May 26, 2022
Dear Bethany Families,
I want to take a moment to acknowledge our military families and those who have lost their lives in service to our country on this upcoming Memorial Day. I hope everyone enjoys a wonderful three-day weekend and some time in reflection of those who are no longer with us.
(That was the message I wrote prior to Tuesday's horrific school shooting. It's difficult, yet important, to balance outrage and grief with trying to provide a sense of normalcy and joy for our students. We are lucky to be able to look forward to weekends, to complain about minor inconveniences, to take things for granted. The only gift in tragedy is the reminder of how precious life is and to take stock of our blessings.)
*This resource was shared with me about how to talk with your children about school shootings. The intention of the book is to provide reassurance however, it may also cause more anxiety for some children. Use your own judgement if it is something you want to use at some point. From an adult perspective, it was difficult for me to preview with my emotions so raw. You may want to wait until you are in a good frame of mind before sharing it....if at all.
Last week I promised I would share some resources with you for INTERNET SAFETY. Here ya go!
When my kids were younger, and now as YOUR children talk about movies and video games I've never heard of, I use Common Sense Media to learn more. There are ratings by kids, parents, and experts. There are guides on what elements are present (positive role models, violence, explicit language, and more). I HIGHLY encourage you to research the things your children are watching, playing, and listening to. The media your children are consuming is just as important to their brain development and mental health as nutrition is to their physical health.
For Parental Controls:
Qustodio or Bark are two apps suggested by our school psychologist. There may be a cost to these, but I know you can get started for free to check it out.
- Parental control and digital wellbeing software | Qustodio Over 4 million parents trust Qustodio’s parental control tools to keep their kids’ screen time safe and balanced on every device
- Parental Control App for iPhone, Android, & Amazon Fire | Bark Bark is a parental control app that helps keep kids safer online. Bark monitors devices, social media, texts, emails, and much more.
And finally.....SOCIAL MEDIA! It is alarming how much access and participation elementary students are having to social media. Parents need to be aware of the negative impacts that unsupervised access to the internet can have. The most important thing is to have conversations with your children, set expectations, and know what they are doing online. There's a wonderful world out there full of creativity, joy and inspiration. The internet has opened doors and benefited our lives in so many ways. Children just need your involvement and guidance in navigating the potential dangers along the way.
The Common Sense Media site has a lot of articles for parents about Social Media, things to know about specific apps like TikTok. Snap Chat, and even Roblox. It's worth a look.
May JAT Committee Meeting, Today (5/26) @ 7pm
Meeting ID: 341 749 4608
Bag Toys for Jog-A-Thon Awards, Tuesday 5/31 @ 1:00-2:30pm
Join us for assembling the award bags for the students great Jog-A-Thon efforts! Sign in at the office and meet in the northwest Portable for award bag preparation. (5-8 Volunteers)
Contact Mike Glasser at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested!
Congratulations to the following students who submitted poetry to a national publication and were selected for inclusion. We worked on Hikus and submitted close to 70 in total - the following students were selected to be included in the anthology! The library will have a copy, and they can be purchased at the following site www.youngpoets.org
5th grade: Cali, Sebastian E, and Maxwell
4th grade: Daksh, Juliette, and Maddie
3rd grade: Eloise
The last day to check out books is June 7th. We will be on a heavy campaign to get all books returned as soon as possible so we can get everything processed for the end of the year.
The public library has amazing resources for the summer, from book recommendations and read-alouds to classes, and craft packets. I highly recommend connecting with them for their regular emails. Link to subscribe to public Library
Thank you all for your support.
Field Day Needs Volunteers
Field Day - June 16th
I'm super happy to invite you to volunteer on June 16th. Parent helpers are a huge part of the field day experience for our children. We have positions available in the morning and afternoon. The following times are available:
Morning shift (8:00am - 10:30am)
Afternoon shift (12:20pm-2:30pm)
How do I sign-up to Volunteer: Log into your Better Impact account and sign up for the Field Day opportunities. Just search under Bethany Elementary by the Field date of June 16, 2022, and you will see the time slots.
Student Placement Form for 2022-2023
Parents can provide valuable information regarding their child’s class placement and are encouraged to give us input. When forming classes, teachers carefully consider a number of factors to create balanced classes: academic levels, learning styles, special needs, program eligibilities, and compatibility with other students.
If you would like to give us information about your child, please print and fill out the form below. You can also pick up a form in the school office. You will need to bring it in or email it to the office. We are not able to honor individual teacher requests.
Due Date: Monday June 6th at 4:00 pm.
Introduction to Art Literacy
You've been wondering what this Art Literacy program is that you have heard the PTO talk about, but don't really know what it is? Come join us WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1st 6:30-7:30 pm in the cafeteria for an introduction to Art Literacy through the presentation of the artist and author Emily Carr and make an art project inspired by her art works.
All materials are provided. All children are welcome to attend, but children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Please RSVP if you would like to attend so that we have enough supplies for everyone.
Safe Routes To School Survey
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 links will take you to a district survey and will be combined with classroom tallies to give us a good picture of how students are getting to and from schools throughout the district.
The district survey will be open for responses for four weeks from May 1st until May 31st.
We appreciate your help in giving us information to make the Safe Routes to School program effective for all Beaverton School District students.
Tiếng Việt https://forms.office.com/r/CBbDtCvkLY
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PTO Community Event with Kona Ice
The PTO is sponsoring a free Community Event June 9th from 4-7 pm with the Kona Shaved Ice Truck. Come when you can to enjoy a refreshing shaved ice and meet up with friends and other families from school. The PTO will have information available about different projects and programs that they support at Bethany.
Message from the BSPTO President
BSPTO Updates - Year-End Meeting, Budget Vote, Officer Elections & Survey Results
The last PTO meeting of the school year is JUNE 7 at 7 PM. At this meeting we will hold OFFICER ELECTIONS and vote on the 2022-2023 OPERATING BUDGET. The Link to the proposed budget is below.
Meeting Zoom Link Here
Meeting ID: 341 749 4608
PTO 2022/2023 Budget
Proposed Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Budget - Please Review & Provide Comments!
The BSPTO would like everyone to have an opportunity to review the proposed budget, ask questions and provide feedback before a final vote is taken at the June 7th PTO meeting.
Please take a moment to review the Budget Presentation and the Budget Detail (linked below) to see how the Budget Committee has proposed allocating PTO funds in support of teachers, students and the Bethany Elementary community. Your opinion matters!
Please send any questions, concerns and suggestions to the Treasurer, Anastasia Glasser, at email@example.com by May 31st.*
*Anastasia will use the utmost discretion in voicing any questions, concerns and suggestions that are brought to her attention.*
Bethany Spirit Wear Store
All Shorts Just $19.99!
Every style and size of shorts are marked down $5 now through May, 29th. This includes mesh shorts and ladies running shorts.
Pink Hoodies & Tees Are Popular
We now have pink hoodies available in youth and adult for all schools!
Spirit Wear Store Link:
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Important Message From The Steam Lab
As we near the end of our “official” Digital Citizenship lessons in STEAM, I wanted to take a moment to remind families that— while the Internet is a wonderful, powerful tool— like all tools, we need to be careful how we use it. A hammer adds a lot of convenience to a DIY project, but there’s always the possibility of whacking your own thumb!
As our students spend more time online, it becomes increasingly likely that they will run into material that isn’t meant for them. Filters aren’t a failsafe. Even “green” (or “safe”) websites might show questionable ads; feature facts or ideas intended for an older audience; or link to outside sources that weren’t designed with an elementary schooler in mind. (And goodness knows we all have at least one story of an innocent google search gone awry!) When these discoveries inevitably happen, please try to view them as teachable moments. Talk with your child about how to recognize content that isn’t for them, and discuss the importance of curating a safe, healthy internet experience.
With every passing year, the internet becomes more intwined with our daily lives. It is already an integral part of education— that won’t be changing anytime soon! Learning how to independently navigate the web in a safe way will do wonders for your child’s sense of personal responsibility, as well as serve to save them from much potential danger, fear, and anxiety in the future.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And as always, make good choices out there!
Anxiety Presentation for Parents
If you are interested in learning more about anxiety, please watch the anxiety training I, Michelle Schimpke (School Social Worker), recorded on YouTube. If you would like to reference my slides, those can be found here.
If you have any questions, concerns, need consultation, or want to learn more, you can message on ParentSquare or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am here for each and every one of you! Thank you for being my community!
OHSU Test Kits
Just a Reminder: Our OHSU pick-up is around 9:00 on Mondays. If students turn them in after 9:30, we have to throw them away. If your student stays home on a Monday and you have a test kit, please feel free to bring it in and drop it off in the office.
Kindergarten and 2022/23 School Year Registration
You are now able to register students for the 2022-23 school year.
If your student is currently attending Bethany, you do not need to enroll them, they will automatically roll up to the next grade.
For more Information, about Kindergarten please click HERE
To Register online, please click HERE
Cans / Bottles For Kids
We are collecting cans / bottles to help fund the Playground Improvements. You can pick up Blue bags from the office.