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Chehalem Elementary Newsletter- April 30, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Chehalem Families,

We have some fun events coming up before the end of the year. Look for information from Ms. Blanchard or your classroom teachers about the virtual book fair and virtual talent show. The 5th grade celebration is also being planned (with safety guidance from the district) and Mr. Sanborn is setting up some Young Audiences virtual performances.

Staff Appreciation Week is next week. Please let your favorite teacher or support staff know how much you appreciate them with an email or kind word. All of our staff members work very hard to keep kids safe and learning. I am thankful for each and every one of them!

Thank you for notifying the office if your child has any of the primary symptoms of COVID (listed in the photo above). Our office or health staff would reach out to gather additional information and give you guidance. It takes the efforts of the community to keep everyone safe.

Let's all enjoy our last few weeks of school. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child's teacher or the front office.


Angee Silliman


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3rd Grade Ms. Pugsley's Class is Gardening

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Butterflies are Born in Kindergarten! Metamorphosis is Amazing!

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State Testing- Please Complete the Form End of Day if you are Opting In

Below is a copy of the information the district sent out requesting that you respond as to whether or not you would like your children to participate in state testing. You, as the parent, get to decide if you would like your child to participate or not. It does not affect your student negatively in any way if they do not participate. Testing will be done on Wednesdays and transportation will be provided by the district if needed, therefore, please complete the form by April 30th if you want your child to participate.

April 19, 2021

Dear BSD Families,

Because of the pandemic, the Oregon Department of Education requested a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education that would have allowed school districts to skip state testing this spring. However, the federal government denied that request. Therefore, to maintain our federal funding, the Beaverton School District must offer testing to our students. Parents and guardians have the right to OPT OUT their students from testing. More on that below.

Shortened versions of the following statewide tests will be offered:

  • 3rd Grade: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics

  • 4th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics

  • 5th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics & Science

  • 6th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics

  • 7th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics

  • 8th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics & Science

  • 11th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics & Science

To maximize in-person instruction time for Hybrid students and to provide testing opportunities for Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and FLEX Online School students, the district will provide testing opportunities on Wednesdays (asynchronous learning days only) in May and June. Students will take the tests at their home schools; FLEX students will take the tests at the District’s Central Administration Center (16550 SW Merlo Rd.). Transportation will be provided for students who live one mile (elementary) or 1.5 miles (secondary) from their home schools; FLEX families must provide their own transportation. (Note: if a school plans to test outside of the Wednesday windows, the school will communicate an alternate schedule directly with families.)

Testing Start Times

Testing End Times

Elementary (Morning Session**)

9:00 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

Elementary (Afternoon Session**)

12:45 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Testing Dates

Elementary and K-8 Schools

Secondary Schools

May 12

Grade 3 and 6 (Afternoon Session - ELA)

Grade 5 and 8 (Morning Session - ELA)

Grade 7 (ELA & Math)

May 19

Grade 3 and 6 (Afternoon Session - Math)

Grade 5 and 8 (Morning Session - Math)

Grade 8 (ELA & Math)

Grade 11 (ELA & Math)

May 26

Grade 4 and 7 (Afternoon Session - ELA)

Grade 5 and 8 (Morning Session-Science)

Grade 6 (ELA & Math)

Grade 11 (Science)

June 9

Grade 4 and 7 (Morning Session - Math)

Grade 8 (Science)

To help us schedule transportation and deliver a safe and successful testing experience for every student, we need to know by April 30 whether your student will or will not participate. Please complete this form in English or Spanish.

If you need additional translation services, please call our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would a student choose to test?

Test scores provide one piece of evidence of student attainment of state standards.

Will students be penalized or receive a negative grade if they don’t test?


Will my child’s school be penalized or receive a negative report card rating if my student doesn’t test?

No. The U.S. Department of Education won’t require the Oregon Department of Education to use summative test data for accountability purposes this year.

Will schools be adhering to the same safety protocols as during In-Person Hybrid Instruction?

The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. All safety protocols will be followed including mandatory mask wearing and social distancing.

Who will administer the tests?

School staff who have met training and security requirements will administer the test.

How long is each test?

The Oregon Department of Education has decreased the number of questions in the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics tests by 40% and removed field test questions from the science test. The estimated testing times are:

English Language Arts (ELA)

1:15 hr.


1 hr.


1:20 hr.

Can my student opt to take one test but not another (for example, take English Language Arts (ELA) but not Mathematics)?


My student needs transportation. When will I find out when and where my student will be picked up and dropped off?

Families will receive an email on May 10 with their students’ routes, bus stop locations and pick-up and drop-off times.

When can I expect to receive my child’s test results?

We expect individual overall student test results will be available in ParentVue in August. Contrary to prior years, the Oregon Department of Education won’t be reporting subscores. For example, in English Language Arts (ELA), students won’t receive subscores in reading, writing, listening and research.

Will test results be used to identify students for TAG or Summa?

No. Statewide, many students continue to learn remotely, and parents may not wish to have their children participate in testing this year. In addition, the circumstances under which students have participated in learning this year have varied widely compared to a traditional school year. If this year’s test participation isn’t representative of students across Oregon, percentiles produced by the Oregon Department of Education won’t be comparable to prior years. While these percentiles may be informative for parents, they won’t be used for identification or placement decisions.

English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics tests are one way for students to demonstrate Essential Skills to earn a diploma. Are Essential Skills required for the Class of 2022?

No. On April 15, 2021, the State Board of Education suspended the Essential Skills graduation requirement for the Class of 2022. The Board previously suspended the requirement for the Class of 2021.

PTO Corner

Raffle Winners!!!

Winners have been randomly chosen!! Meet Doogie and watch the video to see if you won! Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets and all of our donors. We are grateful for our community coming together to support our great school. Winners can pick up their prizes through the office between 8:00 and 4:00 M-F.


Winco Foods, The Portland Timbers, Willamette Valley Vineyards,

Enchanted Forest, Bullwinkles Family Fun Center, Nothing Bundt Cake, Great Harvest Bakery, Bark Zone, Shamrock Community Management, Kaady Car Wash, Music Together Resonate, Amanda Whisman of Be Mandy Things, The Spera Family, Haley Brunner, The Snyder Family, The Newell Family, & Joanie Pape.

Chehalem Challenges!!!

The PTO is sponsoring three optional, fun challenges for students. There's a different challenge each month and winners will be sent a gift card. BONUS: The teacher who has the most students participate in the challenge will also receive a gift card. Help your teacher win! Submissions will be done through a Google Form. See the flier for more details.

It's time for Chehalem Challenge #2! Happy Earth Day!

Upcycle Challenge (Earth Day is April 22!): Upcycling means taking something considered to be an “old” product and modifying it to get a second life as it's turned into a “new” product. Create a unique piece of art, a sculpture, or a new functional item only using recycled or “old” materials (for example: turn a tin can into a beautiful flower pot). This can be creative, fun and better for the Earth!

DUE: Wednesday, 4/28!

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News From Beaverton Library

Free Books at Meal Pick-Up

I’m excited to come back to Chehalem to give away free books for babies, kids, and teens! I’ll be there Wednesday, May 12th from 11-Noon, and have lots of new books to give away.
I’ll have plenty of books, so everyone is welcome whether you are picking up meals or not.

Ready Set Kindergarten
Beaverton City Library invites all incoming kindergartners to a special storytime series “Ready, Set, Kindergarten!” that meets via Zoom starting Saturday, May 15. Each week we’ll read stories, sing songs, and get excited for Kindergarten together!

Kids will also get free books for attending.

Register here:

Please share with anyone who has a soon-to-be-kindergartner!

La Biblioteca de la Ciudad de Beaverton invita a todos los estudiantes que van a empezar kínder a una serie especial llamada “En sus marcas, listos, Kínder.” La serie será a través de Zoom a partir del sábado, 15 de mayo. ¡Cada semana leeremos cuentos, cantaremos canciones y nos emocionaremos con el aprender juntos!

También ganaran libros gratis por asistir.

Regístrese aquí:

Manejando los Antojos de una Manera Sana (Managing Cravings in a Healthy Way)

Padres, únase a WIC y la biblioteca de la ciudad de Beaverton virtualmente el 16 de mayo a las 4 pm para aprender sobre consejos para equilibrar la necesidad de satisfacer los antojos con una dieta saludable. Se requiere registro:

Parents, Join WIC & Beaverton City Library virtually on May 16 at 4pm to learn about tips to balance the need to satisfy cravings against a wholesome diet. Registration is required for this Spanish Language event.

Heads up for Chehalem Teachers and Staff: Summer Reading Program begins June 1st

We are looking forward to another Summer of reading! Like last year, there is no registration-- babies, kids, and teens can start keeping track of the time they read starting June 1, culminating in a free book of their choice from the library! Interested in giving reading logs to your hybrid students? Let me know and we’ll get them printed and delivered to your school!

Have any questions? Ideas for working together? Let me know! I’m here to help you,

Jennifer Wolf

Children’s Librarian

Beaverton City Library | 12375 SW 5th St | Beaverton, OR 97005

Work days: Sunday – Thursday

Currently working remotely Mondays and Thursdays

Annual Parent Survey

Please take a few moments to complete the BSD Annual Parent Survey! Our goal is to ensure that every member of our school community feels welcomed, valued, and informed, so it is important for all parents/guardians to complete the survey.

A link to the 2021 Annual Parent Survey will be sent to all valid parent email addresses via School Messenger on Sunday, May 9. The deadline to participate is Sunday, May 31.

Encuesta Anual de Padres de Familia

¡Tómese unos minutos para completar la Encuesta Anual de Padres de Familia del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton! Nuestro objetivo es asegurar que todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad escolar se sientan bienvenidos, valorados e informados, por lo que es importante que todos los padres o tutores completen la encuesta.

Se enviará un enlace a la Encuesta a todas las direcciones de correo electrónico válidas para padres a través de SchoolMessenger el domingo, 9 de mayo de 2021. La fecha límite para participar es el domingo, 31 de mayo de 2021.

Character Trait of the Month

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Latino Parent Night at Highland Park with DACA Information

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Spring Food Resources

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Sincerely, Angee Silliman

Principal at Chehalem Elementary