Hazeldale Hawk

School Newsletter — Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Note from the Principal

Dear Hazeldale Families,

Hazeldale Elementary was officially authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School with the Primary Years Programme this Fall. More information is linked on our Hazeldale Website under "About Us." For the specifics of the different themes please check this community link. It is still a work in progress to get all of this linked under the main page.

Teaching teams are teaching either their second or third unit of inquiry within a transdisciplinary theme. Hazeldale's Programme of Inquiry is found here.

These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. They are described as transdisciplinary because they focus on issues that go across subject areas.

These transdisciplinary themes are:

  • Who we are.
  • Where we are in place and time.
  • How we express ourselves.
  • How the world works.
  • How we organize ourselves.
  • Sharing the planet.

One component of the Primary Years Programme includes the PYP Learner Profile Attributes. We focus as a whole school on one attribute per month.

November’s attribute focus is on being an Inquirer.

InquirersWe nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

December’s Learner Profile Attribute focus is on being a Thinker.

Thinkers— We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Working with you for kids,

Angela Tran


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How much should my child be reading at home? AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE!

Beaverton School District utilizes the workshop model and materials from The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. There is extensive research behind this work, and I'd like to highlight the necessity of your child reading at home as much as humanly possible.

The amount of time reading is the best predictor of reading achievement, including a child’s growth as a reader from the second to the fifth grade. We vigilantly work on matching books to readers and protecting time for students to practice reading during class. But the time spent reading at school is not enough. It is essential that your child is reading at home.

All of school is going to become easier for your child if they become a powerful reader.

Kylene Beers, author of Disrupting Thinking, writes: Teachers have asked me repeatedly just how much time do kids need to read. In Disrupting Thinking, we share this research that shows what happens if we add just 10 minutes more to the reading kids are doing.

For instance, the child who scores at the 70% level in reading is reading about 10 minutes a day and is seeing about 620,000 words per year. If we add just 10 minutes a day, he moves from seeing 620,000 words per year to over 1.2 million words per year. What happens when kids see more words? They learn more vocabulary, they understand nuances of meaning, they make better inferences, they understand more about text structure, they write better, they comprehend better, and they score higher on standardized tests.

What's the lesson? Read. Then read more.

Kids Who Read Succeed by Linda Cornwell INCREASING READING ACHIEVEMENT

WHAT DOES IT TAKE? Kids need to read a lot.

Below's data is from this article by Linda Cornwell

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Winter Brunch—Saturday, December 7th

Join us for our Winter Brunch on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon!

We’ll have pancakes and sausage, donated by the wonderful Farmington McDonalds, musical performances by the Hazeldale and Aloha High choirs, a visit from the Big Guy himself, crafts and more!

Family Photo Fundraiser—Photo session is $25 for 3 edited photos with a link emailed to you after the event. Book your photo session for before the event, 9-10 am, by emailing hazeldalehawkspto@gmail.com

We are also in desperate need of volunteers! (We can’t make these events happen without the generous help of our awesome Hazeldale volunteers!) Please sign up here.

Family Game Night Update

Thank you for coming to Family Game Night and having fun with the Hazeldale Community. So many shared on their feedback sheets how they enjoyed interacting with the other families, meeting their child's friends and friends' families, and interacting with the staff. We had 174 families and 565 people in attendance!

The games will be sent home in a rather staggered manner, with your child, as we distribute what we already have and those ordered arrive at different times. The additional games ordered are estimated to arrive by December 5th, so our hope is to have all sent home by the 6th.

Our staff reviews the comments you wrote for future planning anytime feedback is collected. Below is the compiled feedback if you would like to read it as well! I also posted the packet of card games below in case you forgot to grab a packet of those.

Want to see pictures from the evening? "Like" Hazeldale Hawks Facebook page or take a look a the Hazeldale PTO Website!

Upcoming Events

Key Dates and Events Coming Up:
  • Wednesday through Friday, November 27th - 29th—No School (Thanksgiving Week)
  • Tuesday, November 26th—LOST AND FOUND UNCLAIMED ITEMS DONATED (end of each month)—Please write your child's name on the tag of their clothing and we will be sure to get it back to them.
  • Monday, December 2nd—No School for Students—Staff Development Day
  • Tuesday, December 3rd—Incoming 6th Graders Family Night at Mountain View Middle School 6:30-8 pm
  • Saturday, December 7th—PTO Winter Wonderland Brunch 10 am - 12 pm
  • Thursday, December 12th—Hawk Singers Choir Concert 6 pm
  • Friday, December 20th—LOST AND FOUND UNCLAIMED ITEMS DONATED (end of each month)—Please write your child's name on the tag of their clothing and we will be sure to get it back to them.
  • Friday, December 20th—Principal's Coffee and Chat 8:35 am in Multipurpose Conference Room (our all school assembly is at 9:30 am and the section of bleachers closest to the gym entrance doors is reserved for guests). This assembly will be an all school sing along.
  • Winter Break December 23rd - January 3rd—No School/Schools Closed
  • Students return to School Monday, January 6th, 2020!

District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

Hazeldale’s Mission and Vision

Hazeldale Elementary School works to support and inspire every child to think, to learn, to care, and to engage with power and agency in a changing world.

We provide a learning environment and instruction that promotes engagement, academic excellence, self-confidence, independence, risk and resilience. We foster respect, an appreciation of self and others, and collaboration through inquiry, exploration, goal setting, and service.

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