Chehalem Elementary Newsletter- March 19, 2021
Things are moving fast as we prepare for our new teaching model coming up soon. We are so excited to see some of our students in person and want to make sure all of our students have a great experience through the end of the year.
The biggest news this week is that our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be coming back earlier than expected. K/1/2 hybrid start on Monday, April 5th and 3/4/5 start on Thursday, April 8th (for those transitioning from CDL).
Also a reminder that teachers will have the first three days after spring break (March 29, 30 and 31) to receive training on safety protocols and prepare their rooms. That means NO School for Students those three days (think of it as an extended spring break for kids). April 1st and 2nd will be typical CDL days for all students.
Here is a nice video that the district has created for giving you specific information related to what it will look like for students returning in hybrid. One piece that is inaccurate for elementary students is the part about them using disinfecting wipes to clean their own surfaces. Adults in elementary schools will be the only ones handling disinfecting. We have plans to create our own video about specific Chehalem protocols that should be created and shared the week of March 29th.
Free meals will be available for all students who want them, but will not be consumed on campus and will be cold and need to be heated at home. For those students who want it, a bag containing breakfast, lunch and supper will be given to students as they leave school. Nutrition Services will prepare special meals for those with allergies. If your child remains in CDL you would be able to pick up a week's worth of meals on Wednesdays at school. More information coming about times later.
A survey was sent to all families who are returning in Hybrid asking for important information about transportation plans at the end of the day. You can also indicate on the survey whether you want your child to receive meals as well. Car signs will be given to the parents of children who will be parent pick up so that we can notify classrooms electronically when you arrive. We are also asking that parents who have children who attend classes in the modular building or B wing, or 4th grade students in A wing (and who don't have younger siblings in A wing), be picked up and dropped off on Village Lane on the east side of the crosswalk (the part that does not have a median). There is a crossing guard there to help students safely cross the street if you are pulled over to the far side of the street and this will help us with congestion in the main parking lot for families of our younger learners.
It is very important that STUDENTS NOT BE DROPPED OFF BEFORE 8:45 a.m. Classrooms are open at that time, but not before and we do not have a way to safely supervise students on campus prior to that time. It is also important for a prompt pick up at the end of the day so teachers can prepare for their afternoon virtual classes and have lunch. As a reminder, morning classes are for hybrid students and run 9:00 am to 11:15 am. Afternoon classes are in CDL and run with live (synchronous) lessons between 12:15 and 2:30.
As students prepare for returning to school you might want to start having them practice mask-wearing for longer periods of time and being able to sit at a desk as well. Below are suggestions about how you might help your children build that kind of stamina if they are coming back in hybrid.
Also, there have been some questions about whether a family who travels out of state for spring break needs to quarantine when they return. Because we are under a travel advisory and not an executive order self quarantine is advised, but not required
Stay healthy and well and enjoy your spring break!
Community Food Resources
Word of the Month for March is Positivity
The Book Bus Continues in April
Thank you to Ms. Blanchard, Ms. Lane Mr. Sanborn who work so hard to get books into the hands of our children each week.
Beaverton City Library News
Online Spring Break Events for Kids
Beaverton City Library’s Spring Break is all online for 2021! Join us to make your own sundial, learn “whose scat is that?” find a dark corner to enjoy “Scary Stories to Read in the Dark,” and so much more! For a full list of activities and to register visit: https://www.beavertonlibrary.org/268/Spring-Break
Parent Information Series with the Cedar Mill Library
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 https://library.cedarmill.org/kids/parents/parent-information-series/
Beaverton City Library’s Current Services
BCL Grab & Go is now available at the main library. This service includes limited browsing of the collections (both floors), holds pickup (with staff assistance), returns, quick help with questions and reading suggestions, library cards, self-checkout machines, copiers, and lobby restrooms. More information and video: www.BeavertonLibrary.org/BCLGrabGo. While BCL Grab & Go is not currently available at the Murray Scholls branch, BCL To Go holds pickup by drop-in and by appointment remain available at both library locations. At the main library, the service hours for BCL Grab & Go, BCL To Go, and Computer Lab are Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday - Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (closed Thursday). These are also the hours for Ask the Library phone service. At the Murray Scholls branch, BCL To Go is in service Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 1-6 p.m. (closed Monday, Thursday, and Sunday). The library continues to provide many services you can access at home - virtual events and recorded videos for all ages, eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming video, language learning, and more - all for free. Learn about all the services being offered by the library at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/BCLNow.
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Visit https://www.fredmeyer.com. Once logged into your Fred Meyer account you can search for Chehalem Elementary PTO either by name or RB857 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card. When making purchases just swipe your rewards card or enter your linked phone number. The card must be registered to the Community Rewards program in order for their purchase to count towards our school.
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