Dragon News - 11.23.20

Principal's Message

Last week over 600 Dragons showed up in the cold and rain for an unusual picture day experience in Southridge's batting cages. As students waited for their picture, I asked many of them what they liked most about distance learning this fall and what I heard was very different from their responses last spring. Student after student expressed their enjoyment of time with family, whether it was sharing lunch, taking breaks between Zooms, or hanging out together. Their honest reflections made me very grateful for the appreciation our students have for their families and for their ability to find silver linings in challenging times.

We are also grateful to Southridge High School for sharing their space with us and for the generosity of ISB families who donated an abundance of non-perishable food to be shared with BSD families in need of support.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday weekend!


Jill O'Neill

Community Resources

Knowing these are uncertain times for many families, you may find yourself in need this year, or you may be searching for ways to donate to others in our local community.

Occasionally, the ISB school counselors and social worker will have access to other resources for holiday boxes or clothes shopping passes. Please feel free to reach out to let us know if you are in need of these services through this link. You can also reach out to your counselor at any time.

Recursos Comunitarios

Sabiendo que estos son tiempos inciertos para muchas familias, es posible que se encuentre en necesidad este año, o que esté buscando maneras de donar a otros en nuestra comunidad local.

Ocasionalmente, las consejeras escolares y la trabajadora social de ISB tendrán acceso a otros recursos para conseguir cajas de días festivos o pases para la compra de ropa. No dude en comunicarse con nosotros para informarnos si necesita estos servicios a través de este enlace. También puede comunicarse con su consejera en cualquier momento.

Season of Sharing

Does your family need assistance? Please contact your school counselor and/or visit our BSD Return to School webpage and select "Community Resources" for information on assistance with food, housing, utilities, clothing, counseling, legal services, and more.

The Communications & Community Involvement Department is collecting donations for grocery gift cards. With many churches and community groups canceling or scaling back their holiday food programs this year due to COVID-19, BSD families are in need.

We'd like to provide 700 BSD families (identified by school counselors) with gift cards to be used at local grocery stores. Are you able to help?

  1. Click on the Donate to the BSD Community Resource Fund button
  2. Select Beaverton School District as the School
  3. Select Beaverton Schools Community Resource Fund as the Item
  4. Write Season of Giving in the Memo
  5. Type in your desired amount - any amount will be accepted
  6. Click on Buy
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Altered Books, Altered Mindsets

The Beaverton Education Foundation is partnering with ISB Art Teacher Sarah Hawks to provide our Sculpture students with a set of supplies at home to continue their creativity and learning this year! In order to provide our 9th and 10th graders an equitable experience during distance learning, we want to provide them supplies that they would normally have in the art classroom.

The project is to alter an existing book -- it could be an old encyclopedia, a textbook, a dictionary -- & reimagine it as a three dimensional in-the-round sculpture. For $40, your support would help provide all sculpture students with a spool of wire, acrylic paint and brushes, colored pencils, glue, tape, and permanent markers. Students will learn how to make an armature to support the pages and consider how to add and subtract from the book format to create a medley of their larger message or social commentary with aesthetics. They hope they can alter mindsets by altering books through ISB sculpture class!

There are two ways you can help:

  1. Spread the word by sharing the project on your social media pages.
  2. Donate and the BEF Matching Gift Challenge will match your gift dollar for dollar up to 50% of their grant request.

See the project and donate here.

Access to Coursework While Traveling Outside the U.S.

Current public health guidance encourages us to all stay home and limit contacts outside our households as much as possible, but sometimes travel is unavoidable. If your student will be traveling internationally, it is important to communicate with our Information & Technology Department (IT) as early as possible to ensure your student has access to their courses.

Access to ParentVue/StudentVue is not available outside the U.S. In order to use tools such as Canvas and Zoom, students are required to email IT to submit a request BEFORE leaving the country. In the email to shd@beaverton.k12.or.us please include the following information:

  • Dates of travel
  • Country access needed from
  • Student first & last name
  • Student ID number
  • Parent name and email address

Please note that if your travel plans include layovers in countries other than your final destination, access will not be possible if it is not listed in the request.

Library Books Available for Checkout

Looking for a good book? Students can browse the ISB library collection online, check out a book, and pick it up curbside.

Watch this video to learn how to place a hold for a book in Destiny, the ISB library book catalog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dI4j9c_Tac&t=2s

Once a book is ready for a student, they will receive an email from Audrey Schiefelbein. Pick-up days and times are Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. When you arrive at school, call the school office, and we'll deliver the book curbside.

Yearbooks for Sale!

The ISB Yearbook is a hard bound, 80 colored page book full of wonderful memories for your son or daughter to cherish. The cost is $35 through the end of the year, and $40 after Jan. 1st. Visit https://or-beaverton.intouchreceipting.com/ to purchase it online.

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Math Tutoring

Need help in math? Here are two possible resources:

ISB's Math Honor Society is hosting Math Tutoring sessions every Wednesday from 12-1 pm (on school days only). Students can find the Zoom link and password in their grade level Canvas Course. Please do not share the link with anyone outside of the ISB community.

Monday-Thursday from 5-6 pm, Western Oregon University's Math Education students are staffing a daily math homework help session for students in Grades 4-12. Each session will have at least two tutors available and on Tuesdays a Spanish-speaking tutor will be available. All sessions are recorded to protect both WOU and 4-12 grade students. WOU expects that all students are supervised by an adult during the tutoring sessions. Questions? Contact WOU's Dr. Rachel Harrington at harringtonr@wou.edu or 503-838-8831.

Support FRISB with Your Holiday Shopping

REGISTER YOUR FRED MEYER REWARDS CARD – Sign up for the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to FRISB at https://www.fredmeyer.com/i/community/community-rewards. You can search for FRISB or by our non-profit number 82103.

SHOP AT AMAZON - If you are planning to buy something on Amazon this holiday season, please be sure to go to smile.amazon.com and choose to support Friends of the International School of Beaverton. You can then sign in with your own Amazon account information. FRISB will receive a 0.5% donation for all your eligible purchases! Please bookmark this link for easy access: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0772923.


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