Bobcat News

4th Edition September 28- October 2, 2020

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Video Message from Mrs. Sideris

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Hi Bobcats, It's me, Mrs. Sideris, your principal. I am so excited for this school year and I hope you all are too! There have been some challenges but we appreciate everyone's patience and kindness as we move through this new journey together. Please don't hesitate to contact your teacher or the office if you have questions or need support. Check out this weeks Bobcat news for school updates. See you all soon! Go BOBCATS!

Student Zoom Access

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Some clarifications on the new Zoom authentication for students. There are two ways students are accessing all of their comprehensive distance learning:

1. From a Centennial issued Chromebook
2. From a personal/home devices not owned and managed by Centennial

Centennial Chromebooks -
Any student who is using a Centennial Chromebook must sign into that device in order to use it. Once they are signed in, their credentials (username + password) are passed through automatically using SSO (single-sign-on) to things like Clever and Zoom sessions. For these students, they will not notice anything different in joining a Zoom session as the SSO happens all in the background.

Personal/Home Devices -
For students not using a Centennial Chromebook, when they click on a Zoom link from your Google Classroom/Clever Page/SeeSaw Page, they will be taken to our Centennial SSO page. On that page, they will need to enter their username and password. Once entered and submitted, they will then gain access to the Zoom session you have shared with them.


FYI: With the change in the authentication process for students to get into Zoom starting today. Students will need to enter their entire email address to log into Zoom. So, if they are having trouble getting into Zoom check and make sure they are entering their entire email not just their username. Remember it is student user names with @s.csd28j.org.

*Note: Students who report they are being taken to the Zoom login page are getting to the wrong place. They should not be creating a new Zoom account in order to login to any Centennial Zoom session.

Reading and Math Assessment

  • Reading Assessment: Over the next few weeks our reading team will be setting up short meetings to do reading assessments with your students. They are starting with older students first. We do this every year and it helps our teachers know what your students need to learn to improve their reading.
  • Math Assessment: Your students' teachers will be setting up short math assessments over the next few weeks starting October 12th. Students will need to complete this work independently to the best extent possible so that teachers will know what they need to learn to improve their math skills

Student Packet and Materials Distributions

Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 1-3pm

2789 Southwest Butler Road

Gresham, OR

We will be distributing student work packets and materials on a Wednesday, once a month during Comprehensive Distance Learning. We will have 30 minute pick up windows for each grade level. Please arrive during your scheduled time if possible. If you have multiple students in different grade levels you may pick up all materials at the same time. Before arrival please write your students name, grade level and teacher on a piece of paper and place on your dashboard. You will be directed to your pick up area where materials will be placed in either your trunk or handed through the window. The dates and times for the next 3 Packet and Materials Distributions are listed below.


October 7th, November 4th and December 2nd


Kindergarten/1st Grade 1:00pm-1:30pm

2nd Grade/3rd Grade 1:30pm-2:00pm

4th Grade/5th Grade 2:00pm-2:30pm

6th Grade 2:30pm-3:00pm

Educational Services

If your child receives services through our English Language Development or Special Education Departments, please be sure to check their schedules or connect with their teachers for small group meeting times. Students need to log in and attend a live session with their service provider according to their individual schedules.

Elementary Attendance Guidelines

Dear Elementary Families:


***STARTING TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH...ABSENCE ROBO-CALLS WILL GO OUT TO FAMILIES AFTER 4:30 EACH DAY FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN MARKED WITH AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE FOR THE DAY***


We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of how attendance will be recorded at the elementary level while in Comprehensive Distance Learning. Following State guidance requirements, schools must take daily attendance. Attendance is critical to student success in school, especially when learning remotely. Please be aware of the following.

  • Daily attendance will be taken once at the end of each school day, which will allow for the most accurate attendance to be taken in our Comprehensive Distance Learning environment.

  • Daily attendance would be indicated by demonstrating at least one of the following:

    • Participating in Live Session (Zoom)

    • Student engagement in SeeSaw (K-3) or

    • Google Classroom (4-5)

    • Communication from the student to the teacher via chat, text message, communication

    • A phone call between the teacher or educational assistants/paraprofessionals and the student, or, for younger students, with the parent or guardian of the student

    • Evidence of participation in tasks, assignments, projects

  • It is important that your child participate to the greatest extent possible in the schedules their teachers have communicated to you.


What do I do if my child is sick or on a pre-planned trip where we won't be connected remotely?

***Call your school office, and the attendance secretary will indicate excused/unexcused absences.


What if my child is in daycare all day, and we only engage in learning activities after school hours?

***Any student engagement in learning, even at night, is considered present for attendance for that day. Please communicate your family plan with your child’s teacher via email so that the teacher is aware of your unique situation.


What if our family schedule only allows our child to engage in learning activities at various times in the daily schedule?

***Any student engagement in learning, even at night, is considered present for attendance for that day. Please communicate your family plan with your child’s teacher via email so that the teacher is aware of your unique situation.

Message From Your PTA

We are so excited to kick off our Butler Creek spirit apparel and mask sale! The sale will run from Friday, September 25th - Friday, October 16th. There are over 30+ items, in various colors and logos, to choose from for kiddos and adults. You have a choice to have your items shipped directly to you, or you can choose to do the bulk method that will ship everything to the PTA for us to distribute on a set distribution day (TBD). The link is below.

https://butlercreekbobcats.itemorder.com/sale

BC PTA SPIRIT STORE

Click here to purchase school spirit gear!

Meal Availability for Students

Centennial will continue distributing food for students every Monday at Powell Butte, Meadows, Parklane/Oliver, and Patrick Lynch Elementary Schools as well as Centennial High School. In addition, we will continue running the two bus routes, with four stops. For bus stops, distribution times or other information, please visit our website at csd28j.org.


North Food Route:

10:10 AM SE Division St. @ SE 154th Ave/Griffin Court Apts

10:30 AM 14222 SE Division St./Rollin Wheels Mobile Park Driveway

10:50 AM 2609 SE 145th Ave./Arbor Glen Apts

11:15 AM 16910 SE Naegeli Drive/Meadowland Apts

South Food Route:

10:10 AM 5001 W Powell Blvd/Worship Center

10:35 AM SE 156th Ave @ SE Ogden Drive

11:00 AM Pleasant Valley Elementary School

11:25 AM Butler Creek Elementary School

If you are unable to make these locations work for your family please contact us at info@csd28j.org

CSD Family Resources

Click here for information on topics like Food Resources, Health Care and Mental Health Resources etc.

***Bookmobile Returns***

If you still have books to return from this summer's bookmobile please bring them back to BC. There is a return bin sitting on the table just inside the main doors. Thanks so much!!!
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Technology Support for Students and Families

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Wildfire Evacuation Resources

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