Elmonica Newsletter - Boletín

December 4, 2020

Supporting Your Child During Distance Learning

As a father of two young children, one of which is navigating school and distance learning, I understand the stress and challenges that we face as parents trying to support our young learners with their education. Screens on all day, multiple students/family members working in close quarters, zoombombing from siblings, mixed with all the other stressors during this time it seems all too much, and it can be.

Here are some 5-10 minute strategies that can help you connect with your child's distance learning, promoting their engagement, and supporting their classroom teacher.

1) Reading w/ Your Child - a story or two (5-10 minutes) goes a long way, and it doesn't matter the child's age!

2) Review SeeSaw/Canvas Post - Spend a few minutes each day reviewing your child's online activity. Ask them to share something they learned, are curious about, are proud of, etc. Asking your child these types of questions won't allow them to elude the conversation with a simple, 'yes', 'no', or 'fine'.

3) Check/Create a Plan Together - A quick check-in with your child/ren to review the next day, current assignment progress, or upcoming events will help keep you in the loop, your students engaged and thinking about their schooling,

4) Encourage ZOOMing - making sure your student is online, in class, ready to go by 8:30. Feedback from teachers indicates that having students present, cameras on, in an area without distractions leads to greater participation and active engagement.

5) Don't Teach - Help Them Understand - We all want our children to be successful, so as parents, it's sometimes hard not to jump in and help with a tough problem, provide the answer to a question, or correct behavior. Remember, these are normal, typical situations your child would normally experience at school. If your child is struggling, take note, and help them understand/revisit the content during asynchronous portions of their day.

Greg Nelson - ELMN Student Manager


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Monday, December 7

Tuesday, December 8

11:00-12:00 School Lunch Pick-up

Wednesday, December 9

Library Book Bus (Drop off Late Library Books)

1:35 Schendel Avenue

2:10 Hurrell Lane & 174th Place

Thursday, December 10

11:00-12:00 School Lunch Pick-up

Friday, December 11

Spirit Day - Wear your Red & Blue

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2020 Annual Parent Notice

December 2020

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Our school reserves federal funds for Title 1 programs through the Federal ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act).

You have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher(s). If you request this information, the district or school will provide you with the following as soon as possible:

a) Whether or not the teacher has met state licensing requirements for the grade level and subject(s) in which the teacher is providing instruction;

b) Whether or not the state licensing requirements have been waived for the teacher on a temporary basis;

c) The type of college degree major of the teacher and the field of discipline for any graduate degree or certificate;

d) Whether or not your child is receiving Title 1 services from papa professionals and which qualifications the para professional(s) possess.

If you would like to request this information, please contact your child’s school

Thank you for your interest and involvement in your child’s education.

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Library Books @ Home ?

If you have Elmonica library books that need returning you will be able to drop them off on Wednesday at the Book Bus. Come to front of line if Returning Only.

When they are checked back in, any fees will be removed from your student's account.

Thank you for taking the time to search for those lost/late books.

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Device Fees / Tarifas del dispositivo

Most families have opted into paying the Beaverton School District’s Student Device Damage and Loss Protection program but have not yet paid the $20 fee. Please pay this fee as soon as possible, as we rely on this money to repair and replace student devices.

The fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share Form. If this applies to you, please complete this form.

The Online Payment system and information about using it can be found here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/business-services/online-payment-system

More information about the Damage and Loss Protection Program, including what it covers, can be found below as well as on the Student Device Resources page on the BSD website.

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ELMN Passport to Literacy!

Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity! The 'Elmonica Passport to Literacy' is still available for families to explore and experience.

To join in on the journey and expand your cultural literacy, please visit https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fJGXODCWDinDQlw2HD91FqedsDBNg8lz3eF5gtcf2ok/edit?usp=sharing

Every country slide has a link to the following:

  • Culturally Responsive Read Aloud read by ELMN Staff (Youtube)
  • Country Fun Facts and Other Information
  • Activity Village (Coloring Sheets, Art Projects, Word Searches, and MORE)

In addition to our Passport to Literacy slideshow, you can also access all the individual YouTube read alouds from Elmonica Elementary’s own YouTube channel!

Click and follow the link HERE ! Make sure you subscribe!

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Cold Weather Doesn’t Mean You Need to Stay Inside!

With the change of weather, it can be tempting to stay indoors. We know that our kids need to move every day and the extensive associated benefits of physical exercise. Here are some tips to help you build healthy (and fun!) habits into the remote school day:

  1. Start your day by taking a walk or a bike ride. Do you still travel to a different location for school? Then make that trip an active one! Too far to walk? Try parking halfway and walking the rest. Commit to walking or biking 2 days a week and start building those healthy habits.
  2. Take movement breaks in between classes or at lunchtime. A brisk walk around the block will get your heart pumping and re-energize you for the rest of your day.
  3. Need to pick up your library holds or free lunch? Bike over to your pickup location and reap the benefits of an active trip while checking off your to-do list.
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Marathon Kids 2020/2021- Beaverton School District - Elmonica Elementary

Beaverton School District is excited to announce its partnership with Marathon Kids; a running club that will be available to your student starting Monday, 11/16.

What is Marathon Kids?

  • An all-inclusive running club

  • Students track miles run to earn Marathons

  • Rewards are available for students when they hit different mile markers

Marathon Kids' mission is to get kids moving, one lap at a time, at the pace they choose. Walk, run, jog those laps until they have earned the goals they have set for themselves.

Why Marathon Kids?

We all know how much exercise and movement is important for not only our physical health but also our mental health. Research shows that incorporating consistent running/walking routines into students' lives helps them both physically and mentally. No matter the student's ability, they can run/walk/jog at their own pace and set their own mileage goals. This is the perfect activity for students and families to do safely and socially distanced from others, in the time frame that fits each family's schedule.

How will this work during CDL?

For now, students will earn active minutes in their PE classes. 20 minutes of heart-pumping activity = 1 mile. These miles will be recorded in the Marathon Kids database each week by Mr. Skagerberg and Mrs. DeGandi.

In the near future, students will have the opportunity to track their own miles at home with their families. Parents will then submit the miles completed on the Marathon Kids website. Miles will then be approved by Mrs. DeGandi.

Once we are ready for students to begin tracking miles at home, parents will receive an email to join the school's Marathon Kids Club. Be sure to click on the link in the email to get connected!

When does it start?

Your child’s next live PE class! Happy Running!

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Elmonica Theme

December Word of the Month is GRATITUDE!

The quality of being thankful, showing appreciation, and returning kindness to others!

12/1-12/4 - Writing a letter or drawing a picture of someone you care about!

12/7 - 12/11 - Present a person or item you are thankful and grateful for! Complete SEESAW/CANVAS Activity posted by Ms Ault!

12/14 -12/18 - Kindness Week - Do something kind for a family member!

Fridays are always Elmonica Spirit Days! Wear your Red and Blue!

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Seasonal Giving

This winter, the Communications & Community Involvement Department is collecting donations for grocery gift cards. With many churches and community groups canceling or scaling back their holiday food programs this year due to COVID-19, BSD families are in need. We'd like to provide 700 families — who've been identified by our school counselors — with gift cards to be used at local grocery stores. Are you able to help?

Please donate here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/student-services/community-resources

  1. Click on the Donate to the BSD Community Resource Fund button
  2. Select Beaverton School District as the School
  3. Select Beaverton Schools Community Resource Fund as the Item
  4. Write Season of Giving in the Memo
  5. Type in your desired amount - any amount will be accepted
  6. Click on Buy

Thank you for supporting the Beaverton families!

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Students New to School - Photos via Zoom

Hello Parents and/or Guardians .

If your student is new to Elmonica this year, and not a kindergartener we may not have a photo of them in our system.

We are hoping to use ZOOM to take the needed photo.

If you would like to "opt out" of this option please send your student's I.D. # via email to Angela_Mendel@beaverton.k12.or.us . Thank you.

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Behavior Health & Wellness Resources

Covid 19 Resource for Parents

Healthy Food

Wellness includes access to healthy food. If you or your family need any support in getting food, please reach out to allison_schrader@beaverton.k12.or.us and I will work with you to get you connected to food resources. If you do not have transportation to pick up food, please reach out and we will work with you. Here are some local resources below.

Food Resources

Beaverton School District Free meals for all children Find free food school bus stop locations and free food box pick up https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meals

Oregon Food Bank

Find free food pick up locations nearest you. Quick Links to Map Finder: https://foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org/

Rock Creek Church Food Pantry

Shares parking lot with Westview.


Every Tuesday 3pm-6pm

Shopping Pantry Waiting List: You can sign up to reserve your place in line starting at 2pm. From your computer, cell, or their kiosk.

Sunset Presbyterian Church Food Closet

14986 NW Cornell Rd Portland OR, 97229

  • Open during pantry hours: Wednesday 930-11:30am and 4-6pm
  • Limited home delivery, need care to share account

Care to Share Locations

  • Call to make an account: 503-591-9025
  • Limited home delivery and multiple pick up locations

Unity of Beaverton

12650 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005

Hours are Tues - Wed 10AM - 4PM


St. Juan Diego St. Vincent De Paul Pantry

5995 NW 178th Portland OR 97229

  • When the family arrives, they are asked the number of people in the household and are given a list of items. They have gluten-free and dairy-free options - may want to call in advance to see what is in stock.
  • COVID hours: Mondays (4-530pm) Thursday (10-1130am) and Friday (11am-1230pm)

Do not hesitate to reach out for more resources to allison_schrader@beaverton.k12.or.us

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Add your pictures to our photo album for sharing!

Elmonica Shared Photo Album 2020-2021

Share your Elmonica child's photos with teachers, staff and others in our community! We will happily share our students photos on Elmonica's Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

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Technology Help and Support

Student Help Deck

Hours 8:30-3:30 M-F



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Family Toolkit

The Beaverton School District has launched a library of resources and on-demand videos to support families during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). You can find short webinars about Canvas, SeeSaw, Dreambox and much more.

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Elmonica Engineers

The mission of Elmonica Elementary is that together we promote high standards by:

· Practicing critical thinking skills through inquiry.

· Acquiring in-depth knowledge of globally significant ideas.

· Appreciating the unique qualities of each person, creating empathy, compassion, and international-mindedness.

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