Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

October 28, 2022

Message from the Principal

Greetings Findley Community,

Dragon Dash day was so fun! The excitement on kids' and families' faces was contagious, and so incredible to see after a two-year hiatus. A big thank you goes out to the Dragon Dash team who put together such a fun fundraising event for our community. To all those who volunteered to help and came to support, thank you, too! Findley is lucky to have such an amazing school community.

In the last edition of the Dragon News I mentioned that we are looking to solicit your feedback on a cultural event for our community for planning purposes. The form is complete as is ready for your responses and feedback. If you'd like to share your thoughts with us, here is the form: Multicultural Night Feedback Form. Additionally, I am continuing to collect names of folks who are interested in participating in our Family Input Panels. If you interested in participating in a future panel, please sign-up here: Family Input Panels.

I hope to see you all tonight at the Fall Festival. It's one of my favorite Findley traditions. I am so grateful for our team of volunteers who are working on making this event so fun for our families. Thank you Fall Festival Team!

With Gratitude,

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


New Information

Car Pick-Up Lower Parking Lot

With the onset of cold, rainy weather our lower lot is getting increasingly more crowded and more difficult to navigate safely, whether walking or in a car. For a safer and more efficient experience for all, please help us by adhering to a few procedures and protocols:

  • Park in designated spots only, do not use the grassy areas on the shoulders of the entry way. You may have noticed we have added No Parking Signs to help our community remember.
  • If you are parking and walking, cross at designated cross walk. Students should not cross the parking alone.
  • If you are planning to park, plan to arrive prior to dismissal. If people arrive and are trying to park as people are trying to leave, it causes unnecessary traffic jams. Remaining in the car pick up line and having staff load students is the most efficient and least stressful option for our families who arrive during and after dismissal.
  • Turn right out of the parking lot, failing to do this back-ups the lot for everyone
  • Move ahead when car the in front of you moves ahead, load kids at the end of the lot, past staff at the 2nd cross walk

Helping us by following these expectations can help keep us all safe during dismissal. Thank you for your cooperation.

Change of Go Home Plans?

If there is a change of go home plans for your student it is IMPERATIVE that you let the office and your child's teacher know. This helps us avoid any confusion or last minute scrambling to find out the plan.

The office can be contacted at FNDLY-Communications@beaverton.k12.or.us

Thank you

Educational Equity Advisory Committee

Please consider appling to be part of the Educational Equity Advisory Committee (EEAC). Applications will be open until October 31st by 4 PM. The EEAC will advise the school board and superintendent about the educational equity impacts of policy decisions. It will also inform the school board and superintendent about the larger districtwide climate and the experiences of underserved student groups and advise them on how best to support these students.

Findley Fall Clean Up

Lead by Cub Scout Pack 718, supported by Findley PTO

Findley's Cub Scout Pack, Pack 718 will be running Findley Fall cleanup Nov. 19 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We will rake leaves, clear out some bushes, and do a little planting. We invite the community to join us in helping to keep our school looking nice and getting to know our neighbors.

If you would like to attend, please add names and contact information for all who will attend to our online signup sheet so we will have an idea of how many people to expect. Findley Fall Cleanup is a great opportunity to enjoy some fresh fall air while helping out the school and getting together. We will be there having fun, rain or shine.

For volunteering, suggestions, or questions please contact william.dieter@gmail.com or anujabbansal@gmail.com.

Repeat Information

How can we help?

We at Findley are here to help your family in any way we can, including sharing resources outside of education. If you would like to learn more about what our community has to offer, please fill out this brief survey and someone from our team will connect you to the resources you requested. Please know that your responses are confidential and only discussed with staff members who can help fulfill your request.


Option School Info - Deadline coming soon

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Please help us keep everyone safe!

Lower Parking Lot Arrival

Parents and Caregivers,

Please help us keep car drop off a smooth and safe process by remembering these few expectations:

  1. Please pull as far forward as you can before allowing your child to get out of the car. This helps with traffic flow.
  2. If your child(ren) can't exit your car on the right side, please park and have them use the crosswalk. Exiting on the left side is dangerous as cars are passing on that side.
  3. Please follow the guidance of Mrs. Hargrave and Mrs. Cole as they direct traffic. Their goal is to keep traffic flowing and everyone safe.
  4. Please try not to stop in the crosswalk at any time.

Thank you so much!

Strengthening Your Family

Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

Extended Access Available Oct. 21 - Nov. 21, 2022

Register Now! Use coupon code CONFLICT at checkout to receive your FREE registration. CEUs for this webinar are also available, learn more.

During this session, parents and guardians will learn the crucial position they have when it comes to their children and teens experiences within issues of conflict and bullying. Participants will learn exactly why bullying relationships form – this will help them see the underlying issues that some children face (and effectively solutions to end this sort of behavior). Kathleen will teach a simple problem solving method so that parents and guardians can learn a way to help their kids develop conflict management skills – productively ending conflict and proactively ending bullying. Kathleen will have some tips on handling youth conflict with teachers and administrators so that conversation can flow productively between adults.

Presented by Kathleen Hilchey-Wright, OCT, M.Ed, Anti-Bullying Specialist

There is a $15 charge per registrant after the first 600 registrants have used the discount code.

2021-22 school profile

A link to our 2021-22 school profile will be posted by October 20 on our school webpage under About Us>School Profile>Oregon Report Card. The 2021-22 district profile is posted on the district report card webpage.

State report cards began when the 1999 Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring every public school and district to receive a report from the Oregon Department of Education about how they are performing overall. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and affords states greater flexibility. ESSA encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education redesigned the School and District report cards to engage and inform families about their school’s approach to learning, academic and extracurricular offerings, and student performance. Reports cards also serve as an important tool for continuous improvement planning by local and state policymakers, in conjunction with the communities they serve.

The 2021-22 school and district profiles include all available data not impacted by the state’s response to the COVID-19. As part of the federal response to COVID-19, all students in our school were eligible for free school meals last year. As a result, our Free/ Reduced Price Lunch percentage is reported as >95%.

At Findley WE are committed to using this information to help tailor our school improvement plans and academic programs to meet the needs of every student. You’ll find our current school improvement plan here: https://findley.beaverton.k12.or.us/about-us/school-learning-plan. During the year I will communicate with you frequently about student achievement and programs in place at our school to foster student learning and success.

If you have questions about our report card or would like a print copy, please contact me. You may also have suggestions for improvements. Please share them! Thank you!

Election Day is November 8, 2022

2022 Proposed Levy Renewal Video (English)
2022 Proposed Levy Renewal Video (Español)

Sunset Youth Basketball

Students wanting to play Sunset Youth Development Program basketball may find information at this link. Tryouts are coming soon!

Wildcats Volleyball Club –12’s & 14’s Teams

Club Philosophy: Wildcats Volleyball Club is for any 5th - 8th grade girl interested in playing competitive club volleyball. The main focus is to improve individual volleyball skills, team skills, and preparing young female athletes for future high school play at Westview HS.

Club Director: Janelle Brandt, Head Volleyball Coach, Westview HS, 14’s Head coach

Phone: 503-999-4610 (cell)
E-mail: Nell0317@juno.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildcatsvbc

Asst. Coaches: Caitlin Gaul, Anna Taylor, Kaytlyn Lebeck & Kelly Peele

Tryout Info: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMX3bT_wp_hyZTdI92R8- QOoDnvKFqfeq6lSQAEfaOYYV_Bw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Tryout Date: Sunday November 6th from 1pm-3pm (5th/6th Grades) &

3pm-5pm (7th/8th Grades) *$20 Try-out Fee*

Location: Beaverton Hoop YMCA: 9685 SW Harvest Ct. Beaverton, 97005

All players MUST bring current Paperwork to Try-outs!!

Registration Info: www.cevaregion.org Complete your club membership online through SportsEngine. All players MUST complete the online registration process before attending Tryouts. Bring a copy of your Membership Card & Medical Release Form. Signed Concussion forms are completed online. You will need to pay the $65 Non-refundable USAV membership fee online once you have made a club team!

Tournament Info:

The Club season is from Nov. 2022-April 2023 consisting of: 5 Power League Tournaments, PL Regionals, plus 1-2 local tournaments added to the schedule. Total Cost for the season is $1,050 per player. Club payments will consist of a $250 deposit in November, then five $160 monthly payments for the remainder of the season through April. (The club does offer payment plans, if necessary, arranged with the Club Director only).

2022-2023 (Tentative) Club Tournament Schedule:

December 3rd or 10th – 12s & 14s CEVA Kickoff Tournament in Salem January 7th/8th – 12s/14s CEVA Power League Qualifier #1
January 29th - 14s Power League Qualifier #2
February 4th – 12s Power League Tourney #1

February 18th–20th – 14s President’s Day Tourney in Salem, OR (2 days) February 26th – 14sPower League Tourney #1
March 11th/12th – 12s/14s Power League Tourney #2
April 8th – 12s Power League Tourney #3

April 22nd – 14s Power League Tourney #3
April 29th/30th – 12s/14s CEVA Power League Regionals, in Portland (2 days)

Practice Info:
As of right now, ALL practices will be held at The Courts in Beaverton on Monday
& Wednesdays from 5pm-7pm starting in November-End of April
. We will practice twice a week (plus a few additional Sunday evenings). Practices will start in mid- November. Practice schedule TBA. Please contact Coach Brandt if you have any additional questions.


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.

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.

Want to Volunteer?

Click here to find out how!

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Election Day is November 8, 2022

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Important Dates


2nd Conferences 4-8pm

3rd No School - Conferences 8 - 8 pm

4th No School

10th No School Grading Day

11th No School Veterans Day

16th Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

19th Fall Beautification Day

23rd - 25th - No School Fall Break

28th No School Staff Development