Kindergarten Camp 2022

Findley Elementary

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August 9, 2022

Dear Future Findley Dragon Families:

We are excited to get to know our newest Dragons next week at Kinder Camp! Here is all the important information you need to know:

  • Arrival-please plan to drop your kinder off by 9 am. Doors will open at 8:55am. We ask that families practice arrival and dismissal procedures that will be used during the school year. Kinder students enter the building through the main doors at the front. If you are dropping off your student in a car, please use the lower lot, (off Thompson). The upper lot (off Saltzman) is for staff parking and buses ONLY during arrival and dismissal. You may park and walk your students up to the doors, or drop them off (that may be for later in the year as they gain independence)

  • Dismissal-Kinder Camp is over at 11:30 am. We have two options for pick-up. Car pick-up or Flag pole. For car pick up, we ask that caregivers remain in their vehicles and use the lower lot. Students will be standing at the top of the long driveway and staff will assist them to their vehicle. If you'd rather park, please use the lower lot. Your students will exit through the doors by the Little Library and can be met there, near the flag pole and the cherry blossom trees. Please send a note with your child or let the office know if you will be Flag Pole or Car Pick-up.

  • What to send with your Kinder: Water bottle, snack (if you believe your kiddo will get hungry during their time here), a change of clothes (in the event of an accident), and a note indicating Flag Pole or Car Pick Up.

On the first day, caregivers will be permitted to walk their kinder to the Pod doors to ease in the transition. After that, our kinders will walk on their own to their Pod.

The office will be open during Kinder Camp. If you have any questions or need to pick up your child, please call (503) 356-2100 or visit the office. If your kinder will miss a day of Camp due to illness, or any other reason, please let the office know.

Again, we can't wait to meet our newest Dragons and are looking forward to the time we will get to spend with them next week.

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


Findley Elementary

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Kindergarten #4 - All by myself

Regular School year Information-REPEAT ITEMS

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Important Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, August 15-Thursday, August 18: Kinder Camp, 9:00-11:30am (see below)
  • Tuesday, September 6-7: Kinder Family Connect Appointments - Sign ups coming week of August 29
  • Thursday, September 8: First Day of School for 1/2 of Kinder Students*
  • Friday, September 9: First Day of School for 1/2 of Kinder Students
  • *Families will be notified of which day your child will attend by Friday, August 26

  • Monday, September 12: First Day of School for All Kinder Students

Kindergarten Family Input Form

We are looking for input from those who know our incoming kinders best. To assist us in getting to know your child better, please take a moment to fill out our Kindergarten Input Form.

Note: This is the same form sent in the spring. You may have already sent input.

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School Supplies for 2022-23

Click here to view the school supply list by grade level for the 2022-23 school year.

School Meals for 2022-23

Next school year, breakfast and lunch will no longer be free for all students. USDA meal waivers that have permitted all students to eat for free the last two years are set to expire June 30, 2022.

Families can apply for meal benefits for school year 2022-2023 beginning July 1 online at: School Cafe allows you to make payments to your student's lunch account, apply for free/reduced lunch meal benefits, view monthly lunch menus and receive low balance alerts.

Visit the BSD Meal Benefits page to view more information on meal benefits, pricing and charging procedures.

Another way to prepare students for lunch in the cafeteria, is to have them learn their pin number. The pin number is the same as your child's student ID number which you can access via ParentVue following registration. You can also view sample menus for both breakfast and lunch here.

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School Nursing and Student Health

Information about student health, including information on medications at school.

Screen Time Guidelines and Common Sense Media

It is virtually impossible to eliminate screen time in today's world. Even at school, students are more likely to engage in education-based screen time activities than even a few years ago. However, research suggests too much screen time can have an adverse effect not only a child's academic success, but also their social and emotional development. Recent studies also found a link between screen time and kids' fundamental school-readiness skills, making kids less ready for kindergarten.

Although the link below shares the 10 iPad Apps to get ready for kindergarten, it is important for parents to proceed with caution. According the the American Association of Pediatrics, children ages 2-5 should limit screen time to 1 hour per day. The American Academy of Pediatrics also provides recommendations for children's media use and a few recommendations are listed below.

Among the AAP recommendations:

  • For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they're seeing.
  • For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
  • For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
  • Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
  • Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.

Common Sense Media serves as another valuable resource and guide to assist parents and educators in navigating the ever-changing digital world in which we live. The resources range from entertainment ratings (TV, movies, books, video games, etc), guidelines by age, digital citizenship and safety, and much more.

Oregon's Early Learning & Kindergarten Guidelines

Click here to access the Oregon Department of Education