January Scholls Heights Knights

Parent/Guardian Newsletter

Winter Vacation

We hope everyone had a wonderful winter vacation and was able to spend quality time with family and friends. I would like to share some of the photos I took before winter break. I will also be more mindful to post photos on our FaceBook Page.


https://www.facebook.com/schollsheightselementary/

Safety

Safety is always a priority.


Each month we practice Fire Drills. We also practice earthquake drills, Lock Down, and Lock Out Drills. For more information on our drills, please visit the district website at https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/district/departments/public-safety


Volunteer and Visitor Sign-in

As part of our security upgrades, the district is in the process of installing a buzzer and camera outside the office entrance door. Once it is up and running, anyone without a district badge and building key will need to push the buzzer. The office staff will be alerted and able to see and speak to the volunteer/visitor through the system. The office will then buzz you in.


As always, volunteers are welcomed and encouraged. Please make sure to have completed your background check and sign in at the main office. Per district guidelines, volunteers should not bring younger siblings and babies to school when they are scheduled to volunteer. It is a safety issue. It is distracting in the classroom and other areas and causes disruption when there are additional children in a classroom or other learning spaces. If you have a young child, please work with your child's teacher to see if there is anything you could help with at home.


Lunch/Recess

After consulting with district officials and due to safety, supervision and risk concerns, only BSD staff are allowed on the playground during school hours. This is consistent practice among Beaverton elementary schools.

Visitors are welcome to join their child at lunch and will sign in at the main office but no longer be allowed to attend recess.


Thank you for your understanding as we strive to keep all students and staff safe!

Standards Based Grading

Teacher grading day Monday, January 28.

Report Cards will go home on Monday, February 4.


Report Card Explanation

The Beaverton Report Card has been developed to share information with parents, families, and students regarding the “end of year” expectations and targets in the academic areas of Reading, Speaking/Listening, Writing, Language, Mathematics, Music, and Physical Education.


Science, Health, Social Studies, and Visual Arts are based on the targets that were taught during that semester. They are not based on end-of-the-year targets.


When thinking about proficiency grading, imagine a student hiking to the

top of a mountain that represents an end of year target. At the mid-way

point through the school year, teachers will be sharing information with you about the distance they have travelled toward the mountaintop (or the target), as well as the rate at which they are progressing.


Academic Key

The academic mark reflects proficiency in the areas of Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking/Listening, Math, Music, and PE in relationship to the end of the year target. Consider this number the proximity to or distance from the end-of-the-year target.


4 → Highly Proficient - In addition to being proficient, working consistently at an in-depth and complex level within, or beyond, the end grade level expectations for the current grade level

3 → Proficient - Meeting end of the year expectations for the current grade level

2 → Nearly Proficient - Nearly meeting end of grade level expectations for the current

grade level

1 → Working Toward/Developing Proficiency - Far from meeting end of grade level expectations for the current grade level. Please pay particular attention the Semester Progress Indicators as well as any teacher comments.


Semester Progress Indicators

The Semester Progress Indicator reflects the rate of progress at which a student is traveling toward the target. These measures are noted as symbols on the Report Card.


+ → Significant Progress - Making significant progress toward the end of the year target.

= → Steady Progress - Making steady progress that would lead to proficiency by the end of

the year.

- → Minimal Progress - Not making adequate progress.


Behavior Key

Behavior marks reflect your child’s performance for this term, not end of the year expectations.

C → Consistently

G → Generally

R → Rarely/Sometimes (Needs Improvement)

Budget Activity on Jan. 15th at Aloha High School from 6:30-8PM

I would like to invite you to join me, along with administrators from Cooper Mountain Elementary, Errol Hassell, Sexton Mountain, Mountain View Middle School, and Aloha High School to participate in a Budget Activity. During this activity we will work in groups to look at current spending and make recommendations to the district for budget cuts for the 2019-2020 school year.

Early Release Collaboration

This week, classroom teachers met and collaborated around reading and writing instruction. They shared best practices and explored other ideas to implement in their classroom.


Our Specialists and Instructional Assistants met to discuss best practices and support for student behavior.


Our ISC teams met to discuss routines, structure, learning styles and data collection.


All staff were able to learn new things to benefit students!

Parking Lot

Thank you for following our "right turn only" out of the parking lot during arrival and dismissal. This has allowed for less congestion within our parking lot and on Loon Drive. More importantly, it has allowed for a safer crossing in our crosswalk. We appreciate your help!

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Research shows the importance of teaching students social emotional skills. Below is some information from CASEL (2017) that can give you some background information on what we are working on at Scholls Heights and around the district. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.
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Mark Your Calendar

Passport Check (Grades 2-5)- Jan. 15

No School Jan. 21 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

PTO Family Dance- Jan. 25

Grading Day Jan. 28- No school for students

Report Cards-Feb. 4

PTO Meeting- Feb. 4

PTO International Fair- Feb. 8th at 6:00

Kindness Week- Feb. 11-15 (We do practice kindness all year).

Friendship Parties- Feb. 14

Book Character Day- March 1

Open House/Science Fair-March 7

Message from Beaverton Library

All our unofficial practice battle questions are online here: BeavertonLibrary.org/OBOB

In January we are excited to host some fun and free activates for kids! Here are just a few:


Main:

· Rose City Rollers Visit the Library

· Snowflake Slime

· Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Party

· Tết Celebration

· Beginning Readers Storytime


Murray Scholls:

· Fantastic foil masterpieces

· All about unicorns

· Art for all


This Month’s Most Requested Kid’s Books:

1. Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild #6 by Dav Pilkey

2. Keeper of the Lost Cities #7 Flashback by Shannon Messenger

3. Wings of Fire #12: The Hive Queen by Tui Sutherland

This Month’s Most Requested Kid’s Movies:

1. Incredibles 2 (2018)

2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)

3. The House with a Clock in its Walls (2018)

Inclement Weather Information

As we near winter, it is important to be aware of the district's inclement weather plan. Here is the link to our district information on Inclement Weather.

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/pubsafety/Documents/Inclement_Weather_2018-19_Parents.pdf


Please make sure that the office has the correct information on file for your child. It is always a good idea to have several emergency contacts in the system in case you are not able to pick your child up on an early closure date. Some people make plans with their neighbors or child's friend's parent to pick up in emergency situations.

Thank you for Turning the Key and Being Idle Free!

Beaverton Schools are Idle-Free Zones. If you are waiting in the car line please turn off your engine while you wait. Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution and emit air toxins. Children whose lungs are still developing are at high risk for developing adverse health effects from these pollutants. Turning off your engine will also save money, idling for just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine! Please click here to watch a great video created by BSD and featuring students talking about the impacts of idling!

Student Poster Contest

Entries Due February 1, 2019


Calling all Artists! Beaverton's Safe Routes to School is hosting a student poster contest. Students are asked to create a poster that answers: "Walking or biking to school makes me feel....." Entries are due February 1st. Please see their Web site for complete details, www.beavertonsaferoutes.org/uploads/1/1/0/3/110380801/poster_contest.pdf. Please also send a copy of your child's poster to greenteam@shpto.org or deliver a copy to Mrs. Pete so we can display their poster at school!