The Voice of Raleigh Park - November 20, 2020
Traducir TIGER TALES!
Did you know you can now translate Tiger Tales? From your computer, you may use the "Accessibility" function (on the right) to translate Tiger Tales into a variety of languages. From your phone, look for the silhouette icon in the lower right corner. For old eyes like mine, you can also change contrast settings and increase font size!
Grateful for you!
My prayer for you this Thanksgiving is rooted in the words of the Roman philosopher Seneca...
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
Over the last couple of years, I've linked the following video in Tiger Tales. It's more of a meditation, and is perhaps more pertinent than ever. It is a six-minute video by Louie Schwartzberg (an excerpt from a longer TED talk) that spoke to me; challenging us all to be grateful for each day. Inevitably, it ALWAYS puts me in better, mindful and grateful mood. With narration and perspective of Brother David Steindl-Rast, it underscores the importance of being in communion with the world around us. The only natural response to the "gift of today" is gratitude...
In the context of current times, or with anything that may come our way in the future, may you always find contentment and gratitude from that which is within your reach. Blessings to you all!
And if that wasn't enough, a science based approach...
In This Issue:
- School-Parent Compact - ACTION ITEM
- When Help is Not Help & The Productive Struggle
- Supporting Parents & Caregivers - VIRTUAL RESOURCES
- Student Attendance
- Family Zoom Guidelines
- Washington County Childcare Subsidy
- Marathon Kids & Turkey Trot- ACTION ITEMS
- Inclement Weather
- Curbside Library & Library Book Bus
- Student Devices & Technology
- PTO News - PLEASE READ
- BSD News & Updates - Middle School Boundaries, Options School Applications, Option Schools Open House, Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Curriculum Night: School-Parent Compact
Thank you to everyone who found the time to attend our grade-level curriculum nights! We always appreciate your dedication, commitment and partnership, and our teachers feel especially supported when they are able to make these kind of connections with our learning community.
One component of these nights was our School-Parent Compact. As a function of the increased resources afforded by TITLE I designation, the compact is simply a process (form) to underscore and document a commitment and partnership between school and home in the success of all students; it should only take 3-5 minutes to review and submit.
Thank you for your attention to this!
For Parents During CDL: When Help is Not Help
I want to express my appreciation for the support and care you are giving your child(ren) during on-line learning. It's been said multiple times, that the load upon the shoulders of parents in these times is monumental. As a parent and educator, I am aware of the challenges this presents for EVERYONE. While this is no one's first choice, I appreciate how all are making the best of the situation. Teachers are working tremendously hard, students are engaging and trying to the best of their ability, and parents are giving so much. It is a remarkable time in so many ways!
The focus of our work with children is to engage them in thoughtful, rigorous work, hold them to high expectations and provide just enough support so that they can complete tasks independently. There is a sweet spot between offering too much and not enough help or support.
As educators, we have come to learn that when we step in to support students at the first sign of struggle, we will likely limit their learning, rather than giving them time and space to work through the challenge independently. Conversely, students need to believe in themselves and their ability to persist through the challenges they encounter in order for them to truly become independent learners.
This also applies to the support you provide your children within the home environment. As teachers instruct and monitor student progress in CDL, it is imperative that student assessments are reflective of what students know and can do. There is nothing to be gained if this work is reflective of too much parent support, as it limits our ability to understand the learning of your child(ren) and give them the specific support they need. This underscores the value of authentic assessment.
We certainly do not want children to get the point where they feel frustrated and give up, but we do want them to experience success by working through tasks on their own or with a peer. When students make meaning on their own, ask questions for understanding and see that their hard work resulted in success then they not only feel better about themselves, their learning is far more durable. If the work is too easy or we support them too much, they may get the “right answer”, but their sense of self and the quality of the learning is not as strong.
This is part of our ongoing work, whether in person or on-line. As a school we continue to explore how to do this depth of work well. We invite you into this learning with us. If you see your child struggling, here are somethings you can do to help:
Ask leading questions to guide their thinking
Instead of asking what they don’t understanding, ask them what they do understand about the task
Have them step away from the task and come back to it to give their subconscious time to wrestle with the work
Encourage your child to see mistakes as opportunities to learn
Praise them for their persistence
Please feel free to watch the following videos on the value of the "productive struggle". I am so proud of our entire community and all you have accomplished this fall. Educator have all been engaged in our own productive struggle. As always, do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns or tips for how we can help you support your child at home.
Supporting Parents & Caregivers
During this uncertain time, parents and caregivers are struggling to balance work, childcare and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You are not alone. The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) and Urban Education Institute (UEI) have organized a free virtual series that aims to support parents and caregivers in managing the new normal.
Unlike last spring, student attendance will count during Comprehensive Distance Learning. Please read the following guidance on how attendance will be tracked:
Teachers will take student attendance daily. Attendance may be counted in a variety of ways to accommodate families who may need to access instruction during different times of the day.
Attending a live teacher-led session
Watching a teacher-recorded video
Interacting with a teacher via email
Posting completed coursework online
Attendance is expected during specials, as it would be at any other point in the instructional day.
Parent/guardian notifications will be sent out at approximately 5:00p each day if students haven’t engaged in their school work and have been marked as absent.
If you believe your student was incorrectly marked "absent" for a day in which they engaged in learning (see aforementioned list), please contact the teacher directly.
PLEASE NOTE: attendance requirements set forth by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) are minimal, and don't match the expectations we have for all students to be engaged in their learning throughout the school day. While minimal requirements of attendance may reflect a student being "present", a partial/minimal day of instruction will undoubtedly impact the learning and engagement reflected in their report card.
Zoom Privacy Guidelines/Expectations
To maintain a positive, productive learning environment and ensure privacy of students and teachers during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), all parents/guardians/students are asked to follow these guidelines:
Please do not video/audio record, photograph, livestream or transmit in any fashion Zoom classroom sessions. This restriction includes social media posting.
Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating in Zoom classroom sessions should not be collected, discussed or shared.
Don’t post Zoom meeting information publicly and/or on any other social media accounts.
While we understand many adults are in proximity of the instruction and learning, please ensure the face of your child is the only one that is visible.
Thank you for helping us to keep student information safe and confidential!
Child Care Subsidy
Washington County has secured a grant through the federal CARES Act to provide child care subsidies to parents/guardians. The Beaverton School District will be distributing approximately $2.4 million to families who are eligible and apply for these funds.
The application window is now open to apply online for money to help cover some or all of your out-of-pocket child care expenses: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/child-care-subsidy
If you don’t have internet access, you can pick up a paper application at your school or the District Office (16550 SW Merlo Drive, Beaverton).
If you have questions, call 503-793-0408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need interpretation or translation assistance only, call our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.
The funds will be distributed until they are gone. It’s in your best interest to apply early.
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 below:
Completing this form that 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 Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher.
For the past three years, Raleigh Park has hosted the Marathon Kids (MK) after-school running club, serving 30 grade 3-5 students one hour a week. MK is a non-profit organization out of Houston, TX, with a mission 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. Now partnering with NIKE, the club FREE TO ALL Beaverton School District elementary students!
In order to have access, please look for an email from MarathonKids@donotreply to join the Raleigh Park's Marathon Kids Club. Be sure to click on the link in the email to get connected! As soon as you receive the email and login, kids can start moving and tracking miles! MK also has an app for families and teachers can be downloaded, is user friendly, and can be brought to school as a great physical distance activity for students.
Students may run/walk/jog and track their own miles at home with their families. Parents will then submit the miles completed on the Marathon Kids website. Miles will then be approved by the student’s PE teacher.
Please reference the resources below to learn more, inclusive of a District-wide Turkey Trot that will serve as the kick-off of MK this school year! Below are links to 1-mile loop options, depending on what you feel is more convenient for your family.
Getting Started - English
Primeros Pasos - Español
All classes and school schedules will continue on time in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), even if district facilities are closed due to inclement weather. In other words, we will not have any "snow days" in CDL.
If district facilities are closed, any on-site classes/programs including Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) will be canceled. All daytime and evening activities/events also will be canceled. For more information, please visit the Inclement Weather Information webpage.
Tiger's Curbside Library & The Book Bus!
Tiger’s Curbside Library is still up and running two times per week:
- Tuesdays - 10:30a - 12:30p
- Thursdays - 10:30a - 12:30p
This is also a great time to pick up meals, 11:00a-12:00p
AHOY! The library BOOK BUS sets sail each Thursday, and will continue to do so until further notice. The book bus will dock at four different stops:
- 1:45 - 2:10 - 11606 SW Center Street @ LynnMarie Apartments
- 2:15 - 2:45 - 3750 SW 108th @ Camellia Place
- 2:50 - 3:15 - Kennedy St. Park, just past 103rd
- 3:25 - 3:55 - SW White Pine Ln. @ SW Crestwood
Both the curbside library and book bus will have books for all readers. However, they may also request books in advance.
How do students request books?
- Browse the Raleigh Park Library collection and place a hold on books for your children. The only information you need is a 1) student ID number and 2) password. For more information on how to place holds, please view, Placing a Hold on a Book from Your Library.
- Email Mrs. Lowe, Raleigh Park Library Media Assistant (LMA) with a title or subject, Judy_Lowe@beaverton.k12.or.us
How do students know when to pick up their books?
- When a book is available for a student, we will email parents/guardians to let you know when the book will be ready for curbside or book bus pick up. Please email Judy_Lowe@beaverton.k12.or.us with additional questions.
- Email Mrs. Lowe, and she can share some thoughts and recommendations!
How do students return library books?
- Bring books back to Raleigh Park during the curbside or book bus hours and leave them in the labelled bin. Books will be in quarantine for 1 week, so there will be a delay in checking the books back in the library.
Raleigh Park PTO Kicks Off the Fall Fundraising Campaign
Raleigh Park PTO Kicks Off the Fall Fundraising Campaign!
Raleigh Park Elementary and our PTO are committed to supporting every Raleigh Park student to learn and grow. Each year our school relies on the generosity of our PTO donors to help pay for many of the special opportunities the PTO is able to offer our students.
Please consider making a fully tax-deductible gift supporting Raleigh Park PTO. Your generous support will help deliver educational and extracurricular activities our students can count on now and when school reopens again. Your involvement makes a difference! When parents like you give back to our school’s community, Raleigh Park can lay the groundwork for future student achievement.
Click here to learn how you can Give Today!
We've Got Spirit!
Our Online Spirit Gear Store is Now Open! There are so many ways to show your Raleigh Park pride — we've got shirts, sweatshirts, hats, face masks, and more, all with Raleigh Park iconic tiger and school logo. Head over to our Spirit Gear Store whether you're new to school, your kids have outgrown their favorite hoodies, or you want some fun new face masks.
New this year: you place your order yourself and it'll ship directly to you. The store will be open all-year-round now (with the link on our website), but now's a great time to order those holiday gifts for your favorite Tigers and Tiger fans!
District News, Information & Resources
SUPERINTENDENT GROTTING ANNOUNCES MIDDLE SCHOOL BOUNDARY DECISION
Superintendent Grotting has accepted the recommendation of the MSBA Advisory Committee on a new middle school boundary map with no amendments. He has also accepted the MSBA Advisory Committee’s recommendation to offer a legacy option to students who will be entering 8th grade in the 2021-22 school year to remain at the middle school that they attended during the 2020-21 school year.
In addition, Superintendent Grotting has approved two program changes that impact middle school students:
The Rachel Carson School of Environmental Science will be relocated from Five Oaks Middle School to Cedar Park Middle School.
The SUMMA program will be expanded to the Timberland-area middle school, in addition to the programs that already exist at Meadow Park, Stoller and Whitford Middle Schools.
For the full report including projected enrollment numbers, please visit the Middle School Boundary Adjustment webpage.
2021-2022 FULL-TIME LEARNING OPTIONS LOTTERY & ADMISSION INFORMATION
Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or apply to a Learning Option Program. Transportation is provided. Please do some online research on the Learning Options Programs and attend one or more of the virtual open houses.
Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available starting October 19:
Current BSD students may apply online using their student ID.
All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries.
Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school (i.e. homeschool or private school students) will need to complete a paper application available online or at any school office beginning October 19.
Applicants who don’t have internet access may complete a paper application.
Students may only select one option on their applications.
Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.
Raleigh Hills and Springville will only be accepting applications for 7th and 8th grades.
Applications must be received no later than December 11 at 4:00 p.m.
Important dates, deadlines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Learning Options webpage.
LEARNING OPTIONS VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES
Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or apply to a Learning Option Program — Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA), Beaverton Academy of Science & Engineering (BASE), International School of Beaverton (ISB), Rachel Carson School of Environmental Science or one of the Career Technical Programs (CTE) at various high schools.Please do some online research on the Learning Option Programs and attend one or more of the virtual open houses.
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Looking for resources to help your student with distance learning? Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) can help.
Soon, all BSD students will have a Youth Access Card allowing them to access all services for free. Youth Access Cards allow students to check out five books or audiobooks at a time, plus access these services: https://www.beavertonlibrary.org/479/Youth-Access-Card
Library of Things: Beaverton City Library and Cedar Mill Community Libraries have Library of Things collections with STEM items to enhance learning, including math games, robotics, coding kits and Legos.
Book bundles: Check out Book Bundles at Beaverton City Library and Cedar Mill Community Libraries, designed for a variety of reading levels and interests.
Virtual events: Register for virtual events, including weekly storytimes.
eBooks and eAudiobooks: Using Sora, students can select titles from WCCLS’s collection.
Homework Help: Live online homework help is available daily from 1-10 p.m. in English and Spanish through Brainfuse HelpNow. Brainfuse also offers test prep and writing/research assistance.
Tumblebooks: View and listen to animated books.
Mango Languages: Learn one of 70 languages with Mango.
Computer Lab: Beaverton City Library has a computer lab. Call or check the website for hours.
For some of you who have been around for a while, perhaps it's been mentioned a time (or two) that this time of year makes me a sucker for warm(ing) beverages and a healthy dose of stereotypical, predictable, cheaply-produced and poorly-acted (yet can't look away) Hallmark movies. Yes, I turned in my "man card" long ago. Tis the season!
DATES TO REMEMBER...
- Tiger's Curbside Library, 10:30a-12:30p
- Meal Distribution, 11:00a-12:00p
- Tiger's Curbside Library, 10:30a-12:30p
- Meal Distribution, 11:00a-12:00p
- Book Bus, 1:45-3:55p
- 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
- 21 - January 6 - Winter Break
- 18 - MLK Jr. Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
- 20 - Synchronous Instruction Wednesday
- 5 - Grading Day - NO STUDENTS
- 15 - President's Day Holdiay - SCHOOL CLOSED
- 17 - Synchronous Instruction Wednesday
- 24 - Staff Development & Work Day - NO STUDENTS