FLEX Family Newsletter

February 12th, 2021

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In this newsletter, you'll find:

Kindergarten Open House

Welcome New Students!
Upcoming Dates to Note

Erin's Law

7th Grade Field Trip

FLEX Online Community Support Organization


Tech Tips

Student Section

Meet Our Staff

In Case You Missed It items

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2021-22 Kindergarten Enrollment Is Open!

Do you have a child who will be starting Kindergarten next fall? Please join our Kindergarten Team for an online open house, Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30pm. Meet our teachers and learn about how Kindergarten works at FLEX Online. If you know someone who might be interested, please forward this invitation to them.

Use this link to join us on Zoom: https://beavertonk12.zoom.us/j/84994929684?pwd=dTV0ZC9BcUdoTWJXMFhWamxITGw3QT09

If you can't make it to this event, it will be recorded and posted on the Kindergarten At FLEX page on the school website. We will have a second open house in May.

See you Tuesday!

Welcome New Semester 2 Students!

Here are links to the New Student Orientations, which may be helpful for not-so-new students too!

Kinder-5th Grade

6th-12th Grade

We know this is a lot of new information to process. Our school staff are here to help you as your students get settled into a new learning routine. If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to your teacher, or email us at


Semester 1 Report Cards

As of today, all Semester 1 report cards should be viewable on ParentVUE

Remember to click "Documents" in the left menu column.

More information here: How to View & Print Report Cards

Upcoming Dates to Note

  • Monday, February 15th: Schools closed for the holiday
  • Tuesday, February 16th: Kindergarten Open House (see above)
  • Wednesday, February 17th: Synchronous Learning Day (see below)
  • Wednesday, February 24th: Staff development/workday: No School

Synchronous Learning Day

Due to the holiday and schools being closed on Monday, February 15th, the schedule shifts, and Wednesday turns into a full class day instead of just Advisory/homeroom. Glance at this calendar and make sure you fill out the attendance forms for your classes on the right days!

Link to full year A/B calendar

Erin’s Law (OAR 581- 022-1440)

In 2015, the Oregon legislature passed Senate Bill 856, also known as Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law requires the development and adoption of child sexual abuse prevention instruction for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in all Oregon public schools.

  • Students will receive a minimum of four age appropriate and medically accurate instructional lessons each year in grades K-12:

    • Techniques to recognize sexual abuse

    • Skills to tell a trusted adult

  • The instructional lessons for grades K-8 are embedded within the health curriculum.

  • Because not all high school students are engaged in a health class to receive this instruction, schools have to identify an alternative delivery model to provide the lessons. At FLEX, the high school lessons will be delivered through our Advisory classes.

Please click on either the Middle School or High School link for a more specific explanation of the delivery of Erin’s law for our secondary students (grades 6-12).

The District is undecided about the delivery time and model of Erin’s Law lessons for our elementary students. We will communicate this information to families of elementary students once we have clarification.

7th Grade (Virtual) Field Trip Update

Next week on February 17th and 19th, FLEX Online School 7th graders will take a virtual field trip to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, or OMSI. On our field trip we will travel back in time and learn about 13th-century Mongolia through stories, historical artifacts, and the enduring legacy of one of the world’s most impactful figures, Genghis Khan.

Thank you to those who donated, and to the Beaverton Education Foundation for funding this!

FLEX Online Community Support Organization (our version of the PTO)

Last week we successfully filled all board positions and can now apply for non-profit status. We also need your help! Do you have any experience creating a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and filing the Oregon paperwork? We would love to hear from you. If you are willing to help, please contact us at flex.focs@gmail.com by Monday, February 15th.

We will continue meeting virtually the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Next meeting: Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 All parents, partners, grandparents and learning coaches of FLEX Online students are welcome to attend our meetings.

Volunteering with FOCS and FLEX Online School

In order to volunteer (including over Zoom), it is a district policy that you must be approved in BSD’s Better Impact volunteer system.

If you have previously volunteered at a school in BSD and would like to add FLEX to your list of schools please send an email to update_volunteer_locations@beaverton.k12.or.us and request FLEX to be added. (You may also ask for your previous school to be removed).

If you have never volunteered within the Beaverton School District, you will need to create a volunteer account, which includes a background check. Visit the BSD website or you can click on this link Create a Volunteer Account. When creating your profile, list FLEX as your school.

Once you have been cleared to volunteer we will send you an email!

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Pam Jeffery at focs.volunteerlead@gmail.com

Canvas tip - viewing the calendar of student assignments

Thank you for sharing your tips for success with us!

Here's one for the parents, guardians, and learning coaches - you can view your student's calendar in Canvas to see what assignments are due to help them stay on track.

CLICK HERE to see how!

Tech Tip!

Did you know that many updates to your Chromebook happen when you log off your Chromebook or shut it down? If you are in the habit of just closing the Chromebook when you're done with your class, try logging out at the end of the day at least once a week so the updates can happen.

Student Section

Read this 3rd grader's paper on his Lego character's adventure! Click the link below.
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Meet Our Staff!

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Each week a different grade level/subject of teachers are featured. Have you seen your teacher yet? Check past newsletters HERE!
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Thanks for reading!

Paul Ottum

Principal FLEX Online School