Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ March 18, 2022

Spring Break March 21-25 Schools Closed


Dear Crocodile Families,

I hope you are looking forward to Spring Break and spending quality time with your family. I know our staff is looking forward to a much needed break to allow for some rest and rejuvenate before gearing up for the final months of school.

We had a monumental transition this week with the mask mandate ending and masks becoming optional for students and staff to wear at school. It’s incredible to think that it was nearly two years to the day when this mandate changed. We have a mix of students and staff continuing to wear masks and those who are choosing not to wear them, and the best part about it is that individual choice is honored and respected.

The next transition for Nancy Ryles will be our lunch routine. After spring break, the tables will be back in the cafeteria and students will once again eat in groups at their tables. What a celebration! We will continue to layer in slight changes to our routines as long as COVID rates remain low and guidelines allow us to do so. We will make sure to keep you informed of these changes as they take place.

Conferences are quickly approaching and will take place April 20-22. Spring conferences are a time to reflect on the growth that has occurred throughout the year and share goals that your students are striving to achieve. The district has determined that elementary conferences will remain in a virtual format this spring. You will be receiving a conference sign-up link by the end of the week of April 4-8. Please make sure to sign up for a conference with your teacher to discuss your child’s progress.

We hope you have a safe and relaxing spring break. We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday, March 28th.


Monica Arbow


NRCO News & Events

NRCO Meeting

No general meeting in April

Next meeting: May 10 at 7pm

Oregon Battle of the Books

Over the past several months 62 students from 3rd, 4th and 5th grades have participated in OBOB at Nancy Ryles. This week we completed our school championship! We had 3 third grade teams, 5 fourth grade teams, and 7 fifth grade teams. Students worked together to read and learn trivia about 16 books.

Congratulations to our grade level teams!

3rd Grade Champions: The Forest Cheetahs (Jane L, Camron B, Ella W, Emmaleigh R, and Pearl Z)

4th Grade Champions: The Smart Cookies (Emma D, Aryiah L, Hailey R, and Raghad N)

5th Grade Champions: LLama Bookworms 2.0 (Krista D, Charlotte D, Madison H, Lucy R, and Lia S).

Our 5th Grade team narrowly beat the 4th grade team to become our school champions. They will represent Nancy Ryles at Regionals in April.

Volunteer Needs

If you're ready, we're happy to have your help!

All volunteer opportunities are posted on Better Impact. In addition to the opportunities listed below there are also volunteer needs posted for the production room and library! Please remember, you must upload your vaccination card or immunization record to be eligible to volunteer on school property.


All volunteers still need to be registered through BetterImpact, including either a Covid vaccine card (2 Pfizer, 2 Moderna, or 1 J&J) or a medical/religious exemption form. If you are a fully vaccinated volunteer, you may choose to mask or not mask while volunteering in the schools. If you have a medical/religious exemption, you are now allowed to volunteer with students, but will need to continue to mask. Please see the district Covid Protocol FAQ for more information.

Art Literacy is Back

Art Literacy is back and we need your help! No previous art experience or education, we're looking for volunteers with an interest in learning and sharing art with children. All information and materials are provided and responsibilities are shared with other volunteers. You can choose to present to the class, or be a class assistant. If you are interested in volunteering for your student's classroom please contact Amanda Cary ( for more information.

Production Room

Our teachers love to have help with tasks like copying, cutting, and prepping projects for students. This volunteer opportunity gives an opportunity to help behind the scenes with real needs in the classrooms. Find shifts to sign up on BetterImpact.


Do you love being in the center of the school? Helping shelve books in the library gives you a perfect spot to be in the heart of our school. (We’ve also heard its a great quad workout).

Classroom Volunteers

Classroom Liaisons have been coordinating with their teachers to identify when would be helpful to have classroom volunteers. Many of these shifts have already been added to BetterImpact. If you are interested in helping coordinate volunteers for your teacher’s classroom, the following still need Classroom Liaisons: Davenport, Beals, Olson, Otter, Minnieweather - sign up in BetterImpact and contact Amanda Cary at for additional information.

Staff Appreciation

Several opportunities to help plan for staff appreciation are coming up. Please contact Ahna Proctor at if you are interested in helping out.

Volunteer Coordinator needed

This person is responsible for welcoming and training new volunteers at Nancy Ryles, updating BetterImpact with school-wide volunteer opportunities, and coordinating with Classroom Liaisons for Classroom volunteer needs. If you are interested in volunteering for this position or learning more about it, please contact Jill Rector Starting now is a great way to decide if this is a volunteer position you’d like to have for next year as well.

Let's Be Social


Instagram Nancy Ryles Community Org. | Linktree

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Staff Spotlight

Check out social media for our staff spotlight of the week. We're featuring 2nd grade. Thank you 2nd grade team!!!
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The district has determined that all elementary conferences will be held virtually via Zoom. You should expect signups to be sent out by your teacher after spring break through Parent Square, similar to how they were in the fall. Specialists will also offer open office hours and will be available to conference with families. We encourage all parents to sign up to meet with your teacher to hear about your student's academic and behavioral progress.

Incoming Kindergarten Registration

Incoming Kindergarten registration is now open! If you have an incoming kindergarten student, or know of someone who does, we encourage you to begin the registration process now and help spread the word. Please view the video below for more information.
Kindergarten Registration
Las inscripciones de Kindergarten (Español)

Safe Routes to School

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Spring’s Steps to Bicycle Safety

With more people itching to get outside to walk and bike, it’s a good time to review the rules to ensure everyone’s safety. Be sure to review the best routes to use and if biking, check the bike’s condition before you head out. This short video, “ABC Quick Check” can help!

Here are a few steps to remember:

● Always wear your helmet

● Ride in the same direction as traffic, not against traffic.

● Be visible. Wear a bright jacket or add

reflective material or blinking lights to increase visibility.

● Stay alert and ride predictably, in a straight line.

● If riding on the sidewalk or in a crosswalk, ride at walking speed and be prepared to walk your bike when it gets busy or at the request of crossing guards. Be always mindful of pedestrians and aware of traffic.

● Don’t assume that drivers see you – always watch for cars making turns or backing out of driveways. Learn bicycle safety skills in a class or ask Safe Routes to School to give a lesson at your school!

Pasos a seguir en la primavera para la seguridad al andar en bicicleta

Con más personas deseosas por salir a caminar y andar en bicicleta, es un buen momento para repasar las reglas y así garantizar la seguridad de todos. Asegúrese de revisar las mejores rutas y, si va en bicicleta, verifique el estado de la bicicleta antes de salir. ¡Este breve video, “ABC Quick Check” puede ayudar!

Aquí hay algunos pasos a recordar:

● Use siempre casco

● Vaya en la misma dirección del tráfico, no en

contra del tráfico.

● Asegúrese de que lo puedan ver al usar una chaqueta brillante o agrega material reflectante o luces parpadeantes para aumentar la visibilidad.

● Esté alerta y conduzca de manera predecible, en línea recta.

● Si va por la cera o en un cruce de peatones, vaya a la velocidad de caminar y esté preparado para bajarse de su bicicleta y caminar al lado de ella cuando haya mucha gente o cuando lo pidan los guardias de cruce. ¡Tenga cuidado con los peatones y esté atento al tráfico en todo momento!

● No dé por hecho que los conductores lo pueden ver – siempre esté atento a los autos que den vuelta o salen en reversa. ¡Aprenda habilidades de seguridad al andar en bicicleta en una clase o pida que el programa de Rutas Seguras a las Escuelas dé una clase en su escuela!

Special Education Parent Resource Fair - April 6, 2022

Community Conversations Around Race April 6, 2022


March 21-25 Spring Break - Schools Closed

April 7 Kindergarten Orientation in person 6:00-7:00 PM

April 14 Staff Development Day - No School

April 15 Grading Day - No School

April 19 Early Release

April 20-21 Conferences

April 21-22 - School Closed

2021-2022 District Calendar with Nancy Ryles Conference Dates


April 1 – Wacky Hair or Hat Day

May 6 – Color Block (each grade level gets assigned a color to wear)

June 3 -- Beach/Hawaiian Day


March 18

Maya C. - 1st Grade

Jeremy PH. - 5th Grade

March 19

Julia A. - 4th Grade

Emilio S. - 4th Grade

March 20

Oleg F. - 4th Grade

March 22

Elizabeth M. - 3rd Grade

Aleeya M. - Kindergarten

JS N. - 1st Grade

March 23

Melody M. - 2nd Grade

March 24

Dylan J. - Kindergarten

Sydney L. - 4th Grade

Carsen S. - 4th Grade

March 26

Michael B. - 2nd Grade

Ryan B. - 2nd Grade

Ian C. - 4th Grade

Ismael H. - 2nd Grade

March 27

Arianna V. - 3rd Grade

March 28

Lillian D. - 5th Grade

Grace S. - 4th Grade

March 29

Ana-bel B. - 1st Grade

Felicia M. - 5th Grade

Kayden S. - 5th Grade

March 30

Aiya A. - Kindergarten

Alina A. - Kindergarten

Kylie B. - 2nd Grade

Shi-Yang F. - 2nd Grade

Annabella HP. - 1st Grade

Alexandra P. - 4th Grade

Riley P. - 4th Grade

March 31

Chloe G. - 5th Grade

Kaydence R. - 2nd Grade


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