Vose News

Parent & Family Newsletter- June 2020

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Greetings to our families and parents...


It is with a heavy heart that I write this portion of our message to you. Mrs. Holz and I felt the need to add to what our original message had been, which you can see below, as a result of recent tragic events in our nation. The tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has once again highlighted the undeniable injustice and inequities in our systems and societies in the United States. We know that within our diverse Vose community there are many of you that are directly or indirectly impacted by racism and oppression. We want you to know we see you, we want to support you and we want to help our society do better. We know there are also others who are confused and unsure of what to think, what to do right now. We want you to know we are here to support you as well.


We feel it is a moral imperative as educators and mothers to raise awareness, provide support and space for all to share their stories and emotions. The issues of race, racism, classism and oppression are challenging and emotionally-charged topics. The conversations are difficult. But we are committed as educators at Vose to do what we can, one step at a time. We know with challenges come opportunities. We also want to share resources and ideas...here are a few for parents and adults in general. Feel free to use what speaks to you. if you have some you've come across, please be sure to share with me at monique_singleton@beaverton.k12,or.us.

https://www.embracerace.org/assets/embraceracetipsspanish-(1).pdf


In peace,

Monique & Melissa



Now, onto the rest of our messages...

Spring in Oregon is beautiful, isn't it? The beautiful colors of spring from bright green leaves on trees waking up from winter naps to brilliantly hued flowers and snow-covered Mt. Hood against a blue sky. I love it. Spring weather in Oregon, though? Days can be warm and sunny or cold and rainy . . . sometimes both within just a few minutes.. I imagine that wild swing between two extremes may be similar to how many of us feel learning, teaching, and working from home. Students, I applaud you for doing your best and continuing to learn at home. Parents, guardians, and family members, thank you for stepping in to guide, teach, coach, encourage, and answer questions while you're in the midst of taking care of your family and many are working too. Spring has long been a time of hope for me.


This year I'm missing students, my colleagues and the routine of school as we once knew it. I often find myself reflecting and thinking about what once was, and what is to be in the future. But I remind myself I can only control what I can control. One thing I’ve decided to do is to record my daily reflections and accounts of how our life has shifted through a journal for myself and my kids to later reflect on in years to come. I always try to make sure I include at least one “silver lining” each day….something positive or hopeful that I am grateful right now. I hope you can find some silver linings in your days as well.


One of the silver linings is that we have more time together as a family. We have tried to create special memories, within the social distancing guidelines of course. Last weekend we were able to fish at Clear Lake near the McKenzie River. My oldest son caught the most fish, but I definitely kept busy baiting hooks and catching a few rainbow trout of my own...check out my first catch in the photo above. Lots of fun memories from the day.


As we look to the fall, we still are not sure what the guidance will be from the CDC and the governor, so we can't say specifically if we will have continued remote learning, be at school in the building or some sort of combination of the two. We will communicate with parents once a more clear plan is developed, most likely within the next month or so hopefully. Please know we will be looking for the best ways to balance health, safety and a quality education for your children. Once we know what the format will be, we will be able to share the potential School Supply List as well.


During our time apart from so many, as I glance out the window to take a quick computer-screen break, or work in the yard or even take a walk with my family and our two dogs, I'm grateful to enjoy spring unfolding before my eyes (the rain does bring rewards) and find hope and pride in the collective work of our school community ... including the families learning together at home. I hope that you are finding silver linings in this time of togetherness, and being apart too!

All good things,

Monique

Upcoming Events:


* Kindergarten & Dual Language Program Virtual Q & A: Tuesday, June 2nd

panel with principal Mrs. Singleton & kindergarten staff from Vose on Zoom!


* This Thursday, Coffee with the Principals at 9:30am

Join Zoom Meeting

https://beavertonk12.zoom.us/j/97533930659?pwd=UGRRTFJUdTZ6TGo3eGdZTUZxMmx3dz09


Meeting ID: 975 3393 0659

Password: Coffee


These instructions will help you be able to join our parent meetings as well as school “dance parties”, “scavenger hunts” and small group and class meetings with your teachers.

Zoom online video conferencing Student & Family Instructions:

English Directions

Spanish Directions

* LAST Student Items Distribution: this Thursday, June 4th

If you haven’t already, we invite ALL Vose families to please come to Vose to pick up a bag containing each student's items from their desk/cubby and to return any library books or borrowed books from their classroom.

THIS WILL BE THE LAST DATE TO PICK UP BEFORE SUMMER!

CURBSIDE PICK-UP ONLY: We ask families and students to please stay in your car and wait for staff to approach and bring out your bagged belongings to allow for safe social distancing.

Families can pick up other students’ belongings with a note or written permission from parent/guardian (email or text is fine)

Here's the schedule for June 4th:

  • 9am-10am OR 3pm-4pm: Student Last Names A - L

  • 10am-11am OR 4pm-5pm: Student Last Names M-Z


* Vose Game Party: Monday, June 8th @ 9:00am Join our weekly Vose Zoom Meeting for some fun https://beavertonk12.zoom.us/j/95266386651?pwd=cENYSDl5a1IyWHMwSEdvYTFpL1Rodz09

Meeting ID: 952 6638 6651 Password: vosedance


* 5th Grade Send-Off- Wednesday, June 10th- information sent through SeeSaw to 5th grade students from their teachers.


* Thursday, June 11th- Last Day of School for Students


* All School Summer Send-Off- Thursday, June 11th, 5:00pm-6:30pm...more info below

5:00pm- A-F Last Name

5:20pm- G-L Last Name

5:40pm- M-R Last Name

6:00pm- S-Z Last Name

Resources shared at Parent Coffees

Check out these resources shared at the recent parent Coffee with the Principals the last month or so:


- Social Emotional Learning/Aprendizaje social y emocional: shared by Navida Smith, our Student Success Coach and Bryn Pearson, our School Counselor, these resources can be useful anytime for students and parents but can be especially important during our current model of remote learning and into summer

- Connecting & Building Relationships Outside of the Classroom/Conectando y creando relaciones fuera del salón del clase: Slideshow with detailed notes/explanations for each slide, courtesy of Mr. Riplie, our School Psychologist. Provides ideas and resources for parents and students to connect with each other when we are in social distancing limits, now and through the summer, as well as into next year if necessary. We all need social connection...this resource can help make it happen.

- Resources for Parents to Support Students at Home with Spanish Language Development: This resource is a compilation of resources parents, staff and teachers have put together to help parents support their students as they are retaining and developing their Spanish Language Development. Especially helpful for families who are in the Dual Language Program at Vose.


Our last Coffee with the Principals will be this Thursday, June 4th at 9:30am. Please mark your calendar to join us!

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PRE-K and KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT

Pre-K/Pre-School applications and Kindergarten registration are open online for the 2020-2021 school year. Please help spread the word to any families and neighbors who have children ready for Pre-School and/or Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. As you are talking with friends or families in the neighborhood please share this link with them or have then enroll their child online! We could use your help sharing information through social media, with neighbors, friends and family. Thanks so much!


Pick up and drop off registration packets at Vose Elementary on Wednesdays between 8am-11am (office will be closed- packets will be available on a table out front). Packets have general information about Kindergarten and Pre-K and Dual Immersion program as well as hard copy application and registration forms.


* PreSchool/Pre-K:

  • For students who turn 4 on or before September 1, 2020

  • Families must meet income requirements

  • Pre-K is half-day AM or PM, onsite at Vose Elementary

  • Application does not ensure enrollment. You will be notified if your child is enrolled.

online application or contact Elena Pineda at zoilaelena_pineda@beaverton.k12.or.us or 503-277-0484


* Kindergarten:

  • Students must be at least five years of age on or before September 1, 2020 per state statute to be eligible for Kindergarten, and live within the attendance boundary of our school.
  • Find your home school: School Locator


    Upon enrolling you will either need to upload or bring in to be copied the following in order to make your child’s registration complete:

    • completed student enrollment form (if not completed online)

    • certificate of immunization

    • birth certificate (we will make a copy of your original)

    • migrant questionnaire

    • proof of address

    The office staff is happy to help you with registration and to answer any questions.


    Phone: 503.356-2430 or email: lisdeni_villasenor@beaverton.k12.or.us

    Help Us Find Pre-K & Kindergarten Students

    We need help finding our potential future students and getting them to apply for our Pre-K program and to register for Kindergarten.


    As described above, families can apply or register online or pick-up/drop-off packets on Wednesdays from 8a-11a through June 10th. If you have a student in your family OR you know someone who is eligible for PreK and/or Kindergarten, please complete this survey below (available in English or Spanish) so we can reach out to be sure they get registered. Thanks!



    Survey for Incoming Pre K & Kindergarten for 2020-21 School Year- English

    Survey for Incoming Pre K & Kindergarten for 2020-21 School Year- Spanish

    Check out this video for more information about how we support Play in Kindergarten in BSD...

    Supporting Play in K (English)

    School Year Send Off

    Thursday, June 11th, 5-6:30pm

    11350 Southwest Denney Road

    Beaverton, OR

    Families and students can drive through our parking lot or walkthrough on the sidewalk in designated areas. This is the last chance for students to see and say farewell to Vose staff & teachers this year. Please try to stick to the schedule below to help with spacing out the traffic and social distancing.


    5:00pm- A-F Last Name

    5:20pm- G-L Last Name

    5:40pm- M-R Last Name

    6:00pm- S-Z Last Name


    Please Note:

    - We will be following social distancing guidelines.

    - Families will need to stay in cars or in the designated walking area. -It will work like car pick-up/drop off, please keep the car line moving!

    - Vose staff will be spread out.

    -There will be traffic congestion, please be kind and patient.

    -We are encouraging masks to be worn.

    -If you think you might be sick, please stay home.

    -We are encouraging a drive-by wave, but if you do walk please follow all social distancing and stay on the sidewalk inside the cones & flags.

    -Please note, this is not a time to drop off anything, pick-up, stop the car, have conversations, take pictures with a teacher or get out of the car.

    PTO PARENT‐STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION 2020-21

    Please complete this SURVEY if you would like to be part of the PTO Student Directory. Only information provided will be shared with other Vose families. Please complete by Wednesday, June 10th. We would like families to have a directory so they could reach out to other families to organize virtual (or in person if guidelines allow) playdates over the summer and to connect with families and friends.

    Click below for some awesome resources for families...

    Need Support? CONTACT BELOW

    Call 211 or visit 211.org to find local services and get help today

    Washington County Crisis Line 503-291-9111

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

    Oregon Youthline 1-877-968-8491

    Oregon Youthline text teen2teen to 839863

    Chat via computer via Oregon Youthline at www.oregonyouthline.org


    Options for contacting us at Vose Elementary

    • Click on this link for more details...

    • Call Vose at 503-356-2430 (voicemail checked regularly)

    • Fill out this form to send us an email.

    • Use ParentVue to send a teacher a message.

    • Use the Seesaw Family App to message any teacher connected to the class.

    • Call our Social-Emotional Support Hotline at 971-301-2394 to reach our School Counselor, Mrs. Pearson or School Psychologist, Mr. Riplie

    Other Resources for Parents:

    The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need: tips & ideas for routines, schedules, etc.


    Social Emotional Learning At Home: 8 areas to focus on to support adult and child social emotional health. Resources available in Spanish and English. These resources are from a collaboration of Aperture Education with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) to bring you Promoting Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) at Home -- a resource for students and families. Each area will include developmentally appropriate strategy adaptations for all children from infancy through high school.

    Parenting Tips on Supporting Our Kids During Covid-19

    Check out the following parenting tips from experts...I've used several of them! Monique


    Article: A Message To Families During Covid 19 from a Stanford Educator


    Parenting tips during Covid-19 from Unicef: Ideas to help parents and caregivers do the most important job in the world. Available in multiple languages.


    Tips for Working Parents on Navigating the Coronavirus- article


    PARENT AND COMMUNITY PRINTABLES FOR THE CORONAVIRUS: PREVENTION TIPS - ENGLISH AND SPANISH


    Resources, Tips and Keeping Calm during Coronavirus- multiple resources & Ideas in Spanish & English

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    Interested in donating to BSD community fund?

    If you are interested in supporting students and families in Beaverton you are welcome to donate with the link below.


    https://or-beaverton-lite.intouchreceipting.com/

    Bring your own coffee and chat

    Since we can't hold our traditional Coffee with the Principals at school, we wanted to hold them virtually. They will be every Friday alternating weekly between 9:30AM and 12:30PM. Feel free to bring questions, appreciations for us to pass onto teachers & staff or suggestions. Please click on this link below to join us through Zoom, an online meeting platform we will be using for school and classroom virtual gatherings:


    Thursday, June 4th at 9:30am- Coffee with the Principals

    • Join Zoom Meeting by clicking on this ZOOM LINK
    • Meeting ID: 942 5006 9888, Password: Coffee


    These instructions will help you be able to join our parent meetings as well as school “dance parties”, “scavenger hunts” and small group and class meetings with your teachers. Zoom online video conferencing Student & Family Instructions:

    English Directions


    Spanish Directions

    TECH HELP

    Can't get logged in? Password not working? Something limiting you from accessing online learning? Call or email! This is the fastest way to get support and get back-online! There sometimes is a "long wait time" but be patient...it usually goes faster than it seems and they are there to help!

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    Important Volunteer Reminders

    With the unprecedented public health crisis posed by COVID-19, ALL volunteer activities have been suspended until further notice. However, it is important to remember that these challenging times will end and volunteer activities will resume.


    Here are a few important steps volunteers can take now to be ready to go when the suspension on volunteer activities is lifted.


    Username & Password:

    As a reminder, volunteers are required to sign in and sign out through the volunteer computer station located in the school front office. To do this, they need the username and password they created for the Volunteer and Background Check Application process.


    • To retrieve, or reset either of these, go to myimpactpage.com and click on the “Forgot Username or Password” link. The username and a temporary password will be emailed to them.
    • With this information, login again to myimpactpage.com and they will be prompted to create a new permanent password. Passwords need to be a minimum of 8 characters, with at least one upper and one lower case letter and at least one number.


    New locations for the 2020/2021 school year?

    Volunteers should send an email to update_volunteer_locations@beaverton.k12.or.us if they would like to update their school preference for 20/21, or if they are no longer volunteering.


    They should include:

    Name of school(s) to add

    Name of school(s) to remove

    Remove all schools and Archive from system


    Volunteers are, and will continue to be, an important part of the WE in the District’s goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.