I am very excited to begin the school year at Helen Baller Elementary School. I look forward to meeting the kids and hearing about their summer adventures and to see how they have grown.
This year will be full of learning and fun. Below you will find a few of the beliefs we hold at Helen Baller about teaching and learning.
At Helen Baller we believe kids come first! We strive to create a learning environment where kids want to come to school because they feel safe, valued, are engaged and having fun while learning. We have high academic and behavioral expectations for all of our students.
The Helen Baller staff is committed to providing quality academic programs. We strive to collaboratively meet the needs of all our students. Classroom teachers are supported by reading and math specialists, learning support teachers and ELL teachers. We offer music education, physical education, library and media classes, as well as a fully functional computer lab.
Everybody at Helen Baller is responsible for knowing and living by the common behavior expectations, The Baller Big Three, of being responsible, respectful and safe. In addition, we teach the children the six Pillars of Character which are being trustworthy, responsible, respectful, fairness, caring and demonstrating citizenship. The behavior expectations and six Pillars of Character are posted around the school and taught to the students throughout the year. The Helen Baller staff is committed to creating a positive school climate that fosters cooperation, academic excellence, respect and safety.
Lastly, it is an honor to be at such a great school with supportive parents and community. I would like to say thanks in advance to the parents and community members for helping to support and enhance our children’s educations. We believe it is imperative to have a partnership with all community members. Working together, we can provide a rich learning environment where all students can learn and be successful. Thank you for all that you do.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Helen Baller office at 833-5720.
Mark your calendar for Helen Baller’s Field Day on Monday, June 15
Students will participate in a variety of fun events. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and participate in the day as well. Simply complete a Field Day Volunteer Form – found here (District volunteer clearance is also required) and submit it to school. We hope you can join the fun!
Mark your calendar for this terrific family event being held on May 1, 2015; 5-8 PM
To read more details about out Blast click here!
Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the Camas School District website and screened at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas? We think that’s pretty cool, too. That’s why we’re excited to announce the first-ever Camas School District Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the Liberty Theatre. Finalist videos may also be featured on the District website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.
Contest ends February 4, 2015. Click here to download the Official Rules.
Elementary Camas Parents and Guardians:
On December 11, your student will bring home the first report card of the year. You’ll notice changes to the report card related to learning standards. Additionally, fourth and fifth grade student progress toward grade level expectations is now indicated using a 4-3-2-1 scale. This is the same scale used in grades K-3.
To learn more, visit our new Elementary Report Card page to view an informational video, an FAQ, and sample report cards: http://goo.gl/v8O3Z1.
Hear what’s going on at Helen Baller from the students themselves! The current newscast is below. To view past videos, click on the Video Archive tab above.
This year, the Camas School District is providing a full week of early release days dedicated to elementary conferencing with families. During the week of October 27-31, 2014, all elementary schools will operate on an early release schedule (9:00 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.). Kindergarten students will attend school on a rotating schedule of every other day of school during this week.
- PM Kindergarten students will attend school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during conference week. They willnot attend Tuesday or Thursday.
- AM Kindergarten students will attend kindergarten on Tuesday and Thursday of conference week. They will notattend Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
If your child’s dismissal plan will differ from his/her regular plan due to the early release schedule, please let your school office know.
Please note: Camas Extended Day and the Jack, Will, Rob Center will be open early for participants during conference week. Camas Community Ed after-school classes for students are cancelled on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of conference week.
Please join us for an evening of family-focused learning activities to support early learning and school readiness skills. This program is open to young learners, ages 3-6 in the Camas School District, and their parents. We will focus on early literacy and math skills and provide free materials for you to take home and use to continue the learning at home. Emphasis on kindergarten readiness skills.
Space is limited to the first 40 families to register!