Springville K-8 Parent Newsletter (1/8/2021)
We are all still grappling with the events that transpired at our nation's Capitol this week. With the significant unrest and division within our country, many are experiencing fear, anxiety, and discomfort. However, our staff remain committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment where students feel safe and supported.
Below are a couple strategies that were shared with staff, as well as articles to further support families in navigating conversations at home.
- Encourage students to both identify and think about ways to apply civic virtues (such as equality, freedom, liberty, respect for individual rights, diversity, equity, justice, and deliberation) when interacting with classmates, families, and with/in our community. What do those things look, sound, and feel like?
- Make space for students to process. Educator Tricia Ebarvia simply asks students to write, draw, or talk: 1) What I know, 2) What I think I know, and 3) What I want to know. Through the confusion and grief, this allows students “to reflect from a place of humility and curiosity,” and sometimes quiet reflection, writing, or drawing may be what is needed.
- Talking to Kids About the Violence at the US Capitol (Common Sense Media)
- 10 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About the Attack on the US Capitol (CNN Health)
Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child(ren)'s teacher or our support staff if you have questions or need support at this time. We may not be able to come together in person, but our community is still here to support each other during these difficult times.
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King
Stay safe, stay well, stay positive.
Robin Kobrowski, Principal
Ellen Arnold, Assistant Principal
Jeremy Birch, Student Supervisor
Technology Support & Distribution 11:00am-12:00pm
Library Check Out 11:00am-12:30pm
- Library Check Out 8:30am-10:00am
- Classroom Book Pick Up 7:30am-12:30pm
- Springville Bookmobile 1:30pm-3:00pm
Library Check Out: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School for Staff or Students
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - Synchronous Learning Day
- Tuesday, January 19 will run like a typical Monday
- Wednesday, January 20 will run like a typical Tuesday
- Thursday and Friday, January 21 and 22, will run like normal
Literacy Supports for Families
The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University recognize that in these unprecedented times you are working hard to support your child’s literacy learning at home as best you can. They want to help. To that end, they have created free offerings for families.
These include free video collections will help parents and caregivers with ways to support their children (grades K-8) with reading, writing, phonics, and finding and accessing books - especially digital book collections. The videos are between 3 and 9 minutes in length, on a variety of topics. Click below to see some a sample for reading and writing.
We hope this is helpful to your students' families with their at-home learning! View families resources here: https://readingandwritingproject.org/resources/supports-for-familes
Free Parent & Caregiver Workshop
On Thursday, January 28th from 10:00am-12:00 pm, Teachers College at Columbia University is offering a free workshop for parents and caregivers of students in grades K-8. This is an opportunity to learn more about ways to support your child's literacy learning both at home and school. To register, click here. See the flyer below for more details.
We are starting to plan for our Kindergarten Orientation and Registration. If you have a student who will start Kindergarten or have a friend with an upcoming Kindergarten student, we will host two KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION SESSIONS this year.
- Tuesday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m. - via Zoom
- Thursday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. - in person (if possible) or via Zoom (TBD)
Online registration will begin in the coming months. We will keep you posted!
Need Your Help - Please Return Books and Devices
As a district, we have more than 10,600 library books that are overdue or lost. In addition, we have more than 2,200 textbooks and devices (those that are NOT currently being used for Comprehensive Distance Learning) that also need to be returned. Some of these items are likely under your student’s bed or sitting in a backpack.
We desperately need to recover these items or the associated fines for the lost items. Only then can schools begin to replace books and devices for future use.
Please search for overdue and lost items: library books, textbooks from last school year and school-issued devices (iPads, Chromebooks) that your student isn’t currently using. Search your in-box, too, for any emails from (email@example.com) or (firstname.lastname@example.org), which will indicate that your student has a missing item.
Then return that item to any BSD school. You have several options: (Please arrive in a mask.)
Return items to your school during regular school hours. Some schools also may offer evening drop-off hours. Check with your school’s newsletter for additional drop-off hours and directions.
Return items to any Library Book Bus stop. See schedule and map for days and times.
Pay lost fine through the district’s Online Payment System.
If you’ve already returned materials or items were left in classrooms last spring, please contact your school library staff via email to let them know. Library materials are quarantined for up to one week before being checked in, so it will take time for fines to be resolved in InTouch accounts.
Thank you for helping us get resources back to our schools so that they can be re-distributed to those students who need them.
Device Insurance Fee
If your family has been notified by the District that you have an outstanding Device Insurance fee for the BSD iPad or Chromebook your child is using, please be sure to log into your online payment account and pay the fee listed under your child's name.
BSD Business Office
**The BSD Business Office has notified Springville that we have a combined total of over $3,000 due for Device Coverage. With the District budget shortfall, it would be very beneficial to have all fees paid as quickly as possible. The Insurance fee will cover repairs for those devices that are returned needing repairs. Please log into your ParentVue Online Payment account and make any payments that are listed as due now. Your prompt attention to this will help reduce the funds due to the district. Thank you so much!
Parents if you are not sure how to do this, please follow these steps.
1. Go to: Beaverton School District Website
2. Families > Apps for Parents/Guardians > Online Payment System - Login
c. Choose your student's name
d. Click on the red "View" button above Shop
A reminder from your School Nurse to please ensure your child is up to date on all immunizations. Any child not up to date on immunizations will be excluded from on-campus activities and/or learning on exclusion day (February 17th, 2020) until immunizations are complete. Please contact your health care provider and start any immunization "catch up” your child may need now. Vaccines are also available through Virginia Garcia and Neighborhood Health School Based Health Centers, or find another location at https://vaccinefinder.org/
Be a Flu Fighter this year! Cold and flu season has arrived, and this is a great time to get your flu vaccines. There are many flu vaccine options to choose from, but the most important thing is that all people 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. Talk with your provider about which flu vaccine is best for you and your children.
Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and water. If you become sick, limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Please feel free to contact your school nurse at email@example.com with any questions. Your school nurse can also provide you with additional resources about vaccinations and other health topics. To learn more about adolescent vaccines, please visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents
The students are getting excited for OBOB season! We held our first workshop where we went over procedures and rules. Workshop #2 will have a mock battle and Q&A session. We’ll start official battles on January 27. Schedules are posted under Battles on our website wolvesread.org.
We are posting a new OBOB activity/contest each week and students may complete the activity for a chance to win a prize. All 3rd-5th grade students may participate.
Springville Library Corner
Middle school OBOB books are now ready for you to enjoy!! Ask about them at checkout.
Book Check Out
The Bookmobile is on the road every Wednesday! We will be making 3 stops:
- 7284 NW 170th Ave @ Abbey Creek Park from 1:33 - 2:00 pm
- NW 167TH Ave @ Mid-block between Catalpa St & Trillium St from 2:05 - 2:35pm
- NW 183RD AVE@ at the walk path by the gazebo (past Chemeketa) from 2:40 - 3:10 pm
Don't forget these links:
Bethany Library News
January's issue features:
- Current Services at Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries
- STEM for School Age Kids: Books with activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for kids.
- Picture Book Biographies About Ground Breaking Females: New picture book biographies about women and girls who have done extraordinary things.
- Picture Books for Lunar New Year: Celebrate Lunar New Year!
- Multi-Age Family Read Alouds: Great read alouds for families with kids 8 and up.
- Parenting Power: New titles in the Parenting Collection.
- How to Search by IRLA Reading Level: This video shows you how to search the WCCLS catalog for IRLA books.
- Virtual Read to the Dogs program for beginning or struggling readers with DoveLewis Canine Therapy Team!
- Cedar Mill Library OBOB Page: Find OBOB practice questions and OBOB Trivia Grades 3-5 on Kahoot!
2nd Annual Walk & Roll Art Contest
Visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes for contest details.
For more information, please visit: https://www.smore.com/hacb3
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
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.