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  • 2019-2020 School Calendar

    The School Board approved the 2019-20 School District Calendar on February 12, 2019. Please note the work-year calendars on page two.
  • New Student Registration (Including Kindergarten 2019-2020)

    Below you will find enrollment paperwork and requirements for students new to Capitol Hill.  This is for grades K-5. Only completed packets will be accepted for enrollment.  If you would like a hard copy of registration paperwork we have it available in the office. Completed registration packets can be turned in to the Capitol Hill office between the hours of 7:15-3:15 Monday-Friday.
    Immunization Form ( Grades K - 5)
    Request for Records  (Grades 1-5)
  • Lifetouch/Shutterfly

    For the 2019-2020 school year, Capitol Hill will  be working with a  new photography company, Lifetouch.  This past year Lifetouch merged with Shutterfly which means Capitol Hill families have access to Shutterfly as well.  Capitol Hill will earn 8% of each purchase made through the Capitol Hill link to Shutterfly.  The funds that we raise through this partnership will be used for student recognition.  I have included the website below.



    You will also be able to use whatever discount the site is offering.


    Happy shopping and thank you for supporting Capitol Hill.

  • November/December Newsletter

    New Playground Equipment

    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.

     Superstar Readers!

    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

    OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books)

    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!  

     PTA Meeting

    Wednesday, December 12th from 6:30-7:30pm

    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.


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    Mrs. Kramer

     Mrs. Letaw

     Mrs. Lockett






    Welcome to 2019!

    Dear Capitol Hill Families,


    Happy New Year and welcome back! We are off to a great start in the new year and our school is humming with excitement. The end of Quarter II was January 18th and report cards should have been available on Parentvue for all families on Friday, January 25th. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or would like a paper copy of the report card. There will be no school on Monday, Feb. 18th in observance of President’s Day. We would like to thank all of you for the incredible support for our community over the holiday. It is awesome to see such immense outpouring of support for our students and families from our Capitol Hill community.


    We remain deeply entrenched in the winter months, 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. Our lost and found has continued to grow since we have been back so if your child is missing a coat, water bottle, gloves or a hat please make sure they check the lost and found located in the cafeteria next to the stage.

    School begins at 8:00 AM; therefore, students should arrive to school as close to 7:53 AM as possible. Teachers are not contractually able to provide supervision before this time. The only exception would be if Champions is providing morning care for your student. Thank you for your understanding and help in making sure our students arrive and dismiss safely and punctually. Finally, a big thanks to our PTA, and all of our parents and guardians, for their continued presence and support in the building. PTA recently passed a donation to all hands raised which will help us extend the two current EA’s we have in the building to provide greater support for our students. We are grateful for everyone who attended the PTA meeting and voted for this proposal. As always, please feel free to stop by and say hello anytime. 


    - Principal                      Kevin Walker




    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.      

    - Principal                     

              Kevin Walker


    Please click on link below for the Capitol Hill Herald


    October 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:


    • 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

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