Dragon News

Findley Elementary School

October 14, 2022

Message from the Principal

Greetings Findley Community,

I hope you are enjoying the extra day with your family this weekend. We are in full swing here at Findley with lots happening every week. Be sure you are taking time to read communication home from school as you won't want to miss out on all that is happening this month.

In the coming weeks there are several opportunities for you to engage with school, from the Dragon Dash, to the Fall Festival to parent teacher conferences. It has been so amazing seeing so many volunteers back in the building, and I am looking forward to seeing more of you in the next few weeks.

Lastly, in upcoming editions of the Dragon News, we will be soliciting information from you in order to plan a school-wide community event. Celebrating the diversity we have here at Findley is a part of our Let's Be Community initiative and we want to hear from you on how we can do that best. Be on the lookout for ways in which you can share your input.

With Gratitude,

Sherry Marsh, Ed.D.


New Information

Option School Info - Deadline coming soon

OHSU COVID Testing - Findley Pickup day - Thursdays Starting 10/27

  • Starting October 6, you can enroll your students through a convenient online portal. If you can’t enroll online for any reason, please call OHSU at 503-418-8500 for support. All students who wish to test must enroll even if they participated in last year's program.

  • Specimens (spit) can be collected either the night before or the morning of a school’s testing day. - OUR PICKUP DATE IS THURSDAY BEGINNING 10/27

  • After the test is collected, you then will link the test to the student’s LabFinder account.

  • When the test results are available, you’ll receive an email asking you to log into the secure online portal to view the results.

  • If you miss your weekly testing day, OHSU has added four drop-off sites around the Portland metro area where specimens can be dropped off between Monday at 6 a.m. and Thursday at 5 p.m.

  • New pre-labeled test tubes with a scannable barcode will be mailed directly to your mailing address and should arrive within a week of enrollment. Unfortunately, last year’s kits can’t be used, so please throw them away.

How can we help?

We at Findley are here to help your family in any way we can, including sharing resources outside of education. If you would like to learn more about what our community has to offer, please fill out this brief survey and someone from our team will connect you to the resources you requested. Please know that your responses are confidential and only discussed with staff members who can help fulfill your request.


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Please help us keep everyone safe!

Lower Parking Lot Arrival

Parents and Caregivers,

Please help us keep car drop off a smooth and safe process by remembering these few expectations:

  1. Please pull as far forward as you can before allowing your child to get out of the car. This helps with traffic flow.
  2. If your child(ren) can't exit your car on the right side, please park and have them use the crosswalk. Exiting on the left side is dangerous as cars are passing on that side.
  3. Please follow the guidance of Mrs. Hargrave and Mrs. Cole as they direct traffic. Their goal is to keep traffic flowing and everyone safe.
  4. Please try not to stop in the crosswalk at any time.

Thank you so much!

Strengthening Your Family

Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

Extended Access Available Oct. 21 - Nov. 21, 2022

Register Now! Use coupon code CONFLICT at checkout to receive your FREE registration. CEUs for this webinar are also available, learn more.

During this session, parents and guardians will learn the crucial position they have when it comes to their children and teens experiences within issues of conflict and bullying. Participants will learn exactly why bullying relationships form – this will help them see the underlying issues that some children face (and effectively solutions to end this sort of behavior). Kathleen will teach a simple problem solving method so that parents and guardians can learn a way to help their kids develop conflict management skills – productively ending conflict and proactively ending bullying. Kathleen will have some tips on handling youth conflict with teachers and administrators so that conversation can flow productively between adults.

Presented by Kathleen Hilchey-Wright, OCT, M.Ed, Anti-Bullying Specialist

There is a $15 charge per registrant after the first 600 registrants have used the discount code.

2021-22 school profile

A link to our 2021-22 school profile will be posted by October 20 on our school webpage under About Us>School Profile>Oregon Report Card. The 2021-22 district profile is posted on the district report card webpage.

State report cards began when the 1999 Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring every public school and district to receive a report from the Oregon Department of Education about how they are performing overall. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and affords states greater flexibility. ESSA encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education redesigned the School and District report cards to engage and inform families about their school’s approach to learning, academic and extracurricular offerings, and student performance. Reports cards also serve as an important tool for continuous improvement planning by local and state policymakers, in conjunction with the communities they serve.

The 2021-22 school and district profiles include all available data not impacted by the state’s response to the COVID-19. As part of the federal response to COVID-19, all students in our school were eligible for free school meals last year. As a result, our Free/ Reduced Price Lunch percentage is reported as >95%.

At Findley WE are committed to using this information to help tailor our school improvement plans and academic programs to meet the needs of every student. You’ll find our current school improvement plan here: https://findley.beaverton.k12.or.us/about-us/school-learning-plan. During the year I will communicate with you frequently about student achievement and programs in place at our school to foster student learning and success.

If you have questions about our report card or would like a print copy, please contact me. You may also have suggestions for improvements. Please share them! Thank you!

Dragon Dash - run times - Class colors

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Please remember, siblings should not be in attendance at the Dragon Dash.

Thank you!

Dragon Dash Update

Hello Findley Families and Staff,

Happy Friday! Thank you to everyone that has registered on PledgeStar. We have reached 55% participation at the end of week 2! Amazing effort Findley community!

The 55% of students that registered were entered into a surprise and delight raffle. We randomly selected one winner from each class. The winners received a free cookie gift card from Crumbl and will go home with your student today.

There will be more surprise raffle drawings to come with plenty of chances to win!

Mrs. Arcangel’s and Mr. Potocki’s class have secured 2 out of the 3 spots for a class donut party. The last class!

Sign up your student today at pledgestar.com/findley to help your class win that donut party and support Dragon Dash fundraising efforts.

As a reminder, in order to guarantee that your student has the correct T-shirt size, you must sign up and select the T-shirt size today (9/30). Students that sign up after this date will still participate and be eligible for prizes, however the student may not get the correct size.



** Today is the last day to order parent T-shirts! **

Shirts are $15 each and all profits will go right back to the school. If you want to purchase a Dragon Dash Shirt please click here. Orders must be placed by Friday, 9/30. Payment can be made via PayPal (findleypto@gmail.com).

2. DONATIONS through other sites

Many of our Findley families donate through their company donation site, such as Benevity. If you make a donation via your company's site instead of directly through PledgeStar, send a copy of the receipt to dragondashpm@gmail.com. Include the name of your student and their classroom teacher to ensure the donations get credited to the correct student. Please note that company matching does not count towards prize levels.

If you have any questions, please contact dragondashpm@gmail.com

Goooooo Dragons!

-The Dragon Dash Team

Repeat Information

Election Day is November 8, 2022

2022 Proposed Levy Renewal Video (English)
2022 Proposed Levy Renewal Video (Español)

Girls Who Code

Menaka Wijeratne and Iris Chang -- co-founders/presidents of Sunset High School's Girls Who Code chapter -- are inviting you to explore the world of coding and stem this school year! These club meetings are catered towards elementary and middle school girls! Register here if you are interested. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns by contacting girlswhocode.sunset@gmail.com. Once registered, look out for incoming emails regarding first club meeting reminders.

Sunset Youth Basketball

Students wanting to play Sunset Youth Development Program basketball may find information at this link. Tryouts are coming soon!
Elementary Health Education

Click here for information regarding Elementary Health Education in BSD. Teachers will send home notice prior to teaching Sexual Abuse Prevention Lessons and Human Sexuality Health Lessons.

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Welcome to FIndley PTO

Click Here for Information about our fantastic Findley PTO!

Findley PTO

Findley PTO: Supporting our students by connecting parents, staff, and the community!

Visit our website at www.findleypto.com or email president@findleypto.com.

Throughout the school year, the District may share materials from various organizations in our community that offer or support educational and/or extra-curricular opportunities for your student and/or family. These materials may be shared via school/district communication channels and/or posted on the district’s After-school Activities webpage. All materials are reviewed by Communications & Community Involvement prior to distribution. Beaverton School District does not discriminate against any community member or organization on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veteran status or because of a perceived or actual association with any other persons within these protected classes. The District does not sponsor or endorse the activities or information contained in these materials.

Community Resources

Community Resources

Bethany & Cedar Mill Library

Student Health Center - Catherine Kately Williams is the new mental health provider. KateleyWilliamsC@nhcoregon.org It is easiest to reach her via email as she does not have a specific phone routed to her. Cat is available M-F 8-5 and will conduct sessions via zoom. She will serve a bridge gap, providing up to about 10 sessions before she moves students on to a long-term counselor if necessary. They are set up to take every major insurance plan including Kaiser for OHP kids. They will also have an intake person who can help families get the kids on OHP.

Want to Volunteer?

Click here to find out how!

Important Dates


20-21 COGAT Screen 3rd & Nominated 5th

25 Dragon Dash-annual fundraiser and jog-a-thon

28 All School Assembly, Mix & Match Day, Fall Festival


2nd Conferences 4-8pm

3rd No School - Conferences 8 - 8 pm

4th No School

10th No School Grading Day

11th No School Veterans Day

23rd - 25th - No School Fall Break

28th No School Staff Development