Oak Hills Newsletter
October 8, 2020
Dear Oak Hills Families,
BSD will be promoting its first Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Week (October 12-16) to spread awareness of actions that we can all take to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma related to mental health concerns. While suicide can be a sensitive issue at the elementary level we do see suicide impact elementary age students. Unfortunately, last school year, BSD staff completed 138 suicide screenings and/or interventions for elementary-aged students.
As part of our effort to support student wellness, students at Oak Hills Elementary will continue to focus on receiving social emotional instruction to promote positive mental health and help navigate their feelings. For example, we’ll continue our work around inclusion so students don’t feel isolated, and we’ll continue our work around self-awareness, so student can explore their feelings and develop coping skills. Children and young people in particular can be overwhelmed by stress during an event like the COVID-19 pandemic. These stressors include changes in routine, breaks in continuity of learning, missing significant life events and feeling less safe and secure due to loss of housing or a shortage of food resources. Focusing on social emotional skill developments aid in building healthy outlooks in life and reduce suicide ideation. An interesting article, These Tweets About Pandemic’s “6 Month Wall”… that talks about coping with daunting feelings, in this case the ongoing feeling related to the pandemic, provides hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. Feel free to check out the online Parents Together article HERE.
BSD wanted to highlight a few resources for parents of elementary-aged children that can help in developing a healthy mindset. Learn more about mental health and how to engage kids in important topics by accessing the resources at eachmindmatters.org. The organization has gathered quite a list of resources. Specifically related to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a Parental Resources Kit. It includes age group related resources to help you support your child’s social, emotional and mental well-being.
We know that you are putting in incredible time and effort in supporting your children through CDL while you are working and/or tending to all the other things that parents must do. Please do also take great care of yourselves during this time.
DEVICE COVERAGE ~ CLOSES OCTOBER 14TH
If you have opted out of the Beaverton School District’s Student Device Damage and Loss Protection program, we want to make sure that you understand what opting out of this coverage means in case you’d like to change your selection before the deadline (30 days from when your child started school).
If your student has received a Chromebook or iPad from the Beaverton School District and you remain opted out of this coverage, you will be responsible for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how it happens.
If you opt in to this coverage, the program covers the device loaned to the student against all accidental damage, theft, vandalism, or loss for one (1) school year. This program also covers the first incident of loss or damage of a charger and stylus.
The fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share Form. Please complete this form and Opt In (to share information) to the program.
More information about the Damage and Loss Protection Program, including what it covers, can be found below as well as on the Student Device Resources page on the BSD website.
If you would like to change your selection to opt in to the Damage and Loss Protection Program, please follow the attached instructions. After you’ve changed your selection in ParentVUE, it will take a day for the fee to show up in your Online Payment account.
DAMAGE: If the device, charger, or stylus is accidentally damaged or vandalized, it will be repaired or replaced at no cost to the student or family on the first incident. Subsequent damage to the device, charger, or stylus after the first documented incident will result in the following charges:
- Second incident of damage to device: Student will be charged 50% of the repair cost
- Second incident of damage to charger: Student will be charged $10.00
- Second incident of damage to stylus: Student will be charged $5.00
- Third incident and beyond of damage to device: Student will be charged 100% of the repair cost
- Third incident and beyond of damage to charger: Student will be charged $10.00
- Third incident and beyond of damage to stylus: Student will be charged $5.00
LOSS: If a device, charger, or stylus is lost, it will be replaced at no expense to the student or family on the first incident. Subsequent instances of a lost device will result in the following fines:
- Second loss of device: $150 fine
- Second incident of loss of charger: Student will be charged $10.00
- Second incident of loss of stylus: Student will be charged $5.00
- Third loss and beyond of device: $300 replacement cost ($170 for the older models, if applicable)
- Third incident and beyond of loss of charger: Student will be charged $10.00
- Third incident and beyond of loss of stylus: Student will be charged $5.00
Link to device protection update
Comprehensive Distance Learning Extension
K-3rd Grade: Decision on extending Comprehensive Distance Learning will be made by October 19.
4th-12th Grade: CDL is extended through February 8.
Tentative Calendar Dates for 2020-2021 School Year
10/9 Staff Development Day/No School
10/14 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
10/19 K-3 CDL extension decision to be made
10/21 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
10/21 PTO Meeting (7pm)
10/28 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/3rd/5th (7:30am-1pm)
11/4 Item Pick Up Day K/1st/2nd/4th (7:30am-1pm)
11/6 Assembly Day
11/11 Veteran's Day-No School/Buildings closed
11/13 Grading Day/School Closed
11/16 Pending decision outcome--K-3 Hybrid
- Additional Staff Development Days will be added before beginning Hybrid
- Additional in-person and/or virtual events will be added pending CDC guidelines
11/18 PTO Meeting (7pm)
11/25-27 Thanksgiving- School Closed
12/4 Assembly Day
12/16 7:00 PTO Meeting (7pm)
12/21 - 1/1 Winter Break- No School
1/8 Assembly Day
1/18 No School: MLK Day
1/20 Student Contact Day
1/20 PTO Meeting (7pm)
2/4 Assembly Day
2/5 Grading Day- No School
2/15 President's Day- No School
2/17 Student Contact Day
2/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)
2/24 No School: Staff Development Day
3/5 Assembly Day
3/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)
3/22-26 Spring Break- No School
4/2 Assembly Day
4/16 Grading Day- No School
4/21 PTO Meeting (7pm)
4/28 Staff Development Day- No School
5/7 Assembly Day
5/19 PTO Meeting (7pm)
5/31 Memorial Day- No School
6/2 Student Contact Day
6/9 PTO Mtg (7pm)
6/18 Last Day of School
6/18 Assembly Day
Book Bus Will Be Coming on Thursdays!!
The Oak Hills Library Book Bus is COMING on Thursdays! Come and check out some selected-for-you books or pick up your library book requests! Check out this map of the book bus route. Below are the approximate times and locations:
Time and Locations:
1:32 pm STOP NW AUDREY DR @ Powerlines Walkpath
1:58 pm STOP NW 167TH AVE & NW SHADOW HILLS LN
2:29 pm STOP NW SOMERSET DR @ JOHN MARTY PARK
3:02 pm STOP NW 144TH AVE & NW EASTWAY CT (SOUTH END)
3:32 pm STOP NW 153rd @ SUNSET PRES CHURCH ENTRANCE
Honk Honk, Beep Beep! See you soon!
Smiles, Ms. Larsen
Visit the BSD Family Toolkit at: https://oakhills.beaverton.k12.or.us/ **Connect--Family Toolkit
Kindergarten-specific Information: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/early-learning/kindergarten