CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ March 19, 2021
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS -- MARCH 22-31
March 29-31 -- Teacher Work/Plan Days
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE by MONICA ARBOW
I want to acknowledge the horrific acts that took place in Atlanta earlier this week, which resulted in the loss of 8 lives, 6 of those being women of Asian descent. This latest tragedy highlights a significant increase in hate and racist acts across our nation against people in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Though a tragedy that happens in another place can feel distant, it is all too close to home here in Oregon, including Nancy Ryles. At Nancy Ryles, Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students represent 16% of our student population, or 80 students. I want to make it known that we stand with our Asian American and Pacific Islander students, families, and staff members. As we return to in-person school in a couple of weeks, we are committed to ensuring safe and inclusive practices so that all students feel welcomed.
On another note, I want to thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education, especially during times of endless and constant change. I know you have been asked to absorb a lot of information from the school and district and we appreciate your willingness to stay informed and support your student(s).
Our staff is extremely excited to welcome your students back to In-Person Hybrid instruction, beginning April 5 for Kindergarten through 2nd grade and April 8 for 3rd through 5th grade. While most of our plans that are specific to the day-to-day function of school (arrival, dismissal, lunch, bathroom, classroom, schedules, etc.) have been shared with staff, we will be engaged in safety training and classroom/school preparation on March 29-31. The transition back to in-person school after being home for a year and with new protocols in place will be tremendous for students and staff. We don’t expect a seamless and perfect transition, but we do expect to allow for a lot of grace and time for teaching students how to “do school” in this new environment. We will prioritize the social and emotional health and wellness of students before layering in new academic routines.
The halls of Nancy Ryles have been quiet for too long and we can’t “mask” our excitement to have students back. Enjoy your spring break and we will see you soon.
SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGE AND NEW SCHEDULES
April 1 and 2 - Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) for all students
April 5 - Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades: In-Person Hybrid Instruction begins for those who selected it; continued CDL for those who decided to stay online.
April 8 - 3rd, 4th and 5th grades: In-Person Hybrid Instruction begins for those who selected it; continued CDL for those who decided to stay online.
IN-PERSON HYBRID SCHEDULE
- 9:00 - 11:15 a.m. -- Morning In-Person Hybrid Instruction Time. (students can enter the building and go to their classroom at 8:45 a.m.) During this time, students will receive instruction from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects.
- Afternoons - Students work at home independently on social studies, science and some health lessons. They’ll also have music and P.E., either live or recorded lessons. During asynchronous times, students also may receive English Language Development, Special Education or Intervention supports.
COMPREHENSIVE DISTANCE LEARNING SCHEDULE
Mornings -- Students work independently on social studies, science and some health lessons. They’ll also have music and P.E., either live or recorded lessons. During asynchronous times, students also may receive English Language Development, Special Education or Intervention supports.
12:15 - 2:30 p.m. -- Live Online CDL Instruction. During that time, students will receive live in-person instruction from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects.
Calendar for remainder of the year:
Friday, April 16 – No School for Students (Grading Day)
Wednesday, April 28 – No School for Students (Staff Development/Workday)
Monday, May 31 – No School for Students (Memorial Day)
Wednesday, June 2 – Student In-Person Hybrid and CDL attendance day (not an asynchronous day)
Friday, June 18 – Last Day of School
The 2021-2022 School Calendar is now available.
PRINCIPAL CHAT LINKS
On Friday, March 5, Principal Monica Arbow held two informational sessions for parents concerning In-Person Hybrid and CLD. If you were unable to attend or would like to review what was shared, here are the links:
FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING IN-PERSON HYBRID LEARNING
- Dismissal is always a busy time and we need your help! Please complete this document for each of your students. It contains directions for: (1) How you want your child to go home each day and (2) School meals. At the end of each school day, all students will have the opportunity to take home a bag containing lunch for that day and breakfast for the next day. (Meals are free to all students for the 2020-2021 school year.) If you want to opt out of meals, please make that selection.
- Students must wear masks while at school (and on the bus)
- Students will need to bring their own water bottles as the water fountains will not be available
FOR STUDENTS CONTINUING WITH COMPREHENSIVE DISTANCE LEARNING
We strongly encourage families wanting to receive these meals to complete this document.
BREAKFAST WITH MRS. MALIN AND MS. OSBORNE
Hello Nancy Ryles Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Families!
It's truly a joy to share time with your students every day before school starts! We wanted to tell you that Breakfast with Mrs. Malin and Ms. Osborne will resume after Spring Break on Thursday, April 1 at 8:10 am. The Zoom link will be the same. If you would like to join us, please email Stephanie Malin to receive the Zoom link to our Breakfast and Story Time.
Also, we will continue to hold Breakfast and Story Time meetings as we start In-Person Hybrid Learning. Since we aren't quite sure what the transportation schedule is, we'll keep the start time at 8:10 a.m., initially. If we need to make a change to our start time to accommodate more students, we will do so.
Thank you for sharing your time and your jokes with us!
Mrs. Malin and Ms. Osborne
KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION AND REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
We are now registering kindergarteners for the 2021-2022 school year!!
Here is the link to register for Kindergarten: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/enrollment/kindergarten
(please make sure you select 2021-2022)
If you know of other families who have incoming kindergarteners, please share the link with them!
Save the date! Our Kindergarten Orientation is Thursday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. (in person, if possible, or via Zoom). You will meet the principal and kindergarten teachers, learn more specific information about a day in the life of a kindergarten student and obtain information on helping your child be ready for kindergarten.
If you missed our Kindergarten Overview, you can watch the video and view the slide deck.
LIBRARY TO GO
We no longer have The Future Box and The Book Bus.
Beginning April 6, the Library to Go times are:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
5th GRADE SEND-OFF
We are looking for some community members interested in joining a committee to help plan our 5th grade send-off this year. We need creative ideas to celebrate our 5th graders’ time at Nancy Ryles and their transition to Middle School. Please send an email to NRCO1@hotmail.com if you can help! Thank you for your consideration.
DINING FOR DOLLARS
Dining for Dollars will be at the Greenway BAJA FRESH on Wednesday, March 24 from 10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. OPEN TO CLOSE!
Be sure to mention that you’re there for the Nancy Ryles Fundraiser when you’re at the register or when you place your order over the phone.
Greenway BAJA FRESH is located at 12286 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Tigard, OR 97223
CELEBRATING STUDENT BIRTHDAYS!
Julia A. - 3rd Grade
Angela W. - 2nd Grade
Oleg F. - 3rd Grade
Lucas O. - 5th Grade
Abdul Wahed M. - 5th Grade
Omar A. - 2nd Grade
Sydney L. - 3rd Grade
Carsen S. - 3rd Grade
Hadley T. - 4th Grade
Michael B. - 1st Grade
Ryan B. - 1st Grade
Ian C. - 3rd Grade
Arianna V. - 2nd Grade
Lillian D. - 4th Grade
Grace S. - 3rd Grade
Ana-bel B. - Kindergarten
Kaydan S. - 4th Grade
Kylie B. - 1st Grade
Quinn C. - 5th Grade
Jonah H. - 5th Grade
Alexandra P. - 3rd Grade
Rylie P. - 3rd Grade
Kaydence R. - 1st Grade
Cole V. - 1st Grade
4th & 5th GRADE STUDENT SURVEY
Each year the District surveys students, staff, and parents to gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District's Strategic Plan.
The student survey takes about 20 minutes during the regular school day. The data gathered from the survey is anonymous; your child will not put his/her name or other identifying information on the survey. Like other surveys, results will be presented only about groups. No individual data will be reported.
The surveys will be given between March 30 - June 4.
Your child may skip questions or stop filling out the survey at any time. Refusing to participate or withdrawing from the survey does not affect your child's grades or class standing in any way. If you or your child does not want to participate, your child can read or do some other activity while his or her classmates complete the survey.
After reviewing the survey, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify the Nancy Ryles office at 503-356-2400.
WEBSITE TRANSLATIONS AVAILABLE
We understand that it can be challenging to access current information regarding your child’s schooling in your own language. We do our best to send out messages about important updates, especially during these challenging times. However, you can access the BSD website — and specifically, our return-to-school page — at any time. Below, we’ve included a link that will take you to our website, where you’ll find it already translated into your language. Please know, the translation is generated by Google Translate. It’s not perfect, but we do hope it’s helpful.
If you need additional assistance, please contact our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.
View the BSD website in Arabic
View the BSD website in Chinese
View the BSD website Japanese
View the BSD website in Korean
View the BSD website in Russian
View the BSD website in Somali
View the BSD website in Spanish
View the BSD website in Vietnamese
DISTANCE LEARNING RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
CDL - Comprehensive Distance Learning
Synchronous - students have live contact with their teacher (via Zoom)
Asynchronous - students access pre-recorded lectures and digital curriculum materials and respond through Seesaw and other collaborative documents at a time of their own choosing
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS
Nancy Ryles Twitter is: @NancyRylesElem
Nancy Ryles Facebook: Nancy Ryles Elementary School
Nancy Ryles Instagram: nancyryleselementary
The NRCO Facebook page is: facebook.com/NRCO1
We encourage you to bookmark our website as we keep it up to date.