The Voice of Raleigh Park - February 1, 2021
Traducir TIGER TALES!
Did you know you can now translate Tiger Tales? From your computer, you may use the "Accessibility" function (on the right) to translate Tiger Tales into a variety of languages. From your phone, look for the silhouette icon in the lower right corner. For old eyes like mine, you can also change contrast settings and increase font size!
Please join me in extending gratitude and appreciation for our very own Tricia Howery! The coming week (February 1-5) is National School Counseling Week (#NSCW21), with the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) designating the theme, "School Counselors: All In for All Students". Per ASCA, this week is intended to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems, highlighting the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. I know we all understand, appreciate, see and feel all Tricia has brought to Raleigh Park, and I am continually humbled by her work ethic, advocacy and love of all children.
Also, while not specifically recognized in the official verbiage above, I'd be remiss for not recognizing other members of our BH&W team, inclusive of Emily Lee, Alliy Schrader, Julie Harper, Josh Kreisman and David Stevick for their work and outreach in supporting our most vulnerable and impacted students during these challenging times. Well done Tricia and well done team!
In This Issue:
- REMINDERS - WEDNESDAYS
- SAVE THE DATE - Kindergarten & New Student Orientation, Picture Day
- RETURN TO SCHOOL - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
- Beaverton School District Budget
- Oregon Health Authority Data Dashboards
- Teachers College Resources for Families
- Device Insurance
- Curbside Library & Library Book Bus
- PTO News - Craft+Boogie
- BSD News & Updates
REMINDER: Upcoming Wednesdays
Despite being a shortened instructional week, a reminder that this Wednesday (February 3) is still the "Wellness" variety. As such, there will be no synchronous instruction from classroom teachers beyond 8:00-8:30a. That said, please encourage your students to attend the wellness lessons by Mrs. Howery, Mrs. Lee and Mr. Kreisman, and complete asychronous instruction from their teachers and specialists.
Our next synchronous instruction Wednesday is February 17. A summary of that week is as follows:
- Monday, February 15 is a holiday - NO SCHOOL
- Tuesday, February 16 will run like a typical Monday
- Wednesday, February 17 will run like a typical Tuesday
- Thursday and Friday, February 18 and 19, will run like normal
February 24 is a non-student day in the middle of the week. This means we will not hold Morning Meetings, and we won't have Wellness Lessons.
REVISION - NEW TIME: Kindergarten & New Student Orientation
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME for the February 24 event; it has moved from 10:00a to 2:00p
- KINDERGARTEN Q&A: Wednesday, February 24 @ 2:00p via Zoom. This is for families with incoming kindergartners for the '21-22 school year (Zoom Link will be forwarded later)
- KINDERGARTEN & NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION: Wednesday, May 19 @ 6:00p (details to come)
Please spread the word if you or those you know have an incoming kindergartner or a new Raleigh Park student for the 2021-22 school year. Looking forward to meeting all future Tigers!
Dorian Studios will be at Raleigh Park THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 3:30-7:00p for school photos. Families will soon receive access to a link inviting them to sign up for a time slot for each of your children. While not required, we would love to see your children have their photo taken at some point on February 25. At this point, there are no plans for re-takes. Stay tuned!
BSD Video Message
Return to School, PART 1: The Summary
By now, many/most of you have heard about the District's plans to "reopen" for a hybrid learning experience. Beyond the video and link above, a summary (as originally communicated by the BSD on January 27):
Earliest return for limited in-person instruction (LIPI) is February 22 - specific to targeted groups of students
Earliest return for elementary schools is April 5
Earliest return for secondary schools is April 19 - “BSD Connect”
Parents will be asked to choose between CDL and Hybrid by February 15
*Important to acknowledge any/everything is considered tentative and subject to adjustment/change based on health metrics and ongoing negotiations with employee unions
Earliest start date is April 5
Pending advisory health metrics (≤ 350 positive tests per 100,000 over the previous two-week period)
Washington County is tied to Multnomah County health metrics
Starting with grades Kindergarten, 1 & 2
K-2 transition will dictate when Grades 3-5 return
Families will have the option to remain in CDL or transition to Hybrid
Current teachers and classmates are not guaranteed in either CDL or Hybrid
Family choice will apply to the rest of the school year; no switches will be allowed
Decision needs to be made by February 15
Middle, High and Option Schools
“BSD Connect” will start no earlier than April 19 (the first day of the fourth quarter)
BSD Connect provides opportunities for middle, high and option schools for in-school small group interactions
Specific course activities and specific social activities
Students will remain in CDL for their academic classes
OSAA-sponsored sports and activities, we’ll continue to follow statewide guidance.
Continue to evaluate the feasibility of bringing secondary students back in a Hybrid Instruction
Return to School, Part 2: The Choice
- Remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL)
- Transition to Hybrid Instruction
- This decision will apply to the rest of the school year, and switches are not permitted
The window to make this choice is February 1 - 15. Please know I cannot take specific requests regarding teachers, in CDL or Hybrid.
Hybrid students will be divided into AM or PM cohorts, attending 2.25 hours/day. Families currently will NOT have a choice, other than siblings will be guaranteed the same cohort. Hybrid start/end times have been proposed, but are not yet public, pending negotiation. District bus transportation will be available to families in existing bus zones.
Please understand that I know this choice, the lack of accommodations and/or the unanswered questions will leave many feeling frustrated and less than satisfied. For this, I am sorry.
For the sake of transparency and availability for your questions, I will hold a series of Principal Chats...
- Tuesday, 2/2 @ 6:00p
- Wednesday, 2/3 @ 1:00p
- Friday, 2/5 @ 8:00a (Spanish Translation Available)
Zoom details are included in the body of the email that included this link.
Moving forward, to make your decision:
- Access your ParentVue account
- Navigate to the upper right-hand corner and click on “Family Updates and New Student Enrollment” and then follow the instructions in the blue box
- You’ll need to make a choice for each of your elementary students.
- If you don’t have a ParentVue account, read the sign-up instructions on our website (also included below)
- Again, all decisions must be made by February 15
Return to School, PART 3: Vaccines
The governor has indicated a condition of return is to ensure educators are provided an opportunity to be vaccinated. As such, please be mindful that instruction may shift from the typical routine to accommodate these vaccination appointments. If needed, your child(ren)'s teacher will communicate any adjustments in advance.
As we move into budgeting season, please refer to the links and video below. There is also an opportunity to provide feedback - thank you to Tricia for also sending this out!
OHA LAUNCHES TWO NEW DATA DASHBOARDS
Recently, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) added two new data dashboards to share information about COVID-19 and vaccinations across the state and by county.
The COVID-19 dashboard compiles COVID-19 cases and other data in a single, interactive format. The dashboard includes new cases, seven-day daily averages of cases, patients with COVID-19 who are currently hospitalized, test results reported, and new deaths. The dashboard is updated Monday through Friday.
Information in the dashboard comes from existing data. One of the features of the dashboard is a graph that shows the number of new cases by the date they are reported to a public health authority, along with the seven-day daily average of cases. These numbers align with the number of new cases reported in OHA’s daily press release and Daily Update.
The vaccine dashboard shows the status of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination effort. The dashboard provides daily updates on the number of people partially and fully vaccinated, along with key demographic information showing race, ethnicity, sex and age of everyone immunized.
Teachers College Support for Families
Teachers College Reading Writing Project Resources for Families - Teachers College Reading Writing Project Resources for Families. I will be sharing these resources with parents in our next newsletter. If you receive literacy questions from parents, you're welcome to use any of the videos linked here:
- Website for Families - published by Teacher College
- YouTube Chanel with video resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/tcrwp
- This format is made for teachers to access more easily: PreK-2 Family videos, 3-5 Family videos
Free Parent "Office Hours" Offered by Lucy Calkins & Team for parents to check-in about child’s literacy development, ways to support child at home with particular issues, or in general, inquire about what to expect across developmental stages in reading, writing or language acquisition, early to later years.
- K-2 Families: Wednesdays 5:00-6:00p
- 3-8 Families: Thursdays 5:00-6:00p
- REGISTER HERE!
- When you register, you will receive an email with the Zoom information for all of the the K-2 and the 3-5 sessions. You only need to register one time. Then just attend the sessions that work for your schedule.
REMINDER: Device Insurance
As you might expect, a large-scale distribution of devices will lead to inadvertent damage from time to time. As communicated earlier in the year, the Beaverton School District added 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.
Families 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.
- To access the online payment system, you will need an active ParentVUE account. If you do not have a ParentVUE account, contact your school for an Activation Key code. Once the ParentVUE account is created, it may take up to 24 hours for the Online Payment System account to be activated. For more information on ParentVue, please visit the ParentVUE/StudentVUE page.
- To pay for device insurance, you may use a Visa, Discover, or Mastercard (debit or credit card), and make a secure online payment for your student with no transaction fees. You can access the online payment system at https://or-beaverton.intouchreceipting.com. in addition to device insurance, you may pay additional student fees for lost library books, or make donations to school-based programs and activities.
- If you did not select the permission to share option when applying for Free and Reduce Meals, you need to show the office staff your meals benefit letter indicating that you qualify for free or reduced meals. If you have payment questions, please see the school secretaries.
Student Help Desk - Questions or concerns about student technology? Please contact the Student Help Desk:
Tiger's Curbside Library & The Book Bus!
Tiger’s Curbside Library is still up and running two times per week:
- Tuesdays - 10:30a - 12:30p
- Thursdays - 10:30a - 12:30p
This is also a great time to pick up meals, 11:00a-12:00p
AHOY! The library BOOK BUS sets sail each Thursday, and will continue to do so until further notice. The book bus will dock at four different stops:
- 1:45 - 2:10 - 11606 SW Center Street @ LynnMarie Apartments
- 2:15 - 2:45 - 3750 SW 108th @ Camellia Place
- 2:50 - 3:15 - Kennedy St. Park, just past 103rd
- 3:25 - 3:55 - SW White Pine Ln. @ SW Crestwood
Both the curbside library and book bus will have books for all readers. However, they may also request books in advance.
How do students request books?
- Browse the Raleigh Park Library collection and place a hold on books for your children. The only information you need is a 1) student ID number and 2) password. For more information on how to place holds, please view, Placing a Hold on a Book from Your Library.
- Email Mrs. Lowe, Raleigh Park Library Media Assistant (LMA) with a title or subject, Judy_Lowe@beaverton.k12.or.us
How do students know when to pick up their books?
- When a book is available for a student, we will email parents/guardians to let you know when the book will be ready for curbside or book bus pick up. Please email Judy_Lowe@beaverton.k12.or.us with additional questions.
- Email Mrs. Lowe, and she can share some thoughts and recommendations!
How do students return library books?
- Bring books back to Raleigh Park during the curbside or book bus hours and leave them in the labelled bin. Books will be in quarantine for 1 week, so there will be a delay in checking the books back in the library.
Next PTO Meeting: Tuesday, February 9 @ 7:00p
Craft Kits Coming Soon!
In partnership with local Craft+Boogie, the PTO is bringing craft kits to all of our RP students. We feel so honored that Craft+Boogie is sharing their generous love for arts and crafts with us and furthering a local, community connection. Craft+Boogie’s mission is to provide children with art and craft experiences that encourage self-expression, boost self-esteem, and create memorable moments of bonding with trusted adults. We are grateful to Craft+Boogie for donating many of the kits and providing a substantial discount for the remaining ones!
The week of February 16, we'll be distributing kits with everything you'll need for three crafts — tie-dye snowflakes, a love bug hat, and melted crayon floating hearts — plus 6 winter-themed coloring pages.
We're looking for a few volunteers to help pick up the kits from Craft+Boogie's Beaverton warehouse on 2/12 and other volunteers to help distribute them at school on 2/16 and 2/18. Sign up on MyImpact or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
District News, Information & Resources
DATES TO REMEMBER...
- Tiger's Curbside Library, 10:30a-12:30p
- Meal Distribution, 11:00a-12:00p
- Tiger's Curbside Library, 10:30a-12:30p
- Meal Distribution, 11:00a-12:00p
- Book Bus, 1:45-3:55p
- 1 - CDL/Hybrid Window OPEN
- 2 - Principal Chat, 6:00p
- 3 - Principal Chat, 1:00p
- 5 - Principal Chat, 8:00a (Spanish Translation Available)
- 5 - Grading Day - NO STUDENTS
- 9 - PTO Meeting, 7:00p
- 12 - Report cards available to families via ParentVue
- 15 - President's Day Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
- 15 - CDL/Hybrid Window CLOSED
- 17 - Synchronous Instruction Wednesday
- 24 - Staff Development & Work Day - NO STUDENTS
- 24 - Kindergarten Q&A (for incoming Kindergartners in the '21-22 School Year)