Battle Creek Bear Tracker
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL FREEBORN
Dear Battle Creek Families,
Hard to believe, but June has arrived! Which means it’s time to reflect on the unusual, but remarkable year we’ve had and start looking ahead to next school year. While we are wrapping up school, it is still very important that your child attends school every day, this includes both their in-person days and their at-home days. We are still trying to pack in as much learning as we can to prepare our students for next year. Their preparation for next year will also require that parents and families do some practicing of skills over the summer so students can continue to make growth, or at the very least retain what they’ve learned. Due to Ice Age 2021, our last day of school has been moved to Wednesday, June 16th & Thursday, June 17th, depending on your child’s cohort.
*W/F Cohort Families, please note that the last week of school your students will attend on MONDAY & WEDNESDAY instead of Wed. & Friday.
Please make sure to read this month’s newsletter closely for important end of the year information, as well as information for the upcoming school year. We have found that many stores sell out if you wait until August so please make sure to buy your school supplies as soon as possible. If you need help with school supplies, you can reach out to our school counselor, Ms. Benson, in the Fall.
This has certainly been an extraordinary year, yet our students have shown growth both academically and socially. For those of you joining us next Fall:
please take time to register for next year, if you haven’t already
class lists will be posted on Tuesday, September 7th until Open House ends that evening
the first day of school for Grades 1-5 will be Wednesday, September 8th and kinders will be joining us on September 15th
We’d like to wish our 5th graders the best of luck as they embark upon their new adventure: middle school. We also hope they come back and visit us when they can; it’s always a treat to see our former students as they grow up. Remember, once you’re a Battle Creek Bear, you’re always a Battle Creek Bear!
We hope everyone has a safe and memorable summer! See you next year!
The past two years have been full of transitions, and there’s another big change happening soon: the end of this school year and transitioning up to the next grade. We’ve reached the end of yet another unforgettable school year. This is a big transition for all of our kids, and an even bigger one for those heading to another school. Once a Battle Creek Bear, always a Battle Creek Bear!
Goodbyes and Hellos
There can be a lot of “good-byes” in transitions. For your child, the end of the school year can mean saying good-bye to teachers, classmates, their desk, their classroom, and maybe even our school. Even though your child is saying good-bye to some people, and some people they might not see again, they will always be connected to each other. The time they spent together and their memories keep them connected. There are also some “hellos” that come with transitions. Hellos as in new things! The end of the school year means saying hello to more time at home and playing in the sun, and saying hello to a brand new school year!
There are many feelings that come with transitions – some comfortable and some not so comfortable. Help your student process this change with the following tips:
- Comfortable Feelings – Ask your child what they are feeling happy and excited about for the next school year. What are they looking forward to?
- Uncomfortable Feelings – Ask about things they might be sad, disappointed, frustrated, or worried about.
- Mixed Emotions – Remind your child that it’s okay to have mixed emotions about this big transition.
- Get Those Feelings Out – When we keep our uncomfortable feelings inside, we’ll start to feel worse and worse. Encourage your child to get those uncomfortable feelings out by talking about them, writing or drawing about them.
Looking Back and Moving Forward
There is a lot that happened this year, and SO much that our students have accomplished! Our students have faced and overcome many challenges. They adapted to multiple changes. They were understanding and flexible when us grownups were all trying to figure things out, too. Our students have proven that they can rise to any occasion with tenacity, courage, and empathy. Next school year will be here before we know it! In the meantime, I hope your child enjoys their summer break and that it’s all they need it to be – full of rest, relaxation, and fun!
STUDENT CHROMEBOOK RETURN DATES
- Please have the Chromebook and its charge brought back the last week of school. Students will turn it in to their teachers.
- If you received a hot spot for the school year, our technology department is asking for those back as well.
- Our Technology department has put together a Parent FAQ to hopefully answer any questions that you may have.
But our staff has been working hard on a special edition to give to our students free of charge. We plan on handing these out the last week of school.
We still have plenty of yearbooks from last year, if you didn't get a chance to order those yet. They are $10 each.
FIELD DAYS WEDNESDAY JUNE 16TH & THURSDAY JUNE 17TH
Guides to Graduation
Parents, are you wondering what learning you should focus on throughout the summer to better prepare your student for next year? These guides are a great resource for understanding the key learning concepts at each grade level. For additional information specific to your student, please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher.
Starting in the fall for the 2021-22 school year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will have new bell schedules for all schools across the district. As a district, we believe that the new bell schedule will better serve the needs of students across all of our schools and lead to improved outcomes at all levels.
All schools will also start one hour late on Wednesdays to give school staff a regular time for collaborating and planning support for students.
Learn more: Battle Creek Website
The Salem Public Library’s Summer Reading Club
Readers of every age (children, teens, and adults) are invited to be a part of the Reading Colors Your World 2021 Summer Reading Club! It is easy and fun to participate! Elementary, teen, and adult readers can sign up, track time reading and listening to stories, earn badges by completing activity and reading prompts, and earn reading incentives and prize drawing tickets for chances to win great prizes at the end of summer.
Registration is open now through Beanstack online or the Beanstack app, available for phones, tablets, and other devices. The program runs June 1-August 31 this year.
If you would like to spread the word about the program, we have a printable Summer Reading Club flyer available to download through the Salem Public Library’s Summer Reading Club page. There are also printable reading logs available for daily tracking offline. In addition, our Teen Advisory Board created a promotional video.
We have also planned for virtual and no-contact events and activities throughout the summer for children, teens, and adults. Information will be available on our website, and families can sign up to receive email notifications.
To stock up on reading materials, cardholders can check out books through the library’s Curbside Service. Streaming and downloadable services are available through our Virtual Library, available 24/7 online.
IT'S TIME TO COMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION
It’s time to complete the registration/enrollment verification process for the 2021-22 school year! Completing this process early ensures our district can best prepare for staffing, program offerings and more.
Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year is now open!
Enrolling your child in school early allows our school to prepare for the best possible education. Although the district will not know how school may look next fall, enrolling early, your kindergarten students are sure to thrive with the support of trained educators with in-person and online learning options.
Children who will be 5-years-old on or before September 10, 2021 are eligible to register for free, full-day kindergarten with SKPS. Learn more about how to complete online registration on our district website.
To complete registration, you will need an updated record of your child’s immunizations, proof of residence and your proof of age with you to register.
We welcome all students, regardless of nationality or place of birth. To learn more about kindergarten registration, how to prepare your child for school and Salem-Keizer Public Schools, please visit our district website.
- June 2nd: last PTC mtg. of the year
- June 14th-17th: Chromebooks are Due
- June 16th & 17th: Field Day
- June 17th - Last day of school
Students in the T/Th cohort will attend on Tuesday (6/15) and Thursday (6/17)
The full updated academic calendar, including a breakdown of key dates for parents and guardians, is available on our district website. Next year's 2021-22 Calendars can also be found on our district website.
SALEM-KEIZER PRESCHOOLS REGISTRATION FOR 2021-2022
Salem Keizer Preschools Registration for
Your child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 10, 2021.
1850 45th Ave NE • Salem, OR 97305
For more information on tuition, fees, times:
FREE PRESCHOOL FOR QUALIFIED FAMILIES 2021-22
Community Action Head Start and Salem-Keizer Head Start offer free preschool for qualified families from Marion and Polk counties.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-22 school year.
Head Start offers preschool education, health, nutrition and family services to low income families. We have part-day classes, mornings or afternoons, or all year classes with longer hours and bus service. Also, working families may qualify for full-day full-year at no cost. No proof of citizenship is required.
GUIDELINES FOR FACE COVERING
As more students and staff return to in-person learning, face coverings are required when in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools building, with situational exceptions. All employees, students and visitors must continue to wear a face covering indoors, this includes sporting events.
All students, staff, volunteers and visitors are not required to wear face coverings outdoors. This includes, but is not limited to: athletic events, outdoor PE, outdoor music, recess and arrival & dismissal. Until additional updates are provided, all physical distancing and other related requirements still apply.
If a student needs a face covering, the school has them available for students.
FREE MEALS AVAILABLE
NEW SUMMER SCHEDULE!
Go to this link for :
It is very important that parents keep their contact information current.
Be sure to let your school office know if you have a new address, email or phone number.
The parent or guardian marked as the primary contact in the student information system will receive automated communication.
Messages will also be sent to the student’s home phone number contained in the database, if different from the primary contact phone number.
OREGON HEALTH PLAN FREE FOR YOUTH
Through the Oregon Health Plan, youth 19 years of age and younger have access to free health coverage, regardless of immigration status if they meet the income requirements.
More information, including income requirements and how to apply for coverage, is available online.