Terra Linda Tiger Tale

August 17, 2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Terra Linda Families,

I hope you are doing well. As we prepare for Comprehensive Distance Learning through at least November 16th, I am reaching out to inquire about specific family needs.

We realize many families may have many similar challenges, but some challenges may be family-specific.


We would appreciate your input on the survey linked below as we prepare for the start of school. Please read through the following information first:


Background Information:

  • All students will be assigned to a classroom teacher for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Students will also be assigned to an attendance day group (either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday) in preparation for if and when we enter a time of hybrid instruction. Attendance groups will be assigned to ensure household members/siblings are on the same attendance day schedule across all levels, K-12.

  • Students have been assigned to initial attendance groups, but we are making adjustments to make sure we have balanced classroom communities and balanced class sizes across each grade level. While we can adjust some attendance group assignments, many assignments cannot be changed due to the impact across our K-12 system.

  • Even if school opens back up for the hybrid model of learning, families can still choose to stay home and engage in full-time Comprehensive Distance Learning through the end of the school year.


Below are some factors for you to consider in preparing your survey responses:

  • If your family is partnering with one or more families by creating their own “learning pods” for distance learning.

  • If your work schedule or childcare situation necessitates a particular attendance group.

  • If there are friendships and/or beneficial learning partners that could support social/emotional needs.


We've also included some questions about other needs your family might have, such as internet access, technology needs, and general family support. You'll also notice a place to indicate that you would be willing to partner with another family for tech support.


Please fill out the survey linked below to aid in our planning for the start of the new school year. You will need to set aside 8-10 minutes to answer all of the questions. Although we cannot accommodate or guarantee all requests, we will work with you to support your family’s distance learning needs and alleviate burdens when we can. Please submit your input by August 26th at 4:00pm.


Terra Linda Survey for Distance Learning


Below you will find some additional information as you prepare for the start of the school year. Thank you for your continued support of our Terra Linda community!


With appreciation,


Christy Batsell

Principal

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 18 - Friday, August 28 (except weekends)

  • Terra Linda Office Staff available for in-person help from 8:00am to 12:00pm or by appointment


Beginning Monday, August 31

  • Terra Linda Office Staff available for in-person help from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday except holidays.

Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 pm: Principal Chat


Friday, August 21 at 8:30 am: Principal Chat


Wednesday, August 26: Terra Linda Survey Due


Wednesday, August 26 at 6:30 pm: Kindergarten Orientation

  • For any family with a registered Kindergartener or who who still needs to register
  • Zoom Link

  • Meeting ID: 963 8238 7115

  • Passcode: Play


Monday, August 31: Applications due for 6 Months of Free Internet from Comcast

  • New Extended Deadline!
  • See details below


Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 pm: New Family Orientation


  • For any family new to Terra Linda - we will share details that returning families already know about our school.
  • Zoom Meeting Link


  • Meeting ID: 959 7926 2449
  • Passcode: Tigers


Monday, September 14: First Day of Virtual School

School Supplies

We have posted School Supplies for At-Home Learning. We built our lists off of the items in the Student Success Kit list that you received on email last week. A few items aren't needed at certain grade levels, and we added a few items to most lists.


We plan to purchase a white board and marker for each student. We will announce a pick-up time prior to the start of school.


If you are unable to purchase any or all of the above supplies, please contact the Terra Linda office at 503-356-2490 and we will assist you.


Supply Lists for each Grade

https://terralinda.beaverton.k12.or.us/about-us/supply-list

Devices for Virtual Learning at Home

All Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will be able to pick up an iPad for at home learning. We will announce pick-up times as we get closer to the start of the school year. If you borrowed a Chromebook in the spring, you will be able to return it when you pick up the iPad.


Chromebooks will be available for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who do not yet have a working device at home. If you borrowed one in the spring, you can continue using it this fall. We will announce pickup times as we get closer to the start of the school year.

Terra Linda Office

Maria and Liz in our office are available to greet you in person from Tuesday August 18 through Friday, August 28 except weekends.. If you need anything, please leave a message at 503-356-2490 and they will call you back.


Beginning Tuesday, the office will be “open” from 8:00am to 12:00pm or by appointment. The office will be following these safety guidelines:

  • Our doors will remain locked because only District staff are allowed inside schools at this time.
  • When you arrive, please call the office and someone will come outdoors to talk with you.
  • Please keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and our staff.
  • Signs will be posted on our front doors with these details too.

Purpose of August Principal Chats

At this week's Principal Chats, Christy will share any updates we have about Comprehensive Distance Learning and plans for the fall. She will also be available to answer any questions. Please know that some of the questions will need to be answered at a later date as some things may still be in the planning stages.


We hope you are able to join us for either the Thursday evening or Friday morning chats via Zoom!

Classroom Teacher Assignments

Each year, teachers email the students assigned to their class during the week prior to students' first day of school. You should anticipate receiving an email from your child's teacher during the week of September 7.

Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet is operated by volunteers from the School District's parent groups and Beaverton community to provide free clothing for students in grades K-12 from families with limited income.


Students can visit the Clothes Closet two times per school year.

The district-run Clothes Closet will open on Monday, August 24. Appointments are required and are currently available in October. To schedule, please use the appointment calendar or call 503-356-4322. Visits are limited to one adult with four children or two adults with 8 children. All visitors must wear masks and gloves. If you don't have your own, we'll provide them.


Clothes Closet is located in the portable on the west side of the District Administration Center, 16550 SW Merlo Road.

Sam Day 37-Mile Challenge

The Story (from the SamDayFoundation.org website):

The brutality of cancer treatment is something a kid should never have to experience. But in September of 2010, nine-year-old Sam Day was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare and relentless bone cancer. (At the time, Sam was a 3rd grader at Terra Linda.)


His treatment was so intense it required inpatient chemotherapy for days at a time, daily shots and an amputation of his left leg below the knee.


At diagnosis, he was said to have a 75% chance of surviving five years or more. But after one year of remission, Sam relapsed and his prognosis became extremely poor.

For six years Sam endured multiple treatment regimens, clinical trials, 20 surgeries, and one off-label drug (not FDA approved for pediatric cancers). His family sought treatment from the best oncologists in the country, and became committed to strict nutritional and naturopathic therapies.


During his six-year battle, Sam’s family and friends began to raise funds for the development of a targeted drug for Ewing Sarcoma in the hopes that Sam would live long enough to receive that new and promising treatment.


Sam died on August 27th, 2016 at age 15, never having the opportunity to receive that breakthrough drug.


Sam Day 37-Mile Challenge

Run or walk 37 miles during childhood cancer awareness month to benefit the Sam Day Foundation. Register at the link below and learn why 37 is the magic number!


Check out https://samdayfoundation.org/ for more details.

Internet Access Update

Free Comcast Internet Essentials is no longer available. The spots have all been filled.


You can still request an internet hotspot here:

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/information-technology/internet-access-for-families


You will need to enter your student's ID number. Please call our office at 503-356-2490 if you don't know the number.

Apply for Meal Benefits

If you think your family might be eligible for Meal Benefits, please apply! The eligibility cut off is a lot different than you might think. Students in eligible families can eat school-provided breakfast and lunch for free. Any school fees can also be reduced or possibly waived (this is more applicable in middle school and high school). More information here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services/meal-benefits


If you family was eligible during the 2019-2020 school year, you need to reapply.

Consider Supporting these Fundraisers for BSD Students

Hotspots

The Beaverton Education Foundation has been working with some external partners to purchase some hotspots and connectivity for 475 students who are still without reliable access to the internet. Please consider supporting this effort!

Here are more details: https://fundrazr.com/BEF_Connect/Connect


Here is a link to the BEF Website:

https://www.beavertonedfoundation.org/help-connect-every-student-this-school-year-hotspots-for-all/


School Supplies

BEF is also collaborating with a variety of community partners for student supplies. Consider donating. Terra Linda students will also benefit from this fundraising effort!

Details here: https://fundrazr.com/BEF_Equip

Local Food Resources - New Site at Beaverton Foursquare!

Aloha High School

18550 SW Kinnaman Rd, Aloha, OR 97078

Every Wednesday at noon

Details: All families are invited to pick up a Weekly Food Box containing produce, dairy or a combination of both. Food boxes are available for pick up every Wednesday at Aloha High School. Boxes will be distributed beginning at 12 noon until supplies last.


Sunset Presbyterian Church Food Pantry:

14986 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97229

Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am or 4:00-6:00 pm

Details: Drive by Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am or 4:00-6:00 pm and pick up a food box for your family.

Email serve@sunsetpres.org to request a weekly delivery


St. Cecilia Church

5105 SW Franklin Ave Beaverton, OR

Tuesdays 2:00 pm while supplies last

Details: Drive through to pick up a food box for your family.


St. Anthony Catholic Church

9905 SW McKenzie St, Tigard, OR 97223

Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00 pm

Details: St. Anthony Catholic Church is partnering with Pacific Coast Fruit Company: Drive by Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00 pm and pick up a fresh produce and dairy box. Any family can pick up one box per week.

Email info@satigard.org or call 503-639-4179 for more information


Beaverton Foursquare Church

13565 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton OR 97005

Every Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Details: Beaverton Foursquare Church is partnering with Pacific Coast Fruit Company. Boxes can be picked up first come, first served until the boxes are gone, now through September. Anyone can pick up any quantity they want. The boxes can be different each week depending on what foods are available.

Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair- All Summer Long!

The brand new Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair is here! Bring the joy of reading home this summer and help students discover favorite characters, series, and collections, with the option to shop for books directly from the booklist flyer. Plus, our school will get 25% in Scholastic Dollars™ that we can use to purchase more books for classrooms and the library.

  • Same exclusive titles as our in-school Book Fairs
  • Orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases benefit our school
  • The online fair runs now through 9/4


Please click on this link to start shopping: Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza Virtual Book Fair


*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion. Learn more.


Thank you to the Terra Linda PTC for organizing this opportunity!

Summer Parent Newsletter

If you are wondering how to talk about issues of race and inequity with your child, please take a look at this Parent Newsletter that was put together by educators in our community: https://www.smore.com/vys32 It is also posted below. There are many resources from which to choose. The Parent Newsletter also has additional resources for this summer. I hope you take a look!

Questions? Contact Terra Linda

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