Falco Newsletter Nov. 15th - 28th

2021-22 Newsletter for Five Oaks Middle School

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Greeting Falcon Families!

Goodbye quarter 1! What an eventful 9 weeks it has been! I am so proud of all the learning and growth we’ve seen over the past 9 weeks. There is a lot to celebrate!

November, for me, is a time of reflection and gratitude. I am so thankful for our teachers and staff here at Five Oaks. Everyone is working so hard to make sure students are safe, healthy, and learning! I encourage you, if you have time and feel led, to send your student’s teachers a note of thanks. You can also fill out this form if you would like to share a message of thanks to a staff member or members who have helped your child or family, or in some way positively impacted you here at Five Oaks. We will be building a “Gratitude Tree” in December where we will place our notes of thanks on leaves on and around the tree. My goal is to fill an entire wall with oak leaf thanks to staff, students, and community members! We will share the progress via Parentsquare and social media so you can see how we fill in our gratitude tree.

There are a few important things to note for the upcoming weeks:

  • At home Covid testing starts this week. If you registered your student, they will come home on Monday with a test kit, instructions, and a sheet of labels. The labels are from OHSU and should last through quarter 2 - so until February. We will send home kits on Mondays, students need to perform the test Tuesday morning prior to eating or drinking anything, and then return the test, in the enclosed bag, properly labeled, to the return bins at school. We know this will require some learning and adapting to a new system, but we’ll get it down quickly! You will only receive the test kits after the first week so please don’t throw the labels or directions away!

  • The schedule for next week (November 22-26) has been updated to reflect an entire week off for students. There will be no school for students the week of Thanksgiving. This also means there is a change to November 29. That day used to be a day off but it is an actual school day.

  • We will use part of the day November 29 to build community and reorient to school. Extended time off is great, but also requires us to reacquaint one another with our community values and norms.

I’m excited about second quarter and the great things to come for our students! As always, please let me know if you have questions or concerns; kelly_laverne@beaverton.k12.or.us

¡Saludos a las familias de Falcon!

¡Adiós cuarto 1! ¡Qué agitadas 9 semanas han sido! Estoy muy orgulloso de todo el aprendizaje y el crecimiento que hemos visto durante las últimas 9 semanas. ¡Hay mucho que celebrar!

Noviembre, para mí, es un momento de reflexión y agradecimiento. Estoy muy agradecido por nuestros maestros y personal aquí en Five Oaks. ¡Todos están trabajando arduamente para asegurarse de que los estudiantes estén seguros, saludables y que aprendan! Le animo a que, si tiene tiempo y se siente guiado, envíe a los profesores de su alumno una nota de agradecimiento. También puede completar este formulario si desea compartir un mensaje de agradecimiento a un miembro del personal o miembros que hayan ayudado a su hijo o familia, o que de alguna manera lo hayan impactado positivamente aquí en Five Oaks. Construiremos un "árbol de gratitud" en diciembre donde colocaremos nuestras notas de agradecimiento en las hojas sobre y alrededor del árbol. ¡Mi objetivo es llenar una pared entera con hojas de roble gracias al personal, los estudiantes y los miembros de la comunidad! Compartiremos el progreso a través de Parentsquare y las redes sociales para que pueda ver cómo completamos nuestro árbol de gratitud.

Hay algunas cosas importantes a tener en cuenta para las próximas semanas:

  • Las pruebas de Covid en casa comienzan esta semana. Si inscribió a su estudiante, volverá a casa el lunes con un kit de prueba, instrucciones y una hoja de etiquetas. Las etiquetas son de OHSU y deberían durar hasta el segundo trimestre, es decir, hasta febrero. Enviaremos kits a casa los lunes, los estudiantes deben realizar la prueba el martes por la mañana antes de comer o beber algo, y luego devolver la prueba, en la bolsa adjunta, debidamente etiquetada, a los contenedores de devolución en la escuela. Sabemos que esto requerirá algo de aprendizaje y adaptación a un nuevo sistema, ¡pero lo lograremos rápidamente! Solo recibirá los kits de prueba después de la primera semana, así que no tire las etiquetas ni las instrucciones.

  • El calendario para la próxima semana (22-26 de noviembre) se ha actualizado para reflejar una semana libre completa para los estudiantes. No habrá clases para los estudiantes la semana de Acción de Gracias. Esto también significa que hay un cambio al 29 de noviembre. Ese día solía ser un día libre, pero es un día escolar real.

  • Usaremos parte del día 29 de noviembre para construir una comunidad y reorientarnos hacia la escuela. El tiempo libre prolongado es excelente, pero también requiere que nos familiaricemos unos con otros con los valores y normas de nuestra comunidad.

¡Estoy emocionado por el segundo trimestre y las grandes cosas que vendrán para nuestros estudiantes! Como siempre, avíseme si tiene preguntas o inquietudes; kelly_laverne@beaverton.k12.or.us

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18 PTO Meeting at 7PM

22 - Staff Development - no school

23 - 26 - No School Thanksgiving Break

29 - Regular School Day


7 Sealants

20-31 Winter Break-No School


18 Reunión PTO a 19:00

22 - Desarrollo del personal - sin escuela

23 - 26 - No hay clases de Gracias

29 - Día escolar regular


7 deSelladores

20-31 Vacaciones de invierno-No hay clases

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Words From FIve Oaks Library

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We are talking about Native American Heritage Month in the library. To see the collection of fiction and nonfiction books, eBooks, and audiobooks, have your student LOG-IN to the library account and check out this link:


DECEMBER 6-10, 2021!

The book fair will be a little different this year due to social distancing rules, but everyone will have a chance to buy some great reads! Students will be visiting with their Language Arts Classes in the following order:

Monday, December 6: Robb

Tuesday, December 7: Hains

Wednesday, December 8: Ezell

Thursday, December 9: Inglett

Friday, December 10: (Students who were absent on their assigned day may visit the fair.)

Unfortunately, we will not be open before or after school. All proceeds help Five Oaks to purchase books for our own library. Online shopping will be available, too!

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Take advantage of EWALLET

Kids don’t need to bring cash to school for the bookfair. All purchases can be made via eWallet. Take a look at the instructional video to see how simple this can be!


Find more information about online shopping and setting up eWallets here: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/foms

Happy Reading!

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Congratulations! A big shout out to Five Oaks team!

What an incredible Cross Country Season Five Oaks had! Many sixth graders participated in cross country. Coach Lauren Plymire did such a great job teaching students to enjoy getting fit as well as supporting each other as a team.

We capped the season off with a district meet last Saturday. It was such a great day -- so great to see students out competing again.

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What is AVID? (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

AVID’s mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Writing: Competency in writing is basic to thinking, learning, and growth, requiring students to consider issues in new, complex ways, contributing to self-knowledge, and helping them to clarify and order experiences and ideas. Writing consists of an essential, complex set of tools that enhance critical thinking—good writers tend to be good thinkers, and improving cognitive skill enhances one’s writing ability. Based on in-depth personal interviews with college students conducted by Light (2001), students reported that the level of writing required was directly related to their engagement in their academic work. This relationship was stronger than the students’ engagement in any other course characteristic.

At Five Oaks teachers and students use the following writing strategies:

  • Quickwrites

  • Reflections

  • Summaries

  • Focused Note Taking

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PTO Meeting – November 18 @ 7pm

PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is this Thursday, November 18th at 7pm. Join us on Zoom to find out all the latest goings on at school! We’ll be voting for teacher grants and electing a new President. Interested in joining our team? Message us at fiveoaksmspto@gmail.com and let’s talk about how you can help!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 5392 5386
Passcode: 687068

Volunteer Opportunities

Earn money for your PTO and help our cafeteria staff! BSD will pay $10 a shift for volunteers approved by the District to assist students and staff daily in the cafeteria. Various shifts for all the grades based on advisory and non-advisory days are available by signing up through myimpactpage.com. Get to know Five Oaks students and staff - it’s easy and fun!

Meet the PTO Board

Visit our new website to see who’s on the board, what’s on our meeting agenda, what the PTO is all about and how you can get involved! www.fiveoakspto.org

Let’s Get Social!

Stay up to date on all the latest PTO events and news! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

Sign up for text messages from the Five Oaks PTO text @5oakspto to 81010

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Lightspeed is the filter that BSD uses on the Student Chromebooks. Parents should be receiving an email on Sundays with a report of your child's activity on their Chromebook. If you have multiple students in BSD you will receive multiple emails. At the bottom of that email there is a link to connect to a Parent Portal which will give you even more information about your child's activities. This link will take you to the information page on the BSD website.


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PreACT8/9 Information for 8th grade families

We share a responsibility to ensure your child is on track for college and career readiness. This year we are administering the PreACT8/9® as one of the first actionable steps your eighth grader can take to become ready for college and plan for the future.

With PreACT8/9®, you can get useful information to help your child choose the right high school courses, think about ways to work on areas for improvement, and even begin discussions about their college and career interests.

We are administering the PreACT8/9 on Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 & 17 during science and math classes.

We’re confident your child will do their best. This is an opportunity to see your student’s potential performance on the ACT® test. To learn more about the test, please see the Quick Facts below or call our office at [phone number].

PreACT8/9® Quick Facts

· PreACT 8/9 provides a practice opportunity for the ACT within a shorter test window covering all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading, and science.

· Total test time is 2 hours and 10 minutes (with approximately 60 minutes of pre-test activities):

· PreACT8/9 is a multiple-choice, paper and pencil assessment.

· Provides both current achievement and predicted PreACT8/9 and ACT test score ranges on the familiar 1–36 ACT score scale.

· Provides Item Response and Detailed Results to help identify specific areas of strength and weakness.

· ACT Interest Inventory results provide students with a personalized view of interests and college and career alignment.

· Provides Indicators of College and Career Readiness and Progress toward the National Career Readiness Certificate.

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