December 2020

Friday December 11th, 2020

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Sato Elementary School

Our mission is to provide active, relevant, educational experiences that foster globally minded innovative citizens in and out of the classroom. Our students will think creatively and take risks as they apply knowledge and skills to future endeavors.

Important Dates:


12/21/20-1/1/2021 - Winter Break

January: Happy New Year!

Mon. 1/4 - Welcome Back, virtually that is!

Wed. 1/13 - Virtual Assembly

Fri. 1/15 - Raccoon Register Goes out to Families

Mon. 1/18 - MLK Day, observed - no school

Fri. 1/29 - Raccoon Register Goes out to Families

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How can we help?

Does your family need holiday help or help with additional food?

Please don't hesitate to contact Laurie White our school counselor with needs that will help your your family. All requests for assistance are confidential and we will do our best to help your family.

Beaverton Safe Routes to School December Snowflake Hunt

This month Beaverton Safe Routes to School invites your school community to go on a Snowflake Hunt! To participate make a snowflake and place it in a window facing the street and then go for a walk and count how many snowflakes you find. We hope this provides your family with a fun activity and a little encouragement to get outside for a walk or roll. Use the link below for a snowflake making tutorial and make sure your trip is counted in the following ways:

1. Send an email to with the number of snowflakes you found. BSD students (or parents) please include how many students participated and what school they are from.

2. BSD elementary students can also log their miles on their Marathon Kids account. If you need information on how to set up a Marathon Kids account, contact your PE teacher.

3. Post a photo to social media with the following hashtags #BSDsaferoutes #BSDtogether #BSDmarathonkids

Sato Loves to Read

First Ever Virtual Book Fair Update!

Many thanks to the families who were able to support our fall book fair! 45 families purchased 167 books at our first ever virtual fair. Our library is funded by your book fair purchases, so each purchase helps the library grow- look for more new books from our library in the new year!

Books are scheduled to arrive at Sato on Tuesday. Families will receive notification when orders are ready to be picked up. 🍟

Public Library Resources

We know how important and challenging access to books is during CDL. The Beaverton City Library has great options for getting books to kids that we want to make sure everyone knows about.

Beaverton Library

Cedar Mill & Bethany Library

Other Resources

A note for Kindergarten Families:

Starting in December and ending the first part of January, staff will be screening kindergarten students for potential reading difficulties as required by Senate Bill 612. We have been doing this test since 2017, but it will be more visible during CDL. The screening will happen online during the school day. A reading support person will join the kindergarten teacher on their Zoom session and students may be put in a break-out room to read to the adult. The test should take no longer than 5 minutes as each of the 3 parts are timed for 1 minute. All grade K (and students new to 1st grade) will be getting screened for potential reading difficulties before the end of January.

Please don’t coach your child during this test. The distraction could hinder their score more than help, as the assessment is timed. It will be important we get an accurate picture of their reading abilities. If any concerns surface for your child, you will receive a letter by the end of January, along with a plan for supporting your child.

For more information

For more information, please contact Ruby Fuller at

Thanks for your support.

About the State Report Card and Sato!

Our 2019-20 school profile is posted on our school webpage under About Us>School Profile>Oregon Report Card. There is also a link on this page to school profiles for other years and other schools. The 2019-20 district profile is posted on the district report card webpage.

State report cards began when the 1999 Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring every public school and district to receive a report from the Oregon Department of Education about how they are performing overall. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and affords states greater flexibility. ESSA encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education redesigned the School and District report cards to engage and inform families about their school’s approach to learning, academic and extracurricular offerings, and student performance. Reports cards also serve as an important tool for continuous improvement planning by local and state policymakers, in conjunction with the communities they serve.

The 2019-20 school and district profiles do not include statewide assessments data, class size data, or attendance data as a result of the necessary statewide school closures and the implementation of Distance Learning for All. The profiles present all available data not impacted by the state’s response to COVID-19.

At Sato, WE are committed to using this information to help tailor our school improvement plans and academic programs to meet the needs of every student. You’ll find our current school improvement plan HERE.

If you have questions about our report card or would like a print copy, please contact me. You may also have suggestions for improvements. Please share them! Thank you!

Device Coverage

If you have not done so yet, please pay the $20 device coverage fee. Sato still has an outstanding balance of $2640.00.

Thank you!!

Signal To Noise

Exciting news! BSD will be holding the annual Signal to Noise Film Festival in May of 2021 (virtually, of course 😃). Updated guidelines are available on the website and important dates are as follows:

Entries due - Monday, March 29, 2021, Online Awards Ceremony/Festival - Thursday, May 20, 2021. Please share out this information with students and parents and for the latest updates have them follow us on Facebook or Instagram (@s2nfestival).

Signal to Noise Website

Nurse News: December 2020 The 3 W's for a Safe Holiday Season

WEAR your mask, WATCH your distance & WASH your hands

This year the Oregon Health Authority has encouraged everyone to participate in low-risk holiday activities to keep all Oregonians safe during the pandemic, because we know social gatherings have been the catalyst for a significant level of spread of the Coronavirus. If you are planning on gathering with family or friends this holiday season, it is important to remember the 3 W’s to keep you and your family safe - wear your mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands!

Low risk ideas for this holiday season:

  • Make seasonal dishes with the people you live with
  • Enjoy time outside and plan a family walk
  • Meet virtually
  • Shop locally or online

It is safest to stay home and celebrate. If you are planning on traveling or having someone who does not live with you attend your holiday activities, it is important to take precautions and celebrate safely.

Tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Stay home and avoid others when you are sick or have been exposed to illness
  • Get your flu vaccine
  • Wear your face covering and only remove it to eat
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance
  • Limit the gathering to 6 or less people
  • Take your seasonal activities outdoors
  • Prepare individual food plates to limit the sharing of utensils
  • Drive instead of fly, if possible
  • Get COVID-19 tested before going anywhere or reduce interaction with others outside of your home for 2 weeks before a social gathering

School Based Health Center at Merlo Station High School

The School Based Health Center (SBHC) located at Merlo Station High School is open to all students of all ages within the Beaverton School District. The clinic is open on Wednesdays for in person visits and we can accommodate virtual visits every day of the week. The SBHC is a safe place for students to get caught up on vaccinations, receive treatment for minor illnesses, speak confidentially to a medical provider, get a sports physical and more. Trouble sleeping?, Anxious? Feeling a little down? The SBHC can also connect students with someone who can help. The SBHC has a licensed medical provider and medical assistant and can submit in house referrals for behavioral health services. Most private insurance plans are accepted, as well as Oregon Health Plan (OHP). No insurance? No problem. You may be eligible for a sliding fee discount based on income. Ask the receptionist about a discount when you check in for your appointment. Call 503.941.3210 to make an appointment. Walks ins are also welcome.

Referral Form

Flyer - English

How Parents Support Social and Emotional Learning at Home

Social and emotional learning in the home means that you can use moments that happen organically to grow your child's SEL skills while managing your own. Join us for this interactive presentation led by the Together for Students Chicago Initiative, including our partners at Thrive Chicago with CPS Competency Based Education, and Communities in Schools Chicago, to learn about strategies for intentional SEL application at home. The session will also cover what advocating for SEL at your child’s school looks like, and how modeling best practices can lead to an improved quality of life for your children and family.

Tuesday, November 24, 5:00 - 6:00 pm CST


Construction Update:

As part of the development of the neighborhood directly across Ridgeline, road construction on both Ridgeline and Kaiser will be on-going beginning next week and continuing into the first week of February. In fact, we believe there will be a detour to 185th when coming from the Germantown Road side of Kaiser the entire month of January. As we learn more, we will keep you updated!!

Sunset Credit Union

Sunset Credit Union has a fun online course for SATO students! It’s a linked HERE .

It's called Banzai and it’s a great learning tool for kids to learn and earn!! Once the child completes the short course, we are able to deposit $25.00 dollars into their account.

It’s not a requirement for them to become a member first of Sunset CU before completing the course, however, for the child to receive the $25.00 dollars, they would need to be a member. Which they are able to do through our website as well.

Ways to Help Support Sato!!

Intel employees' volunteering program:

Intel employees can enter up to 5h/day of volunteer work spent on education of the employee's child/children as well as other children they may be instructing in the period of January 1 to December 31, 2020.

These hours should be entered into Benevit ( for the school that the child attends. More details can be found on internal website (see info pages in Resources/Guidelines/What Counts as Volunteering).

Amazon's Smile program:

In order to have a donation made, it is necessary to place the purchase order through

Notice that you have to first set up the Charity Organization and select "Sato Elementary Community Organization".
Then, Amazon will make donations to SECO for all the orders made through that website.

You can Bookmark AmazonSmile to make it easier to remember it make purchases this way.

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