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With a heavy heart...

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Dear Parents & Staff:
 
We are all deeply saddened by the tragedy in Florida yesterday. These repeated high profile acts of violence have a profound effect on each and every one of us, especially in schools.
 
Our students will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and staff can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security, and talking with them about their fears. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recommends the following strategies:
 

  • Reassure children that they are safe. 
  • Make time to talk. 
  • Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.
  • Review safety procedures. 
  • Observe children’s emotional state. 
  • Limit television viewing of these events.
  • Maintain a normal routine. 

 
More details are provided in the NASP handout, Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers available in English (PDF), Spanish (PDF) and as an Infographic (PDF).
 
Incidents like what happened on Wednesday remind us all about the importance of preparation and continuous improvement. Each campus regularly practices safety drills to prepare for various scenarios. Students, parents, staff, and community members are all encouraged to report safety threats using a tip line operated in cooperation with SafeOregon.com.
 
As we learn more about what led up to this latest incident, we expect conversations to continue—nationally and locally—so that we can do everything possible to protect our students and staff.
 
Safety is our top priority, and Oregon City School District will always work to provide a safe and supportive learning environment. Our hearts go out to the grieving families and community of Parkland, Florida.
 
Warmest regards,
Larry Didway, Superintendent
Oregon City School District No. 62
 

Kindergarten Connect

Come tour your school, meet the kindergarten teachers, school principal and complete necessary forms. 

If you are unsure which school to visit, enter your address into the Clackamas County Mapping Application

Who:

Families with children that will be 5 years old on or before September 1st. 

What to Bring:

  • Any questions that you have
  • Birth Certificate or copy
  • Immunization Record or copy
  • Residency Documents that show current address (Examples: current utility bill, insurance statement, cable bill)

When and Where:

School Address Date Time
Beavercreek 21944 S. Yeoman Road,
Beavercreek, OR 97004
Thursday,
March 8th
6:30pm
Gaffney Lane 13521 S Gaffney Lane,
Oregon City, OR, 97045
Monday,
March 5th
6:00pm
Holcomb 14625 Holcomb Blvd.
Oregon City, OR 97045
Monday,
March 5th
5:00pm
Jennings Lodge 18521 SE River Road,
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Wednesday,
March 14th
6:00pm
McLoughlin 19230 South End Rd,
Oregon City, OR 97045
Thursday,
March 8th
5:00pm
Redland 18131 S Redland Rd,
Oregon City, OR 97045
Thursday,
March 8th
6:00pm

Open House: Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten Readiness Programs

Students drawing with pencils

Join us for a tour of our two kindergarten readiness program sites. Bring your child, visit the classroom, meet the staff and explore the exciting program options we have available for discovering just the right fit for your family and for getting your child ready for a successful transition into kindergarten!

Open House at Holcomb Elementary: "More@ 4" Pre Kindergarten 

  • Thursday, March 1st. 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • ​Holcomb Elementary, 14625 Holcomb Blvd. Oregon City, OR 97045
  • ​Curriculum and Classroom Tour
  • Child must be 4 years old by September 1st

Open House at Jennings Lodge Elementary: Spanish Immersion "Los Exploradres" Pre-Kindergarten 

  • Thursday, February 22nd 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Jennings Lodge, 18521 SE River Road, Milwaukie, Oregon 97267
  • Curriculum and Classroom Tour
  • Child must be 4 years old by September 1st

Limited spots available for the 2018-2019 school year!

For more information visit the early childhood programs page or contact Cheryl Howell at cheryl.howell@orecity.k12.or.us or 503-785-8420 ext. 7312

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