Springville K-8 Parent Newsletter (10/2/20)
We enjoyed meeting many of you in our Parent Q & A sessions last week. We will continue to schedule opportunities to connect throughout this year. Last week was also our first classroom book pick-up and Library checkout. We love seeing so many students picking up books! The coming week is a short week for students and their schedule will look a little different.
In a typical week, students meet with classroom and specials teachers for synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded or digital) learning on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays are typically a day that students receive social and emotional lessons and more asynchronous and applied learning, following their live morning classroom community connection.
Next Friday, October 9 is a Staff Development Day and there is no school for students. While we are in CDL, we will make a change to the instructional schedule to ensure students are receiving adequate live instruction during these weeks. On Wednesday, October 7, students will have the same PE/Music schedule as they would on a Friday and will engage in mostly synchronous instruction with their classroom teacher/s. There are three other weeks during the year that will follow a similar pattern change and we will communicate these further in advance. Thanks you for your ongoing patience and flexibility.
Stay Safe, Stay Well, and Stay Positive!
Robin Kobrowski, Principal
Ellen Arnold, Assistant Principal
Jeremy Birch, Student Supervisor
PE and Music
Although we know some students prefer to have their camera turned off during class, PE and Music teachers cannot assess whether or not a student understands the concepts and can perform the skills taught if they can't see the student. Report cards will indicate the proficiency level of the concepts and skills that were assessed. Students who do not attend PE or Music will see grades and comments reflective of their level of participation.
We ask that students log in and participate in each PE and Music class. Activities created at home will not be accepted as an alternative to instruction with our teachers.
Upcoming Social Studies Lessons
At this time, it's important for us to acknowledge that there is a great deal going on in our world and as educators, our job is to help guide and facilitate student learning about the world around them. Teachers help students think and talk about the events, issues, and questions that we are seeing and hearing locally, nationally, and globally. As public educators, we must not to turn away from these learning opportunities but rather step into them.
The Beaverton School District is committed to becoming an anti-racist school district – free from hatred and racism – and providing a culturally relevant and inclusive environment for all students. Additionally, Springville K-8 was founded as an EL Education School that is focused on ensuring equitable outcomes for students and a commitment to social justice. Together, these commitments define our work for all students, but we recognize that they are paramount to the success of our most vulnerable and marginalized students.
As part of this effort, the Beaverton School District, in alignment with the Oregon Department of Education and new 2018 Oregon Social Science Standards, is launching new social studies lessons this year to begin addressing the new state standards. For elementary students, the first unit is entitled “Identity, Culture, Race, and Racism, and Change Makers (K-2) or Anti-Racism and Action (3-5)”. For middle school students, the first unit is “Identity and Social Justice”. These interdisciplinary units were created by a collaborative team of teacher leaders. They are meant to be responsive to this current moment, our racial reality, and to the evolving scope of Social Science education. Teachers have started communicating with parents about these units and will continue to do so throughout the year.
Please know that we are available for questions or further conversation at any time.
Springville Counseling Office Hours
Starting next week, the Springville Counselors are available for Office Hours for students, families & teachers on Monday & Friday 11am-12pm every week (other days by appointment).
During office hours meetings will occur on a first come, first serve basis. If you enter the waiting room and are unable to connect with the counselor during that hour, please email us and we will schedule a time to connect with you about your question or concern. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to working with you this school year.
Grace McLaughlin (K-2) email@example.com
Meeting ID: 836 7712 4566
Sha Fenton (3-8) firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting ID: 930 0563 2319
Classroom Book Pick-Up - Updates and Changes
We had a huge turn-out for the Classroom Book Bag pick-up on Wednesday, with more than 300 students picking up books. In order to streamline the process, we will be expanding the pick-up window and allowing families to come when it's convenient for them.
Our hours for this coming Wednesday, Oct. 7 are from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm. We hope by starting early we can give working parents a chance to pick-up books for their children. For now, the only grades that will come every week will be Kindergarten and 1st Grade.
Students who would like to get a new bag of books:
- Return the first bag of books. If you are not done with the Week 1 Classroom Book Bag, you don't have to attend and can wait until the following week.
- Put the placard in your car window with your child's name, grade and teacher.
- No walk-ups please. This is a safety issue and we really need you to arrive by car.
Below are the grades that we will process in the next 2 weeks. Teachers in grades 3-6 are only making book bags as needed and sending families invitations by email to let students know if they should come and get a bag. If you are in grades 3-6, please wait to hear from your teacher to see if you should attend.
Please know that the office staff cannot pass out book bags on other days of the week. This service will only be available on Wednesdays and if that is a barrier for you, please let your child's teacher know and we will try to get books to you another way.
Thank you for helping grow our Springville readers by getting books into your children's hands. We are so happy we can provide these resources!
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Services
Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). 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 in reading and/or math. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, our evaluation process will look different this year. We will administer in-person TAG testing after January 11, 2021. Until then, teachers will collect evidence on how your student responds to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. This evaluation may include: file reviews, teacher and student observations, a collection of work samples, and/or individual or group assessments. This process may take some time, but every effort will be made to complete the evaluation in a timely manner. Parents will be notified of their school’s in-person testing dates in January
If you think your child might qualify for TAG services, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form that is linked here. Completing this form gives our school TAG Committee more information about your child, but it is not required. While completing this form does not guarantee that your child will be tested, it will give our school’s TAG committee valuable additional information in the nomination process. All qualified students will be considered regardless of the form’s completion. Please complete and email the Parent Information Form to your child’s teacher by November 6th.
Springville Library Corner
This fall, we are bringing the Springville library to you! We want to keep our students excited about reading and enjoying their favorite books while we start the year remotely. Prepared book bundles can be checked out curbside at school and from the Springville Bookmobile.
Come to school on Thursday from 11:00am-12:00pm or 3:00pm-4:00pm and check out a book bundle at the staff/bus entrance
If you can’t make it to school, we’ll bring the library to you in the Springville Bookmobile. The Bookmobile will start the week of October 12th. Stops and times TBA.
If students want to know what to read next, they can fill out this form: Book Recommendations, and Ms. B will email some suggestions.
Students can also log on to Destiny, our library catalog using this link: Springville Library, and place a hold.
For information on how to place a hold, take a look at this link: placing a hold on Destiny
Here’s a new link added this week for our Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students. You can circle the exact type of books you’d like to check out and Ms. B will get them for you: K-2 Book Order Form
See you all this week!!
Miss B's Book Talk
This week, I recommend I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka, Liz Welch, and Martin Ganda for 5th grade and up.
This is an inspiring true story of how two pen-pals that live in different corners of the world became the best of friends. Their correspondence spanned six years and changed both their lives.
We have 4 copies available in the Springville Library!
CDL Student Attendance and Engagement
Students are expected to be engaged in learning five days a week. We will encourage full participation, however, the reality of the pandemic requires flexibility on how a student demonstrates meeting that expectation. For example, a student may attend a live teacher-led session, watch a teacher-recorded video, interact with the teacher via email, and/or post completed coursework.
If your student is not able to participate in any aspect of distance learning on a school day, please call the attendance line. (503-356-2481) We also recommend you contact your student's teacher via email.
Staff will take attendance each day by 4:00pm. Students who did not engage in any aspect of distance learning that day will be marked absent. Auto-Dialer messages will begin around 4:45pm each day. Your family will be contacted via auto-dialer if the parent/guardian did not contact the school and your student did not engage in any aspect of distance learning.
Tips For Vision Health During Distance Learning:
- Encourage children to take frequent screen breaks. Follow the 20:20:20 rule, take 20 second breaks every 20 minutes to look away from the screen at a distance of at least 20 feet.
- Keep screens at least arms length distance away from eyes
- Discourage using screens in a dark room
- Consider printing assignments, if possible
- Turn off screens at least one hour before bedtime to support healthy sleep
- Children should have regular vision screenings
- Look for signs of vision issues
Signs of Vision Issues:
- Complaints of eye discomfort or fatigue
- Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
- Short attention span
- Frequent Headaches
- Covering one eye
- Holding reading materials close to the face
- Losing place when reading
- Seing double
- An eye turning in or out
Information about vision screening:
- In a normal school year, a basic vision screening is completed each year for every elementary aged child in the Beaverton School District. It is unlikely vision screenings will be performed in the school setting for the 20-21 school year due to COVID-19
- The American Optometric Association recommends regular eye exams for all children
- Please contact your school nurse if you need help accessing vision screening services
Web Resources for accessing vision care:
Need a Student Device?
If your student does not have a previously-issued device or has one that is not working properly, our building tech team will be available at the office entrance on the bus/staff parking lot side of the school each Tuesday from 11:00-12:30 to help. You do not have to email or call ahead.
Student Help Desk
Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Please provide the following and they will get back to you as soon as possible:
- Contact information (phone number)
- Student ID
- Description of the issue
Device Protection Program
Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device (either Chromebook or iPad), the District adds a fee of $20 to students’ Online Payment accounts (maximum fee of $60 per family per school year) to enroll them in the Damage-Loss Protection Program. This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced-price meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share form. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school.
Students may choose to decline coverage. However, doing so isn't recommended, because a family would then assume full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how the damage occurs.
Visit the Student Device Resources webpage for more information.
International Walk + Roll to Anywhere Day
Join students and families from around the world as you walk or roll in your neighborhood on October 7th. (Please remember to stay 6 feet from those not in your household and wear a mask.) All community members are welcome to participate. Use the link to fill out the google form for each person that joined you on your trip. (BSD students may include name and student ID number for a prize entry). This year students can earn things like flashing safety lights, reflective shoelaces and new bike helmets. Schools with the most participation will also earn a Safe Routes to School book bundle for their school library. Finally, celebrate International Walk + Roll Day with our Beaverton community by visiting our Facebook page @BeavertonSafeRoutes to share a photo of you with a sign telling us why you love to walk, bike, scooter or skate! (Use the hashtag #BSDtogether)
Google Form Link: https://forms.gle/9rBZws7qDdqAj6Ab6
Beaverton School District seeks applicants for Social Studies Curriculum Adoption Project Team
Beaverton School District seeks applicants for Social Studies Curriculum Adoption Project Team
Parents, guardians, community members, teachers, students and administrators are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District Social Studies Project Team. The Social Studies Project Team will review existing Social Studies curriculum and practices to make curriculum adoption recommendations to the School Board. The Project Team is an important part of the BSD Quality Curriculum Cycle (QCC), which provides a systematic means for making decisions about the BSD curriculum review, revision, development, and adoption of practices and instructional resources.
The Project Team’s work will begin on October 20 and will conclude by June 2021. The team will meet on the following weekday evenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom (unless otherwise communicated): October 20, November 17, January 5, February 16, March 30, April 27 and May 25.
The Project Team and supporting BSD Teacher Cadre will be charged with the following goals:
● Researching best practices and instructional materials to be considered for possible adoption in Social Studies
● Articulating and supporting long-term academic learning targets and assessments in Social Studies
● Recommending professional development and structures for ongoing professional learning
● Participating in learning opportunities in the form of readings, discussion and trainings related to culturally relevant teaching practices
The District reviews and updates its curriculum, instructional practices and classroom materials according to Board policy and Oregon State Statute and Administrative Regulations.
Membership for the Social Studies Project Team will include:
● Elementary classroom teachers (4)
● Middle school classroom teachers (2)
● High school classroom teachers (2)
● Students (4)
● Parent/Community members (4)
● School administrators (2 elementary, 1 middle school, 1 high school) (4)
● Social Studies specialists (1 elementary, 1 secondary) (2)
● Teaching Specialists, including but not limited to special education, multilingual, dual-language, advanced program and additional content area specialists (6)
● School Board representative (1)
Please note that membership roles/numbers are subject to change based on applications received.
Google Form and/or email submissions are due on Monday, October 5 by 4 p.m.
Applications should include the following information:
Students: Name, address, school and grade level, plus any special training or experience in Social Studies.
Parents/Community members: Name, address, ages of children and schools where enrolled (if applicable), plus any special training or experience in Social Studies.
Teachers & Administrators: Name, address, teaching experience and current assignment.
All: Respond to the following questions/prompts: (please limit your response to no more than one typed page)
Why do you want to serve on the Social Studies Project Team and what contributions will you make towards its goals?
Please describe your personal/professional experiences with educational equity work, and your commitment to educational equity in the realm of Social Studies education. (Educational Equity Policy, BSD Equity Lens)
What unique skills, perspective and voice will you contribute to ensure an inclusive and socially just Social Studies education for all of our students?
Please complete the appropriate online application form here:
Or mail your application including all information listed above to:
Beaverton School District
Teaching and Learning
Attn: Susan Ouellette
16550 SW Merlo Rd.
Beaverton, OR 97003
For questions or additional information, please contact email@example.com
Internet Connectivity Update
Good news! BSD and Comcast have extended their partnership to provide free internet service to additional BSD families through June 30, 2021! We’re also extending free internet service for those families who have already signed up for the BSD-Sponsored Comcast Internet Essentials program through June 30, 2021. The program is open to students who qualify for free or reduced-cost meal benefits. Applications are available online.
If your elementary or middle school student does not qualify for the Internet Essentials program, fill out this form to request a hotspot.
Can you help support students who need internet connectivity? If so, please consider donating to BEF’s Back-to-School Connect Campaign.
Grab & Go Meal Service
The start of school is right around the corner, and our Nutrition Services department has been hard at work developing a plan for providing meals during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). We have just received waivers from the USDA which allow any child (age 1-18) to pick up free meals through December 31, 2020.
Here’s a look at how meals will be distributed this fall:
Parents or guardians may pick up meals for students who are not present.
Meal pickups will occur two days per week: Tuesday (2 days of food) and Thursday (3 days of food) from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Meals will be packaged with breakfast and lunch together.
Masks must be worn by anyone picking up meals.
2020-2021 District Calendar
The 2020-21 District Calendar has been updated.
The calendar is subject to change based on contract negotiations and resource availability. In the event inclement weather or other emergency closures prevent the District from meeting required instructional hours set by ODE, the days will be made up in June.