January 5, 2023
Dearest Bethany Families,
We are back in our routines, keeping the familiarity of what has been working well, and always striving for improvement within ourselves and our systems. In the spirit of the New Year, I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you some of our beliefs and what I hope to model through my leadership on a daily basis.
- We want to know our students as readers, writers, mathematicians, and in all academic areas, AND we also want to know their interests, their strengths, their experiences, their backgrounds, their cultures, their hopes and dreams, and all the things that make EVERY child special and unique.
- We seek to build connections with families as partners in their children's education and understanding how we can be the most supportive in their success.
- We wish for families to connect and build relationships with one another and staff to feel included and loved as part of the Bethany School Community. ❤️
- We are a staff who care deeply for each other; celebrating our accomplishments and joy and providing strength and support when presented with life's challenges.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY!
- I've said many times in meetings, newsletters, and presentations that we (Bethany staff) are on the same team with families; ideally working in collaboration and partnership to ensure the best experiences, opportunities, and outcomes for every child. IF THERE IS A PROBLEM, we want to know so that we can help solve it.
We appreciate grace and patience and the assumption of best intentions while we work together. We don't want children being hurt, excluded, or misunderstood. When there are conflicts between students, I want you to trust that the adults will do their very best to listen to children (and families), facilitate conversations, teach a lagging skill, or whatever may be necessary for students to learn and grow through the situation, repair any harm that was done, and have a positive plan moving forward.
- One of my favorite quotes is by Ruthie Lindsey, "If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it." Feedback doesn't always need to be a criticism or concern. Don't hesitate to send an email or personalized note to a staff member who has gone above and beyond for your child (and feel free to 'cc me on the message so I can acknowledge them too!). Notes of encouragement and appreciation go a long way in any profession that relies heavily on both skilled expertise AND emotional labor. Our staff think about, and even DREAM about, your kids. There is no way to truly separate "work" from genuine love and care for children.
ACADEMICS: WE UTILIZE HIGH LEVERAGE PRACTICES, including, but not limited to:
- Providing differentiated instruction to meet the various learning needs of our students
- Engaging in ongoing grade level and multi-disciplinary team collaboration
- Using formative assessments to analyze instructional practices, and make necessary adjustments that improve student outcomes
- Teaching cognitive and metacognitive strategies to support learning and independence
- Using strategies to promote active student engagement and student talk
- Providing positive and constructive feedback to guide students’ learning and behavior
And Finally, A Note of Gratitude:
I have the privilege to see everything (well....most everything) that goes on at Bethany! I am FILLED with gratitude every day for the love and kindness that is on display among staff, students, and families. Here are just a few examples that I have witnessed this week:
- Children excitedly welcoming a new student to class and making sure he had someone to play with at recess.
- A student who held a door open for several students without being asked, just patiently and graciously waited for everyone else to go first.
- A committee of staff members who created a Wellness Bingo Challenge this month to encourage and remind the adults at Bethany to take care of themselves too (and who have planned lots of ways for us connect throughout the school year). 🙂
- Older siblings picking up their younger brothers and sisters at the end of the day, greeting them with big hugs and kisses. So heartwarming!!
- Volunteers giving of their time and dedication that help enrich our school in every way!
- A family sent a bag of coins to the office for students who may not otherwise be able to participate in the "Dollar Wars" fundraiser that is starting on Friday.
- Smiles and fist bumps and a joyful return to school!
I'm writing this on Wednesday...just two days into this week. Imagine if I crowd-sourced this list from every staff member after a full week at school? How many amazing small moment stories and anecdotes could I write? This is a COMMUNITY OF BEAUTIFUL SOULS and I look forward to our months ahead. ❤️
Dollar War Starts Tomorrow
1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a Dollar War!
The Dollar War starts tomorrow, with 100% of the money raised going towards a new Crest Climber for the playground.
Here’s how it works:
Each classroom teacher and seven additional staff will have their own bucket in the lobby.
Add points to a bucket with copper (pennies) and gold coins (dollar coins) and paper bills. Subtract points from other buckets with silver coins (nickels, dimes, quarters).
1 cent = 1 point, 1 dollar = 100 points, etc. This year, students will each be given a Bobcat coin worth 5 points to put in the jar of their choice!
The 4 teachers or staff whose buckets have the most points at the end of the fundraiser on January 20 will have to wear silly hats on Friday, January 27 every time they leave their classroom. (For Example: To recess, lunch, the office, )
If we reach our fundraising goal of $3,000, every grade will get to enjoy music at lunch recess!
Questions? Please contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Staff Room Restock
Note from Staff Appreciation Committee:
We would like to take the time to appreciate our teachers and staff by providing snacks and drinks for their use in the staff room. We are hoping to collect beverages, salty snacks, sweet snacks, bars, fruit, yogurt cups, and candy. Please click on the Restock Sign-up link below to help.
******* BSPTO News *******
PTO Meeting Next Week
January's PTO meeting will be Thursday, Jan 12 at 7pm on Zoom. We hope to see you there! You can review last month's meeting notes on our website.
Looking For Volunteers
Leave a Lasting Print at Bethany Elementary!
With each $150 donation your personal message will be etched on a charm and permanently hung on the central fence of Bethany Elementary School Playground. The money raised will go towards funding playground improvements and future PTO projects!
Complete this google form to secure your charm. A member of the PTO will contact you to confirm your charm text and arrange payment.
Overdue Library Books
We need your help! We have a LOT of overdue and missing library books from last year (and this year too). Ms. Hussain will be sending out overdue notices with the list of titles that your child(ren) have checked out.
PLEASE look around your homes, cars, Grandma's house, or anywhere a book may be hiding! 🙂 The books that have been marked as "lost" have fines attached. If this is a hardship for your family, please reach out to Ms. Hussain or Mr. Parker and we can work with you.
We would much rather have the BOOKS than the money to replace them. Let's see how many we can return before Winter Break! Thank you!!
Immunization Exclusion Day
Please note that Immunization Exclusion Day is FEBRUARY 15, 2023. Your child's immunizations must be up to date by this day. According to Oregon state law, no student will be allowed to attend school if immunizations have not been completed. All absences will be considered unexcused.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact AnnMarie McLeod at email@example.com
Reporting An Absence
Please remember to include the office in any communications regarding your child's absences. You may leave a message on the attendance line at 503-356-2035 or email Mrs. McLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org
The most important information to include in these communications is:
- Child's name
- ID number (their library number)
- Date of absence
- Reason for absence
Attention 5th Grade Families
The National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest (see information below) is a nationwide contest for 5th grade students and is designed to promote awareness among teachers, parents/guardians and children and engage them in discussions about safety.
The top ten poster contest winners in Oregon will receive prizes and the first place winner’s poster will be entered in the national contest for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for the student, their parents and their teacher to Washington D.C.!
Deadline for all posters to be received by OSP is February 15, 2023.
For more information and an application packet (available in English or Spanish), please email or call:
Missing Children Clearinghouse Manager
Recruiting for the 2023 BOLD Class
Recruitment has begun for the 11th annual Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development (BOLD) Program, to be held in a hybrid format from March-May 2023. BOLD is offered through a partnership with Unite Oregon and is a key strategy to increase engagement of underrepresented communities in city government. The program has graduated over 180 leaders to date.
BOLD builds leadership and civic engagement skills for emerging immigrant and refugee leaders and leaders of color in Beaverton. The program includes hands-on sessions focused on strengthening cross-cultural relationships; building leadership, community organizing, and advocacy skills; and providing an in-depth orientation to city government and opportunities for engagement. It also includes sessions with current city leaders and elected officials and practice giving public testimony.
There is no cost to participate but applicants must commit to attending all training sessions. English language proficiency is not necessary; interpretation is provided.
This year's program dates are: March 18th, April 8th & 29th, and May 20th.
Visit BeavertonOregon.gov/BOLD for more information.
Questions? Contact Paolo Esteban at 503-526-2439 or email@example.com.
Free Citizenship Classes Winter Term 2023
Lutheran Community Services Northwest Citizenship Program will offer FREE Citizenship classes for ESL speakers AND N-400 application services with immigration specialists. Winter Term begins Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
Winter FlyersVietnamese, Russian, Spanish, English
Walk and Roll Contest
4th 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 that displays safe walking or rolling 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 new scooter and helmet. All submissions are due by January 31st. Ask your teacher for more details.
5th Grade - Middle School Learning Options Information
Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be available starting Monday, October 17. Current BSD students are able to apply online using their BSD student ID.
Information About BSD Learning Options and Application Process
Please do some early investigation of our option schools and programs online and plan to attend one or more of the upcoming open houses. Please know that students may only apply to one option school or program. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes are allowed
Bethany Social Media
We are on Social Media! We have been posting fun pictures and videos, so be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. You can click on the links below and still see the posts without having these apps.
We are in the process of taking pictures from different areas of the school. We may post pictures or videos, but there will be no names associated with the pictures. If you would prefer that we don't publish a picture of your child, please send me an email to: Sue_Kropilak@beaverton.k12.or.us