Mustang Messages

Chehalem Elementary Newsletter- October, 2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Chehalem Families,

This year has started like no other. When the Coronavirus hit back in March of last year many of us working in the school thought it would simply mean an extra week of spring so that everything could get deep cleaned and we would go back to business as usual. But now we are faced with the reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning and our teachers and families have risen to the occasion. Thank you for your continued flexibility as we navigate this new world of teaching and learning.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Meet and Greet socially-distanced event. It was so good to see everyone in person. We miss those in-person connections immensely and it really warmed our hearts to see everyone in real life. Thank you also to our amazing PTO for renting the yard sign! It really added an element of festivity to the event.

Thank you also for participating in the virtual grade level and school level Back to School Night presentations. Teachers have time in their schedules daily to connect with families, so don't hesitate to reach out by email if you have further questions.

Sincerely, Angee Silliman


Word of the Month

The word of the month for October is Empathy.

Empathy is being able to understand how someone else feels.

  • when you feel an emotion with someone, even if you're not in the same situation
  • when you see things from someone else's perspective

October 7th and 9th- Schedule is Different!

Please be aware that Wednesday, October 7th will be a regular school day for students with synchronous lessons being taught like the normal days on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (but with Friday Specials Classes being taught on Wednesday). Friday, October 9th is Statewide Inservice Day and students will not be in attendance.

For your planning purposes, the following Wednesdays will also be traditional synchronous learning days: January 20, February 17 and June 2.

Free Meals for Students ages 1-18

Free food on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:00-12:00. If you want to avoid the long lines, please come between 11:30 and 12:00. We currently serve between 150-180 meals each time. Meals consist of a breakfast and lunch. A supper will be added to the packages starting on October 6th. Supper will be similar to the other lunch meals, but will not include hot items.


Additional Food Sources

Urban Gleaners and four school-based food markets (open to all families) sponsored by the Oregon Food Bank.

  • Go to our BSD website > Return-to-School > Community Resources > Free Food

Also we've expanded our USDA Free Food Box program that starts on October 7. It now includes 3 sites every Wednesday:

  • Aloha HS: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Beaverton HS: 12-1 p.m.
  • Southridge HS: 12-1 p.m.


Ms. Blanchard will be curbside with books for students to check out during the lunch pick up times on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-12 and again in the afternoon from 4:30-6:00. She has book bags by either reading levels or interest/topic for students to choose from.

You can return books any day by placing them in the blue tub near the entrance of the school. Books are left to sit for at least 3 days before being re-shelved or put back into circulation.

Updates from Beaverton Library

Youth Access Card Video to share

Getting books into the hands of kids is one of our top priorities. We’ve made this fun video ( under 3 min.) to remind families of their Youth Access Card, and everything the library can do for them this year.

BCL to Go upgrade: no appointment needed AND Murray Scholls!

We’ve upgraded BCL to go in two big ways:

  1. You can pick up your holds at Murray Scholls

  2. No appointment needed!

During service hours, drop-by either Beaverton City Library location (Hall Blvd. For Main, and the Walgreens entrance at Murray Schools) and we’ll bring your books out to you. For folks who prefer to make an appointment for faster service, that is still an option.

Virtual Family Resource Fair

Saturday, October 17, 2020, Noon

Are there ways local organizations could be helping your family? We will be talking to some of our local partner organizations about their services they are currently offering to families. our video conversations will be posted at noon on the Beaverton City Library's Facebook page.

Word of the Month

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Zoom Tips

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Please Read This if Your Zoom Keeps Crashing on a Chromebook!

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Behavioral Health and Wellness Team

We are excited to have a new team to help us with student outreach and to help with supports outside of school. The team consists of our Student Success Coach, School Psychologist, School Counselor, Nurse, Social Worker and me. We meet every Friday to discuss what additional supports students or families might need.

Please reach out to the classroom teacher if you feel your family or your child/children are struggling (academic engagement/attendance, food resources, counseling services outside of school, health needs, etc.).

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PTO Corner

Each year the PTO funds projects, activities, books and events, as well as $400 to each teacher for classroom needs. Our biggest fundraiser of the year is the Mustang Move-A-Thon! Students will track minutes of movement and exercise between October 14-21 and collect pledges or donations through the Pledgestar website. Students can earn fun prizes to show their Chehalem pride and promote a healthy lifestyle. The grade level that accrues the most minutes will have their teachers complete a goofy obstacle course. Even though our school year is different, we're continuing to support our community and plan for events in the spring. Thank you for your support! If you have questions, email

Register your student here:

Attached below is the flier! Click on the blue button below to see a video starring some of your teachers.
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Sincerely, Angee Silliman

Principal at Chehalem Elementary