Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

April 2, 2021


Greetings Findley Families,

We are busy getting ready to welcome back some of our students Monday. Our staff, and the building are ready, and beyond excited for kids on Monday!

There is a lot of information contained in the newsletter this week, but there are two things in particular I want to be sure you don’t miss.

First, although it looks a little different, we had over 40 entries in our Virtual Science Fair this year. Be sure to check them out! I learned about so many things; including that you can get energy from a potato and that a comb run through your hair can “move” water! Our kids are such great scientists, I never fail to learn a lot from them.

Second, we had two student entries for our district Film Festival, Signal to Noise. Our students created short films about the power and good in humanity despite the challenging circumstances of the past year. Good luck, Dragons!

Lastly, as we move into yet another mode of teaching and learning, know that we are here to help make the transition smooth for everyone. Next week will bring schedule changes for everyone.

Here’s a rundown of those changes:

In Person Hybrid

(K-2 starts Monday, April 5 and 3-5 starts Thursday, April 8)

M,T,Th,F 9:00am-11:15am Synchronous Learning

12:15pm-2:30pm Asynchronous Learning

For the synchronous learning time, students are able to arrive at school between 8:45am-9:am.

Free meals are available to everyone. All students will receive a meal bag each day. If you wish to Opt Out of meal service, please fill out this form.

Logistics and important information about the day were sent home Wednesday, and are available on our website at all times. We will also be sending home a video prior to Monday.

Comprehensive Distance Learning

(K-2 starts Monday, April 5 and 3-5 starts Thursday, April 8)

M,T,Th,F 9:00-11:15 Asynchronous Learning

12:15-2:30 Synchronous Learning

Free meals for the week are available to everyone and can be picked up on Wednesdays, in front of the school building between 11am-12pm. To register for a meal box, please fill out this form.

Students in both In Person Hybrid and Comprehensive Distance Learning will meet on-line Wednesdays, from 8:30-9:00ish. End times may vary by teacher, grade and week. Students will also have a SEL lesson each Wednesday, alternating between synchronous and asynchronous, like they do now.

All students will also have a scheduled Specials’ time, outside of their synchronous learning time. These schedules will be sent out both by classroom teachers and specials’ teachers.

There will be additional opportunities outside of synchronous learning times to meet on-line with adults and other students for read alouds and technology challenges. Stay tuned for more information on these!

Please never hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy the weekend!

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


FIndley Elementary


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Our 2021 OBOB winners are The Dragon Book Keepers


Story - Rowynn - Kellan - Ayushi

Mia - Grace - Lilly Belle

Findley’s Library To Go

We want to keep Findley students reading. Here’s an easy way to do it.

Use Findley’s Library To Go to request and check out books from the Findley library.

Three times a week, we’ll host Curbside Pickup so you can grab books and go!!

Remember you can use Sora and Epic for virtual libraries.

How families can request books:

*Browse the Findley Library Catalog to see all the books we have and place a hold.

**Placing a hold. For instruction on how to place holds: check out this video

***You will need your student ID and password to place a hold.

*Curbside Pickup: Stop by and check out books to take home.

*Email Mrs. Vennes or Mrs. Etter for suggestions and assistance.

How will I get my books?

When a book is available for a student, we’ll notify adults by email. Books can be picked up during Curbside Pickup. Hybrid students can also have their books left on their desks before they arrive at school.

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

Marathon Kids - Congratulations

1/2 Marathon awards for March

Reyansch - Antich

Rishan - Skiba

Full Marathon awards for March

Ameya - McLandrich

Jonathan - Johnson/Hood

Irene - Kim

Sharanyal - Arcangel

Eric Z. Clay

Kanishk - Lockhart

Great job everyone and come get your awards next week!

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Nutrition Services

All Students will be eligible for a Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner sack each day. Students in Hybrid will be sent home a "Meal Bag" each day at the end of instruction. This meal bag will include Lunch for that day, dinner and breakfast the next morning. Students whose family wish to opt-out of this will be asked to complete an Opt-Out form, those meals will then NOT be sent home with students.

Students who are attending CDL only, will be able to pickup 5 days worth of meals on Wednesdays beginning the week of April 5. Once times are set, we will publish them.

This is free to ALL children ages 0-18 that live in the Beaverton School District. If you know of a family that would benefit from these meals, please have them come by the school on Wednesdays and we will make sure they get food.

CDL - Student Option In Request

Hybrid - Student meal Opt Out Request

Retake Day at Dorian on April 7th.

For all who missed portrait day, Retake Day is April 7th at the Dorian Studio (800-215-2553). Please call to schedule as soon as possible to ensure you have a photo of your student for this school year as well as avoiding a blank photo box for your student in the yearbook.

Parent Resource Fair

The Special Education Department and Special Education Parent Advisory Council are hosting our Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair on April 27th from 6:00-8:00pm via zoom.

Parents will have a chance to listen to presentations from different non-profit organizations, businesses and more that serve children with disabilities and their families! Parents will also have a chance to ask questions of presenters after their formal presentations.

The fair will include presentations from:

  • International Dyslexia Association- Oregon Branch
  • Camp Yakety Yak
  • Family to Family Resource Center through OHSU
  • Paladio Planning-Financial trusts and planning for students
  • Specialty Athletics
  • Swindell’s Resource Center

and more!

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2020/21 - 30-Day Notice for Statewide Tests

Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form 30 days before the start of statewide testing.

This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE plans to ask the United States Department of Education for a temporary pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. A pause is also being requested for science testing, but science testing is not subject to this opt-out rule.

  • If this waiver request is approved, then statewide ELA and Math testing will not happen this year, and there will be no need for parents to submit opt-out forms to their child’s school.
  • If the waiver request is not approved, test windows will open on March 4, 2021.

ODE will update the district regularly with news about the waiver.

BSD Student Surveys

The student survey window for students in grades 4, 5, 7, and 9-12 is March 30 – June 4. Plan to notify parents of the student survey preview and opt out at least two weeks prior to making the survey available to students.

Previews of the survey in English and Spanish are posted on the District’s Research and Reports webpage. Here are the sample parent messages for school newsletters: elementary middle high.

Fidnley Signal to Noise Entries.

Created by Manu and Keshav

Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork SD 480p

Created by Aditya and Nitya

A Tale to Remember SD 480p
March Assembly SD 480p

Do you Have a chess player?

Chess Players,

Today is the last day to registered for the Oregon State Team Chess Championship.

Do to the Covid Pandemic this years State Chess Team Championships must be played on-line.

You have played a lot of chess with an opponent directly across the board from you, but that is just not possible today. So join the numerous chess players that have been playing on-line --- it's time to join them.

The Team Event is being played on April 11th on the LiChess platform. Numerous sections are planned for teams including one for K-5th; K-8th; K-12th, and one for a mix of schools. All teams will consist of 5 players ---- but you can register by yourself or others and we will attempt to get you (and your friends) on a team that will fit into one of the sections. Everyone is eligible to play --- but all teams will need to have 5 players. Must register by April 2nd ---- again do not delay.

Scholarships are available for this event. Anyone from a school that is in the Chess for Success program and some other schools are available to play for FREE!

Want to start a team, contact Venky here

Need more information about the Tournament? Click Here

Community Resources

Community Resources

Bethany & Cedar Mill Library

Inter District Transfers

Inter District Transfer forms for 2021-2022 are available beginning April 1, 2021. There are TWO ways to apply for an Inter District Transfer. More information is available on the TRANSFER website.

Construction Update for Thompson Road starting Fall of 2021

PGE has dollar-for-dollar payment matching available to help customers with past-due balances get back on track. Call 800.542.8818 They can assist in over 200 languages over the phone. PGE Payment Match

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.

Science Fair update

Hello Findley Dragons,

Good job doing experiments at home! It was great to see several cool Science Fair projects. Please find the deck of Science Fair project slides in this newsletter. Just like you could physically visit Science posters in the past years, you can virtually view the slides this year.

All participants will receive a Science Fair participation token in May.

Science Fair Link

Stay curious!


Science Fair Coordinator

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Yearbook Photos needed

We need your help getting your student in the yearbook. Submit a photo of you student and submit it to the yearbook through the Pictavo Community. Log into the Pictavo Community and upload your full-resolution photos to the appropriate folder (“What Are You Reading?”). You’ll want to capture your student in this memorable year. And don’t forget to pre-order the upcoming yearbook while logged into Pictavo Community.

See directions below.

  1. In a Google Chrome browser, go to: https://commpe.pictavo.com/PictavoSchool/FindSchool

  2. Search for Findley Elementary or use the code: 94012

  3. Click ‘Create an Account’

  4. Use your email address to make your account (You only need to do this once!)

  5. Click on the blue ‘Upload Images’ bar

  6. Select the image(s) to upload

  7. Choose which album to upload the image to

  8. Don’t forget to “Tag” the people in the photo

Congratulations! You’ve completed the upload and supported the yearbook! There is no limit to how many photos you can upload, so keep them coming!

Art Literacy

Findley Art Literacy continues to work to bring our students fun and creative-thinking art projects. For more information and to participate in our Virtual Art Gallery, see our CDL website link: https://sites.google.com/site/artlitfindley/new-cdl-art

We are accepting artwork photos for all projects -- submit yours today!

The NEW March art project “Who Likes Dessert?” is out — looking forward to seeing some creative designs!

Thank you for supporting Findley's Art Lit community, https://sites.google.com/site/artlitfindley/home

Up Coming Events


Mondays & Fridays 11:45 - 1:45

Wednesdays 9:00 - 1:00


1st & 2nd - ALL STUDENTS CDL

5th - Hybrid learning starts K-2 - AM / CDL Afternoon ALL 3-5 Remain CDL

7th - Book Bag Exchange CDL - NEW TIME 9-11 AM

7th - Meal Pickup @ Findley for all CDL Students - OPT In

8th - Hybrid learning starts 3-5 - AM / CDL Afternoon

16th - Grading Day No Students

23rd - Findley Spirit Day - FINDLEY GEAR - Wear Findley Colors or Dragons.

28th - Staff Development NO SCHOOL


20th - Kindy roundup - Location TBD

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

31st - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Approved Flyers

Club K - After School Zone
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