The Voice of Raleigh Park - September 13, 2019
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I refuse to believe I am the only one who appreciates some precision-tooled funk, resplendent stage costumes and uplifting messages...
The bell was ringing
Our souls were singing
Do you remember, never a cloudy day
Of course, in the context of some cloudy September weather, the message may be more figurative than literal. That said, and regardless of when played, it is a song that conjures some great memories and reminders of what makes this my favorite time of year...taking me to a happy place!
Speaking of happy places, WELCOME BACK! Can I tell you how thrilled I am to start the year? During our community meeting on Thursday, I told students a school building can be a lonely place for a principal in the summer. While I appreciate the quiet that allows me to get some important work done, schools are meant to be filled with the bright and smiling faces of children. Indeed, bright and smiling faces abound, as it's been a great start. Routines are being established, while students and adults alike are building stamina for everything the day may ask of us.
The first community meeting of the year is always spent in service of teaching/reviewing expectations and how Raleigh Park Tigers "ROAR" in their habitat. From the classroom to the playground, hallway to cafeteria, bus to home, and within the community, we are ALWAYS roaring with Raleigh Park pride, reflective of our learner profile traits. And while they may not always be singled out for doing the right thing, a TIGER ROAR (see image above) is how we recognize our Tigers roaring in their habitat. Please do not hesitate to discuss and reinforce these profile traits with your child(ren) at home, in the community and/or wherever their journeys may take them.
PS- Please review the Health Education Letter attached to the email.
Back to School Night/La Noche de Regreso a la Escuela
This year's Back to School Night will take place Thursday, September 26, at 6:00pm. Two years ago, we began a “one school, one book” approach to providing some inspiration for our Back to School Night. By reading and discussing the same book school-wide, we build community and understanding. Sharing this learning at Back to School Night allows both teachers and parents to see how the book has shaped our community, and serves as a provocation for understanding how learning looks at different grade levels and in each classroom.
This year the book we're reading is, I Am Human, by Susan Verde. It is titled as a book of empathy, but we feel it encompasses so many of the profile traits we work to instill in your children each day. To share their learning, each student will create an image of themselves and what makes them human. These images will be displayed on the bulletin board in the hallway past the RPTV studio.
This evening is catered to parents as learners; you should expect teachers to engage you in content in a manner similar to how they engage your students. As such, we recommend leaving the children home if you are able. However, we fully understand there are circumstances (i.e. childcare) that necessitate bringing children along, and we will have supervision available. Either way, please understand what is most important is that you are here!
La Noche de Regreso a la Escuela de este año tendrá lugar Jueves 26 de septiembre a las 6:00 p.m. Hace dos años, comenzamos un enfoque de "una escuela, un libro" para proporcionar algo de inspiración para nuestra Noche de Regreso a la Escuela. Al leer y discutir el mismo libro en toda la escuela, construimos comunidad y comprensión. Compartir este aprendizaje en la Noche de Regreso a la Escuela les permite a los maestros y a los padres ver cómo el libro ha dado forma a nuestra comunidad, y sirve como una provocación para comprender cómo se ve el aprendizaje en los diferentes niveles de grado y en cada salón de clases.
Este año, el libro que estamos leyendo es, Soy humano , por Susan Verde. Se titula como un libro de empatía , pero creemos que abarca muchos de los rasgos de perfil que trabajamos para inculcar en sus hijos cada día.
Esta noche está dirigida a los padres como estudiantes. Como tal, recomendamos dejar a los niños en casa si puede. Sin embargo, entendemos completamente que hay circunstancias (es decir, cuidado de niños) que requieren traer a los niños, y tendremos supervisión disponible. De cualquier manera, ¡comprenda que lo más importante es que está aquí!
Student Success Act/Ley de ÉxitoI Del Estudiante
As part of the implementation of the Student Success Act (HB 3427), the Beaverton School District is conducting a needs assessment. We want to gather broad-based input on what is working and what needs improvement in Beaverton. The District's needs assessment is required to be submitted to the Department of Education by November 1 and will be the foundation for creating the District's grant application for the funds from the Student Success Act.
What follows are a few open ended questions that we hope you will take some time to give thought to and provide us with input that can be incorporated into the District's needs assessment. There are two questions and then a few questions for organizational and demographic purposes.
From a Raleigh Park perspective, this would be a PERFECT place to share your thoughts about the value and impact of our Primary Years Programme (PYP). The long term viability of PYP in the Beaverton School District will be connected to this grant.
Thank you again for taking the time to provide valuable input, it is greatly appreciated.
Como parte de la aplicación de la Ley de Éxito del Estudiante (HB 3427), el Distrito Escolar de Beaverton está llevando a cabo una evaluación de necesidades. Queremos reunir información de base amplia en lo que funciona y lo que necesita mejorar en Beaverton. Se requiere evaluación de las necesidades del Distrito para ser presentado al Departamento de Educación para el 1 de noviembre y será la base para la creación de solicitud de subvención del Distrito para los fondos de la Ley de Éxito del Estudiante.
Lo que sigue son algunas preguntas abiertas que esperamos va a tomar algún tiempo para reflexionar sobre y nos proporcionan entrada que se puede incorporar en la evaluación de las necesidades del Distrito. Hay dos preguntas y luego un par de preguntas para fines de organización y demográficos.
Gracias de nuevo por tomarse el tiempo para hacer una valiosa aportación, que es muy apreciada.
It is important that students have a sense of comfort and independence as they navigate all that is expected of them as learners. One way you can support this gradual release of responsibility is by saying morning goodbyes in the front lobby and allowing your children to walk to class on their own. This small and often difficult step (for students and parents alike) can go a long way in encouraging your children to be confident, capable and resilient learners. That said, I know a gradual approach may be more appropriate for your child. In this case, I respectfully ask that you check into the office for a volunteer/visitor badge prior to walking through the hallways.
Our Younger Learners
As children develop strength and fine motor skills that come naturally with age, we (adults) sometimes take for granted the tasks and skills that are difficult for our younger children. Specific to parents of students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, two ways you can help us are by:
- practicing shoe-tying
- sending pre-packaged lunch items that are easy to open.
We would like to avoid the potentially dangerous trips and falls that result when energetic and enthusiastic learners are mixed with loose shoelaces. Meanwhile, there never seem to be enough adult hands for all of the wonderfully delicious, yet difficult to open packages that come from home. Your support is ALWAYS appreciated!
When are students too sick for school?
As much as we want your child at school, there are times when it is appropriate to keep them at home due to illness. Throughout the year, we find that students with fever, vomiting/diarrhea, sustained cough, etc. are sent to school when they should be at home. Meanwhile, knowing the difference between a mild case of sniffles and something more significant can be difficult. Please refer to the flyers below to better help you differentiate. Keeping sick students home not only helps with rest and recovery, but it also keeps the ailments from spreading. Thank you!
Chaperones & Volunteers
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, during school events and/or chaperone field trips. Some points of note:
- The Beaverton School District does not honor background checks through/from other agencies
- Please allow approximately (2) weeks prior to clearing the background check
- Parents and community members who have not cleared the background check process will not be allowed to chaperone field trips
While this principal never likes telling an enthusiastic volunteer/chaperone "no", these expectations are non-negotiable and in service of the safety of our students.
When it comes to attendance, every day matters. According to the Oregon Department of Education, more than one in six students in chronically absent. Chronic absenteeism means a student misses 10% or more school days; that’s about two days per month.
Starting in Kindergarten, research shows that chronically absent students (attending below 90%) can suffer academically. By middle and high school, many attendance and school avoidance habits have been formed. Meanwhile, chronic absenteeism is the leading warning sign that a student will eventually dropout. According to the Attendance Works Organization, by 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of school. By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
Attendance habits are set as early as the very first week of the school year, but it is never too late to start building good attendance habits. As a parent, you can help by establishing a regular bedtime and morning routine.
We understand that some absences are unavoidable, but the important thing is to get your children to school as much as possible. Whether an absence is arranged ahead of time or not, absences still have a negative impact on students because they represent lost learning time in class, while "make up" work does not account for lost instruction, often giving families a false sense of security regarding what was missed.
In the State of Oregon there are three types of excused absences (ORS 339.065). They include:
- Illness/medical treatment of a student (temperature, vomiting, diarrhea, medical/dental appointments)
- Illness of an immediate family member
- Emergency/legal obligation
All other absences, even those that are prearranged, are noted as unexcused; a "reported absence" does not mean it is an "excused absence". To be clear: the school and District cannot stand in the way of a parent removing their child from school, but it is the school and District's responsibility to enforce attendance laws and expectations, particularly when it falls below 90%.
We ask that you do your best to avoid scheduling medical appointments during school hours, as well as extended trips when school is in session. We ask that you avoid scheduling activities that require your children to miss school for any amount of time (music lessons, athletic events, birthdays, etc.). These practices only underscore the importance of good attendance in helping your children do well now, and in the future.
Please refer to the following links for information and tips for families on building good attendance habits:
Your cooperation in getting your child(ren) to school and on time is always appreciated!
Maintaining a safe school environment is a priority of the Beaverton School District. Many factors are critical to fostering a safe school climate. A critical ingredient in creating a safer school environment is classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by students, teachers, staff and administration, in partnership with our first responders.
The Beaverton School District, in collaboration with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), Beaverton Police (BPD) and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVFR), has implemented the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). The SRP is not based on one possible scenario, but on the response to any given scenario. One substantial benefit of the SRP is the standard language used by all responders; this includes students, parents, staff and first responders. The protocol also allows for a predictable series of actions as an event unfolds.
The SRP is based upon four actions: Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter. Each has specific staff and student directives that are unique to the action. Do you know the difference between a Lockout and a Lockdown? Watch THIS VIDEO to find out.
Please note we had our first evacuation drill today (Friday, 9/13) and the kids responded in an amazing fashion. We will also look to conduct a lockdown drill within the next two weeks. While the situations that precede a live lockdown scenario are not always pleasant to ponder, it is in this practice and preparation that we can operate with confidence and situational awareness needed to keep your children as safe as possible. While our staff have been trained and have age-appropriate conversations with their students, I recommend you take a moment to do this as well. The following link is from The Center for Parenting Education, and provides resources to families when discussing traumatic events with children: Talking to Children. While we certainly do not want students to associate school and danger, it is important for them to know how hard the school works to keep all students safe.
Prioritizing Safety, Part II
The beginning of the school year is always a great time to review our procedures in and around the parking lot, before and after school. Of course, safety is everyone’s responsibility. Keep your eyes open, look out for each other and help everyone arrive to school safely. This means slowing down to 20 MPH in school zones and neighborhood streets (and much slower in the parking lot), watching for children and “listening to” directions from crossing guards. I ask that you review the Drop-off/Pick-up expectations below. Thank you in advance for addressing these points of emphasis so that we can do our best to keep all children safe!
Walk+Roll Day is Coming!
Walk & Bike to School Day is Wednesday, October 2! Join kids and adults all around the world to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking. Plus, get cool stickers and enter a raffle to win other prizes! If you ride the bus to school, you can run/walk with Mileage Club at lunch recess to participate.
Time is Running Out: Katoh Japanese Visitation Program
For the seventh year, Raleigh Park will partner with Katoh Japanese Exchange Program. We are excited and honored by this opportunity for mutual understanding and appreciation of different cultures. However, it will not happen if we do not have families willing to host. If you will have a 4th or 5th grade student next school year and are interested in knowing more, please reference the following flyer.
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District News, Information & Resources
Zone 7 (Raleigh Park) Budget Committee Vacancy
The Beaverton School District has a vacancy on the Budget Committee and seeks a diverse candidate pool for Zone 7 (School Board member Tom Colett). The District schools represented in these zones are: Barnes, Chehalem, Raleigh Hills K-8, Raleigh Park, and William Walker elementary schools, Meadow Park Middle School, Arts & Communication Magnet Academy, and Beaverton High School.
Individuals interested in serving on the Budget Committee need to live in the zone they wish to represent. Zone maps are available on the District website. The School Board Zones do not entirely match school attendance areas.
Candidates must also meet the following qualifications: be a qualified voter of the District, have lived in the District for one year and cannot be a Beaverton School District employee.
The Budget Committee reviews the District’s budget and recommends needed changes. The Committee conducts business in evening public meetings held between November and June. The Budget Committee also approves the Budget Document and forwards it to the School Board for adoption by the end of June.
Budget Committee members will be appointed by the School Board.
Those who wish to apply should complete the Budget Committee Application by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019.
For more information, please contact the Communications & Community Involvement Department at 503-356-4360.
DATES TO REMEMBER...
- 25 - Passport Club
- 26 - Jog-a-Thon Kick-off Assembly, 8:15a
- 26 - Back To School Night, 6:00p
- 2 - Walk + Roll to School Day
- 7 - Picture Day
- 8 - PTO Meeting, 8:00a
- 10 - Jog-A-Thon
- 11 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day
- 30 - Passport Club
- 1 - NO SCHOOL - Grading Day
- 5 - PTO Meeting, 7:00p
- 6 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00 - 8:00p
- 7 - NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8:00a - 8:00p
- 8 - NO SCHOOL - School closed
- 11 - NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day Holiday
- 15 - Picture Re-take Day
- 20 - Passport Club
- 27 - 29 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break