Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

September 16, 2022

Message from the Principal

Greetings Findley Community,

Happy Friday to you all! We have had an amazing start to the school year. Kids, teachers and staff are happy to be back to the business of teaching and learning. It has been so fun to reconnect with our school community in ways we haven't been able to for some time and we are thrilled to have so many of our programs back, or coming back soon.

We kicked off our Let's Be Community! event this week. In classrooms, students and teachers have been learning about each other and discussing important aspects of identity and culture. Activities for this event have been designed to celebrate our diversity, individual identities, our strengths and assets and to learn about others while building our school-wide community. Our goal is to learn more about ourselves and about each other, so that we can serve the entire community with more efficacy and more empathy. Today, as a part of our school-wide community building, many classes met their big/little buddies. Students were buzzing with excitement to begin to get to know their buddies for the year. (Check out our social media sites for pictures!) Coming soon will be our Parade of Portraits and We All Fit Together art projects. As a culmination to this school-wide event, we are planning a Cultural Fair. Originally, we had tentatively scheduled this event to be the evening of October 13, however, we have decided to postpone the event until later in the year in order to get input from you, our community. Stay tuned for ways you can provide input to make this event meaningful, extraordinary and most importantly, a reflection of our community.

There's a lot of new information contained in this edition of the Dragon News. Including a call for PTO committee members. Settle in, get comfortable and read on, Findley.

Have a fantastic weekend!

With Gratitude~

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


New Information

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RSVP at the bottom

Parent Partnership: The Impact of Electronics on the Child/Teen Brain

Please join us for an evening at Findley Elementary where we will learn from Shawn Marshall, Licensed counselor at The Children's Program, about the Impacts of Electronics on the Child/Teen Brain.

When: Thursday, 9/29 at 7 pm

Where: Findley Elementary

Who: This presentation is geared towards caretakers and parents of Findley students. We will discuss important statistics and information that is for an adult audience. We appreciate you making arrangements to keep kids at home.

Please RSVP below to help us plan and prepare for the event. Thank you!

Please RSVP

Election Day is November 8, 2022

2022 Proposed Levy Renewal Video (English)
2022 Proposed Levy Renewal Video (Español)
Elementary Health Education

Click here for information regarding Elementary Health Education in BSD. Teachers will send home notice prior to teaching Sexual Abuse Prevention Lessons and Human Sexuality Health Lessons.

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Welcome to FIndley PTO

Click Here for Information about our fantastic Findley PTO!

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.

PTO Committees-We Need You!

5th Grade Celebration Committee: Works with Principal and teachers to plan and execute the 5th grade celebration at the end of the year.

Needed: 1 lead and 5 additional volunteers

Findley Running Club: Coordinates volunteers for the running club. Helps with prizes and ribbons for our runners. Running club is typically Tuesdays at lunch recess and Thursday mornings.

Needed: 2 committed volunteers to work with Lead

Field/Playground Improvements: Works with BSD staff and contractors to make improvements to the Field and Playground.

Needed: 4 additional members

Beautification: Runs Fall and Spring clean-up efforts, as well as garden maintenance.

Needed: 3 committed volunteers

Movie Night (5th grade graduation fundraiser): Plans at least one Movie Night to raise funds for the 5th grade celebration.

Needed: 1 Lead and 3 additional volunteers

Science Fair: Plans and executes our annual Science Fair.

Needed: 1 Co-Lead and 4 additional volunteers

Volunteers will also be needed for Art Literacy, Yearbook and other special events thoughout the year sponsored by the PTO.

Interested in Cub Scouts? Join Findley Pack 718!

Cub Scout Pack 718 is a part of the Scouts BSA program chartered under the

Findley PTO. The Scouting program focuses on helping kids learn character development, citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness, respect, personal achievement, and community service, through fun and adventure.

We are actively forming dens of all grades, boys and girls. Details are below and you can attend our join night and info session on Sept 20th at 7pm at Oak Hills Church - please RSVP here - http://evite.me/1GNsbtvyHe

Cub Scouts are grouped into dens at each grade level, and typically meet once or twice a month for age appropriate activities. Some example activities include hiking, woodworking, visiting a museum or a historical site, learning about the community & government, knot tying, first aid, and lots more.

The full Pack meets once a month where all Scouts come together for fun and activities, including picnics, Pinewood Derby car racing, Community service activities, Blue and Gold banquet, and Rocket Launch.

The Findley Cub Scouts are a volunteer, parent-led, organization focused on

helping our children develop. Our Pack 718 (http://pack718.com) has

more general information about Pack 718. You can see some of our scouts in action here: https://youtu.be/UT4bnboZI3E

To Sign Up, go to https://beascout.scouting.org and search for Findley. If you have any questions, contact pack718leads+findley@gmail.com.

Repeat Information

Start & End Times and Going Home Plans

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Arrival & Dismissal Maps and Procedures

Saltzman Lot is not available for parking, drop off or pick up during arrival and dismissal.

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ParentSquare Tutorials for Incoming Families

New to our district or school? Here is a video designed to help you learn about more about ParentSquare; our district's communication platform:

English ParentSquare 101 - https://youtu.be/UiX7gUTzeQU

Spanish ParentSquare 101 - https://youtu.be/Fg1iC4OL34E

School Meals

The federal waiver and funding that allowed BSD to provide free meals for all students ended on June 30. The District can no longer offer free meals for all. Families can apply online for free or reduced-cost meals for this school year. Visit the Meal Benefits webpage to get started. The free and reduced-cost meal program offers many benefits beyond nutrition for participating families, including fee waivers, activity scholarships and school supplies. We encourage all families to take advantage of this option, if eligible.

Beginning in September, students not participating in the free and reduced-cost program will need to pay for meals again. Students who were approved for free and reduced-cost meals in 2021-22 will automatically be approved for free meals for the first 30 days of this school year. However, a new application will need to be submitted for the benefit to continue.

Community Eligibility Program (CEP) schools will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch for all students next school year. CEP-approved schools include Aloha-Huber Park, Barnes, Beaver Acres, Chehalem, Fir Grove, Greenway, Hazeldale, Kinnaman, McKay, McKinley, Vose and William Walker elementary schools and Community School at Merlo Station. Students enrolled at CEP schools do not need to apply for meal benefits. If you have additional students in your home who attend other, non-CEP schools in the BSD, you must fill out a meal benefits application and be approved to receive free meals.


Elementary: $1.65

Middle/Option: $1.70
High School: $1.80

Adults: $2.75
Milk: $0.50


Elementary: $3.05
Middle/Option: $3.25

High School: $3.60
Adults: $4.50

Milk: $0.50

Throughout the school year, the District may share materials from various organizations in our community that offer or support educational and/or extra-curricular opportunities for your student and/or family. These materials may be shared via school/district communication channels and/or posted on the district’s After-school Activities webpage. All materials are reviewed by Communications & Community Involvement prior to distribution. Beaverton School District does not discriminate against any community member or organization on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veteran status or because of a perceived or actual association with any other persons within these protected classes. The District does not sponsor or endorse the activities or information contained in these materials.

Community Resources

Community Resources

Bethany & Cedar Mill Library

Student Health Center - Catherine Kately Williams is the new mental health provider. KateleyWilliamsC@nhcoregon.org It is easiest to reach her via email as she does not have a specific phone routed to her. Cat is available M-F 8-5 and will conduct sessions via zoom. She will serve a bridge gap, providing up to about 10 sessions before she moves students on to a long-term counselor if necessary. They are set up to take every major insurance plan including Kaiser for OHP kids. They will also have an intake person who can help families get the kids on OHP.

The Beaverton School District does not sponsor or endorse the activities and/or information contained in this material.

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Want to Volunteer?

Click here to find out how!

Important Dates


21 Kinder Back to School Night 6:15pm

28 Passport Club Starts

29 Children's Program Presentation; Children and Technology 7pm


3 TAG Information Night on Zoom

12 Walk & Roll Day, PTO Meeting 7pm

13 Picture Day

14 No School-Staff Development Day

20-21 COGAT Screen 3rd & Nominated 5th

25 Dragon Dash-annual fundraiser and jog-a-thon

28 Fall Festival