Elmonica Newsletter - Boletín

November 20, 2020

Dear Elmonica Families,

Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to deliver student instruction through comprehensive distance learning. Currently, the school district, under the direction of the Oregon Department of Education and Governor Kate Brown, is planning for hybrid learning in the next few months, however, we are far from achieving the county metrics for students to return anytime soon. Please do not worry. If we have the opportunity to return to hybrid, there will be the option to continue CDL for the entire school year.

Attending vs. Learning

We are well aware that the learning environment is not ideal for most of our students. However, we still need your regular support and reinforcement to have students attend their zoom class meetings on time every day and independently completing assigned work. Our students earn progress grades based on their attaining proficiency of the learning targets at each reporting period. Teachers cannot assess proficiency level if a student does not actively participate in class, with the camera on, and complete assigned work independently or in collaboration with peers. In addition, specials classes like PE and Music are required subjects, and students will receive progress marks based on achieving the learning targets in those subjects as well.

There is a difference between attending school and engaging in learning. I am worried there is going to be disappointment when report cards come out at the end of January for some families who believe that daily attendance equals learning. Now is the time to recalibrate your expectations and support your children with participating in class and completing assigned work.

Grateful for your Support

I have incredible respect and admiration for all of our families, especially those with younger students who are just learning how to navigate all the technology and school work. I praise the herculean effort it takes on your part to make school and your families maintain and even thrive in this difficult environment.

If you are finding that you are not sure what to do, or how to best support your learner, please reach out to your child's teacher or other school staff to ask for ideas and strategies. Here is a link to our staff emails. We welcome your questions and offer you whatever support we can provide for students to find success in school.

Kalay McNamee - Principal. kalay_mcnamee@beaverton.k12.or.us

Kristine Kenyon - School Counselor. kristine_kenyon@beaverton.k12.or.us

Greg Nelson - Student Manager. gregory_nelson@beaverton.k12.or.us

Georgia Hastings - Student Success Coach. georgia_hastings@beaverton.k12.or.us

Generic Contact form: This will go to the school office and be routed to the appropriate staff member. Contact Us Form.

Giving Thanks

Our next school newsletter will come out Friday, December 4, so I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful extended weekend as we celebrate families at Thanksgiving. You may not be able to be in close proximity this year, so be resourceful and have your children teach their grandparents or extended family how to zoom using their computer or smartphone. Enjoy the moments and stay healthy.


Kalay McNamee


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ELMN Virtual Assembly - November

Whatadoo!! Good Afternoon Elmonica Engineers!

Happy to announce that the NEW Elmonica Virtual Assembly for November is LIVE and ready to view! Please join us for fun, exciting news for you and the whole family. Join Mr. Nelson, Ms. Kenyon, Ms. Hastings, and staff as we check out our student SPOTLIGHT on empathy, explore our December Word of the Month, GRATITUDE, participate in festive percussion activity, and much, Much, MORE! Let's roll out Engineers!

ELMN Virtual Assembly - NOVEMBER

Hope You Enjoy!

Greg Nelson

Student Manager


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Monday, November 23

Passport to Literacy LAUNCH

Library Book Bus!

1:35 Schendel Avenue

2:10 Hurrell Lane & 174th Place

Tuesday, November 24

11:00-12:00 School Lunch Pick-up

November 25 - 27

Holiday - No School


Tuesday, December 1

11:00-12:00 School Lunch Pick-up

Wednesday, December 2 (NEW DAY)

Library Book Bus!

1:35 Schendel Avenue

2:10 Hurrell Lane & 174th Place

Thursday, December 13

11:00-12:00 School Lunch Pick-up

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ELMN Passport to Literacy!

Experience the jungles of Thailand and China, survive the heat of Burkina Faso, meet new friends, indulge in local flavors, and immerse yourself in new cultures from around the world at Elmonica Elementary’s Passport to Literacy.

The Elmonica staff invites you to join our virtual literacy event where you are able to listen to a variety of stories, spanning 17 countries. Don't let this global pandemic stop you from enjoying the wonders of travel and the ability to experience new and exciting places and cultures.

To join in on the journey and expand your cultural literacy, please visit https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fJGXODCWDinDQlw2HD91FqedsDBNg8lz3eF5gtcf2ok/edit?usp=sharing

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Library Book Bus - Changing Days!

Elmonica's Book Bus will be changing days. Starting December 2 the Book Bus will be arriving on Wednesday. Same times and stops. See you there!
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Marathon Kids 2020/2021- Beaverton School District - Elmonica Elementary

Beaverton School District is excited to announce its partnership with Marathon Kids; a running club that will be available to your student starting Monday, 11/16.

What is Marathon Kids?

  • An all inclusive running club

  • Students track miles run to earn Marathons

  • Rewards are available for students when they hit different mile markers

Marathon Kids mission is to get kids moving, one lap at a time, at the pace they choose. Walk, run, jog those laps until they have earned the goals they have set for themselves.

Why Marathon Kids?

We all know how much exercise and movement is important for not only our physical health but also our mental health. Research shows that incorporating consistent running/walking routines into students' lives helps them both physically and mentally. No matter the student's ability, they can run/walk/jog at their own pace and set their own mileage goals. This is the perfect activity for students and families to do safely and socially distanced from others, in the time frame that fits each family's schedule.

How will this work during CDL?

For now, students will earn active minutes in their PE classes. 20 minutes of heart-pumping activity = 1 mile. These miles will be recorded in the Marathon Kids database each week by Mr. Skagerberg and Mrs. DeGandi.

In the near future, students will have the opportunity to track their own miles at home with their families. Parents will then submit the miles completed on the Marathon Kids website. Miles will then be approved by Mrs. DeGandi.

Once we are ready for students to begin tracking miles at home, parents will receive an email to join the school's Marathon Kids Club. Be sure to click on the link in the email to get connected!

When does it start?

Your child’s next live PE class! Happy Running!

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Seasonal Giving

This winter, the Communications & Community Involvement Department is collecting donations for grocery gift cards. With many churches and community groups canceling or scaling back their holiday food programs this year due to COVID-19, BSD families are in need. We'd like to provide 700 families — who've been identified by our school counselors — with gift cards to be used at local grocery stores. Are you able to help?

Please donate here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/student-services/community-resources

  1. Click on the Donate to the BSD Community Resource Fund button
  2. Select Beaverton School District as the School
  3. Select Beaverton Schools Community Resource Fund as the Item
  4. Write Season of Giving in the Memo
  5. Type in your desired amount - any amount will be accepted
  6. Click on Buy

Thank you for supporting the Beaverton families!

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Device Fees / Tarifas del dispositivo

Most families have opted into paying the Beaverton School District’s Student Device Damage and Loss Protection program but have not yet paid the $20 fee. Please pay this fee as soon as possible, as we rely on this money to repair and replace student devices.

The fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share Form. If this applies to you, please complete this form.

The Online Payment system and information about using it can be found here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/business-services/online-payment-system

More information about the Damage and Loss Protection Program, including what it covers, can be found below as well as on the Student Device Resources page on the BSD website.

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Elmonica Picture Day is Coming ! ¡Se acerca el día de las fotos de Elmonica!

  • Picture day has been canceled again due to Governor's "Freeze" orders.

  • A new date will be determined for January or February.
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Behavior Health & Wellness Resources

Covid 19 Resource for Parents

Healthy Food

Wellness includes access to healthy food. If you or your family need any support in getting food, please reach out to allison_schrader@beaverton.k12.or.us and I will work with you to get you connected to food resources. If you do not have transportation to pick up food, please reach out and we will work with you. Here are some local resources below.

Food Resources

Beaverton School District Free meals for all children Find free food school bus stop locations and free food box pick up https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meals

Oregon Food Bank

Find free food pick up locations nearest you. Quick Links to Map Finder: https://foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org/

Rock Creek Church Food Pantry

Shares parking lot with Westview.


Every Tuesday 3pm-6pm

Shopping Pantry Waiting List: You can sign up to reserve your place in line starting at 2pm. From your computer, cell, or their kiosk.

Sunset Presbyterian Church Food Closet

14986 NW Cornell Rd Portland OR, 97229

  • Open during pantry hours: Wednesday 930-11:30am and 4-6pm
  • Limited home delivery, need care to share account

Care to Share Locations

  • Call to make an account: 503-591-9025
  • Limited home delivery and multiple pick up locations

Unity of Beaverton

12650 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005

Hours are Tues - Wed 10AM - 4PM


St. Juan Diego St. Vincent De Paul Pantry

5995 NW 178th Portland OR 97229

  • When the family arrives, they are asked the number of people in the household and are given a list of items. They have gluten-free and dairy-free options - may want to call in advance to see what is in stock.
  • COVID hours: Mondays (4-530pm) Thursday (10-1130am) and Friday (11am-1230pm)

Do not hesitate to reach out for more resources to allison_schrader@beaverton.k12.or.us

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Elmonica Theme

November Word of the Month is . . . EMPATHY! Relating, understanding, and sharing feelings with others!

11/23 - 11/27: - Gratefulness Week! Show, act, draw, write about what you are GRATEFUL for!

Fridays are always Elmonica Spirit Days! Wear your Red and Blue!

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Add your pictures to our photo album for sharing!

Elmonica Shared Photo Album 2020-2021

Share your Elmonica child's photos with teachers, staff and others in our community! We will happily share our students photos on Elmonica's Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

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Technology Help and Support

Student Help Deck

Hours 8:30-3:30 M-F



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Family Toolkit

The Beaverton School District has launched a library of resources and on-demand videos to support families during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). You can find short webinars about Canvas, SeeSaw, Dreambox and much more.

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Elmonica Engineers

The mission of Elmonica Elementary is that together we promote high standards by:

· Practicing critical thinking skills through inquiry.

· Acquiring in-depth knowledge of globally significant ideas.

· Appreciating the unique qualities of each person, creating empathy, compassion, and international-mindedness.

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