Oak Hills Newsletter
September 18, 2020
Dear Oak Hills Families,
Together, we have made it through the first week of Comprehensive Distance Learning! We are so thankful for your support in preparing your child's home work space, ensuring your child is able to access synchronous classroom Zoom meetings and asynchronous learning via Seesaw. We are proud of our teachers who are working long hours to plan and prepare for distance learning, while also helping to support families between sessions. We are all in this together and each day is running a bit more smoothly.
On occasion, we are made aware of district-wide technical glitches that impact the classroom experience for teachers and students. We appreciate your patience and grace as we work through these unexpected circumstances. Should you run into difficulty with your child's device, we ask that you first try logging off and back on again, or restarting the device. If these two options aren't working, Mrs. Vallee is available to offer technical support at the building level. She is extremely resourceful and able to troubleshoot issues related to passwords, app accessibility, and some hardware malfunctions. You may reach out to Mrs. Vallee directly via email at Anna_Vallee@beaverton.k12.or.us If she is unable to resolve the issue, support will be requested from the Beaverton School District HelpDesk.
As we move into the second week of CDL, you may notice slight adjustments to classroom schedules. Monitoring and adjusting instruction within a traditional classroom setting is evidence of a responsive learning environment. This should also be expected in distance learning, as teachers work to optimize instruction based on student’s levels of independence, the pace of instruction, and differentiation necessary to meet the developmental needs of each child.
As we move into week 2, teachers will be looking for students who exemplify the qualities of an Oak Hills S.T.A.R. student by expanding their independence and ownership of their learning. During this first week of CDL, teachers have reported some of our youngest students successfully navigating Seesaw and Zoom independently. Students across all grade levels are trying out new ways of engaging in the learning process. They are accessing tools provided by the classroom teacher to problem-solve and support classmates in doing the same. When students face challenges and engage in productive struggle, they develop a sense of personal agency.
As parents, we often feel the need to jump in and help out. But what if we didn't? What if our children were capable of more than we thought? What if a timer, visual prompt, or question could jumpstart their ability to try something new and find success on their own? This week, I would encourage you to think about what your child is capable of doing independently and what they are on the verge of being capable of. We look forward to hearing about the many ways learners are growing their independence during Comprehensive Distance Learning!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Enjoy your family time together!
Assistant Principal, Oak Hills Elementary School
Next Oak Hills PTO Meeting: Wednesday, September 23rd at 7pm
Tentative Calendar Dates for 2020-2021 School Year
9/23 9-11am, 3-5pm Item Pick Up Day
9/23 PTO Meeting (7pm)
9/30 9-11am, 3-5pm Item Pick Up Day
10/7 9-11am, 3-5pm Item Pick Up Day
10/9 Staff Development Day- No School
10/14 9-11am, 3-5pm Item Pick Up Day
10/21 9-11am, 3-5pm Item Pick Up Day
10/21 PTO Meeting (7pm)
10/28 9-11am, 3-5pm Item Pick Up Day
11/4 9-11am, 3-5pm Item Pick Up Day
11/11 9-11am, 3-5pm Item Pick Up Day
11/16 Tentative First Day of Hybrid (Additional Staff Development Days will be added before beginning Hybrid)
- Additional in-person and/or virtual events will be added pending CDC guidelines
11/18 PTO Meeting (7pm)
11/25-27 Thanksgiving- School Closed
12/16 7:00 PTO Meeting
12/21 - 1/1 Winter Break- No School
1/18 No School: MLK Day
1/20 PTO Meeting (7pm)
2/3 Grading Day- No School
2/15 President's Day- No School
2/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)
2/24 No School: Staff Development Day
3/17 PTO Meeting (7pm)
3/22-26 Spring Break- No School
4/14 Grading Day- No School
4/21 PTO Meeting (7pm)
4/28 Staff Development Day- No School
5/19 PTO Meeting (7pm)
5/31 Memorial Day- No School
6/9 PTO Mtg (7pm)
6/18 Last Day of School
Wednesday Pick Up/Drop Off
We have reserved Wednesdays as our day for school-based pick-ups and drop-offs. We have tentatively scheduled two windows of time (9-11am and 3-5pm) for our first Wednesday Pick Up on Wednesday, September 23rd. Please come at your convenience during these windows of time. We may consider making adjustments to timeframes based on the needs of families. Any time changes will be communicated to families in advance.
September 23rd: Wednesday Pick Up/Drop Off
Items to pick-up
- Kindergarten Kits (for all kindergarten students)
- Music Learning Kits (for students in grades K-2)
- Book Bags (for kindergarten & first grade students)
- Lost & Found
- Student items left from Spring
Items to drop-off
- School library books
- Chromebooks (from Spring not currently being used)
Beaverton School District Family Toolkit
Please visit the BSD Family Toolkit to learn more about:
- At-Home Learning Spaces
- YouTube Captioning
- Canvas (video series)
- Family Learning Agreements
- Supporting Independent Learners
- Preparing for the School Year
- Your Child's Brain
Visit the BSD Family Toolkit at: https://oakhills.beaverton.k12.or.us/ **Connect--Family Toolkit
Kindergarten-specific Information: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/early-learning/kindergarten
BSD Family Toolkit Featured Resource
Students grow their ability to become more independent through practice. Educators and parents are working side-by-side to foster independence through daily schedules, routines, and developmentally appropriate strategies (e.g. visuals, timers, scheduled breaks, etc.). Families can support children by establishing home learning spaces, which include all necessary learning tools, yet are free from distractions.
Independent learning strategies must be explicitly taught and will look different for students in primary grades vs. intermediate grades. During the first weeks of CDL, classroom teachers are actively teaching students the habits of learning necessary to be successful, independent learners in a distance-learning environment. We would encourage parents to consider the ways you are fostering independence within the home learning environment and make a plan for gradually stepping back your supports, while positively reinforcing the qualities you wish to promote in your child.
What does independent learner look like in K-2:
- Accessing features of Zoom independently (logging on/off, mute, unmute, video on, video off, utilizing headphones and other learning tools)
- Maintaining a home learning space
- Following daily routines (getting ready for the day, engaging in classroom routines, taking breaks, etc.)
- Asking for help
What does an independent learner look like in 3-5:
- Organizing assignments
- Ensuring work is complete and turned in
- Following a schedule
- Setting up personal routines and adjusting routines as needed
- Asking for help during class or from adults during independent work times
- Troubleshooting or accessing resources for support
- Collaborating with classmates/group work
- Using email, Seesaw, Zoom chat, etc. to connect with teachers
- Developing skills necessary to successfully navigate the transition to middle school (5th grade)
- Teachers will check daily to make sure that students have either attended Zooms in person or have interacted with the material that is posted daily.
- They will enter this engagement into our data collection tool by 3:30pm each day
- Because parents may not be able to help students with coursework until after school hours, teachers will be able to go back into the system until midnight the following day to give credit for attendance (as judged by engagement with material) for the previous day
- Community notifications will be sent out to let you know that your student did not engage with the work for the day
- You can still call the Oak Hills School Office at (503) 356-2410 to report that your student will not be able to engage with work on days when they are ill or have appointments
Communication with Classroom Teachers
Our teachers are working hard to provide children with a classroom experience that mirrors that of a traditional classroom during a time of distance learning. In a traditional classroom, we do what we can to minimize disruption (visitors, emails, phone calls, etc.), allowing teachers to focus on instruction while attending to the learning needs of each child.
During distance learning, our teachers are more accessible than ever and have experienced a high volume of communication during week 1 of CDL. It is important that the classroom space (Zoom meetings) and teacher's instructional time remain protected. In most cases, you can expect a response from your child’s classroom teacher within 24 hours. Thank you for your patience and understanding!