TIGER TALES

The Voice of Raleigh Park - October 19, 2020

Traducir TIGER TALES!

¿Sabías que ahora puedes traducir Tiger Tales? Desde su computadora, puede usar la función "Accesibilidad" (a la derecha) para traducir Tiger Tales a una variedad de idiomas. Desde su teléfono, busque el ícono de silueta en la esquina inferior derecha. Para ojos viejos como el mío, ¡también puedes cambiar la configuración de contraste y aumentar el tamaño de fuente!

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Did you know you can now translate Tiger Tales? From your computer, you may use the "Accessibility" function (on the right) to translate Tiger Tales into a variety of languages. From your phone, look for the silhouette icon in the lower right corner. For old eyes like mine, you can also change contrast settings and increase font size!

Hello Tigers!


In moments of weakness, the last six months can easily be thought of in terms of what has been lost. And rightly so. Be it the conclusion of last school year, and/or the beginning of a new school year, I undoubtedly think about the milestones and rights of passage for our children. At this point of year, we'd typically be hitting our stride with routines and expectations, hallways would be buzzing about Halloween, all while celebrating another wildly successful Jog-a-Thon.


Yet, as tempting as it may be to circle the drain in pity, this pollyanna message is brought to us by the letters, G-R-A-T-I-T-U-D-E. Yes, while I typically save my "thankfulness/gratitude" blurb for November, these times underscore that it's never too early (or too late) to keep the things we have at forefront of our reality, rather than fixate on those things we do not have. To this end, I am eternally grateful for this wonderful learning community, and please never forget this learning community is here for you!


My best,

Brian

In This Issue:

  • Curbside Library & Library Book Bus
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • TAG
  • Student Attendance
  • Family Zoom Guidelines
  • Student Devices & Technology
  • Internet Activity Reports
  • Meal Benefits & Food Distribution
  • Office Hours
  • Volunteering
  • BSD News & Updates - CDL extension, Political Expression, Options School Applications, Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Quick Links...

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BSD Family Toolkit

Resources, support & ideas for setting up a positive home learning environment

Tiger's Curbside Library & The Book Bus!

Tiger’s Curbside Library is still up and running two times per week:

  • Tuesdays - 10:30a - 12:30p
  • Thursdays - 10:30a - 12:30p

This is also a great time to pick up meals, 11:00a-12:00p


AHOY! The library BOOK BUS set sail last Thursday, and will continue to do so EACH THURSDAY until further notice. The book bus will dock at four different stops:

  • 1:45 - 2:10 - 11606 SW Center Street @ LynnMarie Apartments
  • 2:15 - 2:45 - 3750 SW 108th @ Camellia Place
  • 2:50 - 3:15 - Kennedy St. Park, just past 103rd
  • 3:25 - 3:55 - SW White Pine Ln. @ SW Crestwood


Both the curbside library and book bus will have books for all readers. However, they may also request books in advance.


How do students request books?

  • Browse the Raleigh Park Library collection and place a hold on books for your children. The only information you need is a 1) student ID number and 2) password. For more information on how to place holds, please view the video below titled, Placing a Hold on a Book from Your Library.


How do students know when to pick up their books?

  • When a book is available for a student, we will email parents/guardians to let you know when the book will be ready for curbside or book bus pick up. Please email Judy_Lowe@beaverton.k12.or.us with additional questions.


Recommendations?

  • Email Mrs. Lowe, and she can share some thoughts and recommendations!


How do students return library books?

  • Bring books back to Raleigh Park during the curbside or book bus hours and leave them in the labelled bin. Books will be in quarantine for 1 week, so there will be a delay in checking the books back in the library.
Placing a Hold on a Book from Your Library

Mental Health & Awareness

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 resources, by age group, to help you support your child’s social, emotional and mental well-being.

TAG

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.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, our evaluation process will look different this year. We will administer in-person TAG testing after January 11, 2021. Until then, teachers will collect evidence on how your student responds to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. This evaluation may include: file reviews, teacher and student observations, a collection of work samples, and/or individual or group assessments. This process may take some time, but every effort will be made to complete the evaluation in a timely manner. Parents will be notified of their school’s in-person testing dates in January.


If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available below:


Completing this form that 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 child’s teacher.

Student Attendance

Unlike last spring, student attendance will count during Comprehensive Distance Learning. Please read the following guidance on how attendance will be tracked:

  • Teachers will take student attendance daily. Attendance may be counted in a variety of ways to accommodate families who may need to access instruction during different times of the day.

    • Attending a live teacher-led session

    • Watching a teacher-recorded video

    • Interacting with a teacher via email

    • Posting completed coursework online

  • Attendance is expected during specials, as it would be at any other point in the instructional day.

  • Parent/guardian notifications will be sent out at approximately 5:00p each day if students haven’t engaged in their school work and have been marked as absent.

  • If you believe your student was incorrectly marked "absent" for a day in which they engaged in learning (see aforementioned list), please contact the teacher directly.


PLEASE NOTE: attendance requirements set forth by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) are minimal, and don't match the expectations we have for all students to be engaged in their learning throughout the school day. While minimal requirements of attendance may reflect a student being "present", a partial/minimal day of instruction will undoubtedly impact the learning and engagement reflected in their report card.

Zoom Privacy Guidelines/Expectations

To maintain a positive, productive learning environment and ensure privacy of students and teachers during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), all parents/guardians/students are asked to follow these guidelines:

  • Please do not video/audio record, photograph, livestream or transmit in any fashion Zoom classroom sessions. This restriction includes social media posting.

  • Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating in Zoom classroom sessions should not be collected, discussed or shared.

  • Don’t post Zoom meeting information publicly and/or on any other social media accounts.

  • While we understand many adults are in proximity of the instruction and learning, please ensure the face of your child is the only one that is visible.


Thank you for helping us to keep student information safe and confidential!

Student Devices & Technology

Student Help Desk - Questions or concerns about student technology? Please contact the Student Help Desk:

Did you know?

The District will be providing Internet Activity Reports to parents. Parents are automatically signed up for parent reports that started this past weekend, inclusive of a partial browsing history for BSD students using Chromebooks. On the weekend of October 3, the first full Internet Activity reports will be sent to parents of all BSD students using Chromebooks. It is expected that Internet Activity reports to Parents of BSD students using iPads will begin mid-October.

Meal Benefits

Could your family qualify for free/reduced price meals? Fill out an application online (https://www.schoolcafe.com). Applications are available in Spanish. If you’re unable to access the application online, call 503-356-3957. PLEASE NOTE: Meal benefits are awarded on a year to year basis; all families who have qualified in the past must reapply. Also, please consider inquiring about your eligibility, as benefit requirements have changed. Free/reduced eligibility is always underreported, and we want all who qualify to receive benefits during these times of uncertainty.

Free Meals for ALL STUDENTS!

The Nutrition Services department has been hard at work developing a plan for providing meals during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). Due to waivers from the USDA, ANY CHILD (age 1-18) QUALIFIES FOR FREE MEALS, regardless of socioeconomic status...


Community Meal Sites:

  • 4000 SW 117th (south of LynneMarie apartments), 11:00-11:20a
  • Kennedy Park (102nd/Kennedy), 11:30-11:50a


School Meal Sites:

  • The following lists all participating school sites, inclusive of Raleigh Park. Meals are distributed each Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00a - 12:00p. Please know you can pick up meals at ANY SITE, regardless of your home school:
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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Boxes

Thanks to a grant through the USDA, we're now able to offer more free food boxes on Wednesdays at three BSD locations:

  • Aloha High School: 11:00a - 1:00p (or until boxes are all distributed)
  • Beaverton High School: 12:00p - 1:00p
  • Southridge High School: 12:00p - 1:00p


We anticipate that each 44-lb. box will contain fresh produce, dairy and meat. There are no requirements to pick up a box. The distribution is open to all.

The Office is Open

The office is open 8:00a - 4:00p. Julie and/or LeAnn are available to answer phone calls, emails, and update enrollments. Please contact us if you are having trouble with ParentVue, Enrollment Verification, or have other general questions:


RLPK-Communications@beaverton.k12.or.us

503-356-2500


PLEASE NOTE: due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to receive families into the building, but will be available to meet you on the porch regarding any assistance you may need.

Volunteers

Yes, there will be many opportunities for virtual volunteering, and you can volunteer as much or as little as your schedule permits. Details to come, but get started early and sign up now. Often, the beginning of the school year creates a backlog in the background check system due to a rush of people looking to be cleared for volunteer and chaperone opportunities. If you have not done so already, NOW IS THE TIME to sign up.


Please reference the Beaverton School District's Volunteerism & Community Engagement resources. This is especially important if you plan to volunteer your time during the school day.

  • The Beaverton School District does not honor background checks through/from other agencies
  • Please allow approximately (2) weeks prior to clearing the background check


While this principal never likes telling an enthusiastic volunteer "no", these expectations are non-negotiable and in service of the safety of our students.

District News, Information & Resources

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Extension of CDL

As of the September 28 School Board meeting, BSD administrators announced plans to extend Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) through the end of first semester (February 8) for ALL GRADES, K-12. While the Beaverton School District is located in Washington County, the BSD is linked with Multnomah County because more than 10% of District employees live in that neighboring county. To be able to start hybrid learning (part in-school/part CDL), the following metrics would have to be met:


Grades 4-12:

  • 10 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Washington (and Multnomah) County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row
  • Test positivity of 5% or less in Washington (and Multnomah) County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row
  • Test positivity of 5% or less statewide over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row


Grades K-3:

  • 30 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Washington (and Multnomah) County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row
  • Test positivity of 5% or less in Washington (and Multnomah) County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row
  • COVID-19 is not actively spreading in the school community


Given the trajectory of the health metrics, the BSD doesn't believe it can realistically meet these numbers by November 16, the end of the first quarter. It was previously communicated that the decision to continue in CDL on a quarter-by-quarter basis. Know that if the BSD were to see a drastic change in metrics or the Oregon Department of Education/Oregon Health Authority changed the guidance, this could alter the decision. The goal is to provide families with as much information as possible and plans accordingly.

Social & Political Expression

The BSD has received numerous questions about the appropriate manner in which to express social or political viewpoints in schools — whether virtual or in-person. We understand and appreciate that our students, families and staff have beliefs that span the political spectrum. Please reference the following link for more detail regarding political expression within the learning community.

2021-2022 FULL-TIME LEARNING OPTIONS LOTTERY & ADMISSION INFORMATION

Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or apply to a Learning Option Program. Transportation is provided.


Please do some online research on the Learning Options Programs and attend one or more of the virtual open houses.


Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available starting October 19:


  • Current BSD students may apply online using their student ID.

  • All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries.

  • Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school (i.e. homeschool or private school students) will need to complete a paper application available online or at any school office beginning October 19.

  • Applicants who don’t have internet access may complete a paper application.

  • Students may only select one option on their applications.

  • Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

  • Raleigh Hills and Springville will only be accepting applications for 7th and 8th grades.


Applications must be received no later than December 11 at 4:00 p.m.

Important dates, deadlines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Learning Options webpage.

Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Looking for resources to help your student with distance learning? Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) can help.


Soon, all BSD students will have a Youth Access Card allowing them to access all services for free. Youth Access Cards allow students to check out five books or audiobooks at a time, plus access these services: https://www.beavertonlibrary.org/479/Youth-Access-Card


  • Library of Things: Beaverton City Library and Cedar Mill Community Libraries have Library of Things collections with STEM items to enhance learning, including math games, robotics, coding kits and Legos.

  • Book bundles: Check out Book Bundles at Beaverton City Library and Cedar Mill Community Libraries, designed for a variety of reading levels and interests.

  • Virtual events: Register for virtual events, including weekly storytimes.

  • eBooks and eAudiobooks: Using Sora, students can select titles from WCCLS’s collection.

  • Homework Help: Live online homework help is available daily from 1-10 p.m. in English and Spanish through Brainfuse HelpNow. Brainfuse also offers test prep and writing/research assistance.

  • Tumblebooks: View and listen to animated books.

  • Mango Languages: Learn one of 70 languages with Mango.

  • Computer Lab: Beaverton City Library has a computer lab. Call or check the website for hours.

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Just Because...

DATES TO REMEMBER...

EACH TUESDAY:

  • Tiger's Curbside Library, 10:30a-12:30p
  • Meal Distribution, 11:00a-12:00p


EACH THURSDAY:

  • Tiger's Curbside Library, 10:30a-12:30p
  • Meal Distribution, 11:00a-12:00p
  • Book Bus, 1:45-3:55p


NOVEMBER

  • 11 - Veteran's Day Holiday - Thank you for your service!
  • 13 - NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY (Grading)
  • 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday