Findley Elementary School
December 4, 2020
Message from the Principal
Greetings Findley Families,
Happy December! I hope the days off last week offered an opportunity for your family to reconnect, recharge, and have a much needed screen break.
The month of December at Findley is one filled with tradition. Typically, this is the month in which we participate in our annual Giving Tree and our Sing-a-Long. This year, as with so much in our lives in 2020, we will be making some adjustments and modifications to these two annual traditions.
Each December, our school community comes together to provide much needed holiday support for families in our school district. Our annual “Giving Tree” will be taking place, with a few modifications this year. If you wish to support families in need, please visit our website for information on how to donate on-line, or drop a gift card off at the office, M-F, 8:00-4:00. Thank you in advance for helping brighten people’s winter holiday season.
Also in December, Findley has traditionally held a holiday Sing-A-Long event. Last year, prior to the school shut closure, our school Leadership Team was evaluating our tradition of this annual Sing-A-Long in which we sing several, mostly Christmas, holiday songs. This year, as we work towards becoming an anti-bias, anti-racist school community, we are looking at this tradition even more critically. Given that we are in distance learning this year, we have the opportunity to rethink how we will continue this tradition and to be more inclusive and responsive to our diverse school community in future years. I welcome any feedback from our families on how we can make our annual sing-a-long more representative and inclusive. That said, we will be continuing the tradition of wearing our PJs to “school” the last day before Winter Break. Students are encouraged to participate, and don’t forget to take pictures and submit them for the yearbook! .You can do that here.
Finally families, December 15 is our second installment of our Parent Partnership Series. On this night we will be welcoming a guest speaker from The Parent Support Network. The evening will be facilitated by our school social worker, Sarah Healy. The focus is parent wellness and mental health strategies. We hope you can join us! RSVP information is below.
Enjoy your weekend, Dragons!
Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.
Parent Partnership Remote Edition: Parent Wellness and Mental Health
General concerns and anxieties can be difficult to manage during the best of situations, but what happens when you are trying to manage them during a pandemic? Learn about the range of mental health for children and adults and practice strategies to effectively respond to stress and engage in wellness.
This evening will be facilitated by our School Social Worker, Sarah Healy, LSSW, CWSA
with a Guest Speaker from The Parent Support Network of Beaverton, Kaari Tattar.
Review The Parent Support Network website.
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Where: RSVP Here and we will send you the Zoom Link to the event.
We hope to see you there!
Give Now!! Online Donations close 12/15
The 3 W’s for a Safe Holiday
WEAR your mask, WATCH your distance, WASH your hands
This year the Oregon Health Authority has encouraged everyone to participate in low-risk holiday activities to keep all Oregonians safe during the pandemic, because we know social gatherings have been the catalyst for a significant level of spread of the Coronavirus. If you are planning on gathering with family or friends this holiday season, it is important to remember the 3 W’s to keep you and your family safe - wear your mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands!
Low risk ideas for this holiday season:
● Make seasonal dishes with the people you live with
● Enjoy time outside and plan a family walk
● Meet virtually
● Shop locally or online
It is safest to stay home and celebrate. If you are planning on traveling or having someone who does not live with you attend your holiday activities, it is important to take precautions and celebrate safely.
Tips to help keep you and your family safe:
● Stay home and avoid others when you are sick or have been exposed to illness
● Get your flu vaccine
● Wear your face covering and only remove it to eat
● Wash your hands frequently
● Maintain 6 feet of distance
● Limit the gathering to 6 or less people
● Take your seasonal activities outdoors
● Prepare individual food plates to limit the sharing of utensils
● Drive instead of fly, if possible
● Get COVID-19 tested before going anywhere or reduce interaction with others outside of your home for 2 weeks before a social gathering
If you want more information, see additional CDC recommendations. Have a safe and joyous holiday season!
Tag & Summa Updates
Fees / Fines
Please be sure to log into your ParentVue Online payment account to pay any Fees or Fines that may have been added to your students account.
It is critical that we keep our Fees and Fines paid to help purchase new books and computers for our students.
Notes from the PTO Board:
Dragon Dash T-Shirt & Prize Pickup!
If you missed the t-shirt and prize pickup day for Dragon Dash on 11/18, they’re now available inside the school lobby. EVERY STUDENT HAS A T-SHIRT! There’s a list with your student's name, t-shirt size, and whether or not they earned the bracelet/yo-yo combination.
We need your help!
Submit your photos to the Yearbook!
Submit your best photos to the yearbook. This upcoming week we are requesting candids for Team Jersey Day on November 20th! Take photos of your kids wearing their favorite team jersey and upload to the Spirit Days folder - see directions below.
In a Google Chrome browser, go to: https://commpe.pictavo.com/PictavoSchool/FindSchool
Search for Findley Elementary or use the code: 94012
Click ‘Create an Account’
Use your email address to make your account
(You only need to do this once!)
Click on the blue ‘Upload Images’ bar
Select the image(s) to upload
Choose which album to upload the image to
Don’t forget to “Tag” the people in the photo
Congratulations! You’ve completed the upload and supported the yearbook! There is no limit to how many photos you can upload, so keep them coming!
Up Coming Events
LIBRARY BOOK PICKUP DAYS AND TIME
Mondays 11am - 12 noon & 2pm - 4pm
Fridays 10:30am - 12:30pm
Bus Stop Wednesdays.
1:32 - 2:02 Bannister & Hamel Dr.
2:07 - 2:37 Skycrest between Spuceridge & Eagleridge
2:42 - 3:13 - Blackcomb & Whistler
3:16 - 3:46 - Tunstin Ranch Dr. North of Yvonne Ln.
9th 3rd - 5th grade PE Supply pickup 10am - 1pm
15th - Parent Partnership #2
16th - Kindy - 2nd grade PE Supply pickup 10am - 1pm
18th - Pajama Day - All School Virtual Assembly
12/21-1/1 - Winter Break NO SCHOOL
4th - Return to School
18th No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
22nd - Virtual Assembly - Hat Day