The Voice of Raleigh Park - April 9, 2021
Traducir TIGER TALES!
Did you know you can now translate Tiger Tales? From your computer, you may use the "Accessibility" function (on the right) to translate Tiger Tales into a variety of languages. From your phone, look for the silhouette icon in the lower right corner. For old eyes like mine, you can also change contrast settings and increase font size!
What a week!
Yes, students are back on campus for the first time in over a year, and this principal couldn't be more excited! While two-thirds of our kiddos who remain in CDL are not forgotten, it is in the physical return to school that gives us a glimpse and hope for normalcy...whatever "normal" means these days.
Students and adults alike are growing accustomed to a new way of doing things, building stamina in a manner traditionally reflective of September. All said, I couldn't be more thankful for the staff with whom I have surrounded myself, as they diligently prepared themselves and students for what has been a positive return. My hope is that the reviews coming home at the end of each day affirm as much.
In This Issue:
- Seen & Heard
- School Reopening: COVID-19 Testing (opt in), Schedule Reminders, Health Screening, Mask Policy
- Food Resources
- Health Education
- Library Program - How can I get books at Raleigh Park?
- '21-22 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
- Kindergarten & New Student Orientation
- Teachers College Resources for Families
- Free Books from the Beaverton City Library
- PTO News
- BSD News & Updates: Translation Assistance, Statewide Testing, Student Pedestrian Safety
- Community Resources: Spring Food Resources, P-EBT Funds for Food, Washington County Libraries, THPRD Summer Camps
Seen & Heard
BinaxNOW COVID-19 Test
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) supports COVID-19 testing in public and private K-12 schools in Oregon for students and staff who display symptoms of COVID-19. The Beaverton School District has registered to have Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing available for students and staff who develop primary symptoms of COVID-19 at school. Primary symptoms of Covid-19 include:
New or different than usual shortness of breath
New or different than usual coughing
Fever of 100.4 or higher
New loss of taste or smell.
The Abbott BinaxNOW test will only be administered to students who have consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian on file. The student must be capable and willing to perform a nasal swab test independently. The parent(s) or guardian can decline testing and opt to test their child with a healthcare provider. If there is any doubt as to whether a specimen may be safely self-collected by an individual, they should be referred to their healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing. Positive test results will be shared with the Local Public Health Authority to assist in contact tracing.
For further information on the Abbot BinaxNOW rapid antigen test see the following link: FDA information on BinaxNOW test.
ALL STUDENTS should expect a full day of instruction, 8:00a-2:15p
- 7:45a, doors open for student arrival
- 8:00-10:15a, student on-site with classroom teacher
- 12:00-2:15p, student at home engaged in learning with specialists and/or classroom content
- 8:00-10:15a, student at home engaged in learning with specialists and/or classroom content
- 12:00-2:15p, student meets via Zoom with classroom teacher
WEDNESDAYS (ALL STUDENTS)
- 8:00a, students engaged with their classroom teachers to begin the day
- Wellness + Social Emotional Learning with Mrs. Howery, Mrs. Lee & Mr. K
- Asynchronous and independent learning activities assigned by classroom teacher
Health Screening Before Arrival
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
- a new loss of taste or smel
- or any of the symptoms on our Too Sick for School - Keep ill Students Out of School flyer
...the student should stay home.
Face Covering/Mask Policy
Masks are required at school at all times, including during arrival and dismissal and on the school bus. Students who are not accustomed to wearing a mask for extended periods of times are encouraged to practice wearing a mask at home to build stamina for the duration of the time they will need to be wearing a mask.
Beaverton School District Food Resources
Our Nutrition Services Department has been hard at work developing a plan for how to continue to provide free meals for all children during Hybrid and online learning. The USDA has provided waivers for the rest of the school year that allow any child (ages 1-18) to access free meals.
For Elementary Hybrid Students:
- Hybrid students can receive a free daily meal bag with breakfast, lunch and a supper snack to take home.
- Two days of meals will be sent home on Tuesday.
- No registration is required.
If you attend CDL, FLEX Online School or are a non-enrolled community child:
- All Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) students, FLEX students and children not enrolled in the Beaverton School District can access a free 5-day meal bag every Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Meal bags include 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 supper snacks. Only children aged 4 and older are eligible for supper snacks.
- Families can select a school to pick up these meals on the Meal Bag Registration Form.
- Registration is strongly encouraged.
- Children do not need to be present to pick up meal bags.
- Anyone picking up meal bags must wear a mask.
To register for 5-day meal bags and for the most up-to-date information, please visit: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/meals
Health Education in the Beaverton School District
The Beaverton School District teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. In order to help our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn, we also provide age-appropriate health instruction. There will be (2) primary resources used for this instruction:
- The Great Body Shop to teach the adopted Oregon Health Standards
- fightchildabuse.org to teach sexual abuse prevention in accordance with Erin’s Law.
Continue reading for more information on each resource.
Oregon Health Education Standards - The Great Body Shop, published by The Children’s Health Market, will be used to teach the Oregon Health Education Standards. It offers skills-based instruction that addresses physical, social, emotional, and mental health. Human Sexuality Education instruction is age appropriate, medically accurate, and relevant for all students.
Erin’s Law (Sexual Abuse Prevention) - An important component of our curriculum is to help children protect their bodies, get support when abuse has occurred, and report to a trusted adult. In accordance with Erin’s Law, we are educating children about sexual abuse and promoting awareness within our communities. The Oregon Department of Education has required all Oregon schools to comply with Erin’s Law. The Erin’s Law lessons address personal safety, touching safety, and assertiveness.
Previewing Materials/Opting Out - The process for previewing materials and opting out of instruction will be slightly different due to the pandemic. Your child’s teacher will be sending communication home prior to instruction in human sexuality and sexual abuse prevention to address this.
Thank you for helping us to make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.
Please click on image below for information about our Library Program & books for students
- Do you have a '21-22 kindergartener in your household?
- Do you know of others who do?
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Please use the link below to learn more. Also, there will be upcoming kindergarten events that may be of interest, outlined in the "Save the Date" information below.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, FAR AND WIDE! We want to cast a large net to let our families know we are open for business and excited about the possibilities in the coming year.
Any child who will be five (5) years of age on or before September 1 is eligible to enroll for Kindergarten at their designated home school.
Kindergarten & New Student Orientation
Please spread the word if you or those you know have an incoming kindergartner or a new Raleigh Park student for the 2021-22 school year. Looking forward to meeting all future Tigers!
Teachers College Support for Families
Teachers College Reading Writing Project Resources for Families - Teachers College Reading Writing Project Resources for Families. I will be sharing these resources with parents in our next newsletter. If you receive literacy questions from parents, you're welcome to use any of the videos linked here:
- Website for Families - published by Teacher College
- YouTube Chanel with video resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/tcrwp
- This format is made for teachers to access more easily: PreK-2 Family videos, 3-5 Family videos
Free Parent "Office Hours" Offered by Lucy Calkins & Team for parents to check-in about child’s literacy development, ways to support child at home with particular issues, or in general, inquire about what to expect across developmental stages in reading, writing or language acquisition, early to later years.
- K-2 Families: Wednesdays 5:00-6:00p
- 3-8 Families: Thursdays 5:00-6:00p
- REGISTER HERE!
- When you register, you will receive an email with the Zoom information for all of the the K-2 and the 3-5 sessions. You only need to register one time. Then just attend the sessions that work for your schedule.
Books, Books, Books!
Next PTO Meeting Coming Up on April 20th
Join us on Tuesday, April 20, 7:00-8:00p, for our next PTO meeting!
- Zoom Meeting Link
- Meeting ID: 844 3029 8900
- Passcode: TigerPTO
We're recruiting PTO Board Members for the 2021-2022 school year! There are several opportunities for new Board Members, and we'd love to hear how you'd like to be involved and share some ideas we have for the next Board cohort. No commitment required, just come and learn more.
We'll also hear an update from Principal Curl and have the opportunity to ask him questions.
We hope to see you there!
The Raleigh Park school garden needs your help! Our school is fortunate to have such an incredible garden for our children to explore and learn in. Maintaining the school garden requires a massive amount of work, but our school community is up to the task. We are looking for families to help us with garden maintenance such as weeding, pruning, keeping the pathways clean, and preparing for spring planting. Several garden gates are in need of repair also. You don't even have to be good at gardening to help us with many of our projects! If you are interested in serving our school community through volunteering in the garden please sign up with THIS LINK.
Raleigh Park Garden Coordinator
District News, Information & Resources
We understand that it can be challenging to access current information regarding your child’s schooling in your own language. We do our best to send out messages about important updates, especially during these challenging times. However, you can access the BSD website — and specifically, our return-to-school page — at any time. Below, we’ve included a link that will take you to our website, where you’ll find it already translated into your language. Please know, the translation is generated by Google Translate. It’s not perfect, but we do hope it’s helpful.
View the BSD website in Arabic
View the BSD website in Chinese
View the BSD website Japanese
View the BSD website in Korean
View the BSD website in Russian
View the BSD website in Somali
View the BSD website in Spanish
View the BSD website in Vietnamese
If you need additional assistance, please contact our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.
30-Day Notice for Statewide Tests
Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form 30 days before the start of statewide testing.
This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) asked the United States Department of Education for a temporary pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. This waiver was denied.
Please stay tuned for additional details regarding how the Beaverton School District plans to move forward with testing.
Student Pedestrian Safety
Looking to this week's beautiful weather as a preview (hopefully) of things to come, this is a reminder that more and more children are out and about - walking and rolling. As students return to schools for in-person learning, please be mindful of arrival and departure times. While traffic and activities around Beaverton schools may look different, one thing is for sure – kids are out and about in our community. Kids are everywhere and safety is everyone’s responsibility.
Please drive safely, be alert, and follow traffic laws, especially when observing students walking, biking, skateboarding, and scootering:
- Stop for school busses when red lights flash. Both directions of traffic must stop.
- Watch your speed. 20 mph is the school zone speed limit.
- Be ready to stop at all times. Kids may dart into the street without checking for traffic.
- Stop for people at intersections and when asked by the crossing guard. Check your blind spots before turning and behind your vehicle before reversing.
- Drive for conditions – This time of year is often rainy and foggy limiting visibility for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians so keep those headlights on to help others see you.
Let’s work together to keep our students safe!
P-EBT Meal Benefits
The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)program, through DHS, will offer MONEY to families who qualify for Meal Benefits. The money is being offered to help families purchase groceries during the pandemic. Families who meet the criteria in this list for the 2020-2021 school year will receive P-EBT funds. No application or further action is needed by families who:
- Have students only at CEP schools (families who have students at CEP and non-CEP schools need to apply for the non-CEP students to receive funds)
Have children who qualify for SNAP or TANF benefits
Have children with Homeless, Foster, Migrant, or Runaway status
Have applied and been approved for Meal Benefits at any time during the 2020-2021 school year.
- Families who do not meet any of the above criteria need to apply right away for Meal Benefits if they wish to be considered for P-EBT funds. Online applications are strongly encouraged, using www.schoolcafe.com. The SchoolCafe website supports English and Spanish applicants.
- Paper Meal Benefits applications, in both English and Spanish, are available at all meal pickup sites and all school offices.
For more information, follow this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services.
If you have questions, please call Meal Benefits at 503-356-3957 or email to NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.
News from Washington County Libraries
Our friends at Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries have put together a fabulous line up of topics and expert speakers for their 2021 Parent Information Series including “Supporting Dual Language Learners “ and “Talking with Your Children About Race and Racism” as well as “Positive Parenting to Create a Happy Home.” All events are online and free. To see the full line up and to register visit: Parent and Care Giver Information Series with the Cedar Mill Library
DATES TO REMEMBER...
- Tiger's Curbside Library, 10:30a-12:00p
- CDL Meal Box Distribution, 11:00a-12:00p
- 16 - Grading Day, NO STUDENTS
- 20 - PTO Meeting, 7:00p
- 28 - Professional Development Day, NO STUDENTS
- 19 - Kindergarten & New Student Orientation
- 31 - Memorial Day Holiday, NO STUDENTS