Springville K-8 Parent Newsletter (9/18/20)
We made it through the first week of Comprehensive Distance Learning! This was no easy feat with the added complications of horrible air quality and tech glitches. We know we will continue to experience bumps along the way and as a community, will need to give each other grace. We all want the best school experiences for our students, however, we will need to take it day by day. None of us are going to be perfect right now but we will do the best we can. Teachers are working hard to build strong relationships with our students and families and provide purposeful and engaging learning opportunities. And we know families are working hard to support students at home as they build routines and adjust to remote learning. We will continue to adapt and learn together, and we will emerge stronger together.
Below is a video of an Alicia Keys song performed by One Voice Children's Choir. The song is dedicated to our Springville families and staff. Even though you may not always feel it, you are doing a good job for your children, your family, our school and community. Thank you for making Springville such a wonderful community and school.
Stay Safe, Stay Well, and Stay Positive!
Robin Kobrowski, Principal
Ellen Arnold, Assistant Principal
Jeremy Birch, Student Supervisor
September 21: First Day for all Kindergarten Students
September 22: Virtual Back to School Night (Zoom Links to come from your classroom teacher)
September 23: Online Enrollment Verification Due (returning Springville families only)
October 1: Library Book Curbside Pick Up
October 9: Staff Development Day - No School
Important Zoom Security Update - Please Read!
To increase security on Zoom from outside of BSD, our IT department is making the following change tomorrow, Monday, September 21, 2020:
IT will enable a feature in which only authenticated users can join, which means students must be signed in with their BSD username and password to join a Zoom meeting.
- For students using BSD devices, there will be no change to their experience. Once they sign into their device, they will be automatically signed into the Zoom session when they click the link.
- For students not using BSD devices, once they click the link for the Zoom session, they will be taken to a sign-in page. They can select Sign in with SSO or Sign in with Google to sign into the Zoom meeting.
Here is a video showing login instructions if you need them:
Enrollment Verification - Due 9/23
Every school year, we request that parents/guardians of our returning students review and/or update their family and student information. Keeping your family's information up to date is crucial to receiving timely communication from Beaverton School District and ensures that you can be contacted in case of emergency. These updates can be done online through your ParentVUE account. For more information about Enrollment Verification and to begin the verification process, please click the button below. Enrollment Verification must be completed by September 23rd.
Back to School Night
CDL Student Attendance and Engagement
Students are expected to be engaged in learning five days a week. We will encourage full participation, however, the reality of the pandemic requires flexibility on how a student demonstrates meeting that expectation. For example, a student may attend a live teacher-led session, watch a teacher-recorded video, interact with the teacher via email, and/or post completed coursework.
If your child is not able to participate in any aspect of distance learning on a school day, please call the attendance line. (503-356-2481) We also recommend you contact your child(ren)'s teacher via email.
Staff will take attendance each day by 4:00pm. Students who did not engage in any aspect of distance learning that day will be marked absent. Auto-Dialer messages will begin around 4:45pm each day. Your family will be contacted via auto-dialer if the parent/guardian did not contact the school and your child(ren) did not engage in any aspect of distance learning.
Springville Library Corner
Coming Soon...Book Check-Out!
This fall, we are bringing the Springville library to you! We want to keep our students excited about reading and enjoying their favorite books while we start the year remotely. Prepared book bundles can be checked out curbside at school and at the Springville Bookmobile. We will be sending out details about these pick up events soon, but we do have some information to share with you now!
What are book bundles?
Book bundles from the library will contain a treasure bag of grade level appropriate fiction, non-fiction, biographies, picture books and graphic novels. Just come and pick up a bag.
How do I check out books?
There are several ways to check out books:
Come to school and get a book bundle on Thursdays starting October 1st (11:00am-12:00pm and 3:00pm - 4:00pm).
If you can’t make it to school, we’ll bring the library to you. The bookmobile route schedule will be coming soon.
If students want to know what to read next, they can fill out this form: Book Recommendations, and Ms. B will email some suggestions.
Students can also log on to Destiny, our library catalog using this link: Springville Library, and place a hold.
For information on how to place a hold, take a look at this link: placing a hold on Destiny
When do I pick-up holds?
Email notices will go out to parents when their child’s books are ready for pick-up.
How long can I keep the books?
The books can be kept for two weeks. Return them to the labeled bins at curbside check-out or the bookmobile, and get more books!
More information about curbside book pick up and Bookmobile will be coming soon. We can’t wait to see you! The books are lonely and waiting to be read!
Need a Student Device?
If your student does not have a previously-issued device or has one that is not working properly, our building tech team will be available at the office entrance on the bus/staff parking lot side of the school each Tuesday from 11:00-12:30 to help. You do not have to email or call ahead.
Student Help Desk
Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Please provide the following and they will get back to you as soon as possible:
- Contact information (phone number)
- Student ID
- Description of the issue
Device Protection Program
Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device (either Chromebook or iPad), the District adds a fee of $20 to students’ Online Payment accounts (maximum fee of $60 per family per school year) to enroll them in the Damage-Loss Protection Program. This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced-price meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share form. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school.
Students may choose to decline coverage. However, doing so isn't recommended, because a family would then assume full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how the damage occurs.
Visit the Student Device Resources webpage for more information.
Change to Student Chromebook login
Beginning September 8, the student login to Chromebooks will change. This change provides important security improvements. Students will log into their Chromebooks with their full student email addresses (i.e. email@example.com).
Setup, login instructions and answers to general support questions can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
BSD has launched a library of resources to support families during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). The site includes infographics, slide decks, and on-demand videos on topics such as:
- Setting Up an At-Home Learning Space
- Canvas 101: Navigating Canvas
- Creating Family Learning Agreements
- Your Child's Brain
- A Guide to Translating YouTube Captions
- Dreambox Webinar
We have included several resources that we think are especially useful as your child transitions to online learning.
More content will be added to our Family Toolkit throughout the next few months!
Seesaw Information and Resources
For more information and an FAQ, please visit: Seesaw Landing Page
Canvas Information and Resources
The Canvas Learning Management System is used by our 4-8 teachers as an extension to in-class instruction. Teachers using Canvas can post assignments, give feedback, and communicate with students.
For parent information on Canvas, please visit: Canvas Landing Page
Canvas 101 - Navigating Canvas
Wiser Kid Newsletter - Bethany Community Library
Cedar Mill and Bethany Libraries want to support our staff, students and their families. One way they are doing that is with the creation of a monthly newsletter full of resources called WiserKids K-5 Newsletter
September’s issue features:
Distance Learning Resources in English and Spanish from the County
Topical booklists - including leveled IRLA booklists and a video on how to search for IRLA books in our library catalog
You can subscribe to the newsletter here:
Internet Connectivity Update
Good news! BSD and Comcast have extended their partnership to provide free internet service to additional BSD families through June 30, 2021! We’re also extending free internet service for those families who have already signed up for the BSD-Sponsored Comcast Internet Essentials program through June 30, 2021. The program is open to students who qualify for free or reduced-cost meal benefits. Applications are available online.
If your elementary or middle school student does not qualify for the Internet Essentials program, fill out this form to request a hotspot.
Can you help support students who need internet connectivity? If so, please consider donating to BEF’s Back-to-School Connect Campaign.
Grab & Go Meal Service
The start of school is right around the corner, and our Nutrition Services department has been hard at work developing a plan for providing meals during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). We have just received waivers from the USDA which allow any child (age 1-18) to pick up free meals through December 31, 2020.
Here’s a look at how meals will be distributed this fall:
Parents or guardians may pick up meals for students who are not present.
Meal pickups will occur two days per week: Tuesday (2 days of food) and Thursday (3 days of food) from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Meals will be packaged with breakfast and lunch together.
Masks must be worn by anyone picking up meals.
2020-2021 District Calendar
The 2020-21 District Calendar has been updated.
The calendar is subject to change based on contract negotiations and resource availability. In the event inclement weather or other emergency closures prevent the District from meeting required instructional hours set by ODE, the days will be made up in June.