September 2019

Monthly Theme: Friendship

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Principal's Message

Greetings Fir Grove Families!

It is so good to be back in the swing of things with students in the building. A school is meant to be a lively place to learn. We have that down at Fir Grove! Our 386 students are building community throughout the day with their classroom teachers, peers, and all building staff. Please help us welcome our 70 Kindergarten families. The first few weeks of school are all about setting and teaching expectations, creating community, and getting to know each other better.

During the first weeks of school, we have flooded classrooms, the cafeteria and recesses with additional adults to supervise students, teach and reteach expectations and give students an opportunity to meet more building staff. We want to build connections with our learners across the building. Research shows that when schools create opportunities for relationships that leads to a strong community and to increased learning.

It is also important to take time to practice safety procedures. In the Beaverton School District, we follow the Standard Response Protocol. Each month we have a fire drill. Additionally, our school practices Lock Out, Lock Down, and Earthquake drills. Everyone in the building practices these drills, even volunteers! Please take the time to review our procedures.

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You may have noticed that our Main Office door is now locked during school hours. As part of the District’s security upgrades, Fir Grove finally received its final upgrade that involves visitors interfacing with office staff via the camera and audio system prior to entering the building.

When visiting Fir Grove, please ring the bell and prepare to announce yourself and the reason for your visit. Once our office confirms your identity and purpose, our office staff will then buzz you in. Thank you for your patience as we work through this new system.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me to chat or schedule a meeting. I am at each PTO Meeting. Additionally, I have several Principal Chats scheduled this year. It is a time to share what is happening at Fir Grove, answer questions, and connect with families.

  • October 3, 6:15-7:00pm.
  • November 7, 6:15-7:00pm
  • January 9, 6:15-7:00pm
  • March 5, 6:15-7:00pm
  • May 15, 8:15-9:00am


Erin Miles

Fir Grove Website

Checkout our website for information on: -Student Family Handbook -Events -Learning Targets -Fir Grove Newsletters -More!


Fir Grove PTO is partnering with Beaverton Christian Church to provide school supplies for Fir Grove. We will purchase the majority of the necessary classroom supplies your student needs (paper, pencils, etc.). Students need only to bring a backpack and the specific supplies listed below by grade level.

We recommend a minimum $5 donation per student, cash or check, to be deposited in the PTO lockbox near the office door.

If you would like to contribute additional funds, it would be greatly appreciated and would help offset the cost for others in our Fir Grove community.

The school supplies will stay at school for the children to use in their classroom and will be distributed to the staff throughout the school year.

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Here in the Beaverton School District, we teach children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. In order to help our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn, we also provide age-appropriate health instruction. There will be two primary resources used for this instruction: The Great Body Shop to teach the adopted Oregon Health Standards and to teach sexual abuse prevention in accordance with Erin’s Law. Continue reading for more information on each resource.

Oregon Health Education Standards

The Great Body Shop, published by The Children’s Health Market, will be used to teach the new Oregon Health Education Standards. It offers skills-based instruction that addresses physical, social, emotional, and mental health. Human Sexuality Education instruction is age appropriate, medically accurate, and relevant for all students. If you would like to preview the materials, this document outlines the process for previewing the curriculum and for information on opting-out.

Erin’s Law

An important component of our curriculum is to help children protect their bodies, get support when abuse has occurred, and report to a trusted adult. In accordance with Erin’s Law, we are educating children about sexual abuse and promoting awareness within our communities. The Oregon Department of Education has required all Oregon schools to comply with Erin’s Law. The Erin’s Law lessons address personal safety, touching safety and assertiveness.

Your child’s teacher will be sharing these sexual abuse prevention lesson outcomes with you prior to teaching them, but you can also find the full lessons and videos on Please contact me if you have any further questions or for opt-out information. Thank you for helping us to make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.


Oregon Health Education Standards:

Materials Preview Process:

Erin’s Law Resource:


Speak Up 4 Student Success: HB 3427 - Student Success Act Community Conversations

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. The Beaverton School District could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.

School districts are required to apply for funds, and must engage their community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. All Beaverton schools will be engaging their communities in these conversations during September and October.

Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in our school and the Beaverton School District. What is going well in our schools? What areas/services/programs could we improve?

Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion.

Fir Grove Speak Up 4 Student Success Community Conversations offered in English & Spanish:

· October 3, 2019, 6:15-7:00pm

· Childcare will be provided

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Back to School Safety

School is back in session and there are more feet on the street heading to and from school. Safety is everyone’s responsibility: keep your eyes open, look out for each other and help everyone arrive to school safely. This means slowing down to 20 MPH in school zones and neighborhood streets, watching for children and listening to directions from crossing guards. Also be sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday October 9, 2019. It’s International Walk+Bike to School Day! Let’s see how many people we can get walking and biking. Stay tuned for more details!
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Talented and Gifted

Each year students are considered for Talented and Gifted students in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form available here. Completing this form gives your child's school TAG committee more information about your child. Classroom teachers also collect observational data from students each fall and make recommendations for testing. Jada Pearson, Kindergarten Teacher, is Fir Grove's TAG Coordinator.

2019-20 Nutrition Services Information

Beaverton School District’s Nutrition Services (NS) Department serves meals that meet nutritional standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These meals are funded from USDA reimbursements and meal sales. Breakfast and lunch are served at all schools.

Note: If your student does not bring a meal from home and has a zero cafeteria account balance, then the District Meal Charging Procedures will be followed.

For the school year 2019-2020, breakfast and lunch will be accessible at no charge to students who qualify for reduced price meals. The Oregon Legislature has provided funds to cover the costs of these meals.

Children may be eligible to receive free school meals. Please visit the Meal Benefits webpage for eligibility requirements.

For questions, please contact the Nutrition Services Meal Benefits Office:

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Beaverton Clothes Closet

The Beaverton School District Clothes Closet opened on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The program is located in portables on the west side of the District Administration Center, 16550 SW Merlo Rd., and is open on Wednesdays through June 10, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Families should arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to plan to be done shopping by closing time. Admit Slips are required. Please visit Fir Grove's main office or counselor for an admit slip.

Donation bins in front of the Clothes Closet will be available Monday through Thursday during business hours for donations.

El Ropero del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton abrirá nuevamente sus puertas el miércoles, 28 de agosto de 2019 a las 10:00 a.m. El Ropero del Distrito está ubicado en el salón portátil situado junto al estacionamiento oeste del Centro Administrativo del Distrito en 16550 SW Merlo Rd., y está abierto todos los miércoles de 10:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m. hasta el 10 de junio de 2020. Las familias deben llegar a más tardar a las 6:30 p.m. para poder seleccionar los artículos antes de las 7:00 p.m. Es necesario llevar un pase de acceso. Este pase puede ser adquirido en la oficina de la escuela o con el consejero escolar.

Los contenedores para depositar donaciones pequeñas se encuentran frente al Ropero del Distrito y estarán disponibles de lunes a jueves en horario de oficina.


Thank you to all the volunteers who worked alongside staff last week to get Fir Grove ready. We had community members box surplus items, organize school supplies, create first day packets, clean and organize rooms, make copies, and put up bulletin boards. Fir Grove couldn't have done it without you! Thank you for your time and efforts.

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Club Opportunity

What's Happening @ FG


2 No School/Labor Day

3 First Day Grades 1-5

5 First Day Kinders Last Name A-L

  • Kinder Boohoo Woohoo, 8:00-9:00am

5 PTO Meeting, 7:00pm

6 First Day Kinders Last Name M-Z

  • Kinder Boohoo Woohoo, 8:00-9:00am

12 Back to School Night, 6:00-7:30pm

16 Community Walk, 6:00-7:00pm

17 Community Walk, 6:00-7:00pm

20 Summer Reading Forms Due

21 School Clean Up, 9:00-11:00am

27 Summer Reading Celebration


3 Principal Chat, 6:15-7:00pm

3 PTO Mtg, 7:00-8:00pm

4 Fun Run Assembly

8 Picture Day

9 Walk+Bike to School

18 Fun Run

21-24 Book Fair

23 FUN RUN $$ Due

23 School Day/Conferences, 3:30-7:30pm

24 NO SCHOOL/Conferences, 7:30-7:30pm


31 Fall Party

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Mission Statement

Our Fir Grove community believes that by working together to create meaningful relationships, honor differences, and encourage excellence, students will develop a lifelong curiosity and joy of learning.