Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

October 25, 2019

Principal Message

Findley Families~

What a fun morning we had celebrating all the success of the Dragon Dash. First of all, as a school we raised over $97,000! That is incredible. What a gift to our school community. Thank you to everyone for making our annual fundraiser a huge success.

As we head into the winter months (can you believe it?!) please review the District’s inclement weather policy which can be found here and our school webpage.

Our 2018-2019 school and district report cards are ready for viewing. We have a few copies in the office, but they can also be accessed via our school webpage. We will also post a PDF of our school report later in this newsletter.

Don’t forget, next Tuesday, October 29, is our first in our new info-session series Parent Partnerships. In this first session, we will be sharing information about the Zones of Regulation. Parents will learn about how we use them in school and how you can use them at home to support your children with managing their emotions.

Included in this newsletter is a note from our school OBOB coordinator, Mrs. Vennes. As a friendly reminder, although we support and encourage our kids in this fun and friendly reading competition, school work should take precedence. Thank you for supporting your kids with time management at home.

I hope to see everyone tonight at the Fall Festival!

Happy Friday, Findley!

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


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Parent Partnership Series

Strategies for Success: Zones of Regulation

Findley Families,

We are excited and pleased to introduce our first Parent Partnership information session of the 2019-2020 school year. We will share information on the Zones of Regulation curriculum and how it helps all students recognize and manage their emotions throughout the day.

Please take a moment to RSVP via a brief google form to let us know if you'd be interested in attending.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We hope to see you soon.

Emily Gotfried, Counselor - Emily_Gotfried@beaverton.k12.or.us
Susan Hargrave, Student Success Coach – Susan_Hargrave@beaverton.k12.or.us

Please Note:

· Child care will not be provided and presentations are geared for an adult audience.

Boundary Committee Meeting

The first middle school boundary committee will be held on November 5 at 6:30 at Stoller Middle School.

BSD Survey

The school district would like to have parent input regarding the Student Success Act.

Please click on this link to complete that survey - Survey Link

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It’s time for Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB).

This is a friendly competition for the 3rd, 4th & 5th graders to participate in! Each year this event is coordinated by the Oregon Association of Librarians; this is the largest Book Club in the state and is designed to promote reading! There are 16 books chosen state wide, the students compete first at Findley and then the winning team competes at Regionals (against other public & private schools from the Washington County area). If the team wins at Regionals they go on to compete at the State level. The students do not have to read all 16 books; the books can be read by the student, read to the student by a family member, or listened to audibly. This is a fun way to introduce new books and series to your child!

This is a student driven activity, the students create their own team of 4 members from their grade level, they read the books and compete in friendly battles. All battles happen during the grade level recesses and begin in late January. The program has been introduced to your children during their library time and many students are already anxiously reading and creating teams. Registration for this event is Wednesday, November 13th, during their lunches; at this time the teams will turn in signed contracts and have their pictures taken. Please talk to your child about their interest in the program, it is completely voluntary and an extra curricular activity.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Rita Vennes

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UPDATED Announcements 10-21

Message from our Nurse

We will be having vision screenings for students November 4th, 2019 at school. Please notify the office in writing if you want your child to opt out of the screening.

***Hearing Screening will be Nov. 5th Kindy - Second Grade only. Please notify the office in writing if you want your child to opt out of the screening.*** New Date

TAG Update

2019-2020 Findley Tag Testing

Due to the teachers no later than 10/30/2019






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Whats Happening!

Findley PTO

Findley PTO: Supporting our students by connecting parents, staff, and the community!

Visit our website at www.findleypto.com or email president@findleypto.com.

Dragon Dash 2019 – THANK YOU!!!


Dragon Dash prizes are coming home with students today! Prizes received are based on fundraising levels or were won by the student as part of the Dragon Dash Raffle. Please remember that company matching donations help fund great programs at Findley throughout the year but are not included in the student's individual fundraising level.

If you have any questions, please email dragondashpm@gmail.com.

Thank you!
Findley PTO

Join Us for the Findley Fall Festival – Today!!!

Happy fall y’all! Findley students & adults are encouraged to wear costumes to the Findley Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 25th from 5:00-8:00 pm (please, no costumes during regular school hours). It’s all good fun so please leave your truly scary costumes and toy weapons at home (light sabers, ninja swords, etc.).

Thanks to the PTO and your Dragon Dash donations, this event is FREE for the whole family. There will be a DJ playing music on the stage & kids can do the hokey pokey, limbo, YMCA & more! The library will have fall books to read & crafts. There will be a candy corn contest and Elite Dance Studio will give a performance.

5th graders & families will be serving up: cheese pizza, bottled water, popcorn, donuts, and candy to earn money for 5th grade activities & a service project. Cash only & come hungry! Be THERE or BEWARE!

Questions? Please contact Dana Rodman – dana.n.rodman@gmail.com

Art Literacy

October's Art Literacy Artist is ERIC CARLE (1929 – Present.)

Beloved children's book author and illustrator Eric Carle has written and illustrated many well-known titles such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To create his beautiful pictures, Carle uses the technique of collage. He first paints tissue paper with acrylic paints and then cuts shapes out of the colored papers to create the different parts of his scenes and characters. After viewing some of Carle’s creations, students were inspired to create their own collage compositions using cut pieces of painted papers.

Thank you for supporting Findley Art Literacy!


Yearbook Volunteers Needed!!!

The Yearbook Committee needs additional team members to help take photos throughout the year and edit the yearbook in the spring. We are looking for parents that can take classroom photos as well as events such as Findley Fall Festival. The hours are extremely flexible with just a few meetings throughout the year.

Please contact FindleyYearbook@gmail.com to get started and help create your child’s yearbook this year.

Save the Date! Findley PTO General Meeting Dates

PTO General Meetings (Findley Library) – Presentations and staff updates. Open to all interested parents!

  • November 4th – 7pm
  • February 10th
  • May 18th

Up Coming Events


25th - 5:00 - 8:00 PM Fall Festival


1st - No School Grading Day

4th - Vision Screen

4th - PTO Meeting 7pm

5th - Middle School Boundary Committee meeting 6:30 - 8:30 @ Stoller MS

6th - Conferences 4-8pm

7th - No School conferences 8am - 8pm

8th - No School

11th - Holiday - No School

13th - Art Literacy Training

14th - Picture Re-take

15th - Spirit Day - Crazy Sock Day / All School Assembly

20th - Passport club

22nd - Passport Recheck

22nd - Alex Zerb Assembly

27th - 29th No School Thanksgiving Holiday