January 13, 2022
Dear Bethany Families,
These are trying times indeed! I never want to rush time, but I do wish we could fast forward to a time when COVID isn't impacting our lives, our families, our school day, our news, our travel plans, and every other aspect of our daily existence. However, I am someone (almost to a fault) that looks for the opportunities in the struggle, for the lessons in our missteps, and the moments of joy in celebration in each day.
You may have read or heard that some schools in Beaverton are transitioning to TRL (Temporary Remote Learning), including Five Oaks, our feeder middle school. I want to be clear that they are not "shutting down." Learning will continue. Connection to teachers and school staff will continue, just in a different format for a brief time.
BETHANY is not on the radar right now for needing to transition to TRL.
District leaders look at a variety of factors in determining which schools should transition, including the percentage of student and staff absences among other factors. We at Bethany, are fortunate to have a healthy staff and relatively low number of students in quarantine and/or otherwise absent. I will keep you informed if anything changes.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone for your support and grace over these weeks, months (years) for our staff. I also want you to know that I appreciate two-way communication and am grateful to families who have reached out to share experiences and ways that we can do better to support you and your children.
Sending you all love and wishes for good health. Please enjoy a wonderful 3-day weekend in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr.
Reminder: No School On Monday
- 17th - Holiday - Schools Closed
- 17th - Playground Improvement Committee, 7:00pm
- 19th - Principal Chat, 5:30pm
- 1st - PTO Meeting, 7:00pm zoom
- 4th - Grading Day, No School
- 21st - Holiday, No School
- 22nd - Staff Work Day, No School
- 1st - PTO Meeting, 7:00pm zoom
- 21-25 Spring Break
- 31 - Kindergarten Orientation, 3:30 pm
No OHSU Testing this week
Due to no school on Monday, we will not be sending home test kits tomorrow. The kits will resume on Friday, January 21st.
Dollar War Update:
CONGRATS TO THE STUDENTS BECAUSE WE DID IT!
We reached our $1000 goal in only 2 days so now Ms. Rosenquist will be getting ready to take a test created by the students. Each class with their teacher, comes up with 5 questions to add to the test. Some classes already have their questions ready to go!
We will continue Dollar Wars until January 28th to find out which 3 Teachers end up with the highest total of points and have to wear a silly hat. Right now Mr. Stewart, Ms. Sheehan and Ms. Frewing are in the lead but it changes every day. It has been awesome to see the students so excited and even the teachers joining in on the fun!
Dollar Wars is currently at $1,558.65 and we have another $5,000 in the Playground Improvement Fund to go towards the spinner! Our overall goal for Phase 1 is $10,000 which will be explained more in the upcoming weeks. Thank you to everyone who has participated!
If you have any questions, you can email Shannon Poynter at email@example.com.
How To Participate
Each classroom teacher (Kindergarten to 5th grade) and special teachers (PE, Music, STEAM, and Library) will have their own coin container for collecting money located in the main hallway outside the gym.
- Add Points to your teachers containers by adding pennies and dollar bills.
- Subtract Points from other teachers by adding silver coins to their container.
THE TOP 3 TEACHERS WITH THE MOST POINTS WILL HAVE TO WEAR SILLY HATS
ON MONDAY JANUARY 31ST EVERY TIME THEY LEAVE THEIR CLASSROOM
(FOR EXAMPLE: TO RECESS, LUNCH, THE OFFICE, ETC.)
Bethany Playground Meeting
Save The Date: Virtual Event on January 26,2022
********** PTO Updates **********
Variety Show: We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in producing the Student Variety Show. With COVID still making gathering in large groups complicated , we would like to produce a Variety Show Compilation Video to share with families. Students submit an entry describing their show piece, limit of 20-30 pieces each 2 minutes or less. 5th graders submit entries to be announcers. After school a practice can be held on the school stage and video recording taken of each piece before being compiled and presented via an online video platform to families on a specified date (March/April). Students can also be involved in writing up the Variety Show Program.(Other ideas or expertise for presenting this show to the community are welcome)
Jog-A-Thon: We are looking for volunteers interested in helping to organize the May Jog-a-Thon Fundraiser. Working with Mr. Stoller, come up with a plan for how the jog-a-thon would run, how sponsorships will be taken (99Pledges?/ old school paper forms), prizes/rewards.
Cans / Bottles For Kids
We are collecting cans / bottles to help fund the Playground Improvements. You can pick up Blue bags from the office.
* * * * * * Reminders & Repeats * * * * * *
Just a quick reminder of the library website! You can pre-shop library books, place books on hold that are already checked out, and view your child's current checkouts.
Please return books to the teacher's classroom bins as soon as you are done - no need to wait for library day!
Cedar Mill Library Reading Challenge
Join us for an all-ages Winter Reading challenge December 13-January 16 and help us Read for a Better World. Every hour you read donates 10¢ to the Oregon Food Bank, up to $1,000. Read a little and help us give A LOT!
Participate THREE ways:
- Download the Beanstack app and track your reading on your phone or tablet.
- Track your reading on a paper log from the library. Play BINGO and connect the dots as you read! Return forms to either library by January 16.
- Log online using Beanstack at Library.CedarMill.org/read-now
If your child is presenting with any of the following primary COVID symptoms, a staff member will accompany your child to the school isolation room:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- a New Loss of taste or smell
Students with primary COVID symptoms, will need to have proof of a negative COVID test, or a Doctor's note, or quarantine for 10 days to return to school.