Terra Linda Tiger Tale

July 28, 2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Terra Linda Families,

I hope you are doing well. I've been thinking about you all a lot as we prepare for the start of school and the many questions you probably have. I wanted to make sure you saw today's announcement from our District. It should be in your email.

Below, I have provided you with more information about the differences between Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and FLEX Online. One is in the form of a graphic, and one is in list form. It’s important to note that in both our school’s Comprehensive Distance Learning model and in FLEX Online School, attendance will be taken and grades will be reported for each student.

Do you have more questions?

Join me for a one-hour Principal Chat via Zoom on Thursday this week at either 3:00 pm or 7:00 pm. I added the evening session as a second option depending on your schedule. Here is the Zoom info for both Principal Chats:

  • Zoom Link
  • Zoom Meeting ID: 959 7926 2449
  • Zoom Passcode: Tigers

If you would prefer a conversation with me in a language other than English, please email me in your home language at christina_batsell@beaverton.k12.or.us

I will work with our Multilingual Department to set up an interpreted phone or Zoom conversation as soon as possible.

You are also welcome to send me individual questions via email.

Our final Summer Reading Challenge is next Monday! We will be looking at how books can be both mirrors and windows for students, something we will be focusing on more this coming school year. It is so important that we highlight these opportunities for students so that all of our students, especially our students of color, see themselves in the books they are reading and in what they are learning (mirrors). In addition, all of our students need to better understand the experiences of those different from them (windows). If you would like a range of resources to use at home this summer, check out the "Summer Parent Newsletter" - also linked below. One of the embedded links you'll find is https://socialjusticebooks.org/, a selection of multicultural and social justice books for children.

I look forward to seeing you Thursday on Zoom!

Christy Batsell


Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 30: Principal Chat at 3:00 pm

  • Zoom Link
  • Zoom Meeting ID: 959 7926 2449
  • Zoom Passcode: Tigers

Thursday, July 30: Principal Chat at 7:00 pm

  • Zoom Link
  • Zoom Meeting ID: 959 7926 2449
  • Zoom Passcode: Tigers

Friday, July 31: FLEX Applications due (Extended Deadline)

Friday, July 31: Applications due for 6 Months of Free Internet from Comcast

  • See details below

Monday, August 3: Summer Reading Challenge at 3:30 pm - Last one!

  • Reading Without Walls Challenge!
  • Zoom Link
  • Zoom Meeting ID: 981-0038-3174
  • Zoom Password: Read

Monday, August 17

  • Terra Linda Office reopens
  • Resume regular office hours of 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) at Terra Linda

  • Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) is a plan for more robust online instruction for our students than we were able to accomplish last spring. This will include:

    • Daily live and recorded instruction in core content that addresses grade level learning targets and includes whole group, small group, and individual teaching and learning structures

    • Instruction from Terra Linda teachers that is responsive to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and goals

    • Teachers and specialists constructing and delivering lessons via Zoom and in Seesaw or Canvas. We will be working to streamline and improve our communication.

  • Students may choose to participate exclusively in CDL online and not participate in the hybrid model for the entire school year (2020-2021).

  • When it is safe to begin the hybrid model, 3 days per week will be CDL and 2 days will be onsite in-person supplemental instruction.

  • Teachers will be using our current curriculum adoptions and assessments. The learning opportunities will be more robust and comprehensive.

  • All instruction will be provided by our Teachers, Specialists and Para Educators.

  • The hybrid model is a combination of CDL and in-person on-site supplemental instruction.

  • Students will need parent/adult support in any learning environment.

  • Participation is expected and students are required to attend as an enrolled student.

  • There is no additional sign up or registration required to participate in CDL or hybrid.

  • Students will develop relationships with teachers while participating in CDL and continue those relationships when we are able to begin the hybrid model or if they choose to remain in CDL

  • We will continue to have assemblies and social emotional learning opportunities.

  • There will be a more set schedule than in the spring.

FLEX Online School

  • FLEX Online School is a Beaverton K-12 online Option School.

  • The K-5 curriculum is from Florida Virtual and will include district adopted and teacher curated materials when appropriate.

  • If you choose FLEX Online School, you are unenrolling from current elementary school and will no longer be connected to your neighborhood school teachers and staff.

  • FLEX Online School is an option for those who would have chosen an online school prior to COVID.

  • FLEX Online School is asking families to commit at least through the end of the first semester (mid January 2021). If you are planning on returning to your neighborhood school when conditions allow, it is better to choose CDL and stay with your school.

  • To be successful in FLEX, support from a learning coach (parent/guardian/relative) is key.

  • Families should expect to spend 4-6 hours dedicated to school each day. This includes both online and offline activities.

  • FLEX Online School will not support Dual Immersion, SUMMA, Rachel Carson, IB or other MS & HS Options (ISB, ACMA, etc.) programs

6 Months of Free Internet from Comcast

Available to Beaverton School District families:

  • Who are eligible for Meal Benefits (participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program) and
  • Who live where Comcast offers internet service and
  • Who have not subscribed to Comcast Internet Service in the last 90 days.

Steps to Apply:

  1. Fill out this form: Comcast Internet Essentials Request Form
  2. You will receive a promo code by email.
  3. Go to Internet Essentials from Comcast and click on "Apply Now (You can apply on a cell phone with wifi access)
  4. When you start the application, you must enter your address. The form will tell you if Comcast offers internet service where you live.
  5. You will enter the promo code from BSD and other information.

Items needed to apply for Comcast Internet:

  • The promo code sent to you from BSD
  • Either a SSN or another form of Identification (there are several options)
  • You can start the application, save what you've entered, then return later to complete it.
  • NEW: You do not need a letter from Nutrition Services to verify Meal Benefits Eligibility. The promo code will allow you to skip this step.

Summer Reading Challenge

Yesterday, we challenged students to read books about friendship and empathy. Here is our video of the session: https://youtu.be/W509ULy6xlw

During the session, we shared this Padlet with a range of resources about friendship: https://padlet.com/amy_chamberlain1/ojydnp1zgjh7d7l3

This week, students are invited to find an interesting part of a book and show how they made a question from a statement, included more characters or considered the opposite. They can also do some character work and share how a character is a good friend and/or shows empathy to others. They can post their ideas on the Padlet.

Next week we will be exploring books as windows and mirrors. We hope students join!

  • Zoom Link
  • Zoom Meeting ID: 981-0038-3174
  • Zoom Password: Read

Local Food Resources - New Site at Beaverton Foursquare!

Aloha High School

18550 SW Kinnaman Rd, Aloha, OR 97078

Every Wednesday at noon

Details: All families are invited to pick up a Weekly Food Box containing produce, dairy or a combination of both. Food boxes are available for pick up every Wednesday at Aloha High School. Boxes will be distributed beginning at 12 noon until supplies last.

Sunset Presbyterian Church Food Pantry:

14986 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97229

Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am or 4:00-6:00 pm

Details: Drive by Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am or 4:00-6:00 pm and pick up a food box for your family.

Email serve@sunsetpres.org to request a weekly delivery

St. Cecilia Church

5105 SW Franklin Ave Beaverton, OR

Tuesdays 2:00 pm while supplies last

Details: Drive through to pick up a food box for your family.

St. Anthony Catholic Church

9905 SW McKenzie St, Tigard, OR 97223

Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00 pm

Details: St. Anthony Catholic Church is partnering with Pacific Coast Fruit Company: Drive by Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00 pm and pick up a fresh produce and dairy box. Any family can pick up one box per week.

Email info@satigard.org or call 503-639-4179 for more information

Beaverton Foursquare Church

13565 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton OR 97005

Every Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Details: Beaverton Foursquare Church is partnering with Pacific Coast Fruit Company. Boxes can be picked up first come, first served until the boxes are gone, now through September. Anyone can pick up any quantity they want. The boxes can be different each week depending on what foods are available.

UPDATE: The Food Boxes that were being distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. Pius have been discontinued.

Summer Parent Newsletter

If you are wondering how to talk about issues of race and inequity with your child, please take a look at this Parent Newsletter that was put together by educators in our community: https://www.smore.com/vys32 It is also posted below. There are many resources from which to choose. The Parent Newsletter also has additional resources for this summer. I hope you take a look!

Questions? Contact Terra Linda

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