Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

September 30, 2022

Message from the Principal

As October begins, we all fall into the rhythm of the year. Classroom environments have been established. Expectations are clear. Friendships are being formed. Students across the building have been hard at work learning how to be readers, writers, mathematicians and about the world they live in through social studies and science. October is an incredible time of year when so much has already been done, and yet there is still hope and promise for what lies ahead.

I am excited to announce that Findley's Running Club, Findley Flyers is returning after three long years. Findley Flyers will start Tuesday, Oct. 4. For those who are new to our school community, Findley Flyers is a running club that takes place twice a week: Tuesdays during students' lunch recess and Thursdays from 8:00-8:20am. On Thursday mornings, families and siblings are able to attend in this fun event. Students receive tokens and recognition for laps and miles run throughout the year. Findley Flyers is dependent on our volunteers, so please be on the lookout for information from the PTO on how to sign-up to volunteer on Tuesdays to support our running program.

It doesn't seem like Fall weather is here to stay just yet, hope everyone enjoys the beautiful weekend ahead mother nature has promised us.

Thank you for all you do to make our community special~

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


New Information

Dragon Dash Update

Hello Findley Families and Staff,

Happy Friday! Thank you to everyone that has registered on PledgeStar. We have reached 55% participation at the end of week 2! Amazing effort Findley community!

The 55% of students that registered were entered into a surprise and delight raffle. We randomly selected one winner from each class. The winners received a free cookie gift card from Crumbl and will go home with your student today.

There will be more surprise raffle drawings to come with plenty of chances to win!

Mrs. Arcangel’s and Mr. Potocki’s class have secured 2 out of the 3 spots for a class donut party. The last class!

Sign up your student today at pledgestar.com/findley to help your class win that donut party and support Dragon Dash fundraising efforts.

As a reminder, in order to guarantee that your student has the correct T-shirt size, you must sign up and select the T-shirt size today (9/30). Students that sign up after this date will still participate and be eligible for prizes, however the student may not get the correct size.



** Today is the last day to order parent T-shirts! **

Shirts are $15 each and all profits will go right back to the school. If you want to purchase a Dragon Dash Shirt please click here. Orders must be placed by Friday, 9/30. Payment can be made via PayPal (findleypto@gmail.com).

2. DONATIONS through other sites

Many of our Findley families donate through their company donation site, such as Benevity. If you make a donation via your company's site instead of directly through PledgeStar, send a copy of the receipt to dragondashpm@gmail.com. Include the name of your student and their classroom teacher to ensure the donations get credited to the correct student. Please note that company matching does not count towards prize levels.

If you have any questions, please contact dragondashpm@gmail.com

Goooooo Dragons!

-The Dragon Dash Team

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Parent Partnership Series: The Impact of Electronics on the Child/Teen Brain

We had a great turnout for Shawn Marshall's presentation on Thursday night. It was fantastic to see our parents come together to learn more about the effects of technology on the brain. Parents received valuable information and tips on parenting along with an understanding of the impact of technology and its effect on our children. We are including the handout from Mr. Marshall's presentation. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please let us know. We are also open to suggestions of topics for future Parent Partnership gatherings.

Thank you very much to our fabulous PTO for sponsoring this event.

Emily Gotfried, Counselor

Susan Hargrave, Student Success Coach

Tips for Managing Screen Time

In case you missed the presentation, here are some tips for parents on how to manage your child's screen time.

Save the Date!

PTO General Meeting

October 12 at 7 PM

Hybrid: Zoom and In Person

Zoom Link to Come!

Repeat Information

Election Day is November 8, 2022

2022 Proposed Levy Renewal Video (English)
2022 Proposed Levy Renewal Video (Español)

Girls Who Code

Menaka Wijeratne and Iris Chang -- co-founders/presidents of Sunset High School's Girls Who Code chapter -- are inviting you to explore the world of coding and stem this school year! These club meetings are catered towards elementary and middle school girls! Register here if you are interested. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns by contacting girlswhocode.sunset@gmail.com. Once registered, look out for incoming emails regarding first club meeting reminders.
Elementary Health Education

Click here for information regarding Elementary Health Education in BSD. Teachers will send home notice prior to teaching Sexual Abuse Prevention Lessons and Human Sexuality Health Lessons.

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Welcome to FIndley PTO

Click Here for Information about our fantastic Findley PTO!

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.

Throughout the school year, the District may share materials from various organizations in our community that offer or support educational and/or extra-curricular opportunities for your student and/or family. These materials may be shared via school/district communication channels and/or posted on the district’s After-school Activities webpage. All materials are reviewed by Communications & Community Involvement prior to distribution. Beaverton School District does not discriminate against any community member or organization on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veteran status or because of a perceived or actual association with any other persons within these protected classes. The District does not sponsor or endorse the activities or information contained in these materials.

Community Resources

Community Resources

Bethany & Cedar Mill Library

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.

The Beaverton School District does not sponsor or endorse the activities and/or information contained in this material.

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Want to Volunteer?

Click here to find out how!

Important Dates


3 TAG Information Night on Zoom

12 Walk & Roll Day, PTO Meeting 7pm

13 Picture Day

14 No School-Staff Development Day

20-21 COGAT Screen 3rd & Nominated 5th

25 Dragon Dash-annual fundraiser and jog-a-thon

28 Fall Festival


2nd Conference 4-8pm

3rd No School - Conferences 12 - 8 pm

4th No School

10th No School Grading Day

11th No School Veterans Day

23rd - 25th - No School Thanksgiving

28th No School Staff Development