TIGER TALES - WELCOME BACK EDITION
The Voice of Raleigh Park - September 2, 2020
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I am a sucker for some precision-tooled funk, resplendent stage costumes and uplifting messages...
The bell was ringing
Our souls were singing
Do you remember, never a cloudy day
Nothing rings-in the start of a school year (for old dudes like me) than "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire. Always takes me to a happy place! Speaking of happy places, WELCOME BACK! Can I tell you how thrilled I am to start the year?!
I certainly hope this finds you well. While an unconventional start by all measures, I was happy to welcome back our outstanding teaching staff Monday morning, for the beginning of a busy two weeks in preparation for the beginning of the school year. I acknowledge there has been a lack of information, as we've waited for answers that will outline the manner in which we engage your children each day. Please know I understand this is difficult for families and may elevate some anxiety, as you simply attempt to plan for the coming year.
As we work our way through this week, teachers and I are finalizing class lists, teacher assignments and instructional schedules, all while continuing to learn and familiarize with the resources that will be used in service of your children, starting September 14.
While there are still unknowns for which no one is completely comfortable, please understand we are committed to lessons learned from last spring, and moving forward in a manner that brings increased clarity and consistency. As has been the case, I appreciate your patience and grace as we continue with the "new normal". We are committed to connecting and educating the hearts and minds of this incredible group of learners!
What we know...
Yes, some details are still being sorted out, what I can share at this time:
- The first day of school for grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be Monday, September 14
- Please refer to information below for details regarding the start for kindergartners
- All students will start each day with a live ("synchronous") class-wide launch at 8:00a
- All students will have a lunch break each day from 11:00a-12:00p
- The instructional day will end at 2:00p, with the understanding there may be applied ("asynchronous") learning tasks later in the day
- Teachers are currently finalizing grade-level schedules, but the time between 8:00a - 2:00p will be a combination of live ("synchronous") and applied ("asynchronous") throughout the course of the day
- Wednesdays (within 5-day instructional weeks) will start like all other days at 8:00a with their classroom teachers, but learning activities will be predominantly applied ("asynchronous"), inclusive of DreamBox, Independent Reading, Journal Writing, TWIG science lessons and/or other learning tasks
- Mrs. Howery and our new Student Success Coach, Mrs. Emily Lee, will coordinate live lessons for "WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS"
- Wednesdays (within shortened instructional weeks) will be taught according to a standard daily schedule.
- Each instructional day (Mo, Tu, Th, Fr) will offer either 30 minutes of Music or PE, half of which will be live, and half will be recorded for applied learning
- Should students miss a live lesson, teachers will record instruction and post to YouTube for students to watch later
- Daily attendance is expected and will be tracked, with the need to demonstrate a level of participation and/or engagement on a daily basis
- As per my "Save the Week" correspondence on August 20, there will be an opportunity for students to meet their teachers (individually), either in person or digitally, on Wednesday, September 9, Thursday, September 10 or Friday, September 11 (kindergarten only). Specific dates/times for each student will follow.
- Of note:
- Any in-person connections will adhere to physical distance expectations and masks are required
- All students in grades K, 1, 2 will be issued an iPad, while grades 3, 4, 5 will use Chromebooks
- Grade 1 and 2 students who received a Chromebook last spring will exchange for an iPad, while students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will keep their current Chromebooks
- Any student who did not receive a device last spring will receive one
- If your student's device is not working, if they did not check out a device in the spring, or if your student is new to the District, please email our Student Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance
- Please ensure you know your students ID number and print/use this Device Checkout Info Card prior to device pick-up to speed up the process and maintain physical distance
- Library books and/or other school-issued items from the previous school year may be returned
Kindergarten: Just a Bit Different...
As noted, the first day for grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 students is Monday, September 14. Yet, per contract, the first week of school will look different for our kindergartners, as we get to know our newest/youngest Tigers as learners. Specifically:
- SEPTEMBER 10, 11, 14 & 15 - Kindergarten teachers will host 15 minute Zoom chats to meet our Kindergarten families (student and guardians) as a way of learning more about our incoming students, both socially and academically
- FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 7:30-10:00a - iPad and Kindy Kits will be picked up during a drive thru event. Details to follow.
- SEPTEMBER 16, 17 & 18 - Each day will consist of a third of our students, who will attend a live Zoom school day, where Miss Fennel and Mrs. Wollmuth will co-teach. Students not attending live ("synchronous") school will have applied ("asynchronous") learning activities via the learning app, Seesaw.
- LIVE ATTENDANCE DAYS - SEPTEMBER 16 (last names A - Ge), SEPTEMBER 17 (last names Gi - O), SEPTEMBER 18 (last names P- Z)
- SEPTEMBER 19 & 20 - Families will receive an email from their assigned Kindergarten teacher! You will also receive the Zoom link to show up for our first day of Kindergarten together.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
- Kindergarten Q&A Presentation Slides, inclusive of information related to keys to success, skills of independence & cooperative behaviors and school supply list
The Office is Open
Raleigh Park is still considered a construction site, as installation of a new HVAC system continues. While we are working through limited power, the office is open 8:00a - 4:00p. Julie and/or LeAnn are available to answer phone calls, emails, and update enrollments. Please contact us if you are having trouble with ParentVue, Enrollment Verification, or have other general questions:
PLEASE NOTE: due to construction, we are not able to receive families into the building, but will be available to meet you on the porch regarding any assistance you may need.
Some additional pieces have fallen into place since my August 3 update. Assignments as they stand, with new staff noted in BOLD:
Office: Mrs. Huffman, Mrs. Haslett, Mr. Curl
K: Miss Fennell, Mrs. Wollmuth
1: Mrs. Buhler, Ms. Elliott
2: Mrs. Reynolds, Ms. Roberts, Mrs. Robinson
3: Mr. Amorose, Mrs. Shaner
4: Ms. Hittner - Levine, Mrs. Piersma
5: Mr. Reister, Mr. Scott, Mrs. Mary Towell
Music: Ms. Tiffany Risser
PE: Mrs. Wilson
Technology: Mrs. Campbell
Library: Mrs. Lowe
Resource: Mrs. Putzek
SRC: Mrs. Sisneros, with Ms. Cade, Mr. Young, Ms. Linda Kitchin
Speech: Ms. Adelman and Ms. Morris (SRC)
Psychologist: Mr. Beganski
ELL: Mr. Stevick
Intervention: Mrs. Pazdalski, with Mrs. Messenger and Ms. Harrison
Counseling: Mrs. Howery
Student Success Coach: Mrs. Emily Lee
- Mrs. Mary Towell is moving "across the street" from Raleigh Hills. Mary has been a 5th grade teacher at RH, and is eager to continue in 5th grade at The Park.
- Mrs. Emily Lee comes to us from Cooper Mountain Elementary. Emily brings K-5 experience, in addition to specialized classroom experience from within the District.
- Ms. Tiffany Risser is a transfer from Sexton Mountain Elementary, who will take the reins of our music program and has already hit the ground running!
- Mrs. Linda Kitchin will join our SRC program from McKinley Elementary. We're excited to add Linda to our team!
The BSD Weekly recently suggested a list of elementary school supplies. Families who qualify for free/reduced meal benefits will receive a complimentary BSD "success kit", inclusive of those items listed. While these are all great items for kids to have, and our Raleigh Park teachers are requesting the following items specifically for their students during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL):
- Earbuds or headphones with microphone (if possible)
- Colored pencils
- Thin markers
- Glue sticks
- Pencils x12 (Ticonderoga)
- Colored Pencils (1 Box)
- Printer Paper (white, plain)
- Pocket Folders x2 (2 different colors)
- Wide Ruled Composition Books x2
- Hand Sanitizer
- Girls - Black Flair Pens
- Boys - Green Flair Pens
- Optional, and not necessary:
- Sharpies, Black Fine Tipped
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Box fine tip OR broad tip felt tip markers Crayola classic colors
- 12 pkg Crayola colored pencils
- Set 8 color watercolor paint
- Box #2 wood pencils Ticonderoga
- White or pink pearl erasers
- Composition book
- Set headphones to use with iPads
- Pencil box or pouch
- Pencil sharpener
- 3-6 Glue sticks
- 1 - Earbuds or Headphones that include a microphone
- 1 - Small Whiteboard
- 4 - Dry Erase Markers (Thin)
- 2 - Spiral Notebooks
- 2 - Composition Books (Wide Ruled)
- 24 - Pencils
- 1 - Colored Pencils
- 6 - Glue Sticks
- 1 - White Glue
- 1 - Ruler
- 3 - Sticky Notes (Medium/Large)
- 1 - Highlighter
- 1 - Pack of Construction Paper
- 1 - Washable Markers
- 1 - Clipboard
- 2 - Ultra Thin Sharpies
- 1 - Scissors
- 1 - Watercolor Set
- 3 college ruled notebooks
- colored pencils
- white computer paper
- sticky notes
- Optional, and not necessary:
- small white board
- white board marker
- black sharpie
- colored markers
- glue sticks
- Other resources to help keep your student organized:
- pencil pouch,
- bin for all school supplies
- 1 - pack pencils (sharpened)
- 1 - pkg colored pencils
- 1 - 10 color broad tip colored markers
- 1 - eraser – Pink Pearl type
- 1 - pencil sharpener
- 1 - ruler – inches & centimeters (12” long)
- 1 - scissors (adult size)
- 3 - glue sticks
- 1 - dry-erase marker
- 1 - dry-erase board (about 9”x12”)
- 1 - highlighter pen (yellow)
- 1 - pair earbuds / headphones (with microphone is preferred)
- 3 - composition books/spiral notebooks (70-100 pages)
- 1 - Recorder [musical instrument]
BSD Technology News
Internet Connectivity Update - Good news! BSD and Comcast have extended their partnership to provide free internet service to additional BSD families through June 30, 2021! We’re also extending free internet service for those families who have already signed up for the BSD-Sponsored Comcast Internet Essentials program through June 30, 2021. The program is open to students who qualify for free or reduced-cost meal benefits. Applications are available online. If your elementary or middle school student does not qualify for the Internet Essentials program, fill out this form to request a hotspot. If your high school student doesn’t qualify for the Internet Essentials program, you can apply online for a free hotspot through our partnership with Sprint’s 1Million Project. Can you help support students who need internet connectivity? If so, please consider donating to BEF’s Back-to-School Connect Campaign.
Change to Student Chromebook Login - Beginning September 8, the student login to Chromebooks will change. This change provides important security improvements. Students will log into their Chromebooks with their full student email addresses (i.e. email@example.com). Setup, login instructions and answers to general support questions can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Device Protection Program - Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device (either Chromebook or iPad), the District adds a fee of $20 to students’ Online Payment accounts (maximum fee of $60 per family per school year) to enroll them in the Damage-Loss Protection Program. This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced-price meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share form. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school. Students may choose to decline coverage. However, doing so isn't recommended, because a family would then assume full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how the damage occurs. Visit the Student Device Resources webpage for more information.
BSD Nutrition Services will continue to provide grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals this fall. Nutrition Services will communicate the locations for curbside pick-ups. Any BSD student can access meals, and will be charged according to their meal-benefit eligibility. Know that BSD-enrolled students who qualify for free or reduced lunches will not be charged for meals.
Could your family qualify for free/reduced price meals? Fill out an application online (https://www.schoolcafe.com). Applications are available in Spanish. If you’re unable to access the application online, call 503-356-3957.
PLEASE NOTE: Meal benefits are awarded on a year to year basis; all families who have qualified in the past must reapply. Also, please consider inquiring about your eligibility, as benefit requirements have changed. Free/reduced eligibility is always underreported, and we want all who qualify to receive benefits during these times of uncertainty.
Whether they’re in school physically or not, we know that kids keep growing and growing out of their clothes. The district-run Clothes Closet will be reopening on August 24 to provide new or gently used clothing to any student who qualifies for free or reduced lunch.
Because of COVID-19, the BSD clothes closet is moving to an appointment-only scheduling system. If you and your student(s) would like to select clothes for the upcoming school year, please sign up online. If you’re unable to access the online calendar, call 503-356-4322 to schedule an appointment. Please note: all Clothes Closet visitors will need to wear masks and gloves. If you don’t have your own, they’ll provide them.
Additionally, I will work with the Raleigh Park PTO to get our Tiger Den clothes closet available to families in need.
Yes, there will be many opportunities for virtual volunteering, and you can volunteer as much or as little as your schedule permits. Details to come, but get started early and sign up now. Often, the beginning of the school year creates a backlog in the background check system due to a rush of people looking to be cleared for volunteer and chaperone opportunities. If you have not done so already, NOW IS THE TIME to sign up.
Please reference the Beaverton School District's Volunteerism & Community Engagement resources. This is especially important if you plan to volunteer your time during the school day.
- The Beaverton School District does not honor background checks through/from other agencies
- Please allow approximately (2) weeks prior to clearing the background check
While this principal never likes telling an enthusiastic volunteer "no", these expectations are non-negotiable and in service of the safety of our students.
Washington County COVID Case Counts
This link is for reference and provides the Oregon COVID-19 county case rates and test positivity by week. For the week ending August 31, Washington County had 36 cases per 100,000 and 3.4% test positivity.
For a school to return to in-person instruction through ODE’s On-Site or Hybrid instructional models, the metrics below, which consider local as well as statewide conditions, must be met:
- County Metrics - metrics to be met three weeks in a row:
- Case rate: ≤10 cases per 100,000 population in the preceding 7 days
- Test positivity: ≤5% in the preceding 7 days
- State Metric -metric to be met three weeks in a row
- Test positivity: ≤5% in the preceding 7 days
Additional metrics: for a school district that draws >10% of students or staff from one or more other counties, the rate of new “cases per 100,000” and percent of “test positivity” should be considered in each of those counties. Schools must be in a county that is no longer in baseline phase to consider in-person instructional models.
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DATES TO REMEMBER...
- 14 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Back, Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
SEPTEMBER KINDERGARTEN START:
- 10, 11, 14 & 15 - Teacher outreach
- 11 - iPad and Kindy Kit pick-up, 7:30-10:00a
- 16 - First Day, last names A - Ge, all other students "asynchronous"
- 17 - First Day, last names Gi - O, all other students "asynchronous"
- 18 - First Day, last names P- Z, all other students "asynchronous"
- 19 & 20 - Communication regarding teacher assignments
- 21- FIRST DAY FOR EVERYONE!
- 7 - Instructional Wednesday
- 9 - NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY (Staff Development)
- 11 - Veteran's Day Holiday - Thank you for your service!
- 13 - NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY (Grading)
- 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday