November 6, 2020
Message From The Principal
I can’t believe we are in November! The weather finally feels more like the Pacific Northwest. I am enjoying the fall foliage, crisp mornings and evenings. I have used this time to reflect on the simple things that I am grateful for.
With the holiday season upon us and things being under the pandemic cloud, I find it important to keep perspective and express gratitude for family, health, and everyday small joys.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Week of November 9 - November 22 - Scholastic Online Book Fair (see info below)
Monday, November 9, 2020 - My College Monday kicks off (see info below)
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - AMC8 Testing - (see info below)
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - School Closed - Veteran's Day Holiday
Friday, November 13, 2020 - Grading Day - No School for Students
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - Stoller PTO Zoom Meeting - (see info below)
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - Stoller Project Lit Book Club ( see info below)
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - Stoller Stitches, knitting club (see info below)
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Audition for Stoller's Winter Play (see info below)
Friday, November 20, 2020 - Audition for Stoller's Winter Play (see info below)
Monday, November 23, 2020 - Principal Chat - 6pm (zoom info below)
November 25th - November 27th - School Closed - Thanksgiving Break
Principal Chat Meeting Dates
This informal monthly meeting will alternate mornings, 9am and evenings, 6pm to accommodate parents' schedules through Monday, May 24, 2020. Below are the scheduled chats and they will also be posted in the "Important Dates" section of the newsletter each week. Veronica will prioritize these sessions; however, they are subject to change.
October 26, 9am
November 23, 6pm
January 11, 6pm
February 22, 9am
March 15, 9am
April 12, 6pm
May 24, 9am
Please use the following Zoom link, meeting id and password each Monday (morning or evening) to join the chat.
Topic: Stoller Principal Chat|
Meeting ID: 875 3885 6308
Upcoming Stoller PTO Meeting - Tuesday, November 17th
The purpose of the Stoller Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is to enhance the student and staff experience at Stoller Middle School. As a parent or guardian of a Stoller student, you are automatically a member of Stoller Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)! We invite you to join our fall meeting on Tuesday, November 17th at 7pm.
Stoller PTO Fall Meeting, November 17th - 7pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 816 2165 7028
Zoom Passcode: StollerPTO
Join us to learn the status of our budget, programs, and projects. Hear updates from Stoller staff. “See” fellow members of the Stoller parent/guardian community. Have a voice in the design and direction of activities.
Are you interested in being part of the Stoller PTO Board?
We are welcoming members-at-large. This is a great opportunity to contribute to the Stoller community! Contact StollerPTOVol@gmail.com.
My College Mondays
Show your college pride! We are kicking off My College Monday starting Monday, November 9th. Wear your college gear, change your zoom tile to reflect your favorite college, or change it up week by week!
Monday wardrobe is done! You’re welcome!
Families and students who signed up to take the Official AMC8 through the Stoller Weekly were sent an invitation link to create an online participant account.
Students should click on this link and create their account as soon as possible so that they may take the practice exam.
The official AMC8 exam window begins November 10 and ends on November 16 at 8:59 PM. Families are responsible for proctoring the test, securing reliable internet access, remembering exam dates, and setting realistic goals with their student.
Auditions for Stoller's Winter Play
Auditions for Stoller's Winter play will be happening November 19th and 20th.
We will be producing an after school play to be premiered online, and watched in the comfort of your own house. Students will meet in Zoom for rehearsals and be creating a whole new theater experience.
For all the information you need visit www.stollerdrama.com
Broadcom MASTERS Finalist School Award
Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public would like to congratulate Ishan Ahluwalia on his success as one of the 30 national finalists of the 2020 virtual Broadcom MASTERS science & engineering competition.
Ishan was selected as a finalist in this national competition after completing an entry based on their science fair project completed last spring, and recently participated in finals week of the competition. During the competition, Ishan presented her research to judges and the public, and competed in team STEM challenges. What an incredible accomplishment!
In recognition of Stoller Middle School supporting Ishan as a Broadcom MASTERS finalist, Broadcom Foundation and the Society for Science & the Public are proud to award Stoller Middle School with $1,000 for each finalist named in the Broadcom MASTERS.
Science Bowl Tryout Test Results
The Science Bowl Tryout Test results are in! Congratulations to the following 10 students who made into the training round:
Arjun Agarwal, Athmay Anathan, Emily Aslan, Isha Garg, Kapil Kakodkar, Nicholas Peng, Ashvika Singhal, Shayaan Uddin, Justin Xia, Ethan Zhang
Many Thanks to those who participated in the test.
Scholastic Online Book Fair
The Stoller Scholastic (online) Book Fair begins November 9th and runs through November 22nd.
Get some new books for your collection at home while helping raise funds for the Library! Browse this catalog for a Book Fair Preview. Books will be delivered right to your home (free delivery for orders over $25; combine an order with a friend to get free shipping)! Click here to get started. (Shopping Link will be live on Monday, November 9th)
Reminder: Student Device Damage & Protection Plan Payment Due
If you opted into the program and have not paid the $20 fee please do so asap. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school.
This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced meal benefits program and have completed the “Permission to Share” form.
Attendance during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL)
To report all day absences or absences during the day due to appointments, contact Attendance for excused absences.
The Attendance line: (503)356-2681 or email: email@example.com
This email can also be accessed on Stoller's website.
If your student is going to be absent and not going to access curriculum anytime during that day, then you will need to report the absence with attendance for that to be an excused absence.
If your student is absent from a class and they access the curriculum, turn in an assignment, or engage in an activity on canvas anytime during the day, they Engaged Online (EOL) and this is not an absence, no need to call or email attendance. This is not considered an absence and the teacher will be able to make corrections in the students' attendance if they are marked absent. You may get an automated call from Stoller at 5pm, you may ignore it.
If your student was marked absent from a class that they did attend, please email the teacher to get it corrected. Do not call the attendance line, the teacher must confirm any changes to be made.
See the following link for an easy to follow flow chart for Attendance during CDL
The Book Bus makes rounds through Stoller neighborhoods every Tuesday afternoon! Students can select books from the bus, or pick up their holds. Please let your teacher know if you will need to leave class to meet the bus.
NW Columbia Ave. & NW 192nd Ave. About 1:43pm
NW 178th Ave.( just past St. Juan Diego) About 2:09pm
7284 NW 170th Ave. at Abby Creek Park About 2:35pm
NW Mitchell & 153rd Terrace, near South Parc Apts. About 3:05pm
NW Milford St. in front of Green Space About 3:33pm
STMS Library books are available for check out at the school or through the Book Bus (see above).
Placing holds (for physical books at Stoller). Please help your student select a pick-up time that works for your family.
Sora (for ebooks and audiobooks to download on chromebook or other devices)
Reader’s Advisory-Get ideas for what to read next!
Book Return bins are available school days 8:30-4 and are located in front of the main entrance. Books from any BSD Library can be returned to STMS. Please return any books you may have from last spring (you can return BSD school books to any BSD school).
Questions about the Library? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Safety Reminders:
- Please follow all social distancing guidelines when coming on campus.
- Wear a face covering.
- Stay 6’ apart from staff and other students.
- If you are sick or have a family member sick with symptoms resembling the flu or coronavirus, please stay home.
- Vulnerable people, such as those with underlying conditions, should stay home.
Stoller's Project Lit Book Club
Project Lit is a national network of book clubs. It was started by a teacher in Florida who wanted to promote a love of reading through selecting contemporary and diverse books that reflect our society.
This is Stoller’s third year participating in this program. Depending on the group’s interest, we will select books from the list either to read as a group, or share what we’re reading individually. We’ll meet weekly on Wednesdays, 1-1:30 on Zoom staring on November 18th. If students don’t want to join on Zoom, they can still participate through an online bulletin board that is shared with participants.
Please click here to sign up: Parent Permission Form.
Stoller Stitches - Knitting Club
Would you like to learn how to knit? Are you already a knitter but would like to meet with others? Join us Wednesdays from 3-3:30 on Zoom starting Nov. 18th.
We’ll start off with beginner lessons, and if you’re experienced, you can knit along or help others! Crocheters welcome also, but there will be limited instruction.
Please fill out the Parent Permission Form. A supply list will be emailed to participants, and some kits will be made available for students.
GSA Club is starting up again. GSA or Gender Sexuality Alliance Club will be starting next Wednesday October 21st and will continue through June.
GSA is a safe space for LGBTQ+ students and allies. We will play zoom games, have a safe space to talk.
The club will meet via Zoom from 2:30 - 3pm on asynchronous Wednesdays.
You will need a parent to complete the linked form to get permission to participate.
You Be The Chemist
Sign-ups for You Be The Chemist are coming.
Students in 6th-8th grade are eligible to compete in teams of four (4). Start putting your teams together and watch for sign-up information.
You Be The Chemist is an entirely free program (no registration fee). Please visit the You be the Chemist website for information about this competition.
Regional Science Bowl 2021
Northwest Regional Science Bowl 2021 is back on!
The competition will be hosted online, on January 23, 2021. If you are interested in trying out for the Stoller team, please sign up via this link. After signing up, you should expect to receive, on a later date, an invite to a 30-minute online test. The test should be taken no later than Wednesday, October 28th.
For more information, please contact Stephanie at email@example.com.
National History Bee, National Science Bee, and International Geography Bee...
...sign-ups are coming!!!
The National History Bee, National Science Bee and International Geography Bee (with a new structure this year) will run on a three-stage model: Online Regional Qualifying Exams, Regional Finals, and National Championships.
There is no fee to take the Qualifying exam. The fee is $40 per student for those who qualify for Regionals. The fee for Nationals is TBD.
Please watch the Stoller Weekly and the Academic Competitions page on the Stoller website for sign-ups.
Please visit International Academic Competitions for information about this competition.
Curbside Meal Service At Stoller
Welcome Stoller Volunteers!
Volunteering in the 2020-21 school year will be unlike previous years. Although we are unsure what remote volunteer needs will be, we invite you to create a volunteer profile or update your existing profile. This will ensure you are able to help Stoller staff and students through volunteer work as opportunities arise. A volunteer profile is required for all volunteering within BSD schools. Please follow the steps below to update or create your volunteer profile. Additional information is available at www.stollerpto.com/volunteer.
Existing BSD Volunteers (new to Stoller)
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to add Stoller Middle School to the organizations listed in your mVP account. Provide your full first and last name as it appears in your profile. If you will no longer be volunteering at an elementary school, you may also request to remove that school from your profile.
New BSD Volunteers
If you are a new volunteer to the Beaverton School District, you must create a volunteer account. This process includes a background check.
- Parent/Guardian: Complete the Parent/Guardian Volunteer Application
- Community Volunteer: Complete the Community Volunteer Application (This applies to Grandparents, Nannies, Neighbors, etc)
- Youth Volunteers: Complete the Youth Volunteer Application
Within the application, please include all of the BSD schools where you are a volunteer. You will have one profile for all your BSD volunteering.
- This step also initiates a background check. It will come up for renewal every 2 years.
- Once your background check is complete, you will receive an email from Stoller PTO stating your background check approval status, and your volunteer profile at myimpactpage.com will be active.
IMPORTANT: Remember your log in and password! This is important for both home and school access to your profile. Make it easy to remember and/or keep it accessible. For more information, visit Beaverton School District Volunteer Page.
Thank you for giving your time and talents to Stoller this school year!
The Student Help Desk is now open. If you have any issues with your device or logging in, you will need to contact the Student Help Desk.
Instructions on how to use your own device to log in to Canvas and Zoom with your BSD account.