Springville K-8 Parent Newsletter (4/16/2021)
We hope you enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend! We have loved having K-5 students in our building these last two weeks. We look forward to welcoming 6th-8th grade students on Monday.
We are heartbroken by the recent tragic events in our country and community that highlight racism and discrimination. We would like to acknowledge the pain, loss and trauma that our Black, Indigenous and families of color continue to experience. We would like to share a resource that is particular to our Black and African American families, the Beaverton Black Parent Union. The BBPU is a collective of families with Black children, working to create community, support and advocate for the Black community. You can sign up on the BBPU website to join the organization or to become a volunteer/ally.
At Springville, we strive to create a safe and inclusive school for our students from various racial and ethnic backgrounds. We are committed to becoming an anti-racist, anti-bias school. We see our Black, Indigenous and families of color, and we are here to support you.
Robin Kobrowski, Principal
Ellen Arnold, Assistant Principal
Jeremy Birch, Student Supervisor
April 19: First Day of In-Person Hybrid Instruction Grades 6-8
April 21: Library Check Out 9:00-110:30
April 28: Staff Development Day - No School
Helping Families Navigate Change
Behavioral Health Resources - Click Below
Hybrid Arrival and Dismissal Reminders
- Supervision for students begins at 8:45 for our morning session and 12:30 for our afternoon session. Please do not drop off students before 8:45 or 12:30.
- Release students from cars on the CURB side only.
- Please follow all traffic rules, including driving 20 MPH in front of the school and stop for students at crosswalks.
- Use crosswalks to cross Joss Avenue. With cars on both sides of the street it is dangerous for families to cross through traffic.
- Stay in your car at parent pick-up or drop-off.
- Schedule appointments outside of school hours. It is disruptive to students and teachers when class is interrupted to excuse students early.
Volunteers Needed for Packing Meals
It's been a long time since we've been able to have volunteers in our school and while things aren't back to normal yet, we do have an opportunity for you! Each day the nutrition services staff at Springville packs hundreds of grab-and-go style lunches for students in our community. It's a big job and we're reaching out to you to see if you might be able to help us.
We are looking for three volunteers each day, Monday through Friday, for a 9-11am shift to assist staff with packing the lunches. We'll start this coming Monday--the 19th. You are welcome to sign up for multiple days, or a specific day each week, or just a day here and there that works with your schedule. The link here will show you all of the available shifts. We are so thankful for the hard work they've been doing to keep our little ones fed and this will be a great way to show them some support!
Click here to login to Better Impact, select the "Opportunities" tab, then sign up for your shifts!
No registration is required. If do not wish for your elementary student(s) to receive free meals AND never want to receive free meals, please indicate that option on the survey below or complete the attached opt-out form and return to school with your student. If you have already completed the below survey, you don't need to complete it again unless your child requires a vegetarian meal.
For more information on student meals, please visit the BSD Meal Service website.
Congratulations OBOB Teams!
Congratulations to the 4th grade team Dragon Scholars (Ishita Anumula, Keertivasan Bharani, Navya Kolavennu, and Chaitra Kodali) who did an excellent job representing Springville at the OBOB Mini-Regional Tournament a few weeks ago!
To celebrate the end of the OBOB 2020-21 season, we're having a drive-by ice cream party Wednesday, April 21, 11:30-1:00 PM.
If you battled this year over Zoom, please come according to your grade at these times to pick up your treat:
3rd - 11:30-noon
4th - noon-12:30
5th - 12:30-1:00
If you can't come at your grade's time, come by anytime 11:30-1:00 PM. Please wear a mask. Check your email for more info.
A big thank you to Jen Lin and Paige Jones for all of their work coordinating and running OBOB!
Annual Student Survey/Encuesta Anual de Estudiantes
The student survey takes about 20 minutes during the regular school day. The data gathered from the survey are anonymous; your child will not put his/her name or other identifying information on the survey. Like other surveys, results will be presented only about groups. No individual data will be reported.
Your child may skip questions or stop filling out the survey at any time. Refusing to participate or withdrawing from the survey does not affect your child's grades or class standing in any way. If you or your child does not want to participate, your child can read or do some other activity while his or her classmates complete the survey.
A copy of the survey is available from your child's school and is posted at
After reviewing the survey, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify Ellen Arnold or Robin Kobrowski.
Cada año, el distrito lleva a cabo encuestas para los estudiantes y el personal con el fin de obtener información para la planificación y la evaluación del programa así como del progreso del Plan Estratégico del Distrito.
La encuesta de estudiantes toma aproximadamente 20 minutos durante el día escolar. La información que obtengamos de la encuesta es anónima; su hijo no incluirá su nombre o cualquier información de identificación en la encuesta. Al igual que otras encuestas, los resultados que se presentan son sólo acerca de los grupos. No se proporcionará información de su estudiante.
Su hijo puede no contestar las preguntas o dejar de contestar la encuesta en cualquier momento. El negarse a participar en la encuesta o no terminar de contestarla, no afecta las calificaciones o rango de su hijo. Si usted o su hijo no quieren participar, su hijo puede leer o hacer alguna otra actividad, mientras que sus compañeros de clase completan la encuesta.
Una copia en blanco de la encuesta, está disponible en la escuela de su hijo y se encuentra publicada en https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/accountabiity/research-reports
Después de revisar la encuesta, si usted no quiere que su hijo participe, por favor notifique a Ellen Arnold or Robin Kobrowski.
Mrs. B's Booktalk
This week, come and pick up a copy of My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. This isn’t the type of book I would normally read (I am not much of a camper), but I was in a rush and quickly grabbed it.
As I read the story of a runaway named Sam and his falcon Frightful, I was transported into the wilderness of the Catskill mountains. In the pages of this book, I was living off the land and putting my survival skills to the test. It is an adventure that you won’t soon forget.
About the author: Jean Craighead George wrote more than a hundred books for young people. When she was growing up, she spent a lot of time climbing trees, camping, and playing with animals. She loved nature and wild animals and shared that love with her readers through her stories.
Springville Library Corner
Book Check Out Updates
Beginning April 5, book check out for students in CDL will shift to Wednesdays from 9:00-10:30 at the front entrance.
Students in Hybrid will have an opportunity to check out books at school or come to the school to check out books on Wednesday mornings.
Springville Playground and Field Closed During the School Day
During the school day (8:00am - 3:15pm), our outdoor school facilities — playgrounds, field, and paths — will be closed to the general public for the safety of our students and staff.
After school families are welcome to use the playground, field, and paths and do so at their own risk. Please be mindful and respectful to staff that continue to work in the buildings after in-person instruction is complete for the day.
Please note that playground equipment will not be sanitized by school staff. Playground visitors are recommended to take precautions for health and safety:
- Follow state guidelines on outdoor recreation activities and face coverings.
- Wash hands before and after visiting the playground.
- Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from people outside your immediate household.
- Bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes for use on surfaces that you touch.
- Stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath.
Bethany Library News
April's issue features:
Current Services, including Express Browsing at Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries
Parent Information Series: Join us for one or all of our virtual parenting series on Zoom. All sessions are free, but registration is required. Upcoming workshops include Talking with Your Children About Race and Racism on April 21 and Positive Parenting to Create a Happy Home on May 6.
Rockstar Readers Book Club - An online monthly book discussion for grades 3-5 that explores books from various genres with an emphasis on diverse stories.
Virtual Read to the Dogs program for beginning or struggling readers with DoveLewis Canine Therapy Team!
PTO Board Openings for 21-22
The Springville PTO supports all activities that enrich our children school experience: movie nights, cultural nights, OBOB, graduation celebrations, enhancements and improvements to classrooms, classroom books, field trips, Outdoor school and much more. Without the PTO volunteers, none of these would be doable and our community would not thrive as it has been in past years. BUT, to continue the PTO tradition, we need YOUR time as board member volunteers for next school year 2021-2022.
We need you to sign up for one of these roles: Volunteer Coordinators, Fundraising Coordinators and Community Relations Coordinators.
If interested and to get details, please email Flori Perjeru (PTO president) at firstname.lastname@example.org
PTO Taekwondo Fundraiser
Springville PTO and U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association are proud to bring back a longstanding partnership with USWC through “Character Kids” program, benefiting 100% Springville PTO.
“Character Kids” Program is a 4 weeks session for Self Defense and Character Development Program. The USWC Taekwondo is opening to all students in grades K to 8 during the month of May. Registration of $49 includes 4 weeks of classes, uniform and belt and will be 100% donated to Springville PTO.
For more details, please check https://springvillepto.org/uwsc-taekwondo-program
We implore all middle and high school students and their parents to join us for “Fake & Fatal,” a community conversation about the dangers of buying fake pills made from deadly fentanyl on social media. This alarming trend has claimed the lives of more than one unsuspecting BSD student in the past year.
This virtual event will be held on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. You can watch the presentation on the District's Facebook page or YouTube channel.
In addition to local experts, we’ll hear from Cedar Park and Sunset parents Jennifer and Jon Epstein, whose son, Cal, died of fentanyl poisoning in December.
This event is in partnership with Washington County Public Health Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Beaverton Police Department
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Funds
- 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.
Kids are everywhere. Drive like it.
As students return to schools for in-person learning this month, arrival and departure times may be different than you are used to. 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.
Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair
The Special Education Department and Special Education Parent Advisory Council are hosting our Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair on April 27th from 6:00-8:00pm via zoom.
Parents will have a chance to listen to presentations from different non-profit organizations, businesses and more that serve children with disabilities and their families! Parents will also have a chance to ask questions of presenters after their formal presentations.
The fair will include presentations from:
- International Dyslexia Association- Oregon Branch
- Camp Yakety Yak
- Family to Family Resource Center through OHSU
- NWRESD- ECSE
- Paladio Planning-Financial trusts and planning for students
- Specialty Athletics
- Swindell’s Resource Center
Student Help Desk
Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Please provide the following and they will get back to you as soon as possible:
- Contact information (phone number)
- Student ID
- Description of the issue
2020-2021 District Calendar
The 2020-21 District Calendar has been updated.
The calendar is subject to change based on contract negotiations and resource availability. In the event inclement weather or other emergency closures prevent the District from meeting required instructional hours set by ODE, the days will be made up in June.