Mustang Messages

Digital Newsletter for Chehalem Elementary School

October 2018

October is here and school is in full-swing! We have some exciting events this month, including school conferences and dress up day on October 31st.

Conferences are coming up the week of October 15th. Students have school from the 15th through 17th (Monday-Wednesday) with conferences mostly Wednesday evening and Thursday from the afternoon into the evening. There is no school for students Thursday or Friday of that week (October 18th and 19th). To sign up for conferences please enter the following web address into your browser window:

If you do not have internet access, please contact us via phone at 503-356-2060. If you have an interpreter conference set up you do not need to do anything more.

We are also celebrating our Chehalem Spirit Day as a dress up day on October 31st. We are encouraging favorite literary character dress up, but students may wear other costumes that they may have as well. There can be no extremely scary costumes, no masks and if there is face painting, it needs to cover no more than half of the face. Students should bring appropriate shoes and be able to participate in PE if they have it on that day. Costumes will be worn the full day, unless teachers have a different plan for their individual class.

As an additional safety message, I also wanted to remind parents that if they want to allow their children to play on school grounds after dismissal, they need to be here to supervise. We have no staff supervision of the playground after school and we want to make sure all children are safe.

Enjoy the changing of the leaves and cool, crisp weather!

Angee Silliman

Principal of Chehalem


¡Octubre está aquí y la escuela está en pleno apogeo! Tenemos algunos eventos emocionantes este mes, incluyendo conferencias escolares y día de disfraces el 31 de octubre.

Las conferencias están llegando la semana del 15 de octubre. Los estudiantes tienen clases del 15 al 17 (de lunes a miércoles) con conferencias, principalmente el miércoles por la noche y el jueves por la tarde y la noche. No hay clases para los estudiantes el jueves o viernes de esa semana (18 y 19 de octubre). Para inscribirse en conferencias, ingrese a la siguiente dirección web en la ventana de su navegador:

Si no tiene acceso a Internet, comuníquese con nosotros por teléfono al 503-356-2060. Si tiene configurada una conferencia con intérprete, no necesita hacer nada más.

También estamos celebrando nuestro Día del Espíritu Chehalem como un día de disfraces el 31 de octubre. Estamos alentando a los personajes literarios favoritos a vestirse, pero los estudiantes también pueden usar otros disfraces que puedan tener. No puede haber disfraces extremadamente espeluznantes, ni máscaras y, si se pinta la cara, no debe cubrir más de la mitad de la cara. Los estudiantes deben traer zapatos apropiados y poder participar en educación física si lo tienen ese día. Los disfraces se usarán todo el día, a menos que los maestros tengan un plan diferente para su clase individual.

Como un mensaje de seguridad adicional, también quería recordarles a los padres que si quieren permitir que sus hijos jueguen en el recinto escolar después de la salida, deben estar aquí para supervisar. Después de la escuela no tenemos supervisión del personal del patio de recreo y queremos asegurarnos de que todos los niños estén seguros.

¡Disfruta del cambio de hojas y del clima fresco!

Angee Silliman

Directora de Chehalem

Chehalem Word of Month- October

Growth Mindset

The belief that you can learn or improve with effort and strategies.

Upcoming Events & Reminders:

October 15 Beaverton School District Options Lottery Opens

October 16 Beaverton School District Earthquake Drill (district-wide)

October 17 Chehalem Elementary Talented And Gifted (TAG) Informational Meeting (5pm; Library)

October 17 Chehalem Elementary Fall Conferences (by appointment)

October 18 Chehalem Elementary Fall Conferences (by appointment)- NO SCHOOL

October 18 Chehalem Elementary Fall Conferences (by appointment)- NO SCHOOL

October 24 & 25 Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener- Grade 3 & 5 only

October 25 Starbase Field Trip at Oregon Air National Guard- 5th grade; Keezel/Seitz

October 26 Starbase Field Trip at Oregon Air National Guard- 5th grade; Wildfang/Gwyn

October 26 Vision Screening

October 31 Chehalem Spirit Day- Character Day/Halloween Costumes

November 1 Hearing Screening Re-Checks

November 1 Starbase Field Trip at Oregon Air National Guard- 5th grade; Keezel/Seitz

November 2 Starbase Field Trip at Oregon Air National Guard- 5th grade; Wildfang/Gwyn

November 6 PTO Fall Fundraiser Orders Arrive

November 7 Walk & Bike to School

November 8 Starbase Field Trip at Oregon Air National Guard- 5th grade; Keezel/Seitz

November 9 Grading Day- NO SCHOOL

November 12 Veterans Day- NO SCHOOL

November 14 Hip Hop Nutcracker- Grades 3, 4, & 5

November 15 PTO Meeting (6pm; Lobby)

November 15 Starbase Field Trip at Oregon Air National Guard- 5th grade; Keezel/Seitz

November 16 Starbase Field Trip at Oregon Air National Guard- 5th grade; Wildfang/Gwyn

November 16 Fall Photo Retakes (Chehalem Stage)

Chehalem Talented & Gifted (TAG) Information Night

Chehalem Talented & Gifted (TAG) Information Night

Wednesday, October 17th

5:00pm in the Library

Please join us to learn about Talented and Gifted (TAG) education at Chehalem Elementary and within the Beaverton School District. All interested families welcome!


Beate Pryor; Chehalem TAG Facilitator

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener Grades 3 & 5

On October 24th & 25, all 3rd and 5th grade students in Beaverton will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener. This 30-minute test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities through verbal/picture analogies, number analogies and figure matrices.

Currently the main purpose for administering the CogAT is to identify students for TAG in the area of intellectual ability. Students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the CogAT screener will be invited to test with the full version of the CogAT that is used for potential TAG identification. The full version of the CogAT will be given in November. For more information about testing, contact your school’s TAG facilitator. When test results are returned, we will be sending you a copy with additional information about our TAG program.


Beate Pryor; Chehalem TAG Facilitator


En octubre, a todos los estudiantes de 3er y 5to grado del Distrito Escolar de Beavertón se les administrará el Examen de Detección de Habilidades Cognitivas (CogAT). Esta prueba de 30 minutos mide las habilidades de razonamiento aprendidas de los estudiantes a través de analogías verbales / ilustradas, analogías numéricas y matrices de figuras.

Actualmente, el objetivo principal de administrar CogAT es identificar a los estudiantes para TAG en el área de la capacidad intelectual. Se invitará a los estudiantes que obtengan puntajes del percentil 97 o superior en la evaluación CogAT a que tomen la prueba con la versión completa de CogAT que se usa para la identificación potencial de TAG. La versión completa de CogAT se entregará en noviembre. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con (su Facilitador de TAG para la construcción).

Beate Pryor; Chehalem TAG Facilitator


**WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.

Through the use of technology, classroom teachers are able to engage students in ways that promote learning and foster creativity. Digital libraries provide students with a wide selection of books at their individualized reading levels, tailoring choice reading options to their specific learning needs.

Apps such as iMovie and Adobe Spark allow kids to create presentations of their work or share their thinking in a much more creative way. Students record themselves giving book talks, explaining a math problem, or reading their writing pieces to further develop their ideas, organization, voice, word choice, and fluency. At Chehalem, all grades use technology to promote student learning and enhance student engagement.

In our intermediate grades, students use Chromebooks to connect through Google Classroom, where they complete their assignments, access links their teacher has shared, and respond to ideas of classmates. Using Google docs and slides, students are able to collaborate with each other on projects allowing everyone to have a voice. Teachers are able to check for understanding in the moment, identifying common patterns of student thinking and differentiating instruction to correct misconceptions or extend learning, depending on instructional need.

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Student Attendance

In the Beaverton School District, we know that attendance matters. Research shows that chronically absent students (attending below 90%) can suffer academically. We understand that some absences are unavoidable. The important thing is to get your children to school as much as possible. Whether an absence is arranged ahead of time, or not, they can still have a negative impact on students because they represent lost learning time in class.

In the State of Oregon there are three types of excused absences. They include the illness of a student, the illness of an immediate family member, or an emergency (ORS 339.065). All other absences, even those that are prearranged, are noted as unexcused.

Attendance matters starting in Kindergarten. By middle and high school many attendance habits have been formed. Chronic absences are the leading warning sign that a student will drop out. Please do not schedule vacations during school time. Families should avoid activities that require your children to miss school.

Try to line up vacations and doctor appointments with the school calendar in order to avoid missing valuable learning opportunities. Good attendance will help your children do well now and in the future.

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Chehalem Parking Lot Guidelines

Arrival and dismissal times create congestion in both parking lots, which can be alleviated when pick-up/drop off procedures are followed. These procedures ensure the safety of our students and prevent further traffic complications in our surrounding neighborhood streets.
  • When entering the parking lot during high traffic times (morning arrival and afternoon dismissal), please form two lanes; a right lane for curbside student pick-up/drop-off and a left lane for through traffic or those drivers wishing to park.
  • Drive at a low speed through the parking lot, watching for children who are not always predictable in their walking patterns.
  • During morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, please stay in your car and pull as far forward as possible along the painted curb. The intent is for this area to be a pick-up/drop-off lane. Please move all of the way forward in your car to allow for others to pull in behind.
  • You may let children out of your vehicle in the space between the blue sign and the red sign in the front of the school.
  • Students must exit the vehicle on the passenger side. Adults are asked to remain at the wheel—duty staff is happy to assist students with doors.
  • Please use the marked crosswalk to enter the building and/or return to your car. Model patience and attentiveness when interacting with Crossing Guards as your children will emulate your behaviors.
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