The Voice of Raleigh Park - October 30, 2020
Traducir TIGER TALES!
Did you know you can now translate Tiger Tales? From your computer, you may use the "Accessibility" function (on the right) to translate Tiger Tales into a variety of languages. From your phone, look for the silhouette icon in the lower right corner. For old eyes like mine, you can also change contrast settings and increase font size!
In This Issue:
- DAYLIGHT SAVINGS: NOVEMBER 1
- COMING SOON: Curriculum Nights
- Washington County Childcare Subsidy
- SAVE THE DATE: The Raleigh Park Book Fair is Coming!
- Curbside Library & Library Book Bus
- Student Attendance
- Family Zoom Guidelines
- Student Health & Wellness
- Student Devices & Technology
- Internet Activity Reports
- Meal Benefits & Food Distribution
- BSD News & Updates - Options School Applications, Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Reminder: Daylight Savings is coming November 1
Sunday, November 1 brings Daylight Savings and important tips for traveling safely this fall. With shorter days this time of year, all road users should be extra alert to see each other. Here are some suggestions to help everyone, especially our children, stay safe on the road:
- Wear bright reflective clothing when walking or rolling
- Don’t assume people driving will see you. Make eye contact before crossing in front of vehicles
- Be alert! Keep eyes and ears open, especially while crossing the street
- Cyclists should make sure to have lights and wear helmets – it is the law, and it helps people see you and keep you safe
- Driving or biking? Use extra caution and slow down in the dark and rain. Always be alert for people on foot or bike at intersections, crosswalks (marked and unmarked), bike lanes and in school zones. Do not text and drive – it’s against the law, carries steep fines and is unsafe for all road users
Coming Soon: Grade Level Curriculum Nights
Grade level curriculum nights are coming to Raleigh Park! All nights are from 6:00-7:00p, with dates as follows:
- Kindergarten - Teacher direction coming
- 1st Grade - Tuesday, 11/17
- 2nd Grade - Thursday, 11/12
- 3rd Grade - Monday, 11/16
- 4th Grade - Wednesday, 11/18
- 5th Grade - Thursday, 11/19
Stay tuned, with more details regarding your child's teacher.
Child Care Subsidy
Washington County has secured a grant through the federal CARES Act to provide child care subsidies to parents/guardians. The Beaverton School District will be distributing approximately $2.4 million to families who are eligible and apply for these funds.
The application window is now open to apply online for money to help cover some or all of your out-of-pocket child care expenses: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/child-care-subsidy
If you don’t have internet access, you can pick up a paper application at your school or the District Office (16550 SW Merlo Drive, Beaverton).
If you have questions, call 503-793-0408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need interpretation or translation assistance only, call our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.
The funds will be distributed until they are gone. It’s in your best interest to apply early.
Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement in reading and/or math. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, our evaluation process will look different this year. We will administer in-person TAG testing after January 11, 2021. Until then, teachers will collect evidence on how your student responds to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. This evaluation may include: file reviews, teacher and student observations, a collection of work samples, and/or individual or group assessments. This process may take some time, but every effort will be made to complete the evaluation in a timely manner. Parents will be notified of their school’s in-person testing dates in January.
If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available below:
- K-3 Parent Information FormPDF opens in a new windowPDF download
- 4-8 Parent Information FormPDF opens in a new windowPDF download
- K-8 Formato de Información de los PadresPDF opens in a new windowPDF download
Completing this form that gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion. Please complete and return the Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher.
Save the Dates: Book Fair is Coming!
The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the book fair will be exclusively online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for our kids. Features include:
- Raleigh Park’s own online store, with a large selection of titles, at the right price points
- A virtual book fair so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience
- Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and discover the comfort and joy of our book fair
- Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!)
Save these dates and view Raleigh Park's site:
- Fair Dates: November 9 – November 22 https://www.scholastic.com/bf/raleighparkbookfair
Please contact Mrs. Judy Lowe with any questions.
We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair!
Tiger's Curbside Library & The Book Bus!
Tiger’s Curbside Library is still up and running two times per week:
- Tuesdays - 10:30a - 12:30p
- Thursdays - 10:30a - 12:30p
This is also a great time to pick up meals, 11:00a-12:00p
AHOY! The library BOOK BUS sets sail each Thursday, and will continue to do so until further notice. The book bus will dock at four different stops:
- 1:45 - 2:10 - 11606 SW Center Street @ LynnMarie Apartments
- 2:15 - 2:45 - 3750 SW 108th @ Camellia Place
- 2:50 - 3:15 - Kennedy St. Park, just past 103rd
- 3:25 - 3:55 - SW White Pine Ln. @ SW Crestwood
Both the curbside library and book bus will have books for all readers. However, they may also request books in advance.
How do students request books?
- Browse the Raleigh Park Library collection and place a hold on books for your children. The only information you need is a 1) student ID number and 2) password. For more information on how to place holds, please view, Placing a Hold on a Book from Your Library.
- Email Mrs. Lowe, Raleigh Park Library Media Assistant (LMA) with a title or subject, Judy_Lowe@beaverton.k12.or.us
How do students know when to pick up their books?
- When a book is available for a student, we will email parents/guardians to let you know when the book will be ready for curbside or book bus pick up. Please email Judy_Lowe@beaverton.k12.or.us with additional questions.
- Email Mrs. Lowe, and she can share some thoughts and recommendations!
How do students return library books?
- Bring books back to Raleigh Park during the curbside or book bus hours and leave them in the labelled bin. Books will be in quarantine for 1 week, so there will be a delay in checking the books back in the library.
Unlike last spring, student attendance will count during Comprehensive Distance Learning. Please read the following guidance on how attendance will be tracked:
Teachers will take student attendance daily. Attendance may be counted in a variety of ways to accommodate families who may need to access instruction during different times of the day.
Attending a live teacher-led session
Watching a teacher-recorded video
Interacting with a teacher via email
Posting completed coursework online
Attendance is expected during specials, as it would be at any other point in the instructional day.
Parent/guardian notifications will be sent out at approximately 5:00p each day if students haven’t engaged in their school work and have been marked as absent.
If you believe your student was incorrectly marked "absent" for a day in which they engaged in learning (see aforementioned list), please contact the teacher directly.
PLEASE NOTE: attendance requirements set forth by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) are minimal, and don't match the expectations we have for all students to be engaged in their learning throughout the school day. While minimal requirements of attendance may reflect a student being "present", a partial/minimal day of instruction will undoubtedly impact the learning and engagement reflected in their report card.
Zoom Privacy Guidelines/Expectations
To maintain a positive, productive learning environment and ensure privacy of students and teachers during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), all parents/guardians/students are asked to follow these guidelines:
Please do not video/audio record, photograph, livestream or transmit in any fashion Zoom classroom sessions. This restriction includes social media posting.
Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating in Zoom classroom sessions should not be collected, discussed or shared.
Don’t post Zoom meeting information publicly and/or on any other social media accounts.
While we understand many adults are in proximity of the instruction and learning, please ensure the face of your child is the only one that is visible.
Thank you for helping us to keep student information safe and confidential!
Learn more about mental health and how to engage kids in important topics by accessing the resources at eachmindmatters.org. The organization has gathered quite a list of resources. Specifically related to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a Parental Resources Kit. It includes resources, by age group, to help you support your child’s social, emotional and mental well-being.
Welcome Ms. Schrader!
Hello Students & Families!
My name is Allison Schrader, and I am your new school social worker. I partner with Mrs. Howery (counselor), Mrs. Lee (student success coach), psychologist (Mr. Begansky), nurse (Ms. Harper) and Mr. Curl to support students and families.
I'm available to help you connect to resources (food, housing, Internet, mental health providers, etc.), identity barriers to school engagement, and together, develop strategies to support academic and social achievement.
I am here to support you and can be reached via email or phone. I look forward to meeting you!
Eat, Sleep, Move!
Healthy habits and routines are important to manage and improve both mental and physical wellness, even when students are participating in distance learning. Healthy eating, sleeping and exercise are linked with improvements in behavior, attention, mood, safety, school performance and attendance, and boosting immune systems. Here are a few tips.
- Try to make half the plate fruits and vegetables
- Limit sugary drinks. Did you know that in 12 ounces of soda, there are about 40 grams of sugar? That is 10 teaspoons of sugar in just one can!
- Focus on eating more fresh foods and less packaged foods.
- Occasional sweets are fine, but try not to make dessert a reward
- Let kids stop eating when they feel they’ve had enough
- BSD Community Resources webpage
- According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, to promote optimal health, children 3-5 years old should sleep 10-13 hours per 24 hours, children 6-12 years old should sleep 9-12 hours, teenagers 13-18 years old should sleep 8-10 hours
- Set bed and wake-up times at the same time every day
- Have a bedtime routine
- Remove electronics from the bedroom, keep it quiet, and at a comfortable temperature
- Avoid large meals and caffeine before bed time
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children and adolescents ages 6-17 do 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.
- Make moving together a regular part of your family life. Walk the dog, have a dance party, do fitness activities during commercials, clean the house or yard together, and take the stairs!
Tips For Vision Health During Distance Learning
Some helpful tips from BSD nurses regarding vision health during CDL:
- Encourage children to take frequent screen breaks. Follow the 20:20:20 rule, take 20 second breaks every 20 minutes to look away from the screen at a distance of at least 20 feet.
- Keep screens at least arms length distance away from eyes
- Discourage using screens in a dark room
- Consider printing assignments, if possible
- Turn off screens at least one hour before bedtime to support healthy sleep
- Children should have regular vision screenings
- Look for signs of vision issues
Signs of Vision Issues:
- Complaints of eye discomfort or fatigue
- Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
- Short attention span
- Frequent Headaches
- Covering one eye
- Holding reading materials close to the face
- Losing place when reading
- Seeing double
- An eye turning in or out
Information about vision screening:
- In a normal school year, a basic vision screening is completed each year for every elementary aged child in the Beaverton School District. It is unlikely vision screenings will be performed in the school setting for the 20-21 school year due to COVID-19
- The American Optometric Association recommends regular eye exams for all children
- Web Resources for accessing vision care: https://olshf.org/kex-kids-fund/ http://www.seetoread.net/ https://www.ohsu.edu/casey-eye-institute/community-programs-ohsu-casey-eye-institute
Please contact Raleigh Park school nurse, Julie Harper, if you need help accessing vision screening services.
Did you know?
The District will be providing Internet Activity Reports to parents. Parents are automatically signed up for parent reports that started this past weekend, inclusive of a partial browsing history for BSD students using Chromebooks and iPads.
Could your family qualify for free/reduced price meals? Fill out an application online (https://www.schoolcafe.com). Applications are available in Spanish. If you’re unable to access the application online, call 503-356-3957. PLEASE NOTE: Meal benefits are awarded on a year to year basis; all families who have qualified in the past must reapply. Also, please consider inquiring about your eligibility, as benefit requirements have changed. Free/reduced eligibility is always underreported, and we want all who qualify to receive benefits during these times of uncertainty.
Free Meals for ALL STUDENTS!
The Nutrition Services department has been hard at work developing a plan for providing meals during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). Due to waivers from the USDA, ANY CHILD (age 1-18) QUALIFIES FOR FREE MEALS, regardless of socioeconomic status...
Community Meal Sites:
- 4000 SW 117th (south of LynneMarie apartments), 11:00-11:20a
Kennedy Park (102nd/Kennedy), 11:30-11:50a
School Meal Sites:
- The following lists all participating school sites, inclusive of Raleigh Park. Meals are distributed each Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00a - 12:00p. Please know you can pick up meals at ANY SITE, regardless of your home school:
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Boxes
Thanks to a grant through the USDA, we're now able to offer more free food boxes on Wednesdays at three BSD locations:
- Aloha High School: 11:00a - 1:00p (or until boxes are all distributed)
- Beaverton High School: 12:00p - 1:00p
- Southridge High School: 12:00p - 1:00p
We anticipate that each 44-lb. box will contain fresh produce, dairy and meat. There are no requirements to pick up a box. The distribution is open to all.
District News, Information & Resources
2021-2022 FULL-TIME LEARNING OPTIONS LOTTERY & ADMISSION INFORMATION
Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or apply to a Learning Option Program. Transportation is provided.
Please do some online research on the Learning Options Programs and attend one or more of the virtual open houses.
Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available starting October 19:
Current BSD students may apply online using their student ID.
All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries.
Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school (i.e. homeschool or private school students) will need to complete a paper application available online or at any school office beginning October 19.
Applicants who don’t have internet access may complete a paper application.
Students may only select one option on their applications.
Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.
Raleigh Hills and Springville will only be accepting applications for 7th and 8th grades.
Applications must be received no later than December 11 at 4:00 p.m.Important dates, deadlines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Learning Options webpage.
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Looking for resources to help your student with distance learning? Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) can help.
Soon, all BSD students will have a Youth Access Card allowing them to access all services for free. Youth Access Cards allow students to check out five books or audiobooks at a time, plus access these services: https://www.beavertonlibrary.org/479/Youth-Access-Card
Library of Things: Beaverton City Library and Cedar Mill Community Libraries have Library of Things collections with STEM items to enhance learning, including math games, robotics, coding kits and Legos.
Book bundles: Check out Book Bundles at Beaverton City Library and Cedar Mill Community Libraries, designed for a variety of reading levels and interests.
Virtual events: Register for virtual events, including weekly storytimes.
eBooks and eAudiobooks: Using Sora, students can select titles from WCCLS’s collection.
Homework Help: Live online homework help is available daily from 1-10 p.m. in English and Spanish through Brainfuse HelpNow. Brainfuse also offers test prep and writing/research assistance.
Tumblebooks: View and listen to animated books.
Mango Languages: Learn one of 70 languages with Mango.
Computer Lab: Beaverton City Library has a computer lab. Call or check the website for hours.
DATES TO REMEMBER...
- Tiger's Curbside Library, 10:30a-12:30p
- Meal Distribution, 11:00a-12:00p
- Tiger's Curbside Library, 10:30a-12:30p
- Meal Distribution, 11:00a-12:00p
- Book Bus, 1:45-3:55p
- 10 - Kindergarten Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:00p
- 11 - Veteran's Day Holiday - Thank you for your service!
- 12 - 2nd Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:00p
- 13 - NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY (Grading)
- 16 - 3rd Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:00p
- 17 - 1st Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:00p
- 18 - 4th Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:00p
- 19 - 5th Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:00p
- 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday