Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

April 1, 2022

Message from the Principal

Greetings Findley Community~


Spring is in the air! Trees and bulbs are blooming, and Spring Fever is upon us as we grow closer to the end of the school year. Speaking of the end of the year, we are starting to bring back some of the familiar, in person events from our pre-pandemic life. Among them, Art Lit, Beautification Day, the Scholastic Book Fair, Bingo Night, Field Day and a fan favorite; the Findley Carnival! Be sure to check out the PTO section of this newsletter for more information on all of these fun, family events. You don't want to miss them.


Lots of good information to read in this edition of the Dragon News~


Happy Friday!

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.

Principal

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We are excited to open the registration window for the Third Annual Community Conversations Around Race. Even though this year looks a bit different than in years past, we are excited to learn from our students first and then from each other in affinity-based conversations. Our primary goals this year remain the same, to improve our individual racial literacy and to learn from our student stories. Please use the link below or the QR code to register.


Conversations Around Race Registration Link: http://bit.ly/2022ConversationsAroundRace

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Findley March Spirit Assembly
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Here comes the Bus App

We're making it easier for you to track your student's bus! Starting March 1, we're transitioning to the "Here Comes the Bus" app and phasing out MyStop.

Why the switch?
"Here Comes the Bus" shows the real-time location of your student's bus and gives scheduled and actual arrival times. The new app also provides notifications when the bus is near. Currently, all large buses have the... Read More

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BSD Math Placement Testing for 5th Grade Families

About 9 out of 10 BSD students will be enrolled in “Math 6/7” for math next year. If you would like your student evaluated to determine whether “Math 7/8" or “Alg/Geo/Stats 1” would be appropriate instead, please see the BSD Math Placement Testing site for important dates and information.

Bonny Slope Pre-K Program

Bonny Slope is an inquiry-based learning school that welcomes the opportunity to have a PreK in our school! We believe that children learn best through playful learning. It is this type of learning that supports our students with problem-solving and life-related skills, known as Habits of Mind. It is the focus on these skills such as persisting, listening, and understanding with empathy, thinking and communicating with clarity, taking responsible risks, creating, imagining, and innovating that is needed to be successful in kindergarten and ultimately throughout their educational experience.


Priority is given to students who qualify for free preschool based on a family's income level at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines as well as other qualifying questions on our Interest Form.



Any spots that are not filled by September 9th will be open to families who pay tuition based on our waitlist of submitted Interest Forms. Please fill out an Interest Form to start the process for PreK for 2022-2023.

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/early-learning/pre-k


If you have any questions, feel free to call the Bonny Slope Elementary office:

503.356.2040

Community Resources


Community Resources


Bethany & Cedar Mill Library. -October Newsletter


Talking to Children about Scary Events


Coronavirus and Covid: A book for Children about the Pandemic


FREE E-Book "I Love you" A story about not being able to visit relatives during the pandemic

Extensive list of Children's Books related to the Pandemic


COVID-19 Free Washington County Counseling (+accepts undocumented folks)To request an appointment, email COVIDCounseling@co.washington.or.us or call Washington County Behavioral Health at 503-846-4528.


Student Health Center - Catherine Kately Williams is the new mental health provider. KateleyWilliamsC@nhcoregon.org It is easiest to reach her via email as she does not have a specific phone routed to her. Cat is available M-F 8-5 and will conduct sessions via zoom. She will serve a bridge gap, providing up to about 10 sessions before she moves students on to a long-term counselor if necessary. They are set up to take every major insurance plan including Kaiser for OHP kids. They will also have an intake person who can help families get the kids on OHP.

Volunteering

Before coming to school to volunteer, please make sure you have completed your background check with the District.


You must be cleared and have a valid COVID Vaccine card on file in order to be in the classroom with students.


Here is the link in order to complete the background check.


https://app.betterimpact.com/Application/?OrganizationGuid=c7a5ffe3-c03d-4d0b-9f26-d51863f60edb&ApplicationFormNumber=2

Findley PTO

Findley PTO: Supporting our students by connecting parents, staff, and the community!

Visit our website at www.findleypto.com or email president@findleypto.com.

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Findley Parents, don't forget to order your yearbook. Due to the many months we have extended the order period, we cannot guarantee any will be for sale at the end of the year.

Ensure your student gets a copy of the yearbook & follow the link to order yours before time runs out.

https://buytheyearbook.pictavo.com/PictavoSchool/FindSchool

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qwBym98jbPN7l5u-v9Lz1ZqDAwHUmtpY/view?usp=drivesdk

Dear Art Lit Support and Lead Volunteers

Happy April! This email is an update of the latest Findley Art Literacy News:


The Japanese artist, Hokusai, is the featured artist for our first Art Lit lesson.


Our training for 'Lead' volunteers is next Thursday April 7th. During the training, Leads will be learning about:

● How Hokusai introduced landscapes as a desirable subject matter in the printmaking world of his time in Japan.

● Thephysical properties of line used in the genre and landscape prints of Hokusai.

● The art of printmaking and the value of a print, of which there is more than one copy.

● Creating our own genre and/or landscape print that exhibits the use of lines.


Lead volunteers will soon be starting to coordinate the scheduling of the "Art Lit Cart" for your class' April/May Art Lit lesson (if they haven't done so already.) Some may want to wait until after the first training to start this process. We have calendar openings up until our next training on May 12th.

Link to the art lit calendar: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JzeAIHO2HHkmKXvYRXSn-sLq_zSP1NwNzGrlcuwfTvI/edit#gid=2099084818


There are still 2 classes that currently need a Lead volunteer:

McNamara/Westra (K)

Lockhart (5th)

If you know of anyone in these classes that might be interested, please forward them my contact info!


There are new updates for volunteers! Please make sure to read through the BSD COVID Protocol page: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/communications-community-involvement/back-to-school-information


Please note:


● We will continue to plan for 3 volunteers max. per class (1 Lead and 2 Support volunteers)

● Masking is now optional for vaccinated volunteers

● All volunteers must be registered with BSD and sign in at the main office before entering the building. Link to spreadsheet of Art Lit volunteers:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1i57vmtEXXn8-5TjQr42eVty_c5yNdoJE_McodGvhv2s/edit#gid=0


Let me know if you have any questions or concerns,


Take care,

Christa

FINDLEY CARNIVAL IS BACK!

Mark your calendars for Friday June 10th! We're thrilled to be bringing back a Findley tradition with a night of games, inflatables, entertainment, food trucks and tons of fun! More details will follow soon!


Also, if any Findley father would like to join the cause helping out with this wonderful event, our next meeting is on Wednesday, March 16th at Bethany Public House from 8:30-10pm or you can email us at carnivaldads@gmail.com.

Passport club

Dear Findley Passport Club members,

Here comes another month of new countries for the Virtual Passport Club at Findley!

We are now moving our way into the February countries!

Here is a summary of the steps to get in on the fun with more detailed instructions below:

1. Download this month's maps (We are moving to February this month)

2. Visit this month's virtual classroom

3. Learn this month's maps

4. Take the quiz when you are ready

This is a whole new experience and we understand that there will be a lot of questions, learnings and changes as we navigate this new virtual Passport Club.

Please rest assured that we are dedicated to making this the best that we can under the circumstances and ask for your patience and understanding as we all go through this process together.

With that being said, let's have some fun and travel the world together!

In addition, here is a reminder in regards to Passport Club:

Passport Club is a volunteer-run geography enrichment program offered at Findley to 2nd – 5th grades. This is an optional program and is not mandatory.

  • Please practice with your child for several minutes a day to help them get ready!

Grade Level Clarification:

  • 2nd-4th grade students have the option of 5 levels of study to choose from. However, students are encouraged to learn all the items in each level up to grade level.


Grades. Grade level

2nd Grade Level 1 and Level 2

3rd Grade Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3

4th Grade Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4

5th Grade Special Itineraries (SI) study maps

For example, a 2nd grade student would be asked to learn the following for the month of February:

  • Level 1: India, Chile, Columbia, Libya, and Romania
  • Level 2: Cambodia, Denmark, Botswana, Ivory Coast, and Oman

Sincerely,

Vothy Heang and Xiao Shi

Passport Club Leads


Step #1 Download this month's maps

Maps (password = findleypassport)

Step #2 Welcome to the virtual classroom

Virtual Classroom

Step #3 Learn the Map for this month

There are lots of fun ways to learn each month's maps!

  • Color the maps - On the virtual classroom there is a password protected map that has suggestions on how to color each level's countries (password = HelloWorldDL)
  • As always, the best way is to study with your parents

Step #4 Take the quiz

When you are ready, decide what level you want to test for this month. Here are the links:

Level 1

Level 2 (Includes Level 1)

Level 3 (Includes Level 1, Level 2)

Level 4 (Includes Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3)

Level 5 (Includes Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4)

Special Itinerary

Dear Findley Passport Club members,

We are happy to begin the Canadian provinces and territories this month as the next installment of the Virtual Passport Club Special Itineraries for Findley 5th graders!

We are continuing to create new virtual content from scratch and will release new material as it becomes available with time between releases.

Here is a summary of the steps to get in on the fun with more detailed instructions below:

1. Download this month's maps

2. Learn this month's maps

3. Take the quiz when you are ready

This is a whole new experience and we understand that there will be a lot of questions, learnings and changes as we navigate this new virtual Passport Club.

Please rest assured that we are dedicated to making this the best that we can under the circumstances and ask for your patience and understanding as we all go through this process together.

With that being said, let's have some fun and learn about the United States and their capitals!

In addition, here is a reminder in regards to Passport Club:

Passport Club is a volunteer-run geography enrichment program offered at Findley to 2nd – 5th grades. This is an optional program and is not mandatory.

  • Please practice with your child for several minutes a day to help them get ready!

Grade Level Clarification:

  • 5th grade students have the Special Itineraries program.


Grades. Grade level


5th Grade Special Itineraries (SI) study maps


Sincerely,

Vothy Heang and Xiao Shi

Passport Club Leads


Step #1 Download this month's maps

Maps (password = findleypassport)

Step #2 Learn the Map for this month

There are lots of fun ways to learn each month's maps!

  • As always, the best way is to study with your parents

Step #3 Take the quiz

When you are ready, take the quiz. Here is the link:

Special Itineraries Quiz

5TH GRADE COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

I'm excited to announce that we will be having a 5th grade celebration this year!


On Friday, June 17th we will be holding the 5th grade celebration that will include the following:


● Play Fit Fun (9:30 - 11:30 am)

● Pizza lunch

● 5th Grade Assembly (1:30 - 2:30 pm)


I will need some amazing parent volunteers to help me with the celebration and some other preparation for the day.


Please click on the following sheet to sign up: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VoZNxtLUX_ZIxPfo-AJSjiItlBKSbE3dGk61SMCY_60/edit?usp=sharing


I will then schedule a meeting where we can meet to go over the details and give more information


I can't wait to celebrate with all of you and the students!


If you have any questions, please email me anytime!


Sincerely,

Lauren Wylie

5th Grade Committee Lead laurenwylie1995@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

April

14th - No School Staff Development Day

15th - No School Grading Day

19th- Early Release Day

22nd - Virtual Assembly - Findley Spirit Gear - Earth Day

23rd - Spring Beautification 11am - 3pm Watch for signup to come

27th - Conferences 4-8 pm

28th - 29th No School - Conferences


May

2nd- 6th Staff Appreciation Week!

5th- 11th Book Fair

6th- Bingo Night

18th- Rock & Roll Day

26th- Early Release Day

30th- No School, Memorial Day


June

10th- Findley Carnival!

TBD- Field Day

17th- 5th Grade Celebrations

20th - No School JuneTeenth

21st - Last Day of School Early Release Day

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