September 22, 2022
Dear Bethany Families,
Week 3 is almost in the books! We're ironing out many of our systems and logistics. THANK YOU for all of the parking lot suggestions and for everyone's patience and cooperation out there. I think we'll all get it figured out before the end of September. 🙂
Inside the school, we are preparing to welcome back volunteers. Thank you to Anjana Nair for leading two volunteer orientation sessions during the week, and to everyone who was able to attend. Another THANK YOU to Jami Hayes and Olivia Zinn for Stocking the Staffroom and to all those who donated. Our staff feels your love and appreciation and it makes such a difference!
I spent a lot of time in classrooms this week. I was impressed by the level of instruction, student engagement, and cooperation. COVID kept us all so distant the past few years. It's hard to express the joy that has returned to our learning spaces just by being able to gather close together on the carpet for a story, play a game, or share a toy. We took these simple things for granted. Teachers are now able to reinstate best practices and high leverage strategies that make learning fun...all of the hands-on, interactive, creative ways that children make sense of the world. I hope your children are coming home with stories of spirited debates (4th grade), building towers (1st grade), and problem-solving how to "cross the river" as a team (2nd grade). This is a small sample of lessons from our new Kindness in the Classroom Curriculum. For all families: Ask your child(ren) to tell you about the 3 levels of respect (self, others, place), and how they show respect in each of these levels.
Next week I will be hosting a Principal Chat on Zoom (Wednesday, September 28th @ 6:30 pm). I will have a short agenda and then there will be plenty of time for questions and discussions. We will send out the link to the Zoom on that day along with the reminder. 🙂
At Back-to-School Night I was asked if I would share my slide deck. For those of you who want to view it again, or if you missed it the first time, here you go! BTSN Presentation
P.S. Don't forget to turn in your flags to the office. The ones that have already been returned are BEAUTIFUL!!! If your family needs a paper, we have extras in the office. The picture below is what I hope to make with representation from our entire Bethany Community.
With a grateful heart,
Calendar - Important Dates
- 30th - Movie Night
- 6th - PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm
- 8th - Garden Work Party
- 9th - Garden Work Party
- 11th - TAG Parent Night, 6:00, Zoom
- 12th - International Walk & Roll to School Say
- 14th - No School, Staff Development
- 10/15 - 10/21 Book Fair
- 19th - Parent Awareness Night, more information below
- 26th - Picture Day
- 28th - Character Dress Up Day
Walk & Roll To School Date Change
The first Wednesday of October is designated Walk & Roll to School Day. As Yom Kippur is October 5th this year, the official Walk & Roll to School Day has been changed to Oct. 12.
Please make a note to change the school calendar that we sent out in August. If you need a copy of the school calendar, please click HERE
A Message from the School Nurse
It's been so great to see all of the students back after summer break. I wanted to share the newest Too Sick For School guidelines with you all. Please click on the link below or the picture.
If you have any questions about whether or not to send your student, please reach out. I am happy to answer any questions and help guide you!
Too Sick for School Guidelines
Calling All 5th Grade Families
Fall is here and Halloween is approaching!
As is tradition, 5th grade families put on the Haunted Hallway and in addition this year, a Fall Carnival to raise funds for the End of Year Celebration in June.
Please join us for a brainstorming session and sign ups for this event via zoom Tuesday, Sept 27 at 7 pm.
Email email@example.com for zoom link
- Volunteers to prepare the area and assemble the new garden beds
- Wheelbarrows, shovels, and a sod cutter to borrow
- Someone with a truck or trailer to haul cedar chips
Do you know someone who:
- Can donate clean (playground-grade) cedar chips?
- Would take our debris (old sod, wood) for free or at a discounted rate?
Please email Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or with any leads or questions! Thank you for your support of this important project.
After School Opportunities
Flyers listed here are from internal, community-based, nonprofit and for-profit organizations
Play Fit Fun: Mondays, 2:35 - 4:00
Cub Scouts: Thursday evenings
On November 8, 2022, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to renew a 5-year local option levy. If passed, the proposed levy renewal would fund approximately 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors. The proposed levy renewal is projected to raise approximately $39-$43 million annually; over a 5-year period, the proposed levy renewal would raise about $205 million.
If passed, the proposed levy renewal would continue the existing tax rate of $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
If the proposed levy renewal does not pass, the levy rate would not be assessed. The District would not receive about $39 million to fund 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors, starting in the 2023-2024 school year.
The current local option levy expires on June 30, 2023.
Notice To Parents/Guardians from School Administration
TAG Parent Information Night
Tag Parent Night
Tuesday, October 11
6:00 - 7:00
"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). Academic, intellectual, behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is considered before a student is identified for TAG services. Bethany will be hosting a virtual TAG information meeting for Bethany families on Tuesday, October 11 from 6pm-7pm. The zoom link will be sent closer to the event.
If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/teaching-learning/student-programs/talented-and-gifted.
Completing this form 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. More information will be provided at the information meeting on October 11. If you decide to complete the Parent Information Form, please return it to your child’s teacher."
School Supplies for 2022-2023
We want to say Thank you to the families who have paid for school supplies.
If you haven't yet paid, please feel free to send in cash or a check to the school office. We will also be collecting money by check, cash, or card at the Back To School Night.
You can follow the instructions below to pay online.
Step by Step Instructions for Online Payment System.
Return Chromebooks and iPads
We are missing Chromebooks and iPads and chargers. If your student had a BSD iPad and charger or BSD Chromebook and charger at home to use for Temporary Learning or FLEX online, please make sure you return them to school. Even if your student received the devices from another school such as FLEX, please bring the devices to Bethany.
Our IT department thanks you!
Important Crosswalk Information
Thank you to all of our families who are walking to school. It really helps with the parking lot in the morning and afternoon.
For the safety of our students, we are asking everyone who is crossing 174th:
- Please wait for the crossing guard to instruct you on when to cross. After the crossing guard pushes the button, some cars may not stop, even with the lights flashing. The Crossing Guards will walk to the middle of the road and then motion for you to cross.
Don't Cross the Parking Lot Driveway
Parent Awareness Night Virtual Event
On October 19, 2022, Our school Social Worker, Michelle Schimpke, (who we share with Rock Creek) will be hosting a virtual Parent Awareness night from 7pm-8pm (Zoom link information will be sent out closer to the event).
The first topic will be: How to have difficult conversations with your child and how to help them handle BIG emotions. Please come with your questions!
Cannot make it, but are bummed about it?! No worries! Michelle will record the training and will provide the YouTube link following the event. Please message or email Michelle Schimpke with any questions or concerns. We look forward to “seeing” you all then!
Bethany Spirit Wear Store
Now is a great time to get some summer spirit wear or stock up for the fall, including personalized items. Get FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50 with code SUMMER22-FS.
Shop here: https://1stplacespiritwear.com/collection/77425/?style=Tank+Top--
2022-2023 Meal Benefits
EVERY family needs to apply if they want Meal Benefits for 2022-2023.
- The free meal program has ended. Income guidelines have risen significantly.
For example, a family of four can have a total household income of up to $83,249 and qualify for meal benefits!
- Meal benefits application can be done online on our app SCHOOL CAFE, an account will need to be set up.
- Make sure to apply during summer since applications from last year are expiring at the end of June.
Please consider applying if you feel your family may qualify. It is confidential, school staff have no way of knowing which students have benefits and which do not. We highly recommend families applying.