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December 18, 2020

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Boletin 12 18 2020
Elmonica Newsletter December 18, 2020
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Dear Families,

Good-Bye 2020

This year has been like no other. I am looking forward to the end of 2020 and have hope 2021 will have us returning to something resembling normal well before the end of the year. Although 2020 brought us all some unprecedented challenges, there have been some amazing success stories of resilience in our community, too.

I am very proud of our staff who have gone above and beyond to reach out to our families on days, nights, and weekends in need of technical support, school supplies, and other necessities. We have amazing teachers and staff at Elmonica who care very deeply about our entire community. If you have a chance, send a quick email to share your gratitude with an Elmonica staff member who went above and beyond for your family.

Play it Safe during Winter Break

Next week is winter break! I hope you are looking forward to some extra family time and are planning safe holiday celebrations. I don't know about you, but I am certainly looking forward to a few days away from the screen for me and my own children.

Recently, I received an email from Kaiser Permanente's infectious disease experts and clinicians with suggestions and resources for staying home for the holidays. They believe the best way to protect those you love is to recommend no traveling and discouraging gathering with others outside of your household.

In the last month, we have heard about many families in our community who have been impacted directly by Covid-19. Kaiser Permanente also has Updated COVID-19 exposure guidelines if you or someone in your household becomes infected. They encourage you to stay home and at least 6 feet away from everyone — including the people you live with and guidance on how to recover or care for someone with Covid-19 at home.

I am the party planner in my family and coordinating a Zoom event for our extended family this holiday season. This year I am preparing packets with different activities and materials needed for different games we can do together over Zoom. Since our ages range from infant to octogenarians, we will have a variety of games including crossword puzzles, word finds, online music and movie trivia, drawing on your head, tearing shapes out of paper behind the back, and a white elephant gift exchange for teens and adults. This weekend my kids and I will prepare the packets and supplies to deliver to our families' porches. I think it is going to be a great time! Even if all the games don't work out, or if the little ones thwart our plans, we still enjoy spending some time together as a family over Zoom.

I hope you all stay healthy and have a safe and delightful winter break.


Kalay McNamee, Principal


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ELMN Virtual Assembly - DECEMBER

December's Virtual Assembly is HERE! Click the link below to watch at your family's convenience!


Welcome Back Elmonica Engineers! Mr. Nelson bringing to you our Elmonica Virtual Assembly for the month of December.

This super stuffed Winter Break Holiday Edition has tons of content!

Highlighted this month includes Mr. S Teaching Math, a wicked cool rhythm activity, a vintage clip of PUMPSALOT, an epic video about GRATITUDE, a read-aloud by ELMN's very own, Mr. Brown, and MUCH MUCH MORE!

Remember to hit that subscribe button to keep up to date on EVERYTHING Elmonica!

Let's Roll Out Engineers!!

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Monday, January 4

School resumes

Tuesday, January 5

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

Wednesday, January 6

Library Book Bus

*Return library books or unused school technology

1:35 Schendel Avenue

2:10 Hurrell Lane & 174th Place

Thursday, January 7

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

Friday, January 8

Spirit Day - Wear your Red & Blue

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We need your help. Please return books and devices.

The Beaverton School District has more than 10,600 library books that are overdue or lost. In addition, we have more than 2,200 textbooks and devices (those that are not currently being used for Comprehensive Distance Learning) that also need to be returned. Some of these items are likely under your student’s bed or sitting in a backpack.

We desperately need to recover these items or the associated fines for the lost items. Only then can schools begin to replace books and devices for future use.

Please search for overdue and lost items: library books, textbooks from last school year, and school-issued devices (iPads, Chromebooks) that your student isn’t currently using. Search your in-box, too, for any emails from (no-reply@intouchreceipting.com) or (do-not-reply@nwresd.k12.or.us), which will indicate that your student has a missing item.

Then return that item to any BSD school. You have several options: (Please arrive in a mask.)

  • Return items to your school during regular school hours.

  • Return items to any Library Book Bus stop. See schedule and map for days and times.

  • Pay lost fine through the district’s Online Payment System.

If you’ve already returned materials or items that were left in classrooms last spring, please contact your school library staff via email to let them know. Library materials are quarantined for up to one week before being checked in, so it will take time for fines to be resolved in InTouch accounts.

Thank you for helping us get resources back to our schools so that they can be re-distributed to those students who need them.

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New Students & Kindergartners to Elmonica to be issued WCCLS Cards !

New students and kindergartners at Elmonica Elementary will be receiving a WCCLS library card called a Youth Access Card (YAC).

Students should be receiving their cards sometime between Jan. 11-18. Students will be able to use their new card to access a wealth of resources at the library and online.

We know that parents or students may have questions about using these new cards.

Please see the YAC info flyer below with contact information.

Here are two videos that also might help:

YAC-Man, best for Younger Elementary School students

YAC Intro video, best for Older Elementary School students

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Passport to Literacy

Books read aloud from around the world!

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 click the button above!

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 aloud from Elmonica Elementary’s own YouTube channel!

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

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Elmonica Theme

January Word of the Month is BALANCED!

1/4 - 1/8 - Set/Share Your 2021 New Years Resolution! Take a picture, respond in SeeSaw/Canvas, draw a picture, telling us about your resolution or goals for 2021!

1/11 - 1/15 - TBD

1/18 - 1/22 - TBD

1/25 - 1/29 - TBD

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

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When Your Smoke Alarm Chirps - Do THIS, Not That
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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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