Springville K-8 Parent Newsletter (9/12/20)
Principal and Assistant Principal's Message
On Monday, we launch the 2020-21 school year in the most unusual of circumstances. Our teachers have been working hard these past two weeks to create virtual classrooms to welcome students bright and early on Monday morning. All students in grades 1-8 will start at 8:30. Please see the calendar below for information about the kindergarten start.
As we begin the year with Comprehensive Distance Learning, we must remember to give ourselves and each other grace. There will be bumps along the way, but we know we will get through this together as a community. Take time to breathe and care for yourself. We will take this one step at a time and we must look for the unexpected positives that will come out of this, although that may be hard to see right now.
Our thoughts are with any of Springville Community who may have loved ones impacted by the unprecedented wildfires not only in our state but in our neighboring states as well. This is yet another challenge to an already difficult year. We are here to partner with those in need so do not hesitate to reach out if you are in need of resources or support.
On behalf of the entire Springville Staff, welcome back! We look forward to working with your family this year!
Stay Safe, Stay Well, and Stay Positive!
Robin Kobrowski, Principal
Ellen Arnold, Assistant Principal
Welcome to Springville 2020-2021
September 14: First Day of School for Students in Gr 1-8
September 14 - Individual Kindergarten Family Appointments
September 15 -Individual Kindergarten Family Appointments
September 17: First Day of School for Kindergarten Students-last names beginning with A-L
September 18: First Day of School for Kindergarten Students-last names beginning with M-Z
September 21: All Kindergarten Students attend school
September 22: Virtual Back to School Night (Zoom Codes to come)
October 9: Staff Development Day - No School
Back to School Night
CDL Student Attendance and Engagement
Students are expected to be engaged in learning five days a week. We will encourage full participation, however, the reality of the pandemic requires flexibility on how a student demonstrates meeting that expectation. For example, a student may attend a live teacher-led session, watch a teacher-recorded video, interact with the teacher via email, and/or post completed coursework.
If your child is not able to participate in any aspect of distance learning on a school day, please call the attendance line. (503-356-2481) We also recommend you contact your child(ren)'s teacher via email.
Staff will take attendance each day by 4:00pm. Students who did not engage in any aspect of distance learning that day will be marked absent. Auto-Dialer messages will begin around 4:45pm each day. Your family will be contacted via auto-dialer if the parent/guardian did not contact the school and your child(ren) did not engage in any aspect of distance learning.
Springville Behavior Health & Wellness
Hello Springville! This 2020-2021 school year Beaverton School District has adopted a new team: the Behavioral Health & Wellness Team (BH&W). The Springville BH&W Team is composed of Administrators, Counselors, School Psychologist, Student Success Coach, Nurse, & Social Worker. The goal of this team is to support our students, families, and staff by providing services and resources to support the mental health and wellness of our community. We look forward to partnering with you! You’ll hear more from us soon but we want to introduce you to our team so you can get to know us better.
Jeremy Birch - Student Supervisor
Hello!! My name is Mr. Birch. I am the Student Supervisor at Springville. This is my first year at the school. In my role, I will be supporting staff, students, and families in all grade levels. I will be working with the Behavioral Health and Wellness team to ensure all students and staff have all necessary tools and supports in order to be as successful as possible. I am very excited to get to know everyone this year and utilize the skills I have learned over my 18 years as an educator. In those 18 years, I have worked in two districts (Beaverton and Hillsboro) and have taught at all levels (elementary, middle school, high school, and college).
As you can see, I am a huge Chicago Cubs fan. My wife and I almost moved to Chicago about 9 years ago, but decided to stay here. While I love to visit Chicago, I’m glad we stayed. We have two girls, ages 8 and 6, and a 13 year old chocolate lab. We love going on bike rides (not the dog; she doesn’t know how to ride a bike), swimming, and playing in our neighborhood with friends. I can’t wait to get to know everyone better!!
You can connect with me any time at: email@example.com
Lisa Crnich - Student Success Coach/Reading Intervention Specialist
Syndey Garl - Nurse
Hello! My name is Sydney Garl and I am the Registered Nurse who will be supporting Springville’s Behavioral Health and Wellness team for the 20-21 school year. I will work in collaboration with the team to incorporate wellness practices within the school community. I will also be able to consult on student health concerns and will be available to participate in health education to students and staff. In the event we return to in-person or hybrid learning, the nursing team will be involved in planning infection prevention strategies. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone! Feel free to reach out to me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sha Fenton - Counselor Grades 3-8
Hello Springville Wolves! My name is Sha (Shalene) Fenton, and I am one of your new school counselors at Springville this year. I feel so lucky to have spent some time with you last year and it has made me extra excited to be back. We have a really special community here at Springville! I’m looking forward to a year full of new adventures in learning with you and will mostly be working with grades 3-8. I can’t wait to see you in our Wellness Wednesdays (more info to come soon). My role as a school counselor is to partner with students and families to meet students’ academic, social-emotional, and career exploration needs. I am proud to be a part of the BH&W Team to further support our community’s mental health and wellness needs.
When I’m not at school, I like to spend time with my little chihuahua Pippa at the beach, paddling my kayak, or snuggling under the covers at home with a good book. You can reach me at: email@example.com
Grace McLaughlin - Counselor Grades K-2
Hello Springville! My name is Grace McLaughlin (Mrs. M) and I am one of the two school counselors we have at Springville this ‘20-’21 school year. I recently graduated from George Fox University with my Master’s in School Counseling. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and live in Portland with my husband and our cat, Sophie. We enjoy playing board games and hiking as a family when I’m not at school.
This is my first year in the Beaverton School District and I am so excited to meet you all. I will be focused on supporting K-2. As part of a counseling team, Ms. Fenton, and I work closely to support all Springville Wolves with their education. My role as your school counselor is to support the academic, career, and social-emotional development of all students. We work on these goals through lessons (Wellness Wednesdays), small groups and individual counseling. I’m excited to be a part of the BH&W team to support the wellness of our community and I look forward to working with Springville. You can contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Morgan-McLeod - Psychologist
Hello Springville Community (Wolves!)! My name is Emma Morgan-McLeod (Ms. Emma). I am a school psychologist serving Springville K-8 and Sexton Mountain Elementary schools. As a school psychologist I collaborate with staff and families to support general education students through prevention and intervention activities as well as students receiving special education services. I apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children succeed emotionally, socially, behaviorally, and academically.
I am from the United Kingdom and Jamaica and now live in Portland with my family and puppy, Lola. My background is in cognitive behavioral therapy and community based mental health services. I completed my education specialist degree at Lewis and Clark School of Counselling and Education. You can contact me via email at: email@example.com
I look forward to serving the Springville community this year. We got this!
Allison Schrader - Social Worker
Hello Springville! My name is Allison Schrader and I am both brand new to the district and to my role as a District Social Worker! I graduated with my Masters in Social Work this past June from Portland State and Springville is one of my 6 schools that I get to partner with this year. My role as a social worker is to provide support to students, families, teachers and the Springville community as a whole in the areas of academic success, basic needs and personal needs/development. Partnered with the rest of the team, I am able to utilize resources from around the area to provide support outside of school to aid in success within the school day. I am as much a resource to your students as I am to the parents and families within our community. I am so excited to be a part of this team and Springville and cannot wait to get to know you all.
I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and in addition, I have created this handy Bitmoji office space packed FULL of resources for students, families, staff, and beyond! Feel free to share with anyone and everyone in the Springville community/ family
Need a Student Device?
As we begin CDL, iPads are available for students in grades K-2 and Chromebooks are available for students in grades 3-8. The priority for the start of the year is for all students to have a working device. If you who borrowed one in the spring, you can continue using it this fall.
If your student does not have a previously-issued device or has one that is not working properly, please email email@example.com to request assistance or a replacement device. Our building tech team will respond to help desk requests as well as provide a weekly time for device pick up/replacement.
Device Protection Program
Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device (either Chromebook or iPad), the District adds a fee of $20 to students’ Online Payment accounts (maximum fee of $60 per family per school year) to enroll them in the Damage-Loss Protection Program. This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced-price meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share form. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school.
Students may choose to decline coverage. However, doing so isn't recommended, because a family would then assume full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how the damage occurs.
Visit the Student Device Resources webpage for more information.
Change to Student Chromebook login
Beginning September 8, the student login to Chromebooks will change. This change provides important security improvements. Students will log into their Chromebooks with their full student email addresses (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org).
Setup, login instructions and answers to general support questions can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
BSD has launched a library of resources to support families during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). The site includes infographics, slide decks, and on-demand videos on topics such as:
- Setting Up an At-Home Learning Space
- Canvas 101: Navigating Canvas
- Creating Family Learning Agreements
- Your Child's Brain
- A Guide to Translating YouTube Captions
- Dreambox Webinar
We have included several resources that we think are especially useful as your child transitions to online learning.
More content will be added to our Family Toolkit throughout the next few months!
Canvas 101 - Navigating Canvas
Free & Vetted Websites-Elementary
Wiser Kid Newsletter - Bethany Community Library
Cedar Mill and Bethany Libraries want to support our staff, students and their families. One way they are doing that is with the creation of a monthly newsletter full of resources called WiserKids K-5 Newsletter
September’s issue features:
Distance Learning Resources in English and Spanish from the County
Topical booklists - including leveled IRLA booklists and a video on how to search for IRLA books in our library catalog
You can subscribe to the newsletter here:
Before the beginning of every school year, we request that parents/guardians of our returning students review and/or update their family and student information. Keeping your family's information up to date is crucial to receiving timely communication from Beaverton School District and ensures that you can be contacted in case of emergency. These updates can be done online through your ParentVUE account. For more information about Enrollment Verification and to begin the verification process, please click the button below.
Internet Connectivity Update
Good news! BSD and Comcast have extended their partnership to provide free internet service to additional BSD families through June 30, 2021! We’re also extending free internet service for those families who have already signed up for the BSD-Sponsored Comcast Internet Essentials program through June 30, 2021. The program is open to students who qualify for free or reduced-cost meal benefits. Applications are available online.
If your elementary or middle school student does not qualify for the Internet Essentials program, fill out this form to request a hotspot.
Can you help support students who need internet connectivity? If so, please consider donating to BEF’s Back-to-School Connect Campaign.
Grab & Go Meal Service
The start of school is right around the corner, and our Nutrition Services department has been hard at work developing a plan for providing meals during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). We have just received waivers from the USDA which allow any child (age 1-18) to pick up free meals through December 31, 2020.
Here’s a look at how meals will be distributed this fall:
Parents or guardians may pick up meals for students who are not present.
Meal pickups will occur two days per week: Tuesday (2 days of food) and Thursday (3 days of food) from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Meals will be packaged with breakfast and lunch together.
Masks must be worn by anyone picking up meals.
2020-2021 District Calendar
The 2020-21 District Calendar has been updated.
The calendar is subject to change based on contract negotiations and resource availability. In the event inclement weather or other emergency closures prevent the District from meeting required instructional hours set by ODE, the days will be made up in June.