March Scholls Heights Knights

Parent/Guardian Newsletter

March 7 Open House/ Science Fair

Come learn about student science projects, explore what students are working on in class, and participate in hands on science exploration.

Classrooms will be open from 6-7PM. This will allow teachers to leave their rooms at 7PM to participate in other science activities.

OMSI will have it's mobile activities from 6-8PM.

Recycle Robots will be displayed in the library from 6-8PM.

Science Activity Stations will be available from 6-8PM.

PTO Meeting - Special Guest Speaker

Join us at our next PTO Meeting on Monday, March 4th at 6:30PM in the school library. Guest speakers, Michelle Mazzotta (Scholls Heights’ Student Success Coach) and Angela Healow (District Social Emotional Teacher on Special Assignment) will share how Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is being incorporated at school.

https://youtu.be/EEaRlcxEshg

Katoh Exchange Host Opportunity

Invite a Japanese child to be a member of your family for a week.

For the past twenty years, students from Katoh School in Japan have been

visiting the Beaverton area for one week at the end of October (during the

week of Halloween). Our school is an English immersion school and we pair

one of our students with a Beaverton student & host family. During the week

the students attend school together and learn about each other’s culture and

customs. The students are accompanied by teachers from Katoh School, who

are available to support both parents and students during the visit.


This is a unique opportunity for your child to connect with a student of the

same age from Japan. We hope you will consider opening your home to one

of our students!


Please contact Donna Romadka, in the office, if you are interested.


Below is a picture of our Katoh students and their host students from this year.

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Lunch Money

Please make sure that your child's first and last name are on the envelope when your child deposits money into their lunch account.


Please know that on Late Start Days due to inclement weather, the cafeteria is unable to serve breakfast as they need to prepare for the first lunch of the day.

Kindergarten Orientation

Do you know any incoming kindergarteners? We will be having our Kindergarten Orientation on April 17 from 4PM to 5:30PM.

Scholls Heights Students Compost!


Our Nutritional Services team has been composting food scraps from meal prep for the past year. Two weeks ago Nutritional Services expanded their program to students to compost food waste from hot lunches. Students are doing a great job sorting their garbage and food. They have been surprised to see the food collection, it is raising awareness and giving students a chance to be active in our sustainability goals. Since the collection began we are averaging 40 pounds of food waste being diverted from the landfill each day. Food collected at Beaverton Schools goes to a facility that turns food into energy. The food waste is broken down in to biogas, creating electricity. The byproduct of the biogas production is compost, which is used by regional farmers!


Thank you to Roberta Johnson, Cindy Wood, Doug Augustus, our Para Educators, Andrea Bonard, and the Green Team for helping our school reduce our environmental footprint and for supporting our goals as an Oregon Green School!

Monthly Walk to School Groups

For students in the walk zone, join neighbors on Wednesday, March 6th to walk to school together. Students can meet parent chaperones at 8:05 a.m. in the Sterling Park neighborhood at one of two locations: the corner of Blackbird + Whitebird or the corner of Turnstone + Pelican Way. Join us at the start or as we walk along! If you have questions or want to start a walking group from the Churchill Forest neighborhood, email greenteam@shpto.org.

GET ON BOARD…THE PTO BOARD

The PTO is looking for leaders for next year’s PTO Board. Board members guide the organization’s activities, make decisions about PTO budgeting, and help plan/organize enriching events. There will be openings in several positions including Co-President, Co-Vice President, Co-Treasurer, Co-Secretary, and Co-Volunteer Coordinator. If you’re interested in taking an active role in school-related programming, come to our next PTO Meeting on March 4th to see what it’s all about, or e-mail president@shpto.org. Nominations for Board positions will be accepted at the April PTO Meeting and elections will be held in May.

Not interested in a Board position but still want to get involved? Volunteer to serve as an Activity Coordinator for one of the PTO’s many endeavors including Box Tops Collector, Hospitality Coordinator, OBOB Organizer, Book Fair Chair, Student Directory Publisher, 5th Grade Send-Off Chair, and much more! Nervous about taking a coordinator position on your own? Grab a friend to help! For details, contact vicepresident@shpto.org.

New PTO Fundraiser with BottleDrop

You can now turn your empty bottles and cans into cash for our school through our new PTO fundraiser with BottleDrop. To participate, pick up a blue BottleDrop bag in the front office or email greenteam@shpto.org to have a bag sent home with your student. Fill up the bag with your bottles and cans with an Oregon Refund Value (OR 10¢), and drop it off at your convenience at a nearby BottleDrop Center. We will also have selected dates when you can drop off your bags out front at school; first drop off date will be at the PTO Meeting on March 4th.


Please note that bags have a 20 lb. weight limit so if filling up with glass only, make sure to only fill the bag ½ full. Bags must be free of trash and liquid and please rinse alcohol containers if participating in the school drop off days.

Already have a BottleDrop Account? You can donate funds to “Scholls Heights Elementary PTO” from your account online.

To review complete instructions and drop off locations visit http://www.shpto.org/bottledrop. Thank you for your donations!

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Audit Committee

Beaverton School District seeks volunteers to serve on the audit committee. Here is the link to the Press Release if you are interested.

https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/pubs/Press%20Releases/2018-2019%20Press%20Releases/Audit_Committee_Vacancy_2019.pdf

Mark Your Calendar

PTO Meeting March 4 (Guest Speakers)

Open House/Science Fair-March 7

5th Grade Fly-Up to Conestoga 9:30-11:00AM March 8

5th Grade Music Program 7PM March 14

3rd Grade Field Trip 9:15-1:00 March 21

Vacation Dress Up Day March 22

Spring Vacation March 25-29

Grading Day April 5 (No Students)

Book Fair April 8-11

Conferences April 10 4:00-8:00PM (Students have school)

Conferences April 11 8:00-8:00 (No school for students)

PTO Movie 2:00PM April 11

No School April 12

Kindergarten Orientation April 17 (For incoming kindergarten students and families)

4th Grade Informance (Montague) 8:45AM April 22

4th Grade Informance (Oosterhof) 8:45AM April 23

4th Grade Informance (Fuller) 8:45AM April 25

MisMatch Day April 26

1st Grade Field Trip 9:30-2:00 April 26

PTO Spring Gala 6-10PM April 27

Dining For Dollars

Mark your calendar to dine-out at Mod Pizza on Wednesday, March 13th (All day). The restaurant will donate 20% of your check back to Scholls Heights PTO! Help support the PTO so they can continue to support our kids!

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Still Need Gala Tickets?

Please don't miss the Spring Gala Fundraiser Event! Grade Level Projects will be part of the auction items. Tickets and more information can be found at http://www.shpto.org/spring-gala

Homework on Vacation

Elementary education is different than when we went to school. It is much more interactive and responsive. Students no longer spend their days completing worksheets. There is much more inquiry, active discussions and group work. We encourage vacations to happen when school is not in session, but realize that sometimes it cannot be avoided.


It is district policy that teachers do not prepare homework for students when they are absent for vacation. However, we do want to support students and learning. We encourage students to read daily. It is a great idea for students to journal about their trip. Our district and school have great online programs and students have access to math and reading. We encourage students to read on their online BookShelf account and practice math on their Dreambox account.

Healthroom

Are you cleaning out your children's closets? Do you have sweatpants that your child has outgrown? Please consider donating them to our health room. We could also use new underwear.


We have students that slip and get muddy or do not make it to the restroom in time. It is nice if we have options at school.


For our kindergarten and first grade friends, please consider packing a change of clothes in their backpacks should they need them.