Mustang Messages

Digital Newsletter for Chehalem Elementary School

Dear Chehalem Families,

It has been an amazing year so far and we are off to a great start! Our Donuts and Drop Off event was a big success. Thank you to the PTO for purchasing the donuts. September is a great time to consider joining the PTO. There are lots of volunteer opportunities that don’t require an on-going commitment. Meetings are at 6:00 on the third Thursday of the month (usually). The first meeting on Tuesday, September 18th. Looking forward to seeing you there if you can make it.

Thank you for coming to the Back to School Night. Hopefully you had the opportunity to hear about what your children will be learning this year and get to know the teachers better. Conferences are scheduled by appointment for the evening of October 17th, 8am-8pm on October 18th, and 8am-noon on October 19th. This will be your opportunity to talk about where your child is academically and address any concerns. An online conference scheduling link will be sent to you soon.

As a school, we have a word of the month that focuses on a specific character trait. Every Friday, teachers submit names of students who have exhibited that trait to be the Star of the Week. This month the word is “Community”. At Chehalem we work to build a sense of community and belonging and students who help in that endeavor are greatly appreciated.

It’s such a pleasure working with your children. Looking forward to another amazing year of learning and fun!

Angee Silliman

Principal of Chehalem


Estimadas familias de Chehalem,

¡Ha sido un año increíble hasta ahora y hemos tenido un gran comienzo! Nuestro evento Donuts and Drop Off fue un gran éxito. Gracias al PTO por comprar las donas. Septiembre es un buen momento para considerar unirse al PTO. Hay muchas oportunidades para voluntarios que no requieren un compromiso continuo. Las reuniones son a las 6:00 el tercer jueves del mes (generalmente). La primera reunión es en realidad el martes, 18 de septiembre. Me gustaría verte allí si puedes.

Gracias por venir a la Noche de Regreso a la Escuela. Esperamos que hayas tenido la oportunidad de escuchar sobre lo que tus hijos aprenderán este año y conocer mejor a los maestros. Las conferencias están programadas para la noche del 17 de octubre y la tarde del día 18. Esta será su oportunidad de hablar sobre dónde se encuentra su hijo académicamente y abordar cualquier inquietud. Pronto recibirá un enlace de programación de conferencias en línea.

Como escuela, tenemos una palabra del mes que se centra en un rasgo de carácter específico. Todos los viernes, los maestros presentan los nombres de los estudiantes que han exhibido ese rasgo para ser la Estrella de la Semana. Este mes, la palabra es "Comunidad". En Chehalem trabajamos para construir un sentido de comunidad y pertenencia, y los estudiantes que ayudan en ese empeño son muy apreciados.

Es un placer trabajar con sus hijos. ¡Esperamos otro año increíble de aprendizaje y diversión!

Angee Silliman

Directora de Chehalem

Chehalem Word of the Month- September




1) a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

2) a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Upcoming Events & Reminders:


September 13 PTO Cookie Dough Fundraiser Assembly (8:25am)

September 18 September PTO Meeting (6:00pm)

September 21 Bus Evacuation Drills

September 26 Dental Sealant Presentation- Grades 1-3 only

September 27 Hearing Screening

September 28 PTO Cookie Dough Fundraiser Ends

September 28 September Birthday Celebration


October 1 & 2 Dental Sealants- Grades 1-3 only (watch for digital forms soon)

October 3 Walk & Bike to School

October 11 Kinder Field Trip to NW Children's Theater

October 12 Chehalem Fall Photos

October 15 5th Grade Option School Lottery Opens

October 16 Great American Shake Out- District-wide Earthquake Drill

October 17 Chehalem Fall Conferences (after 4pm)-

October 17 Chehalem TAG Parent Meeting 5pm in Library

October 18 Chehalem Fall Conferences- No School (by appointment; 8am-8pm)

October 19 Chehalem Fall Conferences- No School (by appointment; 8am- noon)

October 25 5th grade Starbase Field Trip- Group A

October 26 5th grade Starbase Field Trip- Group B

October 31 Halloween

Halloween Costume Guidelines

  • Costumes must be school-appropriate for all ages (safe, not too scary)
  • No look-alike weapons or other toys
  • No masks or full face paint
  • If costumes become a safety concern, students will be asked to remove them. Please make sure your child has another outfit underneath or packed in his/her backpack.
  • Watch for individual communication from your child's classroom teacher
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Chehalem Fall Conference Online Scheduling COMING SOON!

Chehalem Fall Conferences will be held on October 17th- 19th. There will be no school for students on October 18th & October 19th. All conferences will need to be scheduled in advance. We will be sending out a link for parents to sign up for conferences through PTC Fast via School Messenger, Chehalem Facebook, and PTO Facebook. We will also send home a hard copy reminder for families with limited accessibility to technology.

Our teachers are looking forward to connecting with you again in October!

School Messenger/Sistema de Notificación de SchoolMessenger

The Beaverton School District uses the SchoolMessenger notification system to send automated phone calls, emails and texts to parents, guardians, students and staff. These include attendance notifications, inclement weather messages, and important reminders.

SchoolMessenger InfoCenter:

Parents can update their notification preferences via SchoolMessenger InfoCenter. Visit the SchoolMessenger InfoCenter website, or download the app.

Check out this quick video on how to manage your preferences.


El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton utiliza el sistema de notificación de SchoolMessenger para enviar llamadas automatizadas, correos electrónicos y mensajes de texto a los padres, tutores, estudiantes y personal.

Estos incluyen notificaciones de asistencia, mensajes de inclemencias del tiempo y recordatorios importantes.

SchoolMessenger InfoCenter:

Los padres pueden actualizar sus preferencias de notificación a través de SchoolMessenger InfoCenter. Visite el sitio web de SchoolMessenger InfoCenter, o baje la aplicación.

Para saber cómo organizar sus preferencias vea este corto video

School Messenger Text Message Opt In

As a way to more efficiently connect with our families we have a system called School Messenger that allows us to send messages by email, phone or text. Because of FCC regulations the system automatically allows emails and phone calls to be sent, but much of our timely communication (such as late buses and reminders of school events) is sent via text. You have to actually opt in to receive texts from us.

Please text YES to 67587 to opt in.


Como una forma de conectarse más eficientemente con nuestras familias, tenemos un sistema llamado School Messenger que nos permite enviar mensajes por correo electrónico, teléfono o texto. Debido a las regulaciones de la FCC, el sistema automáticamente permite que se envíen correos electrónicos y llamadas telefónicas, pero gran parte de nuestra comunicación oportuna (como los autobuses retrasados y los recordatorios de eventos escolares) se envía por mensaje de texto. Tienes que optar para recibir nuestros mensajes de texto.

Por favor envíe un mensaje de texto YES al 67587 para participar.


**WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.

Chehalem classroom teachers will begin the first round of Academic Proficiency Assessment Committee (APAC) meetings. APAC meetings are held every 6 weeks as a structure to address the strengths and needs of all students K-5 in math and literacy.

Classroom teachers, intervention specialists, counselors, and administrators come together to consider the following factors:

  • Academic growth
  • Strategies to increase student achievement
  • Basic needs to become fully engaged learners

Working together, Chehalem staff discuss each child to develop instructional groupings and determine specific academic goals with the purpose of eliminating growth gaps for student cohorts and subgroups.
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Parent Referral for Talented and Gifted (TAG) Education Services

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office. Completing this form gives our school TAG committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of its completion.

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. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

The Parent Information Form must be completed and returned to our school’s TAG facilitator, Beate Pryor, or the school’s office.

Questions: Beate Pryor, TAG Facilitator

Beaverton School District Future Ready Library Resources

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Nutrition Services Information

Beaverton School District Nutrition Services (NS) Department serves meals that meet the

nutrition standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These meals are funded by USDA reimbursements and meal sales. Breakfast and lunch is served at all schools, and afternoon snacks are served in qualifying schools.

The Oregon legislature provided funding to eliminate the reduced payment for School Breakfast and Lunch. For the school year 2018-2019, breakfast and lunch will be accessible at no charge to students who qualify for reduced price meals.

Note: If a student does not bring a meal from home and has a zero cafeteria account

balance, then the District Meal Charging Procedures will be followed.

Payments for school meals can be made by:

  • Sending a check made out to "BSD-Nutrition Services" or sending cash.
  • Making payments online at the SchoolCafé website. SchoolCafé is an online payment system that is linked to your student's cafeteria. Parents can register for a free SchoolCafe account on the SchoolCafe website.


El Departamento de Servicios de Nutrición del Distrito Escolar Beaverton (NS) sirve comidas que cumplen con los estándares de nutrición establecidos por el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos. Estas comidas son financiadas por reembolsos y ventas de comida de USDA. El desayuno y el almuerzo se sirve en todas las escuelas y los aperitivos de la tarde se sirven en escuelas que califican.

La legislatura de Oregon proporcionó fondos para eliminar el pago reducido para el desayuno y almuerzo escolar. Para el año escolar 2018-2019, el desayuno y el almuerzo se servirán sin ningún costo para los estudiantes que califican para comidas a precio reducido.

Nota: Si su estudiante no trae comida de su casa y tiene un saldo en ceros en la cuenta de la cafetería, se seguirán los Procedimientos de Cargos de Comida del Distrito, District Meal Charging Procedures

Los pagos para comidas escolares pueden ser hechos de la siguientes maneras:

· Enviando un cheque a "BSD-Nutrition Services" o enviando dinero en efectivo a la cafetería de la escuela.

· Haciendo pagos en línea en la página web o aplicación de SchoolCafé. SchoolCafé es un sistema de pago en línea que está vinculado a la cafetería de su estudiante. Los padres pueden inscribirse para obtener una cuenta gratuita de SchoolCafé en el sitio web de SchoolCafe .

October 3: Walk & Bike to School Day

The beginning of the new school year is the perfect time for students and families to start creating healthy, fun and safe habits. Walking and biking is a great way to get to school on time, safely and ready to learn because you’ve had a bit of exercise. With more of us sharing the roads it’s important to know that safety is everyone’s responsibility!

As we travel to and from school:

  • keep your eyes and ears open,

  • slow down to 20 MPH or less in school zones and neighborhood streets,

  • watch for students at all intersections and follow the directions from crossing guards.

Remember we must all look out for each other and work together so everybody gets there safely!