FLEX Family Newsletter

April 30th, 2021

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In this newsletter, you'll find:

  • TAG Update
  • Final Walk + Roll event
  • Fake & Fatal livestream
  • A MASSIVE Student Section!

TAG Testing for this Spring: Changes

Due to recommendations from the Oregon Department of Education, students in grades K-4 will not be tested for TAG identification this school year. We will use all the information from teachers and parents we gathered this year for testing in the fall.

TAG testing for grades 5-8 is already in process and will be completed this spring.

If you have any questions, please contact the FLEX Online TAG Facilitator by email: Jennifer_rafanan@beaverton.k12.or.us

Walk + Roll Challenge Week is NEXT WEEK May 3-7

Please join Beaverton Safe Routes to School for our final Walk + Roll event of the year! Over 100 prizes will be raffled, and the Wheel Fairy will visit elementary schools to attach an extra prize on any wheels they find in the racks. All students (any grade level, hybrid and CDL) can enter our raffle by completing the May Challenge form. There are five activities to choose from and an extra raffle entry for each activity completed. Find more information at www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes

Watch the "Fake & Fatal" Presentation

Last night was the Conversation about Fentanyl "Fake & Fatal” livestream. If you missed it, you can watch it HERE. It includes a 45 minute presentation, and then they answered many questions from students and parents.

Find more information here: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/communications-community-involvement/fake-and-fatal

Student Section

Sixth Graders Attended Virtual Outdoor School This Week

All FLEX 6th graders had the opportunity to attend virtual outdoor school this past week, put on by Northwest Outdoor Science School. Check out their website to learn more.

Core lessons included: Observations (Intro to Journaling), Forest Succession, Adaptations, Water/Salmon, Decomposers-FBI, Forest Ecology

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Eighth Grade Students - Virtual Field Trip

On April 29, we had an opportunity to participate in a virtual field trip offered by the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. Four volunteers rotated through our virtual classroom to guide us through different activities. Our first presenter had us sorting materials into their place of origin: either factory, farm, earth or store. As the activity progressed, we realized that every item comes from the earth or the farm. Next, we were led by Linn County’s Dairy Princess whose family’s farm of 20 cows provide milk directly to consumers. She had us sort cards into a timeline for dairy innovations and explained the improvements over the last 200 years. A cartographer then led our group in a guessing game to identify where various crops are grown in the United States. He finished his presentation by talking about the amount of greenhouse gases attributed to agricultural practices (only about 10%). Lastly, an agricultural sciences student from Portland State helped us understand that food scientists help create flavors and make sure our foods taste good. We got to blindly taste various flavors of Tootsie Rolls and realized that the flavors were dulled when we couldn’t smell them. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Oregon Battle of the Books

Competitions have commenced! Thank you to the parent volunteers who have helped make these happen.

The "Book Dragons" team won the 3rd grade competition and are going on to the next round!

Reader’s Theatre in Ms. Schulz’s Class

Check out some of our amazing second grade readers! We perform a variety of plays including fractured fairy tales and popular children’s books. We travel to other classes to perform. It’s a great way to practice our fluency and work together. We look forward to our upcoming performances of Click, Clack Moo, Where the Wild Things Are and Hey Little Ant!

The butterflies you saw last week are being released!


Each week 1st grade students have an optional writing assignment called Weekend News where they write about their weekend. Click to read Arun's. Great job, Arun!

Third Grade Science

We just finished a science unit on heat and how we use it to survive.

Check out our solar ovens:

Fourth Grade Outdoor Fun

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Clothes for Kids

If your student needs clothing at no cost, Clothes for Kids is ready to serve you. Appointments are required. Clothes for Kids hours: Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
To schedule, please complete the Clothes for Kids Appointment form or call 503-356-4322. Visits are limited to one adult with four children or two adults with 8 children. All visitors must wear masks. If you don't have your own, we'll provide one.

We’re also looking for Clothes for Kids volunteers. Please contact Johanna Shrout at johanna_shrout@beaverton.k12.or.us.

Si su estudiante necesita ropa sin costo, Clothes for Kids está listo para servirle. Necesitará hacer una cita. Horario de Clothes for Kids: martes de 9:30 a.m. a 3 p.m., miércoles de 10 a.m. a 6 p.m. y jueves de 9:30 a.m. a 3 p.m.

Para hacer una cita, por favor complete el formulario de citas de Clothes for Kids o llame al 503-356-4322. Las visitas están limitadas a un adulto con cuatro niños o dos adultos con 8 niños. Todos los visitantes deben usar cubre bocas. Si no tiene uno, se lo proporcionaremos al llegar ahí.

También estamos buscando voluntarios para Clothes for Kids. Si está interesado comuníquese con Johanna Shrout a johanna_shrout@beaverton.k12.or.us.

FLEX Office Hours + Appointments

With the current restrictions in place for Washington County, and the schools opening for hybrid students, the FLEX Online School office at Tumwater (formerly Timberland) will have limited in-person service. Supply pick-ups and device exchanges are by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

The office staff will continue to answer phones during school hours Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4pm. If we miss your call, please leave a voicemail message.

FLEX Online School: 503-356-3720

Follow the prompts for attendance reporting voicemail, counseling office, or the main office.

We can also be reached by email at flex-online-school@beaverton.k12.or.us

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Thanks for reading!

Paul Ottum

Principal FLEX Online School