Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ January 14, 2022

January 17, 2022 is Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service

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Since its initial recognition and celebration in 1986, the third Monday in January has been observed each year as “a day on, not a day off.” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. While many of the volunteer activities for this year have been postponed due to COVID-19 health precautions, there are still many ways to involve yourself and others in honoring the holiday and Dr. King’s legacy.

Thanks to Folks of Color in Schools (FOCIS) for compiling and sharing the following activities and resources for educators, families, and community members:

Activities for all of us:

Adult Learners:


Dear Families,

We are continuing to navigate the surge of COVID-19 cases and adjust our practices as the district receives OHA/ODE updates (e.g. shortened quarantine times and, most recently, what constitutes a close contact). I am in daily contact with our district leaders and nurses, and we are monitoring positive cases closely. If a classroom has five or more confirmed positive COVID-19 cases at school, that class will move to Temporary Remote Learning (TRL) for 5 days to address the health and safety needs of students and staff and to reduce the spread throughout the school. We have one 5th grade classroom that will be moving to TRL next week, and those families have already been notified.

I acknowledge that with so much information coming your way, it’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed with the details, especially when they are changing. If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to call our main office at 503-356-2400 so that we can help clarify.

Thank you for your continued support and stay healthy.

Monica Arbow


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Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

With the surge of COVID-19, we are seeing an increase in the number of students driven to school, which creates more congestion at arrival and dismissal times. For student safety and optimal traffic flow, please refresh yourself on the arrival and dismissal procedures at Nancy Ryles, which is published in our School Handbook.

To reduce traffic at arrival and dismissal times, we encourage students for whom bus transportation is an option to ride the bus. Riding the bus ensures timely arrival at school and helps reduce car-related congestion and safety concerns at arrival and dismissal times.

a. Drop off/pick up students along the south curb of Cormorant Drive in front of the school. During arrival and dismissal, please travel one way on Cormorant, from west to east.
b. Please stay in your car as students exit or enter the car to help keep traffic moving.
c. For safety reasons, please make sure students enter/exit on the sidewalk side (not street side) of the car.
d. Please observe and follow the directions of the staff member supervising parent drop off and pick up. Please pull away in a timely and safe manner.
e. If you need to come into the school at dismissal or arrival times, please park in the neighborhood, avoiding pick-up and drop-off zone. Pay close attention to the no parking signage.
f. To ensure student safety, cars are not allowed to enter the parking lot during arrival and dismissal times, unless it is to access an ADA parking space.
g. Please be courteous of neighborhood homes. Please do not block driveways.

***We have had several close encounters of car-to-car accidents. Please use your blinker to indicate when you are pulling away from the curb and merging with moving traffic. LOOK before you merge.

NRCO News & Events

Upcoming Events

GUEST SPEAKER, again in February!

We had our first of 3 sessions with guest speaker Megan Barella this week. Thank you to everyone who attended, we had a great turnout. And thank you to Danielle Bade, with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate for sponsoring the event.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 8th 7pm on Zoom. We will welcome back guest speaker Megan Barella for another session in her series: "Smooth Sailing Ahead: For Busy Families." Didn't catch the first session? Don't worry! Each session is structured to attend individually, no need to attend all three sessions. We hope to see you there.

Dining for Dollars, D4$ - Wednesday, January 26th

Beach Hut Deli, in Tigard, from 4-8pm

20% of ALL sales will be donated to the NRCO, that includes dine in, phone orders, online orders and doordash, but they'd love to see our community in their deli.

Volunteer Needs

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

We are currently shifting to an ONLINE PLATFORM for OBOB and we can use your help! Reach out to Jill Rector at We currently have 17 teams of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, with 73 readers participating! We are looking for volunteers to facilitate battles, this includes time and score keeping.

5th Grade Send-Off

Our first meeting was yesterday, but it's NOT TOO LATE to join us. We're still looking for anyone who wants to help out!!! Don't have time to help but have some great ideas?!?! Please contact Jill Rector at , we want to hear from you!

Let's Be Social


Instagram @nrco_nancyryleselementary

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Family Science Night for African Immigrant and Refugee Families

The Center for African Immigrants and Refugees Organization (CAIRO) is sponsoring an event at OMSI on February 7th, 6-8pm.There is capacity for over 1,000 families so please pass this along!
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3rd Annual Walk + Roll Art Contest

Safe Routes to School invites all Beaverton Elementary School Classes, Kindergarten through 5th grade, to participate in our January Art Contest. Each elementary school teacher has been sent the instructions for students to create a Safe Routes to School piece of art depicting why they choose to walk or roll to school. A winner will be chosen for each grade, K-5th across the district. Each winner will receive a prize bag with items to help safely travel to school. A grand prize winner will also receive a full day art class from Gilchrist Art Camp. All submissions are due by January 31st. Ask your teacher for more details.
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2021-2022 District Calendar with Nancy Ryles Conference Dates


February 11 – Twin Day (or Multiples)

March 4 – 90’s Day

April 1 – Wacky Hair or Hat Day

May 6 – Color Block (each grade level gets assigned a color to wears)

June 3 -- Beach/Hawaiian Day


January 14

Evan Asher S. - 1st grade

January 15

Paul K. - 4th grade

January 19

Avery W. - 4th grade

January 20

Scott L. - 2nd grade


BSD flyers listed here are from community organizations with approved facility use and intergovernmental agencies (City of Beaverton, THPRD, WCCLS, and Washington County).


Contains current information from Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Washington County Public Health.


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