Kinnaman Coyotes

January 2020

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What Kinnaman Kids Are Working On


Kindergarten students have been working on their reading goals. As they achieve their goals, they earn a certificate and a turn to visit our school’s Book Store where they can choose a free book to take home and add to their home collection!

Ask your child what his/her current goal is. Here are some strategies you can help with at home to reach many of the goals:
-Point under each word as you read from left to right
-If reading a pattern book, remember the pattern.
-Use the pictures on the page to give you clues.
-Look for Power Words on each page.
-Say the letter sounds when you get to a new word.
-Don’t give up!
-Think about what you see and are reading.
-Read every day.

1st grade:

All classes will be starting their Non-Fiction Units in both Reading and Writing this month. Please support this by reading this genre at home too! Also, encourage them to continue writing in their journals about all the facts they have learned from their research!

We will be going on our field trip to the Oregon Children’s Theater to see the play Dragons Love Tacos! Make sure to fill out and return the permission slip as soon as possible. The trip will be on Friday, January 31st. We will be leaving school at 10:45. Thank you to all the parents who sent in money to help fund this trip, we were blown away from all the support.

2nd grade:

We’re getting ready to launch a big unit on Character Traits in reading and that will help us develop our own characters in our fictional narratives. This month we will also be delving into the world of science, specifically matter, water cycle and landforms. Lastly in math we are still focusing on addition and subtraction strategies.

3rd grade:

In writing, we are continuing on persuasive writing along with writing about nonfiction topics. In math, we have been digging deep into understanding multiplication strategies and division strategies as well as facts. For fun, ask your student, “(#) groups of (#) equals A. A equals (answer).” Example: “5 groups of 3 equals A. A equals 15.” You can also tell them they have a total of (any number) 15 grapes and they have to share them equally with 5 people. How many does each person get? Encourage them to use any strategy that works and see if they can explain how they found their answer. In reading we are working to build the stamina back to 30-40 minutes of reading with tangible goals set so students can begin and finish books that have more pictures than words. Of course this depends on your student’s reading level, but all students should be setting goals before reading and working to reach them. Encourage students to read nonfiction (real) information and be able to discuss who it is about and what it is about and how they know that information. Also, we have all been working on finishing-up tie dying to build community in our classrooms. Each class has two colors for their shirts and students have been doing a great job at it! Finally, if you travel to places in Portland, and you are able, we’d love for you to send pictures or small items to share about your experiences. We will begin studying Portland soon and we know so many of you already do a lot in the area. We’d love to know what your family experiences.

4th grade:

4th grade is starting a new math unit working with multiplication and division. Please work with your kids at home on their basic facts! Dollar Tree has flash cards for those of you who like them, or just pick a problem a day and quiz your kids randomly! Our literacy instruction is shifting to nonfiction reading and writing for the next few months. It will be fun to get to know what your kids are experts at and help them dive deeper into their interests using research techniques. We hope you all have a a great new year!

5th grade:

Happy New Year! Before the winter break an email or letter was sent home to all 5th grade families announcing that we would be sending home weekly homework. It was brought to our attention that we are not sending our 5th graders off to middle school well enough prepared for the amount of homework they will be receiving next year. Our number one goal is to teach our students the skills needed to be successful in middle school and assigning weekly homework is one way that we can do that. Here is what to expect...

Reading: Continue to read 30-45 minutes a night in a good fit book and complete your “I Read a Book” slips when you finish a book. Complete the reading log nightly and return it to school on Friday. Reading logs will be sent home on Monday and are due back on Friday. However, your child should be reading 30-45 minutes a night on weekends and during breaks from school.

Writing: Daily writing assignment. Student’s need to complete the daily writing prompt. The focus should be on generating ideas and using correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. The writing prompts will be sent home on Monday and the entire packet needs to be returned on Friday. This means that your child will need to complete all 5 days of writing prompts in 4 days.

Math: There will be two math practice pages that will be sent home with your child. The practice pages will be a spiral review (such as Math Minute assignment) and may or may not reflect the work we are completing in class. They will be sent home on Monday and are due Friday.

Homework will not be graded. The purpose of the homework is to help students create routines and good habits prior to entering into middle school. Students will be given a score on the report card under “managing the responsibilities of a 5th grader” for turning their homework in on time and completed to the best of their abilities.


Can you believe it is the year 2020? I hope all Kinnaman families had a great break! Megan and Cassi in the ISC, are so excited to be back to school. This month we are focusing on learning about opposites. What is the opposite of cold? What is the opposite of soft? What is the opposite of new? By recognizing what the opposite of something is, students are better able to describe something. They are also able to compare two like items. Some ways to help at home is to use toys. Get your child to learn without them knowing. Hold up two toy cars. Ask your child, “What car is the biggest? Which car is heavier?” Another example is to do the opposite of what your child does. If they sit, you stand. If they talk loud, you talk soft. These are just a few examples. For fun we'll be making snow in the classroom! We will talk about what type of weather is needed for snow. This brings back last month's theme. We will also talk about what the weather is the opposite of snow. As we build on new concepts, it is important to touch on past themes. This way the concepts are relearned all year long. This makes it more successful. Thank you for all of your support!

Inclement Weather Information

There is a chance of winter weather that may impact driving conditions next week. When the weather gets snowy or icy, school schedules may be affected. The District generally posts the announcement of delayed school opening or school closure by 5:15 a.m. All Portland Metro area media outlets announce the information on TV newscasts and online.

The District makes decisions based on the ability to operate school buses safely; the ability for students and parents to get to school safely, and the ability for employees to get to work safely and on time. The decision that is made will be for the entire District. As always, parents may choose to make different decisions based on their particular location.

The District will notify parents and staff via SchoolMessenger with a Non-School Hours Emergency message. Please manage your communication preferences in SchoolMessenger InfoCenter.

For the latest inclement weather information:

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Parent Tip: Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day. Set that expectation.

*Source: Attendance Works

Keep Our Crosswalks Safe

Please exercise extreme caution when driving in our school zone. There have been several instances of cars driving through when crossing guards are in the crosswalks lately and continued issues with crosswalks being blocked, preventing children from being able to walk from one side walk to another without stepping into the street. We need everyone to do their part to ensure all members of our school community are safe.

Reading Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers to read with our kindergarten students one on one daily from 2:25-2:55 p.m. We currently have 24 students that need 500 books read to them. If you are interested in volunteering to read with our students, please contact Anne Pergiel by emailing her at

A Message From Your PTO

Kinnaman PTO will be hosting a free Bingo Night on January 10th from 6:30pm until 8:00pm in the school's cafeteria. There will be snacks and prizes. The whole family can play and enjoy time together!

There will be an Appliance Recycling Drive hosted by Green Team on January 25th from 10:00am until 1:00pm. Drop off large appliances and other metals to be scrapped (e.g. bikes, grills, washer/dryers, water heaters, dishwashers, etc). Items will be taken to Far West Recycling. Thank you to Two Men And A Truck for assisting with transportation and man power. Green Team will also be collecting NON-WORKING holiday lights January 6th through January 24th. There will be a box in the front lobby and also in the north parking lot during drop off and pick up times.

Kinnaman’s Food Pantry with the Oregon Food Bank will be open twice a month during the summer and we need volunteers to staff it! We will need 2-4 people to help unload the delivery trucks in the morning and other volunteers to help families as they pick out items. You must be a registered BSD volunteer.

Be on the lookout for a flyer with upcoming PTO events coming home with students soon!

Middle School Boundary Adjustment (MSBA) advisory committee

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Beaverton School District has held four (4) community meetings with the Middle School Boundary Adjustment (MSBA) advisory committee. Attendance boundaries for all of the middle schools are being considered for adjustment and the advisory committee is seeking community input from residents in the central and southern part of the District.

The City of Beaverton is planning for almost 7,000 new residential dwelling units in the Cooper Mountain area near Mountainside High School over the next 10-15 years. Which middle school(s) should serve these new developments? Do you have reasons why your neighborhood should attend a different middle school? Do you understand that changes to attendance boundaries in the north part of the District will impact other attendance boundaries? Are you concerned about the potential for the size of student enrollment at middle school?

If you are concerned about any of these questions, or if you have other questions about the MSBA project, please visit the District's MSBA web page (link). Read the materials, visit the advisory committee calendar, and/or submit written comment to the committee. Please come to an advisory committee meeting or watch the meeting livestreamed in real time. The district wants and needs to hear from you.

Thank you for your support!

Report Card Information

Big changes are coming this month with our first report cards of the school year. The BSD will no longer be asking staff to print report cards, stuff envelopes, or send report cards home. Over the past few years report cards have been posted on ParentVue. This will continue and the paper copies will be eliminated. This change will bring tremendous savings to the district in terms of staff time and resources. It will be essential that schools work to get all parents signed up for ParentVue.

Upcoming Events

  • 1/10/20 BINGO Night from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • 1/14/20 PTO Meeting from 6:30 p.m.
  • 1/20/20 No School
  • 1/23/20 Winter Choir Concert at 6:30 p.m.
  • 1/27/20 No School (Grading Day)
  • 1/31/20 Report Cards Available Online

District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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Appliance Drive

Holiday Lights Drive

Children's Programs

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