The Voice of Raleigh Park - June 4, 2021
Traducir TIGER TALES!
Did you know you can now translate Tiger Tales? From your computer, you may use the "Accessibility" function (on the right) to translate Tiger Tales into a variety of languages. From your phone, look for the silhouette icon in the lower right corner. For old eyes like mine, you can also change contrast settings and increase font size!
Nathaniel Hawthorne is quoted, "time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind". With 10 days remaining, the clock is undoubtedly ticking, leaving a prolific shadow of the 2020-21 school year in its wake. The legacy of this shadow is one of loss and discovery, distance and proximity, sorrow and joy, challenge and perseverance, mundanity and exceptionalism.
We undoubtedly await a summer that transitions us to a state of normalcy, moving us forward in subsequent years with the wisdom and grace of lessons learned. While there are many reasons to anxiously put a cap on this school year, my only caution is to temper hastiness, if for no other reason than to relish these fleeting moments of innocence that will be gone before you have chance to blink.
In This Issue:
- CAMP ACHIEVE SUMMER SCHOOL
- PARENT FEEDBACK FOR STUDENT PLACEMENT
- STUDENT DEVICE RETURN
- GRADING & REPORTING
- PTO UPDATES: Save the Date, Final PTO Meeting, Volunteer Survey
- '21-22 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
- BEAVERTON HIGH SCHOOL: Youth Football, Girls Youth Soccer
- BSD NEWS & UPDATES: ParentSquare, Summer Meal Program, Administrative Transfers, Translation Assistance
- COMMUNITY RESOURCES: Emergency Rental Assistance, Washington County Libraries, Spring Food Resources, P-EBT Funds for Food
TODAY: Camp Achieve Deadline
Camp Achieve applications are due TODAY, June 4. We are excited to offer enrichment activities, learning opportunities, and social-emotional connections at Raleigh Park, July 6 to July 29, Monday through Thursday (8:30 AM to 12:30 PM). We will be confirming enrollment next week (the week of June 7). Please feel free to reach out to the Site Coordinator, Liz Fennell, (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Rumor has it the deadline may be extended into the weekend. I offer this as hope if you didn't get your application completed. But don't delay!
Feedback for Student Placement
This is an OPTIONAL invitation for you to provide feedback and input specific to the student placement process. As you complete the requested information, please note: SPECIFIC TEACHER REQUESTS CANNOT BE HONORED. Our teaching and administrative staff will consider your feedback as we determine your child’s placement. All responses should be completed by TODAY, June 4.
Rumor has it this deadline will be extended through the weekend. But don't delay! 😉
All School Music "Informance"
All are welcome! Join this Zoom opportunity to enjoy some of the music we have been creating this school year!
This Thursday, June 10 @ 5:30p
Miss Risser’s Zoom:
Meeting link: https://beavertonk12.zoom.us/j/7673403245
Student Device Return
We plan to have a full day of instruction through the last day on June 18. TENTATIVELY, we will coordinate a device return (Chromebooks and iPads) at the end of that day. Power cords and Chromebook stylus should also be returned. Any family using a District-issued hotspot will need to return the hotspot as soon as the school year ends.
Students who are confirmed to attend Camp Achieve at Raleigh Park will keep their device through the end of the program.
Any student whose device is damaged should send an email to email@example.com that includes the following information as soon as possible:
Contact information (phone number)
Description of the issue
From the Beaverton School District: Information for Grading & Reporting
We want to thank you for the work that you’re doing each and every day to support your child’s learning. We appreciate you taking on your role as an instructional guide. We couldn’t do this without your partnership.
This year’s elementary progress report looks a little different. Assessing a child’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) has been a challenge, and the assessment tools and assignments we normally use as evidence for progress may not accurately represent how your child is doing this year. Teachers provide feedback to daily work and assess along the way, but we acknowledge that children are still missing the multitude of opportunities to show what they know like they would with in-person instruction; therefore, it’s not equitable to provide a summary judgment.
This year, we’re suspending the practice of assigning proficiency to end-of-year learning targets. The progress report won’t show 1-4 proficiency marks. Instead, each section will indicate which targets have been taught during the semester, and another mark will reflect the student’s learning progress according to the evidence gathered during CDL. The Behavior, Language and Speaking & Listening sections won’t be assessed and will be grayed out.
The revised progress report is a reflection of how we continue to use our equity policy as a guide in our decision-making. And while we are pausing the traditional way in which we assess elementary students, we will return to proficiency-based grading at the elementary level when we move back into full in-person instruction.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership,
Beaverton School District
Final PTO Meeting of the Year on June 8
Tuesday, June 8 @ 7:00p
Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 844 3029 8900
Join us for the final PTO meeting of the school year on Tuesday, June 8th at 7 pm. We'll vote on our budget and will hear an update on Raleigh Park happenings from Principal Brian Curl. We expect this meeting to be shorter than typical meetings. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Can You Help in the Fall?
We’re excited to see our kids return to a more normal 2021-22 school year. Our school needs volunteers to support all Raleigh Park students through Classroom Support, Community Building, and Fundraising. Big or small, your involvement helps energize our school and build opportunities for all our kids. Don’t worry — this isn’t a commitment to these activities! Expressing your interest will help the PTO how to prioritize and organize for the upcoming school year.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
- Do you have a '21-22 kindergartener in your household?
- Do you know of others who do?
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Please use the link below to learn more. Also, there will be upcoming kindergarten events that may be of interest.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, FAR AND WIDE! We want to cast a large net to let our families know we are open for business and excited about the possibilities in the coming year.
Any child who will be five (5) years of age on or before September 1 is eligible to enroll for Kindergarten at their designated home school.
Beaverton Youth Football
Beaverton Football & Beaverton Youth Football are grade 3-8 and grade 9-12 programs that are focused on providing the best possible experiences for all our players through skill development as well as development of the person through our ROLES (Respect, Ownership, Leadership, Effort & inner Strength) philosophy. We believe that Football is the best possible vehicle to teach these lifelong skills while participating in a tremendous game that teaches teamwork, self-discipline, self confidence while having fun with your friends! We would like to invite you to be a part of this experience at the Youth Level by registering to play this coming fall.
Please check us out at www.BeavertonFootball.com for youth players and www.beavertonfootball.teamapp.com for HS information. We are also holding Youth Football Camp Experiences right now and this summer to become involved in. Currently our Air Strike Academy has 3 workouts left and anyone grade 5-8th are welcome to come out and participate (see ASA Flyer attached). Also we have partnered with EFORCE to offer a 4wk Skills camp during the month of July (see flyer attached) to help our youth players prep for the season! We hope to see you at the camp experiences and in our program this fall! Any questions please feel free to contact me at Bob_boyer@beaverton.k12.or.us
Got Your Back,
District News, Information & Resources
The Beaverton School District is very excited to adopt a new and improved platform for communication. Beginning July 1, we’ll transitionin to a product called ParentSquare to keep families better informed. ParentSquare will replace SchoolMessenger and any other texting/messaging apps like Remind or Talking Points that individual schools and teachers may be using. It will not replace ParentVUE, StudentVUE, Canvas or Seesaw.
ParentSquare provides a safe way for administrators, teachers, staff and parents to:
- Send and receive district, school and class information in your preferred language
- Share pictures and files
- See calendar items
- Sign up for conferences
And much more… all in one place!
District, school, grade level and classroom information will be sent to your computer and/or phone via email and/or text. Or you can download the free iOS or Android app.
ParentSquare has a familiar design, similar to a social media feed. Families will only receive notifications that are relevant to their students. In addition to district- and school-wide messaging, teachers and staff will have access to two-way messaging with real-time translation. Families will be able to receive and send information in their chosen languages.
You don’t need to take any action to receive emails, texts or phone calls prior to the July 1 launch. Our student information system will sync contact information directly with ParentSquare. If you’d prefer to use the app, simply download it from the app store on or after July 1 and follow the prompts.
To learn more about ParentSquare, visit our webpage: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/parentsquare
Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!
Each year, all K-4 students on an Administrative Student Transfer are rolled back to their neighborhood school; administrative transfers are year-to-year agreements and must be renewed.
There have been no changes to the hardship rules. All students must qualify for hardship in order to be approved for an Administrative Student Transfer, regardless of grade level, sibling status on open enrollment, siblings of students in specialized programs, or parent employment with the district.
If your family desires to be considered for Administrative Student Transfer, please review THIS LINK from Beaverton School District's to learn more and apply.
We understand that it can be challenging to access current information regarding your child’s schooling in your own language. We do our best to send out messages about important updates, especially during these challenging times. However, you can access the BSD website — and specifically, our return-to-school page — at any time. Below, we’ve included a link that will take you to our website, where you’ll find it already translated into your language. Please know, the translation is generated by Google Translate. It’s not perfect, but we do hope it’s helpful.
View the BSD website in Arabic
View the BSD website in Chinese
View the BSD website Japanese
View the BSD website in Korean
View the BSD website in Russian
View the BSD website in Somali
View the BSD website in Spanish
View the BSD website in Vietnamese
If you need additional assistance, please contact our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.
The Oregon eviction protections are set to expire at the end of June. This means renters will need to pay back rent that's still due. The state will start taking applications May 18, for additional rental assistance through the Oregon Emergency Rent Assistance Program. People are eligible if at least one person in the household had a financial impact from the pandemic (a lost job, decrease in income), and their household income is at or below 80% of the area's median income (about $77,000 for a family of 4 in the Portland metro, or $51,000 in rural communities).
Tenants can be approved for up to 12 months of past-due rent, and three months' upcoming rent. The payments will go directly to landlords, property owners, and utility companies.
The money will be allocated based on need, so everyone who applies for the program will go through a review process.
Assistance is offered to all renters, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Please reference the following link for information on how to apply.
News from Washington County Libraries
Our friends at Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries have put together a fabulous line up of topics and expert speakers for their 2021 Parent Information Series including “Supporting Dual Language Learners “ and “Talking with Your Children About Race and Racism” as well as “Positive Parenting to Create a Happy Home.” All events are online and free. To see the full line up and to register visit: Parent and Care Giver Information Series with the Cedar Mill Library
Beaverton School District Food Resources
Our Nutrition Services Department has been hard at work developing a plan for how to continue to provide free meals for all children during Hybrid and online learning. The USDA has provided waivers for the rest of the school year that allow any child (ages 1-18) to access free meals.
For Elementary Hybrid Students:
- Hybrid students can receive a free daily meal bag with breakfast, lunch and a supper snack to take home.
- Two days of meals will be sent home on Tuesday.
- No registration is required.
If you attend CDL, FLEX Online School or are a non-enrolled community child:
- All Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) students, FLEX students and children not enrolled in the Beaverton School District can access a free 5-day meal bag every Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Meal bags include 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 supper snacks. Only children aged 4 and older are eligible for supper snacks.
- Families can select a school to pick up these meals on the Meal Bag Registration Form.
- Registration is strongly encouraged.
- Children do not need to be present to pick up meal bags.
- Anyone picking up meal bags must wear a mask.
To register for 5-day meal bags and for the most up-to-date information, please visit: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/meals
P-EBT Meal Benefits
The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)program, through DHS, will offer MONEY to families who qualify for Meal Benefits. The money is being offered to help families purchase groceries during the pandemic. Families who meet the criteria in this list for the 2020-2021 school year will receive P-EBT funds. No application or further action is needed by families who:
- Have students only at CEP schools (families who have students at CEP and non-CEP schools need to apply for the non-CEP students to receive funds)
Have children who qualify for SNAP or TANF benefits
Have children with Homeless, Foster, Migrant, or Runaway status
Have applied and been approved for Meal Benefits at any time during the 2020-2021 school year.
- Families who do not meet any of the above criteria need to apply right away for Meal Benefits if they wish to be considered for P-EBT funds. Online applications are strongly encouraged, using www.schoolcafe.com. The SchoolCafe website supports English and Spanish applicants.
- Paper Meal Benefits applications, in both English and Spanish, are available at all meal pickup sites and all school offices.
For more information, follow this link: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-services.
If you have questions, please call Meal Benefits at 503-356-3957 or email to NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.