Springville K-8 Parent Newsletter (9/25/20)
As we wrap up September and our second week of CDL, we are so happy to have students with us learning and growing every day. We are so proud of our teaching staff and how hard they are working to provide engaging lessons and get to know their students. Some days are easier than others, but the feedback we've been getting from parents so far is very positive.
At this time, it's important for us to acknowledge that there is a great deal going on in our world and as educators, our job is to help guide and facilitate student learning about the world around them. Teachers help students think and talk about the events, issues, and questions that we are seeing and hearing locally, nationally, and globally. As public educators, we must not to turn away from these learning opportunities but rather step into them.
The Beaverton School District is committed to becoming an anti-racist school district – free from hatred and racism – and providing a culturally relevant and inclusive environment for all students. Additionally, Springville K-8 was founded as an EL Education School that is focused on ensuring equitable outcomes for students and a commitment to social justice. Together, these commitments define our work for all students, but we recognize that they are paramount to the success of our most vulnerable and marginalized students.
As part of this effort, the Beaverton School District, in alignment with the Oregon Department of Education and new 2018 Oregon Social Science Standards, is launching new social studies lessons this year to begin addressing the new state standards. For elementary students, the first unit is entitled “Identity, Culture, Race, and Racism, and Change Makers (K-2) or Anti-Racism and Action (3-5)”. For middle school students, the first unit is “Identity and Social Justice”. These interdisciplinary units were created by a collaborative team of teacher leaders. They are meant to be responsive to this current moment, our racial reality, and to the evolving scope of Social Science education. Teachers have started communicating with parents about these units and will continue to do so throughout the year.
Please know that we are available for questions or further conversation at any time.
Stay Safe, Stay Well, and Stay Positive!
Robin Kobrowski, Principal
Ellen Arnold, Assistant Principal
Jeremy Birch, Student Supervisor
Our First All-School Gathering of 2020/21
Parent Q & A Session
- Tuesday, September 29 7:00-8:00 pm
- Thursday, October 1 3:30-4:30 pm
If you have a question about CDL or Springville would like to join us, please log on to this zoom link. We look forward to connecting with you!
School Schedule Update
During CDL, when there is a shortened week, the regular daily schedule will apply to Wednesdays. For example, Friday, October 9th is a Staff Development Day and no school for students. On Wednesday, October 7th, students will have the same schedule as they would on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of that week with more live learning
K-2 Classroom Book Pick Up
Starting Wednesday, Sept. 30th children in grades K-2 can pick up classroom book bags. The books in your child's bag will be grouped by reading level. Each week, students can come back for a new bag of books. We will start a similar programs for grades 3rd-6th in the coming weeks.
Pick up times for Wednesday, September 30:
Kindergarten 9:00 - 10:00
1st Grade 10:00 - 11:00
2nd Grade 11:00 - 12:00
This will be a drive through pick-up (like student device distributions). Please enter the staff/bus lot and drive up to our staff members who will be curbside distributing the bags. No walk ups, please. If you can't come at your assigned time, please come any time during the 3 hour window. If you have children in multiple grades, you can get them all in one stop.
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 student 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 student'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 student did not engage in any aspect of distance learning.
Springville Library Corner
Library Book Check-Out Starts Next Week!
This fall, we are bringing the Springville library to you! We want to keep our students excited about reading and enjoying their favorite books while we start the year remotely. Prepared book bundles can be checked out curbside at school and at the Springville Bookmobile. We will be sending out details about these pick up events soon, but we do have some information to share with you now!
What are book bundles?
Book bundles from the library will contain a treasure bag of grade level appropriate fiction, non-fiction, biographies, picture books and graphic novels. Just come and pick up a bag.
How do I check out books?
There are several ways to check out books:
Come to school and get a book bundle on Thursdays starting October 1st (11:00am-12:00pm and 3:00pm - 4:00pm) at the staff/bus entrance!
If you can’t make it to school, we’ll bring the library to you in the Springville Bookmobile. The Bookmobile route schedule will be coming soon.
If students want to know what to read next, they can fill out this form: Book Recommendations, and Ms. B will email some suggestions.
Students can also log on to Destiny, our library catalog using this link: Springville Library, and place a hold.
For information on how to place a hold, take a look at this link: placing a hold on Destiny
When do I pick-up holds?
Email notices will go out to parents when their child’s books are ready for pick-up.
How long can I keep the books?
The books can be kept for two weeks. Return them to the labeled bins at curbside check-out or the Bookmobile, and get more books!
More information about curbside book pick up and Bookmobile will be coming soon. We can’t wait to see you! The books are lonely and waiting to be read!
Tips For Vision Health During Distance Learning:
- Encourage children to take frequent screen breaks. Follow the 20:20:20 rule, take 20 second breaks every 20 minutes to look away from the screen at a distance of at least 20 feet.
- Keep screens at least arms length distance away from eyes
- Discourage using screens in a dark room
- Consider printing assignments, if possible
- Turn off screens at least one hour before bedtime to support healthy sleep
- Children should have regular vision screenings
- Look for signs of vision issues
Signs of Vision Issues:
- Complaints of eye discomfort or fatigue
- Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
- Short attention span
- Frequent Headaches
- Covering one eye
- Holding reading materials close to the face
- Losing place when reading
- Seing double
- An eye turning in or out
Information about vision screening:
- In a normal school year, a basic vision screening is completed each year for every elementary aged child in the Beaverton School District. It is unlikely vision screenings will be performed in the school setting for the 20-21 school year due to COVID-19
- The American Optometric Association recommends regular eye exams for all children
- Please contact your school nurse if you need help accessing vision screening services
Web Resources for accessing vision care:
Need a Student Device?
If your student does not have a previously-issued device or has one that is not working properly, our building tech team will be available at the office entrance on the bus/staff parking lot side of the school each Tuesday from 11:00-12:30 to help. You do not have to email or call ahead.
Student Help Desk
Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Please provide the following and they will get back to you as soon as possible:
- Contact information (phone number)
- Student ID
- Description of the issue
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. email@example.com).
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!
Seesaw Information and Resources
For more information and an FAQ, please visit: Seesaw Landing Page
Canvas Information and Resources
The Canvas Learning Management System is used by our 4-8 teachers as an extension to in-class instruction. Teachers using Canvas can post assignments, give feedback, and communicate with students.
For parent information on Canvas, please visit: Canvas Landing Page
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:
International Walk + Roll to Anywhere Day
Join students and families from around the world as you walk or roll in your neighborhood on October 7th. (Please remember to stay 6 feet from those not in your household and wear a mask.) All community members are welcome to participate. Use the link to fill out the google form for each person that joined you on your trip. (BSD students may include name and student ID number for a prize entry). This year students can earn things like flashing safety lights, reflective shoelaces and new bike helmets. Schools with the most participation will also earn a Safe Routes to School book bundle for their school library. Finally, celebrate International Walk + Roll Day with our Beaverton community by visiting our Facebook page @BeavertonSafeRoutes to share a photo of you with a sign telling us why you love to walk, bike, scooter or skate! (Use the hashtag #BSDtogether)
Google Form Link: https://forms.gle/9rBZws7qDdqAj6Ab6
Beaverton School District seeks applicants for Social Studies Curriculum Adoption Project Team
Beaverton School District seeks applicants for Social Studies Curriculum Adoption Project Team
Parents, guardians, community members, teachers, students and administrators are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District Social Studies Project Team. The Social Studies Project Team will review existing Social Studies curriculum and practices to make curriculum adoption recommendations to the School Board. The Project Team is an important part of the BSD Quality Curriculum Cycle (QCC), which provides a systematic means for making decisions about the BSD curriculum review, revision, development, and adoption of practices and instructional resources.
The Project Team’s work will begin on October 20 and will conclude by June 2021. The team will meet on the following weekday evenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom (unless otherwise communicated): October 20, November 17, January 5, February 16, March 30, April 27 and May 25.
The Project Team and supporting BSD Teacher Cadre will be charged with the following goals:
● Researching best practices and instructional materials to be considered for possible adoption in Social Studies
● Articulating and supporting long-term academic learning targets and assessments in Social Studies
● Recommending professional development and structures for ongoing professional learning
● Participating in learning opportunities in the form of readings, discussion and trainings related to culturally relevant teaching practices
The District reviews and updates its curriculum, instructional practices and classroom materials according to Board policy and Oregon State Statute and Administrative Regulations.
Membership for the Social Studies Project Team will include:
● Elementary classroom teachers (4)
● Middle school classroom teachers (2)
● High school classroom teachers (2)
● Students (4)
● Parent/Community members (4)
● School administrators (2 elementary, 1 middle school, 1 high school) (4)
● Social Studies specialists (1 elementary, 1 secondary) (2)
● Teaching Specialists, including but not limited to special education, multilingual, dual-language, advanced program and additional content area specialists (6)
● School Board representative (1)
Please note that membership roles/numbers are subject to change based on applications received.
Google Form and/or email submissions are due on Monday, October 5 by 4 p.m.
Applications should include the following information:
Students: Name, address, school and grade level, plus any special training or experience in Social Studies.
Parents/Community members: Name, address, ages of children and schools where enrolled (if applicable), plus any special training or experience in Social Studies.
Teachers & Administrators: Name, address, teaching experience and current assignment.
All: Respond to the following questions/prompts: (please limit your response to no more than one typed page)
Why do you want to serve on the Social Studies Project Team and what contributions will you make towards its goals?
Please describe your personal/professional experiences with educational equity work, and your commitment to educational equity in the realm of Social Studies education. (Educational Equity Policy, BSD Equity Lens)
What unique skills, perspective and voice will you contribute to ensure an inclusive and socially just Social Studies education for all of our students?
Please complete the appropriate online application form here:
Or mail your application including all information listed above to:
Beaverton School District
Teaching and Learning
Attn: Susan Ouellette
16550 SW Merlo Rd.
Beaverton, OR 97003
For questions or additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.