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Chehalem Elementary Newsletter- January 22, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Chehalem Families,

We received new metrics from the governor and health departments on January 19th to help us determine our safe schools reopening plan. The biggest change is in the number of cases per 100,000 over the past two weeks for the Washington and Multnomah Counties (since more than 10% of our staff live in Multnomah Co.). It increased from 100 cases to 350/100,000 over the previous two weeks. Current metrics align with those numbers.

Teachers and other school staff should be able to start scheduling first rounds of vaccinations next week. The process is still very vague, but getting everyone vaccinated who can be is the first step towards getting staff and students back to school in a safe manner.

I am asking teachers to start removing their personal items from classrooms so we can start making extra space for students to be able to social distance when they return. There will be lots of preparation prior to the possibility of students coming back, but we are starting now to be ready!

Below is a photo of one model classroom with 25 desks that are easily spread out in the room, with both an A and B cohort having their own desks (cohort A in seats 1 and 3 and B in 2 and 4, for example). Every classroom is different in what furniture it currently has and what changes are needed to make it in compliance with the Ready Schools Safe Learners Guidelines. The newest changes made this week are designated in green.

I don't have an update on when the district will be polling parents regarding their plan to return to school or remain in CDL, but I will send a reminder once I know it has gone out. You will be receiving more information as it rolls out. We want you to have as much information as possible before you make the decision for your child's method of education for the remainder of the year.

Reminder that there is no school on Friday, February 5th due to a grading day for teachers. Report cards/Progress Reports will be accessible the following Friday through ParentVue. Wednesday, February 3rd will still be asynchronous since teachers are working that Friday. The week of President's day (February 15th) will have no school on Monday for the holiday, but a typical synchronous day that Wednesday, February 17th with Monday specials happening.

Please sign up for an appointment for school pictures below if you are interested.

Stay healthy and well!

Sincerely, Angee Silliman


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School Pictures are Coming- Sign Up NOW!

As the official school photographer for Chehalem Elementary we are excited to take your photos. Click on the link below to schedule an appointment for your student(s).

We will be taking individual photos for your school on February 3rd. Do not delay, please schedule your appointment today!

Please come to the school to check-in under the covered area in the back of the school. Photos will be taken in the gym and entry is by the gym external doors only. You may park in the bus lane, as this would be the closest parking, or park in the main lot and walk around the building. Please ensure you are wearing a face mask. Appointments are required and can be scheduled using the link above. If you are early please remain in your car until 3 minutes prior to your appointment time. When you arrive we ask that you wear your face mask until your appointment starts. Our photographer will also be wearing a mask and we will be sanitizing often.

Pre-Order Pictures Today!

You have the ability to pre-order pictures only by visiting and searching for your school name. Your online order can be placed now and up to four (4) days after picture day. If you prefer to pay by cash or check there will be order forms at the event for you to fill out.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Customer Advocate Team by email at or by phone at (800) 826-3535. We look forward to seeing you soon!

District Budget Listening Opportunity

Please watch this video and feel free to give input to the district through this form if you would like.

Sing Along Coming Up

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January Words of the Month are "I can and I will"

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Word of the Month for February

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Playground Reminders

School playgrounds and open fields are available for community use. Families are welcome to use playgrounds and open fields during and after school hours and do so at their own risk.

Turf fields and stadiums remain closed for any community use. Tennis courts are open for use by THPRD and in accordance with existing agreements.

The playgrounds and open fields at schools with emergency daycare are closed for community use. Schools with emergency daycares currently include Cooper Mountain Elementary School, Findley Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, and Sexton Mountain Elementary School. The list of schools with emergency daycare is subject to change.

Playground equipment will not be sanitized by school staff. Playground visitors are recommended to take precautions for health and safety.

  • Follow state guidelines on outdoor recreation activities and face coverings.
  • Wash hands before and after visiting the playground.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from people outside your immediate household.
  • Bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes for use on surfaces you touch.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath.

The guidelines keep changing regarding mask wearing outside, in public areas, but I know people appreciate it if at least the adults wear masks when they are with their children in public outdoor settings. Continue doing your best to stay safe and healthy.

Testing for Talented and Gifted Student Identification

Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience as we navigate TAG/Summa testing during the 2020-21 school year. The following updates have been made to our current Identification processes to reflect comprehensive distance learning and research on test score stability.

TAG/Summa Testing

  • TAG testing for students nominated by parents or teachers will occur in the spring

  • Current 5th graders will have the opportunity to qualify for Summa by testing in late spring/summer

  • Outdoor testing opportunities for TAG/Summa will also be available in early summer

  • Current 3rd and 4th graders will take reading and math achievement tests (ITBS) in the fall

  • Current 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will take a cognitive ability (CogAT) screener test in fall

  • In addition to national norms, local norms will be explored for TAG/Summa identification

Summa Qualifying Tests and Criteria

  • No change in admission criteria, only tests used

  • Results from full version CogAT tests (composite score ) in grades K-5 can be used to qualify for Summa

  • Results of achievement tests in grades 3-5 can be used to qualify for Summa

    • Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) Language Arts and Math tests

    • ITBS/Logramos Reading and Math tests (total scores)


  • Testing opportunities will be posted on the BSD TAG page as they become available

  • Invitations to test will be sent via School Messenger prior to testing dates

  • Summa eligible students will be notified before January 15, 2021

Please direct questions to Heidi Hanson, or 503-356-4548.

Estimadas familias,

Gracias por su paciencia mientras administramos los exámenes TAG/Summa durante el año escolar 2020-21. Se han realizado las siguientes actualizaciones a nuestros procesos de identificación actuales para reflejar el aprendizaje a distancia y la investigación sobre la estabilidad de la puntuación de los exámenes.

Exámenes TAG / Summa

  • Los exámenes TAG para los estudiantes nominados por los padres o maestros ocurrirán en la primavera

  • Los estudiantes actuales de 5º grado tendrán la oportunidad de ser considerados para el programa Summa mediante el examen a fines de la primavera/verano

  • Las oportunidades de exámenes al aire libre para TAG/Summa también estarán disponibles a principios del verano

  • Los estudiantes actuales de 3º y 4º grado tomarán exámenes de rendimiento en lectura y matemáticas (ITBS) en el otoño

  • Los estudiantes actuales de 2º, 3º y 4º grado tomarán un examen de evaluación de habilidades cognitivas (CogAT) en otoño

  • Además de las normas nacionales, se explorarán las normas locales para la identificación de TAG/Summa

Exámenes y criterios de calificación de SUMMA

  • No hay cambios en los criterios de admisión, solo se utilizan exámenes

  • Los resultados de los exámenes CogAT en los grados K-5 se pueden usar para calificar para el programa SUMMA

  • Los resultados de los exámenes de rendimiento en los grados 3-5 se pueden usar para calificar para el programa SUMMA

    • Exámenes de literatura y matemáticas del Sistema de Evaluación Estatal de Oregón (OSAS)

    • ITBS/Logramos


  • Las oportunidades de exámenes se publicarán en la página BSD TAG a medida que estén disponibles.

  • Las invitaciones para el examen se enviarán a través de School Messenger antes de las fechas del examen.

  • Los estudiantes elegibles para Summa serán notificados antes del 15 de enero de 2021

Dirija sus preguntas a Heidi Hanson, o al 503-356-4548.

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Food Menus- For Food Pick-up on Tuesday and Thursday 11-12:00

Children often have a hard time choosing their entrees if they don't know what the choices will be ahead of time. Follow this link to find meal choices for the month under the "Menus" dropdown.

Food Resources

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PTO Corner

Sincerely, Angee Silliman

Principal at Chehalem Elementary