The Springville Saga

Springville K-8 Parent Newsletter (9/22/17)

Principal's Message

Dear Springville K-8 Parents & Community,

We had a fantastic start to the 2017-18 school year at Springville K-8! Despite a first week of smokey weather and no outside recess, students and staff were still happy and excited to start the year together. They were patient and flexible as we planned and participated in indoor recess for several days.

We also loved seeing so many families at Back To School Nights last week on Wednesday (K-3rd) and Thursday (4th-8th). A big shout out to our middle school students who volunteered to babysit younger children so that parents could attend classroom sessions with teachers - our babysitters were VERY busy both nights!! Many thanks to our PTO for helping to organize and provide childcare for our families.

This week we have settled into the routines of school, and students and staff are sharing the beginning of their units and expeditions. I have enjoyed talking with students about what books they are choosing to read and their individual reading goals. Our fall conferences are coming up October 12 & 13, and this is the time we discuss academic goals with you and how you can help support these goals at home. Please look for a schedule from your classroom teacher soon.

To close, we had our first All School Gathering this past Wednesday, and it was truly amazing to see our K-8 school all together again. There were so many smiles and such a sense of community in the room. Middle school teacher Brian Torres and a crew of staff helped plan and facilitate the ASG, and it was a wonderful kick off to our school year. Please see the video below that opened our ASG as it captures the beauty, the children, and the opportunity of Springville K-8!

Robin Kobrowski & Ellen Arnold

Upcoming Events

  • Lockdown Drill - Friday, Sept. 22
  • PTO Family Movie Night - Friday, Sept. 22 (6:30pm)
  • Springville Sprinters/Running Club Begins - Wednesday, Sept. 27
  • School Picture Day - Thursday, Sept. 28
  • Online Enrollment Verification Closes - Saturday, Sept. 30
  • Walk & Bike To School Day - Wednesday, Oct. 4
  • PTO Willamette Valley Pie Fundraiser Orders Due - Friday, Oct. 6
  • Scholastic Book Fair - Monday, Oct. 9 - Friday, Oct. 13
  • Fall Conferences - Thursday & Friday, Oct. 12 & 13 (No School for Students)
  • District-wide Earthquake Drill - Wednesday, Oct. 18
  • PTO Willamette Valley Pie Fundraiser (pick up) - Tuesday, Oct. 24
  • All School Gathering - Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • PTO Monster Bash Dance for Middle School - Friday, Oct. 27
  • PTO Fall Harvest Festival - Saturday, Oct. 28
  • 5th Grade JA Biztown - Monday, Oct. 30
  • Assessment Day - Friday, Nov. 3 (No School for Students)

Translation Tree

In order to communicate important school and district news to our non-English speaking families, we are starting a “Springville Translator Tree.” We need one bilingual contact person for each of the languages below. The contact will be sent emails in English, translate the message into their native language, and forward the translated email to other families who speak that language. The email will be as brief and succinct as possible.

Please contact Ellen Arnold if you would be willing to be our bilingual contact for any of the following languages*:

  • Arabic
  • Cambodian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Marathi
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

* If you do not see your language above and would like to be a translator, please email Ellen Arnold at . Thank you so much for your willingness to help with this important service to our non-English speaking families!

After School & Dismissal Procedures

Before and after school is a busy time at Springville. For those who live in the neighborhood, we strongly encourage you to walk or bike to school. Gather your friends and neighbors and make a "Walking School Bus"! For students who have a bus route, we encourage you to take the bus to and from school.

A couple of reminders about arrival and dismissal:

  • Please do not drop students off prior to 8:10am as we do not have supervision
  • Remind your students that choices in the morning are the playground, library, or cafeteria
  • A reminder that dogs should not be on district property. If you bring your dog during drop off or pick up times, please stay on the sidewalk along Joss Ave.

Thank you for your continued help and support to ensure safety for all students.

TAG Information

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is available in our school’s office. Completing this form gives our school TAG committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of its completion.

Oregon law and District policy define gifted students as those who score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, nationally normed test of mental ability and/or academic achievement. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

The Parent Information Form must be completed and returned to our school’s TAG facilitators Cynthia Pawlowski or Amanda Grock by October 20, 2017.

PTO Willamette Valley Pie Fundraiser

This year’s first school fundraiser will be through Willamette Valley Pie Company. This is an Oregon company who hand makes their pies and cobblers in Salem with NW fruit, all natural ingredients, no preservatives and no GMOs. Two crust fruit pies are trans-fat and dairy free. We are excited to be supporting this company that supports local farmers and creates Oregon jobs.


  • September 20th – Fundraiser begins
  • October 6 th – All orders with payment due
  • October 24th – Orders will be delivered to Springville and ready for pick up. Please note that all products arrive frozen and unbaked. Therefore, orders MUST be picked up from Springville on October 24th and promptly distributed.

More details on pick up will be sent out prior that day. Thank you!!


PTO Concession Donations Needed

The PTO has many upcoming events and needs to restock their concession supply. The following link contains their current needs. Thank you

Concession Donations

Welcome Back Springville Families! It's that time of year, time to re-stock the PTO pantry for all the up coming Fall events! Donations, clearly marked " For the PTO", can be left in the office, under the volunteer computer or mailed to: The Springville PTO, 6655 NW Joss Ave, Portland, OR 97229 Thank you for your continued generosity – We Are Crew! **PLEASE REMEMBER ALL DONATIONS TO THE PTO ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE**

Volunteering at Springville

Springville relies on its wonderful volunteers to help it run smoothly every day. We love and appreciate the volunteers that help in classrooms, in the work room, and at special events. We value volunteers and want you in our school!

For that reason, it's critically important for all volunteers to register with the district system ( The system requires a background check that can take time, so we ask that you register as soon as possible. This is required if you come often to volunteer or even if you come occasionally to help with classroom parties or volunteer on a field study. Every adult that works with students must be registered in our system with a background check.

We are also reminding parents that we are asking volunteers to keep younger siblings at home so that your full attention can be dedicated to Springville students. We hope this invites opportunities for families to connect for childcare and support one another so that more parents can volunteer if they wish.

Please click on the link below to register in the volunteer system.

Volunteer Registration

Click here to register as a volunteer for Springville K-8


NEW Online Payment System

Beaverton School District is implementing the Online Payment System for all schools. Using a Visa debit or credit card, you may make secure online payments for your students with no transaction fees. You will be able to access the Online Payment System at to pay:

· Student fees – athletic, student body, band, field trip, etc.

· Fines – lost library book, lost textbook

· Donations to programs and activities

Watch for more information as we start grade level field studies!

To access the system, you will need an active ParentVUE account. If you do not have a ParentVUE account, contact your school for an Activation Key code. Once the ParentVUE account is created, it may take up to 24 hours for the Online Payment System account to be activated. Here is a link to information on ParentVue:

Learning Options Information for 2018-19

The Beaverton School District is nationally recognized for high student achievement and innovative programs. Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or one of a number of small learning options. Transportation is provided.

Applications will be available starting Monday, October 23rd, 2017. All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Current Beaverton School District students will be able to apply online using their student ID, once the application portal opens. Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school will need to complete a paper application available online, or at any school office beginning October 23, 2017. The open house schedule will be updated the first week of October.

Early Release for 2017-18

This year, the district is implementing a 90-minute early release on Wednesday afternoons to allow teachers time to collaborate and participate in professional development opportunities. Springville K-8 releases at 1:35 p.m. every Wednesday.

The Early Release/Teacher Collaboration webpage includes an FAQ and an animated video in both English and Spanish. Use this link: Early Release/Teacher Collaboration webpage.

I encourage you to visit the webpage to learn more.