CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ December 3, 2021
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE by MONICA ARBOW
Nancy Ryles Families,
I hope you had a peaceful Thanksgiving break. It's hard to believe that December is upon us. We are in the midst of several holidays this month, which brings us to our Season of Caring. We are grateful for our partnership with Mountainside High School again this year, who will be supporting 60 children with holiday gifts and household items for families. In addition to this support, our generous and hard-working NRCO will be supporting 30 additional Nancy Ryles families. With just over 20% of our school qualifying for free/reduced lunch benefits (which extends beyond just lunch benefits), we have over 100 families who are in need of extra support over the long, holiday break. Please see the NRCO section below for how you can help support our Season of Caring.
On another note, I am pleased to introduce our new Office Assistant, Aran Redding, who started this week at Nancy Ryles! Aran comes to us from Five Oaks Middle School, where she served as Office Assistant prior to coming here. She has worked in the Beaverton School District since 2012 at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in general education, special education, and office settings. Before then, she worked for 16 years in corporate office environments. Her skillset, leadership, and warm demeanor is the perfect asset to our school community, and she is excited to join our Crocodile Team! Please join me in welcoming Aran!
Lastly, we learned of some new guidelines for masks this week. Beginning today, students are not required to wear masks while outside. This includes arrival and dismissal times, as well as recess. Students watched a video message from me this morning to talk about these changes as well as expectations for being in charge of your own mask, where to safely keep your mask while at recess, and making sure that your mask is back on by the time you enter the building. Obviously, students can still wear masks while outside if they feel more comfortable doing so. That is a family decision and a conversation that you can have at home. However, teachers and staff will not be able to monitor and enforce whose parents are requesting that their child's mask stays on while outside. This will be your student's responsibility based on your family's desire for your child. Please note that masks are still required while on the bus.
As with any new change, we will be ready to support students as needed on these new guidelines.
Coffee With The Principal
December 14: 9:30 a.m.
February 15: 9:30 a.m.
April 12: 9:30 a.m.
Beaverton City Library
Winter Break Videos
English video: https://youtu.be/QepM_5ojYYo
Beaverton City Library has books, movies, games, Activities-to-Go, and lots of great online and onsite events over winter break. And it's all free!
Spanish video: https://youtu.be/7Aow4DgFcrMLa Biblioteca de la Ciudad de Beaverton tiene libros, películas, juegos, Actividades Para Llevar y muchos eventos excelentes en línea y en la biblioteca durante las vacaciones de invierno. ¡Y todo es gratis!
Video to share: Reading Recommendations
Looking for your next read? MacKenzie shares over 20 books in under 7 minutes to give you some ideas of a few things to read during your time off from school!
Oregon Battle of the Books—Zoom Challenge, January 2
Attention all 3-5 grade OBOB readers! Beaverton City Library is hosting a Zoom OBOB Challenge on Sunday, January 2nd at 2:00 PM. We’ll ask library-created questions from all 16 of this year’s Oregon Battle of the Books, so grab your pencils and get ready to test your knowledge. Register starting Dec. 2 at www.BeavertonLibrary.org/OBOB
OBOB Coordinators--We will post all of our unofficial questions for you to use in practice. Visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org/OBOB for the complete battles in early January.
Safe Routes to School Announcement
Don’t let your guard down!
Our crossing guards work hard every day to help our children get to and from school safely. Whether on school property or in the community, if you see a crossing guard, please do what they are asking you to do. It takes all of us to keep the roads safe for everyone. Please be especially mindful in school zones, at intersections and crosswalks (marked and unmarked), near bike lanes and in neighborhoods. Thank you!
NRCO NEWS & EVENTS
This week we are featuring our first grade team! Take some time to check out their Staff Spotlight, what a fun opportunity to get to know our staff better. Each staff person featured is receiving a treat from the NRCO (you!).
Dining for Dollars - Save the Date
Wednesday, December 15th, 11am-9pm
Pietro's Pizza, on SW Canyon Rd.
Mention Nancy Ryles, sign in to log the amount spent and 20% of proceeds will be donated back to the NRCO.
Next NRCO Meeting - Guest Speaker
Tuesday, January 11th on Zoom. A link will be emailed.
Save the dates and join us in January, February, and March as we welcome guest speaker Megan Barella. Join all three sessions or any one individual. We will grow as a parenting/caregiving community as Megan guides us through her real life strategies in "Connection and Cooperation by becoming a Confident and Compassionate leader in your family."
Season of Caring: Going on NOW, until December 10
This holiday season the NRCO will be sponsoring a gift card drive for Nancy Ryles Elementary School families in need. In conjunction with Mountainside High School, who is graciously providing gifts, we are supporting 30 of our own school’s families. To celebrate the start of our Season of Caring gift card drive, the NRCO has purchased $500 in gift cards to Target and Safeway. There is a collection box in the school office, for your gift card donations. We are specifically requesting gift cards of $10-25 to Walmart, Safeway, Target, and Fred Meyer. These help families pay for groceries, gas, clothes, and household items. Gift cards are given to families during the holiday season and throughout the school year as family needs arise. Thank you for participating in Season of Caring!
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)- Looking for readers AND volunteers!
OBOB is a voluntary state-wide reading motivation and comprehension program for 3rd-12th grades. It involves teams of 4-5 students reading 16 books, then participating in trivia “battles” about the books. Any 3rd-5th grade student is welcome to participate. We hold our first meeting in December to form teams and start reading. Battles will start taking place in January. We need 2 volunteers to help with OBOB, particularly parents of 3rd and 4th grade OBOB participants. You can sign up via BetterImpact under Oregon Battle of the Books. Please contact Jill Rector at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. Additional OBOB information and this year’s book list can be found here.
Volunteer Needs - If you're ready, we're happy to have your help!
Production Room, Most requested by teachers!
Help our teachers by making copies, prepping supplies, sharpening pencils, laminating. Morning and afternoon shifts are available daily. If you’d like training, Amanda Cary is available Tuesdays from 8:30-10:30.
Our students are enjoying being back in the library checking out books! Mrs. Osborne needs our help processing returned books. Shifts are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8:30-11:15 and 12:30-3:00.
Classroom Liaisons - *Training Next Week*
This person helps to coordinate volunteers specifically for one teacher. If we are able to have Friendship parties, they will work with other grade-level liaisons to coordinate the Friendship parties in February. We are still in need of Classroom Liaisons for: Davenport, Beals, Olson, Otter, Minnieweather, and Gittings. We will have Classroom Liaison Training next Thursday on December 9, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., currently planned on Zoom.
All volunteer opportunities are posted on Better Impact.
You must upload your vaccination card or immunization record to be eligible to volunteer on school property. This can be done in your volunteer profile on Better Impact ("My Profile" tab -> "Additional Information" -> "Beaverton School District," scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the COVID-19 Vaccination section).
Let's Be Social
Staff Spotlight-First Grade Team
UPCOMING EVENTS AT NANCY RYLES ELEMENTARY
November 29-December 10 -- Season of Caring
December 20-31 -- Winter Break
Monday, January 3 -- School Resumes
FUTURE SPIRIT DAYS
January 7 – Dress Like a Character Day
February 11 – Twin Day (or Multiples)
March 4 – 90’s Day
April 1 – Wacky Hair or Hat Day
May 6 – Color Block (each grade level gets assigned a color to wears)
June 3 -- Beach/Hawaiian Day
BSD flyers listed here are from community organizations with approved facility use and intergovernmental agencies (City of Beaverton, THPRD, WCCLS, and Washington County).
* NEWS WORTH REPEATING FROM PREVIOUS CROC TALKS *
READING AT NANCY RYLES - PARENT VIDEO
Contains current information from Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Washington County Public Health.
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS
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Nancy Ryles Instagram: nancyryleselementary
The NRCO Facebook page is: facebook.com/NRCO1
The NRCO Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/nrco_nancyryleselementary/
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