December 4, 2020
Message From The Principal
Good afternoon Stoller families,
As Covid cases continue to rise in our area Stoller staff continues to be vigilant following District protocols and safety guidelines to keep our community safe. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we follow these policies.
You received information from the District regarding Superintendent Grotting’s recommendation to the board regarding the Common Middle School Experience (CME). As we prepare to open a new middle school, adjust middle school boundaries, and take into account enrollment numbers, we will see staffing implications next year. The goal of CME is to ensure that middle school students have the same opportunities regardless of which school they attend. I believe this is a great reset for our schools. If you have any questions about this please reach out.
Have a wonderful weekend and please stay safe.
December 21st - January 1st - School Closed - Winter Break
Friday, January 22nd, 2021 - TAG Parent Information/Identification Form Deadline (more info below)
Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 - Immunization Exclusion Day
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.
ATTENTION: November 23rd's start time has been pushed back to 6:30pm.
October 26, 9am
November 23, 6:30pm
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
Update on Tag Testing
Due to CDL, TAG testing for the district has been delayed. We do not know when TAG testing will take place. Some testing might potentially occur in the Spring. We will pass on information once we know more.
Every year all students are considered for identification as Talented and Gifted in the Beaverton School District. 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. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). An informative presentation can be found HERE.
If you think your child might qualify by exhibiting qualities that typically are used to describe giftedness, you may wish to complete a Parent Information/Identification Form. 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 form completion. Completing this form does not guarantee that you child will be tested.
The Parent Information/Identification Form must be completed and returned to the appropriate TAG facilitator. Please submit these by Friday, January 22nd, 2021.
6th Grade- Trish Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
7th/8th Grade- Aleah Steinzeig (email@example.com)
Immunization Exclusion Day
Immunization Exclusion Day will be Wednesday, February 17th, 2021.
Immunization parent notification letters were mailed the week of November 16th. The front page of the letter will tell you the immunizations that our records indicate your child is missing. The back page shows your child's immunization status. Your child’s updated immunization status or exemptions must be completed and returned to the school by Tuesday, February 16th, 2021.
All students with incomplete vaccine records will be excluded from school starting Wednesday, February 17th, 2021. Students will not be excluded if we are still in CDL; however, students will need to be up-to-date in order to return to the building, should we transition to the Hybrid model.
If your child's last Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTP, Td, Tdap) dose was prior to age 7, they become due for a booster at age 12. You will receive a letter in the mail if your child’s immunization records are incomplete. If you do not receive a letter, your child’s immunizations are up-to-date, and no further action is required on your part. Parents can view immunization records in their ParentVue accounts at any time.
You need to complete one of the following actions prior to February 17th if you received a letter in the mail regarding immunizations.
- If your child has received the vaccines, submit the documentation with the dates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you want a non-medical exemption for your child, you will need to complete two actions:
1) Complete the required education regarding immunizations. The module can be found at www.healthoregon.org/vaccineexemption.
2) Complete the Non-medical Exemption box on page two of the Certificate of Immunization Status Form.
Submit both the completed non-medical exemption education certificate and the updated Certificate of Immunization Status Form to email@example.com.
- If your child needs a medical exemption, you must provide documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. The information needed from the doctor is stated on page 2 of the Certificate of Immunization Status Form.
Immunization Requirements: Oregon Health Authority: Required Shots for School and Children's Facilities
Immunization Resources: Washington County Health and Human Services: Immunizations
For questions, please contact Mr. Nelson
Beaverton School District Clothes Closet
While other programs are scaling back, the Clothes Closet is open, and appointments are available now!
Use this link to schedule an online appointment, also found in the "Families" tab on the District's website. Or, families can call 503-356-4322. (Online preferable.)
To see open appointment slots, select either Large Family (4 or more students) or Small Family (1 - 3 students). Open appointments for the date selected will be on the right side of the screen. They need to click on a time that works for them and then complete a short form to book the appointment.
Winter Break Meal Service
Library Service & Book Bus Updates
The Stoller Book Bus is moving to Wednesday afternoons! Stop by to check out a book from the selection on the bus (or pick up a hold you already placed). Students can select books from the bus or pick up their holds.
NW Columbia Ave. & NW 192nd Ave. @ 1:43pm
NW 178th Ave.( just past St. Juan Diego) @ 2:09pm
7284 NW 170th Ave. at Abby Creek Park @ 2:35pm
NW Mitchell & 153rd Terrace, near South Parc Apts. @ 3:05pm
NW Milford St. in front of Green Space @ 3:33pm
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 email@example.com
Updated Club Information
Many online clubs have been formed for students during CDL.
Please use this link to review the descriptions of the available clubs listed below, dates and times, and to complete a universal parent permission form for participation.
Stoller has been awarded a grant for the 2020-21 Safe and Sound for Student Success Grant from the Beaverton Education Foundation (BEF). This grant will help us provide quality after school programming that will include Fit and Focused Club, Earth Advocates Club and Stoller Student Affinity Space. Thank you BEF!
Fit and Focused Club
Project Lit Book Club
Science Fair Support Club
Stoller Student Affinity Space for BIPOC Students
You Be The Chemist Challenge
Thanks to all those students who registered for this year’s competition. Sign-ups were closed as of November 30th. If you signed up to be on a team you will receive a confirmation email (via School Messenger) next week. For now you can organize your team, study and find an adult (parent) coach (a coach is not required, this is just if you want one).
Important Dates (these are the Virtual Academic Competition date/time options)
Saturday, February 27 – 1pm - 5pm EST (10am-2pm PST)*
Saturday, March 6 – 9am - 1pm EST (6am-10am PST)*
Saturday, March 13 – 2pm - 6pm EST (11am-3pm PST)*
*You will be assigned to one of these competition dates/times sometime in January.
You can visit the You Be The Chemist Challenge Website for more information and resources.
Other helpful Links:
If you have any questions please contact Sara Groat at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Device Damage & Protection Plan Payment Options
If you opted into the program there are 2 options to pay the $20 fee.
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
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.