CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ December 4, 2020
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE by MONICA ARBOW
Dear Nancy Ryles,
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving break. Although the holiday looked much different this year, it was nice to step away from work and enjoy some much needed rest and uninterrupted time with family.
We are at the midpoint of the first semester and it’s a great time for families to review their student’s engagement level and academic progress. With that said, I know that this is not a typical school year and that families are doing the absolute best they can to get by. For some, it’s more of a challenge than for others. Although it looks and feels different, our continued focus is on the academic, social, and emotional growth of all students.
Our teachers are trying their best to engage students in meaningful, rigorous learning opportunities while developing positive relationships with students and peers. We are in our fourth month of school and teachers are often teaching to several blank boxes rather than live student faces. It makes it very challenging for teachers to monitor student engagement and assess student performance when cameras are turned off. A student's relationship with classmates can also be hindered by this. As I have visited virtual classrooms over the past several weeks, I've noticed that sometimes only a half of the class has their cameras on. While we cannot make students turn their cameras on, we encourage it. We hope that you can help by encouraging your child to turn on their camera while in Zoom meetings. If your child isn't yet comfortable with that, encourage them to add a picture of themselves to their Zoom profile. This will help their teachers and classmates recognize them when we return to school in a hybrid model.
In a quick read, the article, “Where is the Front Row in a Virtual Classroom?” talks about how students can behave online AS IF they were sitting front and center in an actual classroom. Some of the suggestions are geared towards older students, but most can be applied to all students, such as sitting up straight, looking at the teacher, nodding in response, raising your hand, and not hiding in the proverbial back row. It encourages us to “Stop resisting the change and embrace the possibilities of the new process.” It’s a mindset shift, but it's a good start toward success, especially in a virtual setting. The longer we are in this model, the more we are learning. I encourage you to read this article and talk with your student about what this might look like for him or her and maybe even set some goals. It’s a great way for your student to take ownership of their own learning.
Thank you for your continued support.
SIGN UP FOR WINTER BREAK MEALS
Meals are free to ALL children ages 1-18.
There will be two pick up dates (December 22 and 29) from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Each box will contain 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches.
Pick up locations are: Aloha High School, Beaverton High School, Southridge High School, Sunset High School, Westview High School and Vose Elementary School
SEASON OF GIVING AT NANCY RYLES
In previous years, we have collected clothing, food items, and gift cards for our annual season of giving and distributed these items directly to families in the Beaverton School District. This year we are graciously asking for gift cards to Target, Fred Meyer, or Winco or a monetary donation, which the Nancy Ryles staff will distribute to Beaverton School district families. Any amount is so helpful!
The Season of Giving will run from November 23- December 9. You can drop these donations off with Ms. Osborne or Mr. Chung at the Library to Go tent or at the office (knock on the window and we will come out).
Library To Go schedule:
Tuesdays -- 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursdays -- 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
LOST AND FOUND - FINAL REMINDER
We will put the Lost and Found out on Tuesdays and Thursdays (December 8, 10, 15 and 17) from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
We ask that you wear gloves, take turns and socially distance while looking through the clothing. Gloves will be available at the Library to Go stand.
Any clothing left after December 17 will be donated to the Beaverton Clothes Closet.
OVERDUE/LOST LIBRARY BOOK NOTICES
On Monday, December 7, BSD Library Services will be emailing overdue and lost materials notices to students and their families. Please read the information carefully. If you receive a notice, please keep the following in mind:
1) If you receive a notice for books that were turned in a week or less ago, please disregard the notice. For example, if you returned books on Tuesday (12/1) they will be checked in to the system on Tuesday (12/8). The reason for this is we keep books quarantined for one week so that they may be safely circulated to the next household.
2) If you receive a notice for a book or a device that was checked out last school year, you can still return those items. You will not be charged a fine once the item is turned in if the item is not damaged.
3) You may return items to the school during Library To Go, and at Book Bus stops and Future Box stops. Also, we will have a wagon in front of the school every day until 2:00 p.m.. Items may be placed in the wagon without having to enter the building.
4) If you need to, you are still able to switch out an old district device for a new district device.
If you have any questions about the overdue and lost materials notices, please feel free to email Ms. Osborne or Mr. Chung.
NRCO Meeting next Tuesday December 8 at 6:00 p.m. - Join us for an update from Principal Arbow and information on NRCO plans. We will also have a discussion with a representative from Safe Routes to School on how they continue to support our community through distance learning. The Zoom link will be emailed to families on Monday.
Wonder Wednesdays - this month, we are providing the kids with some enrichment ideas in STEM. Catch some favorite STEM read alouds, create with a square paper or a box, and share projects with fellow Crocodiles. Wonder Wednesdays are an opportunity for students to create and connect, so please share the NRCO Wonder Wednesday Link with your student!
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB):
OBOB is going virtual this year! If your student hasn’t participated in this fun club before, it’s a great way to get kids reading books they might not have picked up before and work together as a team to answer Jeopardy style questions. We’ll be starting battles in the new year, but now is the time to sign up! OBOB is for 3rd through 5th graders. If they are new to OBOB, don’t fear! We will be talking about the details during the NRCO meeting and Assembly next week. If your child doesn’t have a team, fill out the Consent form and we will help connect kids.
The NRCO has ordered 3 new sets of all the books for our Nancy Ryles library; hopefully they will be available soon (waiting for their shipment)! The books are also available at the public libraries and can be ordered online now. Here’s the list of books for this year's battle, including a team check list.
DUE BY DECEMBER 18:
· Consent form (for each student)
· Team entry form (one for team, or complete for your individual student if they need a team)
· SEND THESE TWO FORMS TO NancyRylesOBOB@gmail.com
COVID CARE: Covid Care is our community coming together to help each other through the pandemic. Nancy Ryles families who need assistance with picking up books or supplies from the school or book bus, school lunches, or food boxes can sign up via this form:
Thank you to those volunteers who have already been helping with this! We have been able to pick up food boxes for Nancy Ryles families at the Southridge weekly distribution and deliver them. If you are interested in helping with deliveries, please sign up via BetterImpact and look for “Covid Care” in the volunteer opportunity list.
AUCTION LEAD (virtual): We are looking for an individual or individuals who would like to coordinate an online auction. As you know, our silent auction is one of the NRCO’s major fundraisers. As we would like to continue to offer support through our school, though most of our fundraisers have been cancelled or postponed. An online auction is one possibility, but we are in need of someone to coordinate that effort. If you are interested, please contact Jill Rector (firstname.lastname@example.org/503-913-3966 or sign up on BetterImpact as the Auction Lead.
CLASSROOM LIAISONS: Classroom liaisons provide support to our teachers through helping coordinate any volunteer needs they may have in the classroom (either virtually or take-home projects) and work with other grade-level liaisons to plan the grade-level virtual Friendship Party in February. We are still looking for liaisons for the following teachers: Davenport, Miller, Shaw, Burk, Otter, Burnett, Allan, Minnieweather, Scribner, Adair. If you are able to help with this, please sign up via BetterImpact.
Thank you to all of our volunteers! We appreciate you! If you have any questions about volunteer opportunities at Nancy Ryles, please contact Jill Rector, our NRCO Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com.
DINING FOR DOLLARS AT JOE'S BURGERS - DECEMBER 9
Our next Dining for Dollars will be Wednesday, December 9 at Joe’s Burgers from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Order at the restaurant and mention you are there for the Nancy Ryles Fundraiser OR order through the Joe’s App and reference Nancy Ryles in the ‘Order Notes’. Joe's Burger D4$ Flyer
14623 SW Teal Blvd.
AMAZON SMILE - SUPPORTING THE NRCO
The Holiday Season is upon us and Amazon has made it even easier to use AmazonSmile from your smartphone. Shop through AmazonSmile any day of the year, and Amazon will donate .5% back to your favorite non-profit or charity. Here are Step-by-Step Instructions
Beaverton School District is excited to announce its partnership with Marathon Kids; a running club that will be available to your student. You can register your student using the email that was sent out on November 19, 2020.
Marathon Kids mission is to get kids moving, one lap at a time, at the pace they choose. Walk, run, jog those laps until they have earned the goals they have set for themselves.
Attached is some information as well as a suggested route around Nancy Ryles!
If you have any questions about Marathon Kids, please contact Mr. Hess or Mrs. Putnam.
COLD WEATHER DOESN'T MEAN YOU NEED TO STAY INSIDE!
With the change in weather, it can be tempting to stay indoors. We know that our kids need to move every day and the extensive associated benefits of physical exercise. Here are some tips to help you build healthy (and fun!) habits into the remote school day:
- Start your day by taking a walk or a bike ride. Do you still travel to a different location for school? Then make that trip an active one! Too far to walk? Try parking halfway and walking the rest. Commit to walking or biking 2 days a week and start building those healthy habits.
- Take movement breaks in between classes or at lunch time. A brisk walk around the block will get your heart pumping and re-energize you for the rest of your day.
- Need to pick up your library holds or free lunch? Bike over to your pickup location and reap the benefits of an active trip while checking off your to-do list.
HOMEWORK HELP EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY
Nancy Ryles Homework Club Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-3:00 p.m.
Please join us via zoom for homework support. Mrs. Bax, Mrs. Roche and Mrs. Mastripolito will be available to help students with Seesaw assignments 3 days a week. Drop by for a quick question or stay for the entire time or pop in and say hello. We are happy to help!
Please contact the office at 503-356-2400 for the Zoom link.
LIBRARY TO GO, THE FUTURE BOX and THE BOOK BUS
Library To Go schedule:
- Tuesdays -- 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Thursdays -- 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
The Future Box is every Wednesday morning:
- 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. -- Monte Vista Apartments parking lot
- 11:05 - 11:35 a.m. -- Seven West at the Trails parking lot
The Book Bus is every Wednesday afternoon:
● 1:35 p.m. at SW Falcon Dr. @ SW Mourning Dove Pl.
● 2:10 p.m. at SW 140th Ter. @ SW Liden Dr.
● 2:45 p.m. at SW 148th Ave. @ SW Grebe Ln.
Click here to get all of the information you need for Library To Go, The Future Box and The Books Bus, including how to put books on hold! (The link allows language translation).
If you have questions, please email Ms. Osborne or Mr. Chung.
NANCY RYLES GREEN TEAM
At Nancy Ryles, we are proud of our strong reputation as a green school. While our fifth grade green team is on pause right now, the NRCO is excited to invite our entire community to be a part of the Nancy Ryles Green Team. To kick things off, share how your family keeps it green. Send your photos and stories to NRCO1@hotmail.com, share on our NRCO Facebook post, or add your photos to our Green Team Padlet board.
If you need some ideas for screen-free, eco-learning this fall, check out projects created by our friends at the Eco-School Network.
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY -- RESCHEDULED
We have recheduled picture day for Thursday, January 21. More information will be sent out in January.
IMMUNIZATION EXCLUSION DATE - FEBRUARY 17, 2021
Immunization Exclusion Day is Wednesday, February 17. Earlier this month, we sent out our first notification to the students who are not up to date with their immunizations.
We encourage you to get their shots scheduled as soon as you receive this notification. Once you child has received the shot, please provide the office with the date of the immunization.
DEVICE COVERAGE FOR iPADS AND CHROMEBOOKS
If you selected device coverage protection but have not yet paid the $20 (per student/device) fee, please go to the online payment system to make your payment:
Steps for Online Payment:
2. Log In
3. Choose child
4. “Attention: . . .unpaid fines/fees” click View
5. Pay Online
If you did not select device coverage protection, please understand that the family is assuming full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how it happens.
If you are not sure if you selected the coverage or now want to add the coverage, please call the school at 503-356-2400.
FREE MEAL PROGRAM
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
For additional curbside and bus route locations, visit: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/meals
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
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS
Nancy Ryles Twitter is: @NancyRylesElem
Nancy Ryles Facebook: Nancy Ryles Elementary School
Nancy Ryles Instagram: nancyryleselementary
The NRCO Facebook page is: facebook.com/NRCO1
We encourage you to bookmark our website as we keep it up to date.