Tumwater News

October 1, 2021

Principal 's Message

Where did September go? In a flash the first four weeks of the school year have sped by and we're beginning our second month. There are some promising signs of our community beginning to come together. As I visit classrooms and spend time with students at lunch, I hear them calling one another by name, including one another in lunchtime activities, and working together on classroom projects. The power of students learning and growing together is evident.

Although we were not able to hold Family Engagement Nights (formerly known as Back to School Nights) in person, all of our teachers have created videos to introduce themselves and their classrooms to parents and guardians. These brief videos that include the same information that would have been shared in a in-person event including an overview of what your child will be learning, how students will receive feedback, how Canvas is used in the class, and the best way to contact the teacher. All videos are posted on your child's Canvas courses. Look for the link labeled "Back to School Welcome for Parents/Guardians" on each course. If you are not yet familiar with navigating Canvas, ask your child to log into their courses or learn how to access it here.

I'm looking forward to our upcoming PTO Community meeting and hope that you will be able to join us.


Jill O'Neill

School Contact Information

Main Office 503-356-2720

Attendance 503-356-2721

Please consider adding our school phone numbers to your cell phone contact list - this will allow you to use voice prompts to dial our number.

Upcoming Events

Fri., Oct. 8th - Staff Development Day, no school for students

Tues., Oct. 12th - PTO Community Meeting (via Zoom), 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Weds., Oct. 13th - Family-Teacher Conferences (virtual only), 6:40 - 8:15 pm

Thurs., Oct. 14th - No school for students, Family-Teacher Conferences (virtual only), 8:15 am - 8:15 pm

Fri., Oct. 15th - No school for students

Thur., Nov. 4th - Picture Retake Day

Tues., Nov. 9th - 5th Grade Family Open House (virtual), 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Thurs., Nov. 11th - Veterans' Day, School Closed

Fri., Nov. 12th - Grading Day, No school for students

Be sure to check the calendar on ParentSquare and our school website (scroll to the bottom of the home page) for the school all school events.

Family-Teacher Conferences

Family-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Weds., Oct. 13th and Thurs., Oct. 14th. There is no school for students on Thurs. Oct. 14th and Fri., Oct. 15th.

All conferences will take place virtually, not in person. More information about how to sign up for conferences will be shared with all families next week.

What are Learner Profile Traits?

The IB’s mission statement reads “The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” To aid in this, the IB learner profile attributes were developed and represent the IB’s mission statement in action. The learner profile, describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.

The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools and are the foundation of all of the IB programmes. These attributes can help the members of our school community become responsible members of local, national and global communities. The IB Learner Profile embodies the traits students strive for as part of the IB programs.

There are 10 Learner Profile Traits: Balanced, Caring, Communicator, Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Open-minded, Principled, Reflective, Risk-Taker and Thinker. We want these attributes to be a part of our students’ learning journey.

Promoting Good Health

All families are asked to complete a wellness scan of their child(ren) each day before sending them to school. If a student is exhibiting a fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, a new loss of taste or smell or any of the symptoms on our Too Sick for School - Keep Ill Students Out of School flyer, the student should stay home. A staff member will do another visual check as students arrive at school.

All students and staff will wear masks when on school grounds, with the exception of when eating at mealtimes or drinking. Exceptions are in place for people with documented medical conditions that prevent a mask from being worn.

For the most current mask guidance and school mitigation measures see the FAQs on BSD's Back to School Information Page. Changes in guidance are updated frequently and will appear here.

Online Verification and Vaccination Update

We need your help with two critical and urgent tasks:

1) Complete your student’s Online Verification as soon as possible.

Only 68% of BSD families have completed this annual process, far fewer than in past years.

In ParentVUE, click on the Family Updates and New Student Enrollment tab in the top right corner to start the verification process. (Those who have a mailing address outside of the District, such as interdistrict transfers, won’t be able to verify online and will receive a paper form from their schools.)

If you haven’t activated your ParentVUE account or if you’re having difficulty logging in, please contact your school. If you’ve forgotten your ParentVUE password, please follow these instructions to reset.

2) If your student (ages 12 and up) has completed their COVID-19 vaccination series, please upload the vaccination card as soon as possible.

Only a small percentage of students who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have uploaded their vaccination cards through the Online Verification process. In cases where entire classrooms or buses need to be quarantined, if your student is vaccinated and asymptomatic, they would not have to quarantine IF we have proof of their vaccination status. When this documentation is not in our system, it creates a tremendous amount of follow-up work for our school nurses.

  • If you have NOT completed the Online Verification process, you can enter the Dose 1 and Dose 2 (if applicable) date(s) for the COVID-19 vaccination in the Immunization section. You also will be prompted to upload a copy of your student’s vaccination card in the Documents tab. It’s not enough to input the vaccination date(s); we need to see the actual vaccination card.
  • If you have completed the Online Verification process but neglected to upload your student’s COVID-19 vaccination card initially, you can go back and upload it now. Proceed through the verification screens by clicking Save/Continue at the bottom until you reach the Immunization section. Enter the Dose 1 and Dose 2 (if applicable) date(s). Proceed through the verification screens by clicking Save/Continue at the bottom until you reach the Documents section. Upload your vaccination card in the Documents tab. Proceed through the screens to Review/Submit. Check the box that “I have reviewed all registration data and verified that it is correct,” and then click Submit.
  • If you’re completing the paper version of the Online Verification form, you can bring your student’s vaccination card to your school to be added to their online record.

We appreciate your help. By completing these tasks, you make it possible for us to better serve your students and keep them in school.

Lunch / Recess

As we enter Oregon's rainy season we're adapting our lunch strategies. During 4th and 5th periods we have a combination of outdoor band class, PE classes, recess, and lunch all competing for space. It's an adventure on a sunny day, but we really have to get creative on rainy days. Several families have expressed an interest in knowing more about lunch and recess.

Pre-COVID middle schoolers had a 30 minutes lunch period. At most schools the first 10 minutes were required to be spend in the cafeteria, then students could choose to either stay in the cafeteria, go outside, go to the library, or gather with friends in a designated hallway. This year is different because we are using mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID, including spacing students 6 feet apart when they are eating. Here's our current strategy:

Outdoor Dining: This is our normal lunch plan for days without rain and when the ground is dry. Each grade level is split into Group 1 and Group 2. Group 1 eats lunch first while Group 2 is at recess. After 17 minutes they rotate. Students can eat inside the Commons at cafeteria tables and stadium seating area or they can go outside to the Commons Patio to sit on the concrete benches or on the ground. At recess students can be in the covered play area or tennis court/field space adjacent to the covered play area. A limited number of library passes are distributed at recess.

Indoor Dining: This is our lunch plan when the Commons Patio ground is wet and students cannot sit on the benches or ground. Each grade level is split into Group 1 and Group 2. Group 1 eats lunch first while Group 2 is at recess. After 17 minutes they rotate. Students can eat inside the Commons at cafeteria tables and stadium seating area or in the Auxiliary Gym where tables and chairs are temporarily set up. At recess students can be in the covered play area or tennis court/field space adjacent to the covered play area. A limited number of library passes are distributed at recess.

Rainy Day: This is our lunch plan when we have heavy rain and need the covered play area for both Band class and PE Classes. Students are assigned to a room for their 30 minute lunch and typical recess activities are not available. On these days we use the Commons, Auxiliary Gym, Choir Room, Black Box, and Library as lunch spaces. Students can read, do homework, or use their Chromebooks when they are finished eating, but remain seated in the same room for the full lunch period. Using this plan will always be a last resort.

We watch both the weather forecasts and the actual weather before making a decision to move from Outdoor to either Indoor or Rainy Day lunches. The decision will usually be made shortly before the beginning of the first lunch and may change between lunches if the weather shifts.

As with nearly everything in the pandemic, we will be flexible and adapt as needed. The good news is in the next two weeks we will have an outdoor tent installed on the Commons Patio, providing us an option for outdoor dining even on rainy days.

Parking Lot

The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. Drivers who drop off or pick up students play a critical role in ensuring that students and staff are safe in our parking lots and sidewalks. Please follow the directions of our staff supervising the area and the posted signs:

  • Slow down when driving through parking lot
  • Yield to pedestrians and bikers - they have the right of way
  • Yield to school buses
  • Use the drop off/pick up zone that is beyond the crosswalk and curves beyond the u-turn loop.
  • Pull as far forward as possible this prevents traffic from backing up behind you
  • Use your turn signal to communicate your intentions to pedestrians and other drivers
  • Check your side mirror and blind spot before pulling out from the curb
  • Avoid using your horn. Use it only to alert others to danger (not to get your child's attention or express frustration)
  • Consider dropping your student off after 9:05 am and picking them up after 4:00 pm to avoid congestion in the parking lot.
  • If busing is available to you, consider having your child ride the bus to/from school.

There has been confusion about the parking spots with "Car Pool" signs. These are intended for staff members who car pool, not for student carpools. We prefer drivers use the pull through drop off / pick up zone and remain in their cars.

We have had several near misses of collisions between vehicles and pedestrians in crosswalks, as well as private vehicles and school buses. As a preventative measure, on Monday our traffic patterns will change slightly. No left turns will be possible between the lane leading up to the crosswalk and the larger parking lot. All traffic will be directed through the longer loop.

Sunset Football Game Information

It has been the policy for several years that any middle school student attending a Sunset High School Football game must be accompanied by their parent and remain in the stands with their parent the entire time. Please do not send your child with another adult to the game. Students will not be allowed to hang out by concessions or walk around in the stadium.

From a safety standpoint, all BSD High Schools are discouraging any unvaccinated individuals from attending sporting events, including football games.

Meet Zip & Zeus

Two Tumwater 8th Graders are currently training service dogs for Autism Service Dogs of America. Lily and Lillian have been involved in this organization for several years and each trained multiple service dogs. They recently shared their service projects in an Advisory presentation that included guidance for how others should behave around service animals. Zip and Zeus are familiar sights around school and have become part of the Tumwater family.

Congratulations and thank you to Lily and Lillian for sharing their projects and demonstrating what Service as Action can look like.

Talented & Gifted Services

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement in reading and/or math. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office or linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion.

Please complete and return the Parent Information Form to Heather McCollum, TMS TAG Facilitator. Forms can be dropped off in the school office or emailed to heather_mccollum@beaverton.k12.or.us

Estimados Padres:

Cada año se ofrecen servicios para alumnos identificados como talentosos y dotados por medio del programa TAG (Talented and Gifted por sus siglas en inglés) en el Distrito Escolar de Beaverton. Estos servicios son proporcionados por los maestros de la clase. Si Ud. piensa que su hijo(a) sobresale en el ámbito de la capacidad académica e intelectual, favor de llenar el formulario de información de padres disponible en la oficina de la escuela o en la página web del distrito. K-12 Formato de Información de los Padres Por medio del formulario Ud. tendrá la oportunidad de proporcionar información importante acerca de su hijo(a), misma que será analizada por el comité de TAG. Todos los alumnos que califiquen serán considerados, independientemente del llenado del formulario.

La ley de Oregon y la politica del Distrito definen como estudiantes talentosos y \dotados a todos aquellos alumnos cuyo puntaje esté arriba del 97 percentil en el examen de habilildad mental y logros academicos, mismo que es estandarizado y nacionalmente normado. El comportamiento académico, el aprendizaje y/o el desempeño son también considerados antes de identificar a un alumno para los servicios de TAG. La escuela evaluará a los alumnos nominados por padres o maestros en el mes de Noviembre.

Dropping off student materials or lunches

If you need to drop something off for your student, please bring it to the office. To avoid disrupting classroom learning, items will not be delivered to the classroom, but ask that students check in the office during passing periods or their lunch/recess if they're expecting a notebook, lunch etc. It may be helpful for you to email your student that you've dropped the item off and it's ready for them to pick up.

Picture Retake Day - Thursday Nov. 4th

Picture Retake Day is Thursday, November 14th. Retake Day is for students who were absent or not yet enrolled on Picture Day. It is also for students who purchased a picture package but wish to exchange it for a new picture and for students who wish to purchase a picture package for the first time. Picture order forms are available in the student information center by the main office and online here. Dorian will email portrait packages directly home.

After School Clubs

The Beaverton Education has been a strong supporter of after school clubs for neighborhood middle schools. The grant process this year ends at the end of October. We hope to begin after school clubs with transportation support in November. We recognize that providing bus transportation supports more equitable access for all our students. The timeline for our club programming is similar to other BSD middle schools.

Until the grant process is completed, a few Tumwater clubs may start meeting without but transportation support. Please watch for more information in future newsletters and on our social media.

Mathcounts Club

Love math? Enjoy competition? Join the Tumwater Mathcounts Club! This club will prepare mathletes to take on the challenge of the Mathcounts competition In January 2022. Our first informational meeting for students will be on Tuesday, October 12 from 4:00 to 4:45 in the Commons. Join us to find out more about Mathcounts and decide if you would like to be part of the Rapids team!

No transportation will be provided at this time. Families should arrange to pick up their child(ren) at 4:45 in the front of the school.

Travel Opportunities

Current TMS Students are invited to travel to Rome and Athens in June 2022,and/or Japan in Spring 2023! These are both incredible opportunities for students to visit places that they learn about in school and expand their understanding of the world.

Ms. McCollum will be talking about the details of both trips in a virtual informational meeting on Thursday October 7th at 7:00 PM. Please join the meeting to hear all of the details including the itineraries, dates, and cost of these trips. This will also mark the official opening of enrollment in the Japan trip!

Please follow this link: https://bit.ly/3hHIr6G to RSVP for the meeting ASAP in order to confirm your attendance and receive the meeting link. Ms. McCollum would love to have you attend this meeting to learn more about these exciting opportunities!

These trips are in not sponsored or endorsed by Tumwater Middle School or the Beaverton School District.

Vaccination Requirements for All Volunteers Due 10/18

As a reminder, ALL volunteers in Oregon schools must be fully vaccinated by October 18th. Fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine OR a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and it has been 14 days since your final dose.

You must upload your vaccination card or your immunization record from a licensed medical provider to your volunteer profile by this date. Volunteers who are unable to be vaccinated due to a documented medical condition (including pregnancy) or due to a sincerely held religious belief must submit the required Oregon Health Authority (OHA) form.

To upload your vaccination card or to access an exemption form:

  1. Create a digital image of your vaccination card in .jpg format.

  2. Log into your myimpactpage.com account.

  3. Go to the "My Profile" tab in the upper right and click on "Additional Info" from the drop-down menu.

  4. Choose "Beaverton School District" from the Organization List drop-down menu

  5. Click the Select Organization button.

  6. Scroll to the very bottom of the profile information screen to find the COVID Vaccination section.

  7. Click the Choose file button to select the image of your vaccination card or immunization record.

  8. Click Save.

  9. If you need an exemption form, click on the "i" icon and download the form. Once it's completed, you upload it here through the Choose file button.

Once you've uploaded your information, it will be reviewed by District staff; other volunteers will not have access to these documents. Event coordinators and office staff will ensure that requirements are met in the system before you're allowed to begin your volunteer activity. They will not review cards, records, or exemption forms. This must be done through the steps above.

Questions? Email Jyothi & Kristi (tumwaterpto.volunteer@gmail.com)

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SAVE THE DATE: Tumwater PTO Community Meeting on 10/12

The first official community meeting of the Tumwater PTO will be Tuesday, 10/12 at 6:30pm via zoom. Join us to hear school & PTO updates with principal Jill O'Neil and your Tumwater PTO Board. The 2021-22 budget will also be approved as we launch our inaugural year. All parents are automatically members of the Tumwater PTO.

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS: In an effort to communicate effectively & efficiently, the Tumwater PTO will be taking questions BEFORE our community meeting on 10/12. This will ensure that our meeting agenda and topics will clarify any lingering questions for our parent community. You can submit your questions here.

Questions? Email Hannah (tumwaterpto.president@gmail.com)

Rising Tides Continues

Thank you to the 168 donors who have stepped up to donate over $21,000 for our 900+ Tumwater students.

EVERY donation collectively takes us one step closer to reaching our base goal of $25k and 200 donors.

However, here at PTO HQ, we are DREAMING BIG & we recognize that donations die in darkness.

Explore our proposed budgets at various income levels and to learn more details about our four major areas of support: Academic Enrichment, Student Experiences, Family Events, and Community Outreach.

As our Rising Tides income increases, so does the breadth and scope of our PTO impact.

Any amount donated is gratefully received. However, for those looking for more direction, we suggest an initial donation of $100-$150 per student, if that’s a reasonable possibility for your family.

PAY ONLINE: Donate directly via PayPal.

MATCHING FUNDS: Due to our still-pending 501(c)(3) status, our fundraising capacity is slightly diminished this year, as we are currently unable to receive corporate matching funds. Please see our Matching Funds FAQ for more info & hold onto your receipt!

FOLLOW ALONG: You can find Tumwater PTO on facebook, instagram or via our website.

QUESTIONS: Email Hannah (tumwaterpto.president@gmail.com) or check out www.tumwaterpto.org/fundraising

Dear BSD Families,

We understand that it can be challenging to access current information regarding your child’s schooling in your own language. We do our best to send out messages about important updates, especially during these challenging times. However, you can access the BSD website — and specifically, our return-to-school page — at any time. Below, we’ve included a link that will take you to our website, where you’ll find it already translated into your language. Please know, the translation is generated by Google Translate. It’s not perfect, but we do hope it’s helpful.

If you need additional assistance, please contact our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

View the BSD website in Arabic قم بزيارة الموقع الإلكتروني للقطاع التعليمي لمدارس بيفرتون باللغة العربية

View the BSD website in Chinese 请浏览中文版的BSD网站

View the BSD website Japanese BSDウェブサイトを日本語で見る

View the BSD website in Korean. 한국어로 BSD 웹사이트를 보십시오.

View the BSD website in Russian Посмотрите веб-сайт школьного округа Бивертон на русском

View the BSD website in Somali Ka fiiri bogga BSD ee ku qoran af-Soomaali

View the BSD website in Spanish Vea la página web del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton en español

View the BSD website in Vietnamese. Xem trang mạng BSD bằng tiếng Việt