CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ October 7, 2021
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE by MONICA ARBOW
Dear Nancy Ryles Families,
Welcome to October! We already have a month of school under our belt and we are beginning to settle into routines nicely. I’ve experienced such joy in observing the care, connection, and community-building that is happening in all areas of the school. With strong routines and budding relationships in place, we can begin to dig deeper into academics and continue to support and move students along their individual continuums. With that said, COVID-19 safety measures and required guidelines may continue to impact what we know to be best pedagogical practices. Learning will continue to look different with these guidelines in place and we are continuing to adjust to our new normal.
Next week, you will receive a sign-up from your classroom teacher for Parent Teacher Conferences. Conferences are a time to celebrate areas of student strength, opportunities for student growth, and to establish partnerships between parents and teachers. Students are coming to us at different places in their learning due to impacts COVID-19 has had on learning in the past 18 months. It’s our responsibility to meet students where they are at and establish goals to support their growth in all areas: academically, socially, and emotionally. The official days for conferences are October 27 (after school) and October 28 (all day). However, some teachers like to allow more time for conferencing and so they spread them out and use some days and times leading up to the conference days in addition to October 27 and 28. Your teacher will share his or her conference schedule with you and you will be able to choose a time that works best for you. As a reminder, Fall Conferences will be virtual. Specialists will also be holding office hours and those will be shared next week, along with Zoom links.
In partnership with OHSU, the Beaverton School District will be offering weekly, take-home tests to screen for COVID-19. The tests are free to families. An informational packet went home last week in your home language and consent forms were due today. You may still turn your consent form in, however it may delay when your student can start receiving test kits. You can return the form to school with your student.
Due to conference days, we are changing the upcoming spirit day to Friday, October 22. The theme for the spirit day is Costume or Dress-Up Day. Start thinking about ideas now!
Thank you for sharing your most prized possessions with us each day. They truly bring us so much joy. Enjoy your extended weekend.
PICTURE DAY - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12
Packets went home with students this week. You can fill out the form and return it with payment OR you can order online at dorianstudio.com. Enter "Nancy Ryles Elementary" in the "find school" field. You can order online until October 15.
NRCO MEETING - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12
Our first meeting of the year is coming up next week. We hope to see you on Zoom. A link will be emailed to you on Monday. We are keeping the agenda short, to allow for plenty of time for a principal’s update from Monica Arbow.
NRCO NEWS & EVENTS
PICTURE DAY, OCTOBER 12
Smile! And join us for an on-campus volunteer opportunity on Picture Day from 8:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tasks will be assigned upon arrival. You may sign up now at MyBetterImpact.com. We are looking for up to five volunteers. Please be sure to upload your vaccination documentation before signing up for this in-person opportunity. Thank you for helping to keep our students safe!
We could use your help! This year the book fair was planned by a very gracious parent of a Nancy Ryles Elementary alumni. While she loves helping out, she’s ready to move into her new role of Middle School Parent and volunteer there. We are looking for someone to train with her this year, learning about the role of Book Fair Lead and then to take over this position next year. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CLASSROOM LIAISONS STILL NEEDED
Do you have a student in one of the following classes or grades? Please consider becoming a classroom liaison! You will be working directly with the teacher, from the convenience of your home, on much needed classroom support. Even if you don’t have a student in that class, the teachers can still use your help!
All volunteer opportunities are posted on Better Impact.
Last Saturday was National Custodian Appreciation Day! We featured Mr. Sam and Mr. Nestor on social media but they deserve a Croc Talk Shout Out too... At Nancy Ryles Elementary School, we have the hard working Sam Pannu and Nestor Solis on our custodial team. Thank you for all of your hard work. We see you!
Sam has been with the district for over 30 years, most of that time spent at Nancy Ryles. We are so lucky to have both of these people, they are an important part of our community.
Let's Be Social
National Hispanic Heritage and Filipino American History Month
We have been highlighting National Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) at school through integrating books, authors, music, art, and videos that celebrate Hispanic contributions and heritage.
Also Celebrated in October is Filipino American History Month, which honors the history, pursuits, accomplishments, and legacy of Filipinos in the United States. Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American group in the nation. The celebration of Filipino American History Month in October commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred on October 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. In 2009, U.S. Congress recognized October as Filipino American History Month in the United States. This month, our Nancy Ryles coaches are sharing Filipino American resources with teachers to use in the classroom.
It’s events like these that remind us that all of our stories matter.
Siblings, Carlos and Isabella, and their friend, Leiken, were born in Venezuela and moved to Beaverton just a few months ago. They didn't know each other before starting school this year and quickly became friends when they discovered their common homeland. They worked together to create this beautiful board highlighting their Venezuelan culture.
2020-2021 SCHOOL PROFILE
Our 2020-21 school profile is posted on our school webpage under About Us>School Profile>Oregon Report Card. There is also a link on this page to school profiles for other years and other schools. The 2020-21 district profile is posted on the district report card webpage.
State report cards began when the 1999 Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring every public school and district to receive a report from the Oregon Department of Education about how they are performing overall. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and affords states greater flexibility. ESSA encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education redesigned the School and District report cards to engage and inform families about their school’s approach to learning, academic and extracurricular offerings, and student performance. Reports cards also serve as an important tool for continuous improvement planning by local and state policymakers, in conjunction with the communities they serve.
The 2020-21 school and district profiles do not include statewide assessments data, class size data, or attendance data as a result of the necessary statewide school closures and the implementation of Distance Learning for All. The profiles present all available data not impacted by the state’s response to COVID-19. As part of the federal response to COVID-19, all students in our school were eligible for free school meals last year. As a result, our Free/ Reduced Price Lunch percentage is reported as >95%.
At Nancy Ryles Elementary, WE are committed to using this information to help tailor our school improvement plans and academic programs to meet the needs of every student. You’ll find our current school improvement plan here: https://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx?id=1303.
During the year I will communicate with you frequently about student achievement and programs in place at our school to foster student learning and success.
If you have questions about our report card or would like a print copy, please contact me. You may also have suggestions for improvements. Please share them! Thank you!
CHROMEBOOKS AND iPADS
Please remember to send the charger with it as well.
Thank you so much for helping us get the devices back to school!
UPCOMING EVENTS AT NANCY RYLES ELEMENTARY
Friday, October 8 -- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (Staff Development Workday)
Tuesday, October 12 -- PICTURE DAY
Tuesday, October 12 -- NRCO Meeting at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Friday, October 22 -- Spirit Day - Costume or Dress-Up day
October 25-28 -- Virtual Scholastic Book Fair
Wednesday, October 27 -- Parent-Teacher Conference (4:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
Thursday, October 28 -- Parent-Teacher Conference (8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
October 28-29 -- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Friday, October 29 -- School Closed
BSD flyers listed here are from community organizations with approved facility use and intergovernmental agencies (City of Beaverton, THPRD, WCCLS, and Washington County).
* NEWS WORTH REPEATING FROM PREVIOUS CROC TALKS *
TALENTED & GIFTED (TAG) INFORMATION
Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement in reading and/or math. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.
If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office linked below. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.
Please complete and return the Parent Information Form to your the office. The date of the letter is incorrect but the form is correct.
Contains current information from Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Washington County Public Health.
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS
Nancy Ryles Facebook: Nancy Ryles Elementary School
Nancy Ryles Instagram: nancyryleselementary
The NRCO Facebook page is: facebook.com/NRCO1
The NRCO Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/nrco_nancyryleselementary/
We encourage you to bookmark our website as we keep it up to date.