CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ September 3, 2021
School Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:05 p.m. Doors open at 8:15 a.m.
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE by MONICA ARBOW
Dear Nancy Ryles Families,
It was wonderful to see so many students and families at the Meet Your Teacher event this morning. It’s such a celebration to be able to open our doors to students for full-day, in-person learning! Thank you to those who were able to attend today. For those that weren’t, we can’t wait to welcome grades 1-5 next Wednesday and kindergarten soon after that.
We have some staff news to announce that went into effect this week. The District made some adjustments to school staffing that resulted in some schools adding a teacher and other schools being reduced by one teacher, depending on each school’s actual enrollment as compared to their projected enrollment. In the spring, Nancy Ryles was projected to be at 567 students for this fall. Our actual enrollment as of August 27, when staff adjustments were made, was 508 students. This discrepancy resulted in the reduction of one teacher at Nancy Ryles, which happened this week. The grade level that was impacted was third grade. We went from four classes to three classes at this grade level and had to say goodbye to Heather Shaw, who was transferred to Errol Hassell. You can imagine how difficult this was for our staff to make this adjustment this week, especially for Mrs. Shaw. We wish her nothing but the best in her new adventure.
There is a lot of information in this week’s Croc Talk that is specific to arrival, dismissal, lunch, and recess. New guidance was shared this week regarding lunch, PE, and recess, which required us to make some last minute changes. It is required that PE be outside for the first six weeks of school. Music will not be allowed to sing or play any wind instruments while inside for the first six weeks of school. And finally, lunch went from 3-feet social distancing to 6-feet social distancing for at least the first six weeks of school. You will see more detailed information below regarding each of these topics.
I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and we look forward to welcoming your student(s) back to school next week!
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TRAFFIC PATTERN
School doors open at 8:15 a.m. and students will go straight to their class at their designated entry location. Breakfast is served in the morning. If students are planning to eat breakfast, they will enter through the front door and go to the cafeteria.
Entry locations are listed below (along with a map):
Exterior Kindergarten Doors -- Davenport and Holland
Main entrance -- Poulos (kindergarten), 2nd grade and 4th grade
Far right door (when facing the building -- 1st grade, Scribner (4th grade) and Peterson (5th grade)
Door around back by playground (to the left when facing the building) -- 3rd grade and 5th grade
There will be supervision at all entries for safety & security.
Walkers/Parent Pickup (Portables)
Students will exit the building through their grade exit location (same as entrance). Parents may meet grade 1-5 students near the portables. Kinder parents can pick up at Kindergarten doors.
Parent Pickup (Car Line)
Students will exit through grade level locations and follow their route to their designated waiting area.
Students will be released to their parents when they arrive at the carpool lane.
Parents, please remain in your vehicle in the carpool lane.
Students will line up by bus number or daycare (socially distanced) under the covered play area.
Students will be called to load the bus as it arrives.
Supervision at each location to ensure social distancing, flow, and safety.
With PE being outside for the first 6-weeks of school, we will be using both the cafeteria and gym for lunch to help with distancing. Lunch will be "picnic style" and students will be sitting on individual yoga mats to eat. The mats will be sanitized regularly.
Students will sanitize their hands before and after lunch.
Students must maintain 6-feet distance to the extent possible and wear masks.
A designated mask break area will be located outside and supervised to ensure 6-feet distancing.
Areas of play that are available are the covered area, play structure, swings, kickball field, and the grassy area to the right of the field (if you are standing at the school looking towards the field.)
PE will be taking over the other half of the field (behind the portables), so students will only be able to use half of the track and walk in a u-formation back and forth if desired.
Students will sanitize their hands before and after recess.
KINDERGARTEN - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
September 8-9 -- Kindergarten Assessments by appointment only. Please arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time. Students will be escorted in the building. While students are completing their assessment, parents will have some paperwork to complete.
Friday, September 10 -- Kindergarten students whose last name begins with A-L will attend.
Monday, September 13 -- Kindergarten students whose last name begins with M-Z will attend.
Tuesday, September 14 -- All kindergarten students will attend.
IMPORTANT LIBRARY INFORMATION
Over the course of the 2020-2021 school year, the Nancy Ryles library staff had to think creatively about how to get books to kids. One of our ideas was to create book bundles: five books at grade-appropriate levels, bundled together, and then checked out. The book bundles were a big hit with our kindergarteners and first graders during our curbside library service! Book bundles provided our earliest readers with the number and variety of books they need to build a strong foundation in their reading skills. We've decided to carry over book bundles as a permanent function of the library for kindergarteners and first graders beginning Fall of 2021! To do that, we need to purchase more books written for early readers. Thank you for considering donating to our project!
NRCO NEWS & EVENTS
Immediate Volunteer Need
Are you a tax pro? Or do you work for a company offering tax services? The NRCO is searching for an accountant to support the NRCO's tax filings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help, or if you have any leads. Thank you!
NRCO Meeting - Tuesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m.
General volunteer, classroom liaison and art literacy volunteer orientations - TBD
Planning for Fall
While volunteering will look different this fall we anticipate there will still be a variety of ways that you can help out our school and district. Make sure you're ready to sign up by completing your application with the district.
Let's Be Social
NRCO - LET'S BE SOCIAL
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2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR IMPORTANT DATES
2021-2022 IMPORTANT DATES
Wednesday, September 8 - First Day of School (Grades 1-5)
Friday, September 10 -- Half of Kindergarten (Last name beginning A - L)
Monday, September 13 -- Other Half of Kindergarten (Last name beginning M - Z)
Tuesday, September 14 - All Kindergarteners Attend
Wednesday, September 15 -- Back to School Night via Zoom. More details to follow.
Tuesday, October 12 -- Picture Day
Parent/Teacher Conference Dates for 2021-2022
Wednesday, October 27 -- Parent Teacher Conferences (4:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
Thursday, October 28 -- Parent Teacher Conferences (8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
October 28-29 -- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Wednesday, April 20 -- Parent Teacher Conferences (4:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
Thursday, April 21 -- Parent Teacher Conferences (8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
April 21-22 -- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Click here for the 2021-2022 School Calendar.
You can also find the calendar on the Beaverton School District website.
Here is the school supply list for 2021-2022. It can also be found on the Nancy Ryles website.
FREE & REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS
Did you know that your meal benefits application provides more than just free meals for your student?
Your free and reduced meal application also means:
- Increased funding for schools to ensure students receive the support they need.
- Discounts on fees associated with applying for college
- Discounts on athletic participation fees
- Discounts on some testing fees
- Fee waiver for student device damage and loss protection program
So even though all students will receive free meals during the 2021-22 school year, you'll still want to fill out the application.
To apply, head to our website:
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS
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We encourage you to bookmark our website as we keep it up to date.