TIGER TALES

The Voice of Raleigh Park - April 23, 2021

Traducir TIGER TALES!

¿Sabías que ahora puedes traducir Tiger Tales? Desde su computadora, puede usar la función "Accesibilidad" (a la derecha) para traducir Tiger Tales a una variedad de idiomas. Desde su teléfono, busque el ícono de silueta en la esquina inferior derecha. Para ojos viejos como el mío, ¡también puedes cambiar la configuración de contraste y aumentar el tamaño de fuente!

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Did you know you can now translate Tiger Tales? From your computer, you may use the "Accessibility" function (on the right) to translate Tiger Tales into a variety of languages. From your phone, look for the silhouette icon in the lower right corner. For old eyes like mine, you can also change contrast settings and increase font size!

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Grateful - Thankful - Blessed

Hello Tigers,


While I typically save my pontification about "gratitude" for the Thanksgiving edition of TIGER TALES, I do believe the practice of being grateful and/or sharing gratitude is something that:

  1. should be routinely practiced for the purposes of building habits of mind and changing one's outlook
  2. is equally beneficial for the giver and receiver of said gratitude


Like many, I often fall short of #1, but I can unequivocally speak to the truth of #2.


In the spirit of practicing what I preach, I want to recognize our...


  1. students.They have embraced the adjustments, both CDL and Hybrid, like the courageous and resilient humans they are! It is humbling and such a joy to witness their learning and growth - even in a pandemic.
  2. parent community. Beyond any frustration you may experience with the state of the world that has brought us to this place, you are doing the best you can! For the past year, we have stumbled, we have learned, we have moved forward, and we have stumbled again - as a district and as a school. I am thankful for those who have felt safe enough to share their frustrations and feedback in a firm, yet loving manner, all in the name of making us a better learning community.
  3. wonderful office staff, Julie and LeAnn! While Administrative Professionals Day was April 21, please feel free to drop them an expression of gratitude for all they do on behalf of your children.
  4. hardworking instructional staff. If you didn't know it already, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7. Stay tuned for more details from our PTO about how you and your children can show your appreciation. In the mean time, some ideas in the videos below ;)


My best,

Brian

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In This Issue:

  • SAVE THE DATES: Camp Achieve Summer School
  • School Reopening Reminders: Schedule, Health Screening, Mask Policy, COVID-19 Testing (opt in)
  • BY THE NUMBERS: Budget & Staffing Projections for 2021-22
  • STATE TESTING for GRADES 3, 4, 5
  • DENTAL SEALANTS for GRADES 1, 2, 3
  • HEALTH EDUCATION IN THE BSD
  • RALEIGH PARK LIBRARY PROGRAM- How can I get books at Raleigh Park?
  • '21-22 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
  • SAVE THE DATE: Kindergarten & New Student Orientation
  • TEACHERS COLLEGE SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
  • FREE BOOKS!
  • WE NEED YOUR HELP: PTO Planning for Next Year & Garden Volunteers
  • BSD NEWS & UPDATES: Fake & Fatal Campaign, Translation Assistance
  • COMMUNITY RESOURCES: Washington County Libraries, Spring Food Resources, P-EBT Funds for Food, THPRD Summer Camps
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SAVE THE DATES!

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Summer School is Coming to Raleigh Park!

Yes - Camp Achieve Summer School is returning to Raleigh Park!



Many of the details are being sorted out, but please SAVE THE DATES: July 6 - 29 (Monday's - Thursday's).


This opportunity is available to ALL interested Raleigh Park families with students currently in Kindergarten - Grade 4. It is expected a similar opportunity will be available to outgoing students in Grade 5 at their future middle school.


Stay tuned for more details, inclusive of an application.

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RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION

Inclusive of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Schedule Reminders

ALL STUDENTS should expect a full day of instruction, 8:00a-2:15p


HYBRID

  • 7:45a, doors open for student arrival
  • 8:00-10:15a, student on-site with classroom teacher
  • 12:00-2:15p, student at home engaged in learning with specialists and/or classroom content


CDL

  • 8:00-10:15a, student at home engaged in learning with specialists and/or classroom content
  • 12:00-2:15p, student meets via Zoom with classroom teacher


WEDNESDAYS (ALL STUDENTS)

  • 8:00a, students engaged with their classroom teachers to begin the day
  • Wellness + Social Emotional Learning with Mrs. Howery, Mrs. Lee & Mr. K
  • Asynchronous and independent learning activities assigned by classroom teacher

Health Screening Before Arrival

Parents/guardians should perform a daily health evaluation before sending students to school. If a student exhibits...



...the student should stay home.
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Face Covering/Mask Policy

Masks are required at school at all times, including during arrival and dismissal and on the school bus. Students who are not accustomed to wearing a mask for extended periods of times are encouraged to practice wearing a mask at home to build stamina for the duration of the time they will need to be wearing a mask.

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BinaxNOW COVID-19 Test

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) supports COVID-19 testing in public and private K-12 schools in Oregon for students and staff who display symptoms of COVID-19. The Beaverton School District has registered to have Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing available for students and staff who develop primary symptoms of COVID-19 at school. Primary symptoms of Covid-19 include:

  • New or different than usual shortness of breath

  • New or different than usual coughing

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher

  • New loss of taste or smell.


The Abbott BinaxNOW test will only be administered to students who have consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian on file. The student must be capable and willing to perform a nasal swab test independently. The parent(s) or guardian can decline testing and opt to test their child with a healthcare provider. If there is any doubt as to whether a specimen may be safely self-collected by an individual, they should be referred to their healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing. Positive test results will be shared with the Local Public Health Authority to assist in contact tracing.


If you would like your child to participate in this testing program, please complete and return the consent form to the school office. You can find the consent form using THIS LINK (espanol).


For further information on the Abbot BinaxNOW rapid antigen test see the following link: FDA information on BinaxNOW test.

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By the Numbers: Projections for 2021-22

Each spring, the District enters a budget and staffing window. Many of the monetary and human resources that come to Raleigh Park are a function of student enrollment projections. As we move forward, the student projections for Raleigh Park are as follows:

  • K = (50)
  • 1 = (55)
  • 2 = (46)
  • 3 = (61)
  • 4 = (56)
  • 5 = (44)
  • TOTAL = (312)


Based on these projections, the following is the certified (teaching) staffing allocations for Raleigh Park, as it currently stands:

  • (12) K-5 classroom teachers
  • (1) PE Teacher
  • (1) Music Teacher
  • (1) Elementary Academic Coach (formerly known as Intervention Teacher)
  • (1) English Language Development (EDL) Teacher
  • (1) Resource Teacher (Special Education)
  • (1) SRC Teacher (Special Education)
  • (1) Counselor
  • (1) Student Success Coach
  • (1) School Social Worker


The District has also allocated an additional (0.5) position for Title I schools, funded through a federal Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSR) grant. While it has some restrictions (non-classroom), each site does possess discretion based on needs.

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State Testing for Grades 3, 4, 5

Because of the pandemic, the Oregon Department of Education requested a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education that would have allowed school districts to skip state testing this spring. However, the federal government denied that request. Therefore, to maintain our federal funding, the Beaverton School District must offer testing to our students:

  • GRADES 3, 4 - English Language Arts & Math
  • GRADE 5 - English Language Arts, Math & Science


Parents and guardians have the right to OPT OUT their students from testing.


To maximize in-person instruction time for Hybrid students and to provide testing opportunities for Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) students, we will provide testing opportunities on Wednesdays (asynchronous learning days only) in May and June. Transportation will be provided for students who live one mile (elementary) or 1.5 miles (secondary) from their school.


To help us schedule transportation and deliver a safe and successful testing experience for every student, we need to know by April 30 whether your student will or will not participate. Please complete the following form:

District-wide Testing Schedule

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Why would a student choose to test? Test scores provide one piece of evidence of student attainment of state standards.
  • Will students be penalized or receive a negative grade if they don’t test? No
  • Will my child’s school be penalized or receive a negative report card rating if my student doesn’t test? No. The U.S. Department of Education won’t require the Oregon Department of Education to use summative test data for accountability purposes this year.
  • Will schools be adhering to the same safety protocols as during In-Person Hybrid Instruction? The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. All safety protocols will be followed including mandatory mask wearing and social distancing.
  • Who will administer the tests? Classified school staff who have met training and security requirements will administer the test.
  • How long is each test? The Oregon Department of Education has decreased the number of questions in the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics tests by 40% and removed field test questions from the science test. The estimated testing times are English Language Arts (ELA) = 1:15 hr, Mathematics = 1 hr, Science = 1:20 hr.
  • Can my student opt to take one test but not another (for example, take English Language Arts (ELA) but not Mathematics)? Yes
  • My student needs transportation. When will I find out when and where my student will be picked up and dropped off? Families will receive an email on May 10 with their students’ routes, bus stop locations and pick-up and drop-off times.
  • When can I expect to receive my child’s test results? We expect individual overall student test results will be available in ParentVue in August. Contrary to prior years, the Oregon Department of Education won’t be reporting subscores. For example, in English Language Arts (ELA), students won’t receive subscores in reading, writing, listening and research.
  • Will test results be used to identify students for TAG or Summa? No. Statewide, many students continue to learn remotely, and parents may not wish to have their children participate in testing this year. In addition, the circumstances under which students have participated in learning this year have varied widely compared to a traditional school year. If this year’s test participation isn’t representative of students across Oregon, percentiles produced by the Oregon Department of Education won’t be comparable to prior years. While these percentiles may be informative for parents, they won’t be used for identification or placement decisions.

For GRADES 1, 2, 3: Virginia Garcia School-Based Dental Prevention

Dental sealants are coatings put on the back teeth to help prevent cavities, and are available to all Raleigh Park students in Grades 1, 3, 3 on MONDAY, MAY 17. This service is provided by dental care professionals FREE OF CHARGE. Please see below for more details and a fillable consent form that should be completed in advance.

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Health Education in the Beaverton School District

The Beaverton School District teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. In order to help our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn, we also provide age-appropriate health instruction. There will be (2) primary resources used for this instruction:


  1. The Great Body Shop to teach the adopted Oregon Health Standards
  2. fightchildabuse.org to teach sexual abuse prevention in accordance with Erin’s Law.


Continue reading for more information on each resource.


Oregon Health Education Standards - The Great Body Shop, published by The Children’s Health Market, will be used to teach the Oregon Health Education Standards. It offers skills-based instruction that addresses physical, social, emotional, and mental health. Human Sexuality Education instruction is age appropriate, medically accurate, and relevant for all students.


Erin’s Law (Sexual Abuse Prevention) - An important component of our curriculum is to help children protect their bodies, get support when abuse has occurred, and report to a trusted adult. In accordance with Erin’s Law, we are educating children about sexual abuse and promoting awareness within our communities. The Oregon Department of Education has required all Oregon schools to comply with Erin’s Law. The Erin’s Law lessons address personal safety, touching safety, and assertiveness.


Previewing Materials/Opting Out - The process for previewing materials and opting out of instruction will be slightly different due to the pandemic. Your child’s teacher will be sending communication home prior to instruction in human sexuality and sexual abuse prevention to address this.


Thank you for helping us to make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.


References:

Please click on image below for information about our Library Program & books for students

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Kindergarten Registration

  • Do you have a '21-22 kindergartener in your household?
  • Do you know of others who do?


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Please use the link below to learn more. Also, there will be upcoming kindergarten events that may be of interest, outlined in the "Save the Date" information below.


PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, FAR AND WIDE! We want to cast a large net to let our families know we are open for business and excited about the possibilities in the coming year.

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration - Español
21-22 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Any child who will be five (5) years of age on or before September 1 is eligible to enroll for Kindergarten at their designated home school.

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Kindergarten & New Student Orientation

KINDERGARTEN & NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION: Wednesday, May 19 @ 6:00p (details to come)


Please spread the word if you or those you know have an incoming kindergartner or a new Raleigh Park student for the 2021-22 school year. Looking forward to meeting all future Tigers!

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Teachers College Support for Families

Teachers College Reading Writing Project Resources for Families - Teachers College Reading Writing Project Resources for Families. I will be sharing these resources with parents in our next newsletter. If you receive literacy questions from parents, you're welcome to use any of the videos linked here:


Free Parent "Office Hours" Offered by Lucy Calkins & Team for parents to check-in about child’s literacy development, ways to support child at home with particular issues, or in general, inquire about what to expect across developmental stages in reading, writing or language acquisition, early to later years.

  • K-2 Families: Wednesdays 5:00-6:00p
  • 3-8 Families: Thursdays 5:00-6:00p
  • REGISTER HERE!
  • When you register, you will receive an email with the Zoom information for all of the the K-2 and the 3-5 sessions. You only need to register one time. Then just attend the sessions that work for your schedule.

BOOKS, BOOKS & BOOKS!

There will be no curbside library this Wednesday, April 28. HOWEVER, Beaverton City Library will be on-site with free books for kids 11:00a-12:00p.
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Garden News

The Raleigh Park school garden needs your help! Our school is fortunate to have such an incredible garden for our children to explore and learn in. Maintaining the school garden requires a massive amount of work, but our school community is up to the task. We are looking for families to help us with garden maintenance such as weeding, pruning, keeping the pathways clean, and preparing for spring planting. Several garden gates are in need of repair also. You don't even have to be good at gardening to help us with many of our projects! If you are interested in serving our school community through volunteering in the garden please sign up with THIS LINK.


Thanks!

Becky Pio

Raleigh Park Garden Coordinator

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District News, Information & Resources

BSD Family Toolkit

Resources, support & ideas for setting up a positive home learning environment

BSD Fake & Fatal Campaign

While this information campaign is targeted for middle and high school students and parents, I want to ensure you have an opportunity to see and hear for yourself. Please use your discretion when sharing with your children, as age-appropriate conversations about the dangers of drugs are important.


Deaths from fentanyl-laced, illicitly-manufactured pills are surging across the country and right here in our own school district. In the past 18 months, we have lost several students — teenagers who had hopes and dreams and plans. These teenagers had families who loved them and are still coming to grips with their losses.


Here is what’s happening: teens are purchasing what they think are OxyContin, Percoset or Xanax pills via social media, but drug dealers are lacing fake pills with the cheaper, stronger and more deadly synthetic drug called fentanyl. Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl is odorless, tasteless and colorless. Teens never know what they’re getting. One pill can kill them. One pill.


You may be thinking to yourself, “my child isn’t caught up in the drug culture” or “my child wouldn’t even know where to get something like that.” Does your child have a cell phone? Is your child on social media platforms like Snapchat? If the answer is “yes,” they likely do know about the teen drug culture and do have easy access. Much like the vaping epidemic that we experienced in 2018 and 2019, parents are often the last to know.


During the last week of April, the District will be sponsoring a fentanyl awareness campaign, entitled “Fake & Fatal: One Pill Can Kill.” You’ll see social media posts on our district’s and our schools’ social media accounts. We’ll be promoting information and resources on our district website. Older students will be getting information in their health classes over the next month. Secondary administrators will be receiving specific fentanyl training. And we’ll be hosting a virtual “Community Conversation about Fentanyl: Fake & Fatal” on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00p.


You can participate by watching live on the district’s YouTube channel or Facebook page. We’ll be taking questions via social media. Our panelists will include representatives from the Washington County Public Health Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Beaverton Police Department.


During that conversation, we’ll also be hearing from Jennifer and Jon Epstein, former Cedar Park Middle School and Sunset High School parents who lost their son, Cal, to fentanyl poisoning in December. We want to publicly thank the Epsteins for their courage and willingness to share their story with hopes of saving other children’s lives. Please see the video link below for more about Cal and the Epstein family.Your child’s life is worth investing the time to learn more.

Fake and Fatal: Cal's Story

Translation Assistance

We understand that it can be challenging to access current information regarding your child’s schooling in your own language. We do our best to send out messages about important updates, especially during these challenging times. However, you can access the BSD website — and specifically, our return-to-school page — at any time. Below, we’ve included a link that will take you to our website, where you’ll find it already translated into your language. Please know, the translation is generated by Google Translate. It’s not perfect, but we do hope it’s helpful.


View the BSD website in Arabic

قم بزيارة الموقع الإلكتروني للقطاع التعليمي لمدارس بيفرتون باللغة العربية

View the BSD website in Chinese

请浏览中文版的BSD网站

View the BSD website Japanese

BSDウェブサイトを日本語で見る

View the BSD website in Korean

한국어로 BSD 웹사이트를 보십시오.

View the BSD website in Russian

Посмотрите веб-сайт школьного округа Бивертон на русском

View the BSD website in Somali

Ka fiiri bogga BSD ee ku qoran af-Soomaali

View the BSD website in Spanish

Vea la página web del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton en español

View the BSD website in Vietnamese

Xem trang mạng BSD bằng tiếng Việt


If you need additional assistance, please contact our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

Community Resources

News from Washington County Libraries

Our friends at Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries have put together a fabulous line up of topics and expert speakers for their 2021 Parent Information Series including “Supporting Dual Language Learners “ and “Talking with Your Children About Race and Racism” as well as “Positive Parenting to Create a Happy Home.” All events are online and free. To see the full line up and to register visit: Parent and Care Giver Information Series with the Cedar Mill Library

Beaverton School District Food Resources

Our Nutrition Services Department has been hard at work developing a plan for how to continue to provide free meals for all children during Hybrid and online learning. The USDA has provided waivers for the rest of the school year that allow any child (ages 1-18) to access free meals.


For Elementary Hybrid Students:

  • Hybrid students can receive a free daily meal bag with breakfast, lunch and a supper snack to take home.
  • Two days of meals will be sent home on Tuesday.
  • No registration is required.


If you attend CDL, FLEX Online School or are a non-enrolled community child:

  • All Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) students, FLEX students and children not enrolled in the Beaverton School District can access a free 5-day meal bag every Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Meal bags include 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 supper snacks. Only children aged 4 and older are eligible for supper snacks.
  • Families can select a school to pick up these meals on the Meal Bag Registration Form.
  • Registration is strongly encouraged.
  • Children do not need to be present to pick up meal bags.
  • Anyone picking up meal bags must wear a mask.


To register for 5-day meal bags and for the most up-to-date information, please visit: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/meals

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P-EBT Meal Benefits

Nutrition Services continues to offer free MEALS to all BSD children aged 1-18 with no Meal Benefits application required. This will continue until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.


The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)program, through DHS, will offer MONEY to families who qualify for Meal Benefits. The money is being offered to help families purchase groceries during the pandemic. Families who meet the criteria in this list for the 2020-2021 school year will receive P-EBT funds. No application or further action is needed by families who:

  • Have students only at CEP schools (families who have students at CEP and non-CEP schools need to apply for the non-CEP students to receive funds)
    Have children who qualify for SNAP or TANF benefits
    Have children with Homeless, Foster, Migrant, or Runaway status
    Have applied and been approved for Meal Benefits at any time during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Families who do not meet any of the above criteria need to apply right away for Meal Benefits if they wish to be considered for P-EBT funds. Online applications are strongly encouraged, using www.schoolcafe.com. The SchoolCafe website supports English and Spanish applicants.
  • Paper Meal Benefits applications, in both English and Spanish, are available at all meal pickup sites and all school offices.


For more information, follow this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services.


If you have questions, please call Meal Benefits at 503-356-3957 or email to NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.

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DATES TO REMEMBER...

EACH WEDNESDAY:


APRIL

  • 16 - Grading Day, NO STUDENTS
  • 20 - PTO Meeting, 7:00p
  • 28 - Professional Development Day, NO STUDENTS
  • 28 - Free Books from Beaverton City Library, 11:00a-12:00p


MAY

  • 3-7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 12 -June 9 - State Testing, Grades 3, 4, 5
  • 17 - Dental Sealants, Grades 1, 2, 3
  • 19 - Kindergarten & New Student Orientation
  • 31 - Memorial Day Holiday, NO STUDENTS


JUNE

  • June 2 - Synchronous Instructional Day

  • June 18 - Last Day for Students