FLEX Family Newsletter

April 2nd, 2021

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In this newsletter, you'll find:

  • Upcoming Dates
  • Forecasting Information
  • Enrollment Reminders
  • Elementary Health Education
  • Free Meals
  • Bingo! In-person event update
  • New name for Timberland
  • Student Section

Upcoming Dates to Note

  • Friday, April 16th: Grading Day - No School.

Note: FLEX Online will NOT have days off of school when neighborhood schools close to get ready for Hybrid learning.

Forecasting Information - current grades 5-11

Forecasting forms were delivered by email this week. If you did not receive it, please check with your advisory teacher. The deadline to submit your forecast form has been extended to 5pm on Thursday, April 8th. Please complete one form per student, for students who will be in grades 6-12 next fall. Visit the Academic Planning Guide for information on courses.

If you have questions and need assistance with forecasting please contact:


Drop in to these informal “office hours” with your questions about scheduling classes for the 2021-22 school year with FLEX.

Monday 4/5 8:00am-9:30am Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 806 522 7428

Passcode: FLEX

Enrollment Reminders

  • If your student attends FLEX now and plans on staying next year, there is no need to re-enroll; students are automatically enrolled at FLEX for the 2021-22 school year.

  • If your student is going to attend a different school next fall, please contact FLEX at flex-online-school@beaverton.k12.or.us and the other school with this information.

  • If you or someone you know has a student who will be joining us for the first time next fall, please visit our enrollment page on the FLEX website to register.

Elementary Health Education

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Here in the Beaverton School District, we teach children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. In order to help our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn, we also provide age-appropriate health instruction. There will be two primary resources used for this instruction: The Great Body Shop to teach the adopted Oregon Health Standards and fightchildabuse.org to teach sexual abuse prevention in accordance with Erin’s Law. Continue reading for more information on each resource.

Oregon Health Education Standards

The Great Body Shop, published by The Children’s Health Market, will be used to teach the Oregon Health Education Standards. It offers skills-based instruction that addresses physical, social, emotional, and mental health. Human Sexuality Education instruction is age appropriate, medically accurate, and relevant for all students.

Erin’s Law (Sexual Abuse Prevention)

An important component of our curriculum is to help children protect their bodies, get support when abuse has occurred, and report to a trusted adult. In accordance with Erin’s Law, we are educating children about sexual abuse and promoting awareness within our communities. The Oregon Department of Education has required all Oregon schools to comply with Erin’s Law. The Erin’s Law lessons address personal safety, touching safety, and assertiveness.

Previewing Materials/Opting Out

The process for previewing materials and opting out of instruction will be slightly different due to the pandemic. Your child’s teacher will be sending communication home prior to instruction in human sexuality and sexual abuse prevention to address this.

Thank you for helping us to make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.


Paul Ottum



Free Meals

Starting April 5, meal service via bus routes will be discontinued. To continue receiving free meals:

  • All CDL students, FLEX students and children not enrolled in the Beaverton School District can access a free 5-day meal bag every Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Meal bags include 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 supper snacks. Only children aged 4 and older are eligible for supper snacks.

  • Families can select a school to pick up these meals on the Meal Bag Registration Form.

  • Registration is strongly encouraged.

  • Children do not need to be present to pick up meal bags.

  • Anyone picking up meal bags must wear a mask.

To register for 5-day meal bags and for the most up-to-date information, please visit: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/meals


Check out these fun photos from our 4th grade Bingo event.

Staff are currently working on procedures and ideas for getting students on campus at Tumwater Middle School for optional in-person events. We tested it out with this Bingo evening and it was so much fun!

Stay tuned for more events soon.

Did you know that Timberland has a new name?

Introducing...Tumwater Middle School!

The school that you may have visited this year to pick up supplies for FLEX has been known as “Timberland,” although that hasn’t been its permanent name - it was simply a placeholder for the Timberland area middle school that has been housing several different schools like Vose Elementary and ACMA over the last few years as their schools were being rebuilt.

Next year - 2021-2022 will be the first year of it being an established middle school, and its name was finally chosen! Read below for the district announcement.

The School Board has chosen a name for the new middle school in the Timberland area: Tumwater Middle School.

The Native American name was selected to pay respect to the area’s Native American heritage as well as advance the District’s commitment to anti-bias, antiracism work.

Tumwater means “waterfall” in Chinuk Wawa, a contact language used by tribes in the Pacific Northwest, including the Atfalati band of the Kalapuya who lived in the Cedar Mill area. Tumwater refers to the neighborhood’s most prominent — yet hidden — natural feature, the Cedar Mill Creek Waterfall, just east of Cedar Mill Bible Church and only a 3-minute walk from the middle school. In addition to being the site of the first mill in the area (and namesake of the Cedar Mill community), the falls are believed to have been an important gathering place and possible fishing spot for the Atfalati.

Native American elements were already incorporated in the middle school’s design. Kalapuya baskets inspired the brickwork pattern on the exterior of the school. The District and school administrators have already started to talk about possible learning opportunities involving STEM-based creek and land restoration projects or on-site community gardens with Native plants, in conjunction with THPRD and our tribal partners. Thank you to the Multilingual Department, Title VI, Native American Parent Committee (NAPAC) and our tribal partners who assisted in this process.

Student Section

All four 2nd grade classes are providing the opportunity for students to make books using Book Creator. Here are some sample pages from Mr. Thayer’s class!
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Behind the Scenes

Thank you to all of our hard-working teachers for EVERYTHING they do for kids!

Photo below: Our amazing elementary art teacher is putting together clay kits for class.
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Clothes for Kids

The link to schedule an online Clothes for Kids Appointment is under the Families tab on the District's website. Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. or on Wednesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Thanks for reading!

Paul Ottum

Principal FLEX Online School