Terra Linda Tiger Tale

January 28, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Terra Linda Families,

I hope you read the Return to School information sent out by our District on Wednesday this week. I've placed the message below for easy reference. Also, please be sure to watch the video explaining what is happening. Next week, you will be asked to tell us whether your child will remain in CDL through the end of the school year or will participate in the Hybrid option beginning April 5, at the earliest. Please know you will not be able to change your selection after February 15.

I am hosting a Principal Chat on Thursday, February 4 at 6:30pm on Zoom. If you have questions about CDL or Hybrid, please join me Thursday evening and I will do my best to answer your questions. You're also welcome to email me with your questions: christina_batsell@beaverton.k12.or.us or call me at Terra Linda.

Principal Chat Thursday, February 4 @ 6:30pm on Zoom

  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 959 7926 2449
  • Passcode: Tigers

Next week is Black Lives Matter at School Week. Black Lives Matter at School (https://blacklivesmatteratschool.com) is a national committee of educators organizing for racial justice in education. The organization encourages all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year.

Our teachers at Terra Linda will be teaching at least one lesson next week about the meaning of Black Lives Matter at School week. The goal of these lessons and activities is to challenge racism and oppression and provide students with the vocabulary and tools needed to take action.

We are also celebrating Black History Month in February. Teachers will be sharing stories of Black people in our history who students may have heard about before and others whose stories haven't been highlighted. At Terra Linda, we are committed to sharing even more stories with our students about people from diverse backgrounds throughout the school year.

If you haven't yet signed up for school pictures, there are many slots still available. Use the link below to sign up. We've also provided more details on how Picture Day will work at Terra Linda.

Tomorrow's assembly is Hat Day! Students are invited to wear a hat to our January Assembly at 8:30 am on Zoom. You could wear your favorite hat, a silly hat, or something you designed out of anything you can find at home. Please sign in as a family at 8:30 am using one device. You'll also learn the details about next week's Move-A-Thon!

  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 996 9234 5465
  • Passcode: Tigers


Week of February 1

Move-A-Thon Week!


11:30-11:50 K & 1st Grade Snack & Chat on Zoom

2:30-3:00 4th & 5th Grade: Play & Connect with Friends on Zoom


11:00-12:00 Grab & Go

11:30-11:50 2nd & 3rd Grade Snack & Chat on Zoom

2:30-3:00 K & 1st Grade: Play & Connect with Friends on Zoom, 4th & 5th Connect with Friends


12:00-2:00 Outdoor Library

Book Mobile by School Bus

  • 2:40-3:05 on Marshall St between NW 130th and NW 131st
  • 3:15-3:40 in the St. Pius Church East Parking Lot


11:00-12:00 Grab & Go

11:30-11:50 4th & 5th Grade Snack & Chat on Zoom

2:30-3:00 2nd & 3rd Grade: Play & Connect with Friends on Zoom, 4th & 5th Connect with Friends

6:30pm Principal Chat

  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 959 7926 2449
  • Passcode: Tigers


No School for Students

Grading Day


Snack & Chat AND Play & Connect with Friends Zoom Info (same link for all!)

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 881 2413 2702

Passcode: lunch

Week of February 8


11:30-11:50 K & 1st Grade Snack & Chat on Zoom

2:30-3:00 4th & 5th Grade: Play & Connect with Friends on Zoom


11:00-12:00 Grab & Go

11:30-11:50 2nd & 3rd Grade Snack & Chat on Zoom

2:30-3:00 K & 1st Grade: Play & Connect with Friends on Zoom, 4th & 5th Connect with Friends

School Picture Day: Sign up for an appointment here


12:00-2:00 Outdoor Library

Book Mobile by School Bus

  • 2:40-3:05 on Marshall St between NW 130th and NW 131st
  • 3:15-3:40 in the St. Pius Church East Parking Lot


11:00-12:00 Grab & Go

11:30-11:50 4th & 5th Grade Snack & Chat on Zoom

2:30-3:00 2nd & 3rd Grade: Play & Connect with Friends on Zoom, 4th & 5th Connect with Friends



Snack & Chat AND Play & Connect with Friends Zoom Info (same link for all!)

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 881 2413 2702

Passcode: lunch

Message sent to BSD Families January 27, 2021

Dear BSD Community & Staff,

I want to thank you for your tremendous patience over the past several weeks as our school district grapples with an ever-changing landscape. We know that you’ve been hungry for information. We’ve had to pivot our plan more than once to incorporate changing health metrics, increased mandatory safety measures and the realities of vaccine availability.

It’s important to remember that the information that we’re about to share with you regarding our return-to-school plan remains dependent on several factors including 1) an efficient vaccination rollout for educators and 2) instructional adjustments that may be necessary due to negotiations occurring right now with our employee unions.

Limited-In Person Instruction

Limited-In Person Instruction (LIPI) is scheduled to tentatively begin on February 22 at 29 schools in the district. As the name indicates, this instruction model is limited to a very small number of our students who’ve been most impacted during COVID-19, including some students with disabilities, some English language learners and those students who don’t have reliable internet connectivity. Staff members have identified eligible students and will be reaching out to those families. Please do not call your school to inquire about LIPI. Again, staff will be contacting those students who are eligible.

Elementary Schools: Hybrid Instruction

As long as we continue to meet the advisory health metrics set by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority (≤ 350 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over the previous two-week period in Washington and Multnomah Counties), we will begin Hybrid Instruction (part in-person/part online) in our elementary schools, starting with Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The earliest date that students will return to school buildings for Hybrid Instruction will be April 5. After we’ve had a smooth transition with our youngest students, we’ll consider bringing back grades 3-5, possibly one grade per week.

For a full picture of what the Hybrid Instruction model will look like for students, please watch this video. You also can read our Return-to-School FAQ (link will be live 1/27 at 12 p.m.) for elementary students.

If you’re not comfortable sending your students back for in-person instruction, they can continue to remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). However, no student — whether CDL or Hybrid — will be guaranteed the same teacher as the one instructing them now. Again, please refer to the video for a full explanation.

All elementary families must choose whether to remain in CDL or move to Hybrid. This decision will apply to the rest of the school year; no switches will be allowed. You’ll receive instructions on how to declare your choice during the first week of February. All choices must be made by February 15.

Middle, High and Option School: BSD Connect

If we meet the advisory health metrics for secondary schools (≤ 200 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over the previous two-week period in Washington and Multnomah Counties), students could begin what we’re calling BSD Connect, starting April 19, the first day of the fourth quarter. Middle, high and option schools will be communicating about opportunities for in-school small group interactions. For example, we may bring students in Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), clubs, community service, specific course activities and specific social activities. However, students will remain in CDL for their academic classes. More details about BSD Connect will be communicated as plans are finalized. For OSAA-sponsored sports and activities, we’ll continue to follow statewide guidance.

In addition, we’ll continue to evaluate the feasibility of bringing secondary students back in a Hybrid Instruction model and will communicate a start date when we’re able.

Again, we must emphasize that this plan is our most up-to-date thinking given what we know at this moment. If this school year has taught us anything it’s that we need to remain flexible and open to change.

Finally, we want to thank all Oregonians who continue to practice diligent mask wearing and social distancing. As we make progress against the virus, we move closer to resuming school in the way that we all know and love.


Don Grotting


Hybrid Explainer for Elementary Families (English)
Hybrid Explainer for Elementary Families (Spanish)

School Pictures Tuesday, February 9

School pictures will be taken in the Terra Linda gym on Tuesday, February 9 from 2:30-7:30pm. You must have a confirmed appointment. If you have not made your appointment already, please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BAFA828A5FAC61-terra and select one time per student. You can pre-order online or you may bring your completed Dorian picture envelope with payment when you come for your scheduled time.

  • You must wear a face mask and social distance at all times
  • Please arrive at Terra Linda about 5 minutes before your scheduled time and park in the North parking lot (near the THPRD park and our Bus lane)
  • Remain in your car until 3 minutes prior to your appointment time
  • We will have cones placed in the undercover area to assist with social distancing.
  • You will check in at the table in the undercover area outside of the gym, near our playground
  • Students will enter the gym though the South door and will be escorted by staff
  • Parents will wait outside in the undercover area and meet your student outside the North door (near the module)
  • No more than 10 students in the gym at one time. Staff will keep the students spaced 6 feet apart when inside the gym.
  • Students will be able to remove their face covering just before their picture is taken and then will need to put it back on prior to leaving the gym

Winter Food Resources

Please take a look at these links. Food Boxes are available for pick-up at several locations around Beaverton:

English Flyer

Spanish Flyer

The site closest to Terra Linda with a USDA-sponsored food box distribution is not listed on the above flyers. It is at Beaverton Foursquare Church / B4Church

13565 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton, OR

Thursdays, 9:00-10:00am through February 25

Beaverton Black Parent Union (BBPU) Mental Wellness Program Overview

Terra Linda Families are invited to participate in the following events! We just received this information, so some of the events in January have already been held. We will send out February dates as soon as we receive them. There's also a link to a website where you can get more information


The Beaverton Black Parent Union has partnered with Sankofa Center for Healing to offer mental wellbeing workshops for our parents and their children! You can register for them here: https://forms.gle/sZBt9nL625rog7zs6

The mental wellness program kicks off this month and we'd love for you to sign up! From January until May there will be three monthly events: one parent workshop, one parent support group meeting and one workshop for the teens/kids:

Parent Café (parent support group) will be one hour on the last Friday of each month 5:00-6:00pm.

Parent Mental Wellness Workshops will be once a month on a Monday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. with the exception of a couple of workshops that will run for 90 minutes once a month.

Teens/Kids Workshops will be on hour on Mondays 5:00-6:00 p.m once a month. Flyers will specify whether it’s a Teen (H.S) or kid (elementary/middle) or for little kids preschool-kindergartners & parents each month.

Here are the descriptions and links for the sessions this month:

The January Series - Parent workshop Peaceful Vibes & Tranquility

1/18/21 5:00-6:00 p.m.

A wellness workshop focusing on stress management, providing mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, distress tolerance skills and how to engage in chakra meditations.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87551729384?pwd=ODlGSERhL3hiVXRhb2p1dTRyTEd2QT09

Hip Hop & Wellness for Teens

1/25/21 5:00-6:00 p.m.

  • Listen to and analyze Lil baby “Bigger Picture”
  • Discussing racism, racial trauma, police brutality, self-care, coping, and teen activism.

The workshop topics and dates for the months to follow will be sent out two weeks prior to the beginning of the new month.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83289517077?pwd=alhDemRxeldlVGFqbjNkZDcxRVNPZz09

Parent Café

1/29/21 5:00-6:00 p.m.

  • Introductions
  • Create and establish group rules
  • Discuss areas parents are needing support in.
  • Engaging in interactive activities.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89495980448?pwd=S05YWVlFZXJxZFR1YVJQZXFSai9tQT09

RSVP for the sessions here! https://forms.gle/sZBt9nL625rog7zs6


Beaverton Black Parent Union is comprised of concerned parents supporting their Black student's success in Beaverton.

TAG Information

Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience as we navigate TAG/Summa testing during the 2020-21 school year. The following updates have been made to our current Identification processes to reflect comprehensive distance learning and research on test score stability.

TAG/Summa Testing

  • TAG testing for students nominated by parents or teachers will occur in the spring

  • Current 5th graders will have the opportunity to qualify for Summa by testing in late spring/summer

  • Outdoor testing opportunities for TAG/Summa will also be available in early summer

  • Current 3rd and 4th graders will take reading and math achievement tests (ITBS) in the fall

  • Current 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will take a cognitive ability (CogAT) screener test in fall

  • In addition to national norms, local norms will be explored for TAG/Summa identification

Summa Qualifying Tests and Criteria

  • No change in admission criteria, only tests used

  • Results from full version CogAT tests (composite score ) in grades K-5 can be used to qualify for Summa

  • Results of achievement tests in grades 3-5 can be used to qualify for Summa

    • Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) Language Arts and Math tests

    • ITBS/Logramos Reading and Math tests (total scores)


  • Testing opportunities will be posted on the BSD TAG page as they become available

  • Invitations to test will be sent via School Messenger prior to testing dates

  • Summa eligible students will be notified before January 15, 2021

Please direct questions to Heidi Hanson, heidi_hanson@beaverton.k12.or.us or 503-356-4548.

February 17 will be a Synchronous Day, unlike most Wednesdays

Please note the change in schedule for the week of February 15:

Schools are closed on Monday, February 15 for the President's Day holiday. We will then have four typical school days. Wednesday, February 17 will follow the schedule of a typical Tuesday.

We will do the following:

  • Tuesday, February 16 will run like a typical Monday
  • Wednesday, February 17 will run like a typical Tuesday
  • Thursday and Friday, February 18 and 19 will run like normal

Incoming Kindergarten Q&A February 25

Do you know a family who lives in our Terra Linda boundary and who has a student ready for Kindergarten in the fall? Please let them know about our Kindergarten Q&A session we will be hosting on Zoom on Thursday, February 25 from 6:30-7:15pm.
  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 963 8238 7115
  • Passcode: Tigers

We will share information about registration and current plans for the fall and allow time for questions. All families with incoming Kindergarteners are invited to attend. If you know of a family who would benefit from an interpreter during the meeting, please ask them to email christina_batsell@beaverton.k12.or.us or call our school. They are welcome to email in their home language.

Students must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2021 to be eligible for Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Orientation Thursday, May 6 at 6:30pm

Please save the date for our annual Kindergarten Orientation for all incoming Kindergarten students and their parents/guardians. We are hoping this event will be able to be held in person as we have done in previous years. More details to come. And please share this date with any neighbors or friends who may have a child ready to start Kindergarten in the fall.

Save the Date! Community-Wide Conversation Around Race: March 10 4:00-6:30pm on Zoom

Parent Resources from Teachers College Reading & Writing Project at Columbia University

You may have seen your children watching videos during Distance Learning about a reading, writing, or phonics skill. These videos are produced by staff at Teachers College in New York who help train classroom teachers how to use the Units of Study in Reading, Writing, and Phonics - the literacy curriculum we use in Beaverton.

If you would like more resources to support your child at home or if there is an area of literacy in which you would like to better support your child, please take a look at these two resources:

Play & Connect with Friends on Zoom

Remaining connected to your classmates and friends is so important right now! All students are invited to join the zoom session for their grade and participate in some fun activities! All start at 2:30 pm.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 881 2413 2702

Passcode: lunch

High school students are organizing fun activities for each session. Students get to choose what they want to do then spend time with students in their grade. All for fun!

4th & 5th graders are invited to all three sessions. We will have planned activities on Mondays, and we will offer a chance to chat with friends on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Family Toolkit

BSD launched a library of resources and on-demand videos to support families during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). We'll be adding to our Family Toolkit throughout the next few months.

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Family Resources

Click on the button above to find Family Resources we've included in previous Tiger Tales. Here are the topics:
  • Family Toolkit
  • Eat, Sleep, Move! Tips from Zandi, Our School Nurse
  • Immunizations & Flu
  • Help with Technology
  • Free Meal Distribution Sites & Info
  • Local Food Resources
  • Setting up a Home Learning Environment
  • At Home Learning Tips
  • Visual Schedule & Zones of Regulation Templates
  • Placing Holds on Library Books - Video
  • Damage/Loss Protection Coverage for BSD Devices at Home
  • Volunteering
  • Club K Daycare
  • Clothes Closet
  • Comcast Internet Essentials & Hotspots
  • Applying for Meal Benefits
  • BSD COVID-19 Resources
  • Behavioral Health Phone Line
  • Mental Health & Washington County Resources
  • Community Resources during CDL
  • 2-page Resource for Community Resources in Washington County

Questions? Contact Terra Linda

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