Dragon News

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!
Announcements 09-23

Picture Day is coming to your school!

Findley Elementary

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

We will be having vision screenings for students November 4th, 2019 at school. Please notify the office in writing if you want your child to opt out of the screening.

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:

  1. Fewer vehicles reduces traffic congestion and carbon emissions near schools and in school parking lots.
  2. More people on foot and bike builds school community and boosts awareness of all road users around schools.
  3. Physical activity boosts kids’ readiness to learn and brings long-lasting health benefits.
  4. Kids have fun with their friends and bond with their families while walking or rolling together.
  5. 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!

We are working toward knowing exactly how each of our students get home each day. It is our goal to have this information on file in case of an unplanned closure.

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

Please review the map below if you are using the Thompson parking lot to drop off your students in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon. A few things to remember:

  1. Always turn RIGHT out of the parking lot between 8:15-8:45 AM and 3:00-3:30 PM
  2. Never drop off your child on Saltzman, this is not safe.
  3. The front parking lot is NOT open during these times.

Walking to and from school?

  1. Please always cross the street with your students at the corner of Saltzman & Thompson where we have crossing guards.
  2. Students should walk their scooters and bikes once on the property and please stay on the sidewalks for safety.

TAG Update

2019-2020 Findley Tag Testing

5th grade Students Fall 2019, OCTOBER 7TH






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.

Whats Happening!

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.

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

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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 – dana.n.rodman@gmail.com

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 (ut_annie@hotmail.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