Elmonica Newsletter - Boletín
January 15, 2021
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We hope you are all back in the swing of school. Next week we will not have school on Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. This holiday is a nationally recognized day of service. Last January I helped volunteers from our community paint Kelso's problem-solving wheel on our school playground. It was a challenging task!
This year I encourage you and your family to engage in a day of service as well. This link will take to ideas for 17 Virtual Events to Celebrate MLK's Legacy with Your Kids. Or try one of these 8 Frugal & Fun Activities. No matter what you do, take a moment to reflect with your child or children why we celebrate the day.
Full-Day of School, Wednesday, January 20
Wednesday, January 20, is a STANDARD INSTRUCTION DAY. We will be holding class as if it were Monday and follow our typical Monday schedule.
In-person Instruction Update
Please be sure to read the letter (below) from the district initiating conversations and planning for our K-2 students potentially returning to school in the next several weeks.
Kalay McNamee, Principal
Calendar / Monthly Theme
Monday, January 18
MLK Holiday - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, January 19
11:00-12:00 School Lunch Pick-up
Wednesday, January 20
Standard Instruction Day
Library Book Bus
*Return library books or unused school technology
1:35 Schendel Avenue
2:10 Hurrell Lane & 174th Place
7:00 pm PTO meeting
Please email a PTO board member or the school for a Zoom link.
Thursday, January 21
11:00-12:00 School Lunch Pick-up
Friday, January 22
Spirit Day - Wear your Red & Blue
January Word of the Month is BALANCED!
1/11 - 1/15 - Try Something New - Pick up a new hobby, get to a project you've wanted to do,
1/18 - 1/22 - Resolution / Goal Check-In - How are your resolutions and goals going? How are you keeping yourself on track and accountable?
1/25 - 1/29 - Unplug! Pick a day this week to go TECH-LESS (besides school!) Chronicle through writing, drawing, or taking pictures, what you did instead and how did it go!
WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY 25th - 3:00 pm - 6:45 pm WHERE: ELMONICA GYM
January 8, 2021
Thank you to all of you — staff, students, and families — for your resilience during the past several months. We know that you’ve all been working diligently to provide the best educational experience possible during these challenging times. Your efforts are very much appreciated.
On December 23, Governor Kate Brown announced changes to the state’s approach to reopening schools. Rather than mandating that all school districts meet designated health metrics to begin in-person instruction, she has made those metrics advisory — meaning the decision to reopen will be made at the district level instead of the state level. However, the bulk of the 90-pages of safety requirements issued by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in the Ready Schools Safe Learners Guidance have not changed.
As we plan for the next steps, we’re currently considering several factors:
- On January 19, ODE is expected to announce revisions to the Ready Schools Safe Learners Guidance. We’re waiting to see if the state eases cohort numbers (current requirement: students cannot be exposed to more than 100 students/week) and social distancing requirements (currently requirement: 35 square feet of space per student). Those changes could impact what the District would be able to offer in terms of in-person instruction.
- Also on January 19, the state may change the health metrics. Under the previously-mandated health metrics, positive COVID-19 cases in Washington and Multnomah Counties had to drop below 100 per 100,000 residents (during the previous two-week period) to begin in-person instruction. As of this writing, the current case count in Washington and Multnomah Counties is 324 and 342, respectively.
- The Governor has prioritized teachers and district staff who have regular contact with students to be vaccinated in Phase 1b, after health care workers and residents of nursing facilities. As of this writing, it’s unclear when those vaccinations will be administered.
- Currently, changes in working conditions are being bargained with our teachers' association, the Beaverton Education Association (BEA). As such, finalized plans are subject to agreements made in those negotiations.
Given what we know at this moment, here’s our current thinking. We must emphasize that these plans are NOT final.
- Current guidance from ODE prioritizes the return of students in grades PreK - 2 to in-person instruction first. While not finalized, current hybrid plans have students who elect to come back to school being assigned to either mornings or afternoons (total in-school time: 2 ½ hours) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. When not at school, these students would be learning online. All students would be online on Wednesdays. Currently, we don’t have a start date identified. We hope to know more after January 19. Prior to returning to in-person instruction, elementary families will be asked to make a commitment to either hybrid or Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) instruction.
- Because the District has committed to providing a Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) option for the entire school year, families should expect some teacher reassignments. Whether your elementary student remains in CDL or opts for in-person hybrid instruction, your child’s teacher may change. We realize that this is not ideal, but it’s also unavoidable. We will do everything in our power to minimize any disruptions to your child’s learning.
- Because middle and high school students have several classes and are exposed to more students, in-person instruction under current required safety protocols remains impossible. Our tentative plan is to have all secondary students remain online in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). However, we are considering offering limited in-person instruction (LIPI) for students with disabilities, emerging bilingual students, and students without reliable internet connectivity. We also may invite students who have credit-recovery needs to come to campuses.
- We know that our secondary students are desperately missing social interaction. To meet these needs, we’d also try to facilitate small-group, in-person interactions. For example, we may be able to bring students in for AVID, clubs, community service, specific course activities, and specific social activities. In terms of school-sponsored sports and activities, we’ll continue to follow guidance from the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA).
We appreciate that many of you have passionately shared your opinions with us over the past few weeks — whether you adamantly want your child to return to in-person learning or you adamantly believe students should continue online. At the end of the day, no solution will be perfect. We’re simply trying to do what’s in the best interest of our children in vastly imperfect times - both in terms of their education and their safety — and the safety of our staff.
For now, we will continue in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and await changes to be announced by ODE on January 19 — after which, we will have a better idea of how to proceed.
As always, thank you for your continued patience and support.
Kids Heart Challenge
Dear Parents —
Our school is getting ready to kick off Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association. Meet our Heart Heroes that will help us fight heart disease and teach us how to keep our hearts happy while helping others! You can get a jump start by registering online today! Download the FREE Kids Heart Challenge App for Apple or Android or visit www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge and search Elmonica Elementary to get started. When you join our team, your child will be asked to take the challenge to MOVE MORE, BE KIND, or CHOOSE WATER. Just for taking the challenge, your child will earn the Kids Heart Challenge wristband! Thank you for helping our school and the American Heart Association save lives! Our PE Teacher, Ms. DeGandi, will be sending home more information in the coming week.
Thank you so much for your support of the American Heart Association as we fight COVD-19 on a global scale. We’re investing a minimum of $2.5 million to investigate the implications of coronavirus. The Association has established a $2.5 million rapid research fund to fast-track scientific research to better understand COVID-19 and its interaction with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. For your COVID-19 questions, please click here for a comprehensive list of our resources, all made possible with your continued support.
TAG/Summa Testing - Exámenes TAG/Summa
Thank you for your patience as we navigate TAG/Summa testing during the 2020-21 school year. The following updates have been made to our current Identification processes to reflect comprehensive distance learning and research on test score stability.
TAG testing for students nominated by parents or teachers will occur in the spring
Current 5th graders will have the opportunity to qualify for Summa by testing in late spring/summer
Outdoor testing opportunities for TAG/Summa will also be available in early summer
Current 3rd and 4th graders will take reading and math achievement tests (ITBS) in the fall
Current 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will take a cognitive ability (CogAT) screener test in the fall.
In addition to national norms, local norms will be explored for TAG/Summa identification
Summa Qualifying Tests and Criteria
No change in admission criteria, only tests used
Results from full version CogAT tests (composite score ) in grades K-5 can be used to qualify for Summa
Results of achievement tests in grades 3-5 can be used to qualify for Summa
Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) Language Arts and Math tests
ITBS/Logramos Reading and Math tests (total scores)
Testing opportunities will be posted on the BSD TAG page as they become available
Invitations to test will be sent via School Messenger prior to testing dates
Summa eligible students will be notified before January 15, 2021
Please direct questions to Heidi Hanson, email@example.com, or 503-356-4548.
Gracias por su paciencia mientras administramos los exámenes TAG/Summa durante el año escolar 2020-21. Se han realizado las siguientes actualizaciones a nuestros procesos de identificación actuales para reflejar el aprendizaje a distancia y la investigación sobre la estabilidad de la puntuación de los exámenes.
Exámenes TAG / Summa
Los exámenes TAG para los estudiantes nominados por los padres o maestros ocurrirán en la primavera
Los estudiantes actuales de 5º grado tendrán la oportunidad de ser considerados para el programa Summa mediante el examen a fines de la primavera/verano
Las oportunidades de exámenes al aire libre para TAG/Summa también estarán disponibles a principios del verano
Los estudiantes actuales de 3º y 4º grado tomarán exámenes de rendimiento en lectura y matemáticas (ITBS) en el otoño
Los estudiantes actuales de 2º, 3º y 4º grado tomarán un examen de evaluación de habilidades cognitivas (CogAT) en otoño
Además de las normas nacionales, se explorarán las normas locales para la identificación de TAG/Summa
Exámenes y criterios de calificación de SUMMA
No hay cambios en los criterios de admisión, solo se utilizan exámenes
Los resultados de los exámenes CogAT en los grados K-5 se pueden usar para calificar para el programa SUMMA
Los resultados de los exámenes de rendimiento en los grados 3-5 se pueden usar para calificar para el programa SUMMA
Exámenes de literatura y matemáticas del Sistema de Evaluación Estatal de Oregón (OSAS)
Las oportunidades de exámenes se publicarán en la página BSD TAG a medida que estén disponibles.
Las invitaciones para el examen se enviarán a través de School Messenger antes de las fechas del examen.
Los estudiantes elegibles para Summa serán notificados antes del 15 de enero de 2021
Dirija sus preguntas a Heidi Hanson, firstname.lastname@example.org o al 503-356-4548.
Share your Elmonica child's photos with teachers, staff and others in our community! We will happily share our students photos on Elmonica's Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.
The Beaverton School District has launched a library of resources and on-demand videos to support families during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). You can find short webinars about Canvas, SeeSaw, Dreambox, and much more.
The mission of Elmonica Elementary is that together we promote high standards by:
· Practicing critical thinking skills through inquiry.
· Acquiring in-depth knowledge of globally significant ideas.
· Appreciating the unique qualities of each person, creating empathy, compassion, and international-mindedness.