CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ August 17, 2020
Receiving this Croc Talk is a confirmation that your student is enrolled at Nancy Ryles Elementary
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE by MONICA ARBOW
Dear Nancy Ryles Families,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I hope you and your family are having a great summer and are learning to navigate the global pandemic that we are all experiencing a little better each day. While I am excited to begin a new school year, I also understand that many, including myself, are concerned and anxious about what this year may bring. We have all been presented with unique opportunities and also challenges these past few months. At Nancy Ryles, we are committed to applying our learning from spring’s online school experience to this fall by providing a more rigorous, structured, and robust school experience.
School will begin on Monday, September 14. As you know, the Beaverton School District will be 100% Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) through November 13. At that time, the state will make a determination about continuing with CDL or transitioning to a Hybrid model. This decision will be based on the metrics outlined by the state. You will have the choice of keeping your student in CDL at Nancy Ryles all year. This is not something you will need to register for and there is no action needed from you at this time.
Once the district concludes its negotiations with the teacher union, we will be able to publish more details about what “a day in the life of” CDL will look like. As of now, we know that each day will include learning that is facilitated by a teacher, opportunities for students to apply their learning, as well as nutrition and wellness support. The goal of teacher-facilitated learning is to develop, deepen, and assess new knowledge and understanding. Teacher- facilitated learning will be used to introduce new concepts and/or learning targets to students. It may include all-class Zoom sessions, as well as small breakout groups of students. It will also include lessons delivered through a learning management system called Seesaw as well as teacher-produced videos. Teacher-facilitated learning must make up at least 50% of a student's day.
We will continue to publish information as we get closer to the start of the school year. There are many details that are still being finalized, such as attendance groups, classroom teacher announcements, a daily schedule, community events, volunteer opportunities, etc. We hope to provide you with all of this information in the coming weeks via newsletters, email, videos and/or Q&A sessions.
On behalf of Nancy Ryles staff, we are excited to have you at Nancy Ryles this fall and look forward to connecting with you and your students in the coming weeks.
Nancy Ryles Elementary School
STAFFING FOR 2020-2021
Farewells and best wishes to....
Katie Swartwood (Kindergarten) -- Katie is joining BSD’s Teaching and Learning team as a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) next year. We are excited to have Katie supporting all of us and the entire District this year.
Janet Poulos (Kindergarten) -- Janet was selected to teach at BSD's Flex Online School this year. We know she will be supporting students in new ways through Flex Online and wish her the very best.
Joanne Sage (2nd Grade) -- After a very difficult decision, Joanne decided to retire. We wish her all the best in her next chapter.
Anna Terrell (ELD) -- With ELD allocation decreasing from 2.0 to 1.5, Anna will return full time to Whitford Middle School. We will miss Anna’s support and wish her all the best.
Derek Mackall (evening custodian) -- Derek left the District earlier this summer. We wish him well in his next adventure.
Welcome to Nancy Ryles....
Melissa Burk -- After her temporary contract ended in June, Melissa was rehired as a 2nd grade teacher at Nancy Ryles.
Annmarie McLeod -- is joining our main office team as an office assistant and comes from Aloha-Huber Park.
Jody Moon -- is joining our Paraeducator team from Cooper Mountain.
Julie Ryan -- is joining our Croc Cove as a .5 Resource Room Teacher. Julie is coming from Beaver Acres.
Nestor Solis -- is joining our custodial team as evening custodian. Nestor joins us from Meadow Park Middle School.
BACK TO SCHOOL -- STUDENT VERIFICATION
The back-to-school verification process through ParentVUE is now open. These verifications are meant for currently enrolled students (both Comprehensive Distance Learning and FLEX Online School). We encourage parents to complete the required annual process before school begins. If you don’t complete this process before the start of the school year, it doesn’t mean your child isn’t enrolled in our schools. Verification simply allows you to double-check important information such as emergency contacts and any health/medication requirements are up-to-date in our system.
Click on the “Family Updates and New Student Enrollment” tab in the top right-hand corner and “Verification and Family Updates” from the drop-down menu on the next screen to start the verification process. A message will display in your parent portal with a link to the online verification screens for your review. Those who have an address outside of the District boundaries, such as interdistrict transfers, will not be able to verify online and will receive a paper form from the school.
If you have not activated your ParentVUE account or if you have access concerns, please contact your school (not the District’s Central Office). If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, please follow these instructions to reset.
Helpful links for more information:
● Back-to-School Verification (with step by step instruction video)
Thank you for ensuring that we have the most accurate information on your student.
FREE & REDUCED MEAL BENEFITS
Could your child qualify for free meals? Please fill out the Free and Reduced Meal application online. Applications are also available in Spanish. If you’re unable to access the application online, call 503-356-3957.
FREE INTERNET ACCESS
All students will need internet access this fall. BSD has partnered with Comcast to provide six months of free internet access through the Sponsored Comcast Internet Essentials program to students who qualify for free or reduced lunches. Applications are available online and must be submitted by August 31. Applications are available in Spanish. If you’re unable to access the application online, call 503-356-4300. In addition, we’ll be distributing paper applications in both English and Spanish at grab-and-go food sites on August 13.
If you’re a high school student who doesn’t qualify for free internet through Comcast, you can apply online for a free hotspot through our partnership with Sprint’s 1Million Project. If you’re unable to access the application online, call 503-356-4300. If you’re an elementary or middle school student who doesn’t qualify for free internet through Comcast, schools will be working with you to distribute additional hotspots during the first week of September.
Can you help support students who need internet connectivity? If so, please consider donating to BEF’s Back-to-School Connect Campaign.
Families have inquired about the school supply list. As we begin the school year with Comprehensive Distance Learning, here is a suggested list of school supplies:
- Earbuds, preferably with microphone
- Pencils and pens
- Spiral notebooks or composition books
- Colored Markers
- Glue stick
- Small dry-erase board with dry-erase marker
If you need assistance with these supplies, please submit this form.