October Newsletter 2020
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As we continue through this unique school year, there are many opportunities for students to share how they are doing given the current times. It is not surprising when students bring up issues, concerns, or questions regarding distance learning, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, wildfire dangers, and the ongoing and dynamic Black Lives Matter racial justice movement. Students know that significant changes are happening around them and they can be naturally curious and anxious.
Recently, our teachers have been working on lessons that have to do with student identity, culture, and diversity. We would like to explore these concepts further with students and plan on discussing race, prejudice and racism, and how to be a change-maker. We are living through one of the largest social movements in the history of our nation. To not allow students to discuss what they are seeing in the Black Lives Matter and related social movements — as well as the various responses to those movements — would be a lost opportunity to engage in real-time, authentic learning. This learning will be about creating an environment for constructive dialogue and practices. Additionally, we plan to discuss ways to make our community a more just place for all of our students and community.
Our teachers plan to foster those important conversations and create safe spaces for students to make sense of the world around them. Our teachers will strive to elicit and elevate students' questions and thoughts on possible resolutions without having their voices and views overshadow those of our students. By encouraging constructive dialogue and creating inclusive, safe spaces, we believe our students will be able to exercise their critical thinking skills to make their own informed decisions.
Ultimately, it is our hope that this teaching and learning will provide avenues for students to connect their learning to the real world, including social, political, and/or environmental concerns that affect them and their lives. Through culturally relevant learning experiences that are connected to standards and learning targets, we will encourage the students to be critical thinkers, to inquire and learn from multiple and diverse perspectives, to collect evidence, and to take actions that combat inequity within the school and their local/national/global community.
The lessons our staff are planning on teaching were adapted from an interdisciplinary Social Sciences unit that was created this summer by a collaborative team of K-5 BSD teachers and Teachers on Special Assignment to be responsive to this current, significant moment in our history. The lessons are also aligned with:
Draft Ethnic Studies standards (most recent 8/19/20 Oregon Dept. of Edu. resource)
Original **draft** standards, which are currently undergoing updates
Superintendent Grotting’s declarative statement that Black Lives Matter on 6/25/20 and the BSD statement on Social and Political Expression on 9/30/2020 at 1:00 p.m.
The slide decks created by BSD for grades K-2 and 3-5 have been included for your convenience at the end of this newsletter. Please note that teachers may choose to modify these slide decks slightly to fit their needs of their students. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Ashlee Hudson & Carmen Roberti
Beaverton School District Seeks Applicants for Social Studies Project Team
Teachers, students, parents, administrators, and community members are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District’s Social Studies Project Team. The Social Studies Project Team will review existing Social Studies curriculum and practices in order to make curriculum adoption recommendations to the School Board. The Project Team’s work will begin on October 20, 2020 and will conclude by June of 2021. For more information on the Social Studies Project Team and a link to the application, please click here or email email@example.com
Weren't Able to Attend Our Title I Resource Night? No Problem. Check Out The Resources Below.
Information about comprehensive distance learning and our Title I plan.
Curbside Library Check Out Is Available!
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. outside of Ms. Dinsmore's classroom at the end of the front parking lot.
We will have Surprise Book Bundles ready to go so that you can drive up, provide your student ID number, then check out and be on your way. Once you have checked out you can keep the books for up to two weeks. Books can be returned at this time or put on cart in front of school anytime. We're really excited to get great books out to students!
Soon we will have mobile book delivery. Stay tuned for additional details.
Need Help Navigating Online Platforms or Want Ideas for Setting Up A Learning Space At Home? Click On The Family Toolkit Link Below
International Walk + Roll to Anywhere Day – October 7th, 2020
Join students and families from around the world as you walk or roll in your neighborhood on October 7th. (Please remember to stay 6 feet from those not in your household and wear a mask.) All community members are welcome to participate. Use the link to fill out the google form for each person that joined you on your trip. (BSD students may include name and student ID number for a prize entry). This year students can earn things like flashing safety lights, reflective shoelaces and new bike helmets. Schools with the most participation will also earn a Safe Routes to School book bundle for their school library. Finally, celebrate International Walk + Roll Day with our Beaverton community by visiting our Facebook page @BeavertonSafeRoutes to share a photo of you with a sign telling us why you love to walk, bike, scooter or skate! (Use the hashtag #BSDtogether)
Google Form Link: https://forms.gle/9rBZws7qDdqAj6Ab6
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A Message About Childcare from the YMCA
The YMCA is offering onsite Childcare at Kinnaman. We refer to this as Campus Connection. Program hours are from 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and include Y staff Distance Learning Support.
Our qualified staff will work closely with school districts, teachers, and families to provide distance learning support for each student in our care. The YMCA’s Emergency Care programs will devote the mornings and part of the afternoon of the schedule to school work/Homework and individualize the schedule as needed for each child.
For more information please contact:
Membership Engagement Specialist
Free Food Boxes
- 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.
- 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 http://211.org/.
- The Oregon Food Bank is open. Check here for more information: https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/.
Mental Health & Washington County Services
We know that these are stressful times for everyone. Below are some updates from our community regarding accessing behavioral health and other basic county services.
The Hawthorn Walk-in Center is closed until further notice for walk-in care, but they are available for phone and video supports. Please call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111 to access services. The crisis line will work to determine the best option for response. This may include phone support to address concerns.
If you are already connected to a mental health provider, please contact them first for support. While some offices may be closed, most providers are still offering telephone support to their enrolled clients.
Updates to all Washington County public services can be found here: https://www.co.washington.or.us/CAO/status-of-county-services.cfm
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
Wednesday, October 7 is a regular teaching day.
October 9 is a Staff Development Day and there is no school for students.