Battle Creek Elementary Newsletter

April 2022 | Abril 2022


Dear Battle Creek Families and Community,

On my drive into Battle Creek last week, the first thing I saw were the cherry blossom trees in bloom. When I was the assistant principal here in Spring 2020, I did not return physically to Battle Creek until late May because all facilities were shut down. So, I didn’t witness these beautiful trees in bloom.

I also didn’t get to “see” our students in Spring either. Spring in school is a wonderful time, because all of our collective hard work through Fall and Winter starts to pay off. Students are firming up knowledge of grade level content, their friendships and social emotional skills are increasing, and students are starting to look forward to the next grade level.

There is still some deep learning to do. As well as state testing for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. But, we also get to be outside, teachers are creating fun class projects, plus other celebrations our staff and PTC (Parent Teacher Club) are cooking up. Also, our next PTC meeting is on April 20th, from 6:30-7:30 - IN PERSON. Please come if you are interested in joining and helping our school.

Thank you all and here’s to Spring at Battle Creek,

Principal (Ms.) Ingram


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Key School activity dates:

  • Apr. 20: In person PTC mtg. @ 6:30
  • Apr. 25 - 29: Book Fair

Key District dates

  • April 6-7: Spring Conferences
  • April 7-8: No School
  • April 29: No School - Staff development day

  • 6-7 de abril: Conferencias de Primavera
  • 7-8 de abril: No hay escuela
  • 29 de abril: Sin escuela - Día de calificación

Ms. Benson's Counselor Corner

Emotion Regulation

Battle Creek is focusing on Emotion Regulation during the months of March and April. Here is how you can help support their emotion regulation at home.

When children can identify their emotions, they can choose the right coping skills to help themselves calm down, become self-regulated, and be ready to make positive choices. The tricky thing is, you need to plan ahead. Kids are not ready to learn a new coping skill when they are upset or anxious. If you work with your child when they are calm, you can come up with a game plan for when they do become distressed.

  • Name It – Help your child name their feeling. You may want to show a feelings poster or list.
  • Listen and Validate – Listen to your child. Use non-verbal cues to show you are listening. Paraphrase what they said to make sure you have it right. Acknowledge how your child is feeling. “You feel worried right now.” “That must have been really frustrating for you."
  • Practice Coping Skills – Help your child practice different coping skills. Just as we are all different, what works well for one child may not for another. Likewise, what works when one is anxious may not work as well when one is angry. Try different things and help your kiddo build their coping skill toolbox.

Coping Exercises

  • Blowing Bubbles – Bubble blowing teaches younger kids to practice long, deep breaths. And let’s face it…it’s fun no matter how old we get!
  • Exercise – Get active! Walk the dog, go for a run, play a sport, throw a Frisbee, or dance around. If it’s raining too much to go outside, check out Go Noodle at for dance and movement videos.
  • Yoga – Yoga improves flexibility, focus, and helps us focus on the present. Check out Cosmic Kids Yoga at for kid-friendly yoga sessions.
  • Squeeze a Stress Ball – Giving a stress ball a squeeze helps get those feelings out. Don’t have one? Here is a link to instructions on how to make a DIY stress ball:
  • Think of a Positive Memory or Place – Encourage your child to have a few go-to happy memories and places to think of during stressful times.
  • Write, Draw, or Share a Gratitude List – It’s helpful to focus on what we are thankful for. It can even become a family routine for members to share what they are grateful for before dinner or bed.
  • Write in a Journal – Journaling helps to build self-awareness and self-reflection.
  • Art – Drawing, coloring, painting, sculpting, etc. are all great ways to have fun and relieve stress.
  • Listen to Music – Calming music, energizing music, your favorite playlist, etc. Music is good for the soul.
  • Connect – Talk with a trusted friend or family member. Visit, send a text, give a call, FaceTime, email, or snail mail a loved one.

Additional resource

Parent Club information

Please join us for an in person Parent Club Meeting Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 from 6:30-7:30pm.

  • We will be meeting in the Library or Cafeteria depending on capacity and child care will be provided.
  • We will be discussing our upcoming Silent Auction and Family Fun Night as well as Field Day, the 5th Grade Graduation Party, Book Fair and activities for the remainder of the school year.

Volunteers still need

We still need volunteers to help with all of these events.

As well as daily at recess for the Mileage Club. Click the link below to sign-up for Mileage club, you can select one recess time slot or multiple.

Important/upcoming meeting topics:

At this meeting we will begin the process of nominating and voting in members for next year's parent club as well and have many, many positions open for next year that need to be filled. In order to successfully run the Parent Club and provide for the needs of our students and teachers it takes a village of volunteers. Please join us and get involved in whatever way you can.



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State Testing information:

30-day notice for statewide tests 2021-22

Parents are encouraged to read the 2021-22 Annual Notice for Statewide Tests to learn details and to stay informed.

Oregon law (ORS 329.479) permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. Schools will provide parents with the 2021-22 form at least 30 days prior to the start of testing.

Below please find forms for opting out or exempting your student(s) from state assessments. If parents/guardians wish to opt-out or exempt their student(s) from state testing, they must download, print, complete, and sign the form(s) and submit the form(s) to the school that their student(s) attends for the appropriate tests.

Facts to consider

Before submitting a form, please consider these facts:

  • State assessments are a measure of student academic achievement related to state academic standards.
  • State testing does not in any way negatively impact students regarding their regular academic achievement and/or work at school.
  • Results from state assessment help teachers at your student(s) school improve their teaching practices.
  • Results are used by school administrators to help teachers adjust instruction to better focus on student academic needs.
  • Students do not “pass” or “fail” these assessments. They are simply a measure of academic achievement at specific grade levels to help inform instructional decision-making.

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APPLY NOW FOR 2022-2023

Applications for Head Start, Preschool Promise and Title PreK will be available April 1, 2022

Your child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 10, 2022.

Preschool Office

1850 45th Avenue NE• Salem, OR 97305


For more information on tuition, fees, times



Las solicitudes para Head Start, Preschool Promise y Title PreK estarán disponibles el 1 de abril de 2022

Su hijo debe tener 3 o 4 años de edad en o antes del 10 de septiembre de 2022.

Oficina de Preescolar

1850 45th Avenue NE• Salem, OR 97305


Para obtener más información sobre la matrícula, las tarifas, los horarios


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Students must be five years old on or before September 10

Register at your neighborhood school

What you need to bring with you:

  • Proof of age (birth certificate)
  • Proof of residence (utility bill, lease agreement)
  • Immunization records


Los estudiantes deben tener cinco años de edad en o antes del 10 de septiembre

Regístrese en la escuela de su vecindario

Lo que necesitas llevar contigo:

  • Prueba de edad (certificado de nacimiento)
  • Prueba de residencia (factura de servicios públicos, contrato de arrendamiento)
  • Registros de inmunización


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As we enter the winter months, it's important to check-in and ensure we are taking care of ourselves. SKPS has collected a few important resources to support mental health and self-care strategies. Remember, self-care is not selfish, it is self respect.

A medida que entramos en los meses de invierno, es importante registrarse y asegurarse de que nos estamos cuidando. SKPS ha recopilado algunos recursos importantes para apoyar las estrategias de salud mental y autocuidado. Recuerda, el autocuidado no es egoísta, es respeto por ti mismo.


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Recently, schools across the Salem-Keizer School District have experienced an increase in school threats, rumors of threats, and the spread of false information, which has been disrupting our learning environments and creating fear in the community.

Recientemente, las escuelas de todo el Distrito Escolar de Salem-Keizer han experimentado un aumento en las amenazas escolares, los rumores de amenazas y la propagación de información falsa, lo que ha estado interrumpiendo nuestros entornos de aprendizaje y creando miedo en la comunidad.

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SafeOregon – Report confidential safety concerns

Salem-Keizer Public Schools partners with SafeOregon, a confidential tip line that gives students, parents, schools and communities a confidential way to report safety threats or potential acts of violence.

SafeOregon – Reporte preocupaciones de seguridad confidenciales

Salem-Keizer Public Schools se asocia con SafeOregon, una línea de información confidencial que brinda a los estudiantes, padres, escuelas y comunidades una forma confidencial de denunciar amenazas a la seguridad o posibles actos de violencia.


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In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics to ensure that all students move from a grade to a degree with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. Because we raise the bar for what we expect students to know and be able to do, we have also changed the way we measure student progress through our state tests.

En 2010, Oregon adoptó estándares más altos de K-12 en Artes del Lenguaje Inglés y Matemáticas para garantizar que todos los estudiantes pasen de un grado a un grado con el conocimiento académico y las habilidades necesarias para el éxito más allá de la escuela secundaria. Debido a que elevamos el listón de lo que esperamos que los estudiantes sepan y puedan hacer, también hemos cambiado la forma en que medimos el progreso de los estudiantes a través de nuestras pruebas estatales.


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With nearly 41,000 students in our schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, safety and well-being of our students, families and staff is, without question, our highest priority. Open communication and transparency play critical roles in safety and we want to ensure you have accurate and timely information on how COVID-19 is impacting our schools.

Covid-19 Data Dashboard

We have officially launched our COVID-19 data dashboard for the 2021-22 school year. Please know that this dashboard is still ongoing further development and may continue to have minor tweaks and improvements over the coming weeks.

You can learn more about our COVID-19 investigation and communication process, on our new online dashboard webpage.

Remember, COVID-19 impacts us all daily. It is critical that we follow all recommended health and safety protocols such as vaccination, wearing a face covering, hand-washing and maintaining physical distance both while in school, and out in the community.

Thank you for all of your ongoing support as we continue to improve our processes and work together to keep our students, staff, families and community safe.

Con casi 41,000 estudiantes en nuestras escuelas en medio de la actual pandemia de COVID-19, la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal es, sin lugar a dudas, nuestra máxima prioridad. La comunicación abierta y la transparencia juegan un papel fundamental en la seguridad y queremos asegurarnos de que tenga información precisa y oportuna sobre cómo COVID-19 está afectando a nuestras escuelas.

Panel de datos de Covid-19

Hemos lanzado oficialmente nuestro panel de datos COVID-19 para el año escolar 2021-22. Tenga en cuenta que este panel aún está en curso de desarrollo y puede continuar teniendo pequeños ajustes y mejoras en las próximas semanas.

Puede obtener más información sobre nuestro proceso de investigación y comunicación de COVID-19 en nuestra nueva página web de panel de control en línea.

Recuerde, COVID-19 nos afecta a todos a diario. Es fundamental que sigamos todos los protocolos de salud y seguridad recomendados, como la vacunación, el uso de una cubierta facial, el lavado de manos y el mantenimiento de la distancia física tanto mientras estamos en la escuela como en la comunidad.

Gracias por todo su apoyo continuo a medida que continuamos mejorando nuestros procesos y trabajando juntos para mantener seguros a nuestros estudiantes, personal, familias y comunidad.

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Reminders About Traffic Around Our School | Recordatorios sobre el tráfico alrededor de nuestra escuela

It’s a new school year and a good time to share a few reminders about traffic around the school.

Students, parents, buses, staff and school neighbors all share the same travel routes through the neighborhood to and from the school. Peak travel times can create congestion and increase the need for safe and courteous travel practices.

Here are a few ways parents can help us create a safe, respectful and positive environment when driving near the school:

  • Please drive slowly. Remember, the speed limit in a school zone when lights are flashing is 20 miles per hour.
  • Please don’t park in neighbors’ driveways at any time, even if the driveway is open.
  • Don’t block streets, stop in intersections or crosswalks, and please obey crossing guards’ instructions.
  • Remind children to stop and look both ways before crossing streets, and to respect neighbors’ property – for example, don’t make shortcuts through neighbors’ yards.
  • When lining up to pick-up or drop-off students, leave at least three feet of space between your car and the nearest driveway opening.
  • Avoid lining up early for pick-up or drop-off to help minimize congestion.
  • Don’t drive in bus lanes, even if no buses are present.


Es un nuevo año escolar y un buen momento para compartir algunos recordatorios sobre el tráfico alrededor de la escuela.

Los estudiantes, los padres, los autobuses, el personal y los vecinos de la escuela comparten las mismas rutas de viaje a través del vecindario hacia y desde la escuela. Las horas pico de viaje pueden crear congestión y aumentar la necesidad de prácticas de viaje seguras y corteses.

Aquí hay algunas maneras en que los padres pueden ayudarnos a crear un ambiente seguro, respetuoso y positivo cuando conducimos cerca de la escuela:

  • Por favor, conduzca despacio. Recuerde, el límite de velocidad en una zona escolar cuando las luces parpadean es de 20 millas por hora.
  • Por favor, no estacione en los caminos de entrada de los vecinos en ningún momento, incluso si el camino de entrada está abierto.
  • No bloquee las calles, deténgase en intersecciones o cruces peatonales, y por favor obedezca las instrucciones de los guardias de cruce.
  • Recuérdeles a los niños que se detengan y miren hacia ambos lados antes de cruzar las calles, y que respeten la propiedad de los vecinos; por ejemplo, no hagan atajos a través de los patios de los vecinos.
  • Cuando haga fila para recoger o dejar a los estudiantes, deje al menos tres pies de espacio entre su automóvil y la abertura de la entrada más cercana.
  • Evite hacer fila temprano para recoger o dejar para ayudar a minimizar la congestión.
  • No conduzca en carriles bus, incluso si no hay autobuses presentes.


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Thanks to the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option, we will be able to feed all students breakfast and lunch at school for free this year.

Gracias a la opción de verano sin fisuras del USDA, podremos alimentar a todos los estudiantes con desayuno y almuerzo en la escuela de forma gratuita este año.

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Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get pandemic food benefits. This includes students that attend a school where all students eat meals at school for free, children in foster care, children of migrant workers and youth experiencing homelessness.

Las familias de Oregon con niños que son elegibles para comidas escolares gratuitas o a precio reducido recibirán beneficios de alimentos pandémicos. Esto incluye a los estudiantes que asisten a una escuela donde todos los estudiantes comen en la escuela de forma gratuita, los niños en hogares de guarda, los hijos de trabajadores migrantes y los jóvenes sin hogar.


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We are excited to introduce ParentSquare, a new two-way communication platform that will streamline and improve communication with families and staff. It has the functions of both Remind and SchoolMessenger and will eventually replace both platforms. It also includes appointment scheduling options, which may be very helpful for conference sign ups.

It is very important that parents keep their contact information current.

Be sure to let your school office know if you have a new address, email or phone number.

The parent or guardian marked as the primary contact in the student information system will receive automated communication.

Messages will also be sent to the student’s home phone number contained in the database, if different from the primary contact phone number.


Nos complace presentar ParentSquare, una nueva plataforma de comunicación bidireccional que agilizará y mejorará la comunicación con las familias y el personal. Tiene las funciones de Remind y SchoolMessenger y eventualmente reemplazará a ambas plataformas. También incluye opciones de programación de citas, que pueden ser muy útiles para las inscripciones a la conferencia.

Es muy importante que los padres mantengan actualizada su información de contacto.

Asegúrese de informar a la oficina de su escuela si tiene una nueva dirección, correo electrónico o número de teléfono.

El padre o tutor marcado como contacto principal en el sistema de información del estudiante recibirá comunicación automatizada.

Los mensajes también se enviarán al número de teléfono de la casa del estudiante contenido en la base de datos, si es diferente del número de teléfono de contacto principal.


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Through the Oregon Health Plan, youth 19 years of age and younger have access to free health coverage, regardless of immigration status if they meet the income requirements.

More information, including income requirements and how to apply for coverage, is available online.

A través del Plan de Salud de Oregón, los jóvenes de 19 años de edad y menores tienen acceso a cobertura de salud gratuita, independientemente de su estatus migratorio si cumplen con los requisitos de ingresos.

Más información, incluidos los requisitos de ingresos y cómo solicitar la cobertura, es disponible en línea.



Read our newest format of the school Newsletter via email, remind or on the school website!

Download the free ParentSquare App on your phone. ParentSquare - Apps on Google Play

Check your email inbox. Update your email in ParentVUE if it's not accurate.

¡Lea nuestro formato más reciente del boletín de la escuela por correo electrónico, recuerde o en el sitio web de la escuela!

Síguenos en Facebook. (Insertar enlace)

Síguenos en YouTube. (Insertar enlace)

Síguenos en el sitio web de nuestra escuela. (Inserte el enlace de su escuela)

Descargue la aplicación gratuita ParentSquare en su teléfono. ParentSquare - Apps on Google Play

Revisa tu bandeja de entrada de correo electrónico. Actualiza tu correo electrónico en ParentVUE si no es preciso.