Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

May 14, 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Greetings Findley Families,


Thank you for all of the appreciation last week. What an amazingly generous and thoughtful community we have here at Findley. Our teachers and staff work hard, and your gratitude for that hard work was very much appreciated.


While vaccinations are becoming more available and case counts are declining in the United States, we are very aware of the devastation that COVID-19 is still having around the world and in particular, in India. We want to offer support to our students and families who may be struggling during this time due to family and friends living in other countries who are suffering. We are available to talk individually with students, create support groups, and identify resources for your children and your family.

Please don't hesitate to reach out and allow us to support you in any way we can. Also, included in this newsletter, we have provided some resources that may be of interest to you. Please contact us with any questions or if we can help in any other way.

Lastly, to our Muslim families, Eid Mubarak!

Enjoy the sunny weekend, all~

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.

she/her/hers

Principal

FIndley Elementary

sherry_marsh@beaverton.k12.or.us


https://findley.beaverton.k12.or.us/

https://www.facebook.com/findleyES

BSD statement on Black Lives Matter

BSD Board Resolution on Indigenous Peoples' Recognition


Go Dragons!

Arrive & Dismissal Safety

Please make the area around the school a Phone Free zone. Being distracted could result in very serious injuries to students or staff. This includes Saltzman and Thompson Roads which are 20 mph zones during arriving and dismissal.


Watch for our Crossing guards as they are in the middle of the street. If they are in the street crossing students, the law requires you to wait until they have returned to the sidewalk. Please be considerate of our staff that are keeping our students safe.

Safe Routes to School

Dear Findley Parents and Guardians,

It’s data collection time again for Beaverton’s Safe Routes to School program. The purpose of this program is to make walking and biking to school safe, convenient, and fun.

Parent’s and guardian’s input into how students travel to and from schools and their impression of the safety of the route is valuable as the city and county prioritize needed improvements for our roads.

The following link was generated from the National Safe Routes to School Center and will be used to give us a good picture of how students are getting to and from schools throughout the district.


The school’s survey will be open for responses until May 31.


We appreciate your help in giving us information to make our program effective for all Beaverton School District students.


Thank you,


Leah Biado-Luis

Beaverton Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Survey Link: http://www.saferoutesdata.org/surveyformparent.cfm?key=725627

Congratulations to our Safe Routes To School Drawing Winners

Congratulations to our winners. If you are CDL, please pick up your prize in your teachers box in the lobby.


Owen W. - Dow

Tanya O. - Mesler
Grace. G - Skiba

Kindergarten Registration

Do you know of someone or do you have a future Dragon that will turn 5 on or before September 1?


If you do, it is now time to register for Kindergarten Fall 2021/2022. We will have another Kindergarten roundup on May 20. We will send details when we are closer to that date as to if this will be a Zoom orientation.


Register online now for 21/22! We look forward to welcoming our new Dragons!

Parent Input form ready

It's that time of year to start thinking about next fall. It seems like we only just started the school year!


Any parent that would like to give us some information regarding their student, please complete the Input form and we will get your thoughts.


Parent Input form - Click Here

Did you know?

Our office handles most of the day to day information flow through our school. Please include them in any emails regarding the following

  • Attendance - CALL - 503.356.2100 option - leave a reason for absence
  • Meal - opt-in / opt-out
  • Go Home Plan changes


When in doubt, include the office, they will make sure that all parties that need specific information are made aware of changes. If your students teacher is out of school, this will also guarantee that the substitute is updated with the information necessary for that day.

Findley’s Library To Go

Curbside Pickup Schedule:

*Monday: 11:45-1:45.
*Wednesday: 9:00-1:00.
*Friday: 11:45-1:45


Returning library books:

*During Curbside Pickup hours.
*To a bin in the classroom.
*To a bin in the Findley front entrance foyer


Last day for Curbside is June 2, all books need to be returned by June 7

Math Olympiad Team


The Findley Math Olympiad team for 2021 , won the plaque for Highest Achievement - Awarded to the top 10% of all teams in Division. They met twice every month online in spite of COVID and had fun. The team comprised of following students:

4th Grade:

Ashley G, Dain C, Elise T, Govind N,Guy H, Hannah N, Ishaan DS, Krishav A, Luke X, Wing HC, Maggie X, Reshma J


5th Grade:

Abhiram S, Akshaya C, Andrew M, Anushka DS, Anuva S, Arav A, Audrey H, Gaoyu X, Keshav K, Leo T, Manu NH, Mihir AG, Rishan C, Samhita RN, Sanjana S, Thilan W

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Congratulations!!

Rajanya P, Kindergarten, has been awarded the State First Prize (Oregon) in K-3 age group in the State Fish Art Competition/2021.
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Way to Go Elise (4th Grade)


We have another state finalist in our midst! Congratulations to Elise T. (Mrs. Ray's 4th grade class) for being Findley's second state finalist in this annual competition.

Elise's description of her Google doodle:

I find strength in nature. In this doodle, I had chosen to represent strength found in nature using origami. I discovered my love for origami during the covid pandemic. The letter "G". is formed by hummingbirds. They beat their wings 40 times per second, way faster than the blink of an eye. The first letter "o" represents a sunflower that can grow up to 30 feet, taller than I'll ever be! The second letter "o" is formed by Monarch butterflies. I imagine them coming alive and flying up to 3,000 miles during migration. The letter "g" represents an elephant with the strength to hold up to 700 pounds with its trunk, ten times my weight! The letter "i" represents a palm tree that can live for a century or more, older than I can ever be! Finally, the letter "e" is formed by a school of Angelfish working together to fight off a predator- we are stronger by working together. Nature is a gift to me where I derive my strength. I must appreciate it and care for it.

Clothes for Kids

If your student needs clothing at no cost, Clothes for Kids is ready to serve you. Appointments are required. Clothes for Kids hours: Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

To schedule, please complete the Clothes for Kids Appointment form 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. If you don't have your own, we'll provide one.

We’re also looking for Clothes for Kids volunteers. Please contact Johanna Shrout

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Community Resources


Community Resources


Bethany & Cedar Mill Library. - https://library.cedarmill.org/summer-reading/


Construction Update for Thompson Road starting Fall of 2021


Talking to Children about Scary Events

Coronavirus and Covid: A book for Children about the Pandemic

FREE E-Book "I Love you" A story about not being able to visit relatives during the pandemic

Extensive list of Children's Books related to the Pandemic

COVID-19 Free Washington County Counseling (+accepts undocumented folks)To request an appointment, email COVIDCounseling@co.washington.or.us or call Washington County Behavioral Health at 503-846-4528.


Student Health Center - Catherine Kately Williams is the new mental health provider. KateleyWilliamsC@nhcoregon.org It is easiest to reach her via email as she does not have a specific phone routed to her. Cat is available M-F 8-5 and will conduct sessions via zoom. She will serve a bridge gap, providing up to about 10 sessions before she moves students on to a long-term counselor if necessary. They are set up to take every major insurance plan including Kaiser for OHP kids. They will also have an intake person who can help families get the kids on OHP.

Findley PTO

Findley PTO: Supporting our students by connecting parents, staff, and the community!

Visit our website at www.findleypto.com or email president@findleypto.com.

PTO Board Position:

We have gotten volunteers for all positions except one! Thank you so much for stepping up to help out. The PTO President will be in touch with you shortly if you emailed to volunteer.

This is our remaining position to be filled:

-Dragon Dash project manager (July-Nov)


This position oversees the fundraiser and communication regarding the Dragon Dash. This person will check in with various committees to ensure necessary tasks are being completed.


Please email your interest to the PTO President directly at amyheang@gmail.com. In order to support our school and teachers, we need to have this role filled. No prior experience necessary. We will train you for the role.


Please join us next week!

Final General PTO Meeting:

May 17th at 7pm

Meeting ID: 936 9163 4716

Passcode: 932542

https://zoom.us/j/93691634716?pwd=NVE3SStFd21Sd0pCVlhJTXJpdGJ5dz09

Science Fair

Dear Findley Dragons!

If you participated in Virtual Science Fair 2021, I hope you received a Science themed backpack. If you did not, please feel free to reach out to me, with your name, your grade, and your teacher's name. Here's my email address - mitra.poulami@gmail.com

5th Grade Families

Hello Finley 5th Grade Families!

Order your 5th Grade Custom Yard Sign Today!


$19.50 Free Delivery


10 day production timeline on orders placed http://www.jettbranding.com/findley


call or email with questions

jamie@jettbranding.com

858-220-9600

Don't miss out - get your yearbook now

This year has been like no other year! One day you'll look back and wonder exactly how you experienced school during the pandemic. What was it like when you stayed home AND went to school? That's when you pull out your yearbook from this year and take a trip down memory lane!

But in order to do that you need to reserve your yearbook to ensure there is one waiting for you at the end of the year. There will be a limited number available when they arrive and they go fast!

Click on the link and get yours reserved today!


https://commpe.pictavo.com/login

Passport Club

Dear Findley Passport Club members,

Welcome to another month of new countries for the Virtual Passport Club at Findley!

We are now moving our way into the March countries, but it is still NOT too late to do February, January, December, November, September and/or October as well!

Here is a summary of the steps to get in on the fun with more detailed instructions below:

1. Download this month's maps (We are moving to March this month)

2. Visit this month's virtual classroom

3. Learn this month's maps

4. Take the quiz when you are ready

This is a whole new experience and we understand that there will be a lot of questions, learnings and changes as we navigate this new virtual Passport Club.

Please rest assured that we are dedicated to making this the best that we can under the circumstances and ask for your patience and understanding as we all go through this process together.

With that being said, let's have some fun and travel the world together!

In addition, here is a reminder in regards to Passport Club:

Passport Club is a volunteer-run geography enrichment program offered at Findley to 2nd – 5th grades. This is an optional program and is not mandatory.

  • Please practice with your child for several minutes a day to help them get ready!

Grade Level Clarification:

  • 2nd-4th grade students have the option of 5 levels of study to choose from. However, students are encouraged to learn all the items in each level up to grade level.


Grades. Grade level


2nd Grade. Level 1 and Level 2


3rd Grade. Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3


4th Grade. Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4


5th Grade. Special Itineraries (SI) study maps


For example, a 2nd grade student would be asked to learn the following for the month of April:

  • Level 1: Egypt, Kenya, Germany, Mexico, Greece
  • Level 2: Bolivia, Liberia, Madagascar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia

Sincerely,

Vothy Heang and Xiao Shi

Passport Club Leads

Step #1 Download this month's maps

Maps (password = findleypassport)

Step #2 Welcome to the virtual classroom

Virtual Classroom

Step #3 Learn the Map for this month

There are lots of fun ways to learn each month's maps!

  • Color the maps - On the virtual classroom there is a password protected map that has suggestions on how to color each level's countries (password = HelloWorldDL)
  • As always, the best way is to study with your parents

Step #4 Take the quiz

When you are ready, decide what level you want to test for this month. Here are the links:

Level 1

Level 2 (Includes Level 1)

Level 3 (Includes Level 1, Level 2)

Level 4 (Includes Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3)

Level 5 (Includes Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4)

Special Itineraries

Dear Findley Passport Club members,

We are happy to continue the States of Mexico this month as the next installment of the Virtual Passport Club Special Itineraries for Findley 5th graders!

We are continuing to create new virtual content from scratch and will release new material as it becomes available with time between releases.

Here is a summary of the steps to get in on the fun with more detailed instructions below:

1. Download this month's maps

2. Learn this month's maps

3. Take the quiz when you are ready

This is a whole new experience and we understand that there will be a lot of questions, learnings and changes as we navigate this new virtual Passport Club.

Please rest assured that we are dedicated to making this the best that we can under the circumstances and ask for your patience and understanding as we all go through this process together.

With that being said, let's have some fun and learn about the United States and their capitals!

In addition, here is a reminder in regards to Passport Club:

Passport Club is a volunteer-run geography enrichment program offered at Findley to 2nd – 5th grades. This is an optional program and is not mandatory.

  • Please practice with your child for several minutes a day to help them get ready!

Grade Level Clarification:

  • 5th grade students have the Special Itineraries program.


Grades. Grade level



5th Grade. Special Itineraries (SI) study maps


Sincerely,

Vothy Heang and Xiao Shi

Passport Club Leads

Step #1 Download this month's maps

Maps (password = findleypassport)

Step #2 Learn the Map for this month

There are lots of fun ways to learn each month's maps!

  • As always, the best way is to study with your parents

Step #3 Take the quiz

When you are ready, take the quiz. Here is the link:

Special Itineraries Quiz

Up Coming Events

NEW LIBRARY CURBSIDE HOURS - Final week June 2

Mondays & Fridays 11:45 - 1:45

Wednesdays 9:00 - 1:00


MAY

14th Eid ul-Fitr (Eid Mubarak)

16-17th - Shavout

19th - All Students CDL Wednesday

20th - Kindy roundup - Location TBD

21st - Findley Spirit Day - Inside/Out - wear your cloths inside out!

26th - All Students CDL Wednesday

28-29 Ascension of Bah'u'llah

31st - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL


State Testing dates and times at Findley:


Wednesday, May 19
9:00-11:15 Grade 5 Math
12:45-3:00 Grade 3 Math

Wednesday, May 26
9:00-11:15 Grade 5 Science
12:45-3:00 Grade 4 ELA

Wednesday, June 9
9:00-11:15 Grade 4 Math


JUNE

2nd - Normal school day with In-Person & CDL

2nd - Library Curbside 9am - 1pm - FINAL DATE

7th - Library books due to school

9th - All Students CDL Wednesday

16th - All Students CDL Wednesday

18th - Last Day of School for 2020/2021

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