The Voice of Raleigh Park - May 7, 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!
The multiple expressions of teacher (educator) appreciation over the course of the past week were humbling. While there is no educator with whom I work motivated by recognition or adulation, the gestures, large and small, are no less appreciated!
Meanwhile, this message is specifically for the MOTHERS of Raleigh Park. I hope you are all pampered in a manner reflective of the love and sacrifice you have made. To be clear, I have always used the word "mother" liberally. Whether you have physically given birth, have adopted a child, are a step-mother, aspire to motherhood, mourn a child, provide care and nurturing to family members, mentor a youngster, or just mother the heck out of the children within your immediate bubble, it is the regular love and support that truly embodies and reflects the spirit of motherhood.
In This Issue:
- UPDATE: Kindergarten & New Student Orientation
- '21-22 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
- CAMP ACHIEVE SUMMER SCHOOL
- SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL: Parent survey
- DENTAL SEALANTS for GRADES 1, 2, 3
- TEACHERS COLLEGE SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
- REMINDERS: Schedule, Home Screening, COVID Testing
- BSD NEWS & UPDATES: Administrative Transfers, Translation Assistance
- COMMUNITY RESOURCES: Washington County Libraries, Spring Food Resources, P-EBT Funds for Food, THPRD Summer Camps
UPDATE: Kindergarten & New Student Orientation
KINDERGARTEN & NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION: Wednesday, May 19 @ 6:00p.
UPDATE: We are excited to announce this will be an in-person, outdoor, masked and distanced event! Rain or shine, please plan to meet us on the playground at the rear of the building with some introductory remarks, followed by stations to meet a "who's who" of those who make Raleigh Park work.
While this will have a natural slant toward our incoming kindergarten families, but we are excited to meet any/all new to Raleigh Park families! We hope you can spread the word, far and wide, to those who are contemplating Raleigh Park as an option for the 2021-22 school year.
- 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, outlined in the "Save the Date" information below.
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.
Summer School is Coming to Raleigh Park!
Yes - Camp Achieve Summer School is returning to Raleigh Park!
Many of the details are being sorted out, but please SAVE THE DATES: July 6 - 29 (Monday's - Thursday's).
This opportunity is available to ALL interested Raleigh Park families with students currently in Kindergarten - Grade 4. It is expected a similar opportunity will be available to outgoing students in Grade 5 at their future middle school.
Stay tuned for more details, inclusive of an application.
Parent Survey - Safe Routes to School
The Beaverton School District is the recipient of a Safe Routes to School grant. The purpose of the program is to make walking and rolling (bike, scooter, skate and bus) to school safe, convenient and fun. One of the requirements of this grant is to get some information about how our students travel to school and what you, as their parents/guardians, think about the routes to school. We get our data through two methods:
- Travel Tallies are paper sheets that go to all classes in all schools, with classroom teachers surveying their students. This will take place May 11 and 13.
- Parent/Guardian Surveys are electronic surveys generated from the National Safe Routes to School Center. The survey asks questions regarding student’s trip to and from school.
Parent/guardian input into how students travel to and from schools and their impression of the safety of the route is valuable as the city and county prioritize needed improvements for our roads, and will be used to give us a good picture of how students are getting to and from schools throughout the district. Please use the link below to participate; the survey will be open for responses until May 31.
We appreciate your help in giving us information to make our program effective for all Beaverton School District students.
FOR GRADES 1, 2, 3: VIRGINIA GARCIA SCHOOL-BASED DENTAL PREVENTION
Dental sealants are coatings put on the back teeth to help prevent cavities, and are available to all Raleigh Park students in Grades 1, 3, 3 on MONDAY, MAY 17. This service is provided by dental care professionals FREE OF CHARGE. Please see below for more details and a fillable consent form that should be completed in advance.
Teachers College Support for Families
Teachers College Reading Writing Project Resources for Families - Teachers College Reading Writing Project Resources for Families. I will be sharing these resources with parents in our next newsletter. If you receive literacy questions from parents, you're welcome to use any of the videos linked here:
- Website for Families - published by Teacher College
- YouTube Chanel with video resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/tcrwp
- This format is made for teachers to access more easily: PreK-2 Family videos, 3-5 Family videos
Free Parent "Office Hours" Offered by Lucy Calkins & Team for parents to check-in about child’s literacy development, ways to support child at home with particular issues, or in general, inquire about what to expect across developmental stages in reading, writing or language acquisition, early to later years.
- K-2 Families: Wednesdays 5:00-6:00p
- 3-8 Families: Thursdays 5:00-6:00p
- REGISTER HERE!
- When you register, you will receive an email with the Zoom information for all of the the K-2 and the 3-5 sessions. You only need to register one time. Then just attend the sessions that work for your schedule.
ALL STUDENTS should expect a full day of instruction, 8:00a-2:15p
- 7:45a, doors open for student arrival
- 8:00-10:15a, student on-site with classroom teacher
- 12:00-2:15p, student at home engaged in learning with specialists and/or classroom content
- 8:00-10:15a, student at home engaged in learning with specialists and/or classroom content
- 12:00-2:15p, student meets via Zoom with classroom teacher
WEDNESDAYS (ALL STUDENTS)
- 8:00a, students engaged with their classroom teachers to begin the day
- Wellness + Social Emotional Learning with Mrs. Howery, Mrs. Lee & Mr. K
- Asynchronous and independent learning activities assigned by classroom teacher
REMINDER: Health Screening Before Arrival
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
- a new loss of taste or smel
- or any of the symptoms on our Too Sick for School - Keep ill Students Out of School flyer
...the student should stay home.
REMINDER: BinaxNOW COVID-19 Test
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) supports COVID-19 testing in public and private K-12 schools in Oregon for students and staff who display symptoms of COVID-19. The Beaverton School District has registered to have Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing available for students and staff who develop primary symptoms of COVID-19 at school. Primary symptoms of Covid-19 include:
New or different than usual shortness of breath
New or different than usual coughing
Fever of 100.4 or higher
New loss of taste or smell.
The Abbott BinaxNOW test will only be administered to students who have consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian on file. The student must be capable and willing to perform a nasal swab test independently. The parent(s) or guardian can decline testing and opt to test their child with a healthcare provider. If there is any doubt as to whether a specimen may be safely self-collected by an individual, they should be referred to their healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing. Positive test results will be shared with the Local Public Health Authority to assist in contact tracing.
For further information on the Abbot BinaxNOW rapid antigen test see the following link: FDA information on BinaxNOW test.
District News, Information & Resources
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.
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.
DATES TO REMEMBER...
- Tiger's Curbside Library, 10:30a-12:00p
- CDL Meal Box Distribution, 11:00a-12:00p
- May 12 -June 9 - State Testing, Grades 3, 4, 5
- 17 - Dental Sealants, Grades 1, 2, 3
- 19 - Kindergarten & New Student Orientation
- 31 - Memorial Day Holiday, NO STUDENTS
June 2 - Synchronous Instructional Day
June 18 - Last Day for Students