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Chehalem Elementary Newsletter- March 12, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Chehalem Families,

We are busy moving and storing furniture and creating very detailed plans that require a lot of work to make sure we can return students to the classrooms in a safe and structured manner. I especially want to thank our custodial staff (Alex and Katie) and our staff who are on my Return to School Panning Committee for their hard work during this time. We are so excited to have some students back!

Here is a nice video that the district has created for giving you specific information related to what it will look like for students returning in hybrid. One piece that is inaccurate for elementary students is the part about them using disinfecting wipes to clean their own surfaces. Adults in elementary schools will be the only ones handling disinfecting. We have plans to create our own video about specific Chehalem protocols that should be ready the week of March 29th.

The biggest news this week is that teachers will have the first three days after spring break (March 29, 30 and 31) to receive training on safety protocols and prepare their rooms. That means NO School for Students those three days.

Health metrics are still looking good for a K/1/2 hybrid start on April 5th and 3/4/5 start on April 12th (for those transitioning from CDL). The governor has said that she would be creating an executive order saying all elementary students should have an opportunity to be back in school in a hybrid fashion the week of the 29th, but we believe our plan remains intact because we already had a plan in progress prior to the order being created. If that changes, I would let you know right away!

Free meals will be available for all students who want them, but will not be consumed on campus and will be cold and need to be heated at home. For those students who want it, a bag containing breakfast, lunch and supper will be given to students as they leave school. Nutrition Services will prepare special meals for those with allergies. If your child remains in CDL you would be able to pick up a week's worth of meals on Wednesdays at school. More information coming about times later.

As students prepare for returning to school you might want to start having them practice mask-wearing for longer periods of time and being able to sit at a desk as well. Below are suggestions about how you might help your children build that kind of stamina if they are coming back in hybrid.

Remember that we have daylight savings time coming on March 14th (we lose an hour this Sunday...) and we will be off the week of March 22-26th for spring break (plus 3 extra days now for teacher preparation for hybrid return). Students will therefore be off school from March 22-31st.

Stay healthy and well!


Angee Silliman


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MERV-13 Filters Installed in all HVAC Units

Today the district and our custodial foreman, Alex, put new MERV-13 filters into all of our HVAC Units and double-checked that they are working well. This type of filter is a significant upgrade from our previous MERV-8 filters. Air flow has also been increased to allow a higher percentage of outside air in our classrooms. We will be fully ready to receive students safely for those who return in hybrid.
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Reminder of Information the District Already Sent

I know the number of emails families receive can be overwhelming and they sometimes get missed. Here is the information they sent out this week:

March 10, 2021

Dear BSD Families,

Thank you for continuing to stay connected with the District as we communicate important information leading up to our return to In-Person Hybrid Instruction. As a reminder, our tentative start dates are as follows:

  • April 5: PreK - 2nd grade students
  • April 12: 3rd - 5th grade students
  • April 19: 6th - 8th grade students at K-8 schools
  • April 19: Middle school students, Rachel Carson, ACE, CTP
  • April 22: Option & high school students

In preparation for the start of Hybrid and per our previous agreement with our employee association, the Beaverton Education Association (BEA), teachers will be engaging in three staff development work days prior to the start of Hybrid. During that time, staff will be:

  • Reviewing new health and safety protocols required by Ready Schools Safe Learners
  • Setting up classroom and other spaces to comply with state requirements
  • Planning and preparing synchronous/asynchronous lessons (elementary) or simultaneous instruction lessons (secondary)
  • Receiving additional technology training, as needed (secondary)

Elementary students, middle school students, and students enrolled at Rachel Carson, CTP and ACE will not have school in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) on these days - March 29, 30 and 31. On April 1 and 2, students will return to CDL.

Option and high school students will not have school on these days - April 19, 20 and 21. On April 22, all students will have a full day of In-Person Hybrid Instruction and CDL, concurrently with their teachers.

FLEX Online School will have normal school hours on March 29-31 and April 19-21.

We encourage you to read our FAQ regarding our return to In-Person Hybrid Instruction and our webpage detailing the health and safety protocols that have been put in place to protect both staff and students. We look forward to welcoming students back to our school buildings!

Thank you.

Community Food Resources

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Word of the Month for March is Positivity

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Student Survey Coming After Break

Student Survey

Elementary school students will be surveyed this year through Canvas. The survey will be available in English and Spanish. The survey window is March 30-June 4.

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 are 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.

  • 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.

  • A copy of the survey is available from your child's school and is posted at

Spanish version:

Encuesta Anual de Estudiantes

  • Cada año, el distrito lleva a cabo encuestas para los estudiantes y el personal con el fin de obtener información para la planificación y la evaluación del programa así como del progreso del Plan Estratégico del Distrito.

  • La encuesta de estudiantes toma aproximadamente 20 minutos durante el día escolar. La información que obtengamos de la encuesta es anónima; su hijo no incluirá su nombre o cualquier información de identificación en la encuesta. Al igual que otras encuestas, los resultados que se presentan son sólo acerca de los grupos. No se proporcionará información de su estudiante.

  • Su hijo puede no contestar las preguntas o dejar de contestar la encuesta en cualquier momento. El negarse a participar en la encuesta o no terminar de contestarla, no afecta las calificaciones o rango de su hijo. Si usted o su hijo no quieren participar, su hijo puede leer o hacer alguna otra actividad, mientras que sus compañeros de clase completan la encuesta.

  • Una copia en blanco de la encuesta, está disponible en la escuela de su hijo y se encuentra publicada en

Beaverton City Library News

Online Spring Break Events for Kids

Beaverton City Library’s Spring Break is all online for 2021! Join us to make your own sundial, learn “whose scat is that?” find a dark corner to enjoy “Scary Stories to Read in the Dark,” and so much more! For a full list of activities and to register visit:

Parent Information Series with the Cedar Mill Library

Our friends at Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries have put together a fabulous line up of topics and expert speakers for their 2021 Parent Information Series including “Supporting Dual Language Learners “ and “Talking with Your Children About Race and Racism” as well as “Positive Parenting to Create a Happy Home.” All events are online and free. To see the full line up and to register visit

Beaverton City Library’s Current Services

BCL Grab & Go is now available at the main library. This service includes limited browsing of the collections (both floors), holds pickup (with staff assistance), returns, quick help with questions and reading suggestions, library cards, self-checkout machines, copiers, and lobby restrooms. More information and video: While BCL Grab & Go is not currently available at the Murray Scholls branch, BCL To Go holds pickup by drop-in and by appointment remain available at both library locations. At the main library, the service hours for BCL Grab & Go, BCL To Go, and Computer Lab are Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday - Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (closed Thursday). These are also the hours for Ask the Library phone service. At the Murray Scholls branch, BCL To Go is in service Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 1-6 p.m. (closed Monday, Thursday, and Sunday). The library continues to provide many services you can access at home - virtual events and recorded videos for all ages, eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming video, language learning, and more - all for free. Learn about all the services being offered by the library at

Have questions? Need anything from the library? Let me know, I’m here to help!

Jennifer Wolf

Children’s Librarian

Beaverton City Library | 12375 SW 5th St | Beaverton, OR 97005

Free Books 11-12:00 Next Thursday from Beaverton City Library

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PTO Corner

Sign Up for Fred Meyer Community Awards to Help Your School!

Register your rewards card to Chehalem Elementary PTO.

To Use the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program:

Visit Once logged into your Fred Meyer account you can search for Chehalem Elementary PTO either by name or RB857 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card. When making purchases just swipe your rewards card or enter your linked phone number. The card must be registered to the Community Rewards program in order for their purchase to count towards our school.

Signing up for Community Rewards Program does not impact your personal rewards that you would earn with your card.

Sincerely, Angee Silliman

Principal at Chehalem Elementary