Kinnaman Coyotes

November Newsletter 2020

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Dear Families,

First of all, we want to express my appreciation for the support and care you are giving your child(ren) during on-line learning. We are aware of the challenges that this presents for parents, guardians, and students. While this is not what we would hope for, we appreciate how all are making the best of the situation. Teachers are working tremendously hard, students are engaging and trying to the best of their ability, and their supportive grown ups are giving so much. It is a remarkable time in so many ways!

One of the many aspects of our work that we love is being in classrooms and watching children at work. The focus of our work with children is to engage them in thoughtful, rigorous work, hold them to high expectations and provide just enough support so that they can complete tasks independently. There is a sweet spot between offering too much and not enough help or support. As educators, we have come to learn that when we step in to support at the first sign of struggle for a child, rather than giving them time and space to work through the challenge independently, we tend to limit their learning. In order for students to truly become independent learners, they need to believe in themselves and their ability to persist through the challenges they encounter.

We certainly do not want children to get the point where they feel frustrated and give up, but we do want them to experience success by working through tasks on their own or with a peer. When students make meaning on their own, ask questions for understanding and see that their hard work resulted in success then they not only feel better about themselves, their learning is far more durable. If the work is too easy or we support them too much, they may get the “right answer," but their sense of self and the quality of the learning is not as strong.

This is part of our ongoing work, whether in person or online. As a school, we continue to explore how to do this depth of work well. We invite you into this learning with us. If you see your child struggling, here are somethings you can do to help:

  • Ask leading questions to guide their thinking

  • Instead of asking what they don’t understanding, ask them what they do understand about the task

  • Have them step away from the task and come back to it to give their subconscious time to wrestle with the work

  • Encourage your child to see mistakes as opportunities to learn

  • Praise them for their persistence

We are so proud of teachers and students and all they have accomplished this fall. We have all been engaged in our own productive struggle during this pandemic. As always, do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns or tips for how we can help you support your child(ren) at home.

Ashlee Hudson & Carmen Roberti

Exploring the productive struggle | Teacher Talk with Dan Finkel
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Conferences and Communication

This year the calendar adjustments to accommodate remote learning have shifted how learning time is used. The District chose to keep student-contact days instead of setting aside two non-student learning days so that parent teacher conferences could occur at the elementary level. Although we are not cancelling school for formal fall conferences this year, families can still connect with teachers about their child(ren)'s progress. Weekly embedded Student Family Connection time in school schedules is intended to allow for regular opportunities for educators and families to communicate. Students do best when parents can support student learning through engaging in two-way communication with educators to support learning. Thank you for partnering with our staff to celebrate successes and encourage continued growth!

Please Call To Report Absences

Please call 503-356-2420 to report your child's absence for the school day.

Child Care Subsidy

Washington County has secured a grant through the federal CARES Act to provide child care subsidies to parents/guardians. The Beaverton School District will be distributing approximately $2.4 million to families who are eligible and apply for these funds.

The application window is now open to apply online for money to help cover some or all of your out-of-pocket child care expenses:

If you don’t have internet access, you can pick up a paper application at your school or the district Office (16550 SW Merlo Drive, Beaverton).

If you have questions, call 503-793-0408 or email If you need interpretation or translation assistance only, please call our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

The funds will be distributed until they are gone. It’s in your best interest to apply early.

Damage Loss Protection Program Fee Waived/Refunded

Kinnaman is eligible for the Community Eligibility Provision, which means all students enrolled will be eligible for free breakfast and lunch through June 2024. If your child has checked out a device for the 2020-21 school year, the $20 fee to enroll in the Damage Loss Protection Program for that device is now waived for all students.

If you have not yet paid the $20 fee to enroll in the Damage Loss Protection Program, there is no need to do so.

If you have already paid the fee, the fee will be refunded to your credit card or a check mailed by November 16. If there are any questions about these refunds, please contact the office for assistance at 503-356-2420.

Marathon Kids

Beaverton School District is excited to announce its partnership with Marathon Kids; a running club that will be available to your student on November 2, 2020.

What is Marathon Kids?

  • An all inclusive running club

  • Students track miles run to earn Marathons

  • Rewards are available for students when they hit different mile markers

Marathon Kids mission is to get kids moving, one lap at a time, at the pace they choose. Walk, run, jog those laps until they have earned the goals they have set for themselves.

Why Marathon Kids?

We all know how much exercise and movement is important for not only our physical health but also our mental health. Research shows that incorporating consistent running/walking routines into students' lives, helps them both physically and mentally. No matter the students ability, they can run/walk/jog at their own pace and set their own mileage goals. This is the perfect activity for students and families to do safely and socially distanced from others, in the time frame that fits each family's schedule.

How will this work during CDL?

Students will run/walk/jog and track their own miles at home with their families. Parents will then submit the miles completed on the Marathon Kids website. Miles will then be approved by the student’s PE teacher.

In order to have access, parents will receive an email to join the schools Marathon Kids Club. Be sure to click on the link in the email to get connected!

When does it start?

As soon as you receive your email and you are logged in, you can start running and tracking your students miles!

Be on the lookout for our Kick Off Turkey Trot event information coming soon!

Happy Running!

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2021-22 Option School Application Process Now Open

Option school applications for the 2021-2022 school year open today.

  • Current BSD students may apply online using their student ID.

  • All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries.

  • Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school (i.e. homeschool or private school students) will need to complete a paper application available online or at any school office.

  • Applicants who don’t have internet access may complete a paper application.

  • Students may only select one option on their applications.

  • Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

  • Raleigh Hills and Springville will only be accepting applications for 7th and 8th grades.

Applications must be received no later than December 11 at 4:00 p.m. Important dates, deadlines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Learning Options webpage.

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Notes from the School Nurse

Immunizations: Please make sure your child is up to date with the state required immunizations. Any student not up to date will be excluded from school beginning the 3rd Wednesday in February. Vaccines are available through your own health care provider, Virginia Garcia and Neighborhood Health School Based Health Centers, or through additional locations accessed here:

Flu Vaccine: Cold and flu season has arrived, and this is a great time to get your flu vaccine. We should all continue to practice healthy habits like washing our hands, covering our mouths and noses when we cough or sneeze, and staying home when sick. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Contact your health care provider or one of our School Based Health Centers for more information.

Updated Health Metrics

On October 30, 2020, Governor Kate Brown announced that she is relaxing the criteria required to open school in a hybrid model (part in-school/part online).

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Given current data, Beaverton School District does NOT qualify to move into a hybrid model at this time. You can find the full details in the Governor’s announcement..

Like you, we are just receiving this information. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be considering these new metrics and whether or not they will change our timeline for implementing a hybrid model. We continue to prioritize the safety of our staff and students while balancing the desire to bring students back on-site for in-person instruction.

Thank you for your continued support.

Be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible

Whether we are learning together in person or at a distance, we expect Kinnaman students to be safe, respectful, and responsible. Some ideas for how students can be safe, respectful, and responsible and listed in the graphic below.
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The Benefits of Your Child Turning The Camera On

Staff at Kinnaman recognize that there are a variety of reasons students may need to keep the camera off while they're in class. Although we do not require students to turn their cameras on, it is encouraged so teachers can... their facial expressions to see if they are understanding what is being taught, if they are confused about their assignment or if they need more instruction/directions.

...see if they are participating in a movement activity such as a game in PE, singing a song in music or giving a thumbs up or down to see if they understand a concept.

...increase their ability to build relationships with other students especially when they are working in breakout rooms.

...increase their ability to build relationships with the teacher, counselor, paraeducators and other trusted Kinnaman staff.

...give them a way to share their work visually with other students.

...increase their whole class' perception that they are a classroom community.

Thank you for your help encouraging our scholars improve their educational experience by turning their cameras on if they are able!


Need Help Navigating Online Platforms or Want Ideas for Setting Up A Learning Space At Home? Click On The Family Toolkit Link Below

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Student Help Desk is Available

Please contact the Student Help Desk if your student(s) need help with BSD student devices or applications. Students can email the help desk at or call (503) 356-4656 for support.

Ensure you include a student/parent name, school, student number, and a phone contact number. Please visit this link for more information.

Clothes Closet

Because of COVID-19, the Clothes Closet has moved to an appointment-only scheduling system. To schedule an appointment, families need to sign up online at

To view open appointments: select either Small Family (1-3 students) or Large Family (4 or more students). If you are unable to access the online calendar, call 503-356-4322 to schedule an appointment.

The Clothes Closet is open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 2:30, and on Wednesday from 12:30 to 5:30.

Free Food Boxes

Our School Pantry in collaboration with the Oregon Food Bank is operating curbside food box pick up on the first and third Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in front of the school.


  • If you are driving, please remain in your vehicle.
  • A staff member will ask for your name, date of birth, how many adults live in the home, and how many children.
  • Food boxes/bags are placed on the curb to be picked up by the recipient or placed in the vehicle by staff.

Internet Connectivity Update

Good news! BSD and Comcast have extended their partnership to provide free internet service to additional BSD families! 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-priced meal benefits. Applications are available online.

If you know an elementary or middle school student who does not qualify for the Internet Essentials program, have them fill out this form to request a hotspot.

Community Resources

  • Anyone can call 211 for assistance with housing, childcare, utility bills, or if you have health and safety questions or need any other resources. Help is available in several languages. You can also get help online at
  • The Oregon Food Bank is open. Check here for more information:

Important Dates

11/11 Veteran's Day Holiday-No School

11/13 Grading Day-No School

11/25-11/27 Thanksgiving Break- No School

District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.