Cedar Park Middle School - January 2020
Message from the Principal
Welcome to a new year and a new decade. If you've taken some time to reflect on how much has changed in the last 10 years, it's pretty amazing. Just thinking about my own personal life and all the changes has been eye-opening. Despite the ups and down, twists and turns, ebb and flow, there is one thing that is ever-constant: change.
Cedar Park and the Beaverton School District are not immune to change. One of the strengths I've come to appreciate about the Cedar Park staff is our ability to embrace change and see it as an opportunity to grow and stay relevant. Change can be hard for some people. I happen to welcome change and believe that when the answer to a question is, "we've always done it that way," should be a mandate for change. And I have learned that navigating any change, big or small, must be done thoughtfully, intentionally, and with flexibility.
The next 5 months (and 2 years) will challenge our school, community, and staff to navigate significant change. We are changing the boundaries for all the middle schools, and Cedar Park will probably be impacted more than most of the other schools. The district is tackling a new budget and budget process that will have to address the rainy day funds we used to save jobs for this year. Finally, the implementation of the Student Success Act and influx of funds will allow us to address some important student needs around social emotional learning, mental health, class size, and family resources.
Our partnership with Cedar Park families is critical to making sure we are working together to bring the best ideas and programs to our students. I invite you to stay engaged with district activities and decisions around programs, boundaries, and the budget process. I welcome you to share your ideas and thoughts with me, as we work to make improvements for next year and beyond.
Thank you for your commitment to your student and Cedar Park.
Middle School Boundary Committee Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 16th, 6:30-8:30pm
7000 Southwest Wilson Avenue
Important Dates to Remember
11 - Honor Band Performance @ 3:00 PM - Aloha HS Auditorium
13 - SEL Parent Partnership Meeting @ Cedar Park @ 5:30 P.M.
16 - MS Boundary Meeting @ Highland Park MS @ 6:30 P.M.
20 - MLK Day/No School
23 - National Geographic Geography Bee
27 - Grading Day/No School
30 - MS Boundary Meeting @ Meadow Park MS @ 6:30 P.M.
6 - Latino Family Night
14 - School Social (During School hours)
17 - Presidents Day/No School
18 - Staff Development/No School
19 - Exclusion Day (must have immunizations)
24 - PTC meeting @ 6:30 P.M.
27 - Parent Teacher Conferences/No School
28 - No School
Help Support Cedar Park Band
The Juan Young Trust will match your contribution to this project dollar-for-dollar towards the campaign goal.
Everyone is welcome in the Cedar Park Band! The Cedar Park Band is an important part of our school and our community. As the school and neighborhood changes, the band changes with it. Each year we have more and more families that can't afford to get an instrument to participate in band. At Cedar Park, we make sure that kids in need can borrow a school-owned instrument. As the need rises, and as our instruments wear-out, we are finding it harder and harder to supply instruments for everyone. Please help us buy more instruments to help middle school students experience music, learn a new skill, be part of a team, and perform in concerts.
Our hope is to be able to purchase 3 new clarinets and 2 new trombones.
$423 per clarinet, $571 per trombone = $2411
Because ALL students are welcome in the Cedar Park Band!
Check out the new furniture in the library. Thank you PTC!
Getting Geared Up for High School
Click here to access the inclement weather letter for parents: This letter is also posted in multiple languages on the Public Safety webpage.
District Community Event - Conversations About Race
Come join the conversation! Southridge High School is hosting a community-wide event on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Starting with a schoolwide "conversation about race" earlier in the day, the school is then opening its doors to all students, families, staff, community members, and partners to engage in community-wide conversations about race from 3:30-6:00 p.m. There will be student, staff, and community-led breakout sessions on various topics from 3:30-4:10 and 5:05-5:45, with a keynote student panel from 4:15-5:00. The goal of this event is to increase individual racial literacy by participating in meaningful and purposeful learning and conversation. Look for a registration link via a GoogleForm coming soon!
After School Programs
Shadow a Beaver
Report Card Information
The Beaverton School District is transitioning to electronic report cards for all students. The electronic report cards will be accessed through ParentVUE (mobile and desktop). If you have not set up your ParentVUE account, you will need to do that by January 2020.
There are resources and guidance on how to set up a ParentVue account. Please view the FAQ for instructions on setting up your account. There are several benefits to moving to paperless report cards. You will be able to view grades days after grading days, rather than wait up to two weeks for a report card to come by mail or in your child’s backpack. In addition, moving away from paper is environmentally friendly and cost-effective for the District.
Please contact your school if you need help setting up or accessing your ParentVUE account or need assistance with a printed copy. We will be sharing more information about this transition in the coming weeks.
El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton está haciendo la transición a las boletas de calificaciones electrónicas para todos los estudiantes. De ahora en adelante usted podrá obtener las boletas de calificaciones electrónicas a través de la aplicación ParentVUE (por celular y computadora). Si todavía no ha configurado su cuenta de ParentVUE, deberá hacerlo antes de enero de 2020.
Tenemos recursos e instrucciones sobre cómo configurar una cuenta de ParentVue. Por favor consulte la sección de Preguntas Frecuentes donde podrá encontrar esta información.
Hay varios beneficios de solo recibir las boletas de calificaciones de manera electrónica. Usted las podrá ver de tres a cuatro días hábiles después de los días de calificación, en lugar de esperar hasta dos semanas para recibir una boleta de calificaciones por correo o en la mochila de su hijo. Además, deshacerse de la opción de papel ayuda al medio ambiente y es mas económico para el Distrito.
Por favor comuníquese con su escuela si necesita ayuda para configurar o entrar a su cuenta de ParentVUE o si necesita ayuda con una copia impresa. Estaremos compartiendo más información sobre esta transición en las próximas semanas.
Flu Prevention 101
Preventing the flu is a joint effort in schools. Students, parents and staff need to take the necessary precautions to stop the flu from circulating. The flu virus can spread easily when someone who has the flu coughs or sneezes, especially in a setting like school.
Prevention is the key to success. But if your child or teen comes down with the flu, there are important steps to take to stay healthy and keep others from getting the virus.
Flu Prevention 101
1. Get Vaccinated. It can take two weeks for the flu vaccine to become effective, so make sure to get the vaccine well before flu starts to spread. It is never too late to be vaccinated.
2. Wash Your Hands often with soap and water and avoid the urge to touch your face. You can also use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not handy.
3. Don’t Share Personal Items. Don’t share chapstick or lipstick, food, drinks, ear buds, musical instruments, towels or sporting equipment.
4. Cover Coughs and Sneezes. The flu virus is most commonly transmitted from person to person when someone with the flu coughs or sneezes into the air.
5. Disinfect desks, counter tops, door knobs, computer keyboards, faucet handles, etc.
6. Stay Healthy. Keep your immune system strong by getting enough sleep and exercise, try to minimize stress, eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
7. Stay Home When You Are Sick. You or your child should stay home from school at the first signs of a flu infection.
Signs and Symptoms Include:
· Fever over 100.4
· Muscle aches
· Loss of appetite
· Stuffy Nose
Students and staff should stay home until at least 24 hours have passed since they had a fever (chills or sweating) without using medication.
Wendy Costanzo, RN
Exclusion Date 2/19/2020
6th Grade Outdoor School Information
6th grade parents:
SAVE THE DATE! Outdoor School will be May 26-May 29. Outdoor school in an overnight experience, and students stay at the camp Tuesday-Friday. More information to come in April.
The Importance of Sleep for Kids
Why is a good night’s rest important for kids?
Did you know sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise?
Sleep is an essential part of everyone’s routine and an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that kids who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to high blood pressure, obesity and even depression.
The Academy of Pediatrics recommends the amount of sleep kids need, based on age:
Kids aged 3-5 years old: 10-13 hours per night
Kids aged 6-12 years old: 9-12 hours per night
Teens aged 13-18 years old: 8-10 hours per night
Tips for families to help kids get the recommended amount of sleep:
Establishing a consistent bedtime routine is important. The routine should ideally start at the same time every night. As soon as the sun goes down, start to “wind down” the household.
*Dim the lights
*Stop use of electronics/screens at least an hour before bed
*Take a warm bath
*Do a quiet family activity such as reading a short book
*If your child wakes up during the night, walk them back to their room with as little commotion as possible
*Set a wake-up time and be consistent
What should parents do if none of this works?
If your child is having daytime sleepiness or behavior difficulties in school that you think might be linked to lack of sleep, you should definitely visit your pediatrician. It is not recommended giving your child any “sleep medications” without first consulting your doctor as many of these medications are not safe for kids.
By Wendy Costanzo, BSN, RN