VOSE NEWS

December/January 2019

Important Dates

DECEMBER CHARACTER TRAIT: Empathy


Tuesday, 12/17- 8am- Coffee with the Principals


Wednesday, 12/18 Winter Family Celebration 5:00-6:30pm...come join us for crafts, hot cocoa, cookies, door prizes and take a photo with Santa!


Friday, 12/20 Last day of School for 2019


12/23-1/3 Winter Break


JANUARY CHARACTER TRAIT: Teamwork


Monday, 1/6- First Day back for 2020


Monday, 1/20- No School- Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday


Monday, 1/27- No School- Teacher Work Day


Tuesday, 1/28- 8am- Coffee with the Principals


Friday, 1/31- Report Cards

Attendance Matters!

Please make every effort to get your students to Vose on-time and at school for the full day each and every day. Our goal is 95% of our students in school everyday...the last two months we have dipped below that goal, so we need our families and students help to get us back on-track as a school. Research shows that a 90% or higher attendance equates to an academically successful year. Yes, attendance matters! Here are the attendance rates at Vose during the first 3 months of school so far:
  • Only 70% of students have been in the positive, academically successful attendance zone (over 95% of the possible days at school)

  • 26% of students are in the watch zone for attendance patterns (between 81%-94% of the possible days at school)

  • 4% of students are in the danger zone for attendance (at school less than 80% of the possible days) We will be working intently to improve these students' attendance rate over the next several weeks


Be here. Get there

When it comes to attendance, every day matters. According to the Oregon Department of Education, more than one in six students in chronically absent. Chronic absenteeism means a student misses 10% or more school days. That’s at least two days per month.


Regular attendance will help children do well in elementary school, secondary school, college and at work. And it's the law. Oregon has mandatory attendance laws, which means parents can be held accountable legally through going to truancy court and paying fines.


According to the Attendance Works Organization, by 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of school. By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.


Attendance habits are set in elementary school, so please start building good attendance habits early. As a parent, you can help by establishing a regular bedtime and morning routine. You can also avoid medical appointments during school hours, as well as extended trips when school is in session. If you need help in helping your child get to school on-time every day, please reach out to the office or our school counselor. We can offer lots of incentives and supports. Attendance matters!

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INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION

Beaverton School District Inclement Weather Information When the weather outside gets inclement, school schedules could be affected. The District generally makes inclement weather decisions by 5:15 a.m., posting them by 5:30 a.m. on the District website and on social media. All Portland Metro area media outlets are also notified and announce the information on TV newscasts and online. Parents and guardians that have opted in for SchoolMessenger will receive timely notifications.


The District makes decisions based on the ability to operate school buses safely; the ability of parents and students to drive safely; and the ability of students to walk safely. The decision that is made will be for the entire District. (As always, parents may choose to make different decisions based on their particular location.)


For the latest inclement weather information:


Sesame Street: Mark Ruffalo: Empathy
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Report Cards are Going Paperless


The Beaverton School District is transitioning to electronic report cards for all students. The electronic report cards will be accessed through ParentVUE (mobile and desktop). If you have not set up your ParentVUE account, you will need to do that by January 2020.


There are resources and guidance on how to set up a ParentVue account. Please view the FAQ for instructions on setting up your account. There are several benefits to moving to paperless report cards. You will be able to view grades days after grading days, rather than wait up to two weeks for a report card to come by mail or in your child’s backpack. In addition, moving away from paper is environmentally friendly and cost-effective for the District.


Please contact your school if you need help setting up or accessing your ParentVUE account or need assistance with a printed copy.


El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton está haciendo la transición a las boletas de calificaciones electrónicas para todos los estudiantes. De ahora en adelante usted podrá obtener las boletas de calificaciones electrónicas a través de la aplicación ParentVUE (por celular y computadora). Si todavía no ha configurado su cuenta de ParentVUE, deberá hacerlo antes de enero de 2020.


Tenemos recursos e instrucciones sobre cómo configurar una cuenta de ParentVue. Por favor consulte la sección de Preguntas Frecuentes donde podrá encontrar esta información.

Hay varios beneficios de solo recibir las boletas de calificaciones de manera electrónica. Usted las podrá ver de tres a cuatro días hábiles después de los días de calificación, en lugar de esperar hasta dos semanas para recibir una boleta de calificaciones por correo o en la mochila de su hijo. Además, deshacerse de la opción de papel ayuda al medio ambiente y es mas económico para el Distrito.


Por favor comuníquese con su escuela si necesita ayuda para configurar o entrar a su cuenta de ParentVUE o si necesita ayuda con una copia impresa.

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Beaverton City Library Cards

New community partnership opens a world of reading!

The Beaverton School District and our Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) partners are expanding access to library materials and resources via the public library Youth Access Card (YAC) for BSD students who do not already have a public library card. This special library card allows students to check out up to five print books or audiobooks from any WCCLS library without any overdue fines. It also provides access to ebooks, digital audiobooks, and other online library resources that can be obtained directly from their BSD Chromebooks or other device.



Using the Sora app, students can link their WCCLS library cards to the BSD digital library so they can browse and borrow BSD and public library ebook/audiobook collections in one place. Rolling distribution of the YAC cards to BSD schools will begin starting in November and continue through January. For more details about these cards, please see the the BSD webpage about the partnership.




¡Nueva asociación comunitaria que abrirá un mundo de lectura!

El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton y los Servicios Cooperativos de Bibliotecas del Condado de Washington (WCCLS) están ampliando el acceso a los materiales de la biblioteca a través de la Tarjeta Juvenil (Youth Access Card o YAC) para los estudiantes del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton que aún no tienen una tarjeta para la biblioteca pública. Esta tarjeta especial les permite a los estudiantes sacar hasta cinco libros impresos o audiolibros de cualquier biblioteca de WCCLS sin que reciban multas por regresar los materiales tarde. También proporciona acceso a libros electrónicos, audiolibros digitales y otros recursos de la biblioteca en línea que pueden obtener directamente desde sus Chromebooks del Distrito u otro aparato electrónico.


Al usar la aplicación digital Sora, los estudiantes pueden vincular sus tarjetas de la biblioteca pública de WCCLS a la biblioteca digital del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton para que puedan buscar y tomar prestados libros electrónicos y audio libros del Distrito y de la biblioteca pública en un solo lugar. La distribución de las tarjetas YAC a las escuelas del Distrito comenzará en noviembre y continuará hasta enero. Para obtener más detalles sobre estas y la asociación entre el Distrito y WCCLS por favor visite el sitio web del Distrito.

Beaverton Library Events in December

December is just around the corner! Just wanted to let you know about some of the neat things happening at the library over winter break.


Winter Break Programs: Every day of winter break there will be something new to do at the library from 2-3 PM for kids in grades K-5 and their families. With balloon rockets, fantastic forts, pop-up cards, and a penguin party there is something for everyone! We hope to see a lot of Vose kids drop by to see what’s happening!


Note: Beaverton City Library will be open all of winter break except on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, and we’re closing early (5 p.m.) on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.


We are hosting our unofficial Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Practice Battles on Thursday, Jan. 2! OBOB teams can test their knowledge against teams from other schools in a situation much like they may face in the regional/state tournaments. If students from your school want to participate in the library’s practice battles, but their teammates can’t make it, they can still register as individuals, and we’ll place them with a team the morning of the practice battle. Team and individual registration required at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register (registration opens Dec. 2)


Other December Events at Beaverton City Library (English and Spanish PDFs of the school flyer)

Main Library:

Jumanji Scavenger Hunt

Mitton Ornaments/Adornos de mitóns

Noon Year’s Eve

Murray Scholls Branch Library

BeyBlades Tournament

Time Travelers Club: Dinosaurs

Time Capsules


Araceli Acosta (she/her/hers)

Outreach Specialist, Youth Services (Hablo Español)

Beaverton City Library | 12375 SW 5th St | Beaverton, OR 97005

503-350-4092 | www.BeavertonLibrary.org

Work days: Monday-Friday

Sleep & Media Use Tips & Tricks for Parents

From American Academy of Pediatrics:


Sleep: Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.


Screen time:

For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity, interactions with family and friends and other behaviors essential to health.


Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.


Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.


Screens should be off, at least 30 minutes before bedtime.

Smarter Balanced State Test Update

Last spring, students in grades 3 – 8 and 11 in the Beaverton School District and throughout Oregon took the state tests (Smarter Balanced) in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

In addition to content standards, these assessments are designed to measure critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. The test results provide you, our schools, our district and the state with information about how well we are preparing our students for their next steps including college and career readiness.


Our students will take these tests once between January and June 2020. House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. The school shall provide any student who is exempted from a state test with supervised study time while other students are testing.


Here is a link to additional information: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Opt-Out_Form_2019-20.pdf

Fresh Fruit and Veggie Program

We are delighted to let you know that your child's school has been selected by Oregon Department of Education to receive funding, from USDA, for a special program to spotlight fresh fruits and vegetables at school as a snack 3 days a week. Packed with vitamins and minerals, fresh fruits and vegetables are important ingredients for growing strong, healthy children. And studies show healthy children learn better. Your efforts at home are just as important. Encourage your student to make smart, healthy food choices by eating snacks and meals loaded with vitamins and minerals. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables feeds the mind as well as the body.


Nos complace informarle que la escuela de su hijo ha sido seleccionada por el Departamento de Educación de Oregón para recibir fondos, del USDA, para un programa especial para destacar el consumo de frutas y verduras frescas en la escuela (3 days a week). Repleto de vitaminas y minerales, las frutas y verduras frescas son ingredientes importantes para el crecimiento de niños fuertes y saludables. Y los estudios muestran que los niños sanos aprenden mejor.Sus esfuerzos en casa son igual de importantes. Anime a sus estudiantes a tomar decisiones inteligentes y saludables al comer bocadillos y comidas llenas de vitaminas y minerales. Comer una variedad de frutas y verduras alimenta la mente y el cuerpo.

Middle School Boundary Adjustment (MSBA) advisory committee

Dear Parents:

The Beaverton School District has held four (4) community meetings with the Middle School Boundary Adjustment (MSBA) advisory committee. Attendance boundaries for all of the middle schools are being considered for adjustment and the advisory committee is seeking community input from residents in the central and southern part of the District.

The City of Beaverton is planning for almost 7,000 new residential dwelling units in the Cooper Mountain area near Mountainside High School over the next 10-15 years. Which middle school(s) should serve these new developments? Do you have reasons why your neighborhood should attend a different middle school? Do you understand that changes to attendance boundaries in the north part of the District will impact other attendance boundaries? Are you concerned about the potential for the size of student enrollment at middle school?

If you are concerned about any of these questions, or if you have other questions about the MSBA project, please visit the District's MSBA web page (link). Read the materials, visit the advisory committee calendar, and/or submit written comment to the committee. Please come to an advisory committee meeting or watch the meeting livestreamed in real time. The district wants and needs to hear from you.

Thank you for your support!

Vose PTO Info

The Vose Parent Teacher Organization is an independent organization that seeks to enhance the academic, family and extracurricular lives of Vose students. PTO meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria. The next PTO meeting will be on Thursday, February 6th at 6:00pm.

Volunteers vs. Visitors

As many classrooms prepare for special activities, below are some reminders about the difference between volunteers (require a background check) and visitors (no background check required). It is easy for the below descriptions to still raise questions, so when in doubt, do not hesitate to ask the office for further clarification. The Board Policy which outlines the criteria can be found here.


Volunteers shall operate under the direction of a staff member and shall be within sight or sound of a staff member while working with students. Volunteers must never be asked to supervise or manage classrooms. All adult volunteers working in classrooms and other areas in schools must complete a background check and the online volunteer application. Volunteers must have an updated background check every two years. The system now allows parents to grant the district permission to automatically renew the background check, should they want to avoid duplicate submissions of the application when time for renewal. (Examples: field trip chaperone, coordinating/managing activities with direct student contact)


Visitors who will have a limited onsite visit, no student supervision responsibilities and who are within sight and sound of a staff member are not required to undergo a Background Check. (Examples: attendance at a class party or class celebration without any direct responsibilities with students)