December Scholls Heights Knights

Parent/Guardian Newsletter

Early Closure/Inclement Weather

In the event that we would need to close the school early this winter due to inclement weather, it is important that we have a list of emergency contacts in our system. This will allow your emergency contact to transport or walk your child home if you were not able to get to school in time. Some people make arrangements for family friends and neighbors to be emergency contacts.

Here is the district information on inclement weather:

Wednesday Early Release Collaboration

When teachers collaborate, students benefit! Teachers across the district are working together to improve instruction and student outcomes. Teachers and paraprofessionals meet every Wednesday afternoon to collaborate around student success. Sometimes we meet in large groups and sometimes we collaborate in smaller groups. Below are pictures of our grade level teams collaborating around math workshop, writing workshop, reading workshop, reading assessment, and social studies content. This time is valuable for both educators and students.

Animals on District Grounds

From the District:

The District recognizes that under proper conditions animals can be properly controlled. At the same time the presence of animals has resulted in increasing numbers of complaints associated with noise, harassment and hygiene. Therefore, dogs, horses and other encaged animals will no longer be allowed on district grounds except under the following conditions:

*Dogs must be kept off all play areas and arrival and dismissal areas.

*All dogs must be kept on a leash with a maximum length of eight feet and must be kept under the owners control at all times.

From our School:

If you decide to bring your dog on school grounds after hours or on the weekend, please pick up after them. Our custodian is often called out to pick up messes and we do not want our friends to step in anything. Thanks for your help!

5th Grade Parent Night at Conestoga Middle School

Please see the below message from Conestoga Middle School:

We would like to welcome all future Conestoga Cougars to our 5th Grade Parent Night on Wednesday, December 5th, from 6:30-8:00 pm.

The evening's agenda includes:

  • A welcome and overview by Conestoga administrators.
  • Classroom and school tours led by 8th grade Cougar Crew students.
  • An overview of AVID and Outdoor School.

We hope to see our incoming 6th grade parents on Wednesday, December 5th.

If you have any questions, please contact Conestoga at 503-356-2580.

Congratulations to Skylar Gans and Chino Bolds!

Congratulations to Skylar Gans and Chino Bolds for being selected to be a science ambassadors! Here is a bit about the OHSU program.

Science Ambassadors
The Oregon National Primate Research Center is home to the Science Ambassadors, a group of 20 high school students recruited from Portland metro-area high schools to act as mentors for 16 fifth graders (“mentees”) each year.

The Science Ambassadors program is designed to expose both the high school mentors and the fifth grade students to science through hands-on activities. Through this program we hope to inspire students to continue to study science throughout high school and perhaps choose to pursue careers in science. High school Science Ambassador Mentors gain valuable organizational and social skills, in addition to learning about cutting-edge biomedical science on the campus of a world-class research facility.

High school mentors are expected to attend weekly meetings (held on Wednesdays, from 4-6 p.m.). All meetings are held at the Primate Center. Each month, mentors hear from a Center scientist about his/her work. Other meetings are dedicated to planning and implementing both hands-on science activities and social interaction activities for the 5th graders.

In addition to planning monthly activities for the fifth grader “mentees,” high school mentors are expected to maintain an e-mail/telephone/US mail relationship with their assigned student and his/her parents, sending reminders about meetings, and checking in occasionally to be sure that the student is enjoying the program.

Four students are selected by their peers to serve as Student Directors each year. These students assume additional duties, including work outside of the regular meeting times. All Science Ambassador mentors must be responsible and highly motivated. (High school student mentor commitment is for a minimum of one school year.)

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Young Lungs at Work

Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free - Help protect young lungs and turn off engines while waiting in the car line.

Did you know that Beaverton Schools are Idle-Free Zones? If you are going to be waiting longer than 10 seconds in the car line please turn off your engine while you wait. Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution and emit air toxins. Children whose lungs are still developing are at high risk for developing adverse health effects from these pollutants. This pollution even enters the school through open windows and through the front entrance where kids are waiting. Turning off your engine will also save money, idling for just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine!

SBAC Sample Tests Available

Updated sample tests for Mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), ELPA, and Science are now available at

These sample tests provide an opportunity for Oregon teachers and students to familiarize themselves with the navigation and functionality of the online tests, as well as with the embedded accessibility supports described in the Oregon Accessibility Manual.

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Message From Beaverton City Library

Winter break is fast approaching and we are very excited to host Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Practice Battles on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Main Library. Here is your OBOB team’s opportunity to test their knowledge against teams from other schools in a situation much like they may face in the regional/state tournaments. Let your teams know they can register today! If students from your school want to participate in the library’s practice battles, but their teammates can’t make it, they can still register as individuals, and we’ll place them with a team the morning of the practice battle.

We have many other great events happening in December, and we hope to see many Scholls Heights families visiting us! Beaverton City Library will be open all of winter break except on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, and we’re closing early (5 p.m.) on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.

Events at Beaverton City Library Main

· DIY Crafts: Cupcake Ornaments

· Fostering Readers Workshops

· Family Stem Time

· Sing -Along Mary Poppins

Events at Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls

· Recipe For Fun

· All About Dragons

· Discovery Vet Clinic

Fun Info:

This Month’s Most Requested Kid’s Books:

1. Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild #6 by Dav Pilkey (12/24)

2. Keeper of the Lost Cities #7 Flashback by Shannon Messenger

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney

This Month’s Most Requested Kid’s Movies:

1. Incredibles 2 (2018)

2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)

3. Christopher Robin (2018)

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Winter Break 2018-2019

Schools will be closed Monday, December 24 - Friday, January 4, 2019 for Winter Break.

School will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019.

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