CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE by MONICA ARBOW
Dear Nancy Ryles Families,
This week we welcomed Nancy Ryles teachers back to school! This year’s pre-service looks much different from year’s past. All staff are engaging in a virtual pre-service week with several Zoom Staff Meetings and District Professional Development. Staff are getting up to speed on all of the updated online learning platforms, schedules, and new online curriculums that will support Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) for all.
There are two terms you will hear quite a bit this year: synchronous and asynchronous learning. Here is what those terms mean:
Synchronous - students will have live contact with their teacher (via Zoom).
Asynchronous - students will access pre-recorded lectures and digital curriculum materials and respond through Seesaw and other collaborative documents at a time of their own choosing.
We know that you have many questions about what your child’s day will look like. Teachers are creating detailed, grade-level schedules using the guidelines outlined by the District. This is only the teachers second day back and so they will be sharing those detailed schedules with you soon, along with who your child will have as a teacher for the 2020-21 school year. There are still adjustments being made to class lists; teacher announcements will be made this Friday, September 4 by 12:00 p.m. via email. In the meantime, please review the following guidelines for what to expect this school year.
- The first day of school for students is Monday, September 14. (*Kindergarten has a slightly different schedule for the first week. See Kindergarten information below.)
- Students launch their school day at 8:30 a.m. daily with a 30-minute synchronous (live) meeting with their teacher. This time is primarily for community connections.
- Core instruction takes place 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 - 2:30 p.m. (a combination of synchronous and/or asynchronous instruction). There is significantly more synchronous instruction this fall than there was in the spring. All lessons will be recorded and uploaded for viewing at a later time.
- Lunch is 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. district-wide
- Students have PE and/or Music every day -- 2 synchronous lessons and 2 asynchronous lessons per week. Specials time will be consistent every day.
- Teachers will be sharing their detailed class schedule once completed. Schedules will be set with minimal changes to allow for consistency.
As a mother of three school-aged students in BSD, I know what we are asking of you this year as a parent and co-teacher. I know it’s not ideal. I have tremendous appreciation and gratitude for you and what we are asking of you. I realize that this model does not meet the needs of every family and/or child, but we are committed to trying our best to make CDL the best it can be given the circumstances that we have to work with. Thank you in advance for your grace and for partnering with us. Together, we can do this!
KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION - IMPORTANT
BSD is delighted to welcome kindergarteners to the 2020-21 school year! Kindergarten students' start times will proceed as follows: On September 14 and 15, kindergarten students and families will participate in scheduled orientation activities scheduled by each school. Kindergarten instruction will begin for students whose last names begin with A-L on Thursday, September 17. Students whose last names begin with M-Z will begin instruction on Friday, September 18. On Monday, September 21, all kindergarten students will begin full Comprehensive Distance Learning with their teachers.
Nancy Ryles will hold a virtual Kindergarten Orientation/Q&A this Thursday evening, September. 3, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. We will be sending out a Zoom invite in a separate message to kindergarten families. We hope you can join us.
Nancy Ryles Staff Updates
Please help us welcome....
Kim Beals -- our new kindergarten teacher. She comes to us with 6+ years of teaching experience from Cupertino Union School District in Sunnyvale, California. She relocated here this summer and we are happy to have her land at Nancy Ryles.
Makenna West -- our new 1st grade teacher. She has been teaching in Seattle for the past 9 years, but grew up in the BSD and completed her student teaching in BSD. We are glad she found her way back to Beaverton and Nancy Ryles this year.
Rachel Woollum -- our 3rd grade, long-term substitute for Sam Beyrle. Sam is due with her baby any day and will be taking a leave for the 2020-21 school year.
Rebecca Feuerbacher and Adam Resare -- two Special Education paraprofessionals to help support during CDL.
DEVICES FOR FALL
Third through fifth grade students who were issued Chromebooks in the spring should continue to use them.
Grades K-2 students will receive iPads. Nancy Ryles will distribute these iPads on Tuesday, September 8 from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. If you student was issued a Chromebook in the spring, they will need to turn the Chromebook and charger at that time. This will be a drive through distribution. Parents will drive through our parking lot and pick up the iPad. If possible, please print and fill out this Device Checkout Form. If you do not know your student's ID number, it can be found on your ParentVUE account.
Grades 3-5 students who are new to Nancy Ryles or students who did not check out a Chromebook in the spring and now needs one, please email our Student Help Desk at email@example.com (please include your student's name, grade, student ID number, if you have it, and Nancy Ryles Elementary).
If your student's device is not working, please email our Student Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance (please include your student's name, grade, student ID number, if you have it, and Nancy Ryles Elementary).
SEPTEMBER 8 - iPAD DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE AT NANCY RYLES ELEMENTARY
Kindergarten - 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
1st Grade - 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.
2nd Grade - 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Make Up Time - 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
DEVICE PROTECTION PROGRAM
Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device (either Chromebook or iPad), the District added 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.
BACK TO SCHOOL -- STUDENT VERIFICATION
The back-to-school verification process through ParentVUE is now open. These verifications are meant for currently enrolled students (both Comprehensive Distance Learning and FLEX Online School). We encourage parents to complete the required annual process before school begins. If you don’t complete this process before the start of the school year, it doesn’t mean your child isn’t enrolled in our schools. Verification simply allows you to double-check important information such as emergency contacts and any health/medication requirements are up-to-date in our system.
Click on the “Family Updates and New Student Enrollment” tab in the top right-hand corner and “Verification and Family Updates” from the drop-down menu on the next screen to start the verification process. A message will display in your parent portal with a link to the online verification screens for your review. Those who have an address outside of the District boundaries, such as interdistrict transfers, will not be able to verify online and will receive a paper form from the school.
If you have not activated your ParentVUE account or if you have access concerns, please contact your school (not the District’s Central Office). If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, please follow these instructions to reset.
Helpful links for more information:
● Back-to-School Verification (with step by step instruction video)
Thank you for ensuring that we have the most accurate information on your student.
BSD FAMILY TOOLKIT
FREE & REDUCED MEAL BENEFITS
Could your child qualify for free meals? Please fill out the Free and Reduced Meal application online. Applications are also available in Spanish. If you’re unable to access the application online, call 503-356-3957.
Families have inquired about the school supply list. As we begin the school year with Comprehensive Distance Learning, here is a suggested list of school supplies:
- Earbuds, preferably with microphone
- Pencils and pens
- Spiral notebooks or composition books
- Colored Markers
- Glue stick
- Small dry-erase board with dry-erase marker
If you need assistance with these supplies, please submit this form.