>>> This Friday (Feb. 29th): No School - Teacher Professional Development/Planning Day
>>> This Friday (Feb. 29th): Principal Coffee Hour (Virtual) at 8:30 AM.

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Principal Coffee Hour (Virtual)
This Friday @ 8:30 AM

This coffee hour takes place on a teacher professional development/planning day (no instruction for students).

Principal Coffee Hours are informal Q & A’s and everyone is welcome to attend!

Coffee hours will be every two weeks on Fridays from 8:30-9:30 AM through Spring Break. 

Please join via Google Meet

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Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 234-985-0112‬ PIN: ‪753 541 047‬#

January 15th and January 29th
February 12th and 26th
March 12th

Details on how to access the meetings are available to parents/guardians via principal Bourland’s emails and via the PTA/PTO email newsletter.

Save the Date! Feb. 18th - Dairy Hill Ice Cream Fundraiser 

Save the date – Feb. 18 – for a fundraiser for Hayhurst at Dairy Hill Ice Cream in Hillsdale. The fundraiser will go from 1pm until 8pm. Yum!

Dairy Hill Ice Cream in Hillsdale
6352 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239

Dairy Hill is committed to engaging with the local community and will donate 10% of all gross sales for the day to Hayhurst.

Husky Scavenger Hunt – starts Feb. 1st

Do you want to get outside to enjoy the sunshine but not sure what to do? The Hayhurst Fun Committee has you covered with a fun mascot game!

TEN Hayhurst huskies like this one pictured above will be hid on February 1st around the Hayhurst Neighborhood green spaces (trails and parks). Find one and bring the husky to Driftwood Coffee to exchange it for a FREE 8oz hot chocolate or steamer.

All ages are welcome to participate! You don’t have to be a Hayhurst student to win.
HINT: ALL Huskies will be hid in plain sight but could be hanging.

Best of luck in your search and have fun!

Kids Heart Challenge Program Kick-Off Assembly - February 1st

A message from Mr. Winkler:

Dear Hayhurst Families –The American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge program is kicking off on Monday February 1st   at 10 AM.

To get ready, help your child sign up by downloading the FREE Kids Heart Challenge App for Apple or Android or visit Your child will choose their heart healthy challenge to Move More, Be Kind or Choose Water and earn a FREE decoder wristband for registering online.

Start raising life-saving donations now to earn your heart heroes and get recognized at your assembly!!

Meet Agent KHC and learn your SECRET Mission to Save the Heart Heroes! (2min video)

Thank you so much for your support of the American Heart Association as we fight COVD-19 on a global scale. We’re investing a minimum of $2.5 million to investigate the implications of coronavirusThe Association has established a $2.5 million rapid research fund to fast-track scientific research to better understand COVID-19 and its interaction with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. For your COVID-19 questions, please click here for a comprehensive list of our resources, all made possible with your continued support.

Hayhurst Garden Committee Update

The Hayhurst Garden Committee wishes you all a Happy New Year and is committed to maintaining and improving our garden, courtyard, and the general landscape of Hayhurst. This year we have plans to rebuild the garden beds, restore the plants in the sensory barrels, and begin phase 1 of our beautification project. 
Our garden committee consists of parents and community members that share an interest and passion for plants, gardening, garden education, and maintaining our space. Our committee is always open to new members and we welcome you to join us! If you would like to become involved or become a garden committee member, please email Mike Patterson or Nadya Burchette.

Hayhurst Beautification Project: The Hayhurst Garden Committee has long held a vision to bring beauty to the front of our school by updating the landscape. 

Our goals and some benefits for the re-landscaping of the school front include:

  • Create a more welcoming environment with the addition of tree, shrubs, flowers, and ornamental grasses to bring year-round color which will foster emotional well being
  • Add to the school’s opportunities for kids to learn about biodiversity and ecology
  • Create an environment of interest and perhaps wonder with informational signage that will include ecological and environmental purposes.
  • Expand our habitat for birds and pollinators
  • Lead by example front yard alternatives to lawns
  • Become a continuing source of community pride and a perhaps a place to gather and share

In order to be successful, we have created this project to be accomplished in several phases over the next few years.  We are pleased to announce that phase 1 has begun with site preparation and design planning. We currently have funding to begin phase 1 and will be adding some trees and plants over the next 12 months. As our project develops we will need more school and community support with both volunteerism and finances. The attachments show the project areas for the 3 phases and we will keep you updated on progress and future needs. 

Introducing our New Husky Mascot!

Thanks kids for all your great suggestions of what to name our new mascot on the Friends of Hayhurst Elementary Facebook page.
Now we need your help to find Huscules all over the neighborhood!
If you spot Huscules on your neighborhood walks, have your parent take a pic and post a hint about the mascot's location on the Facebook page so others can spot Huscules, too.  If Huscules lands at your house, or in your garden, take good care of Huscules for a few days and then pass Huscules on to another Hayhurst family.  But SHHH… don’t tell us exactly where Huscules is… it’s just for fun to keep looking to find Huscules and get us all out of the house this winter!

Want to join the Hayhurst PTA “Fun Committee”?  Email Britney Small to get involved.

February PTA Meeting Rescheduled to February 16th 

New Meeting Date: February 16th
To allow the community to attend the Working Towards Anti-Racism as a Family Parent Night on the evening of February 9 (see below), we have rescheduled the PTA meeting to February 16th

Call for Officers
We are in need of a new PTA president for the next school year as well as a treasurer-elect. If you can help or would like to hear more, please email PTA President, Kirsten Carr

Thank you for supporting our school and community. Want to donate or support the Hayhurst PTA? Visit our website (direct giving by credit card available).
Click Here to Learn More and Join the PTA

Working Towards Anti-Racism as a Family Parent Night On Feb. 9, 7-8:30 PM

The Jackson and Gray Middle School PTAs welcome you to participate in a special parent night, hosted by the Anti Defamation League Education Director, Scotland Nash EdD, for a workshop series for families and communities to reflect on bias, engagement, and communication.

Learn about the manifestation of bias, reflect on life experiences, consider the lenses that we bring to difficult conversations, and how understanding bias supports building a connection. In this workshop, we will understand how it is possible to challenge bias, prejudicial thinking, and attitudes in ourselves. Through this “unlearning” of bias and the conscious effort it takes, that will support building allyship

Current issues provide a great opportunity to engage others in rich conversation, share important values, encourage a deeper understanding of the news, and disrupt bias and prejudice.

Meeting Details
Please join the meeting on February 9th, 7-8:30 PM.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 228 801 0958

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+12532158782, 2288010958#

To RSVP please visit this link.

Please email the RGMS PTA.

Details and Petition Re: PPS Foundation Fundraising & Inequity

You might be interested in the information on Reform PPS Foundation Fundraising's website regarding local PPS school foundation fundraising and inequity.

The site is not sponsored by Hayhurst elementary, its PTA or PTO.

Reminder - Library Book Bags Available!

Just a reminder that every Wednesday 2pm-4pm at the front door of the school you can pick up a bag of school library books for your student(s)! There's no due date - just bring the bag back when you're ready for new books.
Every Wednesday is now open to all Hayhurst families.
Questions? Contact Laura Jones.

Food Bag Program - Paper bags needed!

The food bag program has an ongoing need for paper grocery bags.

Bags can be dropped off on the porch at 6453 SW Loop Drive

Thank you!

Are you a Safeway or Albertsons employee? 
Or, an Alpha Gamma Delta member?

As you may be aware, local PTAs are currently providing families at Hayhurst, Odyssey, Ainsworth, and Robert Gray Middle School with biweekly food bags. The Food Bag Program is looking to apply for some grants to supplement and bolster our funding. Some grants have specific requirements that someone in our group be connected with their business or organization.

We are looking for anyone who is a Safeway/Albertsons employee or an Alpha Gamma Delta member who can be listed as a sponsor for the grant. We have grant writers - just looking for a sponsor! Additionally, if you have any leads on food grants, we’d love to hear from you.
Please contact Rachel Dvorsky.

Coming Up Next

Up Next

JAN 29 JAN 29 8:30 am - 9:30 am FEB 1 FEB 1 10:00 am - 10:30 am FEB 9 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm FEB 12 8:30 am - 9:30 am FEB 15  FEB 16 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm FEB 18 
FEB 26 8:30 am - 9:30 am

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