Terra Linda Tiger Tale

October 1, 2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Terra Linda Families,

I hope you were able to read the message sent out yesterday from our School District. If you missed it, here is the link again: https://www.smore.com/42k1a-social-political-expression?ref=email

In the coming weeks, our Terra Linda students will be introduced to the concepts of identity, diversity, race and racism using age-appropriate curriculum, and we will be sure to create safe spaces for students to make sense of these topics and the world around them. We look forward to engaging in this important work with our students. We are committed to providing an environment in all our classrooms for students to learn from diverse perspectives and take action to promote equity both inside and outside of our school. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me by calling Terra Linda or sending me an email at christina_batsell@beaverton.k12.or.us

Tips to Support At-Home Learning

Comprehensive Distance Learning has created a unique opportunity for parents/guardians to listen in to the lessons or supports that teachers are providing to their child(ren). As you listen in, there will be times when students come across tasks that are difficult, questions they cannot answer, or assignments they don't know how to start. We are actively teaching students how to persevere, what to do when they don't know where to start, how to have a Growth Mindset where we learn from our mistakes. Our goal is not to put students into situations that are way beyond their ability level, but we do want to create opportunities for Productive Struggle where they have opportunities to use some of the skills we are teaching them.

What does this all mean for parents/guardians at home?

Please do your best to allow students to answer questions incorrectly or take time to think about a problem and how they might approach it before you step in. If your child is working on something independently, you might try asking some of these questions:

  • What do you need to do?
  • What resources could you look at for help?
  • What have you tried already?
  • What could you try first?

If the teacher is working with your child in a small group or one-on-one, please just listen in or give them a lot of space to work with the teacher. If you suggest answers or try to help your child, you may accidentally take away a learning opportunity from them. In these small group or individual sessions, teachers are there to assist and coach your child. Thank you for stepping away and allowing your child to take full advantage of this focused learning opportunity.

Thank you for being our continued partners during this unique time.

With appreciation,


Upcoming Events

***This Week***

Thursday, October 1: Multilingual Family Night 6:30-8:00pm (details below)

  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 993 8594 4933
  • Passcode: Tigers

***Week of October 5***

Monday, October 5: Deadline to place a Hold on Library Books for pick-up on 10/8

Tuesday, October 6: Grab & Go Day 11:00am-12:00pm

  • Free Meals for all children
  • 3rd Grade Classroom Supplies

Wednesday, October 7: Regular Day of School (like a typical Thursday)

  • 10/7 and 10/8 will run like a typical Thursday & Friday
  • Since there is no school on Friday for students, we are running 4 consecutive days of regular school this week.

Wednesday, October 7: Help with Canvas for Parents/Guardians at 6:30pm (Optional)

  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 959 7926 2449
  • Passcode: Tigers

Thursday, October 8: Help with Canvas for Parents/Guardians at 8:30am (Optional)

  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 959 7926 2449
  • Passcode: Tigers

Thursday, October 8: Grab & Go Day 11:00-12:00

  • Free Meals for all children
  • Food Backpack Pick-up
  • Kinder, 1st, and 2nd Grade: Book Exchange
  • Any Terra Library Library Books placed on hold by 9/28

Friday, October 9: No School

  • Staff Development Day

***Week of October 12***

Monday, October 12: Deadline to place a Hold on Library Books for pick-up on 10/15

Tuesday, October 13: Grab & Go Day 11:00-12:00

  • Free Meals for all children - Pick up near the Flag Pole
  • 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade: PE Supplies Pick-up

Tuesday, October 13: Book Mobile by School Bus

  • Locations & Times TBD

Thursday, October 15 Grab & Go Day 11:00-12:00

  • Free Meals for all children
  • Food Backpack Pick-up
  • Kinder, 1st, and 2nd Grade: Book Exchange & PE Supplies Pick-up
  • Any Terra Library Library Books placed on hold by 10/12

See the full year BSD calendar here

Multilingual Family Night Tonight

Our first meeting is tonight at 6:30pm! Any family who speaks a language other than English at home is welcome to attend, even if you are also fluent in English!

We will focus on helping families with resources for Comprehensive Distance Learning and answer your questions.

Zoom Information

  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 993 8594 4933
  • Passcode: Tigers

Engagement in CDL

Thank you for all you are doing during Distance Learning. Thank you for helping your child(ren) follow their daily schedule and for reminding them to participate in their class meetings, lessons, activities, and assignments each day.

Students will get the most value out of each day if they are able to join their class, small group, or individual session whenever it is scheduled. If your child needs to occasionally miss something, please be sure to find the video link of that lesson or activity that is posted in Seesaw (K-3) or Canvas (4-5) at the end of each day. Students can still participate in whatever they missed by viewing these videos and completing the related activities. Our hope is that this happens very infrequently. Regular participation during live sessions is the best way to help students learn.

If you will be absent for a full day, It is most helpful if you contact the Attendance Line at 503-356-2491 to report the absence. You can also let teachers know by email, Seesaw, or Canvas. Teachers will not be sending you a summary of what you will be missing. Instead, our expectation is that students view the videos of what they missed and complete all posted activities and assignments so they are ready to participate when they return.

Wednesday, October 7 Schedule Reminder

Please note that the District will follow a different student schedule next week. Students will have a regular synchronous learning day on Wednesday, October 7, as opposed to an independent asynchronous learning day. There are no scheduled classes on Friday, October 9.

For your planning purposes, the following Wednesdays also will be traditional synchronous learning days: January 20, February 17 and June 2.

Setting Up & Navigating Canvas for 4th & 5th Grade Parents/Guardians

Please take a few minutes to view each of the videos linked here. They are also posted on the Family Toolkit website on the button below.

  • Canvas 101: Basic introduction to navigating Canvas — the learning management system used by our 4rd-5th grade teachers (4 minutes)
  • Canvas 102: Navigating the calendar and dashboard in Canvas (4 minutes)
  • Canvas 103: Managing Canvas notifications (3 minutes)
  • Canvas 104: Grades, scores and feedback in Canvas (4 minutes)
  • Canvas 105: How to communicate with teachers in Canvas (2 minutes)
  • Canvas Webinar: Includes the above topics as well as how to set up a Parent/Guardian Canvas Account

After you have viewed these videos and if you still have questions, please join us for one of these Help with Canvas for Parents/Guardians sessions on Zoom:

  • Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30pm
  • Thursday, October 8 at 8:30am

Zoom Info for both Canvas Help Sessions:

  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 959 7926 2449
  • Passcode: Tigers

If you need to participate in a language other than English, please contact the Terra Linda office so we can arrange an interpreted session at another time.

Family Toolkit

BSD launched a library of resources and on-demand videos to support families during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). We'll be adding to our Family Toolkit throughout the next few months.

Tips for Grab & Go Days: Every Tuesday & Thursday from 11:00-12:00

What is Available? Grab & Go Days are every Tuesday and Thursday at Terra Linda from 11:00-12:00. If items are available for an entire grade level, your child's teacher will let you know what day to come to pick them up. You can also watch News & Notes for details of upcoming Grab & Go Days. Be sure to look at the Upcoming Events calendar above to see what items are available each day.

What to do if you cannot attend a Grab & Go day for your child? Just call our office at 503-356-2490 and make arrangements to pick up items anytime after the scheduled day and time. We are not able to have items prepared early. The only thing we cannot distribute at other times is breakfast & lunch.

What if we have children who have a Grab & Go event on both Tuesday and Thursday? You can come to Terra Linda on both Tuesday and Thursday, or you can wait until Thursday to pick up everything for your family. Unfortunately we won't have Thursday's items ready on Tuesday.

Library Books: Anyone who has placed a hold on a Terra Linda library book by Monday each week can pick up the book(s) on Thursday each week.

Free Meals: All families are invited to pick up free meals for all children in their family during the Grab & Go times. On Tuesday, each child receives two breakfasts & two lunches. On Thursday, each child receives three of each meal. Children do not be present to pick up meals.

Masks Required: Please wear a mask to participate in Grab & Go.

Drive or Walk: You are welcome to arrive in a vehicle or walk up to our meal or supply distribution lines. We have a staff member stationed in our cross walk connecting the Terra Linda Neighborhood and our school.

Local Food Resources

Cedar Mill Bible Church Food Pantry - Drop in any of the times listed below

12208 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, Oregon 97229

  • Thursdays 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Fridays 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sundays 9:00am-1:00pm

Cedar Mill Bible Church Food Pantry Deliveries - Call 503.644.3156 to arrange for delivery

  • Thursdays from 9:00am-1:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Sundays 9:00am-1:00pm

USDA Free Food Box program

Wednesdays beginning October 7

  • Aloha HS: 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Beaverton HS: 12:00-1:00pm
  • Southridge HS: 12:00-1:00pm

Community Resources Link

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Family Resources

Click on the button below to find Family Resources we've included in previous Tiger Tales. Here are the topics:
  • Family Toolkit
  • Help with Technology
  • Free Meal Distribution Sites & Info
  • Setting up a Home Learning Environment
  • At Home Learning Tips
  • Visual Schedule & Zones of Regulation Templates
  • Placing Holds on Library Books - Video
  • Damage/Loss Protection Coverage for BSD Devices at Home
  • Volunteering
  • Club K Daycare
  • Clothes Closet
  • Comcast Internet Essentials & Hotspots
  • Applying for Meal Benefits
  • BSD COVID-19 Resources
  • Behavioral Health Phone Line
  • Mental Health & Washington County Resources
  • Community Resources during CDL
  • 2-page Resource for Community Resources in Washington County

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Questions? Contact Terra Linda

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