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Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ October 16, 2020
NRCO NEWS (Nancy Ryles Community Organization)
The Nancy Ryles Community Organization (NRCO) is the Parent Teacher Organization for Nancy Ryles Elementary. Membership to the NRCO is open to parents/guardians, Nancy Ryles staff, and persons interested in the NRCO objectives. With a mission to promote the total well-being of each student and to enhance their learning experience at home and at school, the NRCO officers have been working hard behind the scenes to find new ways to support families during CDL. While officers are elected in the spring, we have had some changes to our line up in the last couple weeks. Please meet the current NRCO Officers.
With a month of school under our wings, the NRCO is ready to get some virtual opportunities on the calendar. In an attempt to value the time and needs of our families, the NRCO officers are conducting a survey to identify how best to focus our resources. This survey will take less than five minutes and will provide us valuable feedback. Please complete the survey by Sunday, October 25. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/75Z5WQ9
DINING FOR DOLLARS (D4$)
The year's first Dining For Dollars event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21 at MOD Pizza at 12196 SW Scholls Ferry Rd. You can support this fundraiser by enjoying limited in store dining, take out, and delivery. MOD Pizza will donate 20% of the sales to the NRCO.
- Use the NRCO promo code GR163038N when ordering online
- Mention the Nancy Ryles fundraiser when ordering in person
Find out how you can eat to support the NRCO, and let us know if we will see you there: https://www.groupraise.com/events/163038
Join the NRCO for our first virtual meeting of the year on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. Our agenda includes an overview of the NRCO, changes to our usual mode of operation, budget and fundraising plans, volunteer needs, and an update from Principal Arbow. Questions and suggestions can always be directed to NRCO1@hotmail.com.
The Zoom link will be emailed on Monday.
Help! We are looking for a classroom liaison for each of our classes! Our classroom liaisons coordinate volunteers in the classroom (via zoom) and outside the classroom for our teachers. This group of volunteers also help coordinate grade-level activities outside the classroom (we are still working out what that might look like this year). Don't worry if you don't know what you're doing, we will train you! We'll be having virtual trainings Thursday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please contact Jill Rector if you have any questions about volunteering at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up to volunteer as your classroom liaison at MyImpactPage - Login
LIBRARY TO GO and THE BOOK BUS
PARENTS HELPING ON ZOOM
Teachers are beginning to administer academic assessments to students to assess students' skills and abilities. It is extremely important to get an accurate assessment of each student's skills so that teachers can effectively differentiate to meet their needs and move them along their learning continuum.
Parents, we need your help by allowing your student to work on his or her assignments in Seesaw and/or in Zoom independently. This means that we want to see what students can do without the help of a parent and/or teacher. It is okay if the student answers incorrectly. That is part of the learning process.
Of course, if your student gets stuck or needs your assistance with a technical challenge, that is a perfect time to help. You can also help support your student by practicing skills that the teacher has already talked to your student about. Aside from that, students should be receiving directions from teachers and allowing teachers to give them feedback and support, especially during live instruction. We are seeing several parents speaking for students, typing or writing for them, and/or giving them answers to share. These are all things that we want students to be able to do independently so that the teacher is able to collect accurate assessment data which will inform instruction.
Thank you for helping us support your student.
TALENTED AND GIFTED (TAG) INFORMATION
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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, our evaluation process will look different this year. We will administer in-person TAG testing after January 11, 2021. Until then, teachers will collect evidence on how your student responds to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. This evaluation may include: file reviews, teacher and student observations, a collection of work samples, and/or individual or group assessments. This process may take some time, but every effort will be made to complete the evaluation in a timely manner. Parents will be notified of their school’s in-person testing dates in January.
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 form to the school office. You can drop it by or email it to: email@example.com
OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (OBOB)
The NRCO board is working out plans to host the Oregon Battle of the Books for 3rd-5th graders at Nancy Ryles! This will be in the spring and will be less formal than in the past, but now is a great time to start building your OBOB library and thinking up who you want on your team. Here’s a list of the books for this year:
3rd to 5th Grade Division
- Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle
- Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
- A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
- Changeling by William Ritter
- The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
- El Deafo by Cece Bell
- Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
- Front Desk by Kelly Yang
- The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
- Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
- Power Forward by Hena Khan
- Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
- Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
- Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
- The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
- A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry
DISTANCE LEARNING RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
CDL - Comprehensive Distance Learning
Synchronous - students have live contact with their teacher (via Zoom)
Asynchronous - students access pre-recorded lectures and digital curriculum materials and respond through Seesaw and other collaborative documents at a time of their own choosing