Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

October 22, 2021

Message from the Principal

Greetings Findley Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the extra two days with your kiddos this week. This week's newsletter contains lots of important information. Including updates on our weekly COVID testing through OHSU. But first, a quick message from me.

What an amazing Dragon Dash we had. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you! Your generosity and support for our school community has never been more apparent. We are truly grateful for you.

As we are entering the cold, wet months, please be sure you are sending your Dragons to school properly outfitted for the weather. At this time, I have no plans to move lunch indoors. However, as we approach winter, the time may come when we will make the move. In the meantime, bundle up!

Lastly, thank you, for helping us keep our students and staff safe by following our arrival and dismissal procedures (some important reminders below!). We really appreciate your help with keeping us all safe!

Have a great weekend,

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


Meet Our Behavoir Health & Wellness Team

At Findley we are excited to announce and have you meet our Behavioral Health and Wellness Team. This team is a multi-disciplinary school based team that will receive referrals from staff or requests from parents and families regarding students in need of behavioral health and wellness supports in order to successfully engage in school. We are a team of 10 support staff who have experience working with students and families. We will profile 2 team members each week so you know who we are and the services we provide. You are welcome to reach out to any member of the team for support.

This week we’d like you to meet our Social Worker and Student Success Coach.

Student Success Coach

Hello Findley Families, My name is Susan Hargrave and I’m the Student Success Coach. I’ve been a member of the Findley staff for 15 years first as a classroom teacher and now as a coach. A big part of my job is to collaborate and support teachers and school communities in the implementation of social emotional learning (SEL). A large part of my job is facilitating the learning and practice of the core competencies of SEL (self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making, ) through collaboration, teaming and modeling. I truly believe that the impact of SEL on overall student achievement is as important as academic success.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need support. susan_hargrave@beaverton.k12.or.us

Social Worker

Hello Dear Families,

My name is Victoria Sharan and I am your new part-time school social worker. This is my third year with the BSD and I am beyond delighted to join the Findley family. I am a trained mental health professional with a Master of Social Work degree and a license to work in schools. My job is to connect parents to community-based services which support the mental health and wellbeing of the entire family. Some examples include making referrals to therapists, sharing resources for survivors of domestic violence, affordable legal support, and substance use treatment. I am also able to connect families to services for basic needs such as food, clothing, and utility assistance. Within the school I am able to provide brief mental health services in the form of short-term interventions for individual students and small groups. It is my pleasure to serve and collaborate with

each family in our community. Please feel free to contact me at any time or

check out my website for more information: https://sites.google.com/beaverton.k12.or.us/fjwsocialwork

Victoria (Ms. V)

After School Pickup

Thank you for entrusting your child with us.

We noticed recently that a number of families are parking in our Saltzman lot when picking up students.

Parents driving to the school to complete pickup need to enter the Thompson St. Parking Lot and wait in the pickup line or park and walk up to the pickup area. Being mindful of social distancing

This process is created for safety for our busses and families. Busses are the priority for the Saltzman parking lot between 2:45 and 3:15 each afternoon.

Cars parked in this lot will not be allowed to leave until the buses have left the property starting 10/27.

Please help us keep you and your student safe by picking up from the other lot.

Thank you

Findley Elementary

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OHSU Weekly COVID Testing

Our weekly COVID testing distribution date will be Fridays. This means Mondays will be our collection day. The first test kits will come home NEXT Friday, October 29. Test kits are due back Monday, November 1.

On Friday Oct. 29, if you are signed up to participate, you will receive a packet with instructions, 1 test kit and 3 months worth of labels to adhere to your student sample.

Below are some helpful links and videos:

Here is a link to the OHSU COVID-19 Screening Website

Here is a link to the English YouTube video on how to complete the screening test.

Here is a link to the Spanish YouTube video on how to complete the screening test.

Testing will not occur on weeks we have no school on Friday or Monday.

Options Schools Portal

Click here for information about Option Schools

Findley PTO

Findley PTO: Supporting our students by connecting parents, staff, and the community!

Visit our website at www.findleypto.com or email president@findleypto.com.

Join us!

Topic: Findley PTO Meeting

Time: Nov 1, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Zoom link will be sent via ParentSquare on Nov. 1.

Math Olympiad 2021

Is your student interested in joining the Findley Math Olympiad Team? Please click on the link to get more information and the date that registration opens.

Please DO NOT contact the school office as they do not have any information. Contact Urmila Kotak at findleymatholympiad@gmail.com.

Read more about Math Olympiad

Passport Club

Dear Findley Passport Club members,

What a start to the virtual Passport Club!

We are so happy for all the Findley Dragons who are learning their way around the world! We hope that you enjoyed your rewards for last month.

We are now moving our way into the October countries, but it is still NOT too late to do September as well!

Here is a summary of the steps to get in on the fun with more detailed instructions below:

1. Download this month's maps (We are moving to October this month)

2. Visit this month's virtual classroom

3. Learn this month's maps

4. Take the quiz when you are ready

This is a whole new experience and we understand that there will be a lot of questions, learnings and changes as we navigate this new virtual Passport Club.

Please rest assured that we are dedicated to making this the best that we can under the circumstances and ask for your patience and understanding as we all go through this process together.

With that being said, let's have some fun and travel the world together!

In addition, here is a reminder in regards to Passport Club:

Passport Club is a volunteer-run geography enrichment program offered at Findley to 2nd – 5th grades. This is an optional program and is not mandatory.

  • Please practice with your child for several minutes a day to help them get ready!

Grade Level Clarification:

  • 2nd-4th grade students have the option of 5 levels of study to choose from. However, students are encouraged to learn all the items in each level up to grade level.

Grades. Grade level

2nd Grade. Level 1 and Level 2

3rd Grade. Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3

4th Grade. Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4

5th Grade Special Itineraries (SI) study maps

  • For example, a 2nd grade student would be asked to learn the following for the month of October:

    • Level 1: Brazil, Australia, United States of America, Thailand & Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Level 2: France, Vietnam, Namibia, Angola & Italy


Vothy Heang and Xiao Shi

Passport Club Leads

Step #1 Download this month's maps

Maps (password = findleypassport)

Step #2 Welcome to the virtual classroom

Virtual Classroom

Step #3 Learn the Map for this month

There are lots of fun ways to learn each month's maps!

  • Color the maps - On the virtual classroom there is a password protected map that has suggestions on how to color each level's countries (password = HelloWorldDL)
  • As always, the best way is to study with your parents

Step #4 Take the quiz

When you are ready, decide what level you want to test for this month. Here are the links:

Level 1

Level 2 (Includes Level 1)

Level 3 (Includes Level 1 and Level 2)

Level 4 (Includes Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3)

Level 5 (Includes Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4)

Community Resources

Community Resources

Bethany & Cedar Mill Library. -October Newsletter

Talking to Children about Scary Events

Coronavirus and Covid: A book for Children about the Pandemic

FREE E-Book "I Love you" A story about not being able to visit relatives during the pandemic

Extensive list of Children's Books related to the Pandemic

COVID-19 Free Washington County Counseling (+accepts undocumented folks)To request an appointment, email COVIDCounseling@co.washington.or.us or call Washington County Behavioral Health at 503-846-4528.

Student Health Center - Catherine Kately Williams is the new mental health provider. KateleyWilliamsC@nhcoregon.org It is easiest to reach her via email as she does not have a specific phone routed to her. Cat is available M-F 8-5 and will conduct sessions via zoom. She will serve a bridge gap, providing up to about 10 sessions before she moves students on to a long-term counselor if necessary. They are set up to take every major insurance plan including Kaiser for OHP kids. They will also have an intake person who can help families get the kids on OHP.

Upcoming Events


27- CoGat Make-Up Testing

29- COVID Test Kits Go Home

29- All School Assembly Day and Mix & Match Spirit Day


1- COVID test Samples Due Back

1- PTO Meeting, 7 PM

11- No School Veterans Day

12- No School Grading Day

24-26 - No School - Fall Break

29- No School - Staff Development Day

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