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Principal and Assistant Principal's Message

Dear Springville Families,

With this weekend's time change and cooler fall weather, November is in full swing! This is the start of a busy month with several disruptions to the school calendar. As you are aware from Superintendent Grotting's email last week, there has been a change to the calendar for Thanksgiving week. As a reminder, the following days are non-school days for students:

Thursday, November 11: Veteran's Day - No School

Friday, November 12: Grading Day - No School

Monday, November 22: Professional Development Day - No School

Tuesday, November 23: Wellness Day

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Break

We are looking forward to connecting with parents at this week's PTO Meeting and our first parenting workshop (PAX Tools) on the 16th. Please let us know how we can help support your children. We are so grateful to be a part of this community!

Be well,

Robin Kobrowski and Ellen Arnold

Important Dates

November 1: First COVID Screening Tests Returned to School

November 9: PTO Meeting - 7:30pm Zoom Link

November 11: Veteran's Day - No School

November 12: Grading Day - No School

November 22: Staff Development Day - No School

November 23: Staff and Student Wellness Day - No School

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 30: Picture Retakes

November 30: PAX Tools Parent Training

COVID 19 Protocol Information & FAQ

Click here for BSD-specific information and answers to commonly asked questions

Springville O.B.O.B. Registration

OBOB registration has started online. Last day to sign up is Friday, November 19. Go to wolvesread.org for the link and more information.

Bathroom Behavior

Our custodial crew is getting called multiple times each day to clean up messes in student bathrooms. The most common problem is that students are urinating on the floor and walls. Additionally, we are seeing water splashed on the floor and soap rubbed on the mirrors. Teachers will be working with students to review expectations for bathroom behavior. We would appreciate it if you could also talk with your student at home.

Thank you for helping us keep our school clean!

Save the Date - PAX Tools Training 11/30

Our first PAX Tools Training will be on November 30th. PAX Tools are simple strategies for improving relationships and creating a nurturing environment at home.

Counselor Sha Fenton will be sending out registration information soon. This training will be held IN PERSON at Springville.

First COVID Screening Collection 11/8/21

Please remember to return your student's COVID Screening Kit on Monday, November 8th. Kits will be picked up by OHSU first thing in the morning, so be sure your student has their kit ready to turn in to their teacher when they arrive in the classroom.


  • Please administer the test on Monday morning before having breakfast or brushing teeth.
  • Please affix one label to the vial and one label to the biohazard bag.
  • Please ensure the student's name and birthdate are easily visible.*Send the test-kit back on Monday morning with your student. Test-kits that arrive late (after 8:30 am), unfortunately, must be thrown out.

If you would like to read more about the program, including how to collect saliva for the sample, visit the OHSU K-12 COVID Screening Program Website.

There will be no new kits coming home this week, however, because we have no school on Friday. The next screening kit distribution is set for December 3rd. Kits will be collected on December 6th.

How to collect spit for Oregon's K-12 COVID-19 testing program
Cómo recolectar la saliva para el Programa de pruebas de COVID-19 para K-12 en Oregón

Affinity Group Opportunity

The District has heard from parents and families of LGBTQ+ BSD students that they would love to connect with other parents and families. They are seeking opportunities to create a safe space to learn, support one another, and advocate for their students.

If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact our counselor, Sha Fenton at shalene_fenton@beaverton.k12.or.us

7th/8th Grade Mental Health Lessons

Springville counselor, Sha Fenton is beginning mental health lessons tomorrow for Grades 7 & 8. Lessons will occur weekly during Language Arts-Grade 7 on Mondays and Grade 8 on Tuesdays.

Ms. Fenton will be using Erika's Lighthouse lessons, with a focus at the 7th grade level on understanding we all have mental health, coping skills and seeking help. The focus at the 8th grade level will be depression education and suicide awareness.

Family letter from Ms. Fenton: Springville Middle School Family Letter

Family handbooks:

English: https://www.erikaslighthouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/EL_ParentHandbook2019.pdf

Español: https://www.erikaslighthouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/EL_ParentHandbook_2019-Spanish.pdf

8th Grade Pre-ACT Test

Our 8th grade students will be taking the PreACT during the week of November 14th. Please make sure students arrive to school on time and have a healthy breakfast.

The PreACT 8/9 is an assessment that predicts student performance on the ACT test and offers career-interest information to help you and your child make informed decisions and plan for the future. The PreACT is a paper-based, multiple-choice test in the same four subjects that appear on the ACT: English/language arts, math, reading, and science. Please contact Ellen Arnold for questions.

Option School Application Process

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year became available on October 18. All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school will need to complete a paper application.

Students may only select one Learning Option school on their application. They should give careful consideration to their choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

Applications must be received online or in the Learning Options office no later than Friday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m. Visit the Learning Options webpage for more information.

Current Springville 7th graders DO NOT need to apply to stay at Springville next year.

Lunch, PE & Music Update

We want to update you on our use of spaces for specials and lunch.

PE Classes: On rainy days, PE classes are held indoors in either the multi-purpose room or one of our empty classrooms. When inside, students will maintain distance and teachers will plan activities with minimum exertion. PE classes will continue to be held outdoors when the weather is dry.

Music and Choir: Music instruction will take place in the music classrooms or outdoors (weather permitting) with physical distancing. Singing or woodwind use outside only.


Classes are divided so that some are eating in the gym and some are eating in the cafeteria, which allows for 6 feet between each student. Students are sitting in assigned seats for lunch so that we minimize contact with other students. We will continue to use the gym as an eating location until the physical distancing requirements have been reduced.

Rainy Day Recess

Rain has returned to our forecast. In order to keep social distancing during recess, students will continue to play in zones on the playground that are separated by class, even in rainy weather. Be sure your student dresses appropriately for the weather. We encourage you to check the weather each morning and send students to school in layers when it’s chilly, including a raincoat or waterproof jacket for those rainy days. If you have any raincoats that your child has outgrown, send them to our office and we can use those for students who need a jacket to wear int he rain.
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Oregon COVID-19 Resiliency Framework for 2021-2022

Click here for Oregon's guidelines for operating schools for the 2021-22 school year

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Arrival and Dismissal Safety Around Springville

There is a growing concern about safety in our parking lot and around our school during arrival and dismissal. We ask drivers and pedestrians to remain vigilant and adhere to all traffic laws and school guidelines. At Springville, we teach students to be safe, kind and respectful. It is our hope that all members of our community can model these expectations, especially during pick up and drop off. Please pay particular attention to the following:

  • Drivers, please drive slowly on Joss Ave, and stop when you see students/parents in the crosswalk.
  • Walkers, stay on the sidewalk.
  • Drivers, please turn right when leaving our parking lot at arrival and dismissal to ease congestion on Joss.
  • Please only drop students off curbside. We do not want students walking around cars to get on the sidewalk.
  • Students are running across Joss Avenue and between cars. Please help ensure that students only cross Joss Ave. in the crosswalks.
  • Parents, be sure you are wearing a mask over your nose and mouth at drop off and pick up. Parents and students are required to wear a mask on the school campus.
  • No parking in the parent parking lot spaces at arrival and dismissal.

Too Ill for School?

We would like to remind you about our guidelines for determining whether or not your student should come to school if they are ill.

If your student shows primary symptoms of COVID 19, we ask you to keep your child home and contact your health care provider to get a COVID test. You may also find THIS website helpful for COVID testing locations. Primary symptoms of COVID are defined as fever, cough, chills, loss of taste or smell and/or shortness of breath.

  • If the COVID test is positive, please notify the school and quarantine your child at home for 10 days or as directed by Washington County Public Health.
  • If the test is negative, please follow the Keep Ill Children Out of School guidelines
  • If you do not want to test your student for COVID and they are showing primary symptoms, they should quarantine at home for 10 days.
  • If your child has any other communicable disease symptoms, please follow the Keep Ill Children Out of School guidelines.
If you have a child who has a diagnosed chronic health condition that may present as primary symptoms of covid, such as asthma or another lung condition and the school is unaware of this condition, please contact our school nurse, Sydney Garl at sydney_garl@beaverton.k12.or.us or via ParentSquare. She may need to implement a school health management plan to help prevent your child from being inappropriately sent home from school.

The guidelines for determining whether to send your student to school are attached. This flyer is available in many other languages on the BSD Student Health Webpage. We appreciate your help in keeping our school community safe.
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Attendance and Late Entry

All students are expected to attend school daily. If your child must be absent, please call the attendance line to let us know (503-356-2481). Some excusable reasons for absence include illness, quarantine, bereavement, family illness, inclement weather, religious instruction or emergencies. Please note that vacations are recorded as unexcused absences per District policy. In the event that a student is absent for ten consecutive days, the student will be dropped from the roll and must be reactivated upon return to school. Please make every effort to schedule your child's appointments, family vacations, music lessons, etc. around the school day and calendar. Missed instructional time, even in small increments, quickly adds up and impacts your child's overall learning.

It is very important for your child to be on time to school so that they start the day with everyone else. The school day begins promptly at 8:30am. Children who arrive after 8:30am are recorded as tardy. In order to get your child off to a good start in the morning, and prevent disruption of classes, please help your child be at school on time. If you child arrives after 8:30am, you must park and escort him/her to the office to obtain an late slip.

Bethany Library News

The Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries, expanded their hours in early September and look forward to supporting Springville families this year. Their WiserKids K-5 Newsletter will be published four times during the school year...the October issue is available online now! You can subscribe here.

October's issue features:

Parent Information Series: Parents can bring their questions and challenges each month to this online workshop. Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Megan Barella will help you transform your child's misbehavior into connection and cooperation. October 7th's topic is intrinsic motivation and growth mindset. Learn some practical tools and the brain science behind them to gain children's cooperation with chores, homework and even their own positive behavior!


All Are Welcome: Picture book read-alouds that inspire thoughtful conversations. Share with elementary age kids grades K-5 to create an inclusive learning community in school.

Starting a New School Year: A list of Parent/Teacher titles available at Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries, focused on starting a new school year, Kindergarten, teaching, and more.

Navigating Middle School: Want to help your child transition to middle school? These nonfiction & fiction titles cover a variety of topics about navigating the middle school years!

Leveled Books: Find books at your student's Independent Reading Level IRLA.

Decodable Books and Games for Beginning Readers: Decodable books allow readers to decode words using the principle of phonics (the relationship between letters and the sounds they make). Decodables are helpful to anyone learning to read, but are essential for teaching readers with dyslexia.

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) 101 for Grown-Ups: Want to know what OBOB is all about? This October 18th workshop will provide an overview of the program, cover what to expect during a battle and give tips on preparing kids to have fun and be successful.

Homework Help:

We provide online research tools that aren’t available on free Internet sites. Use your library card and PIN to log in and find live homework help, databases, reference materials, and more.

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