Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

January 24, 2020

Message from the Principal

Happy Friday Findley Families,

New this month, we are doing announcements every week. Weekly announcements will be linked on our school website, under “Activities”. Each week we will highlighting all the great learning going on in the building and include any and all special events. Please tune in and enjoy!

This year BSD is going paperless with report cards! Report cards will be available for viewing on ParentVue, Monday, February 3, 2020. Please let our office know if you have any questions.

Don’t forget, we have no school on Monday, January 27 due to a teacher grading day.

Have another great three day weekend!

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.



The Battles Have Begun ...we have kicked off the 2020 OBOB Season with 29 battles this week!!! The battles have been fun; lots of smiles, laughter, and excitement.

I want to thank all the parents who have volunteered so far; the response has been amazing and I never could have done it without each of you. That being said, there are still openings on next week’s battle schedule; we will be battling Wednesday - Friday from 11:30am -1:00pm. Please sign up on the PTO Volunteer page (Click Here).

The next round of battles, The Competitive Round, will begin in February. The schedule cannot be made until after the completion of The Preliminary Round. Please look for that schedule after next Friday, January 31st.

Keep reading Findley Dragons!!!

New Year New Habits - Change of go home plans

We have been slowly changing how we notify the classroom of a change of go home plans for our students.

Beginning 1/21 all messages will be delivered to the classrooms at 2:30 in a written note that your child will be able to refer to. Please contact the office prior to this so that we can get this information to your child's teacher before they pack up to go home.

If you are running late due to traffic, your child will go to their normal pickup spot and return to the office only if you do not get to the school before staff reenters the building.

Go Home options are still - Bus - Car Pickup - Flag Pole - Day Care - Walk

Thanks for talking to your student about this change and helping us make going home easier for everyone!

Meet our Team!

Our Specialists

Did you know that we have 7 specialists in our building that see your children each week? Let's meet them now.


Mr. Swardstrom - What is your favorite instrument? Right now bass guitar, but, what I really enjoy is playing a variety of instruments.

Mrs. Enghusen - What is your favorite song?

The Greatest Love of All & I Will Love You by Whitney Houston


Mr. Onishi - What is your favorite sports team?

The Blazers

Mr. Lindell - What is your favorite game?

Capture the Flag


Mr. Temple-Morris - What is your favorite video game?

While I appreciate the creative aspect of Mindcraft, I would rather play a video game that has a conclusion, therefore, if given the chance, I will play any of the Super Mario World games, but I can easily be talked into a race or two on Mario Kart.


Mrs. Vennes - What is your favorite OBOB book this year?

Being I graduated with a history degree, I was very excited to see 4 historical and historical fiction books on this year's OBOB list; Malala, Number the Stars, Out of Left Field, and Paper Wishes. However, I think my favorite book was WishTree by Katherine Applegate. It was a enchanting sweet book about friendship; I found myself reading it from cover to cover in one sitting!

Mrs. Etter - What is your favorite book to read at school?

My favorite read-aloud book is The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson.

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County Health update regarding Coronavirus

We have been given an update from Washington County regarding the Coronavirus that is making the news. We currently DO NOT have any students diagnosed with this virus.

Families that may have been exposed through travel to China or family members traveling to / from China are supposed to be monitoring their symptoms for 14 days after potential exposure.

If they start to have sick symptoms (fever, cough, etc.) They should contact their provider prior to going in and seek immediate care. Students are okay to go to school if they have no sick symptoms.

Announcements week of 1/13

1-13-20 Announcements

Announcements week of 1/21

1-21 Announcements

Register to attend the Community-Wide Conversation Around Race

In our ongoing efforts to ensure equitable access, inclusion, and opportunity for our students, families, and staff, the Beaverton School District is engaging in the first of, hopefully, many community conversations around race. As a valued member of our community we would like to cordially invite you to attend and participate!

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m., we will be welcoming students, families, staff, and community members from throughout Beaverton and the surrounding region to join us at Southridge High School. The afternoon will include the elevation of student and adult voices from our schools and community partners in two breakout sessions focused on specific topics within the conversation around race. In between those two sessions, we will be listening to students engaging in conversation about the importance of developing and empowering our racial literacy. Please consider joining us for the event, and please share the opportunity with others!

You can learn more about the schedule, the various breakout sessions being offered, and register to attend the event by going to our website.

Southridge High School is located at: 9625 SW 125th Avenue Beaverton, OR 97008

For questions or assistance please call Susan Ouellette at 503-356-4431.

Whats Happening!

Congratulations First Lego Team #96 Gears in Motion!!!

Way to go Findley First Lego Team!!! They won the Intel Oregon FIRST Lego League Tournament on 1/18 and will compete in the World Festival in Houston in mid April.

Varun - 4th grade

Zoha - 5th Grade

Archith - 4th Grade

Anuva - 4th Grade

Hamza - 3rd Grade

Andrew - 4th Grade

Krupa - 4th grade.

This same team has also met with the PDX Parking Team and did a survey of the Pearl District regarding the street parking challenges.

Good luck in April.

Findley PTO

Findley PTO: Supporting our students by connecting parents, staff, and the community!

Visit our website at www.findleypto.com or email president@findleypto.com.

Findley Book Fair is coming February 28th!

The Spring 2020 Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Findley! This year's Jungle themed book fair will be Feb 28 - March 5. It will be held in a new location, Room 201, with ample space to showcase the hundreds of fun, engaging, and affordable books for your family to discover. Please support our book fair as proceeds from the fair benefit Findley.

This year, we will offer the E-Wallet digital payment option. This convenient cashless option allows parents to set up an account through Scholastic with a credit card. Parents set a spending limit for their child(ren) for use at the book fair, and unused funds are released back to the credit card at the end of the fair. To encourage participation in the E-Wallet option, every student who has an account will have their name entered into drawings for great prizes (books and posters).

In order for our book fair to be successful, we will need volunteers to help with setting up, preview day, sales, and packing up. Please consider helping out.

More details to come on specific fair hours, how to set up an E-Wallet account, and volunteer opportunities. Contact Annie Bulnes (abulnes3@gmail.com) or Marissa McAbee (marissamcabee@yahoo.com) for questions.

Art Lit: Jan/Feb Artist

GRANT DEVOLSON WOOD (1891-1942) - American Regionalist Painter

Grant Wood was born on a farm in Iowa in 1891. While in grade school he showed an early talent for art. After graduating from high school he took art classes and then traveled throughout Europe. Wood returned home and began painting in a realistic style that conveyed the farm and small town scenes he'd held dear since his childhood. One of his first paintings from this period is American Gothic which has become iconic in American art. This painting helped launch the American Regionalist movement of the 1930s and 40s.

With Art Lit volunteers in each classroom, Findley students will study and discuss a selection of Grant Wood's paintings, while also learning to identify the techniques of overlapping, size and position to develop a feeling of space. Students will then create their own inspired artwork using these techniques.

Thank you for supporting Findley Art Literacy! https://sites.google.com/site/artlitfindley/

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Pre-Order your Findley Yearbook at FindleyPTO.com/Yearbook to ensure you receive your copy at the end of the school year. Sale begins 1/27!

Yearbooks are $16.00. Complete the online form by February 21st, 2020.

COMING SOON - Payment options via PayPal or by check to Findley PTO (drop box in Findley office). All orders will be processed once payment is received.

Findley Carnival Planning

Calling all Findley Dads! Come join the Findley Carnival planning each month in the banquet room at Bethany Public House. The carnival is set for June 5th and there is a lot to do! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 26th at 8:30pm. Come join the CarnyDads! It's for the kids! Contact JD McLandrich with any questions – jd.mclandrich@aecom.com.

Mark Your Calendar!!! Findley Science Fair is March 11th

Message from the Science Fair team:

This Friday your kids will be bringing home information about the Science Fair – the Science Fair form and a small paper with important dates. During the winter holidays, please encourage your children to relax and wonder. As they are baking bread, they can stop and wonder what makes the bread rise? If they are wishing for snow, encourage them to think, what factors help in snow formation!

The forms will be due by Jan 31st. If you need a Science Fair ‘engineering design’ form those will be available in the school office in January. These forms are also available on the PTO website.

Findley community is full of parents with science/engineering background. If you’re an interested parent, please sign up to be a judge. Please do not sign up middle school kids as judges. For example, a 5th grader will benefit more if a parent with working knowledge of science/engineering judges his/her project rather than a 6th grader.

If your middle and high school students want to volunteer, we have needs in other areas such as setting up for the science fair or at the exhibitor stations. The sign up for these opportunities will be going out in January.

We Need Exhibitors!!!

We are looking for exhibitors! If you know someone (through work or otherwise) who can be an exhibitor that would be great!! They can showcase existing technology; it doesn’t have to be anything cutting edge. For example, we had a mom who works at Intel set up a station with bunny suits that Intel fab folks wear and a Nike mom who brought in different types of shoe soles (all part of existing technology) that are commonly used at Nike. The kids love it!!!

Please email – mitra.poulami@gmail.com with any exhibitor information.

*Science fair Drop off

Evening Option Tuesday March 12 6:30 - 8pm

Morning Option Wednesday March 13th 7-8 am

Save the Date! Findley PTO General Meeting Dates

PTO General Meetings (Findley Library) – Presentations and staff updates. Open to all interested parents!

· February 10th

· May 18th

Up Coming Events


27th - Grading Day - NO SCHOOL

31st - All School Assembly


3rd - Report cards available on ParentVue

7th - Author Visit Lisa Schroeder

10th - PTO Meeting

10th - ELPA Testing begins

14th - Valentine Parties

17th - No School Presidents Day

18th - No School - Staff Development

19th - Passport Club

21st - International Language Day

21st - Staff Luncheon

21st - Passport Recheck

26th - Art Literacy Training

27th - Book fair setup

28th - Book fair begins

28th - All School Assembly

28th - Hip Hop Dance Company

28th - Bingo Night

28th - ELPA testing ends


Don't miss out!

Unicycle & Xylophone classes are now available through the online payment system.