February- Scholls Heights Knights
Dear Parents and Guardians,
By now I am sure that you have seen the communication from the district regarding our current plans for Hybrid and CDL sent on January 27. Below is a video that helps explain the difference.
We know that this is a challenging decision for many families. We also recognize the relationships that have been established with current teachers. However, we are not able to move forward with staffing plans until we know what families want in regards to Hybrid or CDL. I can assure you that your child will be well cared for and well educated regardless of your decision. Grade level teachers work very closely together and classrooms are learning the same curriculum. Erika and I are very lucky to work with such an amazingly talented staff! I know this may provide little comfort for some but we will all support each other through this process. It has not been an easy year and this is yet another difficult decision for some.
Tracy Bariao (Principal)
Erika Heslin (Assistant Principal)
February 1, 2021
Dear BSD Elementary Families,
As we indicated last week, we are planning to bring back elementary students for Hybrid Instruction (part in-person/part online) on April 5, at the earliest. Of course, this move is dependent on our continuing to meet the advisory health metrics set by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority (≤ 350 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over the previous two-week period in Washington and Multnomah Counties). We are hopeful that COVID-19 cases will continue to decline.
The first group of students to begin Hybrid Instruction will be Pre-Kindergartens, Kindergartens, 1st Graders and 2nd Graders. After we’ve had a smooth transition with our youngest students, we’ll consider bringing back Grades 3-5, possibly one grade per week.
If you’re not comfortable sending your students back for in-person instruction, they can continue to remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL).
We’ve been asked by teachers and parents whether the District considered offering a third option of allowing families to choose to stay with their teachers, regardless of the method of instruction. Yes, the District fully vetted this idea. However, depending on the outcome of the survey, it wouldn’t have been possible to guarantee that the District could still offer a Hybrid option because of the complexities of staffing. Not offering Hybrid instruction to our families is not an option.
Please know that the District will do everything that it can to maintain current teacher-student relationships at the elementary level, where possible. However, no student — whether CDL or Hybrid — will be guaranteed the same teacher as the one instructing them now. Again, please refer to the video for a full explanation.
ALL elementary families (with the exception of FLEX families) must choose whether to remain in CDL or move to Hybrid. This decision will apply to the rest of the school year; no switches will be allowed. We do not know the exact start and end times for the morning and afternoon sessions, and you won’t know if you’ll be assigned the morning or afternoon session before making the choice. Please do not call your school asking this question. The information is not available.
To make your decision:
- Access your ParentVue account.
- Navigate to the upper right-hand corner and click on “Family Updates and New Student Enrollment” and then follow the instructions in the blue box.
- You’ll need to make a choice for each of your elementary students.
- If you don’t have a ParentVue account, read the sign-up instructions on our website.
You also can go to our Return to School webpage and follow the directions to submit your decision.
All decisions must be made by February 15.
Thank you for your cooperation.
February 10 Elementary Return-to-School Q&A
Dear Elementary Families,
We understand the decision to either remain in CDL or transition to In-Person Hybrid Instruction is a difficult one, and you have many questions. The district will hold an Elementary Return-to-School Q&A Session on Wednesday, February 10 from 7-8 p.m. District leaders will be available to answer questions from parents/guardians about the Hybrid plan. The Q&A session will not be live but recorded and posted on our Return-to-School webpage and on social media with enough time for families to watch before the February 15 deadline.
If you’re interested in participating, please complete the Elementary Return-to-School Community Q&A Form by February 8. Six community members will be selected at random to participate. Four additional participants will be selected from our historically underrepresented communities. Each parent will be allowed to ask at least one question and one follow-up question during the hour-long session.
Thank you for your interest.
SAVE THE DATE - Picture day is coming!
Scholls Heights picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9th, from 2:30-6:00 PM. We will send a notice with a link to the sign-up for an appointment in mid-February.
Picture day will look different this year, but we are excited to be able to offer this opportunity. Watch for future communications with details.
Black History Month-Message from Superintendent Grotting
Since 1976, February has been designated as Black History Month. It’s our duty to highlight and recognize the significant accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans that have shaped and built our country but often have been historically neglected in our school textbooks and curriculum. This month also is a time for our staff, students and community to remember the injustices that have occurred, the struggles that have been endured and the victories that have been achieved by the Black community to ensure that all are able to experience the basic civil rights that are afforded to us and which can be often taken for granted.
Black History Month in the Beaverton School District will allow our students and teachers a time to pause, reflect, teach and learn. In our classrooms, we’ll revisit some of the worst times in our nation’s history as well as times that exemplify our best efforts. Moreover, this month allows us the time and space to critically assess where we are as a country and chart a course to where we need to be to truly achieve equality for our people.
I am encouraging and supporting our educators to provide opportunities for our students to celebrate Black history, both during Black History Month and throughout the year, by presenting and teaching factual information about both past and current times in a caring, candid and affirming manner. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity for our students to share their voices and help create a vision for their futures.
Don Grotting, Superintendent
Signal to Noise After School Club Grades 4-5
I am excited to provide an opportunity for 4th and 5th graders to meet on Thursdays from 2:15-3:00 to explore different topics. Our first meeting was on February 4th. It is for all interested film makers who would like to participate in our district Signal to Noise film festival. You may visit S2N Film Festival for more information.
Filmmaking is a powerful tool for many learners. Writing a script, casting characters and creating a message, as well as technical skills are needed.
This will be a great enrichment opportunity that will spark creativity. Here are examples of student created films in each category. S2N Playlist . The rules have been modified for Distance Learning which we will discuss. Please email me at email@example.com if you have any questions. Future topics will be announced in April.
.5 Student Support Coach
Please enjoy our school-wide Music Video entry from 2019-2020
Kindergarten Registration and Informational Meeting
Mrs. Bariao (Principal), Ms. Heslin (Assistant Principal), Mrs. Welch (Counselor), Mrs. Krueger (Student Success Coach) and Suzanne Sorenson (Office) will be hosting an informal virtual Zoom meeting on February 25 from 4:00-5:00.
Meeting ID: 883 3659 4844
The Kindergarten Teachers will be hosting a virtual Kindergarten Orientation on May 20 at 4:00.
We encourage new kindergarten parents to attend both if they are able.
We will send a reminder message with the meeting link and publish information on our website.
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
Coffee and Culture Chat- March 1
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 Monday, March 1st!
Meeting Dates (8:00-8:30):
Zoom (Link here.)
Meeting ID: 864 6155 5156
SPIRITWEAR IS BACK!
The Spiritwear Store will be back open February 10-24th.
We have added a few new items like totes and bandanas!
Once the ordering window closes, the orders will process and be ready within 2 weeks.
You have multiple options on how you would like to receive your gear: free in-store pickup, free curbside pickup or direct shipping for a fee.
FUN RUN - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
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.
There will be a scheduled drive through pickup for Fun Run T-Shirts and envelopes the week of February 22nd. We will be sending out more information soon via email and the PTO facebook page.
DINING FOR DOLLARS (D4$)
When you dine at the supporting restaurant on the D4$ Day, they donate a portion of their proceeds back to the PTO.
The next D$4 is on Thursday, February 18th, all day, at Mod Pizza. Mod Pizza is located at 12196 SW Scholls Ferry Rd in Tigard.
Important: In order for your purchase to count towards our fundraiser, you must verbally tell the cashier of your participation.
MAKERSPACE IS BACK
Makerspace is back for February! This is alway such an exciting opportunity for the students to get creative while at home with items they already have on hand (thanks families for saving your your recycling items!)
The challenge will run February 8 - 12th. We will be creating Recycled Robots and Brick Valentines! More details will be posted on the SHPTO Facebook page and on the SHPTO Makerspace page during the first week in February.
Books on the Go and Book Bus- NO Books on the Go or Book Bus on February 24.
NO Books on the Go or Book Bus on February 24.
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 makes stops every Wednesday afternoon between 1:30-3:30 within our school attendance boundary. There will be no “Books on the Go” or Book Bus on Wednesday, February 24th due to it being a teacher workday. 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. 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.
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 on March 4, 2021.
ODE will update the district regularly with news about the waiver.
News from Beaverton Library
Youth Access Cards
We are hard at work getting youth access cards ready to mail to all our new students. Be on the lookout for an email from me in the next few weeks about how distribution will work, and some tools to help your students get the most out of their library card.
Share with families: Atención Plena
Hey Parents! Monday, Jan. 25 at 7pm. In partnership with Lifeworks NW Promotoras, we will be offering a Mindfulness program completely in Spanish. This event will be on Zoom, please see this flyer for more information. https://www.beavertonlibrary.org/DocumentCenter/View/6095/PDF-of-Atencion-Plena-12521
Lunes, 25 de enero a las 7pm. Acompáñenos para un taller sobre la atención plena, la meta de este taller es aprender a valorar, disfrutar y atender de una manera plena los eventos cotidianos. Los grupos serán transmitidos por zoom y serán en español. Por favor, vea el volante para obtener más información sobre cómo nos puede acompañar. https://www.beavertonlibrary.org/DocumentCenter/View/6095/PDF-of-Atencion-Plena-12521
Current Library Services
Both library buildings remain closed to the public. At the main library, BCL To Go and Computer Lab are in service 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). If you would like to use BCL To Go curbside service at the main library, an appointment is required; make an appointment at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/BCLToGo. Drop-ins at both locations and appointments at Murray Scholls are walk-up only (no drive-up). The library continues to offer many services you can use from home - virtual events and recorded videos for all ages, eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming video, and more. See a listing of our current services at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/BCLNow.
Walk & Roll: It’s Good for Your Heart
Whether you walk or bike a few blocks or over a mile, physical activity is good for your heart, your whole body, and it’s fun! With cold winter weather, children spend less time playing outside, but a nice brisk walk or bike ride will help achieve their recommended 60 minutes daily exercise and help prevent childhood obesity and support healthy bones.
This month we would love to see hearts posted in the windows of Scholls Heights Families. You can craft a heart out of supplies from home or print out these heart coloring sheets and post them in your window.
Next, Walk or Roll with your family around the neighborhood and count how many hearts you see! Be sure to post a picture of your hearts on the PTO Facebook page!
Wet Weather Doesn’t Mean You Need to Stay Inside!
Join K-12 students and families for a wintery walk or roll in your neighborhood on February 24th!
The following tips can help keep you safe and comfortable while walking and rolling in Winter:
- Be Safe – Stay 6 feet away from those not in your household and wear a mask.
- Be Seen – Wear bright, reflective clothing, use a bike light, and stay alert on dark, winter days.
- Be Prepared – Dress for the weather. Rain gear and warm layers keep you dry and comfortable all season long.
After your trip, visit the link below and fill out the form to earn a raffle prize. 25 raffle prizes will include: reflective umbrella, clip-on safety light, bicycle seat cover and bicycle light! Tag #BSDtogether #BSDsaferoutes to be featured on BSD’s social media accounts.
¡El clima lluvioso no significa que deba permanecer adentro!
¡Únase a los estudiantes y familias de K-12 para una caminata de invierno en su vecindario el 24 de febrero!
Los siguientes consejos pueden ayudarle a mantenerse seguro y cómodo al caminar y/o andar sobre ruedas durante el invierno:
- Cuídese - Manténgase a 6 pies de distancia de las personas que no formen parte de su familia inmediata y use una mascarilla.
- Sea visible - Use ropa brillante y reflectante, utilice una luz para bicicleta y manténgase alerta en los días oscuros de invierno.
- Esté preparado – Vístase apropiadamente para el invierno. Vestirse con varias capas y con ropa apropiada para la lluvia nos mantienen secos y cómodos durante toda la temporada.
Después de su paseo, haga clic en el enlace y complete el formulario. Ingrese su nombre si desea ganar uno de los premios de la rifa. Los 25 premios de la rifa incluirán: paraguas reflectantes, luces de seguridad con clip, fundas para el asiento de la bicicleta y luces para bicicleta. Etiquete #BSDtogether #BSDsaferoutes para aparecer en las cuentas de redes sociales de BSD.
TAG (Talented and Gifted) Information
Thank you for your patience as we navigate TAG/Summa testing during the 2020-21 school year. The following updates have been made to our current Identification processes to reflect comprehensive distance learning and research on test score stability.
TAG testing for students nominated by parents or teachers will occur in the spring.
Current 5th graders will have the opportunity to qualify for Summa by testing in late spring/summer.
Outdoor testing opportunities for TAG/Summa will also be available in early summer.
Current 3rd and 4th graders will take reading and math achievement tests (ITBS) in the fall.
Current 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will take a cognitive ability (CogAT) screener test in fall.
In addition to national norms, local norms will be explored for TAG/Summa identification.
Summa Qualifying Tests and Criteria
No change in admission criteria, only tests used.
Results from full version CogAT tests (composite score ) in grades K-5 can be used to qualify for Summa.
Results of achievement tests in grades 3-5 can be used to qualify for Summa.
Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) Language Arts and Math tests.
ITBS/Logramos Reading and Math tests (total scores).
Testing opportunities will be posted on the BSD TAG page as they become available.
Invitations to test will be sent via School Messenger prior to testing dates.
Summa eligible students will be notified before January 15, 2021.
Please direct questions to Heidi Hanson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-356-4548.
Gracias por su paciencia mientras administramos los exámenes TAG/Summa durante el año escolar 2020-21. Se han realizado las siguientes actualizaciones a nuestros procesos de identificación actuales para reflejar el aprendizaje a distancia y la investigación sobre la estabilidad de la puntuación de los exámenes.
Exámenes TAG / Summa
Los exámenes TAG para los estudiantes nominados por los padres o maestros ocurrirán en la primavera.
Los estudiantes actuales de 5º grado tendrán la oportunidad de ser considerados para el programa Summa mediante el examen a fines de la primavera/verano.
Las oportunidades de exámenes al aire libre para TAG/Summa también estarán disponibles a principios del verano.
Los estudiantes actuales de 3º y 4º grado tomarán exámenes de rendimiento en lectura y matemáticas (ITBS) en el otoño.
Los estudiantes actuales de 2º, 3º y 4º grado tomarán un examen de evaluación de habilidades cognitivas (CogAT) en otoño.
Además de las normas nacionales, se explorarán las normas locales para la identificación de TAG/Summa.
Exámenes y criterios de calificación de SUMMA
No hay cambios en los criterios de admisión, solo se utilizan exámenes.
Los resultados de los exámenes CogAT en los grados K-5 se pueden usar para calificar para el programa SUMMA.
Los resultados de los exámenes de rendimiento en los grados 3-5 se pueden usar para calificar para el programa SUMMA.
Exámenes de literatura y matemáticas del Sistema de Evaluación Estatal de Oregón (OSAS).
Las oportunidades de exámenes se publicarán en la página BSD TAG a medida que estén disponibles.
Las invitaciones para el examen se enviarán a través de School Messenger antes de las fechas del examen.
Los estudiantes elegibles para Summa serán notificados antes del 15 de enero de 2021.
Dirija sus preguntas a Heidi Hanson, email@example.com o al 503-356-4548.