Countdown to Kindergarten

August 18, 2020

Welcome to Springville K-8!

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Dear Springville Kindergarten Families,


Welcome to Springville! Some of you are joining our school for the first time as your oldest child starts school while others are sending another child to our school. We know you will find a strong school community at Springville. As we get started this year, please let us know any ideas you have about ways we can make our school even better!


We also know you may be nervous about starting school in a virtual classroom. When we transitioned to virtual school last spring, our Kindergarten teachers did a wonderful job maintaining connections with students and helping them continue their learning journey. We are confident they will do an equally wonderful job this fall as we kick off a new school year. We are also open to being creative to meet the individual needs of each student.


As we head into a new school year, we want to share some "helpful hints" to help you and your child make a smooth transition into Kindergarten:

  • Talk positively about going to school at Springville. Even though it will start as an online experience, you can say, "You are going to have so much fun in kindergarten!"
  • Talk to your child about school and how there are more adults than just their classroom teacher who they might meet online and who are there to help them. People like the principal, the counselor, the PE teacher, and the Music teacher are all there to support them.
  • Request books from the local library. Then read a variety of stories with your child. It's okay to read the same story more than once! The goal is to get your child excited about books!
  • Actively listen to your child and encourage verbal expression of thoughts and feelings. Help your child use language to describe experiences by asking “what, when, where” questions.
  • Encourage your child to count objects as you go through the day. Ask, "How many do you see?" or "Which pile has more?" This helps build number sense naturally.
  • Give your child some “at home” responsibility such as putting toys away, setting the table, or bringing in the mail.
  • Spend some “special time” with your child. This may include reading, drawing, coloring, playing with the toys, playing games, or just having fun.
  • Most importantly, read, read, and read some more! The more you read to them, the stronger reader they will become!


We have put together some optional Kindergarten Playdates over the next couple of weeks. See below for details. We hope you can join us!


We hope you are enjoying your summer and look forward to meeting you and your child soon. Thank you for all you are doing to help your student prepare for Kindergarten!


With Appreciation,


Robin Kobrowski, Principal

Ellen Arnold, Assistant Principal

Supplies for Kindergarten At-Home Learning

Supplies

The teachers have created a list of helpful supplies to have at home for remote learning. Please see the list below.


Devices

All students will need a device, such as a computer or iPad. You are welcome to use a device you have at home. Kindergarten students will be offered an iPad to use at home for distance learning. Any Springville student who would like to use a device can pick one up from Springville, likely during the first two weeks of September. We will send out more details.


Headphones with Microphone

It will be helpful for students to have their own set of headphones with a microphone. The headphones need to be able to plug into the device they are using. This helps them hear their teacher and classmates better, helps them limit disruptions to others at home, and the microphone helps pick up their voice since many younger students tend to speak softly.


Internet Access

If you need access to free internet, please see the Comcast information from our latest Springville Saga newsletter: https://www.smore.com/q2bcf

School Supplies 2020-2021




Begin to create a collection of loose parts from around your house. Some examples include:

-Mini erasers -Buttons-Pinecones -Beads-Shells -Pipecleaners-Stones -Yarn-Scraps of paper-Dry noodles-Cotton balls/pom poms -Popsicle sticks

Kindergarten Orientation

Please stay tuned for a Kindergarten Orientation date. It will likely be held during the first two weeks of September, before school starts. Orientation will be on Zoom and will be a chance for us to share more specific details about our plans for Kindergarten this year.

Virtual Kindergarten Playdates

Springville Kindergartners are invited to join us on Zoom for summer playdates to meet other Kindergartners and to have some fun! Each playdate will last 30 minutes, then grown ups are invited to stay on Zoom for 30 minutes to connect with each other and start building a Kindergarten community. Check out the topics for each day below! Each playdate will be hosted by Springville staff. Special guests might include our Kindergarten teachers, School Counselor, or Administrators!


We look forward to meeting you!


All Playdates & Community Connections will be on Zoom:


Topic: Springville Kindergarten Playdates!

Time: Aug 25/28 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


CORRECTED Zoom information:

https://beavertonk12.zoom.us/j/93423524265?pwd=S0ZySGFSODZLQThOWVlVZlZlRVlxUT09


Meeting ID: 934 2352 4265

Passcode: playdate


Options for accessing Zoom:

  • Click on the above link.
  • Download the Zoom app onto your smartphone or tablet then click "Join a Meeting" then enter the Meeting ID and Passcode.
  • Using any internet browser, go to https://zoom.us/ then click on "Join a Meeting" then enter the Meeting ID and Passcode.


Kindergarten Playdates & Community Connections


Tuesday, August 25, 3:00-4:00 pm

  • 3:00-3:30: Kindergartners share their favorite stuffy or stuffed animal

  • 3:30-4:00: Grown ups stay on Zoom: Share ideas for fun outdoor adventures and/or day trips you have enjoyed this summer.


Friday, August 28 10:00-11:00 am

  • 10:00-11:00: Kindergarteners listen to a story together

  • 10:30-11:00: Grown ups stay on Zoom: Share board or card games your kindergartner likes

Springville Family Survey for Distance Learning

As we prepare for Comprehensive Distance Learning through at least November 16th, we are reaching out to inquire about specific family needs. We realize many families may have many similar challenges, but some challenges may be family-specific.


We would appreciate your input on the survey linked below as we prepare for the start of school. Please read through the following information first:


Background Information:

  • All students will be assigned to a classroom teacher for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Students will also be assigned to an attendance day group (either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday) in preparation for if and when we enter a time of hybrid instruction. Attendance groups will be assigned to ensure household members/siblings are on the same attendance day schedule across all levels, K-12.

  • Students have been assigned to initial attendance groups, but we are making adjustments to make sure we have balanced classroom communities and balanced class sizes across each grade level. While we can adjust some attendance group assignments, many assignments cannot be changed due to the impact across our K-12 system.

  • Even if school opens back up for the hybrid model of learning, families can still choose to stay home and engage in full-time Comprehensive Distance Learning through the end of the school year.


Below are some factors for you to consider in preparing your survey responses:

  • If your family is partnering with one or more families by creating their own “cohorts” for distance learning.

  • If your work schedule or childcare situation necessitates a particular attendance group

  • If there are friendships and/or beneficial learning partners that could support social/emotional needs


Please take a moment to fill out the linked survey to aid in our planning for the start of the new school year. Please share any information that would be helpful for us to know as we finalize classroom teacher assignments and attendance groups. Although we cannot accommodate or guarantee all requests, we will work with you to support your family’s distance learning needs and alleviate burdens when we can. Please submit your input by August 25th at 4:00pm.

Kindergarten Registration Reminders

If you completed an online registration form, the following documents should be provided to the Springville Office. Your child’s registration is complete when these forms are returned:

  • completed student enrollment form (can be done online)
  • certificate of immunization
  • birth certificate (we will make a copy of your original)
  • proof of address


Upon registration, you will fill out an Oregon Certificate of Immunization Status or bring a list of immunizations from your child's pediatrician. Oregon Law requires that this immunization certificate is completed before your child may attend school.


Immunizations are available through private physicians, clinics, and the Washington County Health Department (503-846-8851) in Beaverton and Hillsboro.

  • 5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 4 Polio
  • 1 Varicella (chickenpox)
  • 2 Measles
  • 1 Mumps
  • 1 Rubella
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 Hepatitis A


Springville Office

Laramie McCue is the registrar at Springville. She is keeping track of everything you might still need to complete enrollment. She will be reaching out to you if there are any forms that we still need to collect. Any questions about enrollment or missing forms can be directed to her at laramie_mccue@beaverton.k12.or.us or by calling the Springville Office: 503.356.2480.


As our school building is still closed to the public, Laramie will be at the front entrance of Springville on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00am and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00pm to accept any paperwork that you may need to submit. Paper registration forms will also be available at that time. If you are unable to come at these times, please contact the office to make an appointment.


New Students

If you have friends or neighbors with Kindergartners, please encourage them to enroll in school. We will have paper enrollment forms available when our office opens on August 17. Online enrollment is always available at https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/enrollment


Visit the BSD Kindergarten website for more information about Kindergarten enrollment.