Findley Elementary School
September 27, 2019
Good Afternoon Findley Families,
Wow! Our first month of school has flown by. Teachers and staff have been busy getting to know kids, building relationships and teaching and practicing school-wide expectations and procedures. Students have been busy getting back into routines for being readers, writers and mathematicians. All in all, it’s been a smooth start to the year. Thank you Findley Families for your part in making that happen.
We have a busy week ahead of us. Wednesday, October 2 we will be celebrating Walk + Roll Day. I encourage you all to get out your bikes, and walk or roll to school that day. We will be handing out raffle tickets for prizes; which will include bike helmets and bells. Thursday, October 3, is picture day. Friday, October 4 is the Dragon Dash, keep your fingers crossed for good weather.
There is a lot of information contained in the newsletter this month, including information about how you can provide feedback to BSD regarding the Student Success Act as well as TAG/CoGat information. Please do read on!
Have a great weekend,
Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.
Beaverton Education Foundation Phone-a-Thon October 9-17 - Answer the Call!
The 21st Beaverton Education Foundation Phone-a-thon takes place October 9-17, 2019. This annual dialing tradition provides critical funds that support innovative educational programs for students in the Beaverton community. During the five-fun-filled nights, more than 350 student volunteers make over 30,000 phone calls, dedicating their time, energy and enthusiasm to supporting BEF programs.
Last year, BEF served over 27,000 Beaverton students in grades K-12, funding 124 academic programs or projects. Through this funding from our supporters and community engagement, $390,603 was invested back into our schools.
This year our goal is to fund 130 projects impacting 30,000 students. Together, we will make it happen.
The Phone campaign and the associated mailings are the Foundations largest fundraising activity of the year. Funds raised are reinvested in a wide variety of after and summer school programs for students at all of Beaverton public schools. Please Answer the Call for our students!
Picture Day is coming to your school!
Picture Day is 10/03/2019
Pre-pay online ordering!
Parents have the ability to order pictures by visiting ios.dorianstudio.com and using the school's access key, S8M7SZKC, also found on your picture day envelope before and up to four (4) days after picture day.
After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders ship directly home.
For order accuracy, please return your completed envelope on picture day for all payment types.
Message from our Nurse
International Walk + Bike to School Day - Oct. 2
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 is International Walk + Bike to School Day. We also call it Walk+Roll Day, to celebrate all types of active transportation — biking as well as riding scooters, skateboards and even your school bus. It’s great for us, our kids and it’s great for the community. Here are five top reasons:
- Fewer vehicles reduces traffic congestion and carbon emissions near schools and in school parking lots.
- More people on foot and bike builds school community and boosts awareness of all road users around schools.
- Physical activity boosts kids’ readiness to learn and brings long-lasting health benefits.
- Kids have fun with their friends and bond with their families while walking or rolling together.
- Being outside builds independence, resilience and lifelong transportation skills. If your child would like to walk to school with a volunteer-led group, join in a Walking School Bus or ask your administrator or Green Team to start one.
Your Help Needed!
Please use this link to fill out our quick form. https://forms.gle/eoUSytZSqrQ9iqai8
Your child's safety is the most important thing to us and appreciate your assistance. Please encourage your Day Care to provide us with a list of students they pick as well.
Before and After School Safety
- Always turn RIGHT out of the parking lot between 8:15-8:45 AM and 3:00-3:30 PM
- Never drop off your child on Saltzman, this is not safe.
- The front parking lot is NOT open during these times.
Walking to and from school?
- Please always cross the street with your students at the corner of Saltzman & Thompson where we have crossing guards.
- Students should walk their scooters and bikes once on the property and please stay on the sidewalks for safety.
2019-2020 Findley Tag Testing
WHAT, WHEN AND WHO: COGAT SCREENER: ALL 3rd &
5th grade Students Fall 2019, OCTOBER 7TH
WHAT AND WHEN: ITBS AND READING AND/OR ITBS MATH
AND FULL COGAT TEST: NOVEMBER 18TH-22ND
WHO: STUDENTS WHO ARE IDENTIFIED IN THE KINGORE
OBSERVATION INVENTORY BY THEIR CLASSROOM TEACHER;
THOSE WHO PASS COGAT SCREENER AT 97% OR ABOVE WILL TAKE THE FULL COGAT
Parent forms will be available in the office AFTER 10/16 due to teachers 10/30.
Speak Up 4 Student Success: HB 3427 - Student Success Act
The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. The Beaverton School District could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.
School districts are required to apply for funds, and must engage their community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. We will host a series of Community Conversations - Speak Up 4 Student Success in several locations throughout the BSD. Schools will also be engaging their communities in these conversations during September and October.
Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in the Beaverton School District? What is going well in Beaverton schools? What areas/services/programs could we improve?
Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion.
Speak Up 4 Student Success Community Conversations offered in English & Spanish:
· Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Southridge High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
· Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Cedar Park Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
· Monday, October 7, 2019 at Stoller Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
· Monday, October 21, 2019 at Aloha High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Budget Listening & Learning Session)
For more information, and to complete a BSD Needs Survey, please visit the Student Success Act webpage.
Dragon Dash!!! October 4th
Dragon Dash Update!
Fundraising for the Dragon Dash is well underway. Over 60% of the students are participating and over 50% of the fundraising goal has been achieved! Congratulations to Mrs. Buckley and Mrs. Potocki's classes as they were the first classes to reach 90% participation and each class has earned a pizza party! Additionally, for achieving this participation goal they've earned a donut party along with Mrs. Arcangel's class!
Help Findley PTO raise money for programs! There's still time to participate and donate. The donation deadline is Thursday, October 10th. Donations are accepted via PledgeStar or with your student's pledge envelope which can be turned into the front office (extra envelopes available
Save the Date!!! Findley Fall Festival – October 25th
Happy fall y’all! Findley students & adults are encouraged to wear costumes to the Findley Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 25th from 5:00-8:00 pm (please, no costumes during regular school hours). It’s all good fun so please leave your truly scary costumes and toy weapons at home (light sabers, ninja swords, etc.).
Thanks to the PTO and your Dragon Dash donations, this event is FREE for the whole family. There will be a DJ playing music on the stage & kids can do the hokey pokey, limbo, YMCA & more! The library will have fall books to read & crafts. There will be a candy corn contest and Elite Dance Studio will give a performance.
5th graders & families will be serving up: cheese pizza, bottled water, popcorn, donuts, and candy to earn money for 5th grade activities & a service project. Cash only & come hungry! Be THERE or BEWARE!
Questions? Please contact Dana Rodman – firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Findley Directory Drawing Contest Committee
Interested in seeing our students’ creative drawings? Join the Findley Directory Drawing Contest Committee! We are looking for volunteers to review entries and select the top drawings to be printed in the directory. Help is also needed with prize distribution and decorating the display case to announce the top drawings. Most of the help needed will be in Oct-early November.
Please contact Annie Bulnes (email@example.com) if interested.
Save the Date! Findley PTO General Meeting Dates
PTO General Meetings (Findley Library) – Presentations and staff updates. Open to all interested parents!
- November 4th – 7pm
- February 10th
- May 18th
Up Coming Events
2nd - Art Literacy Training
2nd - Walk & Roll Day
3rd: - Picture Day
4th - Dragon Dash
11th - No School - Staff Development
18th - All School Assembly
23rd - Passport Club
25th - Dragon Dash Results Assembly
25th - Passport Recheck
25th - 5:00 - 8:00 PM Fall Festival
1st - No School Grading Day
4th - Vision Screen
4th - PTO Meeting 7pm
6th - Conferences 4-8pm
7th - No School conferences 8am - 8pm
8th - No School
11th - Holiday - No School
13th - Art Literacy Training
14th - Picture Re-take
15th - Spirit Day - Crazy Sock Day / All School Assembly
20th - Passport club
22nd - Passport Recheck
22nd - Alex Zerb Assembly
27th - 29th No School Thanksgiving Holiday