Springville K-8 Parent Newsletter (10/9/20)
BSD will be promoting its first Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Week (October 12-16) to spread awareness of actions that we can all take to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma related to mental health concerns.
As part of our effort to support student wellness, students in grades K-5 at Springville will be receiving Social Emotional instruction to promote positive mental health and navigating their feelings. Students in grades 6-8 will receive a lesson in the coming weeks to promote positive mental health, recognize the warning signs for suicide risk and encourage help-seeking behaviors.
Children and young people in particular can be overwhelmed by stress during an event like the COVID-19 pandemic. These stressors include changes in routine, breaks in continuity of learning, missing significant life events and feeling less safe and secure due to loss of housing or a shortage of food resources.
We wanted to highlight a few resources for parents of elementary-aged children that can be found on our website. Learn more about mental health and how to engage kids in important topics by accessing the resources at eachmindmatters.org. The organization has gathered quite a list of resources. Specifically related to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a Parental Resources Kit. It includes resources, by age group, to help you support your child’s social, emotional and mental well-being.
For middle school families, click on the resource below to learn more information about suicide prevention and steps that you can take to protect yourself, your community, and your children. https://afsp.org/teens-and-suicide-what-parents-should-know
Please reach out to one of us or to the Springville counselors, Grace McLaughlin and Sha Fenton, if you have any questions or concerns. The counselors are available during their office hours for students and families on Mondays & Fridays 11am-12pm, and other days by appointment. You can reach them at 503.356.2480 or email: Grace McLaughlin (gr. K-2) email@example.com and Sha Fenton (gr. 3-8) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay Safe, Stay Well, and Stay Positive!
Robin Kobrowski, Principal
Ellen Arnold, Assistant Principal
Jeremy Birch, Student Supervisor
Springville Library Corner
Thank you for your patience as we adjust our schedule to better meet the needs of our students. Starting this week, come to the staff/bus entrance for Library Check Out at any of these times:
Monday is the first day of our Springville Bookmobile! If you would like to check out books from the Bookmobile, we will be making 3 stops:
- 7284 NW 170th Ave @ Abbey Creek Park from 1:33 - 2:00 pm
- NW 167TH Ave @ Mid-block between Catalpa St & Trillium St from 2:05 - 2:35pm
- NW 183RD AVE@ at the walk path by the gazebo (past Chemeketa) from 2:40 - 3:10 pm
Don't forget these links:
Ms. B's Book Talk
Did you know that Milton Hershey (the founder of the Hershey’s Chocolate Company) bought a VIP ticket to sail on the Titanic? Fortunately, he missed the voyage because of a work commitment. Did you know that Tony Hawk was one of the top skateboarders in the world at the age of 16?
This week, meet someone new...read a biography.
Learn about the fascinating lives of athletes, scientists, artists, inventors, world leaders, your favorite authors, and ordinary people that changed the course of history. The Springville library has hundreds of biographies; come and check some out!
Upcoming Social Studies Lessons
At this time, it's important for us to acknowledge that there is a great deal going on in our world and as educators, our job is to help guide and facilitate student learning about the world around them. Teachers help students think and talk about the events, issues, and questions that we are seeing and hearing locally, nationally, and globally. As public educators, we must not to turn away from these learning opportunities but rather step into them.
The Beaverton School District is committed to becoming an anti-racist school district – free from hatred and racism – and providing a culturally relevant and inclusive environment for all students. Additionally, Springville K-8 was founded as an EL Education School that is focused on ensuring equitable outcomes for students and a commitment to social justice. Together, these commitments define our work for all students, but we recognize that they are paramount to the success of our most vulnerable and marginalized students.
As part of this effort, the Beaverton School District, in alignment with the Oregon Department of Education and new 2018 Oregon Social Science Standards, is launching new social studies lessons this year to begin addressing the new state standards. For elementary students, the first unit is entitled “Identity, Culture, Race, and Racism, and Change Makers (K-2) or Anti-Racism and Action (3-5)”. For middle school students, the first unit is “Identity and Social Justice”. These interdisciplinary units were created by a collaborative team of teacher leaders. They are meant to be responsive to this current moment, our racial reality, and to the evolving scope of Social Science education. Teachers have started communicating with parents about these units and will continue to do so throughout the year.
Please know that we are available for questions or further conversation at any time.
Springville Counseling Office Hours
Starting next week, the Springville Counselors are available for Office Hours for students, families & teachers on Monday & Friday 11am-12pm every week (other days by appointment).
During office hours meetings will occur on a first come, first serve basis. If you enter the waiting room and are unable to connect with the counselor during that hour, please email us and we will schedule a time to connect with you about your question or concern. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to working with you this school year.
Grace McLaughlin (K-2) email@example.com
Meeting ID: 836 7712 4566
Sha Fenton (3-8) firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting ID: 930 0563 2319
Classroom Book Pick-Up
Our hours for this coming Wednesday, Oct. 14, are from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. We hope by starting early we can give working parents a chance to pick-up books for their children. For now, the only grades that will come every week will be Kindergarten and 1st Grade.
Students who would like to get a new bag of books:
- Return the first bag of books. If you are not done with the previous week's Classroom Book Bag, you don't have to attend and can wait until the following week.
- Put the placard in your car window with your child's name, grade and teacher.
- No walk-ups please. This is a safety issue and we really need you to arrive by car.
Teachers in grades 3-6 are only making book bags as needed and sending families invitations by email to let students know if they should come and get a bag. If you are in grades 3-6, please wait to hear from your teacher to see if you should attend.
Please know that the office staff cannot pass out book bags on other days of the week. This service will only be available on Wednesdays and if that is a barrier for you, please let your child's teacher know and we will try to get books to you another way.
Thank you for helping grow our Springville readers by getting books into your children's hands. We are so happy we can provide these resources!
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Services
Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement in reading and/or math. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, our evaluation process will look different this year. We will administer in-person TAG testing after January 11, 2021. Until then, teachers will collect evidence on how your student responds to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. This evaluation may include: file reviews, teacher and student observations, a collection of work samples, and/or individual or group assessments. This process may take some time, but every effort will be made to complete the evaluation in a timely manner. Parents will be notified of their school’s in-person testing dates in January
If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. While completing this form does not guarantee that your child will be tested, it will give our school’s TAG committee valuable additional information in the nomination process. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion. Please complete and email the Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher by November 6th.
CDL Student Attendance and Engagement
Students are expected to be engaged in learning five days a week. We will encourage full participation, however, the reality of the pandemic requires flexibility on how a student demonstrates meeting that expectation. For example, a student may attend a live teacher-led session, watch a teacher-recorded video, interact with the teacher via email, and/or post completed coursework.
If your student is not able to participate in any aspect of distance learning on a school day, please call the attendance line. (503-356-2481) We also recommend you contact your student's teacher via email.
Staff will take attendance each day by 4:00pm. Students who did not engage in any aspect of distance learning that day will be marked absent. Auto-Dialer messages will begin around 4:45pm each day. Your family will be contacted via auto-dialer if the parent/guardian did not contact the school and your student did not engage in any aspect of distance learning.
Tips For Vision Health During Distance Learning:
- Encourage children to take frequent screen breaks. Follow the 20:20:20 rule, take 20 second breaks every 20 minutes to look away from the screen at a distance of at least 20 feet.
- Keep screens at least arms length distance away from eyes
- Discourage using screens in a dark room
- Consider printing assignments, if possible
- Turn off screens at least one hour before bedtime to support healthy sleep
- Children should have regular vision screenings
- Look for signs of vision issues
Signs of Vision Issues:
- Complaints of eye discomfort or fatigue
- Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
- Short attention span
- Frequent Headaches
- Covering one eye
- Holding reading materials close to the face
- Losing place when reading
- Seing double
- An eye turning in or out
Information about vision screening:
- In a normal school year, a basic vision screening is completed each year for every elementary aged child in the Beaverton School District. It is unlikely vision screenings will be performed in the school setting for the 20-21 school year due to COVID-19
- The American Optometric Association recommends regular eye exams for all children
- Please contact your school nurse if you need help accessing vision screening services
Web Resources for accessing vision care:
Need a Student Device?
If your student does not have a previously-issued device or has one that is not working properly, our building tech team will be available at the office entrance on the bus/staff parking lot side of the school each Tuesday from 11:00-12:30 to help. You do not have to email or call ahead.
Student Help Desk
Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Please provide the following and they will get back to you as soon as possible:
- Contact information (phone number)
- Student ID
- Description of the issue
Device Protection Program
Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device (either Chromebook or iPad), the District adds a fee of $20 to students’ Online Payment accounts (maximum fee of $60 per family per school year) to enroll them in the Damage-Loss Protection Program. This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced-price meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share form. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school.
Students may choose to decline coverage. However, doing so isn't recommended, because a family would then assume full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how the damage occurs.
Visit the Student Device Resources webpage for more information.
Internet Connectivity Update
Good news! BSD and Comcast have extended their partnership to provide free internet service to additional BSD families through June 30, 2021! We’re also extending free internet service for those families who have already signed up for the BSD-Sponsored Comcast Internet Essentials program through June 30, 2021. The program is open to students who qualify for free or reduced-cost meal benefits. Applications are available online.
If your elementary or middle school student does not qualify for the Internet Essentials program, fill out this form to request a hotspot.
Can you help support students who need internet connectivity? If so, please consider donating to BEF’s Back-to-School Connect Campaign.
Grab & Go Meal Service
The start of school is right around the corner, and our Nutrition Services department has been hard at work developing a plan for providing meals during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). We have just received waivers from the USDA which allow any child (age 1-18) to pick up free meals through December 31, 2020.
Here’s a look at how meals will be distributed this fall:
Parents or guardians may pick up meals for students who are not present.
Meal pickups will occur two days per week: Tuesday (2 days of food) and Thursday (3 days of food) from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Meals will be packaged with breakfast and lunch together.
Masks must be worn by anyone picking up meals.
2020-2021 District Calendar
The 2020-21 District Calendar has been updated.
The calendar is subject to change based on contract negotiations and resource availability. In the event inclement weather or other emergency closures prevent the District from meeting required instructional hours set by ODE, the days will be made up in June.