November 20, 2020
Message From The Principal
Good afternoon Stoller families,
As we get ready to reflect on things we are grateful for next week, I wanted to express my gratitude for your support and dedication to the Stoller community. Even though current circumstances may impact some of our traditional gatherings, the precautions we will take as a community will enable us to stay safe and bring us back together sooner.
I know that you have received information regarding the boundary adjustments that Superintendent Grotting will be recommending to the Board. Those boundary adjustments have Findley Elementary and Rock Creek Elementary leaving Stoller. There will be information coming soon regarding Legacy for our current 7th graders who wish to remain at Stoller for their 8th grade year.
Progress marks/grades were shared with you this week. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your student’s teacher(s). Navigating CDL and technology is not always seamless. We want to partner with you to ensure that your student has access and opportunities to demonstrate academic growth. If there are other circumstances that you need support with please contact your grade level counselor and/or an administrator. We are here for you.
Please note the change in Advisory time on Wednesdays starting on December 2nd. Advisory will start meeting from 12:00 - 12:30. This change will allow for teachers to have a consistent schedule for office hours and other student support. In addition, it will allow them to be able to attend district wide professional development.
We will not publish a Weekly next week due to the holiday break.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 23, 2020 - Principal Chat Time Change - 6:30pm, not 6pm (zoom info below)
November 25th - November 27th - School Closed - Thanksgiving Break
Principal Chat Meeting Dates
This informal monthly meeting will alternate mornings, 9am and evenings, 6pm to accommodate parents' schedules through Monday, May 24, 2020. Below are the scheduled chats and they will also be posted in the "Important Dates" section of the newsletter each week. Veronica will prioritize these sessions; however, they are subject to change.
ATTENTION: November 23rd's start time has been pushed back to 6:30pm.
October 26, 9am
November 23, 6:30pm
January 11, 6pm
February 22, 9am
March 15, 9am
April 12, 6pm
May 24, 9am
Please use the following Zoom link, meeting id and password each Monday (morning or evening) to join the chat.
Topic: Stoller Principal Chat|
Meeting ID: 875 3885 6308
For questions, please contact Mr. Nelson
Scholastic Online Book Fair
The Stoller Scholastic (online) Book Fair ends on Sunday, November 22nd.
Get some new books for your collection at home while helping raise funds for the Library! Browse this catalog for a Book Fair Preview. Books will be delivered right to your home (free delivery for orders over $25; combine an order with a friend to get free shipping)! Click here to get started.
Library Service & Book Bus Updates
STMS Library books are available for check out at the school or through the Book Bus.
Starting the first week of December, the Book Bus will run on Wednesdays starting after Thanksgiving break December 4th. The bus will run on Tuesday of this week, November 24th. Students can select books from the bus or pick up their holds.
Please let your teacher know if you will need to leave class to meet the bus.
NW Columbia Ave. & NW 192nd Ave. @ 1:43pm
NW 178th Ave.( just past St. Juan Diego) @ 2:09pm
7284 NW 170th Ave. at Abby Creek Park @ 2:35pm
NW Mitchell & 153rd Terrace, near South Parc Apts. @ 3:05pm
NW Milford St. in front of Green Space @ 3:33pm
Placing holds (for physical books at Stoller). Please help your student select a pick-up time that works for your family.
Sora (for ebooks and audiobooks to download on chromebook or other devices)
Reader’s Advisory-Get ideas for what to read next!
Book Return bins are available school days 8:30-4 and are located in front of the main entrance. Books from any BSD Library can be returned to STMS. Please return any books you may have from last spring (you can return BSD school books to any BSD school).
Questions about the Library? Email email@example.com
Updated Club Information
Many online clubs have been formed for students during CDL.
Please use this link to review the descriptions of the clubs listed below, dates and times, and to complete a universal parent permission form for participation.
Project Lit Book Club
Stoller Drama Club
Baked with Care
Stoller Student Affinity Space for BIPOC Students
Fit and Focused Club
You Be The Chemist Challenge
This year’s challenge will be held virtually. Students will compete in teams of four (4). Each student will register as an individual, but should have their teammate’s names, as they will need to provide those names on the registration form. Please register your team by November 30th.
*Important - Please review the 2020-2021 You Be The Chemist Challenge Official Rules: Virtual Academic Competition before completing the registration form. You will be asked to acknowledge that you have reviewed these rules.
If you have any questions please contact Sara Groat at firstname.lastname@example.org
National History Bee, National Science Bee, International Geography Bee and US Academic Bee
If your child is interested in any of these competitions you will need to register them to take the ORQE (Online Regional Qualifying Exam) on the IAC website. To register your child please visit orqe.iacompetitions.com and choose “Sponsor Registration” under the Site Map heading. Under “Tell Us About Yourself” this is the Parent/Guardian information NOT the student information. You will need to select your school (Stoller) and select your relationship to the school as Parent/Guardian. *Note - you can also register your child for the US Academic Bee, though there is no qualification needed.
There is no fee to take the ORQE’s (Online Regional Qualifying Exams). Please see the Middle & Elementary School Division Guide (page 3 - 2020-21 Season) for information on fees for regionals, etc. Once you register your child, you should begin receiving sponsor emails with relevant dates and information. ORQE’s open in late November and close February 1st, 2021 at 11:59 PST (this is the testing window for your child to take their ORQE's).
Once you have registered your child you can login and have your child take the exam at a time that is convenient for you when you are able to monitor and proctor the exam process.
Reminder: Student Device Damage & Protection Plan Payment Due
If you opted into the program and have not paid the $20 fee please do so asap. 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.
This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced meal benefits program and have completed the “Permission to Share” form.
Attendance during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL)
To report all day absences or absences during the day due to appointments, contact Attendance for excused absences.
The Attendance line: (503)356-2681 or email: email@example.com
This email can also be accessed on Stoller's website.
If your student is going to be absent and not going to access curriculum anytime during that day, then you will need to report the absence with attendance for that to be an excused absence.
If your student is absent from a class and they access the curriculum, turn in an assignment, or engage in an activity on canvas anytime during the day, they Engaged Online (EOL) and this is not an absence, no need to call or email attendance. This is not considered an absence and the teacher will be able to make corrections in the students' attendance if they are marked absent. You may get an automated call from Stoller at 5pm, you may ignore it.
If your student was marked absent from a class that they did attend, please email the teacher to get it corrected. Do not call the attendance line, the teacher must confirm any changes to be made.
See the following link for an easy to follow flow chart for Attendance during CDL
Curbside Meal Service At Stoller
Welcome Stoller Volunteers!
Volunteering in the 2020-21 school year will be unlike previous years. Although we are unsure what remote volunteer needs will be, we invite you to create a volunteer profile or update your existing profile. This will ensure you are able to help Stoller staff and students through volunteer work as opportunities arise. A volunteer profile is required for all volunteering within BSD schools. Please follow the steps below to update or create your volunteer profile. Additional information is available at www.stollerpto.com/volunteer.
Existing BSD Volunteers (new to Stoller)
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to add Stoller Middle School to the organizations listed in your mVP account. Provide your full first and last name as it appears in your profile. If you will no longer be volunteering at an elementary school, you may also request to remove that school from your profile.
New BSD Volunteers
If you are a new volunteer to the Beaverton School District, you must create a volunteer account. This process includes a background check.
- Parent/Guardian: Complete the Parent/Guardian Volunteer Application
- Community Volunteer: Complete the Community Volunteer Application (This applies to Grandparents, Nannies, Neighbors, etc)
- Youth Volunteers: Complete the Youth Volunteer Application
Within the application, please include all of the BSD schools where you are a volunteer. You will have one profile for all your BSD volunteering.
- This step also initiates a background check. It will come up for renewal every 2 years.
- Once your background check is complete, you will receive an email from Stoller PTO stating your background check approval status, and your volunteer profile at myimpactpage.com will be active.
IMPORTANT: Remember your log in and password! This is important for both home and school access to your profile. Make it easy to remember and/or keep it accessible. For more information, visit Beaverton School District Volunteer Page.
Thank you for giving your time and talents to Stoller this school year!
The Student Help Desk is now open. If you have any issues with your device or logging in, you will need to contact the Student Help Desk.
Instructions on how to use your own device to log in to Canvas and Zoom with your BSD account.