January 2021

Friday January 15th, 2021

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Sato Elementary School

Our mission is to provide active, relevant, educational experiences that foster globally minded innovative citizens in and out of the classroom. Our students will think creatively and take risks as they apply knowledge and skills to future endeavors.

Important Dates:

January: Happy New Year!

Mon. 1/18 - MLK Day, observed - no school

Wed. 1/20 - Traditional Synchronous Instructional Day for students

Wed. 1/27 - Virtual Assembly

Fri. 1/29 - Raccoon Register Goes out to Families

Fri. 1/29 - Raccoon Read In!! Details below!!


Fri. 2/5 - Grading Day, no school for students

Wed. 2/10 - Virtual Assembly

Fri. 2/12 - Raccoon Register Goes out to Families

Mon. 2/15 - Presidents' Day - Observed, no school

Wed. 2/17 - Traditional Synchronous Instructional Day for students

Wed. 2/24 - Staff Development Day - no school for students

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday--Monday, January 18

The third Monday in January is observed each year as “a day on, not a day off”. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. While many of the volunteer activities for this year have been postponed due to COVID-19 health precautions, there are still many ways to involve yourself and others in honoring the holiday and Dr. King’s legacy.

While some activities have been put on hold, there are still ways that you can engage in the local, regional, and national community celebrations honoring Dr. King. Hands On Greater Portland offers activities occurring throughout the week of January 18, and the World Arts Foundation will be holding their 36th tribute to Dr. King virtually, with the theme “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Americorps offers a webinar series, “MLK Day of Service in the Time of COVID-19”.

Sato Loves to Read

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Introducing Sato's First Virtual Raccoon Read In Hosted by: Student Council A School Wide Event

When: Friday, January 29

What time: Log in at 7:00pm (link to come)

What is happening?

Student Council and a few guest teachers will be reading books to our community. We will have a few different "rooms" to choose from.

(there will be instructions about how to help us get you to different rooms.

  • To help make this event extra special we are going to have goodie bags available for pick up the week of January 25th.

  • Goodie bags will contain a bag of popcorn to pop and a hot cocoa to mix up at home so you can snuggle in and listen!

  • Bags will be available on a cart outside the front office for convenient pick up from Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.

*If you have any sugar or dairy restrictions, we will have options available in the front office

Cedar Mill & Bethany Library News

January Wiser Kids K-5 Newsletter. You can subscribe here.

January's issue features:

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BSD students in grades K-5 are encouraged to enter the 2nd Annual Walk + Roll Art Contest. This year’s theme is “Places We Love to Walk + Roll.” The deadline to enter is January 29. The grand prize is a new bicycle from WashCo Bikes. Visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes for contest details.

TAG Information

Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience as we navigate TAG/Summa testing during the 2020-21 school year. The following updates have been made to our current Identification processes to reflect comprehensive distance learning and research on test score stability.

TAG/Summa Testing

  • TAG testing for students nominated by parents or teachers will occur in the spring

  • Current 5th graders will have the opportunity to qualify for Summa by testing in late spring/summer

  • Outdoor testing opportunities for TAG/Summa will also be available in early summer

  • Current 3rd and 4th graders will take reading and math achievement tests (ITBS) in the fall

  • Current 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will take a cognitive ability (CogAT) screener test in fall

  • In addition to national norms, local norms will be explored for TAG/Summa identification

Summa Qualifying Tests and Criteria

  • No change in admission criteria, only tests used

  • Results from full version CogAT tests (composite score ) in grades K-5 can be used to qualify for Summa

  • Results of achievement tests in grades 3-5 can be used to qualify for Summa

    • Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) Language Arts and Math tests

    • ITBS/Logramos Reading and Math tests (total scores)


  • Testing opportunities will be posted on the BSD TAG page as they become available

  • Invitations to test will be sent via School Messenger prior to testing dates

  • Summa eligible students will be notified before January 15, 2021

Please direct questions to Heidi Hanson, heidi_hanson@beaverton.k12.or.us or 503-356-4548.

Nurse News: Immunizations and Flu

A reminder from your School Nurse to please ensure your child is up to date on all immunizations. Any child not up to date on immunizations will be excluded from on-campus activities and/or learning on exclusion day (February 17th, 2020) until immunizations are complete. Please contact your health care provider and start any immunization "catch up” your child may need now. Vaccines are also available through Virginia Garcia and Neighborhood Health School Based Health Centers, or find another location at https://vaccinefinder.org/

Be a Flu Fighter this year! Cold and flu season has arrived, and this is a great time to get your flu vaccines. There are many flu vaccine options to choose from, but the most important thing is that all people 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. Talk with your provider about which flu vaccine is best for you and your children.

Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and water. If you become sick, limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Please feel free to contact your school nurse at sydney_garl@beaverton.k12.or.us with any questions. Your school nurse can also provide you with additional resources about vaccinations and other health topics. To learn more about adolescent vaccines, please visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents

Signal To Noise

Exciting news! BSD will be holding the annual Signal to Noise Film Festival in May of 2021 (virtually, of course 😃). Updated guidelines are available on the website and important dates are as follows:

Entries due - Monday, March 29, 2021, Online Awards Ceremony/Festival - Thursday, May 20, 2021. Please share out this information with students and parents and for the latest updates have them follow us on Facebook or Instagram (@s2nfestival).

Signal to Noise Website

Construction Update:

As part of the development of the neighborhood directly across Ridgeline, road construction on both Ridgeline and Kaiser will be on-going into February.

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How can we help?

Does your family need help with additional food? See the flyer down below for community food resources.

Also, please don't hesitate to contact Laurie White our school counselor with needs that will help your your family. All requests for assistance are confidential and we will do our best to help your family.


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