FLEX Family Newsletter
April 9th, 2021
In this newsletter, you'll find:
- Upcoming Dates
- A/B Day Schedule Change
- Tell Your Story
- Safe Driving
- Meet the Staff
- Student Section
Upcoming Dates to Note
- Friday, April 16th: Grading Day - No School.
- Wednesday, April 28th: Staff Development Workday - No School
Note: FLEX Online will NOT have days off of school when neighborhood schools close to get ready for Hybrid learning.
Middle & High Schoolers - A/B Day Schedule Change
With the upcoming move to hybrid at neighborhood schools, the district has changed the A/B schedule. We will be changing with it to remain consistent and provide for our staff and families who are part of more than one BSD school.
Starting the week of April 19th, we will be A/B, B/A for the week instead of the current A/B, A/B.
Please see the calendar below to help ensure students are signing in to the correct classes.
The full year-at-a-glance calendar is updated and can be downloaded or printed.
What do you love about FLEX?
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!
FLEX 3-5th grade OBOB battles begin April 19th
FLEX has 14 teams in grades 3-5 competing in our school-wide Oregon Battle of The Books competition. Students have read and studied the 16 official books chosen for the competition this year. Now the fun begins as they battle it out to see who will be the First FLEX Fox OBOB Champion Team. We are so proud of our amazing readers and all their hard work. They have had to memorize book titles and author's names and facts from stories. In the meantime, they've traveled from Australia to fantasy lands experiencing all the exciting places reading takes us!
Battles will take place after school hours on Zoom throughout the month.
Read more about OBOB on their website.
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)
- Nutrition Services continues to offer free MEALS to all BSD children aged 1-18 with no Meal Benefits application required. This will continue until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
- New Information: The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)program, through DHS, will offer MONEY to families who qualify for Meal Benefits. The money is being offered to help families purchase groceries during the pandemic.
- Families who meet the criteria in this list for the 2020-2021 school year will receive P-EBT funds. No application or further action is needed by families who:
Have students only at CEP schools (families who have students at CEP and non-CEP schools need to apply for the non-CEP students to receive funds)
Have children who qualify for SNAP or TANF benefits
Have children with Homeless, Foster, Migrant, or Runaway status
Have applied and been approved for Meal Benefits at any time during the 2020-2021 school year.
- Families who do not meet any of the above criteria need to apply right away for Meal Benefits if they wish to be considered for P-EBT funds. Online applications are strongly encouraged, using www.schoolcafe.com. The SchoolCafe website supports English and Spanish applicants.
- Paper Meal Benefits applications, in both English and Spanish, are available at all meal pickup sites and all school offices.
- For more information, follow this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services.
- If you have questions, please call Meal Benefits at 503-356-3957 or email to NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.
- Los Servicios de nutrición continúa ofreciendo comidas gratuitas a todos los niños de BSD de 1 a 18 años sin necesidad de solicitud de beneficios de comida. Esto continuará hasta el final del año escolar 2020-2021.
- Nueva información: El programa Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT), a través del DHS, ofrecerá DINERO a las familias que califican para beneficios de comida. El dinero se ofrece para ayudar a las familias para comprar comestibles durante la pandemia.
- Las familias que cumplan con los criterios de esta lista para el año escolar 2020-2021 recibirán fondos P-EBT. Ninguna solicitud o acción adicional es necesaria para las familias que:
- Tener estudiantes solo en las escuelas CEP (familias que tienen estudiantes en las escuelas CEP y no CEP necesitan solicitar para los estudiantes que no son CEP para que reciban fondos)
- Los niños que califican para beneficios SNAP o TANF
- Tener a niños con condición de personas sin hogar, adoptivos, migrantes o niños desaparecidos
- Han solicitado y sido aprobados para beneficios de comida en cualquier momento durante el año escolar 2020-2021.
- Las familias que no cumplan ninguno de los criterios anteriores deben solicitar de inmediato beneficios de comida si desean ser consideradas para los fondos de P-EBT. Se recomienda que las solicitudes sean en línea, utilizando www.schoolcafe.com. El sitio web de SchoolCafe apoya a los solicitantes de inglés y español.
- Las solicitudes de beneficios de comidas de papel, tanto en inglés como en español, están disponibles en todos los sitios donde se levantan las comidas y en todas las oficinas escolares.
- Para obtener más información, siga este enlace: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services.
- Si tiene preguntas, llame a la oficina de Beneficios de comida al 503-356-3957 o envíe un correo electrónico a NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.
Kids are everywhere. Drive like it.
Although FLEX families stay virtual, these driving tips still apply to all of us!
While traffic and activities around Beaverton schools may look different, one thing is for sure – kids are out and about in our community. Some kids may be returning to school buildings while others will be continuing to learn remotely and taking breaks outside during the day. Safety is everyone’s responsibility! Kids are everywhere. #DriveLikeIt.
Driving Safety Tips
Our community needs everyone to drive safely, be alert, and follow traffic laws, especially when observing students walking, biking, skateboarding, and scootering. Let’s work together to keep our students safe!
· Stop for school busses when red lights flash. Both directions of traffic must stop.
· Watch your speed. 20 mph is the school zone speed limit.
· Be ready to stop at all times. Kids may dart into the street without checking for traffic.
· Stop for people at intersections and when asked by the crossing guard. Check your blind spots before turning and behind your vehicle before reversing.
· Drive for conditions – This time of year is often rainy and foggy limiting visibility for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians so keep those headlights on to help others see you.
Meet the Staff
9th grade book talk - Gianluca presents "Dear Martin"
9th grade book talk - Ryan presents "They Both Die at the End"
This 8th grade advisory class has their own hashtag #fambam
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
Elementary Health Education
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.
Thanks for reading!
Principal FLEX Online School