Vose News

November 2018

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11/2- Assembly

11/4- Daylight Savings- clocks back 1 hr

11/8- PTO meeting @6pm, Childcare & Potluck



11/16- Spirit Day


11/27- Coffee with the Principals, 8am

11/27- Picture Retake Day

Partnership with Oregon Ballet for Vose K-2 classrooms

The Oregon Ballet has an outreach program for Title I schools in the Portland area to have the opportunity to experience ballet in several ways. As a Learn About Ballet (LAB) school, a ballet teacher will come to Vose to teach 10 dance lessons to each of our K-2 classrooms. They also will get to see at least one field trip to see a ballet preformed. All of this is done free of charge for Vose students. Thank you to the Oregon Ballet for giving our students the opportunity to experience the "Arts" in STEAM through this program. Students are loving it, so parents should watch for videos or pictures in Seesaw.

Safe Routes to School Update- Daylight Savings = Darker Days

On November 4, 2018, we set our clocks back an hour, making it darker earlier in the afternoon. With shorter days this time of year, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians need to be extra alert to see each other in low light situations.

Improving visibility means improving safety for all road users. Wearing light colors or reflective clothing is one of the simplest things pedestrians and cyclists can do to keep themselves safe.

Here are additional suggestions to help keep you safe while walking and biking:

  • Wear bright, reflective clothing and shoes when walking or biking.
  • Don’t wear headphones, text or talk on a cell phone while crossing the street.
  • Be aware of vehicles around you. Make eye contact before crossing in front of vehicles.
  • Don’t assume that cars see you or are going to stop.
  • Driving or biking? Expect and slow down for pedestrians in popular walking areas, around schools and parks, and near crosswalks.

When more people walk, bike and take the bus, it makes the route to school safer, less congested and more fun for everyone. Thank you for continuing to walk, bike and use the bus. It’s the way to go!

What Do Teachers Do on Wednesday Afternoons?

Our teachers are all engaged each and every Wednesday in professional learning to support their work in serving your children at Vose. A sample of some recent Wednesdays: teachers learned about how to best support our students with the upcoming new Health Adoption, grade level teams worked together to determine engaging math activities for an upcoming unit on multiplication, teams of teachers designed common assessments, another team aligned their writing instruction around personal narratives and our dual language teachers evaluated students' oral language proficiencies in Spanish and then determined what instructional changes they could make to increase our students' proficiency even further. We so appreciate our community's support as we continue to engage in meaningful and very valuable trainings and professional collaboration.
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  • Early Release Dismissal Time – 1:05 pm Every Wednesday

This year, the District will continue a 90-minute early release on Wednesday afternoons to allow teachers time to collaborate and participate in professional development opportunities. The Early Release/Teacher Collaboration webpage includes an FAQ and an animated video in both English and Spanish. We encourage you to visit the webpage to learn more.

  • Horario de Salida Temprana – 12:35 pm Todos los Miércoles

Este ano, el Distrito continuará una salida temprana de 90 minutos los miércoles por la tarde para permitir a los maestros tiempo para colaborar y participar en oportunidades de desarrollo profesional. La página Early Release/Teacher Collaboration incluye preguntas frecuentes y un video en español. Los animamos a visitar esta página web para obtener mayor información.

Parent Tech Help Night- November 29th at 6pm

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Parent Tech Help Night

In following some of the great work at our neighboring middle and high schools, Vose will have its first tech help night to support all of our families on Thursday, November 29th from 6pm-7:30pm. Spanish translators will be available. Activities for this evening include help getting signed up for a free email, how to sign up for SeeSaw and how to best use our school and district website resources to support your children's learning and success. Plus we'll be raffling off several FREE refurbished iPad2's! Food and childcare will be provided. Please come, meet other families and get connected!

Attendance Matters

One of the major district focuses this year is on student attendance. Not only being at school every day, but also being on time. Today we had over 50 students arrive between 8:00 and 8:40am. This not only sets up the children who are arriving late for an uncomfortable start to their day in class, but disrupts the learning for others. While we know that emergencies and appointments do happen, and that children are sick on occasion, but we want to ask that you please do your best to get your children here daily and on time whenever possible. Thank you so much for your support!

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School Board Approves 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 School Calendars

At the October 22, 2018 Business Meeting, the School Board approved the Superintendent’s calendar recommendation for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. Staff and community members overwhelmingly preferred Option 1 for both school years.

In the 2019-2020 school year, the first day for students will be Monday, August 26 and the last day for students will be Friday, June 12. In the 2020-2021 school year, the first day for students will be Monday, August 31 and the last day for students will be Friday, June 1. Option 1 provides 10 days for winter break in both school years.

Both calendars are below for your planning purposes. Please understand that budgetary and contractual obligations may impact the implementation of the final calendars.

Stay Healthy this Cold & Flu Season

Cold and flu season has already begun, but there are things you can do to keep yourself and your children healthier. Prevention measures include washing your hands frequently, getting lots of rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Home is the best place for a child who is ill. The Too Sick for School informational flyer has guidelines to help you make the decision about when to keep your child home from school.

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The Power of Reading

There are so many ways to support your student to do their best learning but the #1 depictor for future education achievement is being an engaged reader. This means having kids who want to read and read and read. Reading is happening at school but also needs to be happening outside of the school day.

You can help by:

Reading to your child

Read with your child

Talk to your child about what they are reading

Get books in the home (library, Goodwill, bookstore, magazines etc.)

Get your reader connected to a book series they like - then they can read all of the books

Follow your child’s lead on what they are interested

BOOKS SHOULD BE FUN, FAST AND EASY if students are reading independently. Kids might want to read things over and over again. Lots of high interest books for students are not parents favorites; let them lead so we can foster the joy of reading.

Vision Screening

Our vision screening will be held on November 30th. If you do not want your child to participate in the screening please notify the office in writing by November 26th. Thank you.

Vose is a Title I School

Our school receives federal funds for Title I programs through the Federal ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act).

You have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher(s). If you request this information, the district or school will provide you with the following as soon as possible:

a) Whether or not the teacher has met state licensing requirements for the grade level and subject(s) in which the teacher is providing instruction;

b) Whether or not the state licensing requirements have been waived for the teacher on a temporary basis;

c)The type of college degree major of the teacher and the field of discipline for any graduate degree or certificate;

d) Whether or not your child is receiving Title I services from paraprofessionals and which qualifications the paraprofessional(s) possess

If you would like to request this information, please contact your child’s school.

Vose’s Report Card

School and district report cards for the 2017-18 school year are available at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx. (Select Beaverton in the District Selection drop-down menu). I welcome the opportunity to share this information with you on the progress we are making to improve academic achievement for each student in the District. We are making progress. At Vose WE are committed to using this information to help tailor our school improvement plans and academic programs to meet the needs of every student.