Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

April 16, 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Greetings Findley Families,


What an absolute joy it has been to have kids back in our building. Teachers, staff and students have done an amazing job transitioning yet again to a new schedule, instructional model and routines. We thank you for your part in making that happen.


In the next week 3rd-5th grade families will be receiving information about Oregon State Assessment System (OSAS) testing. State testing this year will be opt in only. Third, fourth and fifth graders will have the opportunity to test in English Language Arts and Math. Fifth graders will also have the opportunity to test in Science. Due to the fact not all students in the state will be testing, percentile scores will not be used for TAG or Summa qualifications this year; they will however be made available to families for their information. Please be on the lookout for an interest survey coming from the Beaverton School District.


Although by and large our community has done an exceptional job, if you are bringing your kiddos in for In Person Hybrid, please be sure to read the arrival and dismissal procedures in this newsletter below thoroughly. These prodcedures are for everyone’s safety and we appreciate you following them to the best of your ability.


We have reached that time of year where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. These next several weeks are going to fly by. Lots will be happening; Staff Appreciation, OSAS Testing, End of Year Festivities, I urge you to stay in contact with the school, your children’s teachers and each other to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.


Enjoy this sunny weekend! ☀️


Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.

she/her/hers

Principal


https://findley.beaverton.k12.or.us/

https://www.facebook.com/findleyES

BSD statement on Black Lives Matter

BSD Board Resolution on Indigenous Peoples' Recognition


Go Dragons!

Did you know?

Our office handles most of the day to day information flow through our school and they should be included in any emails regarding the following

  • Attendance - CALL - 503.356.2100 option - leave a reason for absence
  • Meal - opt-in / opt-out
  • Go Home Plan changes


When in doubt, include the office, they will make sure that all parties that need specific information are made aware of changes. If your students teacher is out of school, this will also guarantee that the substitute is updated with the information necessary for that day.

Volunteers needed

Nutrition Services is very excited to be serving so many in the community. The do however need extra assistance to put the meals together and are asking for volunteers to assist with bagging and wrapping of meal components that go home daily.


We will be allowing volunteers into the building to assist with this task. Please make sure that you have your background checks completed prior to signing up for these times. We will need 2 volunteers daily 8am - 11am (hours can be flexible if needed)


We know many of you have reached out to find volunteer opportunities and are excited to have this need in our school.

COVID Testing

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 at this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/public-safety/emergency-preparedness/coronavirus/return-to-in-person-instruction/covid-19-health-safety-guidance under the COVID-19 Testing Information. For further information on the Abbot BinaxNOW rapid antigen test see the following link: FDA information on BinaxNOW test.

Arrival & Dismissal

Please help us model safe traffic behaviors for our students.


  • Stay on sidewalks except when crossing a driveway.
  • Cross only at designated cross walks. We have Crossing Guards on duty at Thompson and Saltzman to assist students and parents cross these busy streets.
  • Only Drop students off in the Thompson Parking Lot. Saltzman is not a safe exit from your car.


Arrival

Please leave your student at the Green Signs. This helps keep the number of people in the student walk ways to a minimum. We have MANY staff members and they will be wearing a Yellow Vest or holding a sign to help you see them.


Dismissal

Please stay in your car if you are driving to get your student. We will call your student forward when you get to the front of the line. This will help the car pick up area move more quickly. It will also reduce the number of adults waiting for students in the walking area.


Walkers that live west of Findley and do not have to cross at a crosswalk my be picked up at the Car Pick Up area. Please Stay in your care if you drive.


Bus Lane in front of the school.

We ask that parents NOT come down into the area in front of the school. Please use the sidewalk above the parking lot. If you need to bring a student further down the building, please use the upper sidewalk so that we can leave the sidewalks near the building open for students and staff to use safely.

Findley’s Library To Go

How families can request books:

*Browse the Findley Library Catalog to see all the books we have and place a hold.

**Placing a hold. For instruction on how to place holds: check out this video

***You will need your student ID and password to place a hold.


*Curbside Pickup: Stop by and check out books to take home.


*Email Mrs. Vennes or Mrs. Etter for suggestions and assistance.

How will I get my books?

When a book is available for a student, we’ll notify adults by email. Books can be picked up during Curbside Pickup. Hybrid students can also have their books left on their desks before they arrive at school.


Curbside Pickup Schedule:

*Monday: 11:45-1:45. *Wednesday: 9:00-1:00. *Friday: 11:45-1:45


Returning library books:

*During Curbside Pickup hours. *To a bin in the classroom. *To a bin in the Findley front entrance foyer

Nutrition Services

Students who are attending CDL only, will be able to pickup 5 days worth of meals on Wednesdays beginning the week of April 5. Once times are set, we will publish them.


This is free to ALL children ages 0-18 that live in the Beaverton School District. If you know of a family that would benefit from these meals, please have them come by the school on Wednesdays and we will make sure they get food.



CDL - Student Option In Request


Hybrid - Student meal Opt Out Request

PANDEMIC Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)

P-EBT is money provided by the state of Oregon to families whose children qualify for free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch (Meal Benefits).


ALL students and children (ages 1-18) will continue to receive free meals through June 30, 2021, regardless of Meal Benefits eligibility. If families wish to receive P-EBT money in addition to food, please direct them to the Pandemic EBT webpage to see if they qualify.

Community Resources


Community Resources


Bethany & Cedar Mill Library


Inter District Transfers

Inter District Transfer forms for 2021-2022 are available beginning April 1, 2021. There are TWO ways to apply for an Inter District Transfer. More information is available on the TRANSFER website.


Construction Update for Thompson Road starting Fall of 2021


PGE has dollar-for-dollar payment matching available to help customers with past-due balances get back on track. Call 800.542.8818 They can assist in over 200 languages over the phone. PGE Payment Match

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Findley PTO

Findley PTO: Supporting our students by connecting parents, staff, and the community!

Visit our website at www.findleypto.com or email president@findleypto.com.

We have openings on the PTO Board starting in May for the upcoming school year. It is a fun group of Findley parents that meets as an Executive Board once a month and then on a quarterly basis, we hold a General PTO meeting.


Here are the open positions along with a quick recap of the job:

Treasurer - Role includes writing checks, balancing statements, making deposits, presenting financials at monthly meetings

Volunteer Coordinator - Role includes approving new volunteers, sending out emails, setting up new volunteering events in Better Impact/mVP

Co-President - Role includes running meetings, acting as liaison between the principal and the PTO Board and overseeing PTO-related activities

Dragon Dash Project Manager - Role includes overseeing the Dragon Dash event and coordinating various volunteers

*Training is available for all of these roles.


We are always happy to welcome a Member-at-Large position as well, which can be tailored to a particular interest.


Feel free to contact me directly at amyheang@gmail.com with questions about the roles or if you are interested in joining the PTO Board.

Thank you!

Amy Heang

PTO President

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Yearbook Photos needed

Please upload candids of your student(s) into the Pictavo Community by April 19th. We are looking for candids of students by classroom, that could mean solo pics or pics with their classmates. Please upload your full resolution images into the Pictavo Community (see instructions below) according to your student’s teacher. And while you are in the Pictavo Community click on Order Yearbook to reserve your copy today!


See directions below.


  1. In a Google Chrome browser, go to: https://commpe.pictavo.com/PictavoSchool/FindSchool

  2. Search for Findley Elementary or use the code: 94012

  3. Click ‘Create an Account’

  4. Use your email address to make your account (You only need to do this once!)

  5. Click on the blue ‘Upload Images’ bar

  6. Select the image(s) to upload

  7. Choose which album to upload the image to

  8. Don’t forget to “Tag” the people in the photo


Congratulations! You’ve completed the upload and supported the yearbook! There is no limit to how many photos you can upload, so keep them coming!

Art Literacy

Findley Art Literacy continues to work to bring our students fun and creative-thinking art projects. For more information and to participate in our Virtual Art Gallery, see our CDL website link: https://sites.google.com/site/artlitfindley/new-cdl-art


We are accepting artwork photos for all projects -- submit yours today!

The NEW March art project “Who Likes Dessert?” is out — looking forward to seeing some creative designs!


Thank you for supporting Findley's Art Lit community, https://sites.google.com/site/artlitfindley/home

Passport Club

Dear Findley Passport Club members,

Here comes another month of new countries for the Virtual Passport Club at Findley!

We are now moving our way into the February countries, but it is still NOT too late to do January, December, November, September and/or October as well!

Here is a summary of the steps to get in on the fun with more detailed instructions below:

1. Download this month's maps (We are moving to February this month)

2. Visit this month's virtual classroom

3. Learn this month's maps

4. Take the quiz when you are ready

This is a whole new experience and we understand that there will be a lot of questions, learnings and changes as we navigate this new virtual Passport Club.

Please rest assured that we are dedicated to making this the best that we can under the circumstances and ask for your patience and understanding as we all go through this process together.

With that being said, let's have some fun and travel the world together!

In addition, here is a reminder in regards to Passport Club:

Passport Club is a volunteer-run geography enrichment program offered at Findley to 2nd – 5th grades. This is an optional program and is not mandatory.

  • Please practice with your child for several minutes a day to help them get ready!

Grade Level Clarification:

  • 2nd-4th grade students have the option of 5 levels of study to choose from. However, students are encouraged to learn all the items in each level up to grade level.


Grades Grade level



2nd Grade. Level 1 and Level 2



3rd Grade. Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3



4th Grade. Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4



5th Grade. Special Itineraries (SI) study maps


For example, a 2nd grade student would be asked to learn the following for the month of February:

  • Level 1: India, Chile, Columbia, Libya, and Romania
  • Level 2: Cambodia, Denmark, Botswana, Ivory Coast, and Oman

Sincerely,

Vothy Heang and Xiao Shi

Passport Club Leads


Step #1 Download this month's maps

Maps (password = findleypassport)

Step #2 Welcome to the virtual classroom

Virtual Classroom

Step #3 Learn the Map for this month

There are lots of fun ways to learn each month's maps!

  • Color the maps - On the virtual classroom there is a password protected map that has suggestions on how to color each level's countries (password = HelloWorldDL)
  • As always, the best way is to study with your parents

Step #4 Take the quiz

When you are ready, decide what level you want to test for this month. Here are the links:

Level 1

Level 2 (Includes Level 1)

Level 3 (Includes Level 1, Level 2)

Level 4 (Includes Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3)

Level 5 (Includes Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4)

5th grade passport

Dear Findley Passport Club members,

We are happy to start the States of Mexico this month as the next installment of the Virtual Passport Club Special Itineraries for Findley 5th graders!

We are continuing to create new virtual content from scratch and will release new material as it becomes available with time between releases.

Here is a summary of the steps to get in on the fun with more detailed instructions below:

1. Download this month's maps

2. Learn this month's maps

3. Take the quiz when you are ready

This is a whole new experience and we understand that there will be a lot of questions, learnings and changes as we navigate this new virtual Passport Club.

Please rest assured that we are dedicated to making this the best that we can under the circumstances and ask for your patience and understanding as we all go through this process together.

With that being said, let's have some fun and learn about the United States and their capitals!

In addition, here is a reminder in regards to Passport Club:

Passport Club is a volunteer-run geography enrichment program offered at Findley to 2nd – 5th grades. This is an optional program and is not mandatory.

  • Please practice with your child for several minutes a day to help them get ready!

Grade Level Clarification:

  • 5th grade students have the Special Itineraries program.


Grades. Grade level


5th Grade. Special Itineraries (SI) study maps

Sincerely,


Vothy Heang and Xiao Shi

Passport Club Leads

Step #1 Download this month's maps

Maps (password = findleypassport)

Step #2 Learn the Map for this month

There are lots of fun ways to learn each month's maps!

  • As always, the best way is to study with your parents

Step #3 Take the quiz

When you are ready, take the quiz. Here is the link:

Special Itineraries Quiz

Up Coming Events

NEW LIBRARY CURBSIDE HOURS

Mondays & Fridays 11:45 - 1:45

Wednesdays 9:00 - 1:00


April

16th - NO SCHOOL - Grading Day

21st - ALL Students CDL Wednesday

23rd - Findley Spirit Day - FINDLEY GEAR - Wear Findley Colors or Dragons.

28th - Staff Development NO SCHOOL


MAY

5th - All Students CDL Wednesday

12th - All Students CDL Wednesday

19th - All Students CDL Wednesday

20th - Kindy roundup - Location TBD

21st - Findley Spirit Day - Inside/Out - wear your cloths inside out!

26th - All Students CDL Wednesday

31st - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL


JUNE

2nd - All Students Synchronous day

9th - All Students CDL Wednesday

16th - All Students CDL Wednesday

18th - Last Day of School for 2020/2021

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