March- Scholls Heights Knights
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Recently, the district published an update to the Hybrid/CDL Model. Families who chose Hybrid will be coming to Scholls Heights in the morning for instruction in reading, writing, math and some health. Hybrid students will be doing their asynchronous (mostly online independent) work in the afternoon. They will also have some days of synchronous (live on Zoom) Music and PE in the afternoon.
Families who chose CDL will have their asynchronous (mostly online independent) work in the morning. They will also have some days of synchronous (live on Zoom) Music and PE in the morning. They will have their synchronous (live on Zoom) teacher instruction in the afternoon.
The district made this decision because the survey results indicated about 50% of families chose Hybrid and about 50% of families chose CDL. This option also allows for the majority of elementary students in the district to keep their same teacher.
We understand this new information my cause you to want to change your decision. If you would like to change from Hybrid to CDL, please contact the office as that can be easily arranged.
Due to space restrictions and safety precautions, if you would like to change from CDL to Hybrid, you need to contact the principal at email@example.com. We will add you to a wait list. We will ty to accommodate as many Hybrid students as safely possible. We will notify requesting families if they are able to change from CDL to Hybrid on March 12. (If there is not enough space, the student would remain on the wait list with the hope that a space will open up.)
The district also announced that we will not be offering CDL in the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in a full time online program for your child, you will need to register for the FLEX Online program.
I have included the district communication in this newsletter.
We are looking forward to continuing to serve your student whether they have chosen Hybrid or CDL. We will have more detailed information for you in the coming weeks.
K-2 Hybrid begins April 5.
3-5 Hybrid begins April 12.
Tracy Bariao (Principal)
Erika Heslin (Assistant Principal)
One of our 2nd grade teachers shares about teaching diversity in the classroom.
Tactile Tubs for Kids
SAVE THE DATE - Picture day is coming!
Scholls Heights picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9th, from 2:30-6:00 PM.
Picture day will look different this year. Please bring your child to the undercover area at their appointment time. Need an appointment? Click on the link to schedule: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4bafa828a5fac61-scholls
You can also preorder a picture package online.
Participating in picture day is optional. However, PTO is hoping to use 5th grade photos for a 5th grade yearbook.
Sign up today!
Attention 5th Grade Parents, we need pictures!
The 5th Grade Send-Off Committee is collecting photos for our 5th grade yearbook and we need your help gathering photos.
We will be using headshots from Picture Day in our 5th Grade Yearbook. Time slots are still available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4bafa828a5fac61-scholls.
There is no purchase necessary. The school will have access to photos for all students who participate. If you are not attending picture day please send a headshot as directed below.
For all 5th grade students please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 19th with the following information and photos:
- Name of your student
- If not attending picture day - 5th grade headshot (name photo: first name, last initial, 5 ex: EmilyR5)
- Kindergarten headshot (name photo: first name, last initial, K, ex: EmilyRK)
- Optional: Up to 5 group or class photos from activities at Scholls Heights, can be from any grade (name photos with event and grade ex: FunRun3)
Please send photos as in JPEG format. Image resolution of 300 DPI is preferred.
From the District IT Department
Incoming Kindergarten Information
If you know an incoming kindergarten family, please encourage them to register. https://schollsheights.beaverton.k12.or.us/
Here are some helpful resources:
Registration Video: https://youtu.be/CnBcOUyV0ic
The importance of playful inquiry: https://www.smore.com/f03rq
What is essential play video (1 hour): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay9DYe7lw4g&feature=youtu.be
The Kindergarten Teachers will be hosting a Kindergarten Orientation on May 20 at 4:00. More specific information about the format will be coming closer to the event date.
Safe Routes to School
With the start of Hybrid learning in April we wanted to share with you our new Safe Routes to School web page on the PTO web site,
www.shpto.org/safe-routes-to-school. On this page you can view our school's specific resources from Beaverton's Safe Routes to School Program including our walking map. You can also view our parking lot procedures map. Drop off and pick up are busy times as school and knowing how to safely navigate through the parking lot ensures a safe trip for all our students.
Online Spring Break Events for Kids
Beaverton City Library’s Spring Break is all online for 2021! Join us to make your own sundial, learn “whose scat is that?” find a dark corner to enjoy “Scary Stories to Read in the Dark,” and so much more! For a full list of activities and to register visit: https://www.beavertonlibrary.org/268/Spring-Break
Parent Information Series with the Cedar Mill Library
Our friends at Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries have put together a fabulous line up of topics and expert speakers for their 2021 Parent Information Series including “Supporting Dual Language Learners “ and “Talking with Your Children About Race and Racism” as well as “Positive Parenting to Create a Happy Home.” All events are online and free. To see the full line up and to register visit https://library.cedarmill.org/kids/parents/parent-information-series/
Beaverton City Library’s Current Services
BCL Grab & Go is now available at the main library. This service includes limited browsing of the collections (both floors), holds pickup (with staff assistance), returns, quick help with questions and reading suggestions, library cards, self-checkout machines, copiers, and lobby restrooms. More information and video: www.BeavertonLibrary.org/BCLGrabGo. While BCL Grab & Go is not currently available at the Murray Scholls branch, BCL To Go holds pickup by drop-in and by appointment remain available at both library locations. At the main library, the service hours for BCL Grab & Go, BCL To Go, and Computer Lab are Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday - Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (closed Thursday). These are also the hours for Ask the Library phone service. At the Murray Scholls branch, BCL To Go is in service Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 1-6 p.m. (closed Monday, Thursday, and Sunday). The library continues to provide many services you can access at home - virtual events and recorded videos for all ages, eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming video, language learning, and more - all for free. Learn about all the services being offered by the library at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/BCLNow.
Have questions? Need anything from the library? Let us know, we are here to help!
Coffee and Culture Chat- April 5
Scholls Heights is an incredibly rich and diverse community with established families as well as families joining us from all over the country and around the world. We know we are stronger together but being together right now is the challenge.
We would like to offer an opportunity for families to network, share experiences and get to know each other. Over the past ten months we have learned how to come together virtually in meaningful ways to support each other until it is safe to come together in person.
Please join us on Zoom for our monthly Coffee and Culture Chat hosted by our English Language Development Teachers on the first Monday morning each month from 8:00-8:30. Don't miss our next meeting on April 5!
Meeting Dates (8:00-8:30)
Zoom (Link here.)
Meeting ID: 864 6155 5156
FUN RUN - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
If you have not already, please pick up your child's t-shirt and packet from the office between 8-3:30.
The annual Scholls Heights Fun Run will be held the week of March 15th!
As with most of our favorite school activities, this year's Fun Run will look a little different. You will complete your laps at your own pace and wherever your shoes may take you.
Funds raised from this event benefit students in many ways!
Books on the Go and Book Bus
It has been great seeing students at “Books on the Go” and at the book bus stops! Here are a few updates and important information regarding our school library and the public library.
“Books on the Go” happens every Wednesday, including synchronous learning days, from 10:30-12:00 under the covered play area. The Book Bus will make its final run on March 17 between 1:30-3:30 within our school attendance boundary. Please see the link below to learn how to place books on hold in our library system.
The Beaverton City Library is now open for browsing. Patrons are allowed to come inside and browse for books, pick up holds, return books, and get help with questions. The Washington County Library has done away with all overdue fines. They have erased, when possible, all previous overdue fines and will no longer be charging overdue fees. Many of our students received their Youth Access Card last year. For our new students, your YA card will be arriving next week. For a reminder or what your card can do, see the link below.
How to place a hold:
How to use Sora:
Services being offered at the Beaverton Library:
How to use your Youth Access Card (YAC) at the public library:
The Book Bus makes four stops within Scholls Heights boundaries every Wednesday afternoon through March 17. The four stops are:
1) SW Sabrina Ave @ SW Apple Grove Tr (Sabrina facing south front of the park) @ 1:34 P.M.
2) SW River Terrace Blvd @ Emilia Park @ 2:07 P.M.
3) SW Roshak Rd North of SW Snapdragon Ln @ 2:34 P.M.
4) SW Fern St between SW Catalina Dr and 148th @ 3:10 P.M.
8th Grade Action Project
Hi! My name is Bella Paris and I go to Rachel Carson EMS where we do 8th grade action projects. For my action project I want to reduce the amount of Puppy Mills. I want to do this by getting 3 laws passed that are in the petition. Puppy Mills are a huge problem and I will not be able to do this without your help. Please consider signing my petition.
Nutrition Services revised the attached FOOD RESOURCE FLYER (food available at BSD sites) below. You may also refer to the extensive food resource list on their website, https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/student-services/community-resources as well as to OFB's site, https://foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org/
Check out the updated Facebook posts weekly (Tues/Wed) about food boxes: https://www.facebook.com/BeavertonSchoolDistrict
Nutrition Services also provides meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays at select locations: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meals
District Hybrid/CDL Spring Information
February 26, 2021
Dear BSD Elementary Families,
Thank you for completing the survey indicating your student’s choice between Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and In-Person Hybrid Instruction. We’ve analyzed the results, and those results have presented us with an opportunity to modify the model in such a way as to provide the vast majority of families with what they truly wanted — the ability to remain with their existing teachers. Please allow us to explain.
While there was some variation by school, the elementary survey results were roughly split down the middle: 50% of students opting for CDL and 50% of students opting for Hybrid. Here’s what that allows us to do:
- All students who opted for Hybrid will come to school for a morning session. During that time, students will receive live in-person instruction from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects. In the afternoon session, those students will be learning online at home asynchronously. They’ll be working independently on social studies, science and some other health lessons. Students may use Dreambox, our self-directed math program. They’ll also have music and P.E., either with live or recorded lessons. Students will attend school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Wednesdays will be devoted to asynchronous learning online, much like it is right now in CDL.
- All students who opted for CDL will be learning online at home asynchronously in the morning. They’ll be working independently on social studies, science and some health lessons. Students may use Dreambox, our self-directed math program. They’ll also have music and P.E., either with live or recorded lessons. In the afternoon session, those students will receive live in-person instruction online from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects. Students will have live online instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Wednesdays will be devoted to asynchronous learning online, much like it is right now in CDL.
- The model for Grades 6-8 at our K-8 schools (Aloha-Huber Park, Raleigh Hills and Springville) is not impacted by this plan.
Again, the vast majority of students will not need to change teachers. However, there will be a few instances where — because of student numbers and the required 35 square feet of space per student — this will not be the case. We’ve done our very best to accommodate the largest number of families.
In addition, the District has been working with our local child care providers. The following vendors have been given permission to operate in our schools once students return for Hybrid. It’s important to note that we do not run these programs. The providers still need to ensure that they have the proper staffing levels and the ability to adhere to enhanced health and safety protocols. To check on availability, you’ll need to contact the provider directly. We’ve provided contact information on our Return to In-Person Instruction webpage under the Child Care tab.
- Bethany Child Care - Bethany, Jacob Wismer, Springville (maybe), Sato
- Champions - Cooper Mountain
- Club K – Oak Hills (maybe), Scholls Heights (maybe), Vose
- Mari’s Little Lambs - Sexton Mountain
- REACH - Ridgewood
- Student Stop – Bonny Slope, Cedar Mill (maybe)
- Vermont Hills - Montclair
(A few of the programs are marked as “maybe.” We’re still evaluating space implications at these schools.)
If this new information or the information that we announced last week regarding the start of Hybrid at our middle, high and option schools has caused you to change your mind, here are your options:
- If you previously chose Hybrid but would like to switch to CDL, you can do that. Contact your school office to request the move.
- If you previously chose CDL but would like to switch to Hybrid, you may be able to do that. You’ll need to contact your school principal to see whether the class counts and space availability will allow for the change. If not, your student will be put on a waiting list.
If the last year has taught us anything, it’s the value of remaining flexible. We continue to work each day to find the best path forward for our students and staff. Thank you for your continued patience and support.
District Communication About Next Year
February 26, 2021
Dear BSD Community,
We’ve recently shared our intention to offer In-Person Hybrid Instruction at all grade levels. We’re tentatively scheduled for the following start dates:
- PreK - 2nd grade students: April 5
- 3rd - 5th grade students: April 12
- 6th - 8th grade students at K-8 schools: April 19
- All middle/high/option school students: April 19
Please make sure your student’s emergency contact information is up-to-date in ParentVue.
We’ve also been fielding questions about the district’s plans for next school year. Of course, all plans are subject to health metrics and guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority. However, here’s what we can share at this time:
- For the 2021-22 school year, the District will NOT be offering Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) in the same format as we have done this year. All families who wish to remain fully online should enroll their students in the district’s FLEX Online School. FLEX is taught by BSD teachers using online learning systems — Florida Virtual at the elementary level and Apex Learning at the secondary level. FLEX will be accepting students for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Visit FLEX’s webpage for more on the enrollment process. Also, our Special Education and Multilingual Departments are currently working on a plan to provide specialized instruction and dual-language instruction via the FLEX platform.
- If current state-mandated health and safety protocols remain unchanged, all BSD schools will begin the school year in a Hybrid model. After evaluating the success of this school year’s various Hybrid models, the administration will make a determination as to which Hybrid model(s) will be implemented for the coming school year.
- If current state-mandated health and safety protocols are changed, BSD schools may be able to open in a “normal” model. We’ll be paying close attention to rules around cohorting and required social distancing.
As we receive new information regarding next year, we’ll be sure to share it with you. Stay tuned!
2020-21 30-Day Notice for Statewide Tests
Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form 30 days before the start of statewide testing.
This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE plans to ask the United States Department of Education for a temporary pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. A pause is also being requested for science testing, but science testing is not subject to this opt-out rule.
If this waiver request is approved, then statewide ELA and Math testing will not happen this year, and there will be no need for parents to submit opt-out forms to their child’s school.
If the waiver request is not approved, test windows will open March 4, 2021.
ODE will update the district regularly with news about the waiver.