Hello from ACMA

November 2020

Message from Principal Paige

Hello from ACMA, November 2020

Virtual Friday Coffee with the Principal Nov 6th

Hoping you can join Principal Paige for Friday's Virtual Coffee this Friday at 9am. A Zoom Meeting Link will be sent to you via email later this week.

November Holidays and Closures

November 11th - Schools Closed, Veterans Day (Wed)

November 13th - No Students, Grading Day (Fri)

November 25th - 27th Schools Closed, Thanksgiving Holiday (Wed-Fri)

Make sure to check the calendar for posted A/B days. Notice that the week of Nov 9th has 2 - A days and only 1 - B day.

POSTPONED - Stay tuned for new date and time.

Do you feel like performing, sharing a song, a poem, a story or something more with peers and an adoring crowd? Feel like being part of an adoring ACMA crowd? Next Wednesday, 11/4, from 12-1 join us for an ACMA Open Mic Night!

At ACMA we love cheering on students who are willing to share their art with us, and this event is a low stress, high applause opportunity for ACMA students to gather to perform and watch others perform. The zoom link will be sent out via email and Canvas.

ACMA Student Connection's Lunch Nov 4th

On Wednesday, November 4th from 12:00 - 1:00pm, we will be hosting a Zoom for all students who want to meet new friends and make connections with other ACMA students. Whether you are new to ACMA, or just wanting to meet new people and get to know others better, this is the place to be! Hope to see you there! Zoom link is on your Canvas Calendar.

"10 Ways to Survive Life in Quarantine" November 12 - 15th

If you're spending a long time at home, it can be a challenge to keep yourself occupied. Luckily, 10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine is full of handy solutions, from putting on a musical with your dog, to becoming an announcer for a made-up sport, to falling in love with an inanimate object. Hey, we promised handy solutions - we never said they wouldn't be strange. Whether or not you're inspired to take up origami and squirrel observation, this flexible new play written by Don Zolidis especially for actors to perform online is sure to bring a laugh to anyone who finds themselves unexpectedly indoors.

Directed by: Shaun Hennessy

Streamed To Your Home

November 12 - 15, 2020

Purchase tickets HERE

Senior Order Week with Josten's Nov 2-6th


This year, more than ever before, it is critical to place your graduation order during this Senior Order Week period. Last spring, COVID-19 took away so much from so many - prom, spring sports, school activities, and more - but the one thing that it couldn't steal was Graduation.

There are 3 ways to place your order:

  1. Order Online at www.jostens.com - this is the easiest way to place your order.
  2. Order on the Phone at 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367). This is the best option if you prefer to make a deposit or to order without a payment. We also have Spanish speakers available.
  3. Mail your order to us - Print out your order form on our website.

PTO Fundraiser at Panera - Nov 17th

THANK YOU to all ACMA families for their outpour of support for the recent fundraising event at Chipotle. We are humbled by the enthusiasm and participation that helped us exceed our event fundraising goal.

Our next ACMA PTO Restaurant Fundraiser will be at Panera Bread on Cedar HIlls Boulevard on NOVEMBER 17th from 4 pm to 8 pm.

The recent event was a huge success for ACMA and Chipotle, yet we learned a few logistics details need to be coordinated with the restaurant itself to ensure the safety of the ACMA patrons and the restaurant staff. As the PTO coordinator for the event, I have discussed the event with Chipotle and Panera Bread. The lessons learned will lead to a safer experience at Panera Bread.

Online (pick up or curbside) and in person orders will qualify for the ACMA fundraiser. Unfortunately, gift cards, delivery services, like DoorDash, Postmates, and catering will not count. More information will be provided as we approach the event date. Thank you again.

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Student Equity Team Meeting - Nov 18th

As we work to make ACMA an anti-racist and anti-biased haven for all students, staff, and families one important step is collaborating with others to foster ideas, promote change, and propose ways we can adapt our current system to improve equity and be the best school we can be.

To help create a venue for that collaboration, I'd like to invite you to our Student Equity Team meeting on Wednesday, 11/18, from 9:30-10:30. This is totally voluntary, and I know how crazy busy all of you are, so if this isn't the right time for you, please do not feel any pressure at all to participate on this team.

It is my hope that the anti-bias/anti-racism work we do will permeate all we do, and this Student Equity Team, like the Staff Equity Team we have in place, will help to guide this work.

ACMA Parent Mixer - Nov 23rd

Monday, 11/23, we’ll host a “Parent Mixer,” a casual affair welcoming ACMA adults to get together and chat with each other. In these days of social distancing we’re hoping to provide a chance for parents (and grandparents, aunts, uncles, or anyone helping to raise a young ACMA student) to come to a Zoom meeting where we’ll welcome you as a group and then break into separate breakout rooms where you can have an opportunity to get to know each other, talk, and see just how much you are not alone. The plan is for our mixer to run about an hour, from noon-1:00 pm, on 11/23. An email with the zoom information will be sent out on 11/22.

PS: If you can’t make it, no problem. Please never see invitations like this as adding more pressure to your life or another item to your already full plates. I’ll also do a parent coffee, where you can ask questions and hear about ACMA every first Friday of each month, our PTO hosts meetings every second Tuesday of each month, and we’ll continue to work on opportunities for parents to connect.

Senior Yearbook Submission Guidelines - Form Below

ACMA Yearbook staff welcomes Senior submissions for the ‘20-‘21yearbook. You (or your photographer) should plan to submit one digital copy of your senior photo, baby photo, and your quote by Sunday, February 28, 2021. This is a firm deadline determined by printing dates; failure to meet deadlines risks hundreds of dollars in late fees for our program. For this reason, seniors who’ve not submitted requested items by the due date will not have such items included in the yearbook.Seniors with out a senior photo submission will have their Dorian photo featured in the Yearbook if one is on file.

Message About TAG Program

Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted services in Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child’s classroom teachers(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form which is available from our ACMA TAG facilitator, MaryAnn Campbell. Completing this form gives our school TAG committee more information about your child, but it is not required. All qualified students will be considered regardless of its completion.

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. Behavioral, learning, and/or performance information is also considered before a student is identified for TAG services.

The Parent Information Form must be completed and returned to our school’s TAG facilitator, MaryAnn Campbell, no later than November 20, 2020.



Thanks to Mr. Kindblade who made this happen! Special thank you to Audrey Chen and Diya Giri for taking so much initiative and turning an idea into something real.

AP EXAM - Deadline for signing up is November 6, 2020

It’s time to sign up for your AP EXAM-Deadline for signing up is November 6, 2020

Costs for 2020-21 Exams

$85 - Cost per exam (Fee added to the student’s account. Full payment due by March 1, 2021)

$0 - Cost per exam if student qualifies for free/reduced lunch

$40 - Late Registration fee (register for test after November 6, 2020)

$0 - Cancelation fee/unopened exam fee

Students currently enrolled in an AP course

If you are currently enrolled in an AP course, you should have received a join code from your teacher for your specific section. This join code enrolls you in your AP classroom and you will need to indicate “Yes ”by November 6, 2020 if you plan to take the exam!! This is the registration deadline date. If you are not enrolled in an AP course but would like to take an exam, please contact Jan Zalewski, AP Coordinator for an exam only join code. Please see below “paying for your exam” for further steps.

Paying for your exam

The window for paying for exams will be November 1, 2020 - March 1, 2021. Once online enrollment is complete, students will be charged for their exams on their student account. Paying for your exam will confirm that you want to commit to taking the exams in May. If a student does not wish to test, they simply do not pay the fee on their account. If a student does not pay by March 1st, the fees will be removed and their exam will be cancelled online.

Exams offered

The following are a list of the courses and exams offered at ACMA.

Art: Drawing

Calculus AB

English Literature and Composition


German (no course, exam only)


U.S. History

World History: Modern

Fall Fest & Pumpkin Carving Success!

Everyone had a fun time seeing all the carved pumpkins. Here is a sample of the fun had by all! Our M.C. was Monsieur Garfield (aka Mr. Brandau).
Pumpkin Carving 10 30

Eat, Sleep, Move!

Healthy habits and routines are important to manage and improve both mental and physical wellness, even when students are participating in distance learning. Healthy eating, sleeping and exercise are linked with improvements in behavior, attention, mood, safety, school performance and attendance, and boosting immune systems. Here are a few tips.


· Try to make half the plate fruits and vegetables

· Limit sugary drinks. Did you know that in 12 ounces of soda, there are about 40 grams of sugar? That is 10 teaspoons of sugar in just one can!

· Focus on eating more fresh foods and less packaged foods.

· Occasional sweets are fine, but try not to make dessert a reward

· Let kids stop eating when they feel they’ve had enough

· Nutrition Resources: Free food resources are found on the Community Resources webpage. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/

https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn https://www.oregonfoodbank.org


· According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, to promote optimal health:

o Children 3-5 years old should sleep 10-13 hours per 24 hours

o Children 6-12 years old should sleep 9-12 hours

o Teenagers 13-18 years old should sleep 8-10 hours

· Set bed and wake-up times at the same time every day

· Have a bedtime routine

· Remove electronics from the bedroom, keep it quiet, and at a comfortable temperature

· Avoid large meals and caffeine before bed time

· Sleep Resources: www.cdc.gov/sleep



· The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children and adolescents ages 6-17 do 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.

· Make moving together a regular part of your family life. Walk the dog, have a dance party, do fitness activities during commercials, clean the house or yard together, and take the stairs!

· Exercise Resources: https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/aha-recs-for-physical-activity-in-children https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/index.htm

Newly Released Health Metrics

On October 30th, Governor Kate Brown announced that she is relaxing the criteria required to open school in a hybrid model (part in-school/part online). Given current data, Beaverton School District does NOT qualify to move into a hybrid model at this time. You can find the full details in the Governor’s announcement.

Like you, we are just receiving this information. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be considering these new metrics and whether or not they will change our timeline for implementing a hybrid model. We continue to prioritize the safety of our staff and students while balancing the desire to bring students back on-site for in-person instruction.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Oregon Department of Education All Students Belong Guidance

We were heartened to see the ODE issue it’s recent guidance, All Students Belong. In it, our state leaders affirm that “...student health and safety are the cornerstone of education and that all students are entitled to a high-quality educational experience, free from discrimination or harassment based on perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin, and without fear or hatred, racism or violence.”

Specifically, the guidance prohibits hate symbols such as swastika (used in a non-religious context), the Confederate flag, and the noose. Further, the ODE requires that districts adopt policies and procedures that prohibit the use and display of such symbols outside of an educational context.

Our recent district and community message on Social and Political Expression will help to implement and ensure such procedures.

Flu Fighter

Influenza, or the flu, is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. You need a flu shot every year because the protection fades away after a few months.

You should get a flu vaccine before flu viruses begin spreading in our community, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu. Make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. I got my flu shot already for myself, my family and my community.

Daily/Weekly Bell Schedule

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A/B School Calendar 2020-2021

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District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

Beaverton School District

The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veteran status, genetic information or disability in any education programs, activities or employment.