
For the 2018-19 school year, Capitol Hill School will have a new child care provider – Champions. Champions will provide high-quality before- and after-school child care services. This is a known and well-regarded organization, providing child care in schools in the Portland area and across the country.
Welcome to Winter!
Dear Capitol Hill Families,
It is hard to believe that we are half way through our school year. Excitement is in the air at Capitol Hill Elementary. The holidays are here and our students and families are actively involved in collecting non-perishable items for those in need, reviewing previously taught skills, in addition to working hard each and every day. Thank you to our PTA for an incredible Big Boo this year. An unbelievable amount of amazingly dressed up people showed up and enjoyed pizza and games. Thanks to our wonderful teacher and staff volunteers for being present and/or helping with the overall festivities.
We would like to thank all of you for attending our annual Parent Teacher Conferences. It is awesome to see such a great turnout! We received some incredible food from generous families and we truly appreciate it. Working together as a Team only benefits our students more.
Now that the winter months are upon us, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for cold weather. Most days we go outside for recess and it is important that they come to school with a coat with their name inside of it.
School begins at 8:00 AM; therefore, students should arrive to school as close to 7:53 AM, when the first bell rings, as possible unless Champions is providing morning care for your student.
As a reminder Capitol Hill will be closed for the winter holidays from December 17th - January 1st, 2019.
Our Capitol Hill Staff would like to wish you and your family a happy holiday and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year.
- Principal Kevin Walker
Welcome to Fall!
Dear Capitol Hill Families,
Our school year is off to a great start! Since the start of September we have been recognizing students each Friday who have exemplified the character traits of respectfulness, responsibility and safety. We hope students are building their collective capacity to do the right thing even when nobody is watching. We’re excited to continue to recognize students at the end of each week who uphold these character traits, as they are ones that strengthen our community and school.
We’ve also enjoyed seeing so many parents and guardians at daytime and evening events this past month, including our PTA meeting, Back to School Night, Book Fair and volunteers during the day. We’re also looking for additional volunteers during recess and lunch. It’s been great having a strong family presence in the building and we enjoy the sense of community that it builds on campus.
On Friday, October 26th we are excited to host the annual BIG BOO from 6:00pm-8:00pm. We look forward to seeing all the students and families at this fun event. We are very grateful to our PTA for putting in so much time and effort in preparation for the Big Boo. While I am still not sure of my costume I look forward to being in attendance.
We have also started our committees for the year at Capitol Hill with teachers and staff. Also Site Council, which is comprised of many different stakeholders, will meet for the first time at the end of this month.
Have a wonderful rest of your week and looking forward to connecting with you all.
Please click on link below for the Capitol Hill Herald
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
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6:00 PM District Board Meeting