Terra Linda Tiger Tale

June 30, 2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Terra Linda Families,

I hope you are staying safe this summer. I have an exciting opportunity to share with you today! Starting next week, students are invited to join in a summer reading challenge! Learn about each week's challenge by joining a Zoom session each Monday at 3:30pm from July 6th through August 3rd. Terra Linda is partnering with Cedar Mill in this fun opportunity for students. We hope it helps your students to stay engaged in learning and connected to school this summer. See below for more information.


In this edition of the Tiger Tale, you will find information previously sent out via the Tiger Tale or District communications. My goal is to keep important information at the forefront as well as to welcome our new families to Terra Linda and provide them with the same information that had been shared previously. Despite our school office being closed until mid-August, we are accepting online registrations throughout the summer.


Please know that I am checking our school's phone messages throughout the summer. If you have any questions, please leave a message and I will call you back. 503-356-2490.


A reminder that the 2020 BSD Parent Survey -- Return to School closes at the end of the day today. Parents/Guardians can also review the “Ready Schools, Safe Learners," from the Oregon Department of Education for more information. This is a fluid document and was updated today, June 30th, with the next update scheduled for July 21st.


With appreciation,


Christy Batsell

Principal

Terra Linda Elementary

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 30: BSD Parent Survey closes at end of the day


Monday, July 6: Summer Reading Challenge at 3:30 pm

  • What do you wonder about?


Monday, July 13: Summer Reading Challenge at 3:30 pm

  • How to "read" a movie short


BSD Return to School Q&A Sessions: (see below for more info)

Monday, July 13

  • 2:00 p.m. Return-to-School Plan
  • 7:00 p.m. Flex Online only

Tuesday, July 14

  • 2:00 p.m. Flex Online only
  • 7:00 p.m. Return-to-School Plan

Wednesday, July 15

  • (Spanish only)
  • 2:00 p.m. Flex Online only
  • 7:00 p.m. Return-to-School Plan


Monday, July 20: Summer Reading Challenge at 3:30 pm

  • Mystery Week: Scooby Do and All Things Mystery


Monday, July 27: Summer Reading Challenge at 3:30 pm

  • Books that teach us about friendship, empathy, and taking action for a better world!


Monday, August 3: Summer Reading Challenge at 3:30 pm

  • Reading Without Walls Challenge!


Monday, August 17

  • Terra Linda Office reopens
  • Resume regular office hours of 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join our Summer Reading Challenges!

Join Mrs. Batsell and Ms. Chamberlain, Principals at Terra Linda and Cedar Mill, every Monday from July 6th through August 3rd at 3:30 pm for a Zoom Summer Reading Challenge with fun learning engagement opportunities!


During our first session, we will join other Beaverton Schools for a special session on Sketchnoting as we explore topics we wonder about. Special Guest Teacher, Ms. Carter, will teach us how to Sketchnote what we are reading about! Bring some paper and pencil!


During our sessions, we will also use a platform called Padlet. This tool provides a place for us to share resources and learning with each other and across our two schools. Students can practice posting to Padlet before our first session by sharing something they are doing this summer. Click the Padlet Practice link to see what Mrs. Batsell and Ms. Chamberlain have been up to and then post something to share with the group!


Click the images or the button below to view an overview of sessions and access the Zoom ID and Password information. Each session will be recorded and later posted to SeeSaw for those who are unable to join. If you do not want your child's image recorded and posted, feel free to sign in without your camera turned on.


Hope you can join and keep up your summer reading!

Summer Reading Resources

Cedar Mill and Bethany Library


School Resources

Students can login to Clever to access these resources all summer:

  • Bookshelf - books available by IRLA level
  • Sora - access to BSD e-books and audiobooks; if you pair your Washington County Library Card with Sora, you can also check out e-books from the public library; all students received their own library card this year (or already had one at home); email Mrs. Edmunds at kristine_edmunds@beaverton.k12.or.us if you need help with library cards
  • Tumblebooks - more e-books and audiobooks
  • Newsela - current events articles
  • Epic (through June 30) unless you sign up for Epic's Remote Student Access - Details were posted in Seesaw


District Resources

  • Elementary Summer Reading was prepared by our District Librarians and includes information regarding public library summer reading programs, recommended reading lists, new OBOB and ORCA title lists, how to access the district’s eBook library, and BINGO.
  • https://www.smore.com/56xuz


Buy New Books

Check out the article below about the Summer Book Fair through Scholastic. Please click on this link to start shopping: Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair. Plus, our school will get 25% in Scholastic Dollars™ that we can use to purchase more books for classrooms and the library!


Post your Reading Minutes

  • Login to Clever, then choose Seesaw. Go to your 2019-2020 classroom teacher's Seesaw page and click on the Journal; Click the green "Plus" button and make a post each week with how many minutes you read. You can draw a picture, record your voice, take a video, or make a note! All students who post reading minutes during the summer will be entered in a drawing for a prize!
  • Go to this site: https://www.savethechildren.org/us/more-ways-to-help/read-a-story Simply read and log your minutes – every minute added will unlock books and educational resources for kids in need.

Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair- All Summer Long!

The brand new Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair is here! Bring the joy of reading home this summer and help students discover favorite characters, series, and collections, with the option to shop for books directly from the booklist flyer. Plus, our school will get 25% in Scholastic Dollars™ that we can use to purchase more books for classrooms and the library.

  • Same exclusive titles as our in-school Book Fairs
  • Orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases benefit our school
  • The online fair runs now through 9/4


Please click on this link to start shopping: Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair


*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion. Learn more.


Thank you to the Terra Linda PTC for organizing this opportunity!

June 24th Message from BSD: Return to School

Thank you for your patience as we navigate how our students will be returning to school in the fall. Based on recommendations and requirements from the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority, we’re in the process of developing a comprehensive plan that addresses a variety of issues: how to protect students and staff from the spread of COVID-19, how to safely distance students during school and while being transported by bus, and how to ensure students continue to make progress on their academic goals.


While the plan hasn’t been finalized, we want to share the overall framework with you, as your family will have a choice to make in the coming month.


As we approach the next school year, your student will have two possible paths within the District:


1) Attend your regular BSD school

Given the health protocols mandated by the state, it won’t be possible for all of our students to return to school at the same time. We simply can’t guarantee the 35 square feet per child, as required. So we’re looking to implement a hybrid model. Under this scenario, student groups — called attendance groups or cohorts — will attend in-person classes at school using staggered schedules. For example, half of the students may attend one day, while the other half may participate in remote online learning from home. Then the cohorts would switch. The exact schedules will vary based on the different grade levels: elementary, middle school and high school.


Despite our best efforts to ensure safety, we recognize that there may be parents who are not comfortable sending their children back to a physical school. We also understand that some students who may be enrolled in specialized programs, who may be classified as medically fragile/high risk, or who may have a COVID-19 diagnosis will need a temporary alternative to the hybrid model. We’re currently working on developing online learning solutions for these cases.


2) Enroll in the new FLEX Online School through BSD

On this path, students will continue to be enrolled in the District, but they’ll be enrolled in a fully virtual K-12 school called FLEX Online. This option is a permanent school; if students need to switch to their regular BSD schools, they’ll be asked to do so at the end of a semester. BSD teachers will instruct using a curriculum specifically designed for online learning. (For a student eligible for Special Education services and/or a 504 accommodation plan, an IEP or 504 meeting may be required to determine whether or not your child’s IEP or 504 can be implemented through a fully online model and/or if IEP or 504 amendments are needed as a result of the student’s full-time enrollment in FLEX Online.)


To enroll in FLEX Online, you must complete an application between July 1-24, 2020. The short timeline is necessary to allow us time to arrange for the appropriate level of staffing. For more information on the school and application process, click here: https://flex.beaverton.k12.or.us/


We invite you to share your feedback and ask questions regarding both the return-to-school plan and the new FLEX Online School. Please join us for one of the following Q&A sessions:


Monday, July 13

2:00 p.m. Return-to-School Plan

7:00 p.m. Flex Online only


Tuesday, July 14

2:00 p.m. Flex Online only

7:00 p.m. Return-to-School Plan


Wednesday, July 15

(Spanish only)

2:00 p.m. Flex Online only

7:00 p.m. Return-to-School Plan


Join us here: https://www.youtube.com/BeavertonSchools

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June 25th Message from Superintendent Grotting: WE Believe Black Lives Matter

Dear Beaverton Staff, Students and Community,


WE believe that Black Lives Matter. WE will continue to assert that Black Lives Matter until there is evidence that shows our Black and African American students and staff are thriving in our Beaverton schools. There is clearly more work to be done to become an anti-racist school district.


Here are several actions we are taking to move on our commitment to being an anti-racist organization:

  • Listening Sessions: This week, Superintendent Grotting held Listening Sessions with

Black and African American students and staff. They courageously shared their stories about being Black or African American in Beaverton schools. Their stories illustrated how institutional racism has manifested itself in our school district.

  • Staff Development: We will set the expectation, and require that all staff and School Board members engage in professional development that racism, in all its forms, will not be tolerated in our schools and facilities. This includes a Leadership Summit for all administrators, principals, and supervisors this summer, focusing on a commitment to anti-racism and racial equity.

  • Use of the Equity Lens: In all considerations and decisions, we will use the BSD Equity Lens to answer the following questions:

  • Whose voice is and isn't represented in this decision?

  • Who does this decision benefit or burden?

  • Is this decision in alignment with the BSD Equity Policy?

  • Does this decision close or widen the access, opportunity, and expectation gaps?

  • 2020-2021 Budget: We have applied an equity-based approach to staffing our schools. Based on state funding, we will prioritize the hiring of a Talent Acquisition Administrator to lead efforts to recruit and retain diverse staff.

  • Review of School Resource Officer Program: We are in conversation with the Beaverton Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to evaluate the School Resource Officer Program partnership. While we value this partnership, at this time it is critical we re-evaluate the presence and engagement of police in our schools.

  • Social Studies Curriculum: As part of our cyclical review this year, we will review, adopt and plan implementation of K-12 curriculum materials that accurately reflect the history of Black, Indigenous and People of Color.

  • Hate Speech Language: We are revising our 2020-21 Student/Family Handbook to reflect our commitment to learning environments that are free from hate speech. It will be an expectation that we will interrupt it when we hear it and that there will be consequences including restorative justice action.


On Friday, June 26, all school reader boards will read Black Lives Matter. We will leave this message up until Monday, July 6, when we will start promoting Return to School virtual information sessions.


In addition, we will allow the community-based signs and artwork to remain on some of our school fences until next Monday, June 29. We want to show appreciation for the community voice and display of support, while also following Board Policy and Administrative Regulation KJA, which addresses the posting of signs on District property. Community-based signs will be removed per this policy/regulation after June 29. As stewards of the physical property of our schools and facilities, we must ensure that our campuses are consistent with established policy/regulation.


Thank you for your understanding and consideration of the steps we are taking to become an anti-racist school district. This is a process and we acknowledge that there is a lot of learning to do, and we are committed to moving forward. We look to continue to learn and grow with our community in these efforts.


Sincerely,

Don Grotting, Superintendent

Beaverton School Board Members: Becky Tymchuk, Eric Simpson, Anne Bryan, Tom Colett, Susan Greenberg, LeeAnn Larsen, Donna Tyner

Superintendent’s Cabinet Members: Carl Mead, Ginny Hansmann, Mike Schofield, Sue Robertson, Josh Gamez, Steve Langford, Danielle Hudson, Pat McCreery, David Williams, Maureen Wheeler, Toshiko Maurizio, Camellia Osterink, Dianna Hess

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Thank You PTC Board & Welcome to Our New PTC Board

Thank you to the following PTC Board Members who ended their terms at the end of the 19-20 school year. Your service and dedication to the Terra Linda Community was very much appreciated!
  • Marla Hay, Outgoing PTC President
  • Mike Baldwin, Outgoing Vice President of Fundraising
  • Nicholas Peterka, Outgoing Communications Coordinator


Additional thanks to PTC Board Members continuing in their roles:

  • Jamie McCarl, PTC Volunteer Coordinator
  • Allison & Paul DeHaan, PTC Treasurer
  • Julie Lavers, PTC Secretary


Welcome to the incoming PTC Board Members:

  • Rick Collett, PTC President
  • Brittney Pineda, PTC Vice President of Fundraising
  • Ketaki Deshpande, PTC Communications Coordinator

Washington County Resources

We know that these are stressful times for everyone. Below are some updates from our community regarding accessing behavioral health and other basic county services.


If you are already connected to a mental health provider, please contact them first for support. You can also reach out to other resources listed on the BSD Community Resources page.


Updates to all Washington County public services can be found here: https://www.co.washington.or.us/CAO/status-of-county-services.cfm

Summer Parent Newsletter

If you are wondering how to talk about issues of race and inequity with your child, please take a look at this Parent Newsletter that was put together by educators in our community: https://www.smore.com/vys32 It is also posted below. There are many resources from which to choose. The Parent Newsletter also has additional resources for this summer. I hope you take a look!

Questions? Contact Terra Linda

Options for contacting us at Terra Linda

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