CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ January 8, 2021
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE by MONICA ARBOW
Dear Nancy Ryles,
I would like to wish you all a happy new year! Heading into this week, I felt hopeful at the thought of getting back to “normal” this year. We are turning a corner with COVID vaccinations and I can only hope that means that we are one step closer to returning to school in person.
I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the appalling events that transpired this week at the United States Capitol. In the midst of trying to process the vivid images and actions that took place on January 6, one of the first thoughts that jumps to the minds of educators is, “What do I do tomorrow in my class?” We know that students would come in with varying degrees of knowledge of the events that transpired and have questions, concerns, and perhaps even anxiety. Our responsibility as educators is to be present, listen, and create space to engage in dialogue that is grounded in respect, tolerance, and safety and I applaud our teachers for their courage in doing that this week. As parents, those are also tough conversations to have with your children and so very important.
At Nancy Ryles, we are committed to anti-bias and anti-racism. Since August, staff have engaged in monthly professional development to further our understanding of what it means to be anti-bias and anti-racist educators. Last month, we allocated $2,500 to purchase books by, for, and about BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). We know the importance of having books that serve as windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors for all of our students, but especially our BIPOC students. This week, we had the opportunity to attend a webinar by Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, who presented her equity framework for culturally and historically responsive literacy. We know that we have a long journey ahead in our learning and we are committed to assuring that we teach in ways that raise, grow, and develop ALL students’ existing genius.
Lastly, the District sent out an update regarding In-Person Instruction this morning. If you haven’t had a chance to read the update, you can access it here.
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY - JANUARY 21 ** SCHEDULE YOUR TIME NOW!
Our Picture Day is January 21 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Using the link, please schedule your student's picture time: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4bafa828a5fac61-nancy
Note: Appointments are required; please schedule your appointment time as soon as possible!
Pre-Order Pictures Today!
You have the ability to pre-order pictures at dorianstudio.com and search "Nancy Ryles Elementary." Your online order can be placed now and up to four (4) days after picture day. Online orders are encouraged; paper order forms will be available at "Library to Go" on Tuesdays and Thursdays and on picture day.
Important Picture Day Information:
- Please come to the front of the school approximately 3 minutes before your appointment time. (If you arrive early, please remain in your car.)
- Students will enter the building with staff and parents will go around to the small playground to wait for their student. Students will exit through the gym doors.
- Please wear masks and socially distance (students will be required to wear a mask until they get to the photo station)
If you have any questions, you can contact Dorian's Customer Advocate Team by email at email@example.com or by phone at 800-826-3535.
Click here for more information from Dorian about picture day!
Wonder Wednesday - If you didn’t have time to try out the STEM project in December, you have another week to do so! Starting at the end of next week, we’ll be featuring some fun Cultural performances, readings, and activities for the rest of January. Don’t forget to share the link to Wonder Wednesday with your student!
Oregon Battle of the Books:
We have multiple copies of all of our OBOB books in our Nancy Ryles library! We’re asking students to please only check out two (2) at a time so everyone has access. We will not be starting battles until late February, but look out for some practice sessions coming up in the next couple weeks. If you haven’t signed up but are still interested, please reach out to us at NancyRylesOBOB@gmail.com
NRCO General Meeting - Tuesday, January 12 - 6:00 p.m.
Join the Nancy Ryles Community to kick off the new year. Zoom link to be emailed by the school.
VIRTUAL CULTURE PERFORMANCE - AVAILABLE THROUGH JANUARY
Thanks to funding from the Far West Recycling Arts Grant, the NRCO is excited to share a virtual cultural performance featuring the rhythm and dance of Accra, Ghana. Wɔshishiʃye- New Beginnings is an exciting and informative performance! Led and directed by Alexander Addy, an experienced instructor, professional dancer and accomplished percussionist, this program enables students to participate as they travel within the culture of Ghana. Students experience the rhythms and sounds of over 15 uniquely different drums as well as many other instruments which include flutes, bells, rhythmic rattles and the Gyil (an African Xylophone). The skilled dance troupe members perform traditional and acrobatic dance movements with brightly colored costumes and traditional apparel to allow students to fully capture the feel, taste and richness of another country. As the son of legendary Ghanaian Musician Obo Addy, Alexander has helped shape and perfect this program over the last 25 years!
This performance will be available to Nancy Ryles families through the month of January.
KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
We are compiling a list of incoming kindergarteners. If you have a child who will enter kindergarten next fall, please click on the link below and complete the form. If you know of other families who have incoming kindergarteners, please share the link with them! Thanks!
We will host two KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATIONS this year.
- Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. - via Zoom
- Thursday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. - in person (if possible) or via Zoom (TBD)
Online registration will begin at the end of January.
Signal to Noise is Beaverton School District's annual film festival. It is open to students of all ages. Click on the button for more information!!
WALK + ROLL ART CONTEST
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.
HOMEWORK HELP EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY
Nancy Ryles Homework Club Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-3:00 p.m.
Please join us via zoom for homework support. Mrs. Bax, Mrs. Roche and Mrs. Mastripolito will be available to help students with Seesaw assignments 3 days a week. Drop by for a quick question or stay for the entire time or pop in and say hello. We are happy to help!
Please contact the office at 503-356-2400 for the Zoom link.
The Holiday Season is upon us, and Amazon has made it even easier to use AmazonSmile from your smartphone. Shop through AmazonSmile any day of the year, and Amazon will donate .5% back to your favorite non-profit or charity. Here are Step-by-Step Instructions
CELEBRATING STUDENT BIRTHDAYS!
Estee V. - 1st Grade
Sydney C. - 2nd Grade
Jospeh G. - 4th Grade
Kate L. - 4th Grade
Colin W. - 3rd Grade
Jack C. - 1st Grade
Kedrick H. - 4th Grade
Taylor H. - 5th Grade
Calogero B. - Kindergarten
Liam H. - Kindergarten
Sean H. - Kindergarten
Evan S. - Kindergarten
Free meals for kids are available at Nancy Ryles (and other schools) every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. For additional information, including curbside and bus route locations, click on the button!
DISTANCE LEARNING RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
CDL - Comprehensive Distance Learning
Synchronous - students have live contact with their teacher (via Zoom)
Asynchronous - students access pre-recorded lectures and digital curriculum materials and respond through Seesaw and other collaborative documents at a time of their own choosing
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS
Nancy Ryles Twitter is: @NancyRylesElem
Nancy Ryles Facebook: Nancy Ryles Elementary School
Nancy Ryles Instagram: nancyryleselementary
The NRCO Facebook page is: facebook.com/NRCO1
We encourage you to bookmark our website as we keep it up to date.