The Voice of Raleigh Park - May 30, 2019

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A Sprint to the End...

Hello Tigers!

I hope this finds you well after the Memorial Day weekend. Speaking of which, where did the time go?!? June is almost here and the end is near! While we certainly look forward to the slower pace summer offers, there is still plenty to do. Assessments, report cards, class lists, end-of-year festivities are all in the works. One such festivity is the volunteer appreciation breakfast. With gratitude for all our community gives in time, please plan to join us tomorrow (Friday), May 31, at 9:00am.

My best,


Twitter @brianmcurl

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Budget & Staffing UPDATE

There has been some movement on the District budget and staffing front. As many of you have read/heard, our Superintendent recently proposed additional cost-saving measures and non-personnel cuts, in conjunction with a recommendation to tap the District's "rainy day" fund. The most visible of these measures is to not renew the agreement with the Beaverton Education Association, specific to early release collaboration time on Wednesday's. This will result in a reduction of the contract year and instructional days. All said, these proposals are earmarked to reduce class sizes and save jobs. Programmatic cuts that result in the loss of our PYP Coordinator and Spanish Language positions, and reduction to our Intervention position are expected to remain.

Where does this leave Raleigh Park?

  • After the original reduction of (4) classroom positions, the proposal will restore (2) of these positions, giving us a total of (15) K-5 classrooms next year. Compared to this school year, it is still a net loss of (2) classrooms, but it definitely helps and I am very appreciative for this commitment by our District.

  • There is a proposed level of non-staff, financial assistance to PYP schools for the purposes of "bridging" a tight budget next year. However, the District has been cautious not to make any promises regarding the long term support of PYP. It is hoped additional funding from Oregon's Student Success Act can provide a more sustainable solution for PYP in the 2020-21 school year.

  • In the face of meeting our obligations as a PYP World School with very limited resources, the District understands the challenge and has given individual schools the autonomy to determine whether they move forward with PYP or call it quits. It is the decision of Raleigh Park to honor the cumulative investment in PYP, to move forward with a bridge plan next year, and to re-evaluate the District's long-term commitment at the conclusion of 2019-20. Your continued advocacy is appreciated.

As we move forward, the Beaverton School District budget information, inclusive of the Superintendent's latest proposal, can be found HERE and in the District information later in this newsletter.

Class Lists & Fly-ups

Due to the fluidity of the District budget and staffing picture, class lists are still a work in progress. Many of the puzzle pieces are not expected to fall into place until later in June. With consideration to the uncertainty in the system at this time, I have made the decision to not conduct student “fly ups” on the last day of school. For those of you not familiar with this process, the tradition at Raleigh Park is to allow students to meet next year's teacher and classmates for the first time. Rather, I ask that you stay tuned as we transition into summer, in which I will outline how classroom assignments will be communicated.

Do you have new contact information?

If you have or expect a change in address and/or phone number, please let us know. It is with this accurate information that we are able to efficiently communicate school news and contact you should an emergency arise.

Summer Hours

Raleigh Park will maintain regular office hours through June 19. The school office will be open each Wednesday, June 26 - August 7, 8:00a-12:00p. The office will reopen Monday, August 12 and will resume regular hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 4:00p). Please note: the first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year is Tuesday, September 3.

The BSD 2019-20 calendar is included below...

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Heads Up: Field Day

Field Day is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 4. While I know better than to trust a Portland area forecast any longer than it takes for me to stick my head out of the window, we always want to consider the possibility of sunny and warm weather. I highly recommend a water bottle and a healthy application of sunscreen on your children prior to their arrival at school. Hats are also a great way to provide protection from the sun. If the weather dictates, our back up Field Day date is Monday, June 10.

Per District nurses, if a parent requests that staff assist a student in applying sunscreen, or that we store sunscreen in the health room, we need to have parents fill out a Medication Authorization form. HOWEVER, if the student can carry the sunscreen in their backpack and apply themselves, then we will not require a medication authorization or self administration form.

School Supplies!

Do you want to simplify purchasing Fall 2019 school supplies? You can order your fall school supplies online and give back to your community! While it may seem early to be thinking about fall, summer will come and go before you know it!

Raleigh Park is signed up for the Schoolhouse Supplies online ordering program. Let them take the hassle out of back-to-school shopping by purchasing your child’s school supplies online in a matter of minutes. The supplies will be waiting in your student’s classroom on the first day of school.

Below is an informational flyer as well as the school supply list for fall 2019. NOTE: There are a few items on the supply lists that are not included in the kits; please refer to the attached list of excluded items.


Order by July 10 and save $5! Last day to place an order is August 1. Follow these steps to place your order:


  • Enter City: Portland
  • Enter State: OR
  • Click on “Find my School”
  • From the drop-down box select Raleigh Park Elementary
  • Click on “Go to Step 2”


  • From the drop-down box select the grade you want to purchase a supply kit for
  • Click on “Go to Step 3”


  • Options for donations (Optional)
  • Click on “Go to Step 4”


  • Enter your child’s name. This will be used to label their kit.
  • Click on “Go to Step 5”
  • If you need to add another child’s kit, click on “Save & Add Another Kit”.


Questions? Please contact Kristin Darwin at tappster@hotmail.com or 503 502-2831. By the way, many thanks to Kristin for coordinating this opportunity for another year!

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5th Grade PYP Exhibition

At the behest of certain 5th grade exhibition groups, I'm including information about how they are taking action in service of their community. Our hope is that you are equally inspired to take action as well!

Whether you are the parent of a 5th grade student or not, please feel free to join us for our Exhibition Showcase next Thursday, June 6, 6:00-7:30pm.

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Katoh Japanese Visitation Program

For the seventh year, Raleigh Park will partner with Katoh Japanese Exchange Program. We are excited and honored by this opportunity for mutual understanding and appreciation of different cultures. However, it will not happen if we do not have families willing to host. If you will have a 4th or 5th grade student next school year and are interested in knowing more, please reference the following flyer.

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Walk+Roll Day / Safe Routes to School

I want to extend a HUGE THANKS to Amy Prewett for organizing Raleigh Park's Walk+Roll day on May 15. Whether they were able to walk or roll to school, or participate with some laps around the track during lunch, Raleigh Park had 223 students participate!

On a related note, please see the information below regarding Beaverton's Safe Routes to School Program. Your feedback is appreciated!


It’s data collection time again for Beaverton’s Safe Routes to School program. The purpose of program is to make walking and biking to school safe, convenient and fun if you are in the walk area. Parent’s and guardian’s input into how students travel to and from schools and their impression of the safety of the route is valuable as the city and county prioritize needed improvements for our roads.

The following survey was generated from the National Safe Routes to School Center and will be combined with classroom travel tallies to give us a good picture of how students are getting to and from schools throughout the district. The school’s survey are open for responses now. We appreciate your help in giving us information to make our program effective for all Beaverton School District students.

Thank you,

Lynne Mutrie

Beaverton School District

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Jen Anderson

Beaverton School District

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Books & Bytes Summer Learning Program

Raleigh Park is excited to host a reading and hands-on technology program this summer. Learn about reading strategies, library resources and technology skills. We will meet 11:00am to 12:30pm on the following dates:

  • July 11
  • July 18
  • July 25
  • August 1

Raleigh Park will be a summer meal site, so come for a free meal, show up for the book giveaways, and stay for the fun! Please contact District Future Ready TOSA, Matt Hiefield (matt_hiefield@beaverton.k12.or.us), for more details.

Seen & Heard


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Updated 2019-2020 Budget, Calendar and Compensation Information

I want to thank the Beaverton community, including our staff, for their careful attention to our budget process and projected shortfall for the 2019-20 school year. I am encouraged by recent news from our legislators that additional funding may be available in future school years to provide the education that we know every Beaverton student needs.

As we have gone through our budget and bargaining processes this spring, we have worked closely with our Beaverton Education Association leadership. They brought us information about obligations in the 2018-2019 contract. At their suggestion, we also have changed the May 13 Budget Committee Meeting to May 22 to provide the District more time to review and revise the Proposed Budget. As we complete our 2019-2020 budget process, we will make a few adjustments:

  1. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for collaboration time expires on June 30, 2019. Pending negotiations, the District’s intent is to return to the original licensed contract language of 175 student days and 193 licensed employee days for the 2019-2020 school year and eliminate early release Wednesdays. The school year would be five days shorter.
  2. Teachers and administrators will receive a one-time salary adjustment equal to .5% of their annual pay as part of their June 20 paycheck for the 2018-2019 school year. This cost of living increase (COLA) was required as part of the 2016-2019 licensed and administrator contract based on trigger language agreed to in 2016. The classified contract has different provisions and classified staff are not impacted by this adjustment.
  3. District staff, including newly appointed Interim CFO Jim Scherzinger, will review and revise the proposed 2019-2020 budget. Revisions to the budget will be presented and discussed at future budget meetings scheduled for May 22 and June 17. The School Board will meet on June 24 to adopt the budget.
  4. District staff will release an updated school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year that includes 175 student contact days and the elimination of early release/collaboration Wednesdays.

As we revise the proposed 2019-2020 budget, I will be focused on staff and students and my highest priority will be minimizing class size increases.

Thank you for all you do for the students of the Beaverton School District.

Don Grotting


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Parent Support for Summer Reading / Apoyo de los padres para la lectura de verano

Students who do not read in the summer lose skills compared to students who do spend time reading. Here are 8 things parents can do to help their child read in the summer:

  • Taking children to the library
  • Taking books along on road trips and vacations
  • Building reading time into children’s summer routine
  • Putting limits on screen time
  • Finding a book series the child likes so there will be multiple books to read
  • Signing up children for a reading program through the school community
  • Shopping online or in stores for books
  • Reading the same books children are reading and talking about them

Los estudiantes que no leen en el verano pierden habilidades en comparación con los estudiantes que pasan tiempo leyendo. Aquí hay 8 cosas que los padres pueden hacer para ayudar a sus hijos a leer en el verano:

  • Llevar a los niños a la biblioteca
  • Llevar libros a lo largo de viajes por carretera y vacaciones
  • Incrementar el tiempo de lectura en la rutina de verano de los niños
  • Poner límites en el tiempo de pantalla
  • Encontrar una serie de libros que le gusten al niño para que haya varios libros para leer
  • Inscribir a los niños en un programa de lectura a través de la comunidad escolar
  • Compras en línea o en tiendas de libros
  • Leer los mismos libros que los niños están leyendo y hablando sobre ellos


  • 31 - Volunteer Breakfast, 9:00a


  • 4 - Field Day
  • 5 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 6 - Community Meeting, 8:40a
  • 6 - 2nd Grade to Rice NW Rock Museum, 9:45a - 1:15p
  • 6 - 5th Grade Exhibition, 6:00 - 7:30p
  • 7 - 1st Grade to OMSI, 9:30a - 1:30p
  • 10 - Alternate Field Day
  • 11 - PTO Meeting, 8:30a
  • 11 - Passport Club Celebration, 2:00p
  • 12 - Early Release, 1:30p
  • 13 - Talent Show
  • 14 - RPTV
  • 14 - Student's Last Day, Regular Dismissal - "Have a great summer!"