Mustang Messages

Digital Newsletter for Chehalem Elementary School

March 2019

Dear Chehalem Families,

Conferences are on the horizon and are scheduled for the evening of April 10th and day and evening of April 11th (with no school on Friday, April 12th). The sign up for online scheduling will go live on March 18th, with the link being sent out that day. We hope to see all parents at some point during the conference window. We will be hosting a book fair that week that will also be open during conferences.

Volunteer appreciation celebration is coming up on Friday, April 26th. Stay tuned for more information to come in April regarding specifics. Thank you to all of our volunteers for the wonderful things you do to support our students and staff.

Our 5th graders went to Oregon State University for an extended day field trip on March 11th. They participated in fly-up field trips to our comprehensive middle schools to help them be prepared for the transition to the next level. It’s so exciting to see our students growing up and getting ready for middle school. There will be a fifth grade celebration coming up later in the year as well.

Spring break is just two weeks away. I hope that you and your families have a fun and relaxing time off.

Angee Silliman

Principal of Chehalem


Queridas familias de Chehalem,

Las conferencias están en el horizonte y están programadas para la tarde del 10 de abril y durante el día y la tarde del 11 de abril (sin escuela el viernes 12 de abril). La inscripción para la programación en línea comenzará el 18 de marzo, y el enlace se enviará ese día. Esperamos ver a todos los padres en algún momento durante su periodo de conferencia. Estaremos organizando una feria del libro esa semana que también estará abierta durante las conferencias.

La celebración de la apreciación voluntaria se acerca el viernes 26 de abril. Manténgase en sintonía para obtener más información con respecto a detalles en abril . Gracias a todos nuestros voluntarios por las cosas maravillosas que hacen para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes y al personal.

Nuestros estudiantes de 5to grado fueron a la Universidad Estatal de Oregón para una excursión de un día extendido el 11 de marzo. Participaron en viajes de vuelo a nuestras escuelas intermedias integrales para ayudarlos a prepararse para la transición al siguiente nivel. Es tan emocionante ver a nuestros estudiantes crecer y prepararse para la escuela intermedia. También habrá una celebración de quinto grado más adelante en el año.

Faltan dos semanas para las vacaciones de primavera. Espero que usted y sus familias tengan un descanso divertido y relajante.

Angee silliman
Directora de Chehalem

Chehalem Words of Month for March & April



1) the quality of being honest and doing the right thing in all circumstances



1) persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

Upcoming Events & Reminders:

March 11 Beaverton City Library Presentation for Spring Break Reading Events

March 11 Oregon State University Field Trip- All Fifth Grade Classrooms (9:15am-5:00pm)

March 12 Chehalem Monthly Attendance Meeting

March 14 Chehalem Fourth Grade Music Performance (6:30pm)

March 15 PGE Safety Presentation- Ms. Nelson's 2nd Grade Class

March 18 Chehalem Spring Conference Scheduling Available Online

March 19 Chehalem PTO Dining for Dollars- MOD Pizza

March 21 Chehalem Multicultural Night (6-7:30pm)

March 21Tualatin Hills Nature Park Field Trip- Ms. Baker's & Ms. Yen's 3rd Grade Classes

March 21Tualatin Hills Nature Park Field Trip- Ms. Downey's & Ms. Pugsley's 3rd Grade Classes

March 22 February & March Birthday Celebration- School-wide

March 22 Chehalem School Spirit Day- Crazy Hat/Hair Day

March 25-29 Spring Break- No School for students

April 1 School Resumes

April 2 THPRD Nature Presentation

April 3 Walk & Bike to School

April 4 Author Obert Skye Visit- Grades 3 & 5

April 4 Fort Vancouver Field Trip- All Fourth Grade Classes

April 5 Beaverton School District Grading Day- No School for Students

April 8 Scholastic Book Fair (8-8:30am, 3-4pm)

April 9 Scholastic Book Fair (8-8:30am, 11:10-12:30pm, 3-4pm)

April 10 Spring Conferences- By Appointment

April 10 Scholastic Book Fair (8-8:30am, 10:55-12:20pm, 3-8pm)

April 11 Spring Conferences- By Appointment; No School for Students

April 11 Scholastic Book Fair (noon- 8pm)

April 12 Spring Conferences- By Appointment; No School for Students

April 18 PTO Meeting (6:00pm)

April 22-24 PTO Dining for Dollars- Casa Lola

April 24 Hoyt Arboretum Field Trip- All Second Grade Classes

April 25 Kindergarten Orientation (6:00pm)

April 26 Chehalem Spirit Day- Sports Day

April 26 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration (8:00am)

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Lost & Found

Please remind your child to check the lost & found rack in the school lobby for any missing clothing items. The lost & found is checked periodically for items with names written on the tags. Items found with names are returned.

Early Release Wednesday Collaboration

Wednesday collaboration offers classroom teaching teams time to come together around instructional improvement, in order to further tailor classroom learning to individual student needs.

Teaching teams often look at:

  • state standards
  • year long plans
  • curricular resources/instructional units
  • formative assessments
  • opportunities for differentiation (accommodations, extensions)
  • cross-curricular ties
  • technology applications to enhance learning
  • summative assessments
  • student work or portfolios

As educators work collectively, engagement in learning increases and academic gains are optimized for individual students and the classroom as a whole.

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Stay Healthy this Cold & Flu Season

Cold and flu season has already begun, but there are things you can do to keep yourself and your children healthier. Prevention measures include washing your hands frequently, getting lots of rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Home is the best place for a child who is ill. The Too Sick for School informational flyer has guidelines to help you make the decision about when to keep your child home from school.

School Board Resolution on Improving Attendance

The Beaverton School Board believes that regular student attendance is essential for ensuring our students are on-track to learn and succeed. We know students who routinely attend school are more likely to achieve academic success, graduate from high school, and be prepared for college and career.

On average, chronically absent students miss two or more days a month—the equivalent of 10 percent or more of the school year. Chronic absence is a leading, early warning indicator of academic trouble and later dropout. Children from low-income communities are more likely to face systemic barriers to getting to school and, starting as early as prekindergarten, have higher levels of absence. Improving attendance is essential to ensuring more equitable outcomes.

Beginning in 2012 attendance has been tracked for all schools and student groups and is a key element in the District Strategic Plan. The Beaverton School Board supports a data-driven approach to attendance improvement. Data helps us determine where absenteeism is most concentrated (by school, grade, ethnicity, geography, income, etc.) and allows us to identify the causes of absenteeism. Through a strong analysis of attendance data, educators and administrators can identify barriers to attendance and provide students with targeted support.

The Beaverton School Board believes everyone has a role to play in ensuring that Beaverton students understand the importance of regular attendance. We encourage parents and family members to monitor student absences and have pro-active conversations about the importance of attendance. Trusting relationships—whether with teachers, mentors, coaches, or other caring adults—are critical to encouraging students to pay attention to multiple absences and to seek help to overcome barriers to attendance.

The Beaverton School Board acknowledges that improving attendance is critical to student success. As a whole community of students, parents, family members, mentors, coaches, educators, and administrators, we can set the expectation that attendance matters, every day.

Beaverton School Board

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Parking Lot Safety Reminders

  • When entering the parking lot during high traffic times (morning arrival and afternoon dismissal), please form two lanes; a right lane for curbside student pick-up/drop-off and a left lane for through traffic or those drivers wishing to park.
  • Student pick up is at the front of the school during arrival and dismissal times. Please show respect for our neighbors in the Four Seasons community (drive slowly, do not idle when waiting to drop off or pick up, remain close to your children when walking, etc.), if using pathways which lead to the school property.
  • Drive at a low speed through the parking lot, watching for children who are not always predictable in their walking patterns.
  • During morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, please stay in your car and pull as far forward as possible along the painted curb. The intent is for this area to be a pick-up/drop-off lane. Please move all of the way forward in your car to allow for others to pull in behind.
  • You may let children out of your vehicle in the space between the blue sign and the red sign in the front of the school.
  • Students must exit the vehicle on the passenger side. Adults are asked to remain at the wheel—duty staff is happy to assist students with doors.
  • Please use the marked crosswalk to enter the building and/or return to your car. Model patience and attentiveness when interacting with Crossing Guards as your children will emulate your behaviors.

Thank you for your help in making sure our Chehalem students, families, and staff are able to arrive to and depart from school safely!
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