FLEX Family Newsletter

December 4, 2020

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Hello FLEX families!

It’s getting colder outside and the holiday season is fast approaching. I hope this finds you well.

Find important announcements, reminders, and some FUN below!

Family Engagement Organization (our version of a PTO)

Our Family Engagement Organization (FEO) Parent organization met on Tuesday night 12/1 and we missed having many of you join us. We wanted to let you know that during that meeting we met with the FLEX Online School counselors, Shani Clarke and Eddy Fernandez, and they shared with us that we have many families in FLEX that can use some assistance during the holidays. We are working on a way to collect and distribute gift cards to these families.

We would like to invite any and all parents and learning coaches to please join us this coming Tuesday 12/8 at 7pm on Zoom to discuss electing the rest of our officers. We need your help as our Family Engagement Organization is starting our new job of supporting our school and families that make up FLEX Online! You can access the Zoom meeting at the link below:

Time: Dec 8, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 264 807 4223

Passcode: FLEXfeo

We hope that you can join us as we are eager and ready to begin helping to support our School and the FLEX Online School families!

Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Cheryl Peterson, Flex Online School FEO President

Chromebooks - Grades 3-12

If you still have an older model Chromebook “R11”, please come get it exchanged for a new “Spin” model that has a stylus. All students in grades 3-12 should have this new version, and it will be required for middle and high school students taking art next semester.

See photos below to help determine which you have.

To exchange your Chromebook:

Please email flex-online-school@beaverton.k12.or.us or call 503-356-3720 (press 0 for the office) to set up a time.

We're available Monday-Friday 8:00am-3:30pm at Timberland Middle School - 650 NW 118th Ave. Portland, OR 97229

Once you're here, please stay in your vehicle and call the same number, and we'll bring the Chromebook out to you.

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If you need technology support, contact the student help desk:

Elementary Workbooks

Thank you to those who came and picked up your new workbooks!

If you didn’t make it, please make arrangements to come pick them up. These workbooks include lessons for the rest of the schoolyear and are for students in Kindergarten-5th grade.

To pick up workbooks:

Please email flex-online-school@beaverton.k12.or.us or call 503-356-3720 (press 0 for the office) to set up a time.

Include: Student Name, Grade, and Teacher's name

We're available Monday-Friday 8:00am-3:30pm at Timberland Middle School - 650 NW 118th Ave. Portland, OR 97229

Once you're here, please stay in your vehicle and call the same number, and we'll bring the workbooks out to you.

Meet Our Teachers!

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Cold Weather Doesn’t Mean You Need to Stay Inside!

With the change in weather it can be tempting to stay indoors. We know that our kids need to move every day and the extensive associated benefits of physical exercise. Here are some tips to help you build healthy (and fun!) habits into the remote school day:

  1. Start your day by taking a walk or a bike ride. Do you still travel to a different location for school? Then make that trip an active one! Too far to walk? Try parking halfway and walking the rest. Commit to walking or biking 2 days a week and start building those healthy habits.
  2. Take movement breaks in between classes or at lunch time. A brisk walk around the block will get your heart pumping and re-energize you for the rest of your day.
  3. Need to pick up your library holds or free lunch? Bike over to your pickup location and reap the benefits of an active trip while checking off your to-do list.
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Holiday Community Resources

These resources may be helpful with gifts, meals, gift cards, and other necessities during the winter holidays. Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the following if you need assistance navigating these resources or are in need of other kinds of community support.




  • BSD Clothes Closet
    Currently accepting donations as well as appointments to pick up clothing. More information and directions to make an appointment in the link below.
    Clothes Closet

In Case You Missed It Items

Friendly Attendance Reminder

Please take 5-10 minutes each day to log into Canvas and click the attendance button. If you are elementary, the button is found in your Language Arts course. If you are in middle or high school, please click the button in your A/B day classes (depending on day) and Advisory every Wednesday. This information is critical for state reporting. We appreciate your cooperation.

Stay in the Know

We use the SchoolMessenger notification system to send automated phone calls, emails and texts to parents, guardians, students and staff. These messages include return-to-school information, important messages and reminders, attendance notifications and inclement weather messages. Visit the BSD SchoolMessenger webpage for more information.

You can update your notification preferences via SchoolMessenger InfoCenter or by downloading the app. Check out this quick video on how to manage your account.

FLEX Semester Openings

Do you know someone who is interested in joining FLEX at semester break this year? We are accepting a small number of applications for openings at the semester break (February 5, 2021). Applications are due January 22nd at 4:00pm. Check our enrollment web page to learn more and access the application.

Tell Us Your Story!

We would love your help to tell the story of our school and the families that make our school community so special. We will use this information on our school website to help other students and families know more about our school. Use our online form to tell your story and even upload a photo if you have one!

If you already given feedback, thank you so much!

After-School Clubs

We have several clubs running now including Pokemon, art, writing and more! These are a great way for students to connect and meet other students who share their interests. Students can ask their Homeroom or Advisory teacher to find out how to sign up. Information about our current clubs and when they meet on is our website.

Thanks for reading!

Paul Ottum

Principal FLEX Online School